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Casa Eulàlia by CAVAA Arquitectes

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Article source: CAVAA Arquitectes

These Vilanova dwellings with load-bearing walls structure were initially defined  as a  disorganized house without hierarchies of spaces, where the stays on the center of the house were “punished”  for its corridor, causing that the rooms were just open to the communal staircase and to a small inner courtyard.

Image Courtesy © Nit Victorio

Image Courtesy © Nit Victorio

  • Architects: CAVAA Arquitectes
  • Project: Casa Eulàlia
  • Photography: Nit Victorio
  • Authors: Jordi Calbetó y Oriol Vañó, architects
  • Collaborators: Pep Vinuesa, building engineer
  • Developer: Santa Eulàlia 17 SL

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Casa Sur Ual in Vella, Switzerland by Christian Müller Architects

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Article source: Christian Müller Architects

Villages in the Alpine Region are threatened with being turned into ghost towns. This is being caused by a number of factors. The present building stock has a large portion of second homes which is hardly being used. The amenities offered do not live up to modern standards and there is preciously little room to build new houses. A project by Christian Müller in the Swiss village of Vella is a showcase of how this development can be countered with innovative concepts.

Image Courtesy © Susanna von Känel

Image Courtesy © Susanna von Känel

  • Architects: Christian Müller Architects, (CMA/gutundgut), Rotterdam
  • Project: Casa Sur Ual
  • Location: 7144 Vella, Switzerland
  • Photography: Susanna von Känel
  • Client: Kühne and von Känel, Müller and Müller- Züger
  • Local architect: Lukas Egli, Projektierbar, Basel
  • Engineering: Ingenieurbüro Walter Bieler AG, Bonaduz
  • Timberwork: Alig Holzkultur, Vrin

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Hidalga House in Mexico by Grupoarquitectura

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

Article source:  Grupoarquitectura

This residence is located in a mountain slope surrounded by trees in a forest near Mexico City. It was of utmost importance not to tear down any trees in such a privileged site. This translated in a forced floor plan design, always attempting to avoid disturbing the trees. Because of site’s sloping terrain, access is through the top level through a welcoming foyer. This foyer is located within a connecting structure that unites the two main buildings, the first one being the main building that houses all public rooms such as dining room living room, library room and bedrooms, all enjoying views of the garden; and a second supporting structure aligned with the street that houses service areas such as laundry room, storage and service areas.

Image Courtesy © Grupoarquitectura

Image Courtesy © Grupoarquitectura

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Summer house renovation in Gabicce Monte, Italy by Bartoletti Cicognani architettura e design

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Article source: Bartoletti Cicognani architettura e design

The original building was a two levels residual part of a complex, built inside a rock wall in the late 70s within the area of the Monte San Bartolo Regional Park. The original digging was realized to create some concrete structures for the consolidation of the higher levels. The spaces inside had never been used, and the rooms were unhealthy and unsafe. Our goal was to restore the building and create a small vacation house with an amazing view of the surroundings.

Image Courtesy © Bartoletti Cicognani architettura e design

Image Courtesy © Bartoletti Cicognani architettura e design

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House in Chiyosaki, Japan by Coo planning

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Article source: Coo planning

Nishi-ku, Osaka-shi  A private house of the solitary life built near the Kyocera dome.

Board sticking 1 year passes after completion, and which is an outer wall and board sticking of interior plywood, it’s when it’s being matched.

When I’d like to make a fascinating house because I build hard, you speak and housing has started.

Image Courtesy © Coo Planning

Image Courtesy © Coo Planning

  • Architects: Coo planning/Akiyoshi Nakao
  • Project: House in Chiyosaki
  • Location: Osaka, Nisi-ku, Chiyosaki , Japan
  • Scale: Two-story skipfloor
  • Site area: 27.41square meters
  • Building area: 41.94 square meters
  • Project year : 2014

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Casual House by Christopher Megowan Design

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Article source: Christopher Megowan Design

A home as casual and easy going as its residents. Low maintenance, no frills materials were used to create a cost effective yet compelling extension to the rear of a family home in Newport. The middle of the home had long suffered from substandard foundations, this extension replaced this middle section with a new kitchen, living, dining, bathroom and laundry. In addition, existing spaces were extended and converted into a second living area, and two new bedrooms. The brief was to create something low key, beachy, contemporary but still respect the character and materiality of the weatherboard cottage at the front of the property. Room to kick a ball, connection to the outdoors and ease of moving surfboards and sporting equipment from the rear of the house to the car in the front was top of mind for these clients.

Image Courtesy © Christopher Megowan Design

Image Courtesy © Christopher Megowan Design

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Retrospect Vineyards house in Windsor, California by Swatt Miers Architects

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Article source: Swatt Miers Architects

Retrospect Vineyards, a 20-acre plot in the Russian River Valley, has been producing pinot noir grapes and selling them to nearby wineries for fifteen years. However, when the new owners bought the property in 2010 they knew they wanted to have a greater involvement in the winemaking process. The result was a modern home designed to function as both a family retreat and a working vineyard, respecting the privacy of the residents without hampering the functionality of the land.

Image Courtesy © Russell Abraham

Image Courtesy © Russell Abraham

  • Architects: Swatt Miers Architects 
  • Project: Retrospect Vineyards house
  • Location: Windsor, California
  • Photography: Russell Abraham, Marion Brenner
  • Architectural Team:  Robert Swatt, FAIA, Principal in Charge; Julie Liberman, Project Architect; Audrey Hitchcock, Ivan Olds, Kimie Nakamori, Mike Eggers
  • Interiors:  Connie Wong
  • Designed: 2010
  • Completed: 2014

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NEMO house in Warszawa, Poland by Mobius Architekci ul.

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Article source: Mobius Architekci ul.

The Nemo Building is located within a picturesque landscape of the Masuria lakes, on a plot with direct access to the lake via a private beach. The building was designed to complete the land form on the spot, as well as to take full advantage of the impressive lake panorama. The house is a rectangle of 50m in total length, which nearly covers the length of the plot available. The internal layout of the house is generally focused around the view of the lake, which is why all rooms face the water. This was one of the main assumptions for the design. In contrast, from the side of the access road, the house appears as veiled and enigmatic. Apart from the glazed entrance and the window illuminating the kitchen, the front wall is nearly devoid of windows and features the entrance gates for the car and boat only. In turn, the lake-side wall was designed as fully glazed.

Image Courtesy © Paweł Ulatowski

Image Courtesy © Paweł Ulatowski

  • Architects: Mobius Architekci ul.
  • Project: NEMO house 
  • Location: Warszawa, Poland
  • Photography: Paweł Ulatowski
  • Building area: 500m2
  • Completed: 2014

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NOIE -cooperative house in Tokyo, Japan by YUUA Architects and Associates

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

Article source: YUUA Architects and Associates

Designing the relationship of collectivity and individuality

A cooperative house with eleven dwelling units located in the suburb of western Tokyo. Firstly, skeleton plan was provided to the potential residents. Infill design was developed based on this skeleton frame. Under such scheme, the challenge was to develop the space dynamically through interactivity of the skeleton and infill design instead of simply adjusting the infill design into the skeleton frame.

Image Courtesy © SOBAJIMA Toshihiro

Image Courtesy © SOBAJIMA Toshihiro

  • Architects: YUUA Architects and Associates
  • Project: NOIE -cooperative house
  • Location: Nakano-ku, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: SOBAJIMA Toshihiro
  • Interior Designers: YUUA Architects and Associates, SOL style
  • Structural Engineer: Hirotsugu Tsuboi Structural Engineers, RGB Structure
  • Plants Designer: SOLSO
  • Project Area: 796.59 m²
  • Building Area: 410.52 m²
  • Size: 978.72 m²
  • Year: 2011-2012

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Magnolia Remodel in Seattle, Washington by SHED Architecture & Design

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Article source: SHED Architecture & Design

The owners saw potential in this 1914 craftsman home when they bought it in 2013. The Seattle family had the intention of restoring the home’s original details while also making modern modifications to the traditional layout on the main floor. Influenced by years of living in Japan, the clients wanted a clean and simple aesthetic to suit their minimal lifestyle. The central challenge for SHED Architecture & Design was to rework the floor plan to improve the primary flow of the space. The firm made modifications to the main floor to create a feeling of continuity from the entryway to the backyard while remaining sympathetic to the structure’s native form. The Seattlebased architecture firm manipulated and built upon existing geometry to subtly introduce a new kitchen, bath, laundry and outdoor space that compliment the home’s original bay windows, angled walls and oak floors.

Image Courtesy © Mark Woods

Image Courtesy © Mark Woods

  • Architects: SHED Architecture & Design
  • Project: Magnolia Remodel
  • Location: Seattle, Washington
  • Photography: Mark Woods
  • Structural Engineer: Todd Perbix
  • Square Footage: 1,870

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