Posted on June 28, 2010 by mtidry
Earth House; Image ©Wooseop Hwang
Earth House doors; Image ©Wooseop Hwang
Earth House also inspires self-awareness by leading the occupant to accommodate the structure (doors opening from the courtyards to the adjacent interior rooms are small; people must change the shape and alignment of their bodies to pass through). With contemporary spaces designed to suit our every need (and whim), this is a concept requiring a mental, as well as physical, shift. Though homes are created to “serve” their residents, not every desire need be fulfilled – we can make concessions, too.
My favorite detail of the Earth House is the wood from a pine tree on site that has been cast into the concrete walls of the courtyards. BCHO says that “as [the wood] decays, it will host small plants and new life will arise with time.” BCHO also used minimal cement and lime for the walls so that they, too, can eventually return to the earth.
Earth House floor; Image ©Wooseop Hwang
I’ll leave you with a quote from BCHO Architects regarding their aspirations for the design of this home:
As Yoon’s poetry expresses hope for the future from times of great peril, which he tried to achieve through self-restraint and self-reflection, our hope is that this Earth House would be a house where we can reflect on ‘ourselves’ while living in the present era.
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Posted on June 25, 2010 by mtidry
The Blob; Image ©dmvA
The Blob Interior; Image ©dmvA
The amount of shelving and storage alone makes this a fabulous office interior. It also features a bathroom, kitchen and sleeping area (which, admittedly, is just one of the shelves. Still.) Lots of interior lighting and white walls keep the space bright and cheery, and if your possessions are as colorful as the ones in the photos you’ll have quite the photogenic workplace! If at some point you want a change of scenery, you’re in luck – the “Blob” is made primarily of a light polyester material and is thus very mobile.
Bed shelf in the Blob; Image ©dmvA
What do you think? Could you work from someplace like the “Blob?”
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Posted on June 22, 2010 by mtidry
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Posted on June 18, 2010 by mtidry
Napkin Sketch; Image courtesy of archrecord.com
The rules are pretty straightforward – send in up to six original architectural ink/pen sketches on individual 5″ x 5″ white cocktail napkins and you’re good to go! The winning entry will be published in Architectural Record’s August 2010 issue as well as on their website. A box of napkins printed with the chosen sketch will also be sent to the winner. Entries must be postmarked by June 21, 2010 (that’s Monday!) so it looks like you’ll be going out tonight… for the sake of the napkin, of course.
For complete entry information and submission address, visit http://archrecord.com (it’s on the home page). While you’re at it, post links to your entries here so we can all revel in your talents!
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Posted on June 17, 2010 by mtidry
Shipping Container Studio; Image courtesy of gbnyc.com
Studio Interior; Image ©Maziar Behrooz
Lower Interior Studio; Image ©Maziar Behrooz
Sign me up! Next time a find a spare $60,000 (the budget Maziar Behrooz had to work with), I’ll know where to invest it… for now I’ll just look and sigh a little.
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Posted on June 14, 2010 by mtidry
Visiondivision peak series home; Image courtesy of archdaily.com
As you can see from the above photograph, the “peak series” homes have climbable exteriors with hatches opening at different levels. Each individual hatch leads to a sleeping area on the interior mezzanine second storey. Guests can truly come and go as they please – finding their footholds to the ground below or taking a dive from their windows in the case of the floating homes.
Visiondivison Peak Series Vessel; Images courtesy of archdaily.com
Visiondivison peak series interior; Image courtesy of archdaily.com
The first floor is a more open “social” area while the uppermost level houses the master bedroom and bathroom facilities. As of now, the homes are available in Scandinavia in two sizes. The smaller has a single master bedroom and accommodations for six guests; the larger can house twice as many individuals.
Depending on how mobile these vacation homes are, you could have a great unit for a variety of destinations… I know I could find a few places I’d like to set these up!
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