Waiting Rooms, Reception Areas, & Courtyards: 43 Notable Examples of Hospital Architecture

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© Bart Gosselin © Bart Gosselin Hospitals and projects related to healthcare must follow specific guidelines based on the rules and regulations of their country. These standards help us to design complex spaces, such as those located in areas of surgery, hospitalization, diagnostics, laboratories, and including areas and circulations that are clean, dirty, restricted or public, which create a properly functioning building. There are a few spaces that we, as architects, can develop with great ease and freedom of design: waiting rooms, reception areas, and outdoor spaces. These are spaces where architects can express the character of the hospital. To jump-start you into this process, we have selected 43 projects that show us how creativity and quality of a space go hand-in-hand with functionality. 

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NYDG Integral Health & Wellness / Brandon Haw Architecture

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Bota Bota / Sid Lee Architecture

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The Walk-in Camera Obscura at Fürstenfeld Regional Hospital /
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© Tiago Casanova
© Tim Van de Velde
© Adrien Williams
Cortesía de 1-1 Architects
© Mathieu Choiselat
Cortesía de Cadence Architects
© Jacek Kołodziejski
© René Rissland
© David Frutos
© Bart Gosselin
Cortesía de 1-1 Architects
© Matteo Rossi
© Sayaka Hoshi / Syunichiro Sano
© Alex Chomicz
© Neave Bozorgi
© BIAN Huan-Min
© Paul Ott
© Naoomi Kurozumi
© Nigel Young
© Ricardo Loureiro
© Nacasa&Partners Inc.
© Luc Roymans
© Andrés Valbuena
Cortesía de Manuel Ocaña
© Liu Chen
© Alfonso Quiroga
© Ryu In Keun
© René Rissland
© JUNGLIM Architecture
© Hedrich Blessing
© Yves André
Cortesía de Reitsema & partners architecten
© Adrià Goula
© Przemyslaw Turlej
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© Iván Casal Nieto
© Jacek Kołodziejski
© Adrien Williams
© Ciro Frank Schiappa
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6 Spanish Projects That Creatively Use Louvers and Shutters in Their Facades

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Cortesía de Gradhermetic Cortesía de Gradhermetic During warm summer months, buildings must maintain an adequate and comfortable temperature for the users of the space. Blinds or solar screens are an effective solution in projects that have large glazed surfaces, thus reducing the temperatures generated by direct sunlight. Below, we have selected 6 Spanish projects and their drawings that creatively use louvers and shutters in their facades. 
El Colegio casi Invisible / ABLM arquitectos. Image © Imagen Subliminal El Colegio casi Invisible / ABLM arquitectos. Image © Imagen Subliminal

During the summer, louvers and shutters not only shield from excess heat but also limit the need for interior cooling in the building. In turn, during the winter, they avoid heat loss through their glazed areas, while still receiving a certain percentage of solar energy. In the case of the Northern Hemisphere, horizontal slat systems -fixed and mobile- are recommended for south facing facades; vertical and horizontal mobile slat systems for façades with southwest and southeast orientation; and

Centro Sociosanitario Putget Dolors Aleu / Pinearq. Image © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona (PRBB) / PINEARQ + Brullet-De Luna Arquitectes. Image © Ferran Mateo
Sistemas de Celosías SERIE CL | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Campus Universitario y Parque Científico-Tecnológico / CANVAS Arquitectos. Image Cortesía de CANVAS Arquitectos
Celosías de Aluminio SERIE S | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Ampliación del Hospital de Sabadell / Estudi PSP Arquitectura. Image © Jordi Canosa i Blajot
Celosías de Acero SERIE R | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Edificio White Angel / Albert Simó Bayona y Eugénia Rodríguez Segarra. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Celosías de Aluminio SERIE C | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Campus Diagonal / Enrique Batlle i Durany y Joan Roig i Durán. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Sistemas de Celosías de Aluminio SERIE P | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Mercado Central del Carmen / Joaquín Aramburu Maqua. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
Celosías de Aluminio SERIE PH | Gradhermetic. Image Cortesía de Gradhermetic
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17 Spectacular Living Roofs in Detail

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© José Hevia © José Hevia In Le Corbusier's 5 points of architecture, he advocates the inclusion of flat roofs hosting roof gardens, providing valuable outdoor space for the inhabitants of the building in order to replace the ground lost to the construction of the building. But while this acknowledgement of outdoor space was important for people, Le Corbusier's sculptural concrete roof gardens were little consolation to the non-human flora and fauna that were displaced by his works. Recent improvements in our understanding of ecosystems and the environment, as well as a better scientific understanding of the needs of plants, have changed this dramatically. In the past few decades, green roofs and living roofs have exploded in popularity, and now adorn every kind of building--from small private houses to the gigantic surface of Barclay's Center in Brooklyn. We've collected together some excellent examples of these living roofs, including the structural detailing
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Centro Creación Joven Espacio Vias / Estudio SIC
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Casa en León / Alarcón + Asociados
© Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
Casa C / Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP
© Pedro Lobo
Galería Mario Sequeira / Atelier Carvalho Araújo
© Luis Alonso
Cubierta Verde / Cardoso + Zúñiga
© José Hevia
Senior Citizen Community Center / F451 Arquitectura
© José Hevia
Casa OS / Nolaster
© RPBW
Vulcano Buono / Renzo Piano
© Lluís Ros / Optical Adiction
Villa Bio / Enric Ruiz Geli
© Martin Tessler
Line of Work / Jill Anholt Studio
© Nuno Sanches
Pabellón de Deporte / Felipe Brandão y Nuno Sanches
© Adrià Goula
© Isaac Ramirez
© Benedikt Markel
© Edmund Sumner
© Centro Cultural del Desierto Nk’Mip / DIALOG
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Updating Antiquity: Using Modular Ceramics to Create New Compositions

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Cortesía de GRT Architects Cortesía de GRT Architects Inspired by two of the oldest techniques in architecture, fluting and reeding, Brooklyn-based GRT Architects have developed a series of modular ceramic pieces that update the Greek tradition, varying its classic composition.
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KAZA is composed of cast concrete and rethinks the proportions and fixed rules that governed Greek columns of antiquity. This new material consists of modules that can be adjusted and accommodated to form interesting relief surfaces.

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A triangular mosaic was then generated to provide the possibility of joining other modules at 120-degree angles, producing grids and varied compositions.

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"Each triangle is, in effect, a slice of a conventional fluted or reeded column. When arranged in a well-behaved fashion they form a surface that would look familiar to the Greeks, overlaid with a subtle, triangular matrix. However, a number of unique patterns emerge when

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How to Calculate the Thermal Transmittance (U-Value) in the Envelope of a Building

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© ArchDaily © ArchDaily When designing the envelope of projects, we must pay special attention to each of the elements that comprise it, since each of these layers has specific qualities that will be decisive in the thermal behavior of our building as a whole.  If we divide 1 m2 of our envelope by the temperature difference between its faces, we will obtain a value that corresponds to the thermal transmittance, also called U-Value. This value tells us a building's level of thermal insulation in relation to the percentage of energy that passes through it; if the resulting number is low we will have a well-isolated surface and, on the contrary, a high number alerts us of a thermally deficient surface. Expressed in W/m²·K, the U-Value depends on the thermal resistance of each of the elements that make up the surface (the percentage in which a building element is opposed to the passage
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Keys to Implement BIM in Your Architecture Office

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© Planbim © Planbim After noticing a huge inefficiency and disarticulation in their processes (working separately in design, modeling, and documentation), David Miller Architects (DMA) decided to immerse his company into the BIM (Building Information Modeling) world in 2008. Despite their success, this experience of trial and error gave them a series of lessons that are important to consider when rethinking the way we do architecture.
'BIM gave us an opportunity to reimagine the practice, in a much more structured and organized way. Then, it allowed us to have more quality control, [and be] more organized and thorough, which is really important for a small practice trying to grow. And that really increased the confidence in some of our clients,' says David Miller.

We spoke with the British architect at a conference in June 2018 in Santiago, Chile, which included the seminar "Why Implement BIM in 2020" organized by Planbim. This seminar identified 7 key points
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Online Revit Courses for Beginners and Experts

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Course: "Revit 2019: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial)". Image © Lynda.com Course: "Revit 2019: Essential Training for Architecture (Imperial)". Image © Lynda.com As one of the most-used BIM software products around the world, there are a large number of tutorials and online courses that help us to get started in using Revit, or to become an advanced user and take advantage of its many tools. Do you just want to become familiar with its interface so that you can start using it in your projects? Do you need to learn how to link it with AutoCAD or 3ds Max? Don't know how to render or present the results of your models? These courses promise to teach you how.

Mass Building using Autodesk Revit

An introductory course to Revit in which you will learn about the interface by designing a basic building. Aimed at beginner and professionals architects who want to start using Revit in their projects. Free
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Design an Efficient Kitchen by Downloading These BIM Objects

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The requirements for the use of BIM files in architectural projects are getting increasingly stricter. Currently, there are mandates that will require the use of these tools for the development of public projects. It is also likely that these norms will also be replicated in private projects. Earlier this year, we published the guide 'How to Correctly Design and Build a Kitchen;' today, we present the second installment on how to use the BIM format to design the kitchen of your project quickly and efficiently. The modules are part of a library of elements which can be varied in a large number of formats and styles through the different models of Melamine boards.  The advantage of applying these modules is dependent on your design. You must consider the best possible optimization of a board, avoiding waste of material and money, and reducing the problems when building each piece of
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Base - Encimera (variaciones). Image Cortesía de Arauco
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Base - Espaciero (variaciones). Image Cortesía de Arauco
Base - Bandejero (variaciones). Image Cortesía de Arauco
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Torre horno (variaciones). Image Cortesía de Arauco
Despensa (variaciones). Image Cortesía de Arauco
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Aéreo - Muebles, ajuste lateral (variaciones). Image Cortesía de Arauco
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9 Inventive Large-Scale Stadiums and Their Constructive Details

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© Tomaz Gregoric © Tomaz Gregoric Stadiums —new or remodeled— provide excellent and innovative examples of architecture on a large scale; they are required to shelter thousands of people, including the athletes of the games they host. In addition to the technical aspects and considerations related to sports, these structures apply interesting cladding systems, with some stadiums even generating the energy needed to function. Read on for more about stadiums and their structures in detail.

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Curitiba, Brazil

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Remodeled and expanded for the 2014 Brazil World Cup, the Arena da Baixada is a 126,836 square meter stadium with a capacity of 42,417. Its design is inspired by the "illuminated box" concept, joining the existing structure through a system of easily assembled components. The materials used were standardized to achieve a certain lightness, permeability, and translucency

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Chinquihue Stadium / Cristián Fernández Arquitectos. Image © Felipe Díaz
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Chinquihue Stadium / Cristián Fernández Arquitectos. Detalles
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Arena Castelão / Vigliecca&Associados. Corte Longitudinal
Arena Castelão / Vigliecca&Associados. Detalle
Arena Tele2 / White arkitekter . Image © Åke E:son Lindman
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Ankara Stadium Arena / Yazgan Design Architecture. Image © Yunus Özkazanç
Ankara Stadium Arena / Yazgan Design Architecture. Corte Longitudinal
Ankara Stadium Arena / Yazgan Design Architecture. Planta
Basketball Stadium in Dongguan / gmp architekten. Image © Christian Gahl
Basketball Stadium in Dongguan / gmp architekten. Corte Longitudinal
Basketball Stadium in Dongguan / gmp architekten. Planta
Mineirão Sports Complex / BCMF Arquitetos. Image © Leonardo Finotti
Mineirão Sports Complex / BCMF Arquitetos. Corte Longitudinal
Mineirão Sports Complex / BCMF Arquitetos. Corte / Detalle
Borisov Football Stadium / OFIS Architects. Image © Rok Gerbec
Borisov Football Stadium / OFIS Architects. Corte Longitudinal
Borisov Football Stadium / OFIS Architects. Diagrama Estructural
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What is EIFS and How to Design an External Insulation and Finish System

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Courtesy of STO Courtesy of STO EIFS (Exterior Insulation and Finish System) is an insulated facade system for walls and ventilated slabs that work through the superposition of 5 skins: fixation, insulation, waterproofing (open to the diffusion of the vapor and resistant to impact), and an outer cladding layer. How are these components installed, and how do they work? Is it a system for new projects or can it be incorporated into existing buildings? How to design an EIFS correctly for my architecture project? Find these and other answers, below.

Components of an EIFS

Fixation for Insulating Material

It is usually composed of adhesive mortar. In some cases, mechanical fixings are added, especially if the project has large wind suctions or if a very heavy coating has been placed. StoTherm | StoTherm Silt
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Insulation Material

It depends on the choice of the client and the specific needs of the project.

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Atxu Amann’s Spanish Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Biennale Looks to Give Space to Young Architects Who Haven’t Built Yet

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During the inauguration of the Spanish Pavilion for the 2018 Venice Biennale, we spoke with Spanish architect Atxu Amann, curator of the space, to better understand the ideas and motivations that shape the exhibition called "Becoming." One of the most interesting concepts –and with the aim of avoiding unnecessary waste– is that 2018 budget was mostly applied to remodel the pavilion building itself; then Amann's team "tattooed" its walls with more than 140 projects made by students and young architects.
(Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara) underscore the concept of generosity, which I think is important because we have to give space and time to those who are not yet building or constructing. We have been very lucky. When I was 30 years old I was already building. Here we have young people between the ages of 35-40 who have never built anything.

On one hand, this has made it
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Becoming: Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018

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Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia. Image © Italo Rondinella Courtesy of La Biennale di Venezia. Image © Italo Rondinella As part of our 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale coverage, we present the completed Spanish Pavilion. Below, the curatorial team describes the exhibition in their own words. 

Becoming, the Spanish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2018, seeks to respond to the general theme of the event through the proposals and research being developed in the different learning environments within the country, placing special emphasis on the architect's new multidisciplinary profile. The exhibition, curated by the architect Atxu Amann, has occupied most of its budget in restoring the building in which it is located, "tattooing" its interior walls to load them with 143 proposals that are unified through 52 relevant concepts to our discipline today.
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From the Architects. After winning the Golden Lion award at the Biennale Architettura 2016 for Unfinished

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How Tree Trunks Are Cut to Produce Wood With Different Appearances and Uses

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© José Tomás Franco © José Tomás Franco As wood is one of the most widely-used materials in the world, architects are accustomed to being able to easily obtain sawn wood at a nearby store. However, many of us know little about its manufacturing process and all the operations that determine its appearance, dimensions, and other important aspects of its performance. The lumber we use to build is extracted from the trunks of more than 2000 tree species worldwide, each with different densities and humidity levels. In addition to these factors, the way in which the trunk is cut establishes the functionality and final characteristics of each wood section. Let's review the most-used cuts.

Parts of a Trunk

A trunk is composed mainly of cellulose fibers joined by lignin. From the outside to the inside, we can identify the following parts:

In China, an Experimental Pavilion of Ceramic Bricks Fuses Craftsmanship and Digital Fabrication

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Uniting the material intelligence of vernacular crafts with the precision and flexibility provided by the new digital design and manufacturing technologies, the Robotic Fabrication LAB of The Faculty of Architecture of HKU has developed the CeramicINformation Pavilion, with the objective of finding suitable levels of automation to be used for emerging and transitioning economies. 

Part of an evolving series, each of its 1,000 components is unique and relates specifically to its neighboring units. The elements are constructed through 3D printing and are made of terracotta brick, a material commonly used in modern Chinese construction.

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In terms of digital design, approximately 1.5 million lines of code were generated, with each brick containing an average of 1,400 individual target-points. Despite this apparent complexity, the accuracy and clarity of the technology allowed its construction to be carried out in 20 days by unskilled labor, even without

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Concrete Blocks in Architecture: How to Build With This Modular and Low-Cost Material?

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Concrete blocks are a prefabricated material mainly used to build walls. Like bricks, the blocks are stacked together and joined with a mortar, usually consisting of cement, sand, and water. The blocks are hollow inside to allow for steel bars and mortar filling. 

These blocks come in a variety of dimensions and textures, from traditional smooth surfaces to fluted or rough finishes, as well as special units for corners or for beams with longitudinal reinforcements. The dimensions of these blocks range from the classic 8x8x16 inches (approx 19x19x39 cm) which is meant for structural use, to a size of 8x3.5x39 inches (approx 19x9x39 cm) for partitioning walls. How can we incorporate them creatively into our designs?

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Although the first blocks were manufactured by hand, nowadays they

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Mipibu House / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Image © Nelson Kon
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Casa + Estudio / Terra e Tuma Arquitetos Associados. Image © Pedro Kok
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What is BIM and Why Does it Seem to be Fundamental in the Current Architectural Design?

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BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a methodology that allows architects to create digital design simulations to manage all the information associated with an architectural project.

While CAD creates 2- or 3-dimensional drawings that don't distinguish between their elements, BIM incorporates 4-D (time) and 5-D (costs). This allows users to manage information intelligently throughout the life cycle of a project, automating processes such as programming, conceptual design, detailed design, analysis, documentation, manufacturing, construction logistics, operation and maintenance, renovation and/or demolition. 

In any design and construction project there are an unlimited number of participants, as well as infinite interactions between parties. The projects are multidisciplinary and include information that is not necessary to all involved. So who is responsible for what in each project? How far does my responsibility go and where does yours start? BIM helps to order the complexity of this process. 

It is important to clarify

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Trespa Meteon cladding, modeled in Revit
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Deepen Your Understanding of Construction and Materials With These Online Courses

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© ArchDaily | José Tomás Franco © ArchDaily | José Tomás Franco How much do you wish you knew about carpentry, solar energy or masonry? Leonardo Da Vinci said, "the noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding." Those who are open to learning and expanding their horizons are more likely improve their approach to design. If you've always wanted to understand more about construction processes, structures or materials, this list of online courses is for you.  We scoured MOOC platforms and databases to highlight a series of online courses related to construction and building materials.  Many of the courses are permanently available and can be taken immediately; we've also provided information so that you may contact the universities or instructors to inquire about start dates, certificates, costs, course language and other relevant details.

Materials Science: 10 Things Every Engineer Should Know

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