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Urlo Studio completes stacked pigmented-concrete complex in Quito

February 3, 2023 Kate Mazade 0

Urlo Studio designed a rotated, triangular mixed-use complex clad in red concrete panels and terracotta tiles that is meant to reference the architectural heritage of its site in Quito, Ecuador. Completed in 2022, the project known as Olvia contains 14 residential units and commercial space, totalling 4,285 square meters on a steep 760-square metre in

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Forming Smooth Spaces With Stylish Minimalism

February 3, 2023 HD Staff 0

A base of greige and beige gives this minimalist home interior its soothing, laconic look. Curved furniture pieces and round rugs draw smooth outlines that add to the peaceful ambiance. Visualized by Mirish Mirzayev, this home features an airy, open-plan living space, accented with warming wooden interludes. Fresh splashes of living greenery uplift the tranquil […]

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A Neutral Color Palette Creates A Calm Interior For This Apartment In The City

February 3, 2023 Erin 0

Jessica Gersten Interiors has completed the design of a home in New York, that has a neutral color palette throughout. The open living/dining space has views of the city, while the living room niche in parchment was inspired by the de Noailles residence in Paris designed by Jean-Michel Frank in 1925. The curved sofa contours […]

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Casa SM by Form_A reinterprets its historical Italian surroundings

February 3, 2023 Jon Astbury 0

Minimal, white finishes emphasise the geometric form of this home in Melegnano, Italy, designed by local practice Form_A to reference the neighbouring historic buildings. Named Casa SM, the two-storey, two-bedroom home creates a new street corner between two existing building in the Milanese town. “The proposed intervention reconstrues the conditions of the context, reinterpreting its alignments

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Five UK house renovations designed to improve energy efficiency

February 3, 2023 Lizzie Crook 0

Architects Sarah Wigglesworth’s and Piers Taylor’s self-designed renovations feature in this roundup of British houses that have recently been retrofitted and insulated to improve their energy efficiency. The UK’s housing is among the oldest and most poorly insulated in Europe, with the majority also depending on gas for heating. With spiralling energy costs and increased

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Orange County Museum of Art / Morphosis Architects

February 3, 2023 Paula Pintos 0

With flexible exhibition galleries, dedicated space for educational programming, and areas for public gatherings, OCMA’s new building will provide expanded access to the museum’s permanent collection, which comprises important works of modern and contemporary art, and to its world-class special exhibition program.

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FOG Architecture transforms Beijing courtyard house into fragrance store

February 3, 2023 Christina Yao 0

Chinese studio FOG Architecture has turned a courtyard house in Beijing into a flagship store for fragrance brand ToSummer with exposed wooden roof trusses and columns. Located within a 500-square-meter Siheyuan complex, the store occupies  a 280-year-old courtyard house that are common in the region. FOG Architecture renovated the building to reveal its original architecture, which features triangle-shaped timber roof

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Biophilic Interiors: 21 Projects that Blend Architecture with Nature

February 3, 2023 Dima Stouhi 0

Humans are hard-wired to respond positively to nature; the crackling sound of fire, the smell of fresh rain on soil, the healing characteristics of plants and the color green, being in proximity to animals, etc. That, along with today’s critical environmental conditions and rapid urbanization, shifted architects’ focus towards eco-conscious projects to bring people closer to nature. Architects explored numerous approaches: rammed earth structures, recycled materials and furnishing, designing around the site’s sun orientation… The practice was so driven by green architecture that the lines became blurred between what is truly sustainable and ecological and what is “greenwashed“. But what proved to bring about the most innate biological connection with nature was biophilia, and “bringing the outdoors in” through design.