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Townhouse Zwanenburg / Heren 5 Architects

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  • Architects: Heren 5 Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Hagemeister

Residence Hoge Dennen / Engel Architecten

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The Colors of Brick

Morovian Church / 70F Architecture. Image © Luuk KramerHVM House / M2.senos. Image © Ivo TavaresBlack Volcano / Urban Mesh Design. Image © Charles HoseaMaria Montessori Mazatlán School / EPArquitectos + Estudio Macías Peredo. Image © Onnis Luque+ 48

Brick is one of the most popular materials for architects designing with a vintage or rustic aesthetic: exposed brick walls are often touted as highly desirable for apartments, restaurants, and stores, and exterior brick facades can make a building or home feel warmer and more inviting. However, the color and cut of the brick can greatly influence the atmosphere it emanates, with white brick lending itself to more minimalist design and tan brick tending to feel more rustic and earthy. In this article, we will explore some of the most popular brick colors, ways to artificially color brick, and recent projects that use brick facades or interior brick elements effectively.

City Library Het Predikheren / Korteknie Stuhlmacher Architecten + Callebaut Architecten + Bureau Bouwtechniek

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Villa SR / Reitsema and Partners Architects

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Besix Dordrecht Offices / RoosRos Architecten

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1800
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Boon Edam, Saint-Gobain, Bamboe, Meilof Riks, +3

Putting Wood to Work: 7 Benefits of Using Timber in Commercial and Industrial Design

When it comes to commercial and industrial buildings that need to stand the test of time, wood is proving it has the necessary resilience and strength, while offering unique advantages over steel and concrete. In retail and office spaces, wood not only offers remarkable durability, but introduces a much-desired aesthetic warmth once absent from such environments. Adding mass timber to these spaces is a kind of modern-day revival of the century-old timber post-and-beam buildings of the past. What’s old becomes new again, but with all the state-of-the-art technologies and sustainable features expected in today’s commercial buildings.

T3 West Midtown / DLR Group. Image Courtesy of DLR GroupDiamond Foods Innovation Center / ZGF Architects. Image © Eckert & EckertCheese Dairy De Tijd, Westbeemster / Bastiaan Jongerius Architecten. Image © Luuk KramerWood truss roof at Whole Foods Market in Atlanta, GA. Image © Scott Lockyear+ 8

Hotel Arena in Amsterdam / Team V Architecture

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Frame Residential Building / Frits van Dongen Architecten en Planners + Koschuch Architects

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Huis VT House / ANA architecten

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  • Architects: ANA architecten
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  216
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Funenhof / Arons en Gelauff Architects

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Markets: Examples in Plan and Section

Throughout history, markets have provided an important function in the exchange of foods, books, spices, everyday items, and even ideas. From Mexican Tianguis to North African Souks, they played an essential element in the configuration of urban spaces.


Different architects have approached this challenge, where spatial distribution plays a fundamental role in creating adequate logistics and circulation.

We've selected 20 markets and their plan and section to inspire your next project. 

Zuidblok / Kollhoff & Pols architecten

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The Curve / E V A

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  • Architects: E V A
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1600
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cricursa, Metaglas, Sunbeam

Prix Versailles Celebrates 24 Projects for Their Outstanding Commercial Architecture in Africa, West Asia and Europe

On April, the continental ceremony of the Prix Versailles 2018 took place in the International Center of Conférences d'Alger with the announcement of the selected projects in shops, shopping centers, hotels and restaurants for the "Africa and West Asia" and "Europe" regions.

The 24 new projects are now incorporated into the list of 46 continental winners -from Central America, the South and the Caribbean; North America; Central Asia and the Northeast; and South Asia and the Pacific regions- resulting in 70 projects that will compete in the 2018 Prix Versailles World Final at the UNESCO Headquarters.

See the selected projects after the break.

Homestead Diemen / Marcel Lok Architect

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