Posts Tagged ‘ Architecture ’

Apartment in Stockholm Encapsulating A Glass-Walled Bedroom


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This small apartment in Stockhom, Sweden impressed us with its original layout and stylish decorating scheme. Discovered by Freshome on Svensk Fastighets, the 34 square-meter crib displays comfortable living spaces with a powerful aesthetic appeal. The first interior you are likely to observe upon entering this apartment is the bedroom, creatively separated from the rest of the project through glass walls. Pebbles under the bed, a giant mirror and framed graphics contribute to the Scandinavian personality of this space. A series of accent items such as the coffee table, the candles or the fireplace give the apartment a mixed ambiance, a touch of rusticity and  traditionalism, connecting the crib with the historic character of the building. The living zone, kitchen and dining table are organized in an open layout. And when it comes to Scandinavian apartments, an irresistible terrace is a must. In this case, the small balcony extends living spaces, creating a charming venue for having coffee and breakfast during warm summer mornings.

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Berkeley California’s Hilgard Garden Terrace.


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Nestled between neighboring townhouses, the ‘Hilgard Garden’ by San Francisco-based Barensfeld Architecture takes advantage of its sloping topography with a series of angular terraces.  Located in Berkeley, California, the brief called for an outdoor living and entertaining area, as well as an accessible seating spot at the top of the site.  Based on a Japanese maple sculpture park, a layered platform structure gently cascades down the steep landscape, referencing outstretched deciduous trees and navigating the change in elevation.

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Chongwe River House


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Chongwe River House is a stunning holiday home located in Lower Zambezi National Park, in Zambia, and overlooking the Chongwe and Zambezi rivers. The villa has 4 bedrooms, and a stay can include guides, canoes, a boat, and armed scout and private vehicles for exploring its wild surroundings. Sitting on the deck, under a huge winterthorn tree and next to the large pool, your view across the Zambezi escarpment is magnificent. In the foreground the Chongwe River, a magnet to wildlife, passes by.

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Contemporary House Maza In Mexico


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The contemporary dwelling was completed back in 2012, and features 5,263 square feet of living space. The home is situated in a natural setting surrounding the Lake of Valle de Bravo, and blends nicely thanks to the lush vegetation running all throughout the home’s facade. In fact it’s almost difficult to tell where the outside ends, and the inside begins due largely in part to the massive floor to ceiling windows and doors that open the interior up completely to the outside elements. The residence has been equipped with a multi-car garage in the basement, and a tour through the house reveals individual spaces designed as scenes – providing a unique experience for visitors and residents alike.

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Ideum’s 46” Multitouch Coffee Table


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As the Ideum Multitouch Platform Table amazed the user in the past, Ideum has revealed its new 46” Multitouch Coffee Table at the Digital Signage Expo in Las Vegas to invite Google to coffee table. The table will run the integrated Android Version 4.1 (Jellybean) on the Intel’s x86 architecture. The platform is exceedingly fast due to the android and Intel-based hardware combination. It features a 46-inch bezel-free 3M C4667PW multi-touch LCD display at the the resolution of 1920×1080 pixels, an IP54 rated plus chemically strengthened waterproof glass surface, the quad core 3.7GHz Intel processor, 500GB hard drive and 16GB of RAM boxed in a high-grade aluminum pedestal. The company is planning to launch a dual-OS system later this year and this preference will be expanded to other systems in near future.

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Floating Sauna In Seattle


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Architecture firm goCstudio is building a floating sauna later to debut later this year on Lake Washington, Seattle. The 8 x 8 foot sauna will be situated on a couple dozen 55-gallon flotation barrels held together by an aluminum frame, and there will be a small outdoor platform area for visitors to relax on. A diving board around back will let you plunge your heated body back into cold reality, and because it will probably be classified as a boat, the sauna will have to drop anchor at various times throughout the day.

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Vertical Glass House In Shanghai


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The Vertical Glass House in Shanghai by Chinese firm Atelier FCJZ, the entire house has glass floors instead of windows, so one can peer directly into the downstairs bathroom from the upstairs dining room. Concrete walls are paired with wooden formwork, and each glass floor fits into a pair of narrow horizontal openings in the walls. Extra lighting along these slots generate stripes of light on the building’s façade at night. Designed by Yung Ho Chang as an urban housing prototype for a competition in 1991, the concept was taken to reality as part of the West Bund Biennale of Architecture and Contemporary Art. The Vertical Glass House now serves as a guesthouse for visiting artists and architects.

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Aqua Dome Thermal Resort In Austria


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Providing rest and relaxation for nearly 350,000 visitors each year, this beautiful resort is nestled within the snow covered mountains of Austria. The focal point of the resort is the three bowl-shaped swimming pools that are elevated above the more traditional 25 meter lap pool below. These aren’t just ordinary pools either. Aside from the unique architectural aspects, each pool is filled with thermal water sourced from a reservoir located over 1,800 meters below the ground, and features underwater music and lighting effects for a club-like experience. The hotel itself is home to 200 rooms, and a rooftop observation deck to really take in the mountainous views surrounding the property.

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Modern Mirindibas Residence In Sao Paulo Brazil


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The Brazil based team at Studio MK27 specialize in sleek, modern homes found all throughout South America, and they continuously deliver some of the most stunning residences. The latest project from the architectural firm comes to us in the Mirindibas Residence. The home was completed a few years back in 2006, and is located in beautiful Sao Paulo, Brazil. The ultra contemporary home spans just under 9,000 square feet, and was spearheaded by designer Marcio Kogan. The home utilizes massive sliding window doors to connect the outdoor space with the indoor space, and features an open floor plan throughout.

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Gallery House In Pereira, Colombia


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This 500-sq.-meter (about 5,382 square feet) head-turner was built on a hill, so there’s plenty of natural ventilation, and with the dining room cascading into the pool area.  This region of Colombia is known for its warm weather and abundant bamboo. The French windows are designed to generate a nice mix of indoor/outdoor air flow, and the white-on-white color scheme is meant to showcase the natural green and artworks on the property.

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The Warehaus In Perth By Residential Attitudes


 

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Giorgio Armani Casa Luxury Residence


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Giorgio Armani’s interior design studio Armani / Casa has announced plans to work on its first Chinese luxury residential project in the city of Chengdu. L’Art Residence will be situated in the center of Chengdu and will consist of two 222–meter-high buildings, each containing 65 apartments. The fashion mogul’s brand will work in partnership with the Chinese cultural body Mind Group for the design and development of the project. Each apartment block will feature a heated rooftop swimming pool, whilst the living spaces themselves will be furnished with pieces from the Armani / Casa, Armani / Rocca and Armani / Dada ranges. The apartments will be sold in the second half of 2014. The development period is slated for 2016.

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San Francisco Loft by Lineoffice Architecture


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The aim of this project was to meet the functionally separate domestic requirements of the owner in a space that would feel completely open and uninterrupted. After the existing space was cleared two programmed sculptural elements were inserted into this multi-sided ‘spine’ that moves from one end of the loft to the other and  also a solid form that contains the necessarily enclosed bath and laundry areas. The spine houses everyday domestic components like storage, dresser drawers, kitchen cabinets, etc., while navigating the subtle boundaries between the entry, sleeping, kitchen and main living areas. The solid form is carved away using steel and walnut doors and panels to reveal points of access to the bath and laundry room. These impressions on the otherwise blank plaster walls of the solid echo the materials and proportions of the more articulated spine. The material character of these elements like blackened steel, painted and walnut veneered casework, black granite and translucent glazing was selected to complement and showcase the existing doug-fir columns, beams and ceiling without overpowering the space.

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World Class Qualia Luxury Resort In Hamilton Island Australia


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Located on Hamilton Island, in the heart of Whitsundays, Australia, the Qualia Luxury Resort is one of the most stunning resorts on the planet.  This beautiful resort features everything you would expect including two serene pools, library, and of course access to the waters of the Great Barrier Reef. The surrounding bodies of water allow guests to unwind with activities like jet skiing, snorkeling and even fishing among other things. One of the most raved about experiences for this resort is the “Bularri Yarrul,” a hot stone massage utilizing 300 million year old stones. When the day comes to an end, don’t forget to visit Executive Chef Alastair Waddell’s cuisine for a healthy bit to eat.

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Modern Seaside Estate Residence In Malibu


 

Southern California is home to some of the most valuable and beautiful real estate on the planet, and Malibu is among the most sought after destinations along the Pacific coastline. Based out of California, the Burdge & Associates Architects have recently completed their newest project in the Seaside Estate residence during 2011. The massive home is constructed from neutral earth-toned stucco mixed with sections of concrete for a sleek, contemporary finish. To fully capitalize on the ocean views, the home has been equipped with plenty of floor to ceiling windows, and pocket doors that open up to outdoor living spaces. The residence also features a beautiful guest home along with an outdoor kitchen and 50 foot swimming pool.

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X-House in Barcelona


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The Spanish design team at Cadaval & Sola-Morales designed the amazing X-House in Barcelona. The name describes it all with this particular residence. Crowned the ‘X-House,’ this remarkable contemporary dwelling is shaped like a massive letter X. The home features four separate triangular recesses, with one of them offering breathtaking views from where the cliff top home resides. The two story home features a parking area, access to the home, as well as the master suite and studio. The social living spaces are all located on the bottom floor of the property. A roof top patio for entertaining provides the perfect finishing touch.

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Sustainable Floating House Concept


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Designed by Singapore-based architect Dymitr Malcew, the sustainable floating house is the perfect way to get away from all the daily stresses one experiences living in an urban environment. This house literally floats on the water, and thanks to the floor to ceiling windows adorning the dwelling, residents get to fully enjoy these 360-degree ocean views from sun up to sunset. The home was created for French firm H2ORIZON, and was constructed from sustainable materials. The residence is quite spacious with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room kitchen, and terrace. The home also features luxury finishes throughout, and with the ability to gently float through the water, you’ll be able to enjoy everything nature has to offer without causing any disruption.

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Abandoned Underwater Strip Club In Israel


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Photos of abandoned buildings have always be fascinating, but of all the deserted spaces we’ve seen in the past, nothing has measured up to the awesomeness of this abandoned underwater strip club. Many times when buildings are left to decay, they do just that. The Nymphas Show Bar is a different story entirely though. While the outside of the building is quite rusted, photographs of the inside show that the former strip club is still completely intact. The photos were taken by marine biologist Gil Koplovitzin in Eilat, Israel. The structure once served as an underwater restaurant before transforming into a strip club, and ultimately ending in this.

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Beverly Hills Bachelor Pad By Michael Palumbo


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If there was an award for the greatest bachelor pad on Earth, this Beverly Hills masterpiece would certainly be a contender for the title. 1201 Laurel Way is a modern mansion designed by Michael Palumbo and his team of architects. There are few places more desirable than Los Angeles when it comes to living destinations. Sure there’s the smog problem everyone promotes so much, but the place really is beautiful. This 6 bedroom, 10 bathroom residence takes advantage of the stunning coastline views LA has to offer with floor to ceiling windows used heavily throughout the home along with a rooftop terrace and infinity pool to really take it all in. The open floor plan creates a nice social setting, and the spacious garage has plenty of room for your McLaren, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin.

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Lake Lugano House, Brusino Arsizio, Switzerland


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Lake Lugano House, is one fascinating oval glass house, and it is located in Brusino Arsizio, Switzerland. This amazing project is made by jm architecture. The main concept of the project is architecture with an oval shape and highly stylish interior design.

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Manta Resorts Underwater Hotel Room


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Situated off the eastern coast of Africa by Pemba Island, a private floating island at the Manta Resort provides guests with an all-inclusive hotel room submerged four meters below the surface of the ocean. Designed by swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels, each of the three levels that make up the buoyant building has its own unique view: A rooftop terrace for sun bathing in the day and star gazing at night, a landing deck at sea level equipped with a lounge and restroom, and an underwater hotel room below surrounded by panes of glass for a 360 degree marine panorama. Throughout the day, guests of the resort can remain encapsulated in the submerged hotel room, floating amongst the turquoise blue water swimming with tropical life and coral reef. By night, sleep beside the fish – the bottom platform is illuminated with underwater spotlights beneath each window, attracting a variety rare marine creatures.

Heydar Aliyev Center by Zaha Hadid Architects


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Zaha Hadid Architects have designed the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. The Heydar Aliyev Center hosts a variety of cultural programs, its design is a departure from the rigid and often monumental architecture of the former Soviet Union that is so prevalent in Baku, aspiring instead to express the sensibilities and diversity of Azeri culture. The Center’s design establishes a continuous, fluid relationship between its surrounding plaza and the building’s interior. The plaza, as the ground surface, accessible to all, rises to envelop an equally public interior and define a sequence of event spaces within. Undulations, folds, and inflections modify this surface to create an architectural landscape that performs a multitude of functions: welcoming, embracing, and directing visitors throughout the center; blurring the conventional differentiation between architecture and landscape, interior and exterior. Fluidity in architecture is not new to the region. The continuous calligraphic scripts and patterning of historical Islamic architecture flow from carpets to walls, walls to ceilings, ceilings to domes; establishing seamless relationships and blurring distinctions between architectural elements and the ground they inhabit. The Center’s design relates to this historical understanding of architecture, not through the use of mimicry or a limiting adherence to the iconography of the past, but with a firmly contemporary interpretation.

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Foxhead Global Headquarters


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The leaders of the motocross apparel company, Fox Head, Inc. approached a company in November 2011, with the goal of relocating their headquarters from Morgan Hill, in Northern California, to Irvine, California. They wanted a space that would inspire their staff and encouraged CWa to challenge preconceptions about how an office space can work and how this warehouse shell could become a cutting edge creative house. The industrial warehouse on Armstrong Avenue in Irvine offered an opportunity of consolidating the company in one open, creative environment. The design solution for the 82,000 sq. ft. space evolved from the desire to create a functional yet playful environment that befits the Fox image. Equally significant was the company’s desire for an open, flexible and collaborative work environment for its employees.
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Traditional urban planning concepts were utilized to provide the architectural frame to foster a community centered around place, interaction and innovation. A Main Street concept, individual task-oriented neighborhoods, park-like landscape elements and circulation-oriented ‘facades’ were each enlisted to create a community unique to the company’s culture. On the exterior, a sculptural addition was proposed to accommodate Fox’s main entrance and provide an identifying landmark. Existing and new infrastructure are exposed and coordinated to enhance the architecture, while the warm palette of reds, oranges and yellows reference the original brand colors of Moto-X Fox while differentiating the ‘monuments’ in the city from the muted background. The resulting ‘city’ is a reflection of the company’s character: an open and creative workplace that fosters interaction between varied groups of specialists.
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Superyacht Designed by Architector Zaha Hadid


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London architect Zaha Hadid has designed a family of superyachts for German shipbuilders Blohm+Voss. Zaha created a concept for a 128-metre yacht, which informed the design of five smaller vessels engineered by Blohm+Voss. The upper structure of the design is formed from sinuous shapes connecting the different decks. This conceptual language has been pared down and applied to a series of 90-metre-long Unique Circle Yachts, refined so the vessels meet the technical specifications for ocean crossings. “As a dynamic object that moves in dynamic environments, the design of a yacht must incorporate additional parameters beyond those for architecture – which all become much more extreme on water,” said Hadid. “Each yacht is an engineered platform that integrates specific hydrodynamic and structural demands together with the highest levels of comfort, spatial quality and safety.”

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Elegant Villa F in Greece


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Check out this stunning private holiday residence Villa F located in Rhodes, Greece. It was completed by HORNUNG AND JACOBI ARCHITECTURE, with a very unique architectural design that sets it apart from its rocky landscape. The site of the holiday home in Rhodes/Greece yet possess characteristics and outstanding qualities, which we only attempted to frame with our design. The site is located three meters above a coastal road, which is bordered by a natural stonewall that has been equally continued for our proposal. On the one hand the continuation of the found wall generates a high level of privacy, while on the other hand it relates to the given situation, which we were tempted to preserve as much as possible. The holiday home was designed for a couple. They wished a separate area for guests, which we mostly embedded in the given topography by integrating the shady tree population and without generating an equally visible volume.

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The challenge in this design lies in construction and the involved climate technology. The construction of the building above ground is planned as a prefabricated timber structure finished with white plaster, which generates an abstract link to traditional old buildings close to that site. The lightweight construction was chosen because it will be mainly used for spontaneous short-term visits. Massive building parts were avoided to reach a quick cool down. Through a mechanically controlled opening in the roof a well-known chimney effect will be activated, which starts at the massive base plate in the garage from where integrated cable ducts lead cooled air through the building. An additional cooling effect will be provided by the evaporation of the pool. The triangle-shaped photovoltaics on the roof provides the building with energy and enables a self-sufficient living.

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