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How to Choose Kitchen Countertops: Advantages, Disadvantages and Inspiration

07:45 - 6 September, 2019
How to Choose Kitchen Countertops: Advantages, Disadvantages and Inspiration, © Martina Gemmola. ImageCasa de Gatos / WOWOWA Architects
© Martina Gemmola. ImageCasa de Gatos / WOWOWA Architects

One of the most practical and functional spaces of any residential project is the kitchen. Its artificial surfaces – be it countertops, kitchen benches, or coverings – contain most of the space's equipment. Thus, it’s essential to build kitchens with the most resistant and hygienic materials. Aside from these requirements, it's also important to pay attention to aesthetics and profitability, while adapting the space to the dynamics of each family. 

© Nikole Ramsay. ImageBluebird Townhouses / Altereco Design © Oliver Smith. ImageCreative Kitchen Designs and Their Details: The Best Photos of the Week © Josefotoinmo. ImageGAS House / OOIIO Arquitectura © Dmitry Tsyrencshikov. ImageStudio11 Minsk Office / Studio11 + 38

What Materials Keep Buildings Cool?

04:00 - 26 August, 2019
What Materials Keep Buildings Cool?, © Valentin Jeck
© Valentin Jeck

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

What Do The Cracks in Concrete Structures Mean?

07:30 - 22 August, 2019

Cracks, which could be classified according to their thickness as fissures or fractures, are serious problems in the construction industry that can negatively affect aesthetics, durability and, most importantly, the structural characteristics of a project. They can happen anywhere, but occur especially in walls, beams, columns, and slabs, and usually, are caused by strains not considered in the design.

Which Are The Most Used Materials in Social Housing?

04:00 - 12 August, 2019
Which Are The Most Used Materials in Social Housing?, © Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal
© Ana Cecilia Garza Villarreal

Choice of building materials and the inherent continuous reflection about the reach and capabilities of architecture are an interesting alternative way to approach this issue. The materials used in social housing should address local and economic possibilities and the real needs for access to housing in the contemporary context.

In this article, we analyze different projects published on our site to identify some of the predominant materials used in social housing, both for the formation of structures or enclosures. The intentions of this are two-fold: firstly, to create a worldwide panorama of different case studies with different construction styles from a range of geographical locations, and secondly, to provide inspiration and tools to architects to make better social housing.

Below we present 15 social housing projects and their diverse materials and construction styles.

How Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Can Make for More Resistant and Lighter Architecture

04:00 - 7 August, 2019
How Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Can Make for More Resistant and Lighter Architecture, © UBC
© UBC

The history of concrete dates back to ancient Rome, approximately 2,000 years ago. The so-called “Roman Concrete” is composed of limestone, volcanic ash, and seawater and it permitted the construction of aqueducts, highways, and temples; many of them still stand to this day. Some time ago, this original mix was discovered to form a mineral called aluminum tobermorite, which gets stronger as time goes by.

Heydar Aliyev Centre / Zaha Hadid Architects. Image © Hélène Binet © Samuel McGuire © Samuel McGuire Fibras. Image Cortesia de Swisspearl + 10

What is Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC)?

04:00 - 31 July, 2019
What is Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC)?, © Wikipedia user: Marco Bernardini Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0
© Wikipedia user: Marco Bernardini Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

Since its invention in 1920, cellular concrete tackled the search for an industrial material that had similar characteristics to wood. It was lightweight, could be cut or perforated, and avoided some of its disadvantages; for instance, its water absorption and need for maintenance. Nowadays, Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC) blocks are actively present in the marketplace by manufacturers like Hebel or Retak, which are building an easy to use and efficient constructive system. If you ever wondered about how to build with these masonry ingredients, it is pertinent to dig a bit deeper into the advantages of this material.

Cement Sinks: Color and Texture of Pigmented Concrete in Bathroom Space

09:00 - 29 July, 2019
Cement Sinks: Color and Texture of Pigmented Concrete in Bathroom Space, Cortesia de Kast
Cortesia de Kast

British company Kast has launched a new version of its traditional pigmented concrete sinks. Since concrete is an extremely versatile material, which combines the characteristics of natural stone with the ability to be molded in different forms, the products show carved surfaces with highly defined textures. The exploration of their linear patterns ranges from smooth horizontal ripples to diagonal folds or 'sharp' and vertical grooves. The organic variations in the colors and textures of the surfaces create a different aesthetic that comes directly from the character of the material.

Cortesia de Kast Cortesia de Kast Cortesia de Kast Cortesia de Kast + 24

ETH Zurich Develops 3D-Printed Concrete Columns

06:30 - 23 July, 2019
ETH Zurich Develops 3D-Printed Concrete Columns, © Benjamin Hofer
© Benjamin Hofer

ETH Zurich has unveiled details of “Concrete Choreography,” an installation recently inaugurated in Riom, Switzerland. The installation presents the first robotically 3D printed concrete stage, consisting of columns fabricated without formwork, and printed to their full height in 2.5 hours. The process is expected to greatly improve the efficiency of concrete construction while achieving the fabrication of complex components.

Enishi Resort Villa / N MAEDA ATELIER + Chiasma Factory + Atelier KAI Architects + A.S.Studio + Atelier SHARE

23:00 - 8 July, 2019
Enishi Resort Villa / N MAEDA ATELIER + Chiasma Factory + Atelier KAI Architects + A.S.Studio + Atelier SHARE, © Yu zu-Chin
© Yu zu-Chin

© Yi-Hsien Lee Photography © Yi-Hsien Lee Photography © Yi-Hsien Lee Photography © Yi-Hsien Lee Photography + 69

Botanic Museum Cafeteria / arche708

19:00 - 3 July, 2019
Botanic Museum Cafeteria / arche708, © Soulgraph
© Soulgraph

© Soulgraph © Soulgraph © Soulgraph © Soulgraph + 24

  • Architects

  • Location

    9-1, Changwon-si, 여좌로 창원시 진해구 경상남도 South Korea
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Youngbin Goh + Jaekyung Cha
  • Area

    200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

MD Apartment / Saransh

21:00 - 18 June, 2019
MD Apartment / Saransh, © Ishita Sitwala, The Fishy Project
© Ishita Sitwala, The Fishy Project

© Ishita Sitwala, The Fishy Project © Ishita Sitwala, The Fishy Project © Ishita Sitwala, The Fishy Project © Ishita Sitwala, The Fishy Project + 35

IF House / M2.senos

14:00 - 24 May, 2019
IF House / M2.senos, © do mal o menos
© do mal o menos

© do mal o menos © do mal o menos © do mal o menos © do mal o menos + 83

  • Architects

  • Location

    Ílhavo, Portugal
  • Category

  • Lead Architects

    Ricardo Senos, Sofia Senos
  • Area

    325.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographer

South lake House / Estúdio Cláudio Resmini

10:00 - 29 April, 2019
South lake House / Estúdio Cláudio Resmini, © Evelyn Muller
© Evelyn Muller

© Evelyn Muller © Evelyn Muller © Evelyn Muller © Evelyn Muller + 71

Metalworkers’ Union Headquarters / Gustavo Penna Arquiteto e Associados

09:00 - 28 April, 2019
Metalworkers’ Union Headquarters / Gustavo Penna Arquiteto e Associados, © Jomar Bragança
© Jomar Bragança

© Jomar Bragança © Jomar Bragança © Jomar Bragança © Jomar Bragança + 27

  • Architects

  • Location

    Betim, Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Category

  • Architects in Charge

    Gustavo Penna, Ricardo Gomes Lopes, Norberto Bambozzi, Laura Penna, Priscila Dias de Araújo, Letícia de Paula Carneiro, Vivian Hunnicutt, Alyne Ferreira, Natália Ponciano, Catarina Hermanny
  • Landscape

    Junia Lobo Paisagismo
  • Constructors

    ENGECITY; EPO Engenharia
  • Area

    6855.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

429 Foz Housing / dEMM Arquitectura

12:00 - 25 April, 2019
429 Foz Housing / dEMM Arquitectura, © José Campos Photography
© José Campos Photography

© José Campos Photography © José Campos Photography © José Campos Photography © José Campos Photography + 29

  • Architects

  • Location

    R. de Gondarém 429, 4150-557 Porto, Portugal
  • Category

  • Lead Architect

    Paulo Fernandes Silva
  • Collaborators

    Diana Fernandes Silva | Isabela Almeida Neves
  • Client

    J. Camilo Project
  • Area

    815.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2018
  • Photographs

10 Ideas for Presenting Your Project With Concrete Models

07:00 - 25 April, 2019
10 Ideas for Presenting Your Project With Concrete Models, Solo House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Solo House / Pezo von Ellrichshausen. Image © Pezo von Ellrichshausen

Physical models have, for centuries, been a highly-effective way of explaining an architectural idea, allowing the audience to experience a concept in a plan, section, elevation and perspective all at once. However, a model can communicate so much more if you deviate from traditional cardboard materiality. If you want to express the monolithic massing of your latest scheme, or its expressive texture, then a model of plaster or cement may capture so much more than a digital rendering ever could.

Creating a concrete model is profoundly engaging, as it forces us to follow a methodology similar to that of large-scale construction: make a mold / formwork, mix the cement or plaster with water, and then pour. When done correctly, the resulting model could stand as an architectural sculpture in its own right. 

Below, we have rounded up concrete models from the ArchDaily archives, giving you the inspiration to set your concrete model ideas in stone. 

Conchas Residence / Gui Mattos

14:00 - 24 April, 2019
Conchas Residence / Gui Mattos, © Leonardo Finotti
© Leonardo Finotti

© Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti © Leonardo Finotti + 34

  • Architects

  • Location

    São Sebastião, Brazil
  • Category

  • Architect in Charge

    André Delmanto
  • Area

    807.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015
  • Photographs

Moema PF House / DT Estudio

10:00 - 24 April, 2019
Moema PF House / DT Estudio, © Fran Parente
© Fran Parente

© Fran Parente © Fran Parente © Fran Parente © Fran Parente + 22

  • Architects

  • Location

    Moema, Brazil
  • Category

  • Authors

    Luis Felipe Bernardini, Marcelo Nunes, Thais Aquino
  • Team

    Luis Felipe Bernardini, Marcelo Nunes, Thais Aquino, Pedro Junqueira, Maki Hirai, Henrique Lima
  • Area

    380.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs