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Wingardh Architects, Sweden, are "committed to the artistic and poetic dimensions of architecture." This guest house and sauna, simply entitled The Mill House, is situated in Vastra Karup, rural southern Sweden, and adheres to this committment by its soul-enriching and sympathetic yet modernist design. Wingardh Architects are selling sanctuary, a rural idyll of a rustic retreat where clean, contemporaneity envelops traditional Swedish design.

Visit Wingardh Architects online at www.wingardhs.se

Via Trendir | Best House Design | Images © www.jamessilverman.co.uk


Waters Edge - Contemporary Lakeside Homes

The Waters Edge Development is set at the heart of the Cotswold water park not far from the former Roman settlement of Cirencester. Each of the homes offer completely unobstructed views from the large decks built directly over the lake.

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 "The properties have been designed to offer unrivalled breadth, light and wide open spaces. However, the most distinctive feature of any Waters edge property is its frontage. Unobstructed views from the interior complement decking that runs directly along the edge of the 28 acre lake. The relationship between a Waters edge home and its environment is integral to making this development so special."

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 The houses take cues from continental modernism, something still rare in the UK, with its stringent planning regulations (which somehow stop innovation under the pretext of making things in-keeping with the area, but allow the larger developers to fill the country with horrific mock Tudor and Georgian pastiche, built from plans that have probably been lying around since the late 70's)

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The Cotswold Water Park is Britain's largest wetland nature reserve (It is man-made however, the lakes being former quarries)

The homes come with the restriction that you can only be in residence a maximum of 11 months of the year. Making these most suitable to those in the market for a second home in the Cotswolds. 

While I personally think it is slightly disheartening that these are "second" homes, it's great to see contemporary house design being deployed on a slightly larger scale in the UK.  One would hope this will help the case for individuals, architects and developers looking to build contemporary homes for family residence throughout the nation.


Restaurant Tusen By Murman Arkitekter

Winner of the 'Holiday' category at this year's World Architecture Festival, Barcelona, is Restaurant Tusen by Swedish architectural office, Murman Arkitekter. Lying at the snowy outpost of the small but perfectly formed Ramundberget ski resort, Sweden, Restaurant Tusen, with its bark-covered birch tree frontage, stands like some post-apocalyptic fort.

Restaurant Tusen By Murman Arkitekter

The strangely welcoming imposition of this foodie citadel, situated as it is in the bleak, snowy landscape, is a fine example of Murman Arkitekter's intentions of environmental engagement for reasons both ecological and humanitarian. The carefully chosen location places Restaurant Tusen between the birch trees of its facade, mountain streams and rocky outcrops. This, coupled with its wind-reducing and therefore view-optimising funneled form, makes genuine fulfilment of their goal to create architecture which is absolutely to affect and bring joy to the eye (aswell as the stomach) of the beholder.

Restaurant Tusen By Murman Arkitekter

Restaurant Tusen By Murman Arkitekter

Images courtesy of murman arkitekter and WAF with thanks to designboom.com (view more here)

Via: designboom


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Taking its name from popular Japanese micro-restaurants, temporary art installation and fully-functioning eatery, Nomiya, is raising the steaks of l'art de cuisine in the Paris skyline. For one year only, Nomiya will be replacing the previous occupant, luxe mobile suite Hotel Everland, atop the "site of contemporary creation," the Palais de Tokyo. This Parisien centre of contemporary arts is playing host to the 12-person culinary unit as part of a collaboration between some of the most prominent names in modern multi-disciplinary arts, and all so they may "offer a unique and exceptional new moment of pleasure."

"Nomiya"%3A a project by Laurent Grasso

This well-bred brainchild of artistic revelry was conceived by appliance manufacturer extraordinaire, Electrolux, as part of its ArtHome creative outreach, with joint input in their respective fields from architect Pascal Grasso and artist Laurent Grasso. With panoramic views of the Seine and the Eiffel tower, Nomiya is not only an indulgent feast for the eyes, but for the stomach, too, as the culinary experience is overseen by Transversal's forward-thinking director Gilles Strassard.

The 18-metre-long construct of glass and perforated metal was trasported from the Cherbourg boatyard to Paris in two sections, where it was then assembled 'on-house' at the Palais de Tokyo rooftop. The interior sees the dining area furnished in white Corian and bathed considerately in the intimate glow of LED lighting.

With all the promise of a unique 'transformative' experience, ArtHome certainly looks suitably at home above this cultural, contemporary centre providing literal haute cuisine.

"Nomiya": a project by Laurent Grasso

"Nomiya"%3A a project by Laurent Grasso

Tours are available, beginning at the garden and terrace below and working their way through Palais de Tokyo to conclude at the the culinary summit; Nomiya. Workshops and, of course, dinners can also be booked through Electrolux's ArtHome website.

Bon appetit!

Via: Arch Daily


Mar Azul House By BAK Architects

If you go down to the woods today you're sure of a big surprise... for nestled in the forest at the beachside resort of Mar Azul, Buenos Aires, lies BAK Architects' Casa Mar Azul; the environmentally low-impact summer house that's anything but.

Mar Azul House By BAK Architects 

Built in 2004, this striking retreat was created to fulfil a brief, the inherent ethic of which was to design a low-budget home of low impact upon the landscape and to consequently require little maintenance. Reclaimed materials and a great consideration towards light, both natural and synthetic, bore Casa Mar Azul; the realisation of architecture at once blending with and yet punctuating its natural environment.

Mar Azul House By BAK Architects 

Mar Azul House By BAK Architects 

Photos by Gustavo Sosa Pinilla (see more at www.digsdigs.com

Via: Modern House Design


Dwell Development's "Beacon Hill

A recently completed project in the Beacon Hill area of Seattle, Washington, is just the proof that those looking for stunning, eco-friendly family residences ought to Dwell on it. Design/construct firm Dwell Development is a Seattle-specific business whose eye-catching aesthetics and proven 'green' credentials can be accredited, in part at least, to their strict adherence of their work ethic. Think 'quality rather than quantity' and you'll have Dwell's self-styled philosophy in a nutshell. Their commitment to superiority within sustainability is, though, not merely resting upon the residential unit alone, but with an eye to its immediate environment and the potential for the evolution of community.

Dwell Developments

The Beacon Hill development is comprised of four free-standing and individually unique family homes whose generous proportions and striking finishes belie Dwell's accute attention to eco-friendly detail. Each of these residential units is Built Green 5-Star Certified, a lofty achievement indeed for these over-1600-square-foot, 3-storey abodes. But it is Dwell's consideration towards a harmonious sustainability of socio-environmental issues which takes these residences from houses to homes, where high-end meets the encouragement of well-being. Not only are these family homes exceptionally well-placed for lower-impact transportation, safety, and a consideration towards a truly sustainable community, but the spacious, well-lit interiors lined with stunning wood flooring promotes a Scandinavian-style sense of tranquility. And so, Dwell's 'Beacon Hill' certainly looks to be lighting the way forward for a supportive maintenance of not only the residential unit, but the family unit, also.

Dwell Developments

Dwell Developments

Dwell Developments

View more images at www.contemporist.com

Via: Modern House Design


CONTEMPORIST just posted the trailer for Coast Modern. An Independent documentary film about West Coast modernism in architecture. Los Angeles to Vancouver and all points in between.

"The film by Vancouver, Canada based filmmakers Michael Bernard and Gavin Froome will take us on a journey through three generations of modern architecture on the West Coast of North America. From the early 20th century, through to the second wave of post-war America, to today’s current modernist renaissance. This film speaks with the architects and their patrons, and asks if Modernism’s time has finally come or did it ever really go away."

www.coastmodernfilm.com

Via: Coast Modern on Vimeo


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These days, the much-abused abbreviation "eco" is relating to our pocket as much as our planet, and many of us are back to an appreciation of the 3 R's - regeneration, renewal, reformation. With this in mind, architects Jose Ulloa Davet and Delphine Ding teamed up to reform a family home in Tunquen, Chile, which had been built by a local architect in 1990. The resulting Metamorfosis 1, completed September 2008, is one of the more architecturally striking and simultaneously enticing timber reformations yet.

Ventilated timber 'skin' acts to seamlessly bind the old and the new, whilst providing structural elemental protection. Steps wind from the decked patio in escalation of the building via a secondary roof terrace towards the main terrace, which provides enviable panoramic and sea views. Fulfilling dual "eco" purposes, that of being ecologically sound and economically sensible,  this project promotes the global ethic to be less remorseful and more resourceful. Upholding a "less waste, more trees" stance, Metamorphosis 1 shows sustainable is not only beautiful, but makes a house a home.

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The Floating House By Confused-Direction

The Floating House (or Das Schwimmhaus) may, with its prefab style set aboard a floating platform as if a cabin, seem like a confused direction, but, in fact, this German-designed and German-moored home is making good use of urban density and sprirally living costs for its owners. Combining the dual experiences of Germany design company Confused-Direction's Flo Florian (interior design) and Sascha Akkermann (master carpentry,) The Floating House fulfils the increasingly modern craving for a new type of existential habitat, and one which works with our pocket alongside the planet.

The Floating House By Confused-Direction

Sourcing a local workforce committed to sustainability and re-usability, Florian and Akkermann have created a home which is not only eco-friendly in regards to building materials, but also in allowing the inhabitants a grassed-roof garden area. Financially speaking, this kind of home makes sense particularly for those on a quest for uber-contemporary living on a budget as a recent Grand Designs Houseboat episode showed. Though the moorings are, for the most part, the bigger cost, the design and materials and space (it's rare and excessively expensive to have even the tiniest outdoor space in London) are much more affordable and can be a more accessible means of creating your dream contemporary home.

Visit Confused-Direction online at www.confused-direction.de

Via: Modern House Designs


The Cheltenham House

“...with all the chutzpah and brilliance of a well-performed magic trick... this project is a triumph over adversity.”

 - Kevin McCloud, Grand Designs

If you love the smell of horse poo in the morning, then get yourself to 'Nham. That's Cheltenham, the West Country's Regency wonderland and home to the famous equine racetrack. If you're chomping at the bit to get a snaffle of the more refined side of genuine West Country life and are lucky enough to have a 'spare' £25, then mayhap you should enter this 'ere comp.

All's you have to do is pay the good folk 25 of your lovely, hard-earned English pounds and answer one racing-related question and you're in the running for a super prize. And just what is this super prize, I hear you ask? Well, the grand giveaway is a 3-storey, ultra-modern, low-maintenance house as featured on the really rather splendid Grand Designs. This quite divine dwelling is 3-bedroomed (master with en-suite, dressing room and wet room) and comes complete with large contemporary spa room, cinema room and decked patio/terraced gardens. But that is not all...oh no, the house comes fully furnished with all mod cons and is an ideal first mortgage-free step onto a particularly grand property ladder.

So, a unique and very lovely prize, I'm sure you'd agree, but, you must be in it to win it, people, so get yourself on over here to get your entries in. I hear the going's good to firm. Good luck!


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