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Tag Archives: Architecture
I have to admit; The Underwater Room at The Manta Resort on the Indian Ocean island of Pemba is too claustrophobic for me to spend a night in. But it still looks fascinating.
Check out the prices here, if you’re interested.
+Green organic restaurant near Komazawa Olympic Park was created by the innovative, Tokyo-based firm Sinato. Residing on the street level, this modern restaurant encompasses three levels of winding, curvaceous, light-injected design and is rooted in simple materials of brick, concrete and wood.
This extraordinary wooden staircase is found in this office lobby in the Dutch town of Hoofddorp. It’s created by Amsterdam architects Studioninedots.
They were challenged with renovating an entire 1970s office building. The architects began by removing an existing staircase and enlarging the space around it to create a void that visually connects a communal area on the ground floor with the levels above.
The staircase acts as the focal point of this large atrium and was made by cladding a steel structure in plywood sheets to create a series of bridges and access points to the various floors.
“The staircase as a tool for communication, lends the building a collective identity,” the architects says. “As a vertical lobby that offers views of all floors, it tells occupants that they are part of a larger world.”
The architects of the UNStudio based in Amsterdam, Shanghai and Hong Kong designed in 2011 the single family house ‘Haus am Weinberg’ in Stuttgart, Germany.
‘Haus am Weinberg’ is located in a setting that is at one hand rural, yet suburban. The location of the villa affords pastoral views of the stepped terraces of an ancient hillside vineyard on one side and cityscape vistas on the other. The architects arranged a panoramic view over the city through large sized windows.
The sky blue installation ‘Pretty Vacant’ encourages visitors to take a fresh look at the empty spaces of the Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Netherlands. The blue window literally and figuratively sheds a new light on the space and complements the architecture of this medieval chapel.
The window is based on the ‘negative spaces’ of RAAAF’s earlier installation Vacant NL, which was the Dutch submission for the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2010. The installation in the Gerrit Rietveld-designed pavilion in Venice showed the enormous potential of 10,000 disused public buildings in the Netherlands from the seventeenth to the twenty-first centuries.
Gorgeous modern concrete single family residence designed by BAK Arquitectos in 2012 situated in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Interesting! The Green Screen House is located in Saitama, Japan. It’s a modern home designed by Hideo Kumaki Architect Office. The focal point of the structure lies within the draped “living wall” which follows the entire curve of the structure along its rear exterior.
Such an interesting wooden structure – four X’s!
The building is used a an atelier and is called XXXX. It’s located in Yaizy, Shizuoka in Japan – and is created by the architects from Mount Fuji Architects Studio.
Such an interesting house. It’s designed by Mexican architect Juan Carlos Ramos as part of an architectural competition. With its surprising pyramidal shape, the Pyramid House features 3 levels in an open space setting completed by a sleek glass and concrete exterior.
Located in a forest on the mountains of Almaty in Kazakhstan, architect Aibek Almasov of A.Masow Design Studio has designed a concept for a modern spiritual retreat. The project, known as “Tree in the house”, presents a cylindrical, four-story glass space featuring an encased tree in the center. A winding white staircase allows visitors who enter the “tree house” to ascend the towering space, spiraling upward around the centric tree.
The intention behind the transparent architectural structure, tucked away in a sea of lofty fir trees, is to merge manmade industrial design with nature and “give up some unnecessary conditions and things.” The project aims to offer an alternative to bustling city life and stifling urban structures by fusing a a protective house and a natural environment without creating a visual separation.
Brazilian architect Isay Weinfeld created this beautiful staircase in the home called Casa Cobo. He is also the creator of the sculptures in the ceiling on the last photo – the people hanging from their heads.
The vintage feel of the establishment, inspired by the magical world of Willy Wonka, the fictional character that owns a chocolate factory in Roald Dahl’s children’s book and Tim Burton’s movie, is the work of Sandra Tarruella‘s Interior Architecture design firm and the graphic design firm Run, which is also responsible for the corporate identity and the packaging.
ROCAMBOLESC - which was awarded the ”Best Bar in Europe” prize in the 2013 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards - is located in Girona, Spain. Man, do I ever want to visit this place, when I go to visit Girona!
The 35-years-old French artist created a completely functional ship that seems to be sinking. With 6,5 meters length, the little ship was cut in the middle and equipped with a keel and a motor on its inner part, keeping it at the same position while it’s functioning. It’s stable and easily conductible on calm waters, but with few hydrodynamic qualities.
The modern single family house, designed by YLAB Arquitectos, is situated in the Vallvidrera neighborhood, a residential area with views overlooking the city of Barcelona, surrounded by the Collserola natural park, in a very sloped and small plot situated between a valley and a pine forest.
The objectives of the project were to get the maximum possible building area within a tight budget and an optimized orientation of all openings while protecting the privacy of the owners.
To achieve this, a compact three level volume was created. The geometry arises directly from the plot given geometry and slope, reinterpreting the aesthetic of the site’s vernacular architecture with its sloped roof, widening on the upper floors to gain some additional area.
Formally the volume is a single cube in which every face has been divided into four quadrants. The upper faces are extruded upwards to form the roof. The side faces rotate to frame significant scenic moments, mindful of the neighbors’ privacy.