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Sensory Design: Architecture for a Full Spectrum of Senses

Plasencia Auditorium and Congress Center. Photo: © Iwan BaanHaven’t you always wanted …? / M@ STUDIO Architects. Photo: © Peter BennettsEgaligilo Pavilion / Broissin. Photo: © Alexandre D’ La RocheCO2 Pavilion Beijing / Superimpose Architecture. Photo: © Beijing Shardisland Technology Co., Ltd.+ 9

A space is much more than just its appearance. Textures, smells, and sounds can strongly affect the user's experience. Based on this, sensory architecture can transform the interaction between people and the built environment into something even deeper.

Warehouse Renovation: 12 Projects Reusing Industrial Structures in Brazil

SouSmile Headquarters / SuperLimão Studio. Photo: © Maira AcayabaStudio Pier 88 / Pietro Terlizzi Arquitetura. Photo: © Guilherme PucciCasa Fundamental Kindergarten / Gabriel Castro + Marcos Franchini + Pedro Haruf. Photo Courtesy of Gabriel Castro / ReverboMALHA / Tadu Arquitetura. Photo: © Ilana Bessler+ 47

Architecture has been increasingly focusing on adaptive reuse, taking advantage of the opportunity to redesign existing spaces to provide new purposes while also reducing damage to the environment. In this context, recycling warehouses is quite usual and is becoming more popular every day because these spaces often have large open plans which allow many different layouts.

Architecture and Topography: 25 Projects with Different Approaches to Relief

Sloping plots often present themselves as major challenges and therefore become a determining factor of the project by enabling various forms of approach, overlapping the ground, respecting its slope or even burying itself in it. To illustrate all these alternatives, we selected fifteen projects that present different solutions in dealing with landscape.

Issa Megaron / PROARH. Foto: © Damir FabijanićCasa em Ubatuba / spbr arquitetos. Foto: © Nelson KonMuseu de arte das dunas da UCCA / OPEN Architecture. Foto: © Qingshan WuThe Lap Pool House / Aristides Dallas Architects. Foto: © Panagiotis Voumvakis+ 52

Home Gardens: Residential Projects That Embrace Agriculture

Since before the first industrial revolution, sociologists, historians, and urban planners have been addressing the relationship between the city and the countryside, but this debate has become more pressing nowadays with the spread of megacities, typically with a population of more than 10 million people. With more and more people living in urban areas, it is imperative to think of solutions for food production within cities, thereby making cities more independent from rural areas, which have historically been responsible for the supply of food to the entire planet.

The idea that cities will become self-sufficient in food production in the near future is both unrealistic and naive. Nevertheless, small initiatives such as urban gardens, either at home or public gardens run by the community, might be a good starting point for a much bigger change in the future. Or perhaps they simply represent a desire to return to one's roots and achieve a slightly slower lifestyle.

Courtesy of TAA DESIGNPhoto © M. Ifran NurdinPhoto © Ivo Tavares StudioPhoto © Philippe Ruault+ 17

More Than Just a Wardrobe: 15 Examples of Walk-in Closets Design

Umami Apartment / Semerene Arquitetura Interior. Photo: © Haruo MikamiE2211 House / RAVEL Architecture. Photo: © Chase DanielCasa FH / Protostudio+Prototype. Photo: © Maíra AcayabaO-asis House / The Ranch Mine. Photo: © Roehner + Ryan+ 33

Choosing a home's cabinetry and furniture is not only about function and storage space but also about visual appeal. Walk-in closets, which are normally located in the master bedroom, are a good example of this. These spaces were usually used only for storing clothes, but modern closets now incorporate more unique features, transforming them into more personal and functional amenities.

15 Houses With Their Own Wood-Fired Pizza Ovens

Meals have always been bonding and bringing people together to eat. Sitting around a table or preparing food becomes even more enjoyable in spaces that focus on comfort and well-being. Moreover, cooking with different techniques can add a unique flavor to the experience, especially when it comes to wood-burning stoves, barbecue grills, and wood-fired pizza ovens.

Anexo de Lazer / CAWY Arquitetura + Carolina Ferraz + Danilo Keila. Photo: Courtesy of the design teamApartamento Mandarim / Studio Canto Arquitetura. Photo: © Mariana OrsiShoshone Residence / Carney Logan Burke Architects. Photo: © Audrey HallLounge Y / Nommo Arquitetos. Photo: © Paula Morais+ 21

Long-Span Buildings That Defy Gravity

Jewel Changi Airport / Safdie Architects. Photos courtesy of Jewel Changi AirportBridge Gallery / Atelier Lai. Photo: © Yilong ZhaoUpper Skeena Recreation Center / Hemsworth Architecture. Photo: © Ema PeterTaiyuan Botanical Garden / Delugan Meissl Associated Architects. Photo: © CreatAR+ 41

In architecture, ‘span’ is the term given to the length of a structural component that extends between two supports, or the continuous space created between two pillars of a building structure, and when we think of this element, one cannot help recalling classics such as Lina Bo Bardi's MASP, Álvaro Siza's Expo'98 Portuguese National Pavilion, and the Roman Pantheon. However, there are several other buildings with this feature, and recent projects have been using innovative and bold structures to create even more unexpected designs.

MASP to Receive a 14-Story Annex on Paulista Avenue Designed by Metro Arquitetos

The Museum of Art of São Paulo - MASP will soon expand its facilities to include an annex next to the iconic project by Lina Bo Bardi. The 14-story Dumont-Adams building, which has been inactive for decades, has 7800 square meters and will be renovated to house exhibition wings, a café, a restaurant, and a restoration laboratory.

How to Hide TV Wires?

Tribeca Loft / Office of Architecture. Photo: © Matthew WilliamsLoft São Paulo / treszerosete. Photo: © Ana MelloVentura House / Arquitetura Nacional. Photo: © Cristiano BauceCasa Patropi / Angá Arquitetura. Photo: © Carolina Lacaz+ 16

We are about to start living in a completely wireless world, but in the meantime, many people are looking for alternatives to hide wires creating a more organized and clean space. Therefore, we have provided some tips for those who want to disguise TV cables and cords from other devices to make the environment more comfortable.

10 Off-Grid Kitchens With Wood-Burning Stoves

House in Cunha / Arquipélago Arquitetos. Photo: © Federico Cairoli
House in Cunha / Arquipélago Arquitetos. Photo: © Federico Cairoli

Acaiacá House / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto. Photo: © Manuel SáNaila House / BAAQ'. Photo: © Edmund SumnerEaves House / Zoom Urbanismo Arquitetura e Design. Photo: © Maíra AcayabaHammock House / Javier Corvalán + Laboratorio de Arquitectura. Photo: © Andrea Parisi+ 11

A wood-burning stove (or wood burner or log burner in the UK) is a heating appliance used for cooking. Food cooked on a wood-burning stove tends to have a more intense flavor since it requires a slow, artisanal process that results in more complex dishes. For this reason, these stoves are becoming a popular choice for people who want to create a unique environment for family and friends to gather at home for a delicious meal.

World Photography Day: Send Us Your Photos!

A form of artistic expression mediated by a technical apparatus, photography has conquered its place among the arts, being, together with cinema, the one that can most faithfully register reality and, therefore, architecture. From large wooden boxes carrying silver emulsion plates to digital cameras and finally our smartphones, there is no doubt that photography has become more accessible to people, who step by step went from spectators to authors of images.

To celebrate World Photography Day, we invite our readers to share with us their photographs of works of architecture and cities. Without distinguishing between enthusiasts, amateurs, or professional photographers, you are invited to send photos that showcase the built space in the most varied scales. Images selected by our Content Team will be featured in an upcoming article.

Brazilian Houses: 12 Projects With Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood is wood that has been taken from its original application and repurposed. Old buildings such as houses, barns, and warehouses, often have to be torn down, resulting in demolition waste, which can be recycled and reused. Reclaimed wood can be used for many purposes, from cladding to building structures, and is very popular in contemporary architecture all over the world.

To get you inspired, here is a selection of 12 Brazilian houses that use this recycled material in flooring, walls, decks, bathrooms, outdoor areas, and stairs.

Trancoso House / Estúdio OR+K + TODOS Arquitetura. © André KlotzBangalove Residence / Rodrigo Simão Arquitetura. © Anita SoaresPirajibe House / Gil Mello Arquitetura. © Leka MendesCasa BF / Daniel Fromer. © Evelyn Müller+ 13

Modular Components in Industrial Architecture

Seville Cruise Terminal Phase 2 / Hombre de Piedra Arquitectos + Buró 4. Photo: © Jesús GranadaWhite Shed / Atelier 111 Architekti. Photo: © Alex Shoots BuildingsMariposa Land Port of Entry / Jones Studio. Photo: © Bill TimmermanMilagrito Mezcal Pavilion / AMBROSI I ETCHEGARAY. Photo: © Onnis Luque+ 27

Industrial architecture usually requires fast installation, low-maintenance components, and flexible spaces that can be used for different purposes. Therefore, modular solutions are very common in this type of construction, also adding a powerful visual language to the building.

Jaime Lerner, Influential Brazilian Urbanist Passes Away At 83

The prominent Brazilian urbanist Jaime Lerner has passed away this Thursday, May 27, at the age of 83. Trained as an architect, Lerner was chosen by the American magazine Planetizen as the second most influential urban planner of all time, only behind Jane Jacobs. In addition to his career linked to architecture and urban planning, Lerner was three times mayor of Curitiba and twice governor of Paraná (1995-1998 and 1999-2002). Lerner graduated in Architecture in 1964 from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR) and worked at the Curitiba Institute for Research and Urbanism (Ippuc) since its creation in 1965.

Bucolic Landscapes: 15 Country Houses in Portugal

Ring House / CSAA. Photo © José CamposCasa dos Caseiros / SAMF Arquitectos. Photo © José CamposHouse in Meco / atelier Rua. Courtesy of Atelier RUAMima House / Marta Brandão + Mário Sousa. Photo © José Campos+ 16

With a population of a little over ten million people, of which almost two-thirds are living in urban areas, Portugal is still one of the most rural countries in Europe to this day. A significant part of the population is distributed along the Atlantic Ocean coast, concentrated mainly in Lisbon and Porto, which account for almost half of the country's residents, resulting in a large and sparsely populated inland area with predominantly rural characteristics.

Despite the low density and the countryside atmosphere, these regions are not lacking in quality architecture. Many buildings - mostly residential - stand out for their ability to blend into the landscape, repurpose old structures, or pay homage to local vernacular techniques. The following 15 country houses are examples of this:

Paulo Mendes da Rocha Passes Away at 92

One of the biggest names in Brazilian and worldwide architecture, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, passed away at the age of 92. As his son Pedro Mendes da Rocha reported to ArchDaily, the architect was hospitalized in São Paulo due to lung cancer and passed away at dawn on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Paulo Mendes da Rocha will be remembered for the great formative role he had. His architectural creation debated life above all, raising questions and challenging ready ideas and conformity. He consolidated an influence short of language or aesthetics, formed mainly by the way of acting and thinking, in which each project was an opportunity for transformation. His ideas and designs overflowed the limits of the program, place and materiality, always bringing a new point of view to achieve revolutionary simplicity.