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Thong House / Nishizawa Architects

Thong House / Nishizawa Architects
Thong House / NISHIZAWAARCHITECTS Architects Location District 7, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam Architects in Charge Shunri Nishizawa, Vu Ngoc Tam Nhi Area 325.0 sqm Project Year 2014 Photographs Contractor Trung Long Company Supervisor Nguyen Van Hanh The perceived quality of life in buildings should come from the geometry and how that geometry connects to human beings”. It was the initial thought we had when being offered to design a row house in Phu My Hung, a new urban development area in the Southern Saigon. This project could be considered as another attempt to find a contemporary living manner in row house typology. Therefore, in a general view, the house looks like a composition of cubes as the private rooms while the spaces created under the shifting volumes will become the public areas for the family. The architecture takes advantage of two fronts, east and south.

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Simple Modernistic Suburban House – Fritz Residence by OJMR Architects This 2,600 square feet residence is designed by OJMR Architects for retired couple and located in Palm Springs, California. The house is located on a flat, irregularly shaped lot at the end of a cul-de-sac and wrapped around the pool. It consist of two blocks with very simple rectangular shape which helps to simplify the overall look of the site.

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Rees Roberts + Partners LLC - Casa Finisterra Casa Finisterra, Mexico The southernmost private residence on the Baja Peninsula, the house is a cluster of structures that hug the rocky cliff 250 feet above the ocean in Cabo San Lucas. Upon entering the site, the central courtyard leads to both public and private enclosed spaces on the main level; the lower levels are tucked in below. The 80-foot long pool sits on an outcrop in the cliff between the house and ocean, collapsing the space between its waters and the Pacific down below.