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36 Architecture Firms from the Global South You Should Know

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Countries that are part of the so-called “global south” have undergone many transformations in their cities and urban contexts in recent years due to the economic and social challenges they face. Urban growth, sustainable development, quality of life and health in emerging cities, and the development of their own cultural identity have been some of the issues that local architecture had to incorporate.

Young architects have understood the importance of making an architecture that is deeply rooted in their own territory while giving this architecture a clear local identity. By generating new typologies and using their own resources and materials, they have presented innovative, site-specific, and, above all, solutions with a new fresh focus towards what represents them as creators of this architecture.

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YNE House / Metropole Architects

YNE House / Metropole Architects - Houses, Deck, Beam, Facade, Handrail, LightingYNE House / Metropole Architects - Houses, FacadeYNE House / Metropole Architects - Houses, Facade, Lighting, Table, ChairYNE House / Metropole Architects - Houses, Facade+ 40

Dolphin Coast, South Africa

Draw Inspiration From These 21st Century Bathroom Designs

The bathroom is one of the most static and traditional spaces in any residence. However, in recent times, this space has gained an identity that relates directly to the interior and exterior design of the house. As architects, we strive to create a warm, dynamic and attractive space for users.

Today, bathrooms that include new technologies, clean projects, integrating new materials with an emphatic use of color are highlighted. Next, we compiled a selection of 34 toilets that reflect this trend. 

6 Leadwood Loop / Metropole Architects


6 Leadwood Loop / Metropole Architects
 - Houses, Courtyard, Facade, Beam, Handrail, Stairs, Balcony, Lighting6 Leadwood Loop / Metropole Architects
 - Houses, Deck, Facade, Beam, Chair, Table6 Leadwood Loop / Metropole Architects
 - Houses, Facade, Handrail, Balcony6 Leadwood Loop / Metropole Architects
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The Reserve House / Metropole Architects

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Dolphin Coast, South Africa

Aloe Ridge House / Metropole Architects

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Pennington, South Africa

Albizia House / Metropole Architects

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Simbithi Eco Estate, South Africa