Design collective I STIFFEN THEE (yes, that IS their name) designed the Kerplunk House to bridge the gap between built space and existing space but having architecture play the role of nature, rather than merely resembling it. Part of this 224 square foot building’s focus on playing off of nature is the fact that the pattern of organization is not readily apparent. The house was built as a multipurpose living and working space that would also act as the initial structure for a desert propagation center, as a mini-forest of desert flora was planted and transplanted over time in its surrounding area. Continue reading “Remember “KerPlunk”? Here’s the Kerplunk House. It kind of resembles the Board Game “KerPlunk”. There You Go…”
How many times have you come across a building or a house, and you’re initial reaction was “who decided to build that” and/or “HOW did they manage to build that”? Reasons for this burst of wonder could range from a house built on a small parcel of land or some futuristic home injected in the middle of same-y, cookie-cutter developer homes. However, it could a case similar to the North Avoca Studio home in Sydney, Australia by architect Matt Thitchener, in which the building in question essentially defies the odds as it literally hovers above the ground! Nope; I’m NOT kidding… Continue reading “The Amazing, Sustainable Hovering Cube Home in Sydney…”
The Albany, located in Dublin, Ireland and designed by RKD Architects, is a modernist-style pavilion (measuring at nearly 4,900 square feet) that aims to reinterpret the seaside villa house type. This visually distinct building — compared to the surrounding ones — is built on one corner of the build site and utilizes a varied mix of materials and features a new structure frames for viewing the nearby Dublin Bay. The existing site was lowered to create a garden — while accessible from all of the building’s bedrooms — that would add seclusion and privacy to the site. The exterior showcases a reinforced concrete frame with seamless glass ribbon windows along the main upper floor, while seemingly floating above the lower level plinth; intentionally done to resemble the seawall and to evoke the Martello towers located along the local coastline.
In a previous life, Critter Creek existed as purely residential home for over 20 years, but its time was running out as it was scheduled for demolition for the family’s new home. However, the family and design firm Furman+Keil Architects opted to re-purpose the building and relocate it to a new location in order to preserve the memories and spirit of the place. First, the … Continue reading From Private Home to Multipurpose Facility, or the Barn at Critter Creek by Furman + Keil Architects (Or BOTH; No Need to Pick Sides…)
This is the M.A.Di., or Modulo Abitativo Dispiegabile, a new model of housing that is actually a folding and transportable house that can be put together in only six hours with only three people. Renato Vidal designed this model, which was built with safe and high-quality materials, including wood veneer lined exterior walls (the required standard in Italy) anti-siesmic certificate. There are some customizable models for you to choose from, with some of the most basic models coming with toilets, fully furnished kitchens, and technical installations like water and electrical systems.
The House ACP, designed by Candida Tabet Arquitectura and completed last year (2016), is located on a semi-circle-shaped plot of land in Indaiatuba, Brazil that is a single story tall and features a mezzanine — acting as a featured social area — and an annex playroom house for the two children of the couple who this house was designed and built for. The building’s orientation helps maximize the views of the beautiful surrounding environment, as well as showcase the ciruclation of the interior spaces, while the double-height of the mezzanine’s great cieling promotes cross-ventilation (allowing the hot air to do what it does best; RISE).
When Singer Baenziger Architekten took on this project of a farmhouse from the 1600s and a later-built barn (both sharing a cantilevered saddle roof) in the village center of Schlieren, Switzerland, they looked to restore the house while converting the barn building into a new living space. According to the design team, led by Roman Singer and Rémy Baenziger, the project will also include breaking up the singular roof through the use of roof windows and two roof sheds. Along with this, the outside landscape will retain the original exterior space, the unfinished nearby alley’s forecourt, and the existing tree garden, but will add a new small private seating area for the farmhouse’s residential units. Continue reading “A Barn Replacement + Farmhouse Restoration by Singer Baenziger Architekten”
Cubes. You’ve heard of them. You’ve learned about them in math class. You’ve seen buildings on this site that look like them. Well, go ahead and add the Whittaker Cube to that list. This home, located in the small, sea-side settlement of Kakanui, New Zealand, was designed by architects Alister Brown and Katrina Dravitzki with two floors, and area of 8 meters x 8 meters (26.25 feet x 26.25 feet), excellently detailed durable materials and designed with a cost-effective structure. While the dimensions of the entire footprint sound pretty compact, the house does have three bedrooms and the living spaces located upstairs feel very light and spacious. Continue reading “The Whittaker Cube by Dravitzki & Brown, or A BOX YOU CAN LIVE IN!”
This house in La Prosperina in Guayaquil, Ecuador was designed and built by Juan Solis Orellana and Fabrica Nativa Arquitectura for a young 30-year-old divorced man with three children (who occasionally visit him). The owner looked at his monthly stipend from the Ecuadorian state and his basic salary, and found it difficult to improve his housing situation. This is because the house he’s lived in for thirty years had encountered physical problems that come with older homes in which time just passed them by. The house rests on a lot 4.80 m wide by 20 m deep given by his grandfather. Given his circumstances, the family decided to raise money in order to improve the house. Continue reading “The House in La Prosperina by Fabrica Nativa Arquitectura”
In this month’s architecture-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, design and legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West building. Continue reading “Taliesin West – Doc’D #33”