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A&A Apartment / LoCa Studio

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Olfactory Comfort in Architecture and the Impact of Odors on Well-Being

Cooking shows have never been more popular around the world than they are now. Whether from recipes, reality shows, or documentaries, writer Michael Pollan points out that it is not uncommon to spend more time watching than preparing our own food. This is a very curious phenomenon, as we can only imagine the tastes and smells on the other side of the screen, which the presenters often like to remind us. At the same time, when we watch something about the Middle Ages, polluted rivers, or nuclear disasters, we are relieved that there is no technology to transmit smells across the screen. In fact, when dealing with odors (more specifically the bad ones), we know how unpleasant it is to be in a space that doesn't smell good. When dealing with buildings, what are the main sources of bad smells and how can this affect our health and well-being?

Apartment Renovation in Girona / Hiha Studio

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  • Architects: Hiha Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1399 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Landscape Regeneration of the Camí de Cabrianes / estudi08014

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  • Architects: estudi08014
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  30000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Building Between Party Walls in Hostafrancs / estudi08014

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  • Architects: estudi08014
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  142
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

How to Divide Spaces Without Traditional Solid Partitions

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Functionality, good ventilation, comfortable lighting and access to views are some of the important required characteristics that make for human comfort in an inhabited or occupied space. Nonetheless, those elements are becoming harder to achieve withing smaller city dwellings and builds. Architects and individuals therefore turn towards design solutions to create more agreeable and personalized settings.

An initial solutions to upscale and widen spaces, is to reduce the amount of standard solid partitions or walls and replace them with alternative means of spatial separation. 

Modern Andorra: Architecture Between the Pyrenees

Wedged between France and Spain, Andorra is the sixth smallest nation in Europe. Less than 500 square kilometers in area, the landlocked microstate can be found in the eastern Pyrenees on the Iberian Peninsula. Today, new architecture is being built between Andorra’s rugged mountains and three narrow valleys that combine to form its Gran Valira river.

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House Renovation Montcada / Hiha Studio

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Montcada i Reixac, Spain
  • Architects: Hiha Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  80
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Ceràmica Ferres, MARAZZI, Arko Light Swap XL, Centro Alum. Serie Renova, Guardian Select, +1

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

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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.

Jordi & Anna interior renovation / Hiha Studio

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El Poal, Spain
  • Architects: Hiha Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3261 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Huguet, Innaltech, Laes, Novallar, PMP

7 Architects Who Weren't Afraid to Use Color

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Some architects love color, some are unmoved by it, some hate it, and some love to dismiss it as too whimsical or non-serious for architecture. In an essay on the subject, Timothy Brittain-Catlin mentions the “innate puritanism among clients of architecture,” architects and their “embarrassment of confronting color,” and how “Modernism tried to ‘educate out’ bright colors.” So, while the debate on color in architecture is far from being a new one, it is not finished, and probably never will be.

In today’s world where the exhausted stereotype of the no-nonsense architect clad in black still persists, and while we quietly mull over the strange pull of the Cosmic Latte, there are some architects who haven’t been afraid of using broad swathes of color in their work at all. Read on for a list of 7 such exemplary architects both from the past and the present.

Els Terrats / LoCa Studio

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Can Ghalili / LoCa Studio

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  • Architects: LoCa Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  60
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Weber, Acor, Cisca

Refugi Guardat de L’illa / Arteks Arquitectura + Ginjaume Arquitectura i Paissatge

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Escaldes-Engordany, Andorra

EF House / GRND82

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Arenys de Mar, Spain
  • Architects: GRND82
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  260
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Low Energy MZ house / Calderon-Folch Studio

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Barcelona, Spain

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