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Cabeço do Resto House in Madeira, Portugal by MSB Arquitectos

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Article source: MSB Arquitectos

The ground seems inappropriate for the building. With a very steep slope, which extends from south to north, the first impact is the extreme difficulty for the implementation of a house. the project provides an initial response to this setback, refusing to shape the land with retaining walls, and taking advantage of the slope to \”drop\” the program of the house and dividing the volume in two separate platforms, connected with a vertical element that binds these two moments.

Image Courtesy MSB Arquitectos 

  • Architects: MSB Arquitectos
  • Project: Cabeço do Resto House
  • Location: Santana, Madeira, Portugal
  • Collaborators: Miguel Malaguerra, Susana Jesus, Bruno Martins, Hugo Aires
  • Area: 238 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Model Home Gallery in Seoul, South Korea by NADAAA

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: NADAAA

In South Korea, the study, design, and sales of housing have developed into a discipline serving an ascendant middle class with amenities and technologies that are significantly sophisticated. The “model home gallery,” a nexus for consumerist desires and corporate strategy, not only contains sales offices with model homes, but also a variety of public amenities for the adjacent community. Art galleries, restaurants, cafés, auditorim, and other public open spaces foster favorable relationships with area residents, thus expanding the customer base and fueling the housing economy.

Image Courtesy © John Horner 

  • Architects: NADAAA
  • Project: Model Home Gallery
  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Photography: John Horner
  • Principals in Charge: Nader Tehrani, Katie Faulkner, AIA
  • Project Coordinator: Kevin Lee
  • Project Team: Dan Gallagher, Ellee Lee, Richard Lee, John Houser, Ryan Murphy, Samuel Jacobson, Tom Beresford, Tim Wong
  • Local Architect: AandD (Seoul)
  • Foreign design and CA consultant: Jiyoung Park (Inha University)
  • Landscape: Dongshimwon
  • Civil: Daegyo
  • Structure: Yunwoo structural
  • Cost Estimator: Shinhwa Interior
  • MEP: Chungwoo Eng.
  • Lighting: Taewon Electrical
  • Exterior: Woojung
  • Curtainwall: Daemuyng Gunyoung
  • Energy Consultant: Gunhwan
  • Traffic Consultant: KTS
  • Exhibition: A Works
  • Software used: Rhinoceros 4.0 and AutoCAD

Silicon House in Madrid, Spain by Selgas Cano

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: Selgas Cano

This is an allotment on a gentle slope covered by evergreen oak, elm, ash, acacia, prunus and plane trees, all seeded spontaneously by birds from the surrounding plots. All of these trees and their canopy perimeters were measured and drawn on to plan. Le Corbusier said he wanted the empty La Tourette courtyard to be populated naturally with vegetation, by birds and the wind. Le Corbusier left a void in his architecture to be populated by nature. We think this project has arisen in opposition to that idea.

Image Courtesy © Pablo Zuloaga 

  • Architects: Selgas Cano
  • Project: Silicon House
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Pablo Zuloaga, Roland Halbe, Iwan Baan, Richard Powers
  • Project Team: José de Villar, Miguel San Millán, Lara Resco, Blas Antón
  • Client: PRIVATE
  • Structural engineer: FHECOR
  • Electrical engineer: JG
  • Mechanical engineer: Isidro Fernández
  • Desing phase: 2004
  • Construction phase: 2007

Cove 6 in Knysna, South Africa by SAOTA

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: SAOTA

The owner’s brief was to design a house inspired by its indigenous fynbos surroundings. The site forms part of The Cove, a private estate in Knysna, and is perched on an exposed cliff with spectacular views. The owners wanted a house with seamless indoor-outdoor living for summer holiday retreats. The house had to take maximum advantage of the spectacular views and surrounding landscape.

Image Courtesy SAOTA 

  • Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects
  • Project: Cove 6
  • Location: The Cove, Pezula Estate, Knysna, South Africa
  • Photography: SAOTA
  • Project Team: Stefan Antoni, Greg Truen & Johann van der Merwe
  • Interior Design: Client
  • Completion Date: 2006

Sateenkaari (Rainbow) Housing in Helsinki, Finland by ARK-house Architects

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: ARK-house Architects 

The building site is located in Vuosaari, the most eastern suburb of Helsinki in Finland. The site is characterized by the new artificial canal and its circular pool, which creates the ending and the new focus for the architectural composition of the area. The building site is located on the edge of the built environment, from the other side it faces the almost untouched virgin landscape dominated by dark fir forest.

Image Courtesy © Tiia Ettala 

  • Architects: ARK-house Architects
  • Project: Sateenkaari (Rainbow) Housing
  • Location: Helsinki, Finland
  • Photography: Tiia Ettala
  • Architects: Pentti Kareoja, Harri Ahonen, Heljä Herranen
  • Area: 5,800 ㎡
  • Client : NCC

WFH House in Wuxi, China by Arcgency

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: Arcgency


The design is based on Nordic values. Not only according to architecture, but also design objects. These values are defined as:

  • Flexibility.
  • Build for people, human values. – Good daylight conditions, different types of light.
  • Reliable (long term) solutions. – Healthy materials, recyclable materials, design for disassembly strategies.
  • Materials that age gracefully.
  • Access to nature, greenery.
  • Minimalistic look.
  • Playfulness. 

Image Courtesy © Jens Markus Lindhe

  • Architects: Arcgency
  • Project: WFH House
  • Location: Prototype in Denmark. First house in Wuxi, China.
  • Photography: Jens Markus Lindhe. Mads Møller.
  • What: Sustainable pre fab house.
  • Build: 2012.
  • Area: 180m2.
  • Manufacture: worldFLEXhome, Nordisk Staal.
  • Client: worldFLEXhome.
  • Engineer: Esbensen (technical). Sloth Møller (construction).

Weekend Houses in Ahmedabad, India by Vipul Patel Architects (VPA)

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Article source: Vipul Patel Architects (VPA)

The site of the weekend house is located in the outskirts of Ahmedabad. The houses were to be designed for two friends, in the same plot. The purpose of the house was that of a weekend or a farmhouse, which later on could be used as a permanent residence too. Both the houses were designed very similar to each other, on the client’s demand.

Image Courtesy Vipul Patel Architects (VPA) 

Campanules House in City of Brussels, Belgium by EXAR Architecture

Sunday, February 24th, 2013

Article source: EXAR Architecture

The previous house offered tiny opening to the garden. The “back” rooms, kitchen, bathroom, previously considered as services, blocked the views from the house to the nice garden. We decided to keep these functions but to open them widely, by creating large windows. The kitchen – dining room offers an large open view to the vegetation. The bathroom has focused view to the trees.

Image Courtesy © Marc Detiffe 

  • Architects: EXAR Architecture
  • Project: Campanules House
  • Location: City of Brussels, Belgium
  • Photography: Marc Detiffe
  • Software used: SketchUp & Microstation (powerdraft)

Offset House in Sao Paulo, Brazil by Shieh Arquitetos Associados

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Article source: Shieh Arquitetos Associados

The house is a direct result of the site’s complicated geometry. In plan, perimetral lines are given by the highest possible occupation of the property, discounting setbacks (restrained either by municipal legislation, or by the neighborhood regulation). Thus the nickname Offset House: a house that is the reflection of the sides of the lot.

Image Courtesy © Fernando Stankuns 

  • Architects: Shieh Arquitetos Associados
  • Project: Offset House
  • Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • Photography: Fernando Stankuns 
  • Project Team: Leonardo Shieh e Shieh Shueh Yau (autores); Débora Zeppelini, Fabiana Almeida, Giovanna Plastina, Wellington Nagano (colaboradores)
  • Structural Engineering: EMAC Projetos 
  • Electrical & Hydraulic Engineering: CZN Engenharia 
  • Site Area: 545 sqm 
  • Project Area: 500 sqm
  • Completion Year: 2012
  • Design Year: 2009

Tea House-Bamboo Courtyard in Yangzhou, China by HWCD

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Article source: HWCD

Located in the ShiQiao garden in Yangzhou, a city to the northwest of Shanghai, there is a floating Bamboo Courtyard Teahouse designed by Chinese architect Sun Wei, partner of HWCD. As an international design practice with offices in Shanghai, London and Barcelona HWCD has developed a broad variety of projects, specialising in boutique hotels, residential and mix-use developments. HWCD’s projects try to emphasize the existing “worldwide interconnectedness” of the architecture and design spheres by bringing together traditional Asian aesthetic and a more modern design language.

Image Courtesy © T+E 

  • Architects: HWCD
  • Project: Tea House-Bamboo Courtyard
  • Location: ShiQiao, Yangzhou, China
  • Photography: T+E
  • Design Firm: Harmony World Consulting & Design (HWCD)
  • Design partner in charge: Sun Wei
  • Design Team: Shi Jun, Peter Dykes, Zhang QianQian
  • Client: Building And Construction Authority of YangZhou Economic and Technological Development Zone
  • Client-side Project Manager: YaoQiang
  • Building Area: 400m2
  • Completed: May 2012
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