Category filter: Architecture

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.

(via The Fox Is Black »)


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.

(via Co.Design »)

Read More »


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.

(via Daily Icon »)

Read More »


Weekend House in Vallemaggia

A simple cabin like this overlooking a Swiss meadow seems to be as idyllic as possible. This two story dwelling is perched atop 4 concrete pillars and the wood facade is made entirely of fir. This small weekend getaway was commissioned by architect Roberto Briccola.

(via SUBTILITAS »)

Read More »


Step House

This minimalist single volume home design by Tezuka Architects uses a giant step two divide the living area from the more private lofted sleeping space. Aptly dubbed the Step House both the upper and lower sections of the house open up fully to outdoors and nature. With massive glass sliding panels you can easily expand the living area to include the large deck jutting off the house and the rest of the yard. The work of TA is always extremely thoughtful and has a unique approach that I really enjoy, you can view some other work of theres posted on campsite here.

Read More »


Blaxland Riverside Park

Opened the first of June this year Blaxland Riverside Park is a massive playground and play space in the Sydney Olympic Park. Designed by JMD Design this playground has some of the most amazing features ever. Some of my favorites include the massive net, the grassy hills with the rock climbing holds, and the tunnel slides that cut through the hillside.

Read More »


Y Hutte

The designs of Kengo Kuma and Associates have a certain communication or connection with the natural environment. They unobtrusively became a part of their surroundings as much as a new sapling or patch of tall grass. Y Hutte in Eastern Japan illustrates this approach while also showing their unwillingness to use ornate or superfluous forms or finishing techniques. Simplicity in form and construction makes this small cabin a wonderful living space.

(via SUBTILITAS »)

Read More »


Janne Sarrio Second Nature

Growing up skateboarding Janne Sarrio was a hero of mine. His impact on the progression of skateboarding is undeniable. His passion for skateboarding is spoken of more as artistic expression than of a competitive or athletic one. Riding around the world touching its surfaces and learning how to move through it pushed him towards his transition or “Second Nature”. From rider to creator, artist, architect and engineer. Element created this film which I think successfully captures how Sarrio has shifted his medium, but his passion and artistic drive have remained.


Edge Prefab House

The Edge Prefab House consists of a single volume, a narrow box with high ceilings. The interior is centralized around an open full height living area and kitchen. On either end the is a raised loft which is occupied by an office or master bedroom respectively. The space created beneath the lofted sections is used for several uses including housing the bathroom, a guest bedroom, storage and the utilities of the house. My favorite part of both prefab architecture and the design of small living spaces is the necessity to pare everything down to the bare essentials both in fixtures and square footage. Designed by Revelations Architecture this small prefab living space truly demonstrates how living smaller can still be as beautiful as having a 5000 square foot monstrosity. In many cases more beautiful.

Read More »


Summit Shelter

Towards the end of the summer the heat always starts to wear on me and I start dreaming of winter, snow, and places like this. Summit Shelter designed by Tilla Theus is perched atop Weisshorn Arosa a pristine and beautiful mountain in Southern Switzerland. The modern structure is clad in sleek geometric metal siding, and panoramic windows offering 360 degree views.

(via SUBTILITAS »)

Read More »


Kern House

Constructed in 1996 Kern House was designed by Austrian architects Baumschlager Eberle. The exterior lattice structure provides a certain level privacy while letting in the maximum amount of light. The second story also provides a nice vantage point over the beautiful green surroundings.

(via SUBTILITAS »)

Read More »


Hanare House

Hanare House in Chiba, Japan designed by Schemata Architects is grafted onto the mountain side. The structure is a beautiful harmony between industrial grade prefab metal and simply constructed wood. The juxtaposition gives the house a stark minimalist look, which will be very flexible to different occupants and their personal aesthetic.

(via SUBTILITAS »)

Read More »


Wind Dyed House

Perched on a cliff above the ocean, Wind Dyed House takes its name from the ocean breeze whipping up the mountainside and altering the appearance of colors and materials. The walls of the structure were approached in order to not impede movement between rooms and indoor and outdoor space, as well as sight. This was especially important in terms of the view and also for privacy as the front of the house faces the road. Sitting in Yokosuka, Japan the house was designed by ACAA.

(via Daily Icon »)

Read More »


Edge House

This house designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson caught my attention for two key reasons. For its aesthetic and location. Edge House was commissioned by the clients to be perched atop a hill on their property in Kent, Connecticut. The town of Kent is only a short drive from where I grew, and where I still spend a large portion of my summers. A long wall that protects the front yard from the neighboring property is a particularly strong element. It helps visually counterweight the section of the house jutting out over the hill.

(via World Architects »)


Rémy Zaugg Studio

Having a comfortable, functional, and inspiring space to work in is one of the most important aspects of staying productive. This studio designed for the Swiss painter Rémy Zaugg is a workspace I feel confidant I could work well in. The light and airy interior gives off the feeling of work completed. The design was completed by Herzog de Meuron in 1995, but as much of their work does, still feels current today.

(via SUBTILITAS »)


Patchwork House