How Does A Design Firm Build a 1,000-Square-Meter Building in Only a Few Months?

SUMMARY studio answered that question by unveiling its mostly-prefabricated concrete modular building system, after showing its Gomos#1 prototype and and displaying their method at the exhibition at the Venice Biennale. The project, located along a nation road in Vale de Cambra, Portugal, consists of several housing units and multi-functional service spaces, and the client’s demands were: fast, economical, and modifiable-over-time (depending on need) construction. This is based on the Gomos System, which is comprised of  a series of singular reinforced prefabricated concrete modules (gomos) that simply join together, providing a fully livable living space in moments. Continue reading “How Does A Design Firm Build a 1,000-Square-Meter Building in Only a Few Months?”

Brutalism – Doc’D #49

In this architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, unique feature, showcase examples and lasting legacy of architecture’s Brutalist movement. Continue reading “Brutalism – Doc’D #49”

The Minimal Simplicity of BAM! Arquitectura’s Casa CG342

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The CG342 House, designed in 2014 by Gonzalo Bardach and Matías Mosquera of BAM! arquitectura with structural designer Pedro Gea, was conceived upon the request of a young professional to be built along a lagoon lot located in a private gated golf community in Belén de Escobar, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Continue reading “The Minimal Simplicity of BAM! Arquitectura’s Casa CG342”

Here’s Atelier of Architects’ Saengthai Rubber Headquarters

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This 2015 building is the epitome of modern architecture; plain-looking (or boring to some) while still being elegant in its simplicity of design and materiality. The Saengthai Rubber Headquarters building (which is basically in the form of two boxes wrapped with a black concrete frame) is located in front of a 50-year-old factory compound on Poochaosamingprai Road — say that five times fast — in Samut Prakan, Thailand, Bangkok’s historical industrial development area. The building’s expressive gesture is part of a strategy to use it as a symbolic gateway to the district. Continue reading “Here’s Atelier of Architects’ Saengthai Rubber Headquarters”

The Bala Line House Sticks Out for ALL The Right Reasons…

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Over in Toronto, there lie historic, decommissioned rail lines located between the residential areas and the river valley habitats, which were once used in the city’s industry-focused heydays. Nowadays, the rail lines are used for pedestrian traffic due to the local ravine pathway system linking to the newly developed community areas that include a farmer’s market and much more. Now, one of the lots in that area is the site of a 2,400 square-foot single-family home, the Bala Line House (designed by Williamson Chong Architects), for a family of five, providing a private element within and connected to the public space while reclaiming the local ravine as a new public realm deserving of worthiness. Continue reading “The Bala Line House Sticks Out for ALL The Right Reasons…”

The Raumplan House by Alberto Campo Baeza

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The Raumplan House in Aravaca, Madrid, Spain is situated on a sloping plot with a landscape of distant horizon along the town’s western mountain range, which is well-viewed from Camarines. The concrete house, with rooftops planted with jasmine and vines, has its more public areas located at the upper levels to take advantage of the stunning, local views. Local regulations required the design team to work with a square ground plan of 12×12 m, the team devised a “2+2+2 is much more than 6” design proposal, dividing the plan into four 6×6 m squares, as well as raising the ground planes — square by square –with a simple helicoidal movement. Continue reading “The Raumplan House by Alberto Campo Baeza”

Shower Outdoors in the Waterfall House

The 'Waterfall House' Takes Showering Outdoors

In Sweden, there is a clause in planning laws allows residents to build a 270 square foot building (slightly smaller than a regulation basketball court key) on any existing residential property; even allowing eaves to extend out by five feet.  This tiny law has resulted in some creative and inventive new small house designs, including this concept that moves the shower outdoors. The small buildings are referred to as ‘Attefall houses’, after the politician who introduced the planning regulation. Continue reading “Shower Outdoors in the Waterfall House”

Daaaaang Brutalist Architecture; Why They Be Hatin’ On You?

7 Endangered Examples of the Most Hated Architectural Style Ever
J. Edgar Hoover Building | Washington DC | Dave Pattern

Let me introduce you to Brutalism, the blocky unfinished concrete architectural style that was very common in cities around the world at one time, but is now buildings of this style are being demolished at an astounding rate.  From just looking at one of its buildings, one can easily assume that Brutalism got its name from its “brutal”-looking exteriors, it’s actually derived from the French term for béton brut, or “raw concrete” (still, the earlier assumption works).  That material was used by Swiss-French architect and Brutalism originator Le Corbusier in his genre-molding work during the 1950s, which served as a variant on the steel and glass of the Modernist era, but Brutalism’s windowless bunkers with chunky facades make them appears as impenetrable, permanent sand-castles. Continue reading “Daaaaang Brutalist Architecture; Why They Be Hatin’ On You?”

A House of Sliding Pergolas in Brazil

This is the Sliding Pergolas House by FGMF Arquitetos in Bauru, Brazil, and this 5,380 square foot structure’s most interesting feature is…well…you saw the animated GIF, so you KNOW what the house’s most interesting feature is!  The firm looked to their “Tic-Tac Residence” concept-house and the conventional features that value to the relationship between the built-object and the local site, per request of the husband-wife clients.  By dividing different sectors of the home in smaller volumes positioned in strategic places within the site, the house had become a patio home. Continue reading “A House of Sliding Pergolas in Brazil”

The No-So-Flimsy Plywood House

Normally, I wouldn’t want and building I frequently visit (or a house I live in) to be completely made of plywood. NORMALLY. As the title implies, plywood is typically a flimsy material — when NOT supported by other structural elements.  Simon Astridge’s project in the Balham area of London has three extensions and involved the total internal refurbishment of a Victorian terraced house in London, and uses concrete, brickwork, natural stone, the aforementioned plywood, and the sky! Yeah, THE FREAKING SKY….through the use of expansive frameless glazing on the top floors.  There’s a film called ‘Details One’ that explores these materials and how they relate to the home. Continue reading “The No-So-Flimsy Plywood House”