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Comfort & Sustainability in Architecture: Trends 2021

Just before the global lockdowns began in response to the spread of the widely discussed COVID-19, we met with Saint Gobain experts at their new headquarters in Paris to discuss an extensive investigation conducted in 2019, with the aim of understanding the transformations that architecture and construction have experienced in recent years. After an interesting exchange of ideas, we chose the most relevant topics to be analyzed in depth by our team of editors, resulting in a series of articles that combined the trends identified with the unexpected events that occurred during 2020, connecting them directly to architectural design.

Now, entering an uncertain but promising 2021, we took the time to stop and reread these articles carefully. How many of these trends are still valid and how much have they evolved? What new trends are likely to develop in the coming years?

Recreation Center Morel de Vindé / SCHÉMAA

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  • Architects: SCHÉMAA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  350
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Technal, Gerflor, Piveteau bois, Saint-Gobain, ACOPLAN, +3

Chapel of Tears / Atelier Poem

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Saint-Ferréol, France
  • Architects: Atelier Poem
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  10
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cavagnon et fils

Fishing Square Installation / Tom Nacach + Birce Birgen

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

House V / NOVO architectures

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Itteville, France

Strasbourg Zoo's Pedagogical Farm and Visitor Center / FREAKS Architecture

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Strasbourg, France
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  490
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Rearrange, Paint, Cultivate: Brightening Up Your Home While Practicing Social Distancing

As cities around the world go on lockdown in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, most individuals have been asked to stay at home, leaving only essential workers - EMTs and other healthcare professionals, grocery workers, bus drivers, deliverymen, and more - continuing to go out to keep the world running. Other families and individuals have found themselves spending most of their time at home, permitted to leave only to buy groceries or exercise for limited periods of time. With many no doubt searching for ways to pass the time in replacement of social interaction, we suggest several ways to brighten up your home while practicing social distancing, both improving the space you’re in and giving possible activities to pass the time.

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What Is Interior Design (And Why Can It Really Make You Feel Better)?

If you don't like a specific musical style, the theater bores you, or you're not attracted to works of art, you can almost always avoid them. Architecture, however, is different. A poorly thought-out project will affect the lives of many people consistently and for a long time. With interiors, this effect is even more amplified. Humanity is spending more and more time indoors, which directly impacts our well-being and health. In periods of compulsory retirement, as in the current pandemic of Covid-19, we gain a sense of how important interior spaces are for our well-being and even for the prevention of diseases. Designing an indoor environment is a huge responsibility for a professional. An interior designer must plan, research, coordinate, and manage these projects to obtain an adequately healthy and aesthetically pleasing environment for the people who use the space. But what, in fact, is interior design?

Appartement Spectral / BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORY. Image Courtesy of BETILLON / DORVAL‐BORYThe Enchanted Shed & Leopold House / Franz&Sue. Image © Andreas BuchbergerOficina do Arquiteto / Ruetemple. Image © RuetempleHey! A Lovely Tiny Space / A'Lentil Design. Image Courtesy of A'Lentil Design+ 19

Attic Reform in Paris / 05 AM Arquitectura

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  • Architects: 05 AM Arquitectura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  172
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Focus, B&B Italia, Bulthaup, caravane, +5

Saint-Denis Apartment / JCPCDR Architecture

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SAMMODE Research & Development Center / FREAKS Architecture

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Lamotte-Beuvron, France
  • 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: sammode

Media Center, Agora and Municipal Archives / MU Architects

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Épernon, France
  • Architects: MU Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  600
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Professionals: AC&T Paysage

What Exactly is a Polycarbonate Translucent Facade?

Translucent facades are light glazing panels used on the exterior of buildings, protecting the structure from weather damage, dampness, and erosion. Its composition of polycarbonate microcells creates a soft, naturally diffused light with a wide range of possible colors, brightnesses, and opacities.

By fixing these panels in place with concealed joints, it’s possible to hide unsightly building elements and assist in protecting users from harmful UV rays, while also ensuring maximum thermal conduction. Individuals who use them will notice a reduction in energy bills because they use the sun’s natural light to heat and illuminate buildings, creating very attractive indoor environmental conditions for different uses. 

MZ Kitchen / QdL Arquitectos. Image © María GonzálezNathalie Mauclair Gymnasium / Schemaa. Image © David FoesselNathalie Mauclair Gymnasium / Schemaa. Image © David FoesselOption Coffee Bar / TOUCH Architect. Image © Metipat Prommomate+ 25