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Polycarbonate for Interiors: 8 Examples of Translucent Architecture Indoors

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Diversifying the materials of an interior space can greatly improve its depth and visual interest. At the same time, adding partitions or other delineations of internal space can help organize flow, circulation, and visibility. Polycarbonate, a type of lightweight, durable thermoplastic, is an excellent medium for both functions.

In its raw form, polycarbonate is completely transparent, transmitting light with nearly the same efficacy as glass. However, it is also lighter and stronger than glass and tougher than other similar plastics such as acrylic, polystyrene, ABS, or nylon, making it a good choice for designers seeking durable, impact and fire resistant materials that still transmit light. Like glass, it is a natural UV filter and can be colored or tinted for translucency, yet it is also prized for its flexibility, allowing it to be shaped into any size or shape. Finally, it is easily recyclable because it liquefies rather than burning, making it at least more environmentally friendly than other thermoset plastics. For example, recycled polycarbonate can be chemically reacted with phenol in a recycling plant to produce monomers that can be turned back into plastic.

Pingshan Performing Arts Center / OPEN Architecture

From public promenade to the roof garden. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudPublic promenade view from the neighborhood. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudOutdoor theater at the northwest corner. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudOutdoor theater. Image © Tianpei Zeng+ 40

  • Architects: OPEN Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  23542
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Herschel Supply China Office / Linehouse

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  • Architects: Linehouse
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  134
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

The Corner Restaurant / MDDM STUDIO

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  • Architects: MDDM STUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Lost & Found

The Urban Village / TEAM_BLDG

Building façade after the renovation. Image © Jonathan Leijonhufvud
Building façade after the renovation. Image © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

East facade. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudThe only market in the urban village is just behind the building. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudThe public space surrounded by the main three-dimensional dynamic lines of the original building. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudAtrium-looking up. Image © Jonathan Leijonhufvud+ 46

  • Architects: TEAM_BLDG
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Magis, 伊莱克斯Electrolux

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

House P / MDDM STUDIO

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  • Architects: MDDM STUDIO
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Innovative Uses of Water in Architecture

From playful indoor pools to tranquil exterior fountains to soaring waterfalls and grand lakes of enormous proportions, architecture throughout the centuries has engaged with water in endlessly innovative ways. Sometimes serving aesthetic purposes, but just as often acting as centers of activity or promoting sustainability, water features can take countless different forms and serve multiple different purposes. Below, we synthesize a series of water features espoused by innovative contemporary architectural projects, ranging from single-family residential homes to vast commercial complexes.

The Winery at VIK / Smiljan Radic. Image © Cristobal PalmaJellyfish House / Wiel Arets Architects. Image © Jan BitterJewel Changi Airport / Safdie Architects. Image Courtesy of Peter Walkner Partners Landscape ArchitectsMoses Bridge / RO&AD Architecten. Image © RO&AD Architecten+ 34

Changsha Insun International Cinema / One Plus Partnership

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5980
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

The Hakka Triangle House / TEAM_BLDG

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Guangzhou, China
  • Architects: TEAM_BLDG
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: PAK, WEIXUCHENG GLASS, ZIIQE

Emperor Qianmen Hotel / asap

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  • Architects: asap
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

House on the Great Wall / MDDM STUDIO

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Beijing, China
  • Architects: MDDM STUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  300
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Foscarini, HAY, Beijing Nest Beauty Furniture Co., Ltd., CRAFT LINK INTERIORS CO., LTD., Fujian Sanminghe Forest Building Material Co., Ltd, +1

CWITM Office / MDDM STUDIO

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© Jonathan Leijonhufvud

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  • Architects: MDDM STUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  800
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Foscarini, Beijing Nest Beauty Furniture, Craftlink Limited, Foshan Hengyue Building Materials, Posh

Polished Concrete: How It Is Made and What to Consider When Using It in Your Projects

LIEVITO - Gourmet Pizza and Bar / MDDM STUDIO. Image © Jonathan Leijonhufvud
LIEVITO - Gourmet Pizza and Bar / MDDM STUDIO. Image © Jonathan Leijonhufvud

Polished concrete is a versatile material that is easily customizable in its appearance, using stunning aggregates, quartz, and colors to create a sense of industrial sophistication in both homes and commercial buildings. Its reflective surface creates an evocative quality under light, which can be suitable for a variety of programs.

While still mainly used as a material for interior flooring, architects have been pushing the limits of polished concrete for years, using it for feature walls, patio floors and even large exterior panels such as in David Chipperfield’s extension to the Saint Louis Art Museum.

Brick House / Clare Cousins Architects. Image © Shannon McGrathUrban Man Cave / Inhouse Brand Architects. Image © Riaan WestThe Apple Store / pH+. Image © Tim SoarKristalia New Headquarters / Sandro Burigana. Image © Paolo Contratti - Contratticompany Srl+ 16

Sunyata Hotel in Dali Old Town / Zhaoyang Architects

Front court from the 2nd floor corridor. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudBack court. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudRoom no.10. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudRoof detail. Image © Jonathan Leijonhufvud+ 29

Dali, China
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  540
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

15 Bars That Combine Texture, Lighting, and Materials to Perfection

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Bars are the perfect meeting place to finish the day in the company of friends and a few drinks. The relaxed atmosphere and lighting allow intimate discussions around tables, while the social butterflies can instead meet around the focal element of the space, the bar.

The atmosphere provoked by the mixture of textures, smells, materials, and darkness—ideally accompanied by a cocktail menu—is an essential component in helping us find our favorite watering holes. Read on for a selection of 15 incredible examples of this typology, with images by prominent photographers such as Frank Herfort, Serena Eller Vanicher, and Yann Deret.

LIEVITO - Gourmet Pizza and Bar / MDDM STUDIO

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  • Architects: MDDM STUDIO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

ALL SH Store / Linehouse

Shanghai, China
  • Architects: Linehouse
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  20
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016