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Beautiful Houses: Loft House by CAPD

Beautiful Houses: Loft House by CAPD

In Japan, with all the architecture surrounding the different areas, it’s just fascinating that we’ll see the mixture of the ancient and modern age. We are featuring a house today that is located in the in the most southern part of Tokushima Prefecture, which is pretty far away from Tokyo. The design is pure simple and minimal at its best and with a space of 91.82 m2, you’ll find a house overlooking the Pacific Ocean enough for a small family. Built in the year of 2016, we have architects Kazuo Monnai, Hirokazu Ohara, Dai Tsunenobu to thank for.   Credits  Architects CAPD Kazuo Monnai, Hirokazu Ohara, Dai Tsunenobu Photography by Daisuke Shima / AD Hoc Inc Originally seen on: Archdaily.com.

Underground Symmetry - Photography

Underground Symmetry - Photography

With the practice of photography, you become entirely more aware of your surroundings. You would appreciate the emptiness of a certain locations and chasing that perspective especially in crowded places. For my case, I’ve had a long interest in underground system and It’s quite interesting to think that those who had designed this would never thought about its impact for the years to come. Let’s take a tour at the Underground System from Hungary, Budapest, a beautiful series by photographer Zsolt Hlinka and make sure to follow him on Instagram for more. Hope you will like it! The focus of this photo series is the symmetry created by geometric shapes and the relationship between them. With these photos the spaces are displayed in a new light, where their functionalities are completely de-emphasised and instead the composition takes the main role, where such tiny details are revealed which would otherwise be overlooked during everyday usage. Since these spaces do not fulfill their funcion - so they aren't filled with huge crowds, which they are intented to, and what we are used to see - a strange feeling of flawlessness is evoked, and turns the viewer into an eyewitness of intimate and rare moments. The function is changed not only for the spaces but also for the actors: as the observers of the picture, they don't need to travel anywhere further, and don't have to use the means of public transportation: they can finally take a look at the spaces and discover them - they can get lost in the details.   Make sure to follow him on Instagram: @zsolt_hlinka.

Contemporary Architecture among Old Oaks in Carmel Valley

Contemporary Architecture among Old Oaks in Carmel Valley

Today we will show you a very elegant and contemporary home in Carmel Valley, California, a project by Sagan Piechota Architecture. The architects used materials such as concrete, weathered steel, and natural cedar to mirror the site's natural textures and color palettes. The result is inspiring. A lot of glass allowing natural light in the house and also showcasing the amazing surroundings. Take a look. Make sure to check out Sagan Piechota Architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Set within a small clearing of California old growth oaks, this ‘L’ shaped residence settles naturally into the contours of the rolling hills of Carmel Valley. Concrete, weathered steel and natural cedar mimics the colors and textures of the surrounding hills. Framed perspectives carefully selected throughout the property capture the verdant landscape and distant views beyond. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Joe Fletcher.

Berlin Interiors - Architecture Photography

Berlin Interiors - Architecture Photography

Berlin Interiors is a photography project shared by Thibaud Poirier and by the title you have an idea what it is about. The only difference is that Thibaud captured some insanely beautiful photos of interiors in Berlin that look like 3D renders. I am a fan of photography and have been trying to capture photos of buildings and textures however I have to admit, I don't have the eye that these guys have. The compositions, textures and colors are beautiful. I won't tell you much more, just check out after the break. Thibaud is a self taught photographer living in Paris. He is fascinated by architecture and urban environments. For more information check out http://www.thibaudpoirier.com/ Architecture Photography

Many Faces of Shanghai

Many Faces of Shanghai

A couple of my friends are leaving for a small trip to China, it was hard not to acknowledge my thrill of traveling again. I gave them cool spots to visit even though I’ve never been there but it made me realize that taking pictures and wandering is not something for everyone. Why? There’s no plans to follow, really. It’s more about what are your goals and make out the best of your trip. We are taking a look at the work of Ekaterina Busygina and her series about Shanghai. We have featured her work before on Abduzeedo and we just love how she pays attention to the architecture, lighting, reflection and etc. We are great fans with subjects standing in front of a giant structure. Hope you will enjoy! Shanghai - many-sided, multi-color, multi-cultural, multilingual, multi-functional, multi-tiered. All this variety makes it look unique - skyscrapers, flowering gardens, temple complexes, old architecture and abandoned factories, acquiring new meanings and functions for modern people You should definitely follow her Instagram: @busyginakate.

MMB house in Berlin: a 1844 building gets refurbished

MMB in Berlin: a 1844 building gets refurbished

This breathtaking remodel is located in a very popular neighborhood in Berlin. Müllerhaus Metzerstrasse Berlin, a project by asdfg Architekten, is facelift in a house erected in 1844. Due to its historical elements and importance the authorities asked the architects to keep the facade look and feel. The result is totally inspiring. Both exterior and interiors are beautiful, but I'm astonished by the clean and modern look this place has. Take a look. Make sure to check out asdfg Architekten website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Michael Pfisterer.

Inside Uber San Francisco Headquarters

Inside Uber San Francisco Headquarters

We’ve been sharing about the Uber Branding and Visual Identity system and also their new Logotype on Abduzeedo. We would like to share an inside look at their gorgeous San Francisco office. Established in a 90,000 sq ft space, the Uber team is reflecting its brand by having their different rooms and areas built with materials that will coincide with their business models. For example the Uber Black (the luxury car option) is represented by the black glass of that elevator lobby. It is also a vast space made up of many zones of comfort with communal areas and small enclaves for solo concentration. As we are know that Uber is known for being innovative, we are not surprised that the office will embody its quality as well. This office has been designed by O+A, a design studio based in San Francisco and New York City. ​Like Uber’s service, the new office isn’t meant to be futuristic—just better. “There’s a mystique to Uber’s brand,” Cherry says. “It’s a sexy brand—kind of mysterious. That’s from the outside. From the inside they’re totally transparent.” Arrivals at the new office in San Francisco will experience that shift in perception physically. The elevator lobby framed in onyx glass (like the tinted glass of a limousine) opens up into a white reception space with broad sightlines. O+A’s spaces always echo the philosophy of the client, but what sets an O+A design apart is the way it drills down into the minutiae of a company’s operation. The finish choices on this project reflect both branches of Uber’s two-tiered service. Uber Black, the luxury car option, is represented by the black glass of that elevator lobby and by stand-alone meeting structures clad in copper and oxidized maple. Inside are leather wall panels laser-etched with the maps of cities in which Uber operates. Uber X, the economy car alternative, finds expression in raw concrete floors, raw steel and the Polygal walls of an impromptu meeting space. Meeting rooms positioned throughout the vast footprint are equipped with wall-mounted touch-screen booking tablets next to the door so users can see at a glance what is scheduled for that space and reserve it hour by hour. Credits  Denise Cherry Clem Soga Steve Gerten Elizabeth Guerrero David Hunter Reema Farhat Chase Lunt Olivia Ward Jeorge Jordan Alma Lopez Sarah Dziuba Alfred Socias Photography Credits by Jasper Sanidad More information: http://www.o-plus-a.com/.

Inside the NYC Squarespace HQ

Inside the NYC Squarespace HQ

I am a true believer that having the right workspace can really benefit to your productivity and creativity. Especially when your company/employer takes the time to design their space to allow their employees with sofas, moodboard walls, 5à7 and even a terrasse. We are pretty happy to share an inside look at the new Squarespace HQ. Located in the is in the historic building formerly known as the Maltz Building, which was constructed in 1926. This new space honors Squarespace’s clean and minimalistic aesthetic. As I quote:”Now, decades later, we're now proudly carrying the torch with our goal of allowing more people to express their ideas freely on the web.”. Give it a look, it’s quite beautiful and can’t stop appreciating the atmosphere. While most tech companies have attempted to combine their workplaces with adult playgrounds, we took a slightly different approach. Our goal was to create an environment in which creativity, comfort, and collegiality could coexist. Moreover, as a company known for its dedication to design, we wanted to ensure that our new office reflected our identity. We’ve transformed our lobby – once an old loading bay – into an entryway that celebrates the work of some of today’s most talented artists. One of the artists represented in our space is Emil Lukas, a Squarespace customer.   More information: https://www.squarespace.com.

Libraries of Berlin - Photography

Libraries of Berlin - Photography

Last month Abduzeedo was invited to be part of the launch of a new car company called LYNK & CO. The event took place in Berlin and our chief editor Francois Hoang traveled to Germany to cover the event. While in Berlin, Francois took the time to explore the city, and his passion of photography. He captured some incredible photos of two libraries there. You probably saw one of his photos as the Wallpaper of the Week, but we would love to share more with you. For this project, I recently traveled (October 2016) to Berlin for the launch of a new car company called LYNK & CO. While having an extra day before leaving home, I decided to explore two libraries in the areas of Berlin. I would like to share that all of these pictures are taken with my iPhone 6 and edited with VSCO. Hope you will enjoy! Photography For more photos make sure to follow Francois on INSTAGRAM 

Modern Barn living: KD house in Sweden

Modern Barn Living: Check Out This House in Sweden

If you like the concept of living in a modern barn you will like this house in Sweden. The KD house, a project by GWSK Arkitekter, was built using prefabricated concrete elements and is inspiring. Open plan, high ceilings with barn roof shape and lots of natural light are some of the elements that give this place an extra charm. Beautiful and modern sliding barn doors add an unique feel to place, check it out! Make sure to check out GWSK Arkitekter website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Design for a Holiday House built with prefabricated concrete elements. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Linus Flodin.

Mercedes-Benz Exhibition Stand Design

Mercedes-Benz Exhibition Stand Design

Coming back from a short trip to Berlin, you can’t deny how beautiful this city is and how it is full of history and architecture to go through. Something I’ve noticed as well is how proud they are of what’s from and what’s made in Germany. I’ll share a series of pictures I took during my short trip but for now let’s take a closer look at the work of Roman Geviuk and the stunning work he designed for . Under the name of GM Design Group that is based in Cecina, Italy, Roman designed a 430sq Exhbition Stand where you’ll get to see these exotic cars in a very edgy perspective and making it bold impression for their visitors. Design of exhibition stand "Mercedes-Benz", 430sq.m. Germany, design by Roman Geviuk "GM design group"   More information via Behance.

Reduced to the Max Series

Reduced to the Max Series

It’s a new thing for me to be able to explore a city that you’ve never been to through social media platform. Especially through the eyes of photographers that actively hold superb accounts on their Instagram for example. Instagram is my favourite go-to app on my phone, It’s part of one of four main items on the deck at all times. We would like to feature the work of Kevin Krautgartner with his series called: Reduced to the max. Kevin is a fine art, landscape and architectural photographer based in Wuppertal, Germany. I really love the minimal approach of his style of photography, it’s all about the little details and how do you see things differently. Hope you will enjoy! A photographic journey through contemporary architecture   More information: www.kevinkrautgartner.com.

Beautiful Houses: Hadar's House in Norway

Beautiful Houses: Hadar's House

Today we will show you a small and exquisite home on coast of Stokkøya, Norway, a project by Asante Architecture & Design. The house is located right next to the water overlooking the neighboring islands and the Norwegian Sea. The place was designed for a chef and is pure inspiration. Beautiful material combination and a simple layout deliver a great space. Huge windows, lots of natural light and breathtaking views give this place an extra charm. Take a look! Make sure to check out Asante Architecture & Design website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: A small house with many details right by the coast at Stokkøya, Norway. The house is part of the project Bygda 2.0, a rural development project focusing on developing modern Norwegian houses in a dynamic context combined with spaces for businesses and research activities. It will be a place to live, work and enjoy. Hadar’s house is situated on the rocks next to the shoreline and offers a beautiful view over the water. It is built in wood and has a modern low-energy heating system using firewood. The facade is maintenance free built of burned wood, a traditional Japanese technique transformed into a Norwegian context. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Marius Rua.

Beautiful Houses: prefab house Avalon in Australia

Beautiful Houses: Avalon

Today we will show you the inspiring Avalon house in New South Wales, Australia a project by ArchiBlox. This is a great prefab structure that was constructed in 6 weeks. And the modular design minimizes impact in the environment. The place has a few green features and is cozy and charming. In love with the kitchen and bathroom. Take a look! Make sure to check out ArchiBlox website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Situated on a sloping site, the module touches the earth lightly and is elevated off the ground on structural posts. With a size of 106 m2 the residence is minimal in size but grand in design intent. The interior is composed with 2 bedrooms with walk in robes, 1 bathroom, open plan kitchen, dining and living and storeroom. A green roof sits atop of the structure, tying the built form beautifully back into the landscape. The south and east facades are framed by an outdoor verandah which one can sit on and contemplate the harmony of the coastal ambience. The modular design is driven by sustainable methods which include: Lineal structure with east-west orientation allowing cross ventilation; Maximized North windows which allows the home to enjoy the northern sun; Green Roof which minimizes rainwater run off and solar penetration; FSC certified external timbers milled from sustainable forestry methods; Low VOC internal paints and natural oils. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Michael Wickham, Tom Ross.

A Kindergarten like You've Never Seen Before

A Kindergarten like You've Never Seen Before

You guys know that I have a little crazy love from everything that comes from Japan, whenever it is super innovative or wildly super weird. It’s just so intriguing to witness their creativity on everything around us and how they make things better in our everyday life. Today, we’ll look at the work of Takaharu Tezuka who is an architect based in Tokyo, Japan. His work is pretty much recognizable by his innovative thinking, philosophy and the overall approach that has been rewarding him with the award from the Japan Institute of Architects. Let’s take a joyful at this stunning kindergarten that pushes the children to reach another level of learning and also enjoy themselves.   Watch Takaharu Tezuka TED Talk More information: http://www.tezuka-arch.com/english/index.html.

Beautiful Houses: Beachyhead in South Africa

Beautiful Houses: Beachyhead

Today we will show you the beautiful Beachyhead house in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, a project by SAOTA. Great material choices, shapes and layout turn this house into a masterpiece seating on top of a mountain. From the beautiful use of concrete, stone and wood to the connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, this place will certainly inspire you. Carefully designed stairs, a modern and clean kitchen and inspiring living spaces deliver a unique home, take a look! Make sure to check out SAOTA website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: From the road, the scale of the house is modest, with living spaces concealed on a lower level. Strong horizontality is articulated in the entrance canopy, which is planted with indigenous shrubs cascading over the slab edge. Taking advantage of the remarkable views - with Robberg peninsula to the south-east and the Outeniqua Mountains in the distance towards the north - the southern section of the house is higher and appears to be sliced off from the northern part in a sculptural way. This opening extends vertically through the building, washing northern light into the deeper spaces of the house. Lit from a skylight above, the stairs are delicately suspended in this void, also allowing views through it. The geometry of the staircase continues as a diagonal line that extends the cantilevering entertainment terrace. The centrally-positioned kitchen serves the living spaces and northern courtyard. The kitchen volume opens upwards to the bedroom gallery, allowing northern light into the space. Located on the lower terrace, the pool connects to the main entertainment spaces by means of a stone staircase, articulated as part of the plinth. With a water level that is slightly raised above the deck surface; a rim flow all round creates the impression that this reflective water body slots into the timber deck. This further creates unity between this refined, easy-flowing home and its natural surroundings. We got the details/pics for this post from SAOTA.

 Inside Look at the Project: Pod-Space

Inside Look at the Project: Pod-Space

Productivity is everything and the more I get older, time is also super essential to the results and efforts at being more efficient. Among all the factors to the success at the state of producing more, I believe having the right workspace is also a huge influence that contributes to the overall concept to productivity. We would like to share the work of George Nijland and his project called: Pod-Space. A conceptual architectural project in illustration and interior design that creates little spaces for an office, small living room with a pool and basically creating your own getaway space. For this project, George used Photoshop and Autodesk 3Ds Max Vray even though it totally convinced me that it was a photograph in the first place. I wish there was more details on the project but we can’t help to be inspired by his design and imagine how greatly we will fit in such a beautiful and minimal space.     More information: http://georgenijland.nl.