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There's No Good Architecture Without Daylight: How to Promote Designs Molded and Nurtured by Light

Humans spend almost 90% of the time indoors; that's approximately 20 hours a day in closed rooms and 9 hours a day in our own bedrooms. The architectural configurations of these spaces are not random - that is, they have been designed or thought of by someone, and are at least slightly "guided" by the conditions of their inhabitants and their surroundings. Some people inhabit spaces specially catered to their needs and tastes, while others adapt and appropriate designs made for someone else, perhaps developed decades before they were born. In either case, their quality of life may be better or worse depending on the decisions that are made. 

Understanding the importance of carefully designing our interiors, particularly through the lens of access and enjoyment of natural light, was the purpose of the 8th VELUX Daylight Symposium, held on October 9 and 10 of 2019 in Paris. This year, more than 600 researchers and professionals attended and reaffirmed the importance of natural light, presenting a series of concrete tools that could help quantify and qualify light by designing its entry, management, and control with greater depth and responsibility.

Trailer / Invisible Studio. Image © Jim Stephenson Cortesía de Ruetemple NOKKEN Kindergarten / Christensen & Co Architects. Image © Bo Bolther © Jackie Meiring + 25

Tutukaka House / Herbst Architects

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Tutukaka, New Zealand
  • Architects: Herbst Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  300.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Which Are The Most Used Materials in Social Housing?

Choice of building materials and the inherent continuous reflection about the reach and capabilities of architecture are an interesting alternative way to approach this issue. The materials used in social housing should address local and economic possibilities and the real needs for access to housing in the contemporary context.

In this article, we analyze different projects published on our site to identify some of the predominant materials used in social housing, both for the formation of structures or enclosures. The intentions of this are two-fold: firstly, to create a worldwide panorama of different case studies with different construction styles from a range of geographical locations, and secondly, to provide inspiration and tools to architects to make better social housing.

Below we present 15 social housing projects and their diverse materials and construction styles.

Smart Configurations for Small Kitchens

Smart Configurations for Small Kitchens
Smart Configurations for Small Kitchens

Small spaces sometimes have to host essential functions. How can you incorporate the kitchen into your design in the best possible way when your floor space is limited? We have thoroughly reviewed our published projects to select 7 houses in which the architects have effectively solved this problem, using intelligent and innovative configurations.

These kitchens manage to appear larger than they really are when attached to neighboring spaces such as living rooms or dining rooms. In themselves, they are kitchens that occupy very small spaces, opting for a different approach to the traditional kitchen that normally occupies an independent and exclusive room.

Casa na Rua Faria Guimarães / Fala Atelier Curtain Cottage / Apparte Studio 097 • Yojigen Poketto / elii Restauración Old Town / Habitan Architecture + 31

Fabric Warehouse / Fearon Hay Architects

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Auckland, New Zealand
  • Architects: Fearon Hay Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1500.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012

Studio 19 Community Housing / Strachan Group Architects, Studio 19

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Auckland, New Zealand
  • Architects: Strachan Group Architects , Studio 19
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

Timms Bach / Herbst Architects

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  • Architects: Herbst Architects
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010

Nikau House / Strachan Group Architects

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Waitemata, New Zealand
  • Architects: Strachan Group Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  230.0

Whangapoua / Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects

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Coromandel, New Zealand

Great Barrier Island / Herbstarchitects

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Auckland, New Zealand
  • Architects: Herbstarchitects
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010