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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013


The plot of House L is sited in the wooded environs of Oosterhout.

The existing landscape, the orientation to the rural surroundings and the planning conditions were the deciding factors in the siting of the dwelling at the rear of the plot.

The ground floor was raised with respect to the current ground level, with large glass surfaces positioned to look out over the rural landscape and terraces running the length of the building with an unbroken roof surface on corbelling, all of which allow the outer space to be experienced to the full. At the same time, the large roof projections are designed to prevent too much light entering.

Image Courtesy © Marcel Briaire

  • Project: HOUSE L
  • Location: Oosterhout, Netherlands
  • Photography: Marcel Briaire, Rene de Wit
  • Client: private
  • Project architect(s): Pascal Grosfeld
  • Team members: Jeroen Michielsen and Joana Martinslima
  • Construction consultants (name, location): R2 constructie adviesbureau bv, Breda
  • Installation consultants (name, location): Schouten Installatie Advies bv, Breda
  • Acoustic consultants (name, location): n/a
  • Building contractor (name, location): Van Kessel Bouw bv, Geldermalsen
  • Gross floor area:  620m2
  • Programme: house with annexe
  • Initial design (month, year): February 2011
  • Final design (month, year): April 2011
  • Construction started (month, year): October 2011
  • Completion (month, year): June 2012


Wednesday, September 11th, 2013


The Savyon residential area was built to guarantee a pleasant isolated life outside the city limits. It is a luxury “gated community” consisting of villas surrounded by parks and gardens and is no more than 18 minutes from Tel Aviv and the Ben Gurion airport. So, although appreciated for its natural surroundings, it has easy access to the country’s various infrastructures and road links.


House in Kew, Australia by Nic Owen Architects

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Article source: Nic Owen Architects

The extension is an example of responsible rationalisation of a typical suburban house which offers a stimulating environment and demonstrates environmentally sustainable design.

The project is located on a 740m2 site in Kew. The existing house whilst generously sized lacked a clear thought-out plan. The land fell 5.5m over its length and further aided to dysfunctional arrangement of spaces. The brief required a rearrangement of spaces to better cater for the young family, relating each space to the outside world.

Image Courtesy © Rhiannon Slatter

  • Architects: Nic Owen Architects
  • Project: Kew house
  • Location: Kew, Australia
  • Photography: Rhiannon Slatter
  • Completed: early 2011
  • Land size: 738m2
  • Total build size:  230m2, (grd 170m2, 1st floor 60m2)
  • Builder: Melpro building

46 North Avenue in Leichhardt, Australia by Rolf Ockert Design

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Article source: Rolf Ockert Design 

The site is located in a heritage conservation area that is fiercly protected by Leichhardt council. Being in one of the few streets in the Inner West Sydney that are still largely original in their streetscape, any alteration or addition was bound to be somewhere between controversial and impossible.

Being only about 100m2 in size, the existing free-standing house was far too small for its intended use as a home for a young family with children. The only way to accommodate the intended brief was to build a two storey addition, something that did not exist in the area.

Image Courtesy © Rolf Ockert Design

  • Architects: Rolf Ockert Design
  • Project: 46 North Avenue
  • Location: Leichhardt, Australia

Folding House by AR Design Studio

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Article source: AR Design Studio

Hampshire based modern architects, AR Design Studio have designed a highly contemporary dream home for a retired client and his son. Showcasing stunning river views from all three levels, the folding design incorporates a blend of indoor and outdoor living spaces that extend out into the landscape and beyond.

Image Courtesy © AR Design Studio

  • Architects: AR Design Studio
  • Project: Folding House
  • Architecture Team: Andy Ramus & Mike Ford
  • Scheme: Private House.

PRIVATE HOUSE in GULF OF ST, TROPEZ, France by Bumper Investments

Sunday, September 8th, 2013

Article source: Bumper Investments

“PRIVATE HOUSE” is a large family home situated in Beauvallon, in the Gulf of St. Tropez on the French Cote d’Azur. Stylistically the modern concrete, glass and steel construction is the first of its kind in the area, marking a new generation of design in a region rich with tradition. Bumper Investments, the developers, envisioned an aesthetic and sensorial link between the edifice and the surrounding nature and garden. Corresponding to the natural topographical setting, the maximum height of the elevation reaches just above the treetops, impressing on the inhabitant ideals of being at one with the surrounding wildlife.

Image Courtesy © Bumper Investments

  • Architects: Bumper Investments
  • Project: PRIVATE HOUSE
  • Location: GULF OF ST, TROPEZ, France

House in Mosteiro, PORTUGAL by Arquitectos Matos

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Article source: Arquitectos Matos

The site is located on the outskirts of Santa Maria da Feira, surrounded by a diffuse and changing landscape.

The concept of the project comes from the combined interpretation of the functional program of a single-family house with the specific premises of the clients, as from the study of the characteristics of the lot and its surroundings and morphological conditions.

The house is organized in a single floor around a central courtyard, facing South and West, protected from the street on the North side.

Image Courtesy © JOÃO MORGADO

  • Architects: Arquitectos Matos
  • Project: House Mosteirô
  • Location: Mosteiro, PORTUGAL
  • Photography: JOÃO MORGADO
  • Project: 2008 – 2009
  • Construction: 2010 – 2012
  • Client: PRIVATE
  • Co-author: LUÍS LOUREIRO
  • Architecture Collaboration: HUGO GOMES

Efficient house in LA FLORESTA, Spain by Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Article source: Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

This Project springs up after some previous conversations with the owner of the site, who shares our concern about the exhaustion of the sources of fossil energies, and also the need of being more respectful with our immediate environment.


This house is located in the chain of Collserola  mountains , which is the Natural Reserve of Barcelona.

Image Courtesy © Alventosa Morell Arquitectes

  • Architects: Alventosa Morell Arquitectes
  • Project: Efficient house
  • Location: LA FLORESTA, Spain
  • Photography: Alventosa Morell Arquitectes, Ivan Raga, Sara Roig
  • Esculpture: Krasznai ( Roger Coll ).
  • Builder: Sebastià, Indústria de la fusta.
  • Gardening: Jardineria Vilaverd.
  • Year Project: 2011-2012.
  • Year Construction: 2012-2013.
  • Software used:  METEONORM, Weather Tool, Autocad, Autodesk Ecotect Analysis, DesignBuilder

Bronte House by Rolf Ockert Design

Saturday, September 7th, 2013

Article source: Rolf Ockert Design

The client approached us to create house of their dreams on a site perched high over the Pacific Ocean, a home that was to make them feel like being on holiday every day. While the view was fantastic the site was very small and suffocated by overbearing neighbouring dwellings.

The finished house, though, feels generous and as if it is alone with the ocean and the sky.

Being tightly restricted by site conditions there were only two avenues we could take to create generosity of space and location:

Firstly the surprising height of the living room space that takes advantage of the only extravagant spatial dimension available to us.

Image Courtesy © Rolf Ockert Design

Conversion of the Hans-Sachs-Haus listed building completed in Gelsenkirchen, Germany by gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners · Architects

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Article source: gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners · Architects

After a construction period of four years, the city of Gelsenkirchen is this weekend celebrating the opening of its new town hall, which was converted to plans by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). In addition to speeches, tours of the premises and other festivities, gmp founding partner Volkwin Marg, town planner Kunibert Wachten and architectural critic Dieter Bartetzko will be talking about this new building on old foundations in a round-table discussion. The briefing for the new Hans-Sachs-Haus specified that the existing town hall in the city centre be demolished and a new town hall with public citizens’ forum be built while retaining the brick facade dating from the 1920s, which is listed as a historic monument.

Image Courtesy © Hans-Georg Esch

  • Architects: gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners · Architects
  • Project: Conversion of the Hans-Sachs-Haus listed building completed
  • Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
  • Photography: Hans-Georg Esch
  • Design: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff with Rüdiger von Helmolt and Carsten Borucki
  • Associated Partner: Christian Hoffmann
  • Project manager: Jutta Hartmann-Pohl
  • Design team: Gesche Arns-Büsker, Stefan Greuel, Michael Haase, Vera Hendrix, Rouja König, Evelyn Martens, Angela Modemann, Franz, ensing, Simone Schröder-Ripp, Tom Siehoff, Philipp Weber
  • Landscape design: Rainer Schmidt landscape architects
  • Lighting design: Conceptlicht
  • Client: City of Gelsenkirchen, Central Property Management
  • Gross floor area: 23,170 m²
  • Construction period: 2010-2013
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