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LEED Gold-Certified Napa Valley Winery Selected For Top Industrial Buildings Award by American Architecture Prize

Signum Architecture’s LEED Gold-certified design Odette Estate Winery in Napa Valley has been selected by American Architecture Prize 2017 as an Industrial Building category winner.
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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:
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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.
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Inflatable Architecture for Fun

When I studied architecture at Bandung Institute of Technology in the mid-90’s, I had never heard about inflatable architecture. I am afraid, It was not a important subject in the field. But now I feel that I missed something really interesting, a unique approach in the world of architecture that’s been exist for years. As a functional but not permanent architecture, the inflatable architecture is really fun. Here are some samples I found across the internet.

Ark Nova Concert Hall

The interior of Ark Nova is too good to be an inflatable concert hall, but that’s the fact. Designed by Japanese architect Arata Isozaki and Anish Kapoor, this orb-like structure has 500-seats and enables various artists to perform orchestras, chamber music, jazz, theatre, dance and art, etc. The walls of the structure are made from a stretchy plastic membrane, designed to enable quick erection and dismantling. To transport it to a new venue, the orb is completely deflated and loaded onto the back of a lorry alongside the disassembled equipment.  
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6 Things You Must Consider Before Starting a Construction Project

Starting a construction project is messy, hard work, and stressful. Whether it’s a small home extension or a kitchen renovation, many things need to be considered before the project takes place. If you don’t plan the project in detail, it could hurt your finances or end up being a project that wasn’t worth undertaking at all.
Let’s have a look at some of the things you must consider before you get the project underway.

1. Do You Have Permission?

Without stating the obvious, some construction projects will require permission from local councils. Many interior projects are good to go straight from the get-go, but when it comes to building on the exterior, most of the time, permission is required. Contact your local planning office to see what sort of permission (if any) you’ll need to get started. Sometimes, even loft conversion projects will need permission and will need to follow certain regulations to ensure it’s an area of the house that’s safely hospitable.
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Top Five Cities for Great Architecture

From colonial constructions to modern masterpieces, there some truly amazing examples of architecture around the world. Beautiful buildings can make you want to travel, and when you get there they will inspire you through genuine admiration. Here are five of the most spectacular places to go to be awestruck.

Valparaíso, Chile

Situated around a two hour bus journey from Chile’s capital Santiago, Valparaiso is a sprawling mass of hills, lights and buildings on the west coast of South America,. Also known as the Jewel of the Pacific, the city was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. Some of the main highlights of the cityscape include vibrant houses lining the narrow, labyrinthine paths, and the looming colonial buildings along the high street.

The White City, Tel Aviv

The White City in the Israeli capital of Tel Aviv is an astonishing array of over 4,000 international style, white buildings. The houses were built during the 1930s and 40s to accommodate the huge number of Jewish immigrants fleeing Europe during the war. Designed by German Jewish architects, many of whom were from the Bauhaus school, the minimalist designs and striking straight lines of the constructions are said to link together the ideas of form and function. The city is particularly stunning under the blue skies of the Tel Aviv summer.

Florence, Italy

Florence was the birthplace of the 14th century Renaissance movement, and today remains one of the art centres of the world. The architecture in the Italian city includes works from Greek and Roman periods and as well as Gothic examples, however, it is the geometric aesthetics of the early and late Renaissance periods that really draw the eye.

 
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Creative Ways to Hide That Big Air Conditioner

There are few appliances more beloved than the air conditioner when the summer heat descends. Unfortunately, those big boxy units don’t add anything in the way of curb appeal. They break line of sight and you can’t cover them over because they need air flow. There are, however, a number of creative ways to hide you’re A/C unit.
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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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