Green Gardens Up Above

Green Gardens Up Above

Guz Architects has designed many upscale residential properties with plans that integrate the outdoors as a significant part of the living space. The following 2 homes have plush green landscaping as the backdrop and impressive green roof designs that top them off. The constructions are located near Singapore, and both have outdoor garden rooftops that make greenery look stylish. The Willow House is a family home with an exterior that looks like a sculpted art piece. The gorgeous entryway lets you know you are about to enter something grand. A seemingly floating staircase leads to the upper level garden. The living… read more

Lake Houses For Sunny Days

Lake Houses For Sunny Days

Lakefront houses equal instant outdoor entertainment and often come with expansive, tranquil views. Coming from a part of the globe that has been stuck in an ongoing wintry lassitude, these lake houses seem like warm, sunny escapes from blistery winds and monotonous dreariness. This concept design for a vacation house was formed with the relaxed outside lifestyle in mind and the client’s desire to experience the surrounding wildlife, even while indoors. From designer Robert Bailey, the use of natural materials throughout highlights the waterfront environment. Oak and stone help to create a balance of organic and modern. Gorgeous chunks of… read more

Reclaimed Wood Retreat

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The Dezanove House is a gorgeous holiday villa located in Spain in the estuary of Arousa. Designed by Iñaki Leite, this sustainably built house is constructed from reclaimed wood that was obtained from a local fishing business. It is built for energy efficiency, containing optimal insulation and a sophisticated ventilation system. The building is composed of different wings, and the middle portion of the home protrudes into 2 separate units. In order to accentuate the zones the architect varied how the materials were used in each part. The left portion serves as the common area and is formed with simple concrete… read more

Kitchen Islands Reimagined

Kitchen Islands Reimagined

Kitchen islands and mobile counterspaces are great to have for preparation and storage. But sometimes, although functional, they may be a little on the boring side when it comes to looks. These designs take standard units and turn up the volume, creating a space that is a home chef’s dream. Aside from their out of the ordinary appearances, they also have some ecofriendly features. Caesarstone and Raw Edges Design Studio have created a new concept for countertops that completely restructures the kitchen island space. Making it more than just a surface, they developed a series of modular units that are unrestricted… read more

Experience Architecture Through Art

Experience Architecture Through Art

Premiering this week, London’s Royal Academy of Arts is presenting an exhibit titled Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined. It offers 7 different approaches to architecture from 6 countries and 4 continents, and serves them up in a gallery of varied features. It is an innovative look  into architecture and invites a participatory approach with offerings that engage the senses of smell and touch. It is meant as an immersive project, intended to draw the observer in, making them an active part in order to really experience the gala. It demonstrates how architecture can be captured with the senses, and is more… read more

Roof Designs With A Wow Factor

Roof Designs With A Wow Factor

The following 2 unrestrained residential designs offer spectacular presentations that are set off by their unique roofing styles. From Iroje Khm Architects, the GaOnJai house was designed with the client’s vision in mind of obtaining a private, but open to the landscape, space. The home was initially part of a government ran project that showcased local architects whose talents were put to work in establishing an entire town. The striking roof is boldly displayed in black zinc plates and hovers over the concrete and stucco structure. The house plan incorporates interesting construction applications that keep the outdoors in mind, as… read more

Contour Crafting Renovates The Construction World

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Called the Contour Crafting Robotic Construction System, it is a conceptual technology that uses a 3-D printing process to rapidly produce a prototype. It is made up of robotic arms and nozzles which are controlled by a computer aided program and a framework system that moves the nozzles. It can build a range of structures, including entire homes. The technology takes 3-D imaging to the next level, and the system is capable of producing over a 2,000 square foot house with all of the necessary components, including outlets for electricity and accommodations for plumbing and air. What gets really impressive… read more

Stepping Up

Stepping Up

Staircases are part art form, part functional statement piece to the clever designer. These staircases give their rooms a one up with some added visual interest. This natural beauty from the Tuning House, a seaside residence, stands out in a good way amidst its retro fueled surroundings. Adding in a bit of the outdoors in a chunky, raw presentation is a creatively simple way to work in an optical element to the functional design. The strategically placed mirrors carry the wood throughout the length of the home. Another wooden staircase design is from Atmos Studio. This gorgeous and elaborate architectural feat was… read more

Fun At The Cardboard Box Office

Fun At The Cardboard Box Office

A love for cardboard boxes usually starts early, and sometimes it never goes away. One family has found a creative way to use up their excess cardboard, and it just might be genius. Leon and Lilly Mackie found themselves covered up with cardboard boxes after an international move and an addition of a new member to the household. After the seemingly endless supply of boxes began to empty, the couple had an idea for reusing them that became their weekend entertainment. And the Cardboard Box Office was soon up and running. Turning the ordinary boxes into handmade versions of scenes… read more

Work and Play In 1 Design

Work and Play In 1 Design

H_muk final, a project from the architectural team ma hoRe, is the culmination of mixing necessity and sophistication. Designed for a physical therapist, the client wished to incorporate dedicated areas in the home for both work and living space. The lower floor contains the occupational building and the top portion provides a 2 story residential space. The ability to combine both sections, presenting them together but in their individual configurations creates an effective layout. The private portions of the home are comfortably secluded from the business division, and the therapy rooms are open and engaging. All aspects of the home… read more