Smart Home targets affordability and eco-friendly design in Australia

January 10, 2018 by  
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Green Sheep Collective aimed to create an affordable and highly energy efficient home with the design of Smart Home, a renovation and extension in Melbourne , Australia. Built for approximately $200 per square foot, the home is by no means a low-cost home but the price is impressive given the inclusion of high-level environmentally sustainable principles and components. In contrast to Melbourne’s many McMansions, the Smart Home is a site-specific compact home that boasts low to zero emissions, recycled materials, and connection to the outdoors. Smart Home is an expansion and renovation of a two-bedroom single-fronted Victorian cottage in inner Melbourne. Passive solar design principles guided the design and the home’s openings and room layout are optimized for natural light and ventilation. Recycled materials were used wherever possible as was ethically sourced materials like the radially sawn timbers and Flexo recycled rubber flooring. Water saving impacts were addressed with EcoVerta water saving units. Careful design and clever storage solutions with built-in furniture created 20% more usable indoor space within the 140-square-foot addition. Related: Beautiful Northcote Solar Home shows off modern energy-efficient family living “This project faced a number of critical challenges that had to be overcome in order to meet these sustainability and design targets,” wrote the architects. “The constraints included overshadowing, poor orientation, and a small 7.5 metre wide east-west block built close to the boundary. The existing home was dark and leaky with a lean-to at the rear.” The architects demolished the lean-to and added a mezzanine . “Our response creates interesting volumes for architectural beauty, and minimises idle space by ensuring the floor plan is utilised to its full capacity through clever storage solutions and split level living. The single storey addition includes open plan living, dining and kitchen opening via large openable glazed doors to an outdoor deck.” + Green Sheep Collective Images by Shae Parker McCashen

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Beautiful co-working space takes over a former industrial factory in Mexico City

July 12, 2017 by  
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An old factory in Mexico City has been gutted and repurposed into a modern co-working space with an industrial chic edge. Mexican architects Estudio Atemporal designed the adaptive reuse project, which takes advantage of the existing sawtooth roof and tall ceilings to create airy, light-filled spaces. Bright pops of color, timber surfaces, and an abundance of greenery go a long way in softening the heavy appearance of concrete columns and cinderblocks. Located in the Anáhuac neighbourhood, the co-working space, called Guateque , spans an entire city block with a 722-square-meter footprint. The building comprises two joined volumes: a two-story volume with a sawtooth roof and a three-story volume with a flat roof. The former comprises a greater diversity of co-working spaces , while the latter houses parking, communal kitchen and dining, and an open workshop-style space. Related: Tom Dixon transforms a 17th-century London church into a chic co-working space Natural light floods the building through clerestory windows. The architects installed glazed divider walls to delineate spaces within the building without obstructing the light. A mezzanine level was installed to create intimate work areas with low ceilings. Ping-pong tables with yellow boards also punctuate the co-working area. + Estudio Atemporal Via Dezeen

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The design for this stylish house was inspired by a traditional party game

October 7, 2016 by  
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The house is located on a forested plot close to Trousers Lake in Montréal, Canada . Surrounded by trees, the building aims to become a strong expression of the landscape. Once the crux of the design was agreed upon by the architects and the owner, the design changed hands from one creator to the other, slowly emerging as a composition of two timber-clad volumes. While one volume is clad in light wood, the other features a dark facade. Related: Timber artist’s house and atelier imitates northern Italy’s mountainous landscape The open-plan layout of the house offers a spatial fluidity that connects various views of the surroundings. A mezzanine lounge on the top floor features a large canopy that transforms the space into a kind of observation tower or panoramic belvedere so that the inhabitants can feel like a part of the surrounding landscape. Massive windows on all levels further this effect. + YH2 Architecture Via v2com Photos by Francis Pelletier

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Japan’s CYIN House on stilts shelters a small winter garden like a canopy

December 31, 2015 by  
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Hilltop Residence is a dynamic stone and timber-clad retreat in New Zealand that integrates with the environment

December 31, 2015 by  
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Sinato adds space for three and a mezzanine reading room to Fujigaoka T apartment

December 22, 2014 by  
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Studio Prototype’s Gorgeous Home Renovation Strikes the Perfect Balance Between Old and New

October 6, 2014 by  
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Playful Twisting Staircases Transform Case House into Daring Loft-Style Living

January 28, 2014 by  
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