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Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

Fernando Guerra has been a pioneer in the way architecture is photographed and divulged. Fifteen years ago, he opened studio FG+SG together with his brother, and both are responsible in large part for the diffusion of Portuguese contemporary architecture in the last fifteen years.

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How to Design the Perfect Acoustic Enclosure: Comfort in Flooring, Ceilings, and Walls

As our cities densify and building types become more and more mixed-use, we tend to spend a lot of time in noisy environments. When we think about acoustic comfort, we rarely think of places like restaurants, venues, and big offices; places with a lot of people, machinery, and background noise. The quality of sound can entirely change the experience of people in an interior space, and improving the space's acoustic quality relies on treating all surfaces, from walls to ceilings, and flooring. In this article, we will present a variety of solutions for ceilings, flooring, and walls, their different combinations, and a simple guide of how to apply them correctly in public spaces without compromising the aesthetic of the interior.

Residência de Estudantes Santa Apolónia / Pereira Miguel Arquitectos

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Can Green Roofs Make Our Cities Better?

Researchers credit the Hanging Gardens of Babylon as the first examples of green roofs. Although there is no proof of its exact location and very little literature on the structure, the most accepted theory is that King Nebuchadnezzar II built a series of elevated, ascending terraces with varied species as a gift to his wife, who missed the forests and mountains of Persia, their local land. According to Wolf Schneider [1] the gardens were supported by brick vaults, and under them, there were shaded halls cooled by artificial irrigation of the gardens, with a much milder temperature than the outside, in the plains of Mesopotamia (present-day Iraq). Since then, examples of green roofs have appeared all over the world, from Rome to Scandinavia, in the most diverse climates and types.

Nevertheless, inserting plants on roofs is still viewed with suspicion by many, as they are thought to be costly and difficult to maintain. Others, however, argue that the high implementation costs are quickly offset with savings in air conditioning and especially that occupying the building's fifth façade with vegetation is, above all, a rational solution. In any case, the question remains as to how green roofs can really help with climate change.

Estoril RM House / João Tiago Aguiar Arquitectos

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Estoril, Portugal

Re-evaluating Critical Regionalism: An Architecture of the Place

In his 1983 now-classic essay Towards a Critical Regionalism, Six Points of an Architecture of Resistance, Kenneth Frampton discussed an alternative approach to architecture, one defined by climate, topography and tectonics, as a form of resistance to the placeness of Modern Architecture and the gratuitous ornamentation of Postmodernism. An architectural attitude, Critical Regionalism proposed an architecture that would embrace global influences while firmly rooted in its context. The following explores the value and contribution of Frampton’s ideas for contemporary architecture.

PC CARITAS by  architecten de vylder vinck taillieu. Image © Filip DujardinSäynätsalo Town Hall by Alvar Aalto. Image © Fernanda CastroBio-climatic Preschool . Image Courtesy of BC ArchitectsThe Building on the Water by Álvaro Siza + Carlos Castanheira.. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG + SG+ 6

São Cosme House / Carlos Castanheira

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Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal

1000m2 Prefabricated Housing / SUMMARY

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© Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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  • Architects: SUMMARY
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  10742 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: FTS – Technical Solutions, Farcimar

Tipografia do Conto Hotel / Pedra Líquida

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Porto, Portugal

Sand House / Studio MK27

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Trancoso, Brazil

House in Minho / Germano de Castro Pinheiro Arquitectos

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Public Waterfront Pools : 10 Aquatics Facilities Bordering Rivers and Oceans

Piscinas en Leça de Palmeira / Alvaro Siza. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Piscinas en Leça de Palmeira / Alvaro Siza. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

At first glance, building a pool right beside another body of water seems a little redundant. After all, why would someone choose to swim in a pool when they have a river or ocean to enjoy? However, for people with limited mobility and younger more inexperienced swimmers, natural bodies of water can prove both daunting and dangerous. Pools not only provide a controlled, secure space for them to enjoy aquatic activities, they also provide a connection with the surrounding landscape.

Asa House / Bernardes Arquitetura

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Río de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3385
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Archdesign, BW Assoalhos, Eleve, Eurocentro, M3, +3

Casa Bonança / Mário Martins Atelier

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Lagos, Portugal

Courthouse Amsterdam / KAAN Architecten

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  • Architects: KAAN Architecten
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  60200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Inteco, COwerk, Maars Living Wall, Smeulders Interieurgroep, Smits Gemert, +2
  • Professionals: ABT Velp

RN Residence / Jacobsen Arquitetura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1250
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020