Budget Built Blackpool House Towers Amid The Trees

Budget Built Blackpool House Towers Amid The Trees

Houses that are connected to nature can often blend in with the surroundings. However, this one from Glamuzina Paterson Architects Ltd. isn’t afraid to stand out and be itself while still being responsive to its topographical space. Called the Blackpool House, it is located in Blackpool, Waiheke. The clients wanted a house that could collaborate with the sprawling canopy of trees surrounding the property, without breaking the bank. Instead of building expansively outward, the architects designed a vertical construction. Resembling a fort that climbs up into the tree line, the structure’s height offers gorgeous views throughout. The home was economically built, but there… 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

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

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

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

A Cathedral-Like Home That Will Relax The Eyes

A Cathedral-Like Home That Will Relax The Eyes

Architect and designer Paola Navone is known for her breathtaking and well organized renovations and designs. Several of her interior spaces use elegant whites, presenting them in a non-formal and draped, fresh way. However, her spaces do not look anything like just white rooms. They are overlaid with warm tones and relaxed pieces that are not at all stuck up or untouchable. One example of her divine transformations can be seen in a project that turned an unused, old warehouse into a refreshing and flowing home in Umbria, Italy. Forget the vast, empty warehouse feel that probably existed before Navone got ahold of… read more

Decked Out

Decked Out

Homes that have a place for hanging out on the deck are a bonus when the weather is nice. The following are neat indoor – outdoor designs that incorporate decks with style. The team at Andrew Maynard Architects have developed many interesting projects, and several of their residential designs offer an element of whimsy along with modern construction. Their update of this Australian vacation house included a sprawling, easily accessible outdoor deck area that gives the place a unique façade. This deck on the Anglesea beach house renovation is a unique and fun presentation. Built with timber, it stands out from the original… read more