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Nine Hours Capsule Hotel / Naruse Inokuma Architects

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Osaka, Japan

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:

Fire Doors: How to Incorporate Them Into an Architecture Project

Fire doors are doors that meet fire resistance standards and can prevent fire (or smoke) from spreading through the floors or living spaces of a building, allowing people to evacuate safely from a fire.

Cortesia de Pexels Cortesia de Pexels Sede Instituto BioCruces / IDOM. Image © Aitor Ortiz via Shutterstock, User: Pair Srinrat + 11

F Residence / GOSIZE

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Nishinomiya, Japan
  • Architects: GOSIZE
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 61.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Spotlight: Herzog & de Meuron

Led by Jacques Herzog (born 19 April 1950) and Pierre de Meuron (born 8 May 1950), most descriptions of Herzog & de Meuron projects are almost paradoxical: in one paragraph they will be praised for their dedication to tradition and vernacular forms, in the next for their thoroughly modern innovation. However, in the hands of Herzog & de Meuron this is no paradox, as the internationally renowned architectural duo combine tradition and innovation in such a way that the two elements actually enhance each other.

VitraHaus. Photography by Iwan Baan © Vitra 1111 Lincoln Road. Image © Nelson Garrido, Reprinted with permission from MBeach1, LLLP. Parrish Art Museum. Image © Matthu Placek Messe Basel New Hall. Image © Messe Basel + 29

Offices and Workplaces: Examples in Plan

The functional distribution plays a fundamental role in the contemporary design of offices and places for work. The study of the architecture plan shows an interesting form of approach; not only allows for proper logistics and circulation but find efficient variations and innovations that will enable better workspaces that adapt to the current needs.

We have selected more than 50 plans of projects that will inspire you, recognizing the different ways in which architects have faced the challenge to design offices, in all different scale ranges.

MARLMARL Sanjo-Street Kyoto / Atsushi Suzuki / TANSEISHA

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The House with Plants / KamakuraStudio

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Katsushika-ku, Japan
  • Architects: KamakuraStudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 95.61
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

ºC (Do-C) Ebisu / Schemata Architects

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Shibuya-ku, Japan

HULIC & New Shibuya / ETHNOS

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Shibuya, Japan
  • Architects: ETHNOS
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2121.19
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

GINZA LOFT / Schemata Architects

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Minato-ku, Japan
  • Architects: Schemata Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 3306.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Ginza Place / Klein Dytham architecture + TAISEI DESIGN Planners Architects & Engineers

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Architecture and the Human Scale: The Best Photos of The Week

The incorporation of the human figure is one of the most effective tools employed in architectural photography: it helps the viewer decipher the scale of work. While it successfully communicates a rough idea of the measurements of the elements photographed, it also makes architecture more relatable and accessible. People engage better with the built environment when it is populated; the human sense of society and community is the cornerstone of our civilization. With this in mind, we showcase a selection of our favorite photographs where the human figure takes center stage to enhance our reading of architecture.

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A Sake Brewery Addition / a-um

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Fukuoka, Japan
  • Architects: a-um
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 450.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

The 14 Stories Behind the 2016 Building of the Year Award Winners

Last week, ArchDaily unveiled the 14 winners of this year’s Building of the Year award. Selected by ArchDaily readers from a pool of over 3,000 candidates, these 14 projects represent the best designs published by ArchDaily in the past year, as determined by an unbiased network of 55,000 voters who took part - each of them a judge in one of the world's most democratic architecture awards.

Representing a diverse field of architects, locations and project types, each design has a very different story about how it came into being, how its design responds to its context, how it fits into an architect's oeuvre, or what it says about the direction which architecture is traveling in. But despite the many different types of story represented, each of the stories behind the Building of the Year winners is a fascinating architectural tale. Here are those 14 stories.

Nikken Space Design Osaka Office / Nikken Space Design

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Chuo Ward, Japan
  • Architects: Nikken Space Design
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 464.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014

K8 in Kyoto / Florian Busch Architects

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Shimogyo Ward, Japan
  • Architects: Florian Busch Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 156.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2015

Poggenpohl Shanghai Studio / OFA

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Shanghai, China
  • Architects: OFA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 2200.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2014