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A Lake Cottage in Bolsover, Ontario, Canada by UUfie / photographed by Naho Kubota.
Words from the architects:
Lake Cottage is a reinterpretation of living in a tree house where nature is an integral part of the building. In a forest of birch and spruce trees along the Kawartha Lakes, the cottage is designed as a two storey, multi-uses space for a large family. The structure, composed of a 7m high A-frame pitch roof covered in black steel and charred cedar siding. A deep cut in the building volume creates a cantilever overhang for a protected outdoor terrace with mirrors to further give the illusion of the building containing the forest inside.
Fourteen openings in the main living space reveal both inhabited spaces, skies and trees. The abstract nature of the interior spaces allows the imagination to flow, and those spaces that could be identified as a domestic interior can suddenly become play spaces. A solid timber staircase leads to a loft which gives the feeling of ascending into tree canopies as sunlight softy falls on a wall covered in shingles stained in light blue.
Using local materials and traditional construction methods, the cottage incorporated sustainable principles. The black wood cladding of the exterior is a technique of charring cedar that acts as a natural agent against termite and fire. Thick walls and roof provide high insulation value, a central wood hearth provides heat, deep recessed windows and operable skylights provide ventilation and diffused natural light.
‘ARTS & CRAFTS’ by 3D Digital Artist Diego Querol
The amazing ‘Factory’, Sant Just Desvern, Spain by architect Ricardo Bofill.
In 1973 Ricardo Bofill found a disused cement factory, an industrial complex from the turn of the century consisting of over 30 silos, subterranean galleries and huge machine rooms, and he decided to transform it into the head office of Taller de Arquitectura. Remodelling work lasted two years. The factory, abandoned and partially in ruins, was a compendium of surrealist elements: stairs that climbed up to nowhere, mighty reinforced concrete structures that sustained nothing, pieces of iron hanging in the air, huge empty spaces filled nonetheless with magic.
‘By the Hour’ – a concept prototype that looks to tell time without using numbers
but instead looks to use an alternating surface, designed by Jess Fügler
‘Miss Maple’ designed by Elisa Strozyk and photographed by Sebastian Neeb /// Text from the designer’s website:
pendant lamp, 85 x 85 x 35 cm
material: wooden textile, steel
The pendant lamp “Miss Maple” is showing the use of a familiar material in an unconventional way. We usually experience wood as a plain surface, but here it is broken down into a grid of triangles. This makes a flexible lampshade which can be transformed manually in three-dimensional ways.
While the lamp generates warm light at night the surface outside becomes more evident with daylight and turns the lamp into sculptural object.
Oxymoron Desk by Anna Lotova.
Russian designer Anna Lotova slotted two layers of foam beneath the surface of this wooden desk to create squishy spaces for storing stationery and other objects.
Named Oxymoron Desk, the piece combines two contrasting materials for its tabletop; two thick layers of upholstered foam are sandwiched between a pair of plywood sheets with curved edges.
A sliced opening along the top plywood sheet exposes the soft layer underneath, creating a place where documents and stationery can be inserted.
“As an architect and designer I know how important it is to have a comfortable and enjoyable work table,” said Lotova. “Oxymoron Desk is a result of interaction between two contradictory materials that enhance each other and gain a new meaning.”
A side table can also be added by slipping an extra piece of plywood between the two cushioned layers on either side of the desk.
An accompanying lamp can also be inserted between the layers, or can be slotted into the top and positioned at different angles. (Text via dezeen.com)
The beautiful ‘Herringbone House’ by London based Atelier ChanChan in Islington, London. Photographs by Mike Tsang.
Words from the architect:
The house aims to relate to its context by taking the syntax of the local vernacular: namely gable ended roofs and the brick material of the Victorian terraces. However, the open plan interiors with ceiling to floor windows, skylights and courtyards are supported by a modern steel structure.
The combination making for a modern vernacular house inspired by the old to create something new. The ornamental herringbone brickwork was used to create personal expression and to articulate the picture windows and volumes by using framing, pattern and variety in the laying of the bricks.
A wonderful example of beautiful simplicity – a corrugated aluminum ‘house for mother’ in Sweden, designed by förstberg arkitektur och formgivning (FAF)
‘House for mother’ by förstberg arkitektur och formgivning (FAF), is located in linköping, sweden, and is part of the linköpingsbo 2017 housing exhibition. the dwelling is divided into two parallel volumes slightly shifted from each other, thus creating spaces both in front of and behind the building. oriented to a park in the north, and an alley in the south, the two adjacent gables emphasize the overall theme for the area in general: narrow plots and a variation of housing types. the first form contains the kitchen, dining room and living room, with the bathroom and laundry room housed in a smaller cabin within the structure. the second volume, partly in two levels with a less inclined roof, accommodates the bedrooms and a small studio. the façades and roof are covered with raw, corrugated aluminum in juxtaposition to the warm interior with an exposed timber structure and walls lined with plywood. the polished concrete flooring folds up along the perimeter of the building and transforms into a bench and shelf. (Text via designboom.com / all images courtesy of förstberg arkitektur och formgivning (FAF)
The ‘Atriumhaus’ – a beautifully designed atrium house in Händelallee, Hansaviertel, Berlin by award-winning architecture studio bfs d of Berlin
With a sure hand bfs architects have helped an atrium house in Berlin’s famous Hansaviertel back to its former glamour. The modernist building was part of the 1957 building exhibition in Berlin’s Tiergarten park. It was designed by Eduard Ludwig, who among other things also designed the airlift monument at Tempelhof airport.
Photographs by Annette Kisling | Text by: Mirko Beetschen
‘Keret House’ – the world’s narrowest house, in Warsaw, Poland designed by Polish architect Jakub Szczesny of Centrala, Built between two existing structures from two historical epochs, the narrow infill is more of an art installation that reacts to the past and present of Warsaw. Although the semi-transparent, windowless structure’s widest point measures only 122 centimeters, it’s naturally lit interior doesn’t seem nearly as claustrophobic as one would think.
The Keret House will serve indefinitely as a temporary home for traveling writers, starting with Israeli writer Etgar Keret.
Photographs © Polish Modern Art Foundation / Bartek Warzecha
‘Tankstelle Bülowstrasse’ – A Gas Station at Bülowstrasse 18 in Berlin, Germany / A beautiful architecture project that transformed an old 1950s Shell gas station into the new home for Swiss gallery owner Juerg Judin, designed by award winning Berlin-based architecture studio ‘bfs d‘ together with ‘planbb brakel / photographs by Annette Kisling
Cool and colorful wrapped interior spaces by Penique Productions. /
“Penique productions was born in Barcelona in 2007. It is a collective of artists of different disciplines focused on a common project which is based on the idea of making ephemeral installations.
The starting point of each project is the selection of a location, which will be the place where to build a unique and customized piece. An inflatable balloon that expands and invades the space completely by itself.
The balloon grows until it fills the whole space and becomes the part of the existing architecture. The air, acting like the structure, presses against the plastic that faces the outline of the solid limiting and shaping the final form. Conquered by the inflatable, the place is transformed through the new texture, light and monochrome color.
Penique productions appropriates the original site that loses its routine to become part of the work getting a new identity. The balloon acts as a border and frames a new space. The container is also the content blurring the idea of the art object.
Penique productions offers an experience to the viewer. Therefore, through this clear, direct and simple perceptual message, Penique aims to reach all kinds of people without setting a closing speech.”
Ausbau Apartment Wiesbaden is a minimalist house located in Wiesbaden, Germany, designed by Studio Oink. A small apartment in a popular area in Wiesbaden, familiarly, quiet and bright, these were some wishes of the flat owners. The designers created a light atmosphere with a touch of nature by using natural materials and old furniture.
They painted the walls in “grey” and “patina” to make it more open and roomy. They also exposed the original wood flooring and placed ceramic tiles with a special finish on the kitchen wall. Most furniture is tailor-made for each room, so that the owner would have plenty of storage for the small apartment.
SLAP is a living useful cabinet: it’s linear and simple design makes it unique and very versatile, as it can be positioned in every part of the house. The particular edges of this cabinet lets the wood essence to come out, and they’re also functional as flap’s handy. Material: Wood and Betaflex (via whatweliketodesign)
Photos from the interior and exterior of the Ripon Chapel, situated in Oxfordshire. Design by Niall McLaughlin architects. Photos by Dennis Gilbert.
In the interior space the columns meet to form a filigree vault, allowing light from the clerestory to wash through the chapel. Its central feature is a lectern, emphasising the educational function of the space. From the exterior Its elliptical form presents an uncompromising and ‘proper’ architecture at ease with the majestic presence of surrounding mature trees.
Its delicate arboreal structure wrapped in an armature of stone, Ripon Collegeʼs new chapel is a subtle synthesis of nature and the sacred. (via ar)
Photos showing the impeccably styled interior in 60s modern furniture of the ‘Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’ advertising agency, featured in the famous series ‘Mad Men’.
Beautiful wooden tables designed by Slowwood
Slowwood’s philosophy is to create timeless pieces of quality furniture with a raw natural elegance and a low impact on the planet. Honest tactile products that are made to last and fit in your home easily. Each piece is handmade with love and attention by local craftsmen in Fryslan,Netherlands using solid wood, 100% natural finishes and mineral paint. (text via trendland.com)
Tent Light by Johan Carpner and Alexander Lervik for zero lighting /
A tent illuminated by night in the forest brings about images of calm and serenity – alexander lervik and johan carpner have translated this visual into a tangible object for the indoors. ‘jeahna’ features lightweight struts in black anodized aluminium covered by a white semi-transparent polyester, this structural framework typically used in the design of the outdoor shelters. like real tents, the pendant lamps can be disassembled and fit into a small bag. presented at stockholm furniture fair, the design is a result of a collaboration with swedish tentmaker hilleberg produced by zero lighting. it is available in three sizes ranging from 1.5 to 5.5. metres in diameter. (via designboom) /
Barcode Room by ‘studio 01’ – Alex Knezo and Akinori Hamada who designed a studio apartment made for a single resident and allows itself to be transformed into a space where one can live and friends can gather. Furniture-walls move freely from side to side on a track. storage is embedded within these bars, permitting the resident to customize the size of space to fit a variety of uses. (via designboom)
‘Wall of Doors’ – an interior wall composed of old, vintage, re-purposed white wooden doors by Dutch designer, Piet Hein Eek in an effort to preserve the memory of the old buildings that were torn down in order to build this new residential loft.
Beautiful wooden tables by Slowwood Design. Each piece is handmade with love and attention by local craftsmen in Fryslan,Netherlands using only solid wood, 100% natural finishes and mineral paint.
Wooden Slide built into a small stepped home library in the ‘Panorama House, Chungcheongbuk-do, South Korea designed by architect Moon Hoon
A statement by the architect:
The basic request of upper and lower spatial organization and the shape of the site prompted a long and tin house with fluctuating facade which would allow for more differentiated view. The key was coming up with a multi-functional space which is a large staircase, bookshelves, casual reading space, home cinema, slide and many more… The client was very pleased with the design, and the initial design was accepted and finalized almost instantly, only with minor adjustments. The kitchen and dining space is another important space where family gathers to bond. The TV was pushed away to a smaller living room. The attic is where the best view is possible, it is used as a play room for younger kids. The multi-use stair and slice space brings much active energy to the house, not only children, but also grown ups love the slide staircase…An action filled playful house for all ages…
Modern Townhouse in Gelukstraat, Ghent, Belgium by Dierendonck Blancke Architecten. Designed as a small 89 sqm house extension on this very small plot in the centre of city, the architects came up with a very simple yet innovative design solution, featuring an only 2mm thick black PVC-film as outer cladding. / photographed by Filip Dujardin
Pirates Bay House – a beautiful all timber one-storey, 200 square-meter (2152 sq. ft.) home in Blairgowrie, on the Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne, Australia designed by Stephen O’Connor and Annick Houle, partners at O’Connor and Houle Architecture for themsleves and their two children.
Photographs showing the beautifully designed simple and elegant bedroom in the Lycabettus Penthouse by Athens based architects and interior designers ese studio / photographed by Ioanna Roufopoulou
Photograph series of the interior of the Design Republic Commune, located in the center of Shanghai, by Neri & Hu architects, photographed by Pedro Pegenaute. The project is situated within the historic relic of the Police Headquarters built by the British during the 1910s and it is meant to be a gathering space for designers and design patrons.
Hawthbush Farm, Sussex Downs, England designed by Mole Architects
“In the place of an existing 1970s extension to the original 17th-century farmhouse, Mole Architects designed a new brick and steel structure that looks a little less jarring and out of place. Opting for a middle ground between ultra-modern radical and outdated rural pastiche, the new extension appears edgy and updated, while remaining sympathetic to the integrity of the old farmhouse. By combing natural materials like wood and copper with a barrel vaulted room featuring spectacular views of the landscape, this new extension brings new meaning to country-chic.”
(text via architizer) / photographs by David Butler
A beautiful, modern and simple apartment featuring a most elegant combination of white minimalism and the warmth of timber, designed by K-studio, in the district Plaka, Athens, Greece.
The Melbourne home of Katie Graham and family. / Photos – Sean Fennessy, Styling / Production – Lucy Feagins.
Flower Me Happy Pots / A series of cute and funny ceramic flower pots each with their own personality, designed by Danish design duo Meyer-Lavigne.
Series of beautiful ‘Dressed for Dinner’ Ceramics by Brooklyn based Dutch designer Marianne Van Ooij
Beautifully styled bedroom with wooden materials and tones / unknown photographer
Twinkle, Twinkle – beautifully styled interior with a clever use of fairy lights for decoration / from the Ikea Christmas catalog 2012.
A small collection of beautiful and cool bedroom / bed designs. Take a Nap!
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‘House SK’ – A couple of first concept / draft design images of our very first commission project for a weekend / holiday house for a small family in the Greek countryside. More to come soon!
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