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House L by Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten

House L by Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten | Design | Scoop.it

House L, located in Oosterhout, The Netherlands, is a spacious home with a design that takes the landscape into consideration and creates a strong connection to the environment.


From Grosfeld van der Velde Architecten:

“The existing landscape, the orientation to the rural surroundings and the planning conditions were the deciding factors in the siting of the dwelling at the rear of the plot. The ground floor was raised with respect to the current ground level, with large glass surfaces positioned to look out over the rural landscape and terraces running the length of the building with an unbroken roof surface on corbelling, all of which allow the outer space to be experienced to the full. At the same time, the large roof projections are designed to prevent too much light entering.

Vertical Western Red Cedar boarding was chosen for the façade cladding, and the roof has a moss-sedum roof covering. The restrained detailing combined with the shape and the materials chosen give House L an ultra-modern appearance, but one that is entirely at home in its rural surroundings.”


Via Lauren Moss
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This site is always an inspiration for me. I like the way that this design deals with the landscape and the way that the building sits lightly on the ground.

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Architects - Duet Display

Architects - Duet Display | Design | Scoop.it
Duet
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Real estate on an architects desk is always often spoken about and I sit with 3 PC screens and my laptop and iPad. This helps me work on multiple screens and various stages of design, 3D models and rendering plus the daily grind of website, emails etc.
When I go to site, usually in the bush I take my trusty laptop with my iPad doing double duty as my second screen. How is this done you may ask? Well, download this software and your good to go.
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Game lodge design - Diamond-rich country sees tourism boom

Game lodge design - Diamond-rich country sees tourism boom | Design | Scoop.it
Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated nations in the world, a country the size of France but with just over 2 million people.
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In terms of the country's economy, tourism ranks second in Botswana after the diamond industry. An African success story, Botswana has transformed itself from one of the poorest countries in the world to a middle-income country with a per capita GDP of $17,700 in 2015. Though it's still early days, ecotourism in Botswana is said to contribute 4-5% towards the country's GDP.
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Top 5 Groundbreaking Prefab and Modular Homes

Top 5 Groundbreaking Prefab and Modular Homes | Design | Scoop.it
Dwell editor-in-chief Amanda Dameron talks us through Dwell's December/January 2016 issue.
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Modular prefabrication for new construction, after all, just seems sensible on a certain level: How can one dispute the merits of easy installation, speed of construction, cost-efficiency, and movability in the case of necessity? A structure’s ability to respond to a site is evident in this home, which sits perched atop a bluff. This is a prefab that doesn’t feel like a prefab, as with any evolving technology and practice, architectural prefabrication isn’t without its challenges. Until prefabrication becomes a more understood, embraced, and utilized method of building, it will remain a challenge to find and support the specialized craftspeople that create these innovative structures.
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Your kids might live on Mars. Here's how they'll survive

Your kids might live on Mars. Here's how they'll survive | Design | Scoop.it
It sounds like science fiction, but journalist Stephen Petranek considers it fact: within 20 years, humans will live on Mars.
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Tera-forming Mars! listening to this TED talk makes you wonder about the future of architecture on Mars. If you have some time to kill have a listen to this talk and then read his book. Living on Mars is not just possible, it’s inevitable. The race is on. Meet the fascinating characters engaged in the big-money, high drama effort to put the first humans on the Red Planet.
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The Features That Help a Home Sell Fastest—and the Ones That Don't - Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com

The Features That Help a Home Sell Fastest—and the Ones That Don't - Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com | Design | Scoop.it
From home style to features, to size, we crunched data to find the fastest-selling home in six categories. You won't guess what the hottest home style is!
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Some really good incite on what still works for selling homes
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The New Sri Lankan House -Telegraph

The New Sri Lankan House -Telegraph | Design | Scoop.it
We look inside contemporary Sri Lankan residences as profiled in a new architecture book by Robert Powell and Sebastian Posingis, published by Laurence King
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Now this I like. Reminds me of my time in Bali
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Gareth agrees with taylor and miller architecture by combining two materials to form the lake house

Gareth agrees with taylor and miller architecture by combining two materials to form the lake house | Design | Scoop.it

two contrasting materials form a lake-side home that offers views of the water and sky, with raw materials in the interior brought to life by natural light.

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Looking at what these guys did with the roof garden is really cool, don't you think?

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Living Around Trees: Glass Houses by Lina Bo Bardi and Lacaton &...

Living Around Trees: Glass Houses by Lina Bo Bardi and Lacaton &... | Design | Scoop.it
The poetic theme of the 'Tree House' is a topos that architectural modernity never ceased to interpret. The similarities between these two detached houses by Lina Bo Bardi and Lacaton & Vassal stand out as exceptional. Both of them are located within forests, both sit on a hill, both have large...
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For other interesting stories like these why not follow my blogg. At the top left hand side you will see the follow me button.

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The Context of Sustainable Architecture | Roca Barcelona Gallery.

Is creating Green awareness enough and are all these vehicles we  make use of concidered a constant process of improvement?

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Green is 'cool' and interesting but, in the end, difficult if you want to be precise. How do we get a grip on our ecological footprint?

CAN THE FROG BE HONEST, PLEASE?
Anatxu Zabalbeascoa & Architect Bruno Sauer discuss "THE GREEN LIE"

We read about it everywhere and very convincing people tell us how many KWh and tons of CO2 have been saved, so that we can learn from them. But is this what should be communicated?
There is 'greenwashing' all over the place, while at the same time technically complex rating systems and software are generating a plethora of eco-qualifications.

How do we as professionals explain all this to a client in a clear and truthful way, to our fellow architects, to politicians and goverment, to the users of our buildings we design? Or should we try to make people aware of the exact consequences of their actions, so that they can really make a difference.

If you have an hour or two to spare then listen to this presentation in English.

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Top architecture Raffles City Chongqing

Raffles City Chongqing is top architecture.
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Inspiration comes from many things. By looking at this video you begin to see how an architects mind works. The view from the roof garden and a swim in the pool is amazing. For architecture like this why don’t you contact us. Mark Oates +2782 8911960 or Gareth +2782 4402838

 

 

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Members

Members | Design | Scoop.it

Announcing the "iRender User Group Forum". Have you Registered yet? A community of "like minded" Design Gurus who have implemented a set of Design Tool’s within their practice including either the ever popular Conceptual Modelling software application, namely SketchUp, the Photo-realistic Rendering application Artlantis 6, and or the exciting Visualization & 3D Immersion application, Twinmotion.

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Registration is absolutely Free of Charge, and you can sign up right now. 

We look forward to seeing you on the other side!

Warmest regards

ATHOL PHILLIPS

Executive Member ~ iRender

Visit Artlantis User Group Forum at: http://artlantis.ning.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

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Art, Design & Architecture, Biography & Autobiography - Auguste Rodin | Rainer Maria Rilke |

Auguste Rodin | Rainer Maria Rilke | Art, Design & Architecture, Biography & Autobiography, Culture & Heritage | Audiobook full unabridged | English Content of ...
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Auguste Rodin | Rainer Maria Rilke | Art, Design & Architecture, Biography & Autobiography 0: [00:00:00] - Initial Verse and Translators' Preface 1: [00:03:22] - Part 1 2: [00:29:31] - Part 2 3: [01:07:40] - Part 3

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All you’re doing is hiding the coloring of the building, picking up the darker colors of the ground, and the bark of the trees.

All you’re doing is hiding the coloring of the building, picking up the darker colors of the ground, and the bark of the trees. | Design | Scoop.it

"The engineering of the removable wall is such that Ketcham can open and close it by herself. “I’m in my 80s, and there’s no problem—no problem at all,” she says. “It’s really fun to have guests, and then open it for them, so that they get the whole effect. It’s fabulous because the house is right on the water.” She is also pleased to see that the house is being put to exactly the use she had envisaged. “When the whole family’s there, we can have 20 to 22 people on a regular Saturday night. And that’s every age, people from four years old to 84. It’s wonderful!”

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When working in a space with grandure as its natural environment, It is so surpassingly beautiful that any building you introduce to this landscape tends to diminish rather than enhance it. From a client’s perspective, that’s an important consideration before they risk their financial, emotional, and time capital to you as the designer. Remember ...... the greater the statement by the architect, the more egregious the blot on the landscape becomes.

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Architectural House plans -A Home Built to be Sustainable & Energy Efficient

Architectural House plans -A Home Built to be Sustainable & Energy Efficient | Design | Scoop.it
A hillside house designed to be open plan, sustainable, and energy efficient.
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Upon arrival this home leaves no hint of what opens out to stunning views. This well executed architectural house plans open plan, sustainable, and energy efficient layout shows that part of the design focus was to create an indoor/outdoor relationship, which includes a large area of deck space. There are five bedrooms, three of which were designed as flexible spaces – they can be master bedrooms, in-law suites, home offices, or family rooms – to adapt to the owners lifestyle over time.
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New architecture - Resurrecting a revolution to save Cuba's forgotten art

New architecture - Resurrecting a revolution to save Cuba's forgotten art | Design | Scoop.it
Conceived more than five decades ago by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to bring arts education to the world's underprivileged, Cuba's National Art Schools lie on the edge of Havana, a stunning but collapsing monument to the country's revolutionary beginnings.
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It was a famous game of golf on the then Havana Country Club between Castro, and his loyal guerrilla Guevara in 1961 that first breathed life into the schools, according to John Loomis, an architect and academic who has written a book on the story.
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12 eerie images of enormous Chinese cities completely empty of people

12 eerie images of enormous Chinese cities completely empty of people | Design | Scoop.it
Throughout China, there are hundreds of cities that have almost everything one needs for a modern, urban lifestyle: high-rise apartment complexes, developed waterfronts, skyscrapers, and even public art. Everything, that is, except one major factor: people. 

These mysterious — and almost completely empty — cities are a part of China's larger plan to move 250 million citizens currently living in rural areas into urban locations by 2026, and places like the Kangbashi District of Ordos are already prepped and ready to be occupied.
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In reading this article IO found it profoundly disturbing that these buildings are planned and constructed long before the inhabitants are able to occupy the space. Is this considered forward thinking or just a way of forced removal. I did however like the insert about the Nail houses in China. A half-demolished apartment building stands alone in the middle of a newly-built road thanks to a Chinese couple that refused to move in Wenling, in eastern China's Zhejiang province. Luo Baogen, 67, and his 65-year-old wife have waged a four-year battle to receive more than the 41,300 USD compensation offered by the local government of Daxi, a Chinese newspaper said. The phenomenon is called a 'nail house' in China, as such buildings stick out and are difficult to remove, like a stubborn nail. The set of 8 images imparts an eerie feel similar to what Kai Caemmerer set out to achieve whilst documenting the images. Many of these new cities are not expected to be completed or inhabited until 15 to 25 years after they begin construction. They are built for the distant future, and at present, we can only speculate on what form they would have taken when they reached that point in time.
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10 Simple Design Tricks to Make Your Home Say 'Spring'

10 Simple Design Tricks to Make Your Home Say 'Spring' | Design | Scoop.it
Spring is about rebirth. About letting the sunlight back in. About trying something new. Now's your chance to do something drastic in just a few steps.
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Cold front hits Johannesburg .... and that got me thinking about Spring. Man I hate the cold
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30 Best-Selling Paint Colors to Inspire Your Next Room Makeover | Architectural Digest

30 Best-Selling Paint Colors to Inspire Your Next Room Makeover | Architectural Digest | Design | Scoop.it
Which hue is right for you?
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25+ Of The Most Majestic Libraries In The World

25+ Of The Most Majestic Libraries In The World | Design | Scoop.it
Are books losing ground to the e-book and the audio book, libraries were once central hubs of human intellectual progress. here is the list of the best 25 in the world.
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Now this would be good tour to do over 4 weeks.
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MW Architects completes £430k Victorian house refurb

MW Architects completes £430k Victorian house refurb | Design | Scoop.it
MW Architects has completed this refurbishment of a semi-detached Victorian House in Clapham, South London
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This is a dramatic transformation of a small, semi-detached Victorian house. Despite being arranged over three floors, it was so shallow in depth that the proportions were cottage like.

Internally, we opened up the space on all three levels to create generously proportioned rooms behind a traditional facade.

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Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu - UNESCO World Heritage Centre

Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu - UNESCO World Heritage Centre | Design | Scoop.it
UNESCO World Heritage Centre
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Machu Picchu stands 2,430 m above sea-level, in the middle of a tropical mountain forest, in an extraordinarily beautiful setting. It was probably the most amazing urban creation of the Inca Empire at its height; its giant walls, terraces and ramps seem as if they have been cut naturally in the continuous rock escarpments.

 

If you find this interesting why not watch this video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BeyZxu3mW-Y


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Beautiful Architecture - A Guide to Photography Using Your smart Phone.

Beautiful Architecture - A Guide to  Photography Using Your smart Phone. | Design | Scoop.it
Need-to-know pointers to help develop your eye for beautiful architectural photography.
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I am often asked how we capture our designs for photo inclusion in write ups and promo material. The use of your good old smart phone often comes into play. Here is a step by step process that works.

Enjoy

KMA

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'A Chilled Form of Architecture'_ Australia's Best Homes - YouTube

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Australian Architecture is always a source of good ideas as the climate is very similar to Southern Africa. Often in large alterations the client never thinks broad enough in totally re-vamping or face-lifting the product. Good use of North orientation for Southern hemisphere buildings and great interpretation of an energy efficient building.

For more useful architectural ideas and tips why not visit us on http://www.the-architect.co.za

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Superhouse: architecture and interiors beyond the everyday.

Sydney Living Museums presents Superhouse: architecture and interiors beyond the everyday, an exhibition by Karen McCartney, showcasing stunning ...
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Join Irish born Architect and Museum curator Karen McCartney for this Talks Series on the following dates:

Does Size Matter? 
Friday 11 September, 6.30-8pm
Re Imagining the House
Friday 9 October, 6.30-8pm
Designing for Place
Friday 13 November, 6.30-8pm
BOOKINGS: www.slm.is/superhouse or 1300 448 849

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PP. South African team creates something even Google couldn't crack

PP. South African team creates something even Google couldn't crack | Design | Scoop.it

It is a problem that has so far stumped even Google’s brainy engineers – how to generate cheap solar electricity using a small-scale array of mirrors to concentrate the sun’s energy.

Now a team at a South African university – led by a former Intel strategic planner – believes they have cracked it. Once they have completed a prototype system in October they have big plans for rolling out the technology.

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First it was BEE ..... now its PP. I say that in jest! But what a cool play on words for any marketer– PLONKABLE POWER.

 

The word confused many non South Africans. But that was how Paul Gauché the founding director of the Solar Thermal Research Group at Stellenbosch University explained it. So elegantly simple – you pick it up and place (plonk) it down were you want it. Karter Margub & Associates fully supports the Helio100 project and if his team can produce this CSP technology that is said to be cheap and quick to install it can only be a winner for the world. Having worked in many remote areas in Africa where power is scarce this could be a major breakthrough for my clients game lodges.

 

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