Haugen/Zohar Architects have designed an outdoor fireplace in Trondheim, Norway. Full description after the photos…. Photography by Grethe Fredriksen & Jason Havneraas Outdoor Fireplace by Haugen/Zohar Architects Together with the standard playground facilities we wished to combine an enclosed space for fire, storytelling and playing. Given a very limited budget, reusing leftover materials (from a nearby construction site) was a starting point that led the design to be based on short wooden pieces. Oak separators differentiate vertically between the pine pieces to assure airflow allowing easy drying of the pine pieces. A double curved sliding door was designed for locking the structure. Visit the website of Haugen/Zohar Architects – here.
kolonihagen summerhouseStandard Disclaimer: We know, second homes are evil. But they are such wonderful demonstrations of the talent of young architects, and they so often demonstrate how much can be done with small spaces. They just as easily could be first homes, and some of them are gems. As an example, Tommie Wilhelmsen's Kolonihagen Summerhouse is full of neat ideas. The big gesture is the sleeping loft hanging out over the entrance, creating a covered porch below and a lovely sleeping area above. The furniture is all built in; and the kitchen doesn't get any more minimalist than this. ::Tommie Wilhelmsen via ::Materialicious See also the summer house Tommie built in association with Todd Saunders in ::Treehugger here
Soft as a Rock (by @baekdal) #designRocks, stones and pebbles have been used as decorative objects since... well... the stone age actually. But, rocks are usually a bit hard to be around. They often look cool, but you wouldn't exactly hug one - until now! Stephanie Marin is the creator of these amazing looking stones, which is actually very soft and comfortable cushions. Update: See also Ronal Jordaan's Rock Cushions (much better looking than the ones above) Follow: 42ConceptsWherigo > Tools for creating GPS-enabled adventuresTetraBox Light by Ed ChewLiquid to Light Designer Ed Chew takes a green step in the right direction with the TetraBox lamp, a light object made from discarded drink packets that would have otherwise ended up in landfills already packed to the brim. The design is achieved by unfolding the packets and refolding them into hexagonal and pentagonal sections that are then pieced together to form a geodesic sphere or any other desired shape. Here, the Epcot-like ball makes an attractive overhead light and casts an impressive web of shadows and shapes on the surrounding space. Designer: Ed Chew
15 Unique and Creative StaircasesStylish 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. Minimal Staircase Unique staircase designed by Ecole for modern apartment in Paris. Steel Stairs Use of steel enables the creation of very slim structures that are light and minimalist yet incredibly strong. Bookshelf Staircase Spiral staircase lined with bookcases by Portuguese architect Manuel Maia Gomes will hold 6000 books. Modern Staircase Staircase with no handrails designed by Italian manufacturer Cast. Ceiling Staircase Creative staircase designed for Roche residence in France. Glass Stairs Perfect complement to a modern space or a striking feature in a traditional environment. Space Saving Staircases Unique stairs designed for small spaces and minimal openings. Spiral Staircase
Zero Carbon House, Shetland > LoaderLess is the New More: Making the Most of Small SpacesGood Design For Living in Small ApartmentsAs people migrate to smaller spaces, good design helps a lot. This is something they figured out in Europe long ago, that if you don't have a lot of horizontal room you can go vertical. Tumidei in Italy makes some of the nicest stuff, like this unit with lots of storage under the bed. This unit just raises the floor high enough for beds to slide under. This one looks a bit clinical, but has two single beds plus a pull-out double bed in between. None of this stuff is cheap, nor, as far as I can tell is it available in North America, but there are ideas here that demonstrate how people can share a space and still get a little privacy, a good place to work and a lot of storage in a very small envelope. Like this?