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Bala Park Island in Lake Muskoka , Canada by Altius Architecture (designed using ArchiCAD)

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Article source: Altius Architecture

As with all our cottage work the site had a major influence on the design. The main level of the building nestles up against a distinct granite ridge. The ridge provides a perfect landing for the second level which anchors the building back on to the Canadian shield. The landing for the upper level walks out to a path that follows the ridge to a future bunkie. The design is a simple roof line that tilts upwards revealing the ridge through clerestory windows. The floor levels follow the slope varying the interior ceiling heights. The exposed Douglas Fir roof joists provide a continuous rhythm across the entire ground floor ceiling.


Bala Park Island

  • Architects: Altius Architecture
  • Project: Bala Park Island
  • Location: Lake Muskoka , Ontario, Canada
  • Area: 2,200 sf Seasonal Cottage
  • Completion: 2009
  • Architecture Design: Tony Round, Trevor McIvor
  • Construction Management: Tony Round, Trevor McIvor
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


Casaenelaire in Paraguay, South America by Taller de Arquitectura

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: Taller de Arquitectura

a young couple and the birth of their first born child trust us to propose their home.  economy and practicality are the basic concepts.  south america, paraguay.  here the architecture is subjected to the shade conditions ( 35°c. in the summer), to the use of the prevailing wind (north-east), and the protection of the raw winters with nearly polar winds (south).  these elements give us the keys to rethink a better space for the integral development of the human beings.


  • Architects: Taller de Arquitectura (tda)
  • Project: Casaenelaire
  • Location:Paraguay, South America
  • Architect Team: sergio fanego, larissa rojas, miguel duarte


Trollstigen national tourist routes project in Romsdalen, Norway by Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: Reiulf Ramstad Architects

Located on Norway’s west coast, Trollstigen is perched within a dramatic pass between the deep fjords that characterize the region. This panoramic site can only be visited and constructed in summer, due to severe winter weather. Despite—or perhaps because of—the inaccessible nature of the site, the project entails designing an entire visitor environment ranging from a mountain lodge with restaurant and gallery to flood barriers, water cascades, bridges, and paths to outdoor furniture and pavilions and platforms meant for viewing the scenery. All of these elements are moulded into the landscape so that the visitor’s experience of place seems even more intimate. The architectural intervention is respectfully delicate, and was conceived as a thin thread that guides visitors from one stunning overlook to another.

Images Courtesy Reiulf Ramstad Architects,

  • Architect: Reiulf Ramstad Architects – RRA
  • Name of Project: Trollstigen national tourist routes project
  • Location: Romsdalen – Geiranger Fjord, Norway
  • Client: The Norwegian public roads administration
  • Commision type: Invited Competition 1st prize in cooperation with Multiconsult 13.3 landscaping (2004)
  • Status: Under construction
  • Photographs: Reiulf Ramstad Architects,


The Hedge House in Wijlre, The Netherlands by Wiel Arets Architects

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: Wiel Arets Architects

Art as part of life was the main purpose of the small house in the 17th-century pleasure garden belonging to Wijlre Castle. It accommodates seemingly disparate spaces, i.e. two greenhouses, a hen house, a tool shed and a living room, together with the space for art.

Image Courtesy Jan Bitter

  • Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
  • Project: The Hedge House
  • Location: Wijlre, The Netherlands
  • Project team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Lars Dreessen
  • Site supervisors: Hein Urlings
  • Furniture design: WAA
  • Date of design: 1998-2001
  • Date of completion: 2001
  • Models: Jeremy Bryan, Frederik Vaes


House in Juso, Portugal by ARX Portugal + Stefano Riva

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: ARX Portugal + Stefano Riva

In the concept for this small house in the vicinity of Aldeia de Juso, the tiniest area of flat land and the house’ s, as well as the high density of the new houses yet to be built in the surroundings, forcibly draw us to some sort of “obsession” about the possibilities of dilating space.

Images Courtesy Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

  • Architecture: ARX Portugal + Stefano Riva – Nuno Mateus e José Mateus c/ Stefano Riva
  • Name of Project: House in Juso
  • Location: Juso, Portugal
  • Project-construction: 2008-2011
  • Landscape Architecture: Sara Machado
  • Engineerings: Marco Caixa, António Paiva, Fernandes, Miguel Marques
  • Contractor: Gardenblok Construções Lda.
  • Area: 170 m2
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG, ARX Portugal


Clearview Residence in Ontario, Canada by Altius Architecture (designed using ArchiCAD)

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: Altius Architecture

Designed for a local artist to enjoy, this residence is located just south of Collingwood, in the heart of the Clearview area.  A broad selection of sustainable technologies, including a geothermal lake loop and green house set this project apart from others in the area. The building itself draws inspiration from a number of intimate relationships and views, both through the adjacent woodland, as well as across the nearby pond.

Image Courtesy Jonathan Savoie

  • Architects: Altius Architecture
  • Project: Clearview Residence
  • Location: Ontario, Canada
  • Architecture: Graham Smith, Joe Knight
  • Photography: Jonathan Savoie
  • Construction: Valley View Construction
  • Engineering: Cucco Engineering
  • Interior Design: Sarah Richardson Design Inc
  • Landscape Design: John Lloyd & Associates
  • Software used: ArchiCAD



Diagonal Passage in Greenport, New York by Studio a/b Architects

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: Studio a/b Architects

Awarded AIA Peconic  Jurors Award for Architecture 2009
Platinum rating in the LEED for Homes program 2011

Responding to a long skinny lot (50 ft wide x 166 ft deep) in a village, this project explores the openness between inside/outside spaces using a linear format.  A diagonal wall running from the southwest to the northeast divides the site into “dwelling” and “garden” zones.  The interior space uses the widest possible width at the western end.  The larger, backyard garden is on the eastern end.

South elevation viewed from southwest (Image Courtesy Tony Holmes)

  • Architects: Studio a/b Architects
  • Project: Diagonal Passage
  • Location: Greenport, New York
  • Contractor: Chris Kyprianou
  • Structure: SIP
  • Exterior Wall: White Cedar shingles prestained, Red Cedar siding stained
  • Interior Wall: GWB painted, Pine plywood factory stained
  • Interior Floor: Stranded Bamboo flooring
  • Site Area: 8,310 sq. ft.
  • Floor Area: 2,380 sq. ft.
  • Bibliography: Design through Dialogue, John Wiley & Sons, 2010
  • Software used: AutoCAD


Riga International Airport Winning Proposal in Latvia by Narud Stokke Wiig Architects & Planners, Haptic Architects and Griff Arkitektur

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: Narud Stokke Wiig Architects & Planners, Haptic Architects and Griff Arkitektur

Narud Stokke Wiig Architects & Planners, Haptic Architects and Griff Arkitektur have won the open international competition for the new airBaltic terminal at Riga International Airport.The competition called for “design concepts, both architectural and functional that best captured the aspirations and brand identity of airBaltic”.  The first phase will accommodate 7-8 million passengers per annum, whilst the new terminal will eventually cater for 14 million passengers. The organising committee received 125 entries from 70 countries.


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Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College in Oxford, United Kingdom by Zaha Hadid Architects

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: Zaha Hadid Architects
More projects by Zaha Hadid

The new library, research centre and archive for St. Antony’s College overcomes strong physical constraints to form a suspended ‘bridge’ between existing buildings – blending built and natural elements to find a coherent form – fronted by a curved frameless glass façade which sweeps above a sunken courtyard area.

Middle East Centre, St Antony's College

  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Name of Project: Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College
  • Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
  • Client: St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
  • Project Architect: Ken Bostock, Johannes Hoffmann
  • Period: 2006 – 2013


Hanasaki House in Yokohama, Japan by MoNo Architect

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: MoNo Architect

This is the urban residence for a single occupancy is situated in Yokohama City which is about one hour from Tokyo Japan by train. The building site is a corner plot abutting east and south on the roads which is situated in a densely built-up area with buildings facing each other across the 4-meter wide road. Each of the buildings surrounding the site has no appropriate open space in its site with an inner building space only separated from outside by the use of a single wall.

The elevation looked from the intersection of site side 2 roads

  • Architects: MoNo Architect
  • Project: Hanasaki House
  • Location: Yokohama, Japan
  • Project Architect: Fumiaki Nagashima + Mami Maruoka Nagashima
  • Photography: Koshimizu Susumu
  • Software used: Vectorworks


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