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Fernanda Castro

Chilean architect from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Projects Managing Editor for ArchDaily.

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14 Outstanding Concert Halls: A Perfect Match Between Acoustics and Aesthetics

07:00 - 15 May, 2019
14 Outstanding Concert Halls: A Perfect Match Between Acoustics and Aesthetics, © Jakub Certowicz
© Jakub Certowicz

When we think about a perfect match between acoustics and good design it may not be as easy as it seems. A number of technical decisions in order to make an interior space acoustically efficient -and to achieve its programmatic purpose correctly- can make some of the architect's design intentions fade and be replaced by standard and prefabricated panels.

In this article, we present a selection of architecture projects that are able to create a memorable visual impact as well as an impeccable interior solution for acoustics. These are our favorite 14 music venues that fascinate inside and out.

© Simon Menges © Adam Mørk Courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects © Ema Peter + 32

Rethinking Sacred Spaces for New Purposes

04:00 - 7 May, 2019
Rethinking Sacred Spaces for New Purposes, © Stijn Poelstra
© Stijn Poelstra

In the wake of the recent fires at Paris’ Notre Dame and the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, we have seen many architects propose new ways of rebuilding these sacred spaces, opening them up to new possibilities.

Historically, after the decline of the Catholic Church and the increasing loss of faith in several locations in Europe and in North America, the maintenance costs and the disuse of sacred spaces has led to the eventual abandonment of churches, shrines and monasteries with great architectural and historical value.

This opens a new opportunity for investors and architects to rescue and re-contextualize the historical heritage of these buildings. Below we present 15 examples of adaptive reuse in ancient churches--transformed into hotels, homes, museums, libraries and other cultural spaces.

Courtesy of Evolution Design © David Zarzoso Courtesy of Thomas Balaban Architect © Flos&Beeldpunt + 16

Pdda: A Series of Small Architectural Drawings

08:00 - 5 May, 2019
Pdda: A Series of Small Architectural Drawings, Courtesy of Gaetano Boccia
Courtesy of Gaetano Boccia

Italian architect Gaetano Boccia has been researching drawings and architectural representation for the past two years. The Pdda (piccoli disegni di architettura) project was born with the intention of sharing Boccia's thoughts, which he has always cataloged and kept in notebooks.

Referring to no particular buildings, these drawings are part of an inspirational process that takes place in the architect's daily context and complex surroundings of Naples and Italian culture.

Courtesy of Gaetano Boccia Courtesy of Gaetano Boccia Courtesy of Gaetano Boccia Courtesy of Gaetano Boccia + 25

Infographic: The Pritzker Architecture Prize

05:00 - 1 May, 2019
© Lena Pak
© Lena Pak

Dealing with data analysis and communication is an important part when it comes to mediating between decision-makers and residents. Architect and Urbanist Lena Pak has developed a personal interest for data visualization in order to improve the communication process in a clear and effective way and she has shared with ArchDaily her last project based on the Pritzker Architecture Prize. A dynamic and interactive infographic that is meant to generalize information about the prize and to highlight curious facts of its distribution.

"MAKE IT ISO!", A Series of Isometrics Based on Iconic Movies and TV Series

04:00 - 18 April, 2019
"MAKE IT ISO!", A Series of Isometrics Based on Iconic Movies and TV Series, © Riccardo Masiero
© Riccardo Masiero

© Riccardo Masiero © Riccardo Masiero © Riccardo Masiero © Riccardo Masiero + 13

The passion for cinema and TV shows, combined with that for scenography and architecture, led Italian architect Riccardo Masiero to play with the different spaces and dimensions of the elements that make movies in order to create "MAKE IT ISO!", a series of drawings portraying famous movies and TV icons such as Breaking Bad, Twin Peaks, Harry Potter, Star Wars, The Shining and UP in an architectural way.

These illustrations represent iconic scenes of TV and cinema through the isometric illustration method, giving an overall picture of the construction of the scene, as well as providing a different point of view to the observer.  

Keep reading to see the full "MAKE IT ISO!" series and the author explaining his work.

re:design Celebrates Bauhaus 100 with Illustrated Posters

04:00 - 17 April, 2019
re:design Celebrates Bauhaus 100 with Illustrated Posters, Courtesy of re:design
Courtesy of re:design

Graphic designers Eurydyka Kata & Rafał Szczawiński from re:design have shared with us some of their most recent designs celebrating Bauhaus' 100th Anniversary. Inspiration for these posters was taken directly from Bauhaus' most iconic designs. "For this poster, we researched some of the most famous designs from the Bauhaus school: furniture, toys, appliances, and recreated them isometrically. Both the drawing style and colors are inspired by Bauhaus art and style. This was great fun to work on and we're glad we could pay tribute to one of the most important institutions in the history of design."

13 Houses with Pitched Roofs and their Sections

07:00 - 14 February, 2019
13 Houses with Pitched Roofs and their Sections, Section
Section

The roof is one of the most essential structural elements of nearly every construction. It is the element that allows a delineated space to transform into one that feels protected. Strongly related to the climatic conditions of the context, the roof's variations in aesthetic and structural design have allowed architects to indulge their stylistic preoccupations to convert roofs not only into elements of closure and climate protection but into a character-giving feature that lends identity and flair – especially when the roof becomes a wall.

Following this opportunity, we want to highlight great examples of roofs that also become walls: 13 houses in which the roof completes the façade, delineating not only the interior in its vertical sense but also in the horizontal one.

This collection is one of many interesting content groupings made by our registered users. Remember you can save and manage what inspires you on My ArchDaily. Create your account here.

© Kai Nakamura © Kai Nakamura © Masato Kawano © Toshiyuki Yano + 29

The Best Architectural Drawings of 2018

04:00 - 6 January, 2019
The Best Architectural Drawings of 2018, © The Open Workshop
© The Open Workshop

With the mission of providing tools and inspiration to architects all around the world, ArchDaily’s curators are constantly searching for new projects, ideas and forms of expression. For the past three years, ArchDaily has showcased the best discoveries of each year, and in keeping with tradition, we would like to share the best architecture drawings published throughout 2018.

What is the role of contemporary drawing in architecture? We approach the definition of drawing as design itself. Drawings are used to explain principles, to deliver ideas, to construct new architecture, and to document creative processes.
Below you will see the selection of drawings arranged under six categories: Context, Architectural Drawings, Sketches & Hand-drawn, Digital Collages, Conceptual Drawings & Diagrams and Animated Gifs. Each chosen drawing strengthens the proposed construction or enhances the built work.

We also invite you to review collections from previous years here or other drawing-related posts selected by our editors in the following link.

Architecture That Uses Meshes and Nets for Escape, Play and Rest

05:00 - 12 December, 2018
Architecture That Uses Meshes and Nets for Escape, Play and Rest, Courtesy of Numen / For Use
Courtesy of Numen / For Use

Architects use meshes and nets as a way to brighten up homes, hostels, and even office spaces. Functioning as a hammock, mesh establish a connection between floor levels. This playful feature often creates unexpected places for leisure, escape, and rest. Below, we've selected 17 projects that feature nets and meshes.

Puukuokka Housing Block / OOPEAA

14:00 - 8 November, 2018
Puukuokka Housing Block  / OOPEAA, © Mikko Auerniitty
© Mikko Auerniitty

© Mikko Auerniitty © Mikko Auerniitty © Mikko Auerniitty © Mikko Auerniitty + 46

  • Architects

  • Location

    40100 Jyväskylä, Finland
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Anssi Lassila
  • Project Architects

    Juha Pakkala (construction stage),
 Iida Hedberg (design process stage), Jussi-Pekka Vesala (master plan stage)
  • Other Team Members

    Teemu Leppälä, Mia Salonen, Teemu Hirvilammi, Hanna-Kaarina Heikkilä, Santtu Hyvärinen
  • Area

    18650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Architecture in Black: A Selection of The Best Dark Interiors

04:00 - 30 October, 2018
Architecture in Black: A Selection of The Best Dark Interiors   , © Daici Ano
© Daici Ano

The use of light and shadow in architecture can have several nuances. The traditional Japanese culture stands out for working with spaces of dim light, kind of dull. On the other hand, modern architecture and minimalism work along with illuminating spaces through the use of white spaces and reflection of light as a recurring resource.

Even so, black, dark spaces and minimalism also converse in the same language that provides new possibilities for lighting design and use of new materials. We now present you a selection of the best contemporary interior spaces that use black as the protagonist element, generating introspective but dramatic environments at the same time.

Charles Smith Wines Jet City / Olson Kundig

14:00 - 29 October, 2018
Charles Smith Wines Jet City / Olson Kundig, © Nic Lehoux
© Nic Lehoux

© Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux © Nic Lehoux + 16

  • Architects

  • Location

    Seattle, Washington, United States
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Olson Kundig
  • Design Principal

    Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA
  • Project Manager

    Michael Picard, LEED AP
  • Project Architect

    Mark Olthoff
  • Architectural Staff

    Yousman Okano
  • Area

    35000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Coal Drops Yard / Heatherwick Studio

06:00 - 26 October, 2018
Coal Drops Yard / Heatherwick Studio, © Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow + 41

  • Lead designer

  • Location

    Kings Cross, Londres, United Kingdom
  • Category

  • Design Director

    Thomas Heatherwick
  • Group Leader

    Lisa Finlay
  • Project Leader

    Tamsin Green
  • Area

    100000.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

MO Museum of Modern Art / Studio Libeskind

02:00 - 23 October, 2018
© Hufton + Crow
© Hufton + Crow

© Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow © Hufton + Crow + 30

Wood and Concrete: Impressive Examples in Indian Architecture

22:30 - 14 October, 2018
© Shamanth Patil J.
© Shamanth Patil J.

Greatly influenced by the modern movement--and in particular the presence of Le Corbusier--contemporary Indian architecture reflects a mixture of traditional and western references. Using mainly local materials such as brick, concrete and stone, Indian buildings stand out with their high visual impact and a assertive heaviness. 

Because of its scarcity, wood is mostly used in details and finishes rather than as main structures. Some of the most successful architects in India have managed to gracefully balance the use of concrete and wood in a gentle gesture that evokes elegance and rough textures.

Here we present some of the best examples of contemporary Indian architecture that have used both concrete and wood in a harmonious and attractive way.

30 Projects Explained Through Architectural Gifs

03:00 - 4 October, 2018

In order to explain projects and design decisions properly, architects must use often rely on creative representation techniques instead of words. It’s part of the job. The quality of drawings - simple, complex, or anything in between - is fundamental for the correct reception of the ideas. Digital media has enabled new ways of representation including animation and adding a new dimension in a single image: processes.

Animated gifs can provide the same amount of information in constructive terms as a section, program distribution as a diagram and main decisions as a master plan,  while at the same time showing the progress and chronology of the project.

The following 30 projects use animated gifs as a tool to represent the design process, construction details, use of layers and interior spatial sequences.

The New Glenstone / Thomas Phifer and Partners

15:14 - 25 September, 2018
The New Glenstone / Thomas Phifer and Partners, © Iwan Baan courtesy of Thomas Phifer and Partners
© Iwan Baan courtesy of Thomas Phifer and Partners

© Iwan Baan courtesy of Thomas Phifer and Partners © Iwan Baan courtesy of Thomas Phifer and Partners © Iwan Baan courtesy of Thomas Phifer and Partners © Iwan Baan courtesy of Thomas Phifer and Partners + 20

Boolean Operator / MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY

17:00 - 21 September, 2018
Boolean Operator / MARC FORNES / THEVERYMANY, © NAARO
© NAARO

© NAARO © NAARO © NAARO © NAARO + 23