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And they’ve set up their very own embassy in inner city Sydney! The new embassy was designed by LAVA, with partners Will O'Rourke and The Glue Society, as a fusion of a whale, a rocket ...

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Plinthos Pavilion / by mab architects

The Plinthos Pavilion is built using 21816 clay bricks to make a continuous floor and walls. Usually hidden perforated sides of the bricks are exposed thus creating permeable surface.

Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center, Taiwan / by MADE IN

Situated in the taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, the project proposes a responsible urbanism based on the heterogeneity of the program, on the urban porosity and on the adaptability to the different situations and events.

Triangular House, Ecuador / by WE Architecture

The starting point of the project was to create a house around a patio as we know it from a lot of colonial style housing. By triangulating the house we minimized the distances from 1 ...

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Viewpoint Emerging Dining, Chile / by Javier Rodríguez Acevedo

The project was built using wood waste bins, impregnated poles, raschel mesh, river rocks, and wire recycling. It seeks no more than resolve a request from the rural, through the material and the ...

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Category: Theories

Architecture’s Elements: Lighting & Shadow


Something that I remember today, when I was studying architecture, one of most important things to develop for better designs are lighting and shadow. It’s so fun when we play with them in sketching works. It doesn’t matter how we get the light whether natural or artificial, lighting is always an interesting element to play with in architectural design. Beside the shape of the fixture, the shadow effect also play the main role in order to get the best design result, are you agree with me? I think so. We can play with natural lighting under shin shines, but at night we need to play with artificial lighting such as lamp. Two factors for consideration in the world of artificial lightning are the color of light and the fixture design, we need to pick the best match to our design theme whether traditional, transitional, or contemporary.


Another important thing for designer to concern is the detail of course, we all know what Ludwig Mies Van De Rohe said: “God is in detail”, right? It’s important for us to work closely how to handle all of the detail in our building such as window, the transition between wall and floor, stairs, railing,ceiling, and many more. And don’t forget the accessories, we need to play with them as well. In this case what we need is researching product catalog available in the market, the richer design vocab we have the better, because we need more options to chose what architecture elements that match to our whole design concept – exterior and interior. There are well known design workshops and manufactures that keep producing good product for our needs such as Minka Aire, Alessi, Modern Fan Company, and many more.


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Dynamic Architecture Era, Dubai as The Pilot Project.

With dynamic architecture, the shape of building is always changing by time. It’s mean that you can take breakfast facing sunrise and having dinner enjoying sunlight without moving from your room, it is incredible idea. As you can see in the video, the first project is planed in Dubai, the city of the future. And according to video, the construction of dynamic building is 7 times faster compare to the traditional building.

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