Posts by Samantha Pires

Samantha Pires

Sam Pires is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and an architectural designer. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from NJIT. 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.
January 28, 2021

This Twisting Carbon-Absorbing Tower in Taipei Will Soon Be Completed

Paris-based architecture firm Vincent Callebaut Architectures is known for their green designs and are often referred to as ecological architects. In 2010, the firm won a competition for a sustainable residential tower for Taipei’s Xinjin District. Now, images of the Tao Zhu Yin Yuan Tower show that the structure is almost completed and that the green firm is certainly living up to its name.

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January 25, 2021

Stunning ‘Fold House’ Has a Sweeping Roof That Bends Like a Musical Instrument

Toronto-based architecture firm PARTISANS has designed Fold House, a unique single-family home in Southern Ontario. Boasting an impressively waving roof, the designers wanted the abode to blend in with the gently contoured landscape that surrounds it. The project represents a new beginning for client Scott Friedmann, who lost his family home in 2017 in a fire that forced him to rebuild. PARTISANS replaced the home with this beautifully modern nature retreat.

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January 24, 2021

18 of the Most Influential Typefaces and the Design History Behind Them

Typography is a design tool so universally used that almost everyone can name at least one typeface. Many creatives have strong opinions on typefaces and fonts, and some have strict rules on which they use and when. Before we dive into some famous and historically important typefaces, there are two basic distinctions you should understand. Though often used interchangeably, “font” and “typeface” do not mean the same thing.

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January 17, 2021

Zaha Hadid Architects Design a Futuristic Open-Base Tower in Shenzhen Bay

Renowned architecture firm Zaha Hadid Architects will soon design yet another impressive high rise for an expanding business hub in China. Their Tower C winning competition entry will integrate into the Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base for the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau. This important landmark will help further support Shenzhen’s reputation as a center for technological innovation and advancement.

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