Computer modeling informed the whimsical design of this experimental home

July 30, 2018 by  
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At first glance, this house in Prague may look like a fanciful and whimsical work of art with little regard for practicality, but a deeper inspection reveals that careful computer modeling and budgeting actually informed its unusual design. Czech architect and co-founder Jan Šépka of the local practice Šépka Architekti designed this organic abode, called the House in the Orchard, as one of his latest experimental residences in the country. Raised on a stalk like a mushroom, the modernist three-story home was crafted in response to the steeply sloped site and comprises a living area of 861 square feet. Designed for one of Šépka’s old friends on the outskirts of Prague, the House in the Orchard is raised on a concrete pillar to mitigate the steep slope and to avoid the high construction cost of a traditional foundation. The three-story dwelling’s asymmetrical shape was conceived through  computer modeling and is split into triangular spaces for stability. To create the home’s concrete-like appearance, the architect layered a gray, waterproof skin atop polyurethane sprayed on top of plywood sheets; the final effect gives the structure its deceptively heavy look. A ramp on the upper part of the slope leads to the entrance and the first floor, which consists of the living area, kitchen and dining room with a wood-burning stove and a large window that frames views of the landscape to the north. Modernist furniture is mixed with custom plywood furnishings designed by Šépka. Related: Sprawling Villa H in Prague adapts to a steep plot with a creative 3-level layout A plywood staircase with open treads and a metal railing leads up to the second floor where the bedrooms and bathroom are located. The study can be found on the top floor. A large skylight in the study draws natural light deep into the home. + Šépka Architekti Via Wallpaper* Images by Tomáš Malý

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Luxurious eco-resort overlooks Sri Lankans most famous wildlife park

December 15, 2017 by  
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Sri Lanka’s most celebrated wildlife park is famous for leopards, elephants, and sloth bears—and now Yala National Park is also known for a stunning, sustainably minded safari camp next door. Designed by Nomadic Resorts and Bo Reudler Studio , the Wild Coast Tented Lodge is an eco-resort with organic architecture set between golden beaches and the national park’s jungles. Located on the country’s southern tip, the “five-star” lodge welcomed its first guests in November 2017 and promises an unprecedented intimate experience of Yala with unique and luxurious offerings. Created for Resplendent Ceylon, the Wild Coast Tented Lodge comprises a collection of grid-shell bamboo buildings clad in reclaimed teak shingles and 28 cocoon five-star suites. The arched buildings, organized in six clusters, mimic the area’s giant rocks and boulders and are placed in a shape suggestive of a leopard’s paw print. High vaulted ceilings and large openings let in natural light, ventilation, and outdoor views. Natural and local materials were mainly used in construction and help seamlessly blend the organic architecture into the surrounding dryland forests. A rich palette of copper, brass, terrazzo , and textiles complement the materials. “The five-star lodge is designed to give visitors an intimate experience of Yala, celebrating the flora, fauna and culture of the area with minimal intrusion on the landscape,” wrote Nomadic Resorts. “Local influences form an integral part of the project, from vernacular traditions and materials to community involvement. The architecture references natural formations in Yala’s landscape, namely the massive rounded boulders scattered throughout the park, at a macro scale, and termite mounds, at a micro scale. Adopting a human scale in between, the camp’s main buildings appear as outcrops of boulder-like pavilions clustered organically together at either end of the site.” Related: Breezy Bungalow Mathugama Stands on Stilts Over the Sri Lankan Jungle Solar energy will provide 40 percent of the eco-resort’s energy needs and graywater is recycled for irrigation. Organic waste is composted onsite for use in the landscape, while the hotel’s conservation station is set up to monitor and protect vulnerable wildlife such as the Sri Lankan leopard. Guests can choose between the Cocoon Pool Suite, Cocoon Suite, and the Family Cocoon Suite that sport an adjacent twin-bedded Urchin tent for kids and young adults. Sixteen of the property’s suites are placed around a watering hole designed to attract wildlife. Rates at the Wild Coast Tented Lodge start at $354 a night for one or $384 for two in the Cocoon Suite. + Wild Coast Tented Lodge Images by Nomadic Resorts and Marc Hernandez Folguera

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Extraordinary Onion House in Hawaii lets you vacation in a work of art

March 18, 2017 by  
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If you’ve ever wanted to stay in a work of art, now is your chance. The Onion House in Kona, Hawaii is a prime example of renowned architect Kendrick Kellogg’s visionary style. Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, Kellogg was one of the early innovators of organic architecture , which can be seen throughout the vacation home’s striking aesthetic. Although the home is clearly a work of artful design, Kellogg’s original plans were so eccentric that local contractors refused to build it, forcing the architect to construct the “multi-layered” home himself using locally-sourced materials . Located on a remote hill overlooking Kona’s beautiful shoreline, Kellogg built the home for the McCormick Spice Family in the early 1960s. The hilly location was a practical step to keep the structure safe from tsunamis and storms . The home’s design, however, entailed complete whimsy. Related: 5 exotic, eco-friendly Homestay locations to satisfy your wanderlust Kellogg’s drawings were so extraordinary, he had a hard time finding a contractor to build the complicated structure. Instead of adjusting his designs to meet the standards of the industry, however, a determined Kellogg moved his family to the site to build the structure himself – with Frank Lloyd Wright’s metal worker and glass artist James Hubbell . Many of the materials for the home, including Italian tile, plumbing fixtures, and sheets of colored glass, had to be specially ordered from the mainland and beyond, delaying the building process. Soon, the architect began to see the advantages of using local Koa wood and lava rock, and incorporated the locally-sourced materials wherever he could. The home is set on a massive base of lava rock , which was carefully carved to create the large terrace that overlooks the ocean. The odd roof “tunnels” comprise a creative defense against harsh sunlight during the day, while walls of stained glass and the translucent roof panels provide pleasantly diffused natural light. Outside, a covered outdoor walkway runs the length of the compound, connecting the separate master bedroom to the main structure, which houses two smaller bedrooms, a bath, and the kitchen and dining space. A 70-foot turquoise pool surrounded by tropical gardens is at the heart of the design. And then there are a few private areas in the compound, including a walled meditation garden. + Kendrick Kellogg + Onion House Hawaii Photos via Onion House Hawaii

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Was Star Wars’ Naboo secretly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?

December 18, 2015 by  
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A Bay Area commuter approaching Terra Linda from US 101 will notice something strange just east of the freeway in San Rafael. A futuristic, robin egg blue spaceship emerges majestically from the expansive landscape, then transforms into a massive structure that is dwarfed only by the two valleys it spans. This unusual and eyecatching building, the Marin County Civic Center , was nominated in early 2015 for the UNESCO World Heritage List and is best known as Frank Lloyd Wright ’s final and largest public project. But to science-fiction fans the striking structure carries a different meaning, as it was an inspiration to both George Lucas in Star Wars , as well as science fiction director Andrew Niccol. Read the rest of Was Star Wars’ Naboo secretly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright?

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Singapore’s solar-powered Sky Terrace residential towers combine all the best of green living

December 18, 2015 by  
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Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature

March 4, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of Calotopos: a utopian vision of sustainable settlements integrated with nature Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , Calotopos , Calotopos settlement , Calujac , cities of the future , future architecture , future city , futuristic city , holistic cities , holistic living , humanist architecture , Maxim Calujac , Moldovan architect , organic agriculture , organic architecture , organic design , public spaces , shared public spaces , subterranean transport , transport reduction , utopian architecture

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Doolittle Home that Looks Like a Bond Villain Lair On Sale in Joshua Tree

February 4, 2014 by  
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‘Stop Keystone XL’ Protest Vigils Held Across the United States

February 4, 2014 by  
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CA Modern Home Tour: The Hidden Details of John Lautner’s Incredible Elrod House

March 19, 2013 by  
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Marco Casagrande’s Gorgeous Bamboo “Cicada” Pavilion Snakes its Way Through Urban Taipei

January 16, 2012 by  
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