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Doll’s House in Victoria, Australia by BKK Architects

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Article source: BKK Architects

Dolls House is an idea about providing flexible, highly sustainable living that is responsive to its context and able to adapt to the changing needs of a family over a long life-span. The first known Doll’s house, originally called a ‘baby house’ in 1557 was a showcase for local creatives and craftspeople to display their wares. The Dolls House later became a play thing for children; a space of imagination. Shared ideas of creativity, craftsmanship, play and imagination underpin this house, whilst also mirroring the flexibility of the Doll’s house where a bedroom can become a living room or dining room by simply moving furniture or joinery. The new addition is largely made up of two spaces stacked upon each other, with no doors or walls, just furniture and joinery to divide space and imply use. The two levels of the house are treated quite distinctly; the lower sunk below grade and heavily grounded, whilst the upper is soaring into the treetops. The new addition frees up the plan of the old house where the former living and dining areas have become a flexible buffer space with an artist studio and playroom that place creativity and play at the centre of the home.

Image Courtesy © Shannon Mayen

Image Courtesy © Shannon Mayen

  • Architects: BKK Architects
  • Project: Doll’s House
  • Location: Northcote Victoria Australia
  • Photography: Shannon Mayen
  • Project Team: Simon Knott, Adi Atic and Madeleine Beech
  • Structural Engineer: Perrett Simpson Stanton
  • Costing: Construction, Planning and Economics
  • Builder: Creo Libera; Jeremy Dickson and Julian Woodhouse
  • Gross floor area: (m2) Old-75sqm New-130sqm (Site 480sqm)
  • Completion Date: Sept 2014 (Design, documentation 12 months, Construction 10 months)

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HOUSE 028 Renovation in Abano Terme, Italia by MIDE architetti

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Article source:  MIDE architetti 

The project involves the renovation and expansion of a single dwelling of the early 70 ‘s, located in a residential area in Abano Terme. The project site is spread over two floors above ground and it is faithful to the original plan involving four large rooms on each floor, distributed through a central corridor. The functional needs of the clients matched with the existing distribution, whereby the proposed project will preserve as much of the existing masonry as feasible, without subverting the original plans, and in turn resulting in an economically sustainable project. Important changes will mainly involve the ground floor, where the need to obtain a wide living area in a close relationship with the garden will require an expansion to the building. The facades will be reinterpreted by adding large openings toward the private garden which will subsequently provide additional natural lighting. On the ground floor, there are movements and community rooms such as the cloakroom, the living area consisting of living room and kitchen, pantry, bathroom, storeroom, laundry and garage. The latter, a volumetric block covered with aluminum slabs, plays an important role in the composition of the new facade characterized by brown-grey plaster. On the same floor, the living areas will be intimately involved with the garden through large openings, creating an ideal extension to the outside: a relaxing space for family use during sunny days. The upper floor will be utilized as a sleeping area, consisting of two single bedrooms, a bathroom and a bedroom with an adjoining bathroom and walk-in closet. The personality of the new building will be strongly reinvigorated by the choice of the materials adopted; the contrast between the rough grey-plastered wall surfaces and the elegant metallic surfaces adorned with a bronzed finishing touch.

Image Courtesy © Alessandra Bello

Image Courtesy © Alessandra Bello

  • Architects: MIDE architetti
  • Project: HOUSE 028
  • Location: Via Don Loser 35031, Abano Terme (PD),  Italia
  • Photography: Alessandra Bello
  • StructuresStefano Paludetto
  • Plants: Enrico Zara
  • Surface: 650 m2
  • Timing: 03/2013   Affidamento d’incarico,  01/2014   Inizio lavori, 05/2015   Fine lavori
  • Costs: 350.000,00 €

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ARMADALE HOUSE 2 in Victoria, Australia by MITSUORI ARCHITECTS

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Article source: MITSUORI ARCHITECTS 

This refurbishment and extension to an existing Victorian style house in Armadale focused on the creation of a discreet new addition to make the most of a compact site.

Image Courtesy © Michael Kai Photography

Image Courtesy © Michael Kai Photography

  • Architects: MITSUORI ARCHITECTS, Melissa Lim, Matthew Murfett
  • Project: ARMADALE HOUSE 2
  • Location: Armadale, Victoria, Australia 
  • Photography: Michael Kai Photography
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Client: Confi dential
  • Landscape Designer: Ben Scott Garden Design
  • Structural Engineer: MR Anderson Consulting Engineers
  • Building Floor Area: 250sqm
  • Budget: Confi dential
  • Design & documentation period: 9 months
  • Construction period: 12 months

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Ecocapsule by Nice Architects Ltd

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Article source: Nice Architects Ltd

The first truly independent micro-home

Story of the Ecocapsule has begun in the 2008 when our architectural studio Nice architects participated in Andes Sprout Society idea competition to design small housing unit for artist. Ecocapsule v1 was bearing three pivotal design features: round shape to minimize energy losses, water collection capability and mobility. Design was not successful In the competition, but breaking point for the project was when inhabitat.com choose Ecocapsule to their selection of the most interesting picks from competition. Massive amount of inquiries persuaded us to develop this project further.  Unfortunately technology of 2008 was not ready for truly independent house.

Image Courtesy © Tomas Manina and Juraj Fifik

Image Courtesy © Tomas Manina and Juraj Fifik

  • Architects: Nice Architects Ltd
  • Project: Ecocapsule
  • Photography: Tomas Manina and Juraj Fifik

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Huber Music Room by WSDG

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Article source: Walters Storyk Design Group (WSDG)

An inspirational view of the Pacific coastline melds with flawless acoustics to establish the ultimate creative environment for musician/businessman, Chris Huber’s personal studio.  “Music has always been an integral part of my family life,” Huber reveals.  “When we bought our home a few years ago I knew exactly where the studio would live.  Our primary aesthetic concern was to retain the panoramic ocean view through our ground floor windows. I researched studio designers and discovered Walters-Storyk Design Group-WSDG through their work on a Brazilian studio with a sweeping view into its live room through an enormous ‘Cinemascope-style’, control room window.”

Image Courtesy © Chris Huber

Image Courtesy © Chris Huber

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A Storefront To Look Like An Aquarium in Budapest, Hungary by KISSMIKLOS

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Article source: KISSMIKLOS 

MONO is lifestyle retail, gallery, and events space concept located in the heart of Budapest, Hungary.  My task was to raise attention for the store’s summer sales. I designed an aquarium from the store’s huge glass windows that now hang out on the street.

Image Courtesy © Bálint Jaksa

Image Courtesy © Bálint Jaksa

  • Architects: KISSMIKLOS
  • Project: A Storefront To Look Like An Aquarium
  • Location: Kossuth Lajos u. 12. Budapest, Hungary
  • Photography: Bálint Jaksa

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Saúl Bistro, Pradera Concepcion in Guatemala by Taller KEN

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Article source: Taller KEN

For “Saúl Bistro Pradera Concepcion” we wanted to challenge this typology of the generic suburban shopping center. Because the project is located at a high elevation, on the road to El Salvador, the client wanted the cozy feeling of a mountain house. To achieve this, the project needed to be separated from the commercial center to no appear like a theme-restaurant.

Image Courtesy © Andres Asturias

Image Courtesy © Andres Asturias

  • Architects: Taller KEN (Ines Guzman and Gregory Melitonov) 
  • Project: Saúl Bistro,Pradera Concepcion
  • Location: Plaza Concepcion, Guatemala City, Guatemala  
  • Photography: Andres Asturias
  • Client: Corporation Merino S.A.
  • Size: 450 sqm
  • Completed: 2014

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M6-house [House of Geometry] in Kumamoto, Japan by Architect Show

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Article source: Architect Show

The site of M6-House is at aresidential area in Kumamoto city of one of the Japanese main city. Generally, the site area in Japanese cities is smaller than European and American. Therefore, the concept of this house is the sense of liberation with the securement of privacy by the harmony with interior space and balcony.

Image Courtesy © Toshihisa Ishii

Image Courtesy © Toshihisa Ishii

  • Architects: Architect Show, Masahiko Sato
  • Project: M6-house [House of Geometry]
  • Location: Kyushu, Kumamoto, Japan
  • Photography: Toshihisa Ishii  
  • Client: Mr. Miyamoto
  • Site Area: 182.09㎡
  • Bldg.Area: 97.55㎡
  • Gross Floor Area: 103.55㎡ (more…)

FUNDACIÓN ESTHER KOPLOWITZ FOR PATIENTS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY in Madrid, Spain by HANS ABATON

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Article source: HANS ABATON

‘’It is not a project of some parents for their children, but a work of our society for the future’’

The current centre, granted by Madrid City Hall, is housed in a building from 1950 attached to a development of mainly single storey houses. It is located beside the disused military barracks near the Extremadura highway. Renovated in 1995, it shows inadequate conditions as a school and residence for children who suffer CP. Due to the increasing demand for places and the fact that it was the only specialized residence in La Comunidad de Madrid, an extension with the very best conditions was necessary and addressed the following shortcomings:
– Insufficient space; up to four children per room.
– Inadequate connection between buildings; with access from outdoors, exposing the children to significant temperature changes.
– The fact that there was only one multipurpose hall which did not meet requirements to carry out all the activities.
– Insufficient evacuation routes and emergency systems; when the lift was out of order, the rooms were inaccessible.

Image Courtesy © HANS ABATON

Image Courtesy © HANS ABATON

  • Architects: HANS ABATON
  • Project: FUNDACIÓN ESTHER KOPLOWITZ FOR PATIENTS WITH CEREBRAL PALSY
  • Location: Madrid, Spain

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Sonnenhof in Jena, Germany by J. MAYER H. UND PARTNER, ARCHITEKTEN

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Article source: J. MAYER H. UND PARTNER, ARCHITEKTEN

Sonnenhof consists of four new buildings with office and residential spaces. Located on a consolidated number of smaller lots in the historical center of Jena, Germany, the separate structures allow for free access through the grounds. Their placement on the outer edges of the plot defines a small-scale outdoor space congruent with the medieval city structure. Its outdoor facilities continue the building’s overall design concept past the edges of the lot. The planned incorporation of commerce, residence, and office enables a flexible pattern of use that also integrates itself conceptually into the surroundings.

Image Courtesy © David Franck

Image Courtesy © David Franck

  • Architects: J. MAYER H. UND PARTNER, ARCHITEKTEN
  • Project: Sonnenhof
  • Location: Sonnenhof 9, Jena, Germany
  • Photography: David Franck
  • Software used: ArchiCad, MAYA and Rhino
  • Project architects: Jens Seiffert
  • Project team: Christoph Emenlauer, Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, Christian Paelmke, Max Reinhardt, Jan-Christoph Stockebrand
  • Client: Wohnungsgenossenschaft “Carl Zeiss” eG, Jena
  • Project and Construction Management: Kappes Partner IPG, Berlin (more…)
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