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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

Architecture & Branding: Nike Ibirapuera Football and Running

Architecture & Branding: Nike Ibirapuera Football and Running

We are taking a look at the architecture & branding project for the largest park in São Paulo, Brazil. We are featuring the work of Ricardo Carvalho worked on the branded renovation for the football fields and the running tracks. Everything was invested and commissioned by Nike Brazil. It was interesting to see of the Behind-the-Scenes about the process and seeing the final result. Give it a look! Ricardo Carvalho is a creative director and sports branding specialist based in São Paulo, Brazil. If you're a fan of sports and especially branding, you should definitely check out his Behance. Ibirapuera is the largest park in Sao Paulo City, and Nike invested on a branded renovation for the football fields and the running tracks. The new sport place opened to the public in August 2017 and the revitalization of the field has gained synthetic grass, lighting and new crossbars. The new running tracks now have marks to indicate distance, indicating two different training modes inside the park. Project Gallery Credits Client: Nike Brazil Photo: Nike / Divulgação Agency: Octagon More Links Learn more about Ricardo Carvalho at rccarvalho.com Follow Ricardo's work on Behance

Small Space Envy in Brooklyn's Greenpoint

Small Spaces Envy in Brooklyn's Greenpoint

Minimal living is having a heydey and with home prices soaring from coast to coast and around the globe, the trend of families moving into small spaces in an effort to amplify their lives is on the rise. We came across this amazing space in Brooklyn's Greenpoint neighborhood as featured on Dwell last year and were more than inspired to start trolling Redfin for our own space. Not to mention, immediately post all the crud currently housed in our garage on Craigslist. This clever, and we must add talented, couple (Jacqueline Schmidt of Screech Owl Designs and David Friedlander, Communications Director at LifeEdited) proves you really can make it work in under 700 square feet of space, of course a strategic eye for design and luxurious finishing helps too. All photos shot by the talented Matthew Williams. “One can furnish a room very luxuriously by taking out furniture rather than putting it in.” -- Francis Jourdain, 1876 Photo: Matthew Williams  

Industrial Design & Architecture: Homed Project

Industrial Design & Architecture: Homed Project

And yet another very cool project that blends perfectly industrial design with architecture in goals to reduce homelessness with one the many most densely populated cities in the World with 27,000 people living per square mile. The folks at Framlab came up with a concept that would use the framework that already exists in the city - scaffolding. Built hexagon-shaped housing modules that would be designed to connect to the scaffolding structure to create a second, active layer on top of the empty wall. It's a very interesting approach, what do you think? Framlab is a creative agency with offices in Oslo and New York City, they would focus their work into product-system design, urbanism, and architecture. As I quote, their motto is: "Fueled by technology and optimism, we create objects and spaces for better futures." Homed is a project that sets out to eradicate homelessness in New York City, by utilizing idle building facades, scaffolding, and 3D-printed spatial modules.   Links Learn more about Homed: welcomehomed.com Check out the Framlab's site: framlab.com

Unsettling 3D Architecture by Artur Saljukov

Unsettling 3D Architecture by Artur Saljukov

It's just amazing to see 3D renders that look like real pictures. Estonian designer Artur Saljukov comes up with life-like computer graphics that will stun you! These are really unsettling renders... at times you don't really know if you're actually seeing a picture or a computer generated image. Of course, these are only a handful of Artur's work. For more of it, please visit his portfolio at CGSociety.

The Art of Parisian Floors

The Art of Parisian Floors

Unaware people might visit Paris and think that monuments, statues and paintings are all there is to see, but if they pay bigger attention on their surroundings, let's say, under their feet, they might be left in awe by these Parisian floors. This is true art. Floors have been a great expression of art since the Roman Empire, and probably even before that, and it's amazing to see that there's still people dedicated to this art. In Paris you get to see some mesmerizing floors. Sebastian Erras curates floors on his Instagram account @parisianfloors. Check it out for tons of fantastic examples! Cheers. ;) Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Jan 19, 2017 às 8:28 PST Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Mar 12, 2017 às 9:03 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Abr 2, 2017 às 11:20 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Abr 5, 2017 às 1:59 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Abr 16, 2017 às 12:26 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Abr 20, 2017 às 11:10 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Mai 7, 2017 às 1:04 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Mai 22, 2017 às 7:12 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Mai 23, 2017 às 12:28 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Mai 26, 2017 às 12:08 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Mai 29, 2017 às 11:10 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Jun 4, 2017 às 12:43 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Jun 11, 2017 às 1:13 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Jun 13, 2017 às 12:26 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Nov 27, 2016 às 7:41 PST Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Out 9, 2016 às 10:27 PDT Uma publicação compartilhada por Parisian floors (@parisianfloors) em Set 12, 2016 às 7:55 PDT

33,000sqft Coworking Offices in Hong Kong

33,000sqft Coworking Offices in Hong Kong

The rise of coworking offices and independent entrepreneurs are a thing of a near future. A style of work that is surrounded by a shared environment can be beneficial our one's growth, especially with different organizations on the same roof. We are featuring this beautiful and modern looking 33,000sqft Coworking Offices in Hong Kong for The Work Project. Designed by Bean Buro, you are walking into 4 floors of shared spaces and I gotta admit that vertical garden is just splendid to look at. Imagine working surrounded with an inspiration botanical set. Wow! This office has been designed by Bean Buro, a team led by Lorène Faure and Kenny Kinugasa-Tsui and providing architecture, interior, installation, furniture, product and planning design services. You should definitely check out their work at beanburo.com Photo Gallery   Credits Design: Bean Buro Client: The Work Project Images via Office Snapshots

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

Modern, Cozy and Inspiring House Y in Finland

Modern, Cozy and Inspiring House Y in Finland

Today we have an inspiring house to show here. House Y is located in Iisalmi, Finland, and it is breathtaking. The combination of glass and wood nestled in a beautiful scenario give us a feeling of a remote cabin. The perfect place for you to go and get all of your inspirational juices flowing. A place surrounded by a great landscape to keep you inspired while also giving you a sense of privacy. The house actually consists of three barns put together in a Y shape. It is certainly a modern and nice take on the barn living idea. And the architects behind this project is Arkkitehtitoimisto Teemu Pirinen. High ceilings and lots of glass are amazing here. The wood used on the exterior is untreated so that it will turn grey over time. Giving the place even more charm and personality. From the exterior wood to the details in the interiors, everything is unique and very well thought. For sure a place that will inspire you. Take a look. The house consists of three barns put together in a y shape. Each of the three wings possess a different spatial scale (width & height) to meet their individual functions and to create a sense of hierarchy. The scales change to always maintain a pleasant atmosphere. Because of the amazing location, perfect natural light conditions and vistas, the architect did not want to emphasize a specific view. The design concept allows an uninterrupted 245° lake-view. The daily functions of the house follow the cycle of the sun: meals starting with breakfast, evening socializing in the lounge, sauna and bed. Because it is situated on a windy site, the Y-shaped house concept provides protected yards on each side of the house. The house was designed to possess a dual quality. From the side of the main entrance it appears closed, old and traditional (hopefully even a little bit shabby). On the other side, towards the lake, the house opens up with lots of glass and large patios. The wood used on the exterior is untreated so that it will turn grey over time. A goal was to design the exterior to appear scaleless. The important thing was to make the windows to appear as openings on the walls of three connected barns. We found this treehouse at ArchDaily. Photos by Marc Goodwin.

Simple and Beautiful Villa in Motobu, Japan

Simple and Beautiful Villa in Motobu, Japan

Today we are showcasing a beautiful and simple villa in Japan. From huge houses to tiny ones, we have published all sorts of homes here. But I have noticed that people keep asking for simple things. Houses that are beautiful, inspiring and doable. Places where we can see ourselves living and not only dreaming about. This is why today we will show another simple yet amazing home. Shinminka Villa is located in Motobu, Japan, and it was designed by ISSHOArchitects. Motobu ia a town that sits on the northern part of Okinawa Island. Open spaces, lots of wood, huge glass windows and a few interior design elements give the place a modern and cozy feel. And the interesting thing is that at the same time the villa looks rustic. I'm not sure if it is because of its simplicity or the materials choice. Take a look. The architects used glass windows on all four sides of the building. This way the house has a lot of ventilation and openness to take advantage of the surrounding environment. It is almost like indoor and outdoor spaces are one. This is certainly another great examples that less is more. You don't need too much to have a beautiful home. Hope you like the villa as much as I did. And in case you are going to Motobu and need a place to stay you can rent this house here. Enjoy! We found this treehouse at ArchDaily. Photos by Koichi Torimura.

Architecture: Inside the Dropbox Offices in Sydney

Architecture: Inside the Dropbox Offices in Sydney

For this week's architecture, we are traveling to Sydney, Australia inside the offices of Dropbox. With a concept of creating a workplace as home, Dropbox worked with Gensler who is an agency based in San Francisco, California. I really love the ceiling with these clean lines with that touch of wood that totally changes the mood between night and day. Definitely worth a look! Dropbox is a tool/service that most of us use every day. With a user base of 500 million people all around the world, it's no surprise that they are among the leaders in the business and you can certainly trust them with your privacy and data. The vision was to create not just an office to work in every day, not just a ‘house’ for staff, but a place for shared experience, for making memories and for storytelling, a true home for the Dropbox family.   Credits Photography: Katherine Lu Images via Office Snapshots

Architecture: Airbnb Offices in Dublin

Architecture: Airbnb Offices in Dublin

Airbnb, we know the name and most of us have at least experienced once of their many homes or experiences all over the World. Let’s reverse and take an inside look and architecture into one of their homes: Airbnb Offices in Dublin. Designed by Heneghan Peng Architects, you’ll be charmed by an open space with many textures of wood and structural elements including a dramatic cascading staircase. Please enjoy! Designed by Heneghan Peng Architects, they are an architectural studio with offices in New York City and Dublin. Founded by Shih-Fu Peng and Róisín Heneghan, they are focusing their work into a range of projects larger scale urban masterplans, bridges, landscapes and buildings. This is the first time that Airbnb has been able to pre-determine the architectural layout of an interior space. The Warehouse had fallen into disrepair before Airbnb reinvented the entire space by designing distinctive structural elements including a dramatic cascading staircase. The Warehouse is also Airbnb’s first urban campus model which will become more prevalent in the brand’s offices going forward.   Credits Design: Heneghan Peng Architects Photography: Donal Murphy Images via Office Snapshots

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

Inspiring Treehouse Scape in Dorset

Inspiring Treehouse Scape in Dorset

Do you like the idea of a treehouse? Did you want one as a kid but never got it? No worries. The architects from BEaM designed an amazing treehouse scape in West Dorset, England. The project will certainly make your childhood dreams come true. The Woodman’s Treehouse makes a great glamping option for those looking for a luxurious adventure in the woods. Cozy spaces, beautiful choices of wood and amazing surroundings give this place a totally inspiring feel. I'm pretty sure you can get out of that creative block by staying a few days here. Check out the pictures and start daydreaming about your treehouse scape. A combination of sustainable craftsmanship and luxurious interiors give the place an unique look. From the bathroom to the kitchen and the beautiful outdoor shower, everything is uniquely designed to make your childhood dreams come true. Nestled up in the branches of a veteran oak, this is the perfect spot to rest. Take a look. And you can check out The Woodman's Treehouse availability here. The Woodman’s Treehouse is a luxurious two-storey suite arranged between and beneath the canopy of aged oaks in a rural green woodworking campus. The building is a truly collaborative design-build project constructed by highly skilled green furniture makers and traditional craftsmen with exceptional precision. The timber building draws on diverse architectural and cultural references combining with theatrical effects to create a visually rich and playful construction in the picturesque tradition. The plan is arranged around a central cylinder secreted within an octagonal outer casing. Box rooms clad in split sweet chestnut log stacks, oak laths and hand-cleft oak shingles are plugged into the core building. The treehouse is entered across a heavy oak block stressed ribbon bridge. We found this treehouse at Contemporist.

Illustration: Stylish Buildings of Miami

Illustration: Stylish Buildings of Miami

Miami 2017 is an illustration project  shared by Remko Heemskerk on his Behance profile. As the title suggests, the illustrations are about Miami, more specifically, buildings and architecture of that beautiful city. There's a mix of the famous art deco buildings  and some more modernist interpretations. All of that reinterpreted through simple vector illustrations with no gradients, just solid colors and quite a bit of contrast. What I love about these illustrations is that I try to take photos of buildings in real life with the goal to make them look like these illustrations. Remko did a fantastic job, check them out. Remko Heemskerk is an illustrator based in Haarlem, the Netherlands. He lived in New York City where he studied Visual Arts. His passion as you can imagine is illustration, design, sketch and paint. He also has a list of high profile clients, including names like Wired, VW, CondéNast, Disney and others. For more information make sure to check out his website at http://www.remkoheemskerk.com/ Illustration

Beautiful and Modern Modular House

DublDom, a Beautiful and Modern Modular House

Modular houses, or prefabricated houses, are picking up momentum lately. We have been seen amazing modular houses designs. From small and minimal projects to bigger ambitious ones, there is certainly a modular house idea to fit your needs. To give you a taste of that we will show a beautiful and modern home in Pirogovo lake, Russia. The project was designed by BIO-architects. The house was designed for a couple that had lived in one of the architect's modular homes. They liked the experience and decided to try an upgraded version of their first modular house. The result is a nice and cozy cabin in the woods. The house counts with simple and affordable materials. Metal profile, barn board and glass, and it blends harmoniously with the natural environment. It seems like the cabin is totally in sync with its beautiful surroundings. Nice open floor, lots of glass and wood create an modern and charming place. Take a look. And make sure to check out BIO-architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) The house was designed and produced for a young couple who went to live in the suburbs of Moscow on Pirogovo lake. A year before, in 2015, they asked us for a compact 40m2 DublDom house, and after a successful experience of its winter installation, the customers got ready for a bigger one for the whole family, children and staff. None of the standard models was suitable for the site, so we made an individual project on the basis of DublDom of second edition. Most of the individual decisions are based on a simple technology and inexpensive materials, so we managed to follow one of the basic principles of DublDom company - quality of architecture at an affordable pricing. The front facade with the maximum number of glazing was dictated by location of the house on the site. All the technical and utility rooms are located along the rear facade, and the children's room, office, main entrance and the living room with fireplace look at the site with a wonderful view on the water. Made with simple and affordable materials - metal profile, barn board and glass - it blends harmoniously with the natural environment. The entire interior is made of solid pine, painted white. The end walls coloured dark visually increase the space. The interior design is completely made and implemented by the hostess Anastasia Sokolova. All modules were prefabricated at Dubldom production in Kazan and arrived at the site together with the interior trim, hidden utilities, furniture and electrical equipment inside. Installation work took about 10 days with minimal disruption to the site and the environment. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Max Badulin and Ivan Ovchinnikov.

Architecture: Common Ground by Urbantainer

Architecture: Common Ground by Urbantainer

We all have seen containers implemented as a house or pop-up shops but what about 5300 m2 building? It’s just insane just to think of it but at the same time looking at this architecture project by Urbantainer. It seems quite possible and beautiful too! Located in Seoul, South Korea, this building called Common Ground is connecting the Street Market and the Market Hall with stores and terraces. I wish someday to be able to visit this spot! Designed by Urbantainer , just by the name you'll presume that is something related to containers but you're actually right! They started it all back in 2009 and they are now operating in two main centers of gravity, ESB (Entertainment Space Branding) and MAP (Modular Architecture Platform). With a deep design sense in mind, we can't ignore their expertise for modular architecture based on ISO container frame modules   Via Archdaily