Black charred-timber home embraces forest views in Zrich

April 2, 2019 by  
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In the midst of a centuries-old forest sits the Two Family House, an aptly named project that houses a pair of maisonette apartments for two families at the edge of Zürich, Switzerland. Local architecture firm Hajnoczky.Zanchetta Architekten collaborated with architect Angela Waibel on the design, which takes advantage of its wooded location with full-height windows that capture views of the changing landscape. Due to regulations that enforce minimal disturbance to the landscape, the building’s unusual triangular shape is dictated by the forest, which diagonally divided the parcel. To fit two homes onto the constrained space without compromising space and comfort, the architects used the slope of property to vertically separate the two apartments. Each of the four levels has a slightly different floor plan and size; the upper floors, for instance, have cantilevered elements, such as projecting windows, that increase floor space. The larger of the two maisonette apartments occupies the ground floor, which comprises the bedrooms, and the first floor, where the communal spaces are located. Since the building is set into the existing slope, both the ground floor and first floor have direct access to the gardens. The second apartment occupies the uppermost two floors. To make up for the smaller footprint, the upper apartment has access to three rooftop terraces. The building is primarily a timber-clad concrete structure, aside for the topmost level, which is built of timber construction. Related: Massive tree-like sculpture takes over Switzerland’s largest train station “To enhance the distinctiveness of the building, we have chosen a black timber facade to elegantly contrast with the surrounding nature,” the architects explain in a statement. “The tree grove is part of a forest arm that permeates through the city. From dense foliage in summer, the location metamorphoses in winter into a snowy scenery with a beautiful creek that flows to the lake of Zürich .” + Hajnoczky.Zanchetta Architekten Images © Lucas Peters

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A rare 1962 Airstream is a marvelous home with a whimsical, midcentury design

April 2, 2019 by  
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When it comes to restoring old Airstreams, there’s a bevy of beautiful design options out there. But the expert team from Colorado-based Timeless Travel Trailers has just unveiled a marvelous Airstream conversion that is really one for the books. The company had its task cut out for itself when a client asked Timeless Travel Trailers to restore a rare, almost 60-year-old trailer. The result? A gorgeous interior design scheme that pays homage to the Airstream’s midcentury origins thanks to a shiny aluminum interior skin, bamboo flooring and plenty of wood paneling. Like most aging Airstreams, this trailer has a very interesting history. In 1962, the Western Pacific Railroad Company commissioned 10 40-foot Airstream trailers to be used as housing for workers laying rail track. The provided trailers were different from Airstream ‘s typical size and layout in that they were manufactured by riveting two 20-foot trailers together. When Union Pacific Railroad acquired Western Pacific in 1989, most of the 10 trailers were put out to pasture, either completely destroyed, put in museums or auctioned off, which is how one man became the proud owner of one of these unique trailers. Related: This 1970s Airstream is an off-grid oasis for a family of six When tasked with converting the Western Pacific Airstream into a modern living space to be used as a vacation home , the team from Timeless Travel Trailers used the trailer’s history as inspiration. Once the exterior was gleamed back to the oh-so-recognizable Airstream shine, the interior was outfitted with a remarkable design worthy of the trailer’s storied past. The first thing to catch the eye is the glimmering aluminum skin that covers the walls and ceiling, creating a vibrant atmosphere that is enhanced by an undeniable mid-century flair. An extra-wide galley provides ample space for the central living room, which features wide-plank bamboo flooring  and cabinets made out of a rich walnut veneer. A custom-made sofa wraps around the space, providing plenty of room for socializing, something not often possible in most Airstreams. Additionally, horizontal windows provide optimal natural light that reflects playfully off the aluminum walls. In contrast to the heavy wood features and furnishings, the kitchen and bathroom feature solid white counters and geometric black-and-white ceramic backsplash. Throughout the space, additional furnishings speak to the midcentury style, such as the lime green pendant lamps and bright red accent walls. + Timeless Travel Trailers Via Curbed Images via Timeless Travel Trailers

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Wake up to Himalayan views in this timber-clad holiday home in India

April 23, 2018 by  
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A zen-filled getaway awaits families in the foothills of the world’s highest mountain range. There, Matra Architects designed the Woodhouse Farm, a private holiday home tucked in north India’s Nainital. Surrounded by traditional village houses, the timber-clad abode derives inspiration from the local vernacular while ensuring comfort and unforgettable views of the Himalayas . A sharply pitched roof clad on one side with skylights floods the interior with natural light while mimicking the nearby mountains. Available to rent on AirBnB , the cozy retreat sleeps up to 10 guests in five bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths starting at $528 a night. “The design of the house responds to proximity of snow clad northern Himalayan panorama on the horizon while still rooted strongly to the existing and unharmed terraces it occupies,” wrote the architects. “These two overwhelming landscape features influenced the building’s placement at the lowest terrace level of the property and its merger with the larger environment.” Related: Soak in views of the Indian Himalayas at this bamboo-clad hotel villa The exterior is clad in locally sourced oiled toona wood, while the building is set on a dry stonewall base also locally excavated. Following the natural terrain, the pine-lined interior steps down into three levels, each approximately 560 square feet in size. Four 48-foot-long truss frames built of multiple glued sal wood planks and thin steel tie rods support the roof and provide enough reinforcement to create an open space uninterrupted by additional columns. Square windows punctuate all sides of the facade to ensure “zen views” of the landscape. + Matra Architects Via Dezeen Images via Edmund Sumner

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Salvaged wood clads handsome mountain cabin in Vermont

April 7, 2017 by  
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This handsome timber cabin nestled in the foothills of Vermont’s Green Mountains stands out from the pack with its asymmetrical roofs and weathered, recycled timber cladding. Richmond-based Birdseye Design designed Woodshed, a cabin that infuses contemporary elements into the traditional woodshed vernacular. The cabin’s Douglas fir and pine cladding were repurposed from snow fencing and horse corrals. Set on a clearing on a steeply sloping and heavily wooded site, the Woodshed in Pomfret blends into its forested surroundings with its timber-clad facade. Conceived as a guesthouse and entertainment space for the main residence down the road, the residential project takes cues from the iconic woodshed found in the Vermont landscape. The main building comprises two asymmetric gabled roof volumes connected via a central entryway. A small auxiliary garage sits off to the side. Related: Origami-like alpine cabin brings contemporary style to Chile’s mountains “The western, public elevation presents the continuous, wood textured wall that evokes the expressive, scrim wall of a traditional woodshed,” write the architects. “The project purposefully projects a minimal familiar elevation to the non-view, public street side and an engaging, contemporary open elevation to the private hillside.” Large expanses of glazing wrap around the east facade to frame views of the landscape. Exterior terraces expand the footprint of the home to the outdoors. + Birdseye Design Via ArchDaily Images via Birdseye Design

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Thousands of grafted flowers grow on the entire face of this Milan building

April 7, 2017 by  
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A stunning show for the eyes—and nose—has taken over the facade of a building in Milan . Local design studio Piuarch teamed up with landscape architect Cornelius Gavril to create ‘Flowerprint,’ a gardening facade installation with 2,000 aromatic flowers and herbs grafted onto tubers. The plants, which range from roses and lilies to thyme and lavender, create a multicolored “flower embroidery” exploring a new multi-sensory way of decorating surfaces. Created for Brera Design Week in Milan, Flowerprint is a temporary gardening facade installed on the facade of the building where Piuarch is located in the courtyard of Via Palermo 5. The constellation of flowers comprises 200 vertical lines of 2,000 suspended plants to cover the entirety of the 10-meter-tall and 20-meter-wide building facade from ground to roof. “The flowered wall uses the different varieties in their colour and material condition to create a pattern, a sort of actual floral graphism, in three dimensions: olfactory, material and in constant transformation depending on light and humidity conditions,” writes Piuarch. Related: ‘Kinetic’ rooftop garden uses pallets and plants to create the illusion of movement To extend the lifespan of the cut flowers, the designers grafted the plants onto potato plants using an ancient technique. The potato plants provide a structural basis and nutrients to the flowers. The fragrance of the flowers and aromatic herbs are enhanced with natural outdoor perfumes produced by Adar. Flowerprint is on display from April 4 to April 9, 2017. + Piuarch

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Traditional Swiss ski chalet renovated into two modern flex-space units

June 8, 2015 by  
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Murman Arkitekter’s timber-clad sauna takes advantage of the stunning Stockholm seaside views

March 30, 2015 by  
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Glassy timber-clad La Chasse Galerie home harmonizes with the lush Laurentian Forest

March 26, 2015 by  
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Charming timber-clad bungalows blend into Portugal’s bucolic landscape

December 31, 2014 by  
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