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Cosgriff House in Sydney, Australia by Christopher Polly Architect

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Article source: Christopher Polly Architect

The project retains its original envelope as part of its environmental, economic and planning values. a substantial lower ground living volume is sensitively inserted beneath the original fabric to harness the fall in the site towards the rear, extending deeply beneath the existing dwelling and outwards towards the garden to transform it – while a re-crafted rear ground floor above enfolds the existing rhythm of front rooms over the new lower ground below.

Image Courtesy © Brett Boardman 

  • Architects: Christopher Polly Architect
  • Project: Cosgriff House
  • Location: Annandale, Sydney, Australia
  • Photography: Brett Boardman Photography
  • Interiors: Christopher Polly Architect
  • Structural Engineer: SDA Structures
  • Hydraulic Engineer: ACOR Consultants
  • Builder: R.G.Gregson Constructions
  • Land Size: 370 sqm
  • Floor Area: 167 sqm
  • Completion: December 2012

One Home For All the Homeless by Andjela Karabasevic

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Article source: Andjela Karabasevic

This project envisions one mega structure  that will house all the homeless people on our planet. It spreads continuously through  the cities, fields and waters, only facilitating bare living necessities, and significantly increasing life quality in general, and therefore the overall rate of productivity.

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  • Architects: Andjela Karabasevic
  • Project: One Home For All the Homeless
  • Year: 2013
  • Status: Competition
  • Award: D3 Housing Tomorrow 2013 – SPECIAL MENTION – dystopian vision

Bungalow / P / in Szczecin, Poland by Studio SODA

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

Article source: Studio SODA

One-storey residential building designed for a narrow lot. Usable floor area 175 m2.

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  • Architects: Studio SODA
  • Project: Bungalow / P /
  • Location: Szczecin, Poland

Klippan House in Hampstead, London by Belsize Architects

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Article source: Belsize Architects

The house, a grade 2 listed building, set opposite Hampstead Heath was designed by Ewen Christian, an RIBA president and Gold medalist, and built in 1881. The brief was to return the 900 sqm four storey building, previously divided into four flats, into a single-family home and to add a new subterranean swimming pool to the side of the house and a garage for 3 cars over the pool.

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  • Architects: Belsize Architects
  • Project: Klippan House
  • Location: Hampstead, London, UK
  • Completion: 2010

Mar Vista Residence in South Laguna, California by Aria Design, Inc.

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Article source: Aria Design, Inc.

A popular location for post- war, coastal, vacation homes, South Laguna still retains the many of the intimately scaled beach cottages from this era, along with leafy streets without sidewalks and streetlights. An 850 s.f. redwood, beach cottage built in 1948 stood on the site under a dense grove of eucalyptus trees when the current owners acquired the property.

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  • Architects: Aria Design, Inc.
  • Project: Mar Vista Residence
  • Location: South Laguna, California, USA


Aranya House in India by Modo designs

Sunday, June 2nd, 2013

Article source: Modo designs  

Designed as a single floor dwelling, this house is a luxurious sprawl in the lap of a natural surrounding. The house is responsive to the series of palm trees that existed before and essentially orients itself towards it. It is designed to be inclusive of the natural elements- the sun, earth, water, air and fragments of the blue sky.  The layout segregates through a level difference, the parent’s and son’s living units and yet unites through a meeting place, which is the more open central bay.

Image Courtesy © Vishal Solanki and Radhika Pandit

  • Architects: Modo designs
  • Project: Aranya House
  • Location: Aranya, India
  • Photography: Vishal Solanki and Radhika Pandit
  • Site area: 36000 sq feet
  • Built up area: 5850 sq feet
  • Interior designer and landscaping:  ila Yogesh Choksi 
  • Project duration: Jan 2011 – feb 2013
  • Structural engineer: Millimeter designs
  • Hvac: future Solutions
  • Site Engineer: harat Gajjar
  • Software used: SketchUp and AutoCAD


Brunnenstrasse 9 in Berlin, Germany by Brandlhuber+ Emde, ERA, Schneider

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Article source: Brandlhuber+ Emde, ERA, Schneider

The house on Brunnenstrasse 9 is an extension of the foundations of a building “ruin” that was the result of a bad investment in the ’90s. The existing consisted of the cellar walls towards the neighboring house, the street and the courtyard, and a cellar ceiling, with exception of the parts of the lift and the drive-through; the steel reinforcement of the incomplete building protruded from the street level. The found structure was not only included but was even further developed in the new building. The angles of sun rays determine the volume of the attic floor, maximizing the light exposure of the building in the back.

Image Courtesy © Brandlhuber+ Nathan Willock 

  • Architects: Brandlhuber+ Emde, ERA, Schneider
  • Project: Brunnenstrasse 9
  • Location: Brunnenstrasse 9, Berlin, Germany
  • Photography:  Nathan Willock, Michael Reisch
  • Team: Thomas Banek, Silvia Farris, Christian Geisser, Tobias Hönig, Andrjana Ivanda, Katharina Janowski, Chrissie Muhr, Jan Winterstein
  • Sound-Installation “BUG“: Mark Bain; Carsten Stabenow
  • Consulting Engineer: Jürgen Bernhardt
  • Construction Engineer: Thomas Fellerhoff
  • Fire Protection: Halfkann + Kirchner
  • Landscape Planning: Terraform
  • Client: Arno Brandlhuber
  • Years: 2008-2010
  • Total Floor Area: 1353 square meters
  • Building Costs after deduction: 940.000 €

House Refit in Highgate, London by TG Studio

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Article source: TG Studio

This modern terraced house on a private estate in North London has been completely transformed – from dark and soulless into an oasis of cool, calm and contemporary. Thomas Griem, Design Director of TG Studio, with architecture and design offices in London, has designed a beautiful home by entirely re-organising the internal layout to let natural light flow through every corner of the house.

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  • Architects: TG Studio
  • Project: House Refit in Highgate
  • Location: Highgate, London


Private Residence in Bialystok, Poland by Cubic Projekt

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Article source: Cubic Projekt

Could you please introduce yourself briefly?

I’ve been an architect for twelve years, specializing in the matter of interiors, architecture and partly design.

What inspires your work? What are the main assumptions of your projects, what makes them stand out?

The inspiration comes from international projects and my own travels. Also, the publications of the best architects, let’s say, strongly motivate to deeper, more difficult actions and hard work on each project. They stimulate very well to gain an even better effect from the subject. The only difficulty that occurs, a professional difficulty, is the investor’s outlook on the quality of the project and the future realization. This means his expectations are much too low compared to what the architect can present or suggest. My philosophy is to put as many of my ideas as possible into practice.

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  • Architects: TomaszTubisz – Cubic Projekt 
  • Project: development and modernization of a detached house in Bialystok
  • Location: Bialystok, Poland
  • Photography: Cubic Projekt
  • Architect In Charge: Tomasz Tubisz
  • Year: 2006
  • Fireplace: Fire Line Automatic, Planika

So do your projects have any characteristic features, a certain dominating style?

I think my projects do not have any visible strong individual features of an architect that you’re asking about. However, I am constantly developing and I try to lead that development in the direction that would make those characteristic features easily noticeable. I am also keen on modernism and avant-garde, which I try to put into practice.

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It is partly a joined system, because you do not easily find such investors, who know what they want and who like certain style. That is why every work is preceded by a conversation, an interview regarding the needs and feelings of the investor. For me the most important thing is to implement the project without any changes and corrections made by the investor. Unfortunately, in Poland it often happens that the investor corrects it either for financial reasons, or because of bad advice. And this is the worst evil, which destroys the project.

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How would you briefly describe the project held in Bialystok?

The project in Bialystok…it is a timeless house, the one I like. And the space we have succeeded in obtaining, it’s a superb project for everyone. The house extracts the whole greenness from the surroundings, the parcel,even from the deeper surrounding, which is the forest around it, the park. The investors are content, because their needs were met, all the expected functions were complied, for me the house isat 100% executed.

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Have there been any serious technical problems during the project? How long did it take? Did you manage to finish it on time or have the works extended?

Every project takes longer than you presume. That precise project lasted almost exactly 2 years. Generally there were no problems, for me it was a perfect project. The largest difficulties have occurred during the demolition and the implementation of construction changes, because the building was expanded from 300m to 600m, from a simple block to a much bigger and difficult space. But the effect was really satisfying so thatsuccess pleased everyone. But there were no problems.

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In an interview for one of the interior magazines you have mentioned that a good cooperation is half of the success in a project. Was it hard to convince the client to the implementation of a bio fireplace? Did the clienthave a different view and wanted to use a different product?

As I have mentioned before, such ideas of the investor ruin the project the most. However, in that case the investor gave me his full trust and generally I presented him the idea of a 3m long fireplace in the living room, as such product fitted into the whole space, which was created there. At that time it was hard to find such product. Fortunately, fate caused me to come across your company, and my bosses have accepted my idea and your ability of creating such product. And there it was, a three metres long, linear fireplace, so it was another success in that matter.

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That was my next question, about the key element while choosing the product. You could say that it was not design, but the technical capabilities have preponderated?

Well…At first there was the design and your company has coped with it. What I can say is that the casing was made by another company, you have made the inside, so basically the technology and the trough with fire, it was all joined together successfully. So for that time, as far as I remember, it was a huge challenge for me and for you. And we achieved. Today it is much easier.

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So in your opinion the whole project ended up as a success and the client was fully satisfied as well?

Yes, it was a 100% success, the investors underline it all the time, whenever we meet. So I hope there will be more projects and investors of that kind.

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As an experienced architect, would you recommend that that particular bio fireplace, the Fire Line Automatic, to other professionals, architects, designers?

Yes, this product is prepared perfectly for architects and designers. The technology doesn’t create much barriers or limitations. I recommend it.

Do you have a favourite project in your career, your own or perhaps of some other author, which you particularly admire?

I really like the projects of Robert Konieczny, and his atrium house is exactly what I call a 100% project, except the interiors, which I would, let’s say, bring up for discussion, correction. As for the interiors themselves, of course I do like other projects of several architects, but if we are referring to fireplaces and interiors in particular, there are a lot of such projects and such list could be endless.However, I always try to judge each project in terms of its quality and divide the projects considering whether I could live in that certain space, or only be there, exist just to admire it.

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In fact, the time itself will judge if the interior, the house, the architecture will last, whether it will be timeless or not. So it is with the classics. In my projects I try to state that something,which has lasted about 20-30 years since the day of its design, is timeless. I suppose that your products will also be corrected one day, but I have the impression that most of them are ideally designed and manufactured by your company.

I expect that Planika will be developing its ideas, its products, because I reckon that now is the time when, in case of fire, many things can be changed. For example, verticalfire. But that’sanothersubject.

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8008 Residence in Fukuoka, Japan by Hiroyuki Arima

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Article source: Hiroyuki Arima

This house is the house which I designed on the suburban slope of Fukuoka Japan. We plant a big tree of one each and 1,000 young plants in eight site divisions , and am the project that I will do in the future in the forest. So, the name of the project is\” 8008\”.

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  • Architects: Hiroyuki Arima
  • Project: 8008 Residence
  • Location: Fukuoka, Japan


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