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Regardless of which coast or state, beach towns are most notable for their laid-back character and the rejuvenating time we spend there. It's somewhere we like to escape for an hour, a day or a weekend while we calmly listen to the ocean, maybe do some boutique shopping or have a casual picnic. Venice, California is no different, but in addition to its easy going style you can also find amazing modern architecture and design.
The Vienna Way residence (top three images) was designed by Marmol Radziner Archtecure. This clean-lined structure sits on a narrow piece of land in Venice, California which is why it was designed to use vertical space as well as the length of the lot. Floor-to-ceiling windows beautifully connect the landscape to the interiors as well as the different sections of the home. The single layer structure is a large room consisting of the entry, formal living and dining, while the double layer structure houses the family room, office and bedrooms. The kitchen is the connector and is distinguished from the rest of the house by sitting a bit lower and framed by a bronze box while the materials for the rest of the house are glass and charcoal gray plaster. To serve as a beautiful contrast, the doors are framed in a honey-tone wood. This house is stunning in every way, inside and out.
The Broadway Residences include four loft-style homes developed by Stephen Vitalich Architects. They were each designed with an open floor plan to give them a loft-style feel. There's a double height living room with a super cool open kitchen/dining room. The interiors of this residence are furnished with lots of personality, including multicolor Mid-Century style dining chairs. The kitchen features simple yet elegant pendant lighting while seamlessly opening up to a patio area. The wood paneling around the entire exterior creates a warm and inviting structure.
This sculptural style home almost seems like an art piece rather than a residence. Designed by Architect Daly Genik, this home was designed to block out the noise from the surrounding neighborhood while maximizing the amount of light and space. Minimal furnishings paired with ceiling-high windows create a very open and relaxing environment. Although minimal, the modern furniture makes a bold statement with clean lines and adventurous colors. The breakfast nook features fun over-sized pendant lighting and opens up to the outdoor patio for lots of natural light.
If you love modern design but have never thought you'd find it at the beach, then you should definitely take a trip to Venice, California. Who knows how many other homes you'll find just as awesome as these three...
Images: 1 Kind Design, Decor DIR, Daily Home Design
As I'm walking around Portland this past weekend I'm asking myself..."Are you really so 1890's?" Whether the 1890's are a fad or lifestyle, I think there are some amazing things that going back to your roots can bring to this modern world. And that's about when I saw the sign Hammer & Hand and had to inquire within. Bright designlab has collaborated with Hammer & Hand to create this amazing retail space and design studio.
Hammer & Hand is a Portland based design build firm that is very 1890's in their name and their philosophy, but very modern in their aesthetic. They have partnered with the interior design firm bright designlab on many projects including the creation of a modern custom cabinetry line called Imbue, that is on display in their Pearl District showroom. The fine craftsmanship and artistry is evident in every detail.
The gorgeous exposed architectural elements and reclaimed flooring contrast so perfectly with the modern metal pendant lighting and furniture in the studio. It's these layers of materials, details, and craft that create timeless design.
You walk in and you feel at home. You want to stay and play and create. It feels very hands on inside this space and the work created in this lab is gorgeous!
The team paired up to create the quaint Nuvrei Patisserie next door. It's a true charmer! Something about it dragged me off the street and made me walk inside. I noticed the brightly colored cafe chairs, then the marble tabletops and beautiful table bases, mixed with the reclaimed wood, iron and glass, exposed brick and beams, and when I saw that yellow string on those lights....I thought to myself I have to go in and see!
Modern seating, such as the bright colored chairs, make such a statement against all the natural elements.
So very 1890's mixed with something that is so very today! I like what the 1890's brings: integrity, fine artistry, and craftsmanship. Things that will stand the test of time and that is what sustainability is all about! Portland, thanks for bringing the 1890's back!
Images: Olympic Provisions, bright designlab
SsD Architecture / Braver House in Newton, Massachusetts
Jinhee Park and John Hong of SsD Architecture develop their designs by exploring aspects of architecture, landscape, history, and social systems taking an interdisciplinary approach to design. One of their completed projects is Braver house in Newton, Massachusetts (above). Their goal with this project was to create a small, efficient residence that minimizes its actual footprint, while at the same time maximizing the perceived sense of interior space through smart design. In addition to the architecture, minimal furniture and home decor accessories help keep the interiors simple and open.
Arquitectura 911sc / Social Housing Project in Mexico City, Mexico
Arquitectura 911sc / Performing Arts Center in Guadalajara, Mexico
Jose Castillo and Saidee Springall from Arquitectura 911sc strive for a “dual commitment to an architecture that connects the physical with the social and architecture that is grounded and informed by the city.” Recently completed projects include a low-income housing development (above), bookstores, offices, and commercial spaces in Mexico City. Their social housing project is a successful case study to prove that urban, high density housing sells faster than traditional housing projects. The firm's Performing Arts Center in Guadalajara (second image above) is currently under construction. With this project, they hope to create an environment where the interiors interact with the exterior.
Jinhee Park, John Hong, Jose Castillo and Saidee Springall are four out of a handful of winners of the 2012 "Emerging Voices" award from The Architectural League.
Yonatan Pressman and Courtney Benzon / Habitat for Humanity Student Project Winner
Two very young architects who no doubt have big futures are Yonatan Pressman and Courtney Benzon, both graduate architecture students from Rice University. They designed an award winning house (above) that Habitat for Humanity selected to build. The house, set to be built in Spring of 2012 will use prefabricated roof trusses to speed and simplify construction. Yonatan Pressman comments on the inverting of the roof trusses, “It allowed us to give the house a distinct aesthetic presence and create dynamic spaces full of natural light.”
Be sure to follow all of these emerging architects, both locally and abroad. It is so inspiring to witness their extraordinary creativity and dedication.
Images: SsD Architecture, Arquitectura 911sc, International Business Times
So many goods are transported via container daily and these containers have shelf life just like everything else. After about 10 uses they can no longer be used and they end up piling up at ports all over. The use of shipping containers for construction is a brilliant idea. Although it is not the newest idea out there, innovative uses are popping up everyday and are taking the world by storm. Whether it be an entire shipping container mall with pop up retails shops, a restaurant opening up in Times Square, or hotel rooms inside a large warehouse. The simple construction allows these retail stores to pop up on almost any vacant urban lot for any amount of time. They are also continuing to be integrated into interiors of modern industrial spaces to reduce the construction costs, bring efficiency, and affordability to innovative green buildings.
Boxpark Shoreditch, said to be the world's first pop-up mall is constructed entirely out of recycled containers. 61 containers are combined to create a multi-level structure with spaces for both shopping and relaxing. This idea is wonderful for small businesses that cannot afford long leases and want to take an innovative approach into the market. Look for many more of these structures to be making an appearance in your neighborhood in the very near future!
25hours Hotel Hafencity in Hamburg, designed by Stephen Williams Associates, has used a shipping container in the lobby to enclose the conference center just off the main lobby. As you enter you feel like you're about to go on an adventure in a shipping warehouse beside the harbor in Hamburg. Everything from the plywood box desk, the industrial luggage trolleys, and industrial lighting make this destination a true adventure.
Snack Box, designed by Aedifica, takes the food truck off its wheels and stations it in one the most iconic spots in the world. It is an entirely self-sufficient structure and after a long day in Times Square it can easily be closed up and moved on. The visual identity and branding allow the structure to have a bold presence in this saturated environment. This is a true innovation for container architecture and usage in an urban setting.
When this travel and art obsessed San Francisco couple bought the 3,200 square foot former Chinese laundry and tooth powder factory they knew that had to do something incredible with it. How do we create volumes and rooms in this space without breaking it up into individual spaces and blocking the natural light that shines through the unit? Shipping Containers....of course!
The original idea for the guest room in the middle of the space was a railroad car, but the shipping container quickly became the answer! Copper piping, industrial sconces, and teak accents evoke the utilitarian feel of the cargo. Everything about this space is perfect to me!
Even Starbucks has tapped into the container market. The Reclamation Drive-Thru container coffee shop is part of Starbucks new branding strategy to encourage green building, reduce operating costs, and continue to stay innovative in their approach to environmental design in retail. I like the direction that they are going.
Images: Boxpark, 25hour Hotels, Design-Hotels, Arthitectural, Dwell, Business Insider
Using concrete in your home will not only add aesthetic interest, but will also slash heating and cooling costs plus help preserve the environment. Concrete homes are durable, cost effective and super stylish.
This concrete living room above balances both colors and materials well. The concrete provides a clean slate for the modern furniture and stylish home decor accessories, allowing this framed art to really pop. The sofa, area rug and pillow poufs add beautiful soft textures to this hard surfaced interior.
In the same way that concrete allows the interior decor to stand out, it also helps the surrounding landscape seem even brighter and more bountiful. While allowing the environment to be noticed, it is simultaneously helping to preserve it by allowing a more efficient lifestyle.
The design of this eclectically modern living room uses the surrounding concrete materials to its advantage, highlighting all of the gorgeous texture and color. The soft eggplant upholstery and jewel tone area rug stand out beautifully against the soft gray floor and walls. Handsome brass floor lamps, like the one seen above, provide another smart contrast while the lamp shade and coffee table add a pop of white.
There's no reason the cool tones of steel, concrete and glass can't be warmed up on the exterior just like we've seen it done on the inside. This bright orange door adds both personality and warmth to this impressive modern home.
One of the major benefits to concrete homes is the ability to furnish with lots of wood. In a typical hardwood-floor home, you might want to monitor how many furniture pieces or accessories are made out of wood, but not here. Go ahead and express your love for this natural material in all color tones and sizes.
Whether you're a modernist at heart or you just enjoy clean design, concrete is a gorgeous material to use both inside and out.
Image credit: Miss Design, Fresh Home, Analog Dialog, Trend Design Interior, Arent & Pyke
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