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The Comeback of Curved Design: Materials That Can Bend and Curl

Hongkun Art Gallery / penda. Image © Xia Zhi
Hongkun Art Gallery / penda. Image © Xia Zhi

Take a second to imagine a building or a room. Chances are you are envisioning flat rectangular surfaces and straight lines. Whether it be walls, beams or windows, most architectural elements come in standard and extremely practical orthogonal shapes. However, the pandemic has shed light on designs that are not only functional, but also that improve our mood and well-being. In that sense, the power of curved, free-flowing surfaces is unmatched, which explains why they have been making a comeback as a modern design trend. Adopting beautiful nature-inspired shapes, organic curls and bends energize rooms and make users feel good. In fact, neuroscientists have shown that this affection is hard-wired into the brain; in a 2013 study, they found that participants were most likely to consider a space beautiful if it was curvilinear instead of rectilinear. In short, humans love curves.

A Hidden House / Engel Architecten

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The Sketchblock / ANA architecten

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  • Architects: ANA architecten
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  2500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2018

Townhouse Zwanenburg / Heren 5 Architects

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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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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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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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