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Archive for August, 2017

Popular Exterior Home Designs of 2017

Your home’s exterior says a lot about the rest of your home. It sets the stage for your home’s curb appeal, which in turn dictates a lot of its value. A well-kept, stylish exterior can set off a lot of issues on the interior, as well as make your home stand out within your neighborhood. And while once upon a time, many homes within one area may all have had the same type of siding, roofing, and trim, many homeowners are now choosing to set their homes apart a bit more. Instead of simply sticking to horizontal Dutch lap siding and an asphalt roof, today’s homeowners are branching out to find exterior home designs that complement their home’s architecture and their living area.

Siding Styles

No matter what type of architectural style your home has, there are generally several different house siding styles to choose from. In general, nearly all home designs have been turning toward a more natural and organic appearance of late. In other words, lots of natural stone, texture, and wood stains are gaining in popularity in all styles from Craftsman to Colonial.


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Metal Rainbow — Zhongshu Bookstore in Suzhou / by Wutopia Lab

Zhongshu Bookstore in Suzhou, designed by Yu Ting, is the newest one of its brand since the first opened five years ago. The new bookstore is divided into four main zones and several subdivided zones. Aiming to create a colorful new world by using symbolism, the architect gave a unique character to each zone: The Sanctuary of Crystal for new arrivals; The Cave of Fireflies for recommendations; The Xanadu of Rainbows for reading room; The Castle of Innocence for children books.
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Space Design of Elephant-Parade Office, Beijing / by CUN Design

Beijing is a complex diversified metropolitan, where everyone attempts for a small sense of belonging and identity. Even troubled by life stress as well as the Fog days they still went ahead. While the longest time of a day people spend is in office.
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daodaocoffee / by HAD Architects& EPOS

Function is decoration, which divides the space.

Daodao Coffee locates in the center of Intime City Commercial District in Chengdu. The total area of this two-floor cafe is around 65 square meters. And the designers tried to make it an ideal space to relax.
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Jingshan Boutique Hotel, Hangzhou / by Continuation Studio

This is a project that started from engaging with the site. The site is located up on a mountain ridge, next to a reservoir’s dam. There was previously a two-story “San-Ho-Yuan” style dormitory block built back in the 1980s, with a courtyard surrounded by the concave form of the block. There stands an ancient pine in the centre serves as the heart of the courtyard, with its dense canopy covering half of the courtyard and part of the building. Meanwhile, the historical context of the site, to the north of the Jing-Shan Mountain that once gestated the Zen tea ceremony, has prepared it with a deep historical and cultural ambiance. As a result, to preserve the courtyard structure as well as the ancient pine, in order to generate its potential spatial spirit, has been established as our design proposition.
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House W, Beijing / by Atelier About Architecture

It took three years to complete the design of House W with numerous redesign and adjustments in between. Atelier About Architecture has invested great effort and the process witnessed its own growth. As the owners of the project, the architect duo was playing as both Party A and Party B during design, and the key is to clarify the expectations on living and to solve possible problems with absolute sincerity.
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Why You Should Always Factor In The Best In HVAC Tech


Jamie Whiffen

The HVAC – or heating, ventilation and air conditioning – sector, is having a good year on a company-wide basis and from a technology perspective too. Of course, the summer is a good time to look at the industry, as most architects and construction firms will be regularly reminded about the importance of having the best HVAC system you can get.

It’s also worth pointing out that the industry has performed well across the whole of 2017 so far – not just over the warmer, summer months. That’s thanks to an improvement in HVAC technology. And that’s something architects could inform their clients about.
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Photographer’s Loft in New York, NY / by Desai Chia Architecture PC

Desai Chia Architecture designed this loft for a photographer who was seeking a serene live-work environment. The 5,000 square foot industrial space was fully renovated to include a library/reception area, living and dining areas, a kitchen, a photo studio, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a powder room, and ample storage space.
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