The M-House Living out of the old LV is really only enjoyable up to a point. Though a few excellent apart-hotels have come to our rescue in New York and Barcelona, we particularly pity our executive friends flying into the City of London. What there is simply isn’t enough, and international commuters are forced to leave the City to find an adequate base. Which is why Tim Pyne (architect of the much-written-about m-house and founding creative director of 100% Design), along with various collaborators, has decided to come to the rescue. Their plan is to set up a number of m-house ‘scapes’ (encampments of up to 40 m-houses) in Europe. Each house has an optional clause allowing it to be let when they aren’t using it. Michael Jantzen - M-vironments - M-House Photo courtesy Michael Jantzen Relocatable M-vironments are made of a wide variety of manipulatable components that can be connected in many different ways to a matrix of modular support frames. The frames can be assembled and disassembled in different ways to accommodate a wide range of changing needs. The M-House, made from the M-vironment system, consists of a series of rectangular panels that are attached with hinges to an open space frame grid of seven interlocking cubes.
Dark Skinned Light-Flooded Lake House in Nevada Ever thought about building a home dark on the outside and filled with light on the inside? The Lake House is a perfect example of how these two elements can be successfully joined to shape a fantastic contemporary residential building. Designed by San Francisco-based Mark Dziewulski Architects, the home was initially called the Cliff House, but the current owners refers to it as “The Lake House”. The 8,694 square foot home is made out of three main building materials: concrete, steal and glass.
Jean Prouvé Prefabricated petrol station by Jean Prouvé Chairs by Jean Prouvé Jean Prouvé (8 April 1901 - 23 March 1984) was a French metal worker, self-taught architect and designer. 15 Unique and Creative Staircases Stylish modern stairs and creative staircase designs from all over the world. Helical Stairs The gradual upward rotation if this staircase is extremely elegant and the user is almost unaware of the change in elevation. [link] Spiral Staircase Slide Creative spiral staircase design with incorporated slide for kids. M house / Architecture W Architects: Architecture W Location: Nagoya, Japan Project Team: Michel Weenick, Yukiko Iwanaga, Brian White Client: Michel Weenick Project Year: 2005 Constructed Area: 320 sqmStructural Engineer: Structure NANAPhotographer: Andy Boone Located in one of Nagoya’s more attractive residential neighborhoods, but with only 2.5 meters of dead end street access and set on a difficult site that steps down from this access level a total of 7 meters, M-House is designed to both address the site conditions that rendered the site “unbuildable” by the local real estate community and provide for a simple, modern lifestyle for the American owner/architect and his family. In addition to the challenge provided by the site itself, the house also addresses the conceptual challenges of planning for a multi generational/multi national family, as well the even bigger challenge of securing precious views, sunlight, and breezes in the context of a cramped traditional Japanese neighborhood.
50 Strange Buildings of the World This is the original list of 50 strange buildings which has been and is being copied (stolen) by many bloggers. If you wish to post it on your blog or website, feel free to use up to 20 buildings from this list and give a proper link to our website ( as the source article. Ok, now enjoy this weird, odd, bizarre and incredible looking arcitechture! Sustainable and Tastefully-Designed Wimberley Residence in Texas Cunningham Architects completed a modern residence with intriguing architecture details in Wimberley, Texas.The residence is composed of two functionally separate sections. According to the architects, “an L plan effectively separates the bedroom wing from the more public kitchen/living/dining room wing. As such, the house essentially is two discrete boxes, one of glass, and the other of stained cement fiberboard, indicative of their respective functions.The roof deck is capable of hosting large family gatherings while affording expansive views of the surrounding area. It also acts as a rain water harvesting surface for the on-site collection system”.
Michael Marcantel Michael Marcantel is an animation director on The Simpsons. He graduated from California Institute of the Arts, where he studied in the Experimental Animation program under Jules Engel. Simpsons episodes The World's Most Complex Architectural Columns Architect and programmer Michael Hansmeyer has undertaken a most ambitious project, designing an incredibly ornate and complex column with over 16 million individual facets! Hansmeyer has taken his initiative beyond the computer design phase and actually fabricated a full-scale 2.7 meter (8.8 ft) column made from stacked cardboard sheets. Check out the pics and information below for more details on this fascinating exploration. The project involves the conception and design of a new column order based on subdivision processes.
Redneck Mansion Claim: Photograph shows a "redneck mansion" composed of several linked trailers. Example:[Collected via e-mail, March 2008] This pic is making the rounds on the web as "Redneck Mansion" Is it a real pic or photoshopped? If real, any idea where it's located? Origins: An association with trailers as living spaces may be one of the more common elements of the "redneck" stereotype, but the landscape captured in the photograph displayed above is neither a redneck's idea of a mansion nor some type of low-rent apartment complex. As the additional picture shown below demonstrates, it's actually an outdoor theatre set, one used by the Theater het Amsterdam Bos for a 2005 production of the Anton Chekhov play Ivanov:
Make Room! Cool Color-Changing Walls for Your Home « Dornob This may be the best room-changing design idea since interior house paint: forget your white living room walls, green bedroom or brown kitchen and bring your favorite rooms to life with these incredible, changeable and colorful do-it-yourself pixelated wall displays. Feeling dark? Switch from colorful rainbow patterns to a pitch black surface in seconds. Private Residence in South Africa Surrounded by a Magnificent Landscape The Swellendam House is a contemporary home in the valleys of Langeberg Mountains, South Africa, designed by GASS Architecture. Due to the pristine surrounding natural landscape, the architectural intervention had to be non intrusive and also to blend in. According to the architects, “the residence was built “using largely local textures and materials reminiscent of its distinctly Southern African origins. In addition to the architecture itself, efforts were made to make the house and the land itself more sustainable. All the water used in the house is harvested from the site itself, and as a result there is no connection to the municipal water supply line, making the house self-sustaining from a water perspective“.
10 Amazing Tree Houses: Plans, Pictures, Designs & Building Ideas 10 Amazing Tree Houses: Plans, Pictures, Designs, Ideas & Kits Article by Urbanist, filed under Houses & Residential in the Architecture category. As a young child (or perhaps even an adult) who hasn’t dreamed of living tree houses? Some structures are built on trees or hung from trees, but some unusual tree house building designs are even grown from trees or built right into a tree. Some people live in trees as a luxury, some to help save the environment and others out of tradition or necessity. Here are ten incredible tree house building designs and ideas that range from functional to fanciful, sustainable to strange and affordable to incredibly expensive.