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Why Do Architects Love Designing Houses?

Home. Our shelter. Our private space. In an urbanized world with dense megalopolises like Tokyo, Shanghai, and São Paulo, homes are getting smaller and more expensive than ever. If you are claustrophobic, Marie Kondo is your best ally in the quest to earn some extra space.  And even though private backyards have become a luxury for most, our data shows that single-family houses are still the most popular project type on ArchDaily. Why is this? (Especially when it seems incongruous given the reality of today’s crowded cities.) Why do some universities still insist on designing and building houses as academic exercises? Wouldn’t it be more creative—and more useful—to develop architecture in small-scale spaces? Would it be more rewarding to develop solutions on bigger scales?

House 49 / Atelier Waterside

2F. Image © Chao Zhang Exterior. Image © Chao Zhang 1F. Image © Chao Zhang Exterior. Image © Chao Zhang + 21

Houses  · 
Guangzhou, China
  • Architects: Atelier Waterside
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 27.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

East Parking Building of Sanya Phoenix International Airport / Jing Studio

© Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang © Tian Mai + 13

Parking  · 
Sanya, China
  • Architects: Jing Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 44906.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Wann lounge / Various Associates

The Altitude different height create interesting communication between the client in lounge area & dinning area.. Image © Chao Zhang Atmosphere. Image © Chao Zhang Bar area. Image © Chao Zhang The detail of elegant columns.. Image © Chao Zhang + 14

Shenzhen, China
  • Architects: Various Associates
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 480.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

AIA Announces Winners of 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture

Nine projects have been recognized this year by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in the 2019 Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture. A five-member jury evaluated entries’ sense of place and purpose, ecology and environmental sustainability, and history to choose this year’s most innovative interior spaces.

New United States Courthouse; Los Angeles, Los Angeles | Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP. Image © Bruce Damonte Apple Store, Upper East Side; New York City | Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Image © Peter Aaron Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; Chicago | Gensler. Image © Michael Moran Studio Dental II; San Francisco | Montalba Architects. Image © Kevin Scott + 36

No-Boundary Toilet / ZHUBO-AAO

Exterior night. Image © Chao Zhang
Exterior night. Image © Chao Zhang

Entrance. Image © Chao Zhang Exterior. Image © Chao Zhang Compartment . Image © Chao Zhang Compartment Interior . Image © John Siu + 28

Park  · 
Shenzhen, China
  • Architects: ZHUBO DESIGN
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 30.83 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Light & Shadow / Studio 10

© Chao Zhang
© Chao Zhang
Hostel  · 
Guilin, China
  • Interiors designers: Studio 10
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 50.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Dream&Maze / Studio 10

© Chao Zhang
© Chao Zhang

© Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang + 30

Renovation  · 
Guilin, China
  • Interiors designers: Studio 10
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 140.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Meow Restaurant / E Studio

Multi-functional activity area. Image © Chao Zhang
Multi-functional activity area. Image © Chao Zhang

Main entrance. Image © Chao Zhang Multi-functional activity area. Image © Chao Zhang Wave board and block relationship. Image © Chao Zhang Tree house. Image © Chao Zhang + 29

Guangzhou, China
  • Interiors designers: E Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 300.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Shanghai Vanke Qichen Community Center / Shenzhen Huahui Design

Open Space at the Entrance. Image © Chao Zhang
Open Space at the Entrance. Image © Chao Zhang

Aerial view of the south side. Image © Chao Zhang Street Corner Courtyard and Grey Space. Image © Chao Zhang Outdoor Corridor. Image © Chao Zhang Foyer. Image © Chao Zhang + 28

Shanghai, China

Between Square and Circle: Xinnan Kindergarten / Jin Niu

Quite and peaceful courtyard . Image © Chao Zhang Light coming from the wall. Image © Chao Zhang Integration between space and children. Image © Chao Zhang Small circular courtyard . Image © Chao Zhang + 26

Kindergarten  · 
Xiamen, China
  • Architects: Jin Niu
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 3900.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Jingfeng Academy / Tumushi Architects

© Chao Zhang
© Chao Zhang

Birdview. Image © Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang Platform extending over the roof. Image © Chao Zhang The fifth scenery. Image © Chao Zhang + 23

  • Architects: Tumushi Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 400.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Urban Design and Research of Nantou Old Town + Architectural Design of UABB Venue / URBANUS

Factory Zone Vego Plaza. Image © Chao Zhang
Factory Zone Vego Plaza. Image © Chao Zhang

UABB Birdview. Image © Chao Zhang Baode Square B3 Surrounding Street. Image © Chao Zhang Factory Zone Vego Plaza. Image © Qingshan Wu Factory Zone After Renovation. Image © Chao Zhang + 51

Buildings  · 
Shenzhen, China
  • Architects: URBANUS
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Chatouya Visitor Center / Tumushi Architects

Partial View. Image © Chao Zhang
Partial View. Image © Chao Zhang

Settlement among Landscape. Image © Chao Zhang Tearoom Near the River. Image © Qili Yang Interior View. Image © Chao Zhang Tearoom Interior. Image © Qili Yang + 25

Learning  · 
Xi’an, China
  • Architects: Tumushi Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1400.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Shenzhen Energy Mansion / BIG

© Laurian Ghinitoiu
© Laurian Ghinitoiu

© Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang © Laurian Ghinitoiu + 25

Shenzhen, China
  • Architects: Bjarke Ingels Group
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 96000.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Inlay Workshop of UABB / Studio10

© Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang + 20

Shenzhen, China
  • Architects: Studio10
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2000.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Dom-Ino Pavilion / Benyuan Design and Research Center

Courtesy of Benyuan Design and Research Center © Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang + 36

Renovation  · 
Shenzhen Shi, China

V&A Gallery / Values of Design

© Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang © Chao Zhang + 11

Gallery  · 
Shenzhen, China
  • Architects: Values of Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 770.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017