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Best Houses of 2019

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More than 5.000 architecture projects were published in ArchDaily this year.  Year after year, we curate hundreds of residential projects, and as we know our readers love houses, we compiled a selection of the most visited residential projects published on the site. 

Set in various locations around the world, in urban, rural, mountain and beach landscapes; a variety of structural designs, from traditional masonry to the most technological prefabricated systems; from small dwellings to large houses and materials such as concrete, wood, and bricks as the most used. We also found their design and typology solutions were very much aligned with their specific settings and all of them share a strong dialogue between the house and nature, whether it is its direct surroundings or the introduction of green into a more condensed urban setting. 

This selection of 50 houses highlights the most visited examples during these twelve months and, according to our readers, were the most attractive in innovation, construction techniques, and design challenges. Check them out below:

C5 House / Martin arquitetura + engenharia

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Capão da Canoa, Brazil

DQ House / Torres arquitetos associados

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© Marcelo Donadussi

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi + 22

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Golden Tower / Torres arquitetos associados

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© Marcelo Donadussi

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi + 24

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Cabana Arquitetura e Design Office / Cabana Arquitetura e Design

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi + 31

Canoas, Brazil

Loloite Apartment / Urban Ode Arquitetura e Urbanismo

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi + 41

Porto Alegre, Brazil

FL House / NVArquitetura

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi + 29

Xangri-lá, Brazil
  • Architects: NV Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 383.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

JM House / Troyano Arquitetura

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  • Architects: Troyano Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2228.13 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Da Figueira House / Stemmer Rodrigues Arquitetura

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Porto Alegre, Brazil

Marsala House / Stemmer Rodrigues Arquitetura

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi + 33

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Angular House / Stemmer Rodrigues Arquitetura

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi + 36

Porto Alegre, Brazil

ATS HOUSE / Vicente Montano

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi + 37

Xangri-Lá, Brazil
  • Architects: Vicente Montano
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 285.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Apartment F+B / Núcleo de Arquitetura Experimental

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Chácara das Pedras, Brazil
  • Architects: Núcleo de Arquitetura Experimental
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1227.09 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Gelateria Gianluca Zaffari / SK Arquitetura

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi + 24

  • Architects: SK Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 45.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

SuperForce CrossFit / Grupo Nuvem Arquitetura

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Vila Ipiranga, Brazil

Brazilian Houses: 15 Steel Projects in Plan and Section

Metallic elements have been used in architecture and civil construction for hundreds of years, either as decorative elements, coverings or even to reinforce masonry structures. However, it is only in the second half of the eighteenth century that the first bridges emerge whose structure was entirely made of cast iron. A century later, iron was replaced by a more resistant and malleable alloy, still used today in architecture: steel.

Denser than concrete, the strength of steel subverts its weight and provides greater stiffness with less material - allowing for lighter and thinner structures than those made from other materials, such as wood or concrete. It is by no means the most used material in residential architecture, however, its use has made it possible to construct some interesting - and beautiful - examples of contemporary houses:

School Architecture: 70 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.

35 Fireplaces that Spark Architectural Interest

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From the beginning of time, human beings have gathered around the fire. The first settlements and huts included in their interior a small bonfire to cook and maintain the heat of its inhabitants. This tradition has continued to the present, and chimneys and fireplaces have developed into the most varied designs and forms, providing possibilities both inside and outside a home.

To give you ideas for materials, structures, and spatial configurations, we present 35 remarkable meeting places around the fire.