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Amish Barn Raisin Timelapse

My definition of design has evolved over the past few years and along side the projects and clients I have worked with. Some of the most integral parts of design or design practice as I would now define those is as follows. Good design is nearly always is built on a foundation of planning, organization(really just more planning), and the team. This morning I came across this 10 house time-lapse of an Amish barn raising and it got me thinking on this subject. Shot in Ohio by Scott Miller this video captures and embodies in my mind perfection in the practice of design.


San Francisco Loft

This San Francisco Loft renovation is particularly breathtaking. The design is not over the top and intern has a nice comfortable sort of quality. The loft started out with some really gorgeous elements which Line Office Architecture allowed to persist through their renovation such as exposed brick and a Douglas Fir beam structure. One of the most striking parts of the resulting design is the broad format of everything. The wide stools, expansive counter tops, gigantic refrigerator and cabinet doors all combine to create a nice simple sort of grandeur.

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WMS Boathouse

Maybe it was the lake freckled landscape where I spent my childhood or the surrounding prep-schools, but rowing has always been in my consciousness. We spent quite a bit of time on the water and in it as kids. I was even lucky enough to have a wood craftsman father so by the age of five I had helped build a row boat from hull to oars. It was a far cry from a rowing shell, but maybe one day one will find its way into my life. The WMS Boathouse on the Chicago River makes me want to hop up from my desk and head to the closest rowing center and take out a skull. Designed by Studio Gang, the building and dock features some really smart and intriguing elements. My favorite part by far has to be the indoor water pool rowing simulator.

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Makino Botanical Museum

Inspired by plant and animal forms the Makino Botanical Museum is punched overlooking the city on the back side of Mount Godai. Designed by Naito Architect & Associates the structure features a melodic flow with easy transitions from inside and out. The roof has to be one of my favorite parts with the beams connected in the fashion of an extremely long and intricate spinal column. The resulting form is a unique undulating outcropping of roof which creates a visual stunning result both on the interior and exterior spaces.

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Schanerloch Bridge

A bridge doesn’t just have to be the structure that connects two disparate shores. marte.marte Architects have executed that sentiment so beautifully with their design for Schanerloch Bridge. Named for the river it spans, the bridge is in Austria and when not being crossed by cars and pedestrians it doubles as a unique and stark sculpture. The concrete form and its placement actually seems to compliment the clear crisp surface of the water and blends nicely with the rocks and stone cliffs that ascend around it.

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Mamacona Dog Salon

We at campsite are really big fans of our furry friends and companions. Especially our little studio manager Ernest Ellerd. So when we came across this beautifully designed Mamacona Dog Salon you can imagine how excited we were. Designed by Horibe Associates this is the kind of dog wash that we would love to frequent. Unfortunately its a little far for us. Mamacona is located in the southern Japan coastal town of Usa, Ōita.

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Pasona

For their new headquarters in the financial district of Tokyo Pasono wanted something green. Yoshimi Kono renovated a a building for them which now features a beautiful lush organic shell of green walls. The greenery or at least the growing doesn’t stop there. About 20% of the interior space is devoted to growing around 200 different plant species which are harvested and used in Pasona’s own cafeteria. A sort of Farm to Cubicle mecca like no other.

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Model for a House in Sant Cugat

The architectural models of Josep Ferrando are really eye catching. Employing a similar materials palette to his actual buildings, Ferrando creates prototypes that are infinitely more descriptive. It also makes for a beautiful standalone sculpture in addition to conveying the intent of a concept. You can see more details from the House in Sant Cugat over on Ferrando’s site.

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Farmhouse Renovation

Historic stone farmhouses always make an amazing base for an architectural renovation. This specific one in Serra de Janeanes, Portugal is absolutely stunning. The original stone structure is accentuated by expanses of white, glass, and light wood. Carried out by João Branco the update to this house has created some unique spaces and beautiful rooms, which would have been impossible to create in a new construction building.

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Summerhouse

From the outside Summerhouse in Lagnö, Sweden is a series of geometric concrete shapes, but once you are inside it gives way to a open, light and airy space. Muted tones are punctuated by crisp expanses of natural wood and deliberately placed pieces of black furniture. The house was designed by Tham & Videgård Arkitekter and these amazing photographs were shot by Lindman.

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Maison Germanier

I have a serious infatuation for Swiss mountain cabins and farm huts. Especially beautifully renovated ones like Maison Germanier by Savioz Fabrizzi architects in . This small house maintains its historic sensibilities and texture while being brought into the 21st century with a nice new roof and streamlined windows. The house is located in the vineyards of Vétroz in the Southwestern corner of Switzerland.

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SayBoat

I have always thought it would be great to live on a house boat. SayBoat, designed by Czech architect Milan Řídký seems like it would be the perfect choice if I were to take to take up residence on the water. The house is small, but the layout makes it far more spacious than a normal boat. The exterior balances modernism and classicism to fit in with the more common canal house boat style, but the interior is ultra modern with very clean lines.

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Tom Kundig Collection

UPDATE
I posted previously about the Tom Kundig Collection on campsite a few weeks ago, and I was recently turned onto this wonderful short video produced by Kontent Partners. The video covers the background and collaboration between 12th Avenue Iron and Olson Kundig Architects.

Olson Kundig Architects have been a favorite of mine for quite some time. Their aesthetic and style of design blends rustic and industrial elements into comfortable and utilitarian spaces. They have recently launched a side project with 12th Avenue Iron. The Tom Kundig Collection are a selection of fixtures for the moments when people become kinetically involved with the buildings and spaces they inhabit.

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H House

Tamás Dévényi’s house just outside of Budapest is edged by a forest and idyllic fields. The shingle covered structure is both simplistic and specific. Designed by local architects Budapesti Műhely. Engaging the surroundings through use of a covered patio space which connects the house to its site and the outdoors.

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Mountain Cabin

As always the simplicity is what first drew me to this house. After staring at the images for a while the thing I began to notice was how it was sited and landscaped. Far too many homes and their accompanying property have a landscape design that feels right out of a Lowe’s ad spot or a home and garden magazine. The natural rough sort of plants and trees, as well as the exposed rock of this plot are to me so much more interesting and inviting. A home is a enough of an imposition on the natural landscape sometimes and the best counterstroke is to allow nature to embrace it and for them to harmonize together.

This Mountain Cabin looking out towards the Rondane mountains in Oppland, Norway was designed by Carl-Viggo Hølmebakk.

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Tom Kundig Collection

Olson Kundig Architects have been a favorite of mine for quite some time. Their aesthetic and style of design blends rustic and industrial elements into comfortable and utilitarian spaces. They have recently launched a side project with 12th Avenue Iron. The Tom Kundig Collection are a selection of fixtures for the moments when people become kinetically involved with the buildings and spaces they inhabit.

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House in Yoro

A living space where the presence of the family would always be felt. Using this as the client brief Keiichi Kiriyama of Airhouse Design Office led the design of this open flowing single family house in Yoro, Japan.

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Moor Haus

Moor Haus is lovely utilitarian single family house designed by Bernardo Bader in Krumbach Germany. The design lies somewhere between a high-design barn and a sleek modernist dwelling. This is achieved partially through a restricted palette of materials and finishing, as well as a simplicity of shape, form and plan.

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Leis Houses

Peter Zumthor has long been one of my favorite architects. His designs strike a great balance between classical Swiss structures, and more modern approaches in both materials and construction. These small Chalets in Leis are a prime example of a Zumthor’s take on the classic Swiss mountain huts.

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The Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum Signage

Museum signage is always slightly banal, and with good reason. The art or exhibitions should always take precedent to the design of the graphics, signage and way finding. That doesn’t mean that the signage should be neglected. The signage plan Hara Design Institute created for the Nagasaki Prefectural Art Museum is stunning. Complex in places where it is used to draw guests and passerby into the museum and subtly informational where people need to be guided through the space or provided with information.

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