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this architect built a home office out of a shipping container

september 13, 2018after working out of his home for many years, canadian architect randy bens has designed a new office for himself and his employees.randy explains, ‘the goal was to have the benefits of working from home, while having an independent space for staff, a place to conduct meetings with clients and contractors, and to simply have more room to do our work.’with that in mind, they looked at several construction options and settled on an over-sized steel shipping container.the shipping container measures in at 40 feet long, 11.5 feet wide, and 9.5 feet high, and was chosen for its durable steel shell, and the ability to relocate it should the need arise. the container was fitted out in the supplier’s factory, and arrived on...




rufproject have completed the modern renovation of an early 1900’s house

september 13, 2018rufproject have recently completed the unique and modern renovation of an early 1900’s character house in vancouver, canada.poorly executed renovations over the years, a constricted plan, and an all but ignored view to the north, drove a full rethink of the house. the designers stripped it back to its original form, updated it for current living standards, and opened up the north facade to the panoramic views.located on the lowest level of the home, is a family room that has a large glass pivot door to create a direct connection to the outdoor garden.also on this level of the home is a storage area with tall white cabinets.on the middle floor of the home, there’s a dining area with a built-in window seat.the wood frame...




the container house by mcleod bovell modern houses

september 14, 2018mcleod bovell modern houses have completed a new house in west vancouver, canada, for a couple with three grown children, who requested a compact and simplified living arrangement with an eye to retirement.the couple sought spaces that offered the ease of an apartment with the addition of inviting and sizeable covered outdoor areas.all of the elements essential for daily living, like the kitchen, dining area, and living room are located on the upper floor. the living room is positioned behind and slightly above the dining room to allow it to view over and past furniture in front.in good weather, when the wall of doors are open, a large covered deck significantly extends the living area of the house.a staircase at the end of...




a couple of contemporary cottages overlook a lake in canada

september 14, 2018photography by maciek linowskitrevor mcivor architect inc, have completed a multi-phase project in  penetanguishene, ontario, that overlooks georgian bay, which is part of lake huron.this project included three phases: the main cottage (on the right in the photo below), the reno cottage (on the left), as well as the landscaping between the two cottages.the smaller cottage was renovated to match the new cottage, and elements such as cladding, form, and windows, were updated. the landscaping between the two buildings consists of stone and native plants, allowing the two cottages to be seen as one project.photography by maciek linowskithe new ‘severn sound cottage’ has a contemporary design featuring large roof overhangs...




a' design awards & competition - call for submissions

september 17, 2018this article has been brought to you by a’ design award and competition.a’ design award & competition is the worlds’ leading design accolade reaching design enthusiasts in over 180 countries in 40 languages: a’ design award winning works are translated to all major languages in order to connect design lovers, press members and design buyers from across the globe. you can register your design, here.darkside stool or side table by romulo teixeira and cintia miyahira. photography by andre monteiro. find out more here.the a’ design award and competition offers a unique system for designers to sell their winning ideas to sponsor companies, likewise the companies can bid for the competing design ideas and make offers...




the privee apartment by taller david dana arquitectura

september 17, 2018taller david dana arquitectura (tdda) have designed a modern apartment in mexico city, mexico, that makes use of wood and concrete throughout the interior.the living room opens to a covered balcony that has an outdoor sitting area with a tabletop fireplace.at the other end of the outdoor space is a dining area with a long wood table and planters filled with lush plants.back inside and at the end of the living room, is a small dining area with a round glass table surrounded by wood and leather chairs.separated from the living room by a concrete pony wall with embedded lighting, is the main dining area. a large table fills the open space, while a custom-built concrete and wood sideboard runs alongside it.the kitchen is locate...




the mosman house by shaun lockyer architects

september 18, 2018shaun lockyer architects have designed a multi-level house in sydney, australia, that’s perched overlooking the harbor below.inspired by ‘brazilian modern’, the home features a combination of materials such as concrete, stone, timber, and steel.upon entering the home, there’s a simple red upholstered bench that sits below a highlighted piece of artwork.off to the side of the entryway is a small hallway with a built-in desk area, and a casual living room that opens to the front garden.in the main social areas of the house, there’s the more formal living room, with a long fireplace and comfortable seating that surrounds a coffee table.behind the living room is the dining room. a pair of chandeliers hang above the la...




the nowhere restaurant features stairs inspired by mc. escher artwork

september 18, 2018architecture and design firm stu/d/o, have completed ‘nowhere’, a new rooftop bar and restaurant in bangkok, thailand.when coming up with the concept for the restaurant, the designers reinterpreted the idea of “nowhere” into the concept of the juxtaposition between reality and surrealism, which is represented through the use of an architectural element: stairs.traditionally, stairs have been used to connect different spaces and lead people to different levels. however, in this restaurant, the stairs were given a new interpretation, instead of leading somewhere, it leads to ‘nowhere’, like the idea by mc. escher’s artwork, “relativity.”the stairs are the main feature, connecting the functions and spaces al...




paz arquitectura have designed a concrete house that's surrounded by a forest

september 19, 2018paz arquitectura have designed the lp2 house, a modern residence located in a forest in the outskirts of guatemala city in guatemala.a large pivoting wood and glass front door welcomes people to the house. once inside, the wood flooring featured throughout the home contrasts the exposed concrete ceilings.the house is divided into two floors, the main floor is dedicated to the social areas of the house, while upstairs are the more private areas, like bedrooms and bathrooms.steps, made from concrete poured in place, lead down to the living room that features a fireplace, whose hearth is integrated into the steps.the living room has a skylight to add natural light, while large sliding doors open to the outdoors.outside, there...




this small apartment has plenty of hidden design elements

september 19, 2018tsai design have transformed a small one bedroom apartment in melbourne, australia, into a livable and functioning space.upon entering the small apartment, there’s a custom designed wall unit that features a flexible pegboard wall, creating a place to hang jackets, keep umbrellas and store shoes. the other half of the pegboard wall has fixed dowels for wine bottle storage.the entryway opens up to the living room, where there’s a window seat surrounded by shelving and cabinetry. subtle silvery blue woven vinyl flooring gives the apartment a contemporary reference to the traditional tatami straw flooring and brings a softness to the space.when not in use, the tv is concealed behind cabinet doors.the living room also doubl...




this architect built a home office out of a shipping container

september 13, 2018after working out of his home for many years, canadian architect randy bens has designed a new office for himself and his employees.randy explains, ‘the goal was to have the benefits of working from home, while having an independent space for staff, a place to conduct meetings with clients and contractors, and to simply have more room to do our work.’with that in mind, they looked at several construction options and settled on an over-sized steel shipping container.the shipping container measures in at 40 feet long, 11.5 feet wide, and 9.5 feet high, and was chosen for its durable steel shell, and the ability to relocate it should the need arise. the container was fitted out in the supplier’s factory, and arrived on...




rufproject have completed the modern renovation of an early 1900’s house

september 13, 2018rufproject have recently completed the unique and modern renovation of an early 1900’s character house in vancouver, canada.poorly executed renovations over the years, a constricted plan, and an all but ignored view to the north, drove a full rethink of the house. the designers stripped it back to its original form, updated it for current living standards, and opened up the north facade to the panoramic views.located on the lowest level of the home, is a family room that has a large glass pivot door to create a direct connection to the outdoor garden.also on this level of the home is a storage area with tall white cabinets.on the middle floor of the home, there’s a dining area with a built-in window seat.the wood frame...




the container house by mcleod bovell modern houses

september 14, 2018mcleod bovell modern houses have completed a new house in west vancouver, canada, for a couple with three grown children, who requested a compact and simplified living arrangement with an eye to retirement.the couple sought spaces that offered the ease of an apartment with the addition of inviting and sizeable covered outdoor areas.all of the elements essential for daily living, like the kitchen, dining area, and living room are located on the upper floor. the living room is positioned behind and slightly above the dining room to allow it to view over and past furniture in front.in good weather, when the wall of doors are open, a large covered deck significantly extends the living area of the house.a staircase at the end of...




a couple of contemporary cottages overlook a lake in canada

september 14, 2018photography by maciek linowskitrevor mcivor architect inc, have completed a multi-phase project in  penetanguishene, ontario, that overlooks georgian bay, which is part of lake huron.this project included three phases: the main cottage (on the right in the photo below), the reno cottage (on the left), as well as the landscaping between the two cottages.the smaller cottage was renovated to match the new cottage, and elements such as cladding, form, and windows, were updated. the landscaping between the two buildings consists of stone and native plants, allowing the two cottages to be seen as one project.photography by maciek linowskithe new ‘severn sound cottage’ has a contemporary design featuring large roof overhangs...




a' design awards & competition - call for submissions

september 17, 2018this article has been brought to you by a’ design award and competition.a’ design award & competition is the worlds’ leading design accolade reaching design enthusiasts in over 180 countries in 40 languages: a’ design award winning works are translated to all major languages in order to connect design lovers, press members and design buyers from across the globe. you can register your design, here.darkside stool or side table by romulo teixeira and cintia miyahira. photography by andre monteiro. find out more here.the a’ design award and competition offers a unique system for designers to sell their winning ideas to sponsor companies, likewise the companies can bid for the competing design ideas and make offers...




the privee apartment by taller david dana arquitectura

september 17, 2018taller david dana arquitectura (tdda) have designed a modern apartment in mexico city, mexico, that makes use of wood and concrete throughout the interior.the living room opens to a covered balcony that has an outdoor sitting area with a tabletop fireplace.at the other end of the outdoor space is a dining area with a long wood table and planters filled with lush plants.back inside and at the end of the living room, is a small dining area with a round glass table surrounded by wood and leather chairs.separated from the living room by a concrete pony wall with embedded lighting, is the main dining area. a large table fills the open space, while a custom-built concrete and wood sideboard runs alongside it.the kitchen is locate...




the mosman house by shaun lockyer architects

september 18, 2018shaun lockyer architects have designed a multi-level house in sydney, australia, that’s perched overlooking the harbor below.inspired by ‘brazilian modern’, the home features a combination of materials such as concrete, stone, timber, and steel.upon entering the home, there’s a simple red upholstered bench that sits below a highlighted piece of artwork.off to the side of the entryway is a small hallway with a built-in desk area, and a casual living room that opens to the front garden.in the main social areas of the house, there’s the more formal living room, with a long fireplace and comfortable seating that surrounds a coffee table.behind the living room is the dining room. a pair of chandeliers hang above the la...




the nowhere restaurant features stairs inspired by mc. escher artwork

september 18, 2018architecture and design firm stu/d/o, have completed ‘nowhere’, a new rooftop bar and restaurant in bangkok, thailand.when coming up with the concept for the restaurant, the designers reinterpreted the idea of “nowhere” into the concept of the juxtaposition between reality and surrealism, which is represented through the use of an architectural element: stairs.traditionally, stairs have been used to connect different spaces and lead people to different levels. however, in this restaurant, the stairs were given a new interpretation, instead of leading somewhere, it leads to ‘nowhere’, like the idea by mc. escher’s artwork, “relativity.”the stairs are the main feature, connecting the functions and spaces al...




paz arquitectura have designed a concrete house that's surrounded by a forest

september 19, 2018paz arquitectura have designed the lp2 house, a modern residence located in a forest in the outskirts of guatemala city in guatemala.a large pivoting wood and glass front door welcomes people to the house. once inside, the wood flooring featured throughout the home contrasts the exposed concrete ceilings.the house is divided into two floors, the main floor is dedicated to the social areas of the house, while upstairs are the more private areas, like bedrooms and bathrooms.steps, made from concrete poured in place, lead down to the living room that features a fireplace, whose hearth is integrated into the steps.the living room has a skylight to add natural light, while large sliding doors open to the outdoors.outside, there...




this small apartment has plenty of hidden design elements

september 19, 2018tsai design have transformed a small one bedroom apartment in melbourne, australia, into a livable and functioning space.upon entering the small apartment, there’s a custom designed wall unit that features a flexible pegboard wall, creating a place to hang jackets, keep umbrellas and store shoes. the other half of the pegboard wall has fixed dowels for wine bottle storage.the entryway opens up to the living room, where there’s a window seat surrounded by shelving and cabinetry. subtle silvery blue woven vinyl flooring gives the apartment a contemporary reference to the traditional tatami straw flooring and brings a softness to the space.when not in use, the tv is concealed behind cabinet doors.the living room also doubl...