Today we are showcasing a beautiful and simple villa in Japan. From huge houses to tiny ones, we have published all sorts of homes here. But I have noticed that people keep asking for simple things. Houses that are beautiful, inspiring and doable. Places where we can see ourselves living and not only dreaming about. This is why today we will show another simple yet amazing home. Shinminka Villa is located in Motobu, Japan, and it was designed by ISSHOArchitects. Motobu ia a town that sits on the northern part of Okinawa Island. Open spaces, lots of wood, huge glass windows and a few interior design elements give the place a modern and cozy feel. And the interesting thing is that at the same time the villa looks rustic. I'm not sure if it is because of its simplicity or the materials choice. Take a look. The architects used glass windows on all four sides of the building. This way the house has a lot of ventilation and openness to take advantage of the surrounding environment. It is almost like indoor and outdoor spaces are one. This is certainly another great examples that less is more. You don't need too much to have a beautiful home. Hope you like the villa as much as I did. And in case you are going to Motobu and need a place to stay you can rent this house here. Enjoy! We found this treehouse at ArchDaily. Photos by Koichi Torimura.
Let's take a look at this architecture series by photographer Raphael Olivier about the booming scene of the architecture growth in Seoul, Korea. After horrific events that happened about half of a five decades ago, the city has been rebuilding their foundation and structure to offer us a world-class urban design with concrete, shapes and bold angles that made Seoul, the world's fastest developing city. Published on Behance is the work from Raphael Olivier. Raphael is a photographer based in Singapore, you should definitely check out his portfolio. It's filled with a wide range of styles of photography from portrait and case studies. Seoul, capital of South Korea, has a history of 2000 years but was heavily bombed during the Korean War (1950 - 1953) and mostly left in ruins. From the 1960's, the reconstruction of the country, led by former president Park Chung-hee, was marked by rapid economic growth and industrial development. Seoul became a major economic powerhouse and its population grew exponentially, while its urban landscape was shaped by notoriously boring public housing. However, in the past decade the city has been quickly reinventing itself as a super trendy capital and creative urban center with world-class design and architecture. One of the most noticeable trends in construction is a massive revival of brutalist-style architecture, refined with a modern twist. Whether for residential, commercial, institutional or religious buildings, the use of raw concrete, bold shapes and sharp angles is becoming predominant all around the city. Through a personal study on Neo-Brutalism, this photo essay aims to give a small glimpse onto the booming architectural scene of Seoul, one of the world's fastest developing city and Asia's rising stars.
Let's take a look at this interior design by ORBIT of a Virgin Active Fitness located in Central Eastville, Bangkok. You'll be charmed by a futuristic design and layered into different themes whatever it was for swimming, weightlifting or even intense cycling sessions. I personally loved the play of the neon lights coming from the ceiling. We are featuring the work from Tinnaphop Chawatin who is an architectural photographer behind these beautiful shots. Published on Behance is the work from Tinnaphop Chawatin who is an architectural photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand. You should definitely follow his work if you're interested into architecture. Credits Interior Design : ORBIT Photographer : Tinnaphop Chawatin and Chakkraphob Sermphasit
Let's start off the week with a photography series named: GRVTY by Daniel Garay Arango. What's particular about this series is the tone and also the extra mile that Daniel took really make it stand out even more from what we've seen around. It will definitely be interesting to see his process from start to finish but what I can see here is a mixture of photography and photoshop. It's really architectural project to a whole new level. Published via Behance is the work from Daniel Garay Arango who is a photographer based in Bogotá, Colombia. There isn't much more information about Daniel but you should definitely give him a follow on Behance and Instagram.
For this week's architecture, we are traveling to Sydney, Australia inside the offices of Dropbox. With a concept of creating a workplace as home, Dropbox worked with Gensler who is an agency based in San Francisco, California. I really love the ceiling with these clean lines with that touch of wood that totally changes the mood between night and day. Definitely worth a look! Dropbox is a tool/service that most of us use every day. With a user base of 500 million people all around the world, it's no surprise that they are among the leaders in the business and you can certainly trust them with your privacy and data. The vision was to create not just an office to work in every day, not just a ‘house’ for staff, but a place for shared experience, for making memories and for storytelling, a true home for the Dropbox family. Credits Photography: Katherine Lu Images via Office Snapshots
Airbnb, we know the name and most of us have at least experienced once of their many homes or experiences all over the World. Let’s reverse and take an inside look and architecture into one of their homes: Airbnb Offices in Dublin. Designed by Heneghan Peng Architects, you’ll be charmed by an open space with many textures of wood and structural elements including a dramatic cascading staircase. Please enjoy! Designed by Heneghan Peng Architects, they are an architectural studio with offices in New York City and Dublin. Founded by Shih-Fu Peng and Róisín Heneghan, they are focusing their work into a range of projects larger scale urban masterplans, bridges, landscapes and buildings. This is the first time that Airbnb has been able to pre-determine the architectural layout of an interior space. The Warehouse had fallen into disrepair before Airbnb reinvented the entire space by designing distinctive structural elements including a dramatic cascading staircase. The Warehouse is also Airbnb’s first urban campus model which will become more prevalent in the brand’s offices going forward. Credits Design: Heneghan Peng Architects Photography: Donal Murphy Images via Office Snapshots
VSCO is an editing app that I use almost every day to enhance workflow with my photography through taking photos, editing, filtering and sharing them. That being said, I am always wondering about the architecture inside the offices will look like, a behind the scenes look to see their work environment of such a genuine app that changed the way we take pictures. Designed by DeBartolo Architects, they are an architectural studio based in Phoenix, Arizona. With a philosophy of building great work by connecting and challenging the natural and urban landscape. Oakland is my hometown. It embodies how we see ourselves as a company scrappy and hard working with a diverse and international community. Practically, it’s central for Bay Area. We could have chosen anywhere but Oakland was our ideal location for the office and feel of how we see ourselves. Everything about the build out and the space is an outward extension of who we are, personally and as a company. - Joel Flory CEO & Co-Founder of VSCO Credits Design: DeBartolo Architects Photography: Mariko Reed Images via Office Snapshots
Brasserie in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is a photography project shared by Seth Powers on his Behance profile. I don't post too much about architecture or interior design, however this one deserved a feature, it's just awesome. I am fan of simplea and straight lines, as well as wood accents. This one has all of that in a grand way. Brasserie restaurant & lounge in Four Seasons Kyoto, Japan. Designed by Shanghai-based architecture firm Kokaistudios. The site is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa garden. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel, becoming in this way the main representative space of the entire resort. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden. Seth Powers is a Shanghai-based photographer specializing in architecture and interiors photography. He works primarily with architects and designers to render their vision with care and a keen eye for composition. Since coming to China in 2012, he has done work for firms such as B+H, UNStudio, Jacobs, and Coordination Asia. For more information check out http://www.sethpowersphotography.com/ Photography
Do you like the idea of a treehouse? Did you want one as a kid but never got it? No worries. The architects from BEaM designed an amazing treehouse scape in West Dorset, England. The project will certainly make your childhood dreams come true. The Woodman’s Treehouse makes a great glamping option for those looking for a luxurious adventure in the woods. Cozy spaces, beautiful choices of wood and amazing surroundings give this place a totally inspiring feel. I'm pretty sure you can get out of that creative block by staying a few days here. Check out the pictures and start daydreaming about your treehouse scape. A combination of sustainable craftsmanship and luxurious interiors give the place an unique look. From the bathroom to the kitchen and the beautiful outdoor shower, everything is uniquely designed to make your childhood dreams come true. Nestled up in the branches of a veteran oak, this is the perfect spot to rest. Take a look. And you can check out The Woodman's Treehouse availability here. The Woodman’s Treehouse is a luxurious two-storey suite arranged between and beneath the canopy of aged oaks in a rural green woodworking campus. The building is a truly collaborative design-build project constructed by highly skilled green furniture makers and traditional craftsmen with exceptional precision. The timber building draws on diverse architectural and cultural references combining with theatrical effects to create a visually rich and playful construction in the picturesque tradition. The plan is arranged around a central cylinder secreted within an octagonal outer casing. Box rooms clad in split sweet chestnut log stacks, oak laths and hand-cleft oak shingles are plugged into the core building. The treehouse is entered across a heavy oak block stressed ribbon bridge. We found this treehouse at Contemporist.
Miami 2017 is an illustration project shared by Remko Heemskerk on his Behance profile. As the title suggests, the illustrations are about Miami, more specifically, buildings and architecture of that beautiful city. There's a mix of the famous art deco buildings and some more modernist interpretations. All of that reinterpreted through simple vector illustrations with no gradients, just solid colors and quite a bit of contrast. What I love about these illustrations is that I try to take photos of buildings in real life with the goal to make them look like these illustrations. Remko did a fantastic job, check them out. Remko Heemskerk is an illustrator based in Haarlem, the Netherlands. He lived in New York City where he studied Visual Arts. His passion as you can imagine is illustration, design, sketch and paint. He also has a list of high profile clients, including names like Wired, VW, CondéNast, Disney and others. For more information make sure to check out his website at http://www.remkoheemskerk.com/ Illustration
There’s something about Architecture Photography that makes appreciate a lot more another aspect of my love for design. There’s a passion behind tracking a perspective and doing what’s necessary to get to that location. At the destination, you just let your mind free and enjoy the different angles offered by its view. It’s quite fun and inspiring, it gives a meaning to exploration. Let’s take a look at the work from Kris Provost and his series named: Beautified China. Published via Behance, Kris Provost is an architect based in Shanghai, China. There isn't much information about Kris but nevertheless to say he's been out of school for like 5 years and he's making stuff in Asia. You should definitely give him a follow on Instagram: @krisprovoost. For the 5 past years I have been dwelling through China. First a few years in the capital Beijing to get used to the 'China Speed' before relocating to Shanghai where I will spend at least a few more years. This is my take on the icons spread around the cities. Taken out of context and beautified to dissect the pure forms, shapes and design.
Modular houses, or prefabricated houses, are picking up momentum lately. We have been seen amazing modular houses designs. From small and minimal projects to bigger ambitious ones, there is certainly a modular house idea to fit your needs. To give you a taste of that we will show a beautiful and modern home in Pirogovo lake, Russia. The project was designed by BIO-architects. The house was designed for a couple that had lived in one of the architect's modular homes. They liked the experience and decided to try an upgraded version of their first modular house. The result is a nice and cozy cabin in the woods. The house counts with simple and affordable materials. Metal profile, barn board and glass, and it blends harmoniously with the natural environment. It seems like the cabin is totally in sync with its beautiful surroundings. Nice open floor, lots of glass and wood create an modern and charming place. Take a look. And make sure to check out BIO-architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) The house was designed and produced for a young couple who went to live in the suburbs of Moscow on Pirogovo lake. A year before, in 2015, they asked us for a compact 40m2 DublDom house, and after a successful experience of its winter installation, the customers got ready for a bigger one for the whole family, children and staff. None of the standard models was suitable for the site, so we made an individual project on the basis of DublDom of second edition. Most of the individual decisions are based on a simple technology and inexpensive materials, so we managed to follow one of the basic principles of DublDom company - quality of architecture at an affordable pricing. The front facade with the maximum number of glazing was dictated by location of the house on the site. All the technical and utility rooms are located along the rear facade, and the children's room, office, main entrance and the living room with fireplace look at the site with a wonderful view on the water. Made with simple and affordable materials - metal profile, barn board and glass - it blends harmoniously with the natural environment. The entire interior is made of solid pine, painted white. The end walls coloured dark visually increase the space. The interior design is completely made and implemented by the hostess Anastasia Sokolova. All modules were prefabricated at Dubldom production in Kazan and arrived at the site together with the interior trim, hidden utilities, furniture and electrical equipment inside. Installation work took about 10 days with minimal disruption to the site and the environment. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Max Badulin and Ivan Ovchinnikov.
We all have seen containers implemented as a house or pop-up shops but what about 5300 m2 building? It’s just insane just to think of it but at the same time looking at this architecture project by Urbantainer. It seems quite possible and beautiful too! Located in Seoul, South Korea, this building called Common Ground is connecting the Street Market and the Market Hall with stores and terraces. I wish someday to be able to visit this spot! Designed by Urbantainer , just by the name you'll presume that is something related to containers but you're actually right! They started it all back in 2009 and they are now operating in two main centers of gravity, ESB (Entertainment Space Branding) and MAP (Modular Architecture Platform). With a deep design sense in mind, we can't ignore their expertise for modular architecture based on ISO container frame modules Via Archdaily
Back when I was in Berlin for Abduzeedo, I was mapping locations that I have loved to see in Berlin. The Stuttgart City Library was a spot that I would have loved to see but with distance constraint and little time; I wasn’t able to. Unfortunately. One day, I would definitely be back to photograph its splendid architecture but by the meantime, let’s go through Hans-Martin Dölz’s experience of this library. Published on Behance , this project is part of the work from Hans-Martin Dölz. He’s a passionate photographer based in Leonberg, Germany. Looking forward of seeing more work from Hans-Martin in the future. The Stuttgart City Library in Germany is a location which is frequently visited by photographers. The building was designed by the German-based Korean architect Eun Young Yi. The opening ceremony of the library took place on October 21, 2011, and since then countless photographs have already been taken of both the exterior and the interior. I visited the library in September 2013 for the first time and was deeply impressed by the atmosphere inside the library. The visitor faces completely new visual impressions when compared to other famous older libraries.
If you are interested in the ultra-minimal home idea, you've come to the right place. What is an ultra-minimal home? Well, take a look at this amazing project by Alchemy and you will understand. The Sonoma weeHouse is based on Alchemy's original weehouse. Their original project is a modular prefabricated housing system that optimizes many elements of the traditional design-build process. Here they took the basics of the original and gave it a very nice outcome. The result, as they say, is a small, ultra-minimal, high-end home. If you were still not sure that less is more in architecture too. Sonoma weeHouse will make you change your mind. The house is nestled among beautiful trees. The surroundings are totally inspiring. With all the glass they used you can enjoy the relaxing views from all around the house. The place is bright and breathtaking. Take a look. And make sure to check out Alchemy website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Alchemy’s Sonoma weeHouse was designed in Minnesota for a client in San Francisco, built in Oregon, and shipped to its Santa Rosa, CA site 90% complete. The client, an architect himself and Apple’s Director of Store Design, was the project’s co-pilot with weeHouse founder Geoffrey Warner, Alchemy’s principal architect. This small, ultra-minimal, high-end home is based on Alchemy’s weeHouse but customized to meet the luxe finishing requirements the client requested. The prefab house is composed of two minimalist open-sided boxes set on a concrete plinth nestled on the edge of gnarled oaks and an expansive view. Both structures feature steel frames, 9 ft. tall sliding glass walls set into custom corrugated weathering steel boxes and ipe interiors with oiled oak cabinetry. The boxes are offset on board-formed concrete plinths connected by a set of Alchemy-designed steel stairs and railings fabricated in Minnesota. The 16 ft. x 40 ft., 640 SF primary box features whitewashed oak bed box in the middle of the volume, creates a kitchen-dining-living room space on one side, and a bath space on the other side. For shipping logistics, the primary box was composed of two modules, with the 10 ft. x 40 ft. porch porch arriving 90% complete, bolted onto the main module onsite, and cantilevered into the site’s dramatic landscape. The accompanying 330 SF guest house is an abridged version of the larger module with a large whitewashed oak wardrobe forming the bathroom wall. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Geoffrey Warner.
Bold is a architectural photography post with the main subject being buildings and architecture. It was shared by Andrei Tudoran and it is a series of photos on building details with a very warm mood. The contrast between the building and the cyan sky is quite beautiful, especially the contrast with the white or beige concrete structures. I have been trying to take a photo a day this year and buildings with the sky in the background is my number one choice. I wouldn't consider my entries as architectural photography, but what Andrei did here quite well is what I have been trying to achieve with no much success. Well, it's been raining here in Northern California quite a bit. Andrei Tudoran is a self-taught urban and architectural photographer based in Bucharest, Romania. He has showcased his work in exhibitions like: 2016 - Ciao Bucarest - Unique exhibition highlighting Italian influences in Bucharest. Muzeul Municipiului Bucureşti - Palatul Suțu. 2016 - UR.BASM FESTIVAL featured in UR.REALITY - an interactive exhibition by Bucuresti Realist popular Bucharest Facebook page. 2016 - UR.BASM FESTIVAL featured in UR.SWITCH - An initiative to raise awareness regarding Park & Ride facilities and increasing intermodal transport in Bucharest.] For more information make sure to check out his website at http://andreitudoran.com/ Architectural Photography
We would like to share the work from Jeanette Hägglund and her series called: Too Close for Comfort. It’s a stunning take of digital photography with architecture where there’s a style and tone expressed by Jeanette. You should definitely follow her on Instagram. As we are prepping for a little trip next month, as I mentioned before; it’s always great to explore a city through their street photographers and the people that share their love and passion for their city through a platform like Instagram. Jeanette Hägglund is a professional photographer & artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. With a background in photography and architecture; she enjoys offering her eye in the outlook for these special angles of shapes, lighting and shadow plays.