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Retail Stores Under 100 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section

Designing commercial spaces has historically been a challenge. In these environments, spatial distribution plays a fundamental role, even more so if we have a few extra square meters. With this being said, the study of these spaces in plan and section can be a great starting point. It not only allows us to analyze the logistics and circulation of customers but also helps us find efficient variations and innovations that will enable your store to stand out from the others.

Below, we've selected a series of 25 examples in plan and section that can help you understand how different architects faced the challenge.

Kanoko Building / EASTERN Design Office

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  281
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Toto, Acor, Rakuera, YKK AP Inc, YOSHINO GYPSUM

Yatsugatake Annex / Takanori Ineyama Architects

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© Koichi Torimura

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10 Inspiring Examples of Post-Disaster Architecture

Following natural disaster or conflict, architecture plays a critical role in not only reconstructing lost infrastructure but also responding to the need for comfort and safety for those affected. Successful post-disaster architecture must meet both the short-term need for immediate shelter, as well as long-term needs for reconstruction and stability. Eight years after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, those displaced continue to reside in temporary shelters without adequate access to plumbing and electricity, revealing the critical importance of addressing long-term needs after disaster and conflict.

Below, we've rounded up 10 impressive examples of post-disaster architecture that range from low-cost, short-term proposals to those that attempt to rebuild entire communities from the ground up:

Pop-Up Places of Worship. Image Courtesy of Lucas Boyd and Chad GreenleeVilla Verde Housing. Image © Suyin ChiaSoma City Home-For-All. Image © Koichi TorimuraCardboard Cathedral. Image © Bridgit Anderson+ 10

Mushroom House / SPACESPACE

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Kawachinagano, Japan
  • Architects: SPACESPACE
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  71
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Fantastic Images of Architecture in the Fog: The Best Photos of the Week

Taking photographs in fog can be an experience as chaotic as it is enchanting. Although working with this phenomenon can be risky, since fog dramatically modifies the available light and the atmosphere of a scene, if you know how to take advantage of it, the result can lead to perfect photographs. Below is a selection of 10 images from prominent photographers such as Kevin Scott, Richard Barnes, and Koichi Torimura.

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Soma City HOME-FOR-ALL / Toyo Ito & Associates + Klein Dytham architecture

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MU / Ikeda Yukie Ono Toshiharu Architects

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Hachinohe, Japan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  96
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Osmo, NISC, Saikai Sangyo

SHINMINKA / ISSHOArchitects

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Motobu, Japan
  • Architects: ISSHOArchitects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  57
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Miele, Toto, MORTEX

Y House / Kensuke Watanabe Architecture Studio

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Kamakura, Japan

A House in Tsukishima / ICADA

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  • Architects: ICADA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  67
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: DN Lighting

EN-House / Meguro Architecture Laboratory

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Tokyo, Japan

House in Kugayama / miCo.

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Tokyo, Japan
  • Architects: miCo.
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  119
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

House in Pakse / Makoto Yamaguchi Design

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Checkered House / Takeshi Shikauchi Architect Office

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Tokyo, Japan

Sandwich Apartment / Ikeda Yukie Ono Toshiharu Architects

© Koichi Torimura© Koichi Torimura© Koichi Torimura© Koichi Torimura+ 16

Nerima, Japan

Villa Escargot / Takeshi Hirobe Architects

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Chiba, Japan