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Roof & Mushrooms Pavilion / nendo + Ryue Nishizawa

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Hirosaki Museum of Contemporary Art / Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3587
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Sanwa, Katsumata Metal Industry, LIKE Company Limited, Nabco, Takayama Brick Architects Design, +2

JINS Tokyu Hands Ikebukuro Store / Fumiko Takahama Architects

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Shirasu, Sakurajima EcoHouse / ASEI ARCHITECTS

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  • Architects: ASEI ARCHITECTS
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  203
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Lumion, Kagoshima Prefectural of Industrial Technology, Stoneworks, Trimble

Stairway House / nendo

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Minato City, Japan
  • Architects: nendo
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  284
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: ASAHI WOODTECH Cooperation, NENGO Company Limited

Curtains as Room Dividers: Towards a Fluid and Adaptable Architecture

Over the past few decades, interior spaces have become increasingly open and versatile. From the thick walls and multiple subdivisions of Palladian villas, for example, to today's free-standing and multi-functional plans, architecture attempts to combat obsolescence by providing consistently efficient environments for everyday life, considering both present and future use. And while Palladio's old villas can still accommodate a wide variety of functions and lifestyles, re-adapting their use without changing an inch of their original design, today, flexibility seems to be the recipe for extending the useful life of buildings as far as possible.

How, then, can we design spaces neutral and flexible enough to adapt to the evolving human being, while still accomplishing the needs that each person requires today? An ancient element could help redefine the way we conceive and inhabit space: curtains.

Emperor Qianmen Hotel / asap. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudReady-made Apartment / azab. Image © Luis Diaz DiazPURE / Sílvia Rocio + Mariana Póvoa + esse studio. Image © Francisco NogueiraJL Madeira Office / Metro Arquitetos Associados. Image © Ilana Bessler+ 48

ARTS&SCIENCE Aoyama Store / Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects

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GYRE.FOOD Restaurants & Shops / Atelier Tsuyoshi Tane Architects

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Mutina, Adobe, BCTD Barstool, Kvadrat, +4

What is Plantscaping?

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Interior gardens and plants produce many day-to-day benefits, like mood boosting and memory enhancing effects. Interior landscape design, also known as "plantscaping", is much more than the act of bringing plants indoors; it's actually about the strategic placement and selection of plant species within an architectural project to highlight and enhance aspects of spatial design.

A Hill on a House / Yuko Nagayama & Associates

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Shibuya, Japan

Spotlight: SANAA

Founded in 1995 by architects Kazuyo Sejima (born 29 October 1956) and Ryue Nishizawa (born 7 February 1966), SANAA is world-renowned for its white, light buildings grounded in the architects’ Japanese cultural origins. Despite the white exteriors, their architecture is far from modernist; the constant incorporation of ambiguity and doubt in SANAA’s buildings is refreshing and playful, taking the reflective properties of glass and brightness of white to a new level.

Grace Farms / SANAA. Image © Dean KaufmanLouvre Lens / SANAA. Image © Julien LanooGlass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art / SANAA. Image © Iwan BaanNew Museum / SANAA. Image © Laurian Ghinitoiu+ 12

Spotlight: Kengo Kuma

Kengo Kuma (born 8th August, 1956) is one of the most significant Japanese figures in contemporary architecture. His reinterpretation of traditional Japanese architectural elements for the 21st century has involved serious innovation in uses of natural materials, new ways of thinking about light and lightness and architecture that enhances rather than dominates. His buildings don't attempt to fade into the surroundings through simple gestures, as some current Japanese work does, but instead his architecture attempts to manipulate traditional elements into statement-making architecture that still draws links with the area in which it's built. These high-tech remixes of traditional elements and influences have proved popular across Japan and beyond, and his recent works have begun expanding out of Japan to China and the West.

Green Cast. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associatesGC Prostho Museum Research Center. Image © Daici AnoMême – Experimental House. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associatesShun Shoku Lounge by Guranavi. Image Courtesy of kengo kuma & associates+ 37

21 Projects Where Kengo Kuma (Re)Uses Materials in Unusual Ways

Kengo Kuma uses materials to connect with the local context and the users of his projects. The textures and elementary forms of constructive systems, materials, and products, are exhibited and used in favor of the architectural concept, giving value to the functions that will be carried out in each building.

From showcases made with ceramic tiles to the sifted light created by expanded metal panels, passing through an ethereal polyester coating, Kuma understands the material as an essential component that can make a difference in architecture from the design stages. Next, we present 21 projects where Kengo Kuma masterfully uses construction materials.

V&A Dundee / Kengo Kuma and Associates. Image © Hufton+CrowCamper Paseo de Gracia / Kengo Kuma & Associates. Image © ImagenSubliminalGC Prostho Museum Research Center / Kengo Kuma & Associates. Image © Daici AnoArchives Antoni Clavé / Kengo Kuma & Associates. Image © 11h45+ 44

Offices and Workplaces: Examples in Plan

The functional distribution plays a fundamental role in the contemporary design of offices and places for work. The study of the architecture plan shows an interesting form of approach; not only allows for proper logistics and circulation but find efficient variations and innovations that will enable better workspaces that adapt to the current needs.

We have selected more than 50 plans of projects that will inspire you, recognizing the different ways in which architects have faced the challenge to design offices, in all different scale ranges.

Retail Architecture from 100 to 1000 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section

As mentioned in our previous article on retail stores under 100 square meters, the spatial distribution of commercial spaces is a determinant for its success. Not only does it address adequate logistics and the circulation of customers, but the variations and innovations that will enable a more efficient and original space.

Below, we've selected projects from our site, with their plan and section, that can help inspire your next project.

Space-Saving Solutions: 33 Creative Storage Ideas

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The lack of storage space is a recurrent problem in homes. In most cases, residual spaces or uncomfortable corners are used to solve the lack of shelves, drawers, and closets. To efficiently incorporate these type of spaces into your designs, here are 33 remarkable storage examples.

Art Museum & Library in Ota / Akihisa Hirata

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  • Architects: Akihisa Hirata
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3152
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AI LAB OTA