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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:

Iris Tower / Terra Integral

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Santa Catarina, Mexico
  • Architects: Terra Integral
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 280164.0 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Galeana Regional Center / atelier uno

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Galeana, Mexico
  • Architects: atelier uno
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1700.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

House in the Woods / WEYES Estudio

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Santiago, Mexico
  • Architects: WEYES Estudio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 1776.0 ft2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2018

Ombra House / Cadaval & Solà-Morales

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San Pedro Garza García, Mexico

10 Frequently Asked Questions About Ceramic Tiles

Square, rectangular, hexagonal, matte, shiny. It's hard to think of a more versatile flooring material than tiles. They're also known for their high durability, ease of maintenance and installation, and are among the most common choices for covering floors and walls, whether wet or not. Following are 10 common questions about ceramic tiles, and their answers:

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Pia House / OAX Arquitectos

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Monterrey, Mexico
  • Architects: OAX Arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 200.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2019

Albia Building / Landa + Martínez Arquitectos

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Monterrey, Mexico

MV House / Garza Maya Arquitectos

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Chihuahua, Mexico

Terraces House / Garza Maya Arquitectos

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Chihuahua, Mexico

Residential Extension MF Pavilion / Guillermo Tirado Gzz - Architects

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San Pedro Garza García, Mexico

Terrazzo is Back: Production, Installation, and Samples in Architecture

Focal Length / RENESA Architecture Design Interiors Studio. Image © Suryan//Dang
Focal Length / RENESA Architecture Design Interiors Studio. Image © Suryan//Dang

Terrazzo is made by combining a cement base (sand, water, and cement) with a mixture of ground minerals - like marble, granite, and quartz - and can be applied to almost any surface, vertical or horizontal. The technique, produced using a completely hand-crafted method, was used worldwide in the construction of modern buildings and is noted for its durability, resistance (to water and abrasion), and easy maintenance. This made it a go-to material in the creation of flooring for houses and the common areas of residential and office buildings.  

Today, terrazzo is experiencing a revival as one of the key trends in contemporary architecture. Here, we will discuss the whats and hows of terrazzo and illustrate some of its uses in current projects. 

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Genius Loci House / Gabriela Carrillo Valdez + tescala

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San Pedro Garza García, Mexico

10 Examples of Public Spaces from the Beaches to the Cities of Mexico

Parque Los Héroes / Francisco Pardo Arquitecto. Image © Jaime Navarro Cancha "La Doce" / All Arquitectura. Image © Zaickz Moz Monumento Emblematico al 150 Aniversario de la Batalla de Puebla / TEN Arquitectos. Image © Luis Gordoa Parque Lineal Ferrocarril de Cuernavaca / Gaeta-Springall arquitectos. Image © Arturo Arrieta + 12

Urban design is a branch of design intimately related to urban planning and landscape architecture; it focuses broadly on interpreting the form and public space with physical-aesthetic-functional criteria. Different experts in the field such as Jane Jacobs, Denise Scott Brown, Robert Venturi, Jaime Lerner, Jan Gehl, Kevin Lynch have devoted themselves to studying the needs of urban societies within the common spaces to give adequate responses to different contexts. These questions are renewed with new generations and the public space is transformed according to technological advances but what always remains is the sense of belonging of these sites that are only successful when users adopt them as own.

BioEngineering Center / Studio de Arquitectura y Ciudad

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Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico

House CB125 / JVL Arquitectos

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Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
  • Architects: JVL arquitectos
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area: 400.0 m2
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: 2013

Offices and Workplaces: Examples in Plan

The functional distribution plays a fundamental role in the contemporary design of offices and places for work. The study of the architecture plan shows an interesting form of approach; not only allows for proper logistics and circulation but find efficient variations and innovations that will enable better workspaces that adapt to the current needs.

We have selected more than 50 plans of projects that will inspire you, recognizing the different ways in which architects have faced the challenge to design offices, in all different scale ranges.