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

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

Article source: Nico van der Meulen Architects

From the inception of this project; the client brief, existing house and contextual setting were all factors to consider carefully before pursuing the extensive alteration and additions to a modest hillside house. From concept to documentation and ultimately implementation, the project was guided by this clear understanding.

Image Courtesy © Nico van der Meulen Architects

Image Courtesy © Nico van der Meulen Architects

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Growing House in Ukraine, Russia by Berezanskyy architects

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Article source: Berezanskyy architects

The project allows to alternately expand the functional space of the house depending on the changing needs and growth of the family. The house consists of main base unit and several additional ones. The base unit (128.5 m²) is the principal. It consists of living room, bedroom, kitchen-dining room, boiler room, bathroom, toilet facilities. It is a fully independent living unit. The additional units which are the children’s rooms, bedroom, cabinet, garage and terrace join to the base unit in the designated areas. The additional units can be added to the main unit at the same time or alternately depending on the real needs and opportunities of the residents. Thus, the house can “grow” with your family building up the necessary functional areas.

Image Courtesy © Berezanskyy architects

Image Courtesy © Berezanskyy architects

  • Architects: Berezanskyy architects
  • Project: Growing House
  • Location: Ukraine, Russia
  • Authors: Aleksandr Berezanskyy , Ekaterina Zakharova
  • Area: 238 m²

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Cherry Blossom House in Black Forest, Germany by Uber Raum Architects

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Article source: Uber Raum Architects

This award-winning family home is situated close to Strasbourg, in a village famous for its cherry trees and cherry schnapps. Presented with a naturally beautiful site, and constrained by a modest budget, we resolved to design a building that engaged with its natural environment. The house is highly methodical in its plan, and dramatically augmented by the selective framing of views.

Image Courtesy © Uber Raum Architects

Image Courtesy © Uber Raum Architects

  • Architects: Uber Raum Architects
  • Project: Cherry Blossom House
  • Location: Passivhaus, Black Forest, Germany
  • RIBA stages: 1-6
  • Year: 2014
  • Status: Completed

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JORDI AND ÀFRICA’S HOME in Montuïri, Spain by TEd’A arquitectes

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Article source: TEd’A arquitectes

The house is located on a plot, not very large. This situation invites to compact the house on one side, continuing the alignment of the street façade while maximizing the patio with good solar exposure.

The house occupies a corner plot. For this reason, instead of adopting the usual uni-directional organization (street-patio), of houses between medians, the proposal is organized in two perpendicular directions. The house does not have a dominant direction. The house wants to look in all directions.

Image Courtesy © TEd'A arquitectes

Image Courtesy © TEd’A arquitectes

  • Architects: TEd’A arquitectes (Jaume Mayol, Irene Pérez)
  • Project: JORDI AND ÀFRICA’S HOME
  • Location: C. Mestre Josep Porcel, 26. Montuïri, Spain
  • Promoter: Jordi Biel Mayol i Àfrica Serra
  • Area: 311 m2
  • Design: 2010 – 2012
  • Construction: 2012 – 2015

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“Kyoku” – Bridge House in Japan by ArchiBlur Lab

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Article source: ArchiBlur Lab

Weight can be felt, but does feeling have weight? The strength of thought in tugging out the tension at the threshold between matter and imagination, for creators, is to return to the nature of architecture and practice its uniquely creative energy.

This creator begins by developing three concepts relating to weight to describe and develop the materiality and spatial characteristics they present. These three starting points act between nature and artificiality, and provide feeling with different layers of weight sense.

Image Courtesy © ArchiBlur Lab

Image Courtesy © ArchiBlur Lab

  • Architects: ArchiBlur Lab
  • Project: “Kyoku” – Bridge House
  • Location: Japan

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ANSTY PLUM HOUSE + STUDIO in WIltshire, England by Coppin Dockray Architecture & Design

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Article source: Coppin Dockray Architecture & Design

Ansty Plum is an architecturally significant house and studio in rural Wiltshire that has undergone an impressive retrofit and a bold studio extension.

It is a gem, consisting of two eloquent and imaginative buildings, commissioned in the 1960’s and ‘70’s by Roger Rigby, a former partner in Ove Arup’s office. The first is a one-bedroom house, designed by David Levitt and the second, a studio and garage designed by Peter and Alison Smithson.

Image Courtesy © Brotherton Lock & Rachael Smith

Image Courtesy © Brotherton Lock & Rachael Smith

  • Architects: Coppin Dockray Architecture & Design
  • Project: ANSTY PLUM HOUSE + STUDIO
  • Location: Ansty, WIltshire, England
  • Photography:  Brotherton Lock & Rachael Smith
  • Software used: Vectorworks
  • Client: Nico de Beer & Sandra Coppin
  • Structural Engineer: Tall Engineers
  • Lighting Design: Lightplan
  • Contractor: JC Symonds
  • Joinery: Westside Design
  • Construction Cost: £240,000
  • Completed: January 2015

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Mar Vista House in California by Design Initiatives

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

Article source: Design Initiatives

The latest Design Initiatives project is for a new ground-up construction of 2 story single family house with 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms in charming Mar Vista area of Los Angeles, California.

It has minimal, clean, soft and organically waived surfaces for relaxing and joyful experience what resting at home should be. In the same time the very practical and functional layout will support the young couple with two kids in their everyday routine.

Image Courtesy © Design Initiatives

Image Courtesy © Design Initiatives

  • Architects: Design Initiatives
  • Project: Mar Vista House
  • Location: Los Angeles, California, U.S.A
  • Software used: AutoCAD, 3D MAX, Photoshop
  • Credits : Design Initiatives – Vlado Valkof, Ana Veselinova, Constantine Dimitrov, Konstantin Kyosev, Elena Takova; MS Consulting – structural; Perfect Design – MEP & environmental
  • Area: 3,220 sq. ft.
  • Date: 2016
  • Status: Under construction

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Carrara House in Brasília, Brazil by Studio [+] Valéria Gontijo

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Article source: Studio [+] Valéria Gontijo

The House Carrara’s Project is located in the modernist city of Brasilia and has considered this topic as a determinant factor for its architectural concept and materials choice, also allied to the aesthetic sense the clients were looking for, after all, the environment and the architecture conceived had to be designed to be occupied by dreams, people and its objects.

Image Courtesy © Manufatura Creative

Image Courtesy © Manufatura Creative

  • Architects: Studio [+] Valéria Gontijo
  • Project: Carrara House
  • Location: Brasília, Brazil
  • Photography: Manufatura Creative
  • Software used: Autocad, Sketchup
  • Author: Valéria Gontijo
  • Co-Authors: Isabela Moura, Isabela Valença and Luiza Landim
  • Landscape: Ana Paula Róseo
  • Structure: Eduardo Bicudo de Castro Azambuja
  • Execution and Construction management: RM Construção e Consultoria
  • Lightining design: Rafael Kok Bertolucci – Companhia de Iluminação
  • Providers: kitchen´s furniture (Kitchens), doors and frames (Talentus Esquadrias), pool´s stone – palimanan Hijau (Vallori), carpentry (HD marcenaria), fulget (Pisos especiais – Rubens Gori), marbles (marmoraria Alvorada), louças e metais (DECA)
  • Constructed area: 615 m²
  • Year: 2010

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Infiniski Menta House in Reus, Spain by James & Mau

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Article source: James & Mau

The house of 100 m2 is designed in the shape of a cube organized on one level, including a central living area with an open kitchen, 2 rooms and a common bathroom.

Located in the country side of the Tarragona Province, the project was thought of as a weekend house, which needed to be easy to use, efficient and which would take full advantage of its natural surroundings.  The house was designed as a “living Box” which can be “opened”, “closed”, “switched on” “heated”, “cooled down” efficiently, easily and rapidly. The house is designed as a cube – rational and functional – where the transition between exterior and interior areas is as fluid as possible.

Image Courtesy © Luis Salazar

Image Courtesy © Luis Salazar

  • Architects: James & Mau
  • Project: Infiniski Menta House
  • Location: Reus, Tarragona Province, Spain
  • Photography: Luis Salazar
  • General Contractor and Manager: Infiniski
  • Execution Time: 3 months
  • Constructed Area: 100 m2
  • Year: 2011

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Modern Net Zero Passive House in Chapel Hill, North Carolina by Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, Architect

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

Article source: Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, Architect

The modern, net zero passive house that architect Arielle Condoret Schecher, AIA , designed for her favorite builder, Kevin Murphy of NewPhire Building and his family of four, is, according to Murphy, “a warm and functional family home as well as a showcase of cutting-edge green building techniques.”

Image Courtesy © Duffy Healy

Image Courtesy © Duffy Healy

  • Architects: Arielle Condoret Schechter, AIA, Architect
  • Project: Modern Net Zero Passive House
  • Location: Chapel Hill, North Carolina
  • Photography: Duffy Healy
  • Builder: Kevin Murphy, NewPhire Building, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Completed: 2015

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