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Minimalist Windows with High Rigidity Steel Profiles: Transparency and Subtle Design

After centuries of using wood for the development of window and door carpentry, the Rationalism of the 20th century began to adopt a new material for these purposes: steel. Driven by industrial production, and promoted by architects such as Adolf Loos, Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier, steel was evolving to generate increasingly thin and resistant frames. However, efficient and low-cost materials, such as aluminum and PVC, gradually began to replace its widespread use, increasing the size of the frames and losing steel's "clean" aesthetic when applied to a growing architecture of large glass paneled facades.

At present, new technologies have refined their production processes, developing minimal profiles of high rigidity and precision, which take full advantage of the transparency of the glass and deliver new comfort and safety features. We talked with Jansen's experts to deepen our understanding of their application in contemporary architecture.

LocHal Library / CIVIC architects + Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau + Inside Outside + Mecanoo. Image © Stijn Bollaert Museo Bauhaus Dessau / Addenda Architects. Image © Thomas Meyer Cortesía de Jansen Futurium Berlin / Richter Musikowski. Image © Schnepp Renou + 30

Baena Castle Restoration / José Manuel López Osorio

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada + 18

Puerta de Moguer Bus Stop / Ahaus arquitectos

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Henar Herrero + 19

Moguer, Spain
  • Architects: Ahaus arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 182.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

SantaCreu Hotel in Tabarca Island / Diego López Fuster + Subarquitectura

© Jesús Granada Cortesía de Subarquitectura © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada + 32

Bulevar Residential Building / Gabriel Verd Arquitectos + Buró4

© Jesús Granada
© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada + 28

Mairena del Aljarafe, Spain

A11 House in Sevilla / Vázquez Consuegra

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada + 18

Sevilla, Spain
  • Architects: Vázquez Consuegra
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 4811.47 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

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.

Teacher Training Center / Ramón Fernández-Alonso

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada + 22

Granada, Spain
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 19756.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2012

La Lonja Building / José Alvarez Checa

© Jesús Granada Cortesía de José Alvarez Checa © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada + 23

Huelva, Spain
  • Architects: José Álvarez Checa
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 6380.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Aluminum Foam Facades: Architecture Rich in Texture, Porosity and Brightness

CaixaForum Sevilla / Vázquez Consuegra. Image © Jesús Granada
CaixaForum Sevilla / Vázquez Consuegra. Image © Jesús Granada

Modular coatings for facades and enclosures typically deliver fast and efficient solutions. However, many times they lack richness and character since they are repeated infinitely, without relating to the architectural design and its different functions and requirements.

These aluminum foam panels are manufactured through an air injection process in molten aluminum, which contains a fine dispersion of ceramic particulate. These ceramic particles stabilize the air bubbles, and create aluminum foam panels which provide an interesting level of detail and variability, generating unique facades with different levels of texture, transparency, brightness, and opacity. These ultralight panels can be used as flat architectural sheets, are 100% recyclable and available in standard sized formats up to 3.66 meters long (custom longer panels also available). 

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Hotel and Restaurant in the ancient Montalván Pottery Factory / AF6 Arquitectos

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada + 18

Sevilla, Spain
  • Architects: AF6 Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1937.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Why It’s Convenient To Wrap Architecture In Zinc

A lightweight material par excellence, Zinc is a non-ferrous metal that provides an effective solution for coating buildings exposed to adverse weather condition while simultaneously delivering a creative response to the requirements of the program and the users of the project.

When in contact with humidity, Zinc panels generate a self-protecting layer that isolates heat from indoor spaces during the summer. Rain and snow, slide easily over its surfaces, and its modular panels can wrap curved shapes or be perforated according to the architectural design, and combined in facades and/or ceilings through different shades, brightness, and colors.

Legacy ER Allen / 5G Studio Collaborative. Manufactured by MetalTech-USA. Image © Michael Moran/OTTO The House on the Cliff / GilBartolome Architects. Manufactured by elZinc. Image © Jesús Granada The Alchemist / Reid Architects. Manufactured by elZinc. Image Cortesía de elZinc Stade De Soccer de Montréal / Saucier + Perrotte architectes + Hughes Condon Marler Architects. Manufactured by elZinc. Image © Olivier Blouin + 19

Melilla Central Market Refurbishment / Ángel Verdasco Arquitectos

© Rubén P. Bescós / Jesús Granada © Rubén P. Bescós © Rubén P. Bescós © Jesús Granada + 21

Melilla, Spain

Infanta Luisa Hospital / Miguel Blázquez Arquitectos

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada + 19

Sevilla, Spain

NEN – New Noreña Building / ADOM-STUDIO

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© Jesús Granada

© Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada © Jesús Granada + 20

Madrid, Spain
  • Architects: ADOM-STUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 3084.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

7 Short Films About Architecture That You Won't Find on Netflix

If a work can be photographed, drawn, or expressed in words, it can also be the star of a film. This can be seen in Arquitectura en Corto, a Spanish cycle of short films about innovation and trends in contemporary architecture.

"The eruption and widespread availability of social media/mobile videos coupled with the need to illustrate and present innovative projects drives the union between architecture and these mediums," explains Roca Gallery and Technal, the organizers behind Arquitectura en Corto.

Refurbishment of the Justice Palace of Palencia / Aranguren&Gallegos Arquitectos

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Palencia, Spain

22 Social Dwellings in Chipiona / Gabriel Verd Arquitectos

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Chipiona, Spain