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Blue Bottle Coffee Daimaru Tokyo Cafe Stand / Schemata Architects

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新宿区, Japan

Modelia Brut Kagurazaka Building / Ryuichi Sasaki / Sasaki Architecture + Rieko Okumura / YTRO DESIGN INSTITUTE

© Bauhaus Neo
© Bauhaus Neo

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Shinjuku City, Japan

Multi-Tenant Building In Ginza / SO&CO.

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Chuo City, Japan
  • Architects: SO&CO.
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 111.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Subaru Nursery / RFA+CFA

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Ogōri, Japan
  • Architects: RFA+CFA
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

House in Shimomuraki / Aki Hamada Architects

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Toyama, Japan

Béton Brut Bathrooms: The Beauty of Concrete in Intimate Spaces

© Peter Clarke Photography © BoysPlayNice © Relja Ivanic © Takumi Ota + 31

Why use concrete in bathrooms?

Béton brut or "raw concrete" is a naturally porous material that provides many advantages for the design and build of a bathroom. As a waterproof and pressure-resistant material, it is easy to clean, doesn't deteriorate, prevents bathroom fungus and is low maintenance. Attractive as it is functional, concrete is versatile for both on-site furniture and wall coatings, floors and even shower trays. In addition, due to its thermal mass, concrete is an excellent material for floor heating.

Pro Tip: There are a variety of concrete finishes, but for the safety of daily bathroom users, you must add a surface sealer and a certain percentage of traction to avoid slippage.

Below, we've compiled 26 concrete bathrooms that find intimacy in béton brut.

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Blue Bottle Coffee Kanda Manseibashi Cafe / Schemata Architects

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Chiyoda City, Japan
  • Architects: Schemata Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 24.91 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Exploring Architecture through Performance, Photography and Fashion

© Miguel de Guzmán © Hey! Cheese © Imagen Subliminal © Dmitry Tsyrencshikov + 53

The purpose of architectural photography is to show a design in the best possible way, with the artform often characterized by perspective correction and atmospheric lighting. However, few architectural photographers have experimented with other artistic disciplines. Miguel de Guzmán, Paul Vu and Jules Couartou are among those who have challenged the limits of this form of photography, generating an interesting crossover between architecture photography, fashion and performances. In their images, the relationship between space and the user is shown through a scene designed to register an effect on the viewer. The results are images which are full of creativity.

Retail Stores Under 100 Square Meters: Examples in Plan and Section

Designing commercial spaces has historically been a challenge. In these environments, spatial distribution plays a fundamental role, even more so if we have a few extra square meters. With this being said, the study of these spaces in plan and section can be a great starting point. It not only allows us to analyze the logistics and circulation of customers but also helps us find efficient variations and innovations that will enable your store to stand out from the others.

Below, we've selected a series of 25 examples in plan and section that can help you understand how different architects faced the challenge.

To Design for the Elderly, Don't Look to the Past

When the world undergoes major changes (be it social, economic, technological, or political), the world of architecture needs to adapt alongside. Changes in government policy, for example, can bring about new opportunities for design to thrive, such as the influx of high-quality social housing currently being designed throughout London. Technological advances are easier to notice, but societal changes have just as much impact upon the architecture industry and the buildings we design.

Dominique Coulon & associés. Image © Eugeni Pons The Architect / LEVS architecten. Image © Marcel van der Burg, via Matthew Usher  Senior Center of Guangxi / Atelier Alter. Image Courtesy of Atelier Alter, via Matthew Usher Pilgrim Gardens / PRP . Image © Tim Crocker, via Matthew Usher + 33

Tomonoki-Himawari Kindergarten / MAMM DESIGN

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Arakawa, Japan
  • Architects: MAMM DESIGN
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 933.41 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017

Kugayama South Gate Building / Ryuichi Sasaki / Sasaki Architecture

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Suginami-ku, Japan

Nishikicho-bunkaisan / SUGAWARADAISUKE Architects

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Tokyo, Japan

Blue Bottle Coffee Kobe Café / Jo Nagasaka + Schemata Architects

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Kobe, Japan

House by Rafter 2 / Hiroki Tominaga-Atelier

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Saitama, Japan

Dutch Gable Roof House / Hiroki Tominaga-Atelier

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Tokyo, Japan

Split-Level Homes: 50 Floor Plan Examples

Faced with the challenge of designing homes on terrains with steep slopes - or in compact urban contexts that do not allow much variation in plan - several architects have experimented and proposed split-level homes to enhance the use of space, allowing, among other things, interesting visual perspectives.

These variations can be seen in numerous examples published on our site. Below, we have selected 50 examples that can help you in your next project. 

Flux / SIDES CORE

© Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota © Takumi Ota + 22

Kyoto, Japan
  • Architects: SIDES CORE
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 148.5 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2017