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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.

Libraries of Berlin - Photography

Libraries of Berlin - Photography

Last month Abduzeedo was invited to be part of the launch of a new car company called LYNK & CO. The event took place in Berlin and our chief editor Francois Hoang traveled to Germany to cover the event. While in Berlin, Francois took the time to explore the city, and his passion of photography. He captured some incredible photos of two libraries there. You probably saw one of his photos as the Wallpaper of the Week, but we would love to share more with you. For this project, I recently traveled (October 2016) to Berlin for the launch of a new car company called LYNK & CO. While having an extra day before leaving home, I decided to explore two libraries in the areas of Berlin. I would like to share that all of these pictures are taken with my iPhone 6 and edited with VSCO. Hope you will enjoy! Photography For more photos make sure to follow Francois on INSTAGRAM 

Modern Barn living: KD house in Sweden

Modern Barn Living: Check Out This House in Sweden

If you like the concept of living in a modern barn you will like this house in Sweden. The KD house, a project by GWSK Arkitekter, was built using prefabricated concrete elements and is inspiring. Open plan, high ceilings with barn roof shape and lots of natural light are some of the elements that give this place an extra charm. Beautiful and modern sliding barn doors add an unique feel to place, check it out! Make sure to check out GWSK Arkitekter website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Design for a Holiday House built with prefabricated concrete elements. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Linus Flodin.

Mercedes-Benz Exhibition Stand Design

Mercedes-Benz Exhibition Stand Design

Coming back from a short trip to Berlin, you can’t deny how beautiful this city is and how it is full of history and architecture to go through. Something I’ve noticed as well is how proud they are of what’s from and what’s made in Germany. I’ll share a series of pictures I took during my short trip but for now let’s take a closer look at the work of Roman Geviuk and the stunning work he designed for . Under the name of GM Design Group that is based in Cecina, Italy, Roman designed a 430sq Exhbition Stand where you’ll get to see these exotic cars in a very edgy perspective and making it bold impression for their visitors. Design of exhibition stand "Mercedes-Benz", 430sq.m. Germany, design by Roman Geviuk "GM design group"   More information via Behance.

Reduced to the Max Series

Reduced to the Max Series

It’s a new thing for me to be able to explore a city that you’ve never been to through social media platform. Especially through the eyes of photographers that actively hold superb accounts on their Instagram for example. Instagram is my favourite go-to app on my phone, It’s part of one of four main items on the deck at all times. We would like to feature the work of Kevin Krautgartner with his series called: Reduced to the max. Kevin is a fine art, landscape and architectural photographer based in Wuppertal, Germany. I really love the minimal approach of his style of photography, it’s all about the little details and how do you see things differently. Hope you will enjoy! A photographic journey through contemporary architecture   More information: www.kevinkrautgartner.com.

Beautiful Houses: Hadar's House in Norway

Beautiful Houses: Hadar's House

Today we will show you a small and exquisite home on coast of Stokkøya, Norway, a project by Asante Architecture & Design. The house is located right next to the water overlooking the neighboring islands and the Norwegian Sea. The place was designed for a chef and is pure inspiration. Beautiful material combination and a simple layout deliver a great space. Huge windows, lots of natural light and breathtaking views give this place an extra charm. Take a look! Make sure to check out Asante Architecture & Design website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: A small house with many details right by the coast at Stokkøya, Norway. The house is part of the project Bygda 2.0, a rural development project focusing on developing modern Norwegian houses in a dynamic context combined with spaces for businesses and research activities. It will be a place to live, work and enjoy. Hadar’s house is situated on the rocks next to the shoreline and offers a beautiful view over the water. It is built in wood and has a modern low-energy heating system using firewood. The facade is maintenance free built of burned wood, a traditional Japanese technique transformed into a Norwegian context. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Marius Rua.

Beautiful Houses: prefab house Avalon in Australia

Beautiful Houses: Avalon

Today we will show you the inspiring Avalon house in New South Wales, Australia a project by ArchiBlox. This is a great prefab structure that was constructed in 6 weeks. And the modular design minimizes impact in the environment. The place has a few green features and is cozy and charming. In love with the kitchen and bathroom. Take a look! Make sure to check out ArchiBlox website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Situated on a sloping site, the module touches the earth lightly and is elevated off the ground on structural posts. With a size of 106 m2 the residence is minimal in size but grand in design intent. The interior is composed with 2 bedrooms with walk in robes, 1 bathroom, open plan kitchen, dining and living and storeroom. A green roof sits atop of the structure, tying the built form beautifully back into the landscape. The south and east facades are framed by an outdoor verandah which one can sit on and contemplate the harmony of the coastal ambience. The modular design is driven by sustainable methods which include: Lineal structure with east-west orientation allowing cross ventilation; Maximized North windows which allows the home to enjoy the northern sun; Green Roof which minimizes rainwater run off and solar penetration; FSC certified external timbers milled from sustainable forestry methods; Low VOC internal paints and natural oils. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Michael Wickham, Tom Ross.

A Kindergarten like You've Never Seen Before

A Kindergarten like You've Never Seen Before

You guys know that I have a little crazy love from everything that comes from Japan, whenever it is super innovative or wildly super weird. It’s just so intriguing to witness their creativity on everything around us and how they make things better in our everyday life. Today, we’ll look at the work of Takaharu Tezuka who is an architect based in Tokyo, Japan. His work is pretty much recognizable by his innovative thinking, philosophy and the overall approach that has been rewarding him with the award from the Japan Institute of Architects. Let’s take a joyful at this stunning kindergarten that pushes the children to reach another level of learning and also enjoy themselves.   Watch Takaharu Tezuka TED Talk More information: http://www.tezuka-arch.com/english/index.html.

Beautiful Houses: Beachyhead in South Africa

Beautiful Houses: Beachyhead

Today we will show you the beautiful Beachyhead house in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, a project by SAOTA. Great material choices, shapes and layout turn this house into a masterpiece seating on top of a mountain. From the beautiful use of concrete, stone and wood to the connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, this place will certainly inspire you. Carefully designed stairs, a modern and clean kitchen and inspiring living spaces deliver a unique home, take a look! Make sure to check out SAOTA website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: From the road, the scale of the house is modest, with living spaces concealed on a lower level. Strong horizontality is articulated in the entrance canopy, which is planted with indigenous shrubs cascading over the slab edge. Taking advantage of the remarkable views - with Robberg peninsula to the south-east and the Outeniqua Mountains in the distance towards the north - the southern section of the house is higher and appears to be sliced off from the northern part in a sculptural way. This opening extends vertically through the building, washing northern light into the deeper spaces of the house. Lit from a skylight above, the stairs are delicately suspended in this void, also allowing views through it. The geometry of the staircase continues as a diagonal line that extends the cantilevering entertainment terrace. The centrally-positioned kitchen serves the living spaces and northern courtyard. The kitchen volume opens upwards to the bedroom gallery, allowing northern light into the space. Located on the lower terrace, the pool connects to the main entertainment spaces by means of a stone staircase, articulated as part of the plinth. With a water level that is slightly raised above the deck surface; a rim flow all round creates the impression that this reflective water body slots into the timber deck. This further creates unity between this refined, easy-flowing home and its natural surroundings. We got the details/pics for this post from SAOTA.

Beautiful Houses: Chalet Blanche, Canada

Beautiful Houses: Chalet Blanche

Today we will show you an breathtaking house in Cap à l’Aigle, Canada, a project designed by ACDF Architecture. This house is simply amazing! The facade is modern and clean, the location is perfect and the glass walls are a show stopper. The use of glass not only allows you to enjoy the beautiful surrounding view but also transform the environment into a bright and light home. Really modern, clean and inspiring, take a look! Make sure to check out ACDF Architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The “Blanche” Chalet, whose name evokes the spirit of the vernacular houses of the region, is situated in La Malbaie’s area of the “Terrasses Cap à l’Aigle”. Its simple and pure architecture gently complements the landscape of Charlevoix in a modern fashion. Perched on the podium, the upper two levels are clad in a white stained wood, which is reminiscent of lime plaster that was applied to the ancestral homes of the area. The wood is smooth or raw textured and, at times, creates an openwork siding,depending on the façade, bringing lightness and joy to the house.The four bedrooms of the “Blanche” Chalet are centrally located in order to maximize the panoramic views of the living spaces that are at the top level. The kitchen and dining room are characterized by large 360-degree fenestration, while the living space is housed in a floating overhang whose unique form is reminiscent of the structure of vernacular bridges. This raised volume allows for a direct experience of the enchanting sunsets of Cap à l’Aigle and the shimmering reflections of the estuary of the St. Lawrence within the comforts of the home. The social nature of the house, its openness to family, friendly, and sometimes professional exchanges are favoured by its composition that sensitively juxtaposes the spaces of common life and the private life (bedrooms). The abundant use of fenestration underlines a constant connection between the interior and nature, including the lake and the forest. The use of natural materials, such as stone, wood, and steel in pure and unique forms links the building to the context and invites contemplation. We found this house at Architecture du Québec. Photos by Adrien Williams.

Beautiful Houses: floating home on a lake in Seattle

Beautiful Houses: Floating Home on a Lake in Seattle

Today we will show you an inspiring floating home in Seattle, a project designed by Vandeventer + Carlander Architects. I couldn't find details about the project but I believe the images communicate enough. In my opinion the idea of living in a floating home is really romantic. Not only you get beautiful views but you can jump into the water for a swim right from your bedroom. Really nice layout and materials combination here, take a look! Make sure to check out Vandeventer + Carlander Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Benjamin Benschneider.

 Beautiful Houses: Fahouse

Beautiful Houses: Fahouse

Last week, we didn't get a chance to publish our weekly feature on Beautiful Houses, it's all good since we are sharing one today for you guys. We are taking a closer look today at the work from Jean Verville and his FAHOUSE project. Jean has been inspired by the concept of an archetypal triangle for the design of this cottage that is currently located in Estrie, Québec. I do appreciate his approach to making a house that is both comforting for the children as it is to the parents. The reason why is that he created a distinct relationship from the interior design to its exterior which results into a beautiful contrast from dark tones to the lighter colours. Nested in the privacy of a hemlock forest, FAHOUSE is this amazing building that seems to emerge from a children's story. Exploiting the contrasts between opacity and light, the architect Jean Verville developing a graphic assembly, which rises like two giant conifers, intensifying the dreamlike aspect of this architectural proposal. Derived from the archetypal figure of the house, the double triangular prism illustrates perfectly childhood characterizing the whole development of the project.  Conceived for a young professional couple and two children, the chalet revisits the family home settings to explore a place closely linked to imagination, its occupants and their entire current way of family life. The close complicity with customers during the design process and playfulness distinguishing their parent-child relationship, empower the architect to design a clean way of living their reality. Throughout the site, the complicity between the architect, the family and the entrepreneur promotes a shared enthusiasm resulting in build quality and a flawless finish.   Credits Architect: Jean Verville Collaborators: Jessica Bouffette, Olivier Grenier and Martine Walsh Entrepreneur: Ulys Collectif Location: Estrie, Québec in Canada Dimension: 180 m² (1900 pi²) Year: 2016 Photography: Maxime Brouillet More information: http://www.jeanverville.com.

Beautiful Houses: Minim House - Small space, great design

Beautiful Houses: Minim House - Small space, great design

Today we will show you great small house designed by Minim Micro Homes. We have shown tiny houses here before and you guys loved it, so here we are again. Today we have a really contemporary design that will make you think about tiny houses again. Since we have to think more about space and how to use it, tiny houses are certainly a great option for small families, take a look at another entry t! Make sure to check out Minim Micro Homes website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Mini. Minimal. Minimum. Minim House seeks to fully reimagine the mobile micro home, adding livability, streamlining construction, modernizing aesthetics, and increasing off-grid versatility. Plans, or completed units coming soon in 2016. Easy pull out floor bed with full mattress (no loft to crawl up, cooler in the summer, simple bed-making). 50% more window area compared to leading models. No walls to diminish sense of space. Just a little more space (210 ft2) for full 1-2 person living and entertaining: a 10′ kitchen, a 5′ closet, 8′ sofa/guest bed, dedicated office area, 4′ dining table, comfortable seating for 7, and a 7′ projection screen. 2-3x insulation levels for better energy efficiency and soundproofing. Health and safety improved with ERV fan systems for improved air quality. Off-grid options for areas without water/sewer/electric hookups. Integrated rain catchment/storage with no visible gutters. Integrated a/c (no unsightly mini-split or window units) In Washington DC, founded by Brian Levy We found this house at Contemporist. //-->

IN BOX Capsule Hotel

IN BOX Capsule Hotel

When I was in Japan a couple months ago, I had the fun opportunity to try one of their many capsule hotels. It's a pretty unique concept when you enter their premises, you are given a suit and things for your stay. Completely isolated from your personal things which made the experience quite memorable and bizarre at the same to be exposed to such minimalism. Afterward, you are offered a very clean space to sleep, take a shower, watch TV and with a 24-hour helpdesk. What's the best feature of these capsule hotels is its location, they are usually close to tourist attractions which are very accommodating.It reminded me this story of the past when I stumbled across the interior design project by DA Architects for In Box Capsule Hotel located in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Capsule hotel, based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia About DA Architects DA architects is a studio based in Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation that mainly works in architecture (of course), interior design and also in industrial design. You should definitely follow their Instagram. More information: http://ianjepson.co.za.

Beautiful Houses: Blank Residence

Beautiful Houses: Blank Residence

Today we will show you a clean and stylish house in Taiwan, a project by HAO Design. Beautiful choice of materials and colors in a great layout deliver a modern and neat space. The architects certainly made very smart decisions and created an inspiring home, take a look! Make sure to check out HAO Design website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: HAO Design strives to achieve an optimal balance between space and lighting, which is why we chose to employ design methods that address the various limitations of the building. First, the partition walls of the mezzanine were removed, so that the 1.5-story floor height became the visual divide of the entire interior space. The upper floor was transformed into an open library, so that light that is introduced by taking away the partitions can stream into the ground-level living room. The large window framing the dining area affords maximum lighting, while the rescaled and leveled window ledge naturally evolved into seating for the dining table. //--> The team’s second challenge was the staircase. The original stairway, which occupied the entrance of the house, was relocated to the back where the kitchen used to be. Translucent materials were utilized to replace the roofing above the kitchen so that light can penetrate and guide the direction of the stairway. This also acts as a transition between the open space of the ground floor and the privacy of the second floor. Upstairs, the light connects the master bedroom to the open bathroom. Window designs identical to the first floor accentuate the natural flow of both light and air. Even though the house is divided into several rooms, the deep sense of connectedness between the various spaces and their different functions created by the well-placed stairway enables household dwellers to move freely around the entire structure. Elevations and depressions in the flooring not only create convenient tables and seating but also differentiate between rooms with varying functions and elements. When light illuminates the interior of the house, shadows accentuate flow of movement, creating a space in which dwellers seated at various heights across the floor may engage in intimate, animated communication. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Hey!Cheese.