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.
Barn houses seem to be pretty popular these days. And I have to admit that I love it! Barns that are converted into houses are spacious, bright and inspiring. Like the one we are showing you today. Church Hill Barn is a beautiful home on the Essex and Suffolk border. The project was actually a renovation. Church Hill Barn was part of several buildings for the Assington Hall Estate, destroyed by fire in the 1950s. David Nossiter Architects did a great job restoring it. Giving the place a modern look with a cozy and warm feel. Polished concrete floors, timber, brick and a pretty open plan come together beautifully here. And the result in simply inspiring for those who like the idea of barn living. Take a look. The restoration also used materials from the other buildings from the former Estate. Since some buildings were too far gone to restore the architects salvaged some of the material to use it in the new barn. Make sure to check out David Nossiter Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The site, situated on the Essex/Suffolk borders within the landscape immortalized by Constable was originally the home farm of the nearby Assington Hall Estate, destroyed by fire in the 1950s. It consists of a collection of farm buildings forming a courtyard. The centerpiece of the site with views over the rural landscape is a large barn of cathedral-like proportions. Cruciform in plan with a collection of smaller spaces surrounding it, the arrangement sought to provide shelter for different farming activities under a single roof. The barn complex is the legacy of one of its pioneering exponents of the model farm movement John Gurdon Esquire, the original owner. The clients purchased the buildings in dilapidated condition. Having sold their own property in nearby Colchester they decided to reside in a caravan on the site during the build. We found this house at Uncrate. Photos by Steve Lancefield.
Lately, I’ve seen many of my friends going to Tokyo, I can understand its enthusiastic feeling for them but I would say that isn’t mutual from my end (hah!). Tokyo is a place that I would recommend to anyone that would love to experience what urban life could be like in the near future with a mixture of modern and past architecture. Everything and everywhere is something to discover on your own. Well, Clement Balavoine took a spin into the city and we get to follow his architectural photography series with an abstract tone and perspective. Clement Balavoine is a designer working in fashion and drawing. Working as a designer in places like: London, China and more; he has worked for a variety of brands. Clement also takes pictures as a passion and also being a creative to keep his mind inspired for more. Tokyo-1 is a book exploring architecture and lifestyle in the beautiful japanese city. From Harajuku to Shibuya, Omotesando to Ginza, this photobook is a calm journey through the streets of Tokyo. The name of the book refer to the fact that all the pictures have been taken in one day.
NL2 SMA is an interior design and architecture project shared by Anton Siriak. I rarely post about interior design, I usually write posts about architecture, however there's something about this project that really caught my attention. I am fan of simple interiors, minimal. I love when everything is sort of hidden and whatever is visible is because it has a purpose a bit more than just decoration. Anton's project embraces all of that, with the addition of a stunning outdoor space. Check it out and let us know what you think. For me, I will just dream of having my house looking like that, one day. Anton Siriak is an architect and interior designer from Kyiv, Ukraine. His portfolio is full of great work. Modern and for lack of better word, sleek. Interior Design
Nestled in a beautiful hillside in Los Angeles hills, this place is inspiring. House in Trees is a project by Anonymous Architects and you can see that the house blends perfectly with its surroundings. The architects developed something that has a remote feel despite being so close to all of Los Angeles craziness. The main challenge of the project was the placement of the home. The beautiful Cypress tress should be preserved at all costs. So what a better idea then incorporating them into the design? Yes. This is what they've done. Take a look. The House in Trees has a beautiful layout and breathtaking views. The heavy use of wood gives the place a cozy feel and also turns the house into an integrated element in this hillside. A lot of glass will allow you to take advantage of inspiring views. It seems that you are in a remote cabin in the mountains. Make sure to check out Anonymous Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: This new single family house floats over the steep hillside in Echo Park, California. The placement of the house was very important to avoid removing any of the mature Cypress trees that surround the house. In one case the house surrounds the tree as the tree penetrates through the house. Waterproofing a tree in this situation proved to be very challenging but the system works to keep water out of the house. In an effort to blend into the wooded environment there is a heavy use of wood - both outside and inside. The exterior uses fire treated cedar siding which is a rating required by local building codes. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Michael Wells, Steve King.
Architectural illustration Progress Profiles is a illustration project shared by Andrea Minini. He was commissioned to create thirteen architectural illustrations reproducing some super renowned buildings around the world. The most beautiful thing about them is the simplicity and the use of lines to highlight some of the iconic features of these buildings. It's a great use of the Blend Tool in Illustrator, at least that would be the way I would do it. Actually we have posted some tutorials here on ABDZ about that, like the Offset Path Effect/ The architectural illustration include buildings like the: Heydar Aliyev Centre - Arch: Zaha Hadid Millau Viaduct - Arch: Norman Foster Sydney Opera House - Arch: Jørn Utzon The Dominion Building - Arch: Zaha Hadid Beijing National Stadium (bird's nest) - Arch: Herzong & de Meuron Louvre Pyramid - Arch: Leoh Ming Pei Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao) - Arch: Frank Gehry Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Center - Arch: Renzo Piano Kaufmann Residence (Fallingwater House) - Arch: Frank Lloyd Wright Guggenheim Museum (NYC) - Arch: Frank Lloyd Wright Architectural illustration About Andrea Minini Andrea is a freelancer graphic designer and illustrator from Milano, Italy. If you like the type of illustration of this post you must check out his other projects. For more information visit https://andreaminini.myportfolio.com/
For the last Beautiful Houses post of the year we will show you, once again, that a lot of times less is more in architecture too. Take a look at this inspiring prefab home in Catuçaba, São Paulo, a project by MAPA. Beautiful wood, huge glass windows, cozy interior and breathtaking surroundings. In my opinion these are the main characteristics of this home. I'm pretty sure this is the perfect spot to keep all of your inspiration juices flowing. Check it out! Make sure to check out MAPA website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Living in Remote Landscapes. MINIMOD CATUÇABA is a primitive retreat with a contemporary reinterpretation, which more than an object aims to become an every-remote-landscape experience. MINIMOD presents an alternative to traditional construction: based on prefab plug&play logics, it incorporates the benefits that a newly-born industry has to offer. Quiet but not shy, its unique-in-Brazil CLT Wood-Technology combines industrialized products' efficiency and new technologies' sustainability with the sensitivity of the natural material par excellence. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Leonardo Finotti.
During the time off of the holidays, I really enjoyed taking the time off to explore new areas where I haven’t been to OR work on projects where there isn’t enough time during your normal schedule. For example, today we went for a photo walk in the woods; it was quite interesting especially with the challenge of the weather. With that in the subject, we would love to share a project about that cabin life from the forests. It’s an A-Frame cabin currently located in Whistler, Canada, coming from the work from Scott and Scott Architects, we can say that we are totally in love with the making of this cabin. Scott and Scott architects are an architect firm based in Vancouver in Canada a well. Hope you will enjoy! More Information: http://www.scottandscott.ca.
Today we will show you a minimalistic house remodel in Mountain View, CA, a project by Klopf Architecture. The house is a remodel of a classic Eichler home and the result is amazing. A clean and contemporary look give this place and unique and cozy feel. Lots of glass, open spaces and bright colors come together to deliver a beautiful home. Take a look. We don't have a lot of details but the images communicate enough. Make sure to check out Klopf Architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) House remodel We found this house at Contemporist.
Today, we would like to share this Interior Design and Branding project from an asian food cafe based in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Behind this project, we’ll have a collaboration from teams in interior design & architecture, in identity & graphic design, in print design and in photography. All together to bring a space inspired by the stylish palette from Japanese cuisine. From my perspective, I love how the light comes in during the day that highlights the chairs and floor. It creates such an atmosphere and for the branding; they kept a minimal approach to the design and like how the takeout is that one thing that differs from the rest of the stationery. What do you think? Kyoto is an urban asian food cafe based in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. The café has 3 areas: there are contemplation, communication and food zones. The interior is based on contrast combinations of textures; the color scheme is a stylized dish palette of traditional Japanese cuisine. Identity and decor of the facade are based on graphic patterns and methods of traditional sign boards in Japanese cities. Credits Interior design & Architecture – Anastasiya Tyumeneva, Mechta.space; Identity & Graphic design – Alexander Yaguza & Alexander Lokhmatov, J.J. Gittes; Print design – Alexander Yaguza & Goga Djalagania, I am Joka. Photo by Evgeniy Denisyuk More Information via Behance.
Today we will show you a house in South Korea, a project by BCHO Architects. Architects used a tilted roof that follows the hillside to better blend the house to its surroundings. Besides minimizing excavation the result is a clean and inspiring home. We can also see beautiful color palette, materials and layout choices here. A lot of open spaces and windows, given the place a bright and cozy feel. Take a look. Make sure to check out BCHO Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Set amid peaceful mountains and rice fields an hour east of Seoul, Korea, The Tilt Roof House is part of a community master plan proposed by the clients and their friends in Sukokri neighborhood. Sharing common passions for travel, nature, and design, they decided to create a small artist community where they could go hiking and do outdoor activities together. As part of Sukokri artist community, the subterranean Tilt Roof House shows architect’s understanding and consideration of “Ki”, which is the traditional term for the universal energy that permeates everything. Tilt Roof House tries to respect the natural energy flow of the existing mountains’ and consideration. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Sergio Pirrone.
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.
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.