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SW35 Office Building Facade Transformation / J. Mayer H. Architects

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J. Mayer H. Selected to Design New Façade of Cologne Main Station

J. Mayer H. has won a competition to design the new façade of Cologne Main Station on Breslauer Platz in Germany. The design proposal frames the sides of the rail station with an all-around façade that offers an innovative use of space by making the best of the site's circulation and natural resources. The intervention will feature rooftop landscaping with local flowers and greenery, rainwater collection, protection from rain, wind, and sunlight, and a visual emphasis on the station's points of access.

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Port-o-Prenz Apartments / J. Mayer H. Architects

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IGZ Campus Falkenberg / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Mirrors in Architecture: Possibilities of Reflected Space

Mirror Garden / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © Ning Wang
Mirror Garden / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © Ning Wang

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Humans have used mirrors since as early as 600 BCE, employing highly polished obsidian as a basic reflective surface. Over time, people began to use small pieces of gold, silver, and aluminum in a similar manner, both for their reflective properties and for decoration. By the 1st century CE, people had started using glass to make mirrors, but it was only during the European Renaissance that Venetian manufacturers began making mirrors by applying metallic backings to glass sheets, remaining the most common general method of mirror manufacturing today. Since then, mirrors have continued to play both a decorative and functional role in architecture, serving a clean, modern aesthetic despite its ancient origins. Below, we investigate how mirrors are made, provide a brief history of mirrors in architecture, and offer several tips for architects looking to use mirrors in their designs.

Pavilion on Europaplatz / J. Mayer H

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Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

S2 Apartments / Bottega + Ehrhardt Architekten

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Stuttgart, Germany

Walk-in Showers Without Doors or Curtains: Design Tips and Examples

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Because it doesn't include a bathtub, or require doors, screens, or curtains, the walk-in shower often makes bathrooms appear larger, cleaner, and more minimalist. 

However, some precautions must be taken when designing them. Most importantly, the shower cannot be left completely open, even if it appears to be at first glance. Most designs incorporate a tempered glass that prevents water from "bouncing" out of the shower space, subtly closing the area. When this transparent division doesn't have a frame, the appearance of fungi due to accumulation of water and moisture becomes less likely.

Björn Steiger Memorial / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Casa Morgana / J. Mayer H

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BF30 Houses / Bottega + Ehrhardt Architekten

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  1800
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2013
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  EQUITONE, Otis, Alurays, Etex Colombia, Hoval, +1

House F34 / Bottega + Ehrhardt Architekten + Hartl Planungsgesellschaft

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© David Franck

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FOM Hochschule Building in Düsseldorf / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Düsseldorf, Germany

Trumpf Poland Technology Center / Barkow Leibinger

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Sonnenhof / J. Mayer H. Architects

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HAWE Factory Kaufbeuren / Barkow Leibinger

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The 20 Most Visited ArchDaily Projects of All Time

To celebrate our birthday today, we decided to take a look back at the most popular projects of the last six years. Who takes the top spot? Zaha Hadid? Frank Gehry? Well, you may be surprised...

See our 20 most popular projects of all time, after the break...

Ols House / J. Mayer H. Architects

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Stuttgart, Germany
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  488
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2011