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A modern treehouse designed to dissolve into the landscape

A modern treehouse designed to dissolve into the landscape | Abbey CE | Scoop.it

This home, known as the "Tree house”, is perched on a steep forested hillside above the Great Ocean Road and Bass Strait in Victoria.

In designing the Tree house, architects Jackson Clements Burrows, drew on the modest local vernacular of 1950’s painted fibro shacks, by using cement sheets with expressed batten joints to dissolve the house into the surrounding landscape. The 2 tone green colour scheme used for the exterior helped to merge the building with the vegetation on the hillside on which it sits. The vertical timber battens on the building are a naturally stained timber, which will silver over time like the branches and trunks of trees in the bush surrounds.

The changing light and colours throughout the day further engage the home with its bushland context...


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Dihedral House: A sustainable home in Boulder, Colorado

Dihedral House: A sustainable home in Boulder, Colorado | Abbey CE | Scoop.it

This modern urban house features an all glass living room and site-cast, board-formed concrete walls that moor the building to its site and provide thermal mass to control temperature swings.

The house is organized around crossing dihedral lines that create the interior volumes. The building was delivered using a fast-track, design-build process... Learn more at the article link.


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Solar Carve Tower at the High Line | Studio Gang Architects

Solar Carve Tower at the High Line | Studio Gang Architects | Abbey CE | Scoop.it

Chicago-based architect, Jeanne Gang, just unveiled the latest project planned to border New York City’s beloved High Line. The 180,000 square-foot office tower with ground level retail will replace an existing, disused meatpacking plant along 10th Avenue between 13th and 14th streets. It will feature a glass facade that is intelligently shaped to avoid the disruption of light, air and views from the High Line.

The gem-like façade displays the exciting architectural potential of expanded notions of solar-driven zoning—and a skyscraper that enhances the public life of the city in ways that a stand-alone icon cannot. 

Dubbed the Solar Carve Tower, the mid-rise structure is currently pending city approval and is planned for completion in 2015.


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Contemporary Farmhouse in Victoria: Designed for flexibility & sustainability

Contemporary Farmhouse in Victoria: Designed for flexibility & sustainability | Abbey CE | Scoop.it

This contemporary farmhouse in Victoria, designed by Doherty Lynch, was a complete rebuild after the original farmhouse was destroyed in a fire. The clients wanted a modern and relaxing holiday home for 4 families, including 17 grandchildren.

 

Therefore, the design needed to expand and contract to accommodate a fluctuating flow of guests as well as be durable, insulate against noise and be completed within a tight budget.

 

A layered approach to textured, robust and honest materials called for cabinetry that is a mix of Japanese Sen ash, ‘Moleskin’ by Laminex, and other laminates with exposed ply edges. Walls & ceilings were painted out in Dulux ‘Natural White’ with recessed areas (for electronic equipment) in Dulux ‘Luck.’ Other materials include double-glazed glass, concrete slab, fire-resistant timbers, porcelain tiles and plywood substrates at joinery locations.

Additional sustainable features include passive temperature control from the thermal mass of the concrete slab and low-e glass, while resource-conserving sustainable features include water harvesting, solar power, and energy-efficient windows.

 

View more images of this beautiful, sustainable and contemporary farmhouse at designhunter.net.


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A modern treehouse designed to dissolve into the landscape

A modern treehouse designed to dissolve into the landscape | Abbey CE | Scoop.it

This home, known as the "Tree house”, is perched on a steep forested hillside above the Great Ocean Road and Bass Strait in Victoria.

In designing the Tree house, architects Jackson Clements Burrows, drew on the modest local vernacular of 1950’s painted fibro shacks, by using cement sheets with expressed batten joints to dissolve the house into the surrounding landscape. The 2 tone green colour scheme used for the exterior helped to merge the building with the vegetation on the hillside on which it sits. The vertical timber battens on the building are a naturally stained timber, which will silver over time like the branches and trunks of trees in the bush surrounds.

The changing light and colours throughout the day further engage the home with its bushland context...


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Tourner Autour du Ried by St. André-Lang Architectes

Tourner Autour du Ried by St. André-Lang Architectes | Abbey CE | Scoop.it
A low-budget sustainable pavilion in north-eastern France stands amongst protected corn fields, literally taking on its surroundings.
The 20-sq-m circular housing prototype provides panoramic views of the surrounding Alsatian Plains.

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