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House Dezoito / Casa100 Arquitetura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2153 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: American Hydrotech, Abvent, Chapolim Reformas, Cia do Metal, Deca, +8

Tourist Information Center - Ponta Negra Park / Laurent Troost Architectures

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Apartment Beatriz and Luisa / INA Arquitetura

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  • Architects: INA Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  90
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Brilia, Cabo Sil, Coral, Deca, La Fonte, +6

Strategies to Improve Study Spaces at Home

Peach Arquitetura e Design / Peach. Image © Haruo MikamiResidência para Quatro / Harry Thomson. Image © Lenny CoddCasa Blank / HAO Design. Image Cortesia de Hey! CheeseApartamento RMP / Triplex Arquitetura. Image © Ricardo Bassetti+ 23

In early 2020, along with the implementation of worldwide social isolation measures, we published several articles in order to help our readers increase productivity and comfort in their home offices. After months of continued isolation, surveys show that more than 80% of professionals want to continue working from home even after quarantine ends. In addition, a good number of companies are similarly satisfied with current work practices, showing a high tendency to adopt this practice indefinitely, since the majority of companies observed that remote work was as or more productive than face-to-face work.

However, with respect to children and home studying during the pandemic, the result was not as positive. One of the main reasons for this difference is that it can be difficult to get students to concentrate and motivate themselves for a long time in front of screens. Lack of physical interaction with other children is also a contributing factor. Yet until the global situation improves, it is likely that the return to schools will continue to be postponed. With this situation in mind, we decided to share in this article a series of efficient strategies to transform study spaces at home into better spaces for learning.

SouSmile Headquarters / SuperLimão Studio

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  • Architects: SuperLimão Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Hub Furniture, KW Móveis, Zero Máquina

The Manga, Vila Santa Thereza / Laurent Troost Architectures

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São Jorge, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  11183 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Alcoa, Deca, Tigre

Glamorous Glass Bricks Are Booming – Again

Optical Glass House / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP. Image © Koji Fuji / Nacasa & Partners, Inc.Ports 1961 Shanghai Façade / UUfie. Image © Shengliang SuNave Industrial RX / Emilio Alvarez Abouchard Arquitectura. Image © Camila CossioNave Industrial RX / Emilio Alvarez Abouchard Arquitectura. Image © Camila Cossio+ 36

In 1977, a New York Times article by Carter B. Horsley proclaimed that “Glamorous Glass Bricks Are Booming:” once a “less than first-class” material, it was beginning to gain acceptance among architects in residential and restaurant projects for its translucence, privacy, visual interest, and sense of order. However, following the industry’s brief but widespread use of glass bricks, many now associate the material with outdated 80’s architectural styles, an aesthetic that few seem interested in reviving. Yet pioneering contemporary architects have begun using this unique material in new and distinctly modern ways, whether for sleek and minimalist bathrooms, industrial bars and restaurants, vintage residential windows, or even experimental urban facades. As Horsley stated, it appears that glamorous glass bricks are booming – again.

A.B.V. House / Andrade Morettin Arquitetos Associados

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Río de Janeiro, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4187 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Foscarini, Alwitra, Brastemp, Deca, +10

Apartment of Vergalhões / Casa100 Arquitetura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2368 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Abvent, Chapolim Reformas, Cia do Metal, Deca, Eliane Revestimentos, +6

Curtains as Room Dividers: Towards a Fluid and Adaptable Architecture

Over the past few decades, interior spaces have become increasingly open and versatile. From the thick walls and multiple subdivisions of Palladian villas, for example, to today's free-standing and multi-functional plans, architecture attempts to combat obsolescence by providing consistently efficient environments for everyday life, considering both present and future use. And while Palladio's old villas can still accommodate a wide variety of functions and lifestyles, re-adapting their use without changing an inch of their original design, today, flexibility seems to be the recipe for extending the useful life of buildings as far as possible.

How, then, can we design spaces neutral and flexible enough to adapt to the evolving human being, while still accomplishing the needs that each person requires today? An ancient element could help redefine the way we conceive and inhabit space: curtains.

Emperor Qianmen Hotel / asap. Image © Jonathan LeijonhufvudReady-made Apartment / azab. Image © Luis Diaz DiazPURE / Sílvia Rocio + Mariana Póvoa + esse studio. Image © Francisco NogueiraJL Madeira Office / Metro Arquitetos Associados. Image © Ilana Bessler+ 48

New York's Interiors: Apartments, Penthouses and Lofts in the Big Apple

15 Union Square West / ODA Architecture + Perkins Eastman Architects. Image © Robert Granoff15 Renwick / ODA New York. Image © Frank Oudeman12th Street, Loft / Neil Logan Architect. Image © Dean KaufmanTribeca Loft / Andrew Franz Architect. Image © Albert Vecerka/Esto+ 63

One of the most important cities in the world –and the most populated in the United States of America–, New York is home to a great mix of cultures and history that has been shaped over the years, while art and architecture play a fundamental role in this development.

FLO Apartment / Marina Portolano Arquitetura + Flavia Torres Arquitetura

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Vila Ipojuca, Brazil

Storage Solution for Small Houses: Useful Examples

Dense cities mean small homes. With more and more frequency we are forced to adapt to spaces within which some elements simply do not fit. As architects, these restrictions actually provide us with opportunities and remind us that our goal is to give precise solutions to specific problems. Designing with infinite number square meters and/or an unlimited budget is practically unheard of.

What's the key to accommodating everything? Let's review some effective storage solutions for minimum, tight spaces.

END THE ROC / nook architects. Image © Yago PartalBazillion / YCL Studio. Image © Leonas GarbačauskasHB6B / Karin Matz. Image Cortesía de Karin MatzGorki / Ruetemple. Image Cortesía de Ruetemple+ 33

Paris House / Casa14 Arquitetura

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  • Arquitetos: Casa14 Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  210
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009

Green House / AMZ Arquitetos

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  • Architects: AMZ Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  235
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016