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How to Virtually Enlarge Spaces Using Good Lighting

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One of the most essential aspects of interior design is lighting – an element that can make or break an interior space of any size or material. Yet good lighting can be especially important for smaller or more crowded spaces, making them feel larger and more open even when their literal dimensions haven’t changed. In turn, larger spaces with poor lighting may feel smaller and less welcoming than they have the potential to be. To make interiors feel aptly large and well lit, designers can rely on several tried and true methods that make the most of a space, from using the right shades and types of lights to placing them in the best locations to integrating other elements that best complement existing lighting. These strategies, as well as several examples of their application, are listed below.

77 Washington Workspace / Worrell Yeung Architecture

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New York's Interiors: Apartments, Penthouses and Lofts in the Big Apple

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One of the most important cities in the world –and the most populated in the United States of America–, New York is home to a great mix of cultures and history that has been shaped over the years, while art and architecture play a fundamental role in this development.

Maharishi Tribeca Shop / Abruzzo Bodziak Architects

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New York, United States

Storefront Library / Abruzzo Bodziak Architects

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HUSH Studios / Inaba Williams Architecture

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Inaba Williamsburg Penthouse / Inaba Williams

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  • Architects: Inaba Williams
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1189
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: ABC Stone, Moonlight Molds, Fiore di Bosco Marble, Sol-R Shade

Storefront for Storefront / PARA

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  • Architects: PARA Project
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1480
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Adaptive Reuse of a SOM Landmark / Inaba Williams Architects

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Architectural League of New York Announce Winners of the 2019 Emerging Voices Program

The Architectural League of New York has announced the winners of it's 2019 Emerging Voices, an award given annually to eight individuals/practices based in the US, Canada, or Mexico. The Emerging Voices program, which is now in its 37th year, seeks to spotlight the distinctive design voices with the potential to influence the field of architecture. 

The Emerging Voices award program has long been considered one of the most prestigious in North American architecture; a large portion of the 250 awarded practices are now well-known internationally. 

Masa / Studio Cadena

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  • Architects: Studio Cadena
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7500 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Accesorios y Acabados

35 Fireplaces that Spark Architectural Interest

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From the beginning of time, human beings have gathered around the fire. The first settlements and huts included in their interior a small bonfire to cook and maintain the heat of its inhabitants. This tradition has continued to the present, and chimneys and fireplaces have developed into the most varied designs and forms, providing possibilities both inside and outside a home.

To give you ideas for materials, structures, and spatial configurations, we present 35 remarkable meeting places around the fire.

Transart Foundation / Schaum/Shieh

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  • Architects: Schaum/Shieh
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Dornbracht, Duravit, Solatube, Grasscrete, PVE

Firms Like Zaha Hadid Architects Are Revolutionizing Office Design Using Big Data

This article was originially published by Metropolis Magazine as "Architects, Armed with Data, Are Seeing the Workplace Like Never Before."

A workplace that improves employee productivity and efficiency has been a white whale of corporate managers for decades. But even before the office as we know it today was born, designers and innovators were already studying sites of labor, such as the factory, to devise strategies to boost worker performance. By the 1960s, Robert Propst, the inventor behind Herman Miller’s Action Office line of workplace furniture, and others were conducting workspace research that would ultimately lead to the creation of the modern cubicle.

These developments relied largely on observation and intuition to organize office workers in purportedly effective ways. Now, advances in technology allow designers to take a more sophisticated approach, using sensors, internet-connected furniture and fixtures, and data analytics to study offices in real time. “You can take into account every single employee, and people are very different,” says London architect Uli Blum. “It’s about solving the fundamental problems of getting people the environment they need. And the easiest way is to ask them,” he adds. But finding out the needs of hundreds, sometimes thousands, of workers can quickly become an exercise in futility.

Southlight / RISD Architecture

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  • Architects: RISD Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1200 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Signify, Resolite Modulit 500, Rimol Greenhouse Systems

Lake Cottage / UUfie

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Kawartha Lakes, Canada
  • Architects: UUfie
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  62 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

Stapleton Library / Andrew Berman Architect

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Staten Island, United States
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  12000 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Unalam, GE Plastics