Jackson Clements Burrows Architects have designed The Cullen Hotel located in Melbourne, Australia. “This project is one of a group of Art Series Hotels developed by the Asia Pacific Building Corporation. The design concept involved the generation of a simple cubic form which was then articulated by a series of punctutations and projections which activate the street frontage on the prominent corner site. The architecture becomes an expressive form of contemporary art strengthening the value of the Art Series Hotel concept.”
Zaha Hadid Architects have designed the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku, Azerbaijan. “The Heydar Aliyev Center hosts a variety of cultural programs, its design is a departure from the rigid and often monumental architecture of the former Soviet Union that is so prevalent in Baku, aspiring instead to express the sensibilities and diversity of Azeri culture. The Center’s design establishes a continuous, fluid relationship between its surrounding plaza and the building’s interior. The plaza, as the ground surface, accessible to all, rises to envelop an equally public interior and define a sequence of event spaces within. Undulations, folds, and inflections modify this surface to create an architectural landscape that performs a multitude of functions: welcoming, embracing, and directing visitors throughout the center; blurring the conventional differentiation between architecture and landscape, interior and exterior. Fluidity in architecture is not new to the region. The continuous calligraphic scripts and patterning of historical Islamic architecture flow from carpets to walls, walls to ceilings, ceilings to domes; establishing seamless relationships and blurring distinctions between architectural elements and the ground they inhabit. The Center’s design relates to this historical understanding of architecture, not through the use of mimicry or a limiting adherence to the iconography of the past, but with a firmly contemporary interpretation.”
Located in the quiet seaside town of Bergen, Netherlands, the lovely Dune House blends in effortlessly with the pleasing countryside that surrounds it. Inspired by the topography of Bergen, the home assumes the shape of a sand dune that has been formed by the wind. Clad in unique clay tiles that give it a rustic and traditional look, the facade of the house sports an unmistakable and distinct look. The three-story Dune House is reinterpretation of traditional Dutch design by the dynamic duo of Min2 Architectural Firm. Combining the elements of a classic Nordic farmhouse with contemporary architecture, the Dune House uses a variety of natural materials that vary from Douglas fir to wood and stone. Concrete and glass have been used to balance out the warm wooden tones and to offer the home a more modern vibe. Take a look!
Today we want to show you stunning private holiday residence Villa F located in Rhodes, Greece. It was completed by HORNUNG AND JACOBI ARCHITECTURE, with a very unique architectural design that sets it apart from its rocky landscape. “The site of the holiday home in Rhodes/Greece yet possess characteristics and outstanding qualities, which we only attempted to frame with our design. The site is located three meters above a coastal road, which is bordered by a natural stonewall that has been equally continued for our proposal. On the one hand the continuation of the found wall generates a high level of privacy, while on the other hand it relates to the given situation, which we were tempted to preserve as much as possible. The holiday home was designed for a couple. They wished a separate area for guests, which we mostly embedded in the given topography by integrating the shady tree population and without generating an equally visible volume.
You won’t be surprised by portions of creativity in house designs. You’ve seen lots of creative houses on our pages and comparing with such interesting examples Pyramid House by Mexican architect Juan Carlos Ramos is still worth of your attention. The simple geometric shape of this conceptual pyramid-shaped home creates a clean aesthetic, while remaining extremely eye-catching due to its iconic though rarely applied form. Some highlights of this design are the multiple windows cut out of the four large triangular facades that allow natural light into the home. An enormous window covers one entire side of the structure that visually exposes and lightens the design. Viewers also get to see inside the modern multi-level interior which features a library, balcony, two bedrooms, and even a recording studio that have all been cleverly sectioned to fit inside this unconventional concept.
If quirkiness and true individuality are the most important things you look for in a home then Savills have the perfect property. The Bailey Water Tower is a really unusual property on West Hill Road, Luton and is guaranteed to make your heart skip a beat. There is no other way to say it – this is an imposing and impressive building that is the closest you will get to your Englishman’s castle without setting up home at Balmoral. The Grade II listed property has been transformed into an attractive modern home, with a spectacular quality of finish and masses of style throughout. The care and attention paid to the iconic building is impressive and the conversion has been carried out incredibly carefully to ensure this is a practical yet highly unusual home. Designed by Henry T Hare in the arts and crafts style the building was constructed in 1900 to supply water in Stopsley Park. It was decommissioned in 1960 and is now a wonderful residential property.
Tengbom Architects have designed a 10 square meter student living unit that is currently being exhibited at the Virserum Art Museum in Småland, Sweden. “Tengbom Architects has designed a student flat for students which is affordable, environmental-friendly and smart both in terms of design and choice of materials. The project is a collaboration with wood manufacturer Martinsons and real estate company AF Bostäder. To meet the needs of students in a sustainable, smart and affordable way was the key questions when Tengbom in collaboration with students at the University of Lund was designing this student flat of 10 square meters. The unit is now displayed in Virserum Art Museum. In 2014, 22 units will be built and ready for students to move into.
Some people don’t want to became adults and turn their lives into fairytale by just living in storybook homes. Humble and beautiful in their imperfection, little cottages with hand-made details call to mind the tales of the Brothers Grimm and other fairy stories. These 15 fairytale inspired cottages are real-life homes from around the world. From tiny houses to stunning cottages houses, to mystical stone dwellings, these 15 storybook cottage homes provide inspiration to simplify and live smaller, and they’re definitely fun to look at. Enjoy! And if you’re looking for additional home design inspiration, check out BuildDirect’s Pinterest.
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