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147 Malvern Worcestershire

THE HOUSE OF SPIRITUAL RETREAT

CASA de RETIRO ESPIRITUAL was designed by Emilio Ambasz in 1975. This house, that has been thought to be by some, a minimalist idea, and by others a deconstructionist fable, is, instead, an unclassifiable statement about architectural essentials and beauty.

“The design that first brought Emilio Ambasz to international attention as an architect is one of the most compelling architectural images of our time. Unforgettably, two tall white walls rise like sails from a green sea of grass. A steep cantilevered staircase climbs each of the walls to meet at the right-angled juncture of the two white sheets. read more

FENNELL RESIDENCE, USA

There’s something so romantic about living waterside. Waking up to a dramatic view, whether from the banks of a lake, ocean, river, or even a tiny brook, always seems to have a soothing effect on the soul. One way to amp up the romance is to take the dwelling off the shore and put it right onto the water, as Portland, Oregon-based architect Robert Oshatz did for his clients. The professional couple, who spend most of their time in downtown Portland, had purchased a mooring on the east side of the Willamette River, an active commercial and recreational body of water. They turned to Oshatz, known for his curvaceous, swooping architecture, to create a floating house as their weekend and summer retreat.
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MOSAIC HOUSE MEGURO-KU, JAPAN

With the potential for being overshadowed by a 4-storey cityscape, Mosaic House extends towards the south sky like a sunflower leaning toward the sun. Architects Takei Nabeshima have engineered a fun and highly creative solution to urban living, bringing the sky directly into the living space. The result is an apparent absence of a distinct roof, or at least, the distinction between wall and roof or skylight is not at all straightforward.

By making ambiguous the accepted straight up-down outline of building, this house dramatically intersects the lines of the street. It also provides a unique solution to car parking – space is found under the arching curve of the street-facing wall. read more

Are you finding the best tool for DIY woodworking projects?

The DIY woodworking projects are becoming popular among the people and lots of people are willing to create their own furniture. If you are interested in doing the woodworking job, there are plenty of things you should know before you get started. One of the foremost things you will want is the tools. As a beginner, one should want a measuring tape and the best quality table saw. When it comes to buying a saw, it is highly recommended to purchase the best one. Whenever you begin a DIY project, you should have the best set of plans and also you can have a clear focus and direction as well.

Woodworking project with coping saw

In order to make the easy woodworking projects, you need to have some excellent woodworking plans. Even there are some useful websites available on online that allow you to learn a lot on woodworking and also download any conceivable woodworking projects. Attempting the great DIY woodwork project is one of the most essential things to do. If you are doing it very seriously, you need to be well prepared and sincerely learned about this project. When it comes to considering the DIY woodworking projects, having the best set of coping saw is supreme.

Coping saw – hand woodworking tool

PARK FARM – RESTORATION HOUSE

The needs and requirements of the 21st century family are quite different to those of 500 or even 50 years ago. Park Farm, a large 16th century Herefordshire farmhouse, is almost 500 years old and has been continuously occupied since it was constructed. The spectacular renovation of the property benefits from many new technology features – modern insulation, damp- proofing, central heating, plumbing and wiring, but uses traditional materials, oak, lime-plaster, brick and slate to maintain the architectural integrity of the building. The result is a contemporary 21st century home and a building restored to survive another 500 years of family life. read more

OCHSNER HOUSE, BUNKYO-KU, JAPAN

The expression of a house that works as a vessel for the residents, their actions, their objects, was the concept for this project. The designer has created a space where architectural details play background and set the stage for the bright accents of the client’s art, book and furniture collection. The project is divided into three zones: a private zone, containing the family’s individual rooms; an intermediate zone, with a Japanese-style room and atelier and a third, shared utility living zone with kitchen and dining. These simple volumes are defined by glass opaque screens, ceiling-height variations and the interplay of inside-outside space. read more

VILLA SAVOYE – A MACHINE FOR LIVING

The Villa Savoye is considered by many to be the seminal work of the Swiss architect Le Corbusier. Situated at Poissy, outside of Paris, it is an iconic architectural example of early modernism, the so-called International Style. Construction was completed circa 1929 but fell into disrepair during World War II. It has since been fully restored and is open for viewing.

The house addressed “The Five Points”, his basic tenets of a new aesthetic of architecture:

  1. The pilotis, or ground-level supporting columns, elevating the building.
  2. A flat roof terrace reclaims the area of the building site for domestic purposes, including a garden area.
  3. The free plan, made possible by the elimination of load-bearing walls.
  4. Horizontal windows provide even illumination and ventilation.
  5. The freely-designed facade, unconstrained by load-bearing considerations, consists of a thin skin of wall and windows.

The ultimate modern house

This house in many ways defined the course that modern architecture was to take in the 20th Century. An early and classic exemplar of the “International Style”, in which the mass of the building hovers above a grass plane on thin concrete pilotti, with strip windows, and a flat roof with a deck area, ramp, and a few contained touches of curvaceous walls. read more

THE GLASS HOUSE, NETHERLANDS

Paul van der Erve and Gerard Kruunenberg, two young Dutch architects from Amsterdam, have designed a house with walls made entirely of glass. Paul van der Erve had the original idea when he won a competition held by the Central Woningbeheer Lingesteden (CWL) celebrating the 40th anniversary of Leerdam, which is known as Holland’s glass capital.

As a monument to glass, the house totally redefines the use of glass as a building material. Despite its unconventional use of glass, it is not only an experimental monument but a beautiful functional residence. The Miesian quality of lightness and transparency so sought after by modernist architects has given way to a solidity and materiality seldom associated with the use of glass. A remarkable feature is the use of laminated glass sheets for external and internal walls, which vary from 10 to an incredible 170 centimetres in thickness. read more

LIGHTHOUSE, UK

Lighthouse, the first net zero carbon house in the UK has opened at the BRE’s OFFSITE2007 exhibition. With unrivalled levels of efficiency in terms of the construction method, energy use, CO 2 emissions and carbon footprint, this high performance, prototype sustainable home is the first to achieve the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 6, the standard to which all new homes should be designed and constructed by 2016.

Designed by Sheppard Robson with Kingspan Off-Site and engineers Arup the Lighthouse prototype is a two-and-a-half storey two/three-bedroom house, part of a family of houses and apartments, which explore how housing can respond to changing demographics to create socially varied sustainable communities. It creates a new model for future living, challenging the traditional house layout to encourage lifestyles, which are inherently ‘light’ on the world’s resources. read more