Archi-Union Architects designed the Tea House in the backyard of their office in Shanghai, China.
Design: Archi-Union Architects
Photography by Zhonghai Shen
Posted: 01 Apr 2014 01:51 AM PDT
Raëd Abillama Architects designed Villa Yarze, located in Lebanon.
Design: Raëd Abillama Architects
Posted: 16 Mar 2014 06:19 AM PDT
Matt Gibson Architecture designed the Kooyong House in Melbourne, Australia.
Architect: Matt Gibson Architecture
Swaback Partners have designed the Copper Sky Residence in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Sensitive site placement and the integration of regionally appropriate colors and materials applied with integrity and craftsmanship to establish a modest statement for a home that is anything but modest.
Rather than creating a dominant mountaintop statement, emphasize conformity to the steep grades and celebrate living in the desert environment with a focus toward conservation, sustainability and efficiency.
The site was acquired with significant prior disturbance and non-natural shaping resulting from demolition of a dilapidated home that had been removed from the site. Considerable grading was necessary to re-create historic native shaping and boulder outcroppings. A balance of boulder placement and masonry retaining walls facilitated a modest development footprint for the meandering driveway and home. The uphill side of the home required site shaping, which was then restored to a natural appearance with large boulders – some as large as 18’ in length, to create intimate courtyards surrounded by hillside and home.
CEI Architecture designed the Elenko Residence in Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada.
Located on the shores of Osoyoos Lake in British Columbia, Canada, this single-family residence was designed to suit the owner’s recreational lifestyle amid the natural setting of the Okanagan region. The house is set on a narrow lot limited by setbacks to a 30’ by 50’ area. The building incorporates minimal openings on the west side and is mostly transparent on the east, taking full advantage of the light bouncing off the lake. A flat roof provides opportunities to sit outside on an upper deck, which opens off a recreation room, with a full view of the water.
The building form is reminiscent of the early modernists. The building aesthetic is intended to be a simple and functional solution that responds to the semi-desert climate, the project’s budget and the waterfront context.
Due to the constraints of the site, spaces were stacked on one another to create a two-storey home, with a roof garden for relaxing or entertaining. Living spaces such as the living room, dining room and kitchen are located on the main floor, offering easy access to the lake. A guest bedroom and washroom are also located on the main floor. The living spaces benefit from the east exposure, which allows the morning sun to penetrate the spaces. In the evening the harsh summer sun is blocked by the solid south wall. The second floor includes all bedrooms, including the laundry and a recreation room off the roof garden.
The building incorporates passive strategies to control heat gain and minimize energy consumption. Natural ventilation relieves the house of heat gain by allowing a breeze to form between the lower and upper windows. The high water table makes it ideal to incorporate a ground-source heat pump and radiant floor heating. Shading is necessary to counter the hot summer sun of the Okanagan Valley.
Architect: CEI Architecture
Photography © Ed White Photographics
Murdoch is buying the top four floors of new Manhattan luxury condo One Madison for $57.25 million. The 60-story glass tower on E. 23rd St. offers amazing New York city views, including clear views of the new World Trade Center. Murdoch’s new “quadruplex” penthouse includes more than 10,000 square feet, features five bedrooms, 5½ bathrooms, a spiral staircase and wide-open living areas, all wrapped by floor-to-ceiling glass. The condo also has an internal private elevator.
For adventurous couples who may have already inducted themselves into the Mile High Club at 35,000 feet, Oliver’s Travels has adapted a leisure submarine with luxury furnishings and “sound-proof living accommodations” as part of their Mile Low Club.
The underwater marine hotel called “Lovers Deep” can be moored near the coral reef off the coast of St. Lucia or near a sunken battleship in the Red Sea.
But love at the bottom of the ocean doesn’t come cheap. You’ll need to cough up $292,800 USD per night for a stay on the submarine vessel.
With prices starting at $3,500 per night, the sophisticated mansion overlooks Hollywood Hills with its imposing glass and concrete facade.“Part contemporary palace, part concrete fortress”, the unique villa sits on a privately gated half-acre promontory with stunning panoramas across the pool over the valley below.
The Stata Center. People take classes here. | Photograph by Robert Polidori
Is there a better cross-section of century-spanning architecture anywhere in the country, let alone Cambridge? Take a short walk around MIT’s campus to scope out Frank Gehry’s angular Stata Center and the massive windowed slab, the Green Building, a skyscraper on stilts that helped launch I. M. Pei’s career. Eero Saarinen’s chapel, a block from the river, represents one of the high points of mid-century modernism. Don’t worry: it’s nondenominational.