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


A Look at the Best Types of Commercial Roofing Materials

When it comes to commercial roofing, there are many options to choose from. These advanced roofing systems are used to cover many different building types. The commercial roofing industry is a growing industry that has changed over the years. New and more advanced roofing technologies have replaced older roofing practices in some cases. But there are some roofing systems that have stood the test of time and are still being used with success. Today, we are going to learn about three of the most common commercial roofing systems in the world.

Single-Ply TPO Roofing

Companies like Anderson Contractors have been installing single-ply TPO roofing for years. This commercial roofing type is often the go-to choice for many building owners. Thermoplastic Polyolefin roofing is a more advanced roofing system that many choose to invest in. Many building owners who plan to keep their property for a long time will often go with this option because of its durability. While it is a little pricier, this roof type will last for many years. Those of you with flat, low sloping roofs will benefit the most from this roofing system. To apply a TRO roof, certified technicians will use several different methods, including fully adhered, self-adhering, and mechanically attached. If you would like to learn more about single-ply TPO roofing, please visit this website.


Chengdu Zhongshuge Bookstore, China / by X+Living

“Few visitors come to my Thatched Cottage which is in the west of Wanli Bridge, but I take things as they are and accompanied by the Baihua Pond.”In more than 1200 years ago, the great poet Du Fu left a warm memory of Chengdu by such a poem, the mentioned historical and cultural place names like the Baihua Pond, Thatched Cottage have been passed down till now. In teahouses throughout the streets, one could listen to the storyteller’s expansive talking as tasting the authentic famous tea of Sichuan. Thus, the street culture of Chengdu has become a unique landscape as Chengdu, with its special cultural atmosphere and unique leisure, runs through every person’s life, and properly shows its elegance and leisure.


Twisting Courtyard, Paizihutong, Beijing / by ARCHSTUDIO

Twisting courtyard is located in Paizihutong, Dashilar Area, Beijing. It used to be a Siheyuan with one single entry. The purpose of the improvement is to upgrade the necessary infrastructure needed for modern life, thus turning this traditional courtyard, which mainly serve as a residence, into an attractive public space of Beijing Inner City.


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Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan / by Cheng Chung Design (HK)

A Brief Introduction

Marriott International Business Image is Transforming
The business image of Marriott International has undergone significant transformation from the original colorful and luxurious style into the latest clean and elegant style. Without excessive decorations, the architectural structures have become even more prominent to the eyes. Since Shenzhen Marriot Hotel Nanshan has planned to create a business image that focuses on nature, fresh, modern, eco-friendliness, and technology, all materials applied in the hotels are of natural, ecological, handmade, and customized styles.

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Boundary, Taiwan / by Wei Yi International Design Associates

Design concept:
Since ancient time, there have been two choices for the rich and established; to flaunt wealth and fame, or to keep modest and low-profile; which partly reveals one’s view of life. For the owner, an elder with great fortune and rich experience, the definition of “home” is more about a delicate balance, a tender atmosphere, and “a piece of pure land”.


Waterside Buddist Shrine, Tangshan, Hebei, China / by ARCHSTUDIO

This is a place for Buddhist mediation, thinking and contemplation, as well as a place satisfying the needs of daily life. The building is located in the forest by the riverside. Along the river, here is a mound, behind which is a great stretch of open field and sporadic vegetable greenhouses. The design started from the connection between the building and nature, adopts the method of earthing to hide the building under the earth mound while presenting the divine temperament of nature with flowing interior space. A place with power of perception where trees, water, Buddha and human coexist is thus created.


Simple Fixes to Make So You Can Sell Your Home This Summer

Beaumont House in Montreal / by Henri Cleinge, architect

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Selling your home is an overwhelming experience. You might think you need to change anything and everything to make it more appealing to potential buyers when the truth is, small fixes can often do the trick. Sure, everyone knows that a kitchen remodel can increase the value of your home. If you can manage that, go for it. But if you don’t have the funds, present a few simple tweaks to make your home sellable. Add a certain fix that does to their houses in order to flip them. Read on for some practical suggestions. Incorporate them and watch your home fly off the market.

1. Paint, Paint, and More Paint

Everyone can easily agree upon the fact that there is nothing quite like a fresh coat of paint. Its effect on a room and, ultimately, the whole house is undeniable. And, while you might love a wild or bright color in your new home, you should stick with neutrals when painting rooms in your home to make it sellable. You might even consider going with all white, as that will brighten the home up, which homebuyers appreciate. They also want to be able to envision themselves in the home, and that might be hard to do with a mustard-painted wall that they consider to be an eye sore. The best part about this simple fix is it’s relatively inexpensive and, if you get others to pitch in, can be somewhat easy, too.


Small Improvements to Modernize Your Home

Renovation & Interior Design of a penthouse of 65 mq. / by Maurizio Giovannoni Architetto

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Fashions change and trends adapt, and both you and your home can feel left behind. Trying to keep your house up to date can seem like a tremendous task and, sometimes, an impossible feat. However, there are many simple ways to modernize your home without high costs and high maintenance. It’s time to put those Pinterest boards to good use.

Swap Out Small Appliances

By updating your microwave, kettle, toaster or coffee machine, you can transform your entire kitchen. Stainless steel is always stylish and will rarely fall out of favor; it is also easy to clean and compliments many textures, styles and colors. It may seem costly to replace your appliances, but many electrical stores hold sales so you can cut the cost. Good-quality appliances will also last for years to come.

Improve Your Color Scheme

Loud, bright colors may seem fun; yet, they date extremely quickly. They are also troublesome to pair with furniture and ornaments. Neutral colors are always a safe choice, such as creams, browns, or even muted hues of purple, pink and blues. By having a neutral backdrop, your decorative objects become center stage. You can then adjust your tastes more easily, without offending the color of your walls.

Establish Better Lighting

Good lighting is crucial to any room’s ambience. It can also lift the mood of the room and elevate it to new heights, and many modernist table lamps make sure to utilize good lighting coupled with intriguing and innovative design. By updating your light fixtures, you can change the mood of an entire room.