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Dengo Chocolates Concept Store / Matheus Farah + Manoel Maia Arquitetura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Amata, Rewood

How To Take Advantage of High Ceilings in Renovations

The height of the ceiling of a space heavily influences our perception of it. Generally, local building codes regulate the minimum dimensions for ceiling height, which are calculated to ensure adequate quality of life in the environment. But the exact height of the ceilings is often defined by the dimensions of other materials that make up the building, the height of the constitutive slabs, or even by rounding the dimensions of the stair steps. It is common, with the densification of cities aimed at increasing profitability, for entrepreneurs to design with minimum ceiling heights in houses and offices, reducing construction costs. On the other hand, in older structures, more generous ceilings can be observed, which generally enable a greater degree of design freedom. But how can architects make the most of these spaces?

ChatPay Office / Play Arquitetura

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  • Architects: Play Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  252
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Brick Construtora, Cavaletti, Eliane, Estúdio Bola, +10

MER Apartment / Jacobsen Arquitetura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  800
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

VM Apartment / NJ+ Arquitetos Associados

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  • Architects: Nildo José
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  93
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Caesarstone, Basile Marcenaria, Dpot, Etel, Francisco Milhomens, +6

Thompson Hess House / Felipe Hess Arquitetos

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Natural Light in Kitchens: Overhead Illumination in Latin American Homes

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Whether by traditional windows, linear openings in the wall, or skylights, the manipulation and incorporation of natural lighting in architectural projects can render a radical change in interior spaces.

Cass Apartment / Felipe Hess Arquitetos

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  70
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Marcenaria Status

Loja Wentz Store / Felipe Hess Arquitetos

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São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1722 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, 13 SQ2, Adobe Systems Incorporated, Chaos Software Production Studio, Deca, +10

Praia Mansa Apartment / Leandro Garcia

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Jordão House / FGMF Arquitetos

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Monte Mor, Brazil
  • Architects: FGMF Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Aris Climatização, Coldfer, Largrill, Marcenaria Ithalianas, Mary Pedras, +5

Applied, Flush and Reveal: What Are the Types of Baseboards?

Architects are known for returning from travel with more photos of buildings than people and for having an esoteric vocabulary of their own. Of course, these are clichés that are not always true. But something that unites most designers is the tendency to pay attention to each detail that makes up a project, be it the material that covers the facade, the junction between different floors, how the doors open, the type of window frame, how the forms were put together for concreting, and more. But a detail that often goes unnoticed – and that makes a huge difference in interior design – is baseboards.

Ibiúna House / Estúdio Penha

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Bairro da Ressaca, Brazil
  • Architects: Estúdio Penha
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Maestro Residence / Guelo Nunes Arquitetura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1937 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cerâmica - Atlas (, Herus Marcenaria, Leticia Bononi, Roya Architects, TecLine Esquadrias

Benedito Apartment / Meireles Pavan Arquitetura

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Bairro Itaim Bibi, Brazil
  • Architects: Meireles Pavan Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  165
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, Hansgrohe, Leicht, VitrA, B'Block, +13

Possibilities of Forms for Molding Exposed Concrete

Peter Zumthor, in one of his most emblematic works, gives concrete an almost sacred dimension. The work in question is the small Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, located in a small village in Germany, a construction that is both robust and sensitive. Built with white cement, which was mixed with stones and sand from the region, the chapel is composed of 24 layers of concrete that were poured day after day by local labor, and compressed in an unusual way. The building's flat and smooth exterior contrasts with its interior, which was initially made of inclined wooden logs forming a triangular void. To remove these internal forms, the logs were set on fire in a controlled process, reducing them to ash and creating a carbonized interior that varied between black and gray and retained the texture of the negatives of the logs. The result is a masterpiece of architecture, a space for reflection and transformation, in which the same material appears in diametrically opposing ways.

Casa Canal / Studio MK27 - Marcio Kogan + Lair Reis. Image © Fran ParenteCasa na Aldeia da Serra / MMBB Arquitetos + SPBR Arquitetos. Image © Nelson KonCasa no meio do caminho / Enrique Martin Moreno + Lucio Muniain et al. Image © Lucio MuniainCasa no Jardim Paulistano / GrupoSP. Image © Nelson Kon+ 17