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How to Take Advantage of Stairs for Different Uses?

Vertical circulation may be just one of the functions of a ladder. Always occupying a reasonable area, this element can serve to bring some other uses when it is thought of in a more integrated way with the entire room, providing living spaces, storage and also a greater aesthetic appeal. That is why we have gathered some ideas on how to occupy the areas around a staircase in different projects: from home to industrial scale.

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Architecture and Color: Explore 15 Projects that Feature Exterior Red Staircases

Stairs are often an inevitable part of a building's DNA. Nowadays, staircases not only serve the function of practicality but are also a showcase of their own kind, especially if paired with a color that is guaranteed to grab attention. Among warm colors, red is considered to be the most powerful one. On one hand, it evokes feelings of joy and energy, and on the other, feelings of alertness and danger. Red can stimulate a whole range of emotions. Therefore, its usage should be attentive, delicate, and thought out.

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The History of the Penrose Stair and its Influence on Design

Stairs in architecture are oftentimes a design focal point- the heavyhandedness in creating something that moves us from one level to the next, up and down repeatedly, something so simple and familiar with a twist is what makes the experience of traversing a stair so unique. Our obsession with stairs and the level of illusion that they create in architecture perhaps stems from the way that they’re able to twist the optics and perceptions of space. We understand that they transport us in one direction or another, but can stairs ever be circular? Is it possible to go up and down for eternity? 

Explore the Changes of Time and Space in the 1980s Through the Memories of Chinese Young Architects

Sigmund Freud, the author of “The Interpretation of Dreams” and the founder of Psychoanalysis, once argued that, “A strong experience in the present awakens in the creative writer a memory of an earlier experience (usually belonging to his childhood) from which there now proceeds a wish which finds its fulfillment in the creative work.

Lessons from UN-Habitat: How to Design Spaces For and With the People?

The Un-Habitat or the United Nations agency for human settlements and sustainable urban development, whose primary focus is to deal with the challenges of rapid urbanization, has been developing innovative approaches in the urban design field, centered on the active participation of the community. ArchDaily has teamed up with UN-Habitat to bring you weekly news, article, and interviews that highlight this work, with content straight from the source, developed by our editors.

Discover in this feature the first lesson to learn from UN-Habitat, on how to design with and for the people. In order to create great public spaces, the only secret is listening to the community. Questioning “how can we design together”, this article presents cases in Ghana, Brazil, and India, focusing on street, market, and open public spaces implementation projects, where interventions took on participatory approaches and involved local residents from the beginning of the process.

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Cabins in Bosques de Mar Azul / Estudio Nómade

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Mar Azul, Argentina
  • Architects: Estudio Nomade
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  154
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2014
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  AutoDesk, Hormigon pasalto, Trimble Navigation

Casa en la Huerta / WOHA by Antonio Maciá

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  229
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Finsa, Sido Madera

Housing for the Elderly: Examples of Independent and Community Living

Architecture is constantly changing and adapting to new needs, which are linked to social, economic, technological, political, and demographic changes. In this sense, the aging population is one of the most outstanding changes of the 21st century: The increase in life expectancy and the decrease in fertility rates mean that the older population is increasingly numerous. How can architecture help to provide a better quality of life, promote the autonomy, dignity, and well-being of the elderly?

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The Last House / Arnau estudi d'arquitectura

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  3272 ft²
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Investwood, Simon, Acor, Aluminios Barcelona finestres, Finsa, +3

Weekend Shelter / Agora Arquitectura

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  • Architects: Agora Arquitectura
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  40
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  AutoDesk, Barnacork, Persiana Barcelona

“La Dolce Mela" Agritour Farmhouse / studio raro

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  • Architects: studio raro
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  230
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019

Adventurous Global School / Orient Occident Atelier

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El Porvenir Children Center / Taller Síntesis

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  • Architects: Taller Sintesis
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  2620
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Acoustic 43, Argos, Calypso, Cubiertas & Aluminios, Cubiertec, +3

Tanzhaus Zürich Cultural Center / Estudio Barozzi Veiga

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  • Architects: Estudio Barozzi Veiga
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  1500
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2019
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers :  Geberit, Sika, Kone, Regent, Zumtobel, +22

17 Unconventional Stair Railings To Inspire Your Next Project

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Guardrails and handrails are two elements that are often confused. While the first is used to close a space and prevent a person from falling, the second is a support bar for balance. Normally standard solutions are used for both elements, but with an attractive design, they can become standout details in a project.

For inspiration on materials, structures, and details of guardrails and handrails, here are 17 notable examples.