Architecture

Snæfellsstofa Visitor Center

Snæfellsstofa Visitor Center

In the eastern part of national park that surrounds Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull you find the visitor center Snæfellsstofa. The building is x shaped and was designed by Arkís. The materials are (as usual when I like something) concrete and beautiful untreated wood. I wouldn’t mind spending a day at enjoying the building, the barren environment or the glacier at Vatnajökull. For when you think about it there is few things that’s as impressive as a 8100 km² large glacier that covers eight percent of Iceland.

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The Pierre

The Pierre

The Pierre is one of the most beautiful houses I’ve seen in a long time and its view over the San Juan Archipelago is incredible! The house celebrates the materiality of the site and that combined with a green roof makes the house blend with the surrounding, making it almost invisible from certain angles. I’m having a hard time finding anything wrong with the exterior or the interior for that matter. The interiors combination of older looking, inviting furniture stands in wonderful contrast with the raw concrete walls. Well what can you say, Olson Kundig Architects has done a wonderful job! Enjoy lots more photos after the jump.

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Wanderlust Hotel

Wanderlust Hotel

Wanderlust is a eclectic boutique hotel in the vicinity of Singapore’s Little India. The building was built in the 1920s to house a school but have now undergone a transformation into a trendy hotel. The reception and restaurant have been designed by Asylum. The concept is “industrial glam” and I guess that is a good title for the interior. If you’re curious how the rest of the hotel looks I recommend this link.

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Casa em Lousado

Casa em Lousado

Yesterday I wrote about a house I wasn’t sure if I liked or not. There is no doubt concerning the villa in today’s post, Casa em Lousado is beautiful! The thrilling house was designed by Correia/Ragazzi Arquitectos and I really feel that they have created some interesting and unique. What attracts me the most is the stone wall and how it flows from the outside and throughout the house, effectively tying the outside with the inside. And there isn’t anything wrong with the view either, or how the huge wedges (the roof) hide private terraces. A bunch of photos and plans can be found after the jump.

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Bend CUBO

Bend CUBO

I’m not sure if it’s the shape of Bend CUBO that makes me like or just the stunning location that it’s built on. The buildings sharp lines are almost at war with the surrounding and inviting peach orchards but if you look beyond the lush trees you see the hard silhouettes of the mountains and the angles of the house start making sense. Well, ugly or not, Bend CUBO by CUBO Design is interesting and it speaks to me.

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Behmann Mode

Behmann Mode

Behmann Mode is located in the small Austrian alp village of Egg. They have recently reconstructed and enlarged their fashion store with the help of Bernardo Bader, an architect more or less specialized in designing modern and impressive alp houses. The beautiful facade is made out of oak with a planned lifespan of 70 years. Today the bright wooden faced works like a beacon for the shop but I think the aging of the wood will make the facade even more beautiful and help with the stores integration into the cityscape (villagescape).

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Watching House

Watching House

Regular readers know that I like houses with simple lines. But Watching House Pedro Ressano Garcia is more than just simple and strict lines, it also have a beautiful contrast between the white facade and the raw, aged bricks that binds the exterior with interior. I’m also fond of the secretive, thin windows. Lots of more pictures after the jump as usual.

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Casa 360

Casa 360

Spanska Subarquitectura har ritat en väldigt spännande etagevilla i Galapagar utanför Madrid. Villan påminner en del i formen av en snäcka (om man tittar på den uppifrån) och har ett yttre helt klätt i lokalt producerade skifferplattor som i sin tur ger byggnaden nästan ett fjälliknande yttre. Tyvärr har jag inte så mycket information om villan men ni kan njuta ev ett antal bilder efter hoppet.

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Vacker vedbod

Vacker vedbod

Bra arkitektur kommer i alla former och storlekar och den här gången i form av en vedbod. Den lilla byggnaden är väl planerad och är utformade så att veden kan förvaras luftigt och torrt och planlösningen gör att veden är lättillgänglig men samtidigt lämnar plats åt sågning och vedklyvning. Arkitekten bakom det hela är Jonas Palmius.

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