Monday, April 22, 2013

Staircase/Bookcase


















Another house with focus on the stairs. "Panorama House" in Korea. Staircase/bookcase. Stairs will keep you young...

See house and stairs vs elevators at treehugger> http://tinyurl.com/c9x3qtw

Sound Proofing with Glass





















Japanese house for listening to music, uses sound-proofing glass to keep out the noise but let in the light. Light from skylights pervades all the way to the basement level.

More images? Go right now to dezeen> http://tinyurl.com/chbbtvx

Chic House in Rice Field
















Modest but chic house in Japanese rice field. It's curtains! Check out the interiors, windows....

Many more pictures at designboom>http://tinyurl.com/dxqgodj

Flight Attendant Dome Home


















Retired flight attendant builds his own dome home in Thailand for $8000. 

Found on inhabitat, but go to his site for better pix> http://tinyurl.com/cucty8j




The Internal Village



















When a house is like a village --- brought inside.

More images? Go to designboom> http://tinyurl.com/d94vh5w

Wedge Tent Tubes





Monday, April 15, 2013

German Studio and House






But today in Germany we want this studio/house.

More pix go to freshome> http://tinyurl.com/dyutmqm


Mansion Made of Glass and Concrete Bricks


















Breaking the Artopia rule --- if I had to have a mansion, this is the one! Glass and concrete blocks. Waterside. Unbelievable interiors.


Pix of interiors? Go to> http://tinyurl.com/7t2jh6u

Privacy House



















If privacy is the issue......One of "30 of the Most Ingenious Japanese Home Designs" on freshomes site I just found.


More pix? Text? Go to freshomes> http://tinyurl.com/cd4kn7x

House Made of Two House












"House Made of Two" has a separate house for guests and for showing movies. Love the dining room with a view of the garaged car! Want that for our burnt-orange Honda Fit Sport.

More pix? Go to naf architect> http://tinyurl.com/cfhvhjx

Air House





















"Air Hole House," in Shiga --- shape dictated by site (of course). Or is the house about the shadow of the tree?


Details? Go to freshome> http://tinyurl.com/ccp4qyv

Polygons Are Forever





















Polygons are forever. In Japan.

More pix & interiors? Got to freshome>http://tinyurl.com/c9c7ujm

Japanese Mini-Brutalist Neo-Modern





















Seemed to have missed this Japanese neo-modern/neo-brutalist Tokyo house. 

More views and interiors? Go to> http://tinyurl.com/cotljfn

The Staircase That Ate The House















Behind the minimalist/neo-modern facade, the center of this Japanese house is a big staircase, that functions as....a room.

Txt, slide show? Go to Domus> http://tinyurl.com/dxbdel7

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Twisted Japanese House

















Another small, dramatic Japanese house on an odd lot.

From archdaily to architect> http://tinyurl.com/d9eu795

Roof Reveals Light Sources of Small House


















Roof of Japanese "Diamond House," with music room. Click on link for neo-minimal street view and interior.

Details via liebal> http://tinyurl.com/c9twnfv

Secrets of Small Japanese Houses





















Secrets of "Small House" in Japan --- push everything to the side, built-ins, skylight...

Look inside at designboom> http://tinyurl.com/cwz7f4v


Build to Suit the Plot!





















603 square-foot, Kyoto house on "equilateral triangular site with a crescent hypotenuse..." If every square foot is precious, you must build to fit!

See inside at designboom here> http://tinyurl.com/c9n94eg

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Billboard Painter's Temporary House





















Temporary house for billboard painter, Mexico City. Thank you, Jim Johnston!

Details and more pix go to treehugger>http://tinyurl.com/d7apmhp


Make The House Fit the Plot






















This house outside Tokyo perfectly fits the oddly shaped plot and includes a parking spot. 

Look inside and at floorplans at designboom>http://tinyurl.com/cmfkub9


















"Chinese Coin House" in Bolivia. Please mow the roof!

For more pix go to inhabitat> http://tinyurl.com/cnmcjo7



Small Black and White Japanese House



















Neo-modern Japanese house sandwiched between pre-fab and traditional houses. Black is for bedroom and studio; white is for more public areas. Car not included.


Step inside at design-milk> http://tinyurl.com/8ghez2q

How To Design A House




How to design a 1184 sq ft house for a retired Japanese couple..."A look falls out..." "A rest is taken on a comfortably warm veranda." Etc. 

Pix and more floor plans at designboom>http://tinyurl.com/cvorcyc



A Forest for a Moon Dazzler






















Catching up --- Benjamin Garcia Saxe's "A Forest for a Moon Dazzler" (2010) built this house for his mother, based on a house she had built for herself "out of tree trunks, mosquito nets and tin" with a view of the moon. 

Pix and details at archdaily> http://tinyurl.com/3y4uzdj


Costa Rican Container House




Catching up --- Benjamin Garcia Saxe's lovely container house in Costa Rica. Can a shipping container house be lovely? Yes!

Details can be found at archdaily> http://tinyurl.com/3e8aeyv














Very Small Elegant Norwegian House




















Low-cost, 258 sq.ft. "Casa Kolonihagen" by Tommie Wilhelmsen, Norway.

Details at goodhomedesign> http://tinyurl.com/ae2tzom



Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Mirrorized Alpine Capsule


















Was Ross Lovegrove's mirrorized 2008 Alpine Capsule every built? 

Via dezeen survey of mirrored buildings>http://tinyurl.com/56we3f


Chic South African Tree House





















Catching up -- 1999 Tree House in South Africa. 

Via inhabitat to> http://www.vdmma.com/tree-house.html

Dutch Black House With Anthracite Tiles





















Viewed from rear garden, anthracite-tiled Dutch house is not as stark as from other views. File this under Black Houses on my Pinterest board.

For more pix & floorplans go to designboom>http://tinyurl.com/blghm2e


Small Japanese Cube House






















Japanese cube house. Look inside. Central staircases form a multiple-use "room" that also functions as a wind tunnel. 

More pix go to designboom> http://tinyurl.com/b8vx8ev

Meandering Japanese House





















Not all new Japanese houses are white...or in the city. Meandering house next to parking lot; the meandering is functional. Look inside for the nooks!

Go to designboom here> http://tinyurl.com/bwuaofd

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Portable Polyhedron Habitat




























Monday, March 25, 2013

The Reinvention of the Row House, in Texas






















Can the row house be reinvented? In Texas, each one is a slightly different shade of white. Remodelista, the Island of White, emphasizes a designer's interiors. In the next batch, each house should be a different color, other than white.

Details via remodelista> http://tinyurl.com/bof659y

Inward House with Palm





















The joys of an inward-looking house. Rooms are separate structures joined by bridges, stairs. And there's a palm tree.

Txt, plans, more pix via designboom> http://tinyurl.com/cet62qe

Toyo Ito Awarded Pritzker Prize






















Pritzker Prize goes to Toyo Ito, but I bet not for this 2011, 624 sq. ft. house. His big public buildings are....not Artopian.


Via nhi-shis-org> http://tinyurl.com/btxl48u

Spaceship House in New Thai Film






















Thai villagers build a spaceship in new Apichatpong 
Weerasethakul film.


http://tinyurl.com/a9wy8qh

Japanese Dancing Living House


















Japanese "Dancing Living House." Includes dance studio and parking. What else would you need?

via cubeme> http://tinyurl.com/a8mnruf

Broken Angel Doomed?






















Last days of Brooklyn's "Broken Angel?"

More pix and story via hyperallergic> http://tinyurl.com/af8e5c7



Panda Micro-House
























And those Japanese micro-houses just keep on popping up. This one is from Panda.

Txt, pix, floorplan via archdaily> http://tinyurl.com/c8sbb7q
Collection> http://pinterest.com/johnperreault1/new-japanese-houses/

Fly's Eye Restoration




















Buckminster Fuller "Fly's Eye" dome house to be restored.

Story via archdaily> http://tinyurl.com/ad3xg3q
Some past posts> http://artopiatecture.blogspot.com/

Flip This House!





















How to flip your townhouse. S.F "Flip House" reoriented to the rear.


Pix & txt at design-milk> http://tinyurl.com/byhw2sc
Some previous posts> http://artopiatecture.blogspot.com/


Japanese House of Framed Views























Japanese "Skyward House." Check out the interiors and floorplans. Simple outside masks orientation to framed views and actual interior shape, generated from views.

See interiors and floorplan on designboom>http://tinyurl.com/ayl3aqx

Wildflower Roof























  Japanese weekend house with wildflowers on the roof. 


  Txt & pix, go to gardenista> http://tinyurl.com/aoa4fdr