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Sá da Bandeira / PF Architecture Studio

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Torre de Gomariz Wine Spa Hotel / Paulo Braga + Cristina Amaral

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado + 41

Best Small Chapel Architecture & Design

© Samuel Ludwig
© Samuel Ludwig

Cortesía de Nicolás Campodónico © Yao Li Cortesía de STUDIO associates © Davide Perbellini + 32

This week we’ve selected the best chapels previously published on our site. They reveal different ways of designing a small and sacred space. For inspiration on how to create these atmospheres, integrate different materials, and make proper use of light, we present 32 remarkable examples.

Office Building in Arada / Nelson Resende

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado + 58

Arada, Portugal
  • Architects: Nelson Resende
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 120.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

35 Fireplaces that Spark Architectural Interest

© Ralph Feiner © Adam Gibson © Lars Petter Pettersen © Thomas Heimann + 36

From the beginning of time, human beings have gathered around the fire. The first settlements and huts included in their interior a small bonfire to cook and maintain the heat of its inhabitants. This tradition has continued to the present, and chimneys and fireplaces have developed into the most varied designs and forms, providing possibilities both inside and outside a home.

To give you ideas for materials, structures, and spatial configurations, we present 35 remarkable meeting places around the fire.

Rio Mau House / Raulino Silva

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado + 38

Vila do Conde, Portugal
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 300.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Atlantic Pavilion / Valdemar Coutinho

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado + 57

  • Architects: Valdemar Coutinho
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1663.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

17 Unconventional Stair Railings To Inspire Your Next Project

Cortesía de Olgooco Mohammad Hassan Ettefagh © Tomas Balej © Fran Parente © Christian Richters + 18

Guardrails and handrails are two elements that are often confused. While the first is used to close a space and prevent a person from falling, the second is a support bar for balance. Normally standard solutions are used for both elements, but with an attractive design, they can become standout details in a project.

For inspiration on materials, structures, and details of guardrails and handrails, here are 17 notable examples.

The Loquat Tree House / Machado Igreja Arquitectos

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado + 30

Lisbon, Portugal
  • Architects: Machado Igreja Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 83.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

10 Unconventional Plywood Projects That Show The Bright Future of 20th Century Materials

Courtesy of PRODUCE Workshop
Courtesy of PRODUCE Workshop

Sold in standard 4 foot wide sheets since 1928, plywood has been a staple of conventional construction for nearly a century. Dimensionally strong, easily cut, lightweight and capable of creating an effective barrier, plywood and other engineered panels like OSB, particle board, and MDF is ubiquitous, particularly for their use as sheathing material in balloon and timber frame construction systems. Boats, airplanes and even automobile frames have historically been built out of plywood, predating (or replacing) steel, aluminum, and fiberglass. As a simple material capable of being manipulated and shaped in a wide variety of ways, sheet ply was also favored in furniture and architectural designs by modernists including Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Alvar Aalto, and Marcel Breuer.

Courtesy of Pablo Esteban Zamorano Courtesy of AREA and Electrotexture Lab © Rien van Rijthoven © Rien van Rijthoven + 27

Gentleman / 3r Ernesto Pereira

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado + 21

Vila do Conde, Portugal
  • Architects: 3r Ernesto Pereira
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 65.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Space-Saving Solutions: 33 Creative Storage Ideas

© Hey! Cheese © Kat Lu © Hey! Cheese © Kai Nakamura + 34

The lack of storage space is a recurrent problem in homes. In most cases, residual spaces or uncomfortable corners are used to solve the lack of shelves, drawers, and closets. To efficiently incorporate these type of spaces into your designs, here are 33 remarkable storage examples.

Vila do Conde Apartment / Raulino Silva Arquitecto

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Vila do Conde, Portugal

Musico Iturbi / Roberto Di Donato Architecture

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Valencia, Spain

The Capela do Monte Through the Lens of João Morgado

Portuguese architectural photographer João Morgado shared with us a series of images from Álvaro Siza's latest project, the Capela do Monte. This chapel is located in Barão de São João, in the Algarve region of Portugal. Part of the Monte da Charneca complex, Capela do Monte was commissioned in 2016 by a Swiss-American couple residing there.

Inaugurated in March of this year, the sandy colored, 10.34 x 6.34-meter structure was built at the highest point of a hill and can only be accessed by foot. Its monolithic geometry suggests, from outside, a serenity from the inner space. The wooden furniture within the chapel were all designed by Siza and manufactured by Serafim Pereira Simões Successors of Porto.

Church of S. Tiago de Antas / Hugo Correia

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado + 63

Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1000.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Small Cafe Designs: 20 Aspirational Examples in Plan & Section

Cortesía de xm3 Cortesía de Andrés Jaque Cortesía de Office AIO Cortesía de I Like Design Studio + 59

The interior design of a coffee shop can make-or-break an establishment. With an inviting design, you can transform drinking a simple cup of coffee into a wonderful experience. However, when you only have a few square meters and various machines and properties to distribute, finding an efficient configuration is not easy.

To help you make better use of small spaces, below we have gathered a selection of 20 small cafe projects alongside their design drawings.

Embassy of Egypt / PROMONTORIO

© João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado © João Morgado + 26

Lisbon, Portugal
  • Architects: PROMONTORIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1510.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017