Thursday, February 25, 2010

Kim Høltermand Photography

Seawater Lido
by White

Black Diamond
by schmidt/hammer/lassen architects

Grundtvigs Church
by Peder Vilhelm Jensen-Klint

by Jean Novel Ateliers

by 3XN

by danenielsen architecture
Copenhagen Architecture

Black Diamond
by scmidt hammer lassen architects

VM Buildings
by PLOT (now JDS and BIG)

Torres 01
by Jean Novel Ateliers

(abbandoned space)

many thanks to Kim Høltermand for submitting his fantastic photography!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

KSS Architects

another quality web candy - for your surfing pleasure....

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Ants as Urban Designers

The below ground structures of ant colonies are much more extensize - and complex - than one might think.

The truth is as a child most of us beleived that there wasn't much more to an ant colony than the architecture of the mound itself - until we were intruced to our first 'ant farm'. The ant farm exposes the engineering nature of the ant...

...this video, however, exposes them as much more than engineers. Ants are urban designers in the truest sense. Enjoy!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

KOZ architectes

Monday, February 15, 2010

Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd

another quality web candy - for your surfing pleasure...

Sunday, February 14, 2010


another quality web candy - for your surfing pleasure...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Bourne Blue Architecture

Port Macquarie House

A family home at lighthouse beach, port Macquarie on the east coast of Australia. The forms are generated from the contours, views in differing directions to the beach, the lighthouse and a rainforest to the rear. The Northern wing is living, southern wing sleeping, wrapping around a courtyard and pool.
Architect – Bourne Blue Architecture
Landscape – Richard Stutchbury
Sculpture – Richard Stutchbury
Photography – Brett Boardman
...many thanks to Shane for sharing these two projects!

Bourne Blue Architecture

Dudley Residence

North facing sites, looking up the coastline are a rarity on the East coast of Australia. This site, sloping down at 1 in 4 to the North presented many difficulties, one of which was how to accommodate a 25m long lap pool on the site, together with the accommodation required for a young family that seek to stay on this site for decades to come. The strategy developed was to locate entry / living / common spaces on the site up on the highest contours, place the pool to the north of this, running across the site and then move down underneath the pool to the sleeping areas. The slope of the land is such that all levels have an extensive view to the ocean, and all levels receive good winter sunlight.
Architect – Bourne Blue Architecture
Engineer – Izzat
Landscape – Richard Stutchbury
Sculpture – Richard Stutchbury
Builder – Danny Smith
Photography – Brett Boardman
Completed – 2009

Tuesday, February 09, 2010


Monday, February 08, 2010

Paul McKean Architecture llc

Neal Creek Retreat

The Neal Creek residence treads lightly upon its surroundings, maximizing valley and water views with minimal impact to the natural environment. The owners - windsurfing and snowboarding enthusiasts - were interested in a modest home that would be highly efficient and ecologically minded. Their wooded two-acre parcel of land presented many unique challenges including wetlands, creek protection setbacks, and floodplain restrictions. The design solution for the two-bedroom house addresses these issues by elevating the habitable space one full floor above grade. Views to the creek are enhanced from this position and the living spaces float within the tree tops. Lifting the main space protects the house from potential flooding while making way for a covered outdoor patio and much needed gear storage below. At the uppermost level, a planted roof replaces landscape lost to the building footprint and reduces heat gain to the interior spaces.

Environmental Awareness
A place for relaxation and solitude, the design is a careful, non invasive integration of a small residence onto its site.
This principal is evident in the following decisions:
• Only vegetative or permeable materials will be added to the site plane
• The building footprint will be replaced with green roof
• The Advantex, dual stage septic system protects creekside soil quality and provides digital, off site monitoring of waste water quality
• High efficiency windows and wood screens are placed to maximize daylight and views, as well as protect against summer heat gains
Resource Efficiency
The strategy for resource efficiency is to create an energy, water and material efficient building. It has also been designed to utilize as many renewable products as possible.
• The house has been designed to a much smaller size than typical market rate housing
• Dual flush toilets and low flow fixtures reduce domestic water consumption
• The house uses no fossil fuels for operation. Local electricity is hydro generated from the nearby Columbia River. The electricity source can later be easily converted to on-site generation via PV panels or windmills.
• Energy Star appliances reduce energy use, including an on-demand water heater
• The structural system is light wood framing, a renewable material
• A Solatube skylight provides natural daylight into bathroom

Social Responsibility
The house has been specified with many products manufactured by progressive, mindful companies that value healthy environments. Some of these products include:
• FSC certified hardwood flooring treated with a vegatable based low VOC sealer
• Water based, low VOC interior paints and sealers by Sherwin Williams paints minimize indoor air pollutants
• Western red cedar rainscreen siding allows siding to breathe, protecting walls from mold growth
• Carlisle TPO roofing was selected because of it’s ability to be recycled
many thanks to James and Paul at Paul McKean Architecture for the project description and images...
Photos by: Paul McKean Architecture and Bob Zaikoski