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Walk-in Showers Without Doors or Curtains: Design Tips and Examples

04:00 - 19 September, 2019
Walk-in Showers Without Doors or Curtains: Design Tips and Examples, House for a Stationer / Architecture for London. Image © Christian Brailey
House for a Stationer / Architecture for London. Image © Christian Brailey

Because it doesn't include a bathtub, or require doors, screens, or curtains, the walk-in shower often makes bathrooms appear larger, cleaner, and more minimalist. 

However, some precautions must be taken when designing them. Most importantly, the shower cannot be left completely open, even if it appears to be at first glance. Most designs incorporate a tempered glass that prevents water from "bouncing" out of the shower space, subtly closing the area. When this transparent division doesn't have a frame, the appearance of fungi due to accumulation of water and moisture becomes less likely.

Casa de monte / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa Fagerstrom House / Claesson Koivisto Rune. Image © Åke E:son Lindman AUTOHAUS / Matt Fajkus Architecture. Image © Charles Davis Smith Pombal / AZO. Sequeira Arquitectos Associados. Image © Nelson Garrido + 28

Lake House / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

07:45 - 27 August, 2019
Lake House / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual , © Leo Espinosa
© Leo Espinosa

© Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa + 39

Concrete Architecture: 20 Outstanding Projects in Mexico

08:00 - 24 August, 2019
Concrete Architecture: 20 Outstanding Projects in Mexico, SFER IK Museion en Francisco Uh May / Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel. Image Cortesía de Azulik
SFER IK Museion en Francisco Uh May / Jorge Eduardo Neira Sterkel. Image Cortesía de Azulik

Foro Boca / Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Jaime Navarro Casa Lomas / Oficio Taller. Image © Adrián Llaguno / Documentación Arquitectónica y The Raws Club de Niños y Niñas / CCA Centro de Colaboración Arquitectónica. Image © Arturo Arrieta Casa Orgánica / Javier Senosiain. Image Cortesía de Javier Senosian + 23

Concrete, a material commonly used in the construction industry, is made of a binder combined with aggregates (or gravels), water, and certain additives. Its origins reach back as far as Ancient Egypt, when the construction of large structures created the need for a new kind of material: one which was liquid, featured properties of natural stones, could be molded, and communicated a sense of nobility and grandeur. 

Monte House / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

12:00 - 7 May, 2019
Monte House / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual , © Leo Espinosa
© Leo Espinosa

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Rammed Earth Construction: 15 Exemplary Projects

12:00 - 25 November, 2018
© Nic Lehoux Photography
© Nic Lehoux Photography

© Iwan Baan © Stefan Müller © Norman Müller © Filip Dujardin + 19

This week, we're highlighting a selection of the best images of projects built using rammed earth. These 15 works show the attractive aesthetic finish created by the superposition of multiple layers of compressed soil. Despite having been neglected as a construction technique for years, this type of construction is now experiencing a renaissance in architecture. Read on for a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Filip Dujardin, João Morgado, and Nic Lehoux.

8 Mexican Projects That Use Bamboo

05:00 - 16 November, 2018
8 Mexican Projects That Use Bamboo, Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa
Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa

In 4 Days, 100 Volunteers Used Mud and Reeds To Build This Community Center in Mexico. Image © Pedro Bravo, Sofía Hernández, Francisco Martínez Cafetería Rural Comunitaria Tosepan Kajfen / Proyecto cafeína + Komoni. Image © Patrick López Rural House in Puebla / Comunal Taller de Arquitectura. Image © Onnis Luque Sport City Oaxaca / Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos. Image © Angel Ivan Valdivia Salazar + 9

Mexico is a country known globally for its traditional and contemporary architectural elements. The construction techniques characteristic of each region and the use of materials according to thermic, economic, or aesthetic needs result in unique spaces.

Bamboo as a constructive or decorative element, coating, facade, or roof has proven its superiority over materials such as plastic and steel.

While it is true that research on this material has advanced significantly in recent years, we know that there is still much to learn. Many architects are seeking knowledge from the past to apply to their current techniques. Below, we've selected a list of 8 Mexican projects that explore the use of bamboo in the hands of architects and artisans.

A Tribute to the Color of Contemporary Mexican Architecture

06:00 - 22 August, 2018
A Tribute to the Color of Contemporary Mexican Architecture, © Jaime Navarro
© Jaime Navarro

© BGP © Javier Callejas © Paco Pérez Arriaga © Leo Espinosa + 20

Color, inherited from indigenous cultures of Mexico, is a defining characteristic of Mexican architecture. Vibrant colors have been used by architects and artists such as Luis Barragán, Ricardo Legorreta, Mathias Goeritz, Juan O'Gorman, and Mario Pani.

Color in Mexican architecture has reinforced the identity of different regions and areas within the country. For example, it is almost impossible to think of San Miguel de Allende or Guanajuato without the facade colors that weave the landscape.

21 Examples of Brise Soleils in Mexico and Its Diverse Applications

08:00 - 2 July, 2018
21 Examples of Brise Soleils in Mexico and Its Diverse Applications

Estudio Iturbide / Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Image Cortesía de Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo Vivienda en Puebla / Comunal Taller de Arquitectura. Image © Onnis Luque Juzgados Oral-Penal en Pátzcuaro / Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Image © Rafael Gamo La Tallera / Frida Escobedo. Image © Rafael Gamo + 22

The brise soleil is an architectural element that has been used since ancient times to create subtle barriers between the interior and the exterior. Its use and design have been diversified over the years through the research and technology with which these elements are applied, creating the ability to build a small window to a complete facade and pavilion that seem to float.

We know that Mexico is a country with one of the most diverse climates, thus the use of a brise soleil is positioned stronger within the guild. Also, rural areas have long adapted the feature in Mexico, demonstrating its beauty and usefulness. Read on for our collection of 21 brise soleil features in Mexican projects to inspire you with its diverse applications.

Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

09:00 - 1 May, 2018
Pórtico Palmeto Building  / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual , © Leo Espinosa
© Leo Espinosa

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FDZ Esquivel Studio / FDZ Esquivel / Arquitectura

15:00 - 18 April, 2018
FDZ Esquivel Studio / FDZ Esquivel / Arquitectura, © Leo Espinosa
© Leo Espinosa

© Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa + 26

  • Architect

  • Location

    Mérida, Mexico
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    Jorge Antonio Fernández Esquivel
  • Interior Design

    Ynnel Cuevas Montañes, Andrea Farias Burgunder
  • Area

    252.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographer

    Leo Espinosa

NOON Afterschool / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

11:00 - 26 March, 2018
NOON Afterschool / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual , © Leo Espinosa
© Leo Espinosa

© Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa + 18

10 Innovative Ways to Use Concrete: The Best Photos of the Week

12:00 - 10 December, 2017
© Song Yousub
© Song Yousub

Of all construction materials, concrete is perhaps the one that allows the greatest diversity of finishes and textures. The mixture of its ingredients, the shape and texture of the formwork, and the pigmentation of the materials all offer the opportunity to achieve an interesting design. This week we've prepared a selection of 10 inspiring images of innovative concrete, taken by renowned photographers such as Gonzalo Viramonte, Song Yousub, and Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal.

© David Schreyer Cortesía de Moon Hoon © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal © Giorgio Marafioti + 12

Chaaltun House / tescala

09:00 - 6 October, 2017
Chaaltun House / tescala, © Leo Espinosa
© Leo Espinosa

© Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa + 34

Earth House / earthLAB Studio

13:00 - 8 August, 2017
Earth House / earthLAB Studio, © Leo Espinosa
© Leo Espinosa

© Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa © Leo Espinosa + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Mérida, Mexico
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    David Martinez Escobar
  • Area

    189.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

40 Impressive Details Using Concrete

09:00 - 8 November, 2016

Due to its ability to mold and create different shapes, concrete is one of architecture's most popular materials. While one of its most common uses is as a humble foundation, its plasticity means that it is also used in almost all types of construction, from housing to museums, presenting a variety of details of work that deserves special attention.

Check out this collection of 40 projects that highlight the use of concrete. Impressive! 

Gabriela House / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual

11:00 - 22 September, 2015
Gabriela House / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual , © Leo Espinosa
© Leo Espinosa

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