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The Beauty of Exposed Wooden Trusses

© Koichi Torimura© Shigeo Ogawa© Matthijs van Roon© Shigeo Ogawa+ 28

Timber trusses are wooden structural frameworks used to support roofs or other heavy structures. Fabricated from a series of triangles linked by a ridge beam and purlins, wooden trusses are structurally advantageous due to their high strength-to-weight ratios and corresponding ability to support long spans. However, these structural components can also be used for aesthetic ends, and when left exposed, can complexify, beautify, and open an interior space.

Blurring the Line Between Architecture and Furniture

An emerging design trend is filling the gap between furniture and architecture by shaping space through objects at the intersection of the two, creating a dynamic and highly adaptable environment. Either a consequence of the increased demand for flexibility in small spaces or the architectural expression of a device-oriented society, elements in between architecture and furniture open the door towards an increased versatility of space. Neither architecture nor furniture (or perhaps both), these objects operate at the convergence of the two scales of human interaction, carving a new design approach for interior living spaces.

"A Guy, his Bulldog, a Vegetable Garden, and the Home they Share" by HUSOS. Image © José HeviaMJE house by PKMN Architectures. Image © Javier de PazTakeshi Shikauchi’s Bath Kitchen House. Image © Koichi TorimuraWriter's Block by CHACOL. Image © Edward Duarte+ 10

Kanda Coffee En / Yasuhisa Makino Architect & Associates

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Chiyoda City, Japan

Spotlight: Toyo Ito

As one of the leading architects of Japan's increasingly highly-regarded architecture culture, 2013 Pritzker Laureate Toyo Ito (born June 1, 1941) has defined his career by combining elements of minimalism with an embrace of technology, in a way that merges both traditional and contemporary elements of Japanese culture.

Tower of Winds. Image © Tomio OhashiTama Art University Library. Image © Iwan BaanSendai Mediatheque. Image © Nacasa & Partners Inc.Taichung Metropolitan Opera House. Image © Lucas K. Doolan+ 16

T3 House / CUBO design architect

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  507
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Gessi, MARUHON

House Momoyama / Erika Nakagawa Office

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  174
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Toto, Acor, Dksystems, MARUSHIKA Ceramics, fixture

Concrete Square Tube House / EASTERN Design Office

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© Koichi Torimura

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Kyoto, Japan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  134
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Euromobil, Metos, Riviera, Merkmal, Sankyo Tateyama

Rooftop House / Another APARTMENT / Tsuyoshi Kobayashi

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© Koichi Torimura

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  • Architects: Another Apartment
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  70
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Vectorworks, Maxray, Sanwacompany, Trimble Navigation

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Hotel Pino Nature - Hotel / Studio ZEC. Image © Damir DautbegovićHangzhou Zhongshuge Bookstore - Bookstore / Xiang Li. Image © Feng ShaoManshausen - Hospitality, Sport, Hotel, Wellness/Spa / Snorre Stinessen. Image © Steve KingPONE Transparent Shell - Exhibition Space / PONE ARCHITECTURE. Image © PONE ARCHITECTURE+ 21

S-House / Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

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Chichibu, Japan

Jubako House / Meguro Architecture Laboratory

© Koichi Torimura© Taku Hata© Koichi Torimura© Koichi Torimura+ 12

Tokio, Japan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  138
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Toto, A&A, Acor, Advan Co., Ltd., Advan Co., Ltd., +7

Housenji Temple / Meguro Architecture Laboratory

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Tokyo, Japan
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  846
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Toto, YKK AP, A&A, Acor, Osmo & Edel, +2

House of Light Truss / Ikeda Yukie Ono Toshiharu Architects

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Sequence of L walls / Ikeda Yukie Ono Toshiharu Architects

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Shimonoseki, Japan

House Plans Under 50 Square Meters: 26 More Helpful Examples of Small-Scale Living

Designing the interior of an apartment when you have very little space to work with is certainly a challenge. We all know that a home should be as comfortable as possible for its inhabitants, but when we have only a few square meters to work with and the essential functions of the home to distribute, finding an efficient layout is not easy. Following our popular selection of houses under 100 square meters, we've gone one better: a selection of 26 floor plans between 20 and 50 square meters to inspire you in your own spatially-challenged designs.

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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.