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Like being on Tatooine, amirite? Seriously, I like so much about this building. i like the way it uses native building styles and materials. It doesn’t try to be a European mall in the middle of one of the world’s hottest deserts. It’s smart design.

ballroom performance — derelict for over 20 years, this is the stunning ballroom of a former UK social club
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a splash of red — a greenhouse that sits disused on the side of a large castle in France
jagged edge — my latest image, and a beauty from the depths of Europe, a disused synagogue in Eastern Europe
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In June this year the “Surgical Clinic and Health Centre” was opened, serving a population of over 50,000 people from the town of Léo and its surrounding communities. In planning for the most sustainable building solution with least ecological impact, the main construction of the centre is compressed earth bricks

Their high thermal mass capacity allows them to absorb the cool night air and release it during the day, helping keep the interior spaces cool. The clinic also features ten large overlapping roofs that protect the walls from rain and shade the interiors from the hot daytime sun. The vibrantly-coloured buildings are sited around a central outdoor corridor - a friendly characteristic which is important for the success of the centre, as it attracts patients who would normally not seek medical attention.

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