Get flash to fully experience Pearltrees
This small rusty cabin designed by Oslo architects Manthey Kula provides public toilets along one of Norway’s tourist routes. Completed in 2009, the Roadside Reststop Akkarvikodden is located north of the Artic Circle and replaces a former rest stop that was swept away in strong winds. The welded Corten steel walls of the building are screened with glass on the inside to prevent rust rubbing onto the clothing of anyone using the facilities.
first image 'parametric fragment' by takashi yamaguchi & associates, matsusaka, japan all images © takashi yamaguchi & associates japanese practice takashi yamaguchi & associates have completed 'parametric fragment', a single family residence in a rural area near the ise bay in matsusaka, mie, japan. surrounded with stretches of green rice fields, the aluminum panel exterior of this residence reflects the changing lighting conditions as the land changes from the water bathed planting season to the golden hues of the autumnal harvesting season. enclosed with a double skin, the south and west facades contain wide gaps and without window openings, allowing the summer's radiant heat to rise through the structure and exit near the roof. a fragmented pattern of louvers near the top of the perimeter wall arranges shorter and longer lengths of panels as determined by the internal room placements, flue window, ventilation and air conditioning outlets. view from the rice field
In 2005, Norway initiated a massive 15-year agenda to generate more tourism. The government turned to architects and designers to concept and build tourist routes and architectural rest stops to enhance the experience of the stunning Norwegian landscape. The projects span from the southern town of Jaeren to the northern tip of Varenger.
Sugary treats are arranged like ingredients for potions inside this dimly lit patisserie in north Athens. Greek firm Kois Associated Architects designed the shop, named Sweet Alchemy, for celebrity pastry chef Stelios Parliaros . Some of the sweets and pastries on sale are contained inside neatly labelled jars, while others are divided up on large storage tables. Sets of old-fashioned scales are positioned around the shop for weighing precise quantities. In the shop window, more jars and containers are displayed within a floor-to-ceiling bronze shelving grid.
Project: OZ House Designed by Swatt Miers Architects Location: Silicon Valley, California, USA Website: www.swattmiers.com A family home for a young couple with two children designed by Swatt Miers Architects comes with the relaxed sentiment of a vacation, OZ House found its place on a wast location in California's Silicon Valley. From the Architects: The new Oz Residence in Silicon Valley, California captures the essence of casual California living with open planning, rich natural materials, and strong visual connection to beautiful gardens designed by landscape architect Ron Herman. The owners, a young couple with two young children, wanted their home to have a casual, barefoot feel, like a vacation destination. Their 2.8 acre site, with gentle slopes to the south and mature landscaping on all sides was the perfect setting to create a home that would fully engage the beautiful landscape. The home is organized into a 'L' shaped plan with 2 wings joined at a two-story great room.
Architects are not paid as well as most people believe, so when they can finally afford to build their own dream house it is often a work of extraordinary creativity and style. The Rantilla Residence by Michael Rantilla is no exception: this home in the forest is at once a work of ultramodern genius and a powerful response to its environment. As is often the case, some of the most visually spectacular moves made in this building’s design grew out of constrictions that become opportunities – such as the incredibly difficult site which drove the building upward and resulted in its being largely lofted out over the ground around it.
It is hard to say just how many floors dynamic new split level homes like this really have, but pictures do a much better job than plans at showing the many layers of such designs. Technically the facade is three-stories tall, but at every turn the building seems to fracture in two – over and over again. Contemporary staircases are the common thread that connects each floor, beautifully articulate wood surfaces framed by black steel and winding from each split-level, polished-concrete surface to the next in organic freedom from rigorous patterns. It looks almost like a warehouse remodel but is, in fact, a brand new building designed by Qb architects (and photographed by by Halkin ). Rooms are tucked into the spaces between, alternating between private bedroom and public living spaces.
Blending big and small, modern forms and cultural norms, this design project is part multifamily housing complex and part meta-home – a series of unique living spaces packed inside of a larger structure made to look like a conventional A-frame house on the outside (albeit made of creative and unconventional materials), and a cutting-edge converted industrial loft space within. HyoMan Kim of IROJE KHM Architects has created something almost like a self-contained mini-city, complete with outdoor passages, horizontal gardens and vertical circulation spaces. These serve as places of interaction for residents who each individually occupy a part inside of the whole. Alternating layers of transparent and opaque material allow selective views and opportunities to look out while still inside, balanced with maintaining security and privacy within each unit.
So many ultramodern structures or so free of context their architects can do virtually anything with them – but what do you do when you are confined to a conventional lot size but still want to push the design envelope? This very very modern house by K2LD Architects illustrates the potential of working within a context while creating a building that also doubles as a three-dimensional sculpture. From each angle, this house is a dynamic composition within its surroundings with views out in each direction and selective areas of opacity between opaque elements. It is modern in its straight lines and fits in with adjacent structures but also manages to have a series of unique elements that call attention to themselves but also create the basis of a broader composition both day and night. <p style="text-align:right;color:#A8A8A8"></p>
Japanese architecture ranges for elegant to humorous and somber to strange; this bizarre set of stacked housing units is easy to slot in at one end of those scales, dressed to look like individual homes angled and dropped on top of one another. It gets weirder. One might guess that each individual volume was a single apartment unit, but in fact they are all multi-floor homes that intersect and overlap in odd ways, connected by a series of ladders and staircases woven throughout. A combination of skylights and windows are interlaced with the rooftops and angular walls, facing in every direction you could imagine from straight up, down and out to various angles in between.
In 1995, a fire ravaged Philip Johnson’s legendary Brasserie restaurant in the Seagram Building. It fell into the hands of Diller + Scofidio to redesign the interior , and the duo was faced with the daunting challenge of respecting Johnson’s design while creating something wholly original. Once ensconced in concrete, Brasserie was reborn with new skins of wood, terrazzo, tile, and glass. Though the materials were novel to the space, Diller + Scofidio preserved the fundamental purpose of material in the design as surfaces that are simultaneously structural, spatial and functional. The most defining feature: a madrone floor that lifts up to connect with the pearwood ceiling, creating a continuous wrapper around the dining space and a sultry environment that speaks to architecture’s many expressions.
Architect: AI.STUDIO – A r c h i t e k t e n + I n g e n i e u r e Location: Wahlitzer Weg 4a / 39114 Magdeburg , Germany Start of construction: June 2010 Completion: March 2011 Property size: 1065.0 sqm Client: Private Living space: 204.0 sqm Enclosed space: 605.0 sqm Photographs: Courtesy of AI.STUDIO The single-family detached house is located in Magdeburg in a quiet residential area behind the “MDCC Arena”. The property is located in second row and accessed by a 3 meter wide and 30 feet long access route. A Mediterranean courtyard layout with parking spaces, a double garage and the house entrance opens up here. Cypress trees planted in a white pebble bed limit the visual axes to the east. The entrance area is accessible from here, protected against the weather by the one meter over-hanging upper floor.
Architect: TAO (Trace Architecture Office) – HUA Li Location: Yunnan , Tengchong, Xinzhuang Village, China Floor Area: 361 sqm. Lot size: 300 sqm Completion: 2010 Client: Committee of Gaoligong Museum of Handcraft Paper Design team: HUA Li, Huang Tianju, Li Guofa, Jiang Nan, Sun Yuanxia, Xu Yinjun, Yang Hefeng Photographs: Shu He The museum of handcraft paper is located in a field next to Xinzhuang village under Gaoligong Mountain of Yunnan, a world ecological preserve area in southwest of China. The village has a long tradition on handcraft paper making.
Architect: Tim Stewart Architects Location: Peachester, Sunshine Coast Hinterland, Queensland , Australia Project Year: 2008 Photographs: Christopher Frederick Jones – Architectural Photographer The 18 hectare site has had a life that has ebbed and flowed with the life of the family who have owned it for almost 30 years. Developed from the ground up into a small orchard by a growing family the farm is now retreating back to its natural form as the owners also wind down in retirement. The original home was subdivided and sold many years ago whilst the family pursued a different chapter of their lives; the opportunity for a new home presented a chance to reflect the changing values and lifestyle of the client. With their field of reference reducing with age the home aims to reflect in miniature the site as a whole and its history.
GisMullr Fri, 01/13/2012 - 12:10 The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful.