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Small Cafe Designs: 20 Aspirational Examples in Plan & Section

17 June, 2018 - 16:00
© Yu Cheng © Yu Cheng

The interior design of a coffee shop can make-or-break an establishment. With an inviting design, you can transform drinking a simple cup of coffee into a wonderful experience. However, when you only have a few square meters and various machines and properties to distribute, finding an efficient configuration is not easy.

To help you make better use of small spaces, below we have gathered a selection of 20 small cafe projects alongside their design drawings.

12,000 Pink-Painted Wooden Sticks / Ideo arquitectura

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Forty-One Oaks / Field Architecture

17 June, 2018 - 15:00
© Steve Goldband © Steve Goldband © Steve Goldband © Steve Goldband

Text description provided by the architects. There are forty-one oaks within this Portola Valley lot. They lie within the boundaries, dotting the rolling hills and shading the ground with their canopy. The clients, a couple retired from corporate careers and now immersed in their passion for photography, wanted the home to feel like a continuation of the landscape; they hired Field Architecture, a firm with a long history of designing homes that act in conversation with their site.

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Kenzo Tange Gymnasium and 7 Other Threatened Sites Receive $1M in Preservation Funding

17 June, 2018 - 14:00
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Eight sites from the World Monuments Fund’s 2018

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Menu reissues classic mid-century chair designed for knitting

17 June, 2018 - 11:00

Menu reissues a classic mid-century chair designed for knitting

Danish brand Menu has reissued a lounge chair designed by Ib Kofod-Larsen in 1951, which has cut-outs for resting the elbows when knitting. Read more

Sechelt Water Resource Centre / PUBLIC

17 June, 2018 - 11:00
© Martin Kessler © Martin Kessler
  • Architects: PUBLIC
  • Location: Sechelt, BC, Canada
  • Area: 1800.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Martin Kessler
© Martin Kessler © Martin Kessler

Text description provided by the architects. The LEED Gold–certified Sechelt Water Resource Centre (SWRC) rethinks traditional municipal wastewater treatment by creating a transparent space in the residential heart of Sechelt that engages the public in meaningful ways. Instead of sequestering this essential service behind a locked chain-link fence, the facility reveals mechanical and biological systems that clean wastewater, encouraging the public to witness their role in the hydrological cycle. The Centre captures resources (biosolids, heat, and water) for industry, parks, and agriculture.

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How to Calculate Spiral Staircase Dimensions and Designs

17 June, 2018 - 10:00
© Matheus Pereira © Matheus Pereira

Spiral staircases save valuable square meters because they occupy a much smaller area than a conventional staircase. With daring shapes and diverse configurations, they can also be iconic objects in projects. However, the design of these staircases requires careful attention so that you can prevent an uncomfortable or dangerous outcome. Although BIM software simplifies this process, it's always important to understand the restrictions and the underlying concepts.

Spiral staircases can adopt different structural configurations. The most common ones have a circular format with a central mast from which the steps are fixed.

© Nelson Kon © Nelson Kon

For this design, three main factors must be taken into account:

  • How high must the staircase rise vertically? (Distance between floors)
  • What is its angle of rotation?
  • What is its diameter?

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The Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque Photographed by Bahaa Ghoussainy

17 June, 2018 - 09:00
© Bahaa Ghoussainy © Bahaa Ghoussainy

In the town of Moukhtara, Mount LebanonL.E.FT Architects have transformed a 100-square-meter structure into a symbolic, picturesque mosque. The Amir Shakib Arslan mosque is a rendition of old versus new with a white steel structure overlaid onto an existing building of cross-vaulted masonry. The angular geometry of the steel plates is a result of the structure’s alignment in relation to Mecca.

Lebanese architectural photographer Bahaa Ghoussainy has released a new series of images which accentuate the contrast that lies between the architectural design of the mosque and the traditional representation of Islamic mosques and prayers. The juxtaposition of an Islamic holy place built in a non-Islamic town is translated into the architecture’s design, merging two dissonant styles into one complementary structure.

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Escalera de Robert Mallet-Stevens

17 June, 2018 - 08:41

El bloque residencial del número 7 de la calle Méchain en París, construido en 1928-1929 por el arquitecto Robert Mallet-Stevens (1886-1945), era novedoso en muchos aspectos, tanto constructivos como de planteamiento. El bloque era de estructura de hormigón armado y a pesar de ofrecer una apariencia de villa incluía varias viviendas de alquiler con servicios comunes, como era la calefacción central, suministro de agua caliente, incinerador de basuras y ascensores. La escalera desempeñaba un papel importante como elemento de distribución y como eje-torre de las dos alas que formaban las viviendas. La torre-escalera señala la entrada, diseñada por Jean Prouvé (1901-1984), y se desarrolla en altura como un espacio común al que se presta una especial atención. La luz natural entra de forma generosa a través de las altas vidrieras de Louis Barillet (1880-1948), la alfombra, diseño del propio Mallet-Stevens, dota al espacio de un carácter contemporáneo y la calidad de los materiales utilizados, puertas de caoba, revestimiento pizas de cerámica esmaltada de Emaux de Briare en el pasamanos, completan un espacio ejemplar de la estética Art Decó.

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Attic apartment in Paris overhauled with industrial materials by Florent Chagny Architecture

17 June, 2018 - 07:00

Heavy-duty materials, including oriented strand board and steel, lend an industrial aesthetic to this renovated loft apartment in Paris, called Under the Roof. Read more

Hubert Perrodo Building / Design Engine Architects

17 June, 2018 - 07:00
© Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson
  • Structural Engineer: Eckersley O'Callaghan
  • M&E Consultant: Hoare Lea
  • Quantity Surveyor: Ridge & Partners
  • Lighting Consultant: Hoare Lea
  • Main Contractor: Edgar Taylor
  • Client: St Peter’s College, University of Oxford
  • Funding: Private
  • Completion Date: January 2018
  • Gross Internal Floor Area: 297 m2
  • Awards: RIBA South 2018 Awards shortlist, Oxfordshire Property Festival Project of the Year Highly Commended

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Private House in Ramat Hasharon / Lilian Benshoam

17 June, 2018 - 04:00
© Elad Gonen © Elad Gonen © Elad Gonen © Elad Gonen

Text description provided by the architects. Lilian Benshoam Architect designed this villa inspired by rationalist architecture and Bauhaus style, that are the main feature of Tel Aviv buildings. Even if the house externally looks like a box with simple and regular lines, inside the situation is simply the opposite: the main shape used is the circle, in fact we could find it in the spiral staircase, in U-light suspended lamps and in the circular skylights.

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Roles of a skilled carpenter that you might not be aware of

16 June, 2018 - 23:17

When you think about a carpenter, the first thing that usually comes to mind is someone who builds things out of wood. You may picture a hammer and nails, timber framed windows, or a new house. While a skilled carpenter can build a home from the ground up, many details of the carpentry trade are overlooked or taken for granted. Here are a few of the many knacks you might not have realized a carpenter possesses along with an explanation of how this could help you with your own home improvement project.


  • Understanding Red Tape


While the profession of a carpenter is often seen as simply building things, a significant amount of legal knowledge is needed before a project can even be started. Carpenters must understand the complex system of building codes and permits at the state and local levels before they can begin creating. Meetings with town planners or building inspectors are often on the agenda before a project can begin. The entire process, from pre-planning to completion, is something a skilled carpenter needs to be adept at.

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V House of Dashilar / hyperSity

16 June, 2018 - 22:00
Exterior View. Image Courtesy of hyperSity Exterior View. Image Courtesy of hyperSity

Atelier Deshaus' Shanghai Modern Art Museum Through the Lens of Kris Provoost

16 June, 2018 - 18:00
© Kris Provoost © Kris Provoost

Architect Kris Provoost, who lives and works in Shanghai, has captured Atelier Deshaus' new Shanghai Modern Art Museum through a series of photographs, displaying both the details of the building as well as its context on the Shanghai riverfront. The Shanghai Modern Art Museum is an adaptive re-use project on the old Laobaidu coal bunker, its industrial exterior kept and re-interpreted into a contemporary architectural project. Provoost captured the beautiful detailing of the project, as well as how it transforms during the cherry blossom season. 

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15 Inspiring Architecture School Buildings from Around the World

16 June, 2018 - 16:00
© Matthew Carbone © Matthew Carbone

Architecture schools and the students they house have a particularly unique and interesting building-user relationship. Architecture students value the buildings of their school not only for providing the valuable work space necessary for constructing studio projects but also as an example and model of a building in use. As the buildings are the places where students first learn how to read and understand architecture, design schools become full-scale teaching tools that help new designers grasp structure, details, how materials perform and interact, and so many of the other core concepts of architecture. While the scrutiny of students and faculty can be exhaustive, architects have embraced the challenge of creating engaging works of architecture that both suit the specific needs of a school and take on the pedagogical challenge of educating students by example.

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