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Parque da Gare / IDOM

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Passo Fundo, Brazil
  • Architects: IDOM
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1823
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Andretta Concretos, Atualitá Blocos De Concreto, Brastelha Coberturas, Britas Fuchs, Celesp Mat. Eletrico E Iluminação, +26

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.

School Architecture: Examples in Plan and Section

For architects, schools are often complex structures to design. They must provide a variety of spaces for education, and also consider sports and recreational activities. But beyond its size or surface, the greatest challenge is to design an area that fosters a positive pedagogical environment for children. Below, a selection of +70 school projects with their drawings to inspire your proposals for learning campuses.

House CE / Seferin Arquitetura

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Capão da Canoa, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  420
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Bolum esquadrias, Esquadrias Moschetta, Indusparquet, Portobello

RA House / Oficina Conceito Arquitetura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  168
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: D’cor Móveis, Geobrick

The Laundry Room as an Unnecessary Luxury (or Where to Place the Washer in the Modern Home?)

In residential architecture, there have always been central, indispensable spaces and peripheral spaces more easy to ignore. When designing a home, the task of the architect is essentially to configure, connect, and integrate different functions in the most efficient way possible, necessarily prioritizing some spaces over others. And although today many are designing in ways that are increasingly fluid and indeterminate, we could say that the bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen are the fundamental nucleus of every house, facilitating rest, food preparation, and personal hygiene. Then meeting spaces and other service areas appear, and with them lobbies, corridors, and stairs to connect them. Each space guides new functions, allowing its inhabitants to perform them in an easier and more comfortable way.

However, fewer square meters in the bathroom could mean more space for the living room. Or, eliminating some seemingly expendable spaces could give more room for more important needs. In an overpopulated world with increasingly dense cities, what functions have we been discarding to give more space to the essentials? Here, we analyze the case of the laundry room, which is often reduced and integrated into other areas of the house to give space for other functions.

Twins Apartment / Paralelo 30 Arquitetura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  80
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Casa do Parquet, EXS, Elegance Design, Gama Concept, Grau Acabamentos, +3

FITFISH Restaurant / Studio Bloco Arquitetura

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Hamburgo Velho, Brazil

R2 House / Studio Bloco Arquitetura

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House F16 / Studio Bloco Arquitetura

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Figueira, Brazil

House R1 / Studio Bloco Arquitetura

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XANGRI-LÁ, Brazil

Rearrange, Paint, Cultivate: Brightening Up Your Home While Practicing Social Distancing

As cities around the world go on lockdown in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, most individuals have been asked to stay at home, leaving only essential workers - EMTs and other healthcare professionals, grocery workers, bus drivers, deliverymen, and more - continuing to go out to keep the world running. Other families and individuals have found themselves spending most of their time at home, permitted to leave only to buy groceries or exercise for limited periods of time. With many no doubt searching for ways to pass the time in replacement of social interaction, we suggest several ways to brighten up your home while practicing social distancing, both improving the space you’re in and giving possible activities to pass the time.

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Fortius Headquarters / Arquitetura Nacional

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  98
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, EPÓXI ECOEX, LUMINAR ARTE, Manjabosco Decor, Movesa Design, +1

Axur Cyber Inspection / Arquitetura Nacional

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Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  400
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Tarkett, EPÓXI ECOEX, MANJABOSCO

W House / Oficina Conceito Arquitetura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3681 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Espaço do Piso, Indus Parquet, Tidelli Outdoor Living, Xangri-lá Pedras

White Pavilion / Arquitetura Nacional

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Novo Hamburgo, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  70
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Archicad, Ladrilhart, Lajeadense Vidros, MANJABOSCO, QUALITÁ SUL, +2