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Adamant Hospital / Seine Design

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Paris, France

Delas Frères Winery / Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architecte

© Dan Glasser © Dan Glasser © Dan Glasser © Dan Glasser + 31

Tain-l'Hermitage, France

Curial Housing / PETITDIDIERPRIOUX Architects

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia + 26

Paris, France

Air Liquide Paris Innovation Campus / Michel Rémon & Associés

© Sergio Grazia © Fabien Garcia © Fabien Garcia © Sergio Grazia + 25

Les Loges-en-Josas, France

Poorly Designed Acoustics in Schools Affect Learning Efficiency and Well-being

Few things irritate us more than exposure to excessive noise or inability to hear what we need to hear. Whether it's a nearby construction site, highway traffic, air conditioning, or a neighbor learning saxophone, research shows that noise can contribute to cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, headaches, hormonal changes, sleep disturbance, reduced physical and mental performance, and the reduction of well-being. On the other hand, in an acoustically "comfortable" environment, in addition to listening to what we want, we focus better and feel calmer.

The concern about creating acoustically comfortable environments is often relegated to cinemas, concert halls and recording studios. But it is particularly important in learning environments, such as classrooms, as it directly influences the teaching-learning relationship. Acoustic discomfort can harm the process of knowledge acquisition, interfering with attention and worsening student-teacher communication.

The Threshold, The Secondary School / Paralelo Colectivo. Image © Luis Barandiarán Sandal Magna Community Primary School / Sarah Wigglesworth Architects. Image © Mark Hadden Photography Sandringham Primary School / Walters & Cohen. Image © Dennis Gilbert / VIEW Sonia Delaunay School / ADEN architectes. Image © Sergio Grazia + 9

University of Law-Paris I Modernisation of the Lourcine Barracks / Chartier Dalix Architectes

© Sergio Grazia © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura © Takuji Shimmura + 32

París, France

Fluctuart Art Gallery / Seine Design

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia + 24

Paris, France

How Do Double-Skin Façades Work?

Double skin façades. Almost a self-explanatory name for façade systems consisting of two layers, usually glass, wherein air flows through the intermediate cavity. This space (which can vary from 20 cm to a few meters) acts as insulation against extreme temperatures, winds, and sound, improving the building's thermal efficiency for both high and low temperatures. Perhaps one of the most famous examples of double-skin facades is Foster+Partners' 30 St Mary Ax Building, "The Gherkin."

The airflow through the intermediate cavity can occur naturally or be mechanically driven, and the two glass layers may include sun protection devices.

© Cemal Emden © Martin Van der Wal © Sergio Grazia © Cemal Emden + 11

Lily Floating Playground / WAO - Wild Architectural Objects

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Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, France

Business Center Binet / AZC Architectes

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  • Architects: AZC Architectes
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  7240
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

National Institute for Territorial Studies / AZC Architectes + Michel Spitz

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La Fontaine Sports Complex / archi5 + Tecnova Architecture

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Cultural Centers: 50 Examples in Plan and Section

How many times have you been faced with the challenge of designing a cultural center? While this may seem like quite a feat, many architects have had to design a program that blends a community center with culture.

Among the projects published on our site, we have found numerous examples that highlight different responses, from flexible configurations to sites that prioritize central gathering areas for citizens and activities. See our series of 50 community centers and their plans and sections below.

Archimède / Brenac & Gonzalez & Associés

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Romainville / Brenac & Gonzalez & Associés

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Romainville, France

Housing operation Île Saint-Denis / Périphériques Architectes

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© Sergio Grazia

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L'Île-Saint-Denis, France

Public School near Paris / richard+schoeller

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia + 27

  • Architects: richard+schoeller
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Musée de la Romanité de Nîmes / 2Portzamparc – Elizabeth de Portzamparc

Courtesy of 2Portzamparc-Elizabeth de Portzamparc Architect © Serge Urvoy © Serge Urvoy © Serge Urvoy + 39

Nimes, France