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
“Nothing delivers a feeling of immersion better than VR. VR has been a dream of many gamers since the computer was invented. Many of us at PlayStation have dreamed of VR and what it could mean to the gaming community.”
The virtual reality set was announced at the Game Developers Conference in an event that featured a genius by the name of Richard Marks, who developed EyeToy and PS Move. Marks said he had been working on a project with NASA to create a virtual reality Mars—I’m not joking—and told the audience,
“VR is going to be pervasive, and what I mean by that is it’s going to be used for all sorts of things you might not think it would be used for.”
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.
You know why people still listen to the radio? Some of them enjoy a steady diet of de-virginized Disney stars, but most just want to listen to music without the hassle of actively DJing. And that's the basic idea behind the Aether Cone wireless speaker. Twist the bezel around the speaker's front edge and the Cone starts playing...well, something. No need to sync up your phone, launch an app, or agonize over which of your 214 playlists to fire up. Cone just plays. And learns.
Tucked inside the Cone is an eight-hour battery, Wi-Fi, and a brain. Turn on the Cone, and it’ll play a podcast, an Internet radio station, maybe music from your streaming service of choice (Aether hasn't specified yet, but think Spotify, Rdio, etc.). Don't like what you hear? Twist the bezel a little, and the Cone skips to something new but similar (say, from Kanye to Chance the Rapper); spin the bezel like a roulette wheel and it'll play something radically different (goodbye Kanye, hello This American Life). The Cone remembers what you listen to, and what you skip. It supposedly learns when and even whereyou listen—that you like news podcasts in the morning in the kitchen and Stevie Wonder on Sunday afternoons in the living room. In other words, the Cone is essentially something you’ve probably never heard: a radio that actually plays what you like.
Pre-order the Aether Cone (due out later this summer) for $399 at aether.com.
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