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Altus Architecture +Design - Farquar Lake Residence in Apple Valley, Minnesota Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 07:37

The site is located within a mature suburban neighborhood along the south shore of Farquar Lake.

The previously unbuilt land was heavily wooded with large oak, maple and cottonwood trees and a gentle slope from the road down to the lake. The shape of the property was long and triangular widening from the narrow south end at the street and opening much wider at the north edge along the lake. The site design strategy was to locate the house to screen views of adjacent homes and open to the north views of the lake while maintaining as many trees as possible.

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Photographs © Paul Crosby

Last Updated on Friday, 20 May 2011 12:48
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Mount Fuji Architects Studio - Sakura Private Residence in Meguro,Tokyo,Japan Print E-mail
Monday, 09 August 2010 07:38

MtFuji-Sakura-06The project is a residence for a couple, doubling up as an office. The site is situated within a residential neighborhood, where the cost of land are among the highest in Tokyo, with the cluttered urban fabric typical to residential areas in downtown Tokyo. It is hard to say if the quality of living environment deserves the price of land.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:14
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Adams Mohler Ghillino Architects - WallHouse in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 07:06

b_Falck_entryAnother attractive residence from Seattle based Adams Mohler Ghillino Architects, Livability on a tight urban lot is enhanced through creative, efficient and flexible use of space. The shed-roofed upper floor of the main house rests above an open ground floor living space while a detached accessory structure serves as garage, office, playspace or guest quarters.

The full length of the site was designed as an alternating series of indoor and outdoor rooms with a continuous cedar clad wall visually connecting the spaces. The relationship between inside and out is blurred through the use of slide/fold doors that open the full width of the living space to the exterior at both ends. With the doors open, the living room becomes a porch to the street allowing the owners to interact with neighbors and passersby while the dining room extends to a private terrace and garden.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 04 August 2010 08:32
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Della Valle + Bernheimer - Artreehoose in New Fairfield, Connecticut Print E-mail
Monday, 19 July 2010 07:29

Artreehoose-01Wedged into a tight lot along Lake Candlewood in New Fairfield, Connecticut, this new home’s form and structure was derived from observations of trees and an adaptation of local building techniques. The project began with studies of leaf canopies, accumulated ring structures, and the dappled light that filters through groups of trees. Multiple study models in several media (concrete, acrylic, wood, plaster), investigated how light flows through perforations in these various materials.

Della Valle + Bernheimer used these models to observe, secondarily, how certain materials would be suited to creating a stable, discrete, but minimal structure. During the formative process they were interested in designing a house that seemed in large part to float and protect, much like the tree canopies on the site shelter the ground beneath them.

All photographs by Richard Barnes

 

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Peter Rose + Partners - Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health Print E-mail
Friday, 16 July 2010 07:43

rose_Kripalu01Architecture firm Peter Rose + Partners has completed the Kripalu Annex, the first step in the firm’s master plan to reshape the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health. The project received the AIA National Housing Award in the category of Specialized Housing.

Tucked into 300 acres of dense forest in the Berkshire Mountains, Kripalu (kri-PAH-loo) is the largest and most established yoga retreat in North America. For over 30 years, Kripalu has been teaching skills for optimal living through experiential education for mind, body, and spirit, and this holistic approach was the starting point for the innovative plan that secured Peter Rose the Kripalu commission in 2004.

 

Photos: Matthew Snyder



According to Rose, “Kripalu’s housing needs are modest and straightforward, but the architecture of the Annex, like yoga itself, is full of subtlety and layers of complexity that gently improve the structure’s performance. Light, air, using minimal means to create a calm, healing environment—it’s all about fulfilling these almost intangible requirements.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 July 2010 09:43
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Bohlin Cywinski Jackson – Port Townsend Residence in Port Townsend, Wash. Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 July 2010 07:09

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This  warm, attractive residence, well integrated its its rural settings. is one of the recipients of the AIA’s Housing Awards.

Approaching the rural site, a clearing briefly reveals the Port Townsend Residence in the distance, spanning the end of a long meadow framed by forest.


After winding through dense woods, the drive opens to the home’s entry, where wood screens obscure the distant views. The path to the house steps up and turns onto the breezeway deck, where the full nature of the site is finally revealed as the view focuses over the edge of a high bluff to the Strait of Juan de Fuca, with Protection Island and beyond.

A line of exposed steel structure and a series of wood columns extend the length of the slender building, supporting wood beams and rafters.

Photo Credit: © Nic Lehoux Photography


Last Updated on Thursday, 15 July 2010 07:31
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Eleni Kostika - Family House Revision in the Northern Suburbs of Athens Print E-mail
Friday, 09 July 2010 08:53

Kostika_AlexandrosTso_01The project renovates a 3-storey house (650 sq. m) built in the 70’s in Athen's north suburbs. It needed to be totally redesigned to suit the needs of the owners; a couple with their 3 children owning a significant collection of Contemporary Art. The house situated on a steep site possessed a distinctive style from the seventies that is usually found in the suburbs of Athens.

Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 11:15
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Johnsen Schmaling Architects - Ferrous House in Spring Prairie, Wisconsin Print E-mail
Wednesday, 07 July 2010 07:41
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2010 AIA Housing Award Recipient, this house is the careful reinvention of an existing, ill-conceived suburban production home at the end of its life cycle. This project challenges the ordinary but environmentally irresponsible tabula rasa approach – tear down and build bigger – and offers a sensible alternative, illustrating how the bones of a dysfunctional building can be reclaimed as the framework for a contemporary, precisely detailed dwelling. The project is a case study for a resource-conscious suburban renewal in a time of economic and ecological distress.

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