Award-winning Hungarian home combines old-world charm with modern style

July 2, 2018 by  
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Hungarian architects András Varsányi, Péter Pozsár and Norbert Vas have given the traditional Hungarian farmstead a modern refresh with their design of the Wooden House, a contemporary country house completed for approximately 500,000 euros ($585,300 USD). Located in the small village of Algy? in the Great Hungarian Plain, the tranquil family retreat was conceived as an antidote to bustling city life. Although the new home is undoubtedly modern, it also shares the same footprint as the old farmhouse it replaced and is heavily inspired by the values of Hungarian folk lifestyles. Winner of the audience’s vote at the Media Architecture Awards , the Wooden House has tapped into the growing demand for indoor-outdoor living . Varsányi, Pozsár and Vas used the layout and classic cross-section of a traditional Hungarian farmstead as the base of their project and then adapted the structure for modern uses. The areas that would have been used for animal stalls, for instance, were redesigned as garages. Unlike the introverted nature of typical homes, the Wooden House feels bright and airy thanks to an abundance of glazing. “ Modern design can often fly in the face of the traditional values of the past,” the project statement reads. “In some cases it can aim to improve by ignoring the needs and concerns that we once had, but this architectural design in Hungary shows that — for home structures, at least — those same values are just as important now as they ever were. This modern farmstead is expressing the contemporary need for smart integration into an environment while extolling the traditional values that comes from the building’s folk inspiration.” Related: A Michigan farmhouse is reborn as a beautiful modern vacation retreat The key to the design is the home’s central courtyard , which is enclosed on three sides and looks out to the surrounding acacia forest. The courtyard and a sheltered club space also connect the living areas with the bedrooms. The architects chose timber as the predominate material to relate the building with the landscape and minimize environmental impact. + András Varsányi, Péter Pozsár and Norbert Vas Images by Tamas Bujnovszky

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Incredible teepee-shaped ORKA house is made from 24 interlacing beams

May 23, 2017 by  
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This   teepee-shaped home is made from twenty four interlacing beams that shelter a large open-plan living space. Antony Gibbon Designs ‘ ORKA house explores different geometric shapes and unconventional forms for residential architecture. The three-story dwelling features a rooftop platform with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. The house has twenty four wooden beams that coalesce, forming a pivoted illusion which transforms angles into a seemingly curved hyperboloid form. Using the frame as an aesthetic starting point, the architects interlaced the beams to naturally create diamond-shaped patterns. These patterns become part of the geometry and symmetry of the structure. Related: This charred wood cabin can be rearranged in an infinite number of ways The envelope wraps around an area 10 meters in diameter (33 feet), allowing for a large open-plan living space. A spiral staircase connects the ground floor to another three floors, with the top floor doubling as an outdoor viewing platform and balcony offering panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. + Antony Gibbon Designs

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This wooden loft house has a seamless layout that continuously flows from floor to floor

November 14, 2016 by  
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The house occupies a corner lot in a neighborhood in Amsterdam. The central design element of the house is the main staircase that forms a light-filled atrium . Each of the split floors allow the owners to have visual connections between different spaces. This fluid arrangement creates smooth transitions between rooms. The owners requested an unusual layout, with the main living spaces on the upper floor, with the sleeping quarters are housed on the lower level. Related: Eco-Luxe Wooden Floating Home in Amsterdam The main living area with a dining room and kitchen are located on the upper floor in order to provide residents with expansive views of the harbor and its rugged, industrial architecture  while enjoying their communal living spaces. To help ease the transition between floor levels, each transition features a split-level type of landing, so the space seems to flow seamlessly from top to bottom. + Marc Koehler Architects Photos by Filip Dujardin

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Solar-powered Ex of In House in New York features all 3D-printed fixtures inside

November 3, 2016 by  
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The 918-square-foot house sits on a 28 acre forested site in Rhinebeck, New York called T2 reserve. It is an experimental landscape slated to be subdivided into five different plots. By intersecting spheres and tesseract trapezoids, the architects came up with a design that features dynamic spatial relationships. This is first felt at the entry porch, where an orb of wood carved out of the main volume of the house welcomes the entrant. Related: 7 Questions with Architect Steven Holl The house is powered by geothermal and solar energy. Thin film  photovoltaic cells are connected to a battery energy storage system, making the house completely self-sufficient. All the fixtures inside the house were 3D-printed, while the glass and wood were sourced locally , minimizing the home’s embedded carbon miles. + Steven Holl Architects Via Archdaily Photos by Paul Warchol

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This breezy island home may look like a giant screened-porch but it’s so much more

February 21, 2016 by  
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Minimalist timber CML House in Chile features a unique pinwheel layout

January 19, 2016 by  
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London’s Boris bike share program uses lasers to create personal bike lanes

January 19, 2016 by  
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London’s community bike-sharing program, Santander Cycles , is rolling out some awesome upgrades to its bikes in early 2016. Proving that bike safety has never been cooler, the cycles will be equipped with laser lights which project a bike symbol on the road ahead of them, essentially giving each bike rider their own bike lane. Not only will the lasers make cycling safer for nighttime riders, but the timing allows the company to make the inevitable Star Wars comparison, as this video shows. Read the rest of London’s Boris bike share program uses lasers to create personal bike lanes

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2016 Pickathon Music Festival lineup announced – buy your tickets today!

January 19, 2016 by  
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The sustainable, hilltop home in Ecuador built in 75 days

January 19, 2016 by  
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Spectacular “Zilvar” wooden house was inspired by nature

September 23, 2015 by  
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