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Polycarbonate for Interiors: 8 Examples of Translucent Architecture Indoors

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Diversifying the materials of an interior space can greatly improve its depth and visual interest. At the same time, adding partitions or other delineations of internal space can help organize flow, circulation, and visibility. Polycarbonate, a type of lightweight, durable thermoplastic, is an excellent medium for both functions.

In its raw form, polycarbonate is completely transparent, transmitting light with nearly the same efficacy as glass. However, it is also lighter and stronger than glass and tougher than other similar plastics such as acrylic, polystyrene, ABS, or nylon, making it a good choice for designers seeking durable, impact and fire resistant materials that still transmit light. Like glass, it is a natural UV filter and can be colored or tinted for translucency, yet it is also prized for its flexibility, allowing it to be shaped into any size or shape. Finally, it is easily recyclable because it liquefies rather than burning, making it at least more environmentally friendly than other thermoset plastics. For example, recycled polycarbonate can be chemically reacted with phenol in a recycling plant to produce monomers that can be turned back into plastic.

Spotlight: Benedetta Tagliabue

Benedetta Tagliabue (born 24 June 1963) is an Italian architect known for designs which are sensitive to their context and yet still experimental in their approach to forms and materials. Her diverse and complex works have marked her Barcelona-based firm EMBT as one of the most respected Spanish practices of the 21st century.

Santa Caterina Market. Image © <a href='https://www.flickr.com/photos/ligthelm/8271776325'>Flickr user ligthelm</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/'>CC BY 2.0</a>Copagri Pavilion ‘Love IT’. Image © Marcela Grassi Scottish Parliament Building. Image © Dave MorrisThe Spanish Pavilion at the 2010 Shanghai Expo.+ 9

AULA K / BCQ Arquitectura

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Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Spain
  • Architects: BCQ Arquitectura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  110
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cortizo, ESCOFET, Lamp Lighting, Fustes Borniquel

Bars and Restaurants: 50 Examples in Plan and Section

The spatial distribution of a restaurant or bar is essential to its success. Faced with this design challenge, several architects have experimented and proposed configurations that both enhance the use of space in different culinary experiences.

With this being said, take a look at 50 gastronomic establishments in plan and section to inspire your next design.

Es Garbí / Nook Architects

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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

Ecuador Pavilion Milan Expo 2015 / Zorrozua y Asociados

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1000 Area:  1000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015 Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Kriskadecor

Copagri Pavilion ‘Love IT’ / EMBT

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Milan, Italy
  • Architects: EMBT
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  560
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Bover, Ideal Work

BCN Re.Set - Identity Pavilion / Urbanus + La Salle

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9 Flats low cost renovation in the Gothic Quarter of Barcelona / EMBT

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  • Architects: EMBT
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1872 Area:  1872
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012 Year:  2012

Yael Reisner + Peter Cook Create Installation to Celebrate Democracy Through Marriage

Text description provided by the architects. Created for Barcelona's BCN RE.SET festival organized this year by the Fundació Enric Miralles as part of the city's Tricentenari BCN celebrations, this installation by Yael Reisner and Peter Cook responds to the theme of 'democracy'. The design, titled "Take My Hand" takes inspiration from a number of factors - notably the location of the site outside Barcelona's Civil Registration building, and the idea that the protection of human rights and civil liberties is one of the fundamental tenets of democracy.

The installation is therefore designed as a space to be used in marriage ceremonies and a celebration of human rights through civil weddings. Reisner explains that "the option of a civil marriage in many countries opened new possibilities for interfaith marriages, non-religious marriages, and same sex marriages."

More on the installation after the break

Ceremony at the Take My Hand Installation© Marcela Grassi Yael Reisner at the installation of the inflatable canopyYael Reisner & Peter Cook Celebrate their Silver Wedding Anniversary at their Take My Hand Installation+ 6

Barcelona Commemorates 300 Years of Catalan Spirit With 7 Public Installations

Every year, citizens of Catalonia commemorate the events of September 11th 1714, a key date in the War of the Spanish Succession that has come to symbolize what Voltaire called "the Barcelonans' extreme love of freedom." With this year marking the 300th anniversary of these events, Barcelona Cultura enlisted the Fundació Enric Miralles to curate 7 public installations around the city as part of its Tricentenari BCN program.

The result is BCN RE.SET, organized by Benedetta Tagliabue of the Fundació Enric Miralles and stage director Àlex Ollé, which invited guest architects from countries all over the world to colloborate with local universities and create installations symbolizing 6 political and ideological concepts: identity, freedom, Europe, diversity, democracy and memory. These installations will be in place until September 11th. Read on after the break for descriptions of all 6 installations.

Europe / ETH Zürich + Urban–Think Tank. Image © Marcela GrassiDiversity / Yael Reisner + Peter Cook. Image © Marcela GrassiFreedom / Anupama Kundoo. Image © Marcela GrassiMemory / Grafton Architects. Image © Marcela Grassi+ 15

Disseny Hub Barcelona Oficinas para el museo FAD y BCD / BAAS Arquitectura

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Barcelona, Spain

Vallvidrera House / YLAB Arquitectos

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Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects: YLAB Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  286
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Cosentino, Habitat, Acor, Chromo Stillo, Louverdrape, +4

55 Social Dwellings in Can Jordana / Conxita Balcells

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Barcelona, Spain
  • Architects: Conxita Balcells
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  8149
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2009 Year:  2009

Extension And Renovation Works At The Social Center Mirasol / ONL Arquitectura

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Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain
  • Architects: ONL Arquitectura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2008