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October 22, 2014

Nautilus House by Arquitectura Organica

The Nautilus house located near Mexico City is a unique shell shaped house designed by Mexican architect Javier Senosiain of Arquitectura Organica.

The house design is very innovative, unusual and audacious. Javier Senosiain decided to bring the life aquatic into architecture. Inspired by the work of Gaudi and Frank Lloyd Wright, Javier Senosiain has brought to Mexico City another sparkling example of what he calls “Bio-Architecture” — the idea that buildings based on the natural principles of organic forms bring us back to local history, tradition and cultural roots, in turn creating harmony with nature.
The sculptural whimsical house features a striking entry cut into a wall of colorful stained glass. Each element has been carefully chosen to coincide with the organic theme of the building. Senosiain describes, “This home’s social life flows inside the Nautilus without any division, a harmonic area in three dimensions where you can notice the continuous dynamic of the fourth dimension when moving in spiral over the stairs with a feeling of floating over the vegetation.”





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October 01, 2014


In the Lafayette design district of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, Luis Barragan’s foundation and Diaz Morales’ house-studio serve as the backdrop for a recovered contemporary building from the 1940′s. It is 240 square foot interior has been revitalized by Cadena+Associates to become Alfonso Cadena’s concept restaurant ‘Hueso’.

Bone Collector

As the name originates from the Spanish word for ‘bone’, the design approach intends to integrate architectural details, graphics, and decor that expose skeletal structures. The exterior aesthetic is created by a double skin façade. The outermost layer of the system uses clean, artisanal, handmade ceramic tiles with a graphic approach that refers to stitching and sewing patterns. This visual representation also protects and contrasts the inside surface, which becomes more organic and full of texture.
Upon entry, visitors are given a glimpse of the off-white color palette in the lobby, where a collection of aluminum cast bones are hung on the walls. The exposed kitchen becomes a display for the guests as the bar is the only partition between its culinary artists and the main table. In the back, a reclaimed wood seating area creates a dialogue between the space and the tree at the end of the restaurant. ‘Influenced by a Darwinian vision, the inside skin covers almost every vertical square inch of the interior with over 10,000 collected bones,‘ explains Cadena.

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September 18, 2014



Australian prefab architecture specialists Modscape Concept have designed an exciting five story home that clings to a cliff’s edge. Aptly called Cliff House, the design was created in response to a growing number of clients exploring design options for living on extreme coastal plots in Australia. The modular home was inspired by the shape of barnacles clinging to a hull of a ship, and it extends off the side of a cliff, rather than sitting upon it.
Rather than being a disruption built along the skyline, Cliff House almost propels off of it, acting as an extension to the natural topography. The unique positioning also gives the home’s residents an incredible connection to the ocean below, while alleviating construction problems associated with building on uneven rock.
The prefab modules are arranged in a vertical floor plan, the rooms stacked atop each other and held securely in place with engineered steel pins. Residents would enter at the floor level with the cliff top, which includes an outdoor patio adjacent to their parking space.
An elevator or stairs connects each floor, with the bedroom, living area and kitchen each having separate space on the various floors. The interior features minimal furniture throughout, in order to emphasize the connection to the ocean and the horizon. At the lowest floor, the home opens up to another outdoor space, which seems to float above the water.
Patio furniture, an outdoor kitchen and a Jacuzzi tub extend the luxurious feeling of being perched above the ocean.



Submitted by: Ximena

Source: Inhabitat

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March 14, 2014

Manhattan Micro Loft

Micro Loft

It’s really hard to make 425 square feet look spacious but Specht Harpman Architects managed to do just that in this New York City apartment. By creating “living platforms,” in the vertical space, they were able to accommodate all the necessities an apartment might need while keeping the space open and bright. They used a ton of space saving solutions and built-in features creating storage at every opportunity. The designers adhered to simple details to avoid overwhelming any part of the space. Impressively, there are only four pieces of furniture in the whole apartment, a sofa, coffee table, bed and side chair, and the only door is to the bathroom. The contrast of the dark floors to the white wall creates warmth, height and dimension in the tiny space. They provided breaks in the pallet with modest splashes of color and texture, staying consistent with the scale of the space.

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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

Source: design-milk

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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

Source: Design Milk

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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

Source: Contemporist

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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.

Source: San Diego Film Series

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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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