At first sight, this huge steel framing structure capturing the sky appears to be an open pavilion.
In fact it is entirely glassed in, to house what must be the most glamourous lap pool ever, in a double height glass pavilion.
It is one of several sweet surprises in this unusual renovation.
It is entered through the small original cottage on the site – on the third floor – shown at the back here.
On entering, the first interior sight is this stunning view that captures a huge sky and overlooks the city lights in the harbour through the second floor double-height lap pool atrium.
Next to the glass atrium of the pool, the living room occupies a cosy space to the back of the house.
The kitchen/dining is placed in the front, suspended right within the harbour view, creating a blissfully happy place for making food and enjoying it. Read the rest of this entry »
On this perfect-for-solar house in Korea, the roof is sloped at an angle to receive best sun exposure year around and sized for 3KW PV system providing all its electricity, and solar heat collection tubes to heat its water.
In addition to the solar energy, efficiency is key. Windows are sized to prevent heat loss, and placed to facilitate easy cross ventilation.
This net zero energy house in GyeongSangNam-do was inspired by an experience of the client’s; an architectural educator.
As a student in Milan, Italy, she was affected by a local truck-drivers’ union strike against the rocketing oil price.
Within three days into the strike, there were no fresh groceries to be found in the city.
The experience drove home our reliance on fossil fuels.
She decided to imagine an alternative vision for future architecture. Read the rest of this entry »
- Consider your borders. Edging your patio area with plants can help your space feel more inviting and intimate.
- Find a focal point. If you intend to use the space mainly for dining, make the table and chairs the centerpiece of your outdoor grouping. On the other hand, if you envision your space for just “hanging out” make outdoor chairs and couches the main focus.
- Keep your mood in mind. What’s the feeling you’re going for? Modern and sleek? Quirky and offbeat? Moroccan? English manor? Mexican casita or Italian villa? Deciding on a feel up front will help you find cohesive garden furniture that will instantly speak to users.
A tiny house in Los Angeles relies on a mezzanine bedroom to make it a liveable space.
With space so expensive in the heavily built neighbourhood, it’s lot is half the size of its neighbours.
Despite this, the solution houses all the necessities of Los Angeles living with a simple plan.
The plan depends on a mezzanine bedroom.
It’s a familiar loft bedroom solution.
This means the rest of the space is one big open space with the living room to the front.
The kitchen is at the back behind the living room. Read the rest of this entry »
An urban townhouse that occupies the perimeter of the lot – designed for a single client as a brief break from a busy professional life – centers around a courtyard.
En-nobling the means to get home from work with a translucent white plastic screen, the garage is an ever-present part of the courtyard.
Dropping the keys and turning on the TV after a busy day, the client continues through the movie room to the kitchen to unload the groceries.
Movie-watching gets its own wide but shallow room – perfectly proportioned to maximize the experience – that leads directly off the car park.
…but perhaps take-out is brought home, instead!
In this non-kitchen kitchen: food appears on the table by magic. The cupboards are disguised as a modular wall system. Read the rest of this entry »