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How to Virtually Enlarge Spaces Using Good Lighting

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One of the most essential aspects of interior design is lighting – an element that can make or break an interior space of any size or material. Yet good lighting can be especially important for smaller or more crowded spaces, making them feel larger and more open even when their literal dimensions haven’t changed. In turn, larger spaces with poor lighting may feel smaller and less welcoming than they have the potential to be. To make interiors feel aptly large and well lit, designers can rely on several tried and true methods that make the most of a space, from using the right shades and types of lights to placing them in the best locations to integrating other elements that best complement existing lighting. These strategies, as well as several examples of their application, are listed below.

Container House / Marilia Pellegrini Arquitetura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  60
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Cosentino, Belcolore, Botteh Tapetes, Carpero Marcenaria, +7

Pipa House / Bernardes Arquitetura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5382 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, Alwitra, Arali, Lightworks, Ornare, +4

Haight Clothing Store / Entre Terras + Pablo Resende

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Best Houses of 2019

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More than 5.000 architecture projects were published in ArchDaily this year.  Year after year, we curate hundreds of residential projects, and as we know our readers love houses, we compiled a selection of the most visited residential projects published on the site. 

Set in various locations around the world, in urban, rural, mountain and beach landscapes; a variety of structural designs, from traditional masonry to the most technological prefabricated systems; from small dwellings to large houses and materials such as concrete, wood, and bricks as the most used. We also found their design and typology solutions were very much aligned with their specific settings and all of them share a strong dialogue between the house and nature, whether it is its direct surroundings or the introduction of green into a more condensed urban setting. 

This selection of 50 houses highlights the most visited examples during these twelve months and, according to our readers, were the most attractive in innovation, construction techniques, and design challenges. Check them out below:

Lake Annex / Studio AG Arquitetura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  180
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: GRAPHISOFT, Artecor Homewear, Arthur Decor, Colormix, Palimanan, +2

Maranhão Apartment / Estúdio Orth

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Higienópolis, Brazil
  • Architects: Estúdio Orth
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  200
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Estúdio Orth, Robert McNeel & Associates

Library / Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos

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São Paulo, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  645 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Exito Mais, Galeria della Pietra, La Lampe, Star Inox, Vidrio Queiroz

Brazilian Houses: 15 Steel Projects in Plan and Section

Metallic elements have been used in architecture and civil construction for hundreds of years, either as decorative elements, coverings or even to reinforce masonry structures. However, it is only in the second half of the eighteenth century that the first bridges emerge whose structure was entirely made of cast iron. A century later, iron was replaced by a more resistant and malleable alloy, still used today in architecture: steel.

Denser than concrete, the strength of steel subverts its weight and provides greater stiffness with less material - allowing for lighter and thinner structures than those made from other materials, such as wood or concrete. It is by no means the most used material in residential architecture, however, its use has made it possible to construct some interesting - and beautiful - examples of contemporary houses:

Pinheiros House / Felipe Hess Arquitetos

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Pinheiros, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: BOMLAR, Jmar, Pedra cor, RERGONN, SANTA MADEIRA, +2

Casa Delta / Bernardes Arquitetura

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Guarujá, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: BTicino, Flos, Alwitra, Deca, Eleve, +3

Dolce & Gabbana Headquarters / Piuarch

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  • Architects: Studio Piuarch, Fresa, Fuenmayor, Garbellini, Tricario
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  5000
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2006