Scottish self-build home on a tight budget oozes cool utilitarian vibes

February 6, 2018 by  
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When Rural Design Architects was approached by clients looking for a self-build on a very tight budget, the local firm knew they’d have to get creative. Armed with experience from previous self-build projects, the architects designed the Black House, a three-bedroom home with an artists’ studio and study on the Isle of Skye. The rugged and simple-to-build home sits lightly on the land and, in contrast to its mostly black facade, bursts with textures, colors, and art inside. Though breathtakingly beautiful, the landscape on the Isle of Skye can be quite hostile, a challenge that shaped the Black House design. Rural Design Architects nestled the triangular building between two small mounds and brought the south side of the home, where the strongest winds hit, closer to the ground while raising the northwest side to take in views of the Loch and summer sunsets. Black corrugated metal clads the home and was chosen for durability and as a nod to the local agricultural vernacular. The envelope is well insulated to weather temperature extremes. The light-filled interior has a raw and utilitarian feel thanks to the oriented strand board wall panels, low concrete wall, cement floor finish, unfinished concrete stair, and exposed metal ductwork of the whole-house ventilation system. These elements are playfully tempered with the addition of color and modern art that punctuates the space—bright pops of color can also be seen on the outside of the home as well. The bedroom, studio, and bathroom are placed at a lower elevation than the main living area. Related: Green-Roofed Turf House Uses Natural Materials to Disappear into the Scottish Landscape “The house is truly a “Black House”, not only by its colour but by its very spirit. It draws parallels to the can-do attitude of the original occupants of “blackhouses”, heroically self-built using basic materials and skills to create a shelter for the family,” said the architects. + Rural Design Architects Via ArchDaily Images via Rural Design Architects by Nigel Rigden

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Minimalist summer retreat in Denmark is like a house within a house

February 6, 2018 by  
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This summer retreat in Denmark may look like a minimalist dream, but there’s a bit of an interesting design twist when you take a closer look. Danish architecture firm CEBRA designed Treldehuset, a timber getaway in Vejle that merges contemporary design with the traditional silhouette of a low gabled roofline. Deep roof overhangs on all side of the home make room for spacious sheltered terraces and give rise to the building’s image as a “double house—a house inside a bigger house,” say the architects, who liken the project to Russian nesting dolls. Set within a beautiful coastal environment with views of the fjord, Treldehuset’s design draws from the surrounding nature and is built to encourage active outdoor living. A restrained materials palette comprising larch cladding outlined by aluminum profiles and dark slate strengthens the building’s clean and simple lines. A sheltered terrace wraps around the inner volume punctuated with large windows and glass doors that slide open for indoor-outdoor living. “The effect of a double house is achieved by placing the thermal envelope beneath and inside a bigger house,” wrote the architects. “In this way, a roofed outdoor area occurs between the thermal envelope, the actual house and the larger shell, which give access to a protected area – a continuation of the interior which allows you, even on rainy summer nights, to eat, grill or maybe clean a newly caught fish. This transitional zone between indoor and outdoor constitutes an interesting space between the characteristic trees with a view of the fjord .” Related: Ancient Bacteria From Norwegian Fjords Could Be Used to Make the Ultimate Sunscreen Larch is used in the interior for continuity and is broken up by whitewashed walls and concrete. The living room, dining area, and kitchen are placed on the west side of the home, where wall-to-wall glazing blur the lines between indoors and out. The private rooms, such as the bathroom and guest room, are located on the east side of the home. + CEBRA Via Dezeen Images via CEBRA by Mikkel Frost

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The elegant MIMA Light prefab home ‘floats’ on thin air

March 22, 2016 by  
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World’s largest aircraft can fly without a crew for three weeks straight

March 22, 2016 by  
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The largest aircraft in the world measures 302 feet long, and it’s almost ready to take off. British aeronautical firm Hybrid Air Vehicles (HAV) has unveiled the Airlander 10, an experimental airship with an impressive list of capabilities. The aircraft can haul literal tons of cargo, and is also designed to stay in the air, without a human crew, for up to three weeks. The airship is held aloft with the help of helium, but make no mistake: this is not just another Goodyear blimp. Read the rest of World’s largest aircraft can fly without a crew for three weeks straight

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Earthy modular VIMOB home can be erected in even the most hard-to-reach locations

November 27, 2015 by  
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Energy-efficient Casa SIP m3 house is made from stackable prefab modules

December 30, 2014 by  
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Stealth Barn is a Striking, Shadowy Guest House in the Cambridgeshire Fens

August 18, 2014 by  
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IPT Architects’ Timber Dream Pavilion Changes Shape Depending on the Vantage Point

June 26, 2014 by  
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London-based firm IPT Architects recently unveiled this year’s Summer Triumph Pavilion for the V & A Museum of Childhood’s Museum Gardens. Titled the ‘Dream Pavilion,’ this self-supporting structure stands 13 feet tall is constructed from oriented strand board, timber, and untreated mild steel. Depending on the viewer’s vantage point, the pavilion’s sharply angular and geometric cutouts shift from solidity to transparency–a change in perception that metaphorically captures the fine line between a dream and reality. The architects hope that the shifting geometries and spatial forms will also provoke discussions about architectural aspirations and creativity. + IPT Architects The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: dream pavilion , ipt architect , oriented strand board , osb , pavilion , reader submitted content , summer triumph pavilion 2014 , temporary pavilion , timber pavilion , v&a museum of childhood

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WSD Architecture’s Tiny Writer’s Studio is a Glowing Fairy-tale Haven in London

March 4, 2014 by  
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INTERVIEW: Inhabitat Talks to IKEA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard

March 4, 2014 by  
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