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The Versatility of Gabion Walls, From Infrastructure to Urban Furniture

Widely used in infrastructure, gabion walls are structures made of mesh metal cages filled with stones. These permeable walls use galvanized steel wire to withstand outdoor conditions. 

Bosque Altozano Club House / Parque Humano. Image Cortesia de Parque Humano BAH Restaurante Parkshopping / Tellini Vontobel Arquitetura. Image © Cristiano Bauce Restauración Paisajística del Vertedero de Residuos de la Vall d'en Joan / Batlle i Roig Arquitectes. Image © Jordi Surroca Mirador Asomo al Vacío. Image Cortesia de Loreto Mellado Medel + 62

Public Works: South Africa’s New Cultural Projects

South Africa’s architecture is defined by a multicultural history. Located at the southernmost tip of the continent, the county has built upon past traditions and building techniques in a range of modern architecture and cultural projects. These structures showcase new design approaches in South Africa and experiment with diverse formal and spatial strategies.

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Le Pine House / SAOTA

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Saint-Tropez, France

C Offices / Forte Architetti

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  • Architects: Forte Architetti
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 236.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Cheetah Plains Lodge / ARRCC

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  • Interiors designers: ARRCC
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Boma House / SAOTA + ARRCC + OKHA

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Cape Town, South Africa
  • Architects: SAOTA ; Interiors designers: ARRCC, OKHA
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

Clifton 301 Building / OKHA

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Cape Town, South Africa
  • Architects: SAOTA ; Interiors designers: OKHA
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Cape Villa House / ARRCC

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  • Interiors designers: ARRCC
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

78 Corlett Drive Building / Daffonchio and Associates

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Johannesburg, South Africa

Uluwatu House / SAOTA

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  • Architects: SAOTA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 152524.61 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Kloof 145 House / SAOTA

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Ciudad del Cabo, South Africa
  • Architects: SAOTA
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

C Office / Forte Architetti

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  • Architects: Forte Architetti
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 232.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Infinity Pools in 15 Architecture Projects

There are few things that fascinate us more than the sea. Its contemplation arouses a sense of peace, while its colors, textures, movements and amplitude provide a scientifically proven effect of relaxation in our nervous system. Above all, it makes us realize how small we are in the universe. It is not by chance that a house facing the sea is a dream of consumption for many, let alone with a pool right in front of it. Infinity pools play with this feeling of infinite sea and sky. Through a well-elaborated set of levels and plans, they create an optical illusion that leaves everyone speechless, making pool water appear as if merged with the horizon, overflowing at one or more edges. But before you plan your photo on Instagram with a glass of sparkling wine in your hand, let's take a look at how these pools are built.

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The 50 Most Inspiring Architecture Photographs of 2018

Courtesy of JAJA Architects
Courtesy of JAJA Architects

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Because, for all the inspirational works across the world, we would be lost without the photographers dedicated to sharing this inspiration with us. Here we present to you the 50 most influential architectural photographs of the year.

Dilido House / SAOTA

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Miami, United States
  • Architects: SAOTA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1670.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Benguela Cove / SAOTA

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Contemporary Religious Architecture That Rethinks Traditional Spaces for Worship

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© Fabrice Fouillet

Constructing places of worship has always been an intricate practice, managing to detach the human, and release the boundary between body, mind, and spirit. Holy presence has been crucial in designing and constructing sacred places, which is why almost all religious building possessed similar characteristics: grandiosity, monolithic material, natural elements, and a plan that compliments an individual’s circulation through the space. Contemporary religious structures, however, found a way to adapt to the evolution of architecture. Unlike the Gothic or Baroque periods, modern-day architecture does not have a dominant identity. It is, in fact, a combination of postmodernism, futurism, minimalism, and everything in between. Architects have found a way to transform these exclusive, religion-devoted places into structures of spirituality, manifestation, and fascination.

Here is a selection of contemporary religious buildings that prove once again that architects are breaking all boundaries of creativity.

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Concrete Shells: Design Principles and Examples

Let's think of a paper sheet. If we tried to stiffen it from its primary state, it couldn't support its own weight. However, if we bend it, the sheet achieves a new structural quality. The shells act in the same way. "You can't imagine a form that doesn't need a structure or a structure that doesn't have a form. Every form has a structure, and every structure has a form. Thus, you can't conceive a form without automatically conceiving a structure and vice versa". [1] The importance of the structural thought that culminates in the constructed object is then, taken by the relationship between form and structure. The shells arise from the association between concrete and steel and are structures whose continuous curved surfaces have a minimal thickness; thus they are widely used in roofs of large spans without intermediate supports.

In structural terms, they are efficient because they resist compression efforts and absorb at specific points on their surface, especially near the supports — small moments of flexion.