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Walk-in Showers Without Doors or Curtains: Design Tips and Examples

Because it doesn't include a bathtub, or require doors, screens, or curtains, the walk-in shower often makes bathrooms appear larger, cleaner, and more minimalist. 

However, some precautions must be taken when designing them. Most importantly, the shower cannot be left completely open, even if it appears to be at first glance. Most designs incorporate a tempered glass that prevents water from "bouncing" out of the shower space, subtly closing the area. When this transparent division doesn't have a frame, the appearance of fungi due to accumulation of water and moisture becomes less likely.

Casa de monte / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa Fagerstrom House / Claesson Koivisto Rune. Image © Åke E:son Lindman AUTOHAUS / Matt Fajkus Architecture. Image © Charles Davis Smith Pombal / AZO. Sequeira Arquitectos Associados. Image © Nelson Garrido + 28

Spotlight: Jean Nouvel

The winner of the Wolf Prize in 2005 and the Pritzker of 2008, French architect Jean Nouvel has attempted to design each of his projects without any preconceived notions. The result is a variety of projects that, while strikingly different, always demonstrate a delicate play with light and shadow as well as a harmonious balance with their surroundings. It was this diverse approach that led the Pritzker Prize Jury in their citation to characterize Nouvel as primarily "courageous" in his "pursuit of new ideas and his challenge of accepted norms in order to stretch the boundaries of the field."

Institut du Monde Arabe. Image © Georges Fessy One Central Park. Image © Murray Fredericks Doha Office Tower, Qatar. Image © Nelson Garrido Police Headquearters & Charleroi Danses / Ateliers Jean Nouvel + MDW Architecture. Image © Filip Dujardin + 15

Sliding Doors / CplusC Architectural Workshop

© Michael Lassman Photography © Murray Fredericks © Michael Lassman Photography © Michael Lassman Photography + 15

Canada Bay, Australia

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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© Mariela Apollonio © Yoshihiro Koitani + Aby Helfon y Ramón Helfon © Héctor Fernández Santos-Díez © Vinicius Nunes + 30

Totti’s Restaurant / Akin Atelier

© Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks + 14

Bondi, Australia
  • Architects: Akin Atelier
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  395.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Derby House / Akin Atelier

© Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks + 16

Vaucluse, Australia
  • Architects: Akin Atelier
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  700.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Cloud House / Akin Atelier

© Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks + 20

Bondi Beach, Australia
  • Architects: Akin Atelier
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  196.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Smart Homes That Use Domotics To Improve Quality of Life

© Paul Finkel
© Paul Finkel

Home automation, or Domotics, is a set of technologies applied to a residence to control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. Its systems allow for efficient management of energy consumption, security, accessibility, and the general comfort of the building, becoming an important issue to consider when designing, building, and living.

Domotic systems are based on the collection of data by sensors, which are then processed to issue precise orders to the executors, varying the environmental quality of each enclosure according to the needs of the user. The pace of current life and the technological advances we have experienced in recent years have led to new ways of living, motivating the design of homes and more human, multifunctional and flexible buildings. What was once a luxury is now a feasible and effective solution for all types of projects.

In this article, we've compiled a collection of smart homes where domotics have been used.

© Kingkien © Beer Singnoi © Kingkien © Günther Richard Wett + 25

Iron Maiden House / CplusC Architectural Workshop

© Murray Fredericks
© Murray Fredericks

© Michael Lassman © Michael Lassman © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks + 31

Longueville, Australia

Randwick House / Ben Giles Architect

© Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks + 17

Randwick, Australia
  • Architects: Ben Giles Architect
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  230.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Sublime Swimming: 12 Examples of Custom Pools

What's better than a house with a pool? A house with a pool that's part of the structure of the house. These 12 projects show different ways to incorporate pools and how to resolve issues of weight, moisture and leaks. See the houses below, featuring photos by photographers like Mariela Apollonio, Kent Soh y Marcello Mariana.

© Benjamin Benschneider © Pieters Kers & Patrick Voigt © Nathan Rader © Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG + 13

Eurhythms House / Roth Architecture

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Coogee, Australia

Living Screen House / CplusC Architectural Workshop

© Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks + 30

North Bondi, Australia

Wirra Willa Pavilion / Matthew Woodward Architecture

© Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks + 19

Somersby, Australia

Stirling House / Mac-Interactive Architects

© Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Tom Ferguson © Tom Ferguson + 27

Sydney, Australia
  • Architects: Mac-Interactive Architects

CTBUH Names One Central Park “Best Tall Building Worldwide” for 2014

This year’s title of “Best Tall Building Worldwide” has been awarded to One Central Park, in Sydney, Australia. The award, presented by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), was chosen after a year long selection process across 88 entries in four regions. Senior representatives of each of these four winners presented at the CTBUH Awards Symposium on November 6th at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and the winner was announced at the Awards Dinner following the Symposium. Read on after the break to learn more about the winning building.

One Central Park. Design architect: Ateliers Jean Nouvel. Collaborating architect: PTW Architects. Image © Murray Fredericks © Richard John Seymour © Tim Griffith Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building / SERA Architects + Cutler Anderson Architects. Image © Nic Lehoux + 19

One Central Park / Ateliers Jean Nouvel

Images courtesy of Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia. Image © Simon Wood Images courtesy of Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia. Image © Murray Fredericks Images courtesy of Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia. Image © Murray Fredericks Images courtesy of Frasers Property Australia and Sekisui House Australia. Image © Simon Wood + 20

Chippendale, Australia

Birchgrove House / Nobbs Radford Architects

© Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks © Murray Fredericks + 20

Sydney, Australia
  • Architects: Nobbs Radford Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  221.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014