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House in Cercal / GV+Arquitectos

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 34

  • Architects: GV+Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  237
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Azulima, BORA, Sosoares, Stuv, Vulcano, +1

Polyfunctional Building Petřiny82 / Lucie Němcová

© Václav Novák© Václav Novák© Václav Novák© Václav Novák+ 39

Pensamientos Residential Complex / Espacio 18 Arquitectura

© Camila Cossio
© Camila Cossio

© Camila Cossio© Camila Cossio© Camila Cossio© Camila Cossio+ 21

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  1200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2022
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Cemex, Interceramic, Plasters, Tecnolite

Royal College of Art / Herzog & de Meuron

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan© Iwan Baan© Iwan Baan© Iwan Baan+ 26

Let the Light In: The Lightness of Translucent Baths and Sinks

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Cortesia de antoniolupi
Cortesia de antoniolupi

Located somewhere between opacity and transparency, translucent surfaces allow rays of light to partially pass through them, creating a "blurred" aspect to what is seen on the other side. This is an effect widely used in art, as in the works of the Icelandic–Danish artist Olafur Eliason, for example, who works with optical illusions through light and colorful and transparent surfaces. But it is also admired by contemporary architects, such as the Japanese office SANAA, or European offices such as Barozzi / Veiga or Lacaton & Vassal, among many others.

In buildings, when using translucent surfaces with materials such as polycarbonate or glass, elements become visually lighter and highlight interiors or even the building's structure, without intruding on inhabitants' privacy. Chairs, lamps, pots: there are several everyday objects that use translucency for aesthetics and lightness. In the bathroom, however, this is not so common. Usually made of porcelain, the traditional pieces used in this space are opaque and at times are not so flexible to allow for a designer's vision.

NYCxDESIGN Celebrates its 10th Anniversary with Architectural Installations and Interventions across the City

With a mission to support, empower, and grow the city's design sector, New York's annual design festival, the NYCxDESIGN presented a selection of architectural installations, talks, and events to celebrate global creative accomplishments, share new ideas, and inspire through design. This year, the festival returned for its tenth edition, running from May 10th - 20th. Having been a special anniversary, this year showcased New York's creative diversity and talent, putting on display its designers, makers, manufacturers, innovative design businesses, as well as world-class cultural and academic design institutions.

FILTER by CLB Architects. Image © Matthew CarasellaVitra Floral Installation with Lutfi Janina. Image © Matthew CarasellaFILTER by CLB Architects . Image © Matthew CarasellaFoscarini's Uptown: The City of Light. Image © Foscarini+ 40

Salamis Summer House / AREA Architecture Research Athens

© Yorgis Yerolymbos
© Yorgis Yerolymbos

© Yorgis Yerolymbos© Yorgis Yerolymbos© Yorgis Yerolymbos© Yorgis Yerolymbos+ 32

Nisi, Greece
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  105
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Alumil, Zangra, BRIGHT, Cesi, Flor Gres, +6

Haptic and Ramboll Explore the Future of Timber High-Rise

Haptic and Ramboll conceptualize a novel structure that hopes to eradicate the need for demolition. The timber high-rise construction is built for maximum flexibility and longevity, being able to change its configuration and, consequently, its functions to adapt to the city’s changing needs. The design concept is based on the idea of maximizing the potential of sites in inner-city neighborhoods. To exemplify the regenerative potential of this model, the architects have applied the concept to a tight urban area in the center of Oslo, Norway.

Elevation. Image Courtesy of Haptic ArchitectsCourtesy of Haptic ArchitectsProgress view. Image Courtesy of Haptic ArchitectsProgress view. Image Courtesy of Haptic Architects+ 10

From Display Windows to Open Spaces: Different Solutions for Stores' Showcases

Creating a showcase is more than just displaying products, just as designing a store goes beyond a showcase. Both charges reinforce the concept of a collection, attract customers and improve a brand’s image. It is no coincidence that many architects work in the Visual Merchandising area along with graphic and interior designers, retailers, and stylists, to design a spatial experience that generates a unique narrative and brings greater customer engagement to the store.

KOLON SPORT Hannam Store / studio fragment. Image: © Kim DonggyuItsu São Paulo Store / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Image: © Pedro KokLoja Ryzí / Pistache Ganache. Image: © FelcoMon Parnasse Flower Shop / Canobardin. Image: © Imagen Subliminal (Miguel de Guzmán + Rocío Romero)+ 20

Lisbon Approves Free Public Transport for Young and Elderly

Photo: Claudio Schwarz | Unsplash
Photo: Claudio Schwarz | Unsplash

Lisbon city counsil almost unanimously approved the proposal of free public transport for young people up to 18 years old, higher education students up to 23 years old and people over 65 years old.

This free pass, which should encourage the use of public transport, is valid for residents of the city. The decision was announced by the mayor Carlos Moedas.

How Cannabis Legalization Has Changed Cities in the United States

The topic of cannabis can be rather taboo in some instances, as countries around the world have differing views on the legalization of marijuana products based on their cultural and religious beliefs. In the United States specifically, it’s been a long contended issue that each state has, for now, been left to decide on how they want to handle. Each year, more and more states (now totaling 18 and the District of Columbia out of 50), have legalized the recreational sale and use of a limited amount of cannabis, but it remains illegal on a federal level.

Cannabis tax revenue generated more than two billion dollars across legalized states in the last year alone and is expected to grow to nearly 12 billion dollars by 2030, exceeding tax revenues collected from the sale of alcohol, according to bond strategists at Barclays. For the states that do tax the sale of cannabis products, there have already been significant benefits that have helped further develop cities and smaller towns, making the streets safer, and increased funding for new municipal projects, local businesses, subsidies for low-income renters, improvements to public school systems, water and sewer line upgrades, and other significant infrastructure projects.

Hoghult House / Fabel Arkitektur

© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson+ 22

Karlsborg, Sweden

Ceramic Flooring That Can Be Installed 8 Times Faster Than Conventional Tiling

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Flooring can either make or break a space. With the proper design, it can enhance a room’s design, mark a good first impression and positively impact user experience. However, because floors must withstand damaging conditions such as exposure to moisture and heat, constant foot traffic and heavy furniture movement, it is only natural for them to degrade over time. As a result, renovating floors is crucial to maintain interiors in a good state, especially those with a lot of use.

While selecting a new material to replace the old surface, building owners, architects and designers must consider many key factors, such as comfort, durability and aesthetics. But when it comes to buildings where daily functions are carried out and thus cannot be closed for long periods of time – like supermarkets, offices and restaurants –, speed of installation often becomes the top priority. Ultimately, as the old saying goes, “time is money.”

333 Kingsland Road & Hackney New Primary School / Henley Halebrown

© Nick Kane© Nick Kane© Nick Kane© Lorenzo Zandri+ 25

House Under the Trees / Doro

© Ishita Sitwala, Stavan Bhagora & Naomy Parikh© Ishita Sitwala, Stavan Bhagora & Naomy Parikh© Ishita Sitwala, Stavan Bhagora & Naomy Parikh© Ishita Sitwala, Stavan Bhagora & Naomy Parikh+ 32

Jaspur, India
  • Architects: Doro
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Gaurav and Artisans, Madhavan and Team
  • Professionals : ADCE, Omprakash

Thalia Boutique Hotel / Ho Khue Architects

© Hiroyuki Oki© Hiroyuki Oki© Hiroyuki Oki© Hiroyuki Oki+ 43

Thành phố Hội An, Vietnam
  • Architects: Ho Khue Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  475
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Sika, Kramer

Terracotta House / Modo Designs

© Vinay Panjwani© Vinay Panjwani© Vinay Panjwani© Vinay Panjwani+ 23

Rancharda, India

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