Valentine’s Day is fast approaching us, and it sure is a day to look forward to. Love is something that can never grow old or outdated. We, as normal and functional humans, crave love as we are coded so, and that need will never be subsided anytime soon.

Love affects how we live, do things, and the end products of our crafts. That is, arguably, most apparent in the field of design. The color that is considered to represent love, passion, joy, sexuality and intensity is red; it is up to the designers to utilizes this powerful shade to make a statement through their design. Why don’t we explore some projects in tones of red as a muse for this Valentine’s? This might even spark some ideas for your next design regarding the theme.

We hope architects around the world will continue to grace people with awe-inspiring design and keep their passion burning always!

Nature Reserve Entrance Pavilion / Sandellsandberg

A curtain of red timber panels drape around the entrance pavilion to the Eriksberg Hotel & Nature Reserve in Blekinge, Sweden, designed by Sandellsandberg.

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‘André Malraux’ Schools in Montpellier / Dominique Coulon & associés

The school unit is part of Montpellier’s dynamic for development, the aim being to connect the city with the sea. The school is set on a small triangular plot of land, in keeping with the urban policy for densifying a new residential area.

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Vanke Pavilion – Milan Expo 2015 / Daniel Libeskind

Designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind (New York/Milan/Zurich), the corporate pavilion for Vanke China will explore key issues related to the theme of the Expo, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. The interior exhibition design is led by Ralph Appelbaum Associates (NewYork/ London/Beijing/Berlin/Moscow) with graphic design by Han Jiaying (Beijing).

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Instant Red / Wutopia Lab

The Violet Stream Villa is close to the beautiful Yangcheng Lake Peninsula in Suzhou, which is a city filled with the most famous transitional Chinese Garden.

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La Muralla Roja / Ricardo Bofill

La Muralla Roja, Spanish for ‘The Red Wall,’ is a housing project located within the La Manzanera development in Spain’s Calpe. The building makes clear references to the popular architecture of the Arab Mediterranean Area, a result of the architects’ inspiration by the Mediterranean tradition of the casbah. The striking colors that cover the outer and inner facades are selected to either contrast with nature or complement its purity.

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Nestlé Chocolate Museum / Rojkind Arquitectos

 While Nestlé’s chocolate Factory in Mexico City (located in Paseo Tollocan near Toluca) was in need of an inner pathway for visitors to witness the production of their favorite chocolates, a group of experts put together by rojkind arquitectos and Traqs suggested bigger plans for the company.

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