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Fish Creek House in Victoria, Australia by Edition Office

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Article source: Edition Office

The house sits firmly along a winding ridgeline on the outskirts of the small township of Fish Creek. The home surrounds itself in a highly textured brickwork wall in response to its exposed position to strong local winds and a nearby country road. This long wall wraps the three nested, black timber pavilions of the house like a rough and coarse blanket and offers them shelter while they sit upon the lower wall edge and gaze out upon the undulating and extraordinary coastline of Wilsons Promontory. The three pavilions are pulled out from each other and from the northern edge of the rough brick wall to allow sunlight to slide deep into a series of sheltered and planted courtyards that offer immediate garden and deck relationships to the interior spaces. These interiors provide a warm and robust palette of timber-lined walls, black-pigmented concrete floors and black form-ply ceilings.

Image Courtesy © Edition Office

 

  • Architects: Edition Office
  • Project: Fish Creek House
  • Location: Victoria, Australia

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Sea Del House in Bethany Beach, Delaware by Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Article source: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect

Sea Del Estates is small, gated oceanfront community located in Bethany Beach, Delaware. The majority of the 42 houses located in the community are second homes used primarily during the summer months. Most of the houses were originally constructed in the 1970’s and 1980’s and are simple wood framed structures. To protect against potential flooding, County ordinances require that the houses be elevated twelve feet above sea level. Consequently, these houses were typically framed on wood piles. Building codes also require that enclosed space located below the mean flood level be constructed with “break-away” walls. These walls will come apart in the event of a major storm and subsequent flooding.

Image Courtesy © Anice Hoachlander

  • Architects: Robert M. Gurney, FAIA, Architect
  • Project: Sea Del House
  • Location: Bethany Beach, Delaware, USA
  • Photographer: Anice Hoachlander
  • Contractor: Bruce Mears
  • Engineer: Long, Tann & D’Onofrio Structural Engineers

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Villa Rastorguyevo in Moscow, Russia by Gikalo Kuptsov Architects

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Article source: Gikalo Kuptsov Architects 

Villa Rastorguyevo is located in a quiet township not far from Moscow. Clients, a couple with a schoolgirl daughter and an adult son decided to build themselves a private house looking for a different way of living, yet keeping their apartment in the city.

A plot on which the house stands is flat, it has 12400 sq meters. There are different sorts of trees growing on the plot – some birch, pines and one maple – all of them were kept.

Image Courtesy © Ilya Ivanov

  • Architects: Gikalo Kuptsov Architects (Sergey Gikalo, Alexander Kuptsov, Anton Fedulov)
  • Project: Villa Rastorguyevo
  • Location: Moscow, Russia
  • Photography: Ilya Ivanov
  • Structural engineer: Sergey Bogoslovskiy

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Black to light in Barcelona, Spain by Susanna Cots Interior Design

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Article source: Susanna Cots Interior Design 

Weightless concrete. Steeled glass. Cubes that levitate and take part in the social and family life of this home where sharing is the leitmotif that pervades the design. Space imbued with light that accentuates the solidity of black, the colour that forges an infinite alliance with white.

Image Courtesy © Susanna Cots Interior Design

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Skycrown Terraces in Austin, Texas by Bercy Chen Studio

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Article source: Chen Studio

Sky Crown Terraces are two identical and adjacent houses designed and built by Bercy Chen Studio in Austin, Texas. The monolithic form, courtyards, and habitable flat roofs evoke the vernacular of the American Southwest interpreted by Modernism. Inspired by the sculpture of Michael Heizer, Eduardo Chillida, and Jorge Yazpik, the strategy of volumetric subtraction enhances the materiality of the basic conception of the houses as stucco boxes crowned by steel panels. The consequentiality of the vernacular together with the elegance of orthogonal abstraction clad in nakedly simple materials do nothing to distract from the peculiar delights of the understated landscape and raw climate of the Texas Hill Country.

Image Courtesy © Bercy Chen Studio

  • Architects: Bercy Chen Studio
  • Project: Skycrown Terraces
  • Location: Austin, Texas, USA

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House Komoro in Japan by KASA ARCHITECTS

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Article source: KASA ARCHITECTS

This is a one-storey residential house for a family of four―a couple and two children―and is built in Komoro City, Nagano Prefecture. With views of Mount Asama to the north and the Yatsugatake Mountains far south, I planned a simple one-storey house with a shed roof and an open space in the south side. This property of about 450 ㎡ is in the shape of a flagpole, where the pole part accounts for 80 ㎡. I decided to start with the plan for the environment―the placement and arrangement of the building and the design of the environment for the remaining 370 ㎡. I thought about how to achieve a design for people’s lives to flourish as they interact with the site, carefully identifying each factor individually, such as the flow of movement to the grandparents’ house located next door, handling the cold down wind from Mount Asama, preserving the view on the south side of the Yatsugatake Mountains in the distance, the connection to the outside of the property, the flow of air, etc. Then, by creating a configuration akin to a courtyard by arranging the building in an L-shape and arranging trees on the other side that had a slope to create a lush environment as well as a flow of movement to the grandparents’ house, I aimed to create an environment connected to real nature where families could connect.

Image Courtesy © ikunori yamamoto

  • Architects: KASA ARCHITECTS (shin kasakake)
  • Project: House Komoro
  • Location: Komoro, Nagano, Japan
  • Photography: Ikunori Yamamoto  
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 111.43 sqm

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Rehabilitation of a Traditional Housing in Moscoso, Spain by LIQE arquitectura

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Article source:  LIQE arquitectura 

Usually a project involves creating something out of nothing; but sometimes, as in this case, it is about strengthening something that was already there.

A long stone building, with a powerful balcony facing the valley, to the north. An elevated shed leaning on a warped and also excessively long wood beam, with three facades made out of stone and one out of wood, to the south. The Cruceiro Grande, where three religious processions become one, is out on the street, to the east. And an impressive Hórreo supported in stone beams under which one enters the garden, to the west. And then, in the centre: the “eira“, the work yard, sheltered from the wind, the main focus of everything around it.

Image Courtesy © Roi Alonso

  • Architects: LIQE arquitectura
  • Project: Rehabilitation of a Traditional Housing
  • Location: Spain
  • Photography: Roi Alonso

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Barn in Rajasthan, India by Priyanka Arjun and Associates

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Article source: Priyanka Arjun and Associates

INNOVATIVE DESIGN FEATURES

1. Traditional Stone with Lime mortar construction- Buildings made of stone and lime gain strength over years and can stand for centuries. Hence conventional methods of preparing lime mortar with local ingredients were employed. Local karigars (craftsmen) worked on the project.

2. Barn Style Architecture- Barn building style is merged with traditional Rajasthani architecture to suit hot and dry climate. This style is chosen as the client is British national.

Image Courtesy © Priyanka Arjun and Associates

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Renovation of protected houses in Bruges, Belgium by atelier tom vanhee

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Article source: atelier tom vanhee

Two disused protected 17th-century houses on a brewery site in the centre of Bruges were rebuilt into a family home (with existing retail and storage space).

The different window types and added rear façade are witness of successive conversions over time. The design starts from the changes the building has undergone and adds a new layer. The historical and authentic parts are kept or reconstructed and, where necessary, structurally improved. These elements (doors, fireplaces, beams, stairs) go hand in hand with new elements, and remain legible.

Image Courtesy © Filip Dujardin

  • Architects: atelier tom vanhee
  • Project: Renovation of protected houses
  • Location: Bruges, Belgium
  • Photography: Filip Dujardin
  • Gross Built Area (square meters or square foot): 304,76m2
  • Study stability: Geert Rotsaert bvba
  • Design: 2012 – 2014
  • Execution: 2015 – 2016

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Richview Residence in Toronto, Canada by Studio AC

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Article source: Studio AC 

For the Richview Residence, Studio AC was tasked with creating a concept that maintained an open layout while housing as much storage as possible for this growing family. The Richview project was a full interior renovation to reimagine the function of a home from its 50 year old layout, broken up into small rooms, to its modern day counterpart, an open, functional and intimate layout.

Image Courtesy © Studio AC

 

  • Architects: Studio AC
  • Project: Richview Residence
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Software used: SketchUp, Revit, V-Ray

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