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The Passive House by Karawitz Architecture

No, this is not a post of Beautiful Houses, could be because this house is beautiful, but I thought I could do a post about it with another goal, the constructive and sustainable differential of this house somewhat unusual. Located in Bessancourt in France, it's a project by Karawitz Architecture . It reminds me those houses that used to draw as a child, a box with roof, and this is basically the design of Passive House. But when we analyze it goes a bit further, I can say is bold from the floor to the roof. The only concrete used in this work is the foundation and over it are structured large rigid wooden panels, covered with bamboo rods. The roof has a lot of blades to capture solar energy generation. Other than that the interior part of a minimalist line, with only a few colors, a few furniture and of course a lot of raw wood covering the walls and ceilings. The solar orientation generate heat and direct light from one side while the other is closed to keep warm on cold days. Perhaps lacking a little color and life in some places, but for those who like simplicity is an amazing building.

One of the Most Beautiful Houses I've Ever Seen

I'm absolutely sure that this house is one of the most incredible houses I've ever seen. Of course, the pictures help a lot, but the shapes, the straight lines, the use of a few materials, elements that I believe are main points on the contemporary architecture, are all too evident on that house in La Finca, Spain. This is just one of hundreds of houses inside a complex and exclusive house development. A place with lots of green areas, lakes and wonderful houses designed by A-cero, an architecture studio in Madri. A-cero did a particular great job on this house: with simple and rectangular shapes working together with huge windows they have built a perfect exemple of modern architecture. And what to say about the interior?! Each bedroom following the same style with strong colors and the same space composition. And to complete this architectonic poetry, water mirrors and a beautiful pool help turn make pleasant every space on this house and easy to contemplate the emotions that a good architecture can transmit. Thanks ArchiDaily for the tip!

Jo Rin Hun, Modern and Tradition in Korea

Some villages in Korea are in the process of modernization. This house shows the power of architecture in confronting modern with tradition, the shapes and materials in this construction shows that the strong culture position was destroyed. The project from IROJE KHM Architects, built in Seoul, was an efective proof of cost management, using cheap materials as concrete and choosing for simplicity during the construction process. The house is made of metallic translucence plaques and glass, to soften the light, the wind and even the sounds from the street, creating a calm and special place. And you can also see all the project concept, idea and the traditional korean contrapoint about the modernization of architecture in a great text in their website: IROJE KHM Architects. I expect Jo Rin Hun, un-architectural architecture, to be a 'light house of city' that always lightens the neighborhood and to be a place where record and preserve the historic character of the site. (IROJE KHM) © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim The city and architecture are endowed with strong mutual response and finally this mass become to carry the un-architectural property of matter of transparence introversively, translucence extrorsely. (IROJE KHM) © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim © JongOh Kim Section

Beautiful White Houses

Today I'll start a post series talking about houses! I will show houses collections with something in common, like colors, materials, shapes, the location of the building and so on. And to start this series, today we will see only white houses, made with several materials and from the whole world. Beautiful, elegant and white houses! Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light. Le Corbusier Y House Jorge Sousa Santos - Arelho, Óbidos, Portugal B20 PK Arkitektar - Garðabær, Iceland Swan Street Residence Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects - Perth, Australia House in Binningen Luca Selva Architects - Binningen, Switzerland Hill House Johnston Marklee & Associates - California, USA Aveleda’s House Manuel Ribeiro - Braga, Portugal Townhouse Elding Oscarson - Landskrona, Sweden Caverhill Residence Studio Pali Fekete architects - Los Angeles, CA, USA Mizoe House Takashi Seisho and Akinari Tanaka - Hakodate, Japan Villa Daniel Libeskind - Germany Maison du Béton Atelier st - Los Angeles, Cainsdorf, Germany House S Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten - Breda, The Netherlands House of Diffusion FORM/Kouichi Kimura Architects - Shiga, Japan House in Casa de Campo A-cero / Joaquin Torres - Dominican Republic Pontoporia House Architect Clorindo Testa & Architect Ezequiel Rivarola - Buenos Aires, Argentina Satish Nayak Residence The Design Firm - Shiga, Japan SkyCottage Archimania - Memphis, TN, USA Wide Open Villa KLab architecture - Ekali, Athens, Greece House in Foz António Sérgio Koch - Oporto, Portugal Aluminium House Arhitektid Muru & Pere - Tallinn, Estonia

The 'Origami-Like' Klein Bottle House

Do you know those origamis? Yes, those pieces of paper that some people use to create amazing shapes. This is what I remember when looking at the Klein Bottle House, a holyday house located near Melbourne, Australia. A project by McBride Charles Ryan Architects that is a very inpiring building which show us how we can use experimental geometry keeping the home functionality. The technology was an important part of the project. To help develop the surfaces, topological mathematicians has played with CAD, this way they could bring the possibility to work with complex shapes and how to communicate them. Also the project had a concept with some levels connected by a wonderful stair and a central courtyard, revealing the house around it! Award Besides this great look and feel, Klein Bottle House have won the award for World's Best Home at this year's World Architecture Festival award. So check it out this house trough the John Gollings's pictures!

Unbelievable Modern House Designs

I am a big fan of cool things and one thing I love to see is some modern and luxury house designs, it makes me so jealous but it's such a great inspiration at the same time. These houses are unique and very specially made so pay attention to the details and enjoy the view. Most of the information for this article was found at so make sure you visit their website for more. M VISTA HOUSE Created by Tighe Architecture Located in Los Angeles, California. A series of buildings are configured on a 10,000 square foot lot creating a protected inner court-yard. Folded planes define the roof and walls of the two story main house. Strategically placed windows frame views and perforate the building in a seemingly haphazard way. The pool house and guest wing offer restrained counterpoints in the form of modernist boxes mirroring each other at either end of open outdoor space. Sumaré Created by Isay Weinfeld This luxurious home in Sao Paulo, Brazil, was designed as a live-work space, and by “live” we mean entertain, relax, enjoy and create, for the graphic designer who calls this contemporary building “home." The modern design makes the most of its small lot and height restrictions by delving below grade, providing for three living levels in a two-storey design. The basement level is a bright and open space, and enjoys direct access to a rear garden, eliminating the feeling of being underground. The home’s main floor is slightly raised above ground, and is enclosed in glass for a bright and airy interior, home to a sitting room, dining room and the kitchen, with access to a larger outdoor area. The second floor boasts the bedrooms, a ballet area and swimming facilities enclosed by the cool grid that characterizes this modern house from the outside. Topping off this awesome design is a rooftop deck for entertaining guests or simply taking in the spectacular city skyline. Vila Berkel Created by Paul de Ruiter On the site of Villa Berkel, in Veenendaal, Netherlands. The dark woods, making it important to get the most possible light to create. But the more a glass house holds, the more difficult the border between inside and outside - between private and public - to monitor. The plot is at odds with the road divided into three long strips. The bottom strip to the south is reserved for the garden, the middle strip is home to the villa itself and the most northerly stretch includes the opening of the house: there are the driveway, the parking and the entrance. This land classification is the view of the parts of the house that we prefer to keep private limited. Beach Chalet Created by Studiomama The 388 sq ft structure is built on galvanised steel stilts to prevent flooding. The outside of the chalet is clad with cedar shingles and the inside is clad with sawn softwood. Because the land slopes away from the breach, both internal and external steps were constructed to create a level surface inside. Adding height to the rear of the chalet meant that the was space for a mezzanine level that now serves as a sleeping platform. With an oblong-shaped window above it providing lovely views over the country side. Behind the kitchen is the children's bunk beds and the bathroom. The sea view is the focus of the simple living space. Wall-less House Created by Tezuka Architects Located in Japan, the house supported only with a central core and a pair of extremely thin columns. There is no wall on the ground floor level and the internal space are extending 360 degree out to the garden. The lack of walls on the ground floor allows the interior living space to open up to the outdoors, with 360-degree garden access. Rising up three storeys, this spacious 2,582-sq.-ft. home boasts steel shutters that can be opened by day to flood the space with natural light, and closed at night for privacy. A gorgeous rooftop patio offers panoramic views of the surrounding city.