Remember “KerPlunk”? Here’s the Kerplunk House. It kind of resembles the Board Game “KerPlunk”. There You Go…

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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…”

Sou Fujimoto-Led Team Designs Tree-Inspired Montpellier Housing Tower

The City of Montpellier selected Sou Fujimoto Architects, Nicolas Laisné Associés and Manal Rachdi Oxo architects’ “White Tree (L’Arbre Blanc)” as the winner of the “Architectural Folie of the 21st Century” competition. Inspired by both Montpellier’s tradition of outdoor living and the efficient properties of trees, this mixed-use residential tower will feed off locally available natural resources — to induce comfort, control environmental impacts, scale back emissions with passively cool units with solar fireplaces — as it rises 17-stories to the sky and connects both new (Port Marianne and Odysseum) and old (City Centre) districts of Montpellier. Continue reading “Sou Fujimoto-Led Team Designs Tree-Inspired Montpellier Housing Tower”