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VTN architects' 'bamboo house' offers green solution to vietnamese density issue. In response to vietnam’s rapid urbanization and divergence from its origins as a low density tropical area, vo trong nghia architects develops ‘bamboo house’ — a small residential project in ho-chi-min city. in an attempt to reconnect vietnam’s developed urban areas to nature, the firm’s ‘house for trees’ concept is a series of prototypical housing designs that provides green spaces within high density neighborhoods. the ‘bamboo house’ is VTN’s response to vietnam’s density issue due to vietnam’s narrow streets, otherwise known as ‘hem’, vo trong nghia architects’ ‘bamboo house’ is designed to create a comfortable living space in spite of the limited available space. the site’s density only allows two sides to create natural ventilation and light into the building. both the front and back of the house are open and wrapped with greenery, allowing cool wind to pass through. the façade holds an abundance of greenery a detail of the house’s balconies with perching trees the living room the roof.

Urban Sanctuary: The Margot House in Barcelona: Remodelista. Older Urban Sanctuary: The Margot House in Barcelona by Izabella Simmons Issue 37 · Urban Life · September 18, 2015 Newer Issue 37 · Urban Life · September 18, 2015 Located on Paseo de Gracia, the nine-room Margot House is the latest lodging addition to the bustling city of Barcelona. Judging from the interiors, it's no surprise that both owners come from a design background—Sergio owns Natura, a chain of eco-friendly lifestyle stores, and Sandra runs a fashion and accessories stores called Be. Above: The large lobby is illuminated by skylights. Above: At the end of the lobby, guests can find a curated library of design journals. Above: A large table in the lobby is surrounded by folding canvas director's chairs; hanging planters add a note of greenery.

Above: A communal kitchen is available for guests. Above: A simple table is set for guests to enjoy freshly brewed coffee and hot tea. Above: A light and airy guest room has an en suite bathtub. Above: A built-in hotel shop. By Remodelista Team. Huffingtonpost. From Sweden with Love: A Romantic Captain's Seaside Villa: Gardenista. Older From Sweden with Love: A Romantic Captain's Seaside Villa by Michelle Slatalla Issue 25 · Vacation House · June 22, 2015 Home Newer Issue 25 · Vacation House · June 22, 2015 Real estate moment: We recently spotted for sale a renovated white clapboard captain's villa and boathouse on the harbor in Fjällbacka, a remote resort town on the western edge of Sweden known for its fishing and its pull on Ingrid Bergman's heart (she summered on a nearby island just off the coast).

The details: The compound consists of a main house, a boathouse (with total living space that includes 10 bedrooms and 2,700 square feet), a private jetty, a sauna, and possibly the most charming seashell front gate we've seen. Asking price: Nearly $3.1 million. Our budget allows us to enjoy the views vicariously. Photography via Anna Ski. Above: Built in 1924, the complex recently underwent a complete remodel, getting a new facade and windows, a new roof and gutters, a sauna, and new patios and fencing. By Gardenista Team. Dutch vacation home rises like a diamond out of the dunes. Dutch firm Marc Koehler Architects recently completed a striking luxury vacation home in the island of Terschelling, Northern Netherlands.

The aptly-named Dune House boasts sustainable design and is sympathetic to the surrounding landscape, rising like a diamond out of the sand. Not to be confused with the other Netherlands-based Dune House, this Dune House comprises a total floorspace of 180 sq m (1,937 sq ft), and sports two main floors, plus a large basement. The subterranean concrete basement is the most private area of the house and includes three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and is softened with warm colors and small slit windows. The ground floor is more open and features the main living and dining areas, plus a kitchen and an additional bathroom. Climbing to the first floor requires one navigate a spiral staircase broken up by platforms. The home's structure consists of a recycled concrete foundation and a wooden upper section of cross-laminated timber (CLT) panels and beams. Rehab Diary: A Revived Manse in Melbourne: Gardenista. Older Rehab Diary: A Revived Manse in Melbourne by Margot Guralnick Issue 16 · Oceania Outdoors · April 26, 2015 Newer Issue 16 · Oceania Outdoors · April 26, 2015 Hired by a young family to revive a double-fronted Victorian house in the St.

Photography by Shannon McGrath via Clare Cousins Architects. Above: The owners wanted to better integrate the house and garden, which had been obscured by tall, sloping brick additions. Above: The front of the house retains its original multicolored Victorian brickwork. Above: The living area now has a direct link to the garden via a pop-out window and window seat. Above: What Cousins calls the "threshold space" between the house's wings forms an indoor/outdoor dining area with pivoting glass doors. Above: The living area, with window seat and portholes. Above: Classic bentwood chairs and, on the floor, the Block 2 Light by Sydney designer Henry Pilcher. Above: A lounge off the kitchen is paneled with discreet storage cabinets.

By Gardenista Team. Lionel Buckett's spectacular Clifftop Cave. Lionel Buckett squats barefoot on the stone outcropping that forms a natural verandah to his latest extraordinary creation. Weathered and weary with a shock of curly orange hair, he's looking out across a magnificent, pristine valley in Australia's Blue Mountains range, a view that probably hasn't changed in thousands, even hundreds of thousands of years. "It's an interesting thing with passive solar design," he muses, "that a cave facing north is probably the first passive solar building that humans ever lived in.

" View all He'd know a thing or two about passive solar design. Buckett's company Australian Hardwood Homes was decades ahead of its time in terms of energy efficiency. "I had a company with up to about 15, 16 fellas working for about 25 years. The business is long gone now, and Buckett has come into possession of the extraordinary piece of land we're now looking over – 600 acres of prime bushland that's been in his family since the 1950s. Share. Open House: A Dublin Architect Builds a Home for His Family: Gardenista. Older Open House: A Dublin Architect Builds a Home for His Family by Michelle Slatalla Issue 11 · Emerald Isle · March 19, 2015 Home Newer Issue 11 · Emerald Isle · March 19, 2015 To make the backyard feel like an extra room (and make it tempting for his children to play outdoors in all kinds of weather), Irish architect John McLaughlin designed—and built himself—a house for his family with walls of glass that open to the garden: Photography via John McLaughlin.

Above: From the backyard, you can see through the whole house (which has a mirror-image front facade). After hiring a contractor to build the shell of the house, McLaughlin finished the interior timber-framed details himself. Above: The first floor of the house is an open living space with full-height timber-framed windows serving as both front and back walls. Above: Interior wood trim and window frames are made of iroko. Above: On the second floor, four bedrooms have sweeping view of green foliage through the large windows. Izabelin House camouflages into the forest. Polish architectural studio Reform has plans to construct a dramatic mirrored home in the middle of a forest landscape Image Gallery (11 images) Polish architectural studio, Reform has plans to construct a dramatic mirrored home in the middle of a forest landscape. Dubbed Izabelin House, the home's exterior design heavily features a mirrored facade which clads most of the lower level, giving the illusion that the upper half of the home is floating in mid air above the forest bed.

View all "The inspiration for the use of mirrors on the facade came from the surrounding nature," Reform's principle architect, Marcin Tomaszewski tells Gizmag. The Izabelin House design concept features a modular two story family home which will be built with a traditional reinforced concrete construction. The architect's biggest challenge will be to preserve the existing trees which are currently located on the planned construction site. Source: Reform Architecture Share About the Author. Andrew Maynard Architects turns a house into a village. We've already witnessed Australian firm Andrew Maynard Architects' flair for the unusual with the Cut Paw Paw house.

Tower House sees the practice up the ante by turning a typical weatherboard home in Alphington, Victoria, into a delightful "village" comprising a number of tower-like buildings. View all Built for a young family with twin boys, there's a lot going on with Tower House – and a lot to like, too. During the renovation and extension of an existing modestly-sized suburban home, a simple flat extension was shunned in favor of five slim tower-like volumes that are connected on the inside and resemble a village on a tiny scale from outside. The original home includes two children's bedrooms, bathroom and living spaces, while the new additions feature a studio, bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, and a dining area. "Tower House is a village externally and a home internally," says Andrew Maynard Architects.

Tower House was completed in 2014. Source: Andrew Maynard Architects Share. Architect Visit: A Hidden Japanese Garden: Gardenista. Older Architect Visit: A Hidden Japanese Garden by Erin Boyle Issue 3 · Secret Gardens · January 22, 2015 Newer Issue 3 · Secret Gardens · January 22, 2015 In a dense residential neighborhood in Fujieda, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, mA-Style Architects decided to keep the focus tight. Rather than designing a home that offered expansive views of neighboring city houses, the architects created a private green landscape for the Green Edge House. The architects designed floating exterior walls to block the view of the surrounding neighborhood and serve as a backdrop for a rock garden that surrounds the house. Every room inside the one-story house opens onto the greenery that lies between the glazed interior walls and the floating exterior walls. (See The Cult of the Courtyard for ten homes that bring the outdoors in.) Photography by Nacasa and Partners, Inc. Above: Seen from the outside, the exterior wall floats above the ground, bringing light into the home from below.

For more, see: Stunning, spectacular 1961 mid-century modern time capsule house in Minnesota - 66 photos! Austrian house swallowed up by larger new wooden exterior. When houses are extended, it's generally the case that an additional section is simply added on to one part of the building. A house in Austria, however, has had an entirely new exterior built around it. The existing building of Haus Hohlen is now part of the house's interior.

View all Haus Hohlen is located on a hill above Dornbirn, Austria, and was originally built in 1961. In 2012, it was decided that the 85 sq m (915 sq ft) building was too small for the four residents, and an approach for renovating and extending it was formulated. The only part of the building deemed worth preserving was the existing stonework. The new exterior was constructed out of lightweight timber, so as to take advantage of the potential for prefabrication, quick construction, the use of an environmentally-sound material and internal temperature benefits once the building was completed. "We used the old house's tiles and mixed them with new ones," explains project architect Jochen Specht to Gizmag. Share. The Architect Is In: A Passive Solar House for a Family of Stargazers. Older The Architect Is In: A Passive Solar House for a Family of Stargazers by Christine Chang Hanway Issue 44 · Holiday Prep · November 8, 2014 Home Newer Issue 44 · Holiday Prep · November 8, 2014 This weekend Jennifer Beningfield, founding principal of London's Openstudio Architects and a member of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, talks to us about a passive solar house she designed in the Great Karoo, a semidesert region of South Africa.

The Scenario: A family of stargazers want to build an energy-efficient vacation place in a faraway location that is the antithesis of their home in London. The Solution: Beningfield turns to the age-old principles of passive solar building design to create a house that heats and cools itself—without technology. Beningfield's Top Tips Don’t start the design process with preconceptions of how a building should look. For the next 48 hours, Beningfield is available to answer any and all questions. Photography by Jennifer Beningfield. Floods don't wash with this amphibious floating house. Living in an area prone to flooding has historically meant that you need high sockets and deep pockets. Baca Architects, however, has come up with an altogether more ingenious solution.

Its "amphibious house," designed to float on floodwater before being gently placed back down, is nearly complete. View all The house, called Formosa, is situated 10 m (33 ft) from the River Thames in Buckinghamshire, UK, in an area is designated as Flood Zone 3b. Not only is this an area at high risk of flooding, but it is recognized as a functional floodplain where water must be allowed to flow or be stored at times of flooding. As such, any building must both remain operational during times of flooding and not impede the flow or storage of water. Formosa was granted planning permission in 2012, and is designed to rise by up to 2.5 m (8.2 ft) in the event of a flood. "Options for the site included either a floating or an elevated property," explains Barker.

Formosa is due for completion next month. Share. Weekend Spotlight: Indoor/Outdoor Living with Chambers + Chambers Architects: Remodelista. Older Weekend Spotlight: Indoor/Outdoor Living with Chambers + Chambers Architects by Christine Chang Hanway Issue 40 · The DIY Bath · October 11, 2014 Home Newer Issue 40 · The DIY Bath · October 11, 2014 When Chambers + Chambers Architects, members of the Remodelista Architect/Designer Directory, won the Remodelista Considered Design Award 2013 for Best Professional Bath Space, we made a note to see more of the 2,800-square-foot house in Mill Valley, California. Photography by John Merkl for Chambers + Chambers Architects. Above: In Marin County (and points beyond), Mill Valley firm Chambers + Chambers is known for creating houses with elegant proportions and classical details.

Above: A Dutch Door leads into the utility hall. Above: Chambers designed the house to take advantage of the setting (the surrounding landscape includes mature redwoods and a burbling creek). Above: A similar palette of materials is used throughout, including the kitchen. Current Obsessions: October Sky. Architect Visit: K2YT's Indoor Garden House in Tokyo. Older Architect Visit: K2YT's Indoor Garden House in Tokyo by Jeanne Rostaing Issue 35 · The Organized Life · September 2, 2014 Newer Issue 35 · The Organized Life · September 2, 2014 The house must be a startling sight to passersby in this busy residential Tokyo neighborhood. It's an unusual sight because, as much as the Japanese love their gardens, there is little room for them in this crowded city of 13 million people. K2YT Architects created a two-family house with five interior garden rooms that provide a view of trees and shrubs from inside the house as well as natural light and insulation from the urban cacophony of a big city.

Photographys by Satoshi Asakawa. Above: House-K is a 3,000-square-foot home in a crowded Tokyo neighborhood. Above: A small grove of trees in an upper level courtyard gets light from windows and above in House-K. Above: The stark gray exterior of the house is dotted with an asymmetrical arrangement of three sizes of square openings for windows and gardens. 2014 European Solar Decathlon: The results are in. This house in the desert keeps itself cool and generates its own power.

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