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Tag Archives: House
Japanese Architecture firm Hironaka Ogawa were the masterminds behind this amazing home expansion in Kagawa, Japan. With the new found need for space, came the necessary demolition of old, sacred trees that had so much sentimental meaning for the homeowners. Instead of just parting ways, it was decided that the two trees would be repurposed into something greater for the family.
After cutting them down, the giant trees and their respective branches were dried and smoked for a two week process to relieve them of any excess water, and get them to their final size. Once finished, the trees became an integral part of the home – utilized as structural columns to support the high ceilings and extend just up to the edge of the mezzanine structure. They now sit in the central hub of the home, with their arm-like branches extended out nearest the walls and provide a hanging place for pendant lighting. An amazing and creative, adaptive reuse for these beautiful trees!
Charles Wright Architects has been known for statement forward buildings, and the Stamp House is one of those residences.
Located in Queensland, Australia, this space sits atop a body of water and is accessed by a floating bridge in a man made wetland environment that once was in this area just at the rainforest’s edge. The manmade marsh type setting was a part of a larger plan to help create not only a beautiful home, but one that helped get the residence closer to being “off the grid.” The entire roof is solar paneled, and also incorporates grey water recycling among many other sustainable techniques.
Disaster relief is never really an exciting topic of choice to discuss, but with global warming a very real issue at hand – there are people and architects out there thinking about the future. For those thinking of extreme climate changes and environmental conditions, the Ark may be a great solution.
Created as a building that has its own independent life support sources, this space has a dome-like top and certainly is built to withstand floating through rising sea levels if need be. The Ark works all within itself to heat, cool, and sustain energy. Planting greenery is also a part of living in the Ark, in order to produce oxygen and liven up the contemporary interior areas.
Learn more about the Ark and its building construction and systems via Remistudio.
Ukranian architect and designer Igor Sirotov thinks outside of the box when it comes to conceptual designs and interiors. One of his latest is the “Chair House” which appears to be embedded within a mountainside just along the coast.
The interior features a chic simplicity, with graphite stone cladding along the walls, a softly lit ambiance with small skylights throughout and pretty minimal furnishings. Unlike most interiors, with this space you start your way from the top and work downstairs to the remaining portions of the residence. Sirotov describes his own works as “simple, strong and extremely gentle,” and this motto rings true for the Chair House.
Nestled into the rolling green hills of a golf camp just outside of São Paulo, Brazil is Quinta da Baronesa, a modern dream home both sustainable and stunning. Designed by Studio Arthur Casas, this weekend family retreat is barely recognizable from the street, as it seems to organically jut out of the rugged terrain.
Go to Aarhus in the other part of my country, and you’ll find this gorgeous housing project. In Danish it’s called Isbjerget – meaning The Iceberg. because that’s what inspired the architects. And you can sure tell from looking at it!
With architects (seARCH, CEBRA, JDS architects and Louis Paillard), urban planning experts and so many more involved in this huge scale project, the “Isbjerget” housing is an amazing complement to the frigid waters just adjacent to the concrete and steel built housing. The entire project contains four “L” shaped wings that have over 200 apartments within which range greatly in size. Penthouses have the peaked roof lines and glass balconies look outward for a stunning view of water and more.
Aww! Cutest idea ever.
These animated gif images are created by 21-year-old Boston, MA based illustrator Daniel Barreto. The small dwellings are carved into the nooks and crannies of trees deep in the woods. Their windows glowing with light and flickering in the dark snowy night beg the question “Who lives here? Who are these tiny creatures?”
Adorn your knuckles with tiny rooftops by sporting these thoughtfully designed, hand painted House rings. So cute! Buy them here.
The brilliant concept of the IROJE KHM Architects home stems from the irregularity of the site on which it is built, and the overall undulating theme was absolutely not done on a whim. Sitting at a modest 1750 square feet, this home has an all over appeal, and a whole lot of places to really get lost in the architecture.
Crafted mostly from concrete, this structure is a wonder in itself. Not only is the space a multi-use family home with an office area and residential space; a floating bamboo garden is also to be admired on the upper level of the home. There is no detail left unturned in the home’s interior. Wood paneling on the ceiling all laid in a linear fashion, curved copper tiles on the exterior – this space has got it all in an exceptional way.
Floating structures are a great accomplishment, but what about a building that has withstood not only intense Serbian weather but 45 years perched upon a natural rock in a river? This Drina River Home was built in 1968 and is still perfectly situated, minus the exterior wear and tear.
Located in the small town of Bajina Basta, Serbia at the eastern edge of Tara National Park. In the case of this home, the owner is also the builder– where it’s revealed that the residence wasn’t as easy to build as it might seem. House boats, homes extending out over water and the like might look crazy, but compared to this home those are all a cinch.
I’ve always loved slides. Especially indoor slide – integrated in the home or office!
Architect David Hotson is based out of New York, and though his entire Skyhouse Manhattan Penthouse based project is an amazingly talented jungle gym of a home; this reflective slide is a show stopper.
Starting up in the attic of this upper level Penthouse residence is a mirrored stainless steel tubular slide that slightly resembles an octopus leg. The slide allows the user to stop off at the third level within, and ultimately ends up at the foot of a staircase along a mirrored wall in the library. The slide coils, slips, slides and reaches around through the built elements of this jungle-gym-esque home and creates the perfect balance of excitement and visual interest paired with the interior design by Ghislaine Viñas.
Modular homes don’t always mean that the utmost of luxury is on the horizon – but the D*Haus constructed typical is a surefire way to get a more upscale version of prefabricated luxury spaces out there. There isn’t a minimum or maximum to bedrooms available, and there are various versions available; ranging from D*Static to D*Lux.
Marketed as a house for all seasons, the various combinations available for the D*Haus modular homes are really infinite. Even within the normal modular configurations, the homes can transform throughout the day. Shapes and perspectives can change by the minute, with just some simple folds. Glass facades and external walls changing to interior walls are all apart of the standard designs with D*Haus.
The video depicts the revolutionary nature of the life cycle of a droplet of water and it’s cyclical journey. The project was a three-fold collaboration between myself, Helen Friel and Jess Deacon. From the original idea, through the creative development and process, our individual skill sets enabled the project to spring to life.
Post Production: Neil Cunningham
Music and Sound: Joe Shetcliffe