Small homes are most likely the answer to the shortage of housing and it is not just an architects topic anymore, it has rather become an open discussion. While some countries find solutions in tiny houses others build multi-functional sleeping and living cubicles. I am not sure about either and I am hoping to find luxurious small and smart home solutions - homes with functional design, driven to achieve effectiveness and sustainability.
Movements within the 70ies took the skyscraper design one step further and concentrated on eye catching building forms and façades to create an individual appearance to maximise the rate of return for the owner. One typical skyscraper of this era is the 197 meter high American Telephone and Telegraph Building by Philip Johnson and John Burgee in New York.
Although skyscrapers have been discussed theoretically for quite some time within Europe ...
It was the perfect treat to escape the UK winter this year by flying out to Miami Beach to enjoy some sun, design and the Miami Art Deco Festival as well as all its amazing Art Deco architecture.
Even though I am mainly drawn to the architecture and its beautiful details, Art Deco reached much further encompassing the decorative arts, furniture, pottery, textiles, glass, fashion and many more – luckily all of these, sort of, go into a building though.
Over centuries London’s Skyline was dominated by church spires and St. Paul's Cathedral in particular, however since height restrictions were lifted in the 1960s a number of high-rise developments have changed the city for centuries to come. The skyline changes in a fast pace since 2010 and my first graphic goes back to 2012. It was the one for one of my first short guest blog posts I did back then.
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