Queens Domain is located on Melbourne’s Queens Road. Queens Road together with St Kilda Road are Melbourne’s preeminent residential boulevards lined by buildings from various eras and different styles. When Queens Road is viewed from Albert Park, one can see a narrative of Melbourne’s architectural history emerge. Amongst them are some proud contributions by Frederick Romberg a renowned Modernist architect. The Stanhill and Newborn Flats are beautiful functionalist buildings with sweeping open balconies and fine glass detailing. Queens Domain takes up the next thread in this story, re-interpreting existing elements, whilst embracing design and construction techniques of our time.
Located in Qom, Qom Province, Iran, the Salariyeh Residential Building — designed by Heram Architects — opened this year, and aspects of the region’s religious beliefs include “privacy” and “lack of visibility from the exterior into the building.” Both of those guidelines are used in the decisions made in urban planning and creating relationships in the local neighborhood. In addition, usually when projects are built in this region … Continue reading The Salariyeh Residential Building by Heram Architects is just…plain…lovely to look at…
This small, 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom Spanish bungalow located in northeast San Jose, California — located at 759 N 19th Street — is pretty tiny in square-footage, but its character is ten-fold. Originally built in 1928, this 759-square-foot structure retains its old-school charm — original wood flooring, a big fireplace, and stained-glass windows — while containing modern upgrades — exterior solar panels and an electric vehicle charging station. The outside environment isn’t too shabby, either; the front patio has plenty of room for outdoor furniture, and a large backyard with fruit trees and drought-resistant landscaping, a pergola for outdoor dining, and even a hot tub. Continue reading “Check out this Small Home in San Jose; it’s Currently Going For $798K…”
Located in Albert Park in Melbourne, Australia, MUSK Architecture Studio’s project examines what could be possible when contemporary living collides with high-heritage value neighborhoods. In this case, there is a ~33ft x ~65ft (10m x 20m) corner site with a domineering red brick and terracotta-roofed Edwardian era home that has excellent neighborhood curb appeal, but is lacking in its amenity for the those who actually LIVE IN THE HOUSE. Continue reading “The Albert Park Extension by MUSK Architecture Studio”
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…”
When explaining some of the features of their Week’nder building, located in Ashland County, Wisconsin, design firm Lazor Office states that the structure opens and closes, as the façades transition from transparent and bright to dark and opaque as you transverse around the exterior or the interior. The wood (plywood and pine) and steel (corrugated and smooth) supported building’s design and construction is based on two prefabricated modules delivered by truck and ferries, minimal concrete for foundation and bottle jacks instead of a crane. The combined parallel modules contained the three bedrooms, two bathrooms, kitchen, laundry room and additional infrastructure, and were joined together with a shared gable roof that itself created an shared and tent-like “dry-space”. The aforementioned design and structural materials give the weekend getaway cabin a rustic feel, as well as a additionally balanced coordination of various colors and textures. Continue reading “The Weekn’der, designed by Lazor Office (NOT Located on the Head of a Shark…)”
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.
Located at 55 Pearl Street in Brooklyn, New York (near the intersection at Water Street), the Dumbo Townhouse — designed by Alloy Architects — is a 18,000 square foot 5 unit housing complex that opened in 2015. Now, about that name “Dumbo,” which I should immediately correct at “DUMBO,” as the project involved the demolition of the existing single-story warehouse in the DUMBO Historic Section of Brooklyn. The typical townhouse units at Dumbo measure at approximately 18′ wide (with the corner unit measuring at 19′ 2″ wide) with a raised private entrance at ground level. Each unit also has a shared drive with parking spaces for each townhouse, placed behind the garden level at grade. Continue reading “The Dumbo Townhouses by Alloy Design; Don’t Let The Name Fool You…”
The upscale Asa Sul (South Wing) neighborhood district — the UNESCO-listed administrative region of Brasilia, Federal District, Brazil — was the first residential area built within Brasília’s original plan. The district is defined by two-story buildings connected to each other side-by-side along the commercial streets between the superblocks, or “superquadras,” as they face the street in one side and the residential superblocks on the other side. There was an unrealized plan by Lucio Costa to connect both sides through the buildings — since the most building owners literally shut away and blocked their buildings away from the residential zone — so BLOCO Arquitetos plans to turn that idea into a reality via the Authoral Restaurant. Continue reading “BLOCO Arquitetos presents the Authoral Restaurant , i.e., Dining in a Steel Cage Match!”