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Housing for the Elderly: Examples of Independent and Community Living

Architecture is constantly changing and adapting to new needs, which are linked to social, economic, technological, political, and demographic changes. In this sense, the aging population is one of the most outstanding changes of the 21st century: The increase in life expectancy and the decrease in fertility rates mean that the older population is increasingly numerous. How can architecture help to provide a better quality of life, promote the autonomy, dignity, and well-being of the elderly?

© Paul Ott© Petra Rainer© Eugeni Pons© René Rissland+ 31

Suspended Matter Box Cultural Center / MMVARQUITECTO

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves+ 30

  • Architects: MMVARQUITECTO
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  670
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2020

Tree Snake Houses / Luís Rebelo de Andrade + Tiago Rebelo de Andrade

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves + 23

Bornes de Aguiar, Portugal

17 Hotels and Cabins Surrounded by Nature

Most of the world's population today live in large, vibrant, energetic and sometimes chaotic cities. This is why, usually, when we think of taking some time off from our responsibilities and daily routines we picture ourselves lying in virgin beaches, relaxing in a faraway forest, or immersed in a tropical jungle.

Hospitality architecture has a wide variety of solutions for all types of travelers and tourists. For those wanting to disconnect completely from daily city life while being closely connected to nature, a good option could be small scale hotels, cabins, and lodges set directly in these natural environments.

Sea Front Villa / ARQ TAILOR'S Architecture & Interiors

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves+ 35

Cascais, Portugal

10 (More) Houses and Their Inhabitants: The Best Photos of the Week

© Peter Bennetts© NAARO© Alejandro Peral© APERTOZERO+ 11

The appearance of people in architectural photography is rare. When they do show up, people are usually added to help the viewer better understand the size and design elements of a building. However, in recent times, several photographers have warmed to the idea of capturing houses with their inhabitants, showing the people who live there and how they inhabit the spaces. After the success of our previous round-up of people photographed with their houses, this week we bring you 10 more houses captured by renowned photographers such as Hiroyuki Oki, Peter Bennetts, and Ricardo Oliveira Alves.

Franklin / ARRIBA

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves+ 26

  • Architects: ARRIBA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  70
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Atelier Ventura Trindade / Ventura Trindade

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15 Houses and Their Inhabitants: The Best Photos of the Week

Cortesía de Atelier Vens Vanbelle
Cortesía de Atelier Vens Vanbelle

© Toby Scott© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG© Sasha Juliard© Isaac Ramírez Marín+ 16

We are accustomed to seeing photographs in which architecture is recorded without any occupants, or perhaps captured only with models who give scale to the spaces shown. However, in recent years architectural photographers have increasingly decided to humanize the houses they document, presenting not only their architecture, but also those who inhabit these buildings. In this week's best photos, we present a selection of 15 houses captured by renowned photographers such as Luc Roymans, Adrien Williams and Fernando Schapochnik.

Between Two White Walls / Corpo Atelier

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves+ 40

Quarteira, Portugal
  • Architects: Corpo Atelier
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  530
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

Five Terraces and a Garden / corpo atelier

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves
© Ricardo Oliveira Alves

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves + 33

Quarteira, Portugal
  • Architects: corpo atelier
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  380
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

These Amazing Kitchens Will Up Your Thanksgiving Game

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, ArchDaily looks back to present a compilation of the most stunning kitchens we've covered in the last year. While it may be a bit too late for this year, read on to get some inspiration for perfecting your feast and amaze your guests in 2017.

© Nelson Kon© Fernando Gomulya© Amit Geron© Peter van der Knoop+ 18

Architectural Photographers: Ricardo Oliveira Alves

Tree Snake Houses / Luís Rebelo de Andrade + Tiago Rebelo de Andrade. Image © Ricardo Oliveira Alves
Tree Snake Houses / Luís Rebelo de Andrade + Tiago Rebelo de Andrade. Image © Ricardo Oliveira Alves

From architecture to music, directing and production, Portuguese photographer Ricardo Oliveira Alves worked in several different creative industries before combining his two biggest passions and starting his own architectural photography studio, Ricardo Oliveira Alves Architectural Photography, in 2010.

Alves captures emblematic national architecture projects in addition to work by prominent architects worldwide, “fusing the vision of the architect” with that of the photographer. He is also known for his “Archilapse” videos, which feature timelapse montages of architectural works.

Read an interview with Alves and view a selection of his images after the break. 

The Wall House / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos. Image © Ricardo Oliveira AlvesAlcoutins House / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos. Image © Ricardo Oliveira AlvesTree Snake Houses / Luís Rebelo de Andrade + Tiago Rebelo de Andrade. Image © Ricardo Oliveira AlvesThe Wall House / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos. Image © Ricardo Oliveira Alves+ 19

S. Mamede House / Aires Mateus

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves+ 37

  • Architects: Aires Mateus
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2006

SuperSurfaceSpace Moscow / Metrogramma

  • Architects: Metrogramma
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves + 22

Casa Na Mouraria / José Andrade Rocha

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves© Ricardo Oliveira Alves+ 27

Lisboa, Portugal
  • Architects: José Andrade Rocha
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  64
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

9 Stunning Treehouses that Will Bring Out Your Inner Child

The word “treehouse” can conjure up fond childhood memories for many. As a kid, the idea of a house floating above the ground is an endless source of wonder-- and that wonder never truly goes away! Countless designers have experimented with the idea of suspending their architecture among the trees, and a large number of those projects have made their way onto our site. See nine of our favorites, after the break. 

Social Complex in Alcabideche / Guedes Cruz Arquitectos

© Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves © Ricardo Oliveira Alves + 25

Alcabideche, Portugal