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Awesome Brainstorm Rooms

Awesome Brainstorm Rooms

I'm really addicted for beautiful offices, actually I know that most of you guys are too. One thing that most of the tech companies are thinking on the project is brainstorm rooms, spaces projected for creativity and communication. But what these rooms must have to be so special and dedicated to that puporse? They should allow draw and write on the walls, be colourful and to be perfect, got some different chairs and things to sit. Simple, isn't it? But now enter the architect on the story to make this room more than simple and make it awesome! BeCore's Downtown Los Angeles Warehouse Mono Space Cornerstone Hulu Oshkosh Instacart Rea Group Microsoft Ideapaint Atolye Labs

Beautiful Houses: Duplex in Gracia

Today we will show you an elegant duplex in Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain, a project by Zest Architecture. This duplex is inspiring. Open spaces, stylish ceilings, beautiful wood and clay walls. The architects delivered a totally cozy and modern environment. Take a look! Make sure to check out Zest Architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: In a building in Gracia, where the owners owned two apartments one on top of the other, ZEST was asked to create a spacious, welcoming family home. The brief included the creation of both a dedicated music room, suitable for small concerts of chamber music, and a library and study. When we discovered that the building had once upon a time been a factory and that underneath the modern finishes and false ceilings the skeleton of the old vaulted structure still existed, the direction of the project soon became clear. We stripped the apartments from head to toe, to make use of the height of the original spaces. The apartment is served by an "aerothermal" system, which provides water for the underfloor heating in winter, and cooling through fancoils in the summer. ZEST did all the lighting design, with virtually all lighting in LED. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Lluís Casals.

RRA Branding

RRA Branding

I am sure that if I didn't pursue a design career I would try to become an architect. There's a lot of things in common in terms of process in my opinion. I always wax poetic on the topic with my great friend Fabiano, a writer here on ABDZ and architect. When I see the work of RRA I know the reason I love architecture and design. RRA is an award-winning architecture firm based in Oslo. The simple forms that create the identity is based on Reiulf´s hand-sketches and are making the base of the identity. The primary color is grey, taken from the structure, concrete and rock ground that makes the foundations of all projects. The architecture was to stand out for itself, so our goal was to simplify the identity as much as possible. For more information check out RRA website.

Beautiful Houses: Tropical Beach House

Today we will show you a breathtaking beach house on a remote island in Far North Queensland, Australia, a project by Renato D’Ettorre Architects. The house is about 1100 square feet (100 square meters) and it is an amazing example of indoor/outdoor living. Beautiful views and doors that open up completely for you to enjoy the surroundings. Just great. Take a look! Make sure to check out Renato D’Ettorre Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: A small one bedroom beach house. The primary design elements are shutters made out of low-maintenance native hardwoods that will age and eventually blend in with the surrounding tropical landscape. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Willem Rethmeier.

Beautiful Houses: House Mouton

Today we will show you a beautiful house in South Africa, a project by Earthworld Architects. The architects made a great job while designing this project. It is incredible how smoothly the house blends with its surrounding. The material choice and layout are also great. A nice mixture of concrete, wood, stone and glass delivers a modern and cozy environment. Take a look! Make sure to check out Earthworld Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The brief from the client required the design of a home for a family of four in a bushveld estate. The site is a bushveld plot of 1 hectare, and is situated in the Roodeplaat Dam catchment area and required a sensitive approach to the siting of the building. The building is carefully placed as pavilions between the existing thorn trees. The four pavilions for living, sleeping, services and guests are linked to form a combined living unit. Pavilions form courtyards for living in the bush between them. The house consists of three conceptual elements: The roof and ceiling emulates the horizontal plane of the acacia thorn trees providing shade for its inhabitants. Secondly The 2 “anthill like” fireplaces are beacons in the landscape, and thirdly the jagged edge stonewall elements emulates the klip kopje of the landscapes. The roof height is kept to the minimum to create homely spaces as well as to ensure a low visual impact on the natural environment. The basic structure is of the building is a steel shed with infill timber windows and masonry walls under the shed. A timber lathe ceiling is suspended from the steel structure to form a highly insulated roof cavity to avoid summer over heating and winter heat loss. The masonry walls were placed under the roof structure surface after it was erected and are free form shapes. In between these wall elements the spaces are filled in with timber and glass, which frame views into the landscape. The interior finishes of the building are kept to the minimum with lathes ceilings, timber doors and windows and concrete floors. A number of sustainable strategies were employed in the design and include the following: effective shading of glass surfaces; highly insulated roof above the legal requirements; solar Hot Water heating systems; planted roofs. Water harvesting systems integrated into the landscape irrigation system and emerging water supply system. Energy efficient glazing. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by DOOK.

Beautiful Houses: Vista, an inspiring tiny home

Today we will show you an inspiring tiny house, Vista, a project by ESCAPE Homes. I love tiny houses and I think it is amazing how people can create beautiful and super cozy spaces in small environments. As we like to say, less is more, and here we can totally see this. Instead of showing you a huge unattainable house today we are showing you something totally doable. Take a look! Make sure to check out ESCAPE Homes website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: VISTA is just 160 square feet, weighs just 6500 pounds and comes in at 20 feet long. On the exterior, they used cedar vertical siding with COR-TEN steel accent and protective panels. Inside the home, there is a full daybed/sleeping area, small kitchen, bathroom with full shower, small dining table, and multiple, storage areas. In tiny homes, it’s very important to use the space as efficiently as possible, and you can see how a TV has been hidden in the window sill. They also used the space under the bed for more storage. A long galley kitchen with windows, lets plenty of natural light into the space. And if you want to check all details about VISTA go to escapevista.com. We found this house at Contemporist.

Beautiful Houses: Cabin in Norway

Today we will show you a breathtaking cabin in Sandefjord, Norway, a project by Lund Hagem. This place in pure inspiration. Nestled in an amazing scenario, the project delivers a unique and super charming space. Huge glass windows that make indoor and outdoor spaces blend super smoothly. For sure a great place for a creative mind in need of some cabin time. Take a look! We couldn't find details about the project but the images communicate enough. Make sure to check out Lund Hagem Facebook page for more. website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) <>   We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Kim Müller and Ivar Kvaal.

Beautiful Houses: Métrailler House

Today we will show you an inspiring house Sierre, Switzerland, a project by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes. The outside consists of a beautiful looking concrete box while the inside is cozy and clean. Nice combination of wood, open layout and a very nice flow give the place a very nice feel. Take a look! Make sure to check out Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes Facebook page for more. website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: This house is located in the vineyard of sierre, up against a cliff. Responding to this mineral environment, the building is meant to be seen as a rock in the middle of the vine stocks, and tries to minimize the impact on the vineyard. The facets of this concrete monolith are facing the main points of view of the site such as the Rhône Valley, the pfyn forest and the annivers valley. The inner spaces are fitting the land shape. They are structured in half levels connected with a central circulation knot guiding the progression from the entrance to the upper levels. The half level structure allows visual relations between the communal spaces, as well as a large height under ceiling in the living room. Between two vertical concrete blades, the stairs are leading to the half level slabs, also made of concrete. Apart from those elements, all the inner walls, closets and storage units are made of light grey stained fir wood. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Thomas Jantscher.

Beautiful Houses: Nature House

Today we will show you a beautiful house in Bangkok, Thailand, a project by Junsekino Architect and Design. The house has a great flow and it is really inspiring. A nice flow of water gives the place a cozy and natural feeling. The combination of wood, white elements and glass is also great. This is the perfect place to work on your zen side, take a look! Make sure to check out Junsekino Architect and Design Facebook page for more. website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The perception of this project is viewed from both inside-out and outside-in. Homeowners request for every space in a house has to feel the nature and the presence of “water”, which is the main theme of this project, either by visual, sound, or feeling. An idea of space comes from a belief of homeowners in Fengshui. It determines auspicious and inauspicious positions for the house and in order to have a feel to nature, inauspicious positions are then substituted by water. From above idea, it creates and determines the functions of private and public space. Both spaces are parallel to X-axis and connect to service space in Y-axis. A bridge is appointed to connect 2 spaces together while each pushed-in plane creates a working space area which maintains privacy from the outside. The ceiling is designed to be very thin like paper and designed to let natural light penetrates through during the day and disperse light to all areas. At night artificial lights from lamps and lanterns are diffused to the exterior. The open space between the ceiling and walls will control lighting inside the room during day and night. Building materials are a combination of natural materials; wood, rock and natural finishing products in order to create the feeling of natural living with the essence of modern architecture. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Spaceshift Studio.

Beautiful Houses: Starter Home No. 1

Today we will show you a very cool project called Stater Home by OJT. From huge houses to small and cozy projects we always like to show you some inspiring ideas. The project we will share today is a really nice idea for first time owners to people looking for downsizing their homes. Addressing environmental and affordability issues while delivering beautiful places, Starter Home is inspiring. Take a look! Make sure to check out OJT website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Starter Home* is an opportunistic urban housing program created to develop affordable, entry-level homes for the speculative market that prioritizes: contemporary design that is site based and not prototypical; programmatic diversity to address a range of buyers, from first-timers to downsizers; densification through infill of overlooked odd or irregular vacant land; right-sizing as a means of addressing both environmental concerns and to insure affordability; in increasingly gentrifying historic core neighborhoods, a product that enables household economic diversity in rapidly gentrifying historic urban cores; and to do this without subsidization. The Starter Home* program is fundamentally about using inventive land strategies coupled with design to develop homeownership opportunities in urban neighborhoods that, due to upward economic pressures, are no longer assessable to large parts of the population. The starter home moniker is important in that it clearly associates the program with a quintessential, albeit fading, component of the American housing market. The first test site for the Starter Home* thesis, 3106 St. Thomas is an undersized lot in the Irish Channel neighborhood. Technically a historic district, the Irish Channel is in fact highly diverse in the character of its built environment, filled with low-density historic housing equally as regional industrial infrastructure. According to the Starter Home* argument, the site is all at once a legal definition, an embedded history, a record of activity, and a physical entity. A Starter Home* expects no tabula rasa, and in fact relies on the specificities of site in order to function at its best, financially, urbanistically, and spatially. The overlay of zoning – both impediment and opportunity – guides the design process but also provides the potentiality of the site as Starter Home* opportunity. With this in mind, no zoning variances were sought, and in its design, 3106 seeks to take advantage of its preconditions: adjacency to a warehouse and a two-family home, a highly restricted, long and narrow footprint, and a rather generous maximum height of forty feet. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by William Crocker.

The Amazing Combination of Bricks and Wood to Create Beautiful Offices

The Amazing Combination of Bricks and Wood to Create Beautiful Offices

One of the most beautiful combinations on architecture is wood and brick, I like to say that is the "perfect combo", because are raw materials that bring comfort and contrast to almost all ambients, specially offices. Thinking on that I selected three amazing offices from already known companies that use a lot wood and brick on their offices, it's Airbnb, Chain and Github. You'll realize how beautiful is the decoration and I'm sure you would to love to work on such kind of place everyday! Airbnb Office Chain Office Github Office Love it or not? If you have any suggestion, tell us on the comments!/

Beautiful Houses: Apartment at Póvoa do Varzim

Today we will show you a clean and stylish apartment at Póvoa do Varzim, Portugal a project by Pitagoras Group. The use of wood in this apartment is inspiring and delivers a stylish feel to each space. Layout and decor complement each other, creating a clean environment. I really liked the simplicity and coziness of this place. Take a look! Make sure to check out Pitagoras Group Facebook page for more. website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The project was based on the transformation of a 95m2 (1022 sq ft) seafront apartment, for seasonal use, mainly out of the bathing season. The existing space permitted a program with a generous living room with included kitchen area, two suites, a niche with bunk beds, a communal bathroom and a pantry. In the project the view to the sea was privileged. Once again the chosen material – oak wood – was decisive in building a space identity. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by José Campos.

Tiny Architecture Environments

Tiny Architecture Environments

Rosa de Jong is a designer from Amsterdam who created these awesome micro architecture environments inside glass tubes and it's all handmade. The project is called "Micro Matter" and is completely amazing. Check it out! For more from Rosa de Jong visit byrosa.nl, and behance.net/byrosa.

Beautiful Houses: Studhorse

Today we will show you a breathtaking house in Winthrop, WA, USA, a project by Olson Kundig. This is certainly a wow house! Amazing use of glass that offers a panoramic view from the beautiful surrounding area. Really interesting material choices and combination. The place has modern look with a cozy feel. I'm in love with this house, specially the kitchen and bedroom. Could pack and move right now if I had the chance. Take a look! Make sure to check out Olson Kundig Facebook page for more. website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Set in the remote Methow Valley, Studhorse responds to the clients’ desire to experience and engage the surrounding environment throughout all four seasons. Referencing the tradition of circling wagons, the buildings—four small, unattached structures—are scattered around a central courtyard and pool. The 20-acre site is nestled in the northern portion of the 60 mile long glacial valley and the buildings are arranged to frame carefully composed views of the surrounding Studhorse Ridge and Pearrygin Lake. Traditional boundaries between the built structure and its surroundings are purposefully blurred, so that the family can experience the site and nature. With the four buildings oriented to open to the central courtyard, the design is oriented toward family life and entertaining. Public areas, including the family room, kitchen and bar are grouped together in the common area pavilion. Private areas—the master bedroom, kids’ bedroom, and den—are more secluded in an adjacent building. Guest rooms are part of the master plan composition of buildings but isolated to allow for independent use. The sauna sits removed from the other buildings with a privately framed view looking out over the valley below. Tough and low maintenance building materials, mostly steel and glass, were utilized to stand up to the equally tough environmental conditions—from hot, fire-prone summers to snowy winters. Wood siding used throughout the project was salvaged from an old barn in the valley. The varying tones of the wood reveal its history and use. Over time as the wood and steel weather, the home will become more and more muted in appearance, blending into the landscape. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Benjamin Benschneider.

Virtual Depictions: San Francisco Art Project by Refik Anadol

Virtual Depictions: San Francisco Art Project by Refik Anadol

Refik Anadol is a media artist and designer based in Los Angeles, USA. Focusing on Architecture, Digital Art and animations, Refik created this stunning public art commission for 350 Mission Building in City of San Francisco, California. The main idea of ‘Virtual Depictions:San Francisco’ is to bring 21st century approach to public art to define new poetics of space through media arts and architecture and to create a unique parametric data sculptures that has an intelligence, memory and culture. Through architectural transformations of media wall located in 350 Mission’ lobby, main motivation with this seminal media architecture approach is to frame this experience with a meticulously abstract and cinematic site-specific data-driven narration. As a result, this media wall turns into a spectacular public event making direct and phantasmagorical connections to its surroundings through simultaneous juxtapositions. The project also intends to contribute to contemporary discourse of public art by proposing a hybrid blend of media arts and architecture in 21st century. All Rights to Refik Anadol All Rights to Refik Anadol All Rights to Refik Anadol All Rights to Refik Anadol All Rights to Refik Anadol All Rights to Refik Anadol All Rights to Refik Anadol All Rights to Refik Anadol Video Credits Virtual Depictions: San Francisco By Refik Anadol Commissioned by: Kilroy Realty Corporation John B. Kilroy, Jr. In cooperation with: The City of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee John Rahaim, Director of Planning Links Find out more about Refik Anadol: http://www.refikanadol.com Follow Refik on Behance: https://www.behance.net/refikanadol

Beautiful Houses: Block Village

Today we will show you the Block Village in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, a project by HAO Design. This place is modern and charming. Lots of natural light, open spaces, huge glass windows and beautiful contrasting materials deliver a cozy and stylish home. Besides the great look the house also has several energy saving features. A very nice project, take a look! Make sure to check out HAO Design Facebook page for more. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: While stepping into the 12 ping (39.6 square meters)’s house, you can feel the light revealing from the balcony clearly and simply light up the spatial functions. The living room and the dining room in the front right side will be the space to carry most of the family memory in the future. Thus, the designer decides to make the light shine unbridledly along the dining room, bringing out how the family imagine their future home – along with the simple and plain texture of pinewood, the harmonious green color, and the simple but happy atmosphere of white painted-wall. Usually, the floor space is designed to meet basic space requirements (3 bedrooms, 1 dining room and 1 living room) and the storage demand. However, in this case, the designer pays more attention to create the pleasure of visual sense while dwellers walking in the house. The main circulation – stairs combine with the aisle turning into an air bridge, connecting the master bedroom (2.5 ping) and the walk-in closet (1.5 ping), which are capable of relatively closer spatial functions. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Hey!Cheese.

Beautiful Houses: Hupomone Ranch

Today we will show you an amazing barn house in Chileno Valley, California, a project by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop. This place is modern and charming. Lots of natural light, open spaces, huge glass windows and beautiful contrasting materials deliver a cozy and stylish home. Besides the great look the house also has several energy saving features. A very nice project, take a look! Make sure to check out Turnbull Griffin Haesloop website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description: Hupomone Ranch is an original 160-acre homestead located in the Chileno Valley, just three miles west of downtown Petaluma. The ranch had been fallow for over 30 years and the owners, a young family with three children, wanted to build a barn house that would reflect their commitment to sustainable farming, draw on the natural serenity of the site and build on the sense of place in western Petaluma where farming and ranching are still a part of people’s daily lives. The site has a wonderful balanced quality to it, and the simple grounded form of the barn is sited to compliment this setting and capture the long views to the coastal range beyond. Set into the more opaque north side, the entry provides shelter tucked under the loft above and frames a view through the house to the meadow beyond. The light-filled living area opens up to the long view south and gathers the bedrooms and kitchen to either side. The kitchen has slide away windows that open directly to the garden. The house is certified LEED Platinum and features a number of energy saving features exceeding title 24 by over 50 percent. Passive heating and cooling with thermal mass and insulation, Geothermal, radiant cooling and heating along with solar and photovoltaic panels contribute to the house’s energy efficiency. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by David Wakely.