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Housing in the Born Refurbishment

Small spaces always intrigue me. The restrictions of the design to create a sense of open space and flow and the way organization can make or break the design is such a challenge. I am not really sure about the name of this apartment. It may be an inaccurate translation, but that aside the use of simple materials and a strategically placed series of lofted spaces really makes this design. Amazing to note that this renovation by ARCHITECTURE-G is only 34 square meters, equivalent to about 365 square feet.

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Ice Free

When architecture changes and improves a public works facility it makes me smile. I love the idea that something as mundane as a snowplow and salt storage facility can be elevated to a thing of beauty and become easier to use and operate based on some simple decisions made by an architect. In the case the people to be credited are UArchitects. The Netherlands based studio referenced the organization of a farmyard where all the structures are located around a central yard.

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County Cork Painter’s Studio

There seem to be so many great renovation projects and architectural restoration work being done on old structures these days. This particular cottage salvaged by the talented folks from LOCAL architects turned this rundown cottage into an amazing modern painting studio and travel getaway. The County Cork Painter’s Studio, named for it’s location in Ireland has a beautifully preserved and unique stone structure and small windows typical to this structure. LOCAL made a key decision to make the house more one with it’s natural surroundings and to flood the house with light by turning the two ends of the house into nice open glass walls. They also have windows for great cross ventilation.

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House in Paderne

Building simple modern dwellings atop ruins or existing foundations has always intrigued me and creates an amazing aesthetic, and juxtaposition. This example in Paderne Portugal, designed by Spanish architect Carlos Quintáns Eiras is amazing. The views out of the wide glass windows and it’s siting perched at the crest of a hill are so perfect.

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W35

Norwegian architect Marianne Borge designed this great little cabin called W35, which stands for Woody 35 meters square. The end product is exactly that. A simple no frills holiday escape made out of low maintenance local woods within the confines a 35 meter square parameter. With an awesome fireplace to gather around and a vast expanse of deck heading out to the water this would be a choice place to spend a few summer months.

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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