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Beautiful Houses: Belvedere House in Florida

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week, we present you the beautiful Belvedere House. The Belvedere house is a project by Shulman + Associates, a firm founded by Allan Shulman, FAIA in 1996. From its office in Miami's Design District, the firm provides full architectural and design services on a broad range of building types, including many urban infill and adaptive use projects. The belvedere house has a 2-story interior atrium and feature stair at its center, high ceilings and abundant french doors opening toward the pool, patio and bay. The house takes advantage of its long, narrow massing to create an indoor sequence of high-ceilinged spaces that are naturally lit in the daytime and cross-ventilated to allow comfortable interaction with the outdoors. The Belvedere house is really beautiful and elegant. It has a clean and minimal look and the white mixed with glass, wood and some steel elements are great. The indoors natural lighting and the views are amazing! For sure another great place to live. Check out Shulman + Associates website for further details about their projects. See you next time. :) We found this house at Design Milk. Photos by Robin Hill.

The Super Incredible Marina Bay Sands

Yesterday I paid a visit to the office of Marcelo Seferin, architect and writer here at Abduzeedo, and he showed me this building in Singapore, and I can say that I was dizzy just looking at the pictures of the pool on top of these towers. And among so many adjectives I can say that this building is just unbelievable! Sand Bay Marina is a resort in Singapore, designed by Safdie Architects office Safdie Architects, with the amazing budget of US$ 5.7 billion. People have much more to do than sleep in that hotel, they can enjoy a casino, museum, theater, shops, events center and best of all, a roof that is almost an amusement park, with some of the most incredible smimming pools I've ever seen. I can't even explain, you need to look at the photos and get a taste of what is to swim at a height of 200 meters! © Courtesy of Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects As part of the continuous necklace of activities surrounding Marina Bay, the complex forms a gateway to the city. Seen from ships anchored at sea, the two windows created by the towers and sky park frame the vistas towards downtown Singapore. - Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects © Courtesy of Safdie Architects Thanks Archdaily for the tip!

Architect Day: Donovan Hill

Australian office in Brisbane started by Timothy Hill and Brian Donovan, Donovan Hill produces an architecture highlighted by sensitivity to local culture and aesthetic quality of the resulting projects. With an almost 20 year career, they show us an inspiring portfolio of commercial, residential, and institutional projects. photo donovanhill.com.au donovanhill.com.au Founded in 1992 in Brisbane, Australia, Donovan Hill's office is directed by Brian Donovan, Timothy Hill, Paul Jones and Michael Read. Their practice includes a wide variety of projects from commercial, institutional and civic buildings, to the residential master plans of urban design, interior design, landscaping and furnishings commissioned. But the quality and concept are repeated. QUT IHBI, Brisbane, Austrália. photo donovanhill.com.au QUT IHBI, Brisbane, Austrália. photo donovanhill.com.au QUT IHBI, Brisbane, Austrália. photo donovanhill.com.au The very well thought out shapes, materials, effects of light and shadow, and details make Donovan Hill stand out among the good offices of existing architecture in Australia. Their designs are noted for a link between contemporary aesthetics and cultural links surrounding it, becoming part of the site and on-going for the quality of architecture and sensitivity to created detail. Millenium Library Project, Brisbane, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au Northbridge Tower, Brisbane, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au Jephson Street, Brisbane, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au AM60, Brisbane, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au Happy Haus, Stradbroke Island, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au W4 Apartments, Brisbane, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au Seaspray Resort, Rockhampton, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au Cornwall Apartments, Brisbane, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au Clarence Road Apartments, Brisbane, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au Z House, Brisbane, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au SK House, Brisbane, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au R House, Casuarina, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au H House, Brisbane, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au East House, Brisbane, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au B House, Brisbane, Australia photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au photo donovanhill.com.au

Beautiful Houses: Huis-JCMZ in Chevy Chase, Maryland

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week, we present you the beautiful Huis-JCMZ. The Huis-JCMZ house is a project by Studio27 Architecture, an award-winning architecture firm recognized for providing creative and unique design solutions to a broad range of clients and project types. The house was designed to have a modern domestic space with open plan living and minimalist detailing. Rooms are arranged within the house to form public and private spaces in the same manner that buildings are arranged in a urban setting. The result is a contemporary dwelling designed using rigorous programming and critical logic to carefully evaluate the function and efficiency of every element within the home. The Huis-JCMZ house is really beautiful. The mix of materials and colors, the spaces and the details give the house a cozy and modern look. I really loved the contrast among the black and the bright interior materials. And as for the exterior, the withe cubical volume with the glass windows is surely a great choice for the property, it looks modern and elegant. Check out Studio27 Architecture website for further details about their projects. See you next time. :) Photos by Maxwell MacKenzie. I also would like to thank Julian Ma from Studio27 Architecture for the attention and for sending the material to this post.

Tempe Urban Living in Arizona

Invading a little bit (but only little bit) in the series of posts Beautiful Houses, I will show you guys not only a house but a habitation housing in Arizona, a project from Baldinger Architectural Studio that shows a modern architecture, minimalist and with lots of personality. Composed of 15 three floors houses, the Tempe Urban Living is wonderful in all its composition. The houses are quite large, with plenty of ventilation and natural lighting, which is actually one of the main objectives of this building: to take advantage of the potential ways to use sunlight. The concrete slabs were carefully designed to create light and shadow throughout the day. An architecture that besides its beauty, is functional. Photo by Raul J. Garcia Photo by Raul J. Garcia Photo by Raul J. Garcia Photo by Raul J. Garcia Photo by Raul J. Garcia Photo by Raul J. Garcia Photo by Raul J. Garcia Photo by Raul J. Garcia Photo by Raul J. Garcia Photo by Raul J. Garcia Photo by Raul J. Garcia Photo by Raul J. Garcia Thanks Tecnohaus for the tip!

Architect Day: Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Very prestigious Japanese architect, his minimalist architecture is inspiring, calling attention to detail and final assembly. Lighting and a perfect combination of elements form a unique office Shinichi Ogawa & Associates, making a very expressive minimalism. shinichiogawa.com Shinichi Ogawa was born in the city of Yamaguchi in Japan in 1955. He studied at Nihon University, College of Arts, receiving his diploma in 1978, a year after being awarded a scholarship in exchange for Washington State University. In 1984, he received from the Japanese government the opportunity to study outside of Japan, directing his studies to New York City. Summer House, Kanagawa, Japan. photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Summer House, Kanagawa, Japan. photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Summer House, Kanagawa, Japan. photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Summer House, Kanagawa, Japan. photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Summer House, Kanagawa, Japan. photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates After working on Paul Rudolph and Arquitectonica offices in New York, he opened the office Shinichi Ogawa & Associates in 1986. From this, he began to highlight his work with important achievements, such as contribution to the 19th International Exposition Triennale of Milan, for the Pavilion of Japan, and the UIA Barcelona 96. The highlight of his work is its simplicity, beautifully detailed, making it a very expressive minimalist architecture. His portfolio consists of residential architecture, exploiting the concepts of minimalism in all aspects of the project, practicing a different architecture from the rest. Hill House, Tokyo, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Horizon House, Atami, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Air Court House, Tokyo, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Center Court House, Tokyo, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Floating House, Wakayama, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Air Chair photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Ocean View House, Nigata, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates 36M House, Kagawa, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Minimalist House, Okinawa, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates White Court House, Tokyo, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Ware House, Hiroshima, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Tunnel House, Hiroshima, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates World of Calvin Klein – THE HOUSE, Tokyo, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Light House, Saitama, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Loft House, Nagoya, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Living Court House, Kanagawa, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates Cube House, Kanagawa, Japan photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates photo Shinichi Ogawa & Associates

Beautiful Houses: Fish House in Singapore

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week, we present you the astonishing Cliff House. The Fish House is a project by Guz Architects, a firm that seeks to produce refreshing architecture that is tranquil, inspired by nature, yet human in scale. The fish house project is an environmentally friendly seafront house that embraces Singapore's tropical climate by creating an open, breezy space, giving residents views from every room to the ocean as well as into the garden with its huge swimming pool. Our main endeavor was to create a residence with seamless integration of the surrounding nature and therefore water had to play a key role in achieving that. This house is simply astonishing. They managed to mix very interesting elements, materials and forms, creating a very natural residence that is totally integrated with its surroundings. The wide glass windows, the wood elements, the angular roofs and the integration with nature give this house an astonishing look! loved it. Check out Guz Architects website for further details about their projects. See you next time. :) We found this house at arch daily.

The Hong Kong Headquarters of M Moser Architecture

For fans of offices, we will present today an architectural firm, they are M Moser Architects. They have offices in different corners of the world, but today we'll show you their office in Hong Kong, which is simply amazing! The rooms feels very comfortable and spacious. I love these islands of glass in the middle of the room, it's modern and it shows the office's life all the time. I don't need to say that the colors and materials appear to have been carefully chosen in each area. Another beautiful office which I'm sure everyone would love to work at! M Moser is a global firm, specialising in the creation of workplace environments, corporate base buildings and campuses since 1981. Located in 11 offices around the world, M Moser is constantly evolving to serve the needs of global Clients, which vary from multinational companies and financial institutions to privately-owned businesses. Image credit: Images via M Moser Associates | Interior Design Architecture. Thanks officesnapshots.com for the tip!

Architect Day: Mario Cucinella Architects

Mario Cucinella is an Italian architect who has a huge concern in adapting his designs to climate and sustainability issues: constraints that guide their projects in form and function to a global reality, minimizing the impact of new works.   mcarchitects.it   Mario Cucinella was born in Italy in 1960. At 27, he left the University of Genoa with a degree in architecture. Five years later, in 1992, he founded the MCA in Paris and in 1999, Mario Cucinella Architects in Bologna. Early on the office had great success in international competitions, research and industrial design. But the highlight has always been special interest in sustainability and climate drawings. In 1994, Elizabeth Francis joined the MCA, and three years later became a partner and is now the vice president. She has a particular interest in architectural research, leading the department. Ex Casa di Bianco, Cremona, Italy. photo ã mcarchitects.it Ex Casa di Bianco, Cremona, Italy. photo ã mcarchitects.it Ex Casa di Bianco, Cremona, Italy. photo ã mcarchitects.it Ex Casa di Bianco, Cremona, Italy. photo ã mcarchitects.it     After having worked for five years between Genoa and Paris with Renzo Piano, Mario Cucinella is a visiting professor at Nottingham University and teaches regularly at schools of architecture in Europe. What draws the most attention in his work are not the various awards, but the intense search for sustainability in their designs, something that is no longer a novelty so much as it is a necessity. In all his projects it is possible to note studies, surveys and design intent in accordance with the climate and terrain which guide their projects both in form and function, making their projects a kind of extension.   Eco Centre Building no.8, Ispra, Italy photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it   IGuzzini Headquarters building, Recanati, Italy photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it     Ferry Terminal, Otranto, Italy photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it   Mixed-use Building Bergognone 53, Milan, Italy photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it   SIEEB Energy Efficient Building - Sino-Italian Ecological And Energy Efficient Building, Milan, Italy photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it   Centro Direzionale Forum, Rimini, Italy photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it     Focchi Head Office building, Rimini, Italy photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it   Capitoline 2 – Rome Civic Offices, Rome, Italy photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it   Civic Offices, Bologna, Italy photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it   Centre for Sustainable Energy Technologies, Ningbo, China photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it   3M Headquarters building, Milan, Italy photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it   Shantex teaching complex, Shangai, China photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it    100,000 Home, Italy photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it photo ã mcarchitects.it

Beautiful Houses: Cliff House in Kerala, India

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week, we present you the beautiful Cliff House. The Cliff House is a project by Khosla Associates, a leading Architecture firm in Bangalore, India. The team at Khosla Associates, headed by Sandeep Khosla and associate Amaresh Anand consists of highly qualified and driven design professionals who create a versatile body of work range. The Cliff house project get our attention firstly by its asymmetrical angled roof. The beauty of the project is completed by the mix of concrete, cement, slatted timber and local kota stone. The clean and cozy interiors and the infinite pool give the house an amazing visual, proving that architecture can always amaze us. The Cliff House is really beautiful, impressive I would say. The huge interior spaces, clean decoration and textures and materials used created a very elegant house. The project seem fully integrated with it surroundings and even have a natural look... simply awesome. Check out Khosla Associates website for further details about their projects. See you next time. :) We found this house at arch daily

The Menzies Institute in Melbourne, by Lyons

This building is really intriguing, it remembers me Frank Gehry when I saw the curves and shapes of the windows. But this is the Menzies Institute, a building at the University of Tasmania, designed by Lyon Architects, from Melbourne. The first thought that passed me when I saw this building was that they wanted to pass security to those inside it and at the same time they wanted to invite anyone passing by to come inside, I could be wrong as to the first part, but surely this corner with a huge opening in its external "skin" invites everyone going through the sidewalk. The Menzies Institute houses laboratories, accommodations for students and medical facilities. It does not reflect exactly that looking up outside, but as the architects themselves say: At the core of the concept is the creation of a ‘new culture’, reinforced in the building’s image and its social and functional planning. As a public building of the city, it invites the public participation of the street through its corner entry; large transparent steel windows and glazed atrium space which is shaped by an organic steel formed structure separating MS1 and the existing heritage building (Hollydene House). Thanks Dezeen for the tip!

Architect Day: Christian de Portzamparc

Born in Morocco and a graduate of the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris where he established his office in the 1980s, Christian de Portzamparc has received several awards including the Pritzker Price in 1994. His bold designs unite the artistic side of his paintings to the sensitivity of urban surroundings. chdeportzamparc.com Christian de Portzamparc was born in 1944 in the city of Casablanca in Morocco. In the 1960s he studied painting and architecture at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris, finishing the course in 1970. Deepened in the study of doctrines and structures of architectural theory, he got to work with a group of psycho sociologists researching social aspirations and quality of life in urban spaces to large-scale time. Surely these studies had a great influence on his urban planning and proposals in terms of user needs. Hotel Ranaissance Marriott, Paris, France. photo chdeportzamparc.com Hotel Ranaissance Marriott, Paris, France. photo chdeportzamparc.com Hotel Ranaissance Marriott, Paris, France. photo bureaux.altarea-cogedim.com Christian de Portzamparc stood out for his bold designs and artistic touch to projects, reflecting a remarkable sensitivity to the environment and local culture. Christian is married to a Brazilian architect Elizabeth Portzamparc, who also produces great works of architecture and furniture design. In 1994, Christian was awarded the Pritzker, joining a select group of professionals with such recognition. With numerous ongoing projects, his studio has bases in Paris, New York, and Rio de Janeiro. LVMH Tower, New York, USA photo Nicolas Borel photo chdeportzamparc.com Lille Tower, Lille, France photo Nicolas Borel photo chdeportzamparc.com Cidade da Musica, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil photo chdeportzamparc.com photo chdeportzamparc.com photo chdeportzamparc.com La Philharmonie, Luxembourg photo Mathieu Faliu photo Nicolas Borel photo Maria Serfiotis photo Maria Serfiotis Cite de la Musique – East Wing, Paris, France photo Nicolas Borel photo Nicolas Borel photo Nicolas Borel Cite de la Musique – West Wing, Paris, France photo Nicolas Borel photo Nicolas Borel photo Nicolas Borel Gaumont Multiplex, Rennes, France photo chdeportzamparc.com photo chdeportzamparc.com Le Monde, Paris, France photo Christian Richters photo Kamal Khalfi photo Nicolas Borel Palais des Congres de Paris, France photo Nicolas Borel photo Nicolas Borel Le Champs Libres, Rennes, France photo Nicolas Borel photo Nicolas Borel photo Nicolas Borel Musee Herge, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium photo chdeportzamparc.com photo chdeportzamparc.com photo chdeportzamparc.com photo chdeportzamparc.com photo chdeportzamparc.com Grasse Lawcourts, France > photo Nicolas Borel > photo Nicolas Borel > photo Nicolas Borel Espace Lumiere, Boulogne, France photo Nicolas Borel photo Nicolas Borel Galeo, Issy, France photo chdeportzamparc.com photo Graphix Images photo batiactu.com

Beautiful Houses: Hoke House in Portland

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week, we present you the famous Hoke House. As last week we received some comments mentioning that the Villa-K was similar to the famous Hoke House - Cullen's house from the Twilight movie - I decided to search for it... and here it is! The Hoke House is a project by Skylab Achitecture. The house is located in Portland and it is really beautiful. I remember that the house was something that really got my attention while watching the movie. The mix of concrete, wood and wide glass windows creates a very elegant house which interacts its surrounding nature. The interiors filled with bright and clean elements are also very unique and beautiful, for sure another architecture's master piece. The Hoke House is indeed very similar to the Villa-K from last week, but if I had to choose one, I think I would stick to Villa-K... don't like vampires, wolf-mans, etc. ;) Comments aside, this is a really nice project and I'm sorry I didn't got much information or details about it, but the images are pretty helpful. Check out Skylab Achitecture website for further details about their projects. See you next time. :) Information gathered from arch daily and Design Tavern.

Gallery Yeh at Seoul, Korea

I believe that galleries and museums are projects where architects can release all their imagination and creativity to show new ways of seeing and doing buildings. This project by Unsangdong Architects uses the Gallery Yeh to do exactly that, and they manage to show all the "lightness" we can get from concrete. A fantastic building located in Seoul, Korea that is brilliant since its volume conception, internal areas composition to the material choices. The concept of "empty and full plans" with glass create what they call a "Skinscape", like a skin with some open parts where we can see other elements, creating combinations of skin and structure, skin and space, skin and glass and so on. We can not see much of the interiors, but the small parts that we see show that the space is wide and simple, giving the attention to the pieces in exhibition. Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects Courtesy of Unsangdong Architects

Architect Day: Studio Kalamar

Andrej Kalamar is the architect behind the Slovenian office Studio Kalamar, prized for their unique designs with wise use of color and different material combinations, resulting in an unusual architecture of very high quality both formally and functionally.   kalamar-architects.com   Andrej Kalamar was born in 1966 in Murska Sobota, a town in northwestern Slovenia. He graduated from the Schol of Architecture at the University of Ljubljana, where he also completed his course on Urban Planning in 2003, the same year he founded his firm: Studio Kalamar. Even with most of its projects located in their home country, they have received several international awards.   Urbana Apartment Building, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photos Miran Kambic Urbana Apartment Building, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photos Miran Kambic Urbana Apartment Building, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photos Miran Kambic   Even with most of their work being public buildings and offices, Studio Kalamar works a masterplan of cities to interior designs and furnishings. Through this variety of types, what is remarkable is their unique concept of architecture, such as the wise and moderate use of color, contrast and plans to take advantage of the characteristics of each material used, textures and colors.   Murska Sobota Center Office Building, Slovenia Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar   SGP Pomgrad Company Headquarters, Murska Sobota, Slovenia Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar   Murska Sobota Post Office Building, Slovenia Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar     CPMS Office Building, Lipovci, Slovenia Photos Studio Kalamar Photos Studio Kalamar Photos Studio Kalamar   Tivoli Office Building, Ljubljana, Slovenia Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar   Dinos Offices and Recycling Facilities, Solkan, Slovenia Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar     Sunflower Apartments and Offices in Murska Sobota, Slovenia Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar     Vivat Pool & SPA Complex, Moravske Toplice, Slovenia Photos Miran Kambic Photos Miran Kambic Photos Miran Kambic Photos Miran Kambic Photos Miran Kambic     Vrbiš?e Office Building Renovation, Murska Sobota, Slovenia Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar   Trias Office Building, Ljubljana, Slovenia Photos Studio Kalamar Photos Studio Kalamar   Retail Center Holermuos, Ormoz, Slovenia Photos Studio Kalamar Photos Studio Kalamar     Apartments in Prebold, Slovenia Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar   Police Dog Training Facility, Ljubljana, Slovenia Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar   Murska Sobota School of Music, Slovenia Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar     Cvetkova Apartments, Murska Sobota, Slovenia Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar Photos Miran Kambic and Studio Kalamar     Jub Research Facility in Ljubljana, Slovenia Photos Studio Kalamar Photos Studio Kalamar

Beautiful Houses: Villa-K in Nagano

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week, we present you the amazing Villa-K. The Villa-K is a project by Mutsue Hayakusa Cell Space Architects. The house is located in Nagano, Japan and it is simply amazing. I didn't find many information about the project and its details but I think the house speaks for itself, it's really beautiful. The wide glass windows, the huge interiors spaces, the angled roofs... everything matches perfectly creating a house that looks simple and impressive at the same time. Well, in my opinion this one is the best until now! I really liked this whole composition, specially the angled ceiling that give the interiors a wide and cozy look. And I also liked the clean and neat decoration. Simply loved it! Check out Mutsue Hayakusa Cell Space Architects website for further details about their projects. See you next time. :) We found this house at arch daily Photographs by Masao Nishikawa

10 Inspirational Architecture Talks on TED

Yesterday I was watching some videos on TED and suddenly I found a lot of videos related to architecture. Then I realized that I've never posted about that, something showing great architects or enthusiasts talking about this amazing subject and about how to change people's life with architecture. I've selected 10 talks to show here. They are very inspiring and each one has a different approach. But for me, on of the best is the first one, from Daniel Libeskind. He talks about keywords that guide his architecture and at the same time we can analyze and pick these words as a "mantras" to our lifes, not only for architecture. The other are quite amazing too, definitely worth saving some time on your day to check this out! Daniel Libeskind's 17 words of architectural inspiration Daniel Libeskind builds on very big ideas. Here, he shares 17 words that underlie his vision for architecture -- raw, risky, emotional, radical -- and that offer inspiration for any bold creative pursuit. Reed Kroloff on modern and romantic architecture Reed Kroloff gives us a new lens for judging new architecture: is it modern, or is it romantic? Look for glorious images from two leading practices -- and a blistering critique of the 9/11 planning process. Thom Mayne on architecture as connection Architect Thom Mayne has never been one to take the easy option, and this whistle-stop tour of the buildings he's created makes you glad for it. These are big ideas cast in material form. David Byrne: How architecture helped music evolve As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation. Sam Martin: The quirky world of "manspaces" Author Sam Martin shares photos of a quirky world hobby that's trending with the XY set: the "manspace." (They're custom-built hangouts where a man can claim a bit of his own territory to work, relax, be himself.) Grab a cold one and enjoy. Nathaniel Kahn on "My Architect" Nathaniel Kahn shares clips from his documentary "My Architect," about his quest to understand his father, the legendary architect Louis Kahn. It's a film with meaning to anyone who seeks to understand the relationship between art and love. Catherine Mohr builds green In a short, funny, data-packed talk at TED U, Catherine Mohr walks through all the geeky decisions she made when building a green new house -- looking at real energy numbers, not hype. What choices matter most? Not the ones you think. Frank Gehry as a young rebel Before he was a legend, architect Frank Gehry takes a whistlestop tour of his early work, from his house in Venice Beach to the American Center in Paris, which was under construction (and much on his mind) when he gave this talk. Rachel Armstrong: Architecture that repairs itself? Venice is sinking. To save it, Rachel Armstrong says we need to outgrow architecture made of inert materials and, well, make architecture that grows itself. She proposes a not-quite-alive material that does its own repairs and sequesters carbon, too. Liz Diller plays with architecture In this engrossing EG talk, architect Liz Diller shares her firm DS+R's more unusual work, including the Blur Building, whose walls are made of fog, and the revamped Alice Tully Hall, which is wrapped in glowing wooden skin.