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Rio Claro House / Celso Laetano Arquitetura

12:00 - 18 April, 2019
Rio Claro House / Celso Laetano Arquitetura, © Favaro Jr
© Favaro Jr

© Favaro Jr © Favaro Jr © Favaro Jr © Favaro Jr + 92

When Sunlight Meets Tadao Ando’s Concrete

06:30 - 18 April, 2019
When Sunlight Meets Tadao Ando’s Concrete, Vitra Conference Pavilion, Weil am Rhein / Germany. Image © Vitra, by Richard Bryant
Vitra Conference Pavilion, Weil am Rhein / Germany. Image © Vitra, by Richard Bryant

Koshino House, Ashiya-shi / Japan. Image © Kazunori Fujimoto Church of the Light, Osaka / Japan. Image © Naoya Fujii Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth / USA. Image © Todd Landry Photography Screenshot of video of Hill of the Buddha at the Makomanai Takino Cemetery, Sapporo / Japan. Image © Hokkaido Fan Magazine + 8

If there is any consistent factor in his work, says Pritzker-winning architect Tadao Ando, then it is the pursuit of light. Ando’s complex choreography of light fascinates most when the viewer experiences the sensitive transitions within his architecture. Sometimes walls wait calmly for the moment to reveal striking shadow patterns, and other times water reflections animate unobtrusively solid surfaces. His combination of traditional Japanese architecture with a vocabulary of modernism has contributed greatly to critical regionalism. While he is concerned with individual solutions that have a respect for local sites and contexts Ando’s famous buildings – such as the Church of the Light, Koshino House or the Water Temple – link the notion of regional identity with a modern imagining of space, material and light. Shoji walls with diffuse light are reinterpreted in the context of another culture, for instance, filtered through the lens of Rome’s ancient Pantheon, where daylight floods through an oculus. Ando’s masterly imagination culminates in planning spatial sequences of light and dark like he envisioned for the Fondation d’Art Contemporain François Pinault in Paris.

These Smart Megalithic Stones Are Moved And Assembled Easily With The Hands

04:30 - 18 April, 2019
These Smart Megalithic Stones Are Moved And Assembled Easily With The Hands, © Matter Design Studio
© Matter Design Studio

Matter Design Studio has partnered with CEMEX Global R&D to challenge the relationship between the mass of materials and the physical effort of contemporary construction practices, exploring the movement and assembly of heavy objects on a real scale, manufactured using advanced computing. The objective of Walking Assembly is to eliminate the crane from the constructive equation, transferring the effort from people to objects, freeing them to play with the mass.

© Matter Design Studio © Matter Design Studio © Matter Design Studio © Matter Design Studio + 25

Béton Brut Bathrooms: The Beauty of Concrete in Intimate Spaces

04:00 - 15 April, 2019
Béton Brut Bathrooms: The Beauty of Concrete in Intimate Spaces, © Roland Halbe
© Roland Halbe

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

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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.

Marsala House / Stemmer Rodrigues Arquitetura

08:00 - 9 April, 2019
Marsala House / Stemmer Rodrigues Arquitetura, © Marcelo Donadussi
© Marcelo Donadussi

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi + 33

Casa M / Felipe Hess Arquitetos

08:00 - 2 April, 2019
Casa M / Felipe Hess Arquitetos, © Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

© Fran Parente © Fran Parente © Fran Parente © Fran Parente + 25

Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners Design Arching Residential Building in Moscow

11:00 - 21 March, 2019
Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners Design Arching Residential Building in Moscow, Courtesy of Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners, by MIR
Courtesy of Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners, by MIR

Architectural bureau Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners have unveiled their concept for "Brodsky", a new residential building on a high-density plot in the central district of Moscow. Situated along a river embankment, the scheme seeks to create a strong functional and visual connection between itself and the surrounding context.

The 14-story scheme named after the famous Russin poet seeks to enhance the public realm by creating a courtyard with a pedestrian alley, weaving around the scheme’s arch façade to connect with the embankment. The positioning of the courtyard alley also establishes a new visual experience not currently realized: a two-point perspective from the courtyard to the river.

Courtesy of Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners, by MIR Courtesy of Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners, by MIR Courtesy of Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners, by MIR Courtesy of Tsimailo Lyashenko and Partners, by MIR + 14

Snøhetta Completes Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant

09:30 - 20 March, 2019
Snøhetta Completes Europe’s First Underwater Restaurant, © Ivar Kvaal
© Ivar Kvaal

Snøhetta has announced the completion of Europe’s first underwater restaurant. Situated in Lindesness, on the southernmost point of the Norwegian coastline, the “Under” scheme serves as both a restaurant and a research center for marine life. Open to the public on March 20th, the half-sunken scheme forms a 34-meter-long monolithic break in the surface of the water, before resting on the seabed five meters below.

Situated at a point where sea storms from the north and south meet, and where marine species flourish in both briny and brackish waters, the Snøhetta scheme places itself at a unique confluence. Designed to fully integrate its marine environment over time, the scheme’s rough concrete shell will gradually transform into an artificial reef.

© Inger Marie Grini/Bo Bedre Norge © Ivar Kvaal © Ivar Kvaal © Ivar Kvaal + 18

Quinta da Baroneza House / Estúdio Penha

14:00 - 12 March, 2019
Quinta da Baroneza House / Estúdio Penha, © Marcelo Magnani
© Marcelo Magnani

© Marcelo Magnani © Marcelo Magnani © Marcelo Magnani © Marcelo Magnani + 32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Bragança Paulista, Brazil
  • Category

  • Team Project

    Vitor Penha, Verônica Molina, Daniela De Mattos Ferraz, Guto Vicentainer
  • Area

    650.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2014
  • Photographs

House in Samambaia / Rodrigo Simão Arquitetura

12:00 - 6 March, 2019
House in Samambaia / Rodrigo Simão Arquitetura, © André Nazareth
© André Nazareth

© André Nazareth © André Nazareth © André Nazareth © André Nazareth + 78

Library House / Atelier Branco Arquitetura

06:00 - 5 March, 2019
Library House / Atelier Branco Arquitetura, © Ricardo Bassetti
© Ricardo Bassetti

© Ricardo Bassetti © Ricardo Bassetti © Gleeson Paulino © Jaqueline Lessa + 35

HC House / grupo pr - arquitetura e design

14:00 - 4 March, 2019
HC House / grupo pr - arquitetura e design, © Jefferson Ohara
© Jefferson Ohara

© Jefferson Ohara © Jefferson Ohara © Jefferson Ohara © Jefferson Ohara + 45

GSM House / OTP arquitetura

10:00 - 1 March, 2019
GSM House / OTP arquitetura, © Guilherme Pucci
© Guilherme Pucci

© Guilherme Pucci © Guilherme Pucci © Guilherme Pucci © Guilherme Pucci + 23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brazil
  • Category

  • Arquitetos Responsáveis

    Pedro Prado , Raphael Takano e Arthur Oishi
  • Area

    2368.06 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

Eaves House / Zoom Urbanismo Arquitetura e Design

14:00 - 28 February, 2019
Eaves House / Zoom Urbanismo Arquitetura e Design, © Maíra Acayaba
© Maíra Acayaba
  • Architects

  • Location

    São Paulo, Brazil
  • Category

  • Design Team

    Guilherme Ortenblad, Kathleen Chiang, Mariane Takahashi Christovam, Ana Carolina de Lima, Mariana Poli Gortan, Rosa Clara Alves e Karin Kussaba.
  • Area

    4843.76 ft2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

Lins Arquitetos Associados Office / Lins Arquitetos Associados

14:00 - 27 February, 2019
Lins Arquitetos Associados Office / Lins Arquitetos Associados, © Joana França
© Joana França

© Joana França © Joana França © Joana França © Joana França + 72

  • Architects

  • Location

    Rua Manoel Miguel dos Santos, 330 - Juazeiro do Norte / CE - Brazil
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Cintia Lins e George Lins
  • Area

    592.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

House of the Winds / Leo Romano

10:00 - 25 February, 2019
House of the Winds / Leo Romano, © EDGARD CESAR
© EDGARD CESAR

© EDGARD CESAR © EDGARD CESAR © EDGARD CESAR © EDGARD CESAR + 17

  • Architects

  • Location

    Brazil
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Leo Romano
  • Area

    5317.37 ft2
  • Project Year

    2018

Call for Entries : Architectural, programming, engineering and planning services framework agreement for the central residual volumes in the La Défense business district

04:51 - 25 February, 2019
Call for Entries : Architectural, programming, engineering and planning services framework agreement for the central residual volumes in the La Défense business district, The ‘interstitial volumes’ that lie beneath the central esplanade, interlocked with underground infrastructures.
The ‘interstitial volumes’ that lie beneath the central esplanade, interlocked with underground infrastructures.

Paris La Défense is seeking to vitalise the ‘interstitial volumes’ that lie beneath its central esplanade, interlocked with underground infrastructures. Located at the heart of La Défense, those spaces are very close to public transport and offer high potential due to their distinctive size and morphology. The aim is to use them to develop a new offering of activities accessible to the public – and see a lively and unusual destination emerge as a result. Paris La Défense, as the urban planner, developer and manager of the business district, is launching a competitive dialogue process. The purpose to this

The Possibilities of Pigmented Concrete: 18 Buildings Infused With Color

04:00 - 18 February, 2019
The Possibilities of Pigmented Concrete: 18 Buildings Infused With Color, Center for Interpretation of The Battle of Atoleiros / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos + Oficina Ideias em Linha. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Center for Interpretation of The Battle of Atoleiros / Gonçalo Byrne Arquitectos + Oficina Ideias em Linha. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

When we think of concrete, the color gray generally comes to mind. The traditional mixture of concrete, which comprises cement, gravel, sand, and water may vary in color depending on elements and admixtures but naturally varies from light to dark gray. However, compounds that add pigment to the mixture are becoming increasingly prevalent and popular,  as they infuse the concrete with hues more stable than paint. These shades result from the addition of oxides:  yellow, red and their derivations (eg. brown) are obtained with the addition of iron oxide; chromium and cobalt oxide create the greens and blues, respectively. For black concrete, it is common to use black iron oxide and carbon oxide combined with pozzolanic cement.

Centro Cultural Comunitário Teotitlán del Valle / PRODUCTORA. Image © Luis Gallardo - LGM Studio Museu Cais do Sertão / Brasil Arquitetura. Image © Nelson Kon Residência Montagnola / Attilio Panzeri & Partners. Image © Giorgio Marafioti Galería Solar S. Roque / Manuel Maia Gomes. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG + 19