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Kleine Rittergasse 11 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany by Franken Architekten

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Article source: Franken Architekten

Good architecture takes its environment into account, particularly surrounding buildings. In Frankfurt am Main, Franken Architekten has taken a literal approach through a digitally drawn façade for a new home and studio in old town Sachsenhausen.

Frankfurt’s Alt-Sachsenhausen is a neighborhood that, according to the city, urgently needed to change. Until the 1990s, traditional cider houses dominated the area valued for its entertainment and nightlife, but it was heavily run down in recent years. The city created a preservation statute that placed premiums on the conversion of the gastronomy establishments to housing and other uses. A small scene of art galleries, ad agencies, and fashion and designers shops sprung up in the area, leading some people to call the district SoMa (South of Main), inspired by New York’s famous SoHo (South of Houston) area.

Image Courtesy © Eibe Sönnecken

Image Courtesy © Eibe Sönnecken

  • Architects: Franken Architekten
  • Project: Kleine Rittergasse 11
  • Location: Kleine Rittergasse 11, 60594 Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Photography: Eibe Sönnecken, Oliver Tamagnini, Axel Stephan and Martin Repplinger
  • Client: Rothenberger 4xS GmbH
  • Project-Team: Bernhard Franken, Frank Brammer, Robin Heather, Natascha Baier, Kai Heyd, Felix Schneider, Isabel Strelow
  • Statics & Fire Protection / Building Physics: Tichelmann & Barillas Ingenieure
  • Electrical work: BBK Elektroanlagen GmbH
  • Object Tracking: exact.projektmanagement / exitecture architekten
  • Area: 600 m2
  • Construction year: 2014

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Matola House in Elche, España by Jaime Sepulcre Arquitecturas

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Article source: Jaime Sepulcre Arquitecturas

This house is a hybrid of several types of houses: first of all the first thing it wants is to be a “house of the Camp d’Elx”, as those still populate the rural districts with its peculiar silhouette, whose traditional architecture makes use of ceramic decks inclined and the deep porches -for shade- oriented at noon; But at the same time it also wants to be a “house-patio Mediterranean”, introverted, protected from the outside and purely white; And also has in its genetics a “Californian house”, one of those sophisticated houses of the admired modern architecture of Los Angeles -with whom we share Mediterranean climate- that unfold their plants -many L shaped- in open horizontal spaces which overlook the gardens and the refreshing swimming pools.

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

Image Courtesy © David Frutos

  • Architects: Jaime Sepulcre Arquitecturas (JAIME SEPULCRE BERNAD)
  • Project: Matola House
  • Location: Elche (Alicante), España
  • Photography: David Frutos
  • Software used: Autocad
  • Built area: 365 m2
  • Year: 2015

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House Vlijmen in Netherlands by Jan Couwenberg Architectuur

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Article source: Jan Couwenberg Architectuur

In the village of Vlijmen this house was designed for an elderly couple, who wanted to keep on living in this house as long as possible. Therefore, most of the program is located on ground level, on top only a spare bed- and bathroom are being made. The box from the ground level is being perforated with voids, where a small patio, wooden Western Red Cedar parts, or windows were made. By making this rhythm, a car port and patio-shaped exteriors give the house an extra layer between in- and outside.

Image Courtesy © Jan Couwenberg Architectuur

Image Courtesy © Jan Couwenberg Architectuur

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Casa Garcias in Cancún, México by Warm Architects

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Article source: Warm Architects

Garcias’ House is located on a 273 square meter lot in a fast growing residential area of Cancun. The lot is adjacent in its northern and western sides with other residential lots, while it faces greenery to the east and the street to the south. The strategy for this project was to limit the habitable volume on the western side, in order to make the most of the view, the shadow and incorporate the public greenery with the interior of the house, thru the empty space between them.

Image Courtesy © Wacho Espinosa

Image Courtesy © Wacho Espinosa

  • Architects: Warm Architects
  • Project: Casa Garcias
  • Location: Cancún, México
  • Photography: Wacho Espinosa
  • Architect in charge: Carlos Armando del Castillo
  • Area: 215 m2
  • Date: 2014

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Mehrabad House in Isfahan Province, Iran by Sarsayeh Architectural Office

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

Article source: Sarsayeh Architectural Office

For those people who have a long experience of living in single-unit houses with a courtyard, it is a great challenge to change their life style and live in apartment houses.

Losing many of desirable advantages of single unit houses such as independency, fellowship with nature, existence of hierarchy and, natural ventilation and … is a trouble for the people who want to live apartment units.

Image Courtesy © Farshid Nasrabadi

Image Courtesy © Farshid Nasrabadi

  • Architects: Sarsayeh Architectural Office
  • Project: Mehrabad House
  • Location: Isfahan, Isfahan Province, Iran
  • Photography: Farshid Nasrabadi
  • Software used: Autocad and autodesk 3dS Max(V-Ray)
  • Client: Ali Mirhosseini
  • Architect in charge: Behnam Sefidi
  • Design assist : Hengameh Akbari
  • Contractor : Farhad Bahramipour
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 1350 sqm
  • Completion Year: 2016

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Duplex Santa Engracia in Madrid, Spain by James & Mau

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Infiniski  

Putting together two small penthouses duplex gave us the opportunity to reorganize and treat the resulting space as a non-urban single family house.

This way it’s divided into a floor for night programme and another one for common day areas. These include an exterior prolongation in a terrace, treated as a garden to enhance the “single family house” sensation despite being in the city. Wood is used on floors, walls and ceilings as a natural material from rural houses.

Image Courtesy © Matías Pérez Illeras

Image Courtesy © Matías Pérez Illeras

  • Architects: James & Mau
  • Project: Duplex Santa Engracia
  • Location: Madrid, Spain
  • Photography: Matías Pérez Illeras
  • Built meters: 150m2
  • Year: 2010

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Two courtyards in Los Angeles, California by MUÑOZ ARQUITECTOS ASOCIADOS S. C. P.

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: MUÑOZ ARQUITECTOS ASOCIADOS S. C. P.

We received a commission from a married couple to design a house to be built on a small plot (with an 8-meter frontage and a depth of 30 meters) inserted within a dense and difficult context. The couple, whose children had already left home, asked us for a simple house, obstruction-free and with a strongly contemporary feel.

Image Courtesy © David Cervera

Image Courtesy © David Cervera

  • Architects: MUÑOZ ARQUITECTOS ASOCIADOS S. C. P. (Javier Muñoz Menéndez)
  • Project: Two courtyards
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, United States
  • Photography: David Cervera
  • Other Participants: Arch. Gareth Lowe Negrón, Arch. Iza Pérez Jaramillo, Arch. Javier Ceballos Cabañas.
  • Suppliers / Products: Ing. Jorge Pino Gamboa / Construction
  • Constructed area: 219.55 (m2)
  • Year: 2015

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Mountain View Double Gable Eichler Remodel in California by Klopf Architecture

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: Klopf Architecture

Klopf Architecture, Outer Space Landscape Architects, Sezen & Moon Structural Engineer and Flegels Construction updated a classic Eichler open, indoor-outdoor home.

Everyone loved the classic, original bones of this house, but it was in need of a major facelift both inside and out. The owners also wanted to remove the barriers between the kitchen and great room, and increase the size of the master bathroom as well as make other layout changes. No addition to the house was contemplated.

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

Image Courtesy © Mariko Reed

  • Architects: Klopf Architecture
  • Project: Mountain View Double Gable Eichler Remodel
  • Location: California, USA
  • Photography: Mariko Reed
  • Software used: ArchiCAD
  • Project Team: John Klopf, AIA, Klara Kevane, and Yegvenia Torres-Zavala
  • Landscape Architect: Outer Space Landscape Architects
  • Structural Engineer: Sezen & Moon
  • Contractor: Flegels Construction
  • Landscape Contractor: Roco’s Gardening & Arroyo Vista Landscaping, Inc.
  • Year completed: 2015

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Garage House in Lisbon, Portugal by fala atelier

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Article source: fala atelier

The project started with an unconventional request from an open minded couple: within a very tight budget, to convert a windowless 200m2 garage into a house. The proposed intervention intended the clearest reading possible of the existing structure, emphasising its strength. While the garage was careless and grey, the house is clean and white; its materiality is flat, its light is abstract. Two generous bathrooms were included behind a curved wall, where a broken corner was before; the walls and ceilings were painted in white and the floor covered in a continuous polished concrete surface; the existing skylights we’re rethought. No other change felt necessary. Carefully placed elements organize the living areas: a marble kitchen, curtains, potted plants. Along with the furniture, the free standing elements carry the flexible identity of the house, hinting its domesticity while punctuating the abstract volume with color.

Image Courtesy © fala atelier

Image Courtesy © fala atelier

  • Architects: fala atelier
  • Project: Garage House
  • Location: Lisbon, Portugal
  • Project Team: Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares, Ahmed Belkhodja, Mariana Silva, Camelia Petre, Clara Pailler
  • Consultants: Paulo Sousa
  • Year: September 2015 – April 2016
  • Status: Private Commission; Built

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Casa Invisibile by Delugan Meissl Associated Architects

Friday, January 13th, 2017

Article source: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects  

Casa Invisibile is a flexible housing unit, which consists of a prefabricated wood structure designed for turnkey implementation at any designated site. Maximum flexibility and spatial quality are the key elements in its concept of development. The open layout is structured by a chimney and a wet cell creating three spatial units that provide for individual use and design. The structure and ambience of the rooms are characterised by the use of domestic woods. The mounting framework and fitments of the housing unit are exclusively assembled from prefabricated elements at the factory. The overall dimensions are 14.50 x 3.50 meters, which provides for easy transportation by lorry. Design and texture of the interior design and façade can be determined by the client from various options listed in a design catalogue. This provides for tailor-made design options for the housing units as well as for flexible pricing options. Through modular element construction and the intensive use of wood, the housing units can be completely disassembled thus minimizing their environmental footprint. By combining innovation and mobility at a reasonable price, Casa Invisibile is a product that offers a ground breaking alternative in an increasingly critical housing situation.

Image Courtesy © Christian Brandstaetter

Image Courtesy © Christian Brandstaetter

  • Architects: Delugan Meissl Associated Architects
  • Project: Casa Invisibile
  • Location: Various
  • Photography: Christian Brandstaetter
  • Project manager: Gerhard Goelles
  • Gross floor area: 50 m²
  • Net floor area: 45 m²
  • Construction volume: 160 m³
  • Start of planning: 02/2013
  • Start of construction: 05/2013
  • Completion: 07/2013

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