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How to Choose Kitchen Countertops: Advantages, Disadvantages and Inspiration

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

How to Choose the Right Glass for Your Projects

Today, improvements in glass processing technology have made it possible to render specific and effective solutions for a wide range of architectural projects. In fact, there are so many options available that it's almost necessary to research different products and their properties, and how this will impact, for example, the windows and doors that you are designing.

What variables should be considered – and prioritized – when choosing the glass used in a project? How can aesthetics coincide with function and efficiency? We sat down with the experts at Cristales Dialum to delve into the complex world of glass and to better understand the hows and whys of choosing the best type of glass for your projects and ensuring the best results for your clients.

Infographic: The Evolution of Glass

Glass is so present in our lives that it’s very difficult to think about the amount of work, experimentation and technologies behind each panel or glass object. It’s also impossible to separate innovations from modern architectural projects –from architects such as Mies Van der Rohe and Le Corbusier– from the advances of the glass industry.

We’re following the history of glass, from Mesopotamian artifacts to technological glasses, and we invite you to travel with us.

Metalworkers’ Union Headquarters / Gustavo Penna Arquiteto e Associados

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

  • Architects Authors of this architecture project GPA&A
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2010

OssO Restaurant / Gustavo Penna Arquiteto e Associados

© Jomar Bragança © Jomar Bragança © Jomar Bragança © Jomar Bragança + 24

Rio Claro House / Celso Laetano Arquitetura

© Favaro Jr © Favaro Jr © Favaro Jr © Favaro Jr + 99

Houses  · 
Río Claro, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Celso Laetano Arquitetura
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

Panorama House / Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados

© Fillippo Bamberghi © Fillippo Bamberghi © Fillippo Bamberghi © Fillippo Bamberghi + 28

Houses  · 
São Paulo, Brazil

Casa M / Felipe Hess Arquitetos

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

Houses  · 
São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Felipe Hess Arquitetos
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

Barkow Leibinger Designs Triangular "Lighthouse" Hotel and Boarding House for Frankfurt's Waterfront

© Ponnie Images
© Ponnie Images

Barkow Leibinger has unveiled details of their competition-winning proposal for the Waterfront Hotel and Boarding House in Molenkopf, Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Located at a prominent site on the city’s Molenspitze, the west-facing triangular point of land sits at the end of an industrial peninsula used for warehouses and container shipping at Frankfurt’s East Bay.

The Barkow Leibinger scheme manifests as a triangular pinwheel with offset corners defined by the depths of hotel rooms. The mass of the 60-meter-tall building is further broken down by a “folded accordion façade” to maximize the panoramic views of the European Central Bank, and Frankfurt skyline attainable from the site.

© Ponnie Images Lobby. Image © Barkow Leibinger Boarding Interior. Image © Barkow Leibinger Facade. Image © Barkow Leibinger + 16

Glass in Retail & Commercial Architecture: Texture, Brightness and Color

Nowadays, new technologies for the treatment of glass provide new ways to use this material in architecture. Applied indoors, specifically in retail stores, glass in its different textures, colors, finishes and levels of transparency can allow the unobstructed view of certain products, hide more private areas without blocking the passage of light, and attract the attention of customers as focal points, among many other uses.

Review below a selection of applications in commercial projects.

House N / F:Poles Arquitetura

© Rui Antunes © Rui Antunes © Fabiana Santa © Fabiana Santa + 60

House Cot-Duá / Atelier Branco Arquitetura

© Atelier Branco © Atelier Branco © Atelier Branco © Atelier Branco + 13

Library House / Atelier Branco Arquitetura

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

HC House / grupo pr - arquitetura e design

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

Houses  · 
Gleba Ribeirão Sarandi, Brazil

Urbanity / aflalo/gasperini arquitetos

© Ana Mello
© Ana Mello

© Ana Mello © Ana Mello © Ana Mello © Ana Mello + 22

Ecumenical Center / Carolina Maluhy

© Ilana Bessler © Ilana Bessler © Ilana Bessler © Ilana Bessler + 21

Churches  · 
São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Carolina Maluhy
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

GR House / Paulo Martins Arq&Design

© ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio © ITS – Ivo Tavares Studio + 40

Houses  · 
Sever do Vouga, Portugal
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Paulo Martins
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

The Golden Age of 3D Printing: Innovations Changing the Industry

3D printing itself is no longer a new technology, but that hasn’t stopped researchers and innovators around the world from coming up with new applications and opportunities. Some experiments with new materials have been driven by sustainability concerns and others are simply the result of imagination and creativity. Others have chosen to invest their time utilizing more traditional materials in new ways. Materials, however, are just the beginning. Researchers have developed new processes that allow the creation of objects that were previously impossible to print and, on a larger scale, new building typologies are being tested - including a Mars habitat!