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Replacing a Burned Down House Surrounded By Experimental Vegetation: GK House

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Located in the historic district of North Carolina’s Chapel Hill town, the GK House sits on a 1.5 acre site sloping from east to west. Accessible via an easement through an adjoining property, this imposing structure gathers wood, stone and glass in a contemporary display of architecture. Originally part of the Coker Estate, where amateur botanist Dr Coker composed a distinctive collection of plants derived from his experiments, the house sits surrounded by woods and greenery that offer an original outdoor experience. Constructed after the sketches of Raleigh- based Kenneth Hobgood Architects, the residential structure replaces the original house that burned down to the ground and took part of the vegetation down with it. Collaborating with landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburg, architects managed to revive the grounds and compose a bright, cheery and stylish set of interior and exterior spaces, as you can see in the photos.  (Teicu)

Teicu, Ada. “Replacing a Burned Down House Surrounded By Experimental Vegetation: GK House.” Freshome Design & Architecture. N.p., 12 Aug. 2012. Web. Web. 12 Aug. 2012.


The Caterpillar House by Feldman Architecture

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The Caterpillar House is a strange but beautiful combination of styles and influences. It is essentially a modern reinterpretation of a ranch-style house. At the same time, the mid-century influence is very strong. The idea of combining all these elements is an odd one but, when you think about it, these styles might not have much in common but combined they result in a well-balanced and original composition.

The house only has one level. This makes it long and close to the ground. If we also take into consideration the choice of materials and the architectural elements, we can say that the Caterpillar House integrates naturally into the surroundings. It’s almost as if it were there from the beginning of time. Given the fact that this is a ranch-style house, the close indoor-outdoor connection should be a given. The house rises from the ground and grass and becomes a part of the landscape.

Internally, the Caterpillar house is open planned. This is only one of the features of modern design. It has wood-paneled ceilings throughout, a feature that also continues outside, creating a continuous design. The interior thus becomes cozy and warm but also casual and elegant. Most of the furniture is also made of wood and features a modern and simple design. Also, the house is sustainable and beautiful at the same time.  (Ganea)

Ganea, Simona. “The Caterpillar House by Feldman Architecture.” Homedit. N.p., 15 Jul 2012. Web. 16 Jul. 2012. <http://www.homedit.com/the-caterpillar-house-feldman-architecture/&gt;.

 


architects of invention: prosecutor’s office, tbilisi

all images courtesy of architects of invention

 

london-based practice architects of invention has recently completed the ‘prosecutor’s office’, the firm’s first project constructed in tbilisi, georgia. delicate, transparent volumes are suspended within a stark black frame, creating an exterior of floating elements.  the combination of envelope components represents a metaphor of the internal functions, visually dominated by the typically uncompromising nature of the legal system in contrast with the endless reflections of the mirrored elements contained by it, representing the versatility of the process. approximately 70 percent of the profile is setback from the solid sides generating chasms between the outer and inner massing. a ground level passageway has been formed by carving a void beneath the stacked boxes.

a security checkpoint and lobby welcome visitors at the entrnace level while the top storey is dedicated to the judicial offices.  the staggered floor plates generate balconies and terraces accessible from the interior while a sky garden may be used for conferences and celebrations. positioned adjacent to the court building, the workplace facilitates 60 staff members and adequate parking for commuting employees.   (db)

 

db, lauren. “architects of invention: prosecutor’s office, tbilisi .” designboom. N.p., 04 Apr 2012. Web. 7 Apr. 2012. <http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/9/view/20191/architects-of-invention-prosecutors-office-tbilisi.html&gt;.

 

 

 

 


Simple Three-story Modern Rectangular House Design

Three-story residence with simple modern rectangular design style. Although has simple exterior and look rigid, this modern rectangular house has completely different style between frontage and rear side. The frontage exterior and half-parts of this modern rectangular house is closed. The frontage coated with glazed aluminum panels. Certain of panels can be automatically open to reveal the windows.

The rear part of this modern rectangular house is completely open. The transparent look achieved by installing the glass sheets walls from rear house until half-part volume of side of house (vertically and horizontally from first until third floor), and of course full-glass sliding doors. The transparent volume overlooks the waterfront and panoramic view beyond.

Inside, more surprising interior design achieved. Most of each zone has double-height ceiling and the interior spaces meandering around center “inner-tower”. The “inner-tower” clad with wood and contains toilets of each floor and as storage, and a dumbwaiter. Beside of three bedrooms, lounge, utility area, and two studies area, this house has an open roof terrace built at third floor. The simple roof terrace directs connect with main bathroom. The furniture and other interior elements details specially created for this modern rectangular house. This modern house design also has sustainable house features, like cold and heat pump, thermal energy storage and solar collectors.  Designed by Heeswijk.(archinspire)

 

archinspire, . Simple Three-story Modern Rectangular House Design. Home Design Ideas, 29 Mar 2012. Web. 30 Mar. 2012. <http://archinspire.com/home-design/simple-three-story-modern-rectangular-house-design.htm&gt;.

 


Potential for Collapse – Reverse Dowry

Akke Functional Art
…a unique element of modern design of signature pieces designed to inspire and provoke.

all images copyright by Robert Lowell Photography

Yberg, Axel. Akke Functional Art. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar 2012. <http://www.akkefunctionalart.com/potentialforcollapse/reversedowry_1.html&gt;.


Small Space, Big Style

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Barcode House is a beautiful contemporary home located in Washington DC and designed by David Jameson Architect. Its name comes from an exterior design detail which consists of a series of horizontal lines which resemble a huge commercial barcode.

This amazing residence is a mixture of old and new, heavy and light. Due to the lack of site space the house is vertically oriented as a solution. Moreover the architect used a lot of floor to ceiling windows in order to create a light, airy space and also gave the rooms the sense of grandeur.

As you can see throughout the entire house the color palette is made out of neutral colors, white and grey which make the space feel bigger. Furthermore every room is furnished in a way that gives the place a great sense of openness and it makes the most out of the minimal.

The Barcode House is a highly functional, high tech and a very high on style home. It has multifunctional, multitasking kitchen, equipped with beautiful stainless steel appliances. This residence is surely noticed in the neighborhood. It is simple, gorgeous and has a clean design.

This house has the perfect balance and becomes a very modern element, a statement of beauty amongst its neighbors. (Andreaa) 

 

Andreaa, Mocanu. “Small Space, Big Style – The Barcode House.” Homedit. 09 Aug 2011. Web. 10 Aug 2011. <http://www.homedit.com/small-space-big-style-the-barcode-house/&gt;.


Three Rivers itHouse / Three Rivers, California

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Three Rivers, California / Completed 2007

The Three Rivers itHouse is an 1,200 sq ft second home for two Los Angeles based visual artists that functions as a retreat from their hectic urban lifestyle. After camping for their first two years on the pristine 7-acre site, the clients requested a house that would serve as the thinnest barrier to the outdoors while still maintaining basic indoor comforts. A second goal for the site, nestled between moss covered boulders and tall oak trees, was to create a house that would minimally disrupt the scenic landscape by creating a modest building footprint. Through a series of interconnected patios and interior living spaces, Three Rivers itHouse functions as a highly tuned instrument for enhancing one’s visual and physical relationship to nature.   (Taalman Koch Architecture)

Taalman Koch Architecture, . (n.d.). Three rivers ithouse. Retrieved from http://www.taalmankoch.com/#490180/Three-Rivers-itHouse