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An open but enclosed home by Pitsou Kedem

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: Pitsou Kedem

A modern and minimalistic building that completely eliminates the accepted barrier between the inside and the outside and hides, within its restrained spaces, a dramatic atmosphere and wide open spaces.

The house was built as a vacation home for a family living abroad.  It is situated directly on the coast in the center of the country. The buildings architectural design is based on three central masses that surround a large internal courtyard with a swimming pool at its center.  The masses comprise the border and the barrier between the street, the neighbors and the home’s interior and between the internal courtyard and those same spaces.  The central theme was to create dynamic walls that allow, on the one hand, the elimination of the boundary between the central courtyard and the internal spaces, and on the other hand, the creation of a changing and dynamic facade that allows for the total closure of the façade or different levels of exposure or concealment.

Image Courtesy Amit Geron

  • Architects: Pitsou Kedem in cooperation with Tanju Qzelgin
  • Project: An open but enclosed home
  • Design team architects: Pitsou Kedem, Noa Groman
  • Project: Private home
  • Plot size: 1000 square meters.  Built-up area: 600 square meters
  • Photography: Amit Geron



Classroom of the Future in Australia by LAVA

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: LAVA

LAVA`s school relocatable is a learning space for the future. The classroom for 21st century learning is sustainable, integrates with the landscape, connects with the school environment, and is suitable for prefabrication and mass customization. Relocatable’s are the decades old solution to changing demographics, remote community needs, and natural disasters. Unsightly, they are perceived as cheap and unpleasant spaces.

Image Courtesy LAVA

  • Architects: Laboratory for Visionary Architecture [LAVA]
  • Project: Classroom of the Future
  • Location: Australia
  • Date: 2011
  • Client: Future Proofing School
  • Status: Competition entry – commendation
  • Size: 60-180 sqm each
  • Partners: ARUP
  • Photography: LAVA


JLI House in Valencia, Spain by Manuel Cerdá Pérez

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: Manuel Cerdá Pérez


A project to affirm concepts: A perimeter full of content, indoor / outdoor character of spaces, plasticity of the structure as composite material, definition of areas and uses through flexible technical nodes, and the idea of a deep and solid façade that changes with the quality of the material.

Exterior View (Images Courtesy Joan Roig - Manuel Cerdá)

  • Architect: Manuel Cerdá Pérez
  • Name of Project: JLI House
  • Location: c/ 125 – la cañada, Valencia, Spain
  • Surveyor: Enrique Soler Orostívar
  • Photographs: Joan Roig – Manuel Cerdá
  • Developer: Inmaculada Soler Tomás
  • Building company: Construcciones Mareval s.l.
  • Dates: 2004-2007


Family House in Lety, Czech Republic by Stempel & Tesar Architekti

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: Stempel & Tesar Architekti

The low price of a plot has been redeemed by very complicated conditions for building a family house. The plot and its limitations were a real challenge; countryside around the river Berounka and the atmosphere of a valley were really charming.  All these circumstances motivated architects to recommend the plot to the client.

Image Courtesy Jan Tesař

  • Architects: Jan Stempel, Jan Tesař
  • Project: Family House in Lety u Dobřichovic
  • Location: Lety u Dobřichovic, Czech Republic (GPS: +49° 55′ 8.83″N, +14° 15′ 13.72″E)
  • Site: 540 m2
  • Built up area: 115 m2
  • Project area: 97 m2
  • Year: 2011
  • Photographs: Jan Tesař


Mountain hill cabin by Fantastic Norway

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: Fantastic Norway

The project is a winter cabin to be built in a highly restricted area in the mountain landscape of Ål (Norway). The property is situated deep into the mountains and can only be reached by skis during winter. One of the client’s initial wishes was actually to go skiing, sledge riding and winter picnicking on top of the cabin.


  • Architect: Fantastic Norway
  • Name of Project: Mountain hill cabin
  • Location: Norway


House in Lagos, Portugal by Mario Martins

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: Mario Martins

In the south of Portugal, in Lagos, a house has been designed on steep and difficult land, but with a stunning view over the west coast of the Algarve.  The strong sunshine coming from the west also determined the position and character of the house.

The architectural project is determined by technically developed solutions, using sustainable geothermal energy and integrated smart home systems.

Image Courtesy Fernando Guerra

  • Architects: Mario Martins
  • Project: House in Lagos
  • Location: Lagos, Portugal
  • Project: 2006
  • Construction: 2007-2010
  • Architectural Project: Mario Martins
  • Team: Rui Duarte, Sonia Fialho, Rita Rocha, Paulo Baptista
  • Construction company: Lagoportico
  • Photography: Fernando Guerra


Alexis in Bratislava, Slovakia by Martin Jancok and Ales Sedivec

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: Martin Jancok

How can a small bookshop compete within a network of firmly established booksellers? What can it offer to customers? How can it draw attention? Our aim was to create a flexible space that would not only sell books but would also be capable of facilitating various collateral events such as projections, readings, minor concerts, workshops, etc. Two focal points of the bookshop are placed at both ends of the longitudinal space. A checkout is next to the entrance and a coffee bar is on the opposite side on an original elevated gallery.

Image Courtesy Aleš Šedivec

  • Architects: Martin Jancok and Ales Sedivec
  • Project: Alexis
  • Location: Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Type: Bookshop and coffee bar
  • Authors: Martin Jančok (Plural), Aleš Šedivec (Totalstudio)
  • Client: Ladon, s.r.o.
  • Structural engineering: Geostat
  • Carpenter: Treeman
  • Total floor area: 170m²


Morrissey Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia by Aboday

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: Aboday

The proposed development is placed on a unique urban fabric, that flanked on four sides by different characteristic. The organic shape plot of land, start from the junction of Wahid Hasyim Road on the Southern side- as the main thoroughfare that connects CBD area along Thamrin road to Government precinct of old Mentend District – and Jalan Jaksa on the Eastern side, a small road which is homes to backpackers that has been placed under preservation. At the Northern side, the site is bordered by a lane that connects Jalan Jaksa and Kebon Sirih Timur on the Western Side. These sides populated by 2 storey residential buildings. Of 1.2 Ha, the service apartment covers only 30% area.


Aerial View (Images Courtesy Happy Lim and Relan Masato)

  • Architect: Aboday
  • Name of Project: Morrissey Hotel
  • Location: Wahid Hasyim, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Partner in Charge: Rafael David
  • Team member: Ary Indra, Johansen Yap, Andry Syawalza, Edward Budi Lesmana, Rahmi Sofiyanti, Anjar Widaningsih
  • Photographer: Happy Lim and Relan Masato


Mobile Smile in Japan by Atelier Tekuto

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: Atelier Tekuto

The first Mobile-Smile is finally completed after 4 months of design and construction. This time Type-B, a support facility, is ready to move, and Type-A is about to complete as well. All the work done in past 4 months are finally pay off.The first one left Takasaki last week, and already set on a site of Ishinomaki Summer Festival, the largest summer festival in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture. The location is next to the river and one of the best spot to enjoy fireworks. From July 29th to August 2, team members will stay at the site, support and help the event organization, and give a briefing session of Mobile-Smile project. We all believe the first Mobile-Smile will do excellent job, and help making more people smile during the festival.

Night View (Images Courtesy SS imaging company)

  • Architect: Atelier Tekuto
  • Name of Project: Mobile Smile
  • Location: Japan
  • Photographer: SS imaging company


Ifigenia Kaizer in Nicosia, Cyprus by Yiorgos Hadjichristou and Petros Constantinou (designed using Microstation)

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Article source: Yiorgos Hadjichristou and Petros Constantinou

The plot is located in a new residential area of Aglantzia, in Nicosia. The building was constructed in order to accommodate the housing needs of the family of Mrs Ifigeneia Kaizer: a ground-floor residence, 2 apartments on the 1st floor- one for each child of the family, and a small private institute of Greek language and history on the lower level of the plot .

Night View (Images Courtesy Christos Papantoniou)

  • Architects: Yiorgos Hadjichristou and Petros Constantinou
  • Name of Project: Ifigenia Kaizer
  • Location: Aglantzia, Nicosia, Cyprus
  • Owner: Ifigeneia Kaizer
  • Project: Residence, 2 appartments and a private institute in Aglantzia
  • Photos: Christos Papantoniou
  • Software used: Microstation V8i


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