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Comfort & Sustainability in Architecture: Trends 2021

Just before the global lockdowns began in response to the spread of the widely discussed COVID-19, we met with Saint Gobain experts at their new headquarters in Paris to discuss an extensive investigation conducted in 2019, with the aim of understanding the transformations that architecture and construction have experienced in recent years. After an interesting exchange of ideas, we chose the most relevant topics to be analyzed in depth by our team of editors, resulting in a series of articles that combined the trends identified with the unexpected events that occurred during 2020, connecting them directly to architectural design.

Now, entering an uncertain but promising 2021, we took the time to stop and reread these articles carefully. How many of these trends are still valid and how much have they evolved? What new trends are likely to develop in the coming years?

Lina Bo Bardi and Her Helicoidal Wooden Staircase: Tradition and Modernity

The Unhão complex, constructed in Salvador, Brazil in the 17th century, consisted of a sugar mill with a big house, chapel, and slave quarters. At the time, Salvador was one of the largest and most important Brazilian cities, and its port was the site of a large portion of the Portuguese colony's sugar exports, an economy fueled primarily by slave labor. The ensemble drew the attention of Italian-Brazilian architect Lina Bo Bardi at her first visit in 1958, during which she spent some years working and teaching in the city. Following Bo Bardi's decisive contributions, the buildings were restored and became the new home of the Museum of Popular Art and the Popular University. But within the whole complex, the element that draws the most attention for its plasticity, functionality, and symbolism is the helical wooden staircase.

Lina Bo Bardi Wins Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in Memoriam

Lina Bo Bardi, one of the most important architects of Brazilian architecture, was selected as the recipient of the Special Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement in memoriam of the Venice Biennale 2021 (also known as the Biennale Architettura 2021), which will open to the public on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021.

Sesc Pompéia / Lina Bo Bardi. Image © Pedro KokMASP / Lina Bo Bardi. Image © Flagrante / Romullo FontenelleTeatro Oficina / Lina Bo Bardi + Edson Elito. Image © Nelson KonRestaurante Coati / Lina Bo Bardi + Lelé. Image © Manuel Sá+ 6

Baker’s Dozen: 13 Sweet Projects Filled with Delight

Few architectural typologies are as timeless as bakeries. A practice spanning thousands of years, the art of baking has diverse roots. Today, bakeries combine areas to gather, socialize, shop, and work. While industrialization and commercialization transformed the art of baking and baked goods, bakeries remain important community spaces for gathering and defining neighborhood identity.

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Itauba House / Rocco Arquitetos

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  • Architects: Rocco Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  353
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: REKA, AGLOSTONE, BASALTEAR, Dalle Piagge, Deca, +11

Granja Viana House / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto

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Granja Viana, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5381 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Polytec, REKA, ArtEstação, Basthi, +4

MF APARTMENT / Firma + Oitentaedois

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  • Architects: Firma, Oitentaedois
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Air-Conditioning, Carpet, Civil work, Countertops, Fixtures, +8

Apartment Renovation in Mooca Neighbourhood / Firma + Oitentaedois

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  • Architects: Firma, Oitentaedois
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  140
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Electrolux, Deca, Eliane, Fernando Jaeger Atelier, Librecad, +6

Commercial Complex in Roosevelt Square / Pianca Arquitetura

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DomNato Bakery / LIVRE arquitetura

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  • Architects: LIVRE arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2583 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Alubox, Brilia, Criativa, Deca, Franco Bachot, +11

JLB House / Rocco Arquitetos

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  • Architects: Rocco Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1158
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Vila Madalena House / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2185 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Windoor Pty Ltd, Assoalhos Espaço Felgueiras, Braston, Neobambu, +4

House in Santo Antônio do Pinhal / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto

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Santo Antônio do Pinhal, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  738
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, REKA, Alwitra, Ana Lúcia Ozi Arquitetura, Casa das Lareiras, +5

House in Mantiqueira / Gui Paoliello Arquiteto

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7556 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, REKA, Aubicon, B'Block Adega Inteligente, Decorlit Wall Wood, +11

Oasis House / Studio Kyze Arquitetura e Design

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Feira De Santana, Brazil
  • Architects: Studio Kyze
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3337 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Bruno Faucz, Emerson Borges, Luan Del Savio, Roberta Banqueri, Studio Saccaro, +1

Ipojuca Apartment / Balaio Arquitetura

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  • Architects: Balaio Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1722 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Abra Casa, Cremme, Deca, Fernando Jaeger, Portobello, +5

Vila São Paulo Therapeutic Residential / Estúdio Ubuntu

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  • Architects: Estúdio Ubuntu
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1938 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Saint-Gobain, Schneider Electric, Act 3D B.V., Adobe Systems Incorporated, +8

Torta da Vila Restaurant / PHENOMENA arquitetura

© Manuel Sá© Manuel Sá© Manuel Sá© Manuel Sá+ 13

Vila Nova Conceição, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  138
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Central Serralheria, Cremme, Dpot Objeto, Estúdio Bola, Macadâmia Home, +1