Utopian Green

Kerterre : ces « maisons de hobbit » écologiques et à prix abordable

Parmi les habitats alternatifs qui ont connu un succès grandissant ces dernières années, on retrouve les « Kerterres », de petits dômes aux formes poétiques qui sont un appel à vivre au plus proche de la nature tout en respectant l’environnement. Dans son prochain reportage, Nikita Gouëzel, un jeune réalisateur français, nous invite à découvrir ces constructions originales […]

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Utopian Green

« Bois Terre Paille » : manifeste pour construire sans les multinationales !

En réponse aux impératifs sociaux et environnementaux, les techniques de construction en bois, terre et paille permettent non seulement de relancer l’économie locale, mais aussi de reprendre le contrôle sur un secteur qui appartient désormais à une poignée de multinationales, argumente l’association LESA dans son manuel intitulé Bois Terre Paille – BTP à l’intention des élus locaux. Une fronde […]

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Architecture, Projects

Hercule, a monolithic single-family house by 2001, juts like an iceberg from the ground

Luxembourg-based architectural practice, 2001 (www.2001.lu), has completed Hercule, a monolithic concrete single-family house in Mondorf-les-bains, in the South of Luxembourg. Named after local hero John “Hercule” Gruen for its robust strength, the volume emerges fiercely from the ground like the tip of an iceberg: the stepping of the plot, a residual portion of land situated […]

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Utopian Green

Crematorium Siesegem by KAAN Architecten: a peaceful oasis for reminiscence nestled in the landscape

KAAN Architecten www.kaanarchitecten.com has designed the new Crematorium Siesegem on the outskirts of Aalst (Belgium), as an entry for an international competition that the Dutch firm won in 2012. The building is a comforting sequence of spaces in symbiotic relationship with its tranquil surroundings. Located in the countryside bordering the western ring road of the Belgian city, […]

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House, Projects

22 Jalan Kembangan / Timurdesigns LLP

The site for this house posed several challenges to overcome. Firstly, it is located right at the junction of two busy 4-lane roads. And in addition to that, the overhead MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) viaduct for the East-West cross-island train is located just beyond one of these roads. There is constant noise coming from cars […]

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Architecture

To Fix Architecture, Fix the Design Crit

In architecture, the act of formally critiquing design is ubiquitous. The crit, as its called, is almost a rite of passage. And while the format of this practice is universal, its objective, goals and ultimate purpose are unfixed, beyond a broad and often vague imperative to make a given design better. This is a problem, […]

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Architecture, House

sergey makhno builds a japanese garden in ukrainian suburbs

architectural studio sergey makhno architects reveals its latest project located in the suburbs of kiev, the capital of ukraine. the private residence titled ‘oko house’ (in ukrainian oko stands for an eye) is a two-level structure overlooking the natural green landscape through its circular opening in the main façade, gridded with steel bars. walking through the terraced site, one would encounter with eventual sculptures […]

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Design, Ecology, House

Bruny Island Hideaway | Maguire and Devine Architects

“We value your ideas and work with you to create inspiring and functional living and working environments. We strive to create timeless architecture with embodied spirit, responsive to budget and the environment.” — Hugh Maguire We want to collaborate with you and build you a joyful place. Architecture is for living, after all. Our projects […]

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Ecology, Free Energy, House, Projects

Sommarhus, Stockholm, Sweden by Kod Arkitekter

Ph: by Måns Berg  An archipelago residence with spaces for both social activities and privacy, making the most of an exceptional location. That was the vision for this summer house in the northern Stockholm archipelago, which combines Japanese simplicity with Scandinavian cottage traditions. The house is located on an island and is surrounded by the […]

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Architecture, Factory, Utopian Green

Noma by BIG

Noma is a two-Michelin-star restaurant run by chef René Redzepi in Copenhagen, Denmark. The name is a syllabic abbreviation of the two Danish words “nordisk” (Nordic) and “mad” (food). Opened in 2003, the restaurant is known for its reinvention and interpretation of the Nordic Cuisine

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Architecture, Projects, Utopian Green

Cabins for Wildwood State Park

The final site plan was determined in situ: WXY’s designers staked the location of each cabin with flags and adjusted the composition in the rolling landscape to give the perception of diverse forms, while leaving the forest as untouched as possible. The cabin’s exteriors are simple, comprising unfinished cedar shingles, ipe decking, and galvalume roofing. […]

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Architecture, Ecology, House

Custom House Less Than 3,000 Square Feet

The Sonoma WeeHouse is, in fact, not one but two houses—one main house and one guest house—on a hillside site in Santa Rosa, Calif., just north and west of the vineyard-rich region that gave it its name. These small, impeccably detailed, minimalist, weathering steel-clad boxes were designed by St. Paul, Minn.–based firm Alchemy Architects for […]

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