How architects can create their own bathroom style

architects can create their own bathroom style

Bathroom is one of the most important rooms in a house and for that reason deserves to be designed intelligently.

If you’re an architecture enthusiast or maybe just someone who has a keen eye for design, you know that building a bathroom is no easy feat. From materials to budget, there are many things an architect must consider before starting the build. But even so, if you want your design to be unique and original then it’s important for architects to have creativity on their side.

By following a few basic tips, even a DIY enthusiast can create an entire bathroom of their own design.

architects can create their own bathroom style

What do You need?

1. Shower Faucet Set

Buy the cheapest bathroom set you can find and purchase several colors of sprayer heads to replace the existing ones. This will alter the look of the showerhead completely, giving it a unique style. Use a tub filler faucet as your sink faucet for an instant makeover for your bathroom without spending hundreds on designer fixtures.

2. Lighting

There are thousands of different styles of lighting available at any hardware store, but you don’t need to buy an entirely new lighting fixture.

3. Mirror

Your bathroom mirror is one of the most important parts of your bathroom space. It’s your main portal to the world, so it needs to have a design that complements the rest of the bathroom

4. Tub

Bathtubs are the perfect place to start your journey into a bathroom renovation. Whether you want an old-fashioned claw-foot tub or a modern bathtub, there is an abundance of styles to choose from.

Step By Step Guide

1) Start with the basics.

The most important factor in creating a bathroom style is actually making sure you know what you want to achieve. If you don’t think you could create it from scratch, start with one of the many popular bathrooms on the market — like the one above.

2) Create a focal point.

Think about where your bathroom will hang out and what will give it life. Is that the only picture that’s going to be hung? Not likely, so try to think of another way it could be visually exciting. A big mirror is a popular option, but you don’t have to go overboard just yet — you can experiment with lighting, fabric and wallpaper later on.

3) Don’t get too fancy.

Your bathroom isn’t supposed to be a showroom, so don’t get too fancy. If you’re not sure about your collection of pillows or what kind of lighting it needs, start with a white tile floor, mirror and chrome fixtures.

4) Pick colors that match the rest of your space.

Color is one of the biggest factors in creating a bathroom style. Have you ever been in an apartment with a huge red bathroom? It’s not exactly welcoming, and it doesn’t give the space a sense of home.

Where to get the best ideas for bathroom Style?

There are many books and websites that you can visit to find design ideas for your bathroom. An excellent place to start is by visiting site will help you find the best equipment to purchase and the best designs to follow.


If you’re an architect or have had the pleasure of doing some bathroom renovations in the past, this might not be any help at all. But if you’re like most people and don’t know much about how bathrooms are supposed to look, this article will give you a good start.All you need is to visit and you will get all you need in creating a stylisg bathroom.

10 Summer Retreats For Architects

10 Summer Retreats For Architects

Tight deadlines, public presentations, keeping up with countless clients, consultants, and contractors … as an architect, one can get pretty burnt out during the heat of summer — I for one could do with taking off into the wilderness once in a while! Of course, when it comes down to it, I’m still a sucker for great architecture, even in the most remote of locations, so these 10 retreats are the kinds of places that I’d love to unwind.

No doubt I’ve missed a few gems, so if you have any hideaways you feel should have made the list, make it known in the usual place: facebook.

10 Summer Retreats For Architects

False Bay Writer’s Cabin by Olson Kundig Architects

Oslon Kundig Architects – get used to this name, because you’ll be seeing more of it during the course of this article. Why? Because Tom Kundig is the undisputed king of cabins in the woods. His firm’s expertise combine refined, modern detailing with rugged, reclaimed materials to spectacular effect, and the writer’s cabin at False Bay on San Juan Island is a perfect example. The timber deck on three sides folds up using one of Kundig’s famed lo-tech mechanisms, allowing the cabin to be secured when not in use – and adding a playful aspect to this secluded glass box.

10 Summer Retreats For Architects

Forest Retreat by Uhlik Architekti

Enormous boulders are usually viewed as a major site constraint by your average architect – but the work ofUhlik Architekti is far from average. Their jaunty cabin rests gently upon a stone, with stepped seating built into a raised portion to utilize the structure’s idiosyncratic internal geometry. Situated deep in a Bohemian wood, the cabin’s external walls are clad with charred timber to create a protective layer, and shutters conceal the glazing when not in use – this is architecture as object, perfected.

10 Summer Retreats For Architects

Therme Vals by Peter Zumthor

Situated in Graubünden, Switzerland, Zumthor’s acclaimed spa resort is tucked away in the Alps, allowing for immense relaxation and an architectural geek-out session to boot. More akin to a piece of archaeology than a work of contemporary architecture, the baths form a cave-like structure hewn directly from the mountain, becoming one with the surrounding land — Vals has that rare quality of timelessness, acquired the moment it was created.

10 Summer Retreats For Architects

Wild Reindeer Center Pavilion by Snøhetta

In Hjerkinn, Norway, Snøhetta showed how parametrics can be utilized without compromising on texture, warmth, and a building’s incredible connection with the surrounding landscape. The raw steel frame protects wildlife observers from the elements, while the sculpted timber seating was formed using a combination of traditional building techniques and cutting-edge 3D modeling. Truly beautiful in its simplicity: a modern classic.

10 Summer Retreats For Architects

The Exbury Egg by PAD Studio Architects

Last year, PAD Studio created this splendid wooden vessel for the artist Stephen Turner to spend a year cogitating on the River Beaulieu in Hampshire, England. One should imagine architects would get a kick out of this retreat too though, as the timber engineering is a delight to behold – the construction details took inspiration from techniques used over centuries of British boat-building.

 10 Summer Retreats For Architects

Rolling Huts by Olson Kundig Architects

Olson Kundig Architects return to this list with one of their most well-known projects – the Rolling Huts of Mazama in Washington State appear like a herd of animals in the long grass, allowing for simple cabin living in both summer and winter. As he often does, Tom Kundig adopted a modern form (a plethora of I-beams and a cantilevered roof that even Mies Van Der Rohe might be proud of), but the materials used have a muted, textured patina that allows each cabin to blend into the surrounding landscape.

10 Summer Retreats For Architects


Found in Harads, about 50 kilometers outside of the city of Lulea in northern Sweden, Treehotel is composed of five individually designed “tree rooms,” each of which was created in collaboration with leading Scandinavian architects.

Rooms include “The UFO,” resembling a flyer-saucer caught in the trees, “The Bird’s Nest,” a veritable explosion of twigs, and “The Mirrorcube,” which reflects the surrounding landscape in its elevations so perfectly that it appears virtually invisible … the perfect retreat for those who feel the need to disappear completely. Check out the project by Dass here.

10 Summer Retreats For Architects

A Room For London by David Kohn Architects and Fiona Banner

What about escaping from the city … right in the center of the city? David Kohn Architects made this possible with the creation of their temporary art installation “A Room For London” – this hotel for two takes the whimsical form of a boat, stranded on the roof of Queen Elizabeth Hall. The lightweight structure contrasts beautifully with the brutalist concrete building upon which it rests, and it’s even possible to do your best Titanic impression from the building’s prow – “I’m king of the wooorld!”

Delta Shelter by Olson Kundig Architects

Delta Shelter by Olson Kundig Architects

Strictly speaking, the final Olson Kundig creation to make my list is a full-on house rather than a retreat. However, its remote location and compact form means it shares many qualities of the aforementioned structures, with the addition of some beautifully crafted mechanics for good measure. Cranking the wheel in the center of the house allows the enormous, double-height Corten shutters to slide open, transforming a metal cube into a modernist gem – full-height glazing and cantilevered metal balconies allow inhabitants to connect with the stunning surrounding landscape.

Treehouse Solling by Baumraum

Treehouse Solling by Baumraum

Like the Treehotel structures of Sweden, Baumraum’s elevated structures provide a luxury, modernist take on the treehouse genre. Situated in Uslar, Germany, Treehouse Solling is elevated above a secluded pond on steel stilts, connected to the land via a timber gantry. Ok, so the firm takes liberties with the definition of “treehouse”, with each of their cabins being firmly anchored to the earth – but whatever you want to call it, the Treehouse Solling must be an ideal place to get away from it all.

Yours meditatively,

The Angry Architect

Architects Versus Engineers: A Rallying Cry to the Profession

Finally, you are an architect. You studied day and night for 5 to 8 years, giving blood, sweat and tears (sometimes literally) in order to kick-start your dream career. It’s been a long road, but you have made it through the good, the bad and the tortuous times – standing in your cap and gown at graduation, you are the proudest you have ever been. It’s been more than tough, but at least you can now relax a little, knowing you have earned the right to be part of a respected, reliable profession that will protect your status and offer continual work over the coming decade. Or will it?

In the Philippines, it appears things are not so simple. A soon-to-be architect there – who wishes not to be named for – has given an insight into a local struggle for power between architects, civil engineers and the political system, with architects falling victim to out-dated legislation passed just after the Second World War. He states:

“In our country, civil engineers can sign architectural drawings (for residential mostly), a complete bulls***. Are you aware of this?

This “trend” started after the Second World War, when there was a lack of architects in our country. To compensate for the need, civil engineers were allowed to sign architectural documents. Sadly, it still continues long after the war, until today.

I am still an architecture student, and the future is not good for us architects with other professions grabbing the opportunity that’s supposed to be ours. It really hurts to see a civil engineer in the space intended for architects.”

A Rallying Cry to the Profession

The source provided this photograph of an architectural drawing signed off by the engineer as evidence to support their claims

But, surely there are laws to protect those in the profession? Indeed: the unnamed source knows which regulation should apply, but it seems the government have been turning a blind eye for many decades:

“It’s clearly a violation of the law (RA 9266 — Architecture Law in the Philippines), but it is continuing. The law has no teeth. I just wonder if this problem also occurs in other countries?”

This source’s viewpoint is concerning, but is it an isolated case? Turns out the answer is no, as another source messaged me personally with the following distress signal:

This is our problem: Civil Engineers, who by profession design bridges and roads, also practice architecture. They are commonly hired and commissioned to do medium-end residential and commercial buildings because of their ‘cheap’ professional fees. In fact, they already passed a law allowing them to sign and seal architectural documents.”

And behold, yet another user vented their frustration right on The Angry Architect Facebook Page:

“Here in Philippines, civil engineers kind of took over the role of architects, and the worst thing is they and the people don’t think it’s wrong.”

So, it appears the issue is widespread, and the disquiet amongst Philippine architects is not limited to lone beacons of angst. Are the assumptions about civil engineers being unfit to design architectural projects unfair? Are these comments a reflection of the arrogance and self-entitlement perceived by many outside of our profession? I would argue that the discontentment is well founded – but we must examine why, and seek ways in which to resolve the situation within discrediting others in the construction industry.

A Rallying Cry to the Profession

Via: Archylounge

In the UK, an architect is not technically required to design a building – as long as a structure passes the planning application process and complies with building regulations, it can go ahead. The key here for architects is to make clients aware of the added value an architect can bring to their project – we must make our case convincingly, so that clients choose us and understand the great benefits of doing so.

By creating a building with a well functioning layout, considered specifications and beautiful detailing, the overall value of the finished product should comfortably outweigh the cost of architects’ fees. Further to this, an architect’s input can result in more robust buildings that require less maintenance, and energy-efficient designs that reduce running costs over the lifetime of the building – these are areas where an architect’s worth becomes clear in the long-term, making us better value than those Philippine civil engineers, even with their “cheap professional fees”.

Of course, could be argued that many of these aspects – quality detailing, robust structures, and energy efficiency, for example – can be produced to a high standard by engineers in the digital age, thanks to the power of BIM. Final year architecture student, long-time Angry Architect follower and astute commentator Xander Van Helden spoke to the subject on a recent facebook post, with a well-worded and fairly derisory view on what he calls “commercialist architecture”:

“Civil engineers can indeed design building, but they tend to think rationally, in figures and fixed budgets. Any BIM-oriented tool, in the right hands of engineer, becomes a tool for “generation with standardized elements”. The result of this is a simplification of the role of architect as an independent designer. I doubt it should be called architecture.”

A Rallying Cry to the Profession

Another Philippine user sent in this image of a civil engineer’s online portfolio on social media, in which they refer to themselves as “designer” – not “architect” in the legal sense, but nonetheless explicitly claiming authorship of the entire work. It raises the question, what place do architects have in the Philippines?

Significantly, Van Helden also points out the fact that commercial clients’ decision to use engineers over architects does not achieve the one thing they want more than anything else – to reduce costs. Unless a very experienced (and more expensive) contractor is used for such projects, the absence of an architect to oversee the work, manage the design, communicate with consultants and the construction team, and keep a handle on quality control can lead to a higher final bill. Van Helden notes:

“We may say that it is right as it saves money, it makes things easier for contractors; but at the same time the progress seems to be less evident.Any progressive thinking in architecture like Parametricism struggles to get through that ‘comfort zone’, remaining expensive and complex to be built without significant attention and development from contractors.”

In conclusion, as a profession we must recognize that we are selling a service that is not necessarily so tangible to those outside of the industry, or to less design-conscious members of the public. The profession is no longer protected as it once was; we must fight to remain relevant and remind people of the qualities that the profession can bring to the built environment, and to their everyday lives.

It is up to us to communicate our value, so that those choosing to spend their increasingly tight budgets do not see architects as a luxury, but as an essential component of their project: not only are we creative, we are also dependable, organized, efficient, communicative, competent, innovative and, most of all, professional. All of these things combined make us great value, in every sense of the word. We are worth it.

Let’s get that message across, in the Philippines and across the globe.

Yours through thick and thin,

The Angry Architect

Stacking Up: London’s Skyline is Officially Out of Control

British firm Wilkinson Eyre is officially joining the high-rise party in England’s capital. Its proposal for Bishopsgate in the heart of the City has been granted planning permission, and the 40-story glass edifice is now due for construction alongside the plethora of novelty silhouettes on London’s burgeoning skyline.

Commissioned by Mitsubishi Estate London, the Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Street Tower will incorporate more than 750,000 square feet of office space together with ground-floor retail and a public viewing platform on the top floor. It has been designed as a series of stacked boxes that diminish in size further up the building, revealing sky terraces reminiscent of BIG’s recently revealed 2 World Trade Center in New York.

Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Street Tower

Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Street Tower

The renderings reveal the extraordinary proximity of both present and future buildings slated for the business district: the new building will shimmy up next to London’s galleria of nicknamed towers, with Richard Rogers’ Cheesegrater, Norman Foster’s Gherkin, and the Scalpel by Kohn Pedersen Fox all close by. It will also get incredibly intimate with a future skyscraper by PLP Architecture — Wilkinson Eyre’s computer-generated images appear out of date as they still show KPF’s long-forgotten Pinnacle directly behind the new tower.

Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Street Tower

Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Street Tower

While the architecture of the latest skyscraper is not overtly offensive, Wilkinson Eyre’s images raise questions about the collective identity of London and its increasingly jam-packed “Eastern City Cluster,” an area designated by planners for tall commercial buildings just north of the Thames. Reflecting on PLP’s “steroidal” proposal for 22 Bishopsgate, the Guardian’s Oliver Wainwright recently vented his fears for the city’s skyline, concluding a cutting write-up with near-terrifying pessimism:

“With permissions already granted for many more towers, from the Scalpel to the Can of Ham and a monstrous ‘Gotham City’ mega-block by Make, we can say goodbye to a skyline of individual spires, between which you might occasionally glimpse the sky. With developers calling the shots, while planners egg them on, the future of the City’s silhouette looks set to be a lumpy blancmange.”

London’s future skyline sans Wilkinson Eyre’s new tower. PLP Architecture’s 22 Bishopsgate office block is the tallest building pictured. Rendering via the Guardian.

Gazing across the Thames toward a rendered preview of 22 Bishopsgate, it is apparent that Wainwright’s “lumpy blancmange” will be made even more dense by Wilkinson Eyre’s new stack of glazed blocks, concealing the tapered form of Richard Rogers’ Cheesegrater once and for all. If Richard Weston’s “contextual tower” — analyzed at length in this article — is completed at 1 Undershaft, the skyline will begin to resemble a single wall of reflective glass, a gargantuan mirror into which the planners will stare and wonder: what has become of this great city?

Of course, the counter-argument is clear. This is a supply-and-demand issue: office vacancy rates in the City are now as low as five percent, and, with clients such as Mitsubishi willing to pay despite sky-high land prices, the growth of London is as rational as it is ridiculous. However, does this mean we must settle for a congealed mass of steel and glass upon the fast-disappearing horizon?

Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Street Tower

Bishopsgate and Leadenhall Street Tower

Protected viewing corridors toward certain landmarks, such as St. Paul’s Cathedral, have been designed to prevent this swathe of commercial towers dominating every corner of the city’s frenetic center, but many will be asking if this is enough given the rate of change currently being witnessed just north of the Thames. How important is a skyline’s composition? How closely does it correlate with a city’s cultural identity on the global stage, impacting on tourism and the wider economy?

These are not questions that are easy to answer, but they are certainly ones worth asking on the streets of London in the coming years.

Yours overcrowded,

The Angry Architect

Best Apple Watch Band Types for Male Architects

Apple watch bands have always stood up on the market for their excellent design, quality and elegance. The bands come with exciting features to accommodates almost everyone’s taste and preference. While a gorgeous watch face and your complexities can genuinely personalize the gadget, there is also another way to customize the watch. In addition to Apple’s official bands, there’s an increasing number of 3rd party choices that could help you make your watch stand out from the crowd.

Best Apple Watch Band Types for Male Architects

So, what are the best Apple bands for Male Architects?

If you’re a male architect, of course you need an Apple watch bands that will make your stand out as well as maintain your professional standards. Some of the most significant Apple Watch bands for men include;


1.  Milanese Loop Apple Watch

The Apple Watch Milanese Loop is one of the first band options from the tech giant. This band is an absolute classic choice for any man who minds his looks.

The band is a modern rendition of 19th-century Italian design, made from stainless steel mesh. You can choose an option to go with any of the four stainless steel Apple Watch hues. Besides, you can effortlessly adjust the band for a proper fit thanks to its magnetic closing technology.



• Designed and woven in Italy on specialist machinery.

• The magnetic closing technology allows for a custom fit.

• Made of stainless-steel mesh



• All stainless-steel Apple Watch models have matching color options.

• Ideal for almost all formal occasions.


The band’s mesh metal could snag your arm hair if you’re not careful.


2. UAG Leather Strap

This Leather strap is made of comfortable and soft top-grain Italian leather, a classic watch strap material. The lugs and hardware on the strap are come in a stainless-steel material to prevent rust.

Like any high-quality leather, the strap will age and wear beautifully, giving it a one-of-a-kind look.

You can choose between a brown and a black variant.



• This band is made of premium quality Italian leather.

• The collar locking strap will firmly keep the band in place even when you’re undertaking a vigorous activity.


• Available in two variants black and brown

• Leather material never grows old, becomes more beautiful as it ages.


• Leather material is not waterproof.


3. SUPCASE Unicorn Beetle Pro

The Unicorn Beetle Pro from SUPCASE combines a high-quality Apple Watch strap with a protective case. You’ll be able to access all of the capabilities and features of any 44mm Apple Watch with this case.

Place your Watch body into the casing to complete the installation. There are a variety of colors to choose from, including black, green, and red.



  • Both the band and casing are scratch-resistant.

    • Easy to install; Place your Watch body into the case for installation.

    • The case protects your Apple watch from drops and shocks.



• The case and strap still give you access to all the Watch’s functionality.

• Colors are available in a wide range of hues.

• Despite the outstanding features, this Apple watch band is quite affordable.



• Only the Apple Watch Series 4-6 and Watch SE are compatible with this band.


4. Apple Watch Sport Loop

For a good reason, the Apple Watch Sport Loop is one of the most popular official band options available on the market today.

This Apple watch sport loop band is made of premium quality soft and breathable nylon, making it one of the most comfortable choices available. Thanks to the velcro clasp system, you can find the correct fit on your wrist.



• This men’s watch band is made of super comfortable. breathable and soft nylon material

• Velcro system makes it easy to adjust the band for a perfect fit



• Available in different colors

• Comes in both regular and XL sizes; you will always find your ideal size.



The band is not waterproof.


5. Fitlink Stainless Steel Metal Band

Apple Link Bracelet stands out as one of the most expensive official bands on the market. The Fitlink Stainless Steel Metal Band, on the other hand, offers a similar design at a fraction of the price. The band features a two-button folding clasp to keep it secure on your wrist. Fitlink comes with an easy-to-use link removal tool to help you get your right wrist fit.

Besides, the band comes in various colors ranging from black, gold, grey, silver, and rose gold.



• Made of premium quality stainless steel material.

• Comes with a folding clasp to hold the band firmly on your wrist.

• The Link removal tool allows easy and smooth adjusting of the band.



• Similar to the original Apple Link Bracelet but comes at a lower price.

• Available in 5 elegant color options.



• Not idea for vigorous activities.


Buy the Best Apple Watch Bands for Men from Here

Now that you have some of the top Apple watch band types on the market, the next step is identifying where to buy them. The best bands for male architects are available on almost all leading online markets such as Amazon. Get into the Amazon app, search for your favorite male Apple bands, and place your order.