Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tiny Modular Kitchen Combined With Dining Table by Kristin Laass and Norman Ebelt

Small Type is a modular kitchen that were recently presented on DMYInternational Design Festival 2010, created to fit into very small spaces without losing anything that usual kitchen have. Having only one square meter size when closed, this small kitchen is not only as a small kitchen but also can serve as a dining table at this state. When the table is rolled away, you can find there an induction cooktop, a refrigerator, an oven and a storage space for different kitchen tools and tableware. I think it’s one of brilliant ideas, hope it will become the best solution for your small kitchen.

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Picture with simple utensils and cookware

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Showing the modular kitchen system
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Hiding away the modular kitchen
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Saturday, November 13, 2010

Container City

As the second phase of the original Container City project at Trinity Buoy Wharf, Container City II is both an extension and evolution of the first building.
Built adjacent to Container City I, with inter-connecting bridges, a new lift and full disabled access, Container City II was completed in 2002 providing a further 22 studios over five floors.
In contrast to the first phase, Container City II is a funky ziggurat shape and painted in bright colours to reflect the creative flair of those who work here.

Cove Park is a centre for established artists situated on the west coast of Scotland in 50 acres of spectacular countryside.
In 2002, Container City created three en-suite accommodation units (known as 'cubes') to act as artist retreats. In order to blend into the rural surroundings sliding glass doors were installed that lead out onto the decked balcony that extends over a lake with beautiful views of Loch Long.

Commissioned by the Corporation of London, Mansell Street Community Centre occupies a narrow irregular site in a dense area of the City. Craned in in only one day, the two self contained units make the building totally demountable so that should the need come to move it, the process will be very simple. For the time being the community centre is not only a triumph or architectural flexibility but also a fantastic resource for the local area.

Urban Space Management alongside its American counterpart, Global Modular Buildings, have designed 15 retail and residential spaces to be situated in the heart of New York. This project is ongoing. Completion date has not been confirmed.

Following on from the success of he Mile End Park Youth Centre The Environment Trust commissioned Urban Space Management to build another Youth Centre in Meath Gardens in East London.

Commissioned directly by Morpeth School, the classrooms provides over 2,500sq ft of valuable extra space linked by a decked walkway. Located within the existing school grounds, the unit was craned in over half term to minimise disruption for the pupils and was painted in a vibrant red colour to reflect the creative nature of their use.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Shipping Container Idea

Why Shipping Containers?

I know the thought of living in a house made out of shipping containers is pretty radical to some people. But there are plenty of reasons why this is an incredibly smart way to build a house.

1. Shipping containers are cheap.
2. Shipping containers are strong.
3. Shipping containers are green. 

Building with shipping containers means you’re giving new life to these steel boxes that would otherwise be scrapped. It’s also really easy to make shipping container homes energy efficient, or even off-grid.

Monday, October 25, 2010


Tiny House

Exploring the microgreen side of sustainable architecture, the need to conserve resources and reduce our individual carbon footprints.

According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average home size in the United States was 2,330 square feet in 2004, up from 1,400 square feet in 1970.

Idea is to live with less but to get more out of the experience. The society lists healthier, more cost-effective living and a better environment. People who live tiny have fewer possessions and lower utility bills and constructions of these homes require fewer building materials and less land, so they are more efficient and sustainable. Living concepts under 1,000 sq. ft.

Goal is to create an inventive compact living solutions to emphasize design innovation when dealing with tiny floor plan. Less is more - reduce how much we take in and how much space we take up.

Design compact set of furniture used to maximize usable space.

“By making a large impact on the environment, tiny house dreams big.”

Reduce and reuse, but responsive to light, air, and nature with windows and decks making up for minimized living areas.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Analyzing Natural Light - "Framing the Landscape"

Interpretation: "Framing the Landscape" - using window of different sizes allowing natural light. The transform space by architecture becomes an extension of the built environment, seeking a return to the autonomy of landscape.

The kind of bareness to the elements offered by a spectacular view with its resistant materials and capacity to glaze large surfaces, even opposing the winds.

Felipe Assadi + Francisca Pulido: BUZETA HOUSE

Along the hallway of this residence as a light installation, a ray of natural light progressing through series of wall layers. 

Felipe Assadi + Francisca Pulido: RAVEAU HOUSE

Bringing patterns into the house in the day and letting points of light escape at night is a subtle and poetic integration of the earth into the environment otherwise made of wood, glass and concrete.

Nunatak Sarl Architectes: ZUFFEREY HOUSE

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Embracing The Natural Contour

The willful contrast between interior and exterior and the acceptance of the formal typology of the architecture, mark a different way to approach contemporary residential architecture in a natural setting. It is very effective to use windows to make use of views and integrating them into the very conception of a house.

This house underlines to what extent house architecture is influenced by climate. 
Correia Ragazzi Architect: CASA NO GERES

The outdoor terraces that render exterior and interior almost indistinguishable in this house, as the house is underground. The ambiguity between interior and exterior, creates an massive architectural volumes impression.  
Felipe Assadi + Francisca Pulido: GUTHRIE HOUSE

While the exterior views are singularly framed by the window openings, closely related to individual spaces, the interior is treated in a more fluent way with overlapping sequences of space and light in section and plan. This duality of focal and flow is the theme of the building.

The sloppy roof is in harmony with the east and west sides of the mountain. The fitting’ slates is an image of the stone stratum. Its shape and material structure is the unique inspiration to plan the house. Formally, the house looks like a stone block lying on the ground in a fragile balance. It is covered with a skin of natural slates.
Nunatak Sarl Architects: ZUFFEREY HOUSE

Kieran Timberlake Associates: LOBLOLLY HOUSE

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Loop chair - The multi-function furniture by Boaz Mendel

'Loop Chair' by Boaz Mendel, constructed from seven boards varying lengths that are connected by hinges - folding the hinges in the loop can create a nine variation of furniture - in various state.

See Loop Chair

the loop chair modifies and form 9 different kind of furniture

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