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Beautiful Houses: Mirrored Beach Hut

Beautiful Houses: Mirrored Beach Hut

With the summer knocking on our doors, we thought about changing the formula for Beautiful Houses a little. When you think of hot warm summer, we immediately think about beaches. Instead of showcasing a beautiful house, how about a beautiful mirrored beach hut?! Located in Worthing, West Sussex, let's take a closer look at the work from ECE Architecture Video About ECE Architecture ECE Architecture is an award-winning studio with multiples locations in London, Sussex and Bristol. From concept design, planning expertise and technical delivery; the folks from ECE dedicate themselves to always deliver a successful design and projects. For more information: http://www.ecearchitecture.com

Burbucar: a Super Cool Car Wash Design and Concept

Tired of taking your car to that same old boring car wash around the corner? Well, great design can also be found in a car wash, at least at this one in Madrid. Burbucar, a project by Lina Toro, will certainly get your attention and make you want to take your car for a wash. Take a look. Not only the place looks great but 80% of the water they use is recycled, which is great for the car wash business. I always like when someone creates a new concept for an old thing. Hope you guys like it too. Burbucar is a carwash located at Costa Rica Street in Madrid. It is an established business, which uses clean and innovative processes and seeks to visualize its philosophy by means of a renewed image. The carwash occupies the ground floor of a 7-storey building, in a 70 m-long and 12 m- wide tube. It rests on a 10cm neoprene bedding, which absorbs vibrations of the machines at the car wash tunnel. 80% of the water used is recycled at a purifying room, through 6 specific tanks. In winter, humidity exceeds 80% and the apparent temperature is 0ºC. Running non-stop 12 hours a day from Monday to Saturday, an average of 80 cars are washed daily at Burbucar. The comission is made with a single condition: the running of the business will not be interrupted at any time. The project is executed in one month. Uninterrupted. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Behind the Scenes: Not Only a Car Wash #BehindTheScenes offers spaces, associated with the waiting time, which visualize the formerly hidden washing processes. #BehindTheScenes changes the corporate image of the conventional carwash into the technified SPA. #BehindTheScenes the technic decision of coating every surface with epoxy paint solves the general concept, allows a quick execution and the maintenance. #BehindTheScenes fuses architecture, design and technic in a combined operation.

In the Forest of Sweden

In the Forest of Sweden

With our busy life, we struggle between work, family and friends all the time. Weekends seems to be always too short. Sometimes we just wish to get out of the city (not too far), enjoy a little getaway so we can come back fresh for the beginning of the week. Well, if you are around living in the suburbs of Stockholm, UK. You should definitely pay a visit to the Tallbacken, a new Scandinavian housing concept by Henrik Schulz architects. A place where nature is your own backyard. Tallbacken is a new Scandinavian housing concept located in the forest outside of Stockholm. The concept is aimed at couples and families of mixed ages who want to live close to nature, but still around the city. What unites them are a common lifestyle that revolves around career, active leisure and time together.In Tallbacken you live in the forest without losing the convenience modern living. The project follows the conditions the nature provides and the houses float freely on pillars in the slopes to do minimal footprint on the surrounding environment - the forest becomes your backyard. The houses position, height and rotation have been chosen to give each house the best possible view over the ocean. Facade materials are based on and reflects the surrounding nature. The concept is developed in collaboration with Imola and . For more information: http://henrikschulz.se.

Beautiful Houses: McCann Residence

Today we will show you the beautiful McCann Residence in Tuxedo Park, New York, a project by Weiss/Manfredi. Open spaces, lots of glass and natural light, neat material choices and an inspiring layout give this house an unique and cozy feel. A really charming place amongst trees and nature, take a look! Make sure to check out Weiss/Manfredi website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The McCann Residence is located on a former hunting-and-fishing preserve oriented around three glacial lakes and distinguished by a number of estates designed by prominent architects at the turn of the 19th century. Dense forests and rocky outcroppings characterize this landscape in the Ramapo Mountains. The site is defined by two massive granite escarpments and metered by a series of retaining walls quarried on site that echo the historic stone walls prevalent throughout Tuxedo Park. The design celebrates the extreme topography of the site, which defines the sectional development of the house. Three enclosed living levels and a sequence of outdoor terraces are organized in an ascending route. The lower level includes a garden room and exterior entry courtyard. An exterior stepped ramp rises to the main entry level, which includes a foyer, library, and guest bedroom. A double-height stair hall connects the main level to the upper garden level—a loft-like glass pavilion with panoramic vistas of Tuxedo Lake. This level features a sequence of platforms for living, kitchen and dining, and a master bedroom. The terraced gardens create open-air "rooms" defined by the arc of the house and the granite outcropping. The design features a material palette noted for its ability to weather over time—custom bronze screens filter light and maximize privacy and the granite walls, mined from a nearby quarry, are constructed from the same stone as the escarpment. Blurring the connection between landscape and architecture, the McCann Residence embraces its historic setting by introducing a new inhabitable topography. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Albert Večerka/Esto, Jeff Goldberg/Esto.

Beautiful Houses: Irekua Anatani

Today we will show you an inspiring house in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, a project by Broissin. The place is a beautiful retreat amongst nature. The indoor and outdoor connection is amazing and delivers a unique space. Totally in love with this house. We couldn't find details about it on the architect's page but we believe the images communicate enough. Take a look! Make sure to check out Broissin website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Alexandre d’ La Roche.

Traveling & Minimal Photography

On Social Media, we all somehow have our own conceptions of the Reality World. Through the photo and editing apps, we go from dark, bright and of course Minimal Photography. Minimal Photography might sound like an easy thing to do but it isn't. It's all about a concept, it's not something you can do spontaneously. In my opinion. Taking the time to find the right angle/perspective is a challenge. How do you see your reality? Let's take a closer look at the work from Matthias Heiderich who totally takes incredible photographs. Architecture, places, and scenes captured in the cities of Tokyo, Seoul, Berlin, Leipzig, Lisbon, Milano, Rome.     About Matthias Heiderich Matthias is a self-taught photographer currently living in Berlin, Germany. Really looking forward to what's coming for Matthias. For more information: http://www.matthias-heiderich.de.

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Today we will show you a beautiful country retreat in Aspvik, Sweden, a house architect Andreas Martin-Löf designed for himself. The property has been in his family since the 50s and Andreas renovated this beautiful place overlooking the Stockholm archipelago. Great material choices, layout and breathtaking views deliver a clean and cozy place, take a look! Make sure to check out Andreas Martin-Löf website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: In 1917, renowned restauranteur Sten Hellberg built a chinese-style tower high above Torsbyfjärden with a view overlooking the shipping lane towards Stockholm. The six hectare plot has been in the current owners’ family since the 1950s. In the 1960s a single-storey, period-style addition to the tower containing new living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom spaces was added. The new building is made up of architectural elements that relate both to the original tower and the 1960s extension. Together they create an ensemble of buildings from three different eras. The new building is placed on a steep hillside. When viewed from the main house above, the new volume appears like a small outbuilding inserted between two pine trees. However, the sloping site allows for a two-storey house to be placed without competing with the original house for dominance. The lower floor includes an entrance hall, bedroom, bathroom and a sauna which is tucked into a crevice in the stone hillside. A staircase leads to a single, large room on the upper floor which contains kitchen, dining and living areas. The house is constructed in steel, timber and glass and is placed on a concrete plinth. The faces of the plinth are angled by 5 degrees, which is reminiscent of traditional pagoda foundations and a subtle reference to Sten Hellberg’s chinese-style tower. The custom-made glazing is attached directly to the structure – with detailing adapted from the 1960s extension, while the characteristic projecting roof is borrowed from the existing tower. A sloping cast in-situ retaining wall creates an infinity swimming pool to the west and morning terrace to the east which visually cut through the lower storey. In the evening the pines are transformed into bonsai trees that reflect in the dark water of the pool. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Åke E:son Lindman.

Beautiful Houses: Old school conversion Ons Dorp

Today we will show you an inspiring remodel in Amsterdam. The building itself, an old school, was converted into ten large apartments by CASA architecten. We will show here one of the apartments, designed by Standard Studio for a young family. A beautiful open space concept where high ceilings and an exquisite combination of materials and colors deliver a modern and cozy space. This apartment is amazing, take a look! Make sure to check out Standard Studio website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Ons Dorp is a school building that got converted into different apartments. This particular one was designed for a family of five. The teacher’s lounge got remodelled into the bedrooms and the classroom into the living space. Due to its high ceilings, it was possible to create maisonettes, which lead for the whole family to be together, but still remain with a bit of privacy. It meant that in the living area we could combine all five elements; kitchen, living room, dining room, play area for the children and work space into one. Storage is of essence when designing for a family with three young children, therefore as a result furniture pieces were created under the stair cases that not only allowed for the children to put their toys, but also as a play and sitting area. Concrete floors and steel staircases kept the characteristics of the school but when combined with plywood, it resulted in a bright and warm interior. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Standard Studio.

Beautiful Houses: H House

Today we will show you a beautiful home in Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam, a project by VACO Design. We could't find a lot of details in the architects page but the images certainly communicate a lot. Beautiful use of spaces, materials and colors create a modern and cozy environment. Traditional Vietnamese architecture elements also give the place an unique touch, take a look! Make sure to check out VACO Design website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Quang Dam.

Beautiful Houses: EFFE-E House

Beautiful Houses: EFFE-E House

Today we will show you a clean and elegant home in Bomporto, Italy, a project by Archiplan Studio. A beautiful combination of wood, glass and while elements deliver a clean and cozy place. This is certainly a beautiful use of a barn, were high ceilings and open spaces are the main elements. I totally loved the natural light, kitchen and bathrooms. This house is super charming, take a look! Make sure to check out Archiplan Studio website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The project involves an old barn partially damaged by the earthquake. A massive structural intervention has made the building suitable to support other similar events. The environment is characterized by the presence of disused abandoned farm buildings and the cultivated fields of the Modena plain. The building claims its membership to the places with a main front characterized by an harsh nature, grumpy and unhelpful, which is opposed to a domestic and faithful interior space and a large façade that opens to the endless countryside. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Davide Galli.

100 Year Old Houses

100 Year Old Houses

We posted about Zsolt Hlinka work before on a series of images titled Urban Symmetry but he seems to be always producing incredible work. This time we want to share his latest project titled 100 YEAR OLD HOUSES. It's series of compositions that play with perspective, which is my favorite as you might know. Anyway, check out after the break and you will understand why it deserves to be featured here. The location of the series are hundred year old buildings of Nagykörút which are completely reinterpreted by the chosen perspective, changing our ordinary spatial perception. As the buildings are framing the sky, the contrast is getting maximized between geometric, sealed networks of architectural forms and the unsubstantial, infinite space of the sky. Looking at the accurately constructed, central photographs it feels like the buildings are tunnels driving to the infinity of the sky - and this is where time appears, as if the floors leading to infinity represents time and the age of the buildings. Zsolt Hlinka is a photographer and fine artist with focus on architecture. For more information check out http://zsolthlinka.com/

Real Scale Drawings

Real Scale Drawings

I always do appreciate when artists, designers, architects (for this case) takes a different approach to their design process. To allowed yourself and your team to try what we could do to be better next time or the next project. We are featuring Vardehaugen approach at including  Real Scale Drawings and as I quote: "...the bodily sensation of scale or the notion of simply walking through a room cannot be experienced through traditional 3D visualizations or scaled models." Architecture is not an abstract geometrical size, but something concrete that relates to our bodily existence and the world around us. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); About Vardehaugen Vardehaugen is an architectural studio based in Oslo, Norway. From private houses to urban planning, this team conduct their work both abroad and domestic projects and they thrived themselves to the design process and well-tailored projects. Every client is different; every place is in some way peculiar and unique. We aim to embrace this in all of our projects. For more information: http://vardehaugen.no

Beautiful Houses: The Work of Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates

Beautiful Houses: The Work of Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates

Today, had this idea that it might be fun to change the formula for Beautiful Housesa little. Instead of showing a beautiful house in particular, how about we showcase the work of an architect?! Why not! We would love to share the work of Yoshiaki Yamashita from Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); About Yoshiaki Yamashita Yoshiaki was originally from Osaka, Japan and he graduated from Osaka Institute of Technology Department of Architecture. And since 1994, Yoshiaki established his architectural design office that later on was renamed with associates. For more information: http://www.yoshiaki-yamashita.com

Beautiful Houses: Roy-Lawrence Residence

Beautiful Houses: Roy-Lawrence Residence

Today, we are featuring this beautiful house located in Sutton, a town in Quebec in Canada. A project by Chevalier Morales Architectes where from conceptual to built, into a gorgeous 3000sqft with clean lines of architecture with a responsible thinking about its surrounding and environment. The perfect getaway where you can remotely enjoy the cold season of Winter. Located on a private Townships Sutton, Roy Lawrence residence is implanted at a site steeped in the heritage of Schweiser, a Swiss original family came to settle in the thirties in this vast hilly land. At the side of mountains , the site offers a spectacular panorama of the Sutton valley and surrounding mountains . (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Credits Architects: Stephan Chevalier, Sergio Morales, Julie Rondeau et Patrick Littée; de Chevalier Morales Architectes, Montréal. Engineers: Structure Pierre Gosselin, Trois-Rivières. Entrepreneur: Autoconstruction. For more information: http://www.chevaliermorales.com

Beautiful Houses: Savion House

Today we will show you a breathtaking home in Tel Aviv, Israel, a project by Neuman Hayner Architects. This house is amazing! Floor-to-ceiling windows, concrete, wood and steel give this place a modern and cozy feel. Huge spaces that are inviting and smartly distributed. The house consists of two different cubes separated by passage, so public and private areas are totally separated. Simply great, take a look! Make sure to check out Neuman Hayner Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The house was planned for a family of four. Two cubes separated by a passage combine into an “L” shaped house. The front cube, of double height space, holds the public areas: entrance, living room, kitchen, dining room (all on the ground floor) and a study on the first floor. The passage, 4 meters wide, continues the patio, which is the center of the house, and separates the public wing and the private wing. The rear cube, (the private wing) has 3 floors: The ground floor holds a living room, two children rooms, a laundry room and a guests w.c. The 1st floor holds the master bedroom, and a bridge passage to the library (on the front cube). The basement is well lightened and ventilated by a large patio, and holds a guest’s room, a safe room, and a storage room. The bridge “casts a shadow” on the ground floor, enhanced by a 120 cm wide concrete strip. The kitchen island aligns accordingly. The bridge is composed of white pine wood, and continues as a strip into the master bedroom and the adjacent open bathroom, with concrete flooring on both sides. The tree barks cover the front yard, are also used in the passage and enhance the concrete strip. The swimming pool is covered by marblite and flows into a waterfall towards the bamboo trees. Dry bamboo is used as railings and outdoor walls. The house includes many hanged objects, like swings, as well as outdoor sittings and a bed in the children rooms. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at Uncrate. Photos by Amit Gosher.

Beautiful Houses: L4 House

Beautiful Houses: L4 House

Today we will show you a home in Costa Esmeralda, Buenos Aires, Argentina, a project by Luciano Kruk. This place is incredible! It looks like a perfect inspiration retreat spot. Not only the house is amazing but the surroundings too. Nestled among pines and steps away from the beach, this concrete structure will certainly win you over. Take a look! Make sure to check out Luciano Kruk website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: L4 House is located in the Costa Esmeralda gated community, thirteen kilometers north of the city of Pinamar and four hours from the city of Buenos Aires. The neighborhood where the house is located, Barrio Marítimo II, is linearly parallel to the sea. A pine forest divides the neighborhood from the coast, respecting the 200 meters setback established by provincial regulations. The house should serve for use during short stays. It should also be able to receive guests and eventually be rented. The lot, a pristine sand dune, was covered by rows of maritime pines. As for its topography, its surface descends across approximately two meters from one end to the other, while longitudinally it descends gently toward the sea. The choice of materials was based on two reasons. On the one hand, after the previous experience of having built other homes in concrete, we knew that this material could be kept in good shape over time with virtually no maintenance. On the other hand, we considered its color and texture would establish a harmonious dialogue with the natural environment of the place. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Daniela Mac Adden, Diego Medina.

Beautiful Houses: Villa Boreale

Beautiful Houses: Villa Boreale

Today we will show you a clean and beautiful house in Charlevoix, QC, Canada, a project by CARGO Architecture. Pale tones, natural textures and lots of style are the main thing here. The cottage has clean lines, neat spaces and a super cozy feel. I'm totally in love with it. Check it out! Make sure to check out CARGO Architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The Villa Boréale is a charming contemporary residence located in Charlevoix, an eastern region of the Quebec Province well known for its wooded valleys, skiable mountains and breathtaking points of view. At the heart of the boreal forest, the Villa is set on a sloped and private site, matching up nicely with the ubiquitous vegetation of the surroundings. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The project’s design comes from a global vision: A Scandinavian inspiration, a cottage with clean lines, a modern barn. The materials in their raw appearance influenced the general concept, as well as pale tones and natural textures such as wood, concrete and the white color. The black metal cladding also creates an impressive contrast that highlights the smooth matte finish of the steel and the natural grain of the Eastern white cedar. Moreover, as the entrance to the site is significantly higher than the house floor level, the choice of installing the same black metal cladding on the roof became clear, in order to provide a neat signage at first glance. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Dave Tremblay.