Green Architecture’s Urgent Quest For Cheaper, More Sustainable Energy

Over the years, an increasing number of disciplines have become interested in the concept of creating a sustainable environment. Green Architecture is one of these disciplines and its goal is to create green buildings. These ...

Idea Lab in Ciudad de México / by ARCO Arquitectura

Innovating, discovering, experiencing and acting are the main activities which will be held at i.d.e.a. Lab a new space for culture and creation designed by ARCO Arquitectura Contemporánea executed in Mexico City.

A'tolan House, Taiwan / by : Create+Think Design Studio

A’tolan is the word meaning, “a place with many rocks”, from the indigenous language of the natives on the east coast of Taiwan. It may also be interpreted as “piling of rocks”, “building wall with ...

BECYCLE Boutique Fitness Studio, Berlin / by Lien Tran

BECYCLE is the first Boutique Fitness Studio in Berlin, Europe’s clubbing capital, to offer “high energy” spinning classes with hi-tech bikes and a nightclub atmosphere featuring music from live DJs.

Izmir Transportation Hub / by Eray Carbajo

Eray Carbajo wins Honorable Mention award in National Competition for Izmir Transportation Integration Hub


Barry Callebaut México / by Work+

For the master plan of this project we considered a distribution with a clear structure able to support the company´s activities. Barry-Callebaut required an operative center with an academy, green house, relaxing area and open space offices in a single area.


Why Hardwood Floors are on Walls and Ceilings

Architects and designers love the beauty and versatility of acrylic-infused hardwood flooring. You’ll find this kind of hardwood flooring in the most unlikely places—as cladding on the walls and floors of high-profile projects like Courtyard Marriott, a trendy hotel in South Carolina, and the cheerful Dandelion Café in Irvine, CA.

You’ll find hardwood flooring as an accent wall behind the reception areas of businesses that understand the importance of making a lasting first impression. Boutique hotels create a stunning canopy effect over a bed by cladding behind and above the bed.

Acrylic-infused hardwoods by Nydree Flooring can create an amazing look in commercial spaces. The combination of their hardness (300% harder than regular hardwoods) and their thinness makes this engineered hardwood the perfect choice for wall and ceiling accents.

Independent studies show that the acrylic infused finish on this hardwood flooring outperforms all other wood when in comes to scratch and wear resistances. On floors, acrylic infused hardwoods are strong enough to be beveled or mitered to help achieve the special effect you desire.

The helpful infographic below from Nydree Flooring illustrates the “5 Things You Need to Consider When Selecting Commercial Flooring for High-Traffic Areas.” Learn why engineered hardwood flooring is a solid investment that will pay you dividends for years to come.



Top 4 Things that can Improve Your Outdoor Space

When it comes to outdoor space, the possibilities are endless. So, many of us take great pride in our homes and spend countless hours cleaning, improving, rearranging and remodeling the interior. However, very few people think about the outside of their home or realize that hardscape design is a great way to create truly gorgeous and functional outdoor space for your home. If you are a homeowner that is considering improving your outdoor space, read on below for a few of the top ideas for creating a gorgeous outdoor space of your very own.

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The History of Architecture

Architecture has come far from building for shelter and survival. Before we learnt how much we could do with an imaginative mind and mathematical thinking, we built to hide from predators and extreme weather conditions. We built to survive and for nothing more.

As time passed and our brains expanded, we began to find innovative ways to improve on our building skills. Then, we started to get creative and built for the beauty of architecture as well as practicality. Today, we build for all of these reasons; shelter, warmth, stunning designs, to push the limits of our imagination and to expand on our building capability.

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What is Contemporary Floral Design

Nature in its truest and innate sense provides the ultimate backdrop of contemporary floral design. Infact, many are inspired to draw in on nature to influence design in the sense of fashion, fabric, architecture and interior design.

However back to the basic and fundamental definition of Contemporary Floral Design is the artistic expression of how flowers are arranged and “accessorized”, together with other aesthetic enhancers and objects, to deliver a themed flower arrangement.

To simply place flowers in an arranged vase can be termed mediocre. Infact, on arrival to most corporate reception areas, one is met with flowers beautifully and usually arranged. Most countries have businesses formed that are commissioned to provide such arrangements on a weekly basis.

These contemporary Floral Designs can take the form of uber simple flowers arranged into intricate and considered designs that not only lend to the natural essence of the types of flowers, but also which can provide a floral arrangement with longevity.

The basic understanding of flowers is essentially to establish which can be paired, whose stems can be manipulated and still allowing for the blossom to remain, and which are parasite flowers that cannot be vased together.


TRENDS Excellence Awards for Architecture & Design 2017

TRENDS Excellence Awards for Architecture & Design 2017 is India’s premier design competition for professionals, brought to you by Home & Design TRENDS magazine (India). Categories are spread over architecture, interior design, product design and visual design. Entries are open to all architects, interior designers, product designers, graphic designers and photographers.

Submit entries online at

The submitted works can be located anywhere around the world. However, the firm must be based in India.

A first-of-its-kind in the country, these awards are an endeavour to bring forth the best in architecture, interior design, concepts, forms, and practices in India.

Last Date for Submission: December 31, 2017

Contact Person:
Harshal Wesavkar
Tel: +91-22-22735779 or +91-22-22735887


How to Prevent Extra Expenditure in Your Home

As any homeowner will tell you, there are always more expenses involved in home maintenance than originally expected. Just when you think you’ve accounted for everything, another unforeseen expense pops up.

While certain expenses can’t be avoided, such as the mortgage and utility payments, many financial burdens can be greatly reduced via simple preparation. Ultimately, your goal should be to setup the home in such a way that the monthly upkeep costs are minimal. With that said, here are some things everyone should be doing to reduce unnecessary expenditure in their homes:


Benefits of Using Steel Buildings for Agricultural Purposes

For the agriculture industry, their building and land requirements are quite different to other industries. Farmers need fenced-off areas to enclose the livestock and horses outside, along with large and wide open-ended building structures to house everything from pigs, cows and sheep, to horses for the riders to use for herding some types of livestock.