At about 7ft square the OfficePOD could fit in the tiniest back gardens and make a perfect home office away from home. The modern curvy form takes away the children’s playhouse character of many traditional small shed offices. Inside its fitted out with a small desk for your computing, and as side surface with storage above and below.
I wish that more offices had such a harmonious blend with nature. Lifehacker reader Peter Frazier has the kind of home office and accompanying views that fill the daydreams of cubicle dwellers across the land. His office is glass on three sides with a cantilevered deck that looks over the densely forested shores of Chuckanut Bay.
This 3D architecture projection produced by Urbanscreen is probably the most elaborate I have ever seen. Watch the video called “How it would be, if a house was dreaming” and tell me what you think.
Resultant permeability of the solid façade uncovers different interpretations of conception, geometry and aesthetics expressed through graphics and movement. A situation of reflexivity evolves – describing the constitution and spacious perception of this location by means of the building itself.
This is one of the most beautiful swimming pool I had ever seen in my life.
Designed by Alvaro Siza, the 40,000sq sports complex centre is part of a larger sports park development that includes a new stadium for Barcelona’s “other” football club.
The site was a flat rectangle of empty land between the dense streets of the post-war suburb to the north and Barcelona’s ring road to the south. Access roads separate it from a school to the west and playing fields to the east.
The building is set back from the built-up urban edge and made up of a distinct group of large interlocking volumes of white concrete which express the primary programmes within: a rectangular box for the 2,500-seat sports hall, an oval drum for the swimming pool and a long bar for the ancillary facilities. From a distance the ridge of hills that keeps Barcelona’s sprawling suburbs pressed against the sea and gives the city much of its topographical character emerge above the buildings. The scarred concrete profile of the sports hall fits effortlessly into the tableau with the line of tree-covered outcrops on the horizon.
Japanese architects Suppose Design Office have completed a residence in Nagoya, Japan.
Here, these three spaces which are normally separated,break the unseen barriers and integrate with each other. With flowers displayed in the gallery, they become art.
With art in the flower shop, it becomes closer to life. With the living quarters blending with the shop space, the time it takes to arrange flowers becomes richer. With the display space in the art gallery crossing an invisible border line, we even wanted to cross the borders that define ‘home’.
In an effort to blend the first floor art gallery and flower shop with the walkway leading to the school, we created an open space incorporating the walkway as part of the building’s exterior.
Utilizing the height of the ceilings of the first floor,we have framed the walkway to the school yard and procured the views of the cherry blossoms, tender spring leaves, and the autumn foliage. It is almost as though the school yard is an extended part of the flower shop.
Ladderstile House by ThreefoldArchitects is a new build sustainable family home bordering Richmond Park, arranged around a central courtyard built from a solid timber system, clad in hand thrown bricks, a vertical garden and filigree stainless steel screens. Geothermal boreholes provide the energy for all the heating and swimming pool.
Two volumes sit astride the structural beams at first floor, the master bedroom block sits over the swimming pool facing south, part glazed and part solid it is entirely covered by a veil of stainless steel panels, laser cut with an abstracted foliage design. The other first floor block sits over the main entrance to the house and looks directly into the park, intended as a ‘hide’ it will be entirely covered in foliage all year round.
Harbour Isle Apartments by the Danish architect are part of the new Havneholmen area of Copenhagen, which is known as a former industrial area that has been transformed into a residential and business zone, taking better advantage of the harbour front location.
The beauty and wonder of nature have provided inspiration for artists and architects for centuries. Since the 1960s, the increasingly evident degradation of the natural world and the effects of climate change have brought a new urgency to their responses. Radical Nature is the first exhibition to bring together key figures across different generations who have created utopian works and inspiring solutions for our ever-changing planet.
Rolling Huts, located in Washington’s Methow Valley, are the perfect accommodation. Designed as a modern alternative to camping by Tom Kundig of Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects in Seattle, the six huts are grouped as a herd, each with views of the mountains.
Denmark’s Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter has designed this cool summer house. At less than ten square metres, this wooden hut is set at the foot of the client’s garden in an unnamed Danish location. Deliberately austere. The space is designed to offer solitude, relaxation and to help the occupant focus. With the only elements of the cabin being a window, day bed, roof-light and shelving, the Read-Nest provides a sanctuary to spend quality time with some good books.
Mass Studies designed the Air Forest as a temporary public pavilion installed in City Park, Denver, Colorado, USA, for Dialogue:City, an arts and cultural event during the Democratic National Convention 2008.
Equis House is based in the city of Cañete, Peru. The architects Barclay & Crousse have sought to create the necessary intimacy to live in the desert and to ‘domesticate’ it without denying or betraying its characteristics.
IJburg House by the architects Kirsten Gabriels and James Web is a freestanding villa on the new island of IJburg provides for a family to live both independently or together. The two story house with children’s room, kitchenette and bathroom in the lower ground, and can be accessed from the street.
‘”Nail Houses” is a Chinese neologism for homes belonging to people who refuse to make room for development, often in an attempt to negotiate a high price in exchange for selling out. The term, a pun coined by developers, refers to nails that are stuck in wood, and cannot be pounded down with a hammer.
Perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking a rocky ravine, the concrete property designed Harry Seidler is based in Joadja, New South Wales, Australia. It has a suspended living room with soaring balcony, stunning pool and spectacular views over the surrounding countryside.
The office of Syzygy Hamburg (they also have offices in London and Frankfurt) was created by Christoph Roselius and Julian Hillenkamp, the two founders of eins:eins architecten in Hamburg.
Syzygy Agency is located in the central part of Hamburg, near the city hall, the Binnenalster artificial lake, and the upscale shopping promenades of Jungfernstieg and Neuer Wall.
The Surfhouse by XTEN based in Pacific Ocean in Hermosa Beach is designed like an abstract block of weathered wood.
The site is very small. While typical lots in the area measure 120’ x 40’, the allowable building area for the Surfhouse measures just 33’ x 24’.