High tech architecture is becoming eco-friendly

November 23, 2015
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Photo: Foster and Partners

Since Sir Norman Foster designed the HSBC Hong Kong headquarters, and even before, high tech buildings have been revolutionizing the urban landscape, and we can say that this trend is not decreasing at all. At present, there are many projects under development that can still be included in high tech architecture, but there have been some changes since everything started in the seventies.

An example of these changes is the case of Dubai Museum of the Future, that will be entirely printed in 3D. Today the industrialization of architecture is even more revolutionary, efficient and intelligent, and high tech architecture can go to a next step, because we really have the chance to print pieces of the buildings. As a result of this, on one hand the costs are reduced and on the other hand the process turns much easier.

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Minimalist architecture is taking over

November 12, 2015
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Here are some examples of minimalist works

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said that “perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”. This is how minimalist architects think, that the perfect work or design is reduced to the minimal, the essence.

“Less is more” was the way Van der Rohe defined minimalism, a philosophy that not only is present in architecture, but also in design and every art in general. It was in 1929 when this architectural style really started, when the father of minimalism worked on the Barcelona Pavilion for the International Exposition. This building is considered one of the four great works of the modern architecture, with the villa Saboya by Le Corbusier, the Fallingwater House by Wright and the Bauhaus building by Gropius. The Barcelona Pavilion offered a new way to understand contemporary architecture: open spaces and the reduction of boundaries between the inside and outside. It is known for its simple form and its spectacular use of extravagant materials, such as travertine, red onyx and marble. When the exposition was over, the pavilion was closed for many years, until it was reconstructed by some spanish architects between 1983 and 1986. They used the same materials, to honour the original work from van der Rohe.

Minimalist style has been influenced by van der Rohe, but it has taken over in the last years, being present in a lot of modern houses. Its popularity is increasing more and more, as we can see every year new public buildings of private residences inspired by minimalism, including the interior design.

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Architectural styles expected for 2016

November 4, 2015
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Smart cities, functional life and sustainability

Smart cities, functional life and sustainability

During the next weeks, we will expose the different architectural styles that are expected for the next months and years. It seems that our day by day will change completely, as our cities will become increasingly smart cities, focused on functionality and also on space optimization. The incredible progress of technology influences on Architecture, and it can have a big impact on the economy, the daily lives of people and the productivity of companies.

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