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A Louvered Beach House on the Arabian Sea

Built on a coconut plantation outside of Mumbai, India, on the Arabian Sea, Studio Mumbai’s Palmyra House is a place of refuge, not only from the city but also from people (houseguests possibly included). The 3,000-square-foot setup is split into two wooden louvered structures, each constructed using local traditional methods and wood. One building contains the living room, study, and master bedroom; the other houses the kitchen, dining room, and guest bedrooms. And should the occupants be feeling convivial, there’s a long, thin pool, perfect for swims together while sharing the expansive views out to the sea.

Photography by Helene Binet via ArchDaily, unless otherwise noted.

Hanway, C. (2015, May 27). Architect Visit: A Louvered Beach House on the Arabian Sea: Remodelista. Retrieved June 3, 2015, from http://www.remodelista.com/posts/architect-visit-a-louvered-beach-house-on-the-arabian-sea-studio-mumbai-palmyra-house

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A house on pillars in Hungary by Allhitecture

This contemporary summer house is located in Balatonakarattya, Balatonkenese, Hungary. It sits in a beautiful region surrounded by trees and vegetation and it offers views over Lake Balaton. It occupies an area of 122.0 square meters and it has an interesting design. The house was a project by Allhitecture and it was built in 2009.

The house is a summer retreat and it was built on pillars. It’s a detail designed to make it easily integrate into the surrounding environment and the pillars were inspired by the tree-trunks. They support the front volume just like the trunks support the tree’s crown. This particular region around the lake requires all buildings to respect the Building Regulation made in the middle of the 20th century. This means they have to have a traditional, pitched roof. However, this plot is situated on the border and the architects managed to get permission for a flat roof that better fits with the modern design of the house.

The whole design of the house was influenced by the pine trees from the site. The trees were also kept. The exterior of the house is modern and meant to make it integrate into the surroundings. The interior is on the same page. It follows the traditional interior design of summer houses in that region. The ground floor contains the communal areas and the private spaces, in this case the bedrooms, are on the first floor.{found on archdaily and pics by Tamas Bujnovszky}.  (Ganea)

Ganea, Simona. “A house on pillars in Hungary by Allhitecture.” Homedit. N.p., 21 Jul 2012. Web. Web. 21 Jul. 2012. <http://www.homedit.com/a-house-pillars-hungary-allhitecture/&gt;.


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;.

 


Lucy Chadwick · A Selby film for ZARA

Simple and cozy … from loft to the barn, from city to country living.

 


Vertical Garden

via Remodelista

Outdoor walls become eye-catching gardens with our hanging wool pocket planters. Framed in a rustic wood, these unusual plant pockets make a striking statement and a convenient kitchen garden when planted with your favorite herbs or berries. These UV resistant 100% recycled fiber felt wall planters are made with reused plastic water bottles, making them a sustainable addition to your outdoor landscape.   (Remodelista)

Remodelista, . Long vertical garden [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://remodelista.com/products/long-vertical-garden


photosynthesis lamp

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A lamp made of a metal grid with a vine at its base, bringing light and nature into your home. Choose the type of vine and let it create a natural lampshade as it grows. It is necessary to use an energy saving light bulb, which will not only help your plant grow, but will also provide eco-friendly light.   (Meirav Barzilay)

 Meirav Barzilay, . (n.d.). photosynthesis lamp. Retrieved from http://www.meiravbarzilay.com/projects/photosynthesis-lamp.html

 

How to grow your own fresh air

Photo by HD Staff

 
Here are some the 3 plants mentioned in the video above.
  • Areca Palm is a great living room plant. Excellent air humidifier, removes Carbon Dioxide and toxins from the air. A recent study done by NASA gives this indoor plant an air purifying score of 8.5.
  • Snake Plant (also called Mother in law’s tongue) is an ideal bedroom plant. Even though most plants take away Oxygen at night, the Snake plant does the reverse and maintains a healthy amount of Oxygen near you while you sleep.
  • Money Plant removes formaldehydes and other volatile chemicals. Can be a good addition to just about any room.
 
Kamal, M. (Director). (2009). Kamal Meattle: How to grow your own fresh air [Web]. Available from http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gmn7tjSNyAA