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10 Types of Roofs and the Possibilities of Slate Tiles

Every child has drawn a house. Perhaps a sunny day with some clouds, a leafy tree, a family with a dog, low wooden fences, or even a car. But in these drawings, they will almost certainly draw a simple rectangle with a gable or hip roof. This archetype of the house appears in virtually all cultures, and even today many architects use it for contemporary projects.

In addition to the primary function of draining rainwater and snow, and thus protecting the building from the weather, roofs can be an important aesthetic device for composing a project. In modern architecture, waterproof roof slabs emerged as a popular alternative, but sloping roofs have continued to captivate both clients and architects. In this article, we will cover the various types of roofs and, more specifically, the manufacturing process and characteristics of natural slate tiles.

Cowork Wayco Ruzafa Extension / José Costa

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  • Architects: Jose Costa
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  17114 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Actiu, FAMO, Tarkett, Ofival, SP Systems

The Catalan Vault in Spanish Architecture: 15 Projects that Are Breathing New Life into An Old Technique

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In some cases, a roof can become the shining centerpiece in a work of architecture. Catalan vault, also known as Valencian timbrel vault, became a fixture in Spanish architecture in the 19th century, popularized thanks to its low cost and ease of sourcing and assembly. With the ability to span over 30m per module, this technique is currently making a comeback, establishing itself as a go-to construction method in industrial architecture and can be seen in everything including workshops, factories, and warehouses.

Munch Brygge Residential Complex / Lund+Slaatto Architects

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House AC / Horma

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Liria, Spain
  • Architects: Horma
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  250
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Acor

Brick Vault House / Space Popular

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Santa Bárbara, Spain

Campo House / Jose Costa

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Campo Olivar, Spain
  • Architects: Jose Costa
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  600
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Villa Ask Housing / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

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Ullern, Norway

Bygdøynesveien 15 Residential Complex / Reiulf Ramstad Arkitekter

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Oslo, Norway
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  6820
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Randers Tegl

Courtyard Residence in Benimaclet / Gradolí & Sanz

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València, Spain
  • Architects: Gradolí & Sanz
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  108
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

Indoor Pools: Bringing the Tranquility of Water to Interiors

Within architecture, water evokes sentiments of calmness and wellbeing. The element has influenced design through its dynamic and fluid nature. With recent technological advances, architects have created some of the most strategic, innovative, and unexpected intersections of design and H2O.

Below, we have provided a roundup of indoor pools that highlight the application of water in different spaces, showing its relationship to materiality and use.

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AM House / Horma

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  • Architects: Horma
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  240
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Arkoslight, Complementto, -, Ecoceramic

El Cabanyal Residential Renovation / David Estal + Arturo Sanz

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Exploring Architecture through Performance, Photography and Fashion

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The purpose of architectural photography is to show a design in the best possible way, with the artform often characterized by perspective correction and atmospheric lighting. However, few architectural photographers have experimented with other artistic disciplines. Miguel de Guzmán, Paul Vu and Jules Couartou are among those who have challenged the limits of this form of photography, generating an interesting crossover between architecture photography, fashion and performances. In their images, the relationship between space and the user is shown through a scene designed to register an effect on the viewer. The results are images which are full of creativity.

Retail Stores Under 100 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section

Designing commercial spaces has historically been a challenge. In these environments, spatial distribution plays a fundamental role, even more so if we have a few extra square meters. With this being said, the study of these spaces in plan and section can be a great starting point. It not only allows us to analyze the logistics and circulation of customers but also helps us find efficient variations and innovations that will enable your store to stand out from the others.

Below, we've selected a series of 25 examples in plan and section that can help you understand how different architects faced the challenge.