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Why Japan Has the Most Experimental (and Disposable) Housing in the World. From questionable projections, to houses built without visible windows, to fantasy-life forms, Japanese residential architecture often pushes the boundaries of what we typically define as a "home. " We're not talking about just a few examples of unusual housing designs—there is a domestic gusto sweeping the country that champions the eccentric and eschews the traditional as a form of personal expression and creativity.

When viewing Japan's single family homes on the Architizer database, it's easy to emit expressions of bewilderment. The persistent tendency for home owners in Japan to opt for radical houses would suggest a booming economy that has allowed couples to invest in their home's façade—especially when Japan has the highest number of architects per capita in the world. However, most of these peculiar residences are built by younger, middle-class couples without a huge budget. Add To Collection Save this image to a collection Cube Court House by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates. Bolton Residence, Québec, 2014 - _naturehumaine [architecture+design]

Having bought a beautiful plot of wooded land in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, the client dreamt of building a country house that would be in perfect symbiosis with its natural environment. This rugged, sloped site came to a natural plateau just below its highest point, becoming the perfect location to erect the house. The house is characterized by two stacked volumes; a wooden clad volume anchored into the mountain supports a cantilevering ground floor volume above.

This gable roofed volume raised into the air gives the sensation that the house is floating amongst the trees. Vast views of Mount Orford and the valley below are framed by a long horizontal strip window. The kitchen and master bathroom are carved out of a black volume at the center of the house dividing living spaces from the master bedroom. La maison est caractérisée par deux volumes superposés; un volume habillé de bois encastré dans le terrain, en supporte un deuxième en porte-à-faux contenant le rez-de-chaussée. MYSTIC WIND TOWNHOUSES. Sant Miquel Special Education School. A Contemporary Redesign For A 1960s House In New York. Photography by John Muggenborg CDR Studio Architects have designed the renovation of a house on Long Island in New York. The designer’s description The Long Island Residence is located in a rural community on the edge of the Long Island Sound. Approximately twenty-five miles from the heart of Manhattan, the area is known as a tranquil counterpoint for daily commuters seeking to escape the city’s frenetic pace.

The project is the result of a renovation seeking to both preserve and refine an existing dwelling that has stood on the site since 1961. Externally, the dilapidated skin of the residence was stripped back to its framing, which was then altered to create a more seamless roofline and expanded openings within the facade. Internally, structural alterations were made to allow for the removal of a wall separating the kitchen from the main living area, integrating these zones as a new activity core for the home. The Art of Hiding: A Kitchen That Tucks Away. You’ve heard of using cabinetry fronts to conceal a refrigerator or dishwasher. But have you seen a kitchen that completely disappears within a space?

German kitchen specialist Warendorf has designed such a system, which was exhibited at LivingKitchen 2015 in Cologne, Germany, and is now available on request. Add To Collection Save this image to a collection By simply employing a grid layout and elegant finishes for the hardware-free fronts, the kitchen appears as a paneled focal or art wall. But, at the touch of a button, the central portion’s face raises, revealing a sleek countertop that provides ample prep space and is outfitted with a sink and induction cooktop. Integrated lighting, cantilevered wall shelves or racks, a backsplash, and a concealed ventilation hood complete this cooking zone. Manually operated storage units — for pantry items, various wares and utensils, and, of course, additional appliances such as the fridge — flank and sit below the central work area.

Villa Lóla. Ranch Operations. Werner Sobek Urges for Emissions-Free Cities by 2020. Architect and engineer, Werner Sobek, is urging cities to become emissions-free by the year 2020 – for all cars and buildings to be entirely powered by renewable energy. Sobek shared this goal during his acceptance speech of the Fritz Leonhardt Prize in July 2015, saying that this goal is achievable, but only with the full support of automotive and construction industries.

Although seven leading, industrialized nations have agreed to de-carbonization by the end of the century, Sobek believes that that would be too late. Read more about Werner Sobek’s vision of the future after the break. In 2014, Sobek proved the possibilities of our current technology. Working with alphaEOS, he built Aktivhaus B10 – a building with an intelligent automation system that could produce twice as much power as it needed using renewable sources. The excess energy was then used to power two electric cars and a nearby historic building, via a networked system. News via lifePR. Icon Coffee. Pine House, Kingston upon Thames, 2014 - OB Architecture. OB Architecture were invited to extend, remodel and entirely refurbish a turn of the century Victorian villa in Surrey for a young couple and their 2 girls. Sitting on a wonderful 2 acre plot in a Conservation Area, the house had suffered from a number of insensitive alterations and extensions that had eroded the character of the original house.

The connection with the garden had been lost and the house had started to fall into a state of disrepair. We explored how we could work with the existing house to reinstate its original character, yet extend it and reconfigure it in a way that would preserve the character whilst making it more practical for modern family living. A 2 storey extension sits to the side of the house, separated from the original house by a frameless glazed link, this gesture allowing the original form of the house to be clearly perceived against the new extension.

Nookarchitects design the interior of a loft apartment in Barcelona. Nookarchitects have designed G-ROC, an apartment in Barcelona, Spain, that is their fourth completed apartment in the same building. The designer’s description Just when we thought that we had closed a cycle which CASA ROC, TWIN HOUSE, and ROC CUBE, one of the old apartments on the same building became vacant ahead of what was expected, so G-ROC became our fourth intervention on the building. With three similar interventions finished, it was easy to identify a common denominator in terms of solutions, therefore defining and strengthening the distinguishing traits of this assignment. Conditions in common: Differentiating the night and day zones, bathroom installations and night zones located towards the interior facade, recovery of the original structure, and improvement of the envelope.

Conditions that are unique to this: Ceilings half a metre higher, a glazed gallery on the interior facade with an exit to a small terrace. Honey, I Shrunk the House: 7 Spacious Micro-Housing Projects. To celebrate the opening of our 4th Annual A+Awards, we're taking a look back at some of our favorite projects from 2015. Want to get in on the action? Check out the A+Awards Page to find out how to enter. Many urbanites already cope with the reality of living in a small, or worse, shared space. The catch is that these spaces weren’t design to be used this way. As housing prices continue to go up and more single professionals move into cities, the demand for more of these spaces is inevitable.

Here the solution lies in the problem: create tiny living spaces that were internally designed for that very purpose — micro-housing. Introducing micro-housing into cities could open up many more reasonably priced living options, and potentially lower rent prices over time. Given that space is hard to come by, micro-housing is not only a trend, but a design solution that addresses urban spatial inadequacies. Add To Collection Save this image to a collection. AYC. Rore kahu. The Netherlands Builds in Brick: 6 Formative Projects. Brick has a long and rich history in the Netherlands. As the story goes, the common image of Dutch architecture between both world wars was defined by the modern, functionalist designs of the Nieuwe Bouwen movement.

The glass and concrete structures that arose from new pragmatism were thought to have thoroughly dethroned the traditional brick architecture of Berlage, Kropholler, and the Amsterdam School. Fortunately though, brick architecture continued to develop alongside modernism, even for experiential construction. Today the relationship between brick and the Dutch holds strong. Architects from the region still favor brick as a construction material in both traditional and experimental projects.

Whether forming unexpected façade motifs to create visual consistency across multi-use structures or aesthetically link multicultural institutions, contemporary Netherlandish brick façades remain as the expressively strong tie between the region’s past, present, and future. Wallforms™ River Loft. Tile Trends at Cersaie 2015, Part Two. Our recap of the major trends from Cersaie continues with a look at concrete and cement influences in Italian tile as well as both visually stunning and subtle-but-sophisticated new graphics, patterns, and artwork.

WELCOME TO THE CONCRETE JUNGLE The trend toward emulating concrete and cement in porcelain stoneware doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone in the architecture and design community, given concrete’s overall popularity in the built environment. Many of the Italian tile houses have responded with styles that range from the polished variety to the freshly troweled look, and all of them can easily inject a bit of urbanism into both commercial and residential settings. Add To Collection Save this image to a collection Atlas Concorde BRIX: Brush Designed by Lo Studio, Brush clearly has concrete leanings inspired by slurry casting and drying, complete with light and shade effects, particularly near the tile borders. Ceramica Fioranese Ceramiche Coem Cerdomus Ceramiche Del Conca Monocibec. House [B] Micro-Manses: Architecture + Living Small.

Currently, half of the world's population now lives in cities, and by 2050 that percentage is expected to swell to 70 percent. The big question: Where do we put them all? Part of the answer lies in the "densification" of the future city. Urban planners and participants agree that building higher will help, but living spaces in general will have to shrink. Not only that, but these tiny homes must also have to be mobile, functional, and wand aesthetic objects all at the same time.

In short, people will have to learn to live smaller. Add To Collection Save this image to a collection Container Guest House (2013 A+ Special Mention) San Antonio, Texas Designed by poteet architects, lp 300-Square-Foot Micro-Apartment Wroclaw, Poland Designed by 3XA BoxHome Oslo/Norway Designed by Rintala Eggertsson Architects Centre Village (2013 A+ Finalist) Winnipeg, Canada Designed by 5468796 Architecture Blob vB3 Mobile Designed by dmvA Architecten LoftCube Milan/Italy Designed by Aisslinger + Bracht. Expo-Nential Success: UK Pavilion is Crowned Best in Show at Milan EXPO 2015.

At the intersection between art and architecture, some unexpected moments of inspired design can emerge, and so it proved in Milan, Italy, this summer: in partnership with architectural firm BDP, artist Wolfgang Buttress has scooped the International Prize for Best Pavilion Architecture for his UK Pavilion at the 2015 World EXPO in Milan. Add To Collection Save this image to a collection The structure is intimately connected to the event’s overarching theme, “Feeding the Planet: Energy for Life.” The primary sculpture is entitled The Hive and was conceived in close collaboration with bee-expert Doctor Martin Bencsik’s research on pollination and the collective dynamic of bees.

The 46-foot (14-meter) cuboid of interlaced aluminum elements is based on the structure of honeycomb, evoking the dense but permeable spatial qualities of beehives. Outside the main pavilion, a meadow of wildflowers is raised up to provide a “bee’s-eye view” of the insects’ native habitat. Vertiz 950. The Roof Structure Was Turned Into A Decorative Element In This Apartment. ArchObraz architectural studio have designed the interior of an apartment in Kiev, Ukraine. The designer’s description The apartment design is driven by transformation of the roof load-bearing elements into decorative objects.

Their clear strong lines were used to guide zoning of the interior. Built-in soft lighting smoothens the contrast between the uncovered functional construction and cosiness of hearth. Fireplace, paintings on the walls and wide terrace with city view complete home atmosphere. Design: ArchObraz architectural studio | Art team: Alexey Obraztsov, Oksana Severchuk, Nadiia Cherkasova Photo: Andrey Avdeenko. What If? 7 Iconic Examples of Unbuilt Architecture Throughout History. Whether they are constructed or not, all great ideas deserve a stage, and now they have one: Architizer is excited to announce a brand-new set of categories for this year’s A+Awards designed to recognize great works of unbuilt architecture.

Get your renders, drawings, and models celebrated on a global stage! Find out how to submit your project here. It is something that architects must grapple with from their first day of university to the final day of their career: what value can be placed on buildings that are never completed in the real world? While many projects do not survive the perilous journey from drawing board to construction site, one thing is clear: the ideas they represent can prove just as influential and inspiring as many finished structures. Add To Collection Save this image to a collection Via Skyscraper City 1. The Arc de Triomphe in Paris is one of the best known icons in France, but it could have been so different had 18th-century architect Charles Ribart had his way.

Fenlon House. How Architecture Is Born: 7 Fluid Watercolors by Steven Holl and the Buildings They Inspired. The acts of sketching and model-making traditionally provide architects with much of their inspiration at the outset of the creative process. However, some move further into the realms of art to help them visualize their concepts, enjoying the fluidity and flexibility of paint and, in particular, the free-flowing qualities of watercolors. One such architect is American Steven Holl, who adopted the brush as an efficient way of transferring his ideas to paper.

“I used to do pencil drawings. Those took eight hours,” reflects the architect. “Around 1979, I streamlined it to five-by-seven-inch watercolors. With the watercolor, in the quickest way, I can shape a volume, cast a shadow, indicate the direction of the sun in a very small format. As shown in Phaidon’s richly illustrated book on Holl’s work, this ability to visualize two of architecture’s defining elements — light and shade — has made his watercolors almost as renowned as the buildings they helped shape. 1. 2. 3. 4.

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