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Why Do Architects Love Designing Houses?

04:00 - 25 March, 2019
Why Do Architects Love Designing Houses?, © <a href="//commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Euelbenul&amp;action=edit&amp;redlink=1">User:Euelbenul</a> - <span>Own work</span>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=51360903">Link</a>. ImageFallingwater House, iconic project designed by Frank Lloyd Wright back in 1939
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Home. Our shelter. Our private space. In an urbanized world with dense megalopolises like Tokyo, Shanghai, and São Paulo, homes are getting smaller and more expensive than ever. If you are claustrophobic, Marie Kondo is your best ally in the quest to earn some extra space.  And even though private backyards have become a luxury for most, our data shows that single-family houses are still the most popular project type on ArchDaily. Why is this? (Especially when it seems incongruous given the reality of today’s crowded cities.) Why do some universities still insist on designing and building houses as academic exercises? Wouldn’t it be more creative—and more useful—to develop architecture in small-scale spaces? Would it be more rewarding to develop solutions on bigger scales?

Exploring Architecture through Performance, Photography and Fashion

12:00 - 24 March, 2019
Exploring Architecture through Performance, Photography and Fashion, Courtesy of Alberto Kalach
Courtesy of Alberto Kalach

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The purpose of architectural photography is to show a design in the best possible way, with the artform often characterized by perspective correction and atmospheric lighting. However, few architectural photographers have experimented with other artistic disciplines. Miguel de Guzmán, Paul Vu and Jules Couartou are among those who have challenged the limits of this form of photography, generating an interesting crossover between architecture photography, fashion and performances. In their images, the relationship between space and the user is shown through a scene designed to register an effect on the viewer. The results are images which are full of creativity.

Sierra House / Steyn Studio

09:00 - 24 March, 2019
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M4 / Zooco Estudio

06:00 - 15 February, 2019
M4 / Zooco Estudio, © Imagen Subliminal
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Las Rozas, Spain
  • Category

  • Authors

    Zooco estudio: Miguel Crespo Picot, Javier Guzmán Benito, Sixto Martin Martinez,
  • Area

    4628.4 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Maison du projet / Carlos Arroyo

01:00 - 12 February, 2019
Maison du projet / Carlos Arroyo, © Imagen Subliminal
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  • Architects

  • Location

    151 Rue d'Oran, 59100 Roubaix, France
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Carlos Arroyo, Hendrik Verlinden, Vanessa Cerezo, David Jiménez
  • Local Partner Architect

    EKOA, Olivier Jost
  • Area

    700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

Showroom and Offices DFG-Pavestone / OLAestudio

01:00 - 11 February, 2019
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"We Wanted a Gradient of Galleries": WORKac Explain their Design for the Beirut Museum of Art

07:00 - 29 January, 2019
"We Wanted a Gradient of Galleries": WORKac Explain their Design for the Beirut Museum of Art, BeMA / WORKac. Image Courtesy of WORKac
BeMA / WORKac. Image Courtesy of WORKac

What is architecture if it does not understand its context?  Architecture is shaped and curated by the area it lives in, showcasing the culture it embodies. The more of this identity it embodies, the more meaningful (and sometimes prominent) it becomes. 

December of 2018 was a month of prosperity for Lebanese architecture: Hashim Sarkis was announced curator of the 2020 Venice Biennale and Lebanese-born Amale Andraos and partner Dan Wood of WORKac were selected to build the Beirut Museum of Art. The museum, a dynamic assembly of contoured geometries (not entirely unlike their work at Miami's Museum Garage) located in the heart of Beirut City, will house permanent and temporary exhibitions across 12,000 square meters. WORKac's winning scheme was chosen for its ability to “reveal the cultural possibilities of integrating art, architecture, and landscape within a dense urban setting and as a means to re-imagine how we can live, learn and share together.”

ZOOCO / ZOOCO Estudio

16:00 - 22 January, 2019
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Glorieta de Bilbao 1, 2 centro, 28004 Madrid, Spain
  • Category

  • Authors

    Miguel Crespo Picot, Javier Guzmán Benito, Sixto Martín Martínez
  • Construction

    NIMBO PROYECTOS S.L
  • Area

    1506.95 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

House Plans Under 50 Square Meters: 26 More Helpful Examples of Small-Scale Living

10:00 - 20 January, 2019
House Plans Under 50 Square Meters: 26 More Helpful Examples of Small-Scale Living

Designing the interior of an apartment when you have very little space to work with is certainly a challenge. We all know that a home should be as comfortable as possible for its inhabitants, but when we have only a few square meters to work with and the essential functions of the home to distribute, finding an efficient layout is not easy. Following our popular selection of houses under 100 square meters, we've gone one better: a selection of 26 floor plans between 20 and 50 square meters to inspire you in your own spatially-challenged designs.

27 Projects Win 2019 AIANY Design Awards

10:00 - 19 January, 2019
27 Projects Win 2019 AIANY Design Awards, Tata Consultancy Services, Banyan Park. Image © Michael Moran
Tata Consultancy Services, Banyan Park. Image © Michael Moran

The New York Chapter of the American Institute of Architects has presented 27 projects with 2019 Design Awards. AIANY announced the results after two days of deliberations by a a jury of independent architects, educators, critics, and planners. For each of the five categories, winning projects were granted either an “Honor” or “Merit” award, and were chosen for their design quality, innovation and technique.

Princeton University Embodied Computation Laboratory. Image © Pablo Marvel Tanderrum Bridge. Image © Kristoffer Paulson Oculi House. Image © Michael Moran Cornell Tech Tata Innovation Center. Image © Albert Vecerka + 28

Retail Stores Under 100 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section

04:00 - 9 January, 2019
Retail Stores Under 100 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section, © Fabián Dejtiar
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Designing commercial spaces has historically been a challenge. In these environments, spatial distribution plays a fundamental role, even more so if we have a few extra square meters. With this being said, the study of these spaces in plan and section can be a great starting point. It not only allows us to analyze the logistics and circulation of customers but also helps us find efficient variations and innovations that will enable your store to stand out from the others.

Below, we've selected a series of 25 examples in plan and section that can help you understand how different architects faced the challenge.

Techpump Headquarters / Estudio Bher Arquitectos

17:00 - 16 November, 2018
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Polycarbonate in Architecture: 10 Translucent Solutions

04:00 - 7 November, 2018
Polycarbonate in Architecture: 10 Translucent Solutions, © Brett Boardman
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Composed of microcell panels, polycarbonate offers various solutions for the use of natural lighting in architectural enclosures. Whether applied to facades, interior spaces or roofs, the benefits of polycarbonate, such as lightness, clean lines, colored panels, and light effects, offer a wide range of design freedom. Microcell panel technology reduces the need for artificial light and favors uniformity in the diffusion of natural light, achieving energy efficient facades and the illusion of spaciousness in interior spaces. Below, we've selected 10 projects that have used polycarbonate as a wrapping material.

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Ibiza Gran Hotel Extension / Colmenares Vilata Aquitectos

07:00 - 6 November, 2018
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Ibiza, Islas Baleares, Spain
  • Category

  • Author Architects

    Julián Colmenares, Jaime Galmés, Silvia Colmenares Vilata
  • Team

    Christophe Muller, Diego Montejano
  • Structural Consultant

    Ceta2
  • Interior Design

    Esteva i Esteva
  • Area

    1512.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

House in Palacio / Ideo arquitectura

10:00 - 12 October, 2018
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Stair-Case Malasaña / Mariana de Delás + Marcos Duffo

09:00 - 7 October, 2018
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6 Spanish Projects That Creatively Use Louvers and Shutters in Their Facades

08:00 - 29 August, 2018
 6 Spanish Projects That Creatively Use Louvers and Shutters in Their Facades, Cortesía de Gradhermetic
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During warm summer months, buildings must maintain an adequate and comfortable temperature for the users of the space. Blinds or solar screens are an effective solution in projects that have large glazed surfaces, thus reducing the temperatures generated by direct sunlight.

Below, we have selected 6 Spanish projects that creatively use louvers and shutters in their facades. 

Ampliación del Hospital de Sabadell / Estudi PSP Arquitectura. Image © Jordi Canosa i Blajot Escuela Secundaria Honoré de Balzac / NBJ architectes. Image © Photoarchitecture Campus Universitario y Parque Científico-Tecnológico / CANVAS Arquitectos. Image Cortesía de CANVAS Arquitectos Campus Diagonal / Enrique Batlle i Durany y Joan Roig i Durán. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic + 17

Split-Level Homes: 50 Floor Plan Examples

08:00 - 27 August, 2018
Split-Level Homes: 50 Floor Plan Examples , Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar
Cortesía de Fabián Dejtiar

Faced with the challenge of designing homes on terrains with steep slopes - or in compact urban contexts that do not allow much variation in plan - several architects have experimented and proposed split-level homes to enhance the use of space, allowing, among other things, interesting visual perspectives.

These variations can be seen in numerous examples published on our site. Below, we have selected 50 examples that can help you in your next project.