Wednesday, 7 September 2011


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Architect studio Riddle Architects designed an eco-house for clients that have decided to live ecologically, located on a hill end in the city of Brisbane, Australia. The aim was to build a sustainable house that maximizes the northern solar access for edible gardens and creates a flexible internal space for different activities. The simple technique using a thermal mass was used to create a passive heating and cooling. A number of ecological techniques were used in this house: use of solar cells, insulation, ventilated walls, roof cavities and rooms with a cross-ventilation. Energy and water consumption were maximized by well-selected construction materials, as well as maintenance of the house. The collection and recycling of water will be on site, dependence on town water supply should be removed. Energy consumed in the house will be compensated by grid-connected solar panels. The design of eco-house has received a 6 star energy rating.

Kanner architects have recently finished a design house on Long Island beach. The frame of the house is made from a delicate steel what creates an interesting exoskeleton, so one has an impression that there are ties between volumes. The house is divided into four linear parts – private space housing six bedrooms and public space including living-room, dining-room and kitchen. Walls of glass offer a great view on the ocean from rooms located in the back of the house. This visual transparency can be translated to physical language, glass walls provide a natural cross-ventilation in every direction. Curtains from shear white PVC mesh looking like a veil protect rooms exposed to the sunlight from heat. At night, white lights are glowing in the house and just some brief glimpses reveal what is going on inside the house. A swimming pool is located on one of the decks, integrated into the house extending the room interior.

The recently finished Glass Pavilion in Montecine, California is the magnum opus of the Los Angeles based architect Steven Hermann. It is a project of a family house located in the middle of a half acre plot. The vastness of the plot provides the house with privacy which thanks to the glass walls opens up to nature and the interior blends in with the exterior. The project is composed of five bedrooms, five bathrooms, a kitchen and a room with wine exhibits. On the ground floor with the terrace there is a gallery exhibiting at the moment the vintage car collection which belongs to the architect. The walls of the gallery are covered by light walnut wood. The glass walls are protected only by thin curtains. It is now listed at Sotheby’s for sale at $24 Million.

The Star house in the city of Bnaider in Kuwait has been designed by AGI Architects group. The name describes its ground-plan in the shape of a star. The house is located on the coastline and its owners have a direct access to the sea. Entering the house one can glance the sea and continue the house tour.
Private parts of the house as bedrooms and other private rooms are separated from the others by bamboo walls, isolated from everyday activities. A massive staircase made from dark wood is a center-piece of the building organizing the space for family, friends and guests.
Owners as well as any guest have a great view at the sea. In the initial concept architects were thinking of building three self-standing buildings, but the client wanted just one house where each part is separated from the other while communicating with the rest of the house. To the main building, two bungalows and a ship-yard were attached. The owner plans to extend the residence in the future.

Two Swiss architects Niklaus Graber and Christoph Steiger have founded their own architecture studio Graber und Steiger already in 1995. Since then, they have been working on a number of various architecture projects, exhibitions and published a number of architecture books. The Red House is interesting for its functional simplicity and elegance of how the light enters the interior. It was dubbed the Red House because of the exterior covering made from red facade tiles. The building is located at a steep terrain in beautiful surroundings in the Luzern valley, Switzerland. The surrounding buildings are in modern style. Anyway they are quite distant from the red house, so it seems that it is built on a green field. This two-storey building was made-to-measure to the owners. Inhabitants of the house can enjoy privacy inside the house, as well as on the outside thanks to the semi-open space designed as a terrace separated from the living-room and the kitchen by glazed walls. Every window in the house is set in different height, what seems to be chaotic but it was intention of the designers to lighten up only some parts of the interior.

Japanese architecture studio Jo Nagasaka + Schemata Architecture Office have created a real wonder. They have constructed an unbelievably thin family house in the peripheral part of the capital Tokyo reminding of today’s flat screen TVs. Their aim was to create for their client a house that would satisfy all their needs.
The challenge was to design something suitable for a small parcel very close to a street. Architects have exceeded expectations by designing a house with a facade built in an angle of 63,02 degree. They have created a very new view at the street from the inside and maximized the inner space. The building itself is minimalistic from the outside as from the inside. The facade is painted white while the predominated element of the interior is concrete contrasting with furniture.

As the result of an cooperation of two architects EB Min and Jeffrey L.Day a minimalistic wooden house at the lake Okoboji in Iowa, USA was built. The house is situated at the western lake on a parcel of 6000 square feet and was built as a holiday house. The project was finished in 2008, it is made from wood and recycled materials. The lake Okoboji is a part of a system of glace lakes what is quite surprising taking into account that is located in the middle of corn fields, 2,5 hours of road from the nearest town.
The house is not far away from a coastline, it fits well between old housings. The concept of the architects was to create an impression of a simple layout, so it looks like the smallest house in the area, but its shape allows to use a number of spatial frames inside the house. These frames accentuate a view at the surrounding nature. Looking from the outside, the housing seems to have a simple volume, nontransparent, but its structure allows to open entirely on the lake side and mountain side.
At the same time it provides privacy by closing the house from neighbours point of view. Owners of the house have a maximum of privacy accentuated by big old oaks surrounding the lake. As for the interior, all inner surfaces are painted in intensive colours that become an important tool that creates the space.

Tamizo Architects is Polish architecture studio residing in Lodz, Poland that has created a very interesting holiday house near by a lake Nieslysz. At first sight the house looks very minimalistic and modestly but still fascinating. The house seems to be very airy, its design is very fresh. The ground-floor with an useful area of 280 square meters provides all functions that one would expect in a holiday house.
The exterior is reminding more of a city house than a recreation house. The concept reflects the proverb: “Simple is beautiful”. The house communicates with the surrounding garden that was designed by a landscape architect. Breathtaking staircase formed by large concrete pieces that are stacked on each other. Geometric shape of the staircase is contrasting with the surrounding wild.

Architect Jonas Retamal from Chile designed a house made entirely from wood. The house dubbed Maintencillo is located at the ocean coast in the Valparaíso region of Chile. The entire project is very minimalistic. The house has two parts, the main one housing living and bedroom areas was built above the other part housing a storage room and a garage. The initial idea of the architect was to design a house that is connected with the nature and demonstrates it not only by its exterior but its interior as well. He used wood that has natural rough look with a simple polish cover, si it preserves its natural light color, alights the interior and creates a fresh and cosy atmosphere. The house was furnished mostly by wooden furniture, of course. Large windows provide a beautiful view at the beach, ocean and enable the natural sunlight to enter the interior. Jonas Retamal created building that communicates with its local surroundings and completely fits in.

Glass city housing is a couple of three-storey housings designed by architecture studio Sanders Architects. The construction built in Venice, California is eco-friendly. The parcel has a great location situated a half of a block from a copy of famous Venice canals and just three blocks away from a beach. The building has a double covering made from transparent panels and glass. Glass was used on the longer side of the building in order to capture direct sunlight that is so intense and beautiful in California.
Daylight lightens directly the interior and creates an interesting effect while looking at the building from the street. As for the flooring, bamboo was used in almost entire house. Bamboo is well-known as an eco-friendly material, but the house has more ecological and sustainable elements, as the heating system for example powered by photovoltaic collectors, not to forget a natural ventilation system, acrylic panels etc. The building looks different from the canal side, it is a steel construction with rising metal statues. The interior is painted in soft off-colour natural shades that create a very airy, cosy and warm atmosphere of the building.

Unique Gym has been constructed in the French city of Sait Gilles. Architect Jean Marc Rivet has created an outstanding green design. This eco-friendly building is energy-saving, reducing impact on its surroundings. The gym is inclined at one side that has a large glazed window providing optimal sunlight for the interior. Since the building is eco-friendly, it has photovoltaic panels as energy source. Pleasing roof gardens are accessible from the training grounds what provides enough of fresh air for athletes.
As for the exterior of the building, it is formed by simple stripe design, a pattern of two bricks laid in both directions creates an interesting contrast. Natural colors predominate the interior complemented by small details as red entrance door. Facades have a stainless covering emphasizing the horizontal line of the building.

The building of the Social kindergarten in El Porvenir, in Bogota, the capital of Colombia was finished in 2009. The name of the architect who designed the building is Giancarlo Mazzanti. He created a very fresh design for children living in a very poor area situated within uptown of the Colombian capital. The new building is mostly white, the white color should represent hope. At the beginning, the initial idea was to transform into design the children game with blocks.
The project is planned to be able to adapt to different situations, topographic as well as urban. The entire complex is protected by an exterior structure of two walls. Behind the first one are playgrounds with public areas, behind the other one a complex of kindergarten buildings. Buildings are more or less simple in order to be multifunctional. At the same time a cosy space for children of different age was created.

Climate changes and rising ocean level are a scientific fact that is irrefutable and happening. A Russian architecture studio Remistudio designed a massive hotel complex able to endure even extreme flooding. The Ark, a concept of an arch-shape got its name from its structure allowing floating and existence independently of the land on the water surface.
The Ark is a self-sufficient bio-climatic system with a closed cycle allowing an independent life. The building was designed for the “Architecture for Disaster Relief” campaign of the International Union of Architects. These buildings are designed to adapt to various climates or even seismically active areas. This particular building boasts a unique design with an optimal relation between volume and surface and thus saving material and ensuring energy efficiency.Its prefabricated structure allows a quick construction which is also an important aspect.

The first Art history museum was opened on the 17th of February in Singapore. The building reminding a blooming lotus flower designed architect Moshe Safdie in the Marina Bay Sands district. The design is often compared to an open palm that welcome all visitors of Singapore. The center-piece is a round base complemented with 10 “fingers” – roof-lights that provides daylight to a number of gallery spaces. A unique exterior structure is represented in the interior as well by dramatically curved walls lightened by 10 skylights. The building houses up to 21 gallery spaces on a surface of 50 000 square feet. Exhibited art-pieces should represent various areas as art and science, media and technology, design and architecture. A permanent exhibition will present a series of important breakthroughs of art and sciences as the Leonardo DaVinci`s flying machine.

What modern architecture concerns South America has been steadily gaining momentum. Brazilian architects in particular have earned the fame with their designs around the continent. One of them is the Brazilian architect Guilherme Torres who designed also this building – the AS House. It is located in the small city of Cornélio Procópio in the south of Brazil on a gently sloping terrain. The walls are 25 feet high and the house is 6 460 square feet large. The two-story rectangular home features 4 bedroom suites, offices and a TV lounge on the street level and entertaining spaces on the basement floor. Artificial lighting is installed throughout the house to compensate for the lack of natural light mostly on the lower floor. The common areas are plastered in white cement which contrasts with dark wooden furniture. An interesting element of the house is the exposed patio with palm trees surrounding the swimming pool.

The residence designed by JFAK Architects located in Santa Monica, California got its name thanks to the surname of its owners: Erin and Matt King. What makes it different from other houses? The architects concentrated on making use of the plot of land with the shape of the building in order for the building to communicate with its surroundings. They have been successful in this respect and the house is on purpose inconsistent substance expanding into all cardinal points. Thanks to this form each side of the house has excellent light conditions and a view of a large garden and patio facing the street. Distribution of the green and white facades imitates the light from between the trees. An interesting feature of the residence is vertical glazing that allows reducing the need for artificial lighting and enables ocean breezes to naturally ventilate the entire house. Most of the doors employ frosted glass which transmits natural light while preserving privacy. The residence has cool modern look and energy saving technologies.

Davis Residence is a project of an architectonic studio Miller Hull Partnership. This company has been created in 1977 and nowadays it is owned by seven partners with more than 50 external architects. Their design is well-known for its simplicity, original concepts and innovative approach. This house is an example of one of their authentic designs. The concept combines a sloping roof, providing an open space that houses a kitchen, entrance and studio, with a vertical tower with two floors housing a living room and a bedroom on the upper floor.
The roof concisely represents the timber construction of the house with exposed joists. The residence communicates with the surrounding nature. Large windows from the ceiling to the floor substitute walls completely, set-in wooden panels. Wood used in the house has a warm light brown tone and creates a cosy atmosphere. Combination of wood and glass with high ceilings creates a unique and homey place to live.

This pentagonal house was built near Nagoya in a calm village of Thushima in Japan by architectural studio Kazuya Morita Architecture Studio. As the name suggests the geometry of the plan is pentagonal and to that shape also the roof is adopted. The roof is the element the architects mostly concentrated on. The house was designed for a young couple just next to the house of their parents which is built in a traditional Japanese style. The surrounding housing development had to be respected and that is why the pentagonal roof was designed. It not only fits in the surroundings but is also original.
The unusual floor plan creates the largest possible open living space. The five main structural walls were set in radially, and they can stick out as extension of the inner spaces. They are cut off only in the centre with the dining table, a place from which everything can be seen. Here, under the peak, the ceiling is high and the owners can enjoy their dishes together with the garden views. The usual materials were used, mostly wood, the material of the whole construction. The white plaster walls together with it create a harmonic space.

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