An Eatery That Actually Feels Like Home

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Ristorante Lacucina  by Archiplan Studio

Restaurants are public spaces meant for commerce; money is exchanged for food and service. The challenge faced by Archiplan Studio in the design of Ristorante Lacucina was to balance the inherent commercial nature of a restaurant with the desire of the client for a relaxed environment evocative of eating at home.

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Ristorante Lacucina  by Archiplan Studio

The furniture in the space was designed by Archiplan, and includes a large table to be used for family style dining. Natural wood with white lamination add a rustic sophistication. The unfinished wood employed in the furniture corresponds to the exposed beams in the ceiling, creating a visual link between them.

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Ristorante Lacucina  by Archiplan Studio

Modern Minimalist Chiaroscuro

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House in El Carmen by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

A 19th century residential building in Spain is the last place one would expect to encounter an interior dedicated to minimalism. But at the House in El Carmen, almost all unnecessary design elements have been eliminated, leaving an environment that relies on the beauty of its materials to sustain it.

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House in El Carmen by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

The walls are a luxurious white lacquer. The flooring a slight marble grey, which exudes calm and simplicity. The spare interior allows for greater drama to be attached to the objects placed within it. The sleek circular table by Tulip brings elegance to the space, its form reminding one of a flower.

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House in El Carmen by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos

Madrid’s Social And Ecological Urban Development

madridEcoBoulevard by Ecosistema Urbano

Cities need clean air and public space to make them inhabitable, but sometimes developers, governments, and even architects forget that.Density, mobility, and profit have too often trumped gardens and trees when planning for new urban environments. Not so Eco Boulevard, a new development in Madrid’s Vallecas neighborhood designed by Ecosistema Urbano.

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The architects used recycled industrial materials such as plastic, greenhouse fabric, and rubber tires to construct the air trees. And the structures aren’t only made of sustainable materials; each pavilion is itself sustainable as well. A crown of photovoltaic panels supplies energy for water fountains as well as power outlets for computers, concerts, and other activities. Excess electricity produced by the solar panels is sold to the municipality and pays for maintenance of the boulevard. Plants ring the interior of the column, purifying the air and supplying humidity. This results in a system of evaporation and condensation that supplies natural air conditioning making the inside of the each pavilion 8 to 10 degrees cooler than the surrounding environment.

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