Antique Swiss Chalet Renovation by Lacroix Chessex

Chalet Noisettes

Chalet Noisettes

This beautiful Chalet Noisettes in Gryon, in the Swiss Alps, used to be a century-old log cabin that strongly needed a renovation. Swiss architectural studio Lacroix Chessex started renovating the chalet and extending its beautified modern shape to accommodate the inhabitant’s needs. This renovation brought new life to both the cabin and surrounding areas, bringing together modern design with the existing one. Continue reading “Antique Swiss Chalet Renovation by Lacroix Chessex”

43base Minimal House in Tokyo by Miurashin Architect + Associates

43base Minimal House in Tokyo

43base Minimal House in Tokyo

43base is a minimal home located in Tokyo, Japan, designed by Miurashin Architect + Associates. Constructed from 150mm x 150mm x 12mm L-shaped steel elements produced in a factory, the rigid frame was assembled on site using a crane. Stepped into a hill, a garage at street level is the initial point of entry. A staircase leads the residents into the first level kitchen. From the entrance to the roof-top garden, the design alternates between small and large, high and low. On the top floor a bedroom is placed to hide itself from view from the common areas below. Continue reading “43base Minimal House in Tokyo by Miurashin Architect + Associates”

Balmain House by Carter Williamson Architects

Balmain House by Carter Williamson Architects

Balmain House by Carter Williamson Architects

This extension to a family house with marble brise-soleils on the rear façade in New South Wales, Australia, is designed by Australian practice Carter Williamson Architects. The original house on the site is a 1860’s timber cottage sourced, sawn and constructed from local timber. Preserving and restoring the integrity of the existing 1860’s workers cottage as part of the street scape and the eclectic, urban fabric of Balmain was key to the development of this site. Continue reading “Balmain House by Carter Williamson Architects”

Diagonal Tower by SOM

Diagonal Tower by SOM

Diagonal Tower by SOM

International firm SOM has recently designed the Diagonal Tower, a development proposal for the Yongsan International Business district in Seoul, Korea. It is a clever, energy-sipping design with expansive, bright interiors. The 343-meter high building successfully integrates massing, structure and performance in order to reduce construction costs, minimize wind loads, meet strict energy codes and provides dramatic views, while maintaining an iconic skyline presence. Continue reading “Diagonal Tower by SOM”

La Lucia by SAOTA and Antoni Associates

La Lucia by SAOTA and Antoni Associates

La Lucia by SAOTA and Antoni Associates

Cape Town-based studio SAOTA Architects has recently completed the La Lucia residence in collaboration with interior design studio Antoni Associates. This modern holiday beach house is located on the North Coast of the KwaZulu Natal province in South Africa. The building has been sensitively designed to gently nestle between protected milkwood trees, in an area that has strict environmental controls. Continue reading “La Lucia by SAOTA and Antoni Associates”

Award Winning Design: HP Tree House by mmp Architects

HP Tree House by mmp Architects

HP Tree House by mmp Architects

Australian firm mmp Architects has recently completed HP Tree House, a residence in a secluded and forested site in MT Whitfield, Australia. This rainforest tree house is a 2012 House of the Year award winning design. The building ‘floats’ on a galvanized steel support structure, which carries through from the ground to the roof ensuring minimum site disturbance, low maintenance and structural integrity. Continue reading “Award Winning Design: HP Tree House by mmp Architects”

Sleep in Nature: Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgard Arkitekter

Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgard Arkitekter

Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgard Arkitekter

Stockholm based Tham & Videgård Arkitekter, directed by Bolle Tham and Martin Videgård, have designed an evasive hotel in the trees, located in Harads, Sweden. The 4x4x4 meter cube is accessed by Rope Bridge and reflects the surrounding forest and sky. The hotel, which first opened to the public in July 2010, was consists of only five tree-rooms and the owners expect to build a total of 24 tree-rooms by 2012. Continue reading “Sleep in Nature: Tree Hotel by Tham & Videgard Arkitekter”

Dubai’s Spectacular Underwater Hotel by Deep Ocean Technology

Water Discus Hotel

Water Discus Hotel

Polish firm Deep Ocean Technology (DOT) in collaboration with Swiss firm Big Invest Group has unveiled the latest of Dubai’s outlandish architectural endeavors — the Water Discus Hotel — which is to be comprised of a series of sci-fi styled discs. The movable underwater disc, surrounded by a coral reef and resting about 30 feet beneath the sea’s surface, will contain 21 hotel rooms, an underwater dive center and a bar. To ensure privacy, all rooms are sound-proof and have curtains which offer different levels of transparency. A special lighting system will illuminate the flora and fauna outside and the highest technology in the rooms will allow guests to zoom in and take a closer look at even the tiniest creatures using macro photography. Take a look! Continue reading “Dubai’s Spectacular Underwater Hotel by Deep Ocean Technology”