The Most Important Items for Any Kitchen

What room in your home could you absolutely not live without? With the exception of perhaps the bathroom, no room matters more to your family’s comfort at home than the kitchen. This room is often the heart of the home. And even if you don’t love cooking, your kitchen is still a room you’ll use a regular basis to grab coffee, a quick snack or a throw-together meal. Whether you’re an expert chef or a have never stood over a stovetop, a well-stocked kitchen can make your life at home a little easier and more pleasant. We polled our team at Freshome to figure out which items we all agree are needed for a functional kitchen. Here are our kitchen must-haves.
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A quality refrigerator is the cornerstone of a functioning kitchen. Image: Haven Design & Construction

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Dallara Academy / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia

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  • Architects: Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia
  • Location: Varano de' Melegari, Parma, Italy
  • Architect In Charge: Alfonso Femia
  • Design: Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia / AF517*
  • Design Team: Lorenza Barabino, Alessandro Bellus, Luca Bonsignorio, Angela Cavallari, Simonetta Cenci, Marco Corazza, Alfonso Femia, Chiara Frumento, Andrea Lucchi, Sara Massa, Enrico Martino, Vera Messana, Michela Scala, Ilaria Sisto, Vincenzo Tripodi
  • Area: 2971.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Stefano Anzini
  • Coordination: Simonetta Cenci
  • Structural Engineering: Redesco Progetti srl
  • Services Engineering: FOR Engineering Architecture
  • Museum Fitting Out: Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia con Tapiro Design
  • Interior Design: Alfonso Femia AF*design
  • Lighting: Alfonso Femia AF*design con Invisible Lab (Silvia Perego)
  • Safety Management: Ecogeo srl
  • Main Contractor: Mario Neri spa
  • Project Responsible: Marco Corazza
  • Collaborateurs: Stefano Cioncoloni, Gaia D’Abrosca, Elena Molfino, Tania Poggi
  • Technical Direction: Alfonso Femia / Atelier(s) Alfonso Femia
  • Assistance Technical Direction: Marco Corazza, Corrado Vaschetti (FOR)
  • Project Manager For Dallara: Ing. Alberto Lunardini
  • Renderings: PARIS Render
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Opinion: A Plea for Architectural History

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Courtesy of Wikimedia user Quibik PD. ImageAn elevation of the entire Acropolis as seen from the west; while the Parthenon dominates the scene, it is nonetheless only part of a greater composition. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Quibik (Public Domain) Courtesy of Wikimedia user Quibik PD. ImageAn elevation of the entire Acropolis as seen from the west; while the Parthenon dominates the scene, it is nonetheless only part of a greater composition. ImageCourtesy of Wikimedia user Quibik (Public Domain) This article was originally published on Metropolis Magazine as "Opinion: We Can't Go on Teaching the Same History of Architecture as Before." Architectural students of my generation—the last of the baby boomers, starting college in Europe or in the Americas in the late 1970s—had many good reasons to cherish architectural history. Everyone seemed to agree at the time that the Modernist project was conspicuously failing. Late Modernist monsters were then wreaking havoc on cities and lands around the world, and the most immediate, knee-jerk reaction against what many then saw as an ongoing catastrophe was to try and bring back all that 20th-century high Modernism had kicked out of
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Feyenoord Rotterdam Training Complex / MoederscheimMoonen Architects

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  • Architects: MoederscheimMoonen Architects
  • Location: Róterdam, The Netherlands
  • Lead Architects: Erik Moederscheim
  • Project Team: Ruud Moonen, Jelle Rinsema, Paul van Duijvenbode, Auke Bult, Massimo D’Alessio, Sulejman Gusic, Ivo Kratochvil, Fernando Polo Calvo, Christiaan Harmse, Sander Malschaert and Carlos Surinach
  • Area: 2705.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Bart van Hoek and CreativeBros
  • Structural Designer: IMd raadgevende ingenieurs
  • Installations Consultancy: Techniplan
  • Building Physics: LBP|Sight
  • Building Specifications: Base Consultancy
  • Urban Planning/Landscape: Kybys
  • Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Berghege
  • Client: Feyenoord Rotterdam N.V.
  • Programme: Offices, sports-medical areas, fitness zone, restaurant, lounge
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Text description provided by the architects. The training complex has been designed exclusively for the first team of Feyenoord, the accompanying staff and the technical board. The building contains all kinds of facilities which a current professional football club requires. A large area of the building has been dedicated to the sports medical

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8 Mexican Projects That Use Bamboo

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Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa Mexico is a country known globally for its traditional and contemporary architectural elements. The construction techniques characteristic of each region and the use of materials according to thermic, economic, or aesthetic needs result in unique spaces. Bamboo as a constructive or decorative element, coating, facade, or roof has proven its superiority over materials such as plastic and steel. While it is true that research on this material has advanced significantly in recent years, we know that there is still much to learn. Many architects are seeking knowledge from the past to apply to their current techniques. Below, we've selected a list of 8 Mexican projects that explore the use of bamboo in the hands of architects and artisans.

Rural House in Puebla / Comunal Taller de Arquitectura

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Cafetería Rural Comunitaria Tosepan Kajfen / Proyecto cafeína + Komoni. Image © Patrick López
Grow Your House / Lucila Aguilar Arquitectos. Image © Lucila Aguilar
La Ceiba / Lucila Aguilar Arquitectos. Image © Lucila Aguilar
Pórtico Palmeto Building / TACO taller de arquitectura contextual. Image © Leo Espinosa
Sport City Oaxaca / Rootstudio + Arquitectos Artesanos. Image © Angel Ivan Valdivia Salazar
In 4 Days, 100 Volunteers Used Mud and Reeds To Build This Community Center in Mexico. Image © Pedro Bravo, Sofía Hernández, Francisco Martínez
INFOSISMO Centro Comunitario San Juan Pilcaya / Alumnos y Profesores del Taller de Proyectos VI Otoño 2017 de la Universidad Ibero Puebla. Image © Luis Moctezuma
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Treasuring History: Photographs of Tadao Ando’s First European Villa Restoration

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Courtesy of FABRICA Courtesy of FABRICA Inducing a surreal physical experience through minimal maneuvers, buildings with smooth concrete panels and simple geometric volumes instinctively hint at the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando. At an ongoing exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, photographs of the headquarters of Fabrica, Ando's first European commission in 1992, are showcased. Located near the city of Treviso, the building was an old villa restored to become a thriving creative research center. Villa Pastega Manera, built on an area of 51,000 square meters, went through a rigorous study of traditional construction techniques and material sampling to commence the redesign. The photographs feature the harmonious integration between the historical structure and seamless renovations. 
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Surrounding an elliptical porticoed square, the various programs such as the laboratories, offices, and the helicoidal library can be accessed by a broad staircase. Originally porticoed extensions of the Veneto villa, the

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MaisonP / PietriArchitectes

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  • Architects: PietriArchitectes
  • Location: Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
  • Lead Architects: PietriArchitectes
  • Area: 296.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Philippe Biolatto
  • Inspection Engineers: APAVE SUD EUROPE
  • Structural Engineering Consultants: OGC
  • Client: Praximmo
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Text description provided by the architects. Located in a village, MaisonP nestles in a cosy space boasting dense vegetation on a hillside parcel offering a panoramic view over the Alps.

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The simple volumes of the house were designed to marry with the orientation of the land. Changes to the natural slope of the hill are thus kept to a minimum and its wild character preserved.

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The project is composed of two distinct parts: the main house and a drystone outbuilding. The house, with a floor area of 296 sqm, is built on one and the same level but divided into several units. The ground floor comprises three separate

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Bayes Centre / Bennetts Associates

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  • Architects: Bennetts Associates
  • Location: 47 Potterrow, Edinburgh EH8 9BT, United Kingdom
  • Lead Architects: Rab Bennetts, Sally Mackay, Andy Kirk, Alasdair Gordon, Tom Rainey, Joanne Dunwell
  • Area: 9500.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2018
  • Photographs: Keith Hunter
  • Structural Engineer: Buro Happold
  • M&E Consultant: Buro Happold
  • Quantity Surveyor: Turner and Townsend
  • Fire Consultant: Atelier Ten
  • Breeam Advisor: RSP
  • Landscape Consultant: Ironside Farrar
  • Acoustic Consultant: New Acoustics
  • Project Manager: Faithful+Gould
  • Cdm Coordinator: Faithful+Gould
  • Main Contractor: McLaughlin & Harvey
  • Client: University of Edinburgh
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Text description provided by the architects. The Bayes Centre is a pivotal piece of the University of Edinburgh’s estate set to transform Edinburgh city center into one of UK’s most dynamic places for tech, attracting the highest caliber of international experts in data science and artificial intelligence. The 9,500sq m building is part of the University’s investment into world-class facilities on its Potterrow campus, following the

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West Kowloon HSR Station Photographed Through the Lens of Kris Provoost

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Architect and photographer Kris Provoost recently captured new photos of Aedas and Andrew Bromberg’s West Kowloon HSR Station in Hong Kong. Provoost lives and works in Shanghai, and his new series of photographs show how visitors are brought into the heart of Hong Kong as the majestic structure overlooks Victoria Harbor. Integrating abundant green space and different viewing platforms, the project creates an urban park in the midst of Hong Kong's city center.

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Located in West Kowloon District, the station caters for the first high speed rail connecting Hong Kong with the mainland of China. Sitting adjacent to West Kowloon Cultural District, the HSR is surrounded by interesting neighbors. The nearly complete Xiqu Theatre by Revery Architecture, the

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Kamyaran House / Rashed Azizi, Mohammad Kazerani + Gozar Architectural Design Studio

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  • Structural Engineer: Behrouz Moradi
  • Presentation: Alireza Zamani
  • Cheekh Maker: Nasrin Akhzari Workshop
  • Client: Hoshmat Ghaysvandi
  • Budget: 50.000 $
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Text description provided by the architects. The fundamental challenge of the peoples of small towns with agricultural careers is the dichotomy between urban and rural life.
The Majority of these people have some kind of service job in the city and practice their ancestors’ occupations at the same time. They tend to use the possibilities the progress associated with urban life, and at the same time, dream for the nostalgia of living in the countryside. In the "Kamyaran House" project, the bipolarity of life [and, in fact, the wishes of the employer] has been the foundation

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Nanchang Shimao Water City Cloud Office Center / Dplus-Studio

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Cover. Image © Fangfang Tia Cover. Image © Fangfang Tia
  • Architects: Dplus-Studio
  • Location: Honggutan District, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
  • Lead Architects: Shou Li
  • Design Team: Jia Li, Jiangfan Yu, Xuefeng Zhou, Mingming Fan, Dandan Tu, Danyang Geng, Zhichao Zhu
  • Area: 2100.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Fangfang Tia, Shengliang Su, Jinhang Li
  • Client: Nanchang Shimao new development real estate Co. Ltd.
  • Cooperative Design Team: Shanghai United Design Group Co. Ltd. 
  • Interior Designer: Xiaohong Qi
  • Curtain Wall Design: Australia BG&E Curtain Technology Co. Ltd., Shanghai
Night View Bird View. Image © Shengliang Su Night View Bird View. Image © Shengliang Su

[Context of the City]
Honggutan New District is a newborn city area of Nanchang on the west bank of the Ganjiang River. Like all the other China's burgeoning urban new districts, it is focused on building efficiency among a one-time, large-scale construction wave.

Night View Aerial Photography. Image © Fangfang Tia Night View Aerial Photography. Image © Fangfang Tia

The cloud center is located in

North Elevation. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Ramp. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Ramp Entrance. Image © Shengliang Su
Site Relationship
Macro Circulation
East-North Perspective. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Elevation. Image © Shengliang Su
Circulation Analysis
2F Ramp. Image © Shengliang Su
2F Ramp. Image
Connection between 2F Platform and Roof Ramp. Image © Shengliang Su
2F Platform. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Roof and Exterior Ramp. Image © Fangfang Tia
View to the Exhibition Area From the library. Image © Shengliang Su
Perspective Section
Steps Library. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Plaza. Image © Shengliang Su
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Nanchang Shimao Water City Cloud Office Center / Dplus-Studio

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Cover. Image © Fangfang Tia Cover. Image © Fangfang Tia
  • Architects: Dplus-Studio
  • Location: Honggutan District, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
  • Lead Architects: Shou Li
  • Design Team: Jia Li, Jiangfan Yu, Xuefeng Zhou, Mingming Fan, Dandan Tu, Danyang Geng, Zhichao Zhu
  • Area: 2100.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Fangfang Tia, Shengliang Su, Jinhang Li
  • Client: Nanchang Shimao new development real estate Co. Ltd.
  • Cooperative Design Team: Shanghai United Design Group Co. Ltd. 
  • Interior Designer: Xiaohong Qi
  • Curtain Wall Design: Australia BG&E Curtain Technology Co. Ltd., Shanghai
Night View Bird View. Image © Shengliang Su Night View Bird View. Image © Shengliang Su

[Context of the City]
Honggutan New District is a newborn city area of Nanchang on the west bank of the Ganjiang River. Like all the other China's burgeoning urban new districts, it is focused on building efficiency among a one-time, large-scale construction wave.

Night View Aerial Photography. Image © Fangfang Tia Night View Aerial Photography. Image © Fangfang Tia

The cloud center is located in

North Elevation. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Ramp. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Ramp Entrance. Image © Shengliang Su
Site Relationship
Macro Circulation
East-North Perspective. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Elevation. Image © Shengliang Su
Circulation Analysis
2F Ramp. Image © Shengliang Su
2F Ramp. Image
Connection between 2F Platform and Roof Ramp. Image © Shengliang Su
2F Platform. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Roof and Exterior Ramp. Image © Fangfang Tia
View to the Exhibition Area From the library. Image © Shengliang Su
Perspective Section
Steps Library. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Plaza. Image © Shengliang Su
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Nanchang Shimao Water City Cloud Office Center / Dplus-Studio

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Cover. Image © Fangfang Tia Cover. Image © Fangfang Tia
  • Architects: Dplus-Studio
  • Location: Honggutan District, Nanchang, Jiangxi, China
  • Lead Architects: Shou Li
  • Design Team: Jia Li, Jiangfan Yu, Xuefeng Zhou, Mingming Fan, Dandan Tu, Danyang Geng, Zhichao Zhu
  • Area: 2100.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Fangfang Tia, Shengliang Su, Jinhang Li
  • Client: Nanchang Shimao new development real estate Co. Ltd.
  • Cooperative Design Team: Shanghai United Design Group Co. Ltd. 
  • Interior Designer: Xiaohong Qi
  • Curtain Wall Design: Australia BG&E Curtain Technology Co. Ltd., Shanghai
Night View Bird View. Image © Shengliang Su Night View Bird View. Image © Shengliang Su

[Context of the City]
Honggutan New District is a newborn city area of Nanchang on the west bank of the Ganjiang River. Like all the other China's burgeoning urban new districts, it is focused on building efficiency among a one-time, large-scale construction wave.

Night View Aerial Photography. Image © Fangfang Tia Night View Aerial Photography. Image © Fangfang Tia

The cloud center is located in

North Elevation. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Ramp. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Ramp Entrance. Image © Shengliang Su
Site Relationship
Macro Circulation
East-North Perspective. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Elevation. Image © Shengliang Su
Circulation Analysis
2F Ramp. Image © Shengliang Su
2F Ramp. Image
Connection between 2F Platform and Roof Ramp. Image © Shengliang Su
2F Platform. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Roof and Exterior Ramp. Image © Fangfang Tia
View to the Exhibition Area From the library. Image © Shengliang Su
Perspective Section
Steps Library. Image © Fangfang Tia
North Plaza. Image © Shengliang Su
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