PENSON are the gurus of interiors… be it bold statements, unmissable detailing, or showstopping furniture – we’ve got it covered!

This week, we’re taking a step outside, and showing our appreciation for some of the finest exteriors around.

From concrete jungle hideaways, to marshmallow churches, these flamboyantly unique exteriors really pack a punch and prove that sometimes… just occasionally, you can judge a book by its cover…

 

Freddy Mamani:

We have to start in El Alto, Bolivia, for some seriously cool art-deco inspo – architect Freddy Mamani is slowly modernising the growing city – and injecting some much needed colour into the local surroundings.

 

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Freddy Mamani | Photography: Mattia Polisena

 

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Freddy Mamani | Photography: Mattia Polisena

 

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Freddy Mamani | Photography: Mattia Polisena

 

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Freddy Mamani | Photography: Mattia Polisena

 

Freddy Mamani | Photography: Mattia Polisena

 

Lacime Architects:

Next up, over to China, where Lacime Architects are serving up all kinds of serenity and calm, with the Shimao Longyin Leisure Centre. It’s the reflective pools that PENSON are loving, giving the site an illusion of perfect symmetry.

 

Lacime Architects | Photography: Schran Images

 

Lacime Architects | Photography: Schran Images

 

Lacime Architects | Photography: Schran Images

Lacime Architects | Photography: Schran Images

 

Inuce:

Staying in China for more of our favourite quirky exteriors, we couldn’t possible miss the new Huaxiang Church hall by Inuce. The pastel pink pebble-dash exterior is surprisingly beautiful – the pebbles soften the block of colour, and prevents any overwhelming pinkness!

 

Inuce | Photography: Shi Kai / Inuce

 

Inuce | Photography: Shi Kai / Inuce

 

Inuce | Photography: Shi Kai / Inuce

 

Inuce | Photography: Shi Kai / Inuce

 

Patisandhika & Daniel Mitchell:

Finally, we take a look at Patisandhika & Daniel Mitchell’s A Brutalist Tropical Home in Bali. Reminiscent of long lost jungle ruins, the stark concrete exterior is a modern update, and the seamless blend of jungle and architecture makes this exterior so striking.

 

Patisandhika & Daniel Mitchell | Photography: Tommaso Riva

 

Patisandhika & Daniel Mitchell | Photography: Tommaso Riva

 

Patisandhika & Daniel Mitchell | Photography: Tommaso Riva

 

Patisandhika & Daniel Mitchell | Photography: Tommaso Riva

Patisandhika & Daniel Mitchell | Photography: Tommaso Riva

 

While our tour of extraordinary exteriors has taken us on a global scavenger hunt, London definitely offers up plenty of inspirational architecture ready and waiting to be discovered…why not head out this weekend and see for yourself.