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Digital Photography: Tokyo-1 Series

Digital Photography: Tokyo-1 Series

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.  

Interior Design: NL2 SMA

Interior Design: NL2 SMA

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

Beautiful House in Trees in Los Angeles

Beautiful House in Trees in Los Angeles

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 - Famous Buildings

Architectural Illustration - Famous Buildings

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/

A Beautiful and Cozy Prefab in São Paulo, MINIMOD CATUÇABA

A Beautiful and Cozy Prefab in São Paulo

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.

Whistler A-Frame Cabin - Architecture

Whistler A-Frame Cabin - Architecture

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.

Beautiful and Contemporary House Remodel in Mountain View, CA

Beautiful House Remodel in Mountain View, 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.

Kyoto Wok-Cafe - Interior Design & Branding

Kyoto Wok-Cafe - Interior Design & Branding

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.

Beautiful Tilt Roof House in South Korea

Beautiful Tilt Roof House in South Korea

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.

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.