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Hidden Architecture

Underground tunnels. Secret rooms. Speakeasies. Priest holes. Panic rooms. Hidden passageways. For thousands of years, humans have used architecture to hide secrets, escape from persecution, and protect themselves and the things they love.  From ancient times to modern day, people have been hiding things that are important to them and architecture is an important tool used to accomplish that goal. Here are some of the ways that humans have used architecture to protect themselves and their valuables throughout history.  […]

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Architecture and Energy Consumption

Climate change. Energy efficiency. Solar power. Electric vehicles. Renewable energy. Recycling. Everywhere you look, there are new buzzwords and conversations happening about the ways in which we harvest and use energy. For most Americans, the way we can influence energy consumption starts at home with our houses and our vehicles. We all know that hybrid and electric cars are becoming more prevalent on the roads today and will likely be replacing standard gasoline cars in the coming years. But what[…]

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Why We Love Fancy Bathrooms

Bathroom. Lavatory. Powder room. Loo. Restroom. Toilet. Washroom. Facilities. Whatever word you want to use, there’s no hiding how much people love their bathrooms in the U.S. Second only to the kitchen, bathrooms are some of the most renovated spaces in modern homes. And these days, there’s almost no limit to the high-end amenities you can add to a bathroom to create the spa-like luxury that many homeowners crave. Best of all, there’s a tasteful finish to suit everyone’s style. […]

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The Architectural Design of the Future as Determined by Science Fiction

Through the lens of science fiction, we can explore worlds that are vastly different from our own. We can forewarn a terrible dystopia or idealize a stunning vision of tomorrow. For many years, humans have taken to imagining what the future might hold in regards to many different aspects of life, including in the realm of architectural design. Even in stories where the architecture isn’t the focus, it still usually has to be included in order to show something on[…]

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How Homes Can Be Designed For Happiness

We spend a lot of our time within the confines of our homes – lately, even more so. This is where life takes place, so, when we think about what we want in life, the home needs to be on the mind. Our houses, with their various sectioned-off areas for different aspects of the living experience, should be the focus as we set off to design better, happier lives. After all, doesn’t it only make sense that our homes would[…]

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Hidden Architecture

Underground tunnels. Secret rooms. Speakeasies. Priest holes. Panic rooms. Hidden passageways. For thousands of years, humans have used architecture to hide secrets, escape from persecution, and protect themselves and the things they love.  From ancient times to modern day, people have been hiding things that are important to them and architecture is an important tool […]

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Architecture and Energy Consumption

Climate change. Energy efficiency. Solar power. Electric vehicles. Renewable energy. Recycling. Everywhere you look, there are new buzzwords and conversations happening about the ways in which we harvest and use energy. For most Americans, the way we can influence energy consumption starts at home with our houses and our vehicles. We all know that hybrid […]

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Why We Love Fancy Bathrooms

Bathroom. Lavatory. Powder room. Loo. Restroom. Toilet. Washroom. Facilities. Whatever word you want to use, there’s no hiding how much people love their bathrooms in the U.S. Second only to the kitchen, bathrooms are some of the most renovated spaces in modern homes. And these days, there’s almost no limit to the high-end amenities you […]

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The Architectural Design of the Future as Determined by Science Fiction

Through the lens of science fiction, we can explore worlds that are vastly different from our own. We can forewarn a terrible dystopia or idealize a stunning vision of tomorrow. For many years, humans have taken to imagining what the future might hold in regards to many different aspects of life, including in the realm […]

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How Homes Can Be Designed For Happiness

We spend a lot of our time within the confines of our homes – lately, even more so. This is where life takes place, so, when we think about what we want in life, the home needs to be on the mind. Our houses, with their various sectioned-off areas for different aspects of the living […]

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Books on Display: Improving Your Home’s Interior Design with Books

We’re told not to judge a book by its cover. Look inside and just appreciate the story or knowledge that lies within. This is, after all, where the value of books are really stored. But if you love books for all they have inside of them, you know that they belong in the home. They […]

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Portella Feature On Architecture Ideas: What So Much Time at Home May Cause Us to Rethink About Home Design

As COVID 19 rages on, and the pandemic lingers into the summer, more than ever people are reflecting on what has quickly become the new norm – living at home. The months of uncertainty and restlessness roll by, and so does the time of wishful thinking. We wish that the pandemic was over, wish we […]

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Interior Courtyards

As we head into this new decade, interior courtyards are seeing a major revival. They allow designers and architects to invite life into buildings that would otherwise feel heavy and dense, all while allowing those who spend time in the buildings to not only take a break from fluorescent lighting but to soak up all […]

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The Changing Floor Plan

If you were to lay out floor plans from different eras side by side, you’d be able to clearly see and trace the changes in residential design trends. At first glance, the changes might seem random, but floor plans don’t evolve and change randomly. There’s an underlying current that causes the ebb and flow of […]

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