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10 impressive architecture projects designed by women

In light of International Women's Day, we've rounded up a series of architecture projects designed by women, from Odile Decq's bright-red bubble house to Amanda Levete's undulating MAAT museum.

MAAT museum, Portugal, by Amanda Levete

Covered in 15,000 white ceramic tiles, Amanda Levete's MAAT museum in Lisbon features an undulating form inspired by the rippling waters of the nearby Tagus River. Levete, who heads firm AL_A, has recently been awarded the Jane Drew Prize for women in architecture.

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Messner Mountain Museum by Zaha Hadid
Messner Mountain Museum by Zaha Hadid

Messner Mountain Museum, Italy, by Zaha Hadid Architects

Designed by the late Zaha Hadid, this usual museum comprises three curved volumes that appear to burst through an Alpine rockface. Completed in 2015, the building also features a viewing platform that cantilevers over a valley, offering visitors impressive views of the Ortler mountain range.

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Museo de Sitio Julio C Tello, Peru, by Barclay & Crousse

Barclay & Crousse employed red pigmented concrete to build the geometric forms of this archaeology museum in Peru, complementing tones in the surrounding arid desert. The Lima-based practice is led by architect Sandra Barclay and Jean Pierre Crousse.

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Wadden Sea Centre extension by Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter

A sculptural, thatched roof sits atop this extension to a visitors centre on the Wadden Sea mud flats. It was created by Dorte Mandrup’s eponymous practice, who are based in Copenhagen.

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Los Terrenos, Mexico, by Tatiana Bilbao

Mexican architect Tatiana Bilbao used mirrored glass to clad the facades of this holiday home in Monterrey, camouflaging it against a forested hillside. The project is just a short distance from Bilbao’s Ventura House, which is composed of chunky, concrete volumes.

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Perforated concrete walls encase La Tallera gallery by Frida Escobedo

La Tallera gallery, Mexico, by Frida Escobedo

A perforated concrete wall shields the former home and studio of painter David Alfaro Siqueiros, which was transformed into a public gallery by Mexican architect Frida Escobedo. Earlier this year she was named as the designer of the 2018 Serpentine Pavilion, which will also feature a latticed enclosure.

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Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, USA, by Studio Gang

Logs are set into the concave walls of this triangular college campus in Michigan, designed by Jeanne Gang's architecture firm. Large panels of glazing are set into the building's three end walls, to frame different views of the wooded surroundings.

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Forum of Saint Louis by Manuelle Gautrand Architecture in Alsace, France

Forum of Saint-Louis by Manuelle Gautrand

To break down the size of this exhibition centre in France, architect Manuelle Gautrand divided it into 13 gabled blocks. Gautrand – who heads her eponymous practice in Paris – chose to clad the structure in orange-hued perforated metal to give the impression of unoxidised copper.

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Rijnstraat 8, Netherlands, by OMA

OMA partner Ellen van Loon lead the restructure of this government office in The Hague. The Dutch practice implemented acid-yellow escalators, angular black staircases and a host of open-plan workspaces in the building, which hadn’t been updated since the 1990s.

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Renovation of the Antti Lovag Bubble house by Odile Decq in Cannes, France

Maison Bernard by Odile Decq

French architect Odile Decq carried out a five-year renovation of Antti Lovag's 1970s home, which appears to be made of interconnecting bubbles. Decq used a bold colour scheme to structure the home's interiors, intended to complement the bright-red, bulging facade.

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