Houses
Katsuhiro Miyamoto and Associates - The Grappa House Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 December 2007 19:00

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This project by Japanese Architect Katsuhiro Miyamoto is a great example of construction in a difficult site.

Located in the Japanese city of Takarazuka, the site is a narrow triangle of land surrounded by a densely built neighborhood. The irregular Urban zone was divided in rectangular parcels of land, the site is a secluded lot that is hard to use is left over Katsuhiro Miyamoto describes the site as “heta-ti” (hull land) – fragment of land that is left over. Surmounting the shape of the land, the restrictive regional building code, and a tight budget, the Architect produces a smart spatial organization, layered on two floors and two basements. Making the most of the site, the project is home of a three-generations family of six.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:05
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Brooks + Scarpa - Vail-Grant Residence Print E-mail
Sunday, 02 December 2007 04:27

A topography sculpted of folded, skewed metal planes, the Vail House by California based Brooks +Scarpa (formerly Pugh + Scarpa Architects), seems to enter into a love affair with the hill, blurring the boundaries between the natural and the artificial.

Pugh + Scarpa - Vail-Grant Residence
The design of the Vail House was generated by the integration of two disparate forces: the mundane requirements of the regulations imposed by zoning codes, economic constraints and the technical challenge of building on a steep hillside, and on the other hand the careful attention to the very specific condition of the site itself and to its surroundings. This made the architecture of the project a unique expression of the generic and the specific.

Last Updated on Monday, 28 March 2011 10:32
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Shubin + Donaldson - Santa Barbara Riviera Residence Print E-mail
Monday, 12 November 2007 00:00

Shubin + Donaldson Riviera Residence - Front View


When owners Geoffrey Moore and Genie Gable commissioned Architects Shubin + Donaldson to design this three-level Residence located in ‘The Riviera’ area of Santa-Barbara in California, they had searched for more than a year to find a site that met their exacting and almost contradictory requirements.



Geoffrey Moore is an international businessman and writer who, when not traveling, splits his work time between a home office in Santa Barbara and a corporate office 85 miles south in Santa Monica.  He wanted a shaded, quiet office space filled with cutting-edge technology for global communication where he could write without distraction.  His wife is the principal of Genie Gable Interior Design, and a graduate of the Professional Design Program at UCLA. She sought sun-filled spaces with unimpeded views of the nearby Pacific Ocean and, at night, the city lights of Santa Barbara.

 

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 December 2009 16:48
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Andrade Morettin Associates - RR House Print E-mail
Friday, 09 November 2007 01:55

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Andrade Morettin Associates, Architects designed this  summerhouse located at a short distance from the sea, in Itamambuca on the north coast of the State of
São Paulo, in Brazil. The environment is hot and humid and the landscape includes exuberant vegetation.


What Andrade Morettin architects wanted to create in the RR House was a big shelter. A sort of a “shell”, that protects from the intense sun and the frequent rain, without blocking the natural cross ventilation that cools the house.


All Photos by Nelson Kon

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 December 2009 09:44
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Katsuhiro Miyamoto and Associates - The Clover House Print E-mail
Monday, 05 November 2007 02:20

Clover House - Main Entrance







Japanese Architect, Katsuhiro Miyamoto brings us a  smart and well integrated project called the Clover House. With a total built area of 76m2 proves that beautiful things can come in small sizes.


The house is made of two levels; a basement and a first floor. It is spatially defined by three elements, the rectilinear retaining wall in the basement, the external wall of the ground floor, shaped as a square glass box, and most importantly, at the center of the house, curvilinear wall shaped like a cloverleaf 4.6m (15ft) high that emerges from basement to the first floor and help define the different spaces in the house.

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 January 2011 10:05
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Sarah Wigglesworth Architects - 9 Stock Orchard Street, Islington, England Print E-mail
Sunday, 28 October 2007 06:00

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When architects design a project for their own use, they usually get the freedom to experiment and develop new ideas. They also get to convey their philosophies without the hurdles that are usually put there by the client.

The Straw House - is an unusual design by the Architects for their house and associated studio office located in Islington, North London, England.  What makes the building stand out is the use of a number of innovative technologies based around principles of sustainable design, many of which were being used in an urban context for the first time. These include a new system of walling incorporating straw-bales.

 

Last Updated on Sunday, 13 December 2009 09:34
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Le Corbusier and Villa Savoye Remembered Print E-mail
Written by Camille Chami   
Wednesday, 24 October 2007 19:00
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2008-09 will mark the 80th anniversary of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye, an outstanding achievement from a leading figure of Modern Architecture. It was the embodiment of Le Corbusier’s philosophies.

Years of research done through previous works, painting and architecture, that helped in bringing his ideas to maturity. The  Architect transformed a simple week-end country house into a thoughtful project that brought in innovative concepts, volumetric ideas, and spatial organization still present in Architecture as we know it today.

Pictures courtesy of Nick Ehert

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 March 2010 15:03
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Brooks + Scarpa Dwell House II Print E-mail
Monday, 22 October 2007 01:54
Dwell House II  seeks to redefine the concept of a home into a flexible, multifunctional and adaptable space addressing the needs of today’s modern family, on a limited budget.
Dwell02.jpg Finding shelter and comfort through its access to the very environment that surrounds it, Dwell House II breaks the prescriptive mold of the traditional home by creating public and private “zones” in which private space is de-emphasized, in favor of  large public living areas, with commanding views of the surrounding environment.  Because the heating and cooling systems in both “zones” can be divided according to their public/private function, more efficient systems can be used, leading to a house which, upon completion, will set a new standard for innovation in design and sustainability.
Last Updated on Thursday, 26 May 2011 10:43
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Striving for perfection. Two Residential Houses by Randy Brown Architects. Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 September 2007 17:09

 

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We are proud to feature two remarkable projects by the talented Architect, Randy Brown, based in Omaha, Nebraska.

While different in their appearance both projects seem to share common philosophies. They are the result of a methodical process where ideas matured through the different design stages, Each element of the project was being constantly re-evaluated, even through its construction stage. Well integrated in their site they give the users through large window frames the best experience of the natural surroundings. Both projects were designed with Sustainability in mind; materials have been carefully chosen to minimize energy consumption.

 

 

 

Last Updated on Friday, 11 December 2009 17:29
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