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Moveable Walls : Transparency and Accessibility in 6 Works of Architecture

12:00 - 23 December, 2018
Moveable Walls  : Transparency and Accessibility in 6 Works of Architecture , © Rory Gardiner
© Rory Gardiner

© Guy Wenborne © Rory Gardiner © Nigel Young © Andrés García Lachner + 28

When the time comes to separate or close off spaces, it's important to keep in mind solutions that will adapt and cater to your project. In this step, it's important to define, not only the materials needed to complete the project, but how the final product will interact with the people who will use it.  Some of the most highly recommended solutions are foldable, collapsable, stackable, or hanging mechanisms that allow interiors and exteriors to be integrated without completely losing their individual functions. 

If you're looking for help or inspiration for this process, take a look at 6 projects that effectively utilize these versatile building systems. 

Smart Homes That Use Domotics To Improve Quality of Life

04:00 - 22 November, 2018
© Paul Finkel
© Paul Finkel

Home automation, or Domotics, is a set of technologies applied to a residence to control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. Its systems allow for efficient management of energy consumption, security, accessibility, and the general comfort of the building, becoming an important issue to consider when designing, building, and living.

Domotic systems are based on the collection of data by sensors, which are then processed to issue precise orders to the executors, varying the environmental quality of each enclosure according to the needs of the user. The pace of current life and the technological advances we have experienced in recent years have led to new ways of living, motivating the design of homes and more human, multifunctional and flexible buildings. What was once a luxury is now a feasible and effective solution for all types of projects.

In this article, we've compiled a collection of smart homes where domotics have been used.

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Villa Akoya / Studio Saxe

16:00 - 22 October, 2018
Villa Akoya / Studio Saxe, © Andrés García Lachner
© Andrés García Lachner

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The Gilded Iguana Hotel / Studio Saxe

11:00 - 6 July, 2018
The Gilded Iguana Hotel / Studio Saxe, © Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

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  • Architect

  • Location

    Calle Los Mangos, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
  • Category

  • Architects authors of the work

    Studio Saxe
  • Director

    Benjamin Garcia Saxe
  • Area

    5340.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Mint Santa Teresa / Studio Saxe

09:00 - 15 May, 2018
Mint Santa Teresa / Studio Saxe, © Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Playa Santa Teresa, Puntarenas Province, Costa Rica
  • Category

  • Design Director

    Benjamin Garcia Saxe
  • Project Architect

    Cesar Coto
  • Area

    660.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Joya Villas / Studio Saxe

11:00 - 22 February, 2018
Joya Villas / Studio Saxe, © Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

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Yellow Door House / NiHu Arquitectos

17:00 - 16 January, 2018
Yellow Door House / NiHu Arquitectos, © Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

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PMX-01 House / QBO3 Arquitectos

17:00 - 5 December, 2017
PMX-01 House / QBO3 Arquitectos, © Andrés García Lachner
© Andrés García Lachner

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Palmares, Costa Rica
  • Category

  • Architect in charge

    Mario Vargas, Carlos Vásquez, Daniel Palma and Ignacio Vargas
  • Area

    911.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Casa CHING / MG design studio

09:00 - 1 August, 2017
Casa CHING / MG design studio, © Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

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Tropik Works / VOID opd

09:00 - 14 April, 2017
Tropik Works / VOID opd, © Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

© Andres Garcia Lachner © Andres Garcia Lachner © Andres Garcia Lachner © Andres Garcia Lachner + 33

Seagull House / Indigo Arquitectura

17:00 - 23 September, 2016
Seagull House / Indigo Arquitectura, © Andrés García Lachner
© Andrés García Lachner

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Ocean Eye / Benjamin Garcia Saxe

11:00 - 24 August, 2016
Ocean Eye / Benjamin Garcia Saxe, © Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

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EFC Cabin / VOID opd

13:00 - 26 April, 2016
 EFC Cabin  / VOID opd, © Andrés García Lachner
© Andrés García Lachner

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Jardín, Costa Rica
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Sergio Frugone
  • Design Team

    Sergio Frugone, Felipe Rossi, Ricardo Sevilla
  • Area

    124.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Casa Magayon / SARCO Architects

16:00 - 4 January, 2016
Casa Magayon / SARCO Architects, © Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

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11 Tips You Need To Know Before Building A Shipping Container Home

10:30 - 29 April, 2015
Refugio en Huentelauquén / Pablo Errázuriz. Image © Pablo Errázuriz
Refugio en Huentelauquén / Pablo Errázuriz. Image © Pablo Errázuriz

One of the more niche trends in sustainable design of the past few years has been the re-use of shipping containers in order to create the structure of a building. Due to their convenient size, shipping containers are well-suited for use in houses and their appeal lies in their apparent simplicity: you get a room delivered in one piece, and you can stack them together to make multiple rooms or join them up to make larger rooms.

But of course, things are never so simple, and using shipping containers to make a house is still fraught with challenges - particularly as the idea is still relatively new, so there are few people with the expertise required to build one without a hitch. That's why the folks over at Container Home Plans reached out to 23 experts from around the world - designers and owners who have overcome the challenges to build their own container houses - to ask them what they wish they'd known before taking on this challenge. Check out their 11 top tips after the break.

Shipping Container House / Studio H:T. Image © Braden Gunem Manifesto House / James & Mau, for Infiniski. Image © Antonio Corcuera Containers of Hope / Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture. Image © Andres Garcia Lachner Incubo House / María José Trejos. Image © Sergio Pucci + 9

Andaz Hotel / Zürcher Arquitectos

01:00 - 11 February, 2015
Andaz Hotel / Zürcher Arquitectos, © Andrés García Lachner
© Andrés García Lachner

© Andrés García Lachner © Andrés García Lachner © Andrés García Lachner © Andrés García Lachner + 19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Hazel Chang, Ronald Zürcher
  • Project Team

    Zürcher Architects, Das Design, Sinergo
  • Area

    20000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013

Casa Moon / ROBLESARQ

01:00 - 20 May, 2014
Casa Moon / ROBLESARQ, © Andrés García Lachner
© Andrés García Lachner

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Peninsula de Osa, Costa Rica
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Juan Robles Alvarado
  • Design Team

    Juan Robles, Isabel Bello, Erick Guevara, Emilio Quirós, Adriana Serrano, Andrea Solano
  • Area

    250.0 m2
  • Year

    2013
  • Photographs

Mecano House / Juan Robles

00:00 - 27 March, 2012
Mecano House / Juan Robles, © Andres Garcia Lachner
© Andres Garcia Lachner

© Andres Garcia Lachner © Andres Garcia Lachner © Andres Garcia Lachner © Andres Garcia Lachner + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Costa Rica
  • Category

  • Project Team

    Juan Robles, Emilio Quirós, Adriana Serrano, Andrea Solano, Isabel Bello, Marcelo Pontigo, Bernardo Sauter,Bernd Loh
  • Area

    420.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs