Posts by Samantha Pires

Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She is also a freelance architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT and is currently earning a Master in Architecture II from the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Sam has design experience at multiple renowned architecture firms such as Gensler and Bjarke Ingels Group. She believes architecture should be more accessible to everyone and uses writing to tell unexpected stories about the built environment. You can connect with her online at
January 23, 2022

5 Beautiful Buildings by Luis Barragán, the Mexican Modernist and Master of Color

The architecture of Luis Barragán breaks some of the unspoken rules of modernism. Modernist architecture is often characterized as colorless since it utilizes raw concrete, natural wood, and simple materials. But Barragán used color and light to breathe life into his buildings. Though he often employed the same bold gestures and simple moves of more traditional modernist buildings, his colorful works also celebrated the playful colors of Mexico.

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January 9, 2022

These 3D-Rendered Interiors Are So Inviting That You’ll Think They’re Real

The incredible atmosphere in these photos is not the result of skilled photography. Despite the idyllic “god rays” of light filtering in from the windows and the patterns traced into the fluffy carpets, all of these images are the result of a 3D modeling and rendering process. Designer Sébastien Baert uses architecture visualization to imagine the dreamy interiors of make-believe projects.

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January 8, 2022

Fascinating Architectural Book Digs Into Buildings Embedded in the Earth

Whether you are looking for the perfect gift for an architecture lover or just for a new architecture book for yourself, one publication makes for great reading. Titled Dig It! Building Bound to the Ground, the book explores the inventive designs of architecture embedded in the earth. The work, published by Taschen, includes 1,390 pages of innovative projects dealing with the ground all around the world.

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