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Glen Lake Tower in Michigan by Balance Associates, Architects

Saturday, March 9th, 2013

Article source: Balance Associates, Architects

High on a wooded hilltop above a lake in Michigan, the Tower House is the result of an inspiring collaboration between Balance Associates, clients with a passion for architecture as well as their site, and a skilled local contractor. Directed to create “a sustainable retreat that reflects the timeless beauty and simple comforts of the area,” the architects responded by raising the primary living space above the dense surrounding woods in order to gain light, air and views of Glen Lake and Lake Michigan beyond.

Image Courtesy © Steve Keating 

  • Architects: Balance Associates, Architects
  • Project: Glen Lake Tower
  • Location: Michigan, USA
  • Photography: Steve Keating Photography
  • Project Year: 2011
  • Site Area: 2.5 acres
  • House Area: 1400 square feet
  • Budget: Withheld at request of home owners
  • Team: Balance Associates, Architects, Tom Lenchek, AIA – principal, Margo Peterson-Aspholm, AIA – project architect, Kyle Zerbey, AIA – architect
  • Structural Engineers: Quantum Consulting Engineers
  • General Contractor: Golden Rule Construction

House MP in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina by Estudio GMARQ

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Article source: Estudio GMARQ

A corner lot in the best area of April country club, located in what was once the area’s original ranch house, retaining old trees that gave, in addition to the environment, the feeling of being in the midst of a forest. The first decision was to locate the house at the end of the ground to allow maximum sunlight, thus preventing the building volume shadow to be projected on the garden. Logic indicated to open the main rooms to the garden, but the problem was what to do with the main access and service areas which remained connected to the back garden and where poorly lit.

Image Courtesy © ARC. RICARDO GOVETTO 

  • Architects: Estudio GMARQ
  • Project: House MP
  • Location: Hudson, Tandil, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
  • Photography: ARC. RICARDO  GOVETTO
  • Architects In Charge: Adrian Govetto, Lucas Mansilla
  • Design Team: Matias Fernandez, Veronica Page
  • Structure: Donato Castelli
  • Construction: BCM Construcciones

A House in Buenos Aires, Argentina by Estudio GMARQ

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Article source: Estudio GMARQ

“Our office encourages the client to take part in the design process in order to achieve fully personalized buildings and homes within a contemporary aesthetical frame”, remark the heads of GMARQ, architects Adrián Govetto and Lucas Mansilla. However, House A process was not born out of this work philosophy because during the first meetings with our clients, a couple with no children, they made it clear that they had no preconceived idea of how their future house should look like or how it would be. But during following meetings they told us how their daily lives were, their routines and what their expectations were for the future.

Image Courtesy © Alejandro Peral 

  • Architects: Estudio GMARQ
  • Project: A House
  • Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina, USA
  • Photography: Alejandro Peral
  • Year: 2011/2012
  • AREA: 490 M2
  • Studio: GMARQ  ADRIAN GOVETTO   LUCAS MANSILLA ARCHITECTS
  • Team: Sr. Matías Fernandez – Arq. Marcelo Forja – Arq. Sofia Sorazabal
  • Structure: DONATO CASTELLI 
  • Construction: COZAHLE S.R.L.

Namhae Cheo-ma House in Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea by JOHO Architecture

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Article source: JOHO Architecture

A rural house romance

Rural houses, or farmhouses are easily seen around countryside. However, these artificial forms are being placed here and there thoughtlessly in Mother Nature.A common stereotyped rural houses around Namhae, Jindo, and Pyeongchang have set a scenery of 20th century’s Korean farm village. One might say, the system of a local constructor also being a designer also being a constructor is extremely economical in terms of building rural houses. However, mother nature we have is too nice to only covered with identically produced rural houses.

Image Courtesy © Sun Namgoong 

  • Architects: JOHO Architecture
  • Project: Namhae Cheo-ma House
  • Location: 557-2, Namyang-ri, Seolcheon-myeon, Namhae-gun, Gyeongsangnam-do, Korea
  • Photography: Sun Namgoong, Jeonghoon Lee
  • Project Type: Partial Demolition + Renovation
  • Plottage: 576 m2
  • Zoning District: Wilderness Area
  • Architect: Jeonghoon Lee (JOHO Architecture)
  • Construction: Jaehyun Hawng (Oulim Eng.)
  • Building Area: Existing 105.12 m2  →no change
  • Total Area: Existing 76.61 m2  →no change (excluding main façade& deck area)
  • Building Coverage: Existing18.25%→no change
  • Floor area ratio: Existing 13.3%→no change

BiscayTIK in Getxo, Spain by G&C Arquitectos

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Article source: G&C Arquitectos

Bake Eder is situated on Zugazarte Avenue, Getxo. It is a parcel of 7.915m2 in which there were three buildings: Bake Eder house, in ruins, a little pavilion of ground floor next to the entrance (named “Caretaker’s house”) and an auxiliary building to the complex, all surrounded by important trees. The principal building, Bake Eder, in “Old English” style, built in 1901, is a work of the architect Mr. Luis Elizalde. It has undergone several reform actions throughout its history, being the most relevant of those made by the architects Mr. Manuel Mª Smith, en 1910, and Mr. Rafael Garamendi, in 1942.

Image Courtesy G&C Arquitectos 

Modern Drama by Ginkgo House Architecture

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Article source: Ginkgo House Architecture

This project began as a more modest kitchen remodel. But the temptation to bring light deeper into the room and maximize dramatic views could not be denied. Half of the roof is pitched to allow for a clerestory band of windows. Other features include a two-sided ribbon fireplace, a 16′ sliding patio door, and a European style kitchen.

Image Courtesy © Shane Michael Quesinberry 

  • Architects: Ginkgo House Architecture
  • Project: Modern Drama
  • Photography: Shane Michael Quesinberry
  • Contractor: Another Choice, Inc.
  • Interior Designer: Cynthia Paggie, Paggie Design Studio LLC

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16 Social Housing for Granollers Town Hall in Barcelona, Spain by ONL Arquitectura

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

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The architectural strategy used has been to create a building whose exterior is defined by a language that seeks abstraction through colour, rhythm, and movement: a language that will contrast with the domestic private life of the residents inside. To combine these two concepts moveable panels have been mounted on the façades. By opening or closing them, residents can choose the level of light or privacy they want at any time throughout the year.

Image Courtesy © José Hevia 

  • Architects: ONL Arquitectura
  • Project: 16 Social Housing for Granollers Town Hall
  • Location: Granollers, Barcelona, Spain 
  • Photography: José Hevia
  • Team: Joan Nogué, Txema Onzain, Felix Lopez
  • Competition Date: 2003
  • Project Date: 2005-2006
  • Construction Date: 2007
  • Surface: 2.350 m2
  • Budget: 1.805.660 €
  • Developer: Granollers Promocions S.A.
  • Constructors: Isoluxcorsan S.A.
  • Collaborators: Féliz López, arquitecte, Mireia Marés, arquitecta, Anna Feu, arquitecta, Topo Abe, arquitecte
  • Installations: PGIGRUP
  • Structure: BIS Arquitectes
  • Awards: Seleccionats a la V Biennal d’Arquitectura del Vallès

Enclave House in Victoria, Australia by BKK Architects

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Article source: BKK Architects

This project has been undertaken for a couple and their children of varying ages. It includes alterations to an existing Edwardian House and a new separate studio to the rear of the site. The house is designed so that the spaces within and around the house will be adaptable over time to suit the changing needs of the family. The possibility for the studio space to be converted into an office has been considered as has the basement entertainment area conversion into a gym or multi-purpose play room. A central courtyard contains a pool and landscaped areas.

Image Courtesy © John Wheatley – UA Creative 

  • Architects: BKK Architects
  • Project: Enclave House
  • Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
  • Photography: John Wheatley – UA Creative
  • Project Team: Julian Kosloff, Simon Knott, Tim Black
  • Completion Date: December 2010
  • Gross floor area: 511 m
  • Gross site area: 509 m2     
  • Builder: Design Development and Building (DDB)
  • Structural Engineer: Tim Gibney and Associates
  • Landscaping: Modern Urban Design

Island House in Loosdrechtse, The Netherlands by 2by4-architects

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Article source: 2by4-architects

On an island of 5 by 100 meters in the Dutch lake area ‘Loosdrechtse Plas’ 2by4-architects designed a unique recreational house. The house is a subtle frame that captures the view from the inside out and outside in. Completely anticipating on the client’s needs 2by4 has designed the house in such a way that it can customize the interaction with the surrounding nature. One of the glass facades can be completely opened so that the wooden outdoor terrace becomes part of the interior.

Image Courtesy 2by4 – architects 

  • Architects: 2by4-architects
  • Project: Island House
  • Location: Loosdrechtse, The Netherlands
  • Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Van Schaik
  • Year: 2012
  • Size: 32m2
  • Materials used: Steel construction frame, Plato Wood facade, Structural Glass facade, Saint Gobain, Wooden interior and furniture, White epoxy floor, Henderson Sliding Door
  • Software used: ZWCAD and Photoshop

Cracked House by Gianluca Milesi Architecture

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Article source: Gianluca Milesi Architecture

This is a project for a single house-villa placed in a natural imaginary environment. The aim of the design is to create an intimate space strongly communicating with the external environment at the same time. This communication and particular relationship is established through the creation of cracks in a simple box volume that break the enclosure of the interior space and open, visually and physically to the outside.

Image Courtesy Gianluca Milesi Architecture 

  • Architects: Gianluca Milesi Architecture
  • Project: Cracked House
  • Location: Somewhere
  • Year of design: 2012-2013
  • Square footage: 270 s. m. c.a.
  • Materials: exposed concrete and glass
  • Furniture: custom designed furniture
  • Software used: autocad and 3d studio max with mental ray
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