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A former military bunker on a remote Swedish peninsula is commandeered as a superior subterranean summerhouse

One sunny summer’s day three years ago, a small delegation of people stepped out of a run-down military Jeep onto an overgrown field on the Bungenäs peninsula on the Swedish island of Gotland, taking the concept of purchasing property sight unseen to a whole new level. There, equipped with a torn, faded piece of paper – a formerly classified architectural plan of the subterranean bunker that lay underneath their feet – architect Erik Gardell shared his vision for the plot of land.
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BSL 2, Mississippi

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BSL 2, Mississippi

BSL 2, Mississippi

BSL 2, Mississippi

BSL 2, Mississippi

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The BSL 2 House is a Gulf-side 2nd home in the historically designated area of Bay St. Louis. It is not only the client’s second home but it is the second design and second site for the house. The simple goals for the home are to create a small interior 3 bedroom 2 bath house, efficient in space and low on maintenance while maximizing the exterior spaces. The more complicated goals include designing a house that can be open when occupied and closed when not as it is 300’ from the Gulf of Mexico and must be secure from storms. For anyone who lives in hurricane prone areas, “boarding up the house” is an important part of storm preparation as it not only protects the home but also the neighbor’s. The clients, who live just far enough away and along the major evacuation routes to make “boarding up” even more difficult than it already is, requested that the house could be boarded up as part of the design. They did not want the off-the-shelf hurricane shutters, they wanted large pieces of glass, and they wanted the house to look inviting even when it was closed for a storm or when the owners were away. Couple these goals with the historic district requirements and the design challenge is set.
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Expanding Melbourne’s Suburban Typology

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Expanding Melbourne’s Suburban Typology

Expanding Melbourne’s Suburban Typology

Expanding Melbourne’s Suburban Typology

Expanding Melbourne’s Suburban Typology

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Architecture firm DKO teamed up with property developer Milieu to create a series of townhouses in Melbourne’s Preston with the aim of creating boutique architecturally designed homes for the growing suburb.

The newest collection of townhouses on Albert Street in Melbourne’s Preston was designed with the intent to build on the suburb’s status as a flourishing hub coming into its own within the city. Seeking the opportunity to add something inherently ‘Melbourne’ to the suburb’s streetscape, boutique property developer Milieu worked in collaboration with DKO Architecture and DKO’s development sister, Open Field to turn their vision into a reality.
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Inside the ‘home’ of Tadao Ando

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Inside the ‘home’ of Tadao Ando

Inside the ‘home’ of Tadao Ando

Inside the ‘home’ of Tadao Ando

Inside the ‘home’ of Tadao Ando

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The former boxer on why buildings must grow with age and how he designed his own house in Osaka

Through a slit in the façade you enter a private world, one of soft wood and cast concrete, where the confounding angles of the stairwell lead to rooms of pure symmetry, filled with natural light and the gentle swaying of a camphor tree.

Tadao Ando’s house could not be more Tadao Ando. It is quite a relief. Japan’s most fabled architect, a designer of stark and spiritual buildings, would appear to live his work, the man and his creations one and the same.

Yet a ticklish question does arise. This should be Ando’s residence. But there is no bedroom. Or food in the kitchen. And a couple of years ago he told Japanese TV that he lives in a normal apartment. This is Tadao Ando’s house, but is it his home?
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Plugin Tower, China

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Plugin Tower, China

Plugin Tower, China

Plugin Tower, China

Plugin Tower, China

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PAO’s prefabricated plugin tower reconsiders residential living in China

People’s Architecture Office has designed a temporary, prefabricated structure that addresses the future of residential living in China. Installed at the Shenzhen headquarters of real estate developer Vanke, the ‘Plugin Tower’ addresses the insecurity of private home ownership in a country where land is held exclusively by the government, and the construction of private homes is reserved for the wealthy. Commissioned by Vanke, People’s Architecture Office has designed the structure to stand without the need for foundations, circumventing the strict planning approval required for permanent buildings. The flexible and adaptable design also excludes the risk of losing one’s property, as residents can pack up their home and bring it with them if they are forced to relocate.

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Villa Tempérée, Montpellier/France

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Villa Tempérée, Montpellier/France

Villa Tempérée, Montpellier/France

Villa Tempérée, Montpellier/France

Villa Tempérée, Montpellier/France

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Artelabo connects French villa with an intricate pergola of flowers + birds

Artelabo Architecture has completed its construction of ‘Villa Tempérée’, a brilliant white home in a small village near Lodève, north of Montpellier, France. The site of the house is located on a sloping topography, a series of stepped platforms supported by stone walls provides the build with generous views of the expansive wooded landscape. Flat roofed and elongated, the horizontal silhouette of the house highlights the shape of the surrounding hills and achieves a balance both within its own program and in relation to its sloped environment. To integrate the house into the existing geography, Artelabo simply rebuilt and extended the dry stone wall below to meet the site material.
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JMG House, Apulia/Italy

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JMG House, Apulia/Italy

JMG House, Apulia/Italy

JMG House, Apulia/Italy

JMG House, Apulia/Italy

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Luca Zanaroli Architects’ JMG House celebrates the vernacular in Apulia, Italy

Located in Apulia, Italy, the JMG House pays homage to vernacular architecture through a charming blend of tradition and modernism. Completed by Italian studio Luca Zanaroli Architects, the residence can accommodate two families and guests, has several outdoor areas and above all, has a direct connection to the natural landscape. Showing respect to the integrity of the land, the ground has been maintained to preserve the rural character and all olive trees have been left untouched.
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