The Lovely Louvers Of The House In Muko

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House in Muko by Fujiwaramuro Architects. Kyoto, Japan.

Unique building sites call for unique design solutions. This was certainly the case for House in Muko, in Kyoto, whose location included a rather unusual obstacle: a strong curve in the road abutting the property. But instead of fighting this constraint,Fujiwaramuro Architects embraced it, coming up with an elegant design that incorporates both the historical and physical context of the home.

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House in Muko by Fujiwaramuro Architects. Kyoto, Japan.

The architects based their design on the traditional machiya, the “town” or “merchant” homes that partly define the region’s architectural style. Machiya often include wooden louvers and screens for the façade, but instead of using the louver as a singular aspect of the building program, Fujiwaramuro Architects made it the main event. The result is a home with an interior volume sliced by a dramatic repetition of oversized wooden slats.

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House in Muko by Fujiwaramuro Architects. Kyoto, Japan.

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Homes With Moving Walls Let The Outdoors In

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Casa O Chile by 01ARQ, Colina, Chile

Traditionally walls secure a home and provide privacy to its inhabitants. But architecture and technology have grown together to allow for different interpretations of what constitutes a wall.

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Northland House by Parsonson architects ltd., Wellington, New Zealand

Sure, walls can keep prying eyes out, but materials and design techniques can be utilized to bring the surrounding environment into the home. Using walls that open completely is the most radical way to embrace the natural world and erase the distinction between interior and exterior space.

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Godoy House by Hernandez Silva Arquitectos, Jalisco, Mexico

 

The Many Layers Of Plywood

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Stealth Barn by Carl Turner Architects, Norfolk, England

Plywood, in all its utilitarian glory, is certainly not a traditional design element. The material begins with a rotary lathe and a log; the lathe essentially peels the log, turning it into long, thin sheets of wood. Layering the sheets (or “plys”) in rotating directions and adhering them with heat and glue gives plywood its structural integrity. (Plywood’s cousin, oriented strand board, is made of smaller strips of wood combined in a similar way.) It is strong and inexpensive, but until recently was considered strictly a building material and would be disguised with a more attractive drywall or siding.

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El Espinar House by Miguel de Guzmán, Segovia, Spain

However, contemporary architects and designers have begun to embrace it as a cheaper alternative to lumber, and the appearance of exposed plywood has increased exponentially in recent years.

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INFILL Homes by John Dwyer, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Monumental Minimalism In House On A Pinewood

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House on a Pinewood by sundaymorning and Massimo Fiorido Associati

Integrating buildings into the surrounding environment promotes a sense of harmony. The minimalist design of the House on a Pinewood incorporates travertine limestone, the appearance of which matches the surrounding sandy area.

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House on a Pinewood by sundaymorning and Massimo Fiorido Associati

Travertine is similar in look to marble with visible striations, and occurs through the accumulation of carbonated calcium surrounding hot mineral springs.

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House on a Pinewood by sundaymorning and Massimo Fiorido Associati

The sculptural and functional stairway doubles as a shelving system, taking advantage of the opportunity for a unique built feature.

The simplicity of the building and implementation of lighting and accessories combine to form a dramatic confluence of the natural and manufactured.

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The Jorge Guedes House’s Full Embrace Of The Portuguese Landscape

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Jorge Guedes House by 100 Planos Arquitectos

The Japanese design concept of Wabi-Sabi prizes an aesthetic of simple forms, appreciation of the natural world’s ephemeral beauty, and the veracity of unadornedmaterials. Much modern architecture was inspired by these precepts, and their influence can still been seen in contemporary projects, such as the Jorge Guedes House by 100 Planos Arquitectos in Vila Pouca de Aguiar, Portugal.

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Jorge Guedes House by 100 Planos Arquitectos

The brief for the home was simple; the owners desired a single floor construction at minimum cost. Ornament would be done away with, and materials in their natural form emphasized. Primary importance was placed on the experience of the landscape, with the volume of the home projecting out into the natural world.

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Jorge Guedes House by 100 Planos Arquitectos

Ready And Gable

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Balancing Barn by MVRDV, Thorington, GB

The simplest drawing can conjure a home. For instance, a child asked to draw a house will place a triangle on top of a square or rectangle. Unknowingly, he or she has depicted one of the most traditional home designs, the gabled house.

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Mirror House by MLRP, Copenhagen.  Photo: STAMERS KONTOR

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Polygon Studio by Jeffery S. Poss Architect, Albany, US

In fact, the gable—that is, the triangular shape at each end of a pitched roof—is considered by architects to be an Ur-building, one of the earliest original forms homes took. Once anathema to modern architecture, in recent years the gable has made a comeback, with designers embracing the once ersatz detail.

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Summer Hous by Judith Benzer Architektur, Burgenland, Austria 

Materials That Make Architecture Real

Understanding and thoughtfully incorporating materials gives physical presence to the imaginations of architects and designers. Structures can exist conceptually, but without the elements that constitute it, a building would never exist.

Manufacturing and industry have been at the forefront of the exploration of materials and their applications. The growth of products for the physical realization of architectural projects seems to grow exponentially, in lockstep with advances in technology for the culture at large.

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Light Transmitting Concrete by Litracon

Needless to say this isn’t your dad’s concrete. Optical glass fibers are blended into the concrete mix for these blocks, allowing light to be transmitted through. Both structurally sound and aesthetically beautiful these concrete blocks are far cry typical manufactured modular block.

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Watercube – National Swimming Centre by PTW Architects, Beijing, China

Texlon® by Vector Foiltec

This climatic envelope was a memorable aspect of WaterCube design for the National Swimming Centre of the 2008 Bejing Olympics. The nature of the material allowed the for a facade that looked like water bubbles.

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Gazzano House by Amin Taha Architects, London, GB

Cor-Ten Steel by Corten Steel

It is always a good thing for a brand when its name becomes synonymous with a material. In this case it is Cor-Ten, which many people use to designate weathering steel, a type of steel that paradoxically protects itself from deterioration by creating a skin of rust.

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Staircases & Railings by Guardian InGlass

The lamination of Guardian InGlass provides safety for its use as a structural material, providing a dramatic detail for designs of staircases and railings.

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