Innovative, sustainable, and commercially available are the key qualities that a material must have in order to become part of the materials library at Material ConneXion Bilbao. Its director, Unai Etxebarria, is convinced that innovation is the key to being competitive.
If libraries are paradise for readers, materials libraries are paradise for designers. Or perhaps hell. Choosing between more than 6,500 references from the database at Material ConneXion, the biggest centre for materials in the world, can become a real headache.
Materials research is constantly evolving. In a society which is becoming more technically advanced, innovative materials that challenge design are emerging. To make research and the adaptation of materials to projects easier, materials libraries where you can find everything you need, were born.
Unique projects require unique materials. We're taking a look at wood veneer, an essential material in the world of interior design for spaces that require a made-to-measure look to express their sophistication.
Bioconstruction is in fashion. Who wouldn't like a healthy house? Below you'll find some sustainable materials , which are long-lasting, free from toxins, and recyclable. This is important in bioconstruction, as it allows us to reduce the carbon footprint of the building and to look after your own health too.
The consumer goods come to life thanks to the imagination of the creators. Probably one of the reason is climate change or the awareness we have to build a better space, but also the ability to innovate and manufacture new designs from unsuspected materials.
Modular houses are trendy. Together with the speed of construction and its lower cost, the commitment for an attractive design and the energy efficiency gave them the little push they needed to attract a younger audience concerned both about the aesthetics and the environment.
Wooden skyscrapers are fashionable. Efficient, environmental and resistant, wood emerges as the material of the future, with projects such as the Oakland Tower in London, above 300 meters, but also of the present, with buildings above 50 meters.
Izaskun Chinchilla is an atypical architect. In her early 40s, she resigned and now she manages her own studio. She bet on her ideas and now encourages her students to do so. We talk with Izaskun Chinchilla about her passion, architecture.
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