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Little Faktory Hair Studio / Westblom Krasse Arkitektkontor

© Mikael Olsson
© Mikael Olsson

© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson+ 16

Stockholm, Sweden
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  220
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2021
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  AutoDesk, Artigo, Hidealite

As Climate Becomes Extreme, How to Deal with the Building Envelope?

House with Gable / mia2/Architektur. Image © Kurt Hörbst
House with Gable / mia2/Architektur. Image © Kurt Hörbst

When talking about energy efficiency in buildings, it is inevitable to mention thermal insulation. We rarely see it in a finished building and, even in the technical drawings, the insulating layer appears as a thin hatch. But this is an element that is of vital importance, as it acts as a barrier to the flow of heat, hindering the exchange of energy between the interior and the exterior, reducing the amount of heat that escapes in winter and the thermal energy that enters in the summer. In a building with good thermal insulation, there is less need for heating to keep the house at a pleasant temperature, also reducing its carbon footprint. Currently, there are many countries that require a minimum level of thermal insulation for buildings, with increasingly strict parameters. But how should this issue be dealt with in the near future, with the worrying climate crisis forecast?

House RR / Norell/Rodhe

Courtesy of Norell/Rodhe© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson+ 17

Granlund and Kvarnsjön, Sweden
  • Architects: Norell/Rodhe
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  70
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Ifö Electric AB, Plannja

Meet the Winners of the 2021 AR House Awards

El Garaje by Nomos has been announced as the winner of the 2021 AR House Awards 2021. Selected from a shortlist of 15 global practices, the jury praised the project for how it "rethinks the housing typology as an element to reactivate underused spaces in cities and transform rigid and obsolete infrastructure into lively solutions". House Hamburgö by Manthey Kula and House in Kanazawa by Shota Nakanishi Architects also received highly commended recognition, along with honorable mentions to Beaconsfield house by Simon Pendal Architect, Weekend House by AREA (Architecture Research Athens), and Hlöðuberg artist studio by Studio Bua.

House in Kanazawa by Shota Nakanishi Architects. Image © Shinkenchiku-shaHouse Hamburgö by Manthey Kula. Image © Mikael OlssonWeekend House by AREA. Image © Yorgis YerolymbosBeaconsfield House in Fremantle by Simon Pendal Architect. Image © Marino Thorlacius+ 6

Lilla Rågholmen House / Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor

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Copper Can Be Endlessly Recycled: 8 Projects With Sustainable Cladding

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It is believed that copper was the first metal to be found by men and used in the manufacture of tools and weapons. This occurred in the last period of prehistory, more than 10,000 years ago, in the so-called Metal Age, when groups, until then nomadic, started to become sedentary, developing agriculture and starting the first urban settlements. Copper has since been used in diverse ways. Used for decorative objects, jewelry, automotive parts, electrical systems, and even for dental amalgams, the material has had huge demand. In architecture, copper coatings are greatly appreciated for their aesthetics and durability. But a factor worth mentioning is that copper can be recycled infinitely, practically without losing its properties.

Sauna Construction Details: Examples of Small-Scale Wooden Architecture

Due to its specific characteristics, the architecture of the sauna is interesting because it gives us lessons related to efficiency and the beauty of simplicity. These are generally very basic structures with a clear function, created to contain different levels of heat and humidity. Thanks to this steam bath, people can release toxins and improve their blood circulation. In addition, they are widely used in cold climates, in close proximity to nature and utilizing the presence of water.

To function, these normally airtight spaces contain a series of internal benches with different dimensions and a heat source that must reach temperatures between 80 and 90°C, including, if necessary, a chimney to expel the smoke. Wood is the material par excellence for saunas, using in most cases native species that maintain their rustic appearance and natural texture. Next, we review 9 saunas designed by architects, including some of their construction details.

Céline Flagship Store / Valerio Olgiati

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  • Architects: Valerio Olgiati
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  487
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Essequattro S.p.A

House for a Drummer / Bornstein Lyckefors

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Kärna, Sweden
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  163
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Falu Rödfärg

Järvabadet Swimming Pool Pavilion / AIX Arkitekter

© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson+ 13

Stockholm, Sweden

Bollbacken Cottage / Söderberg Söderberg

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Nyköping, Sweden

Schools of the Future: How Furniture Influences Learning

It is a student's right to be educated in a safe, healthy, and even aesthetically appealing environment, especially young students for whom these factors are even more important. For example, it has been shown that when the ergonomics of chairs are inadequate, they can greatly affect levels of concentration and the development of skills such as calligraphy. At the same time, the effectiveness of traditional teaching methods is increasingly being questioned and the quality of alternative methodologies increasingly being considered. In other articles, we discussed in more detail the design of Montessori schools and the atmosphere of Waldorf interiors.

Today, we will cover the importance of choosing furniture and address some aspects to consider when organizing them in classroom design for the schools of the future.

Itoi Elementary School / Atelier BNK. Image © Koji SakaiNursery School in Berriozar / Javier Larraz + Iñigo Beguiristain + Iñaki Bergera. Image © Iñaki BergeraLedeer Daycare Center / Credohus. Image © Hong LiMRN Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. Image © Studio BAUHAUS+ 17

Boxen at ArkDes / Dehlin Brattgård Arkitekter

© Johan Dehlin© Johan Dehlin© Johan Dehlin© Johan Dehlin+ 16

The Beauty of Marble in Interiors and Facades

Michelangelo's sculptures. The ancient Greek temples. Castle interiors and palaces. The iconic Barcelona Pavilion of Mies van der Rohe. When we approach the history of architecture and sculpture, it is inevitable that we speak of marble. Originating from a chemical reaction in limestone when exposed to high pressures and temperatures for thousands of years, this notable material is a metamorphic rock generally found in regions where volcanic activity has occurred. Its extraction, by itself, is already a spectacle.

Casa Groenlândia / Triptyque. Image © Pedro KokCasa Groenlândia / Triptyque. Image © Pedro KokBent dan Light / BK Interior Design & Architectural Planning. Image © Mario WibowoHaight / MNMA studio. Image © Fran Parente+ 30

World Winners of 2019 Prix Versailles Awards Announced

The world winners of the Prix Versailles 2019 were announced at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, celebrating 12 projects in the categories of Shops & Stores, Shopping Malls, Hotels and Restaurants.

The world jury was composed of David Adjaye, Kazuyo Sejima, Francesco Bandarin, Iris Van Herpen, Philippe Starck, Alondra de la Parra, Ferran Adiá and Thomas Vonier. Read on to see the selected projects.

Atelier Lapidus House / Arrhov Frick Arkitektkontor

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Skägga, Sweden

The Royal Institute of Art / Norell/Rodhe

© Mikael Olsson
© Mikael Olsson

© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson+ 15

Weiden Secondary School / Karamuk Kuo

© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson© Mikael Olsson© Karin Gauch, Fabien Schwartz+ 18

  • Architects: Karamuk Kuo
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  6550
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2017