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Tezuka Architects "House to Catch the Sunlight"

by John Commoner from FUTURE HOUSE NOW  (modern blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:23 AM
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At the suggestion of Jeffrey Pena, who just finished an apprenticeship at Tezuka Architects in Japan, I took a look at the firm's " House to Catch the Sunlight ." You can read Jeffrey's comments in this post . He made some great remarks about families staying connected in smaller, smarter homes. He held up this tiny, 282 square-foot marvel as a perfect example of a home that has only what you need, yet lacks nothing, and through great design lives large and well. This house definitely has that signature Tezuka style - clean, casual, natural. The public spaces are upstairs, while the private spaces are on the lower floor. I love the very simple treatment of the bedroom - meditative. The built-in storage keeps objects out of sight and helps make the space feel larger than it is. The placement of windows for play of light is masterful. Jeffrey closed his comment with "We need to think about making our homes not keep us captive." Well said. That strikes a chord with me. The reason I do this blog is because I really believe that what we live in affects how we live, and that most American homes don't enhance our living experience, and can actually be a burden to us. I'm a huge fan of Tezuka Architects for creating great homes that function beautifully, with an economy that results in purity of purpose. Truly, in Japanese spirit, the limitation becomes the strength. Brilliant. Jeffrey, thanks for your comment, and for pointing out this wonderful home. Image credit - Tezuka Architects site

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Common Pond Plat House - introduction

by lavardera from LamiDesign Modern House Plan Blog  (modern blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:28 AM
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Common Pond is a 15 home community northwest of Atlanta that is being built out exclusively with environmentally minded modern contemporary homes. It is also the first small developer to adopt, promote, and sell one of our stock home plans. Dixon Gary Realty , the developer of Common Pond , contacted us in the spring and acquired Design Prints which they used as a sales tool to show the Plat House to potential customers. They already had a wide offering of great house designs by architects Greg Walker and Hank Houser but the Plat House offered a smaller plan design that they thought might appeal to their market. By the beginning of the summer they had a buyer for a Plat House on one of their lots. The subdivision plan shows the arrangement of the sites. The Plat House is heading for lot 6 which overlooks the pond that gives the project its name. The house will be located on the slope approximately 125 ft from the lot line that borders the community common space around the pond. I'm quite sure the window and deck side of the house will be oriented towards this view and it should be a great setting. and the approach to the site: The clearing of the building site will begin soon. The developer and the owners have decided to construct this Plat House with SIPs panels to increase its energy efficiency and support the overall development goals of Common Pond. The SIPs manufacturer is working on the adaptation now. I'm excited to see this variation on the standard construction and look forward to seeing it come together here. Common Pond is one of the few new modern communities I know of in the eastern half of the country. I've not seen any others that were built out as far as Common Pond is and I've seen no other modern development with the environmental mission that Common Pond has. Its great to see their success and I'm very happy that one of our home designs will become part of this community. Visit these sites for more information: Common Pond Home Dixon Gary Realty Technorati Tags: house plans , modern design , modern house , Plat House

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New Mexico EcoSteel House - day 2

by lavardera from LamiDesign Modern House Plan Blog  (modern blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:20 AM
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The framing is just about complete, and the wall and roof panels are on the site. Windows are the next step. The windows may not have arrived yet, and so all we see here today is the completion of the frame. I'm going to rely on the Flickr photo stream here so I won't lengthen these entries with lots of photos. The beauty of this remote site is incredible. You can see how it comes through in taking pictures of an otherwise mundane steel frame! In the photos below you will see the garage door openings be framed out with wall girts, you will see wall panels stacked on site (wrapped from the factory to protect them), and an amazing night time sky shot which should explain the why for the observatory! And for reference you will find more info on the EcoSteel system at http://www.ecosteel.com/ Technorati Tags: ecosteel , modern design , modern house , prefab house

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Colorado Plat House - moving right along

by lavardera from LamiDesign Modern House Plan Blog  (modern blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:20 AM
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It has been a few weeks since we had a look and the build is moving along at a good pace. Siding is up, windows are in, and the roof is ready to receive the metal roofing. I don't know if it's just me, but this Plat House seems to have gotten to this point fairly quickly. Its not a large house, but never the less the builder has to stay on the job to make constant progress. Its good to see. They have done an interesting mod to the porch roof, wrapping it around the sides. This will keep the walk way to the door free of snow during the winter. These look like aluminum windows on the outside, but I can't tell yet if these are aluminum clad wood, or all aluminum. The clad wood windows tend to have a wider frame so my bet is with aluminum. The Vermont Plat House used aluminum clad wood, but in the same clear anodized color. Our thanks to our customers who share photos of their builds. Technorati Tags: house plans , modern design , modern house , Plat House

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LamiDesign blog tagged

by lavardera from LamiDesign Modern House Plan Blog  (modern blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:18 AM
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I was tagged by Materialicious . What's that mean? Well, its sort of like a blogging chain letter. You post some info about yourself, and tag 4 other bloggers. In the end its a great way to discover new blogs as you follow the chain of tags, and that's what its really all about. So without further delay: Four jobs I’ve had: 1. Pumping gas at a crummy old gas station. This was two weeks in my last summer before college. A long story for a short job. To summerize, me and the other pumpers were accused of coming up short on the cash drops and were asked to fork over the bills. I told them I didn't take anything and to shove their lousy job and I spent the rest of the summer at the beach. Didn't hurt my work ethic. 2. Stock boy in a plastic knob factory. Its good to know where mundane things come from and see the people that actaully work hard to make them. 3. Draftsman for a structural engineer. A great job with a great man with a small office near my home. Too bad I was such a cocky know it all... ah well, live and learn. 4. Rod-boy on a survey crew. It was a road resurfacing project, and I got to draw up the entire thing when the field work was done. And you thought they just came out and laid down some asphalt.. Four movies I can watch over and over: 1. 2001 2. The Wrong Trousers 3. Room with a View 4. Star Wars (any episode will do, in fact most sci fi will do) Four countries I have been to: 1. Italy 2. Sweden 3. Germany 4. France Four places I’d rather be right now: 1. with my wife and daughter 2. on the bike 3. driving the Mini 4. with a book Four foods I like to eat: (shout out to Lunch ) 1. Pizza from Sal’s in Merchantville - an oasis in a desert of lousy pizza. Owner Vince is from Italy by way of Brooklyn - he makes the real stuff. 2. Any pasta. 3. Universal stuffed dumpling foods that appear in all cultures like ravioli/tortolini, perogi, goyza, various dim-sum dumplings, dolmades... 4. and I'm always up for a good sandwich... Four places I have lived: 1. Troy, NY (college) 2. Rome, Italy (yeah, it was just 4 months, but it wasn't a hotel stay) 3. Philadelphia, PA (after college) 4. Merchantville, NJ (right outside Phila) Four bloggers I’m tagging: 1. Matt http://www.lettersfromthemoon.com/ 2. Lawrence http://www.lawrenceotoole.com/ 3. RYO http://theoptimahouse.blogspot.com/ 4. Don http://dbmini.us

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OK(lahoma) Tray House - intro

by lavardera from LamiDesign Modern House Plan Blog  (modern blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:18 AM
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Today we have some photos of the site of a new 0385 Tray House that has just started construction in Oklahoma. Several sets of Tray House construction prints have gone out since the first house was built, but this is the first one we have gotten some feedback on since then. No knock to the Plat House , but I'm glad to see one of the other house designs getting built for a change. The Tray House is a great design and easy to build. It offers a less threatening face to modern adverse neighbors yet has all the same modern qualities of our other house designs. It is a wooded site in a pine forest. A stone drive leads up a small hill into a clearing. At the far side of the clearing there is the excavation for the basement. That photo is from the top of the log pile. This next photo helps to put the hole into some scale. A good deal of the basement is into rock - sandstone. No problem with bearing - just with digging... Our thanks to the owner for sharing their build with us. Technorati Tags: house plans , modern design , modern house , Tray House

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New Mexico EcoSteel House - Its build time!

by lavardera from LamiDesign Modern House Plan Blog  (modern blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:21 AM
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Materials are arriving at the site and the first structure - the garage - is well under way. The erection crew arrived at the site and set up in anticipation of the delivery of steel. The framing for the garage arrived on a single truck, was unloaded, and staged, ready for this crew to have at it. One thing you will notice here which differs from the 6030 House build that was covered in the blog earlier, is that there is no crane here for this install. The site is level, and provides access to the structures from all sides which means there is no need to lift over the structure to reach the far side. The erection in this case will be done with two all terrain fork lifts, and a pair of scissor lift platforms. Columns are quickly lifted into place, and main roof girders follow quickly. Wall girts and roof purlins, which are the secondary framing members, were going up already at the end of this photo set. The installer has two forks and two lifts on the site which will make for a quick install. Wall panels arrived at this point, and the delivery of steel for the house is supposed to be right on its heels. All the photos in this set have been provided by the owner. We have put together a Flickr photostream here so you can see all of the photos. The owners also included some fantastic shots of the local scenery and indian rock paintings from the nearby foothills so I've included them in the set as well. Cools stuff! And for reference you will find more info on the EcoSteel system at http://www.ecosteel.com/ Technorati Tags: ecosteel , modern design , modern house

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three houses by kochi architect’s studio

by Justin from materialicious  (design blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:53 AM
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Fascinating…. Atelier for calligrapher HOUSE kb HOUSE kn KOCHI ARCHITECT’S STUDIO

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casadecor miami 2007 exhibition now open

by Justin from materialicious  (design blog) — Jan 04, 2012 03:10 AM
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My friend JoAnn Locktov of Trendgroup-USA sent me the press release for this event: CASADECOR ‘07: The urban showhouse hosts innovative ideas and materials from over 60 designers, architects, and manufacturers in a tantalizing array of design solutions and inspirations. Many of the interiors include sustainable materials, from the vertical “living wall” in the green urban [...]

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hudson residence, stephen atkinson architecture

by Justin from materialicious  (design blog) — Jan 04, 2012 03:08 AM
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Hudson Residence, St. Michael’s, Maryland. Stephen Atkinson is one of my favorite architects around. Some of you might recall his Zachary House, which he did for his parents down in Louisiana. There’s something subtle about his approach, and all his houses fit their environment, perfectly.

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