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Cliff House in Ontario, Canada by Altius Architecture (designed using ArchiCAD)

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012

Article source: Altius Architecture Inc.

Set on the Cliff-side of a much-cherished lake, this cottage seeks to enhance the extraordinary surrounding scenery through the thoughtful integration of building elements with the natural assets of the site and terrain. This dwelling emerges form the rock formation of the cliff using the same local granite to form its base. A central core acts as an anchor that circulates movement, light and air into the living spaces that pinwheel and cantilever off into the landscape. In spite of its modest scale, the residence easily accommodates the family of four by providing amenity for dinning, cooking, living, reading and sleeping which are each carefully tuned to the unique view, light and breezes of the cliff. To balance the heavy mass derived from the fireplaces; cantilevered volumes, flying roofs and floor to ceiling glass are used to achieve a lightness of form as it works to bring the lake into the living spaces.


Exterior view

  • Architects: Altius Architecture Inc.
  • Project: Cliff House
  • Location: Muskoka Lakes, Ontario, Canada
  • Date of Occupancy: August 2009
  • Area: 3,200 sf
  • Lead Design Architect: Trevor McIvor, Tony Round
  • Architecture: Trevor McIvor, Tony Round: Altius Architecture Inc.
  • Engineer: Christopher Cucco: CUCCO engineering + design
  • Mechanical Consultants: Paul Shrigley: Sunburn Mechanical; Chip Loughead: Gravenhurst Plumbing, Heating & Electric
  • Construction Management: Trevor McIvor, Tony Round: Altius Architecture Inc.
  • Construction Consultants: Doug Orchard: Orchard Contracting
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


Hewitt Ave House in Toronto, Canada by Altius Architecture (designed using ArchiCAD)

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Article source: Altius Architecture

Located in Torontoʼs Bloor West Village neighbourhood the Hewitt Avenue House was conceived as an urban home that places a bold emphasis on natural materials, sustainable design and contemporary living. The home was constructed on the site of an existing home typical of Torontoʼs older neighborhoods and just steps from Bloor Street. While renovation was considered, rebuilding was the most cost effective way to achieve the project goals to create free flowing open plan spaces with natural day lighting, ventilation and a high performance envelope.

Image Courtesy Altius Architecture Inc.

  • Architects: Altius Architecture
  • Project: Hewitt Ave House
  • Location: Toronto, Canada
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


Modern B&B in Houston, Texas by EcoHouse Construction (designed using ArchiCAD)

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Article source: EcoHouse Construction

What began as a development for Enron Corp executives, a townhouse project was redesigned and re-imaged even before completion into a boutique modern hotel. It was named one of 16 hippest hotels by Dwell Magazine soon after it opened its doors.

Night - Photography by Paul Hester -

  • Architects: EcoHouse Construction
  • Project: Modern B&B
  • Location: Houston, Texas
  • Architect Design: Rodney Collins
  • Photographs: Paul Hester
  • Software used: The design software was pivotal to the design.  It was ArchiCad by Graphisoft.


Pine Lake Cottage in Perth, Ontario, Canada by Altius (designed using ArchiCAD)

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Article source: Altius

The Pine Lake Cottage emphasizes affordability with an eye for efficiency. Emerging from the tear down of the previous residence, this cottage was built entirely on the preexisting foundation. In addition to being a cost effective solution this strategy also minimized the buildings impact on the surrounding natural environment.

Exterior View in night

  • Architect: Altius
  • Name of Project: Pine Lake Cottage
  • Location: Perth, Ontario, Canada
  • Team: Cathy Garrido, Andy Thomson
  • Completion: Summer 2009
  • Area: 2000 sf Cottage + Garage
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


Bala Park Island in Lake Muskoka , Canada by Altius Architecture (designed using ArchiCAD)

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Article source: Altius Architecture

As with all our cottage work the site had a major influence on the design. The main level of the building nestles up against a distinct granite ridge. The ridge provides a perfect landing for the second level which anchors the building back on to the Canadian shield. The landing for the upper level walks out to a path that follows the ridge to a future bunkie. The design is a simple roof line that tilts upwards revealing the ridge through clerestory windows. The floor levels follow the slope varying the interior ceiling heights. The exposed Douglas Fir roof joists provide a continuous rhythm across the entire ground floor ceiling.


Bala Park Island

  • Architects: Altius Architecture
  • Project: Bala Park Island
  • Location: Lake Muskoka , Ontario, Canada
  • Area: 2,200 sf Seasonal Cottage
  • Completion: 2009
  • Architecture Design: Tony Round, Trevor McIvor
  • Construction Management: Tony Round, Trevor McIvor
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


Clearview Residence in Ontario, Canada by Altius Architecture (designed using ArchiCAD)

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Article source: Altius Architecture

Designed for a local artist to enjoy, this residence is located just south of Collingwood, in the heart of the Clearview area.  A broad selection of sustainable technologies, including a geothermal lake loop and green house set this project apart from others in the area. The building itself draws inspiration from a number of intimate relationships and views, both through the adjacent woodland, as well as across the nearby pond.

Image Courtesy Jonathan Savoie

  • Architects: Altius Architecture
  • Project: Clearview Residence
  • Location: Ontario, Canada
  • Architecture: Graham Smith, Joe Knight
  • Photography: Jonathan Savoie
  • Construction: Valley View Construction
  • Engineering: Cucco Engineering
  • Interior Design: Sarah Richardson Design Inc
  • Landscape Design: John Lloyd & Associates
  • Software used: ArchiCAD



Monument of Alpini in Rossano Veneto, Italy by Paolo Didonè (designed using ArchiCAD)

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Article source: Paolo Didonè

A MAP is a whole of symbols recalling territorial concepts. The project is this as well: a map where takes place an abstract analysis of our territory and the bond established between mountains and human beings during particular circumstances.
A PLATFORM: the strength of our bonds is our base.
A map of life.
The concepts of belonging, the interweaves and the relations that define a life. Its and fragility, the solidity and unpredictability of how everything could end.

Monument of Alpini

  • Architects: Paolo Didonè
  • Project: Monument of Alpini
  • Location: Rossano Veneto, Italy
  • Software used: ArchiCAD


Hotel Armenia in Sochi for Winter Olimpic Games 2014 by SMV Architects (designed with ArchiCAD, 3dS Max, and Photoshop)

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Article source: SMV Architects

The mountains, canyons, powerful rivers, waterfalls and lakes surrounded by rough rocks have turned into the cradle of the Armenian nation.  Armenia, being the first to adopt Christianity as a state religion in 301 has taken its faith through centuries of adversities and temptations to our days.  Armenia is a country that thanks to its literary works and masterpieces of art has enriched the world culture.


  • Architects: SMV Architects
  • Project: Hotel Armenia in Sochi for Winter Olimpic Games 2014
  • Location: Armenia
  • Project Team: Sargis Sardaryan, Ruzanna Mamyan, Ani Veranyan
  • Software used: ArchiCAD, 3DMax, Adobe Photoshop


Geschenke Gerdes in Darmstadt, Germany by Costas Koutsoftides Architects (designed with ArchiCAD and AutoCAD)

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Article source: Costas Koutsoftides Architects

Create an interior within an existing shop that facilitates the process of making, displaying, and selling a variety of bombonieres. These items are gifts that are given out on special occasions, such as at weddings and christenings, to the guests. They usually come with 5 Jordan almonds, which for weddings, symbolises health, wealth, happiness, fertility and long life.

Image Courtesy Gerd Baum

  • Architects: Costas Koutsoftides Architects
  • Project: Geschenke Gerdes
  • Location: 28 Pfungstädter Street, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Client: Lisa Gerdes
  • Project Architect: Adam Wagg / Costas Koutsoftides of  Koutsoftides Architects
  • Photographer: Gerd Baum
  • Size: 56 sqm / 602 sqft
  • Software used: AutoCAD and ArchiCAD


G-M House in Apulia region, Italy by Bart Conterio Architect

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Article source: Bart Conterio Architect

The G-M house is located in the South-Eastern extremity of Italy , and it is surrounded by the green typical olive trees and the blue Mediterranean Sea. The project is based on the principles of bio-climatic architecture and green building, through the perfect integration of architecture, landscape and micro climatic comfort. (consume less for a better life !!!).

G-M House

  • Architects: Bart Conterio Architect
  • Project: G-M house
  • Location: Capo di Leuca, province of Lecce, Apulia region, Italy
  • Software used: Energyplus, Autocad, Ecodesigner, Archicad, Google Sketchup, Maxwell Render EG


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