These buildings are crisp cousins, clad in white. The clean aesthetic is interrupted by their informal shells, adding a curious twist as the shapes throw up unexpected ways for people to enjoy the buildings.
One building is clad in undulating narrow white vertical battens, playing with its views onto narrow lanes. The other emphasises its long views onto the central square and market hall, with a semi-transparent, undulating horizontal white metal skin. Both were designed to be well-loved, and their informal aesthetic is neither anodyne nor prescriptive.
Assemblage, a London-based studio of architects and urban designers, launched in 2003. It recently won an international competition to design the new Iraqi parliamentary building complex, and a settlement for 3,000 people including schools, markets, health centres and green spaces.
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