- Producer17/02/2017What Is It That Makes Skyscrapers So Awe Inspiring?Skyscrapers have been symbols of human achievement and civilization for as long as they have existed. They naturally draw the eye whenever people look at a city's skyline at night, and many people have wondered why they inspire such awe in so many...
- 17/02/2017House Mosi by Nico van der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa - to read more go to: - http://www.caandesign.com/house-mosi-by-nico-van-der-meulen-architects/
- 16/02/2017Ols House by J. Mayer H. Architects - Stuttgart, Germany. To read more go to:- http://www.caandesign.com/ols-house-by-j-mayer-h-architects/
Comments16/02/2017 #1 Praveen Raj GullepalliThat's a cool home Claire! I had the opportunity of being driven through Stuttgart to reach the Karlsruhe airport via Baden Baden in 2012...the place had such quaint and lovable houses with either flowers painted on windows and flowerpots arranged on the sills.
- 16/02/201710 Surreal Tree Houses That Will Make Your Childhood Dreams Come True. Who says that grown-ups can’t have tree house goals?
When the demands of daily life become too much to bear, a special hideout in the sky can be your place to escape, cool off, or brainstorm in peace. Just one look at these inspirational mini-getaways and you may find yourself looking for a sturdy tree to scale. https://www.dwell.com/article/10-surreal-tree-houses-that-will-make-your-childhood-dreams-come-true-e3cbe35e
- 15/02/2017Hebil 157 Houses by Aytac Architects, Bodrum, Turkey - to read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/hebil-157-houses-by-aytac-architects/
- 03/02/2017China’s first vertical forest is rising in Nanjing. Stefano Boeri Architetti is bringing the vertical forest concept popularized in Milan to Nanjing, China with the Nanjing Towers. The two green towers could provide the city with a breath of fresh air, producing around 132 pounds of oxygen every day as they absorb carbon dioxide. They’ll accomplish this air-cleaning feat with 1,100 flourishing trees from 23 local species and 2,500 cascading shrubs and plants. http://inhabitat.com/chinas-first-vertical-forest-is-rising-in-nanjing/
- 03/02/2017Casa Cabo de Vila by Spaceworkers, Bitarães, Portugal - http://www.archdaily.com/801492/casa-cabo-de-vila-spaceworkers
- 02/02/2017Glass Wall House by Klopf Architecture - San Mateo, California, USA - to read more go to :- http://www.archdaily.com/802452/glass-wall-house-klopf-architecture
- 01/02/2017Space ship house in Cape Town near Boulders Beach. @Javier Rojas García - this was the house I was talking about - cool eh?
- 01/02/2017Kettle Hole House by Robert Young - East Hampton, New York, USA to read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/kettle-hole-house-by-robert-young/
- Foster + Partners Cascading Complex Wins Competition for New Hotel in Mecca. Foster + Partners has won an international competition for a new luxury hotel and apartment complex located just outside the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Borrowing from traditional Arab architecture and the area’s mountainous terrain, the mixed-use development will take the form of a cluster of vertical building clusters, arranged in a stepped topography. http://www.archdaily.com/804380/foster-plus-partners-cascading-complex-wins-competition-for-new-hotel-in-mecca-saudi-arabia?utm_campaign=trueAnthem:+Trending+Content&utm_content=589063a804d3017e999cd176&utm_medium=trueAnthem&utm_source=twitter
- Two Moon House by Moon Hoon - Gyeonggi-do, South Korea to read more go to :- http://www.archdaily.com/645642/two-moon-moon-hoon
- Marbella House by A-Cero, Marbella, Spain. To read more go to:- http://www.caandesign.com/marbella-house-by-a-cero/
- ProducerSome of the houses I have worked on.I thought it was time to show you all some of the work I do. By day I work with straight lines and words and by night I paint curvy lines.....I have had the privilege of working with some truly amazing clients assisting them to realise their...
Comments30/01/2017 #33 Claire 🐝 CardwellHi @Todd Jones - the problem is that with brick for example you can not have a span greater than 6m without a structural support column if there are no cross walls. In addition you also should not have an expanse of wall with more than 25-30% glazing/openings. Far too often people do not consider this when designing homes and this leads to budget over-runs and building fails. In addition other common mistakes I see are roof spans greater than 8-8.5m. People don't realise that not only do you need beefier trusses at spans greater than 8-5m, you also need thicker walls, support columns and bigger & stronger foundations - this type of design mistake leads to budget over-runs and wasted time re-designing the house......30/01/2017 #32 Todd Jones#14 Claire, I often wonder whether open floor plans affect the long term structural integrity of a home. I just bought a 15 year old home that has an open floor plan with the kitchen, dining room, and living room lumped together in one big, open two story space. The gable end of the house is almost entirely comprised of windows and doors. It makes for a beautiful view of the water, but I have noticed small cracks and popped drywall screws in a few places. It seems that this style home is ill equipped to withstand the wind loads that are common in our area.30/01/2017 #26 Claire 🐝 Cardwell#21 Thank you @Lada 🏡 Prkic! More pics of the Cape Dutch Guest House can be found here :- http://www.bluedesigns.org/cape-dutch-guest-house.php If you go to the previous projects page you will find some of the other work I have done :- http://www.bluedesigns.org/previous-projects.php Have an awesome day!30/01/2017 #17 Claire 🐝 CardwellI don't think there is anyone I know here in SA that hasn't been touched by the violent crime that is so prevalent here. My friend (who owns the property where I stay) suffered a v. scary attack in 2007 - hence the security upgrades.... You also have to be exceedingly careful in your car as well. I drive a 1998 Toyota Conquest RSi with Blue Designs branding all over it. Despite it looking a bit ropey on the outside (it still runs like a dream) my insurance contributions are still quite high as my car is on the top ten list for most hijacked cars in SA.....30/01/2017 #16 CityVP 🐝 Manjit#12 Yes I had direct experience with that. We had visited a house of an associate called Lisa. The area she lived in looked fine. The next day we found out that an intruder had got into her house . When we visited to her, she calmly said "Manjit, it's fine, thankfully he did not check the bedroom where I was sleeping" she then proceeded to tell me that had he known she was home alone, that rape accompanies robberies. Once Lisa had explained how things happen where she lives, she spoke in a very matter of fact way, while we the visitors were listening to her with our jaws dropped. So I am well acquainted now why security is key.
- Tiny ‘hut on wheels’ is the perfect vacation home to escape the concrete jungle. For the family who wants to rough it, there’s camping. For the family who wants the five-star treatment, there are, well, five-star hotels. But, for the family who wants to be able to have a little of both, with the sea right outside the doorstep of a modest and elegant home, there is the Koleliba traveling vacation home. Hristina Hristova designed this tiny travel trailer to be a comfy, cozy getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life, where vacationers can enjoy nature uninterrupted.
Comments30/01/2017 #5 Claire 🐝 Cardwell#3 Me too! In 2001/2 I did live a totally hippie lifestyle in a trailer and large tent in the bush in Northern Johannesburg. Unfortunately that part of the world has now become hideously built up with horrible yellow facebrick housing complexes. Sandspruit is now Jackel Creek Estate. There are no more Jackels, Bush Babies, Civets and Spotted Jennets in that part of the world anymore....
- House Mosi by Nico van der Meulen Architects, Johannesburg, South Africa - to read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/house-mosi-by-nico-van-der-meulen-architects/
- 29/01/2017GM1 House by Giovanni A. Moreno Espinosa - Girardot, Colombia to read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/casa-penon-by-giovanni-a-moreno-espinosa/
- 28/01/2017Concrete House by Vanguarda Architects - Buenos Aires, Argentina to read more go to :- http://www.caandesign.com/concrete-house-by-vanguarda-architects/
- 27/01/2017Tiny pod-like home balances on single concrete pillar.
Although typical country homes tend to blend into their natural surroundings, some are just made to stand out. Built by Prague-based architect Jan Sepka, House in the Orchard is a concrete-clad tiny home set on a single concrete pillar. Located in the middle of a green field, this pod home looks as if it just plopped down from outer space. http://inhabitat.com/tiny-pod-like-home-balances-on-single-concrete-pillar/
- 27/01/2017Allandale House by William O’Brien Jr - Mountain West, USA. Allandale House is an A-frame(s) house for a peculiar epicurean and her crew. Alongside its inhabitants, the Allandale House additionally gives space to an erratic gathering of antiques that oppose clear arrangement. Wines, uncommon books, stuffed winged animals and an elk mount are among the relics in plain view in this little excursion house. - http://www.caandesign.com/allandale-house-by-william-obrien-jr/
- 26/01/2017Futuristic home made of massive steel cylinders hides two houses in one. Spanish architecture firm, Z4Z4, has created one very unique home consisting of massive white cylindrical structures fused together to create two houses in one. Inspired by the homeowner’s love of travel and nature, the interior space connects the home to the earth through a large interior greenhouse, while the rest of the home “floats” whimsically above ground. To read more go to :- http://inhabitat.com/futuristic-house-made-of-massive-steel-cylinders-hides-two-houses-in-one/
- 26/01/2017Promenade Residence by BGD Architects, Isle of Capri, Queensland, Australia - http://www.caandesign.com/promenade-residence-by-bgd-architects/
- Kengo Kuma unveils “blossoming” glass and timber villas for Bali - From Ibuku’s gorgeous bamboo structures to D-Associates’wood and brick DRA House, Bali’s contemporary architecture strikes a delicate balance between contemporary and vernacular design. Among the most recent projects planned to be built on this Indonesian island is a cluster of six unique villas, a yoga pavilion and a greenhouse designed by Kengo Kuma. - http://inhabitat.com/kengo-kuma-unveils-blossoming-glass-and-timber-villas-for-bali/
- Dupli Casa by J. MAYER H. Architects, Ludwigsburg, Germany - http://www.caandesign.com/dupli-casa-by-j-mayer-h-architects/
Architecture (Latin architectura, from the Greek ἀρχιτέκτων arkhitekton "architect", from ἀρχι- "chief" and τέκτων "builder") is both the process and the product of planning, designing, and constructing buildings and other physical structures. Architectural works, in the material form of buildings, are often perceived as cultural symbols and as works of art. Historical civilizations are often identified with their surviving architectural achievements.