Archived entries for Architecture
The ABC of Architects by the Colombian duo Federico Gonzalez & Andrea Stinga is either a brilliant primer on the worlds premier architects or a beautiful nostalgic reminder of the creative forces in the built world.
The Ant House by Shizuoka, Japan based firm mA-Style Architecture is a beautifully simple single family residence built in Omaezaki, Japan. The small dwelling is elegantly laid out, with a “adult” side and a “kids” side separated by a common living area.
This minimal house is just as minimally finished, with natural plywood walls & surfaces, and a stark dark grey exterior. The layout of the house maximizes the living space by building the storage into the structure. Images © kai nakamura
The InBetween House, designed by Tokyo based architecture firm Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates, is a collection of small combined cottages built outside of Tokyo in the mountains. The clients wanted a simple & elegant retreat from their hectic city lives. The collection of 5 structures, each with its own purpose, are built with independent roof lines that bleed into each other, creating both intimate interior spaces & covered “exterior” passages.
The design intent of this construction method was to create an architectural language similar to that of the city, with separate buildings and alleyways, allowing a free-form arrangement so that each space is perfectly situated to its surrounding landscape.
The Shed, by Sydney, Australia based Richard Peters Associates is a brand new renovation of a 1890 blacksmith’s shop. The beautiful open floor plan takes advantage of every nook of the space. Clean and simple details and materials are used throughout the building.
The building uses solar panels mounted on its roof for electricity, the floor plan has been optimized for ventilation, removing the need for cooling even during the hot summers.
Photographs: Justin Alexander
The The Moses Bridge, by RO & AD Architecten, challenges our perception of what a bridge really is. The bridge, which leads across the moat at a 17th Century Dutch fort, actually goes down through the water to preserve the historic view of the fort. Pretty brilliant if you ask me. The project is a finalist in the 2011 Dutch Design Awards.
The Porch House modular prefab houses by San Antonio, Texas based architecture firm Lake|Flato, can be arranged and built to take advantage of views, breeze, solar orientation, and outdoor spaces. The modular system emphasizes creating outdoor “rooms” as extensions of the livable interior space. With costs ranging from $150 — $225 per built square foot and a move-in time of only 6 months on some models, these beautiful prefabs are perfect for any buyer.
The houses arrive pre-built at the lot with high-efficiency mechanical systems, water saving features, natural ventilation systems, operable doors and windows, low-energy materials, healthy building materials, day-lighting systems, energy-efficient lighting, and passive design and can even be configured for “net zero energy consumption.”
The City Cottage, by Helsinki based Verstas Architects, is a tiny little 150 sq. ft. cottage built in Helsinki just a short distance from the clients home. This little vacation home away from home proves that you don’t have to go far to find beauty in Helsinki.
This virtually zero-impact cottage is powered entirely by solar electricity. The house’s layout and intelligent use of space provide ample room for all the creature-comforts of a normal house into a tiny package.
The Roudy Residence, located in the San Jaun Islands off Washington State, by Seattle based architect firm Miller Hull Partnership is the perfect blend of modern and industrial aesthetics. The 10 acre site includes both rolling green fields and a 100 foot bluff that drops into the ocean below. The house runs parallel along the top of the bluff creating a wind break for the island side of the house which includes the gardens. The ocean side of the house is almost completely windows, providing stunning views of the surrounding islands.
The north/south portion of the house includes the the living areas (kitchen, living room, dining room), the entry porch and the garage, while the east/west portion of the house is used for private bedrooms & guest rooms. At the intersection of the two halves is a two story tower that includes the home owners art studio and office as well the solar hot water array which provides domestic hot water and passive hydronic floor heating for the house.
The Y House by the Japanese architecture firm Fumiaso Architect & Associates is a brilliantly simple renovation of an existing 40 year old structure in Kobe, Japan. The new 62 square meter floor plan transformed the old structure, which had very little natural light, into a wide open, bright living space.
A third story loft with a small deck was added by rising one end of the roof. All the spaces were left as open as possible and they substituted transparent materials where possible to keep the natural light moving throughout.
All images © Kenta Hasegawa