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A-to-Z House in San Francisco, California by SAW // Spiegel Aihara Workshop

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

Article source: v2com

The A-to-Z House by SAW // Spiegel Aihara Workshop wins a 2017 Architecture Award from the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIASF).

The A-to-Z House proposes an alternative to conventional approaches for expanding an outmoded San Francisco home. Perched on a hillside in Golden Gate Heights, a modest single story 1934 developer vernacular structure had limited space and failed to take advantage of expansive views of Sutro Tower, Golden Gate Park, Sausalito, and the Bay. But rather than replacing or merely attaching to the existing structure, the A-to-Z strategy seizes upon the existing forms – scaling, repeating, and manipulating found objects into a contextual collection of structures comprising a dynamic home immersed in its surroundings.

Perspective of Nested Volumes, Image Courtesy © Bruce Damonte

  • Architects: SAW // Spiegel Aihara Workshop (Dan Spiegel, SAW)
  • Project: A-to-Z House
  • Location: San Francisco, California, USA
  • Photography: Bruce Damonte
  • Landscape Architect: Megumi Aihara, SAW
  • Project Collaborators: Dustin Stephens, Monica Sanga, Osma Dossani
  • Structural Engineer: Strandberg Engineering
  • Completed: 2016

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Transformable Container House in Shanghai, China by HuaDu Architecture & Urban Design Group(HDD)

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Article source: HuaDu Architecture & Urban Design Group(HDD) 

The client is a young man who just started his 3D printing business in Shanghai. By using 3D printing technology, now everyone can design jewelry.

Cannot afford the high rent in a normal office building in the city, the talented young man rent 4 container boxes for a very cheap price and used them as his office and home. 

Image Courtesy © HuaDu Architecture & Urban Design Group(HDD)

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Casa Murray Music in Heredia, Costa Rica by Carazo Arquitectura

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Article source: Carazo Arquitectura 

To inhabit a house is to use each of its spaces, not only according to its specific purpose, that is to say, a kitchen will not be used only for cooking, a room will not only be for sleeping, a hallway will not be a linear path. Experiencing a home like Murray Music includes exploration, giving another meaning and other use to spaces that normally have specific functions.

Murray Music House is designed for a family of 5 inhabitants, mom, dad and three children, who constantly feedback the design process, being this key for the definition of each space and each corner of the house.

Image Courtesy © Roberto D’Ambrosio

  • Architects: Carazo Arquitectura
  • Project: Casa Murray Music
  • Location: Heredia, Costa Rica
  • Photography: Roberto D’Ambrosio
  • Lead Architect: Rodrigo Carazo
  • Project Architect: Catalina Gutierrez
  • Project Team: Dayana Piedra, Bryan Jimenez
  • Structural Engineer: DSI Alfredo Castro
  • Mechanical Engineer: Orlando Bazan
  • Electric Engineer: Alberto Bonilla
  • Built Area: 395 m²
  • Completion Year: December 2016

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CML house in Limache, Chile by Ricardo Torrejon Architectos

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Article source: Ricardo Torrejon Architectos

This is about a weekend house, located on a 5,000 sqm lot in the Hacienda los Aromos, nearby Limache, (middle-west Chile).

Program and overall Budget required from us that every architectural decision were same effective and efficient.

The house itself is a 4 winged volume that clearly spreads the program inside, but still keeps the coherence and totality of a single body.

Image Courtesy © Felipe Fontecilla

  • Architects: Ricardo Torrejon Architectos (Ricardo Torrejón, Arturo Chadwick)
  • Project: CML house
  • Location: Hacienda Los Aromos, Limache, Chile
  • Photography: Felipe Fontecilla
  • Construction: Arturo Chadwick
  • Structure: Pine timber; Steel
  • Finishing: Pine cladding 1×6” y 1×8”
  • Roofing: Asphalt membrane

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Can Ghalili in Montjuïc, Spain by LoCa Studio

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Article source: LoCa Studio

LoCa Studio renovates a patio house in the Barcelona Montjuïc’s district.

“Can Ghalili” is a renovated residence in Barcelona, Spain.

The purpose of this project was to maximize the space for a family so they could enjoy their home adapted to their temporary life in the City. Their childhood summer home.

Image Courtesy © LoCa Studio

  • Architects: LoCa Studio
  • Project: Can Ghalili
  • Location: Barcelona, Montjuïc, Spain

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Berkshire Mountain House in Alfred, Massachusetts by Tsao & McKown Architects

Sunday, July 9th, 2017

Article source: Tsao & McKown Architects

Nestled into the tree line at the top of a gentle rise, the house folds and unfolds to take advantage of sweeping panoramic views, and wraps upon itself to form an intimate courtyard against the forest’s edge.

The building is conceived as movement through a Fibonacci spiral. The resulting plan allows a graceful progression through the rooms, spiraling up to the highest point, a cozy aerie. The architecture considers the qualities of the light and views throughout the day and seasons, and offers optimal arrangements for different experiences, from breakfast, to midday recreation, to star-gazing from bed.

Image Courtesy © Eric Laignel

  • Architects: Tsao & McKown Architects
  • Project: Berkshire Mountain House
  • Location: Alfred, Massachusetts, USA
  • Photography: Eric Laignel
  • Project Team: Calvin Tsao FAIA, Zack McKown FAIA, Richard Rhodes, Drew Stuart, Mark Anderson, Randi Mageli
  • Gross sq.ft.: 7,000 sq. ft.

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Voice in Tochigi, Japan by studioLOOP

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Article source: studioLOOP

This is a project for husband, wife, and 2 children. Voice is a house located in Tochigi, Japan. The site is located on the north side of the subdivision site, and the east, west, and south side are surrounded by the neighbor’s house. We focused on reconsideration of openness and privacy, so first of all the floors of each floor were open windows on the south side. On the first floor, the inner veranda and the external deck were made continuous so that the line of sight faces the garden where the lawn spreads. The deep roof and sleeve walls protect wooden sash while blocking the strong sunlight of the summer and the gaze from the neighbor. On the second floor where the bedroom lined up, a wall was set up on the terrace to save the privacy from the outside, the east west and the upper part were opened, and the light was reflected on the white wall to secure the illuminance. Because the interior spaces are connected through openings and void, so spaces are filled with the voices of families.

Image Courtesy © studioLOOP

  • Architects: studioLOOP
  • Project: Voice
  • Location: Tochigi, Japan

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Climbing house in Goiânia, Brazil by LEO ROMANO

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Article source: LEO ROMANO 

The architectural party of the House of the Climbing was defined in order to value the conditions offered by the place. Observed the physical and topographic conditions, as well as the solar orientation and the winds, the volume was defined from the choice of the concrete as main constructive element. However, poetics is in the way this material has taken shape. In the main volume, the social and leisure area is defined by a light coverage. The prestressed concrete happens like a smooth curved line, almost like a leaf hovering in the air. In contrast, the social area is present by a solid rectangular volume, which at the same time is \”heavy\”, \”floats\” on two sculptural pillars. Under this volume, garden, garage and a climbing wall coexist harmoniously.

Image Courtesy © LEO ROMANO

  • Architects: LEO ROMANO
  • Project: Climbing house
  • Location: Goiânia, Brazil

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Casa CSF in Mexico City by López Duplan Arquitectos

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Article source: López Duplan Arquitectos

The lot shape is a basic rectangle and we adjusted the project to its size to get the most benefit from the space. On the facade 2 planes are clearly appreciated as part of the same volume. We decided to use stone as the main material to add strength and enhance the personality of the project. The second plane was softened with vegetation to mark the difference between both and define a gesture of the presence of nature throughout the design.

Image Courtesy © Héctor Armando Herrera

  • Architects: López Duplan Arquitectos (Arq. Claudia López Duplan)
  • Project: Casa CSF
  • Location: Mexico City
  • Photography: Héctor Armando Herrera
  • Year: 2015

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Trygfondens Family house in Hammel, Denmark by WE-Architecture and Skala Arkitekter

Friday, July 7th, 2017

Article source: WE-Architecture

Tryghedsfondens familiehus is a house designed for families whose children suffer from brain damage and are hospitalized at Hammel Neurocenter.

The family house is designed for people going through very difficult periods in their lives.  A child’s accident affects the entire family, and the family house must therefore meet a wide range of needs. It is our vision to create a beautiful and peaceful house where aesthetics and healing architecture meet – a haven for distressed families who find themselves in an extremely vulnerable position. The development of the project has therefore valued the individual needs of the families and has resulted in 3 concepts consistent with the development of the project: Home, Community and Privacy.

exterior, Image Courtesy © WE-Architecture and Skala Arkitekter

  • Architects: WE-Architecture and Skala Arkitekter
  • Project: Trygfondens Family house
  • Location: Hammel, Denmark
  • Client: Trygfonden
  • Engineers: Drias Rådgivende Ingeniører    
  • Landscape architect: Bogl
  • Contractor: Poul Pedersen A/S
  • Consultant: Hjerne & Sundhed, Neuropædagogisk Konsulent
  • Team: Marc Jay, Julie Schmidt-Nielsen, Thea Sofie Gasseholm, Corrado Galasso, Camille  Madinier, Alex Pavel, Cristina Batista Flores, Eleonora Giovannardi, Alicja Szczesniak
  • Budget: 17 million DKK
  • Size: 800 M2
  • Status: Competition

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