Beautiful sea-facing home uses height to overcome site restrictions

March 29, 2017 by  
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This beautiful Russian home stands out from its neighbors with an unusually steep inclined roof that’s constructed for more than just its looks. Architectural bureau Chvoya designed House in Pribylovo, a contemporary home commissioned by a family who sought views of the Vyborg gulf. Since local regulations restricted construction to a small area in the back of the plot, the architects overcame the restriction by creating a compact, three-story house with a large window near the apex that overlooks the water. Located in Pribylovo village, the modern home retains a rustic vibe with its unpainted timber facade and steeply pitched roof. While the house shares visual similarities with its neighbors, the dwelling is slightly taller than the surrounding buildings and has a distinctly clean and contemporary appearance. Raw pine planks clad the facade and are complemented with black metal used for the folded roof and on the folding screens on the ground floor. Related: Family renovates century-old barn into stunning modern home in Washington state Windows and skylights punctuate all sides of the home to let in daylight however, the greatest concentration of glass is on the north sea-facing facade. A row of full-height glass doors equipped with wooden folding screens run along the ground floor; a small opening offers views for the master bedroom on the second floor; and a large studio window on the third floor provides the best gulf views. The ground floor houses the communal areas, while the second floor contains the four bedrooms and a studio takes over the third and smallest floor. The timber-clad interior features a restrained color palette and IKEA furnishing for a cozy cabin vibe with a contemporary feel. + Chvoya Via ArchDaily

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Unique asymmetrical home in the Netherlands takes a novel approach to sustainability

March 3, 2017 by  
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Dutch firm Global Architects completed a dream modern villa that breaks from the traditional gabled architecture of the Netherlands. Shaped like a giant boulder, House as a Rock rises from the dunes like a craggy monolithic sculpture that complements the hilly landscape. In addition to its unusual form, the contemporary house stands out for its adoption of sustainable features, including efficient insulation and use of ground heat pumps. Located in Westlandse Zoom in the south of the Netherlands, House as a Rock overlooks a waterway and grassy dunes. The client asked for a modern and minimalist design that maximized natural light and views of the landscape, particularly of the water. To satisfy those requirements, the architects created an asymmetrical home with large windows but nestled it between serrated dunes to provide privacy on the north, east, and west sides. The southern facade is left exposed with the largest windows and an outdoor terrace that extends towards the water. Each facade is distinct in response to different site conditions. “Just as each facade has their own character, there is not a single space inside the house that is quite the same,” write the architects. “This is apparent from the outside through the various sizes of the windows, who are key elements in both the interior and the facade. Light, space, views and unique living are at the heart of this exceptional design. The villa is an eye catcher in the dunes and at the same time blends into the surroundings.” Related: Gorgeous dune-inspired home uses bio-fuel to minimize its carbon footprint To mimic the landscape, House as a Rock was created with a neutral color palette with a brick exterior painted in a light sandy color. The minimalist interior features concrete, timber, steel, stone, and glass to create a muted backdrop for the vibrant artworks displayed throughout the home. The house is equipped with two 135-meter-deep earth thermal ground heat pumps, radiant floor heating and cooling, a solar heater, highly efficient insulation, natural ventilation, and solar shades towards the south. + Global Architects Images © Mirko Merchiori

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Small and windowless garage in Lisbon transformed into an elegant modern loft

February 8, 2017 by  
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Living in a garage isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but an open-minded couple manages to pull it off with style in Lisbon. Local design studio Fala Atelier was asked to convert a 200-square-meter windowless garage into the couple’s new abode. The result is a dramatic transformation from a lifeless gray garage into a bright and contemporary house that still retains a parking spot for the couple’s car. Since the architects weren’t able to add windows on any of the walls besides the entrance, they painted the walls white and created an open-plan living area to create a sense of spaciousness. The ceiling is also painted white and punctuated with large redesigned skylights. The floor is covered in polished concrete to create a neutral base to balance the vibrant pops of colorful furniture. Decoration is kept to a minimum to reduce clutter and large aquamarine curtains allow the homeowners to cordon off spaces as needed. Related: Old garage is transformed into a daylit, treehouse-like library “The proposed intervention intended the clearest reading possible of the existing structure, emphasising its strength,” write the architects. “While the garage was careless and grey, the house is clean and white; its materiality is flat, its light is abstract.” The L-shaped home is entered through a long hallway that then opens up to a large living area. Two bathrooms are tucked behind a curved wall built to replace a broken corner. Limited furnishings and freestanding elements allow the homeowners to easily rearrange the interior space. + Fala Atelier Via ArchDaily Images © Fernando Guerra | FG+SG

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Melissa McCarthy is hilarious as a luckless eco-warrior in Kia’s Superbowl ad

February 8, 2017 by  
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When she isn’t lampooning White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Saturday Night Live , Melissa McCarthy is off saving the planet—or at least trying to. In a 60-second spot that aired during the Super Bowl on Sunday, the actress is at the height of her physical-comedy prowess as her eco-hero character gamely zips around in her Kia Niro to rally for the whales, tthe rhinos, and the icecaps, often to hapless—and hysterical—effect. McCarthy’s watercraft is capsized by a breaching whale. A lumberjack sends a tree she has climbed crashing down. In another scene, McCarthy triumphantly stakes a “Save the Icecaps” sign through the ice, creating a fissure that she tumbles into with an ear-splitting scream. Related: 6 vegetarian and vegan snack alternatives for Super Bowl Sunday “It’s hard to be an eco-warrior, but it’s easy to drive like one,” a voiceover says as Bonnie Tyler’s “I Need a Hero” plays in the background. McCarthy may not be the hero we deserve, but in these trying political times, she’s precisely the kind we need. Via EW

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13 energy-efficient modules make up this prefab modern home in Maryland

September 21, 2015 by  
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Rzlbd’s Light-Filled Tetris House Wins at Architecture by Eliminating Wasted Space

June 6, 2015 by  
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Nickisch Sano Walder Architekten Casts a Tiny Concrete House from an Old Log Cabin

June 27, 2014 by  
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Lady Peel House: Atelier rzlbd Renovates a Dark Victorian into a Bright and Airy Home

April 25, 2014 by  
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LEGO Tree Huggers Made of Recycled Bricks Pop Up in New York City

April 25, 2014 by  
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Tree huggers come in all shapes and sizes, but did you know that they even come in multicolored LEGOS? In honor of Earth Day , LEGO artist extraordinaire Nathan Sawaya crafted a quirky series of Hugman sculptures wrapping their arms around park trees in New York City. The life-size LEGO sculptures are built with approximately 50,000 recycled bricks, each individually signed by a visitor of The Art of the Brick exhibition at Discovery Times Square. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clement park , discovery times square , earth day , hugman , lego , lego artist , Lego bricks , lego statue , lego tree hugger , Nathan Sawaya , new york city , recycled legos , the art of the brick

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Contemporary XAN House Overlooks the Brazilian Landscape Through a Slatted Timber Screen

April 9, 2014 by  
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