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Nature Within: 17 Projects With Indoor Trees

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Architects have long explored the concept of integrating interior and exterior, smoothing out the physical and visual boundaries in an attempt to bring the landscape into the architecture. However, when visiting the site to develop the project, two distinct scenarios may appear: an urban terrain, lacking a view, or natural elements; or a green area with trees and bushes, for example. In the latter case, many projects rely on the on-site location of each tree to accommodate the architectural design, respecting them, and creating new views, through patios and connecting them with the new landscape design. However, based on studies of the species and their size, it is increasingly common for these trees to be incorporated into the interior space, either partially or completely enclosed.

Schools of the Future: How Furniture Influences Learning

It is a student's right to be educated in a safe, healthy, and even aesthetically appealing environment, especially young students for whom these factors are even more important. For example, it has been shown that when the ergonomics of chairs are inadequate, they can greatly affect levels of concentration and the development of skills such as calligraphy. At the same time, the effectiveness of traditional teaching methods is increasingly being questioned and the quality of alternative methodologies increasingly being considered. In other articles, we discussed in more detail the design of Montessori schools and the atmosphere of Waldorf interiors.

Today, we will cover the importance of choosing furniture and address some aspects to consider when organizing them in classroom design for the schools of the future.

Itoi Elementary School / Atelier BNK. Image © Koji Sakai Nursery School in Berriozar / Javier Larraz + Iñigo Beguiristain + Iñaki Bergera. Image © Iñaki Bergera Ledeer Daycare Center / Credohus. Image © Hong Li MRN Kindergarten and Nursery / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro. Image © Studio BAUHAUS + 17

How to Minimize Harmful Effects of Formaldehyde Gas Indoors

As people are spending more and more time inside their homes, offices, and other closed areas, it is important to ensure that these spaces are safe and healthy environments, especially indoor areas designed for children and seniors. In recent years, several of the materials that shape the spaces we inhabit and directly influence the quality of the air we breathe have increasingly used a potentially dangerous chemical compound. This compound is called formaldehyde.

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

15 Union Square West / ODA Architecture + Perkins Eastman Architects. Image © Robert Granoff 15 Renwick / ODA New York. Image © Frank Oudeman 12th Street, Loft / Neil Logan Architect. Image © Dean Kaufman Tribeca 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.

10 Timeless Interior Spaces From the 20th Century

The 20th century in the design world was a period of new ideology on building form, material explorations, and ultimately, the emergence of the modern architecture movement as we define it in the present day. The expression and experimentation of architects in this era resulted in interior spaces that are now considered to be “classics”, due to their relevance and their long lasting effects that they have on the architectural discourse.

The Architecture of Cinematic Spaces: by Interiors

The Architecture of Cinematic Spaces by Interiors​ is an academic, graphic exploration of architectural spaces in cinema that provides a new perspective on the relationship between architecture and film. Combining critical essays with original architectural floor plan drawings, the book discusses production design in key films from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, including ​The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,​ ​Rope,​ ​Lemépris​, P​laytime​, ​2001: A Space Odyssey,​ ​Home Alone​, Panic Room​, A​ Single Man​, ​Her​and ​Columbus.​

Indoor Playgrounds: Playful Architecture at Home

Although we know how important it is to allow children to play in public and outdoor spaces, it is difficult to deny that there are few cities offering adequate prepared environments for children - fun and safe spaces that allow them to experience urbanity and become conscious citizens of community life. For this reason, it is also understandable that families have increasingly instituted leisure spaces in indoor environments, giving their children the freedom and security necessary to learn and grow.

In this article, we have selected 11 incredible examples that demonstrate how interior architecture can help create play spaces for kids of all ages, helping them take their first steps in this world with greater autonomy and confidence.

© Studio Bauhaus, Ryuji Inoue. ImageJardim de Infância SP / HIBINOSEKKEI + Youji no Shiro © Adam Mørk. ImageJardim de Infância Frederiksvej / COBE © Hey! Cheese. ImageLego Play Pond / HAO Design © Janez Marolt Photography. ImageJanez Marolt Photography + 12

Architecture in Black: A Selection of The Best Dark Interiors

The use of light and shadow in architecture can have several nuances. The traditional Japanese culture stands out for working with spaces of dim light, kind of dull. On the other hand, modern architecture and minimalism work along with illuminating spaces through the use of white spaces and reflection of light as a recurring resource.

Even so, black, dark spaces and minimalism also converse in the same language that provides new possibilities for lighting design and use of new materials. We now present you a selection of the best contemporary interior spaces that use black as the protagonist element, generating introspective but dramatic environments at the same time.

Tsukiji Room H / Yuichi Yoshida & associates

© Katsumi Hirabayashi © Katsumi Hirabayashi © Katsumi Hirabayashi © Katsumi Hirabayashi + 18

NOVA ISKRA Design Incubator in Belgrade / Studio Petokraka

© Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić © Relja Ivanić + 18

Belgrade, Serbia
  • Architects: Studio Petokraka
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  350
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2012

Open Source Furniture: Download, Print And Build Online

Let's suppose you need a bookcase. Years ago, you would probably search the furniture stores or antique shops in your town. Today you are more likely to open dozens of tabs on your web browser to compare prices and models. But there is another option that is becoming increasingly popular: open source furniture.

It's simple; you download the design of a piece of furniture and send it to a CNC machine (a mill that cuts wood from a digital file). It’s more or less like sending a PDF to print. With the pieces cut, you just assemble it. We used a bookcase for example, but it could be a chair, a table, a cupboard, a bench. Opendesk, one of the current open source furniture platforms, brings together about 30 pieces of furniture available for download. There the user can download a project and cut the furniture in a FabLab or personal workshop, or use the site to connect with a joiner who makes the cuts.

London Design Fair. Image © Ollie Hammick London Design Fair. Image © Ollie Hammick Escritório Greenpeace. Image © Rory Gardiner Escritório Greenpeace. Image © Rory Gardiner + 9

Retrofit Apartment / SuperLimão Studio

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

São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects: SuperLimão Studio
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  50
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Apartment F+B / Núcleo de Arquitetura Experimental

© Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi © Marcelo Donadussi + 64

Chácara das Pedras, Brazil
  • Architects: Núcleo de Arquitetura Experimental
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  1227 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018

Four Stunning Renovated Apartments in Oscar Niemeyer-Designed Buildings

To live in a residence designed by a renowned architect is a dream for many, however, a dream that will most likely never come true. But, there is an alternative. Many architecture enthusiasts have rented or even bought apartments in iconic buildings designed by their favorite architects. 

In regards to the work of Oscar Niemeyer, fluidity and flexibility may best express his plans and typologies.

Below, we've selected four apartments in buildings designed by Neimeyer that reinterpret his original plans.

Rios Clementi Hale Studios Address Gentrification Through New L.A. Office

The Los Angeles-based firm, Rios Clementi Hale Studios, a transdisciplinary practice engaging in design from urban planning to product design, opened their new offices in the city's Crenshaw neighborhood. A recent article by Metropolis Magazine outlines the firm's design process in creating their new office layout to emphasize their aspirations as an established practice.

The 13 Best Plants for Your Apartment... And How To Keep Them Alive

Plants are excellent elements to add in architecture and built spaces. However, when it comes to indoor environments, which usually receive less natural light and ventilation, certain species are resistant to adaptation. 

Therefore, when thinking about species for indoors – be it a home, apartment or commercial space – some species are better than others. We have selected the best 13 indoor plants for your home. 

Good Taste and the Transformation of McDonald's

Courtesy of McDonald's, via Metropolis Magazine
Courtesy of McDonald's, via Metropolis Magazine

This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "Will the Culture of Good Taste Devour McDonald's?"

At a new corporate headquarters in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, there’s a double-height lobby filled with green walls and massive art installations. Travel to its top floor roof deck and you’ll find a cozy fire pit next to a fitness center and bar (happy hours are on Thursday). Elsewhere, stair-seating terraces face floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Chicago skyline. This vertical campus settles in peaceably among its tony Randolph Street neighbors—Michelin stars, tech giants, and boutique hotels. At first glance, it’s refined and tasteful enough to be any one of these.