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Silverhurst in Cape Town, South Africa by SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects; VIVID

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Article source: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

VIVID Architects prepared the initial concept design for this home, a contemporary reboot of the more classical architectural styles. SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects and ANTONI ASSOCIATES were then appointed to refine & develop the design and oversee the project to completion.  The facade is Georgian inspired but the modern aspect of the look is driven by a dynamic of recessed and projecting panels and cubes that create courtyards and terraces that articulate and add interest to what is a highly organised shell. The interiors, by ANTONI ASSOCIATES, are equally sculpted.

Image Courtesy Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

  • Architects: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects with VIVID
  • Project: Silverhurst
  • Location: Constantia, Cape Town, South Africa
  • SAOTA Project Team: Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl & Gina Leinberger
  • Interior Design: ANTONI ASSOCIATES
  • Project Team: Mark Rielly & Tavia Pharaoh
  • Completion Date: 2008
  • Photographs: Wieland Gleich & SAOTA

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Casa Tierra in Mexico City by Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Article source: Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos

The master plan for Cumbres de Santa Fe was developed under the premise that landscape architecture is the one the of the modern urban professions of design and represents a synthesis of art, science and philosophy aiming to take care of the scenery of the earth in a truly holistic, creative and sustainable way.

Cumbres de Santa Fe is a development located in an 80 hectares lot in the west of Mexico City. It is surrounded by three streams (Helechos, Atzoyapan and Grand Entrance stream) that were taken into consideration when conceiving the project with the commitment to have a total respect for these protected ecological areas and to incorporate them into the landscape design. The privileged location of this development, with all this green areas around it, is the intrinsic value that makes it stand out as a true example to the community.

Image Courtesy Pedro Hiriart

  • Architects: Serrano Monjaraz Arquitectos
  • Project: Casa Tierra
  • Location: Mexico City
  • Photography: Pedro Hiriart
  • Design Team: Arq. Juan Pablo Serrano O., Arq. Rafael Monjaraz F., Arq. Mayra Díaz Martínez, Arq. Edgar Velasco
  • Constructora: CONVEA
  • Structural Design: Ing. Humberto Girón
  • Materials: Tierra compactada, madera, metal, piedra, cristal, celdas  solares, equipos ahorradores de energía.
  • Land: 676.64 m2
  • Built: 900 m2
  • Lighting: Luis Lozoya, Brimare, Starco/Magg
  • Interiors: Juan Pablo Serrano O., Stuarr, Roma
  • Bathroom Furniture: Campobella
  • Agustin Y Julian Berardo: Energy and water solution
  • Marble and Granite: ARCA

Rosie House in Tokyo, Japan by ARTechnic architects

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Article source: ARTechnic architects

“Overcome the disadvantage of the land condition, turn it into the beauty of the architecture”

When the client found this land, we were asked to give an advice.  It was a strip of pentagonal land facing west with only a pair of parallel boundary lines. Because of this land condition, it was valued lower, almost 30% larger than regular priced lands for the same cost.  Even though, the land was such an odd shape, we were sure that we could create a house with more freedom from the extra space by giving a careful attention to improve the land’s disadvantages such as an angle, orientation, height limitation and confined facade.  Therefore we suggested the client to go for it.

Image Courtesy ARTechnic architects

  • Architects: ARTechnic architects
  • Project: Rosie House
  • Location: Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan
  • Use: Private residence
  • Structure: Reinforced concrete
  • Site area: 232m2
  • Total floor area: 151 m2
  • Software used: ArchiCAD

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House Mosi in Johannesburg, South Africa by Nico van der Meulen Architects

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Article source: Nico van der Meulen Architects

House Mosi was commissioned to Nico van der Meulen Architects with an explicit plan: the final product had to match the owner specifications. All in all, the architects had to create a single-storey home with an urban feel to substitute the 1950’s feel of the old house and convert it into a timeless modern space with a unique flow.

Image Courtesy Nico van der Meulen Architects

  • Architects: Nico van der Meulen Architects
  • Project: House Mosi
  • Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Building area: 731m2
  • Main material: Masonry
  • Category: Residential
  • Software used: Revit

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Tamaranzaka House in Kokubunji, Tokyo by Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Article source: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS

Due to Tokyo’s high land prices, plot sizes become reduced as a matter of necessity. What’s more, buildings often become even smaller in order to satisfy strict building regulations. As a result, architects working on residential projects in the Japanese capital are universally concerned with how to maximize the physical area of these buildings within a limited space, as well as how to produce a feeling of openness and breadth. Many clients are also concerned with how to provide adequate storage within a small space, and how to create a comfortable environment.

Image Courtesy Masayoshi Ishii

  • Architects: Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS
  • Project: Tamaranzaka House
  • Location: Kokubunji, Tokyo, Japan
  • Photography: Masayoshi Ishii
  • Date of Completion: 2009
  • Principal Use: Residence&Atelier
  • Structure: Wood
  • Site Area: 82.79m2
  • Total Floor Area: 65.30m2 (32.19m2/1F, 33.10m2/2F)
  • Structural Engineer: Kenji Nawa/Nawakenj-m
  • Material Information:
    • Exterior Finish: Wet wall
    • Roof: Galvanized color steel sheet standing-seam roofing
    • Floor: White oak flooring
    • Wall: Acrylic emulsion paint + plaster board

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JPGN House in Brasília, Brazil by MGS – Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Article source: MGS – Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira

The owner of this house, at the South Lake residential district in Brasilia, had grown up on that same street. The window of his bedroom was opened to the view of the Paranoá Lake towards northwest, with the monumental zone of Brasília right at the opposite bank.  He had witnessed the evolution of that landscape, and intended to keep living together with it. The house was almost fully elevated on piloti, on the edge of the height allowed by urban regulations, opening the view above the neighbors’ roofs.

Image Courtesy Joana França

  • Architects: MGS – Macedo, Gomes & Sobreira
  • Project: JPGN House
  • Location: Brasília – DF – Brazil
  • Work: JPGN House
  • Place: Brasília – DF – Brazil
  • Design year: 2007
  • Building conclusion: 2012
  • Lot area: 800 sq.mt
  • Built area: 355 sq. mt
  • Architectural Design: Danilo Matoso Macedo [MGS]
  • Collaboration: Angela Nemer, Simone Fonseca and Viviane Berlim
  • Structure: Marcello Usai
  • Electric and Hydraulic Design: Vanderlei Barbosa de Freitas – Projet
  • Contractor: Cláudio B. Medeiros. Collaboration: Genicio Menezes F. da Silva
  • Photographs: Joana França
  • Software used: AutoCAD 2006-2012

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Pit House in Okayama Prefecture, Japan by UID Architects

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Article source: UID Architects

The house positions itself in Okayama Prefecture near Seto Inland Sea. The site is located on a terraced mountain hill that was developed as a residential land. The family is consisted of a married couple and a child. We considered a new way of architecture on the site condition, where views are open towards the north and the ground level is one meter higher than the road level.

Image Courtesy (c) Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.

  • Architects: UID Architects (Keisuke Maeda)
  • Project: Pit House
  • Location: Okayama Prefecture, Japan
  • Consultants: Konishi Structural Engineers – Yasutaka Konishi, Takeshi Kaneko, structural; Toshiya Ogino Environment Design Office – Toshiya Ogino
  • General contractor: Nakamura Construction Co.Ltd.
  • Structural system: steel structure
  • Used materials: Exterior: ceder plate,wood protection paont,
  • Interior: structual plywood,exposed concrete,wood protection paint,cherry flooring
  • Site area: 232.12
  • Built area: 115.32
  • Total floor area: 116.66
  • Date of completion: Octorber, 2011
  • Photography credits: Koji Fujii / Nacása & Partners Inc.

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Minimal Apartment Renovation in Lisbon, Portugal by Marco Arraiolos

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Article source: Marco Arraiolos

The intervention has as its object an apartment from the beginning of the twentieth century, of typology characteristic of yield buildings in Lisbon at this time, and kept to date in its original state. Oriented East / West, with great depth and enclosures arranged sequentially along corridor, most of these being illuminated from an interior courtyard.

Image Courtesy Joao Morgado - Architectural Photography

  • Architects: Marco Arraiolos
  • Project: Minimal Apartment Renovation in Lisbon
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Photography: Joao Morgado – Architectural Photography

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House in Tamatsu, Osaka by Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio

Friday, November 2nd, 2012

Article source: Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio

The house is designed for 4 members of a family with two kids. The house is placed at urban district and a small plot of only 43.21sqm in Osaka, Japan. Around the site is the mixed-use area where small houses, small factories, and small office buildings coexist together without any harmony.

Image Courtesy Yohei Sasakura

  • Architects: Ido, Kenji Architectural Studio
  • Project: House in Tamatsu
  • Location: Tamatsu, Osaka, Japan
  • Photography: Yohei Sasakura
  • Use: residence
  • Site: Osaka, Japan
  • Design Period: March. 2011 – February. 2012
  • Construction period: March. 2012 – July. 2012
  • Structural Engineer: Masakazu Taguchi / Taguchi Atelier Planning Structure
  • Structure System: Timber construction
  • Total Floor Area: 94.46 sqm.
  • Building Area: 32.75 sqm.
  • Plot Area: 43.21sqm.
  • Building Scale: 3 storeys

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House in Kitaoji, Japan by Torafu Architects

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Article source: Torafu Architects

Located in a quiet housing estate in Kyoto, this house was designed with a hard concrete outer shell in order to protect the client need for privacy from the outside, as well as for accessibility in a wheelchair- bound lifestyle. Firstly, to protect the privacy of the family, we built walls along the site boundary to elevate the main living space, which is maximised on the 2nd floor. We designed a large central space with individual rooms, wet areas and circulation and other utility spaces surrounding it, to ensure a distance is kept well from the outside.

Image Courtesy Daici Ano

  • Architects: Torafu Architects
  • Project: House in Kitaoji
  • Location: Kyoto, Japan
  • Photographs: Daici Ano
  • Principle Use: HOUSE
  • Facility Design: DAIKO(Lightings)
  • Structural Design: Takashi Manda Structural Design
  • Production: Kyoto kensetsu
  • Building Site: Kyoto
  • Site Area: 139.39m2
  • Total Floor Area: 133.93m2
  • Number of Stories: 2F
  • Structure: RC
  • Design Period: 2010.07-2011.10
  • Construction Period: 2011.11-2012.08

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