A Modern Day Fortress

A Modern Day Fortress

A sign of the times, this home was constructed with security and fortitude in mind. Dubbed the Safe House, this design from Robert Konieczny of KWK Promes is a surprising structure. The clients requested a home with optimal security features and wanted a unique safe haven from intrusions in its neighborhood near Warsaw, Poland. However, they also wanted an inviting family home that could be connected to the outdoors whenever desired. Enter the idea for the Safe House – and options galore. When open, the home has access to the blue sky and outdoor views. When closed up and in… read more

Energy Saving Thermal Cooling Is No Mirage

Energy Saving Thermal Cooling Is No Mirage

Homes that incorporate luxury with smart energy saving features can be nice to sight-see, but this one designed by Kois Associated Architects might make your mouth drop. This beautiful dwelling is perfectly in place with its gorgeous backdrop in Tinos Island, Greece. Called the Mirage home, it sits on a rocky hillside staring out at the stunning blue hues of the Aegean Sea. The design completely considered both the surrounding land and sea, situating the home in a way that does not detract from either. An intentional feature created by the way the house sits on its foundation is a nearly… read more

The Significance Of Architecture On Emotion

The Significance Of Architecture On Emotion

Perusing images of stunning buildings and elegantly composed structures is not a bad way to pass the time. However, there is something to be said about actually seeing an architectural work of art in person. Being able to see the arrangement of each detail, both the structurally based and ornate elements, in a construction that actually makes the observer pause to appreciate it is probably an occupational aim of many in the field. The importance of architecture in our experiences and relationship with our surroundings is probably not something most of us stop to consider. Though we may walk through… read more

Perfect Imperfection

Perfect Imperfection

New constructions or renovation projects can often focus on creating perfection. However, architects who aren’t afraid to sway from the mold can develop a home that truly has its own personality and style. The following home doesn’t necessarily aim to be conventionally perfect, but does aim to be lived in and loved. Located in in the mountain highlands, the Maleny House from Bark Design Architects stands its ground as a bit of an outcast, but a beloved one. Also referred to as the Glass House Mountain House, the stone building integrates large open spaces, greenery and glass. This creatively confuses the definition… read more

Music Lives Here

Music Lives Here

Homes that are truly designed around a lifestyle, meaningful theme or significant concept can have an aura about them. Characteristics strong enough to show through photographs, some houses can make you feel a certain vibe. Designed for a musician that comes from a family rich in music appreciation, this Californian home certainly has its own sound. This stylish and modern guesthouse was a barn renovation project orchestrated by the architectural firm Walker Workshop Design Build. Called the Oak Pass Road Guesthouse, it was designed around a barn that was built in the 1940’s. Music blended with architecture was the central construction theme for… read more

Gardens Inside, Up and Down

Gardens Inside, Up and Down

Gardens can be cultivated in many forms, and indoor vertical gardens are an increasingly popular way to work in a fresh, green space nearly anywhere. Some restaurants and commercial businesses use large indoor garden designs to add ambiance and to improve indoor air quality, but they are also great for home interiors, adding aesthetic and air cleaning properties. A study which examined the effects of indoor plants over time at the workplace found that indoor gardens helped promote cleaner oxygen in indoor spaces and can reduce volatile organic compounds that can be found inside from paint or construction materials. Besides being visually enticing, they… read more

Architecture That Could Turn A Plain Home Envious

Architecture That Could Turn A Plain Home Envious

This design could make a lot of residences seem to tip a bit towards the boring scale. Not because they are actually boring, but because this home stationed in Suffolk, UK has one thing the majority do not: a completely moveable exterior shell. From the architectural group dRMM, the Sliding House will probably make you a bit awestruck. Watch the incredible home in action: The 20 ton mobile frame ingeniously sits on a runway of recessed railway tracks. Placed inside the walls, wheeled electric motors move the frame. And it works with a remote control, so with the touch of a button the roof and… read more

Old Meets New

Old Meets New

Sometimes a renovation can include obvious additions that may stand out, or may even overrun the original character of a home. Villa CP from Zest Architecture is a restoration project that shows how to seamlessly blend old with new. The updated historical farmhouse building nestled in a gorgeous lot in Girona, Spain is laid back, sustainable and high on style. The stone structure is rugged and rough, but also refined and refreshingly modern. Construction plans kept the old design but gave the home a solidly modern look. It was opened up to eliminate a closed in feel, including the addition… read more

A Seaside Home Built For The Seasons

A Seaside Home Built For The Seasons

Seaside homes are normally impressive, just due to their location. Residing in a home with gorgeous water views would be a welcoming lifestyle. One home located in Bulgaria that provides an interesting take on coastal living is called the Equinox Passive House​. With a focus on natural light and temperature maintenance, the residence from Ignatov Architects takes into account seasonal progressions and their effects on interior warmth and lighting. The architects created the home constructed in concrete and stone to be a low energy design. The positioning of the home’s foundation was a significant consideration in obtaining the most power from… read more

Concrete Structures That Double As Energy Savers

Concrete Structures That Double As Energy Savers

Concrete designs are durable and can hold numerous possibilities due to its functionality and flexibility as a material. When combined with sustainable features, concrete can offer interesting elements for homes and commercial applications. Casa la Estadía from REC Architecture is constructed mainly of concrete and glass and has a curious look. The exterior was formed into an interesting shape that also provides several benefits. The concrete walls make up the structural base for the home and also enables several sustainable features. The design makes use of a passive energy system and is able to capture up to 85% of the home’s energy. The… read more