Solar Umbrella Home Is A Smart And Sunny Build

Solar Umbrella Home Is A Smart And Sunny Build

1953 saw the premier of the Umbrella House. Designed by Paul Rudolph, the mid-century style home was made to utilize the shade and winds by using a trellis construction, creating a thermal shield from intense climates. A modern update that pays homage to this significant architectural project is called the Solar Umbrella home. Located in Venice, California, the space was designed by Lawrence Scarpa and Angela Brooks of Brooks + Scarpa Architects. Applying the knowledge from their shared field, the architects were able to create a super-efficient, intelligently designed home with a sunny side. Both passive and active solar designs are fully… read more

Fall House With Copper Exterior (And Killer Views)

Fall House With Copper Exterior (And Killer Views)

Most of us aren’t lucky enough to own a vacation home. Which is probably why appreciating images of gorgeous spots meant for relaxing can be appealing. One for the eyes is called the Fall House from Fougeron Architecture. Located in California on Big Sur, this dramatic home is affixed in the cliffs along the rugged coastline. Implanted in the landscape, there is a distinctive view of the Pacific Ocean in this yard. The frame of the home was positioned to naturally lay with the site, so it offers curves and shapes instead of a boxed-in form. The load bearing portion of… read more

How To Make Steel Blend Into The Landscape

How To Make Steel Blend Into The Landscape

Located in the hills in California, this home from Barton Myers Associates is a model for seamlessly merging cold construction materials organically into the landscape. Comprised mostly of steel and concrete, the Montecito Residence is uniquely situated on a tricky arboreal and rugged plot. While the topography is gorgeous, wild and includes thick greenery, huge onsite boulders and oak trees, it was likely a challenge to begin plans as to how to position a home on the site. For the build the architectural team had a home in mind that could be replicated and mass produced with materials like exposed… read more

The Advantages Of Bioclimatic Architecture

The Advantages Of Bioclimatic Architecture

Bioclimatic architecture focuses on the individual’s relation to environmental conditions and the climate when considering a build. Thinking about how design and architectural elements can enhance a living space and property while allowing a home to be more connected to nature is the goal. Bioclimatic homes apply traditional building methods that have been employed for centuries because they are common sense and they work, instead of relying only on mechanical systems. Studying the geographic region, landscape and building site allow better decisions in making it more efficient. A bioclimatic home may also look at design in terms of biomimicry, or looking at… read more

Family Designs With Nature In Mind

Family Designs With Nature In Mind

Homes intended for family life do not have to be boring, and the following 2 designs are reminders. Called the Earth House Project, this concept design from Molos Group presents an interesting spin on a single family home. Built into the ground, the plans show how the structure would look if the landscape helped shape the exterior. The home is envisioned to be set in an area outside of the city, enveloped in natural surroundings. The sharp angles are softened by how the structure appears to lay in the grass. The architects stated about the project: “…we believe that the beauty in architecture is a… read more

Evoking Nature Through The Glass

Evoking Nature Through The Glass

Most of us are happy if we have a good view out of at least one window. The following designs are among those from Travis Price Architects that stand out for people who appreciate minimal obstructions to the outdoor scenery. The architect’s own home, the Price Residence is located in Washington D.C. and has no shortage of views. Though one side hides the most alluring feature of the design, a walk around to the other reveals a transparent outlook to the encasing woods. Many constructions completely alter the landscape once the building process begins, but this architect seemingly knows how to… read more

To The Trees

To The Trees

Plants and trees are known to decrease carbon dioxide levels indoors. Other benefits of having live plants in the house include naturally increasing humidity, decreasing dust accumulation and they can also assist in reducing indoor pollutants, like nitrogen dioxide, benzene and hexane, along with other volatile organic compounds. Having greenery around can also reduce stress levels and is an easy way to incorporate nature indoors. One example of a home that worked trees around the property into a central focus of a renovation project is called the Sycamore House. From Aaron Neubert Architects, this 1950′s Californian home had plans for an… read more

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

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