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Living in a Single Room: 25 Unique Loft Designs

Loft Diego / Arquitetura Nacional. Photo: © Cristiano BauceThe Barn / Carney Logan Burke Architects. Photo: © Audrey Hall PhotographyRefugio Loft / Consuelo Jorge Arquitetos. Photo: © Fran ParenteMichigan Loft / Vladimir Radutny Architects. Photo: © Mike Schwartz Photography+ 50

Lofts can refer to the highest story of a building, such as attics, for example, which have been converted into apartments or studios. Later on, the term loft started to be used to describe open-concept spaces, where the entire architectural program was incorporated into one large room, resulting in a market trend.

UNStudio Introduces New Flexible Urban Living Concept in the Van B Residences in Munich

UNStudio and Bauwerk have created a new ‘analog smart’ urban living concept for the Van B residences in Munich, Germany. The completely new form of housing reimagines the future of city living, catering to changing demographics and multiple family constellations. Through adaptable partitions and a system of plugin furniture, the project allows an easy change of configuration. “Quality meters over square meters”.

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Exposed Concrete Apartments in Argentina

Boreas Building / Martín Aloras. Image © Walter SalcedoPueyrredón 1101 / Estudio Pablo Gagliardo. Image © Ramiro SosaLagos Building / Estudio Aire. Image © Walter Salcedo3DF / R2b1. Image © Javier Agustín Rojas+ 11

It's safe to say that concrete is one of the most utilized construction materials in large-scale architectural projects. In Argentina, the use of concrete to construct high-rise apartment buildings offers a variety of advantages, especially when it comes to durability and the time it takes to build. This has made it the go-to material for many architects.

Quality Spaces in Small Areas: Brazilian Apartments Below 50m2

Solutions for small-scale apartments are becoming more and more needed due to the increasingly smaller apartments being built in the centers of Brazil's major cities. The high price of land, combined with the current laws and regulations, has boosted the construction of gradually smaller dwellings - which can often translate into lower quality of life for its residents. 

However, that is not always the case, while architecture can play a fundamental role in transforming a small concrete and masonry box into a pleasant home that fulfills the needs of its dwellers. We have gathered 10 examples of apartments in Brazil, between 24m2 and 48m2, that transform small areas into quality spaces.

Studio Saint Hilaire / Antonio Armando de Araújo - Arquitetura e Design. Photo © Evelyn MüllerPinheiros 383 / Goma Oficina. Photo © Lauro RochaPromenade Apartment / Pedro Haruf. Photo © Dentro FotografiaLiberdade Apartments / TODOS Arquitetura. Photo © Alexandre Suplicy+ 11

Architecture and Collective Living: 50 of Mexico's Most Cutting Edge Apartment Complexes

Las Terrazas Building/ Landa + Martínez Arquitectos. Image © Agustín Landa RuilobaMO47 Building / ZD+A. Image © Jaime NavarroHigh Park / Rojkind Arquitectos. Image © Mariana GarcíaLa Esmeralda / JSa. Image © LGM Studio - Luis Gallardo+ 51

Climate is one of the key factors to take into consideration when designing a space. Of course, this can present a challenge, especially when dealing with extreme climates and the need for insulating materials that are able to adapt to a wide range of conditions. Luckily, for architects operating in Mexico, the country's privileged climate facilitates the creation of microclimates and spaces that blur the line between interior and exterior.   

High-Rise Living: 7 Houses Under 65m² in Rooftops and Attics

When it comes to attics, we often imagine underused spaces in homes and buildings, such as warehouses or rooms that are exclusively used to shelter infrastructure systems. However, reflecting on the reuse of traditional attics in 19th-century Parisian buildings as housing, which is happening nowadays, one realizes that these spaces can be reinvented and, with a little creativity, they can provide impressive living spaces.

Green Balconies: Gardens with Altitude

25 Green / Luciano Pia. Image  Lorena Building / Lucia Manzano Arquitetura + Paisagismo. Image  PRV 843 Building / JL arquitectos. Image Bosco Verticale / Stefano Boeri Architetti. Image + 22

With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping through the world's urban centers, governments worldwide are urging citizens to hunker down at home in a bid to quell the virus' spread. For apartment dwellers under quarantine, balconies have become the new platforms for entertainment and social interaction, making now an opportune moment in rethinking how we design and build these outdoor urban spaces.

New York's Interiors: Apartments, Penthouses and Lofts in the Big Apple

15 Union Square West / ODA Architecture + Perkins Eastman Architects. Image © Robert Granoff15 Renwick / ODA New York. Image © Frank Oudeman12th Street, Loft / Neil Logan Architect. Image © Dean KaufmanTribeca Loft / Andrew Franz Architect. Image © Albert Vecerka/Esto+ 63

One of the most important cities in the world –and the most populated in the United States of America–, New York is home to a great mix of cultures and history that has been shaped over the years, while art and architecture play a fundamental role in this development.

Under 30m²: Multifunctional Solutions in 13 Tiny Apartments

With residential developments offering ever-smaller housing units, the challenge for architects and interior designers to develop compact and multifunctional solutions for interior projects increases. From this perspective, it is increasingly common for professionals to focus on their clipboards in creating new solutions for joinery and multifunctional furniture that allow the space to transform completely in a few seconds, such as strategic cabinets and bookcases to supply the lack of storage space; sliding furniture on rails or pulleys; cabinets that turn into beds through vertical rotation; drawers in stairways, etc.

13 Residential Projects that Use Raw Brick Facades

Rotation, displacement, and interleaving of blocks are some of the options that enable the diversity of raw brick patterns in architecture. The shape of these elements, usually used for the construction of walls, has been explored in a creative way to compose facades of residential buildings, representing the formal identity of the building itself and its relationship with its context.

Jahu Apartment Building / RAAM Architecture

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Tallinn, Estonia

Eretz Apartment / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados

© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG© Ricardo Bassetti© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG© Fernando Guerra |  FG+SG+ 23

  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3552 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2017
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AG Movelaria, Foco luz e desenho, Pérola Marmores e Granitos, T2G, kitchens

Architectural (Dis)Order / Corpo Atelier

© Alexander Bogorodskiy© Alexander Bogorodskiy© Alexander Bogorodskiy© Alexander Bogorodskiy+ 13

  • Architects: Corpo Atelier
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  30
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Retrofit Apartment / SuperLimão Studio

© Escanhuela Photo© Escanhuela Photo© Escanhuela Photo© Escanhuela Photo+ 20

  • Architects: SuperLimão Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  50
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: REKA, Cremme, Docol, Estar Móveis, Fast Shop, +8

Apartment VLP / Pascali Semerdjian Arquitetos

© Ricado Basetti© Ricado Basetti© Ricado Basetti© Ricado Basetti+ 69

Cerqueira César, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  382
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Arali, Casa Franceza, Di Mármore, Dix Arte e Metal, Jaime, +5