Innovative Architecture Amidst The Trees

Innovative Architecture Amidst The Trees

Konrad Wójcik, an architecture student with WK Design, created a model of a unique home for a project. The goal was to develop a fully sustainable structure with a minimal imprint during the building process, and to maintain this after completion. Receiving the honor of a special mention, the conceptual idea for the tree line structure is a futuristic and highly interesting model. Called Primeval Symbiosis, the Single Pole House, they are built with wood and modeled after a naturally genius design – trees. The abstract development’s goal is to remain in balance with its surroundings, and floating along the… read more

Could You Spend 10 Days In A Wheel With Someone?

Could You Spend 10 Days In A Wheel With Someone?

An experiment that would test the patience in most, spending 10 days in an open Ferris wheel like environment is probably not something the majority would be lining up to do. Ward Shelley and Alex Schweder have created an installation titled In Orbit that makes observers see architecture in an interesting way. It is a performance art installation with a curious and in depth look into how our living situations, surroundings and those we live with affect us. It is a 25 foot structure that is composed of 2 units, one on the interior and the other outside of the… read more

If You’re Stuck In An Office Read This

If You’re Stuck In An Office Read This

If you’ve been there – then you are with me on this one. Stuck behind a slab of concrete starkness or a carpeted cubicle, a drab working environment can completely drain you. If your surroundings are repeatedly uninspiring, chances are that over time you may feel a decrease in motivation and will be less productive. Architectural team Jose Selgas and Lucia Cano from Selgascano obviously thought of this with their open office space. Though the building may seem somewhat restricted in terms of size and shape, they have been able to create a sense of openness and availability to a beautiful… read more

Prefab And Fabulous

Prefab And Fabulous

Prefabricated homes can be smart choices when it comes to cost efficiency and time constraints. Soleta has designed a series of manufactured homes that are on the mark for their economical and ecofriendly features. They offer a zero energy version that comes fully equipped with hydroelectricity, solar and wind power. It is heated with thermal energy that is supplied by a system that combines geothermal and solar power. Cellulose is integrated in the building supplies to aid in retaining warmth along the base. Other sustainable and energy saving features include using materials that decrease heat transfer and energy loss. Additionally, there… read more

Use Cavity Closers to Fix Heat Loss in Buildings

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Most of the heat loss from buildings occurs at the windows as the heat passes through the glass. This can be minimized with high performance double or triple glazing. The next problem is that heat loss also occurs around the window. This is where cavity closers come into their own. In cavity walls, the inner and outer leaves of the brickwork have to be closed at the reveal, the recess around window and door frames. But if this is closed with more bricks and mortar, it may create a thermal bridge for heat to escape from the property. Bricks and… 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

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

Contemplative Designs

Contemplative Designs

Attention-grabbing and interesting, the following structures are meant to reflect their natural surroundings and draw observers in. They inventively mirror back the landscape and create a much different view than ordinary designs. Designed by Holzer Kobler Architects, the Paläon is a paleontological research facility and museum located in Germany. The entire surface of the structure is covered with a reflective material that looks like shiny mirrors. It echoes and returns the outdoors, creatively making it stand out and blend in at the same time. The windows are presented in a unique layout and allow natural sunlight to beam through the… 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