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Applied, Flush and Reveal: What Are the Types of Baseboards?

Architects are known for returning from travel with more photos of buildings than people and for having an esoteric vocabulary of their own. Of course, these are clichés that are not always true. But something that unites most designers is the tendency to pay attention to each detail that makes up a project, be it the material that covers the facade, the junction between different floors, how the doors open, the type of window frame, how the forms were put together for concreting, and more. But a detail that often goes unnoticed – and that makes a huge difference in interior design – is baseboards.

Redefining Domestic Spaces of the Future: 14 Projects in Europe

Unconstrained by the dogmas of established offices, new architectural practices can often challenge building norms and redefine living standards. The Young European Architecture Festival (YEAH!) is an event dedicated to highlighting these new and emerging practices and bringing their contributions to the built environment into focus. Many of these practices are challenging and redefining typologies of residential architecture. They are building upon ideas such as cooperative housing schemes, community-initiated developments, and circular economy. Others are exploring local identities and resources as a way to reinvigorate the profession while creating respectful and regionally relevant works of architecture.

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20 Architecture Tips from 2021

We are starting to say goodbye to the year and after a review of all the contents developed, we find ourselves with a wide range of architectural advice that involves both interior and exterior spaces. Addressing issues from the domestic sphere to more technical and decisive questions, these are intended to serve as a guide and/or suggestions, rescuing those necessary considerations to take into account when planning our spaces, regardless of the use or the future they contemplate. 

House and Atelier / fala

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  • Architects: fala
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  315
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2018

The Comeback of Retro Design Trends in Modern Bathrooms

Even though white minimalism remains the norm, retro trends are making a serious comeback in modern bathroom designs, with homeowners incorporating pops of color, classic fixtures, and patterned surfaces. Despite often being static and traditional spaces in homes, bathrooms have certainly undergone significant transformations throughout the years. While those of the outspoken 1970s brought vibrant colors like avocado green and mustard yellow, the ‘80s introduced ceramic tiles in more muted, pastel shades. On the other hand, this century has set the ideal on white and marbled surfaces, slick gloss finishes, and silver fixtures. However, even as this all-white look continues to be the protagonist, bold retro enhancements are reviving and blending in with contemporary elements to create elegant, yet lively atmospheres with a strong character.

How to Design the Perfect Acoustic Enclosure: Comfort in Flooring, Ceilings, and Walls

As our cities densify and building types become more and more mixed-use, we tend to spend a lot of time in noisy environments. When we think about acoustic comfort, we rarely think of places like restaurants, venues, and big offices; places with a lot of people, machinery, and background noise. The quality of sound can entirely change the experience of people in an interior space, and improving the space's acoustic quality relies on treating all surfaces, from walls to ceilings, and flooring. In this article, we will present a variety of solutions for ceilings, flooring, and walls, their different combinations, and a simple guide of how to apply them correctly in public spaces without compromising the aesthetic of the interior.

Tasso Building / Nomos

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  • Architects: Nomos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  1500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2020
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Reynaers Aluminium, La Covadonga, Manuel & Cardoso - Pedras Naturais e Compostos

House Under a Big Roof / fala

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Vila Nova de Famalicão, Portugal
  • Architects: fala
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  115
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019

Construction and Design Trends of 2021: The Recurring, The Popular, The Relevant and The Substantial

As we look back at the architecture projects we have published in 2020, as part of our yearly review, we were able to distinguish many recurring elements and solutions in terms of materials, programs, and functions.

Since the architecture industry moves slightly slower than others, we found that many things in the construction and design that have been building up these past years have come out making strong statements this 2020. We believe, therefore, that trends in the architecture world could be defined not only by what has been recurrent and popular but also, what has proven to be relevant and substantial.

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Armazem Cowork / oitoo

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  • Architects: oitoo
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  416
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  GRAPHISOFT, Saint-Gobain, Aleluia Cerâmicas, Amorim, Ikea, +1

From Playful Methodologies to Fictional Possibilities: 5 Emerging Practices in Europe

Five emerging architecture studio profiles from Portugal, Spain, France, and the Czech Republic have been chosen by New Generations, a European platform that analyses the most innovative emerging practices at the European level, providing a new space for the exchange of knowledge and confrontation, theory, and production. Since 2013, New Generations has involved more than 300 practices in a diverse program of cultural activities, such as festivals, exhibitions, open calls, video-interviews, workshops, and experimental formats.

Uneven House / Fala

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  • Architects: fala
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  180
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019
  • Professionals : Pomo, Civiflanco lda

Round Pillars in Architecture: From the Classical Column to the Modern Sculptural Support

The pillar has adorned many of the greatest monumental examples of Western architecture since antiquity, from the Doric columns of the Parthenon to the Corinthian capitals of the Pantheon portico. In the West, the legacies of these classical forms have permutated over the centuries and into modern times: the Doric columns of the Lincoln Memorial, the Ionic columns of the British museum portico, and the Villa Savoye’s pilotis are just a few examples of the classical column’s continued transformation and use over the last few centuries. Today, the round pillar continues to be used in modern design, both functionally and aesthetically. Below, we look into these elements in more detail, including their materials, construction, structural qualities, and several contemporary examples of their use.

Broken House / fala

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Porto, Portugal
  • Architects: fala
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  3659 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019

Six Houses and a Garden / fala

Six Houses and a Garden  / fala - Exterior Photography, Housing, Garden
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  • Architects: fala
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  2045 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019

House in Fontainhas / Fala

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Porto, Portugal
  • Architects: Fala
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  255
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019

Waiting Rooms, Reception Areas, & Courtyards: 43 Notable Examples of Hospital Architecture

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Hospitals and projects related to healthcare must follow specific guidelines based on the rules and regulations of their country. These standards help us to design complex spaces, such as those located in areas of surgery, hospitalization, diagnostics, laboratories, and including areas and circulations that are clean, dirty, restricted or public, which create a properly functioning building.

There are a few spaces that we, as architects, can develop with great ease and freedom of design: waiting rooms, reception areas, and outdoor spaces. These are spaces where architects can express the character of the hospital. To jump-start you into this process, we have selected 43 projects that show us how creativity and quality of a space go hand-in-hand with functionality. 

Small House with a Monumental Shower / fala

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Amarante, Portugal
  • Architects: fala
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  55
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2018
  • Professionals : Ruce lda