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What Materials Keep Buildings Cool?

Air-conditioning isn’t just expensive; it’s also terrible for the environment. Accounting for 10% of global energy consumption today, space cooling in 2016 alone was responsible for 1045 metric tons of CO2 emissions. This number is only expected to increase, with the International Energy Agency estimating that cooling will reach 37% of the world’s total energy demand by 2050.

Renzo Piano's California Academy of Sciences. Image © Tim Griffith A-cero's Concrete House II. Image © Luis H. Segovia Ambrosi I Etchegaray's Spa Querétaro is a contemporary example of a centralized water feature and courtyard. Image © Luis Gordoa Cooper Scaife Architects' Leura Lane, which features a reflective and lightly-colored skillion roof designed for summer shade. Image © John Wilson + 10

Indoor Pools: Bringing the Tranquility of Water to Interiors

Within architecture, water evokes sentiments of calmness and wellbeing. The element has influenced design through its dynamic and fluid nature. With recent technological advances, architects have created some of the most strategic, innovative, and unexpected intersections of design and H2O.

Below, we have provided a roundup of indoor pools that highlight the application of water in different spaces, showing its relationship to materiality and use.

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© Mariela Apollonio © Yoshihiro Koitani + Aby Helfon y Ramón Helfon © Héctor Fernández Santos-Díez © Vinicius Nunes + 30

Apartment Building Waffenplatzstrasse / Andreas Fuhrimann Gabrielle Hächler Architekten

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Zurich, Switzerland

House Alder / Andreas Fuhrimann Gabrielle Hächler Architekten

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Zúrich, Switzerland

Extension Grieder-Swarovski / Andreas Fuhrimann Gabrielle Hächler Architekten

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Küsnacht, Switzerland

35 Fireplaces that Spark Architectural Interest

© Ralph Feiner © Adam Gibson © Lars Petter Pettersen © Thomas Heimann + 36

From the beginning of time, human beings have gathered around the fire. The first settlements and huts included in their interior a small bonfire to cook and maintain the heat of its inhabitants. This tradition has continued to the present, and chimneys and fireplaces have developed into the most varied designs and forms, providing possibilities both inside and outside a home.

To give you ideas for materials, structures, and spatial configurations, we present 35 remarkable meeting places around the fire.

GDH Apartment Building / idA buehrer wuest architekten sia ag

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Hinwil, Switzerland

Under One Roof / Kengo Kuma & Associates

© Michel Denance © Michel Denance © Michel Denance © Michel Denance + 42

Lausanne, Switzerland

HCP Office and Seminar Building / Züst Gübeli Gambetti

© Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck + 23

Haus Meister / HDPF

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Rümlang, Switzerland
  • Architects: HDPF
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  2012.0 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012

Apartment House Baselstrasse / Felippi Wyssen Architects

© Valentin Jeck Courtesy of Felippi Wyssen Architects © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck + 19

Muttenz, Switzerland

Reconstruction of a Townhouse with New Steel Balconies / idA

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Zürich, Switzerland
  • Architects: idA
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  680.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2016

Neubau Mehrfamilienhaus Cham / idA

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Cham, Switzerland
  • Architects: idA
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2015

Villa Ensemble / AFGH

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Küsnacht, Switzerland
  • Architects: AFGH
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2014

Pavillon D'acceuil De Flaine / R-Architecture

© Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck © Valentin Jeck + 9

Arâches-la-Frasse, France
  • Architects: R-Architecture
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  160.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2013

Lake Rotsee Refuge / AFGH

© Valentin Jeck
© Valentin Jeck
Ebikon, Switzerland
  • Architects: AFGH
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  123.0
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012

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House in Rüti / AFGH

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Rüti, Switzerland
  • Architects: AFGH
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011