"Cabin Vindheim is situated deep into the forest, in the alpine landscape close to Lillehammer / Norway.
The cabin is inspired by the classic image of a snowbound cabin with only the roof exposed above the snow. By extending the gables all the way down to the ground, the cabin becomes part of the snowy landscape.
In spite of a compact floor plan (55m2) the cabin is spatially rich and generous due to the sloping roof and the various uplifts. From the main bedroom and the mezzanine you can even gaze up at the stars and enjoy the northern light, while lying in bed.
During winter you can easily walk on top of the cabin and even sledge ride or ski down the sloping roof.
Team: Matre Aasarød / Berta Gaztelu / Joana Branco / Kurt Breitenstein
Photo: Rasmus Norlander / Top slider: Private"
"The current renaissance of the mashrabiya culminates in a large-scale responsive screen system in Abu Dhabi with the Al Bahr Towers by Aedas. The solar-responsive dynamic screen decreases the towers’ solar gain. According to Aedes, the lightly tinted glass reduces the incoming daylight at all times and not only for temperature-critical situations. The system even includes about 2.000 umbrella-like modules per tower driven by photovoltaic panels."
"With a green spin on form follows function, the recently completed Blauhaus (Blue House) in Mönchengladbach, Germany, embeds energy-generating solar panels within the facade. The sleek, reflective exterior of this mixed-use educational facility, a tesselating set of blue glass and solar panels, adds a functional flourish to the building’s progressive profile. Designed by Kadawittfeldarchitektur, the structure is a joint project between Niederrheim University and the local utility company NEW, and gives both institutions a cutting-edge space for collaboration and learning."
More info and photos over at Curbed
"My god, it's full of drawings!"
This new, beautiful, monolithic book (sorry, had to do it...) just landed on our collective desk and we're a little excited about it, to say the very least. Everyone has heard of 2001, Kubrick and Clarke, but how many have heard of Harry Lange, the man behind the design of the film? And by "the film" we mean pretty much the entire movie. We are talking about the architecture and engineering behind the Clavius moonbase, the space stations, their interiors, including all the furniture, all in absolutely exquisite detail, the astronauts' spacesuits, their machinery, computers and their UIs... and that's just scratching the surface of this tome, which we would consider something of a modernist, technical design bible.
This is a book for lovers of architecture, interior design (particularly mid-century modern), lighting design, material design, UI design, character design, fashion, technical/engineering design, film, stage design and space itself. There aren't many people who wouldn't adore this gorgeous book.
It can be picked up from Amazon here.
"Haltia has been designed to blend with its location. it is surrounded by the symbols of Finnish nature: granite bedrock, a lake, and dense forest. Haltia’s north face is sheltered inside the rock, while the southern face opens itself towards the lake scenery."
This is a truly special building. Plenty more photos available on ArchDaily.
"A family business for eighty years, Vitra believes in lasting relationships with customers, employees and designers, durable products, sustainable growth and the power of good design."
"Architecture meeting the basic necessities of life is difficult enough, so when a space has features that brings you closer to the ones you love and allows you to complete work and live in comfort, we must celebrate and here we celebrate Daniele Claudio Taddei for a Touch of Chanel."
More information at Gessato
"This is the second episode of our independent “A Taste of ...” time lapse series.
You wanna have a look at the city behind the Wiener Schnitzel, Sachertorte and Wiener Melange? Have a taste of our beautiful hometown Vienna, which serves as capital of Austria, located in the heart of Europe, with its enormous rich culture and history.
Let us take you on a fast trip through Vienna's world wide well known buildings, as well as less famous places, trough restaurants or tramways, which are called “Bims” by its locals, by the way..."
Thomas Pöcksteiner // Peter Jablonowski
Sounddesign by Benjamin Bauernfeind
"Cities will no longer be allowed to grow beyond what their natural resources can support, and odd-shaped buildings will be forbidden, according to the guideline from the Communist Party of China Central Committee and the State Council, China’s Cabinet."
"Within five years, a map of all such illegal buildings across China’s cities will have been drawn up and action taken against violators, the document said."
The shortlist for the 2016 Architect of the Year Awards has been revealed.
Our friends Michaelis Boyd Associates, whom we have done a lot of work for recently, have been short-listed in the Interior Architect of the Year category. Best of luck to them!
http://awards.bdonline.co.uk/2016-shortlist/ for more information.