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Four Stunning Renovated Apartments in Oscar Niemeyer-Designed Buildings

04:00 - 10 January, 2019
Four Stunning Renovated Apartments in Oscar Niemeyer-Designed Buildings, Apartamento P.R. / pianca+urano. Image © Manuel Sá
Apartamento P.R. / pianca+urano. Image © Manuel Sá

To live in a residence designed by a renowned architect is a dream for many, however, a dream that will most likely never come true. But, there is an alternative. Many architecture enthusiasts have rented or even bought apartments in iconic buildings designed by their favorite architects. 

In regards to the work of Oscar Niemeyer, fluidity and flexibility may best express his plans and typologies.

Below, we've selected four apartments in buildings designed by Neimeyer that reinterpret his original plans.

Wyndham Garden Hotel / N2B Arquitetura

14:00 - 24 December, 2018
Wyndham Garden Hotel  / N2B Arquitetura, © Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Av. Wladimir Meirelles Ferreira, 856 - Jardim Botânico, Ribeirão Preto - SP, Brazil
  • Lead Architects

    Caio Yoshiaki Nagano, Rodolfo Biagi Becker
  • Team

    Nathane Collis, Melissa Sanchez Prudêncio, Mariana Bidinelo, Letícia Nunes
  • Area

    234427.2 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Prefabricated Public Schools: 7 Brazilian Projects in Plan and Section

05:00 - 22 November, 2018
Telemaco State School Melges / UNA Arquitetos. Image © Nelson Kon
Telemaco State School Melges / UNA Arquitetos. Image © Nelson Kon

Great school design is more than just a good piece of architecture. Particularly in vulnerable areas with poor public infrastructure, schools symbolize the role of the state and education as a transforming agent for social improvement. They can also become areas for community life, sports, courses, among other uses. Unfortunately, these projects do not always receive the attention they deserve. 

Schools require diverse and complex programs and flows, therefore, developing an educational project is one of the greatest challenges for architects. Due to the economy, rationalization, and speed of work, Brazil's largest portion of school projects are designed from prefabricated concrete elements with rigid modulations and, in rare cases, steel. But what may seem to limit at first, can actually become an exercise in structural creativity. 

In an attempt to elucidate the systems used to materialize these projects, we've selected a compilation of seven prefabricated schools in plan and section to create incredible spaces for learning. 

Projeto 03 / Kiko Salomão

03:00 - 22 November, 2018
Projeto 03 / Kiko Salomão, © Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Bragança Paulista, Brazil
  • Arquiteto Responsável

    Kiko Salomão
  • Team

    Renata Leite, Ana Lino, Fernando Kalili, Giovana Belinello, Milla Machado, Rafael Palombo
  • Area

    900.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Natural Light and Ventilation: 17 Remarkable Courtyards

12:00 - 11 November, 2018
Natural Light and Ventilation: 17 Remarkable Courtyards, © Quang Dam
© Quang Dam

© Yoon Joonhwan © Erieta Attali © Nguyen Tien Thanh © Pablo Blanco + 17

This week we present a selection of 17 excellent images of interior courtyards. These spaces bring many advantages to a design such as increased natural light and improved ventilation conditions, while providing occupants with direct access to the outside and to nature. Below is a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Quang Dam, Fran Parente, and Pablo Blanco.

10 Renowned Brazilian Projects by International Architects

04:00 - 8 November, 2018
10 Renowned Brazilian Projects by International Architects, © © Gustavo Xavier
© © Gustavo Xavier

During the second half of the twentieth century, architects all over the world, specifically from Europe, produced a legacy of renowned, modern works in Brazil. Following the principles of masters such as Le Corbusier, names like Lina Bo Bardi, Hans Broos, and Franz Heep held an undeniable influence on Brazilian architecture.

In recent years, the country has been welcoming a variety of buildings designed by foreign architects. Below, we have compiled 10 iconic works by international architects. 

Brazilian Houses: 15 Steel Projects in Plan and Section

08:00 - 27 October, 2018
Brazilian Houses: 15 Steel Projects in Plan and Section, Casa Claudios / Arquitetura Nacional. Image © Pedro Kok
Casa Claudios / Arquitetura Nacional. Image © Pedro Kok

Metallic elements have been used in architecture and civil construction for hundreds of years, either as decorative elements, coverings or even to reinforce masonry structures. However, it is only in the second half of the eighteenth century that the first bridges emerge whose structure was entirely made of cast iron. A century later, iron was replaced by a more resistant and malleable alloy, still used today in architecture: steel.

Denser than concrete, the strength of steel subverts its weight and provides greater stiffness with less material - allowing for lighter and thinner structures than those made from other materials, such as wood or concrete. It is by no means the most used material in residential architecture, however, its use has made it possible to construct some interesting - and beautiful - examples of contemporary houses:

Best Small Chapel Architecture & Design

12:00 - 21 October, 2018
© Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

Cortesía de Nicolás Campodónico © Yao Li Cortesía de STUDIO associates © Davide Perbellini + 32

This week we’ve selected the best chapels previously published on our site. They reveal different ways of designing a small and sacred space. For inspiration on how to create these atmospheres, integrate different materials, and make proper use of light, we present 32 remarkable examples.

35 Fireplaces that Spark Architectural Interest

12:00 - 7 October, 2018
35 Fireplaces that Spark Architectural Interest, © Weiqi Jin
© Weiqi Jin

© Ralph Feiner © Adam Gibson © Lars Petter Pettersen © Thomas Heimann + 36

From the beginning of time, human beings have gathered around the fire. The first settlements and huts included in their interior a small bonfire to cook and maintain the heat of its inhabitants. This tradition has continued to the present, and chimneys and fireplaces have developed into the most varied designs and forms, providing possibilities both inside and outside a home.

To give you ideas for materials, structures, and spatial configurations, we present 35 remarkable meeting places around the fire.

17 Contemporary Brazilian Landscape Architects

08:00 - 8 September, 2018
17 Contemporary Brazilian Landscape Architects, Fio House / Studio MK27. Image © Fernando Guerra
Fio House / Studio MK27. Image © Fernando Guerra

Landscape architecture is responsible for the transformation and resignification of the landscape, either by enriching architecture or by bringing forth the history of the site. As with buildings, when we design with vegetation it allows us to work a series of stimuli, qualities, and functions.  

17 Unconventional Stair Railings To Inspire Your Next Project

12:00 - 2 September, 2018
17 Unconventional Stair Railings To Inspire Your Next Project, © Mark Cocksedge
© Mark Cocksedge

Cortesía de Olgooco Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh © Tomas Balej © Fran Parente © Christian Richters + 18

Guardrails and handrails are two elements that are often confused. While the first is used to close a space and prevent a person from falling, the second is a support bar for balance. Normally standard solutions are used for both elements, but with an attractive design, they can become standout details in a project.

For inspiration on materials, structures, and details of guardrails and handrails, here are 17 notable examples.

Architecture Photos That Show Good Design Goes with Good Boys

13:45 - 26 August, 2018
Architecture Photos That Show Good Design Goes with Good Boys, Casa Dox / Mjölk architekti. Image © BoysPlayNice
Casa Dox / Mjölk architekti. Image © BoysPlayNice

Casa La Quinta / Pablo Pérez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, Miguel Vargas, Blas Treviño, Jorge Quiroga . Image © Rafael Gamo Casas Catalinas / Agustín Lozada. Image © Gonzalo Viramonte MK5 House / ORTRAUM. Image © Marc Goodwin Unleashed Dog Spa / Square One Interiors. Image © Ihor Pona + 33

Are you a cat or dog lover? At ArchDaily we know that you're as big an animal lover as we are. They inspire us, keep us company, and in the case of architectural photography, give us an idea of a structure's scale. We previously made a collection of photographs starring cats and architecture, and we could never forget our dog-loving readers. We bring you a collection of photographs where dogs take center stage.

Colormixstore / Basiches Arquitetos Associados

13:00 - 14 August, 2018
© Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Alameda Gabriel Monteiro da Silva, 1522 - Jardim America, São Paulo - SP, 01442-002, Brazil
  • Authors

    José Ricardo Basiches, Ronaldo Shinohara
  • Area

    362.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Universidade Anhembi Morumbi | São José dos Campos Campus / KAAN Architecten + URBsp Arquitetura

15:00 - 10 July, 2018
Universidade Anhembi Morumbi |  São José dos Campos Campus / KAAN Architecten + URBsp Arquitetura, © Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

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  • Architect

    KAAN Architecten, URBsp Arquitetura
  • Location

    Av. Dep. Benedito Matarazzo, 9009 - Jardim Oswaldo Cruz, São José dos Campos - SP, 12216-550, Brazil
  • Authors

    Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio, Renata Gilio
  • Team

    Marco (Peixe) D'Elia, Paolo Faleschini, Cristina Gonzalo Cuairán, Mariana Mariano, Ricardo Marmorato, Laís Oliveira Xavier
  • Area

    0.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Universidade Anhembi Morumbi | Campus Piracicaba / KAAN Architecten + URBsp Arquitetura

09:00 - 8 July, 2018
Universidade Anhembi Morumbi | Campus Piracicaba / KAAN Architecten + URBsp Arquitetura, © Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

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  • Architect

    KAAN Architecten, URBsp Arquitetura
  • Location

    Av. Rio das Pedras, 1600 - Piracicamirim, Piracicaba - SP, Brazil
  • Authors

    Kees Kaan, Vincent Panhuysen, Dikkie Scipio, Renata Gilio
  • Team

    Marco (Peixe) D'Elia, Mariana Mariano, Paolo Faleschini, Ricardo Marmorato, Laís Oliveira Xavier, Cristina Gonzalo Cuairán
  • Area

    9300.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Contemporary Religious Architecture That Rethinks Traditional Spaces for Worship

06:00 - 26 June, 2018
© Fabrice Fouillet
© Fabrice Fouillet

Constructing places of worship has always been an intricate practice, managing to detach the human, and release the boundary between body, mind, and spirit. Holy presence has been crucial in designing and constructing sacred places, which is why almost all religious building possessed similar characteristics: grandiosity, monolithic material, natural elements, and a plan that compliments an individual’s circulation through the space. Contemporary religious structures, however, found a way to adapt to the evolution of architecture. Unlike the Gothic or Baroque periods, modern-day architecture does not have a dominant identity. It is, in fact, a combination of postmodernism, futurism, minimalism, and everything in between. Architects have found a way to transform these exclusive, religion-devoted places into structures of spirituality, manifestation, and fascination.

Here is a selection of contemporary religious buildings that prove once again that architects are breaking all boundaries of creativity.

© Adam Letch Courtesy of S.M.A.O © Ahmad Mirzaee Courtesy of Kojii Fuji / Nacasa & Partners Inc. + 24

Systems to Incorporate Natural Lighting in Your Projects

06:00 - 18 June, 2018

There is nothing more rational than taking advantage of natural lighting as a guarantee to improve the spatial quality of buildings, as well as saving energy. The awareness of the finitude of natural resources and the demands for reducing energy consumption has increasingly diminished the prominence of artificial lighting systems, forcing architects to seek more efficient design solutions. With this goal in mind, different operations have been adopted to capture natural light.

These systems can also guarantee excellent spatial properties if projected correctly. Below we have gathered five essential systems for zenithal lighting.

Leblon Building / Felipe Hess Arquitetos

11:00 - 16 March, 2018
Leblon Building / Felipe Hess Arquitetos, © Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Leblon, Brazil
  • Author

    Felipe Hess
  • Architect in charge

    Lucas Miilher
  • Constructor

    Osborne Construtora
  • Area

    400.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs