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

Building with Bottles

Building with Bottles

In the 1960s, Heineken beer introduced a new bottle design that would allow the neck of one bottle to interlock with the bottom of another, making use of a recessed cavity at the bottom. This clever design enabled the bottle to be recycled and converted into a brick. The bottle became known as the WOBO, short for “The World Bottle”. The idea came from Alfred Heineken himself, and was a response to the shock of seeing the litter created by his own products, as during a vacation on the island of Curaçao, empty Heineken bottles washed ashore. To enable the… 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

Oceanic Architecture Of The Future

Oceanic Architecture Of The Future

Elaborate and awe-inspiring architectural concept designs don’t have to be purely land based. Some spectacular ideas for structures with sea legs are also floating around, literally. Aptly referred to as the Floating Island from AT Design Office, this concept design for an ocean based residential, entertainment and business district is an interesting proposal. The manmade island containing the rafted metropolis would stretch for miles. The foundation is constructed of hexagon slating, and underneath the flooring is a system of connected roads and walking paths that provide transportation outlets. Occupants have the option to be either above or below the ocean’s surface. A… 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

2 Concept Designs For Outdoor Organization

2 Concept Designs For Outdoor Organization

Patio furniture and landscaping can tend to get a lot of attention in outdoor decorating, especially when the weather turns nice. However, outdoor storage, though necessary, is often an overlooked area in outside design projects. The following systems are ideas that work functionality and organization into efficient, space-saving presentations. The Watercabinet designed by Francien Hazen is a sustainable home water collection kit and supply closet in one. The combination unit is meant to contain everything needed for home gardening and outdoor plants, all in one organized space. The cabinet has water collection and disbursement capabilities, and even has a side greenhouse. Used outdoors to… 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

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

Leading By Example

Leading By Example

Industry, though necessary in a modern world, has a big impact on the environment. It takes enormous energy to run places, and yet there are some organizations and workplaces making great efforts to reduce their impact. Great Britain is home to one extremely green hospital. Featured on Real Green TV, University Hospital of South Manchester is the first in the UK to install a large 4 megawatt biomass plant, which greatly decreases their carbon dioxide emissions. Implementing greener ways of doing things is a commitment reportedly taken seriously by staff. The goal is to become carbon neutral, and in addition to… read more

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