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For the Love of: Concrete

Architecture is a practical science. There is no doubt about it. However, as every science, it has an absolute artistic madness to it. People react to its practicality by believing that it is a simple matter and any skilled builder can do it while its artistic beauty makes them view it as untouchable

Graphic in architecture depends based on the intended user. In what concerns floor plans, architects prefer the information given by line thickness and the details of the drawing. This particular graphic is at times hard to read for clients and thus many studios tend to have floor plans that use in their graphics the future textures to be used in the actual apartment (wood floor boards, tiles, rugs and the rest). I personally rather dislike this type of graphic. I find it childish and somewhat inaccurate. I do however understand its usefulness.
And last but not least, the graphics for contractors seem to be somewhere in the middle: lots of information and easy on the fancy graphic games. That can unfortunately be learned the hard way (and rather funny) as one of my dear teachers learned when the builders painted the shadows on the facade of the building. 🙂 Continue reading

My Waterfall House

The assignments was to create an ecological house. No restrictions, no rules, no guidelines. Ironically, though most people think that those are the best projects, they are some of the most difficult. The context of unlimited options forces one to immediately choose one specific direction, theme, chapter narrowing the usable elements.

I envisioned a house in the mountains. Carved into the rocks yet protruding enough to stand out. I pictured it in the near vicinity of a waterfall so that it could use its flow in order to create energy. The shape and the materials used for the construction allow it to blend into a forest. Alas, no forest in the renders. This time the RAM won.


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Variety, Variation or Just an Illusion?

During my graduation year I was a young enthusiastic and rather timid architect to be. I was not yet sure of my foothold and of how high I was to “raise” my voice. My graduation internship was on new ground: being abroad (cultural and social novelty) and in the largest architectural office environment to that date. I was reluctant to make a strong point unless I was 1000% sure I was right and knew how to back that up.
I remember one of the conversations I had with one of the primary architects of the office. He was giving me the tour of the project I was to further work on. Nothing fancy, just plain old independent houses within a lovely little neighborhood. He was very proud of how they succeeded in maintaining the individuality of each one and underlined several times how highly important is to have the houses different. I was thrilled to hear that, but seriously confused. The plans I was looking at had barely any differences. The facades had the same windows in the very same locations. The one thing that was obviously different was the attic window which presented a variation of circle, square and rectangle shapes. Continue reading

The Hamster Box

Neufert’s magical book for architects has this lovely page about balconies. It exemplifies the various types and their characteristics.
Balconies are exterior structures, typically on the outer limits of the facade with the simple purpose of providing outdoor experience to the residents of an apartment. When these balconies are placed inside the limits of a facade (biting out of the floor plan) they are called loggias. Typically loggias tend to be used in warmer environments when the heat would be turning the balcony into a bit of a desert. They are also good options when the plots are small and close to the public line, which does not allow for overhang.

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