The study of neuro-architecture—which explores the way the body and brain respond to the built environment—is also explaining the way that people respond to different shapes found within the built environment. It turns out that specialized cells within the brain are attuned to the geometry and arrangement of the spaces we occupy. Designs that connect people to objects or patterns commonly found in nature have been found to enhance their overall sense of wellbeing. Increasing stimulation within the visual environment is also linked to positive benefits and can enhance creativity. Rounded décor can encourage more brain activity and feel more friendly than a room designed with only clean and modern lines. Circles can make viewers feel youthful, happy, and carefree. This issue of AP ProductWire will share a few options that architects and interior designers have to incorporate more geometry into their designs and harness the mood-shifting power of shapes.
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Italian ceramic tile is prized for its functionality—durability, ease of maintenance, hygiene, and resistance to water and frost—as much as its aesthetics. One of the latest designs expanding the versatility and value proposition is the Triangle Collection.
The Celestio and Celestio Legno Collections expand Duchateau’s Inceptiv wood wall panel line and feature LED backlighting options and style-forward patterns suited for commercial or residential space. Both collections are offered in eight artisan-crafted, geometric-inspired designs from grids to hexagons to abstracted linework.
Inspired by air traffic maps, Tarkett has introduced two new lines of modular carpet tiles, offering new options for office, education and hospitality spaces. The designs could simplify installation in contemporary architectural designs where right angles and straight lines give way to open, multi-use spaces and curved walls.
The idea for The Wharf light display began with the desire to create floating circles of light for The Wharf, a waterfront development in Washington, D.C. Debra Gilmore, president and Principal of Gilmore Lighting Design, utilized layers of light to establish a visual hierarchy relating to activity within the locations.
Eureka launches Billie, a new architectural family of products. Outside, Billie's volume, shape and size attracts. Inside, an unexpected central opening and curved interior astonish. The light flows on the entire inner surface of the shade for an efficient, uniform illumination. Billie provides indirect light with no diffuser. Designers can mix it up and choose from luminaires in 24”, 36” or 48” diameters to carry an aesthetic from room to room.
Our touchless sensor faucets feature hydropower to deliver sustainability at the sink. The technology is efficient two ways. First, Hydro•X Power generates power from the source itself— the water already flowing through the faucet. Then, it harvests energy with just a few activations. Combined, each fixture delivers up to ten years of uninterrupted battery life.
Why Architects Love It: You won’t have to settle between achieving form or functionality. Complement your restroom design and work towards LEED points. Each solution offers low-flow rates to meet WaterSense or CEC compliance.
School is in session at Hunter University! Hunter Panels offers educational opportunities through self-paced e-learning courses and live presentations. Course catalogue includes accredited courses through the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and International Institute of Building Enclosure Consultants (IIBEC). Live webinars happen every month where learners can ask questions and get CEU’s! Want to learn live? Book a Lunch and Learn course and we will come to you!
While Azon does not make windows, the company does offer turnkey technology for the manufacture of polyurethane polymer thermal barrier aluminum fenestration. Using thermal barriers to improve energy savings in the window assembly helps manufacturers meet strict energy codes and standards worldwide, ranging from monumental architectural to residential aluminum window classes. The newest ultra-performance Azo-Core high-density foam thermal barrier by Azon contains the best combination of energy efficiency and the highest shear strength of all thermal barriers used in the most demanding climates and conditions.
Whoever said the washroom (the most frequented room in any building) shouldn’t be as nice as the lobby? ASI just gave the washroom a makeover—you can too.
The world's leading manufacturer of commercial washrooms, which includes our exclusive Velare and Piatto Collection of washroom accessories and our Alpaco Partition Collection, embraces a marriage of simplicity and functionality that creates a collection that has ASI’s exclusive Ultimate Privacy at its heart.