Wanna See Six Destroyed British Castles Rebuilt Digitally?

Sorry, not a dead body this time, y’all. But this is still awesome, and much less graphic, smelly and vomit-inducing; I PROMISE! Onward and NoeMan Studios have come together to digitally rebuild some of the most historic castles in the United Kingdom. Why? Well, at one time, these structures were strong, proud monoliths — ranging from castles, churches, stately houses, etc. — that commanded the … Continue reading Wanna See Six Destroyed British Castles Rebuilt Digitally?

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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 Breeze House, Or, Things That Make You Go ‘WHA….?!?’

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© Hiroyuki Oki

Architect Mel Schenck designed this house in Tân Phú, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam for himself and his family to act as an experimental expression of the complicated information age and an analysis of simplicity to reduce energy usage via natural ventilation rather than depending on air conditioning. A large proportion of the exterior facades contain openings to let the natural light and breeze flow through, taking advantage of Vietnam’s tropical climate, which encourages indoor and outdoor activities.  Continue reading “The Breeze House, Or, Things That Make You Go ‘WHA….?!?’”

How Smart Is Your Home? (courtesy of SocialMonsters.org)

Notorious smart homes like Tony Stark’s mansion in “Iron Man” and the futuristic 2063 abode in the cartoon series The Jetsons show off top-of-the-line home technology. These homes boast innovative, futuristic technology such as cordless vacuums, flat screen televisions and smartphone-controlled lighting. And, the best part is that all of these technologies are available today. But, if you’re looking for a personal hyper-intelligent assistant like Jarvis or Rosie the robot maid, you may have to wait until technology catches up a bit. For now, ditch your boring décor and opt for tech-savvy accessories instead. Read on after the break to find out how to bring your home into the 21st century. Continue reading “How Smart Is Your Home? (courtesy of SocialMonsters.org)”

Check Out These Eco-Friendly, Sorta-Underground Homes in D.C.

Are you looking for a place to live (like me)? Are you currently looking into the Prince George’s County area in Maryland (NOT like me)? The this house might have you turning your head, and all for interesting design and eco-efficiency reasons. This home stands out from, well, just look at it; the house is partially constructed underground! The 3,300-square-foot home sitting on 1.3 acres of land in Clinton, Md. may LOOK like your average colonial brick design in the front, but if you look at the side and rear, you’ll see that the underground design provides a natural insulation that is eco-friendly. According to the home’s listing, utility bills will average you about $150 a month. Not bad…

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PractitioNERD ReNERDsance: SocialMonsters.org take ‘A Look at US Homes’

shutterstock_66460345David J and the gang over at SocialMonster.org passed along this interesting article/graphic on American residential architecture from Massachusetts to New Mexico, taking a look into the melting pot of architectural styles that found their places in regions of the United States. Check out the entire article/graphic after the break! Continue reading “PractitioNERD ReNERDsance: SocialMonsters.org take ‘A Look at US Homes’”

The House in Fukai, with ‘Push-Pull’ Spaces…

It’s almost like it was crafted by hand.  Or like it was shifted around like a tower of Jenga blocks. Some spaces are pushed in, some are pushed out, and since the building is short, no one can call out “Jenga!” Which is the most fun thing in the game; other than the tower actually falling….

Anyway, this house in Sakai, Osaka Prefecture of Japan is designed by Horibe Associates (under architect Naoko Horibe) and was completed in 2013.  This 900 square-foot house was built for a younger generation of homeowners in a multigenerational household. The house’s living room opens onto a rear deck that is enclosed by wing walls and a sunshade. Since the interior space was extended toward the backyard, a tubular (in the verbal sense, not exclamatory) space was created, becoming a relaxation spot for the residents to get away from the hustle and bustle (which I think is a word) of the surrounding neighborhood. Continue reading “The House in Fukai, with ‘Push-Pull’ Spaces…”

Twofold House is Ten-fold in Environmental Initiatives

This pair of 4-bedroom luxury townhouses was designed by BKK Architects, where the developer client’s wishes of high quality-low density housing were met with the firm’s interests in addressing issues of containment and scale while still providing a high standard of living amenity.  The home also delivers a high level of environmental design with varied green/sustainability measures to complement the home’s luxury.   Continue reading “Twofold House is Ten-fold in Environmental Initiatives”

Haunted Homes, Floppy HDDs, Syphon Filter & Failed Comebacks – WIRed #19

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This week on WIRed, Some of the more architecturally scariest homes in horror, how to use that old floppy drive of the past with your computer of today through MAGIC & some DIY hacking, how “Syphon Filter” almost never happened, and you may or may not call it a comeback…but it won’t always guarantee WWE success.   Continue reading “Haunted Homes, Floppy HDDs, Syphon Filter & Failed Comebacks – WIRed #19”

The Eels Nest (more a house than…..eels’s nest, though…)

Sorry to disappoint fans of aquatic wildlife, but alas, this is a post about a work of architecture.  The name “Eel’s Nest” is a commonly used term that describes a very narrow lot (typically with a width of 15 feet). This particular lot in the area of Echo Park in Los Angeles has a width of exactly 15 feet, and architect Simon Storey decided to take up the challenge to experiment with designing and erecting a compact and efficient urban dwelling. But how would you achieve such a feat, you ask? Why, by building vertically, or course! Storey was able to design both simply and minimally in accordance to the site’s size limitations, and used the entire lot to create a functional house.

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