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Ovo 2 Lossy

Ovo 2 Lossy is a small but amazing renovation project carried out by De Vylder Vinck Taillieu. The house originally built in the late 19th century had a great canvas to work on top of. DVVT added subtle modern touches both inside and out, which blend in while also giving the house a much more unique look. One of my favorite elements is the skyway connecting two previously separate structures. The connection is covered with the same material as the roof, so it fades into the roof line and looks like it has always been there.

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Seattle Library and the Homeless

Great architecture is more than a building. The Seattle Central Library designed by Rem Koolhaas and Joshua Prince-Ramus of OMA/LMN executes this sentiment to a T. This short film by Tomas Koolhaas(the architect’s son) intertwines some beautiful shots of the building with a conversation a local homeless person. As he navigates into the center of the building the man talks about the resources and solace that the library has given him. Not just an escape from the rain, but access to books, computers, and even instruments. These are the simple things we take for granted, but without them it would unimaginable to stay positive and get back on your feet.


Barn Redevelopment

Swiss mountain cabins and barns are one of my favorite types of structures. The simplicity of form and materials coupled with the natural surroundings are of unparalleled beauty. This renovation by Ruinelli Associati was originally a small barn used by farmers and has been converted into an amazing holiday home.

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Renzo Piano Building Workshop

Of course Renzo Piano has the most amazing studio possible. Between the multiple open floors and the sloped glass roof facing the ocean this place looks like the best place to work ever. Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Punta Nave was built in 1991 and looks out over the Lingurian Coastline.

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LaCucinaAlessi

The new one-piece kitchen by Valcucine and Alessi is the dream of any minimalist individual or a cleanly home chef. Rounded corners, a lacquered sheen, and lines akin to that of a futuristic car make the kitchen unit equal in value as a cooking surface and as a sculptural object. Design for LaCucinaAlessi was tasked to Wiel Arets Architects who specialize in clean and minimal design for structures, furniture, and interiors.

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Villa Ladybird

Designed by Johan Sundberg as a summer house, but still keeping the winter climate in mind. With almost equal parts indoor and outdoor space the house makes enjoying the warm summer air easy from either area. The structure is single story and barely juts above the surrounding vegetation keeping its visual impact of the landscape discreet.

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Arnhem National Heritage Museum

Completed in 2000 the Arnhem National Heritage Museum is a simple refined structure with interesting textures and wide open space. Dutch architects mecanoo projects designed the building and campus to house the museum’s collection, which is comprised of historical homes from around the Netherlands. The color palette they employed is also really awesome. A mix of muted oranges and pale purples mashed up against organic textures like wood grain or rock and stone.

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Oberschwändiberg Cottage

A ski cottage in Switzerland is just about the ultimate dream possible in my mind. Oberschwändiberg Cottage designed by Swiss architects Althammer Hochuli was prefabricated in pieces and assembled on site with a helicopter. The below photo is probably my favorite of all as it shows one of the main wall panels moved into place. The site was inaccessible by truck so all the supplies and construction had to be done using a helicopter, but the view is definitely worth it.

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Silvervillan

Supervillan, designed by architects Sjöberg & Thermé resides in a part of Sweden which is extremely environmentally conscious. To fit in with its surroundings and the needs of the clients the house was created to limit heat loss and to maintain a stable temperature during all seasons. A distinct barn style construction is visible in the buildings exterior, derived from classic Swedish architecture. The interior either to balance this out or to directly oppose it sports an open loft style floor plan with extremely modern cabinetry and finishing.

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Slow Food Nation Pavilion

I am addicted to converted shipping containers used as architectural building blocks, or in the case a simple outdoor structure. The welcome pavilions for the first annual Slow Food Nation event in San Francisco are a great example of the versatility of shipping containers. I can picture this same sort of design being used as an alternative to the prevalent food trucks. The design was by Jensen Architects who has created some amazing public spaces including the SFMOMA rooftop garden.

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House S

House S is designed to be sustainable as well as stand up to the type of avalanches anticipated in a red-zone. Dietrich – Untertrifaller Architekten’s solution is both appropriate and elegant. It fits into its surroundings but also has distinctly modern lines and detailing.

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K4 Kithaus

I found this amazing image of a K4 Kithaus on the Herman Miller Lifework blog the other day. The K4 is a customizable prefabricated small structure, which can be adapted to most sites and uses. Pictured here is a couple’s backyard writer’s retreat in Brentwood, California.


Forest Stair

This Forest Stair in Stokke, Norway offers an amazing view and a raised perspective to see the rest of the Sti For Øye sculpture park. The design for the stair was whittled down from an original set of 20 ideas, Saunders Architecture refers to this process as ‘form of Darwinism’. Only the most fit concepts survive.

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House to Catch the Mountain

The name sums it all up. House to Catch the Mountain designed by Japanese Tezuka Architects was completed this February.

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Nannberga

General Architecture did a fantastic job on the renovation work of this summer house in Arboga, Sweden. I am really intrigued by the classic nature of the design and the local northern European vernacular that the building fits into.


Apartment 17-B

Don Draper’s apartment in the current season of Mad Men is looking glass into what mid-century modern was like to live in. David A. Keeps wrote a great article for La Times which details a lot of the furniture and textiles used or at least referenced in Apartment 17-B.

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Haus Fohren

Haus Fohren in Austria was designed by Architekt Di Bernardo Bader. A single volume divided into spaces suitable for specific uses features wood surfaces as the main material both inside and out. The simple structure is excentuated by the high level of craft in all of the carpentry and construction.

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