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Promontorio adds spiral concrete staircase to 1980s office building in Lisbon

15 October, 2018 - 07:00

GS1 Offices by Promontorio

Portuguese studio Promontorio has transformed a 1980s office building in Lisbon into a high-tech headquarters featuring a spiralling concrete staircase. Read more

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BIG Reveals Skyscraper Design for First Project in South America

15 October, 2018 - 07:00
Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of Bjarke Ingels Group

Soon to become the tallest building in Quito, IQON is Bjarke Ingels Group's first project to be built in South America. Currently undergoing construction, the largely residential building is a curved tower with gradually protruding balconies. Encased between the dense city and the park, the self-dubbed "urban tree farm" aims not only to encompass the surrounding views of the volcanoes and nature beyond but also to integrate the landscape within the building itself.

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Bourbouze Graindorge . 51N4E

15 October, 2018 - 06:15
Bourbouze Graindorge . 51N4E
Rue Erlanger housing Bourbouze Graindorge . 51N4E . renders: © ArtefactoryLab _

50 of the Best Facade Construction Details

15 October, 2018 - 06:00
Facade detail Brick House Facade detail Brick House

The facade is the calling card of an architecture project, an often iconic and recognizable element that becomes part of the collective imaginary.

We frequently see them featured in photographs and art—such as Andreas Gursky's work, or as part of movie sets. It is almost impossible to forget the pink symmetrical façade of 'The Budapest Hotel' by director Wes Anderson, or even, in music videos or album covers, like the legendary 'Physical Grafitti' by Led Zeppelin.

One of the complexities of satisfactorily representing a facade detail is the point of view.  What is the best view/frame for a facade detail? Is it in section, axonometric, or plan view?

We've selected 50 facade details with the aim of showing different ways of approaching this type of representation, highlighting aspects such as materiality, joints, interior comfort and color (among other properties that are part of the facades).

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Trends in Real-Time Rendering

15 October, 2018 - 05:15

Are architects really turning to real-time rendering for visualization? Epic Games, the creators of Unreal Engine, decided to find out with an independent survey.

The results confirmed what many of us have suspected—real-time rendering is on the rise in architecture, media and entertainment, and manufacturing. But the survey also revealed a few surprising details about real-time rendering and its uses.

What is Real-Time Rendering, Exactly?

Maybe you’ve heard about real-time rendering but aren’t sure how it relates to what you do. Real-time rendering is the process of using the same techniques you’ve been using for years for visualization—modeling, materials, lighting, and animation—but with the traditional rendering process replaced with a render engine that has the capability to render on the fly, in real time.

Real-time rendering gives you the ability to see what the final result will look like right away. Even special effects like fog and depth-of-field can be viewed instantly rather than waiting for a lengthy rendering process.

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Uce Apartment / Iya Turabelidze studio

15 October, 2018 - 05:00
© Mikhail Loskutov © Mikhail Loskutov © Mikhail Loskutov © Mikhail Loskutov

Text description provided by the architects. This space is an image, a metaphor for a mental outlook change. A shift from the noise and speed of the everyday life to a clean and logical being. Simple, yet complete and deep as a glass of red wine.

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A' Interior Space, Retail and Exhibition Design Award Winners

15 October, 2018 - 04:30
Courtesy of A' Design Awards Courtesy of A' Design Awards

A’ Design Award & Competition, the world’s largest and most diffuse international design awards featuring 1,962 Winners from 100 countries in 99 different design disciplines. Among the design world's many awards, the A' Design Award stands out for its exceptional scale and breadth; in 2015, over 1,000 different designs received awards, with all fields of design recognized by the award's 100 different categories. This year's edition is now open for entries; designers can register their submissions here.

There are five different levels of distinction: Platinum, Gold, Silver, Bronze and Iron A’ Design Awards, which are distributed annually in all design disciplines. Designers, companies, and institutions from all countries are invited annually to take part in the open call by nominating their best works, projects, and products for consideration.

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Eperon d’Or, National Museum for Shoes & Brooms / Compagnie O Architects + Sabine Okkerse + Geert Pauwels

15 October, 2018 - 04:00
© Tim Van De Velde © Tim Van De Velde

DIY House / Reset Architecture

15 October, 2018 - 03:00
© Stijn Poelstra © Stijn Poelstra

Terrazzo Floors Bring History to Life

15 October, 2018 - 02:30
 Courtesy of Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies] Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies transformed the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in DC with poured-in-place epoxy terrazzo. [Photo: Courtesy of Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies]

Terrazzo flooring, with its mosaic style of pieces of marble or granite set in polished concrete or epoxy resin, is known for its flexibility and remarkable durability. So it’s no wonder the method has been around for centuries.

With proper care during installation and use, it’s also possible for terrazzo floors to last a number of decades. “There are terrazzo floors that were installed in the early 1900s that are still nice looking jobs,” says James Bateman, terrazzo division manager of Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies. Indeed, the style is known to some as ‘forever floors,’ a nod to its history and longevity.

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V Villa / White Cube Atelier

15 October, 2018 - 02:00
© Farshid Nasrabadi © Farshid Nasrabadi © Farshid Nasrabadi © Farshid Nasrabadi

Text description provided by the architects. V villa is located in country area of Maku on the mountain slopes with spectacular views over natural sceneries around. This project was built to provide a cosy retreat for a rest far from city uproar.

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ERP Architekten

15 October, 2018 - 01:04
ERP Architekten
Gorwiden housing . Zurich ERP Architekten . photos: © Ariel Huber Die Setzung der einzelnen Gebäude bildet, von Grünflächen umgeben, klare räumliche Zuordnungen. Strassenseitig liegen die Hauszugänge mit angemessenen Vorzonen. Vorgärten schaffen den nötigen Abstand zu den Fassaden und lassen die Bauten dem Umfeld entsprechend im Grünraum stehen. Die Gebäudezwischenräume öffnen den Durchblick in die … Continue reading ERP Architekten

Janet Echelman interactive public artwork comes to Life at Dilworth Park

15 October, 2018 - 01:00

Center City District (CCD) is pleased to present the activation of the first phase of Pulse, a site-specific work of public art created for Dilworth Park by internationally renowned artist Janet Echelman, who reshapes urban airspace with a monumental, fluidly moving sculpture that responds to environmental forces including wind, water, and sunlight.

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T House / Creative Architects

15 October, 2018 - 01:00
© Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki © Hiroyuki Oki

Text description provided by the architects. T House was designed for a three genegration family with six members, consists of spouse husband and wife owner, their 2 children, the wife’s mother and sister.

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GSMM . Farina

15 October, 2018 - 00:51
GSMM . Farina
Liceo Artistico A. Vittoria . Trento GSMM architetti . Stefano Farina La proposta risolve con un gesto chiaro la densità e la complessità del programma, organizzando gli ambienti attraverso una evidente gerarchia e una affinità funzionale. Sia l’accesso pedonale che l’accesso veicolare al lotto avvengono da via Giusti. Antistante l’ingresso principale viene proposto uno spazio … Continue reading GSMM . Farina

Kuithan Architekten

15 October, 2018 - 00:41
Kuithan Architekten
Apartment Buildings . Mettmenstetten Kuithan Architekten . photos: © Beat Bühler In the historic village centre of Mettmenstetten, two modern multi-family houses were built on behalf of the construction consortium “Am Dorfbach, Mettmenstetten”. The identity-creating building complex offers a high quality of living and finds an appropriate and creative solution for redensification in the center … Continue reading Kuithan Architekten

Wood and Concrete: Impressive Examples in Indian Architecture

15 October, 2018 - 00:30
© Shamanth Patil J. © Shamanth Patil J.

Greatly influenced by the modern movement--and in particular the presence of Le Corbusier--contemporary Indian architecture reflects a mixture of traditional and western references. Using mainly local materials such as brick, concrete and stone, Indian buildings stand out with their high visual impact and a assertive heaviness. 

Because of its scarcity, wood is mostly used in details and finishes rather than as main structures. Some of the most successful architects in India have managed to gracefully balance the use of concrete and wood in a gentle gesture that evokes elegance and rough textures.

Here we present some of the best examples of contemporary Indian architecture that have used both concrete and wood in a harmonious and attractive way.

NEST / Neogenesis + Studi0261

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Bell Street Park | a hybrid of park activities and street functions by MIG|SvR

15 October, 2018 - 00:00

MIG|SvR led the urban design and engineering of the innovative Bell Street Park in the Belltown neighborhood, where single-purpose right-of-way was transformed into a vibrant, safe and green public space. This 4-block section is the first phase of a long-range plan for a park corridor stretching from South Lake Union to Elliott Bay. When high land values limited the potential for park acquisition, community leaders and city departments turned to the underutilized public right-of-way to create a multi-functional open space.

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Delvaux Milan by Vudafieri-Saverino Partners | Shop interiors

15 October, 2018 - 00:00

Belgium and Italy, two traditions of savoir-faire, creative flair and innovation come together in Delvaux’s new Milan boutique. The oldest fine leather luxury goods Maison in the world has chosen the Capital of Fashion for its first Italian opening, with a jewel of a boutique, located in via Bagutta 12, in the heart of the Fashion Quarter. The project is designed by Vudafieri-Saverino Partners, Milanese Studio which since 2012 has been taking care of the Delvaux boutiques’ design worldwide (more than 40, among which the last openings in London and Hong Kong). The concept uses the language of interior decoration to tell the brand history with a narrative capacity which interprets the context, the characteristics and culture of each city. Each address corresponds to a unique boutique, in which the Delvaux universe gives life to an intimate, personal dialogue between the Maison’s creations and the stupendous museum-like quality decorative works of art. The location of the new Mila… continue

Cobram Library & Learning Centre by CohenLeigh Architects | Administration buildings

15 October, 2018 - 00:00

The Cobram Library & Learning Centre is a distinctively ‘local’ library, embracing emerging technologies & promoting flexible learning & library spaces across all ages. How do you create a distinctively ‘local’ library? Working closely with community stakeholders, the design process involved tracing the line of the nearby Murray River, then superimposing this as the cut line on a curvilinear timber battened screen. The result is a dynamic façade that wraps the perimeter of the library, filtering & throwing light into the internal library spaces. A central pathway & ceiling element, acting as a way-finding spine, runs through the centre of the library space. At its edges, a series of abstract punctuations on the perimeter allow for private & flexible break out spaces. The effect is a community space both highly flexible & adaptable. Located on the site of the existing Civic Centre, it encompasses library spaces, reading spaces, community spaces & new technology areas. Conscious o… continue