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Axiom Space First Tourist Space Station Interiors


About Axiom Space
About Philippe Starck

The Axiom Space project is due to be ready by 2020 and will cost £ 41 million per ticket

If you think 2018 is the year of flying cars and dream of it since the futuristic episodes of The Jetsons, wait a little bit longer. In 2020 with the Axiom Space project you can go to space - a lot better, right? Unless you have £ 41 million to pay for the ticket and make the 10-day trip to the Axiom space station connected to the ISS. The space tourism program will include a 15-week training led by astronauts to make everything happen in the best way. And no one more conducive to drawing the interiors than the master of technology Philippe Starck.

The first commercial space station will have crew quarters, meal area and common environment for people to interact with. "My vision for the housing module at Axiom Station is a comfortable egg that is inviting with soft walls and a design perfectly in tune with the values ​​and movements of the human body at zero gravity," he commented in an official announcement.





According to the announcement made by Axiom, the project was also designed to improve life in orbit and offer passengers a certain level of luxury. Which was translated into large rectangular windows covered with gold and rounded corners to see the Earth framed from afar. The private cabins also have suede-lined walls dotted with LED lights that change color according to the time and distance between the ship and Earth. "Just like all the shades of day and night lights and colors, this "egg" will bring mood and rhythm to its osmotic inhabitant," said Starck.


Prefab House in Italy Turns in Search of Sun


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Mechanism allows to vary the landscape and direct solar panels

The architect Roberto Rossi designed a prefab house in northern Italy that rotates 360 degrees in both directions. The idea is that the rotation movement allows to offer different views for the residents and also direct the solar panels installed in the property in order to better capture the light.

The octagonal building built near the town of Rimini balances on a central pillar that rotates mechanically. "A house that was capable of turning was a customer request from the beginning of the project," Rossi tells. "In addition to appreciating the changing landscape according to the positioning, he is passionate about machines and mechanisms."





The project, whose main challenge was to maintain lightness, is inspired by Villa Girasole, another spinning house built in Italy in the 1930s. The work of architects Angelo Invernizzi and Ettore Fagiuoli moves on circular trails around a point central. "We have rediscovered the futuristic and avant-garde appeal of Villa Girasole," says Rossi.

Beautiful Kindergarten Design Project by Kientruco


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Project: Chuon Chuon Kim 2
Architect: Kientruco
Area: 409 sqm
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Year: 2016

This beautiful kindergarten design project was developed in Ho Chi Minh City as children's educational space that stimulates and captivates meaningful meaningful and inspirational cross interactions amongst the adult and the children. Environment within the school contains an openness and a conscientiousness with a spark of curiosity that can allow people of all ages to explore the kindergarten space in calming and relaxing  atmosphere.

As Kientruco has engaged in numerous projects in educational sphere, architects recognize that past experiences and acquired skills are equally as important and valuable as the responsibility of nurturing the kids. This activity invokes an interest within the staffs and the teacher, and a sense of pride. It embraces and inspires them, for that they have chosen to dedicate their lives to the well-being of the children and to the education process on a daily basis.





Like a building from a giant Lego's, this beautiful kindergarten design project is designed and built entirely with bare brick forming openings and patterns that are playful to the eyes, suggesting a unique aesthetic value and additionally promoting fresh air through natural ventilation.

Utility rooms and classrooms are organized around a central playful core structure. Each floor is designed in an alternating pattern to encourage children to be more receptive to their surroundings, enhance vertical interaction, and stimulate their inner creativity.

The core space is full of movement and ample, by contrast to the calming atmosphere of the classrooms. From the green garden on the ground floor, the volumes form an aperture that incases a continuous perspective that is visible from outside in and inside out. Continually upward, the interior spaces connect to an open rooftop garden, waiting to be discovered with a rewarding experience of the infinite vista of the Saigon river.

The journey of discovery in this beautiful kindergarten design project is a very liberating one because of the continuous changes, and the endless experiences that are tailored personally to each space. Conclusively, Chuon Chuon Kim 2 Kindergarten is a place of surprises that will never cease to tickle the curious souls, children and adult alike.


Recreational House Design in Nova Scotia, Canada


Architects Omar Gandhi Architect
Location Nova Scotia, Canada
Photography Ema Peter Photography

Plans

Sluice Point is located at the southern tip of Nova Scotia, within the Argyle Township of Yarmouth County. The site is located on a high and wooded point, adjacent to long and low views of marshes, small islands and the waters of the Tusket River in the Gulf of Maine.

The coast is dotted with very few cabins and small, traditional houses, far from being overdeveloped with new buildings. From the initial site visit, it was clear that any proposed building should be respectful. The shape of the building would be low, long and horizontal, and the palette of materials would be composed of natural and local materials, which would blend with the landscape. Formally, the building is inspired by the infamous Acadian saltwater barns, "une barge", which dot the local landscape. Historically, the haystacks allowed to store hay in the open marshes on structures that kept it elevated and protected from the water by the time the marshes were flooded.

Customers are Swiss seasonal occupants, who use the home as an outlet for recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, hiking and more. As such, it was crucial that the space be designed to be durable, resistant and easy to maintain. This was achieved by using a pallet consisting of natural and raw materials such as concrete and local wood siding.





The client had several requirements that we could integrate in the early stages of the design. The large space of the room should be open, versatile and free of distractions when necessary to emphasize the exterior view. This translated into a space that could be transformed from a completely programmed interior space to one that was completely hidden and minimal. Flexible elements such as a series of sliding panels, barn doors and a central rotating chimney allow the center of activity and gravity to change easily and flow naturally.

The program required open deck spaces and covered outdoors. One of them should be used as a deck for the mornings outside the main suite, where the client could enjoy a cup of coffee and enjoy the sunrise to the east. The second, a covered deck, was to be a space for nightly entertainment, an extension of the living room where occupants and guests could enjoy the revolving fireplace from a covered space that could extend into the high seasons.

The semicircular design of the residence places the living areas along the side of the "views", while the services are located on the back of the floor. The structure consists of flanking bedroom wings and a large indoor / outdoor central room space that is entirely lined with local light fir and birch wood. The monolithic appearance has the feeling that the space is carved in the external form of wood.

Materiality, form and location are intrinsically connected to the local condition. The economic roof of the shed is inspired by the local fishing sheds and shanties scattered along the Nova Scotia coast - with a smooth transformation. The roof frame encompasses the exterior walls, allowing a roof form as economically and efficiently as possible. Both the wall and the ceiling are covered with the same white cedar from the east, of local origin, creating a shell of wooden shingles.

As one approaches the residence, one faces with a low ceiling, a gently inclined wall and a minimum amount of glass in the form of discontinuous dotted tape. The vertex of the view is highlighted with a bright white arc, which marks the entrance and pierces the center of the house.

The entrance arch is oriented with a high corridor, compressed on the sides. In extreme contrast, when one enters space, one passes through the threshold and enters the great room, where a long and low horizontal panorama of the marshy coast and the view towards the sea, with the points of the islands, is presented. Up to the point of entry, the panoramic view of the landscape is hidden from the visitor, since the width of the house hides a spectacular view.


Cozy Architecture Studio Office Design - SelgasCano


Architecture SelgasCano
Location Madrid, Spain
Year 2007

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The office of the Madrid architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano, built in 2007, is a simple white longitudinal container that is inserted in a wooded environment simply by burying itself, and generating an extremely attractive image with few projective resources. It has turned out to be the most seen project of the well-known Archdaily page in its five years of history.

This small Spanish studio has achieved a stunning international recognition since they designed and built the Palacio de Congresos de Badajoz in 2006. They make an architecture of simple spaces and vibrant colors. His formative process has been quite intense graduating both by the School of Architecture of Madrid in 1992. José Selgas would later obtain the Prix de Roma scholarship in 1998, having also worked in Naples with Francesco Venezia. Lucía Cano is the daughter of the well-known Madrid-born architect Julio Cano Lasso, in whose studio she would work until 2003. Since then they have created a studio of their own that has produced a few works of interest and recognized popularity.





Five years ago, Segas and Cano built this small office space to house their own design company. It is a small rectangular volume very elongated that is buried in the ground. There is only space for a row of tables perpendicular to the wall next to a bookcase, a longitudinal corridor and another shelf that follows the path of the other wall. The construction is very simple a concrete vessel buried in the ground on which a light enclosure is placed. The roof is divided into two parts, one closed to the south, consisting of a sandwich of three layers, in polyester fibers, glass and insulation, which protects from direct sunlight. And another, transparent, that covers the north of the curved plexiglass plate, thus allowing to offer a complete illumination of the workspace. All this is maintained by a simple curved metal structure that gives rise to the characteristic section of rounded corners.

The different areas that make up this sparse plant are subdivided with Plexiglas panels and colored doors with curved finials. An office and a tiny bathroom adhere to the main work space for 8 people, which is accessed by a small stairway embedded in the ground.

This project is in itself a radical bet that sins of an excessive simplicity and that, however, offers a unique photogenic with its colorful yellow and orange green. The report made by the extraordinary photographer Iwan Baan offers highly evocative and suggestive images. At first glance it would seem like the dream paradise for every architectural student.

Largest Greenhouse in the World - Tropicalia


French firm Coldefy & Associates has presented concept project of their design of the world’s largest tropical greenhouse situated under one roof. This project was designed in collaboration with energy company Dalkia. Greenhouse will be situated in Pas-de-Calais, France. It will be called Tropicalia, that will cover an area of 215,000 square feet (20,000 square meters). There  will be a tropical forest, turtle beach, a pool for Amazonian fish, and a one-kilometer-long walking trail, where the visitors can walk by an 82-foot-high (25-meter-high) waterfall, 82-foot-long (25-meter-long) “tactile pool” with koi carp, and an Olympic-size pool with Amazonian fish  that can grow up to 3 meters in length. It can be seen through an aquarium glass or from the pontoon.  It's assumed to be a “harmonious haven” where visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of nature under a single domed roof.

Coldefy & Associate programme aims to create a stable 26-degrees-Celsius environment within the greenhouse. To achieve this, the architects adopted a solution to using a combination of structural steel and ETFE plastic technology.

The scheme will feature a “double-dome” of 200-foot x 13-foot (60-meter x 4-meter) ETFE strips forming a pressurized “cushion,” allowing UV light to pass through while controlling thermal conditions inside. A third layer of ETFE underneath the structure will accumulate heat generated by the greenhouse effect to be exploited for thermal energy. In order to further enhance the scheme’s energy performance, and to integrate the large structure with its natural surroundings, the dome will be partially embedded in the landscape. These measures create an energy-self-sufficient scheme allowing for energy to be redistributed to surrounding buildings.





All the favorable conditions for flora and fauna will be created.

At the opening of Tropicalia, it is planned to attract about 500,000 visitors a year.  There will be an auditorium, bar/restaurant, bed and breakfast, and a scientific area dedicated to national and international collaboration, containing a conference room, laboratory, and clinic.

It  is  expected  that  construction of Tropicalia  will begin in 2019  and  scheduled to  be opened in 2021. The cost of this project is $62-million.

Indoor Slides in Homes Ideas - Interior Design



A handful of fun-loving homeowners installed indoor slides in their homes. Here are the best interior design examples of houses with indoor slides inside.







Inside Footballer House, Brazil - Spectacular Interiors and Decor


Project: Aquiles Nícolas Kilaris and Iara Kilaris

Spectaclar interiors and decor in beautiful house of Gil football player of the Brazilian team!

Top 7 New Trends in Decoration and Architecture for 2018


Every beginning of the year is tradition to talk about the main trends that will rock during it all.

However, this year we intend to do differently and instead of talking everything that is going to be trend and often repeat items from previous lists, since many things will still remain, we decided to make a top 7 of decoration and architecture of what will really be new (and is not on the previous lists) in the year of 2018!

White Home Facade with Concrete, Wood and Glass Details by Farinazzo Architecture


Project Residência MS
Design Farinazzo Architecture
Area 475 sqm
Year 2012

With 475 sqm of area this house designed in 2012 includes a mix of materials: wood, concrete and glass.

The timeless combination brings lightness through the glass while at the same time conferring robustness due to the cement plates (Castelatto) and warmth through the wood.

In addition, the combination helps to value the design volumetry, especially in the sunroom / main entrance.


Description from architect:

In sensational ways this house represents the freedom of the architect's trait. It is visually delineated by the marquise that is interrupted by the volumetry at the entrance, by the glass panels of double right foot of the social being, and in the sides, soon to return and to complete symmetrically the drawing in the balcony of the internal facade. Expressive blocks in cement coating cut the white creating the feeling of robustness. Wood predominates sensibly, rescuing regional values. A lot of glass and PVC frames in the openings harmonize with the design, allow the natural light between and provide thermal and acoustic insulation. Rectangular and circular cutouts are highlighted on the facade.





Standard Lot Size Two Story Beautiful Home Design, Brazil


Project by Achilles Nicolas Kilaris and Iara Kilaris.

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Most of the land in Brazil has a standard measure of 10x30 m and 12x30 m.

Which leads many people to think that it is small land to build a big house!

However, through a well-crafted architectural design that includes mainly two floors or more, having a large house on a land with standard footage is entirely possible.

And as an example of this, today I brought you to share with you this beautiful house designed by the architect Achilles Nícolas Kilaris with interior decoration executed by the designer Iara Kilaris (everything is mara - get ready)!

Designed on a 12x30 lot, this house with a contemporary façade and curved lines has 3 floors designed with the purpose of better utilizing the natural unevenness of the land (which reduces the total cost of the project) and to meet the number of spaces requested by the client which includes: garage, 3 rooms (living, dining, tv), toilet, office, kitchen, laundry area, large leisure area with pool and 4 bedrooms!

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Beautiful Mountain Homes Design Guidelines



Architecture Handbook

Beautiful Mountain Homes Design Guidelines & Improvement Requirements

Martis Camp, Lake Tahoe, California

Contents

1 - Preface

1.1 Architecture Review Principles
1.2 Elements of Composition
1.3 Architecture Review Process
1.4 Notices

2 - Site

2.1 Combined Property Heated Floor Area
2.2 Guest Houses & Accessory Structures
2.3 Site Analysis
2.4 Landscape Design Considerations
2.5 Landscape & Hardscape
2.6 Protection of Trees, Rocks & other Natural Features
2.7 Building Envelopes & Easements
2.8 Driveways
2.9 Best Management Practices
2.10 Grading
2.11 Coverage
2.12 Topography

3 - Structure

3.1 Style, Order & Proportion
3.2 Building Area
3.3 Building Height
3.4 Materials & Colors
3.5 Accessory Structures
3.6 Garages
3.7 Roofs
3.8 Decks

4 - Detail

4.1 Windows & Skylights
4.2 Fire-Resistive Construction
4.3 Refuse
4.4 Sports Courts, Pools & Spas
4.5 Lighting
4.6 Fences & Site Walls
4.7 Fireplaces & Fire Pits
4.8 Mechanical Equipment
4.9 Entry Gates & Address Markers

5 - Construction Regulations

5.1 Vehicle Access
5.2 Traffic/Parking
5.3 Equipment Operations & Parking
5.4 Material Deliveries
5.5 Construction Debris
5.6 Concrete Waste Management
5.7 Excavating, Excess Material & Blasting
5.8 Archaeological & Paleontological Resources
5.9 Dust & Noise
5.10 Temporary Power
5.11 Work Hours
5.12 Temporary Toilets
5.13 Alcohol, Controlled Substances & Firearms
5.14 Fires, Flammable Materials & Fire Extinguishers
5.15 Site Visits
5.16 Pets
5.17 Construction Trailers & Materials Storage
5.18 Signs

6 - Construction Procedures

6.1 Orientation
6.2 Pre-Construction Meeting
6.3 Construction Requirements
6.4 Insurance
6.5 Site Preparation
6.6 Compliance Deposit
6.7 Permission To Begin Construction
6.8 Beginning Construction
6.9 Change of Contractor
6.10 Completion of Construction
6.11 Construction Schedules
6.12 Construction Variances
6.13 Observation & Enforcement
6.14 Exterior Materials & Colors
6.15 Change Requests
6.16 Notification of Completion & Final Release
6.17 Conditioned Final Release

7 - Cabin Communities

7.1 Design Considerations
7.2 Site Parameters
7.3 Appropriate Scale
7.4 Review Fee for Cabins
7.5 Speaking of Architects
7.6 Recommended Reading

8 - Beautiful Mountain Homes Photos

9 - Martis Camp Contact (Lake Tahoe, California)

10 - Architects and Designers Contacts

10.1 Kelly and Stone Architects - Colorado (Steamboat Springs), California (Truckee)
10.2 MWA Architects - California (San Francisco, Oakland), Oregon (Portland)
10.3 Mountain Concepts - California (Truckee)

11 - Mountain Homes Builders Contacts

11.1 Greenwood Homes - Nevada (Incline Village)
11.2 Sunco Homes - California (Truckee)
11.3 Rinnovo Group - California (El Dorado Hills)





Luxury Villa in Alicante, Spain


Design: Gestec
Area: 459 square meters
Year: 2015
Location: Sierra Cortina, Finestrat, Alicante, Spain

This luxury villa in Alicante, Spain, has a privileged location, in "Sierra Cortina" of Finestrat and fantastic views to the bay and the island of Benidorm.

This fantastic property has 459 square meters of built area, on a plot of 813 square meters. Because of its orientation, the views of the bay of Benidorm are fabulous and can be enjoyed from almost every point of the house.

From the pedestrian access, we can enter in a magnificent garden, with an endless pool that extends along one of the sides of the property. Access to the main door of the apartment by a walkway that gives access to the porch next to the pool.

Once inside the house there is a large living room with large windows allowing you to enjoy the views and thanks to the maximum opening of the Schüco carpentry the pool area and porch are merged with the interior of the house. Kitchen is integrated with the living room and has dining area both indoor and outdoor. On this floor there is also a toilet and a washing area.

Access to both the first floor and the basement is done by a magnificent spiral staircase made of steel and wood.

On the first floor, the first room we find is the master bedroom. A suite with 35 square meters in which dressing, toilet and shower area and bathtub is practically integrated in the bedroom area. This suite has been designed to enjoy the skyline of the city of Benidorm.

This floor has two other fabulous spaces. One of them of 15.5 square meters, with wardrobes and a large bathroom en suite.

At the end of the corridor, with natural light thanks to the windows installed along it, is the third bedroom of the apartment. It has 25.5 square meters, a wall covered with wardrobes and an original bathroom en suite equipped with separate shower.

In the basement, in addition to the garage for two vehicles there is an additional space prepared to install an additional bedroom or living room, a gym or any other use that is necessary.

Finally, it should be noted that it is a house with underfloor heating system, ducted air conditioning, interior carpentry with lacquered wooden doors of 2.3 meters high, exterior aluminum carpentry of the Schüco brand, electric shutters and home automation system from which to control all the benefits of housing.





The residential area where this luxury villa in Alicante is located offers a wide range of services such as hypermarkets, cinemas, gymnasium, paddle courts, golf courses (Sierra Cortina Golf Club or Puig Campana Golf Club) and restaurants, as well as Have areas suitable for hiking and cycling. It is an area very close to both Finestrat and the city of Benidorm, with direct access from the Mediterranean motorway AP 7. In this fantastic area have been located luxury hotels such as the Meliá Villa Aitana or Barceló Asia Gardens, which shows that it is a suitable environment for rest.

Low-Energy Organic House Design with "Wild Slate Roof" in Germany


In this low-energy organic house design, regional, historical and organic structures and materials complement each other symbiotically to a fairy-tale "wavehouse". The organic structure is essentially achieved by the "wild slate roof", the roof roundings, the roof gutters and the rounded cornices.

Both externally and internally, the historical components collected passionately by the client are integrated and modeled using organic forms to form an exceptionally memorable building.

Architect: Walter Andre
Location: Zell, Germany
Year: 2008

Beautiful Home in California, built in 1964


A rocky cliff in Pacific Ocean in the territory of a small town of Jenner in California, became a place of construction of this beautiful home. The house, designed for one family, has one bedroom and one bathroom. From the road to the rock on which the house is built, there is a long wooden walkway. Floor-to-ceiling windows in natural stone interior, allow you to enjoy a beautiful ocean scenery. Living room with fireplace, a spacious kitchen with skylight and a bedroom with an ocean view create a cozy and intimate atmosphere. Outside there are two terraces with a large outdoor bathtub.

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Architecture: Richard Clements
Project:  Glass House
Area: 111 sq m (1,200 sq ft)
Year: 1964
Location: Jenner, California

Most Expensive House in China


Wealthy Chinese can afford to buy a house they like in any corner of the world, from Melbourne to Vancouver, but this time all eyes are on this magnificent example of low-rise architecture in traditional Chinese style on the lake Dushu in Suzhou in a hundred kilometers west of Shanghai. House with 32 bedrooms and 32 bathrooms, is announced as the most expensive house in China and offered for sale by Sotheby's for 1 billion yuan (about 150 million dollars). House name is Taohuayuan and means "utopia" or "peaceful prosperous land" and looking at these photos it is easy to understand why. Magnificent foggy ponds, a huge swimming pool, a solid wine cellar and wonderful views of the picturesque lake, all this corresponds to a sense of quiet confidence, symbolically reflected in the name of this beautiful home.

The total area is ​​6730 square meters (72441 sq ft).


Beautiful Sculptures by Philip Jackson


Philip Jackson is a renowned sculptor with an outstanding international reputation.

His ability to convey the human condition through skilful use of body language is legendary, producing figures both imposing and operatic in their narrative and presence, which are recognizable worldwide. Powerful and beautifully sculpted, Jackson's meticulously precise posturing of each piece creates an overwhelming sense of drama. Whether with the prestigious, figuratively detailed public monuments and statues for which he is often commissioned, or his hauntingly elegant and theatrically enigmatic gallery sculptures, Philip Jackson's work is truly awe inspiring - it never fails to move people.

Born in Inverness, Jackson now lives and works in West Sussex. He was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2009.

My sculptures are essentially an impressionistic rendering of the figure. Where you see the figure seemingly grow out of the ground, the texture resembles tree bark, rock, or lava flow. As the eye moves up the sculpture, the finish becomes gentler & more delicately worked, culminating in the hands and the mask, both of which are precisely observed & modeled. - Philip Jackson


House Around a Tree by A.Masow Architects


Aibek Almassov from Kazakhstan, the founder of the design studio A.Masow Architects, has created this beautiful house around a tree design. The main highlight of this four-level house is a glass wall just around a fir-tree. This impressive twelve-meter transparent building project is created to bring together the elements of contemporary design and natural beauty, enabling people to take some time to have a rest from the tense bustle of the city life.

The project has been already set up but the house hasn’t been built because of the absence of investors. After a while, almost all mass media – from local magazines and newspapers to internet publications – became interested in this futuristic house design. Even well-known channels have found A.Masow Architects to learn more about this great project. Finally, designers have realized that this project should be built without any doubt. Aibek Almassov stated many times that this house was not so difficult to build; the most difficult was to find really interested investors. At this time, he has two interested men and one of them directs the manufacturing of glass panels. So, A.Masow Architects is going to cooperate with him as soon as possible.

The architect says that the main idea of the project is to build a house, where everyone feels oneself comfortable, being able to escape from the noisy city and stay alone with his thoughts, since the house combines strict style of the metropolis and all environmental delights – beautiful high trees, fresh smell of fir-trees and silence.

An internal spiral staircase of the four-storey cylindrical construction symbolizes the stages of spiritual purification which can accompany a person who is alone with nature and oneself.

The basis of this transparent house, where the tree grows, is a metal framework resting on three pillars. The trunk and branches are passed through circular apertures of different diameter in the ceiling between floors.

The largest cut-out is done at the level of the fourth floor, where the upper branches of tree is. Thanks to the transparent walls, a unique all-round view opens there and evokes sensation of immediate presence in the forest.

There is also a container for the rainwater. The water there is being constantly cleaned and can be used for various needs. Ventilation provides air-filling for all levels of the cylindrical home.

Particular attention was paid to the fact that the house is not harmful to the environment. Glasses of the last two floors are covered with a layer of semi-transparent solar panels that provide electricity to the house.

Aibek Almassov wants everyone to visit such a house around a tree to prove that thirty-five square meters are not destroyed by his group, because there begins a new life with quiet mornings, tranquility and health.

Architecture A.Masow Architects
Project Tree in the house
Year 2013

Casa Acantilado - Beautiful House on the Cliff by GilBartolomé


A brilliant house, that resembles in its appearance something that has come from old pages of a fairy tale, is designed by GilBartolome’ Architecture Bureau. This beautiful architecture merges organic forms with dynamic modernity. Overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, it is located in Granada, Spain. This extraordinary project has got the name Casa Acantilado or Cliff House.

As the construction of this house had been started in Spain during the 2014 financial crisis, the group decided to avoid an expensive factory production and costly machines and save money. It was decided push the matter through the long hours of labor work on the project.

According to architects, the design and construction of the house were a real challenge: areas with a slope of about 45 degrees were considered to be very complicated.

The mansion seems to be buried into the mountain and hidden under the smooth curves of reinforced concrete sheets and hundreds of streams made of zinc plates. The architects have chosen this solution not only because effective appearance (like a mansion that is turned into a sea castle), but also it is much more saving for this area. The building has all interior spaces arranged on two levels, so that the optimum temperature is maintained everywhere throughout the year. This gorgeous mansion was created especially for a young Spanish couple. While building a house, architects from GilBartolome’ tried to fit it right into the surrounding landscape as accurately as it was possible.

Taking into account the slope of area, the internal layout of this Beautiful House on the Cliff has got two levels and its location inside the rock allows using the underground heat more efficient.

The Casa Acantilado is dug into the hillside that allows maintaining in it a constant temperature of the earth (approximately 19.5 degrees). Living spaces are covered with double-curved roof, which lines interact with the geometry of the mountain’s surface. This shape has not only an aesthetic function, but also directs inside the building the air flows reaching from the Mediterranean Sea.

GilBartolome’ Bureau states that architecture of this Beautiful House on the Cliff shows the whole landscape geometry, creating an intentional ambiguity between the synthetic and the natural. In general, the house is very similar to the dragon’s face with eye-windows and a scaly head.

Of course, the main thing in this project is the figured wavy roof that shines in the sun during the whole day. Its "scales" are made of galvanized sheets on special technology. The roof is based on retaining walls, lagging apart on 14.5 meters without additional supports. Thanks to this constructive solution, the first floor that is divided into several thematic zones can be used also as a spacious room for major parties. The complex and dynamic form of the roof creates an unusual interior, which the authors describe as modern cave in the style of Gaudi.

There is a spacious living area in the Casa Acantilado, where more than sixty-five guests can be seated. Only 150 square meters takes the lower level. Moreover, forming a small terrace, the house is located in such a way that it seems to be a hillside. Thanks to this, it is created a unique feeling that there is a breathtaking theater on the picturesque horizon. Most of the space is located in the open air, and even the pool was equipped on one of the terraces.





Organic shapes of the Casa Acantilado are visually highlighted and quite impressive. It must be stated that even the furniture was designed specially by the architects request for this unique home. They state that all house furniture was manufactured using the preplanned machines. But, nevertheless, the workers were given the opportunity to make a contribution to the project. There is also handwork in furniture parts design. This allowed employees to consider their work to be special in the Beautiful House on the Cliff.

This gorgeous house shows that everything is possible in performing a house design and that the designer and the consumer both have an opportunity to get a high quality product at an affordable price.

Architecture Pablo Gil and Jaime Bartolomé, GilBartolome Architects
Project Casa acantilado (House on the Cliff)
Year 2014
Location Salobreña, Granada, Spain
Photography Jesus Granada

Creative Ideas for Reading Nooks


A place for reading is an integral part of life, both for work and leisure. Here it is possible to relax, forget about vanity and disconnect yourself from external irritants. So, this means that it is necessary to choose a zone where it is most quiet and cozy.

Books create a special atmosphere in an interior. For this reason, there has to be an own quiet nook (even if it is very small) to relax in the house. Let's dream about the most convenient places for reading.

Window still


A good lighting in your place for reading, is an essential condition for spending a long time with your favorite book. It is better to give preference to an area near window. Although this place seems to be simple, it is especially popular today. The combination of natural light with the wonderful scenery behind window will perfectly remove stress and help to relax, giving positive emotions. Use decorative pillows for comfortable staying on a window sill.

Bedroom


Peace and quiet, convenient chairs with a soft back and armrests. It would be good enough to hang a picture with a beautiful landscape on a wall; it will only add the harmonious atmosphere. Add a fluffy carpet or a knitted rug and here you are on the way to the ideal reading nook.

The attic floor


It is also an excellent place for reading. Getting originality of an interior, there can be added a high floor lamp, a cache-pot, a little table or a shelf to store all books.

Sure enough, it is possible to read in a bed and on a sofa. But there is a set of the elements capable to bring any interior concept to perfection. Here you can escape the real world and calm yourself after a hard working day.


WaterNest 100 - Beautiful Floating House Design by Giancarlo Zema


Beautiful Floating House Design

If you prefer to contemplate with not only green lawns but also expanses of water from the windows of your house, you will surely enjoy WaterNest 100. It is a charming eco-friendly floating mini-home. Being designed by Giancarlo Zema, this eco-house is equipped with solar panels that offer you a good chance to live in harmony with nature.

Eco-friendly features

It is made of environmentally friendly materials. According to the architect, this construction is up to 98 percent recyclable. The house can be mounted in any large and quiet water pond.

Few numbers to surprise you

The floating house, with an area of more than 95 square meters, has a cocoon shape. The height of the ceiling is up to four meters, and its diameter is twelve meters. The curved structure of the body is made of laminated veneer lumber and recycled aluminum materials. On the rounded wooden roof an array of photovoltaic panels is mounted. It has a total area of 60 square meters being capable to produce up to 4 kW of electricity per hour. Large windows and balconies around the house allow guests to enjoy freely the views of the water.

Consider the variants for house planning

The "Floating Nest" can be a good option for becoming a family one, because the designers have taken care to provide enough building microclimate supplies. Developers have created a complex system of internal air conditioning and micro-ventilation. This allows you to categorize this floating structure as an economical ecosystem with low impact and low power consumption.

WaterNest 100 also boasts of the flexible interior design that can be easily changed according to the needs of its residents. For example, if a floating house isn’t considered to be used as a dwelling, it can be also fit for an office, a home cabinet, a lounge bar, a restaurant, a store or even for the exhibition hall.





Compare all pros and cons

Thus, we see that there are advantages and disadvantages in the construction of the house on the water. Pros: it is an environmentally friendly home, energy consumption goes through solar panels, the house has enough space for a four member family or you can use it for any commercial purposes. The only minus is that you should build it in a quiet place - a river with a low water flow, a lake, a bay. And also you need a warm climate.

Giancarlo Zema has tried to express his vision of environmentally friendly house where everyone could find his peace of mind, living there with his family or creating there a unique atmosphere of a cozy restaurant.

Design: Giancarlo Zema
Area: 95 sqm
Year: 2015

Awesome Bathrooms and Awesome Showers

 Awesome Bathrooms and  Awesome Showers

City in the Sky - Future City Concept by Hrama

City in the Sky - Future City Concept by Hrama

The design group Hrama has proposed an exotic project which seems to be similar to shots from the movie about the far and fantastic future. Externally, the buildings look like giant blooming flowers soaring above the tall skyscrapers. Towering over such polluted huge cities as New York and London this oasis project lets people take a break from everyday stress, problems and concerns. The building will be higher than famous in the US One World Trade Center and the Empire State Building. A lotus flower has been taken as a form for this project. The image of the lotus is borrowed from the Buddhist mythology where this flower was a symbol of all pure, which was growing up untainted including the fact that it was born out of a swamp. Thus, the giant lotus-building, staying in a noisy metropolis, go far away in the sky.

The stems will be used as a support, the leaves that are placed horizontally will be the parks, where you can escape from the omnipresent hustle and bustle and finally relax. The whole year here will blossom cherry trees and lilies will float in the shimmering waters. Grids will be decorated with creeping ivy. The light inside the mirror lotus flowers will be reflected and form a rainbow. Gardens and people who rest there will be protected from wind and bad weather with glass walls.

 There is no word yet whether it will be possible to fish in those clean ponds, enjoying the quiet atmosphere. And it is not also known whether there will be famous condescending posters, reminding visitors about proper behavior. But be 100 percent sure that those fantastic landscapes will amaze you for a long time and will not leave indifferent. And what's more, the City in the Sky will inspire everyone on creative ideas.

Smart Home - Smart Devices Make your own House Become your Friend


Let us imagine the utopian world where most of our work is done by machines and people there even dress up, wash the dishes and move from one corner of the house to another with electronic assistants. To perform any operation you will need to press only one button on your cell phone and voila – all your work is done for you! Remember the Jetsons who have illustrated us the futuristic world of the year 2060 with humanoid robots, aliens and fancy technical devices. Like it or not, the show became some kind of prophecy because, nowadays, we have got smart phones and smart watches and a lot of smart machines that help us about the house every day. Perhaps, we will have even flying cars in the nearest future? Who knows! For today, the primary goal for most companies is the invention and distribution of smart devices for people’s dream houses.

Very soon we will all live in so-called "smart homes" where everything is done to improve living conditions. Hundreds of billions US dollars are expected to be earned by the year 2019, delivering about two billion house appliances all over the world. Because of widespread popularity of smart phones and easy availability of sensor chips it will soon become possible for many devices of the future to integrate with your houses. But some drawbacks of these devices are already visible today.

Namba Parks Landscape Gardens in Osaca, Japan



Naniwa-ku, the administrative district of Osaka in Japan, is well known for its nine-storey commercial and office complex called Namba Parks. The architects have planned the building of Namba Parks the way that was considered to become a natural intervention into the tough environment of Osaka metropolis.

The architect John Jerde constructed a nine-story business center (well-known as Parks Tower) with 120 shopping malls and a park on the roof on the place of the former Osaka Stadium. Landscape gardens cross all nine floors, gradually rising up to the roof of the building. John Jerde’s project has become significant because the priority was given to the fact that there are only a few green areas in the huge metropolis of Osaka. Located in 30-storey building, this project combines a modern shopping mall with the landscape park on the roof. It is easy enough for visitors to get into Namba Parks and fully enjoy rocks, lawns, cliffs, streams, waterfalls, trees, ponds and open terraces and then to go down into the place of entertainment venues and restaurants.

Let us consider what is located on each floor. The ground floor of Namba Parks is represented as a mall, where both sides of the shopping street are covered with shops, restaurants, cafes, etc. The first and the fourth floors are created for successful shopping. Casual cuisine and relaxed atmosphere can be observed in the restaurants that occupy the fifth floor. The variety of fine Chinese, Japanese and Italian cuisines can be enjoyed on the sixth and seventh floors. Also, the building contains an amphitheater for live performances, small private areas for planting and mobile trade stalls. And the entire ninth floor (the last one of the building) is occupied by gardens.

Green walls by FlowerArt GmbH | styleGREEN



The flat and pole moss wall is based on a flat moss subsoil, which is accented with clumps of pole moss. The flat moss plants with uniformly distributed clumps of pole moss looks very tidy and is reminiscent of a Nordic forest floor north of the tree line.

Material Thickness: 12mm MDF, 1-3mm adhesive, 15mm+ of greenery
Weight: 15kg/m²
Installation Options: Private rooms: Living room, bedroom, dining areas
                               Public buildings: entrance halls
                               Office buildings: lobbies, conference rooms, work stations
Sound Insulation: average

Product details on the green wall: Set on a gentle flat moss subsoil, clumps of pole moss are spread across the wall, giving the panels a varied and at the same orderly design. The pole moss, which is actually not a moss but rather a lichen – i.e. a symbiosis of algae and fungus – forms lush, fresh pads that rise from the subsoil with their round form. The result is a form of vertical greenery that not only insulates sounds, but also requires no maintenance thanks to a special preservation process – so no additional costs and no watering. Individual dimensions and different shades guarantee a unique character for any moss wall.

 The flat moss wall is versatile, livens up bedrooms and dining areas and transforms dreary conference spaces.When this wall is around, it’s easy to forget that you’re not on a densely planted, lusciously soft clearing in the Nordic tundra.

Design: FlowerArt GmbH | styleGREEN

102-story Residential Building, NYC (Steampunk Neo-Art-Deco Architecture)

Residential Building, NYC (Steampunk Neo-Art-Deco Architecture)

A 102-story residential building with sweeping views of Central Park and the New York City skyline. Each unit has its own unique figurally carved façade and balconies that frame particular features of the surrounding urban and natural landscapes. The building is draped in a façade of limestone-tinted Taktl© concrete panels with hydroformed sheet-bronze details and brass-tinted alloy structural extrusion enclosures. The 64th floor features a sky-lobby with exclusive retail stores, a 2-story high ballroom for events, and a 4-star restaurant all of which have access to four massive cantilevered balconies that offer an awe-inspiring event and dining experience unique to the city of New York.

Design: Mark Foster Gage Architects


36 million dollars modern home in Beverly Hills


Realtor asked 36 million U.S. dollars for this incredible modern home in Beverly Hills. Description from Mauricio Umansky:

"1201 Laurel Way, a true Jewel Box, represents years of devotion, patience, and visionary excellence. High up among the treetops, on a self-contained Beverly Hills enclosure, lay an architectural masterpiece nothing short of spectacular. Presented in the most cinematic way possible, the entirety of Downtown Los Angeles, Catalina, and the coastline of California is offered in one unobstructed, sweeping view. 

It’s the kind of view that inspired a team to build a home like no other with the utmost integrity. Visions of a house encased in glass, with effortless flow from room to room and from inside to outside, is the central ethos that guided the evolution and completion of this real estate gem."


Beautiful split level two story home


Villa Nilsson is a beautiful split level two story home situated in Höganäs, Sweden, where the landscape, architectural and stylistic interplay between material and nature is in absolute interaction. The villa was built in 2010, it is a building with low-key appearance that clearly manifested but is also blends well with the surroundings. The architecture consists of clear, rigorous and simple volumes where the encounter between the different building materials is important. The Villa Nilsson is comprised of 235 square meters (2,529 square foot) of living space with three-and-a-half bathrooms and three bedrooms. The living room and kitchen are on the second level, which includes a grand terrace with an outdoor fireplace, offering beautiful unobstructed views and an external staircase to the pool area. Swimming pool has a pleasant cast mosaic as well as a meditative and quiet courtyard. In this beautiful split level two story home all the green roofs are covered with sedum (environmentally friendly, functional and incredibly beautiful when it blooms).

Photos courtesy of Patrick Engstrom 


Rustic interior design


Rustic interior design and architecture in the United States was influenced by the American craftsman style. Popularity of the American Craftsman style began in the last years of the 19th century. As an art movement and interior design it remained popular into the 1930s. In architectural design and decorative arts, rustic interior design style has continued with numerous restoration projects and revivals through present times.


Most Amazing Observatories


Perhaps among all scientific buildings an observatory can be attributed to the most attractive and somewhat romantic. This is a place where probably man can feel keenly not amenable to realize dimensions of the Cosmos, the eternal existence of the stars and planets in comparison with human life. If deep down you feel about the same, welcome under the cut. Here we have compiled some of the most interesting observatories and weather stations located in a very beautiful corners of our planet and these buildings are an interesting architectural patterns.


Future Architecture - Ocean City


Ocean City - "Complex at the Center of the Universe" by Marek Staszek is the winner of the digital art competition NVArt Challenge with main theme "Art Space: Architecture and Landscape".

Marek Staszek: "The most beautiful places that come to mind always have water, steep cliffs and tropics in common. Lush turquoise colors emphasizing positive vibes, something I've never seen. I wanted to achieve complete integration of future architecture with nature, complete with green parks, trees and gardens. Everything that makes us feel relaxed and calm. Architecture can give people magnificent vistas, as well as a small historical old-town feel. This might be a futuristic city growing somewhere in another galaxy on a planet similar to our own."

Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower in Florence, Italy



Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower (Italian, "Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore") is the main church of Florence, Italy. Construction in the Gothic style began in 1296 and was completed with the dome in 1436. The exterior of the building is faced with marble polychrome panels in various shades of pink and green bordered by white and has an elaborate 19th-century Gothic Revival façade.

The basilica is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site along with other beautiful buildings in the historic centre of Florence and is one of a major attraction to tourists from all over the world visiting the Tuscany. The Basilica of Saint Mary of the Flower is one of largest churches in Italy, and until invention of modern building materials, it was the largest dome in the world. It remains the largest dome ever made of bricks.

Ski Dream Home - luxury mountain retreat, Utah

Photo Courtesy of Resorts West Ski Dream Home

"Nestled atop Little Baldy Peak in the exclusive, private gated community of Deer Crest, the Resorts West Ski Dream Home offers 14,000 square feet of indoor living space. The home features six bedrooms, 10 baths, a gourmet kitchen with separate butler's pantry, a home theater with stadium seating for 16, freshwater trout aquarium, pool table, DJ booth, 2 custom bar areas and Full Swing Golf simulator. Outside, enjoy stunning panoramic views, outdoor fireplaces, heated wrap-around decks, a heated outdoor pool plus oversized hot tub and slope-side ski-in/ski-out access via a private heated ski bridge."





Contemporary Glass House by Nico Van Der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa


“The house is situated on a 4000 sq.m site, with a total floor area of 2500sq.m. The owner requested a modern, glamorous, open plan, light-filled house with views from all rooms into the garden.

The shape on the south side is a half circle, forming a horseshoe on the north side. Approaching the house form the gate the driveway is elevated to allow glimpses thru’ the house to the garden and raised water feature on the other side of the house.”

Architecture: Nico Van Der Meulen Architects
Photography: Barry Goldman, David Ross