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Architects: Torafu Architects Location: Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture, Japan Area: 134 sqm Year: 2012 Photographs: Daici Ano Lighting Design: DAIKO Structural Design: Takashi Manda Structural Design Production: Kyoto kensetsu Furniture: interoffice From the architect. Located in a quiet housing estate in Kyoto, this house was designed with a hard concrete outer shell in order to protect the client need for privacy from the outside, as well as for accessibility in a wheelchair- bound lifestyl

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Architects: LETH & GORI Location: Steensager, Nyborg, Denmark Architect In Charge: Uffe Leth, Karsten Gori Area: 136 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: STAMERS KONTOR Engineer: Buro Happold ApS Consultants: Teknologisk Institut, Nini Leimand, KADK – Institut 2, Muro Main Contractor: Ebbe Bernth Murer og Tømrer Bricklayer: Murermester Ask Askholm Carpenter: Ole Larsen & Sønner v. Anders Larsen ApS Client: Realdania Byg Budget: 2.4 mil. DKK From the architect. What if a house can

Architects: V+ Location: Montigny-le-Tilleul, Belgium Architects In Charge: Bihain, Decuypere, Hagiwara Area: 5,000 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Maxime Delvaux, 354 Photographers , Jean Luc Deru Collaborators: Elodie Degavre, Philippe Buraud. Engineer: Greisch (François Laurent) Acoustics: Daidalos Peutz Main Contractor: Bemat / Jansen Budget: 4,500,000 eu (taxes exluded) From the architect. The extension is built next to the old Town Hall on a lot with a generous view on the scenic Sam

We head to southern Brazil to the ALBUS Design offices in Porto Alegre, where architect Henrique Steyer, who works alongside designer Felipe Rijo doing architecture, furniture design, and advertising. The team covers the gamut when it comes to design so the office space is broken up into zones, the reception, work area, conference room, and Steyer’s office. The quirky space is full of intriguing and provocative things to look at (hello, three gold-plated urinals hanging on the w

Morocco was heavily influenced by European modernism due to its strategic position in Northern Africa. It was governed as a European protectorate for much of the 20th century, and it was in this region that the modern movement found a place for experimentation; a place where modernist ideals met such particular climate conditions that they evolved a unique regional expression. The Morocco Pavilion for the 2014 Venice Biennale—their first presence at the event—acknowledges this particular expr

Architects: architectenbureau Wil-Ma Location: Westerlo, Belgium Architect In Charge: a. W. Allen Zimmerman, Marie Wastiau, Area: 215 sqm Year: 2014 Photographs: Stijn Bollaert Collaborators: Wastiau & Co Architectenbureau / Guy Wastiau From the architect. Context A small office building on the banks of a river in rural Belgium, situated between a residential cluster and a protected natural landscape. Architecture. The building attempts to grow and unfold into its natural surroun

After living overseas for years, this family returned to Northcote, in inner north Melbourne, Australia, to find that the housing market was too steep to be able to buy anything. They lucked out when an owner of a large piece of property agreed to subdivide her backyard to help her with retirement, giving them a piece or property they could afford. The owners and designers, of Architected, purchased the backyard and the result is the Northcote Laneway House, an environmentally-friendl

The Guardians of Time by Manfred Kielnhofer. With his timeless installations “guardians of time“, the thoughtful and versatile media and light artist Manfred Kielnhofer shows that since the beginning of time mankind has had protectors, both for historic and mystical reasons. It only seems that man himself is a potential source of danger for his own existence. In his works of art Kielnhofer deals with and looks into the natural human desire for feeling secure. Thus his oeuvre reflects genuine ex

Architects: studio GAON Location: Gajwa-dong, Seo-gu, Incheon, South Korea Architect In Charge: Hyoungnam Lim, Eunjoo Roh Design Team: Minjung Choi, Sangwoo Yi, Seongwon Son, Sungpil Lee, Hanmoe Lee, Haelee Jung, Joowon Moon Area: 217 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Youngchae Park Construction: Yeziin Construction Site Area: 294㎡ Building Area: 110.70㎡ Translation: Joowon Moon Building To Land Ratio: 37.7% Floor Area Ratio: 73.8% From the architect. At this time when industrial society cha

Architects: Rafael Viñoly Architects Location: Oxford, UK Area: 24,400 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Will Pryce Structural And Civil Engineering: Pell Frischmann Consultants Mep Engineering: Hoare Lea Landscape Architects: Townshend Landscape Architects Planning Consultant: Turnberry Consulting Ltd. Construction Design Management: HCD Group Quantity Surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald LLP Sustainability Consultant: Silcock Dawson Project Manager: PDCM Ltd. Client: University of Oxford Estate

Located in a suburb of Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan, the Case House, designed by Jun Igarashi Architects, looks like a simple box design on the exterior, but the white and wood interior is full of surprises. The wires that extend up to the roof are there in hopes that growing plants will wind their way up adding a buffer zone between the outside and inside of the house. To liven up the simple exterior, the panels that clad the house get smaller in height as they get closer to the ground

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