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September 4, 2009 Posted by | Architecture, Art, Articles, Cars, Concept, Design, Eco, Events, Film, Furniture, Gadgets, Girls, Mobile, Music, News, Products, Science, Shoes, Software, Sports, StartUps, Technology, Video, Watches | | Leave a comment

Self-Sufficent Floating House

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House on the Water by Poland-based Formodesign is a stunning floating home that relies on the surrounding sea and radiating sun to keep it self-sufficient in terms of energy and h2o. Accessible only by boat, the cantilevered home rests offshore from a beautiful beach and is intended to be used as a rental home for those seeking a life offshore.

Designed for the Mediterranean off the NW coast of the Greek Zante Island, this eco-friendly and self-sufficient home maximizes the use of solar energy through orientation of the structure as well as solar panels on top. Other eco features include water desalination, natural ventilation, tidal energy systems, and water recycling, all with the express purpose of reducing energy and water consumption. The floating home also has a high-tech shading system that is computer driven and runs on rails which are the the vertical lines on the facade.

Inspired by luxury yachts, the project’s architecture is white and pristine, and looks as though it would need a deck hand available at all times to keep it scrubbed down. Made from concrete and steel, the structure cantilevers from a central core, which is a concrete counterweight foot stabilizer with the sea bed pile system. The dock underneath floats with the help of rails installed in the core structure and can rise and fall with the tides. From the deck a stairway leads up to the main floor of the house, which has a cool and contemporary feel. Seems like all the benefits of yacht living without the constant rocking.

Via ArchDaily

September 1, 2009 Posted by | Architecture, Design | 1 Comment

THE Y HOUSE

By SousaSantos Architects.
Portugal based SousaSantos Architects have sent us some photos of the Y House they designed.

This house is a vision device. A system that rules the way the inhabitant sees the outside world and simultaneously frames the way the outside sees the dwellers. The design of this object was focused on this theme. The big curved window is this statement vortex, it creates a visual path that, like a camera traveling, reveal the image of the landscape.

The programmatic development of the house reflects the classic bourgeois organization promoting the clear division of rest areas leisure areas and work areas. This division creates tree limbs that are united by this design morphing that develop the two big windows of the living room.

The idea of landscape as an image and its importance in the domestic living were the main design focus of this scheme.

Via: contemporist

August 31, 2009 Posted by | Architecture, Design | Leave a comment

The Ordos Project – Living Underground

Plot #35 of the Ordos Project is not your typical villa. You won’t find it in Spain, France, or Italy. This one is in Inner Mongolia. The flat landscape is known for some of the most amazing blue skies on Earth but living there is harsh with high winds and extreme temperature grades.

Architect Juan Pablo Maza created a large underground home to take advantage of the ground’s natural insulation but the most striking feature is the suspended living area above ground surrounded by a forest of beams. A single stairway twists its way up making even the Apple Cube store in NYC seem complacent. Absolutely gorgeous.

Designer: Juan Pablo Maza via Arch Daily

August 27, 2009 Posted by | Architecture | 4 Comments

The Citadel: Europe’s First Floating Apartment Complex

curated mag - The Citadel | Floating Apartments

The Dutch have been fighting the rising and falling tides for centuries, building dikes and pumping water out of areas that are below sea level. Now, rather than fight the water infiltrating their land, the Dutch will use it as part of a new development called ‘New Water‘, which will feature the world’s first floating apartment complex, The Citadel. This “water-breaking” new project was designed by Koen Olthuis of Waterstudio in the Netherlands, and will use 25% less energy than a conventional building on land thanks to the use of water cooling techniques.

Olthuis is responsible for a number of floating residences around the world and he thinks that we should stop trying to contain water and learn to live with it. The New Water and the Citadel projects are an attempt to embrace water in the Netherlands, which is almost completely composed of wetlands. The project will be built on a polder, a recessed area below sea level where flood waters settle from heavy rains. There are almost 3500 polders in the Netherlands, and almost all of them are continually pumped dry to keep flood waters from destroying nearby homes and buildings. The New Water Project will purposely allow the polder to flood with water and all the buildings will be perfectly suited to float on top of the rising and falling water.

curated mag - The Citadel | Floating Apartments

The Citadel will be the first floating apartment complex, although there are plenty of floating homes out there. Built on top of of a floating foundation of heavy concrete caisson, the Citadel will house 60 luxury apartments, a car park, a floating road to access the complex as well as boat docks. With so many units built into such a small area, the housing complex will achieve a density of 30 units per acre of water, leaving more open water surrounding the structure. Each unit will have its own garden terrace as well as a view of the lake.

A high focus will be placed on energy efficiency inside the Citadel. Greenhouses are placed around the complex, and the water will act as a cooling source as it is pumped through submerged pipes. As the unit is surrounded by water, corrosion and maintenance are important issues to consider. As a result, aluminum will be used for the building facade, due to its long lifespan and ease of maintenance. The individual apartments are built from prefabricated modules. The Citadel will be situated on a shallow body of water, and in the future numerous buildings, complexes and residences will float on the water alongside it.

curated mag - The Citadel | Floating Apartments

by Bridgette Meinhold

VIA: INHABITAT

August 8, 2009 Posted by | Architecture, Design | Leave a comment

CHALKIDOS STREET RESIDENCE

Armon Choros Architects have designed the Chalkidos Street Residence in Larnaca, Cyprus.

CHALKIDOS STREET RESIDENCE
Larnaca, Cyprus

Architect: Eleftheria Serghidou, Vasilis Pashiourtides
Structural Engineering: Nicos Kalathas, George Demetriades
Mech. Engineering: Giannos Zempylas
Photographer: Christos Papantoniou
Design: 2000
Completion: 2007
Construction cost: € 500,000

Via: contemporist

August 6, 2009 Posted by | Architecture | Leave a comment

PALABRITAS BEACH HOUSE


Palabritas Beach House, recently completed by Peruvian firm Metropolis, is a contemporary and stylish house designed to capture the view situated on the coast of Lima, Peru.

The house is located on the first row of lots and was designed so that the architecture acted like a frame to the view of the beach and the islands that are found in front of the house.
The esthetic of the house celebrates the summer with modern curves that remind us of the Brazilian architecture of the sixties.

Via: plusmood

August 1, 2009 Posted by | Architecture, Design, Furniture | Leave a comment