Architect David Wahl, based in Washington, collaborated with Melanie Hall, owner of Luna2, to create this groundbreaking design which is a vastly different approach to the ubiquitous ‘modern Bali’ style. Its simplicity is intended as a launch pad for the excellence within.
It’s terraced front patio includes a stocked pond, a lap pool and a breathtaking view of the ocean in Indonesia’s top travel hotspot. The residence itself is a contemporary classic, a design by David Wahl that rests perfectly on its well designed landscape.
Case House created by John Pardey Architects is a holiday home in the Cotswolds, the Case house assumes a simple, linear box-like form – when closed, only a single opening onto an open courtyard space hints at domesticity – but once occupied, a series of hydraulically operated shutters hinge down to open up the house to the sun and views.
Designed by a group called KARO, the library started out as an art installation consisting of beer crates stacked up in an abandoned district centre in Madgeburg, Germany. The new building comprises sheltered seating areas and niches to store books.
The Great (Bamboo) Wall House is a handsome and successful exploration of the possibilities that lie ahead for new forms of dwellings on the Chinese mainland. Kengo Kuma chose to leave the original geographical features intact and use locally produced materials as much as possible.
Departing from the 20th century suburban practice of building on flattened land and instead celebrating the site’s “intricate undulation,” the architect decided to build a different kind of wall. This main feature, made of bamboo, serves as a filter for the surroundings. In sharp contrast to the Great Wall’s brick and stone, a material manifestation of severing ties with outside civilizations, bamboo’s charm lies in its weakness. Exploiting this aspect, the wall allows light and wind to pass through. Historically imported to Japan from China, bamboo is also a symbol of cultural exchange, and perfectly suits the work of a Japanese architect in China.
Polish architecture practice moomoo have designed a house that is entirely clad in a plastic insulating material normally used for roofing. It is the first house that the elevation has been made entirely of a plastic insulating material namely – Thermopian. This plastic has good thermal, acoustic and insulating properties. It can be acquired in many different colours and looks very cool.
Designed by Paris-based Simon Pillard & Philippe Rosetti, the Munchausen LEGO Kitchen centres around an IKEA kitchen island, which over a week they proceeded to cover with more than 20,000 LEGO pieces.
The Manhattan Tree House Pavilion was designed by Andrew van Leeuwen of Build LLC off of a concept by Seattle based Wexley School for Girls. It has completed October 6th after only four weeks since the idea was conceived and designed.
The Osler House located in Brasilia is designed by Marcio Kogan. The house is composed by two volumes and a small pool and garden that organize the entire program.
The plan of the Osler house is structured by a ground floor volume, a suspended volume and a deck with an outdoor pool. The box of concrete and wood on ground, houses the main suite, a bedroom, bathroom, the utilities area and the garage.
Wim Goes Architectuur designed the beautiful extension to this residence located in the Flemish district of Belgium. The wooden addition sits above a new wine cellar and extends partly over the pond.
The natural, graying wood, the green vegetation and the blue sky and pond create a harmonious balance, accented by the slim vertical lines of the largest surfaces.
The wooden house designed by Archivi Architects & Associates, is built around two small courtyard gardens.
The Japan cedar from Kumano and the Japanese cypress are used for the main structure material, the floor material, the siding, and the lattice material.
In addition, it is promoted that nature is naturally taken into all the life scenes by two residence spaces’ tying in the corridor of the open-hearted glass.
Marcio Kogan Architects have designed the Paraty House, located in Paraty, Brazi. It is a concrete and stone masterpiece with wooden accents and an open-to-nature floor plan. It’s prime feature is the beach below and the nature above, moreso than the interior of the house itself. The same entrance stairs also lead to the upper volume that houses the bedrooms. In the front part of the house, retractile panels of eucalyptus sticks protect the bedrooms from the sun. The areas that face the mountain have small internal patios with zenithal lighting, and use exposed reinforced concrete, which grants a striking texture to the walls.
The project was conceived by Plataforma de Arquitectura from the will of building a space of multiple relationships between interior and exterior, maintaining the intimacy of two design studios.
Japanese architecture firm UnityDesign along with Starburstar and ASA has unveiled the master plan for the Exploratory Science Museum that is to be developed for the Campinas University in Brazil. The proposal is based on the concept of a necklace, with a porous loop that carries discrete volumes, which are like stones on the “necklace”.
A full sized house made entirely out of tiny Lego bricks is being built at Denbies Winery by James May. The two-storey house will have a working shower and toilet. It is being built for an upcoming BBC show.
Y House by SousaSantos Architects is a vision device. A system that rules the way the inhabitant sees the outside world and simultaneously frames the way the outside sees the dwellers. The design of this object was focused on this theme. The big curved window is this statement vortex, it creates a visual path that, like a camera travelling, reveal the image of the landscape.
Here is another stunning house completed by one of our favorite architect Marcio Kogan.The house was conceived as a wood and mortar monolithic block with another concrete and glass volume upon it. Due to the ground’s small front and volumetry, the box’s two edges had to make the most of light’s entrance, which explains the large windows. It was also desirable that these windows would make it possible to darken the internal environment whenever needed.
Kavellaris Urban Design( based in Australia were challenged to design a house on a vacant lot in between a row of Victorian terrace houses and an Edwardian weatherboard house. The firm saw an opportunity to critique the surrounding historic buildings, many of which underwent predictable interior renovations to make them more “modern.” The architects concluded that the demand for the historic houses was based more on people’s romanticized nostalgia for the structures rather than their good design. To KUD, the ornamental facades dictated a “neighborhood character” instead of responding to it.
Dutch architects Ateliereen Architecten have completed a 25 metre tall viewing tower at an outdoor sports park in Reusel, the Netherlands. It consists of six cubes, hanging on a core of steel columns. Straight flight staircases raise in between and cross the cubes several times in different positions.