Monday, December 31, 2012

Zero Yen House

Kyouhei Sakaguchi, The Zero Yen House. 

Story at Spoon-tamago>
Exhibit at Watari-um Museum>

House with Transparent Skin

House with a translucent skin by Suppose Design. Privacy vs light does not apply. 

Txt & pix from designboom>

Modern Pre-Fab Cabana

Modern Cabana, pre-fab and designed to skirt building codes...Looks good too. 


Eye-Level Pool in China

Steven Holl's house and private gallery in China inspired by music score found in Cage's "Notations." Note water at eye-level in pix.

Via artdaily>
Also> Steven Holl>

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Bow Wow at the Beach

Atelier Bow Wow beach house, Japan. Pet house goes to the beach. 

Txt & px from designboom>

Panoramic Windows

Rooms that follow the scenery. A panorama of windows across rooms of varying heights.

See pix etc @ archdaily>

Chinese Tricycle House

Tricycle house and garden, for parking lot living in China?

Story & pix @ designboom>

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Japanese Minimalist Mansion for Sale

"Minimalist" house outside Tokyo with mountain view. What 2.2 million $ will buy you. But see slide show.

Story and slides how via NYT>

Furniture House

Back at last. Furniture house for your luxury loft. Parts pop out for furniture-on-demand.

Txt & pix @ inhabit>

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Berlin Aquadon Exposed!

Berlin Aquadon in Raddison Hotel exposed! Guests are not allowed to scuba dive....only maintenance workers.

Story @ inhabitart>

Luxury Container Hotel

Units of a luxury shipping container hotel, from designboom's 10 best shipping container buildings of 2012.

Via designboom>

Memory House in Spain

Spanish "House of Would" is based on client's memories. Pre-fabricated wooden boxes, translucent bridges, unfinished wing.

Txt & pix via designboom>

Monday, December 24, 2012

Texas Green-Roof House

Texas green-roof house, with plantings noted...

Details archinect>

Open City

"Open City," an intervention by Raumlaborberlin made of stacked sheds designed and built by different people for different purposes. 

Txt, px & more projects @ designboom>

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Boat House Writer's Retreat

English boathouse stripped and turned into writer's retreat. Beams exposed at last....I'll take it! Can it be moved to Long Island?

Txt & pix via dezeen>
 (4 photos)

Make It Bigger

Extensions, additions, expansions and renovations are architecture too. A house in Germany doubled in size. Question: can a house be "improved" by size-reduction?

Pix via dezeen>


Ironic gift idea --- 41k portable sauna, solar-powered. Judge not; want not.

Txt + pix via remodelista>

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Each Spa Cabin a Camera

A spa/hotel in Norway where every cabin is like being inside a camera looking out at nature....

Txt & pix via remodelista>

One Wing Soars in Portugal

Large house in Portugal with two wings. Only the irregular wing, pictured here, soars...

Via archdaily>

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Neo-Modern Clutter

 New Japanese house titled "What Categorizes the City and Me." Site uncharacteristically shows lived-in clutter!

Text & pix @ designboom>

Rectangle of Light

Rectangle of Light House, Japan....

From tumblr> subtilitas>

Swiss Cube House

Swiss cube house has two sections removed. Does this remind you of a certain minimalist artist?

Story & pix @ design-milk>
More cubes>

Korean Container Art School

Although we favor residential architecture -- from houses to huts --- we also like buildings of all kinds made from shipping containers. So here's an art school in Korea. 

Story, pix, etc. via designboom>

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Viewing Tower Without Foundation

In The Netherlands new viewing tower purposely has no foundation.

Story & pix @ inhabitat>

Cubes in Austria

In Austria, single-cast concrete-shells of main house and guest house. Minimal structures = minimal impact on landscape.
Text, plans, pix via dezeen>

Vertical Corbu

Vertical integration of new Japanese house. Corbusier's domino system on its side? See interior.

Txt & pix via designboom>

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Only the Brave

Swedish guest retreat features cabin for one -- no insulation, tar paper roof with moss. Survivalist chic?

Story and pix @ remodelista>

Cookie Cutter House Carport

Not your normal cookie-cutter house, in Guadalajara or anywhere else.

Txt & pix via design-milk>

Bedrooms in Bushwick Loft

Three free-standing bedrooms in a Bushwick loft.

Details via dezeen>

Container Chic

Shipping Container Chic. In Chile.

Story & more pix @ designboom>

Annual Swedish Ice Hotel

Annual Swedish ice hotel opens soon in Lapland with 16 suites decorated by winning artists, as yet unannounced. The suspense mounts. Newly designed hotel melts each spring.

Story & picture via artdaily>

Friday, December 14, 2012

Dumpster Housing for Poor and Elderly

Proposal to convert garbage dumpsters into housing for the poor and the elderly. Scary.

Story via designboom>

Gotland Prize-Winner

Gotland prize-winner, with sheltered courtyard. 

Via remodelista, gorgeous interioirs>

Aussie Surfer-Mondrian

"Mondrian" house in Surfers Paradise, Australia. N.D

From tumblr > utilitarian-architecture>architectureofdoom

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Early Japanese Neo-Modern

Early stages of Japanese Neo-Modernism produced houses like Blue Box House (1971) by Mayumi Miyawaki.

Via Artopia Favorite>

Architecture of Doom

Not for the faint of heart. Artopia recommends architectureofdoom.

Living Dangerously

Living dangerously? No info. I like it nevertheless. Is luxury that which makes you feel like a teenager?


Save the FBI Building!

FBI Hoover Building doomed? Fans of brutalism please protest!

Story via artdaily>
For brutalism check out Artopia favorite:

House with Car Walls

Japanese house protected from parking lot...Adjacent houses in U.S. cities used to have "party walls." This house needed car and traffic protection. 

Txt & pix via designboom>

Monday, December 10, 2012

Why Writers Need Cabins

What is the lure of the writer's cabin? 
Essay via NYT>

Writer's Pavilion

Daytime writer's pavilion attached to living quarters by covered walkway. I can dream can't I?

Txt and px via arquitectura-h>

Glamorous Dutch Steel House

Steel Study House in The Netherlands.

Story & px via e-architect>

Shipping Container Disaster Relief

Shipping containers to be used for NYC disaster relief.

Story via archdaily>

Sad Emergency Bed Cupboard

Emergency-housing bed cupboards designed by Dutch team for Salvation Army. Too Droog? Too sad?

Via huffingtonpost>