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El Mallol Civic Center Renovation / Carles Crosas + SOG design

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San Hipólito de Voltregá, Spain

Regina House / OAB

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  • Architects: OAB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1291 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Aiguadé, BD, Pete Sans, Regina Saura, +1

Curtains as Room Dividers: Towards a Fluid and Adaptable Architecture

Over the past few decades, interior spaces have become increasingly open and versatile. From the thick walls and multiple subdivisions of Palladian villas, for example, to today's free-standing and multi-functional plans, architecture attempts to combat obsolescence by providing consistently efficient environments for everyday life, considering both present and future use. And while Palladio's old villas can still accommodate a wide variety of functions and lifestyles, re-adapting their use without changing an inch of their original design, today, flexibility seems to be the recipe for extending the useful life of buildings as far as possible.

How, then, can we design spaces neutral and flexible enough to adapt to the evolving human being, while still accomplishing the needs that each person requires today? An ancient element could help redefine the way we conceive and inhabit space: curtains.

Emperor Qianmen Hotel / asap. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudReady-made Apartment / azab. Image © Luis Diaz DiazPURE / Sílvia Rocio + Mariana Póvoa + esse studio. Image © Francisco NogueiraJL Madeira Office / Metro Arquitetos Associados. Image © Ilana Bessler+ 48

La Palometa House / sanahuja&partners

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Stone House / NOMO STUDIO

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  • Architects: NOMO STUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  450
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Technal, Roca, Balay

Designing Ventilated Façades Using 3.5 mm Porcelain Tiles

The ventilated façade is a construction solution that uses a double enclosure distanced from each other by a support structure to generate an air chamber for ventilation. This operation creates a chimney effect that activates air currents by convection, improving the acoustic and thermal insulation of the building, and increasing its energy efficiency.

Due to its nature and manufacturing, the 3.5 mm porcelain tile is a great choice for ventilated façade cladding. Its high resistance to weathering, dimensional stability, and lightness reduce the support structure requirements. It weighs 3 times less than a traditional porcelain tile and allows large formats, up to 3.6 meters, reducing the number of joints. It also delivers high color stability, impact resistance, and low maintenance over time.

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La Rectoria Chidren’s Summer Camp / OAB

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  • Architects: OAB
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1130
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Seafront House / OAB

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Retail Architecture from 100 to 1000 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section

As mentioned in our previous article on retail stores under 100 square meters, the spatial distribution of commercial spaces is a determinant for its success. Not only does it address adequate logistics and the circulation of customers, but the variations and innovations that will enable a more efficient and original space.

Below, we've selected projects from our site, with their plan and section, that can help inspire your next project.

The Kindergarten Virolai Petit / Vicente Sarrablo + Jaume Colom + Roviras - Castelao Arquitectos

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Barcelona, Spain

Cocina Hermanos Torres Restaurant / OAB. Office of Architecture in Barcelona

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Barcelona, Spain

De la Brisa House / buchmeiervilā

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Province of Girona, Spain

Church in Diagonal Mar / ERITHACUS arquitectos

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Barcelona, Spain
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2115
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2010
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: C.Cánovas, Cerrajeria Alcodori , Hierros Barcelona, Inox Laser, Codorniu, Cubiertas Muñoz, Cupa Group, Texa., Fundación Caixa Galicia, +9

Roser Chapel / ERITHACUS arquitectos

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Cerdanyola, Spain

Strategic Plan for Tourism Development in Alcossebre / sanahuja&partners

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Alcossebre, Spain
  • Architects: sanahuja&partners
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Grespania, Porcelanosa Grupo, Urbatek, CHC, Ceramica A Mano Alzada, +2

Raval of the Sea Hotel / VVArquitectura

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Vila-seca, Spain
  • Architects: VVArquitectura
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Gan Rugs

MOSCA / Sarquella + Torres Arquitectes

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