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.
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!/
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Today we will show you a home in Daintree Rainforest, in Queensland, Australia, a project by m3architecture. The house was designed for life in a tropical rainforest and the result is a modern and cozy space. From materials to layout, concept and facade, the project is inspiring. Take a look! Make sure to check out m3architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description: This house is off-grid in the Daintree Rainforest, close to the beach at Cape Tribulation. This is an ancient ecosystem deserving of a sensitive approach to site. The design accentuates qualities of the rainforest coupled with attributes of holiday life at the beach. A path organizes the site and choreographs a journey from the road, through the dense rainforest vegetation and down to the beach. Along the path, a continuous white rope orients and playfully leads the way through the landscape and house, performing feats of domesticity along the way: a gate, a balustrade, a towel rail, a lamp shade and support for a hammock. The house is located along the path in a natural clearing, avoiding any mature tree removal. The exterior of the house is camouflaged with black plastic cladding and mirrored glass, allowing it to recede into the shadow of the rainforest canopy. On approach, the interior of the house becomes apparent: a light space clad with plywood, a counterpoint to the otherwise cool, dark green of the rainforest surrounds. These spaces engage the rainforest canopy via tall south facing windows and a dark blue ceiling foreground is used to draw in the rainforest canopy. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Peter Bennetts.
Today we will show you a breathtaking house in Thuringia, Germany, a project by Paul de Ruiter Architects. Besides being simply gorgeous, the house is super eco-friendly. From a moss covered roof to solar cells, from a terrace with vegetable crops and fruit trees to a energy efficient system, this place is great. The open spaces, abundance of glass and elegant decor create a modern an cozy place. Certainly a great place to live, take a look! Make sure to check out Paul de Ruiter Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description: Villa K, located in Thüringen, is the first German project for Paul de Ruiter Architects. The realization of a sustainable villa, discrete and integrated in the natural environment, was the wish of the client. The result is a straightforward, but innovative residence built from only glass, steel and concrete. The sustainable house is oriented towards the south, this is where the living- and bedrooms are situated. A glass façade, stretching from roof to floor, demarcates the living areas. The complete roof structure of the villa is covered with moss and sedum. This reduces the cooling load and seen from a higher situated area, this green roof makes the villa to blend into the natural environment due. Above the garage and the entrance solar cells are placed, directed to the south to provide the villa with energy. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Pieters Kers & Patrick Voigt.
This is an amazing black & white collection of Architectural Photography by the German photographer Nick Frank. The photos are close ups that display different architectural lines and shapes which is very inspiring. Enjoy! For more from Nick Frank visit nickfrank.de and behance.net/nickfrank.
Photography is one of my favorite hobbies, I like to go around take pictures of pretty much everything, but one thing in particular really catches my attention, archtiecture photos. There are some people out there that are simple masters of this craft, and one of my favorites is Matthias Heiderich. I love the style and mood he gets from his photos and I wanted to share a bit more of his work on today's post. Matthias Heiderich is a self taught photographer currently live in Hamburg, Germany. We have posted about his work before but it's never too much to see work that is really outstanding. The images we share today is from his most recent Behance project titled Reflections Architecture, places, and scenes captured in the cities of Montreal, Toronto, Mississauga, Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Las Vegas © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. © Matthias Heiderich, 2015. All images © 2015 Matthias Heiderich - http://www.matthias-heiderich.de - http://instagram.com/massju - http://matthiasheiderich.tumblr.com Contact: email@example.com
Today we will show you a beautiful house in Turkey, a project by Onur Teke. Elegant and stylish concrete surfaces, lots of glass, timber and open spaces deliver an amazing place. The connection between interior and exterior is also impressive. The abundance of glass delivers a deeper connection with the surrounding nature, really inspiring. And the greatest thing of all is that the house is not only beautiful but also energy efficient taking advantage of solar panels, special opening for cross ventilation and more. We couldn't find the architect's website but we believe the images communicate enough. Check it out. See you next week. :) Description: A house for a retired couple who yielded to “the pull of the land” and settled in this Aegean village to start an olive grove. Rather than being a retirement project, T-house is an indication of the owners’ determination to engage with life and ways of doing things in the countryside. It is designed as a family home to be used all year round and further incorporates generous work and storage areas in the form of a spacious working kitchen and an extensive cellar to accommodate the varied activities the couple absorbs themselves in (curing olives, canning, jam-making, etc.). We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Yercekim Architectural Photography.
Taking a break from the busy city of Tokyo is always a good thing and wildy rewarding. Well the famous Japanese brand Muji made ready-constructed huts for getting out and escaping the "hustle and bustle". Launched during Tokyo Design Week 2015, these huts will be on sale next year. We stuck inside alone. I enjoy reading. We indulge in the delusion. I hear the sound of rain. It sucks the delicious air. The muffled with family and friends. It encloses the fireplace. I enjoy nature. I enjoy the conversation that can not be usually. The escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, please experience the cozy space. Hut of Wood by Naoto Fukasawa All Rights to Muji All Rights to Muji Hut of Cork by Jasper Morrison All Rights to Muji All Rights to Muji All Rights to Muji Hut of Aluminum by Konstantin Grcic All Rights to Muji All Rights to Muji All Rights to Muji Links To learn more about the Muji Huts: https://www.muji.com/jp/mujihut Images via Dezeen
Have you ever found yourself looking at pictures of beautiful houses and then you find that one house that just amazes you by its glorious architecture? Well, I've ran into the pictures of this unbelievable house built in a vineyard, and it looks heavenly. The studio behind this fantastic house is Aidlin Darling Design, a talented bunch from San Francisco. These are only a handful of their work. For much more, please visit their portfolio at Behance! I hope you enjoy these as much as I did! Cheers! ;)
Today we will show you a beautiful house in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, a project by Khuon Studio. The house is a great example of how to wisely utilize space, it is something nice and doable, something we can relate to. Materials are beautiful and the design is clean and efficient. Perfect for when you don't have a lot space available, take a look! We couldn't find the design studio's website but we believe the images communicate enough. Check it out. See you next week. :) Description: The project relates to refurbishment of a house modestly located alongside one of Sai Gon alleys. The site confines itself to 2.5 m depth and 6.5 m width. Although its scale is quite humble but with it the capacity of light utilizing and ventilation as it stretches alongside the narrow alley. The inhabitants consist of 3 members of a young family. It makes sense for an interesting task as accommodating them with all their needs for a comfortable life in this cozy space . We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Thiet Vu.
Today we will show you a modern and cozy home designed by Tal Goldsmith Fish Design Studio. The place was designed for a couple working from home and it is pretty functional. Beautiful glass and aluminum walls divide dinning and living area. A very nice contrast between white and dark elements give an elegant feel to the house. Certainly a great place to live, take a look! Make sure to check out Tal Goldsmith Fish Design Studio website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description: The house was designed for a couple that decided to work from home, so they could spend more time with their young children. The home has an open plan dining/living area, that allows the parents to keep an eye on the children from their offices behind the glass and aluminum partitions seen on the left. The home has a combined dining room and kitchen, with the dining room kept bright, and the kitchen featuring darker materials to define the spaces. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Amit Geron.