© Koji Fujii / Nacasa & Partners Inc This week we present a selection of the best images of chapels which have been published on our site. These 13 projects from locations around the world reveal the many different ways available to designers to create sacred spaces such as chapels. Below is a selection of images by prominent photographers such as Adolf Bereuter, Yao Li, and João Ferrand.
Finding an efficient configuration for a small apartment is not an easy task. Basic housing programs should be distributed in minimal spaces without losing comfort. Below, we have made a selection of 10 apartments less than 38m2 to inspire you.
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- Architects: Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects
- Location: Pakhusvej 2, 2100 København, Denmark
- Area: 10500.0 m2
- Project Year: 2006
Text description provided by the architects. The lighthouse is located by ‘Amerikakaj’ in Copenhagen’s free port, a newly developed quarter with very high density where new buildings are added to the area dominated by historical warehouses.The development contains 89 residences and consists of an open block in 4-6 storeys and a 15 storey tower building, joined around an elevated courtyard plateau above the underground car park.
The unique view of the free port, the citadel and the entire central Østerbro is utilized, and at the same time the residences are shielded from the railway facilities and the heavily trafficked Kalkbrænderihavnsgade.
Distinctive attics and bay
Cortesía de Naoomi Kurozumi Architectural Photographic Office Normally, houses are divided into common areas, rooms, kitchens, and bathrooms. However, sometimes the client demands to add other programs related to their work or hobbies, making efficient design and daily spatial distribution more complex. As architects, we are faced with an interesting challenge: to merge the private life of its inhabitants with more public and open programs, generating exciting mixed-use spaces. If you are interested in designing hybrid homes, we have selected 26 houses with additions including shops, soccer fields, barns, greenhouses, and even skateparks.
Home - Ceramic Gallery
Home - Garden
Home - Skate Park
Home - Basketball Court
Home - Library
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The lack of storage space is a recurrent problem in homes. In most cases, residual spaces or uncomfortable corners are used to solve the lack of shelves, drawers, and closets. To efficiently incorporate these type of spaces into your designs, here are 33 remarkable storage examples.
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- Architects: MVRDV
- Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Principal In Charge: Jacob van Rijs
- Client: NIC Building Ambitions
- Area: 3700.0 m2
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: Ossip van Duivenbode
- Design Team: Gijs Rikken with Guido Boeters, Arjen Ketting, Ivo Hoppers and Victor Perez Equiluz
- Project Managers: Firmus Vastgoed and Bulters & Bulters
- Contractor: Barten Groep
- Structural Engineer: Ikaabee
- Mep Engineer: Denned
- Mep Advisor: Hamel Regeltechniek
Text description provided by the architects. Small and mid-size companies often have trouble finding suitable office space in Amsterdam. The creative industry has seemingly unrealistic demands when it comes to office locations: an incubator of ideas, which is spacious and inspiring, with a unique design at a great location with car access. Salt is a response to these needs, providing small, high quality offices, each with a unique identity. The building forms part of Amsterdam’s port redevelopment Minervahaven,
© Maria Gonzalez The House of Soviets is a Russian brutalist building designed by architect Yulian L. Shvartsbreim. Located in the center of Kaliningrad, the building has been abandoned since mid-construction. However, its inhabitants recognize it as the most important urban landmark in their city. They usually refer to the structure as "the face of the robot," since its strange shape conjures images of a robot buried up to its neck, only showing its face.
Kaliningrad is a Russian city located in Eastern Europe, sharing borders with Lithuania and Poland. The city was German territory until 1945; then, after the Second World War, became part of the Soviet Union, changing its name from Königsberg to Kaliningrad.
Its architecture is an exotic mixture of different historical and cultural periods, ranging from the Prussian legacy to German architecture and Soviet modernism.
The House of Soviets
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With the aim of supporting architects to become active agents of sustainable design, this week we present a selection of facades that incorporate different recycled materials. Beyond the typical uses of plastic and glass, in this article, you will find innovative materials such as mattress springs, ice cream containers, plastic chairs, and recycled waste from agricultural and industrial products. A look at 16 remarkable projects using recycled materials to create an attractive facade.
Recycled semi-transparent plastic baskets
Recycled bricks from a rural house
Recycled plastic ice
© 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.
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- Architects: Sebastian Behmann, Studio Olafur Eliasson
- Location: Havneøen 1, 7100 Vejle, Denmark
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: Anders Sune Berg, David de Larrea Remiro
- Artist: Olafur Eliasson
- Project Architect: Caspar Teichgräber
- Local Architect: Lundgaard & Tranberg Architecture
- Landscape Architect: Vogt Landscape Ltd
- Client: Kirk Kapital
- Project Manager: Flemming Hoff Jakobsen, Hundsbæk & Henriksen A/S Construction
- Manager: Jørn Andreasen, Hundsbæk & Henriksen A/S
- Technical Supervision: Hundsbæk & Henriksen A/S
- Engineering: Cowi A/S
- Environmental Engineering: Transsolar Energietechnik GmbH
- Consulting Engineeringvv: ArtEngineering GmbH
- Acoustic Engineering: Gade & Mortensen Akustik A/S
- Fire Counseling: Hundsbæk & Henriksen A/S
- Safety: Eggersen Miljø & Sikkerhed APS
© Tim Van de Velde Offices and cultural buildings both offer the perfect opportunity to design the atrium of your dreams. These central spaces, designed to allow serendipitous meetings of users or to help with orientation in the building, are spacious and offer a lot of design freedom. Imposing scales, sculptural stairs, eccentric materials, and indoor vegetation are just some of the resources used to give life to these spaces. To help you with your design ideas, below we have gathered a selection of 15 notable atriums and their section drawings.
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This week we present a selection of 17 excellent images of interior courtyards. These spaces bring many advantages to a design such as increased natural light and improved ventilation conditions, while providing occupants with direct access to the outside and to nature. Below is a selection of images from prominent photographers such as Quang Dam, Fran Parente, and Pablo Blanco.
- Architects: VTN Architects
- Location: Venice, Metropolitan City of Venice, Italy
- Principals: Vo Trong Nghia, Nguyen Tat Dat
- Architect In Charge: To Quang Cam, Thomas Boerendonk
- Bamboo Construction Leader: VTN Architects
- Area: 290.0 m2
- Project Year: 2018
- Photographs: Inexhibit, Francesco Galli
Text description provided by the architects. Bamboo Stalactite is a Freespace, a community space, shared equally by everyone. It’s open and free to all. Because of this community sense, Freespace has to be a space that is easy to realize. This is characterized by simplicity in structure and low production costs.Here in this space, we use bamboo as the only material.
Bamboo, with its distinctive flexibility structurally speaking, allows us to realize this project with limited resources (8 Vietnamese workers, with the support of Vietnamese and Italian architects and students to build the pavilion within 25 days). This flexibility extends beyond
© Roland Halbe
Capable of transforming a facade or shaping a sculptural roof form, tensile structures test the limits of our imagination (and understanding of geometry). This week’s photo set features structures that rely on cables, anchors, posts and membranes to create expansive, dramatic spans of open space bathed in natural light. Stark shadows and fair curves make tensile structures particularly photogenic, as captured in this set of images from Christopher Frederick Jones, Marie-Françoise Plissart, Yoshihiro Koitani and more.
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- Architects: Herzog & de Meuron
- Location: Calle Azul, 4, 28050 Madrid, Spain
- Area: 251979.0 m2
- Project Year: 2015
- Photographs: Rubén P. Bescós
- Partners: Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger, David Koch (Partner in Charge)
- Project Team: Nuno Ravara (Associate, Project Director), Miquel Rodríguez (Associate), Stefan Goeddertz (Associate), Benito Blanco, Alexander Franz, Mónica Ors, Thomas de Vries, Alexa Nürnberger, Xavier Molina, Enrique Peláez, Nuria Tejerina, Manuel Villanueva, Ainoa Prats
- Client: BBVA – Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria S.A.
- Design Consultant: Herzog & de Meuron SL, Barcelona, Spain
- Executive Architect: CBRE FM Arquitectos, Madrid, Spain; Ortiz y León Arquitectos, Madrid, Spain General Planning: UTE Nueva Sede BBVA, Madrid, Spain (Drees & Sommer, CBRE FM Arquitectos, Herzog & de Meuron SL)
At the Periphery of the Capital
BBVA’s new headquarters is located on the northern periphery of Madrid. The site faces the highway
Courtesy of BIG
- Architects: BIG
- Location: Lanesville, United States
- Partners In Charge: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen
- Project Leader: Max Moriyama, Anton Bak (Klein)
- Project Architect: Rune Hansen
- Area: 17.0 m2
- Project Year: 2018
- Team: Jian Yong Khoo, Tianqi Zhang
- Collaborators: Soren Rose Studio, Dinesen, Morsø, Gagganau, Kvadrat, Carl Hansen & Søn, Suite New York, Københavns Møbelsnedkeri, XAL, Vola
- Client: Klein House
Text description provided by the architects. A45 is the first prototype constructed in upstate New York and will be customizable inside and out for future home-owners to purchase, tailor and have the tiny house built within 4-6 months in any location, for any purpose. The design evolves from the traditional A-frame cabin, known for its pitched roof and angled walls which allow for easy rain run-off and simple construction.
To maximize the qualities of this classic structure, A45 creates more usable floor
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At the third meeting of the Living Environment Forum in Kaliningrad, Russia—this year centered on the theme "All About Housing"—the organizers presented the winning projects in the Open International Competition for Standard Housing and Residential Development Concept Design.
The competition, organized by the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities, the Russia Housing and Urban Development Corporation (DOM.RF), and Strelka KB, aimed to develop residential projects for three different urban models: low, medium and high-rise living environments.
A total of 299 projects were received from 39 different countries, including Russia, Italy, Spain, France, The Netherlands, and India. The most popular urban model among the proposals was for medium-rise development, consisting of buildings between 5 and 7 floors in height, with free recreational areas and local infrastructure development.
The winning offices were TA.R.I-Architects (Italy), Grupo H d.o.o (Slovenia), Plan_B (Russia), Archifellows (Russia), and ESCHER
© Maria Gonzalez With a presentation by Dutch architect Winy Maas (MVRDV), the third edition of "Living Environment," organized by Russian Ministry of Construction Industry, Housing and Utilities Sector, DOM.RF and Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design, was inaugurated today in the city of Kaliningrad, Russia. Also participating on the opening day are Martin Sobota (Holland), Elliot Eisenberg (United States), and Brian Mark Evans (United Kingdom). This year's edition of the forum, entitled "All About Housing," brings together architects, urban planners, businessmen, and government officials to discuss and reflect on trends in the housing market. The forum's main objective is to establish a dialog between the state, real estate developers, and designers to improve the quality of life in Russia.