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Prague: A Window to the World

Few cities combine history and contemporary culture like Prague. The so-called "Mother of all Cities" was spared from widespread destruction during World War II, and as a result, its diverse architecture dates back over a millennium. As a political, cultural and economic center of Europe, the city has become a significant metropolis balancing both its past and future as one of the world's most beautiful cities.

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House By The Forest and The Pond / JRA Jarousek.Rochova.Architekti

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Spotlight: Ricardo Bofill

Ricardo Bofill (born 5 December 1939), a graduate of the Barcelona University School of Architecture and the School of Geneva, and the founder of interdisciplinary firm Taller de Arquitectura, is renowned for his extensive body of work and ever-changing design aesthetic. His career has spanned over 50 years, encompassing more than 1000 buildings in cities ranging from Lisbon and Boston to Tokyo and St. Petersburg. His architectural approach has evolved over the decades and has permeated dozens of countries worldwide.

The Factory. Image © Ricardo BofillXanadú. Image © Ricardo BofillWalden 7. Image © Ricardo BofillMaritxell Sanctuary. Image © Ricardo Bofill+ 16

Country House J / ARCHITEKTI mikulaj & mikulajova

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Jablonove, Slovakia

House on Windy Peak / Stempel & Tesar Architects

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Nová Ves v Horách, Czech Republic

Family House “Heart” / Daniela Polubědovová

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Havlíčkův Brod, Czech Republic
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  241
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Ruukki, Ha Technik, JaTo stav, Modelárna NOVÁK, Rosteto, +2

Smart Homes That Use Domotics To Improve Quality of Life

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© Paul Finkel

Home automation, or Domotics, is a set of technologies applied to a residence to control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. Its systems allow for efficient management of energy consumption, security, accessibility, and the general comfort of the building, becoming an important issue to consider when designing, building, and living.

Domotic systems are based on the collection of data by sensors, which are then processed to issue precise orders to the executors, varying the environmental quality of each enclosure according to the needs of the user. The pace of current life and the technological advances we have experienced in recent years have led to new ways of living, motivating the design of homes and more human, multifunctional and flexible buildings. What was once a luxury is now a feasible and effective solution for all types of projects.

In this article, we've compiled a collection of smart homes where domotics have been used.

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The BLOX / DAM.architekti

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  • Architects: DAM.architekti
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Wicona, Alucobond, TERACO LITÉ

ZEN-Houses / Petr Stolín Architekt

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  75
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: VELUX Commercial, Czech Pan, Magniplast

Cafe. Bistro. Bakery Zahorsky / JRA Jarousek.Rochova.Architekti

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Family House Zebetin / JRA

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Family House Revnice / JRA Jarousek.Rochová.Architekti

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T-Boutique / Studio Pha

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Economia Building / Ricardo Bofill

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  • Architects: Ricardo Bofill
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7000 Area:  7000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013 Year:  2013

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Family House in Černošice / Studio Pha

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Černošice, Czech Republic
  • Architects: Studio Pha
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  136
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

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Villa Řitka / studio pha

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  • Architects: Studio Pha
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  490
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011

Mini-Loft Apartment in Prague / Dalibor Hlavacek

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  • Architects: Dalibor Hlavacek
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: FAKRO

Grebovka Pavilion / SGL Projekt s.r.o.

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