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January 25, 2014

Floating Villas in Amsterdam

Amsterdam Villas 1 25 2014 bThe “Venice of the North” Amsterdam, has another water-immersed residential community. This is an experimental project, with real houses, really floating – not the usual inhabited boats, and no houses on stilts. It’s also experimental because the “lots” are actually water instead of land, and all these water-lots are privately owned and managed (unique for this municipality).

In good old Amsterdam tradition, the properties and living spaces are tiny – a lot measures 10×15 meters, and the “footprint,” if you can call it that, is only 7×10 meters. Even though Amsterdam is known as the “City on Stilts,” the houses are on a floating concrete pontoon without any footing. The design guidelines stipulates that the volume should contain maximum 2.5 stories – leading to another planning/architect cat-and-mouse classic.

The massing of the overall development is gorgeous, with all irregularly oriented half-stories. Due to tidal movement, a house on stilts would be ugly and impractical for people with leisure boats. However, these requirements put the architects “on high stilts” (a Dutch expression meaning agitated / assertive). Since the house is floating, the asymmetry of the volumes makes the weight distribution uneven – therefore bringing the house out of balance. Height restrictions force the designers to sink the lowest floor all the way to the base level of the concrete pontoon, so there’s no space to bring in a counterweight. As a result, people are always mucking about with sand bags or concrete blocks to get their residence water-pass.

Most houses are built up of wooden studwork to reduce weight, with free choice of finishing – except for highly corrosive metals like copper and zinc, which is out of the question to prevent polluting run-off to flow into the Y-waters.

The individual architectural expression of the houses within the tight confines of the design guidelines leads to an orderly, yet beautifully diverse and vivacious image. This is complemented by everlasting play of reflections from the water – as architect Jan Benthem, who built his own house there, explained: Living on the water means that the light comes from below. It was an unexpected delight seeing the water refractions on the walls and ceilings…it’s a treat!

Submitted By: Michael Veripapa

Source: WATG

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January 19, 2014

A Luxury Camping Retreat House

Camping House 1 19 2014The Drew House is a holiday retreat for Australian photographer Marian Drew, and her brother Derek. Located near Gladstone, on the east Australian coast, the home is situated amongst native trees and allows the family to enjoy the natural environment. In their youths the family took camping trips to the same area, and the house aims to create a kind of luxury campsite nestled amongst the gnarled Bloodwoods and ancient Palms.

Simon Laws of Anthill Constructions broke the residence up into separate pods, with two sleeping pods, a bath house, and a long tube-like structure that houses the living room and kitchen. Natural oiled Australian hardwood timbers and other minimally finished, simple materials were combined to create indoor/outdoor spaces for maximum enjoyment of the unique bushland setting. All were built off-site, as not to disturb the surrounding landscape. The roof structure and decks were prefabricated but constructed once onsite, all of which connect the pods. The triangular wooden panels open up in the living room helping to bring the outdoors in.

Submitted By: Caity

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January 18, 2014

Ribbon Stairs

Ribbon Stairs 1 18 2014Let’s talked about the Ribbon Stairs. Designed by HŠH Architects to mimic a delicate rippling ribbon, these stairs are beautiful but are a little scary to run up and down when you’re in a hurry.  The concept of rippling ribbon was chosen in view of the exposed position of the staircase in the main living area of the house. The staircase is constructed from 10mm thick sheet metal. Pairs of adjoining steps connected with an oblique external side joist form a bracket anchored in the wall. Each of the brackets is constructed as a rigid frame. The higher steps bear mainly drawing forces, while pressure is transmitted through the lower steps.

Submitted By: Dwayne Lutringer

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November 21, 2013

Overby House by John Robert Nilsson

Overby 11 21 2013A well-appointed summer house built to comply with rigorous requirements in design and precision of execution. Features state-of-the-art solutions that appear simple and uncluttered. Clean forms and clean lines are consistently pursued throughout. This is a technology-intensive house, a piece of civilized life and order perched atop a rocky headland in the wilds of the Stockholm archipelago.

Open space with high glass walls facing the sea. In stark contrast is the entrance side of the house, comprising a dense, plastered wall in which the only opening is a ceiling-high pivot door, whose latticed surface lets the light seep through.

A few select quality materials are used consistently throughout the house. Light against dark, creating a stark graphic distinctness. Light materials include limestone from Gotland, silvery white ash wood, matte-white painted walls and ceilings. White lacquered steel elements in the interior.

Contact between the interior and exterior is enhanced by disappearing walls of glass, leaving a seamless sweeping view spanning from stone floor to ceiling. The exterior is dark with matte-black plaster, roofing felt, and powder-coated steel.

We also landscaped the surrounding terrain, including an overflow pool set on the outer edge of the stone block, and have drawn up a suggestion for steps down to the bay and docking pier.

Written by: Mike

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October 31, 2013

San Diego Design Film Series

Coast ModernWe are extremely pleased to present the first screening of the San Diego Film Series on Tuesday November 5, 2013.  The feature presentation Coast Modern is an independent documentary by directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome. Travelling along the Pacific North West coastline from LA to Vancouver, the film showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies.  Cocktails prior from 6-7.  Cinepolis Del Mar  Buy tickets here.

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October 25, 2013

Geometric Country Home

Geometrical Residence  10 25 2013This unbelievable countryside house was designed by ‘Plasma Studio’, inspired by geometric shapes. The modern home sits in a quaint rural area located in Sesto, Italy. The patterned roof is the highlight of the home as it sits above like a separate piece of art.

The beautiful thing about this type of architecture is that the house has a completely distinct look as you see it from each side. Depending on the angle that you view it from, you will either notice the unreal roof, or the modern off-the-edge style the house was built in. The interior of this family home is characterized by 360 degree views. Perhaps the most spectacular of these being the view of the sky through an incision over the central stair.

Source: Plasma Studio

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October 04, 2013

Blu Homes Design Seminar

October 23, 2013

Blu Homes  02 04 2013Please join us along industry-leading prefab home builder Blu Homes for a Design Seminar on Wednesday October 23, 2013. Blu experts will showcase the stunning architectural elements of their beautiful, eco-friendly homes and discuss the many options available to personalize your space. RSVP Today


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October 03, 2013

Casabrava La Jolla

Casabrava  10 03 2013 Heather Johnson Architect has delivered another award winning design with her Casabrava project in La Jolla Shores.  If the wonderful modern design is not enough to be excited about, take a look at how it was built. Manufactured in a factory, the modules (some of which were 60’ long) were transported to the 1/3 acre site where they were set by a crane over a 48 hour period. Total build time 8.5 months.

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April 23, 2013

Bridging Old and New in San Diego

bradley_dbrds_elcortez_17_webNestled atop Cortez Hill stands the historic ‘El Cortez’, San Diego’s leading landmark since its grand opening in 1927. From its opening through the 1950s, it was the most glamorous apartment-hotel in San Diego, hosting multiple U.S. Presidents such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Gerald Ford, as well as entertainers like Bing Crosby and Elvis Presley. Today, the historically significant ‘El Cortez’ combines a contemporary high-rise lifestyle with the lure and attraction of old world charm.

While the building’s exterior is Spanish Renaissance style, owner Sasha Favelukis of Sequoian Investment Inc. considered modern Australian design team Pauly De Bartolo and Ivan Rimanic of De Bartolo + Rimanic Design Studio (DBRDS) a natural choice for the remodel of his 600 square foot condominium. To maximize space in the 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom small home, an ‘Australian-inspired’ custom kitchen was designed to provide additional depth of storage as well as a linear bench which runs the length of the kitchen, dining and living area to maximize storage and provide window seating.

The kitchen is clad in white oak to impart a textural balance between the dark wood floors and the white walls and features. A white modern interior allows the space to evolve from bright and clean during the day to evocative and golden in the evening, capturing the dynamic view of the San Diego skyline at night.

To reflect upon the history of the space in an otherwise modern interior, a wall featuring period-style moulding and a soft grey color was designed for the bedroom.  All of the design elements were hand selected to provide a cohesive, relaxing and unique feel for this modern living space. The only original elements are the bathtub and bathroom floor. To make his design vision a reality, De Bartolo reached out to the team at Hold It Contemporary Home to supply all of the furniture, artwork and accessories.

Through minor, non-load bearing interior modifications to the converted hotel rooms, DBRDS transformed the feel of the condominium into an open floor plan, allowing for flowing space and more natural light. The General Contractor on the project was Alan Loghman of Pacific Design & Construction. Read more …

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December 17, 2012

B&N House by A-cero Studio

Spanish studio A-cero designed the B&N House project. The architects ave turned an existing house into a contemporary two-story home in Madrid, Spain. A-cero designed almost every single detail: from the unusual structure, to the interior beams and panels adorning the living area and the furniture that blends chromatically with the whole house concept. Everything respects a very modern line, even the bedrooms which are designed to be a little bit warmer than the rest of the house.

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