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BLOCO Arquitetos presents the Authoral Restaurant , i.e., Dining in a Steel Cage Match!

© Haruo Mikami

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!

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The Whittaker Cube by Dravitzki & Brown, or A BOX YOU CAN LIVE IN!

© Alister Brown

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!

Studio LOKAL’s Hanging Gardens Tower Wins Copenhagen Residential Competition

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Denmark-based Studio LOKAL has won the competition for the design of a residential tower in Copenhagen, with The Hanging Gardens, its proposal for a merger of the historic brick buildings of Carlsberg (which is also the site of a former vegetable market) with the concept of a personal garden for each resident. The project — with construction set to start in April of 2017 — also has the concept of encouraging residents to grow their own produce in one of the tower’s gardens, a method of returning to homegrown roots. Continue reading Studio LOKAL’s Hanging Gardens Tower Wins Copenhagen Residential Competition

House ARM Uses Simple Geometry for Optimal Natural Light

© Eugenio H. Vegue & Francisco Sepúlveda

The House ARM, a 1,751 square-foot home designed by OOIIO Arquitectura and situated in Toledo, Spain (some 4,000 miles — give or take — from that other one in Ohio), is a functional, cost-effective one level home that uses geometric extrusions and sections to gather as much natural sun light as possible. Continue reading House ARM Uses Simple Geometry for Optimal Natural Light

The House in La Prosperina by Fabrica Nativa Arquitectura

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

Epicly Beautiful: The Joly House

© Krisada Boonchaleow
© Krisada Boonchaleow

This three-story house designed by Stu/D/O Architects and finished last year for the four-member Joly family has a footprint of 250 square meters and a height of 11 meters. Located on a street corner in one of the most beautiful and densely populated residential areas of Bangkok, the house is flanked by rows of shophouses, with the main living spaces elevated to the second floor for improving the visual conditions and for allowing rooms for service spaces on ground. The home contains skylights that create patterns resulting from lights (which change over the course of the day) and water of the above swimming pool, making this parking/arrival space more dynamic. Continue reading Epicly Beautiful: The Joly House

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

WIRed #127: Black Friday Edition

It’s time for Episode 127 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a mixed-use building with a bigger purpose, how to easily get started in building your PC, what it could be like to be a doctor for Mortal Kombat characters, and things I learned about Andre the Giant from a David Letterman interview! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading WIRed #127: Black Friday Edition

WIRed #127: Black Friday Edition

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It’s time for Episode 127 of WIRed, where Montez McCrary discusses a mixed-use building with a bigger purpose, how to easily get started in building your PC, what it could be like to be a doctor for Mortal Kombat characters, and things I learned about Andre the Giant from a David Letterman interview! Welcome to WIRed, bringing you the nerdy-geekery on architecture, technology, gaming, and pro wrestling. Continue reading WIRed #127: Black Friday Edition

La Brea Affordable Housing, & It’s PURDY!

Now THIS is an example of architecture serving a purpose for the greater good.  Here’s the La Brea Affordable Housing project, which is a mixed use affordable housing project for formerly homeless LGBT youth, people living with disabilities and people living with HIV Aids. The buildings, housing 32 apartments arranged around a shared outdoor courtyard, massed at 50,000 sq ft and located one block north of Santa Monica Boulevard in the West Hollywood, maximizes density while allowing for ample outdoor space. The building provides at-grade parking and commercial space along La Brea Avenue is housed by the AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), a non-profit group.  The site’s southwest corner expresses that area as a beacon of activity, PLUS it houses the circulation and other shared amenities for the residents. Continue reading La Brea Affordable Housing, & It’s PURDY!