The family house built on a gentle slope in Chile is the creation of Filipe Assadi, a Chilean architect with offices in Mexico and New York. The house copies the terrain slope and with its porch made of the local wood fits in the surroundings. The volume is raised slightly off the ground and easily follows to an extensive wooden porch and a built-in pool. The steel construction of the house made possible to glass the southern façade which is beneficial not only from the energy point of view but also because of the panoramic views of the distant Chilean mountains. In this part the living space with a kitchen and dining room is located. On the contrary, the closed northern façade offers privacy for a bedroom and a bathroom.
The multi-award-winning holiday house in Daylesford, Victoria, Australia is a unique example of extravagantly modern living by the architect Jesse Judd. The architect was clearly inspired by plywood caravans and bus stop shelters. The structure, due to the risk of fires in the Vicoria region, has been shielded by a layer of metal and lifted on a platform. The glass block inserted into the plywood coat is the only volume of this project. Its appearance reminds us of the works of Mies van der Rohe, particularly the Farnsworth House which with its glass windows blends with the nature. The interior is freshened by red and orange coat of plywood.
The old stone church which shows its age in weathered wear hides inside odd typology. Seeking to preserve this piece of history, however, its owners chose to transform the interior, creating a contemporary home within classic walls. Like other cool church conversions from Zecc, this small church renovation in Utrecht features a series of levels within the existing large space. Some decades ago, after church services stopped, it served as a two-story showroom for antique furniture. By pealing back part of this second level, more openness was achieved again. Beneath the open upper floor lie the privacy-oriented spaces of the residence, including bathrooms, bedrooms and a study. Vaulted ceilings and old surfaces were repainted white, wooden pews and hardwood floors were preserved just as many other historical elements.
Bark Architects, one of architecture firms in Australia, designed a beautiful house with environmentally friendly construction for the Marcus family. This architecture of high quality has a number of ecological characteristics supported by the beauty of the surroundings of the Morton Bay beaches. The main idea of this house was to create two pavilions placed at either side of the old Morton Bay Ash tree that stands as a cynosure to the scale, proportion and life of the house around it. The two pavilions are connected by a transparent bridge. They are arranged so all of the rooms can receive natural lighting. The eastern pavilion is dedicated to children and service zone, the main pavilion to living spaces, focused around a double-height deck space.
The master bedroom is located upstairs and can be accessed by a transparent polycarbonate stair tower which turns into a big lantern at night. There are also northern garden and swimming pool available. The focus of the sustainability of this house are the openings positioned to capture maximum natural light and breeze. Artificial lighting is very limited and there is no air conditioning installed. Some semi transparent and transparent materials are used. The roof provides protection from overheating. Operable slats let the warm air escape and provide for natural cooling. Supporting the green sustainable design, some sustainable materials are used, such as the spotted gum hardwood timber and others.
A Brazilian architecture studio Gustavo Penna & Associates designed a memorial dedicated to Japanese refugees to Brazil situated in the city of Belo Horizonte in the Minas Gerias region in south-east of the country. Gustavo Penna & Associate`s leading architect Gustavo Penna has collaborated on this project with four other architects. The studio was founded 35 years ago with a vision that architecture should be one of the basic elements when creating landscape identity. The memorial is a celebration of the friendship between Japan and Brazilian region of Minas Gerias. The object is basically a bridge over a lake what represents a symbolic bridge between the two countries, time and ideals. The lake represents the ocean standing between the two countries. Even in the interior one can find symbolic elements inducing the relation, as two curved walls built next to each other like two national flags. The memorial has become the view point of the modernism architecture in Belo Horizonte. The concrete construction is very harmonic and relaxing. The minimalism of shapes was created thanks to simple and functional shapes and curves that formed not only the overall shape but good conditions for an effective lightening.
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.