The modern architecture design of this amazing penthouse in Hiroshima, Japan is all about windows. Kubota created this compact urban residence as a horizontal structure design.
Through eliminating the corner frame where two parts of glass meet and by keeping the wall transparent and the ceiling running on towards the view, Kubota Architect Atelier delivers a feeling that you may continue safely and walk on air.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Prefab home Modular 4 is Studio 804’s most ambitious project to date. Consisting of seven modules, the 1500 square foot home features a remarkably flexible floor plan anchored by a core of service space that defines the interior, while the seven modules are offset in the middle to separate public and private, creating a bold four-foot cantilever on either side of the house.
In contrast to its contemporary appearance, this prefab home design addresses materiality and energy efficiency concerns. The north facade was kept tight to protect from cold winter winds while the south façade was opened up with broad glass to flood the living space with natural light and take full advantage of the sun’s heat in the winter. The cellulose insulation in the walls, floor and ceiling was made from recycled materials and offers superior thermal and moisture protection.
This prefab home also features many other sustainable materials which include: bamboo flooring, recycled countertops, adjustable thermal window protection, a porous driveway, FSC approved Brazilian hardwood and recycled aluminum siding, ventilating skylights, and a white “cool” roof.
Studio 804 is a design/build program at the University of Kansas School of Architecture and Urban Design focused on the creation of community based architecture. During this final exercise, the students collaborate to bring a housing design to fruition that provides architectural solutions with an emphasis on affordable homes.
Labels: Prefab Home
The Ring faucet provides a frame to the circular dynamic movement of water falling over the edge. It is about experiencing and discovering the awe-inspiring beauty of water in a whole new way in our daily lives.
The Ring faucet has a simple and pure external form in order to emphasize the elemental beauty of water and to cater to different settings and interior design style requirements.
Traditional Japanese architecture has been highly affected since the Japanese nation decided to open its gates to the rest of the world. Although Japan made efforts to preserve traditional Japanese architecture features, western modern architecture has taken its tole and now we see more concrete and steel and flat-roofs terraces in modern Japanese houses.
Japanese houses are usually built on three floors, no cellars or basements. They use wooden floors and sliding doors and windows. Japanese homes have very small bathrooms, which are limited to the bath and shower space. Big cities in Japan are very crowded; therefore, Japanese homes rarely have a garden.
The summer season in Japan is quite rainy and humid. So, in order to keep Japanese homes airy and cool, most Japanese houses are built from thin timber walls and have slanted, slightly curved roofs. That is why Japanese home architecture is more likely to suffer from earthquakes and fires.
Japanese culture is based on aesthetics and the natural environment. Its ideas of balance, harmony, economy and beauty are projected in Japanese art and architecture, for example: traditional Japanese houses, the art of flower arrangement, brush painting and the famous Japanese tea ceremony.
Japanese believe that beauty is expressed through simplicity and its relationship to function. It is most evident in the Japanese interior design style. Simple, clean and straight lines usually reflect Japanese interior design. The use of dark-lacquered, low wooden furniture, sea grass mats, silk window treatments and upholstery will give the feeling of an Asian inspired style.
And here’s another tip; why not separate two areas with a beautiful screen- It’s functional and decorative.
Monday, January 28, 2008
The paper lounge furniture is a series of seating elements in various materials and natural colours, all utilizing a honeycomb structure to fan open into various furniture such as, stools, benches, and loungers.
Each element of the softseating lounge furniture has magnetic end panels, allowing an element to connect to itself, forming a cylindrical stool or low table, or to connect to other elements of the same size in series, creating long winding benches and endless possibilities for seating environments and interior landscapes. The beauty of these pieces is that they are sculptural abstract forms, each made from a single material, that can be used creatively and interchangeably as seating or low tables.
The paper softseating lounge furniture, by Molo Design, is made entirely from kraft paper with 50% recycled content. Each of the sizes and types of softseating can compress like a big book and be stored just like a book on a shelf!
The Fudomae apartment’s modern architecture design makes the most of a limited volume while creating a comfortable urban living space . The unique architecture design of each 18 sqm unit provides a living room, kitchen, bathroom and storage.
The tight arrangement of this modern architecture apartment design by ISSHO is transformed into a design expression, particularly through the location and shape of the window, which designates the placement of the bed and other furniture. The window’s angle and height corresponds to both the interior of the room and the scenery outside, linking the Japanese single lifestyle and the natural environment.
ISSHO Architects is a Tokyo based architectural design office that develops building, urban spaces, and furniture.
The Zendome home-edition has the organic form of the hemisphere. It can be used in multiple ways in your home and garden area. Be it as a roof for the swimming pool, a temporary guest house, a garden house or simply a beautiful playhouse for the kids, this dome home has it all.
The frame system of the Zendome dome home is constructed of powder coated galvanized steel with a strength of 2mm. 161 poles and junction discs, especially designed for maximum mobility, are assembled following the easy to use colour coding of the Advanced Frame System. The membrane is made of all-weather welded Ferrari® material: Perfect for any given use.
Looking at the Villa Kaleidoscope Japanese house design, it seems the exterior walls of the house ground and upper floors are roughly hexagonal in shape with the interior walls laid out in honeycomb design.
The kaleidoscopic house weekend house is built on a slope facing Mt. Asama in Karuizawa, Japan. This Japanese house design is based on the client request to enjoy their holiday in an environment differentiated from their urban lifestyle, by being surrounded by a number of trees.
Some walls in this amazing weekend house, by Cell Space Architects, are covered by mirrors that reflect outside views into the rooms, they also reflect the light and add to the feeling of space and brightness. The inhabitants obtain not only the landscape views from the windows, but also the landscape views through the mirror reflections. As people walk through the building the reflected views give a kaleidoscopic visual effect. The residents can enjoy both real and virtual effects inside the building through the beautiful and ever-changing four seasons.
Brian Dettmer is a book surgeon. His book art is something out of this world. Dettmer de-constructs books by using knives and surgical tools.
At first I found it a bit harsh since i am a book fanatic, but the outcome is really an amazing book art. Reviling what laid dormant in the original item, Brian Dettmer’s book art gives life to a unique interpretation of this media as we know it.
After sealing the book’s edges, Dettmer carves first through the cover, and then each page in order, striping away and exposing the subject’s concealed inner nature.
Wired magazine and LivingHomes partnered to create the first ever WIRED prefabricated home, a showcase of the best in sustainability, technology and design. This 4,057-sq.-ft. $4 million prefab home is in the exclusive Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles.
LivingHomes are a pioneer in green, prefabricated development. Their prefab homes use sustainable, healthier building materials, as well as energy-efficient environmental systems and products, thus contributing to cleaner air, water, and soil.
Consistent with its focus on sustainable design, this Wired prefabricated home features a forced hot air radiant heating and cooling system; recycled glass bathroom countertops; Heath ceramic tile; low-maintenance high-design ecological kitchen cabinetry; an environmentally friendly washer/dryer system that uses less water and energy; windows and doors constructed with recycled glass and aluminum; reclaimed redwood milled from old military barracks; FSC-certified exterior siding; tankless water heaters; and LED lights that consume less energy than conventional light bulbs.
Labels: Prefab Home
The NatureMill team from San Francisco, California are all about the 3Rs - reduce, reuse, recycle. Therefore, it was no surprise when they invented the Nature Mill indoor composter.
The Nature Mill indoor composter comes in a Plus, Naturemill Pro or pet-friendly models. You can use this fully automatic composter indoor or outdoor, even in cold weather, rain, or snow. It’s odor free so you can add food waste any time, any day, up to 120 lbs per month and your compost will be ready every 2 weeks.
So, how does the Nature Mill indoor composter work?
Add organic waste any time, such as vegetables, coffee grounds, dairy, meat or fish. The upper chamber of the NatureMill mixes, heats and aerates. The compost later transfers to the lower chamber which you can empty every 2 weeks as the red light turns on, signaling that rich new compost fertilizer is ready for use.
As you enter this amazing tree house which is the home and architectural office of Steven Isaacs and Lisa Saville, you can hear the sound of leaves. With soaring eucalypts all around the plot in Australia’s Hunters Hill, what else can you possibly need?
With a challenge of not removing a single tree, the house contractors, Trinium Group have managed to achieve at the entry level, an open-plan kitchen and living areas which flow onto a 12-metre-high deck, perched above never-ending leafy vistas. This tree house design includes a retention of a 30-metre-high eucalypt that rises through the rear, cantilevered deck.
“We wanted the project to be as environmentally sensitive as possible. There would be no excavation and we didn’t want to disturb nature,” Isaacs says.
This eco-friendly tree house design also has an elegant butterfly roof that provides shade, draws in morning light and channels rainwater into 9000-litre water tanks. The perfect tree house.
Check out this unique hotel in Adelaide, South Australia. It’s called the Thorngrove Manor Hotel and it looks like a combination of a fairytale castle and a romantic cottage in the woods. I would love to stay there. Heck! I could live there.
“The baroque towers and fantasy turrets are clues to its flamboyant interiors. Antiques, handpainted friezes, stencils and artwork exploit its diverse room shapes to create an escapist’s dream.”
Every room in this unique Adelaide hotel is a masterpiece of contemporary and baroque fusion. You can enjoy a quiet escapism in the tower room, the castle chambers who are fit for a king and queen or the observatory suite.
The Thorngrove Manor Hotel is located 17 minutes from Adelaide’s city center and 35 minutes from the airport.
Designer Wallet 2.0 was designed by Steve Gates who thought about a new type of wallet with multi-purposes. Introducing designer Wallet 2.0: the world first silicone soft wallet.
It is just about the size of your normal leather wallet, it holds as much stuffs as you could put in with our patent pending wallet system: different refill sheets of credit cards, bills, I.D., coins, notes, card holder, memory card, etc… that you could choose from. It also comes with two strap holes on the side for chain or lanyard.
With the soft materials, this cool wallet can replace your front pocket wallet or you could put it in your back pocket, wear it around your neck, put it in your bags, whatever… just remember, this designer wallet, available at aeroportz, is a fashion symbol.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
The Quasimodo coat hook by Swedish furniture company, de Nord is simple and smart. If you are a small house owner and your compact house interior design is becoming too cramped and cluttered and you cant afford the space for a classic clothes rack, then this is the item for you.
The slender Quasimodo hook will function best at hallways and entrances. This smart coat hook achieved several awards as well as the Swedish and the international media attention and it is represented at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Sole designer behind de Nord and the Quasimodo hook is Jonas Lindvall, one of Sweden’s most acclaimed architects and designers. de Nord is a Swedish furniture company, developing products for both home and office.
Japanese house designs by Daigo Ishii are based on the concept where the architecture should be realized through the relationship with society.
The house in Nigata is located facing a spacious sight of the rice fields. The first floor is designed as a space for enjoying the life with family and friends, while movement of the person is parallel to the scenery.
This Japanese house design includes three huts on top of the 1st floor. They are used as solitary spaces with windows in all four directions, bringing light and wind all day. In this floor, clients can keep away from the daily world, and can get the private world, facing the scenery. This Japanese house design is designed with consideration to the relation of scenery and environment.
“…I want to realize an architecture that reflects and criticizes the society, based on the analysis of the actual society.” says Daigo Ishii, owner of Future-scape Architects in Tokyo, Japan.
By the way, if you’re interested in Japanese house designs you might also be interested in:
Japanese house designs by Atelier Tekuto
Teroforma Felt Set beverage coasters includes one trivet and four coasters. Made of 100% wool fibers, these unique beverage coasters are naturally stain resistant and protect the surface they rest on, making them the perfect solution for every modern kitchen design; Keep it simple or go mixing it up, you just cant go wrong with these drink coasters reversible colors.
Why are these beverage coasters make a great kitchen gadget?
Teroforma Felt Set beverage coasters are designed so that they can also be used as napkin rings by simply twisting the cutout leaf stem and sliding the linen napkin through it.
A great example for eco tourism is the Wild Canopy Reserve hotel, located in south India. This eco friendly hotel offers tree house accommodation while an elephant or a tiger lingers at your doorstep.
From the Wild Canopy Reserve tree houses resorts you will enjoy over two hundred varieties of birds including the Great Indian hornbill, not to mention elephants, tigers, leopards, wild dogs, peacocks, various species of deer, wild boar, giant squirrels and flying squirrels.
Just look at this amazing view of this tree house hotel to the vast grounds of the Indian jungle.
These beautiful pot holders were designed by industrial designer, Jacob Wagner who was inspired by his fingerprint. Hmm, a fingerprint Potholder …
Well, why not; each of our finger prints patterns give us a better grip on things, so why not use this concept for potholders?
The materials used in producing these stylish kitchen gadgets are: heat-resistant silicone, stainless steel and magnet. These pot holders heat-resistant silicone gives a sure grip on everything from pots and pans to hot oven dishes and is ideal as a table protector. The Potholder can be washed by hand and in the dishwasher.
The innovative potholder, available at Menu, comes with a magnet in the center – meaning you can hang it on your fridge door!
This is what i call: a smart product design.
This unique loveseat is called the Modulus Loveseat and it’s made from recycled bike parts. It is constructed of strategically bent and expertly welded steel bicycle rims. The Modulus Loveseat is available with inner-tube upholstery, or custom-made cushions in a variety of fabrics and materials.
These bike part furniture loveseats are really original in thought, highly creative and environment-friendly. I’m sure they will add a unique look & feel to any interior design style.
The Modulus Loveseat is available at Bike Furniture Design, a design and manufacturing studio specializing in contemporary, modern furniture made primarily from recycled steel and aluminum bicycle rims, handlebars, and frames.
This unique lamp shade by British designer, Stuart Haygarth is called the Millennium Chandelier and it is made of 1000 exploded Party Poppers collected after the Millennium celebrations in London. Each Popper is suspended on a line from a platform above.
The Millennium Chandelier unique lamp shade sculptural shape sways and moves like an organic form when hit by a breeze of air. Although this original light is a ‘ one off ‘ piece due to the narrative it is recreated using new party poppers. The multi-coloured type is created from blue, green, red, yellow and white poppers. There is also a black edition created purely from black poppers.
The Millennium Chandelier poppers hang on monofilament line held by ‘split shot’ from a 86cm square MDF platform above. The light source is a warm tone 60w incandescent bulb.
Labels: Designer Lighting
The Easyglider personal transporter - is that the coolest way to go to work, or what? Hop on that Easyglider in the morning, casually cruising the boulevards and taking those easy turns on the sidewalk. No more waiting for snow; no more getting ready for the lakes: Now it’s easy to glide anywhere.
The Easyglider personal transporter is your new vehicle to substitute your car, bike or public transportation. Take the next turn with high speed, grind the curb on your way to the office the choices are unlimited. This environmentally friendly electric motor will take you anywhere; Whether the skate park or just the neighborhood streets.
A classic example for a modern architecture design is Mies van der Rohe’s The Farnsworth House. As one of a long series of house projects, the Farnsworth House embodies a certain aesthetic culmination in Mies van der Rohe’s experiment with this building type. This beautiful house is perhaps the fullest expression of modernist ideals that had begun in Europe, but which were consummated in Plano, Illinois.
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969) has long been considered one of the most important architects of the 20th century, and his significance to the field of modern architecture is beyond dispute. In Europe, before World War II, Mies emerged as one of the most innovative leaders of the modern movement, producing visionary projects for glass and steel and executing a number of small but critically significant buildings.
Today, The Farnsworth House is owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP) and operated as a house museum by the Landmarks Preservation Council of Illinois (LPCI).“I pointed out to him (Mies) that it (a glass house) was impossible because you had to have rooms, and that meant solid walls up against the glass, which ruined the whole point. Mies said, ‘I think it can be done.’” Philip Johnson speaking at a symposium held at the School of Architecture, Columbia University, 1961.
Hamleys playhouses provide a world of joy and wonder for kids to play with. The magnificent Tudor Playhouse looks as if it has been taken out of a children fairytale.
This small house has a huge play potential. The Tudor House is a wondrous outdoor playhouse for children to escape into a world where rules change by the minute and where everything and nothing makes sense. The miniature Tudor playhouse is a two-story house, beautifully hand-crafted with oak floors and staircases, hardwood windows and doors and marine ply.
Just look at this English country-side Tudor playhouse. I wish i had a playhouse when i was just a child; a small home which only you know the magic password to enter a legendary world of princes and castles. I could live in a playhouse like that.
All of Hamleys playhouses are designed and built to ensure longevity and low maintenance.
I came across this funny kitchen gadget called the One Click Butter Cutter. Who would have thought that this great kitchen gadget could keep your cooking habits healthy as well as your hands clean.
This kitchen gadget says: no more for that ever-greasy butter dish! from now on I’ll be taking my butter in slices. Squeeze it for a couple of butter slices with your morning coffee & toast or your afternoon cranberry waffles, those butter slices melts in seconds on hot surfaces.
No need to struggle with a knife & butter dish. Just keep the One Click Butter Cutter handy while you’re cooking. You can easily clean it in a dishwasher or in warm water and and you wont need to re-order your fridge shelf space.
The newest modern architecture design concept is called Dynamic Architecture. Modern architecture skyscrapers will keep moving, forever changing their shape to better fit nature and your imagination. Dynamic Architecture reveals three major innovations – changing shapes, industrial production of units and self-production of clean energy.
Dynamic Architecture buildings follow the sun and move to the wind, making modern architecture design more efficient and environment friendly. Dynamic Architecture buildings keep modifying their shape. As each floor rotates separately, the form of the building changes constantly, bringing new views and experiences; from now on, modern architecture will not be confined to rigid shapes; construction will have a new approach and flexibility. Cities will change faster than we ever imagined.
The construction method and the ability to produce energy on its own are two of the most outstanding features of Dynamic Architecture buildings. These buildings are made of prefabricated units, custom-made in a workshop, to fit very high quality standards, resulting in fast construction, cost savings and fewer people on site.
Italian-Israeli architect, David Fisher, unveiled his design for a Dynamic Architecture based skyscraper combination of a hotel, apartment and office tower in Dubai.
You’ve got to see it to believe it!
The Newspaper Log Roller is a great idea. No need to cut more wood to keep the fire burning, just tightly roll those old newspapers into freshly cut newspaper logs.
Just like cured firewood, they’ll burn long and hot, yet they’re kind to the environment and cost you almost nothing. Tie your newspaper logs with string or a wire trash bag tie in order to keep them rolled up, tucked away in a dry and safe place. Available at The Sportsman’s Guide.
“No ax to grind, no wood to chop or buy, no recycling to haul to the curb! And say hello to reduced home heating costs!”
The tiny house Microflat, by Piercy Conner architects and designers, is a small house, efficiently designed at high quality. This house is tiny, thus making a great example for the current evolving compact houses concept modern architecture design.
The Microflat tiny house is around two thirds the size of a conventional inner-city one bedroom flat. The purpose-built, pre-fabricated utility pod for the shower room and kitchen helps save on construction costs, thus making the Microflat appeal to key workers and young professionals who are looking for an affordable housing solution to those who wish to live in the city center and enjoy the benefits of an inner-city lifestyle, but simply cant afford it.
The efficient use of space means that Microflats can provide more homes for more people within the same space, creating self-sustaining Microflat communities.