Monthly Archives: November 2008
The Seattle, Washington office of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson redesigned a 1950s mid-century modern home to give it a new contemporary life for a young family.
With minimal changes to the footprint, this previously dark, disorganized 1950s suburban home was redesigned to blur the boundary between indoor living and the landscape beyond. A composition of enlongated colored boxes and planar elements organizes and enlivens the house. Circulation and living spaces occupy the resulting zones between.
A spine of ipe decking and a series of playful round skylights draw one from the arrival point through the house to the living spaces and the wooded site beyond. A bold linear concrete wall links a new garage and studio, forming an entry court that simultaneously welcomes visitors and screens the private bedroom spaces nearby. Teak plywood cabinets, blackened steel, and Douglas Fir contrast with more modest materials such as painted MDF panels, fiber cement siding and simple drywall.
Visit the website of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson – here.
The sofa Duo opens a new range of furnishing-possibilities, especially in open landscapes where noise and interference can be a challenge for many. With its acoustic qualities Duo stand out as a different, smart and fine problem solver: ‘Duo is a sofa you can fold up around yourself, in the same way as you turn up your jacket collar. Its double height shields against noise and disturbances and creates an intimate room for focus, meetings or relaxation. In its full height it also works as a room divider,’ says Torbjorn Anderssen, one of the designers at Norways Says.
OFIS Arhitekti, a Ljubljana, Slovenia based architectural firm, have won a competition for the design of new student apartment studios on Route des Petits Ponts in Paris, France.
Description from the architects:
The project involves a dormitory with 180 studios on the site of the Stade de Ladoumègue in Paris in 19th district. The plot of the building is part of urban development done by Reichen & Robert architects. By early 2012, the Paris tram will pass by the site, and the goal is to complete the project before the opening in 2011. Another project goal is to achieve a building consumption with very little power, joining the desire of the city of Paris through its “climate plan”.
The major objectives of the project is to design a home to accommodate students able to offer them a healthy environment for study, learn, have fun, meet … The building must be “energy efficient” and be built at the end of 2010. To achieve these objectives with energy performance and construction time table plan the focus was to design a simple, well insulated and ventilated object which will function at best during all seasons.
Visit the websit of OFIS Arhitekti – here.
takeOff is a upholstered seating family with a dynamic shape that seems to be taking off into the room they are placed in. The frontal cuts give the seats a light, dynamic look and offer place for your feet while swiveling in the seat. The series consists of a compact seat, a lounge chair and a sofa.