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Brazilian Houses: 12 Projects With Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed wood is wood that has been taken from its original application and repurposed. Old buildings such as houses, barns, and warehouses, often have to be torn down, resulting in demolition waste, which can be recycled and reused. Reclaimed wood can be used for many purposes, from cladding to building structures, and is very popular in contemporary architecture all over the world.

To get you inspired, here is a selection of 12 Brazilian houses that use this recycled material in flooring, walls, decks, bathrooms, outdoor areas, and stairs.

Trancoso House / Estúdio OR+K + TODOS Arquitetura. © André KlotzBangalove Residence / Rodrigo Simão Arquitetura. © Anita SoaresPirajibe House / Gil Mello Arquitetura. © Leka MendesCasa BF / Daniel Fromer. © Evelyn Müller+ 13

Sound Treatment in Interior Design: Different Types and Solutions

It is safe to say that living in large urban areas, most of the sounds surrounding us are accidental, and most of them are not very pleasant. According to Julian Treasure, chairman of The Sound Agency, sounds can affect us in many ways: physiologically, psychologically, cognitively, and behaviorally, reducing productivity in workspaces and even affecting sales in retail stores. Therefore, paying attention to acoustic comfort in the built environment is imperative, not only for engineers and consultants but also for architects.

Barril Restaurant / Paulo Merlini arquitetos. Image © Ivo Tavares StudioRockery for Play—Poly WeDo Art Education / ARCHSTUDIO. Image © Wang NingZadkine Fashion Learning Workshop / Krill-Office for Resilient Cities and Architecture. Image © Frank HanswijkThe Suit / AnLstudio. Image Cortesia de AnLstudio+ 18

Bucolic Landscapes: 15 Country Houses in Portugal

Ring House / CSAA. Photo © José CamposCasa dos Caseiros / SAMF Arquitectos. Photo © José CamposHouse in Meco / atelier Rua. Courtesy of Atelier RUAMima House / Marta Brandão + Mário Sousa. Photo © José Campos+ 16

With a population of a little over ten million people, of which almost two-thirds are living in urban areas, Portugal is still one of the most rural countries in Europe to this day. A significant part of the population is distributed along the Atlantic Ocean coast, concentrated mainly in Lisbon and Porto, which account for almost half of the country's residents, resulting in a large and sparsely populated inland area with predominantly rural characteristics.

Despite the low density and the countryside atmosphere, these regions are not lacking in quality architecture. Many buildings - mostly residential - stand out for their ability to blend into the landscape, repurpose old structures, or pay homage to local vernacular techniques. The following 15 country houses are examples of this:

Brazilian Houses: 10 Homes Using Rustic Wood

Wood is, without a doubt, one of the most versatile building materials there is. Treated lumber, boards, composites, or rustic hardwood, have structural and visual qualities that attract architects and clients searching for a wide range of possible applications and designs. Logs are one of the oldest ways of using this material since they require very little treatment and processing after the tree is cut and are the most natural form of lumber.

Rustic lumber is often used in vacation homes, but not only for this purpose. Below, we have gathered Brazilian houses that use rustic wood elements either in their structure or walls and finishings.

Angra dos Reis House / Cadas Arquitetura. Photo: © MCA EstudioCasa da Mata Azul / Studio Carlito e Renata Pascucci. Photo: © Monica AntunesRoots House / Triplex Arquitetura. Photo: © Felipe AraújoResidência EA / Solange Cálio Arquitetos. Photo: © Denilson Machado – MCA Estúdio+ 11

Discover the Coast of Portugal with a Selection of 12 Beach Houses

With a coastline of 832 kilometers facing the Atlantic Ocean, Portugal has a long and deep relationship with the sea, which was for many centuries considered the country's main means of communication with the rest of the world. Today, the Portuguese coast attracts millions of tourists every year from across Europe and around the world, who arrive in search of warm weather and beautiful seaside scenery. The main destinations are the southern beaches which are warmer than in the North however, the number of tourists has increased throughout the entire country over the past decade.

UNI / Mayer & Selders. Courtesy of Mayer & SeldersCasa Elíptica / Mário Martins Atelier. Photo © Fernando Guerra | FG+SGSea Front Villa / ARQ TAILOR'S Architecture & Interiors. Photo © Ricardo Oliveira AlvesZauia House / Mário Martins Atelier. Photo © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG+ 13

Brazilian Houses: 21 Homes Under 100m²

Every architect has certainly already had the experience of designing a house throughout his or her career (or at least in university). Yet, developing a residential project with limited space, either due to physical restrictions of the land or a small budget, can be an interesting challenge while attempting to optimize the space, satisfy the architectural brief and provide maximum comfort to the future residents. With this in mind, we have gathered 21 Brazilian houses under 100 square meters along with their floor plans. Check out below:

© Mauro Goulart Fotografia© Leonardo Finotti© Nelson Kon© André Barbosa+ 42

Brazilian Houses: 15 Projects with Gable Roofs

Boreal House / Nommo Arquitetos - © Paula MoraisCavalcante House / BLOCO Arquitetos - © Joana FrançaJordão House / FGMF Arquitetos - © Fran Parente Maestro Residence / Guelo Nunes Arquitetura - © Fran Parente+ 16

The gable roof house is not only a children's drawing of a home, it is also one of the most popular solutions in Brazilian residential architecture. Besides being very appealing and easy to build, this type of roof helps the rainwater flow along its two pitched surfaces that meet at a central line, hence the name duas águas (lit. two waters) in Portuguese.

The Versatility of Wooden Staircases in Portuguese Houses

The presence of different ground levels requires solutions to connect them, either because of a need to adapt to the terrain or any other factor that leads to the verticalization of a building. Staircases serve the purpose of connecting the various floors and creating the building's dynamics through many different shapes, designs, and materials. When made of wood, they can also add a variety of colors and textures that contribute to the uniqueness of this element.

Brazilian Houses: 12 Houses With Polished Concrete Flooring

The polished concrete technique is not only suitable for many different environments, but also harmonizes well with various building materials, and has been the material of choice for many Brazilian architects in housing designs in recent years.

The mixture of sand, cement, and water is prepared on-site and the result is a cost-effective and long-lasting alternative when properly and regularly maintained. This finish has become so popular that you can find porcelain tiles and coatings with a similar texture.

Rio Bonito House / Carla Juaçaba

© Nelson Kon© Nelson Kon© Nelson Kon© Nelson Kon+ 29

Lumiar, Brazil
  • Architects: Carla Juaçaba
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  70
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2005

Concrete and Stone: New Homes Reinterpreting Tradition in Cyprus

The architecture of Cyprus has been defined by larger geopolitical forces throughout history. Located in the Eastern Mediterranean, the island country is shaped physically and socially by the Cyprus dispute. Dating back to the bronze and iron ages, its architecture has been influenced by the Greeks, Assyrians, Egyptians, Persians, and Romans. Today, new homes are built across the island that reinterpret past building methods and construction techniques.

© Stelios Kallinikou© Creative Photo Room© Creative Photo Room© Christos Papantoniou+ 15

Brazilian Houses: 16 Projects with Tile Roofs

Tile roofs are usually multi-pitched and covered in tiles, which make them different from flat and circular shaped roofs. The “pitch” of the roof is directly related to the wind and tile type, it must be able to drain rainwater and shelter the interior of the house.  

Marubá Residence / Padovani Arquitetos Associados

© Evelyn Müller© Evelyn Müller© Evelyn Müller© Evelyn Müller+ 30

Campinas, Brazil
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  550
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2011
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Lumion, Astek Estruturas Metálicas, Casa Malgga, Fulget Artesanal, +3

Smart Homes That Use Domotics To Improve Quality of Life

© Paul Finkel
© Paul Finkel

Home automation, or Domotics, is a set of technologies applied to a residence to control lighting, climate, entertainment systems, and appliances. Its systems allow for efficient management of energy consumption, security, accessibility, and the general comfort of the building, becoming an important issue to consider when designing, building, and living.

Domotic systems are based on the collection of data by sensors, which are then processed to issue precise orders to the executors, varying the environmental quality of each enclosure according to the needs of the user. The pace of current life and the technological advances we have experienced in recent years have led to new ways of living, motivating the design of homes and more human, multifunctional and flexible buildings. What was once a luxury is now a feasible and effective solution for all types of projects.

In this article, we've compiled a collection of smart homes where domotics have been used.

© Kingkien© Beer Singnoi© Kingkien© Günther Richard Wett+ 25

Brazilian Houses: 20 Concrete Projects in Plan and Section

Concrete may be the material most associated with modern Brazilian architecture; high resistance to compression and, when armed, capable of assuming various forms. Its plasticity has made it a favorite material for some of Brazil's most expressive architects of the last century.

Today, it is still widely explored in the architectural production of Brazil, either for its structural robustness, ease of maintenance, or aesthetic value.

Brazilian Houses: 15 Steel Projects in Plan and Section

Metallic elements have been used in architecture and civil construction for hundreds of years, either as decorative elements, coverings or even to reinforce masonry structures. However, it is only in the second half of the eighteenth century that the first bridges emerge whose structure was entirely made of cast iron. A century later, iron was replaced by a more resistant and malleable alloy, still used today in architecture: steel.

Denser than concrete, the strength of steel subverts its weight and provides greater stiffness with less material - allowing for lighter and thinner structures than those made from other materials, such as wood or concrete. It is by no means the most used material in residential architecture, however, its use has made it possible to construct some interesting - and beautiful - examples of contemporary houses:

8 Beautiful Belgian Houses: The Expert on Ugly Belgian Houses Weighs In

Sometimes an architect’s best intentions get lost along the way. Sometimes they get value-engineered out; sometimes they were never really there to begin with. That's where Ugly Belgian Houses comes in. The blog, run by discerning Belgian Hannes Coudenys, documents some of his home country's architectural misadventures - all with a sense of humor, of course!

Today, to celebrate Belgium's National Day, we asked the man behind the blog to select some beautiful Belgian houses. His choices - with a few words from him and the architects - after the break.