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* Residential Architecture: Villa 4.0 by Dick van Gameren Architects

Residential Architecture: Villa 4.0 by Dick van Gameren Architects: “..A simple bungalow dating from 1967 on a hexagonal ground plan had been radically altered and modified through the years..Although this had made the house bigger, it had also become increasingly inward-looking. The expanding wings were steadily enclosing the heart of the house with the hall and living quarters, and direct contact between the house and the magnificent surroundings was largely lost. The original detailing…

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* Residential Architecture: Otama Beach House by David Berridge Architect

Residential Architecture: Otama Beach House by David Berridge Architect : “..in developing the design care was taken to minimize the size of the rooms and to develop an efficient, flexible living space that connects readily to the outdoor areas. It was important to maximize the views, both seaward over the reserve across the road, and up the back of the site to the hill..the transition to the outside is the essence of the beach experience so the living space is surrounded on three sides by…

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* Residential Architecture: Private House In Barcelos by Rui Grazina

Residential Architecture: Private House In Barcelos by Rui Grazina: “..Given the context, our objective was to turn the living spaces to east, considering this is where the most interesting visual points are, and to make rooms face south due to the quality of sun exposure, privacy and relationship with the existing topography. On this side of the building the existing ground level is higher, enabling a connection and continuity between interior and exterior..”  Ample glazing and skylights…

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* Residential Architecture: U House by Jorge Graca Costa

Residential Architecture: U House by Jorge Graca Costa: “..The U House located in Ericeira, Portugal, a World Surfing Reserve, was designed for José Gregório three times national Surf champion and a well known big wave rider, his wife and two daughters. This 300 Square meter house occupies a big lot, surrounded by a dense mesh of trees, on top of a hill overlooking Saint Lorenzo Bay. Our mutual interest in sustainability didn’t keep us from wholeheartedly embracing modern design. The goal…

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* Residential Architecture: Brasilia House by Isay Weinfeld

Residential Architecture: Brasilia House by Isay Weinfeld: “..Brasilia house is located in Brazil’s capital, and is named after that city. Built on a 4,110 m2 lot on the banks of Lake Paranoá, the house was placed close to the street, leaving a large garden in the back. It is essentially organized into two levels – ground floor (entertaining and service areas) and first floor (bedrooms). On the ground floor, the social areas feature double-height ceilings, and the service areas…

Residential Architecture: West Lake Hills Residence by Specht Harpman: “..On a densely tree-covered site in the Austin, Texas, USA, exurb of West Lake Hills, Specht Harpman was tasked with the renovation and expansion of a modest 1970′s house. Much of the original internal structure was maintained, but the alterations sought to erase all visible traces of the original house..The primary goal of the new renovation and expansion was to preserve all of the site’s large twisting Live Oak trees…

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* Residential Architecture: Villa Roces by Govaert & Vanhoutte

Residential Architecture: Villa Roces by Govaert & Vanhoutte: “..This glass house..has a 50-metre-long wall at the back and a sunken swimming pool at the front..the house is long and narrow and contains staggered storeys that descend below the ground..The swimming pool is located at the lowest level and is tucked into a recessed corner of the building.Inside, a long ramp slopes up from the main living and dining room towards children’s bedrooms that are half a storey above…

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* Residential Architecture: D Gallery & House by Point B Design

Residential Architecture: D Gallery & House by Point B Design: “..a pre-fabricated gallery for a private art collection, a residential renovation, pool house, and encompassing grounds. a series of weathered steel frames placed at regular intervals rest upon a thick concrete anchor spanning the length of the gallery. clad with a bright red mosaic of panels, the upper level is comprised of a metal construction that cantilevers on three wide flange beams attached to a similar…

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* Residential Architecture: Water-Cooled House by Wallflower Architecture + Design

Residential Architecture: Water-Cooled House by Wallflower Architecture + Design: “..Hidden away from the road, the site is surrounded by a verdant screen of mature trees from adjacent properties. Breezes blowing transversely across the site being another notable aspect of the location. The owner had wanted a contemporary home that prioritized environmental coolness as a consistent attribute and to be able to enjoy the luscious tropical surroundings..The concept developed for the home…

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* Residential Architecture: zHome by David Vandervort Architects

Residential Architecture: zHome by David Vandervort Architects: “..concerned with preserving the urban nature of the community as it already existed; but in addition to the amenities afforded by compact urban living, they were interested in adding privacy and residential community ties that many people associate with suburban developments.   The architects prioritized the functional aspects of the development with the goal of making it an efficient and sustainable community – compact and…