Socially Responsible Architecture

Socially Responsible Architecture

The role of architecture is often focused on for design and construction, important vehicles for enlarging and elevating our worlds. However, what place architecture has in humanitarian efforts can go either largely unnoticed – or largely absent. BUILDaCHANGE is one nonprofit organization that is attempting to merge the disciplines of architecture and philanthropy with their real life designs. FAREstudio architects started BUILDaCHANGE in 2012 with the clear goal of utilizing the design and building processes for a greater good. With the assistance of local workers when applicable, they create sustainable and functional facilities. FAREstudio has developed projects like women’s health… read more

Hipped Roof House With Engawa Feature

Hipped Roof House With Engawa Feature

There are many different roof styles to consider when building or buying a home, and each has benefits and disadvantages to their design. Located in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, the Oyane no ie project by Naoi Architecture & Design Office is a great example of how a creative spin can make a huge difference in a home’s presentation. This roof design is a striking variation of a basic hipped roof. This kind of roof is normally more involved to construct than others, but is not overly difficult to actually build since all of the sides slope downward to connect the walls. Hip roofs are… read more

MotoArt: Hardcore And Stylish Recycling

MotoArt: Hardcore And Stylish Recycling

There are limitless concepts for turning the everyday item as well as the industrial into something new and still usable. With a unique niche in the recycling industry, MotoArt launched in 2001 and they now have showrooms around the world. Their team uses retired aircraft materials and parts, reconstructing them into edgy and functional designs. Taking old planes and salvaging the scraps, they are then rebuilt, reformed and revived. Most present day aircrafts are constructed of a high amount of aluminum, normally around 80% by weight for each commercially produced airframe, according to The Aluminum Association. With a high recyclability… read more

Hillside Vierendeel Truss Home Blends With Nature

Hillside Vierendeel Truss Home Blends With Nature

At first glance, the JG House designed by Mpgarquitetura Architects seems a little elongated and peculiar. However, a closer look reveals a smart structure beneath the refreshing uncharacteristic features. This home located in Brazil utilizes a truss system. The Vierendeel truss uses rectangular ingresses, vertical supports and extremely durable networks that have to withstand force and bending. The stress points and employed building techniques in these types of structures can typically be more complex than some traditional constructions. A top and bottom steel beam forms a main support system. Placed right next to its hillside neighbors, this design contains many elements… read more

A Twisted Prize No One Wants To Win

A Twisted Prize No One Wants To Win

Ever heard the phrase “learn from your mistakes”? Well one unique competition is on the table that architects, designers and engineers don’t want to win, as mistakes are what make the un-coveted award attainable. The Dead Prize, which stands for the Detrimental Engineering Architecture and Design Prize, is not quite the acknowledgment that is wanted by those in their respective fields. The provocative competition seeks to uncover the ways in which engineering, architectural and design processes can affect the environment, and will uncover those voted as the top adverse offenders. With an early interest in architecture and a longstanding career… read more

This Apartment Means Business

This Apartment Means Business

Whether having a home office or having to bring work home, a spot to accomplish it all is nice to have. Kevin Young, one of the team at Pmk+Designers, created his own space in Kaohsiung, Taiwan to do just that. The following apartment renovation project factored in the days where being in busy mode is a must. Since the designer’s apartment was a rental, the renovation was done with a budget in mind. The space has an industrial office feel and an efficient layout. The different zones are set up to direct productivity, but there are also places for taking a break. The open main room and… read more

Open And Airy Raven Street House

Open And Airy Raven Street House

Boat houses are normally known for more function than style. The Raven Street house from James Russell Architect is a boat house inspired design that offers both. Docked in Australia, it feels like a curbside vacation home. With its combination of gorgeous glass and wood, the exterior façade with its lively appearance is also carried inside. The colorful glass panels are not only pretty; they also let sunlight filter in while the color and textured walls retain privacy. When the sun rises and sets, the glass walls illuminate. The second level open deck is a delicious place to have a master suite. It… read more

Recycle, Revamp and Reuse

Recycle, Revamp and Reuse

Pretty much everyone has seen pieces of furniture or other unwanted items tossed out to the curb to be picked up and escorted to the landfill. Cleaning and periodically ridding your own space of unused things can be a needed renewal, but before you throw anything out you may want to think about giving it a second life. The Environmental Protection Agency stated that the amount of furniture that is tossed out annually in the U.S. alone is the equivalent of 3 million tons. In 2005, nearly 8.8 million tons of furniture relocated to U.S. landfills. The Environmental Resources Management claims that… read more

Playing With Architecture

Playing With Architecture

We can’t all be pros in the fields of architecture and design. But we can play around with architecturally inspired worlds. Check out the following for some inspiration, fun and a good excuse to get your inner creativity on. Designed for both iPhone and iPad, AutoCAD 360 is a free app that lets users draw, draft, edit, share sketches and more. This is a great resource applicable in the field with additional subscription based capabilities, and there is also a web version. MagicPlan is a free iTunes download that provides a platform for drawing out floor plans. Users take pictures and are then provided… read more

New Zealand Home With Modern Spaces And 3 Styles

New Zealand Home With Modern Spaces And 3 Styles

Deciding between apartment, house or studio living can be a dilemma. Mitchell & Stout Architects have found a way to incorporate them all – under one roof. This home in Auckland, New Zealand is a unique construction. It is an inclusive design that allows a variety of spaces and can accommodate various living set-ups for families, friends or even renters. It has 3 different buildings that consist of an apartment, main house and a spacious studio. The zones are set up to each be a private quarter and there are also warm, common areas in the home. The interior is an assortment of a somewhat… read more