FLOS Architectural Redefines Track Lighting

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                                Have you ever been in the market for track lighting for your home or office? If so, you know just how awful they are and how few choices are on the market, reducing your options to the one least likely to make you cringe. <a href="https://architectural.flosusa.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FLOS Architectural</a> aims to change that with <a href="https://architectural.flosusa.com/systems/tracking-magnet-evo/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Tracking Magnet EVO</a>, a flexible system with a minimalist aesthetic that offers a multitude of options.
The system carries a 48-volt electrical core that allows for any kind of positioning on the walls or ceilings giving the flexibility to create anything from a simple fixture to a sculptural one with tracks going in various directions. Vertical and horizontal corners allow for transitions between walls and ceilings for seamless lines. The slender tracks can be suspended, surface mounted, or embedded in the walls or ceilings to achieve the desired look. The tracks utilize magnets that allow the fixtures and
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5 Unexpected Ways to Use Wood Textures in the Kitchen

Wood is a common material for kitchens, from cabinets to walls to countertops. You can also use wood textures in the kitchen in surprising ways to create some visual interest and a style all your own. You can use wood in unexpected ways or in unexpected places to make a statement in a space. So if you’re looking for something creative to do with a kitchen design, take a look at the different ways to use wood textures in the kitchen.
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Textured wood creates some interesting contrast against the cabinets’ gray color. Image: Stonington Cabinetry and Designs

Match wood in interesting places

One idea is to take a highly distinctive wood texture and use it in unexpected places with high contrast. The photo above shows how the warm, textured wood from the island was also used over the cooktop area. This wood contrasts with the sleek gray cabinetry. Using a
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What Are the Best Lenses for Architectural Photography? (Including Mobile)

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© <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Photographic_lenses_front_view.jpg'>Flickr user Bill Ebbesen</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/'>CC BY 3.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Photographic_lenses_front_view.jpg'>Flickr user Bill Ebbesen</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/'>CC BY 3.0</a> In a world rapidly transitioning toward primarily digital content creation, more and more people are beginning to experiment with various digital media. There is undoubtedly an intimate relationship between architecture and photography, and many architects enjoy experimenting with taking pictures, both of their own work and of their surrounding environment. But how do you know if you have the right gear needed to start off on the right foot? And more importantly, how can you get the most out of your equipment? In honor of World Photography Day this month, we have put together a helpful guide to get started with lenses for architectural photography. This guide will specifically highlight the best lenses (for both DSLR and mobile) to use for your shots and why.
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What Are the Best Lenses for Architectural Photography? (Including Mobile)

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© <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Photographic_lenses_front_view.jpg'>Flickr user Bill Ebbesen</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/'>CC BY 3.0</a> © <a href='https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Photographic_lenses_front_view.jpg'>Flickr user Bill Ebbesen</a> licensed under <a href='https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/'>CC BY 3.0</a> In a world rapidly transitioning toward primarily digital content creation, more and more people are beginning to experiment with various digital media. There is undoubtedly an intimate relationship between architecture and photography, and many architects enjoy experimenting with taking pictures, both of their own work and of their surrounding environment. But how do you know if you have the right gear needed to start off on the right foot? And more importantly, how can you get the most out of your equipment? In honor of World Photography Day this month, we have put together a helpful guide to get started with lenses for architectural photography. This guide will specifically highlight the best lenses (for both DSLR and mobile) to use for your shots and why.
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Home Library Architecture: 63 Smart & Creative Bookcase Designs

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Apartamento Riachuelo / 0E1 Arquitetos. Image © Marcelo Donadussi Apartamento Riachuelo / 0E1 Arquitetos. Image © Marcelo Donadussi Sharing your shelf is, in a way, sharing yourself. Every element - from the titles you choose to the way you organize them - says something about your personality and your interests.  Images of bookcases have become explosively popular online in recent years, tapping into trends around hygge and #architectureporn. Who wouldn't want to cozy up in a library filled with dusty books and lush plants? But these images typically present bookcases just as a decorative element, superfluous to the actual design of the space.  Like many things, when architects take on the design of bookcases they can become so much more: recessed and hidden, cantilevered, patterned, embedded...the list goes on! We've rounded up some of the finest examples of bookcases that combine practicality with ingenuity. Read on for more: 

Maria Carolina / Sub Estúdio + Pedro Ivo
Maria Carolina / Sub Estúdio + Pedro Ivo Freire + Flávia Torres. Image © Tomás Cytrynowicz
Casa DL / URBAstudios. Image © Joao Morgado
CZ7 Loft / 5ft2 Studio. Image © Sonia Mangiapane and Peik Li Pang
Greville Road Studio / Syte Architects. Image © James Morris
Eaves House / mA-style architects. Image © Kai Nakamura
The Long Brick House / Foldes Architects. Image © Levente Sirokai
Bookshelf House / Shinsuke Fujii Architects. Image © Tsukui Teruaki
Lincoln Roof Extension / Notan Office. Image © Maxime Delvaux
Photographer’s Loft / Desai Chia Architecture. Image © Paul Warchol Photography
Architect's Workshop / Ruetemple. Image courtesy of Ruetemple
Casa Ortega / Estudio A0. Image © Sebastián Crespo
CRID San Miguel Capiata / OCA. Image © Federico Cairoli
casa da escrita / joao mendes ribeiro. Image © do mal o menos
CY Residence / Kedem Shinar Design & Architecture. Image ©Amit Geron
Casa Bacopari / Una Arquitetos. Image © Leonardo Finotti
SlrSrf / Open Source Architecture. Image © Benny Chan / Fotoworks
Estudio Mike / Daniel Moreno Flores + Margarida Marques. Image © Federico Kulekdjian
Casa Varanda / Modo Designs. Image © Bharat Aggarwal
Apartamento Terracota / AR Arquitetos. Image © Maira Acayaba
Little House Big City / Office of Architecture. Image ©Matthew Williams
Apartamento Sacadura Cabral / Morim Santos Ailva Arquitectos. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
House in Takatsuki / FujiwaraMuro Architects. Image © Toshiyuki Yano
Flinders Lane Apartment / Clare Cousins Architects. Image © Lisbeth Grosmann
Casa em Estoril / TARGA atelier. Image © Francisco Nogueira
Apartamento Santos Dumont / Ateliê de Arquitetura. Image © André Nazareth
Chameleon Villa / Word of Mouth House. Image Courtesy of Word of Mouth House
Paulista Apartment / Triptyque. Image © Roberto Wagner
Casa Lopera / David Ruiz Molina. Image © David Frutos
Flat Renovation for a Photographer / Alia Bengana. Image ©V.Vincenzo
House 1101 / H-arquitectes. Image © Adrià Goulà
TRN /JRKVC. Image © Peter Jurkovič
Earth Box / Equipo de Arquitectura. Image © Leonardo Mendez
House Savukvartsi / Honkarakenne. Image courtesy of Honkarakenne
Casa no Jardim Paulistano / Grupo SP. Image © Nelson Kon
Loft Space in Camben / Craft Space. Image © Armando Elias
Haffenden House / PARA. Image © Nathan Rader
House for Booklovers and Cats / BFDO Architects. Image © Francis Dzikowski
Kobiler House / Architextit-Einat Erez-Kobiler. Image © Hagar Doppelt
Harcombe / forresterarchitects Image © Adam Scott
Casa GMG / Pedro Gadanho. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Casa Sumaré / Isay Weinfeld. Image © Nelson Kon
Loft no Itaim / FGMF Arquitetos. Image © Fran Parente
Apartamento Pamplona / Zoom Urbanismo Arquitetura e Design. Image © Maíra Acayaba
Sursock Apartment / platau. Image © Wissam Chaaya
Lishin Elementary School Library / TALI DESIGN. Image © Hey! Cheese
Apartamento na Luciano Cordeiro / Aurora Arquitectos. Image © do mal o menos
Espace St-Denis / Anne Sophie Goneau. Image ©Adrien Williams
Casa no Morro do Querosene / gruposp. Image © Nelson Kon
ZTUDIO / mfrmgr. Image © Grzegorz Sztybel
BHMM House / Estudio JI Arquitectos. Image © Mariela Apollonio
Casa Tetris / Studio MK27. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Shelf-Pod / Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio. Image © Shinichi Watanabe
GAD 511 / Patrícia Martinez Arquitetura. Image © Fran Parente
Own House / Metaforma. Image © PION Fotografia
Casa Librería / Shinichi Ogawa & Associates. Image courtesy of Shinichi Ogawa & Associates
Casa Juranda / Apiacas Arquitetos. Image © Pregnolato & Kusuki Estúdio Fotográfico
Cotia Library Garden / IPEA. Image © Dalton Bertini Ruas
Bookshelf House / Andrea Mosca Creative Studio. Image courtesy of Andrea Mosca Creative Studio
Tower House / Austin Maynard Architects. Image © Peter Bennetts
Casa Scout / BAAG. Image © Courtesy of BAAG
Apartamento POSSAMAI / Sbardelotto Arquitetura + Atelier Aberto Arquitetura. Image © Marcelo Donadussi
HOUSE 3/6 in Dongducheon / Y GROUP. Image © Namsun Lee
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Guarulhos Airport Fire Department / MM18 Arquitetura

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  • Architects: MM18 Arquitetura
  • Location: Aeroporto internacional de Guarulhos – São Paulo, Brazil
  • Architects In Charge: Marcos Paulo Caldeira, Mila Strauss, Larissa Burke, Fabiane Sakai, Thiago Buccieri
  • Area: 3950.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Pedro Vannucchi
  • Engineering: 3Delta
  • Construction: OAS Construtora
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Text description provided by the architects. The office MM18 Arquitetura, led by the architects Mila Strauss and Marcos Paulo Caldeira, was responsible for the Fire Fighting Section (SCI)project of the Fire Department at Guarulhos International Airport. 

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With the objective of preparing the firefighting station for eventualities with large airplanes, such as the Airbus A380, and to receive trucks and state-of-the-art equipment, the new space is in front of the main runway of the Airport. 

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The largest airport on the move in the Southern Hemisphere, where about 40 million passengers pass each year,

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Recreational Villa Terschelling / 2by4-architects

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  • Architects: 2by4-architects
  • Location: Midsland aan Zee, The Netherlands
  • Contractor: Tuinte Bouw
  • Area: 120.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
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Text description provided by the architects. On top of the Dunes of the island of Terschelling this villa provides a spectacular view over the island and the famous Unesco world heritage Wadden Sea. The villa blends into the landscape, following the soft lines of the surrounding dunes. The villa is divided into 3 areas: a compact zone with facilities, bathrooms and bedrooms, a fully transparent zone that works as a transition area and an open double high living room.

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The compact zone is fully hidden behind the so called ‘cupboard wall’. This wall functions like an advent calendar, giving access to secret rooms and functions. From the bathroom on the first floor, for

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Cloud Tower / tnE Architects

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  • Architects: tnE Architects
  • Location: Grafenegg 10, 3485 Grafenegg, Austria
  • Lead Architects: tnE Architects ZT GmbH – harnoncourt | fuchs & partner
  • Area: 651.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2007
  • Photographs: Lukas Schaller, Alexander Haiden
  • Overall Planning: ARGE tnE Architects | Land in Sicht
  • Landscape Planning: Land in Sicht, Vienna, A; Thomas Proksch
  • Structural Engineering: Ingenieurteam GmbH Bergmeister, Varna-Vahrn, I; Josef Taferner, Jochen Ehmann
  • Acoustics: Müller-BBM GmbH, Munich, D; Prof. Karlheinz Müller
  • Light Design: Christian Ploderer, Vienna, A
  • Light Planning: Wiltschko Lichtplanung, Berndorf, A
  • Calculation: sglw architekten, Wien; Werner Silbermayr
  • Reinforced Concrete Materials Consulting: Ingenieurbüro Prof. Schießl, Munich, D; Christian Sodeikat
  • Project Management: NÖ Hypo Bauplanungs- und Bauträgergesellschaft m.b.H., St. Pölten, A; Johannes Reiterlehner
  • Controlling: Azberger-Höss ZT GmbH, St. Pölten, A
  • Construction Supervision: BM Horst Pratter, Judendorf-Straßengel, A
  • Supervision Landscaping: Land in Sicht, Vienna, A; Andreas Beneš
  • Building Related Physics: Wolfgang Hebenstreit, Vienna, A
  • Geological
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L. Apartment / Maly Krasota Design

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Maly Krasota Design recently completed a two-storey apartment project in Kiev for a large family. In addition to having two small children in the family who need space for games, apartment owners often receive guests. Therefore, one of the basic requirements for design, was the possibility of transforming the premises for different scenarios: the space should be convenient for both cozy family evenings and for noisy parties with many friends.

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The first floor is divided into hallways, a living room combined with a dining room, a kitchen with a hidden storage room, and guest rooms. On the second floor there are the bedrooms of parents and children, another wardrobe, study and a large bathroom.

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Chao Hotel Beijing / gmp Architects

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  • Architects: gmp Architects
  • Location: Workers' Stadium E Rd, Chaoyang, Beijing, China
  • Architect In Charge: Meinhard von Gerkan, Stephan Schütz, Stephan Rewolle
  • Design Team: Liu Xiao, Xiao Wenda, Yang Ying, Lin Da, Ding Qiao, Zhou Yihan
  • Project Management: Su Jun
  • Area: 31372.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Christian Gahl
  • Facade Consultant: SuP Ingenieure GmbH, Beijing
  • Interior Design: CITI (Beijing) Construction Co., Ltd; gmp
  • Structural Design & Hvac: Beijing Institute of Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd (BIAD)
  • Client: Chao Hotel
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Text description provided by the architects. The new facade by von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp) imparts a lightness and a sculptural effect to the modernized hotel tower, which can be seen from afar. Its angled vertical elements and the alternating closed and glazed panels create a play of light and shadow. Horizontal ledges are inserted every two stories, thus creating a

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