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Jing'an Community Pool House / PRA

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  • Architects: PRA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  600
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Bringing the Outdoors Inside: The Benefits of Biophilia in Architecture and Interior Spaces

If a person were to imagine a setting of complete relaxation, odds are the first image that comes to mind is a place surrounded by nature, be it a forest, the mountains, the sea, or a meadow. Rarely does one imagine an office or a shopping mall as a source of comfort and relaxation. Still, the majority of people spend almost 80-90 % of their time indoors, going back and forth from their houses to their workplaces.

Architects and designers are now searching for design solutions that will resonate well into the future, turning to 'biophilia' as an important source of inspiration that promotes well-being, health, and emotional comfort.

Xylem Pavilion / Kere Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan© Favaro Jr.Botanica House / Guz Architects. Image © Patrick Bingham-HallXylem Pavilion / Kere Architecture. Image © Iwan Baan+ 15

How to Make a Facade with Recycled Materials: 21 Notable Examples

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With the aim of supporting architects to become active agents of sustainable design, this week we present a selection of facades that incorporate different recycled materials. Beyond the typical uses of plastic and glass, in this article, you will find innovative materials such as mattress springs, ice cream containers, plastic chairs, and recycled waste from agricultural and industrial products. A look at 21 remarkable projects using recycled materials to create an attractive facade.

Recycling Tiles: 15 Examples of Repurposed Tiles in Walls, Facades, Flooring, and Furniture

Nave 8 B / Arturo Franco. Image © Carlos Fernández Piñar
Nave 8 B / Arturo Franco. Image © Carlos Fernández Piñar

The Beehive / Luigi Rosselli + Raffaello Rosselli. Image © Ben HoskingCafé KOI / Farming Architects. Image © Nguyen Thai ThachClay Roof House / DRTAN LM Architect. Image © H.Lin HoNave 8 B / Arturo Franco. Image © Carlos Fernández Piñar+ 17

Whether you're looking for an upgrade or to replace broken pieces for floors or walls, tiles are always an effective and readily available option for any project that you have in mind. With their relatively low production cost, tiles are rarely reused or recycled and, if they are, it's usually for their original function.

Waterside House / PDP London Architects

Overall. Image © Eiichi Kano
Overall. Image © Eiichi Kano

Forecourt. Image © Eiichi KanoGarden. Image © Eiichi KanoLiving room. Image © Eiichi KanoEntry. Image © Eiichi Kano+ 14

%Arabica Coffee / B.l.U.E. Architecture Studio

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Shanghai, China

The Hakka Triangle House / TEAM_BLDG

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Guangzhou, China
  • Architects: TEAM_BLDG
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: PAK, WEIXUCHENG GLASS, ZIIQE

CT Office / TEAM_BLDG

we used green glass as the armrest in the corridor where the function box is connected to the virtual body (atrium). Green is also the brand color of the client. Image © Eiichi Kano
we used green glass as the armrest in the corridor where the function box is connected to the virtual body (atrium). Green is also the brand color of the client. Image © Eiichi Kano

At different time of the day, the light can extend this color to different positions in the room. The use of large areas of white color on the floor and wall significantly highlights this effect. Image © Eiichi KanoIndependent office space, scattered in the space, glass walls and curtains allow for the privacy of the space. Image © Eiichi KanoAt different time of the day, the light can extend this color to different positions in the room. The use of large areas of white color on the floor and wall significantly highlights this effect. Image © Eiichi KanoThe top floor removed part of the original solid wall and replaced it with a glass curtain wall to provide sufficient light for the interior space. Image © Eiichi Kano+ 35

  • Architects: TEAM_BLDG
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2064
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

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

M.I. Bookstore / HMA Architects & Designers

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  • Interior Designers: HMA Architects & Designers
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Toli, Wilsonart

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

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.

JINS SWFC Shop / junya ishigami + associates

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Pudongxinqu, China
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  139
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Huamei World Trade Technology Development, Neko Lighting AG, Shanghai Baoye Engineering

Wuyuan Rd. Studio / Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects

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Atelier Deshaus: "The Idea Is Not to Create an Object But to Construct a Path"

In China's newly emerging constellation of famed architects, few firms elicit the sense of surprise caused by the work of Atelier Deshaus. With projects ranging from awe-inspiring to humble, their work does not adhere to any stylistic rules, but all of their projects exude an enigmatic aura. In this interview, the latest in Vladimir Belogolovsky’s “City of Ideas” series, principals Liu Yichun and Chen Yifeng discuss the role of identity in their work and how they try to connect their buildings to the landscape.

Vladimir Belogolovsky: Is it true that you each design different projects in the studio? Why is that?

Liu Yichun: This has been true since 2010. Before that we always designed everything together. We used to have endless discussions and too many disagreements and arguments. That’s why we decided to pursue two parallel paths. This approach led to greater efficiency and it helped us to formulate clearer ideas of our independent views of architecture. It also helps us to diversify our work and to avoid forming one recognizable style.

Chen Yifeng: It is important for us to express our solutions differently, even though, fundamentally, we are working in one direction and pursuing one family of ideas.

Long Museum West Bund, Shanghai, 2014. Image © Shengliang SuKindergarten of Jiading New Town, Shanghai, 2008. Image © Shu HeSpiral Gallery I, Shanghai, 2011. Image © Shu HeHuaxin Wisdom Hub, Shanghai, 2015. Image © Hao Chen+ 28

Old Building Renovation on Zhenbang Road / TEAM BLDG

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  • Architects: TEAM BLDG
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  155
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Toto, Acor, Paulmann, Simens

Whitesands / PDP London Architects

Facade Detail. Image © Eiichi Kano
Facade Detail. Image © Eiichi Kano

Clubhouse. Image © Eiichi KanoSwimming Pool. Image © Eiichi KanoFirst Floor Interior. Image © Eiichi KanoFront Elevation. Image © Eiichi Kano+ 16

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5984
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Breinco, SKK, Seed

OTA FINE ARTS Gallery in Shanghai / B.L.U.E. Architecture Design Studio

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