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José María Sánchez García

This is by far the most unique concept and executed design for a building that I have seen in a very long time. The birds eye view of this place is surreal. Because of the buildings location and it’s shape being a perfect circle it looks totally impossible. Designed by José María Sánchez García, it is an athletic technology and research center.

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Sea Ranch Residence

On a dream site in California, edged in evergreen trees, with an open meadow and views out to the ocean exists this simple barn inspired little house, Sea Ranch. Designed by Turnbull Griffin and Haesloop the project took cues from the clients and their love of minimalism and flow in Japanese architecture, and melds it with a rustic, inherently American barn aesthetic. The two coalesce and become a complete design so delicately integrated into its surroundings that it almost looks like it has always been there.

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Brunnenstrasse Apartments

The Brunnenstrasses Apartments built on a partially abandoned lot in Berlin takes into account many interesting variables that this project and it’s physical location threw into play. The lot itself, on the ground floor, is divided basically in half by an access drive to the rear lot of the the building behind it. The two building on either side are also differing heights do to varying construction dates. So instead of picking their own floor height or matching one of the buildings, a shift in floor height just off center of the new building they were able to make the building fit it’s surrounding better. Even if it is infinitely out of place because of the sleek glass face. New construction cannot often be described as polite, but in this case architects Brandlhuber took into account the neighbors needs and designed the building accordingly. The roof of the building slopes off towards the back to allow more sunshine to pass into the lot behind.

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Glade House

It is always great to see a home that using conventional forms and materials can still break some rules. The Glade House by Frederick Phillips and Associates does just that. Using common shapes and construction found in historic architecture from the surrounding region, but imposing a unique organization they were able to create a beautiful modern house.

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Horizontal House

Eastern Design Office designed this super unique house design that reminds me of futuristic interpretations of trains and transportation from the 1940′s and 1950′s. Called Horizontal House. The layout creates one of the most interesting architectural details I have seen in quite a while. Where the two main sections of the house meet there is a rounded corner with a curved pane of glass that matches the shape of the corner. When you stand facing the corner you get this surreal vantage point. You can see the entire courtyard and down both hallways within the house simultaneously.

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Swiss Alpine Pods

They really know how to do it in Switzerland. Little private ski resort, Whitepod with beautiful modern igloos. What more could a ski fanatic want? Both the lodge and igloos located at around 6,000 feet above sea level have astonishing views of the valley and snow surroundings.

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Great Barrier House

Named after its locale, Great Barrier House resided on Great Barrier Island off the coast of Auckland, New Zealand. Working closely with architects Crosson Clarke Carnachan they were able to create a highly sustainable solution that also fit their living requirements.

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Heliotrope Raising

Bang Architectes as a solution for an addition to a Paris home created this awesome wood-framed building called Heliotrope Raising. A portion of the structure is raised above the ground leaving the backyard fully accessible. These great photographs of the finished addition were shot by Julien Lanoo.

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Holmenkollen Ski Jump

The newly completed Holmenkollen Ski Jump is an amazing site. Designed by Julien De Smedt Architects the update to a normally very bland sport complex is stunning. The observation skybox is definitely one of the most amazing parts. Despite it’s abnormal function the structure integrates very well with it’s surroundings.

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Wieden+Kennedy HQ

This first time I caught a glimpse of the Wieden+Kennedy headquarters in Portland was in the film Art & Copy. The space itself is truly amazing, unparalleled, and gives new validity to the idea that a creatively designed workspace is a better place to do creative work. The design itself was concocted by Allied Works Architecture, which is a wonderful solution for this project and the existing structure was built within. The biggest and most prominent element of the design to me is that it has been built around an amphitheatre style performance space. All the other sections and work areas branch off around it. This sense of communal space that brings all the other parts of the company and physical working environment together is a great idea.

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Huski Lodge

Huski Lodge is a boutique hotel in the Victorian Highlands of Australia. It was designed by Elenberg Fraser based on studies of snowflake geometry and Australian timber framing. The faceted design and positioning on the site work together maximize views and light in each of the separate apartments. It is intriguing to think that the architects studied snowflakes in the design of this building when you see the way the building and snow interact with one another as if they were old friends.

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Gregg’s Cycles New HQ

When designing a retail space for Gregg’s Cycle in Bellevue, Washington Weinstein AU decided to create a building that literally put the bikes out front, and really leverages it’s design to highlight the bicycles. Instead of submitting to the norm and creating another street level retail experience with limited parking Weinstein AU opted for a raised concrete design that provides protected parking below along with easy access to the rear of the building and more parking out back. It also physically boosts the bikes up towards the sky, which definitely accentuates their concept of highlighting the bikes.

This style of, product first retail design is becoming more prevalent. One specific instance that the Gregg’s Cycle reminded me of is the Freitag Flagship Store in Zurich. Design that is both relevant to the brand, it’s products and also develops a customized approach to display that is only applicable to their specific goods and location really creates a richer and more unique shopping experiences. This thought process or equation can and should be applied to other media and applications.

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Haus K

Haus K is a nice simple design by Yes Architecture, many of the aesthetic cues are taken from local architecture so the house could harmonize with it’s surroundings. The brick structure they built on top of was originally a wine cellar and one room wine press, and instead of demolishing the existing structure and building in it’s place the architects chose to use it’s existing brick layout as a foundation of sorts for the new house. I only wish there was some better information and more images of Haus K available.

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Skilift Carmenna

I posted about Bearth & Deplazes previously here, and for the second time I have stumbled across their work and been completely enamored. They design these amazing solutions for extremely remote building sites and for structures that usually have little design. This project Skilift Carmenna they designed both integrates with the natural environment, in winter it is cover in snow and summer the roof is grass covered, but it also adds a level of visual interest to what is normally a bland utilitarian structure.

Due to the location of this project, the ski area is in Arosa, Switzerland the material choice had to be very specific. Everything needed to be light and easily transportable by helicopter. So they chose simple things like plastic and corrugated metal sheeting, wood. Despite this minimalist palette they were able to create astounding modern building that truly fit their purpose and surroundings. That to me is part of what defines architecture.

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Artist Bridge Studio

Designing to create more space while minimizing impact on the natural landscape is a tall order, but Safdie Rabines Architects did just that to create this floating studio space in San Diego, California. The space connects the main home to the more secluded and previously unused portion of the lot, which also appears to have a nice knoll to it. A long skinny plan like this reminds me of train cars, or shipping containers, which I love. Looking for design inspiration in utilitarian objects is often well rewarded.

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CHICO: by Atelier KUU

CHICO is a designer store for dogs and their owners in Shizuoka, Japan. Designed by Nobuo Kumazara, of Atelier Kuu, this shop truly exemplifies their aesthetic sensibilities and skills. The elegance and serenity exhibited by their designs add a layer of comfort to minimalism that is awesome. I know my little man Ernest and I would have great time shopping here, I might lose track of him on the concrete floors though. The dog house shaped dog door that exits out onto grass area for the pups to play is probably the most amazing detail.

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Giant Office Supplies

When London based developer Land Securities was seeking to rent out workspaces in a newly completed open plan space they wanted to find a creative way of visually divide the spaces. This way potential tenants would have better idea of the different shapes and sizes of spaces that were available. To solve this problem Radford Wallis was hired to design what turned out to be these awesome sculptures Giant Office Supplies. At absurd scale to their normal world counterparts this objects interact beautifully with the sparse architectural space.

“Shunning conventional signage, we went for maximum impact by creating four scaled-up stationery items, used to mark out the huge space,” Radford Wallis says. “The giant objects were then positioned where the partitions would eventually be built.”

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Tea House

I meant to post this along time ago, but it just sort of floated in my drafts until today. This design for a Tea House by David Jameson Architects is an amazing act of simplicity. The minimalist approach truly does justice to the history and practice of tea as it is done in Japan. I also really appreciate this building from the standpoint of it being a great solution to designing a simple and small out building. Albeit the huge i-beams seem a tad excessive.

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Vogt Magglingen

This renovation, which is better described as a transformation, by Kistler Vogt Architects updates a classic farmhouse into a modern home that balances it’s history with new minimalist interiors. Often in architecture use of clashing materials or styles can create something completely new beautiful. Here the classic roof tiles are juxtaposed with the large glass expanses which break up the original exterior walls.

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House in Ookayama

Working on an extremely skinny lot, and with some serious restrictions, Torafu Architects were able to create this open flowing design for a two family home. Entitled House in Ookayama, this house invokes loft living with an approach to storage and function that lofts don’t usually conquer.

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