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Though it was built in the 1930s, the Ypenburg Air Base in the Netherlands was way ahead of its time. Designed by famous Dutch architects Jan Brinkman and Leendert van der Vlugt, the air base was recently renovated to become a studio for design brand, VanBerlo. VanBerlo worked with Remko Verhaagen and Ad van Berlo to create a functional workspace that stayed true to the building’s original historic style. The result is an airy, open space that has historic details, while also k

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Australia native and NKBA K+B Insider Karl Champley is a Los Angeles-based master builder whose face you probably recognize if you’ve spent any time watching the DIY Network or HGTV. Specializing in commercial and residential construction, Champley has earned a multitude of awards for his work in remodels, extensions, new homes, restaurants, and even fire houses since his start in 1983. From apprentice carpenter and joiner in the beginning, he quickly discovered his calling as h

Located in Point Lonsdale, Victoria (Australia), this beach house was designed by InForm with a split level design. It has a minimalist exterior from the front with vertical wooden slats covering the simple box. What’s hidden behind the casual facade is a modern home designed for entertaining with a large open living space, four bedrooms, and a lounge. At the rear of the house, the interior opens up to a large deck and pool, with a lower level lounge that opens to a private c

Studio Arthur Casas were hired by a previous clients’ friends who wanted to build a house right next door on a narrow beachfront property in São Sebastião, Brazil. Casa EK has its own look and feel as to distinguish itself from their friend’s house next door. There were many challenges that came up during the design process – they had to account for an entryway and cars to park within the same space, as well as focusing on opening the house up towards the beach views

Originally hired to complete an extension, AR Design Studio ended up designing an entire house after the original was split in half because of a landslip. The holiday home, dubbed The Crow’s Nest, resides on top of a cliff on the UK’s South Coast and due to possible future movements, they worked with engineers to create a solution. First, a concrete slat was poured into the ground with strategically placed dwarf walls built on top. Working as an adjustable “raft,

Online design community Coroflot were interested in developing a space that reflected their creative community while also keeping mobility in mind and the result is their Mobile Work Unit (MWU). It’s a clever office on wheels that was designed in collaboration with Portland-based LOS OSOS who took a new approach when it came time for the construction. The MWU is parked inside an old ambulance garage in downtown Portland that’s now home to Hand-Eye Supply. Built on a trai

Affordable housing is becoming a thing of the past resulting in many having/choosing to downsize. Since we can’t always get the large space that we want, finding ways to make it work become a necessity. Helping make that happen is Nils Holger Moormann who has designed a Kammerspiel (intimate theatre) to increase functionality within a small space. The Kammerspiel is basically a room within a larger room that organizes many essentials, like sleeping, working, eating, and reading,

New York-based designer Michael Yarinsky recently worked to convert a turn-of-the-century warehouse space outside the Brooklyn Navy Yard into an office/showroom for eco-conscious flooring company Madera and Copenhagen-based kitchen manufacturer Reform. Madera designs their products (high quality, beautiful sustainable wood products)in their Brooklyn studio and manufactures them locally in New York, using a “forest-to-floor” approach. The building, which was run down, wa

After sitting empty for several years, a bungalow in Braid Hills had gone into disrepair prior to a family purchasing it. With its condition and poor layout, they hired Capital A to transform the South Edinburgh house into a much larger modern home. With the dramatic ground level change, they chose to work with it instead of fight it by designing a split level extension. Now, the main living area is at ground level so it can be reached without having to climb any steps. The design i

Located within the city of Ljubljana, Slovenia, the Villa Criss-Cross Envelope was designed by OFIS arhitekti with a perforated metal exterior composed of layered sheets with diagonal crosses that result in a dramatic facade. The residence incorporates an ancient Roman retaining wall that leads to the Plečnik Pyramid, designed by Slovenian architect Jože Plečnik, which brings a bit of old to the new structure. Behind the metal facade, there’s an internal structure made fro

It’s official, the winners for the 4th annual Blank Space 2017 Fairy Tales Competition are in! This is a contest where designers, artists, and creatives from all walks of life are asked to design their own unique architectural fairy tale world. For this year’s competition, three prize winners, an AIAS winner, and 10 honorable mentions were chosen from an esteemed jury that included: John Maeda of Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers; Dan Wood of WORKac, Chase W. Rynd, Hon. ASLA – Nati

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