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House I / miya akiko architecture atelier

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Oiso, Japan

House K / miya akiko architecture atelier

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Yokohama, Japan

Incorporating Fire in External Projects: Tips and Examples for Fireplaces

Whidbey Island Farm Retreat / mwworks. Image © Kevin ScottFireplace for Children / Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter. Image © Jason Havneraas & Grethe FredriksenCarraig Ridge Fireplace / Young Projects. Image © Bent René SynnevågVC House / Dumay Arquitectos. Image © Ignacio Infante Cobo+ 17

Yuval Noah Harari points out that, around 300 thousand years ago, Homo erectus, Neanderthals, and ancestors of Homo sapiens already used fire daily. According to the author of the international bestseller “Sapiens,” fire created the first significant gap between man and other animals. "By domesticating fire, humans gained control of an obedient and potentially limitless force." Some scholars even believe that there is a direct relationship between the advent of the habit of cooking food (possibly due to the domestication of fire) and the shortening of the intestinal tract and growth of the human brain, which allowed human beings to develop and create everything we now have.

The Beauty of Exposed Wooden Trusses

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Timber trusses are wooden structural frameworks used to support roofs or other heavy structures. Fabricated from a series of triangles linked by a ridge beam and purlins, wooden trusses are structurally advantageous due to their high strength-to-weight ratios and corresponding ability to support long spans. However, these structural components can also be used for aesthetic ends, and when left exposed, can complexify, beautify, and open an interior space.

Polycarbonate for Interiors: 8 Examples of Translucent Architecture Indoors

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Diversifying the materials of an interior space can greatly improve its depth and visual interest. At the same time, adding partitions or other delineations of internal space can help organize flow, circulation, and visibility. Polycarbonate, a type of lightweight, durable thermoplastic, is an excellent medium for both functions.

In its raw form, polycarbonate is completely transparent, transmitting light with nearly the same efficacy as glass. However, it is also lighter and stronger than glass and tougher than other similar plastics such as acrylic, polystyrene, ABS, or nylon, making it a good choice for designers seeking durable, impact and fire resistant materials that still transmit light. Like glass, it is a natural UV filter and can be colored or tinted for translucency, yet it is also prized for its flexibility, allowing it to be shaped into any size or shape. Finally, it is easily recyclable because it liquefies rather than burning, making it at least more environmentally friendly than other thermoset plastics. For example, recycled polycarbonate can be chemically reacted with phenol in a recycling plant to produce monomers that can be turned back into plastic.

Otemon Gakuin University Academic-Ark / Mitsubishi Jisho Sekkei

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  20409
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Vectorworks, Blandor, Dyflex, Olivebricks, +4

Cliff House / PLANET Creations Sekiya Masato Architecture Design Office

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House in Hakuraku / Tato Architects

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  • Architects: Tato Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  176
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017

The Blend Inn Hotel / Tato Architects

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Osaka, Japan

House in Takatsuki / Tato Architects

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Takatsuki, Japan
  • Architects: Tato Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  46
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

House and Office in Hofu / Tato Architects

View the terrace 1.2 from the front desk through the store.. Image © Shinkenchiku ShaSee the inside of the store from the terrace 2. Image © Shinkenchiku ShaBedroom. Image © Shinkenchiku ShaView the entrance from the terrace 2 through the store.. Image © Shinkenchiku Sha+ 34

  • Architects: Tato Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  460
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

House in Takatsuki / Tato Architects

View of the study and dining area, from the Living 1 area. The house is located in a gently sloped, suburban residential area, planned with terraced house plots. Just as the surrounding plots varies in height and levels, so does the interior of the house. Windows and openings relates to the interior levels, resulting in various views to the outside from all sides. Image © shinkenchiku_shaLeft Dinning and Kitchen, right living 2 and 3. Image © shinkenchiku_shaRoom2, Pantry in the back. Image © shinkenchiku_shaView in the Bathroom direction, from Deck 2. Image © shinkenchiku_sha+ 34

Takatsuki, Japan
  • Architects: Tato Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  96
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

How to Incorporate Gardens in Home Design

Indoor gardens can contribute important benefits to home living, ranging from aesthetic beauty to improved health and productivity. Research has shown that indoor plants help eliminate indoor air pollutants called Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) that emanate from adhesives, furnishings, clothing, and solvents, and are known to cause illnesses. They also increase subjective perceptions of concentration and satisfaction, as well as objective measures of productivity. Indoor gardens may even reduce energy use and costs because of the reduced need for air circulation. These benefits complement the obvious aesthetic advantages of a well-designed garden, making the indoor garden an attractive residential feature on several fronts.

Courtesy of TAA DESIGN© BK© Rafael GamoHydroponic gardening. Image © Needpix user naidokdin+ 42

Embodied Energy in Building Materials: What it is and How to Calculate It

All human activities affect the environment. Some are less impactful, some much, much more. According to the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), the construction sector is responsible for up to 30% of all greenhouse gas emissions. Activities such as mining, processing, transportation, industrial operations, and the combination of chemical products result in the release of gases such as CO2, CH4, N2O, O3, halocarbons, and water vapor. When these gases are released into the atmosphere, they absorb a portion of the sun's rays and redistribute them in the form of radiation in the atmosphere, warming our planet. With a rampant amount of gas released daily, this layer thickens, which causes solar radiation to enter and and stay in the planet. Today, this 'layer' has become so thick that mankind is beginning to experience severe consequence, such as desertification, ice melting, water scarcity, and the intensification of storms, hurricanes, and floods, which has modified ecosystems and reduced biodiversity.

As architects, one of our biggest concerns should be the reduction of carbon emissions from the buildings we construct. Being able to measure, quantify, and rate this quality is a good way to start.

House in Tsukimiyama / Tato Architects

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Kōbe, Japan
  • Architects: Tato Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  69
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015