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West Dune House in Fatima, Canada by Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Article source: v2com

This secondary house is located in the Magdalen Islands, facing West Dune and the sea. The clients are a retired couple that would like to spend a few months a year there.

The house was inspired by a formal exploration of sand models, seen at a Wallpaper Magazine exhibition in London. The volume measurement is inspired by local traditional architecture and by the natural shapes of wind-swept dunes. Due to its shape, the house looks as though it was sculpted out of a monolith of sand. The side walls follow the roof’s slope and extend to the edge of the deck to create an enjoyable space sheltered from the wind. The entrance is concealed in the reinforced side wall, providing protection from the weather.

Image Courtesy © Adrien Williams

  • Architects: Bourgeois / Lechasseur architects
  • Project: West Dune House
  • Location: Magdalen Islands, Fatima, Canada
  • Photography: Adrien Williams + Nigel Quinn
  • General Contractor: Constructions MPL
  • Year of construction: 2013

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The New Residence at the Swiss Embassy in Washington D.C. by Steven Holl Architects & Rüssli Architekten

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

Article source: Steven Holl Architects

This scheme placed first in the competition of ten Swiss-American team’s designs for the replacement of the Washington D.C. residence of the Swiss Ambassador. It is not only to be a private house but also a cultural gathering place on which standards and self-image of a country are measured.

Image Courtesy © Andy Ryan

  • Architects: Steven Holl Architects & Rüssli Architekten
  • Project: The New Residence at the Swiss Embassy
  • Location: Washington D.C., United States
  • Photography: Andy Ryan
  • Client: Swiss Federal Office for Buildings and Logistics (BBL)
  • Architects:
    • Steven Holl Architects: Steven Holl (design architect), Tim Bade, Stephen O’Dell (associate in charge), Olaf Schmidt (project architect), Arnault Biou, Peter Englaender, Annette Goderbauer, Li Hu, Irene Vogt (project team)
    • Rüssli Architekten: Mimi Kueh (project architect), Justin Rüssli (design architect), Andreas Gervasi, Phillip Röösli, Rafael Schnyder, Urs Zuercher(project team)
  • Structural engineer: A. F. & J. Steffen Consulting Engineers, Robert Silman Associates
  • Mechanical engineer: B2E Consulting Engineers, B+B Energietechnik AG
  • Interior designer: ZedNetwork Hannes Wettstein
  • General contractor: James G. Davis Construction, Niersberger Gebäudetechnik Pforzheim GmbH
  • Landscape architect: Robert GissingerL
  • Building area (square): 23,000sf/7010sm
  • Cost: $14,000,000
  • Construction period: December 2004 – September 2006 (more…)

Courtyard by the West Sea in Beijing, China by META-PROJECT

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

Article source: META-PROJECT 

Unlike the introverted quality of the traditional courtyard house, the owner of this site asked for a variety of mix-use program, including tea house, dinning, party space, office, meeting, as well as dwelling and entertainment. Thecontemporary and sometime “public” program opened up the courtyard to become “extraverted”, so as to induce more human interactions. These required us to break the general understanding of the courtyard as an enclosed typology by introducing the experience of “meandering in the hutongs” into the courtyard, and the interventional approach was derived from the unfolding spatial narrative of hutong life.

West Elevation, Image Courtesy © Su Chen and Chun Fang

  • Architects: META-PROJECT
  • Project: Courtyard by the West Sea
  • Location: West Sea, Beijing, China
  • Photography: Su Chen and Chun Fang
  • Design Team: Wang Shuo, Zhang Jing, Yaping Wu, Yin Cheng, Qianqian Chang, Han Wang, Guowei Zhang, Tian Lan
  • Lighting Consultant: Xiaowei Han
  • Area: 800 m2
  • Date: April, 2013 – October, 2013
  • Status: Construction Completed

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Nha que in Nha Trang, Vietnam by a21 studĩo

Friday, February 3rd, 2017

Article source: a21 studĩo

The house is nostalgia for Cham ethnic’s traditional house with a modern living space. The aim of the design is making a house using all familiar local materials and nomal building methods, so the design can speak itself with minimum care for artificial lighting and material use. The house is a 45degree diagonal block, divided the 18mx20m site into 2 triangle gardens. From here, all the views inside the house and toward gardens are framed in various ways – from the combination of basic elements: white brick walls, wooden beams, openings and the roof.

Image Courtesy © Quang Tran

Image Courtesy © Quang Tran

  • Architects: a21 studĩo
  • Project: Nha que
  • Location: Nha Trang, Vietnam
  • Photography: Quang Tran
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Client: Anh Kin
  • Materials: Concrete, brick, wood, ceramic tiles
  • Project area: 360 m2
  • Building area: 142 m2
  • Completed: 2016

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House Rheder II in Brakel, Germany by Falkenberg Innenarchitektur

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Article source: v2com

“In a time of excess we have built a house that makes the essentials tangible,” says the client.

The house has become a place of retreat, a building that deliberately withdraws and allows the surrounding landscape to present itself to the full. Over the softly rushing waters of the stream, with a wide view into the green East-Westphalian landscape, the stress and hustle and bustle of everyday life is quickly forgotten.

View from Rheder country park, Image Courtesy © Reimund Braun

  • Architects: Falkenberg Innenarchitektur
  • Project: House Rheder II
  • Location: Rheder, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany
  • Photography: Reimund Braun, Thomas Mayer
  • Project Completion: 2015

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Coniwa in Tokyo, Japan by YUUA Architects and Associates

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Article source: YUUA Architects and Associates

“coniwa” is a cooperative housing residence, located in the suburbs of western Tokyo.

It consists of eleven dwellings arranged around a lush courtyard, which is covered by a wooden boardwalk. In this project the clients were initially provided with a constructive and architectural framework, in which the plan was designed according to the individuals’ requests.

Image Courtesy © SOBAJIMA, Toshihiro

  • Architects: YUUA Architects and Associates (Madoka Aihara & Tomokazu Shimizu)
  • Project: Coniwa
  • Location: Koganei-shi, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: SOBAJIMA, Toshihiro
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Producer: Archinet
  • Structural Engineer: Hirotsugu Tsuboi Structural Engineers, RGB Structure
  • Facility Engineer: Kitamura Machinery Engineering
  • Plants Designer: SOLSO
  • Constructor: Ishizue Column Co., Ltd.
  • Project Area:  718.86m2
  • Building Area: 373.63m2
  • Size: 886.52m2
  • Year: 2014-2015

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House 28 in Brasília DF, Brasil by Equipe Lamas

Thursday, January 12th, 2017

Article source: Equipe Lamas

The architecture of the House 28 is an extension of the arid and lush landscape from the Cerrado Biome. A family that sought tranquility and connection with nature commissioned this urban refuge located 10 minutes away from the national congress of Brasilia.

The area of 7000 m2 enabled to spread 850m2 of construction on the ground. Gardens permeate the volumetry and generous windows of wood and glass connect the interior to the landscape.

Image Courtesy © Haruo Mikami

Image Courtesy © Haruo Mikami

  • Architects: Equipe Lamas
  • Project: House 28
  • Location: SMDB conjunto 28 Lago sul, Brasília DF, Brasil
  • Photography: Haruo Mikami
  • Engineering and incorporation: Ruy Lamas
  • Architect Responsible: Samuel Lamas
  • Team: Samuel Lamas, Ruy Lamas, Anderson Magallães
  • Area (m2): 850m2
  • Year of conclusion: 2016

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Oak Grove in Victoria, Australia by justin mallia architecture

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

Article source: justin mallia architecture

Oak Grove is a development driven venture. Between a detailed client brief laden with ideas about visual style, and the site located in the eclectic suburban context of East Malvern, the architecture negotiates a meaningful contemporary response within highly saturated physical and conceptual parameters.

Image Courtesy © justin mallia architecture

  • Architects: justin mallia architecture
  • Project: Oak Grove
  • Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Project size: 485 m2
  • Design time: 12 months
  • Construction time: 12 months
  • Completion date: Oct 2015

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GRIGIO in Setagaya ward, Tokyo by Satoshi Kurosaki

Thursday, August 13th, 2015

Article source: Satoshi Kurosaki

A couple who works for foreign affiliates newly bought a site in a quiet residential area, with a desire for a house that enables living in coexistence with the art collection of the husband, who is a collector of modern art, and his beloved car.

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

Image Courtesy © Masao Nishikawa

  • Architects: Satoshi Kurosaki
  • Project: GRIGIO
  • Location: Setagaya ward, Tokyo
  • Photography: Masao Nishikawa, A N mikaninagawa
  • Date of Completion : March 2015
  • Principal Use : Private housing
  • Structure : Reinforced Concrete
  • Site Area: 155.99 m²
  • Total Floor Area : 144.56 m² (49.62m²/B1F, 36.48 m²/1F,58.46 m²/2F)
  • Design Period : March 2012 – February 2013 (more…)

Vipp seeks shelter by VIPP

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

Article source: VIPP

Vipp is up-scaling its classic accessories and recent kitchen and bathroom modules to build shelters. The driving ambition of the Danish company means that you can now match your kitchen and its accessories to your nature retreat. The result is a modern escape, powerful in its simplicity yet packed with exquisitely conceived details.

Image Courtesy © Vipp

Image Courtesy © Vipp

Architects: VIPP
Project: Vipp seeks shelter (more…)

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