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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 m2
  • 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
  • Architects: Mareines Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1000.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

Pinhão House / Mareines Arquitetura

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Campos do Jordão, Brazil
  • Architects: Mareines Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1300.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2016

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. 

Is Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) the Concrete of the Future?

Concrete, an essential building material, has for decades offered us the possibility of shaping our cities quickly and effectively, allowing them to rapidly expand into urban peripheries and reach heights previously unimagined by mankind. Today, new timber technologies are beginning to deliver similar opportunities – and even superior ones – through materials like Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT).

To better understand the properties and benefits of CLT, we talked with Jorge Calderón, Industrial Designer and CRULAMM Manager. He discusses some of the promising opportunities that CLT could provide architecture in the future. 

"KITERASU" Edificio modelo en CLT en la estación Kuse / ofa. Image © Ken'ichi Suzuki MINIMOD Catuçaba / MAPA. Image © Leonardo Finotti Capilla Sacromonte Landscape Hotel / MAPA Arquitetos. Image © Leonardo Finotti Cortesía de Jorge Calderón + 21

GN Chapel / Miguel Pinto Guimarães Arquitetos Associados

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Itaipava, Brazil

Poa House / Bernardes Arquitetura

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Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Architects: Bernardes Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 660.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Spotlight: Eduardo Souto de Moura

Eduardo Souto de Moura (born 25 July 1952), the Portuguese architect that won the 2011 Pritzker Prize, is known for designs that are formally simple yet serious and at times, dramatic, created through his thoughtful use of colors and materials. His architecture is both versatile and consistent, contextual yet universal, and rarely affected by current trends or styles.

Braga Municipal Stadium. Image © Leonardo Finotti Venice Biennale Pavilion 2012. Image © Nico Saieh Burgo Tower. Image © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG Convento Das Bernardas. Image © Luis Ferreira Alves + 21