I recently went to Germany to catch up with family and friends but also to take in the fresh and energizing air of the national forests and seasides over there. Well, as you maybe can guess, it didn't take long and I found myself snapping away textures, surfaces and abstracts which inspired me and soon after I was contemplating about the appeal.
I have been talking about it in my previous blog posts, facade and structural elements are details I am surrounded with all day but interiors and so on
A New Building Type Spreading Across The Globe
The skyscraper is one of the icons to be found in each American city, they symbolise power and wealth and rule the skyline of the most famous cities in the USA. They have never lost their uniqueness and started to fascinate the whole world so that even historical cities like London could not escape their congeniality - but where did this building type come from and how did skyscrapers evolve. Even more importantly ...
How to create a successful small space or how to live happily within a tiny house? I have shared many ideas about cabins and small spaces as well as effective ways of room separations with room dividers but the internal layout and multifunctional interiors, especially for small footprint homes are always a challenge. Of course there is one luxurious way which one can choose and that is to go professionally custom build. Boom. Just kidding, ....
Sustainability on a city scale is quite an undertaking if you look at projects like the regeneration of Nine Elms on the South Bank of the river Thames but also at new buildings in repurposed areas around Europe. However, it all is quite a process and in comparison I found that it doesn't matter if things are large or small scale, same rules apply.
Sustainability is not just in the building itself but starts with the use and often reuse of things ...
Realise your dream of a new home as soon and as sustainable as possible by creating an adaptable home. Here are some examples of how to get the new build thinking process started and indeed realise, one key aspect of sustainable design which is adaptability or you could also call it future proofing our buildings for the changes to come.
The other day I came across an article about off the grid houses around the globe and it made it obvious that one question to ask when starting to plan a sustainable or even off the grid home is what is your surrounding climate like and how many windows do you 'really' need? Total common-sense, right?! Well, that might be but in our choice heavy times we often have too many windows and technologies available, like air conditioning units, often allow us to ignore or overlook some of those things
Micro-Climates should play a big part when considering building a house, but especially when planning a passive or energy-efficient house design. Since I posted my design-process and my first small house designs I received your kind feedback and questions in regards to sorting out or choosing a building plot. You are absolutely right, I jumped right into the designing process but you have to forgive me, as an architect it's just so exciting to get right into the designing process. But of course
Inspiration comes from everywhere but especially from travelling so here are my recommendations for spending three days in New Orleans. No worries, the city is marvellously relaxed so this is more or less a laid back travel guide for design and architectural enthusiasts, but who isn't?!
The design possibilities for micro living / houses appear endless, however they are rarely found as proper living spaces, homes so to speak. While researching for my next blog post, after having promised you more house and detail designs in three posts ['small footprint homes', prefabricated timber modules' and 'small bathroom design'], I found that small and self-sustained living is the solution for buildings in rural areas. Yes, indeed like the cabin in the woods.
A minimalist bathroom design with clean lines and surfaces, all in order, nice and uncluttered but let’s be realistic there are many things that will end up in the space creating noise and clutter but it doesn’t have to be this way. If you find good storage solutions and ensure good access to them you can achieve that minimal feel in your space.