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Polycarbonate for Interiors: 8 Examples of Translucent Architecture Indoors

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Diversifying the materials of an interior space can greatly improve its depth and visual interest. At the same time, adding partitions or other delineations of internal space can help organize flow, circulation, and visibility. Polycarbonate, a type of lightweight, durable thermoplastic, is an excellent medium for both functions.

In its raw form, polycarbonate is completely transparent, transmitting light with nearly the same efficacy as glass. However, it is also lighter and stronger than glass and tougher than other similar plastics such as acrylic, polystyrene, ABS, or nylon, making it a good choice for designers seeking durable, impact and fire resistant materials that still transmit light. Like glass, it is a natural UV filter and can be colored or tinted for translucency, yet it is also prized for its flexibility, allowing it to be shaped into any size or shape. Finally, it is easily recyclable because it liquefies rather than burning, making it at least more environmentally friendly than other thermoset plastics. For example, recycled polycarbonate can be chemically reacted with phenol in a recycling plant to produce monomers that can be turned back into plastic.

Tapa Tapa Restaurant / Quarta & Armando

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  • Architects: Quarta & Armando
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  230
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Adobe, Adobe Systems Incorporated, Trimble Navigation, edimass

Barefoot Photography Studio / Quarta & Armando

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  • Architects: Quarta & Armando
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  85
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

ITAFE Coffee & Drinking Store / daylab studio

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  • Interior Designers: daylab studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  180
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Small Cafe Designs: 20 Aspirational Examples in Plan & Section

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The interior design of a coffee shop can make-or-break an establishment. With an inviting design, you can transform drinking a simple cup of coffee into a wonderful experience. However, when you only have a few square meters and various machines and properties to distribute, finding an efficient configuration is not easy.

To help you make better use of small spaces, below we have gathered a selection of 20 small cafe projects alongside their design drawings.

Paras Cafe / The Swimming Pool Studio

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CaoHeJing Innovation Incubator / Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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LEO office / llLab

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  • Architects: LLLab
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  4461

Office Around a Tree / Lukstudio

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  • Architects: Lukstudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  133 Area:  133
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014 Year:  2014

The Platform / Lukstudio

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Shanghai, China
  • Architects: Lukstudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  50 Area:  50
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014 Year:  2014

Aimé Patisserie / LUKSTUDIO

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Shanghai, China
  • Architects: Lukstudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  63 Area:  63
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014 Year:  2014