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Waiting Rooms, Reception Areas, & Courtyards: 43 Notable Examples of Hospital Architecture

© Tiago Casanova © Andrés Valbuena © Neave Bozorgi © JUNGLIM Architecture + 44

Hospitals and projects related to healthcare must follow specific guidelines based on the rules and regulations of their country. These standards help us to design complex spaces, such as those located in areas of surgery, hospitalization, diagnostics, laboratories, and including areas and circulations that are clean, dirty, restricted or public, which create a properly functioning building.

There are a few spaces that we, as architects, can develop with great ease and freedom of design: waiting rooms, reception areas, and outdoor spaces. These are spaces where architects can express the character of the hospital. To jump-start you into this process, we have selected 43 projects that show us how creativity and quality of a space go hand-in-hand with functionality. 

House K / GRAUX & BAEYENS Architecten

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans + 28

Buggenhout, Belgium

Minimalist Windows with High Rigidity Steel Profiles: Transparency and Subtle Design

After centuries of using wood for the development of window and door carpentry, the Rationalism of the 20th century began to adopt a new material for these purposes: steel. Driven by industrial production, and promoted by architects such as Adolf Loos, Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier, steel was evolving to generate increasingly thin and resistant frames. However, efficient and low-cost materials, such as aluminum and PVC, gradually began to replace its widespread use, increasing the size of the frames and losing steel's "clean" aesthetic when applied to a growing architecture of large glass paneled facades.

At present, new technologies have refined their production processes, developing minimal profiles of high rigidity and precision, which take full advantage of the transparency of the glass and deliver new comfort and safety features. We talked with Jansen's experts to deepen our understanding of their application in contemporary architecture.

LocHal Library / CIVIC architects + Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau + Inside Outside + Mecanoo. Image © Stijn Bollaert Museo Bauhaus Dessau / Addenda Architects. Image © Thomas Meyer Cortesía de Jansen Futurium Berlin / Richter Musikowski. Image © Schnepp Renou + 30

How to Choose the Right Glass for Your Projects

Today, improvements in glass processing technology have made it possible to render specific and effective solutions for a wide range of architectural projects. In fact, there are so many options available that it's almost necessary to research different products and their properties, and how this will impact, for example, the windows and doors that you are designing.

What variables should be considered – and prioritized – when choosing the glass used in a project? How can aesthetics coincide with function and efficiency? We sat down with the experts at Cristales Dialum to delve into the complex world of glass and to better understand the hows and whys of choosing the best type of glass for your projects and ensuring the best results for your clients.

Indoor Pools: Bringing the Tranquility of Water to Interiors

Within architecture, water evokes sentiments of calmness and wellbeing. The element has influenced design through its dynamic and fluid nature. With recent technological advances, architects have created some of the most strategic, innovative, and unexpected intersections of design and H2O.

Below, we have provided a roundup of indoor pools that highlight the application of water in different spaces, showing its relationship to materiality and use.

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© Mariela Apollonio © Yoshihiro Koitani + Aby Helfon y Ramón Helfon © Héctor Fernández Santos-Díez © Vinicius Nunes + 30

The Corten House / DMOA Architecten

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans + 21

Kontich, Belgium
  • Architects: DMOA Architecten
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  540.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

Pivoting, Sliding, Accordion and Curtain Wall: Different Types Of Windows In 11 Buildings

Although all windows have common functions such as allowing the passage of light, providing ventilation, and focusing the different views, these objectives can be enhanced through a series of useful options. Depending on the orientation of the building, climatic conditions, direction of the wind, and architectural point of view, each specific window model can make a difference within a project, improving usability and the spatial and environmental quality of each room.

Below, we present types of windows that can be found in today's homes, specifically in 11 projects previously published on our site.

Headquarters 'Le Duff Group' / Ateliers 2/3/4/ | ArchDaily. Image © Juan Sepulveda Villa RR / Reitsema and Partners Architects. Image © Ronald Tilleman Villa X / Barcode Architects. Image © Christian van der Kooy PIVEXIN Technology HQ / MUS Architects. Image © Tomasz Zakrzewski + 36

Passive Rowhouse SMETVANDERVEKEN / denc!-studio

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans + 25

Grimbergen, Belgium
  • Architects: denc!-studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  234.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Sublime Swimming: 12 Examples of Custom Pools

What's better than a house with a pool? A house with a pool that's part of the structure of the house. These 12 projects show different ways to incorporate pools and how to resolve issues of weight, moisture and leaks. See the houses below, featuring photos by photographers like Mariela Apollonio, Kent Soh y Marcello Mariana.

© Benjamin Benschneider © Pieters Kers & Patrick Voigt © Nathan Rader © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 13

11 Houses With Gorgeous Double-Height Spaces

© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners
© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners

© Hiroyuki Oki © Rena Lorenz Cortesía de Seets + Spectacle © Ikuya Sasaki + 13

The private dwelling is a particularly favorable place in which to enjoy double-height spaces. This design strategy not only allows vertical spaces to be connected, but also enriches the functional and aesthetic possibilities of a building; often used in living rooms and kitchens, these spaces are designed to generate encounters between occupants. In this Photos of the Week selection, we present images by renowned photographers such as Kim Zwarts, Rena Lorenz, and Shigeo Ogawa.

15 Houses and Their Inhabitants: The Best Photos of the Week

Cortesía de Atelier Vens Vanbelle
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© Toby Scott © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG © Sasha Juliard © Isaac Ramírez Marín + 16

We are accustomed to seeing photographs in which architecture is recorded without any occupants, or perhaps captured only with models who give scale to the spaces shown. However, in recent years architectural photographers have increasingly decided to humanize the houses they document, presenting not only their architecture, but also those who inhabit these buildings. In this week's best photos, we present a selection of 15 houses captured by renowned photographers such as Luc Roymans, Adrien Williams and Fernando Schapochnik.

20 Incredible Images of Architecture and Animals: The Best Photos of the Week

For the animal lovers among our audience, this week we have put together a special roundup of images of architecture alongside some marvelous critters. While not exactly a mainstay of architectural photography, proponents of the form like BoysPlayNice, Jesus Granada and Rafael Gamo have dared to include animal inhabitants in their architectural compositions. Read on to see a selection of 20 creative images where you will find horses, sheep, cows, goats, dogs, cats, and even elephants.

© Gartnerfuglen & Mariana de Delás © Matharoo Associates © Jesús Granada © Olo Studio + 19

Innovative and Beautiful Uses of Brick: The Best Photos of the Week

It can't be denied that architects love brick. The material is popular both for its warmth and for the diversity of expressions that can be achieved by applying it in a creative way—depending on the arrangement of individual bricks or the combination of bonds, it’s possible to arrive at a result that is both original and attractive. That ingenuity is what photographers like Hiroyuki Oki, Gustavo Sosa Pinilla, and François Brix, among others, have attempted to capture in their photographs. In these images, light is a key element of good composition, allowing the photographers to control the intensity of color and the contrast of masses and voids, as well as enhancing the incredible textures of the brick we love so much.

© Courtesy of Atelier Alter © Photographix © Trieu Chien © Su Shengliang + 11

The Screen / DMOA architects

© Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans © Luc Roymans + 36

Bierbeek, Belgium
  • Architects: DMOA architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  440.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

GERM / Van Staeyen Interieur

© Luc Roymans           © Luc Roymans           © Luc Roymans           © Luc Roymans           + 15

MILU / Qatarchitecten

© Luc Roymans              © Luc Roymans              © Luc Roymans              © Luc Roymans              + 43

Ghent, Belgium
  • Architects: Qatarchitecten
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  470.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

These Amazing Kitchens Will Up Your Thanksgiving Game

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, ArchDaily looks back to present a compilation of the most stunning kitchens we've covered in the last year. While it may be a bit too late for this year, read on to get some inspiration for perfecting your feast and amaze your guests in 2017.

© Nelson Kon © Fernando Gomulya © Amit Geron © Peter van der Knoop + 18