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The Colors of Brick

Morovian Church / 70F Architecture. Image © Luuk KramerHVM House / M2.senos. Image © Ivo TavaresBlack Volcano / Urban Mesh Design. Image © Charles HoseaMaria Montessori Mazatlán School / EPArquitectos + Estudio Macías Peredo. Image © Onnis Luque+ 48

Brick is one of the most popular materials for architects designing with a vintage or rustic aesthetic: exposed brick walls are often touted as highly desirable for apartments, restaurants, and stores, and exterior brick facades can make a building or home feel warmer and more inviting. However, the color and cut of the brick can greatly influence the atmosphere it emanates, with white brick lending itself to more minimalist design and tan brick tending to feel more rustic and earthy. In this article, we will explore some of the most popular brick colors, ways to artificially color brick, and recent projects that use brick facades or interior brick elements effectively.

H Saket House / Sahel AlHiyari Architects

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Amman, Jordan

Restaurant Gütsch / Studio Seilern Architect

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Andermatt, Switzerland

Spotlight: Thom Mayne

The principal architect of LA firm Morphosis, Thom Mayne (born January 19, 1944) was the recipient of the 2005 Pritzker Prize and the 2013 AIA Gold Medal, and is known for his experimental architectural forms, often applying them to significant institutional buildings such as the New York's Cooper Union building, the Emerson College in Los Angeles and the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters.

Emerson College Los Angeles. Image © Iwan BaanPerot Museum. Image © Iwan BaanCooper Union Building. Image © Iwan BaanBill & Melinda Gates Hall. Image © Roland Halbe+ 16

#house#1.130 / Estudio.Entresitio

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Madrid, Spain
  • Arquitectos: Estudio.Entresitio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5382 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

Shenzhen Nanshan Foreign Language School / Studio Link-Arc

Elementary School Courtyard. Image © Shengliang SuCampus Courtyard in Urban Context. Image © Shengliang SuElementary School and Urban Context. Image © Shengliang SuMiddle School Campus Entrance Stair. Image © Shengliang Su+ 51

Shenzhen, China
  • Architects: Studio Link-Arc
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  54000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019

Minimalist Windows with High Rigidity Steel Profiles: Transparency and Subtle Design

After centuries of using wood for the development of window and door carpentry, the Rationalism of the 20th century began to adopt a new material for these purposes: steel. Driven by industrial production, and promoted by architects such as Adolf Loos, Mies van der Rohe, and Le Corbusier, steel was evolving to generate increasingly thin and resistant frames. However, efficient and low-cost materials, such as aluminum and PVC, gradually began to replace its widespread use, increasing the size of the frames and losing steel's "clean" aesthetic when applied to a growing architecture of large glass paneled facades.

At present, new technologies have refined their production processes, developing minimal profiles of high rigidity and precision, which take full advantage of the transparency of the glass and deliver new comfort and safety features. We talked with Jansen's experts to deepen our understanding of their application in contemporary architecture.

LocHal Library / CIVIC architects + Braaksma & Roos architectenbureau + Inside Outside + Mecanoo. Image © Stijn BollaertMuseo Bauhaus Dessau / Addenda Architects. Image © Thomas MeyerCortesía de JansenFuturium Berlin / Richter Musikowski. Image © Schnepp Renou+ 30

Greifswalder Office Building / Tchoban Voss Architekten

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Spotlight: Zaha Hadid

In her lifetime, Pritzker prize-winning architect, fashion designer and artist Zaha Hadid (31 October 1950 – 31 March 2016) became one of the most recognizable faces of our field. Revered and denounced in equal measure for the sensuous curved forms for which she was known, Hadid rose to prominence not solely through parametricism but by designing spaces to occupy geometries in new ways. Despite her tragically early death in March of 2016, the projects now being completed by her office without their original lead designer continue to push boundaries both creative and technological, while the fearless media presence she cultivated in recent decades has cemented her place in society as a woman who needs just one name: Zaha.

Heydar Aliyev Center. Image © Hufton+CrowVitra Fire Station. Image © Wojtek GurakBergisel Ski Jump. Image © Hélène BinetAntwerp Port House. Image © Hélène Binet+ 36

New Hanfbach School Möglingen / mvm+starke architekten

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Möglingen, Germany

Odile Decq to Lead Grand Jury for 2020 RIBA International Prize

RIBA announced the 2020 RIBA International Prize jury and stated that it will be led by French architect and urban planner Odile Decq with the participation of Es Devlin, Jeanne Gang, Rossana Hu, and Gustavo Utrabo.

Spotlight: Richard Meier

"When I am asked what I believe in, I say that I believe in architecture. Architecture is the mother of the arts. I like to believe that architecture connects the present with the past and the tangible with the intangible."

Richard Meier, the Pritzker Prize and AIA Gold Medal-winning architect, is well known for his abstracted, often white, buildings and unrelenting personal design philosophy. Citing Bernini and Borromini as influences as well as Le Corbusier and Louis Kahn, Meier received his Bachelor in Architecture from Cornell University in 1957 and took jobs with Skidmore Owings & Merrill and Marcel Breuer soon after his graduation. He began his own private practice in New York in 1963 and rocketed to architectural fame in the early 1970s, after being named as one of the "New York Five."

The Atheneum, New Harmony, Indiana. Image © Scott Frances, Courtesy of Richard Meier & PartnersThe Getty Center, Los Angeles, California. Image © Scott Frances, Courtesy of Richard Meier & PartnersChurch of 2000, Tor Tre Treste, Rome, Italy. Image © Andrea Giannotti, Gabriele RossettiDouglas House, Harbor Springs, Michigan. Image © James Haefner courtesy of Michigan State Historic Preservation Office+ 31

Which Are The Most Used Materials in Social Housing?

Choice of building materials and the inherent continuous reflection about the reach and capabilities of architecture are an interesting alternative way to approach this issue. The materials used in social housing should address local and economic possibilities and the real needs for access to housing in the contemporary context.

In this article, we analyze different projects published on our site to identify some of the predominant materials used in social housing, both for the formation of structures or enclosures. The intentions of this are two-fold: firstly, to create a worldwide panorama of different case studies with different construction styles from a range of geographical locations, and secondly, to provide inspiration and tools to architects to make better social housing.

Below we present 15 social housing projects and their diverse materials and construction styles.

Victor Hugo Car Park / Taillandier Architectes Associés + Scalène Architectes

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Toulouse, France

House in Chicureo II / Cristián Izquierdo

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Architects : Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann
Location : Condor Sur, Chicureo, Colina, Región Metropolitana, Chile
Design Team : Cristián Izquierdo y Francisco Saul
Construction : Tecton
Cálculo Estructural : Osvaldo Peñaloza
Area : 205.0 m2
Project Year : 2018
Photographs : Roland Halbe
Manufacturers : Arauco

House in Matanzas / Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann

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Matanzas, Chile
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1915 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Arauco, Cutek, Nuprotec, Osmo

House in el Peumo / Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann

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Architects : Cristián Izquierdo Lehmann
Location : Peumo, O’Higgins, Chile
Collaborators: Angela Koch, Jorge Cárdenas
Construction: Carlos Olivares
Structure: Osvaldo Peñaloza
Area : 163m2
Project Year : 2017
Photographs: Roland Halbe

The Importance of Communication and Context in Enrique Sobejano's Work

Past, Present, Future is an interview project by Itinerant Office, asking acclaimed architects to share their perspectives on the constantly evolving world of architecture. Each interview is split into three video segments: Past, Present, and Future, in which interviewees discuss their thoughts and experiences of architecture through each of those lenses. The first episode of the project featured 11 architects from Italy and the Netherlands and Episode II is comprised of interviews with 13 architects from Spain, Portugal, France, and Belgium.

Konigshof rendering. Image Courtesy of Nieto Sobejano ArquitectosMontblanc exterior view. Image Courtesy of Nieto Sobejano ArquitectosEspacio Andaluz de Creación Contemporánea. Image © Roland HalbeArvo Part Centre. Image © Roland Halbe+ 41