Kitchens; the heart of a home! {Kitchens Materials}

Continuing with our first miniserie [Kitchens; the heart of a home!] on today´s post we want people to know the kind of materials that exist for kitchens and how they can be combined to create the perfect kitchen for everyone.

There are 2 important things people need to keep in mind when they are planning to build their new kitchen or when there´re planning to renew this special room. First of all you need to know what kind of house style you have in your home whether if it’s a Californian, Contemporary, modern, European, Farmhouse  or meriterranean and secondly you´ll need to be completely sure what kitchen style you want; [by the way you can check out our last post in which we talked about different kitchen styles].

This second one is the one we will be focusing on today´s post.

Beeing completely sure on what kitchen style you want for your kitchen is the main key for obtaining your dream kitchen. One super tip for it is to make a list of the materials that distinguish the specific style you wish for; once you have that you can start combining materials and tones to give your spirit to the project.

Generally kitchens are made of wood or some prefabricated materials which may be combined with some stones like marbel or granite, yet specific decorative spaces and items or even wall colors are the ones that give identity to the kitchen.

Some materials that now a days you may find in kitchens are: aluminium, plastic, resin, stainless steel, glass, acrilic, iron, concrete and even mirror.

You can use any material that is in this list to create your perfect kitchen, you just need to open your mind and start combining, until you complete your dream kitchen.

Now we will share some photos of kitchens created with all these kind of materials. Now all you have to do is get inspired and start your own list!

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Kitchens, the heart of a home!

With this post we will begin a serie of 4 posts about kitchens. The idea is to talk about the importance kitchens have in our everyday life.
With each post we´ll try to show the art to design the ideal kitchen, and how to adapt the design to the functionality, comfort and identity of a project.

Kitchens are considered the heart of every home; because it is the main point of meeting and working for most families. Kitchen designs are often made with open view of dining and living rooms; and in these cases it is not only a work area but a visual kick or a decorative element for housing.

First of all a kitchen must be functional! to achieve this goal architects must find the relationship between storage areas, washing areas and preparation areas; if these 3 areas are perfectly related the kitchen is more functional.
The kitchen design should match the style of the house, but with a twist that makes it stand out from the other spaces. It should become the identity of the home you need.

As an architect I believe that the design of a kitchen is a challenge; but by striving in our creativity, a kitchen can be made a dream place in our project; since art can be found even in a kitchen!

Here are some examples of kitchens; so we can start getting inspired!

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What is a Virtual Architecture Tour?

A virtual tour in architecture is something that technological advances have contributed to this beautiful art.

In past times, an architect had to express the project through drawings and sketches. The power of imagination, the ability to design and draw were the main keys to transmit how people could have imagined a project not yet built.

Since the computer became a work tool for architects, there was an evolution of how to present projects. What caught the most attention in new architects was the ability to create 3D architectural plants. These new technological advances have progressed to the point of being able to make photorealism models in 3D and virtual architecture tours.

Virtual tours are very useful tools for architects, because it exposes the project as it will become; it gives you a real view of solar orientation depending on where your terrain is, the materials you would like to use, desired interior and exterior colors and even furniture.

Now a days modern constructions are using this type of technology as a way of showing customers how their project will be; that’s why making a virtual tour is a good investment for any kind of project because in a long term it becomes cheaper for them due to that they will know how their project will come out at the end; and they will see if the design meets their expectancies.

Having a virtual tour helps the project to save time; because with it you will have your project completely defined.

If you would like to have a virtual tour of your project contact us by sending us an email to architectureanddesingpnv@gmail.com or by leaving us your information here and we´ll be glad to contact you.

 

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Sketches, the soul of architecture

In this post we will discuss how every architectural project starts, you´ll need only paper, a pencil and a lot of inspiration.

Sketching is something elemental that every architect has the obligation of doing. As we know every project starts with an idea derived from a need. Afterwards only inspiration is needed to start drawing the first lines.

At the beginning many ideas crop up for a project, but as they are drawn, they will be refined and modified until obtaining the final proposal. Sketching is a way an architect has for expressing ideas, culture and their ambitions. Often architects draw for pleasure and not for a specific project; and when they need to design something, they use their previous drawings to get ideas.

For an architect sketching is a way of expressing their feelings and motivations as an architect.

The sketches shown in this post are part of a project we are working on.

 

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Yaspe Offices

Yaspe Offices; is an interior design project, where the intension was to create an innovative workspace and make the final project with an economic cost.

The project involves the creation of some work modules for an office of an architectural firm design.

The project consists in three modules of work; the first module is specially designed for draftsmen. This room has separate spaces one for a computer, and the other spaces for individual work for each draftsmen.

The second and third module are joined together in a shape of a horseshoe; the first part of the room is the area for customer attention were you may find a cubicle for a secretary and next to it, there is enough space for the administrative area, also this room has space for storage area. The second part has a large storage cabinet which becomes a desk for reviewing plans and saving them; also at the end of the room there is a snack area where you can find a bar fridge, a microwave and sink.

 

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Kulapat Yantrasast (Venice House)

 

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Kulapat Yantrasast is an architect of Thai origin who came to revolutionize modern architecture with great designs, ideas and innovation. His first contact with the architecture was at the age of 10, when his small house suffered some damage, so his father asked him to redesign it. From that moment he felt great attraction to architecture and design.

Kulapat graduated from Chulalongkorn University with honors and later performed MSc and PhD at the University of Tokyo.

In Tokyo he had the opportunity to meet the great architect Tadao Ando, with whom he has collaborated on some projects.

In 2003 Kulapat came to L.A. where he made an architecture office called “WHY ARCHITECTURE”, which seeks to create sustainable architecture, unique and that fits the characteristics of each location. One of his most amazing projects was the house design he had made in Venice California.

This incredible project used few materials and a single structure system. The project was based on a concrete structure with walls and monolithic slabs, combining glass and vains with some details of marble and wood. The house is oriented toward the beach for the best views and the project was accommodated so that all spaces had excellent views over the pool and the beach. Large windows were also used for better lighting.

This amazing project has the ability to show how anyone with simple lines and few materials can achieve a masterpiece.

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http://www.wmagazine.com/culture/interiors/2014/03/kulapat-yantrasast-architect-home/photos/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kulapat_Yantrasast

http://why-site.com/

Offices VG

Is a small building created for the purpose of accommodating modern offices. This project is based on functionality; to do this we optimized the spaces because the proportions of the land were not the best.

 

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The idea was to create basement parking, getting 100% of buildable area. The building features are: basement, 3 floors and a roof garden. Each floor has restrooms, four independent offices and stairs.

 

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The style of this project is modern, for it is based on straight lines, using the combination of materials in the same range of colors, textures and fine materials with near perfect symmetry.

 

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The design is based on three outdated cubes, the two cubes in the background form the main body of the structure, while the front cube is the staircase. The project also has terraces intercepting between its sides and floors allowing an architectural rhythm that gives identity to the building.