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Okazaki House in Aichi Prefecture, Japan by Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Article source: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS

The generation gap has become a problem in Japan in recent years. There are an increasing number of two-family homes, as well as houses built on the lots of parents’ houses. This house is one of the latter. Although the residents are parents and child, solicitude should be expressed with this not-so-large site. This house is a one-story building with a shed roof, which lowers the roof height on the side of the parents’ house, resulting in wide views maintained with open sky from the parents’ house.

Image Courtesy © Forward Stroke inc.

  • Architects: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS
  • Project: Okazaki House
  • Location: Aichi Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Forward Stroke inc.
  • Date of Completion: 2012
  • Principal Use: Residence
  • Structure: Wood
  • Site Area: 213.74m2
  • Total Floor Area: 98.17 m2 /1F

Window House in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects 

A weekend house facing to the Sagami Bay with view to Mt. Fuji and Enoshima. The site is just 3 x 8m with 60% of footprint, and the building has become 3-stories almost automatically because the ground floor had to be a piloti by consideration of the storm surge.

Image Courtesy © Yasutaka Yoshimura

  • Architects: Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects
  • Project: Window House
  • Location: Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
  • Photography: Yasutaka Yoshimura
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete + wooden
  • Completion year: 2013
  • Site Area: 26.11m2
  • Building Area: 15.42m2
  • Total Floor Area: 32.85m2
  • Structural engineers: Akira Suzuki / ASA
  • General constructors: Tosho Build Plan

Grenadier House in Toronto, Canada by Altius Architecture

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: Altius Architecture 

With the backyard now a usable green space, this house accommodates a double carport and garage below the main living quarters of the house at the front of the lot, eliminating the need for a lengthy driveway. The garage creates a split-level concept, with four stories at the back of the house and three at the front.

Image Courtesy © Altius Architecture

  • Architects: Altius Architecture (Graham Smith & Logan Amos)
  • Project: Grenadier House
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Size: 2500 sqft
  • Completion: 2013

Krampon house in Hyogo, Japan by Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates

This is a residential area where the magnificent nature still remains. The site is situated on a sloped land among natural forest. Two large trees with beautifully shaped branches (one is a camphor tree and the other a cherry tree) stand on top of the site. These trees are integrated into the residential design.

Image Courtesy © Yutaka Kinumaki

  • Architects: Shogo Aratani Architect & Associates
  • Project: Krampon house
  • Location: Hyogo, Japan
  • Photography: Yutaka Kinumaki
  • Date of Completion: March,2012
  • Principal Use: House
  • Structure: timber flame
  • Site Area: 360.35m2
  • Building Area: 104.53m2
  • Total Floor Area: 136.65m2 (84.05m2/1F, 52.60m2/2F)
  • Structural Engineer: S3 Associates Inc.
  • Construction: Amerikaya Co.,Ltd.

Standard House in Pszczyna, Poland by KWK PROMES

Saturday, March 1st, 2014

Article source: KWK PROMES

The project arose in untypical conditions: it was supposed to be built in two different places – near Pszczyna and in the outskirts of Berlin. As the second location was still to be chosen, the main goal became to design a house that fits every plot. This is how the idea of standard hOuse emerged, first such an attempt in the KWK Promes history. Round shape of the house makes it easily suitable to any given shape of the site, freedom in the choice of a roof type makes it universal in terms of landscape conditionings, while flexibility of interior plan adopts it to needs of an individual family.

Image Courtesy © KWK PROMES

  • Architects: KWK PROMES
  • Project: Standard House
  • Location: Pszczyna, Poland

4 Views in Winchester, UK by AR Design Studio

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Article source: AR Design Studio

Situated in a prominent location overlooking the city of Winchester and its beautiful surrounding countryside stands Four Views.This striking upside-down build contrasts with its conventional neighbours, displaying a flat overhanging roof, dark grey brick, cedar cladding and grey aluminium framed windows.

Image Courtesy © Martin Gardner

  • Architects: AR Design Studio  (Andy Ramus, Laura Locke)
  • Project: 4 Views
  • Location: Winchester, UK
  • Photography: Martin Gardner
  • Completion: February 2014

Hendee-Borg House in Sonoma, California by William O’Brien Jr.

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Article source: William O’Brien Jr.

The Hendee-Borg House is a symmetrical saw-tooth roof house for two artists—a sculptor and a media artist—that includes a pair of large artist studios and an attenuated gallery space, in addition to a sequence of domestic spaces. The studio spaces are planometrically-mirrored about an east-west axis in order to facilitate distinct, natural lighting conditions for each studio under a series of eight skylights.

Image Courtesy © William O’Brien Jr.

NOA garden house in North-East Estonia, Virumaa by Jaanus Orgusaar

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Article source: Jaanus Orgusaar

NOA is an easily mountable sustainable living space, adaptable to a variety of landscapes and environments. The advantage is that one can always add a module to extend the housing step by step, with each module, ones „saves“ a wall.

It is an invention by Jaanus Orgusaar, an Estonian designer-inventor. He built the first one for his own family, and plans to add two more modules. One module is 25 sq metres.

Image Courtesy © Jaanus Orgusaar

  • Architects: Jaanus Orgusaar
  • Project: NOA garden house
  • Location: North-East Estonia, Virumaa
  • Photography: Terje Ugandi and Jaanus Orgusaar
  • Closed net area: 21.5 m²
  • Area of terrace: 8.0 m²
  • Building year: 2010

Shirley Road in Groton, Massachusetts by LABhaus Design GmbH

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Article source: LABhaus Design GmbH

The project is a compound in Groton, MA. The project started with a 1930’s Sears kit house set upon 1.4 gently rolling hectare overlooking substantial preserves about an hour outside of Boston. While charmingly renovated, the existing structure offered only very small-scale spaces which couldn’t really accommodate family and guests looking for escape to the countryside.

Image Courtesy © Jared Kuzia

  • Architects: LABhaus Design GmbH
  • Project: Shirley Road
  • Location: Groton, Massachusetts
  • Photography: Jared Kuzia
  • Structural engineer: Level 3 Design Associates

Auto-family house in central poland by KWK PROMES

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Article source: KWK PROMES

Autofamily house represents a new way of thinking about the entrance area in a suburban residence. We usually enter the house by a car, using the garage integrated in main solid. The main entrance is rarely used. Nowadays the cars are becoming cleaner and more eco-friendly, hence the idea emerged to include the garage into the representative entrance area.

Image Courtesy © olo studio

  • Architects: KWK PROMES
  • Project: Auto-family house
  • Location: central poland
  • Photography: juliusz sokołowski, olo studio
  • Author: robert konieczny
  • Collaboration: katarzyna furgalińska, magdalena adamczak, łukasz marciniak
  • Structural engineering: kornel szyndler
  • Installations: tb-projekt
  • Client: private
  • Site area: 5055m2
  • Usable floor area: 990m2
  • Project: 2007
  • Construction: 2009-2012
  • Publications: zeppelin 03 2013, mark magazine 02/03 2013
  • Awards: nomination for mies van der rohe award 2013
  • Exhibitions: logic of space 11/12 2011
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