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British firm David Chipperfield Architects has completed its first project in Canada – the overhaul of a 19th-century building into a minimalist fashion store. | from the architects: “Founded in 2003, @ssense is a Canadian online fashion platform and clothing e-tailer with a global presence. The company started online and decided to open a series of physical locations. The Montreal space serves as the pilot for the store concept designed in 2015. The resulting project sets new precedents in retailing. It is not a conventional shop, but rather a cultural, social and retail venue, manifesting in physical form the diverse nature of its digital foundation. Customers can experience the space, meet, try on and wear the goods that they have preselected online, and participate in cultural programming related to fashion and the arts.”

@puntacaliza on Isla Holbox, Mexico by @maciasperedo | Guadalajara-based architecture firm Estudio Macías Peredo has created an intimate sanctuary on the remote island of Holbox, Mexico, based on the region's ancient buildings. Devoid of cars and accessible solely by ferry, Isla Holbox is a fishing village off the Yucatán Peninsula and an emerging beach destination within the Yum Balam nature reserve. Its main draw for visitors continues to be the rare opportunity to swim with whale sharks during the summer months.

To help this cluster of houses blend into their setting in a Mexican forest, architecture studio @tallerhectorbarroso chose to cover the walls in a render made using local soil. The Entre Pinos development comprises a row of five weekend houses, designed by the Mexico City-based design firm for a site in the vast forest surrounding the town of Valle de Bravo. The properties are positioned among tall pine trees in a line that sees them descend gradually to follow the topography of the sloping forest floor. The five buildings are identical. Each one is made up of a series of blocks in varying heights, grouped around a landscaped patio. The architecture utilises local materials. These include timber and brick, as well as the soil used to mix the render applied to wall surfaces. The rendered brick gives the building its earthy pink tone. It creates a feeling of warmth and consistency throughout the interior spaces, complemented by natural stone flooring and the exposed timber framework. See more on our Journal. Photography is by @arorygardiner.

Villa Waalre in the Netherlands by Harry-Seidler-trained Australian architect Russell Jones. See more images in our new Journal. Link in bio.

Handrail detail in @johnpawson’s Kitzbühel House in Kitzbühel, Austria.

The oak clad kitchen in a home in Hampshire, UK designed by @niallmclaughlinarchitects. See more images by Nick Kane on our new ‘Journal’ section. Link in bio.

This country home, located in a river valley in Hampshire, was designed by @niallmclaughlinarchitects as a series of stone pavilions. Nestled into a gentle slope, the 1,250 square-metre home's stepped, concrete-framed volumes sit against a long, flint-clad "inhabitable wall", which houses a swimming pool. See more images by Nick Kane on our new ‘Journal’ section. Link in bio.

France will open the redesign of the Notre Dame cathedral's iconic roofline to international architects after Monday night's blaze gutted the oak-framed structure and sent its 300-foot spire crashing through its vaulted ceiling. President Emmanuel Macron pledged Notre Dame, one of France's best-loved symbols, will be rebuilt within five years. Tycoons and international firms have promised financial and expert help in rebuilding the 850-year-old cultural icon. | Notre Dame was built over nearly 200 years starting in the middle of the 12th century, though it was only in the mid 1800s that architect Eugene Viollet-le-Duc added the lead-covered spire during restoration work. "The international competition will allow us to ask the question of whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived by Viollet-le-Duc," Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters. “Or if, as is often the case in the evolution of heritage, we should endow Notre Dame with a new spire." Mr Philippe said the competition will also assess whether the spire should be "adapted to technologies and challenges of our times". | More than $1 billion in donations have poured in for the vast restoration of the fire-ravaged Notre Dame cathedral — but Macron’s pledge that it will be completed within five years is facing accusations of being wildly off track. Prominent French conservation architect Pierluigi Pericolo told Inrocks magazine it could take triple that time. “No less than 15 years … it's a colossal task," Mr Pericolo said. Mr Pericolo worked on the restoration of the 19th-century Saint-Donatien basilica, which was badly damaged by fire in 2015 in the French city of Nantes. He said it could take between "two to five years" just to check the stability of the massive cathedral that dominates the Paris skyline. “It's a fundamental step, and very complex, because it's difficult to send workers into a monument whose vaulted ceilings are swollen with water," Mr Pericolo told France-Info.

A catastrophic fire has engulfed Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world. Flames that began in the early evening burst through the roof of the centuries-old cathedral and engulfed the spire, which collapsed, quickly followed by the entire roof. The fire has spread to one of the church's landmark rectangular towers, according to an Associated Press reporter who saw flames blazing behind an oblong stained-glass window in the tower. A spokesman for the Paris Fire Department said the next hour-and-a-half was "crucial" in order to see if the fire could be contained. A French Interior Ministry official told media firefighters might not be able to save the cathedral. It is not clear what sparked the fire at the 12th-century building. First responders are trying to salvage priceless art from the cathedral. 💔

@airbnb is offering the chance to win a ‘night with Mona Lisa’ at the @museelouvre in Paris as part of the 30 year celebrations of the museum’s iconic glass pyramid. The stay will take place on a Tuesday (April 30), when the Louvre is usually closed. Winners will sleep within a “tent-like” bedroom under the pyramid and also receive a private tour of the museum as well as an aperitif in a “living room” in front of the Mona Lisa painting, followed by a privately-cooked dinner at the foot of the famous statue of the Venus de Milo, and an acoustic music concert in the Napoleon III halls. To enter the competition, potential guests must answer “Why would you be the Mona Lisa’s perfect guest?” Details of how to enter, and all the terms and conditions are on the Airbnb website.

Villa RA in Calabria, Italy by @morqarchitecture.

@snohetta has completed Under, the "world's largest underwater restaurant", which plunges from a craggy shoreline in the remote village of Båly, Norway. Designed by Snøhetta to resemble a sunken periscope, the 495-square-metre restaurant is fronted by a huge panoramic window that gives visitors a view of marine life. The building on Norway's southern coast, which can seat up to 40 people and will also be used as a marine research centre, is Europe's first underwater restaurant.