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30 Open Bathrooms: Incorporating Breeze and Nature in Private Space

The private space is usually associated with hiding what goes on inside, allowing people to have certain moments of intimacy. Habitually, bathrooms have been designed for this purpose, reducing openings to a minimum or — sometimes — eliminating them completely.

However, being such an important space within a building, bathrooms have become an object of new exploration for architects. By blurring the limits of privacy — without losing it completely — these spaces are open to the outdoors, allowing the breeze to enter. How does this new experience feel? Check out 30 open bathrooms that play with the feeling of exhibitionism, without fully revealing what is happening inside.

© Sean Fennessy© Luis Gordoa© Shannon McGrathTreeVilla at Forest Hills / Architecture BRIO. Image © Photographix+ 37

Torre Diana / Colonnier Arquitectos

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Mexico City, Mexico

Moveable Walls : Transparency and Accessibility in 6 Works of Architecture

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When the time comes to separate or close off spaces, it's important to keep in mind solutions that will adapt and cater to your project. In this step, it's important to define, not only the materials needed to complete the project, but how the final product will interact with the people who will use it.  Some of the most highly recommended solutions are foldable, collapsable, stackable, or hanging mechanisms that allow interiors and exteriors to be integrated without completely losing their individual functions. 

If you're looking for help or inspiration for this process, take a look at 6 projects that effectively utilize these versatile building systems. 

Architecture Photos That Show Good Design Goes with Good Boys

Casa La Quinta / Pablo Pérez Palacios, Alfonso de la Concha Rojas, Miguel Vargas, Blas Treviño, Jorge Quiroga . Image © Rafael GamoCasas Catalinas / Agustín Lozada. Image © Gonzalo ViramonteMK5 House / ORTRAUM. Image © Marc GoodwinUnleashed Dog Spa / Square One Interiors. Image © Ihor Pona+ 33

Are you a cat or dog lover? At ArchDaily we know that you're as big an animal lover as we are. They inspire us, keep us company, and in the case of architectural photography, give us an idea of a structure's scale. We previously made a collection of photographs starring cats and architecture, and we could never forget our dog-loving readers. We bring you a collection of photographs where dogs take center stage.

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 CarrilloVivienda en Puebla / Comunal Taller de Arquitectura. Image © Onnis LuqueJuzgados Oral-Penal en Pátzcuaro / Taller de Arquitectura Mauricio Rocha + Gabriela Carrillo. Image © Rafael GamoLa 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.

C260 House / HDA: Héctor Del Mar Arquitectura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  770
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: CASTEL, Cement Design, Grundfos, Grupo Arca, Oventrop, +2

MX House / Morales architects

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Heroica Veracruz, Mexico
  • Architects: Morales architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  111
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Lafarge Holcim, Comex, Cuprum, Interceramic, labasa

BOCA Fire Station / Taller DIEZ 05

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Boca del Río, Mexico
  • Architects: Taller DIEZ 05
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1310
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

HUAYACÁN Hotel / T3arc

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Jiutepec, Mexico
  • Architects: T3arc
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2600
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Interview with Javier Sanchez: “Where are the Projects? Let’s Find Them!”

In the decade since the start of the financial crisis, there has been an explosion in the number of architectural practices that have pursued unusual and ingenious business models—among the most popular of which is the concept of the developer-architect, who serves as their own client. With his architecture firm and development company JSa, Javier Sanchez has been proving this concept since long before the financial crisis hit. In the latest interview of his City of Ideas series—and the third of his interviews with Mexican architects after Enrique Norten, Alberto Kalach and Mauricio Rocha and Gabriela Carrillo—Vladimir Belogolovsky speaks to Sanchez about the benefits of working as one’s own client and how JSa leverages its business model to improve the city.

Carlota Hotel, Mexico City, Mexico, 2015. Image © Rafael GamoSpanish Cultural Center, Mexico City, Mexico, 2012. Image © Rafael GamoHotel Condesa, Mexico City, Mexico, 2005. Image © Luis GordoaAmsterdam Tower, Mexico City, Mexico, 2012. Image via JSa+ 58

The Best Photos of the Week: The Beauty of Concrete

Due to its ability to be shaped into complex forms and the diversity of textures that it can offer, concrete is one of the favorite materials of many architects, who appreciate its capacity to help them realize their designs. For this reason, for this week's Photos of the Week we have selected 20 images that highlight the beauty and expressiveness of this material. Read on to see a selection of renowned photographers such as Brigida González, Bruno Candiotto, Élena Marini Silvestri, and Raphael Olivier.

© Laurian Ghinitoiu© Élena Marini Silvestri© Ivan Brodey© Fernando Stankuns+ 21

Funerary Garden / Taller DIEZ 05

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Medellín, Mexico
  • Architects: Taller DIEZ 05
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  450
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Concretos Apasco, Helvex, Interceramic, VALVO

Casa Risco / Estefanía Barrios & Silvana Barrios

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Mexico City, Mexico
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  600
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cemex, Stanza

Casa del Abuelo / Taller DIEZ 05

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Cordoba, Mexico
  • Architects: Taller DIEZ 05
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  780
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cemex, Construlita, Interceramic

13 Stunning Inner Courtyards

We would like to take a second to focus on the wonderful, yet often overlooked, inner courtyard. The inner courtyard is essentially a "contained outside space" made up of transparent walls, and a well thought-out drainage system is a must. Other elements such as furnishings, decks, vegetation, stairs, water are then added, complicating the space created. The inner courtyard also plays a role in the building's layout; in most cases it functions as the central point from which the other rooms and functions of the project are organized, giving them air and light when the façade openings are not enough.

Here is our selection of 13 stunning inner courtyards of houses and buildings that we have previously published on our site.

MC20 / VOX arquitectura

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Ciudad de México, Mexico
  • Architects: VOX arquitectura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1680
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Saint-Gobain, CASTEL, Construlita, INTEC, Vidafloor

The Key Architectural Elements Required to Design Yoga and Meditation Spaces

For several decades, a set of oriental practices and techniques have strongly infiltrated the western world. A new program that, as architects, we must start solving more often, and that poses interesting challenges from the point of functional, environmental, and aesthetic.

These disciplines are completely focused on the human being, as they seek to work and satisfy their physical, psychological and spiritual needs, and that's why it seems important to analyze how these needs are being met spatially by architects. Many of the operations taken in these spaces create enabling environments for reflection, introspection, healing, and therefore could also be applied in other relevant programs, such as housing, educational, hospital, and even office spaces.

This article seeks to draw lessons from some projects already published on our site, in order to perform a kind of guide for designs that helps our community of readers to find inspiration more effectively.

Estudio Para Yoga-Kamadhenu / Carolina Echevarri + Alberto Burckhardt. Cundinamarca, Colombia. Image © Juan Cristobal CoboAYC / DX Arquitectos. Santiago de Chile. Image © Pablo BlancoCentro Holístico Punto Zero / Dio Sustentable. Putaendo, Chile. Image © Jean Pierre Marchant y Fernando J. RomeroRitual House of Yoga / goCstudio. Seattle, United States. Image © Kevin Scott+ 29

CENTRO / TEN Arquitectos

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Ciudad de México, Mexico
  • Architects: TEN Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7315
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: FAPRESA, Grupo Sordo Noriega, Helvex, Porcewol by Alfher, Tektil