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Windows of New York

After ending up in in New York City by chance graphic designer José Guízar became fascinated with the city’s architecture. In specific the windows of all the unique buildings. Guízar has recently embarked on a project entitled Windows of New York to document some of the greats. Each week he will post another installment in the series.

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Vanke Beijing Club

The Vanke Beijing Club was designed by Neri & Hu architects for China Vanke a large Chinese developer. Over recent years Vanke has become known for their initiatives and shift towards great design and sustainability.

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Bath Haus

Swiss architects Buol & Zünd designed this minimal bath house, which blends in nicely with it’s surroundings. The structure and its accompanying pool are paired down to their essential elements and because of this is far more subdued than your typical pool house.

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House Kekkapaa

House Kekkapaa is a super rad live work style home tucked up in North Espoo, Finland. Designed by POOK Arkkitehtitoimisto the house looks out over a bay. The combination of comfort, functionality, and minimalism looks like it would really be beneficial for a live work home.

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Mishima House

Small family homes in Tokyo often feature some of the most ingenious spacial construction and uncommon layouts. Designed by Keiji Design this single family home uses a staggered almost stair like construction to offset the floors and give double ceiling height and increase the feeling of large open spaces. I particularly like the use of raw industrial materials, which have a great aesthetic and can be cheaper and more durable than normal consumer grade finishings.

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Lake House S

There are few things more relaxing than a simple cabin on a lake. Architects Luger & Maul completed Lake House S in 2007. The structure is a refined minimalist approach to a lakeside cabin with great elements which add privacy and make it a great retreat.

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Instrument Office

I have followed the work of Instrument in Portland for a little while. All of which is super impressive. It’s really cool to see in side there space and see where all the great work is being created. Extremely open and fun looking space that feels like it would inspire play as well as work. Guess we will be starting on an office remodeling tomorrow. Checkout the whole studio visit over on Visual Supply Co.

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House in Overijse

This design by NEY + Partners reminds me of the Eames Case Study House 8 in California. House in Overijse channels the prefab and modular elements of the Case Study house with a slightly more industrial aesthetic. Where the Eames leaned more towards Bauhaus, NEY has been influenced by a contemporary loft aesthetic.

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Jens Risom Prefab Revisited

Jens Risom’s prefab getaway on Block Island is one of my favorite examples of modernist architecture of all time. I previously posted about it several months here on campsite. When I originally posted it there were only two quality photos I could find, but I have discovered several more great photos in addition to the video tour by Gary Nadeau after the jump.

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Bowali Visitors Center

Channeling some strong elements of local building vernacular the Bowali Visitors Center was designed by Glenn Murcutt. It is located in the Kakadu National Park in Northern Australia. Murcutt is known for the simple construction of his designs and both referencing and utilizing industrial building materials.

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Experiencing Architecture – Casa 2G

Most talented architectural photographers are capable of capturing the most general aspects and characteristics of a building. Julius Shulman was able to delve deeper into elements of the constructed world and expose their essence. A feat few others have been able to replicate and many continue to chase. With all of that on the table, maybe photography isn’t the perfect medium for viewing architecture that we can’t experience firsthand? Shulman’s images turned homes into poetry and public works buildings into crafted pros. But to truly experience a building we need to see how it feels surrounding you and how it feels to navigate the space. The tactile nature of the fixtures and the mechanism that powers windows and doors.

This beautifully shot video for a recently completed project by S-AR walks the viewer through the house and through the point of view perspective gives the viewer a fulfilling tour of building. Casa 2G is a minimal modern structure with many unique elements, objects, and features which truly could not be communicated through traditional photography. The combination of moving image and sound gives the building a voice, and allows it to tell it’s story.


Fabriken Furillen

In a time when ecotourism is on the rise, boutique hotels are popping up almost underfoot, and concept resorts are a dime a dozen. Fabriken Furillen is a “post apocalyptic getaway” with some serious originality. Located in Gotland, Sweden out on a peninsula the hotel is a mix of post industrial landscape and architecture blended with minimalist modern design. A forward thinking experiment into what the modern landscape may look like in the post apocalyptic world.

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A Weather Proof Island House

Building a home on or by the beach of course presents a different series of problems. This simple concrete box has a modern and minimalist interior, but it is slightly more than meets the eye. The large front and rear glass walls which open up to the elements. These openings are surrounded by small eye hooks which can be used to affix mesh sheeting to protect the house from the rain, wind and flooding in a storm. Completed in 2012, villa921 was designed by Harunatsu Archi.

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Case Inlet

Of course with its vast wilderness and unending natural beauty the Northwest is one of the greatest places to live and carve out a little spot of your own. Puget Sound holds many perfect little homesteads of that variety, but I recently came across one specific one which really grabbed me. Tucked up on a ridge above shore in the Case Inlet house is at one with it’s surroundings while still offering a cozy modern feel. The house was designed by MW Works whose aesthetic and approach some very interesting elements of rustic natural and industrial materials.

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Hub

Swiss studio Allegory(léonard de rham + albert schrurs) created this awesome storefront window installation. The twisted and criss crossing strings are an attract depiction of the urban and architectural typology. Personally I find them to be reminiscent of the interaction between people and the environment, in context of this being mainly related to architecture and the constructed world.

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Taylor House

A little more futuristic and stark then I usually like, the Taylor House designed by Paul Archer Design is a great minimalist dwelling. Originally a classic Victorian public house the architects only left the front and one side wall opening up the ground floor and basement to an amazing courtyard.

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FDR Four Freedoms Park

I am continually impressed with New York City and their green space development projects, especially under Mayor Bloomberg’s direction. The newly opened FDR Four Freedoms Park is another great accomplishment right up there with the re-imagined Brooklyn Bridge Park, The High Line and the revitalization of the Hudson River Park. The park was designed by Louis Kahn and is located on a triangular point of land at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. The park opens to the public October 24th and if you are interested in reading more about the project check out the article over on NY Times.

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MIT Architectural Experiments

MIT is known for being at the forefront of technology in math, sciences, engineering, architecture among other fields. This video shows some students and faculty explaining some of their current work and experiments, which certainly support my previous statement. Many of the experiments include technologies and processes not yet in use by the building industry. All with the ever present goal of changing and advancing how architecture and the built world are conceived, manufactured, fabricated, constructed or interacted with. The video was created by Boston area Paper Fortress.

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The LowLine

After the success of The High Line it seems like The City of New York is up to try and make some of the most out there public space and park projects happen. In this case it happens to be the LowLine(giving a nod to its above ground compatriot in Chelsea). An old warehouse in the Lower East Side is currently open to the public as a proof of concept for a new type of underground park and green space. The project has successfully raised over 100K on Kickstarter this year and has the support of many local officials and politicians. My favorite part of this idea and the project in general has to be the technology behind it. To create a naturally sun drenched park underground is of course by no means impossible, but it does take some serious engineering feats. Here they have utilized six tubes or collimators, which are controlled by a computer and GPS system to follow the movement of the sun and channel the greatest amount of light into the underground space during all times of the day. Once the light has made it below the surface and into the space it is reflected by a series of lenses and the anodized aluminum parabolic curve diffuses the light.

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Glass/Wood House

The Glass/Wood House was originally designed by John Black Lee as his personal residence completed in the 1950s. The current owners purchased the property in 1990 and commissioned Kengo Kuma & Associates to do some additions and renovations to the property. Toshiko Mori of KK&A is known for his controlled and appropriate work on designs by some of the modernist greats.

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