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ARCA

Building a retreat in the rainforest is not a simple task. All materials and equipment need to be transported to the site. This design employs a basic palette of materials which made the construction process faster and helped to reduce the cost of the project.

The holiday house looks out over a waterfall through the floor to ceiling windows. Brazilian architects Atelier Marko Brajovic. Their design for ‘ARCA’ was derived from an indigenous housing structure of native Brazilians.

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Baux Acoustic Panels

When you think about acoustic panels design and sustainability are not the first things that come to mind. These panels however have set about changing that. Designed by Form Us With Love for the Swedish company Baux come in 20 different colors and are available in 5 pressed patterns. The panels are made of wood wool, cement and water.

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Teichhaus by HPSA

Poised on the crest of a hill. Teichhaus by HPSA is a beautiful little house of under 600 square feet shows exactly how little we actually need in a home. The minimal space uses large expansive cabinets to make room for all the necessary fixtures and storage and to divide the bed area from the living space. Perched on a small private swimming pond and with great views of the city this little house is a lovely serene escape.

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Apartment 50 by ECAL

Apartment 50 was designed by a group of students in the Masters of Product Design program at ECAL. The unit in Le Corbusier’s famous Cité Radieuse housing complex was restored by two enthusiasts, Jean-Marc Drut and Patrick Blauwart and the students were charged with designing and exhibiting objects for daily use in the complex.

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Mini Concrete Buildings

Concrete has always been one of my favorite architectural materials. It has both a flexibility of applications and a permanence that doesn’t often come together. Nitin Barchha and Disney Davis, the designers who started the studio Material Immaterial, created these cute miniature concrete buildings to honor concrete and its beauty.

“Many of the best and most influential buildings of the last century are constructed with concrete, from Le-Corbusier’s quintessentially modernist Villa Savoye, to Frank Lloyd Wright’s spellbinding Falling water, and from Oscar Niemeyer’s nation defining Brasilia, to Tadao Ando’s exhilarating Church of the Light.”

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Cabin at Femunden

There is something supremely perfect about a cabin in the woods. This one designed by Aslak Haanshuus Arkitekter
 in Femundsmarka National Park in Southern Scandinavia is truly one of a kind. The simple log cabin design is elevated through its interesting asymmetrical X footprint and the stark expanses of bare wood both inside and out.

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Narita Airport Terminal 3

If only every airport was this beautifully designed or ingenious. Airport terminals are often the least inspired part of the travel experience. The Narita International Airport new terminal 3 excels in some of my favorite areas. The minimalist architecture coupled with the hyper-functionality of the way finding and environmental signage creates an interesting and engaging space like none I have seen before. The design for this project was a collaborative undertaking by architecture firm Nikken Sekkei, design agency Party, and the Muji furniture division.

Photography by Kenta Hasegawa

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Bolton Residence

Designed by Naturehumaine, the Bolton Residence in Eastern Quebec takes its form from traditional barns in the surrounding countryside. Cantilevered on a wooded hillside. The volume appears to jut out of the hill and as a result provides an amazing perspective of the down into the valley.

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Stone House Transformation

This renovated ancient stone house is truly stunning. The original elements that were retained provide a sharp juxtaposition with the clean lines of the new modern fixtures and furnishings. This crisp and airy dwelling demonstrates the standout skills of Swiss architecture firm of Wespi de Meuron Romeo.

This concept allows on the one hand the authentic conservation of the historic stone façade, which tells the history of the house and on the other hand, it generates zenith light for the rooms with exceptional light reflections. It would not have been possible otherwise to get sunlight into the rooms, in such a village structure with narrow streets.


Paperspace, A Better Computer

It seems like in the current startup culture each new idea seems more bleak and boring than the last. Thankfully Paperspace has offered some much needed light in the otherwise dark bland technology landscape. The strongest part of their idea will also present the most difficult problem to solve, which is simplifying access and configuration of remote computing power. I am excited to see how their product evolves and what effect they have on personal and enterprise computing.


Vipp Shelter

The design of Vipp products and their home fixtures have always been some of my favorites. Their newest projects has already garnered a Wallpaper Design Award. Simply named the Vipp Shelter, it is a minimalist lovers dream. A prefab solution to a simple, sleek, no frills sort of home. I have to say I love every element of this living space both inside and out. The price per square meter might be a little steep, but just take a look and see for yourself(180 square feet and priced at $585k).

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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