Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tree pendants

When you are next looking for a hotel close to the polar circle, I recommend trying this... The Tree Hotel by Thum & Videgard Arkitekter is located in northern Sweden.  The glass boxes camouflage themselves perfectly to fit into the woods, by reflecting all that surrounds them...the trees and sky.  These pendants are unobtrusive and mesmerise the eye.  And they are kind to the birds that reside in the forest too:  to prevent birds colliding with the reflective glass, a transparent ultraviolet colour is laminated into the glass panes which are visible for birds only...

Photoa by Ake E: Son Lindeman

WW2 reminders

These emotive images of WW2 bunkers taken by Andrew Johnson are so brilliant I had to spread the word.  They have been featured on many blogs and sites to date.  These poiniant photos are reminders of the tragedies of war and are a must see.  A visit to his site is mandatory to fully appreciate the eerie beauty of these photos. Click here 

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Modernist revival

This single family house by the late Theodor Laubi, has thankfully been revived due to its creative new owners.  They recognised the potential of this gem, despite the conversions and changes that had previously lost the original modernist character.  AFGH architects "amplified and accentuated the rudimentary remnants of the original architecture - heightening their contemporary relevance, anchoring the design in the present".  This project reveals the timelessness of good design...

Photos by Valentin Jeck

the context of separation

This metal recycling plant in Slovenia by Dekleva Gregoric Architekti uses the process of separation that takes place at a metal recycling plant as their concept for the design.  Both the physical layout of the site and the concept for materials and forms takes their cue from this.  The incoming and outgoing materials are separated from each other by a division in the ground platform; the supervisory buildings sit on the threshold of this divide.  The contrasting surface treatments of metal and concrete visually split these two boxes.  Apart from turning what could be construed as an unexciting brief into an interesting piece of architecture, this space would make a great setting for a photo shoot!   

Photos by Miran Kombic

Friday, January 21, 2011

the recycled garage

Reuse, recycle, acknowledge and embrace...this new attitude towards objects has a strong following.  The Hub Office is Madrid, by ch+qs arquitectos  exposes its past as a garage and builds on the layers of history to create this wonderful office.  Furniture was donated from employees and friends, and recycled fruit crates were used everywhere as storage, bookshelves, counters, tables and stools.  This sustainable environment, both economically and environmentally, should be adopted more! The hub is said to have become a cultural and social focus of its neighbourhood.  Photos by Daniel Torello.


Freshwater house...

This Australian house made a HUGE impression on me last year when I first saw pictures of it.  The Freshwater House by Chenchow Little, is in Sydney Australia.  This simple, elegant design is layered into podium, living area and sleeping areas on top.  Retractable shutters are used to enclose or expose the heart of the house as the occupants desire, protecting them from the busy street below.  These shutters give the house its character...and create the most memorable house of 2010 in my book!

All photos by John Gollings

Woodland retreat

This North American house nestles gently against the side of a hill in a beautiful woodland setting.  The architects have used timber façades, large openings and lots of light, clean lines and boxed rectangles...with inspirational end result!  The house becomes merely a skin to protect the inhabitants, as the landscape extends through the building.  The Bridge House by Joeb Moore + Partners Architects is situated in Kent, USA.

Photo by David Sundberg / Esto
Photo by David Sundberg / Esto

Photo by David Sundberg / Esto

Photo by Oudeman
Photo by Michael Biando
Photo by David Sundberg / Esto
 More pictures at arch daily