TAG: Concrete

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

New Zealand Home With Modern Spaces And 3 Styles

New Zealand Home With Modern Spaces And 3 Styles

Deciding between apartment, house or studio living can be a dilemma. Mitchell & Stout Architects have found a way to incorporate them all – under one roof. This home in Auckland, New Zealand is a unique construction. It is an inclusive design that allows a variety of spaces and can accommodate various living set-ups for families, friends or even renters. It has 3 different buildings that consist of an apartment, main house and a spacious studio. The zones are set up to each be a private quarter and there are also warm, common areas in the home. The interior is an assortment of a somewhat… 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

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

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

The Depave Movement Battles Concrete Landscapes

Depave is a movement with a mission. The drive to replace excess concrete to green up city spaces has inspired and fueled their crusade. Located in Portland, Oregon, the nonprofit organization attempts to enrich existing dull pavement plots and to promote more aesthetically pleasing spaces. Their idea is that living in the city does not have to mean giving up green areas. It is against human nature to be constantly disconnected with outdoor surroundings, and bringing life back into urban spaces that are overabundant with concrete backdrops is a valuable way to put unused, stark sections of land to work. With… read more

Making Stronger, Greener Concrete with Biofuel Byproducts

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A Kansas State University (KSU) civil engineer is working to develop a new version of concrete, using just the right mix of ingredients to to make it stronger, and to reduce the carbon footprint of this ubiquitous building material. The surprising ingredient is something that must ordinarily be dealt with as a waste product: the byproducts of biofuel production. With some 7 billion cubic meters of concrete poured every year, it is easily the most-used industrial material, and one that also carries a rather large carbon footprint – one which adds up to somewhere between 3 and 8% of our… read more