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Akatsuka House by Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS, photo: Toshiyuki Yano

Akatsuka House by Kiyotoshi Mori & Natsuko Kawamura / MDS, photo: Toshiyuki Yano

Located between rural and urban areas on the edge of Tokyo, Akatsuka House by Kiyotoshi Mori and Natsuko Kawamura / MDS is designed to shelter its inhabitants from noise of the city yet connects with the surrounding environment.

 

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Sun 31.8.

Thermal versatility

Posted by Walter Phillips on 31.08.2014 - Tagged as: , ,

R-House in Tokyo blends privacy and transparency

R-House in Tokyo blends privacy and transparency

New architect-designed homes in Tokyo are often impenetrable from the street. However, this house, in an exclusive enclave, takes the opposite approach. Designed by Riccardo Tossani Architecture, the house is almost entirely glazed, with fine aluminium blades creating just a veil of privacy. “We wanted to capitalise on the views over a nearby park, as well as maximising light,” says architect, Riccardo Tossani, who worked closely with his partner, Interior architect, Atsuko Itoda. Arup Engineers also formed part of the team. “Many new homes turn their back on neighbours,” says Tossani. “The density in Tokyo often favours this approach.” (Text by Stephen Crafti)

 

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Thu 1.5.

Poolhouse by +tongtong (CA)

Posted by Walter Phillips on 01.05.2014 - Tagged as: , ,

Poolhouse by +tongtong, photo: Colin Faulkner

Poolhouse by +tongtong, photo: Colin Faulkner

A minimalist renovation of a pool house in Toronto, Canada is the latest project of multidisciplinary studio +tongtong. Designed to be multifunctional, the open-space interior easily transforms from pool house to guesthouse to entertainment space to work studio to event space.

 

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'Wave', Makro's single-block, high-quality-acrylic under-mount bath – available in three sizes – is incorporated into an expanded-polystyrene structure, allowing a myriad, project-specific design possibilities

‘Wave’, Makro’s single-block, high-quality-acrylic under-mount bath – available in three sizes – is incorporated into an expanded-polystyrene structure, allowing a myriad, project-specific design possibilities

Makro doesn’t do compromise. Its second-to-none bathroom concepts respond to the precise needs of its customers, providing the perfect solution for even the most demanding of architectural projects. (by Simon Keane-Cowell)

 

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Modularity combined with superlative energy-saving credentials underpin Tubes' formally expressive 'Agorà' radiator system, designed by Nicola de Ponti

Modularity combined with superlative energy-saving credentials underpin Tubes’ formally expressive ‘Agorà’ radiator system, designed by Nicola de Ponti

‘Products developed for architecture’ is how Italian brand Tubes describes its striking, resolutely sculptural radiators and towel rails, designed to shape the interior landscape as well as heat it. The manufacturer’s story is one of a steadfast commitment to innovation and design, transforming heating into an art form. Come on in from the cold. (by Simon Keane-Cowell)

 

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ODE residential building by HVDN/Studioninedots; photo by Peter Cuypers

Two Dutch architectural practices HVDN and Studioninedots have recently completed this vast, waterfront mixed-use development located between Amsterdam’s old town and the Central Station. Encompassing 28 luxurious apartments as well as number of commercial spaces such restaurants and a department store, HVDN/Studioninedots’ building is part of a 200,000-square-feet master plan for the Oosterdokseiland area which ‘consists of high density buildings interwoven with narrow passageways that link enclosed open spaces.’ (more…)

Milanofiori Residential Complex by OBR Open Building Research; photo courtesy of OBR

Translucent sheets of glass reflect the sky above this residential complex, which, together with adjoining commercial premises such as offices, hotels, restaurants and cinemas, forms a multifunctional development Milanofiori realised by a Genova-based practice Open Building Research (OBR). Comprising 107, park-overlooking apartments, the 2010-completed complex ‘seeks the symbiosis between architecture and landscape, so that the synthesis of artificial and natural elements could define the quality of living and the sense of belonging by the inhabitants.’ (more…)

The River - Jõekaare Residential Tower; photo © Lukas Schaller

An Austrian architectural practice Atelier Thomas Pucher has completed first our of nine buildings from the Jõekaare Residential District project which, when completed in 2014, will include a total of nine buildings with 440 apartments intended for some 1000 inhabitants. Located near the Estonian Emajõgi river, the multi-storey building has been designed to offer it’s residents unobstructed views of a natural reserve situated on the opposite bank of the river. (more…)

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