Island with a View: Dutch Kitchen Incorporates Elegant Aquarium

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Amsterdam-based design firm Kolenik Eco Chic Design have released designs of their unique Ocean Kitchen, a transformative new take on residential space. The contemporary minimalist kitchen offers a moment of serenity to the viewer through the inclusion of a vast aquarium beneath the island’s countertop. Positioned as the architectural centerpiece of the space, the island in Ocean Kitchen gracefully animates the surrounding kitchen.

Immerse yourself in photos of Ocean Kitchen after the break.

AR Names its 2014 House Awards

House for Trees / Vo Trong Nghia Architects. Image © Hiroyuki Oki

The winners of the 2014 AR House Awards have been announced, celebrating excellence and innovation in the design of a one-off house. This year, the jury consisted of AR Editor Catherine Slessor, Ben van Berkel (UNStudio), Yvonne Farrell (Grafton Architects), William Mann (Witherford Watson Mann Architects) and Abraham Thomas (Director, Sir John Soane’s Museum).

Read on after the break for the full list of winners

Living by the Sea / Minarc

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Architects: Minarc
Location: , CA, USA
Architect In Charge: Minarc
Design Team: Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir, Tryggvi Thorsteinsson
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Minarc

Patio House / Undurraga Devés Arquitectos

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Architects: Undurraga Devés Arquitectos
Location: , Santiago Metropolitan Region,
Architect In Charge: Cristian Undurraga
Design Team: Orlando Etcheberrigaray, Eduardo Castillo, Cristian Larrain
Landscape Architect: Juan Grimm
Area: 460.0 sqm
Year: 2007
Photographs: Cristóbal Palma

House in Rubí / BETA OFFICE ARCHITECTS

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Architects: BETA OFFICE ARCHITECTS
Location: Rubi, Barcelona,
Architects In Charge: Raúl Bañón Tomás, Brian Ramón Aguilar, Xavi Freire Cano
Area: 511.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Miquel Coll Molas

Appleton Living / Minarc

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Architects: Minarc
Location: Venice, , CA, USA
Design Team: Tryggvi Thorsteinsson, Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir
Year: 2011
Photographs: Art Gray

Why Japan is Crazy About Housing

House NA / Sou Fujimoto Architects. Image © Iwan Baan

Japan is famous for its radical residential architecture. But as architect Alastair Townsend explains, its penchant for avant garde housing may be driven by the country’s bizarre real estate economics, as much as its designers’ creativity.

Here on ArchDaily, we see a steady stream of radical Japanese . These homes, mostly designed by young architects, often elicit readers’ bewilderment. It can seem that in Japan, anything is permissible: stairs and balconies without handrails, rooms flagrantly cast open to their surroundings, or homes with no windows at all.

These whimsical, ironic, or otherwise extreme living propositions arrest readers’ attention, baiting us to ask: WTF Japan? The photos travel the blogosphere and social networks under their own momentum, garnering global exposure and international validation for Japan’s outwardly shy, yet media-savvy architects. Afterall, in Japan – the country with the most registered architects per capita – standing out from the crowd is the key to getting ahead for young designers. But what motivates their clients, who opt  for such eccentric expressions of lifestyle?

Build Your Own Neutra Home!

Kaufmann House, 1947 Palm Springs, CA / Richard Neutra, architect © Julius Schulman

The master, Richard Neutra was well known for his cutting edge . Since Julius Shulman immortalized his houses in his iconic photographs, Neutra’s bright, airy homes have widely been seen as the pinnacle of modernism and desirability. One problem though, they’re in high demand and it’s not exactly like they’re making any more Neutra buildings; in fact, quite the opposite is true and as a result they have become a pretty expensive commodity.

Read more about how to get your very own Neutra home after the break…

The Benefits of Modern Design

Under Pohutukawa / Herbst Architects. Image © Patrick Reynolds

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To become an architect is to learn to fall in love with clean lines, pure functionality, and minimal simplicity. Which is why it’s so hard for us to understand why the majority of clients remain so tied to their “traditional” homes. You must understand that, for the typical home-buyer, a modern home seems “cold” and “austere” – even “clinical.”

But nothing could be further from the truth. The Modern floor plan – which architects have faithfully incorporated ever since Frank Lloyd Wright first introduced it in the early 20th century – frees rooms from doorways, allowing the life of the house to merge into one, airy, vibrant space. Modern homes bring people together – what’s cold about that?

Still not sold? Here’s 5 reasons why architects love Modern design – and, if you’re thinking of starting fresh and buying a new home, why you’ll love it too.

Read more…

Clients: Want to Know How to Get Your Dream Home?

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Lawyers and Doctors have the utmost fortune that, no matter how much their patients/clients may think they know, their clients generally do not attempt to “go it alone.”

Architects are not so lucky. For whatever reason, many home buyers believe that designing the home of their dreams is something they can do on their own – by designing themselves, or, even worse, by just buying an old house and “fixing it up”.

We architects, on the other hand, know that the process is far more difficult than that – but also, so worth it in the end. Because designing a new home from scratch isn’t just more cost and energy efficient, but the only way to truly get the house of your dreams.

So why should potential clients forego buying an old home and trust you to design their new home? For these 5 undeniable reasons (make sure to always have them at hand) …

House Vision 2013 Exhibition Hits Tokyo

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Graphic designer and curator Kenya Hara has put together a three week-long exhibition in Tokyo focusing on the future of the Japanese house. Hara argues that the industry can no longer be isolated but must be combined with other industries, technologies and ideas, including energy, transportation, communication, household appliances, the “vision of happiness” pursued by adults, the representation of Japanese traditions and aesthetics as well as a future vision of health. All of these elements he hopes to present and discuss at the House Vision Exhibition where more than ten types of futuristic houses are on display and daily seminars with expert urban planners, developers, contractors, architects, telecom and even gas organizations have been taking place.

Read more about the exhibition after the break.

Video: Villa Under Extension / OFIS Arhitekti

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This is an update from the project already published in 2008 from slovenian architects OFIS arhitekti. In the words of the architects: “This project involved the extension of a 19th-century villa located in a beautiful Alpine resort next to Lake . Both the old villa and the landscape were strictly regulated by the National Heritage.”

The White House Prahran / Nervegna Reed Architecture, ph Architects

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Architects: Nervegna Reed Architecture ,  ph Architects
Design architect: Toby Reed
Location: , Australia
Project team: Toby Reed, Anna Nervegna and Peter Hogg of
Project area: 364 sqm
Photographs: John Gollings