Architecture

The architecture section of arkitectureonweb is dedicated to hosting projects and references, in order to inspire and keep designers updated on architecture and the latest building trends. Here we collect and tell you about architectural projects from all over the world, which combine - each in its own unique way - engineering and design to combine technique, beauty and functional needs.

LUMA Arles at Parc des Ateliers. An interdisciplinary and creative campus at the service of artists and the community
LUMA Arles at Parc des Ateliers. An interdisciplinary and creative campus at the service of artists and the community

LUMA Arles at the Parc des Ateliers, "If there is an image, a metaphor for this 21st century institution , it is that of a living organism. A place where the question is no longer whether spaces are open or closed but how they function in the present moment: a place where always, somewhere, something is happening. A biological archipelago..." Maia Hoffmann

Wooden structure between the trees
Structure for the collection of recyclable materials. An interplay of wooden beams for extreme lightness

Hammerer Studio designed a structure for the collection of recyclable building materials and decided to re-organise all the functions under the same roof, hence the design of the project which is nothing more than a big wooden shed

AC House, a place to live in the city while respecting your needs
AC House, a place to live in the city while respecting your needs

The AC House project attempts to "communicate" what a house in the city should be like nowadays: a welcoming, familiar and full of life environment, in which the internal space is enlarged thanks to the constant relationship with the external space

Stone base and pink dwelling
An old barn is transformed into two guesthouses. History and contemporaneity in harmony

The "pink house", designed by Mezzo Atelier studio and located on the Atlantic island of Sao Miguel in the Azores, maintains the character and rural atmosphere of the early 20th century barn while creating space for a contemporary addition

"Transparent," an icon of modern Mexican architecture for the Monterrey campus

The historic building, which currently serves as the central administrative location for the entire campus system throughout Mexico has as its design brief the use of murals on the facade and lobby in an attempt to harmoniously extend the original design

Stepping Park House: the Vietnamese challenge of integrating greenery into architecture
Stepping Park House: the Vietnamese challenge of integrating greenery into architecture

Stepping Park House is one of the latest in a series of projects called "House for Trees", an initiative attempting to combat the shortage of green spaces in Vietnam by integrating greenery into small things and aiming to spread "green building" around the world

El Terreno. An urban garden designed as an area in order to educate about environmental sustainability
El Terreno. An urban garden designed as an area in order to educate about environmental sustainability

El Terreno is a garden, a community urban garden and an educational center that was started during the COVID-19 outbreak. The project was designed to stimulate interest in environmental issues in young people by also stimulating them to a closer connection with the cycles of food production and sustainable living

Take a journey of self exploration in the Inside Out House
Take a journey of self exploration in the Inside Out House

The Inside Out House encapsulates the dream of living far from the chaos of the city, embarking on a journey of self-exploration, in which the deepest thoughts wander and resonate until they feel at ease with them

"What is the vernacular architecture, other than knowledge transmitted over time and translated into space?"

Casa Cóndor responds to the architectural program of receiving, hosting, cooking, and living: located in one of the valleys of Loja, Ecuador, the house takes advantage of the materials available in the area and adapts them to an architecture that responds to the needs of its users

Corazón de Tierra, a multi-family complex designed to meet the housing needs of Mérida
Corazón de Tierra, a multi-family complex designed to meet the housing needs of Mérida

The multi-family complex accommodates 54 families in the city of Mérida, in the Mexican state of Yucatán, and is based on the idea of fragmenting a large volume into four smaller parts in which the entire housing programme is developed

Casa Castello, the little house hidden under a medieval castle
Casa Castello, the little house hidden under a medieval castle

Casa Castello is a small house from the mid-18th century, located under a medieval castle in Tregnano, in the province of Verona, which goes from dark and introverted to bright and extroverted

Community Center of El Rodero de Mora, an architecture that celebrates and dignifies the community
Community Center of El Rodero de Mora, an architecture that celebrates and dignifies the community

A small complex is designed in Costa Rica with an extremely low budget: an extremely rare opportunity for such places to celebrate their community through architecture

Escola La Mar Bella and its renovation which doubles its capacity
Escola La Mar Bella and its renovation which doubles its capacity

La Mar Bella, built in the 1950s, is profoundly renovated and given two new elongated volumes placed in an L-shape, which define the school's open space patio

Two tree houses in Woodnest, on the steep woodland hills around Hardangerfjord
Two tree houses in Woodnest, on the steep woodland hills around Hardangerfjord

A project where the architecture is a specific response to the topography and the conditions of the site itself. Each tree house is suspended 5-6m above the forest floor and attached by a steel collar to the trunk of a pine tree

Synvillan, the illusion of a house dissolving in Scandinavian nature
Synvillan, the illusion of a house dissolving in Scandinavian nature

Synvillan, which literally translates as "Optical Illusion", is a receptive architecture located in the Eriksberg nature reserve, which allows visitors to enjoy a unique experience surrounded by wild animals

The farming landscape of Bassano del Grappa embraces the new country house
The farming landscape of Bassano del Grappa embraces the new country house

The new residential building with a distinctly modern character fits into the agricultural landscape among the hills just a short distance from the historic center of Bassano del Grappa, a municipality in the foothills of the Veneto region

Villa Bakkum, a tripod with legs stretched out in the landscape
Villa Bakkum, a tripod with legs stretched out in the landscape

The villa in the wooded area of Bakkum resembles the shape of a tripod, whose legs immersed in the landscape each contain a different function: a living area, a dining area and a work area

Apartment with old walls
Old walls and exposed wooden beams. Apartment for a young professional

The balbek bureau studio is commissioned to design a two-level apartment in a historically significant building: the result is a welcoming environment, able to combine authenticity and history with modern architectural elements

Can a strict and understated design evoke a sense of whimsical wonder and discovery?
Can a strict and understated design evoke a sense of whimsical wonder and discovery?

In a Lower East Side apartment, a table, a rug, and a room-sized wooden box are designed with a kind of magical architectural realism, in a large loft full of diffuse and indirect light

It is all about efficiency and simplicity that does not give up on beauty: Casa en Cerros
It is all about efficiency and simplicity that does not give up on beauty: Casa en Cerros

A compact shape, capable of capturing sunlight and distributing interior spaces in the best possible way: this is what Casa en Cerros looks like, the dwelling located in the Spanish municipality of Villalbilla, in the province of Madrid

BAN Villa and the new rural community on the outskirts of Shanghai
BAN Villa and the new rural community on the outskirts of Shanghai

The government of Jijiadun, where BAN Villa is located, decides to redevelop the village, an hour and a half away from Shanghai, to counter the Chinese phenomenon of urbanization that sees rural areas becoming increasingly empty

A new
A new " living room" for New York University at News Paltz

The Campus Commons materializes New York University's need and desire for a space that would expand the existing meeting rooms and food court and endow the facility with a new recreation center

Archi-Fiore: metal materials are combined to give shape to an architectural flower
Archi-Fiore: metal materials are combined to give shape to an architectural flower

A big metal flower is the proposal of Iroje Khm Architects intended to enhance and give identity to a commercial building. Archi-Fiore, with its countless curved surfaces, is now the landmark of the city in which it stands

Dental clinic in the centre of Valencia. Dark grey interior
Dental clinic in the centre of Valencia. Dark grey interior

Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, in collaboration with interior designer Alfaro Hofmann, has designed a dental clinic in a building dating back to the beginning of the last century in the centre of the Spanish city

House of an artist
Farmhouse in Lanzarote. A house for an artist, with pigments of colours, tradition and modernity

César Manrique chooses an old farmhouse to transform it into his home and his studio, reinterpreting the traditional style through his point of view as a multifaceted artist, a house that dwells between the past and the future

LumiPod Sauna, a luxurious cabin in the midst of nature
LumiPod Sauna, a luxurious cabin in the midst of nature

LumiPod Sauna is a sauna cabin that blends harmoniously into the landscape to offer its occupants an exceptional wellness experience connected with nature

The house which poses as a tree: House in the Orchard
The house which poses as a tree: House in the Orchard

Among six fruit trees, there is one in particular that stands out, House in the Orchard: a single-family house that with its small size and character seeks to integrate with its context

The reconstruction of the Cherry Tree House in Prague. This is an extravagant house which does not break the rules
The reconstruction of the Cherry Tree House in Prague. This is an extravagant house which does not break the rules

The Cherry Tree House project is a reconstruction of a terrace house for the needs of today's family for comfortable city living. The same type of "terrace house" is repeated in the neighborhood streets where pseudo-mansard roofs, partial prefabs, and materials from the early 1990s can be found

Full colors and vast spaces to celebrate the joy of being with family. An architectural makeover brings Modernist Wonderland to life
Full colors and vast spaces to celebrate the joy of being with family. An architectural makeover brings Modernist Wonderland to life

Modernist Wonderland is a redevelopment to a cottage located in Victoria, a jewel of the 60s and property of a Greek-Australian family: a colorful celebration of the existing space and its liberation for better enjoyment

Made of Sand, a place designed to share with others a surge of creative energy surrounded by nature
Made of Sand, a place designed to share with others a surge of creative energy surrounded by nature

Made of Sand, an extension to a secluded property in the Blackdown Hills, named for the historic sand quarries of the area, is a wooded retreat for creativity that complements the rebirth of the stone cottage, a London family vacation home

Architectural projects

Since ancient times, architecture has occupied an extremely important position in human society. The architectural discipline was born to find practical solutions to the primary problems of the humans and of their communal life: the need to have shelter for themselves and for their loved ones; the need for a place to store tools, provisions, precious objects; that of organizing spaces, life and the defense of the community.

Starting from these fundamental needs, architecture evolved to deal also with what transcends the mere concrete aspect of an individual human life: the representation of power and its prestige, the cult of the divine, the intellectual life of a society. In this way, architecture has become an integral part of the artistic and cultural expression of a given civilization or era.

Architectural design is a process that is as logical as it is artistic. Firstly, it must be able to identify forms, materials and processes suitable for the creation of functional spaces in which man can carry out specific activities such as living, working, relaxing, taking care of himself (etc.). It is a wide-ranging scientific process: not only must it consider technical issues such as the choice of the right materials and compliance with current regulations, but it must also take into consideration the needs of human beings, which vary enormously according to the age of the people, their number and intended use.

Secondly - but no less important - an architectural project always has artistic connotations. The choice of colours, materials and shapes has a significant impact on people's perception of spaces and influences their attitudes and behavior in a cascading effect. Even the most functional building contributes - by the simple fact of existing - to determining the character of the space in which it stands and the behavior of the people who are inside and near it.

An architectural project naturally varies according to the different intended uses and the taste and ideas of the client. A business or a production site will tend to be built with the concept of functionality as its core. The head office of an institution or a large company will combine functional needs with representative and cultural ones. Residential architecture, on the other hand, will try to balance the need to accommodate a certain number of people in a given space in the most pleasant and comfortable way. While a HoReCa project will try to combine a functional aspect with a pleasant look to attract customers. And so on.