A unique house with a complicated name Khadakvasla was built in a tropical heaven of Western India. Architecture group SPASM Design Archi-tec-ture founded in India in 1995 by Sanjeev Panjabi and Sangeeta Merchant that studied at the Academy of Architecture in Mumbai. Their latest project of a family residence has a number of interesting elements. The house takes advantage of the fresh tropical climate. Thanks to an U-shaped layout it opens to the surrounding nature. The center piece is a terrace with a swimming pool providing a maximum of privacy to its owners as it is sheltered from three sides by a wall. From the last side the area is open towards the surrounding wild providing a view of the sunset as if it was a huge TV screen. The house is sided by a pergola extended to the terrace made from an unusual dark wood. The layout of the residence enables to divide the space into to parts: public and private.
When one of the leading interior design groups specialized in luxurious hotel design decides to try to create a housing design, an impressive design has to be created. Hirsch Bedner Associates are internationally known from 1964, when they started to create designs that satisfy exacting customers all around the world. The Karlusic residence in Melbourne, Australia has the honour to has a piece of their design work. As for the inspiration, a thirty year-old Japanese maple tree standing on the parcel has determined the siting of the building.
The concept accentuates a simplicity and neatness of the whole structure what determined the shape of the building. Form of masses conforms to the natural surroundings of the area. The house is connected with a kind of spinal column that passes from the old maple along the building. The tree has become an important part of the house, it is said that anytime you cross the kind of spine you can draw energy of the maple. As for the surface finishing, large pine-wood slabs were used in combination with grey limestone covering chosen for its unique grain, texture and depth. The main centre line is decorated with a hand-made Japanese textile wall-paper. In order to cover the garage door, it was covered by natural zinc that will get a grey texture in time.
A minimalistic look of the house from the exterior contrast with the interior. When one enters the house, he will find himself in an inner court with a swimming pool and garden decorations as a water wall, a shallow pond with gold fish and turtles, green overgrown terraces complement the spectacular design. The luxurious dream house does not lag behind as for the sustainability. The flooring is made using an insulation paper that is under low voltage what helps to ensure its consistent temperature.
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The eduction center is a project of Malcotti Roussey Architectes and is located in the suburbs of Vellefaux village. A one-storey H-shaped building is partly embedded in a slope what accentuates surrounding curvy terrain of French woods. The parcel is neighbouring by woods from east as from west. An observation cottage is accessible from a colonnade footbridge with a fabulous view at woods. The education center should become a place where one would escape from a stereotype of a classic school and harmonize with wildlife. The center itself houses kindergarten, primary school, space for cultural events, IT rooms, media library, art rooms, poly-functional rooms, cafeteria, kitchen and a reception. Public areas and offices are situated in the center of the complex. The access road provides different views at the surrounding nature. The complex is complemented by a children playground protected from wind. Almost all complex is surrounded by a roofed shelter that connects interior and main court with a number of ramps and platforms used for school plays and events. The shape reflect the countryside, used materials are sustainable. Walls are made from coloured concrete, wood is used a lot as well. Sustainable character of the building prove a solar heating system or reuse of rain water.