THE LIST

6 Amazing Buildings We’re Digging Right Now

A local salt shed and a residential project in south central England are on our radar.

Pigmented concrete, cross-laminated timber, and a double-skin exterior are just a few of these ingenious projects’ distinguishing features. Hailing from locations around the globe, each was chosen exclusively from firms on The List, the destination for all things Surface-approved.

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1. Norwegian Mountaineering Center, Reiulf Ramstad Architects
Marked by its unconventional geometric silhouette and exterior pattern, this structure—both a mountaineering center and community gathering place for the Norwegian county of Møre og Romsdal—was completed in 2016.

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2. Spring Street Salt Shed, Dattner Architects
A now-iconic addition along New York’s Hudson River, this concrete building’s stark, faceted facade houses 5,000 tons of salt.

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3. Terra House, Bernardes Arquitetura
Built in Brazil in 2015, this residential project is marked by a series of parallel pigmented concrete walls. Large windows create an open, airy feel and bring the surrounding outdoors in.

(Photo: Leonardo Finotti)

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4. Cotswold House, Found Associates
This contextual project in south-central England involved the restoration of an 18th-century gamekeeper’s cottage combined with new building elements. It won an RIBA National Award in 2012.

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5. Albina Yard, Lever Architecture
This office building in Portland, Oregon, shows off local firm Lever Architecture’s deep knowledge of cross-laminated timber (CLT). The 16,000-square-foot space, completed in 2016, was the first building in the U.S. made from domestically fabricated CLT.

(Photo: Jeremy Bitterman, Courtesy of Lever Architecture)

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6. Alvand Tower, Hariri & Hariri Architecture
Located in the heart of Tehran, Iran, this 12-story office tower has a curious double-skin exterior, where a laser-cut aluminum shading device covers a glass inner skin. LED backlighting give the structure a striking glow at night.

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