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Award-Winning Casa Mullaghmore Rising From A Flower Field | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Award-Winning Casa Mullaghmore Rising From A Flower Field | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

Rising from a flower field, Casa Mullaghmore brings its owners not only improved comfort and additional space, but also upgrades the appearance of the property. The remodeling/extension of this family holiday residence resulted in a fascinating combined architecture. Functional design defines every inch of this beautiful holiday retreat – modern design lines meet the existing architecture in a comfortable, yet challenging way. The extension is composed of a master bedroom and two more generous bedrooms, overlooking stretches of water. The opposed section of the house is occupied by the living zone, kitchen and social space. Designed by Peter Legge Associates, Casa Mullaghmore benefits from as much natural light as possible and the warmth of wood displayed in the interior spaces. When this residence was awarded with an IDI Design awards 2011 for residential interiors, the judges commented: “The obvious winner in this category. Although a very architectural design and layout , the interior finishes fine detailing and choice of material used makes up an intimate living space, fit for vacationing and outdoor life.”

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Sustainable Eco-House in Paris with a Flexible Layout | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Sustainable Eco-House in Paris with a Flexible Layout | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

“Sustainable Eco-House” is a captivating project designed by Djuric Tardio Architects and located in a dense suburb of Paris, France. The residence was entirely built using wood panels placed on a pedestal (due to the irregularity of the terrain). Completely prefabricated in a workshop, the house was then delivered to the site to be assembled in no more than two weeks. The most intriguing element of the crib is the pergola, or the unfinished roof, with a functionality explained by the architects as follows: “on the one hand, it takes the archetype of the context, inserting the project in its environment without disrupting the urban rhythm, on the other hand, it won’t accommodate a closed roof that would become a catch-all attic or a wasted space. So we have inserted inhabitants in it, and have left it open by transforming it into a vegetable terrace, intimate and sunny“. The layout of the project is highly flexible; with very few adjustments, the space can be remodeled, due to the modular design approach.

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The Tragedy of Suburbia. Lecture by James Howard Kunstler | E-learning | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

The Tragedy of Suburbia. Lecture by James Howard Kunstler | E-learning | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

This video shows a lecture by James Howard Kunstler who is an American author, social critic, public speaker, and blogger. He is best known for his books The Geography of Nowhere (1994), a history of American suburbia and urban development, and the more recent The Long Emergency (2005), where he argues that declining oil production is likely to result in the end of industrialized society as we know it and force Americans to live in smaller-scale, localized, agrarian (or semi-agrarian) communities. He also gives lectures on topics related to suburbia, urban development, and the challenges of what he calls “the global oil predicament” and a resultant change in the “American Way of Life.” He is also a leading supporter of the movement known as “New Urbanism.” During this lecture, Kunstler explains that public spaces should be inspired centers of civic life and physical manifestation of the common good. Instead, he argues, what we have in America is a nation of places not worth caring about.

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Hill-Maheux Cottage with Maximum Connection to the Forested Site by Kariouk Associates | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Hill-Maheux Cottage with Maximum Connection to the Forested Site by Kariouk Associates | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

Kariouk Associates designed the Hill-Maheux Cottage in Val-des-Monts, Quebec, Canada. In this small, weekend and vacation retreat, the clients and their daughter seek to take refuge from the world. As such, the home is introverted; but the clients also desired that the house achieve a maximum connection to its beautiful, forested, lake-side site. Last, it is important to note that this home is built as a place the clients will keep for their entire lives and then pass on to their daughter; the clients, a couple each involved in art conservation, sought a home whose design would itself be conceived as a vessel for the conservation of the family memories that will continue to unfold here.

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Get to Know the Best Method to Find Valuable Co-workers | Project Management | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Get to Know the Best Method to Find Valuable Co-workers | Project Management | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

We all know how hard it is to find people who you can trust. It is even harder to find people who are good specialists. Before you hire somebody in building industry, first you want to look through projects of that person. In normal conditions you are able to compare maximum few offers and almost always cannot be sure if you made a right choice. Guess what, there won’t be a problem anymore. There is a brilliant solution which allows you to get rid of any difficulties connected with finding valuable co-workers.

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Microsoft’s Vienna Headquarters by INNOCAD Architektur | Architecture competitions | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Microsoft’s Vienna Headquarters by INNOCAD Architektur | Architecture competitions | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

INNOCAD Architektur have designed Microsoft’s new headquarters in Vienna, Austria. ARGE KOOP/INNOCAD emerged as winners in the architecture competition for Microsoft’s new headquarters in Vienna, held on the basis of the WPA concept. Working in close collaboration with the Microsoft project team during the subsequent project realisation phase, the team of architects assumed responsibility for the overall design of the new Microsoft working environment as construction supervisors and project managers. The architects commented: “Our aim is to intertwine and harmonise physical, virtual and social working environments.”

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Find Out the Most Simple Way to Solve your Company Communication Problems | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Find Out the Most Simple Way to Solve your Company Communication Problems | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

Imagine that you are an architect (for someone this should not be hard ) and you come to the site to find out how is work going. Suddenly, the site manager comes to you with bad news! He says that there are some mistakes in blue prints of the project and you need to contact the constructor, in order to make some improvements. Everything would be fine if the constructor was not on holiday at the moment. In that kind of situation you will probably start crying ;p or looking for some new constructor. Fortunately, there is no such need because there is a solution which could solve the problem.

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Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Serpentine Gallery Pavilion 2012 by Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

Here are some photographs of the completed 2012 Serpentine Gallery Pavilion designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron and Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, which opens to the public in London tomorrow. The base of the pavilion is sunken beneath the lawn of Kensington Gardens, where the imagined previously buried foundations of the past eleven annual pavilions have been unearthed and lined with cork to form a network of trenches.

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Street Artist Nomerz Uses Faces to Bring Buildings to Life | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Street Artist Nomerz Uses Faces to Bring Buildings to Life | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

Living Walls is a street art project initiated by artist Nikita Nomerz, from the western Russian city of Nizhniy Novgorod. In his series titled ‘Living Walls’, Nomerz brings derelict buildings to life with his whimsical characters. In an interview with The Telegraph, Nomerz remarks: “I started in school with classic hip hop graffiti but became more interested in street art and began all sorts of experiments. Now basically I like to play with space and objects. I am inspired by the place itself. I love watching the city and finding an interesting point. Usually I do not spend so much time to create one work, sometimes less than an hour. But it all depends on the size of the object and my ideas.” What do you think about this type of art?

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Architect Steven Holl: Paradise in Kansas City | Architecture competitions | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Architect Steven Holl: Paradise in Kansas City | Architecture competitions | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

This video shows an interview with Steven Holl, who is an American architect and watercolorist. He graduated from the University of Washington and pursued architecture studies in Rome in 1970. In 1976 he attended the Architectural Association in London and established STEVEN HOLL ARCHITECTS in New York City. Considered one of America’s most important architects, Steven Holl is recognized for his ability to blend space and light with great contextual sensitivity and to utilize the unique qualities of each project to create a concept-driven design.

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Great Renovation of the 40-year-old House - Northface by Element | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Great Renovation of the 40-year-old House - Northface by Element | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it
The top floor of this periscope-like wooden house in Stavanger, Norway, cantilevers northwards towards the sea. Oslo architects Element renovated the 40-year-old house in 2010, choosing to reconfigure the existing two lower storeys and to completely replace the original upper floor. A long window stretches across the entire width of the cantilever to provide a view across the water from the new open-plan living and dining room. Residents enter the house at this level, while the floors below step down in tandem with the steeply declining hillside.
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Very Interesting Architecture Duo: Modern Extension to Small Farmhouse in the Netherlands | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Very Interesting Architecture Duo: Modern Extension to Small Farmhouse in the Netherlands | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

These photos present a renovation and extension of a small decaying farmhouse in the Dutch Betuwe region. The project was designed by reSET architecture. Here is the press release: “A new annex is placed in the second line, behind the existing farmhouse, inferior in height but with a strong presence, providing a backdrop for the farmhouse. In its updated context the old building becomes more prominent in its surroundings. The contrast in architecture between the farmhouse and its new added wing results in an ambiguous synergy. The character of the separate elements is easy to read yet this does not mean their relationship is simple: recognize new changes to the old farm and local historical references to elements in the new volume provide a multiple relationship between the two parts of the whole. The two main volumes are clearly recognizable, old and new, but in function, detailing and materials linked.

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Unique Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Unique Beaumaris Dental by Demaine Partnership | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

Australian architects Demaine Partnership have completed a marble-fronted dental surgery in Victoria. Large frameless windows wrap around the corners of the polished facade, which folds back towards a glazed entrance. Grooved recesses in the white-rendered rear walls divide the three-storey building into a row of blocks, pierced by a set of openings.

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Enigmatic and Elegant Dark Glass Covered Australian Black Box Office Space | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Enigmatic and Elegant Dark Glass Covered Australian Black Box Office Space | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it
Modern work spaces can be constructed or redesigned – this next project is part of the latter- a former machinery shed was redesigned to suit a modern office lifestyle. Named the Black Box, this black glass-covered volume was completed in February 2012. As a result of a fruitful collaboration between Tina Tziallas Architecture Studio and Factor Design, the Black Box in Wildes Meadow, Australia, was created for a software design studio. High-performance tilt doors open to reveal a powerful connection between indoor and outdoor spaces. Inside, the modern office spaces conjure a contemporary design meant to improve work quality, while the natural light flooding the space encourages people to think outside the box. This is a direct result of the building’s volumetric architecture, re-designed with an exterior covered in highly tinted external glazing, while the remaining external surfaces were rendered and painted black. Can you imagine how it feels like to work in this modern office?
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Cinnamon Roll House Wraps Steel Plane in a Wood Frame | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Cinnamon Roll House Wraps Steel Plane in a Wood Frame | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

This is one of those beautifully simple concepts that actually translates into a working building section, all via one critical move: the folding of a conceptually-flat steel element wrapping around and into the home. Designed by Katsutoshi Sasaki, a series of perforations in this bent plane are strategic in nature, allowing light and people to pass through as needed.

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Remodel of an 850 Square-foot Apartment in Ottawa, Canada by Kariouk Associates | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Remodel of an 850 Square-foot Apartment in Ottawa, Canada by Kariouk Associates | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it
This project called for the rethinking of an 850 square-foot apartment on the seventeenth floor of a new condominium building in the city’s downtown core. The slogan employed by the developer for marketing this building championed the apartments as “…statements of modern, urban living.” This cliché of developers has come to describe small apartments that feature the suburban spatial logic of segregated spaces. But whereas a suburban home at least affords larger living spaces, the high cost of urban real estate results in spaces made to be a fraction of the size that must then be shoe-horned into small footprints; moreover, the urban counterparts are generally made yet smaller by large concrete columns, as well as mechanical and electrical runs that must service the entire building. The resulting plans generally allow only a single furniture arrangement and therefore only a single way for the space to be inhabited, ironically suggesting that “modern, urban living” is really just the equivalent of utter predictability and the suppression of individual choices. Hence, the challenge of this project was to establish what “modern, urban living” could or should be.
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Sustainable H.2 Residence by 314 Architecture Studio | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Sustainable H.2 Residence by 314 Architecture Studio | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

314 Architecture Studio designed the H.2 Residence in a suburb of Athens, Greece. The building is located in the area of Golf in Glyfada and consists of three residential area 250m2 each. Each residence has two small bedrooms and one master. Outside the building there is an atrium that provides light to secondary areas of the house while working as a funnel exit of hot air for reduced energy consumption air- conditioning during the summer months. The bioclimatic design and the positioning of the building with fixed louvers and the design of their exposures saves natural heating energy while the connection between building and water creates a natural cooling. The houses are equipped with the latest technology of underfloor heating systems and VR air-conditioning friendly to the environment. Also the materials are used in floors and walls are natural rather than industrial. The colors and materials of this building are used to create a sense of harmony, modernity and at the same time luxury while the sculptures of Gianni Aspra dominated the walls of living rooms creating emotions and abstract mood. Finally the roof gardens with glass stairwells offer unlimited view of Argosaronic.

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The Concept of Living Within a Tree Finally Realized - Transparent House in Japan | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

The Concept of Living Within a Tree Finally Realized - Transparent House in Japan | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it
If you think you have nothing to hide, try living in this transparent house located in Tokyo, Japan. Known as “House NA”, it offers plenty of daylight, however no privacy. The 914 square-foot transparent house was built by Sou Fujimoto Architects and is associated with the concept of living within a tree.

“The intriguing point of a tree is that these places are not hermetically isolated but are connected to one another in its unique relativity. To hear one’s voice from across and above, hopping over to another branch, a discussion taking place across branches by members from separate branches. These are some of the moments of richness encountered through such spatially dense living,” says Sou Fujimoto.

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Contemporary Renovation of a Spacious Apartment in New York - JW/G Loft | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Contemporary Renovation of a Spacious Apartment in New York - JW/G Loft | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

JW/G Loft located in the Flatiron District, New York, USA, is a 3200 sf apartment especially designed by Rodriguez Studio Architecture P.C. for a young professional couple. The project consisted of a renovation (focusing on a optimum relationship between public areas and personal space) with the addition of an exterior terrace. As a result, you are looking at a spacious loft, with outdoor entertainment possibilities, as well as private places for relaxation. The apartment is located on the second floor of the building, so even if the views through the tall windows are not panoramic, they are still captivating. An enormous living area, three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms left plenty of room for the designers’ imagination. The overall contemporary feel is spiced up by industrial details, such as exposed ceiling pipes, a brick wall and metal poles, probably reminiscent of the building’s historical background.

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Extremely Shaped Wildcat Ridge Residence by Voorsanger Architects | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Extremely Shaped Wildcat Ridge Residence by Voorsanger Architects | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it
Wildcat Ridge Residence is located on a spectacular site at an elevation of 9,200 feet in Aspen,Colorado. The landscape is incredibly beautiful but it is also a challenge for the architects because the environment is quite fragile. This is why the site was rehabilitated and reforested and the architects thought at the best solutions in order to build a sustainable residence. At this point the dominant landscape with its alpine vistas was helpful because when they’ve realized the inside outside connection they included rough materials like moss rock.
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Two Stone Cottages Fused With A Glass Stairwell Enclosure | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Two Stone Cottages Fused With A Glass Stairwell Enclosure | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

The Irish landscape was the perfect background for this mixture of cottage architecture and modern redesign. The Connemara Residence is composed of two stacked stone vernacular buildings tied together with a transparent structure housing the light-flooded staircase. The hillside was transformed under the attentive supervision of Peter Legge Associates who imagined a modern residential structure perfectly adapted to the surrounding rural countryside. The Dublin-based studio turned two degraded cottages into an inspiring single family modern residence. The dining area seems to have been cut out of the stone wall – adorned with glass bi-fold doors opening out to the terrace. This front entrance facade is pierced by a series of small windows and skylights bringing natural light inside. Combining stone and glass elements into a splendid reinterpretation of cottage living within a natural landscape, the first photo of the Connemara Residence just became my desktop background.

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HOME - International Open Design Competition | Architecture competitions | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

HOME - International Open Design Competition | Architecture competitions | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

Building Trust international have just announced a new open design competition, which seeks to find well designed homes for the elderly or homeless within some of the World’s richest countries. The growing rate in single occupancy households has led to increased numbers of young and elderly people affected by poverty being forced to live in substandard living conditions and in the worst cases sleeping rough. HOME International Open Design Competition is directed to designers, engineers, architects and house builders to provide a solution to the housing crisis by offering sustainable, affordable small homes that give those that are alienated or marginalized within society a safe place to live. Building Trust international ask contestants to site their proposals in an urban area of a developed country, develop single occupant designs that are sensitive to the local context and keep to a budget of £20,000 ($30,000). Building Trust international will work alongside local government and community groups to seek funding and planning for the winning design. The design competition has the support of Habitat for Humanity and the YMCA.

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Design Ideas for Game and Entertainment Rooms | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Design Ideas for Game and Entertainment Rooms | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

Entertainment has become the pivot of modern life. All of us toil for a good living, which again is a synonym for entertainment. The history of entertainment is very elaborate, and the digital world has pocketed a lion’s share of today’s entertainment sector. Still we can do lots of things to make our game room appear more attractive. Let’s look into some aspects of game room decoration.

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Holiday Villa in Anguila Overlooking the Caribbean - Harmony Residence | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

Holiday Villa in Anguila Overlooking the Caribbean - Harmony Residence | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it

Harmony Residence is a sought after holiday rental villa surrounded by a scenic landscape in Maundays Bay, Anguilla. This impressive retreat overlooks the Caribbean and is located just steps away from the beach. According to the owner’s description, the villa “successfully harmonizes traditional Caribbeanesque style with subtle touches from the Far East. Only the finest materials accent almost every inch of this 14,000 square foot haven including exquisite marble floors and balustrades, exotic hardwood ceilings and immaculate granite counter tops. The sunken living room exudes the richness of elegant island living, while the kitchen offers contemporary comforts such as GE Monogram appliances“. Some of the features and amenities of this holiday villa include two large swimming pools, heated jacuzzi, pool deck Bose stereo system and golf cart services. Does its overall design appeal to you?

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"The Most Important Thing in a Designer Profession is Being Yourself" - Interview with John Pawson | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com

"The Most Important Thing in a Designer Profession is Being Yourself" - Interview with John Pawson | Design | News, E-learning, Architecture of the future at news.arcilook.com | Design inspirations | Scoop.it
This video shows an interview with John Pawson who is a British designer associated with the minimalist aesthetic. He focused on ways of approaching fundamental problems of space, proportion, light and materials, rather than on developing a set of stylistic mannerisms – themes he also explored in his book Minimum, first published in 1996, which examines the notion of simplicity in art, architecture and design across a variety of historical and cultural contexts. His early commissions included homes for the writer Bruce Chatwin, opera director Pierre Audi, contemporary art dealer Hester van Royen and collector Doris Lockhart Saatchi, together with art galleries in London, Dublin and New York. Subsequent projects have spanned a wide range of scales and building typologies, from Calvin Klein’s flagship store in Manhattan and airport lounges for Cathay Pacific in Hong Kong to the new Cistercian monastery of Our Lady of Novy Dvur in Bohemia. During the interview, Pawson talks about his path to architecture and his view on the British design. He also explains what is the most important in a designer profession and what was the project of a lifetime.
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