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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.

Street and Industrial Style at the Volcom Offices

Street and Industrial Style at the Volcom Offices

This is not a Beautiful Offices post, but I must admit that I really love amazing offices. I've been posting about that lately and I hope you guys love that as much as I do. Today I'm featuring the Volcom offices, a well-known street and surf style branding. This project is from LPA, located in Costa Mesa, California. This is a space with almost everything that I like the most in architecture: concrete and b&w colors. The walls receive the branding identity with black (or white) stripes, the industrial mood give the stree style tha is the core of Vocom. I'm sure you'll love the photos and be inspired to work! (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Reinventing the RV

Reinventing the RV

Being able to travel, homestay and work on the road. Isn't it a beautiful dream or a possible dream to everyone? As companies and big societies slowly start shifting their mindset/philosophy to allow their employees to "Work from Home" or "remotely", this concept of living abroad is not something unrealistic anymore. It's quite possible and see it for yourself while we feature the reinvented RV by Escape Traveler. About Escape Traveler Traveler is hand-crafted in our own RVIA Certified plant and is designed for extreme climates including heavy snow, brutal cold and searing heat. The design magically blends the best of Tiny Homes into an RV providing you a small, energy-efficient space. For more information check out http://www.escapetraveler.net

Beautiful Houses: Paravicini House

Today we will show you a beautiful house in Cachagua, Región de Valparaíso, Chile, a project by Cristian Hrdalo Architects. Open concept, lots of glass and natural light certainly deliver a great house here. The connection between indoor/outdoor is amazing, allowing you to enjoy the beautiful view from almost every room. Really inspiring. Check it out! Make sure to check out Cristian Hrdalo Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The Paravicini house is a beach house located on Beranda, 150 km on the north of Santiago. The site is a steeply hillside with 2.700 m2 of wide prospect over the Pacific Ocean, the beach and the village of Cachagua. The clients, a Swiss couple with three children, wanted the house to live the beach reflecting their lifestyle, with interconnected and informal spaces but with an extensive program that fit in two floors throughout the width of the property, so each room will enjoy the views of the sea. The house is completely built in concrete formwork rough handmade with natural wood uncalibrated, increasing the roughness of the concrete and providing a wide range of colors for the walls , an effect enhanced by the indirect artificial light. Travertine marble flooring help hide sand beach shoes, and walnut wood adds warmth to the interiors. The furniture tied all the rooms under the same aesthetic, including the kitchen, which is incorporated to the public areas as another meeting place. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Nico Saieh.

Beautiful Houses: Casa Meztitla

Today we will show you the beautiful Casa Meztitla in Tepoztlán, Mexico, a project by EDAA. This house is in perfect balance with its surroundings, it is almost like a chameleon hiding amongst trees. Concrete, cement and stones deliver a strong and beautiful facade. Huge pivoting glass doors give the place a stylish and unique look. Check it out! Make sure to check out EDAA website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Casa Meztitla is an intervention of a natural scenario. It showcases the luxurious value of leisure, the tropical weather, the intense sunlight, the smells of nature, the over 500 year-old landscaped terraces and the ever-present rock mountain: El Tepozteco. It is context in itself. The house, built out of rough stone, crawls low under the trees, aligned with the vegetated-covered stone slopes. It is the creation of pure space within the natural space (Paz, O., 1987). It has an introverted living yet is continually open to its surroundings. Only two elements reveal its existence to the outside world: the colorful bougainvillea flowers showing randomly through the trees’ dense foliage, which mark the plot’s perimeter; and the massive and monolithic white box that emerges through the treetops. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Yoshihiro Koitani.

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.