Monday, December 31, 2012

Zero Yen House

























Kyouhei Sakaguchi, The Zero Yen House. 

Story at Spoon-tamago> http://tinyurl.com/cm5luav
Exhibit at Watari-um Museum> http://tinyurl.com/cets89v





House with Transparent Skin

















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

Txt & pix from designboom> http://tinyurl.com/coyco8z

Modern Pre-Fab Cabana


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


Details> http://sfosl.com/projects/modern-cabana





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> http://tinyurl.com/cpcr986
Also> Steven Holl> http://tinyurl.com/cdh8b6x


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> http://tinyurl.com/c5dszda


Panoramic Windows


















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

See pix etc @ archdaily> http://tinyurl.com/crjxn99



Chinese Tricycle House





















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

Story & pix @ designboom> http://tinyurl.com/cppq7co


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> http://tinyurl.com/d6dfdbs

Furniture House




















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

Txt & pix @ inhabit> http://tinyurl.com/cscmoxy

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> http://tinyurl.com/7zvt4v2



Luxury Container Hotel


















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

Via designboom> http://tinyurl.com/cmnxntm

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> http://tinyurl.com/d9k44xh

Monday, December 24, 2012

Texas Green-Roof House


















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

Details archinect> http://tinyurl.com/cn97n9g


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>http://tinyurl.com/c4vvjfj

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> http://tinyurl.com/bo8orar
 (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> http://tinyurl.com/bu743tf

Sauna-In-A-Box
















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

Txt + pix via remodelista> http://tinyurl.com/cuhceyd



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> http://tinyurl.com/bvss7us




One Wing Soars in Portugal




















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

Via archdaily> http://tinyurl.com/ct2f27w


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> http://tinyurl.com/bpxlnd6

Rectangle of Light




















Rectangle of Light House, Japan....

From tumblr> subtilitas> http://tinyurl.com/c8b886e

Swiss Cube House


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

Story & pix @ design-milk> http://tinyurl.com/d5hfdv5
More cubes> http://pinterest.com/johnperreault1/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> http://tinyurl.com/bloyphx

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Viewing Tower Without Foundation















In The Netherlands new viewing tower purposely has no foundation.

Story & pix @ inhabitat> http://tinyurl.com/btargkz

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> http://tinyurl.com/chsah87


Vertical Corbu
















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

Txt & pix via designboom> http://tinyurl.com/cyvvvg9



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> http://tinyurl.com/cdp6l4z

Cookie Cutter House Carport
















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

Txt & pix via design-milk> http://tinyurl.com/cozbvl8

Bedrooms in Bushwick Loft



Three free-standing bedrooms in a Bushwick loft.

Details via dezeen> http://tinyurl.com/d3sp9zt

Container Chic














Shipping Container Chic. In Chile.

Story & more pix @ designboom> http://tinyurl.com/bqylkex

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> http://tinyurl.com/c2crqlp





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> http://tinyurl.com/bhkrpaf

Gotland Prize-Winner




















Gotland prize-winner, with sheltered courtyard. 

Via remodelista, gorgeous interioirs> http://tinyurl.com/b7qtecq

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> http://midcenturymodernfreak.tumblr.com/

Architecture of Doom
















Not for the faint of heart. Artopia recommends architectureofdoom.

http://architectureofdoom.tumblr.com/page/5


Living Dangerously




















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

Credit: http://luxurylifestylesblog.tumblr.com/post/37154229654

Save the FBI Building!














FBI Hoover Building doomed? Fans of brutalism please protest!

Story via artdaily>http://tinyurl.com/b78wjtj
For brutalism check out Artopia favorite:http://tinyurl.com/a8jkq9y




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> http://tinyurl.com/ambfktz

Monday, December 10, 2012

Why Writers Need Cabins



What is the lure of the writer's cabin? 
Essay via NYT> http://tinyurl.com/avzzsqq





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> http://tinyurl.com/bhw9hkj

Glamorous Dutch Steel House

















Steel Study House in The Netherlands.

Story & px via e-architect> http://tinyurl.com/cxrudya

Shipping Container Disaster Relief














Shipping containers to be used for NYC disaster relief.

Story via archdaily> http://tinyurl.com/aphcbpp

Sad Emergency Bed Cupboard














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

Via huffingtonpost> http://tinyurl.com/ba5gp7j