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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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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.

Frenches Interior / Sibling Architecture. Image © Christine FrancisVilla in Ibiza / Reutov Design. Image Courtesy of Reutov Dmitry, Gerner EkaterinaSky House / MIA Design Studio. Image © Trieu ChienMountain View House / CAN. Image © Jim Stephenson+ 49

Armazem Cowork / oitoo

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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

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.

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

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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

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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

Apartment on a mint floor / Fala

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  • Architects: Fala
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2045 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: BRUMA, Cortizo, Efapel, JNF

The Beauty of Marble in Interiors and Facades

Michelangelo's sculptures. The ancient Greek temples. Castle interiors and palaces. The iconic Barcelona Pavilion of Mies van der Rohe. When we approach the history of architecture and sculpture, it is inevitable that we speak of marble. Originating from a chemical reaction in limestone when exposed to high pressures and temperatures for thousands of years, this notable material is a metamorphic rock generally found in regions where volcanic activity has occurred. Its extraction, by itself, is already a spectacle.

Casa Groenlândia / Triptyque. Image © Pedro KokCasa Groenlândia / Triptyque. Image © Pedro KokBent dan Light / BK Interior Design & Architectural Planning. Image © Mario WibowoHaight / MNMA studio. Image © Fran Parente+ 30

House Along a Wall / fala

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  • Architects: fala
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  150
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Professionals: Civiflanco lda, Pomo

House With a Curved Wall / fala

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  • Architects: fala
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  100
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017