Naturally cool: why passive shading and ventilation will change the future of facades

Naturally cool: why passive shading and ventilation will change the future of facades

The need to minimise energy consumption affects many aspects of architecture, and designs that employ traditional or cutting-edge shading devices and ventilation methods are at the forefront of reducing our reliance on air conditioning. Architonic examines some ecologically innovative projects. Read
X-Code: Inspired by the world of running

X-Code: Inspired by the world of running

The successful sport sector is a true pioneer in its field, using innovative technology to create lightweight, perfect fitting sport shoes. With their groundbreaking design, intricate construction and high-tech fibres, they promise to open up totally new possibilities for athletes. What is revolutionising the world of running is equally good for today’s dynamic office workers. The designer Daniel Figueroa and the ergonomics experts from Dauphin have worked closely together and come up with a special seamless backrest fabric for “X-Code”. Designed to meet the needs of dynamic office workers, it moulds to users’ movements like a second skin. However, this is just one of a number of new design approaches and unique features.
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The Treasure Seeker

The Treasure Seeker

RICHARD LAMPERT has used his explorer's spirit and his keen instinct for good design to create an impressive portfolio of furniture.
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Through Deidi's Eyes – Simon Vélez, the Bamboo Architect

Through Deidi's Eyes – Simon Vélez, the Bamboo Architect

In this first installment of our new series featuring the work of renowned architectural photographer DEIDI VON SCHAEWEN, we take a look at a unique exhibition of Colombian architect and bamboo-master Simon Vélez's work, currently installed in the grounds of La Bambouseraie in the South of France.
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So Transparent: London's iconic Crystal Palace reloaded

So Transparent: London's iconic Crystal Palace reloaded

One of most iconic architectural structures of the 19th century – London’s legendary Crystal Palace – is being reborn, with a host of international starchitects in the running to rethink it. Leading materials consultancy MATERIALS COUNCIL investigates the exciting possibilities this landmark project offers in terms both of material innovation and of cutting-edge building technologies.
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