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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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Houses  · 
Nishinomiya, Japan
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project GOSIZE
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    61.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    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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Store  · 
Japan, Japan
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Atsushi Suzuki / TANSEISHA
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    70.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

The House with Plants / KamakuraStudio

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Houses  · 
Katsushika-ku, Japan
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project KamakuraStudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    95.61 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

ºC (Do-C) Ebisu / Schemata Architects

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Renovation  · 
Shibuya-ku, Japan
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Schemata Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    726163.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

HULIC & New Shibuya / ETHNOS

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Shibuya, Japan
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project ETHNOS
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    2121.19 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

GINZA LOFT / Schemata Architects

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Minato-ku, Japan
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Schemata Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    3306.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    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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Brewery  · 
Fukuoka, Japan
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project a-um
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    450.0 ft2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    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 Authors of this architecture project Nikken Space Design
  • Designer Authors of this architecture project text, Mao NAKANOIN, url,
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    464.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2014

Poggenpohl Shanghai Studio / OFA

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Showroom  · 
Shanghai, China
  • architects Authors of this architecture project OFA
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    2200.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2014

St. Voile Chapel / Kasahara Design Work

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Chapel  · 
Chūō-ku, Japan
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Kasahara Design Work
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    161.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2014

Miu Miu Aoyama Store / Herzog & de Meuron

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Store  · 
Tokyo, Japan
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Herzog & de Meuron
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    269.0 sqm
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

An Interview with Zhang Lei, AZL Architects

“We have to try to work with scale and memory. I think in the last twenty years the main problem is that we lost the 归宿感 [sense of belonging]. The people here have been moving from house to house for a long time, the result is that we don’t have a feeling of home… even if you are staying in a nice house or villa you don’t consider it as an ideal or permanent home where you could stay. This might be considered the problem. More than ten years ago we used to have that feeling, the sense to belong to a specific space. We used to live in neighbourhoods where we had a social background, a community, now you don’t have any community, you don’t see the neighbors any more. Now Chinese people are becoming lonely, they are losing that feeling and becoming 'homeless'.” - Zhang Lei, Nanjing, 2013

Model Animal Research Center of Nanjing University / AZL architects. Image Courtesy of AZL Architects Slit House / AZL architects. Image © Nacasa & Partners Nanjing Wanjing Garden Chapel / AZL Architects. Image © Yao Li CIPEA No.4 House / AZL architects. Image © Yao Li + 17