‘IMA,’ Prefabricated house designed by Portuguese Architect Mima consists of a square post-and-beam structure completely glazed on all sides, subdivided by modular 1,5mx3m wooden frames. MIMA houses come with additional plywood panels which can be placed on the inside and the outside of the building, for a replacement of any window by a wall in a matter of seconds.
The inside is defined by a regular grid of 1,5m, whose intermediate lines leave gaps for internal walls to be added when needed. Again, in a matter of seconds, a subdivided space can be replaced by an open space or vice versa. Moreover, each side of internal and external walls can have a different color/finishing, which allows a dramatic change through a simple wall rotation. Read More…
Tori Tori Restaurant is the result of a collaboration between Rojkind Arquitectos and Esrawe Studio.The restaurant is based in Polanco, Mexico City, where Architect Michel Rojkind and Industrial Designer Hector Esrawe teamed up.
The Façade, which seems to emerge from the ground climbing up through the building, as if mimicking the natural ivy surrounding the retaining walls, is made up of two self-supporting layers of steel plates cut with a CNC machine and handcrafted to exact specifications. The facade’s pattern responds to the inside openings, filtering light, shadows, and views that will constantly invade the interior spaces. An atmosphere enriched by the spectrum of subtle changes.
Luxembourg City-based studio Metaform designed a contemporary 4,000 square foot apartment building in Luxembourg.
The sculptural project stands out and contrasts the surrounding neighborhood buildings. The architects developed a 4-storey apartment block combining elements of dynamic and vibrant art with discrete and geometrical architecture.
Takeshi Hosaka architects has built this single-storey private dwelling in Yamanashi, Japan for a couple and their three children.
The house creates a subtle gradation from outdoors to indoors, integrating the presence of nature into the living space. The south facade features a collapsible transparent surface that can be completely opened to the woods beyond. Interspersedly planted with small trees and shrubs, the partially-sheltered garden space projects natural characteristics of the site into the compounds of the private dwelling.
Although the building has no other windows, natural light enters through skylights atop each of the gables. The reinforced concrete beams funnel natural sunlight into the interior, shifting the atmosphere of the house throughout the day. Read More…
The geometric modular office has been built to create an intimate corner inside the same room. When not in use the doors and windows of the prefab fold into itself. Coming january 2012, tetra shed® is a new modular building system which, as a single module, has been designed to be a modern garden office.
Sweet Enough, importer of sugar free sweets has contracted RED Design Group to create the “Candy Room” in Melbourne Australia. This whimsical space is painted completely white and gives the illusion of a two-dimensional doodle.
Being strongly influenced by the idea of designing a playful, simple and somewhat illusional space for the Candy Room, the exaggeration of a ‘room’ idea was formulated. The application was to use line artwork on white space to represent a room.
Wave Pier is one of three shortlisted proposals for the St. Petersburg Pier International Design Competition. The Wave tries to connect the water and the city of Petersburg by emphasizing the possibility of achieving unity through physical contact. The programmatic concept includes a museum, observation deck, playgrounds and green areas. The loop-shaped structure mimics the physiology of the water wave: it goes underwater and rises in order to frame a swimming pool and holding areas for kayaks, canoes and small boats.
Designed by Peter Stamberg and Paul Aferiat of Stamberg Aferiat Architecture, the Saguaro Hotel based in Scottsdale, Arizona is a desert oasis, a vibrant escape set dramatically against the beiges and sands of Old Town Scottsdale. The design is meant to channel the palette of 12 indigenous wildflowers of Arizona, which both grounds the hotel and sets it apart from the landscape. This is a beautiful and classy resort you must see for yourself!
All of the 194 guest rooms include outdoor patios or balconies, iPod docking station, work desk, flat screen TV and free Internet for Joy of Life members, while you’ll find soaker tubs and walk-in closets in the suites.
Tokyo-based studio Sou Fujimoto Architects has completed the House NA project, a three story family home located in a residential district of Tokyo, Japan.
The clients said they wanted to live like nomads within the house – they didn’t have specific plans for each room. The house looks radical but for the clients it seemed quite natural.”
Designed with a “stack of boxes” in mind, each room of the house offers a small, loosely defined, unique space. These room are each connected by a series of ladders and small stairs and, to get a bit of much needed privacy, can be sectioned off using curtains. Read More…
Architect Ville Hara and designer Linda Bergroth have created this remarkable garden shed/greenhouse. As a unique proposition for combining the two structures into a new, and aesthetically pleasing design, the addition of wooden flooring and solar lights make Linda Bergroth’s personal early prototype an inspiring outside room. It is a unique prefabricated garden shed that combines a green house with storage space and comes in ready made elements that can be assembled by simply using a screwdriver.
Cook + Fox Architects’s ‘Live Work Home’ in Syracuse, New York is an innovative sustainable structure designed to suit various needs that change over time. The project was recently presented with a LEED Platinum Certificate and won the From the Ground Up Competition.This 1,400 square foot project reconsiders the understood definition of ‘home’ for a new, urban context- and demonstrates how small-scale sustainable architecture can be delivered at the highest level.
Cook+Fox Architects inserted a custom-made perforated screen system onto the western and northern sides of the building to filter light into a dappled pattern reminiscent of the sun’s rays through a tree canopy. This screen also incorporates a large, garage-style front door which can be folded down to create an indoor/outdoor space similar to a front porch. Light also enters the volume through skylight tubes which penetrate the roof and the entire building unit is specifically angled to maximise solar exposure.
I love the idea of the submerged walkway, but what if the water level just raise a little bit?
Designed by RO & AD, the Moses Bridge is constructed of Accoya hardwood paneling which lines the bridge’s floors and walls , a durable wood hybrid, and treated with a nontoxic, anti-fungal coating.
Dune house by Norwegian Architects Jarmund/Vigsnæs is Located in Thorpeness, England on the Suffolk coast has an open-plan ground floor that is entirely surrounded by clear glass.To get the effect, the ground floor is primarily composed of glass while the top consists of an imposing, thick black roof. Grass-covered dunes surrounding the house protect the ground floor rooms and terraces from strong sea winds.
Its form derives both from a wish to echo local traditions while providing something ‘refreshingly new’, and from memories of childhood holidays in England, spent in the attic bedrooms of gable-roofed B&Bs.
For their renovation of this Izakaya (Japanese style bar) based in the quiet residential area of Numazu-shi, Shizuoka Suppose Design Office have taken inspiration from car parks, a driving school and a road. Benches designed to emulate bus stops and car seats transformed in sofas accompany the startlingly unique painted asphalt flooring complete the sensation that a road runs right on through this thoroughly unique space.
Tec Architecture and interior designer, Marcel Wanders, have teamed up again to create Kameha Bay Portals, a high-style luxury resort hotel in Mallorca, Spain. A little over a full year away from completion, Kameha Bay Portals has recently been admitted by the Leading Hotels of the World into its exclusive hotel association – and I thought you might be interested in taking a peek.
Located on the south coast of the sunny Spanish isle, and within walking distance of the exclusive yacht harbour Puerto Portals, this resort will offer its guests warm service, exclusivity, and a truly unique ambience when it opens its doors in early 2013. Be sure to check Expedia for deals on this once completed, so you can be one of the first guests to arrive at this brand new truly one of a kind hotel. The interplay of hotel and nature paired with the highest standards of ecological sustainability and energy efficiency are particularly important in the resort’s design. Because of this, the development of the Kameha Bay Portals will involve a ‘green building’, which, with its own sandy beach and access to a small bay, will blend perfectly into the natural surroundings.
Chevron House, West London designed by Andy Martin Architects is inspired by the architecture of the existing elegantly proportioned spaces, the design sets out to exaggerate, by scaling the space by removing walls, and attaching new space to create a large Edwardian warehouse on each of the three levels. The ground floor, the public level is essentially one space which is divided only by the use of colour and material. On the second and third levels, the private floors, bedrooms merge into bathrooms and visa versa.
The rear of the property has new extensions off both the living and kitchen reaching into the garden to absorb the light from the south. The client’s brief to use colour extensively was applied in such that the walls and ceilings are left light in colour (off white) and that only elements or interventions (joinery etc) would be strongly coloured giving the house a lighter atmosphere with greater sense of perspective.The stunning architecture of these beautiful houses and London hotels are truly becoming one of a kind. Read More…
Italian designer Riccardo Giovanetti has recently designed an innovative pavilion for the Russian door company Sofia.
The project arises from the desire to create a direct relationship between the architectural form of the exhibition space with the form of the company’s logo.
Architecturally the pavilion was conceived with a single element, repeated to create a hanging structure and a circular exhibition space, which allows light and air to pass through.
This fantastic house is realized by the very talented architects Ando studio based in Israel. The proportions are just beautiful and harmonious. The Inside rooms are integrated into these rectangle shape engraved by ancient alphbet, which allows light to pass through and reflect the words on the walls of the house. The inside rooms are looking to the outside thanks to the large glass doors. This creation is just amazing.