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Architecture: House Yorii located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan

Architecture: House Yorii located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan

It's been a little while since our last article about architecture, how about a minimal house located in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. At less than 30km from the center area of Tokyo, you'll be charmed by its minimalist design where the house structure is surrounded of clean lines. I really love the ancient vs modern take on the balcony deck to the backyard. A simple and yet really meaningful design by Shinsuke Yokoyama. Shinsuke Yokoyama is an architect and interior designer based in Tokyo, Japan. You should follow more of this work on Behance. 若い夫婦の住まいは,この先の時間の経過と共に家族構成や生活環境が変化していくことが想像される為,シンプルな動線と、可変性のある大空間を用意している。日射をコントロールする為の屋根とつながる大きく迫り出した庇はウッドデッキ,前庭へと視線を誘導する.生活が始まり賑わいが生まれるように、インテリアは白と白木のあっさりとした素材で構成した。大きな屋根が架かった小さな住宅がこれから成長する家庭をおおらかに守っていくストーリーをイメージしている。 Product Gallery   Credits Architect: Kato Architect Office Constructor: Ozawa Kougyou Photo: Ryotaro Watanabe More Links Learn more about Shinsuke Yokoyama: shinsukeyokoyama.tumblr.com Follow Shinsuke on Behance

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Encinitas' Surfhouse Hotel: Live Like a Local in California

If you've JUST realized it's Labor Day this weekend and have no plans there's still time to experience an amazing California surf adventure at the super rad Surfhouse Hotel in Encinitas, California.   Made up of 8 modern rooms all named after iconic local surf breaks, this is a true "live like a local" experience that will cater to your every need and surfing desire. Founded by brothers Nikki and Sander Harth, the Surfhouse is the ideal spot for those looking to feel welcome in this darling local surf community just north of San Diego. Previously a convalescent home built in 1972, the space has been renovated and modernized to perfection with the love and help of family and friends including Jan Solomon of Solomon Interior Design. All interior design elements draw upon the local beach culture for inspiration even incorporating artwork by the brothers mother as a main focal point in each room.  "We tried to keep everything local including the artwork and photography. Even the rooms are named after our favorite local surf breaks." BEFORE  AFTER Rooms start at $145 per night and are conveniently booked through Airbnb. If you're looking for the full experience, take a look at what the Surf Camp Package will get you: -What it costs: $1,145 per person -Where you’ll stay: Room that fits four people in a pair of bunk beds -What you’ll get: Seven nights, seven breakfasts, five dinners out to local hotspots, five surf lessons, provided equipment (boards and wetsuits—which you won’t need in the summer), transportation to surf spots, two sunset yoga classes

Interior Design Love: Chengdu, China's New School Coffee and Tattoo

Interior Design Love: Chengdu, China's New School Coffee and Tattoo

We have a thing for collaborations here at Abduzeedo especially when it comes to creating a unique space to house an unlikely marriage. Mojo Design's interior design work for the rad New School Coffee and Tattoo shop in Chengdu, China had us at hello. It's not everyday you can walk in for a latte and walk out with some freshly placed permanent ink along with it. With that, you can imagine the challenge to meld the two concepts into one space creatively, comfortably and cohesively. The team at Mojo Design brings the space to life celebrating the existing structure and diverse collection of materials including exposed concrete columns, walnut cabinetry, classic chevron patterned hardwood flooring, leather banquettes and clean white subway tiles. A fetching terrarium peppered with cacti and succulents brings some liveliness to the floor and outside areas.  ABOUT MOJO DESIGN Founded by Mojo Wang in 2012, Mojo Design specializes in brand and spatial design to help enterprises establish a unique visual image. We love how original their work for The New School turned out and hope to see more projects by this talented group of creative youngsters stateside. 

Brainstorming Rooms at the Zendesk Offices from Melbourne

Brainstorming Rooms at the Zendesk Offices from Melbourne

Part of a design process, they will a need of a whiteboard or brainstorming rooms. An area whenever it is your home office or office that you can share ideas, concepts and opinions on some of the concerns in the project. There's a great value out of this practice. Let's take a look at hardware and software development company named Zendesk has done. Knowingly that they build softwares for better customer relationships and I truly that it should start from its core. Let's give it a look! Behind the interior design, we are featuring the work of Blitz Architecture + Interiors who is a full service architecture and interior design firm based in San Francisco, California. They are also committed to all design projects including: balancing buildings, branding, and experiences. Photo Gallery   Credits Design: Blitz Architecture + Interiors Photography: Nicole England and Yvonne Qumi Images via Office Snapshots

Interior Design: Virgin Active Fitness in Bangkok

Interior Design: Virgin Active Fitness in Bangkok

Let's take a look at this interior design by ORBIT of a Virgin Active Fitness located in Central Eastville, Bangkok. You'll be charmed by a futuristic design and layered into different themes whatever it was for swimming, weightlifting or even intense cycling sessions. I personally loved the play of the neon lights coming from the ceiling. We are featuring the work from Tinnaphop Chawatin who is an architectural photographer behind these beautiful shots. Published on Behance is the work from Tinnaphop Chawatin who is an architectural photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand. You should definitely follow his work if you're interested into architecture.   Credits Interior Design : ORBIT Photographer : Tinnaphop Chawatin and Chakkraphob Sermphasit

Inside the Offices of VSCO Oakland

Architecture: Inside the Offices of VSCO Oakland

VSCO is an editing app that I use almost every day to enhance workflow with my photography through taking photos, editing, filtering and sharing them. That being said, I am always wondering about the architecture inside the offices will look like, a behind the scenes look to see their work environment of such a genuine app that changed the way we take pictures. Designed by DeBartolo Architects, they are an architectural studio based in Phoenix, Arizona. With a philosophy of building great work by connecting and challenging the natural and urban landscape. Oakland is my hometown. It embodies how we see ourselves as a company scrappy and hard working with a diverse and international community. Practically, it’s central for Bay Area. We could have chosen anywhere but Oakland was our ideal location for the office and feel of how we see ourselves. Everything about the build out and the space is an outward extension of who we are, personally and as a company. - Joel Flory CEO & Co-Founder of VSCO   Credits Design: DeBartolo Architects Photography: Mariko Reed Images via Office Snapshots

Photography: Brasserie in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Photography: Brasserie in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto

Brasserie in Four Seasons Hotel Kyoto is a photography project shared by Seth Powers on his Behance profile. I don't post too much about architecture or interior design, however this one deserved a feature, it's just awesome. I am fan of simplea and straight lines, as well as wood accents. This one has all of that in a grand way.  Brasserie restaurant & lounge in Four Seasons Kyoto, Japan. Designed by Shanghai-based architecture firm Kokaistudios. The site is located in the UNESCO protected area of the temples of Kyoto at the base of the mountains and faces a historical traditional Japanese pond surrounded by a magnificent heritage ikeniwa garden. Positioned between the arrival lobby and the garden, the restaurant is the core of the public space of the hotel, becoming in this way the main representative space of the entire resort. The architect conceived the space on with a strong architectural strategy by using the Kyoto traditional system to connect indoor to outdoor, creating a large architectural feature that frames the view of the garden. Seth Powers is a Shanghai-based photographer specializing in architecture and interiors photography. He works primarily with architects and designers to render their vision with care and a keen eye for composition. Since coming to China in 2012, he has done work for firms such as B+H, UNStudio, Jacobs, and Coordination Asia. For more information check out http://www.sethpowersphotography.com/ Photography

Interior Design: Volvo Get Away Lodge in Sweden

Interior Design: Volvo Get Away Lodge in Sweden

We would like to share this Interior Design of a stunning lodge called the Get Away Lodge located just outside of village of Åre in Jämtland County, Northern Sweden. It’s a collaboration between renowned car brand Volvo  and an online hotel curator Tablet Hotels . Inside the lodge, you’ll be charmed with a wood burning fireplace, lounge, free wi-fi/parking, 24 hours concierge and on top of that; access to access to Volvo’s newly launched all-weather V90 Cross Country wagon car! According to the Global Consumer Experience at Volvo Car Group, six out of ten people want to spend more time outdoors, not at the office. It’s not hard to think otherwise, this lodge is the perfect location for anyone who wants to escape for a few days to discover the elusive work-life balance we have all heard of. Launched in conjunction with Volvo Cars’ all-weather premium estate, the V90 Cross Country, and part of a bigger campaign promoting work-life balance, the Swedish automaker has teamed up with Tablet Hotels, the original online hotel curator, to offer a one-of–a-kind experience in the snowy serenity of the Swedish mountains.   Cars and hospitality are a great match, as both involve working hard to make the result look easy — and this is an illustration of when the magic happens,” says Laurent Vernhes, Tablet co-founder and CEO. “Volvo has created the kind of truly special hotel experience that our fans crave. I’m going to work on making sure that the Get Away Lodge is only the first of many!” More Information at https://www.tablethotels.com/en/are-hotels/volvo-getaway-lodge 

Interior Design: NL2 SMA

Interior Design: NL2 SMA

NL2 SMA is an interior design and architecture project shared by Anton Siriak. I rarely post about interior design, I usually write posts about architecture, however there's something about this project that really caught my attention. I am fan of simple interiors, minimal. I love when everything is sort of hidden and whatever is visible is because it has a purpose a bit more than just decoration. Anton's project embraces all of that, with the addition of a stunning outdoor space. Check it out and let us know what you think. For me, I will just dream of having my house looking like that, one day. Anton Siriak is an architect and interior designer from Kyiv, Ukraine. His portfolio is full of great work. Modern and for lack of better word, sleek. Interior Design

Kyoto Wok-Cafe - Interior Design & Branding

Kyoto Wok-Cafe - Interior Design & Branding

Today, we would like to share this Interior Design and Branding project from an asian food cafe based in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Behind this project, we’ll have a collaboration from teams in interior design & architecture, in identity & graphic design, in print design and in photography. All together to bring a space inspired by the stylish palette from Japanese cuisine. From my perspective, I love how the light comes in during the day that highlights the chairs and floor. It creates such an atmosphere and for the branding; they kept a minimal approach to the design and like how the takeout is that one thing that differs from the rest of the stationery. What do you think? Kyoto is an urban asian food cafe based in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. The café has 3 areas: there are contemplation, communication and food zones. The interior is based on contrast combinations of textures; the color scheme is a stylized dish palette of traditional Japanese cuisine. Identity and decor of the facade are based on graphic patterns and methods of traditional sign boards in Japanese cities. Credits   Interior design & Architecture – Anastasiya Tyumeneva, Mechta.space; Identity & Graphic design – Alexander Yaguza & Alexander Lokhmatov, J.J. Gittes; Print design – Alexander Yaguza & Goga Djalagania, I am Joka. Photo by Evgeniy Denisyuk More Information via Behance.

Valaire - Set Design Case Study

Valaire - Set Design Case Study

Let’s change the gear a little on Abduzeedo, how about some set inspiration? That’s a very rare term used on the blog, what is it? Also known as scenic design, an actually term would be stage design for many purposes either is for a theatrical representation, movie or even picture for this case. This project we are sharing is a collaboration of fellow Montrealer designers to create an album for a very famous local singer. Just by looking at the results, first of all I just fell in love of the non-use of CGI on this project, the fact they people are actually working with their hands is always well received where to gain a certain style or result where there isn’t any shortcuts available. By looking at the image result and what went through the process; I would recommend to you guys to watch that video. Art Direction in collaboration with Karim Charlebois-Zariffa and set production for Valaire's Oobopopop album cover. The Making   Credits   Karim Charlebois-Zariffa Francis Dakin-Côté Caravane Studio Frederic Bouin Jean-Constant Guigue Scottie Cameron Alexandre D'Avignon More on the project via Behance.

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.

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.

Inside Look at WIRED Offices - San Francisco

Inside Look at WIRED Offices - San Francisco

The beautiful city of San Francisco, a city that I truly love because of its charming bridges and old cable cars. I can't help to notice and like how strong is the design community in the Bay. Being part and surrounded with so many tech companies, you wouldn't just imagine how cool their workspaces must be and how far away they must be from looking boring and "corporate-feel". Let's dive into the offices of WIRED magazine based in San Francisco (Obviously). Designed by team over Gensler, they went with the approach at redefining the structure by making a unified environment while supporting workflow, product and to unify the print team with the digital team.   Credits Design: Gensler Projet Principal: Lisa Bottom Design Director: Karyn Gabriel Project Architect: Azemina Softich Project Manager: Marcus Hopper Studio Director: Randy Howder Photography: Jasper Sanidad

 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.

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.