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Paris House / Casa14 Arquitetura

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Maira Acayaba + 21

Perdizes, Brazil
  • Arquitetos: Casa14 Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 210.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2009

17 Hotels and Cabins Surrounded by Nature

Most of the world's population today live in large, vibrant, energetic and sometimes chaotic cities. This is why, usually, when we think of taking some time off from our responsibilities and daily routines we picture ourselves lying in virgin beaches, relaxing in a faraway forest, or immersed in a tropical jungle.

Hospitality architecture has a wide variety of solutions for all types of travelers and tourists. For those wanting to disconnect completely from daily city life while being closely connected to nature, a good option could be small scale hotels, cabins, and lodges set directly in these natural environments.

Timber Takes the Heat: What Every Architect Should Know About Wood Construction and Fire Protection

Since time immemorial humans have constructed their shelter and homes using wood. Gradually these structures grew more complex, but wood has continued to play a fundamental role in architecture and construction. Today, especially due to growing concerns about climate change and carbon emissions, wood has been regaining significance as an important building material for the future, if used consciously and sustainably. Wood’s structural performance capabilities make it appropriate for a broad range of applications—from the light-duty repetitive framing common in low and mid-rise structures to the larger and heavier, often hybrid systems, used to build arenas, offices, universities and other buildings where long spans and tall walls are required.

How to Stimulate Children's Autonomy Through Architecture and the Montessori Method

Maria Montessori began to develop her educational method at the beginning of the 20th century. In general terms, the method is a scientific pedagogy that promotes an education that positively contributes to the development of children's brains, respecting their individuality and stimulating their autonomy, self-esteem, and self-confidence. 

Although the method was created in the last century, science is currently beginning to test much of the information investigated by Maria Montessori. For this reason, it is  increasingly being applied to architecture for children’s educational spaces, improving the quality of children's learning and development and providing them with better tools for their future lives.

Cadeira Cubo. Image Cortesia de Cuchi Móveis Infantis Prateleira Pega Pega. Image Cortesia de Cuchi Móveis Infantis Montessori Kindergarten / ArkA. Image © Chiara Ye Preescolar Beelieve / 3Arquitectura. Image © Leonardo Finotti + 26

40 Impressive Details Using Concrete

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! 

SIM + Simões de Assis Gallery / Arquea Arquitetos

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São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects: Arquea Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 495.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

How Artificial Lighting can Improve (or Worsen) Architecture

Of the varying aspects of architectural and interior design, lighting is one element that can visually enhance or destroy a space. This influence stems from the wide range of artificial lighting designed for the most widely differing tasks, environments, and purposes, including internal and even external spaces such as facades and landscape projects. Think of two environments with the same dimensions and layout. Suppose that in the first, only one point of light was applied - a general, unspecified point of light in this case - while in the second a light project was performed considering the use of space and valuing certain aspects of the architectural design. Undoubtedly, the second option is a more pleasant space. In the same way, poor lighting design can ruin an environment. But how is it possible to achieve these different results?

In a previous article, we already showed how to calculate the correct light intensity required for each environment. Here, we compile a list of some of the key types of lighting systems.

Claudia Andujar Art Gallery / Arquitetos Associados

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Brumadinho, Brazil

Wave House / Mareines Arquitetura

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Joatinga, Brazil

Pinhão House / Mareines Arquitetura + Patalano Arquitetura

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Campos do Jordão, Brazil

Aldeia III House / O Norte – Oficina de Criação

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Aldeia dos Camarás, Brazil

Avaré House / Sergio Sampaio Arquitetura + Planejamento

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Spotlight: Paulo Mendes da Rocha

All space must be attached to a value, to a public dimension. There is no private space. The only private space that you can imagine is the human mind.
Paulo Mendes da Rocha, May 26, 2004

Paulo Mendes da Rocha is one of Brazil's greatest architects and urbanists. Born in Vitória, Espírito Santo in 1928, Mendes da Rocha won the 2006 Pritzker Prize, and is one of the most representative architects of the Brazilian Paulista School, also known as "Paulista Brutalism" that utilizes more geometric lines, rougher finishes and bulkier massing than other Brazilian Modernists such as Oscar Niemeyer.

Museu Brasileiro de Escultura (MuBE). Image © Paul Clemence New Leme Gallery. Image © Leonardo Finotti Cais das Artes. Image Courtesy of Paulo Mendes da Rocha Museu dos Coches. Image © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 13

Bacopari House / UNA Arquitetos

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São Paulo, Brazil

Greenhouse Felissimo Exclusive Hotel / Jobim Carlevaro Arquitetos

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Balneário Camboriú, Brazil

Concrete Architecture: 20 Outstanding Projects in Mexico

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.