TGIF! [Thank God is Friday!] As you all may have noticed on our last post we posted a picture in which you may see specifically where the “Grand Teton National Park” is. So we decided to start posting pictures like this in all our new posts for all you to know where all the amazing places we are talking about are!!

On today’s post we want to talk about an amazing piece of sustainable architecture that is located in Livorno; Italy. This building was designed by UNA2, Andrea Michelini and Laura Ceccarelli.

The main idea of this project was to create a sustainable building able to adapt to the environment, and instead of stealing energy, it  is capable to provide beauty and harmony.

The project design is only one floor which has a large entrance plaza surrounded by greenery areas; it features one underground access which leads directly to the train, in the interior of the building; you may also find a library, cafeteria, playroom, and multi-purpose area.

The design uses innovative technologies in order to improve the energy performance of the building. The choices made include high performance envelope components, natural ventilation systems, underground conducts for preheating the ventilation air in winter and cooling in summer, it also has a photovoltaic system, solar thermal collectors that uses water for the production of domestic hot water, a monitoring and control system to control the plant systems and the building systems.

The exploitation of natural light contributes to energy saving through the use of a lighting system equipped to automatically control the light intensity depending on the intake of light.

Hope you liked this incredible place! Enjoy your weekend!!

P.S. Don’t forget to stay tuned for our next post!

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http://www.archdaily.com/607651/le-creste-cultural-centre-area-progetti-una2-andrea-michelini-laura-ceccarelli/

http://www.floornature.com/architecture-news/news-area-progetti-and-una2-le-creste-cultural-centre-rosignano-marittimo-10431/

“Le Creste” Cultural Centre

Happy Wendsday!! How was your Spring Break??? Ours was really relaxing and full of celebration specially becuase Jesus has risen!!

Today’s post is about the “Grand Teton National Park” which is located in the USA in Wyoming.

This majestic place is formed  by large mountains in peak forms,  and on the slopes there are extensive plains covered with sage and you can also find glacial lakes at its base, creating a world-famous landscape that attracts nearly four million visitors per year.

In this wonderful place people can do many activities; in summer people are usually hiking, walking, wildlife watching, shooting, camping, backpacking, climbing, fishing, swimming or taking boat rides, fast canoes and bicycles. In the winter skiing and snowshoeing tours are popular activities.

This place is a unique option to fill you with energy and to enjoy nature while enjoying its beauty.

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http://www.destination360.com/north-america/us/wyoming/grand-teton-national-park

http://www.nps.gov/findapark/index.htm

http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/national-parks/grand-teton-national-park/

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Kitchens; the heart of a home! {Organization tips}

Well, hello there!!! On today’s post we are concluding our first mini serie [Kitchens; the heart of a home] so we decided to take the chance to talk about some organization tips which will make your life much easier.

There is no better way to explain it than showing it with some photos; that’s why the main key for this post are all the photos you may find bellow. We hope you enjoy it and start getting creative inspired by these photos.

By the way, check out our pinterest account [Architecture&Desing P+N+V] where you may find many other different ways to get inspired; you’ll love it!

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Use transparent Tupperware for storage such as your rice, sugar, beans, flour, nuts; in order to have them all together.

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This is a perfect way to use every single space in your kitchen. Add a cutting board holder in one of your cabinets doors.

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Who doesn’t like a good cup of coffee or tea? Well here’s a good idea for having your little piece of heaven in your own kitchen. You will need a drawer and some dividers; which you may find in your local store or you may DIY just by using some foam board, a ruler and a cutter.

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A super way for storing knifes in a under cabinet block drawer; this way you may keep them away from kids reach and off the counter.

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If you are one of those persons who loves baking, you will know that trays can be annoying to storage them; this won’t be a problem anymore; check out this great solution! Use one cabinet nearby your oven so that you’ll have everything together and ready for baking; remember you can DIY your own dividers by using some foam board.

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Use magazine holders for storing all your cans.

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Talking about magazines, you may also use the magazine rack for storing all your pot lids neatly as opposed to thrown around your cabinets.

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For a better way for storing your pots and pans try this out; all you need is a sliding rail with hooks and a space inside your kitchen counter.

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Such a great idea; instead of using a drawer!

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Instead of having sink cabinets use drawers it will make your life easier when you’re trying to reach for something.

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Pan organizers?  yes they do exists; but here’s another good way for using them!

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No more broken dishes!  How do you store your dishes? It’s probably most common to keep plates, bowls, and cups in overhead cabinets but having a deep drawer is the best option because you may find your dishes neat, organized, and generally easier to lift a bunch of plates out. 

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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! {Kitchens Styles}

Long time no see! It´s been a while since we haven´t posted anything in our blog, and the reason why is because we´ve been traveling a lot because of business matters; we hope we can achieve what we have planned.

On our last post we talked about beginning to write miniseries about many different architectural topics, so the first idea that poped out was why not talk about the heart of every home?; kitchens, so that’s how we came up with the title for the first of many miniseries we´ll be posting in our blog.

So, on the first post of this miniserie we talked about the importance kitchens have in our everyday life that’s why in architecture, kitchens are a special place, because it isn’t just one more space it´s really the heart of a home. That’s the reason why, we as architects focus and spend a lot of time designing this room, to give the identity of the project and to give the spirit that the architect wants to give to the project.

In this post we want to share the most common and beautiful kitchen styles; which basically, only two styles exist; the modern and the casual, but there are many more styles derived by these basic styles.

Contemporary Kitchens: these kitchens are inspired by scandinavian and danish, it´s a modern style based in straight lines, usually using light woods; the range color is between black and gray and sometimes red or any live colors may be used. The furniture generally is made of stainless steel and the appliances are visible.

This style combines with modern houses but it is also combined with classic style houses.

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Farmhouse Kitchens: this style started in the U.S. with the pilgrims houses. The purpose of this style is to create a feeling of casual and rural through rustic finishes. Primary colors are used all over the place, the furniture and appliances are made of wrought iron, and you may find fabrics such as cotton to decorate.

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Rural Kitchens: this style is less rustic than the farmhouse style. It´s a very common style because of it´s functionality. Generally it is based in only one color, for example green or red, and one of its main characteristics is the open bar to the dining room.

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Old World Kitchens: this style is inspired in French and Italian kitchens, dark woods are the soul of these kitchens, the most important thing of this style is the combination between wood and some stones like marble and granite, the design is based in straight lines and the furniture is generally modern.

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Once we try to explain in a short way all different kitchens styles, it´s your turn to tell us which one you like the most?? Leave us your comments down below!

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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The Smoke that Thunders

The stunning Victoria Falls; this natural monument is in Africa on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe; and they are the waterfall of the Zambezi River, its width is approximately 5,604 ft and its height is 355 ft.

Victoria Falls are considerate part of the three biggest cataracts in the world along with the Iguazú and Horseshoe.

Above the falls there is a steel bridge crossing from side to side which was built in 1905. A curious fact is that this wonderful place has two names; because in 1855 the explorer and missionary David Livingstone named this place Victoria Falls in honor of the Queen of England; however the locals named this place Mosi -oa- Tunya, meaning “The Smoke that Thunders “.

The best time to visit this huge water curtain is between September and January, because it is rainy season and the level of the river gives more power to the waterfall. To enter this paradise there are two national parks that have multiple paths and views of it. In 1989 Victoria Falls was named World Heritage by UNESCO.

Words aren´t enough to express the reality of this amazing natural paradise. It’s a must on our visiting list! Join us!

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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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Millau Bridge

Millau Viaduct; is the highest bridge in the world, it is located in France; it was created as an extension of the A75 road linking the cities of Beziers and Paris, avoiding building a road over the valley that separates these two cities.

This project is a masterpiece because of the difficulty level and the precision with which it was built. Its designer was the architect Norman Foster, and the engineer was Virlogeux Michel. The project consisted of 7 pillars of concrete where boards are supported. This almost doubles the bridge height Europabrücke, previously  considered the highest bridge in the world. The project began its construction in 2001 and was concluded on December 14, 2004.

Eiffage is the company that built this bridge, as it also built the Eiffel Tower [which is a very visited and important place in France].

The work cost 400 million euros. The project design, the slope of the bridge and the turning radius is obtained considering what would be the best view for the user. It has a height of 1,125 ft, a length of 8,071 ft and its width of 105 ft. With this project we can marvel at the inspiration of an architect, accompanied by the incredible technological advances.

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