Houses
Belzberg Architects - Skyline Residence in Los Angeles, Ca Print E-mail
Thursday, 15 October 2009 08:49

Perched atop a ridgeline in the Hollywood Hills, the presence of the Skyline Residence represents an honest approach to creating an environmentally sensitive building without sacrificing beauty nor budget.
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The pre-existing site presented a challenge in terms of constructability, the client presented the challenge of limited allowable expenses, and the architect was resilient to marginalize beauty and originality. The requirements of an architecture to satisfy each of these constraints are found in that which is constant and continuous at a given site.

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Taylor_Smyth architects - Sunset Cabin on Lake Simcoe, Ontario Print E-mail
Tuesday, 13 October 2009 06:16

Nestled into a slope on the southern shore of Lake Simcoe, this one room sleeping cabin is a simple but sophisticated Canadian bunkie, evoking the “primitive hut” of branches constructed in the wilderness.
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The clients desired a private retreat from the main cottage further up the hill that would also enhance their enjoyment of the surrounding landscape in a location previously used to watch the sunset.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 08:13
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Abramson Teiger Architects - Kelly Residence in Los Angeles, CA Print E-mail
Monday, 05 October 2009 05:02

Kelly Residence is an exploration of balance: between solid vs. void, formal order vs. intimate grace, private vs. public, and stoic vs. playful, all relative to achieving a higher sense of spatial freedom within an architectural home.
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Photograph by David Lena

The Architects divided the use of the spaces into public below (first floor) and private above (second floor). The house has a parents’ side and a children’s side, allowing each user their privacy and sound control, with an umbilical cord, given architectural form as a bridging element joining the two parts.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 October 2009 07:09
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Damilano Duilio + Fabio Atti - Maison de lumière Print E-mail
Thursday, 01 October 2009 07:52

With his attention to the fine details, and a contant effort to produce a enjoyable living spaces, Italian architect Duilio Damilano has produced this modern house called ‘Maison De La Lumière’ and located in Bologna, Italy.


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Last Updated on Saturday, 21 November 2009 14:05
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Bates Masi + Architects - Upcher House in East Hampton, NY Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 September 2009 06:32

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The design of this 1200 sq. ft. residence for a Writer was a study in adaptability and re-use.



The client was looking to simplify her life and downsize from an earlier house, also done by Bates Masi + Architects.


The new house would be built just west of her existing house on the adjacent property. She voiced the desire for her new house to be functional, light, informal, simple and maintain a view of a large moss covered rock on the site.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2009 06:49
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McBride Charles Ryan - Klein Bottle House near Melbourne, Australia Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 September 2009 07:16

MCR_KBH_01The architects wanted to break free from the typical straight-angled housing enclosure. They wanted this holiday house to be more about fun, a break from the monotony daily routine.

Rethinking the volumes in three dimensions, they stretched and distorted all the facets of the house, producing slopes and angles that create unique visual experience through spatial intersections, incidents and accidents. The result is a unique project where you would expect the unexpected.


The architects explained the ideas behind their project quite well:

The Klein bottle is a descriptive model of a surface developed by topological mathematicians.

Klein bottle, mobius strips, boy surfaces, are unique surfaces that while they may be distorted remain topologically the same. I.e. a donut will remain topologically a donut if you twist and distort it, it will only change topologically if it is cut.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 September 2009 06:52
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Pascal Arquitectos - Interior Design for the Reforma House in Mexico City Print E-mail
Friday, 21 August 2009 05:28

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Due to the building façade and structure complexity, the remodeling apartment design proposal is based on a logical existent elements union that, instead of hiding the chaos, creates spacious and illuminated areas with different perspective views in each one.



This traces generated angulated views and, therefore independent spaces that do no need to be closed by walls or doors; these are the aspects that portrays the house at first sight.




Photographs by Sófocles Hernández

Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2009 06:51
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Studio 804 - Modular 3 Prefab House Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 August 2009 07:06

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Previously featured on Archinnovations for their Sustainable Prototype, Studio 804 is a design/build program at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Studio 804 provides students with critical knowledge that prepares them for their future work as young architects in a rapidly changing and challenging profession.



This is another tour-de-force by this program. Constructed in the spring of 2006, Modular 3 is a prefab house perched from the highest point in its local vicinity. It offers a magnificent view of the downtown Kansas City skyline, accentuated through extensive floor-to-ceiling glazing. Chosen not only for its view, the siting of Modular 3 fills in a once vacant lot, intended as a part of the solution towards the renewal of the city.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 May 2010 10:01
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OBRA Architects - Villa of Captured Distance in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China Print E-mail
Monday, 03 August 2009 07:05

This project constitutes New York based OBRA Architects contribution to the Ordos 100 projects, a development for 100 villas set in Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China. While FAKE Design, Ai Wei Wei studio in Beijing, developed the masterplan for the 100 parcels of land and will curate the project, while Herzog and de Meuron selected the 100 architects to participate. The collection of 100 Architects hail from 27 countries around the globe.
OBRA_Ordos_01The Ordos 100 projects are challenged to go beyond the individuality of the villa in itself and achieve, in the togetherness of all 100 villas, an urban totality with a coherent sense of whole. The project suggests turning the matrix of streets and alleys containing the 100 villas into a recognizable public space with clearly defined spatial and material qualities.

Last Updated on Monday, 23 November 2009 15:04
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