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  • Stunning Modern Designs From Emerging Architects

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    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.

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    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.

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    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 911scInternational Business Times

  • Container Architecture: Popping Up in Your Neighborhood Soon

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    Container Architecture Retail Pop-Up Mall Boxpark

    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. 

    Retail Pop-Up Mall and Boxpark

    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!

    Shipping Container Conference Room in Hotel Lobby.

    Shipping Container Conference Room

    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.

    Pop Up Restaurant Container Architecture Time Square Snackbox

    Pop-Up Restaurant Container Architecture

    Snackbox Pop-Up Restaurant

    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.

    Shipping Container in Industrial Loft Space Guest Bedroom

    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!

    Industrial Loft Space Guest Bedroom

    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!  

    Reclamation Drive-Thru Starbucks Container Stores

    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

  • Concrete Living In An Urban World

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    Concrete home art photo

    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.

    Modern concrete home

    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.

    Concrete home with colorful furnishings

    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.

    Modern concrete home with colorful door

    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.

    Concrete walls with wood furniture

    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   

  • Exposed Brick Walls Have the Best Personality!

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    Painted Brick Wall

    Exposed brick walls are something everyone loves to have in their lives. Just think about how warm and cozy they make you feel, the stories they tell, and how naturally beautiful they are in their raw form. They really do have the best personality and I've got proof.

    Industrial Kitchen with exposed concrete and brick walls  

    I would love to cook up some old world italian cuisine in this industrial kitchen and tell stories about our travels through Tuscany.

    Wooden Headboard and Bedroom with Exposed Brick Wall

    The guests can stay in this room curated with pieces from travels around the world.

    Danish Modern Living Room with Exposed Brick and Plaster Walls

    The brick reveals layers of history as it's exposed from beneath the plaster. The modern elements create a perfect juxtaposition. 

    Industrial Dining Room with Artichoke Light Exposed Ceiling Beams and Exposed Brick Wall

    Industrial dining at it's finest. It feels like a restaurant in the middle of your home! I love the contemporary chandelier design above the table.

    Boffi Living Room in Milan.  Exposed Brick Wall and Arched Windows 

    Round Window and Exposed Brick in Home Library

    Who wouldn't want to study in this library for hours and hours?! Oh the places you would go and things you would learn!

    CS Interiors Office in Loft with Exposed Bricks

    Working late hours in this office wouldn't seem like that big of a deal I don't suppose.  

    Exposed Brick Wall

    Moving into the garage couldn't be better!  

    Eclectic Living Room With White Painted Brick Walls

    Painted brick and cozy eclectic furniture truly make this room a conversation piece, with a modern pendant light above.  

    Painted Pink exposed Brick Wall Brooklyn Apartment

    When you want your brick to be more you...just paint it pink!

    Painted Light Blue Seafoam Green Brick Wall with Art

    Or seafoam green!

    At this current time my fascination is with white brick walls! And... I've found a product that would allow every single one of us to have a brick wall! There is a new product on the market called Panel Piedra that comes in approx. 3' x 4' panels that can easily be installed over any wall. My white brick wall would need to be surrounded by natural woods, steel, bright colors, bold patterns, and soft organic shapes. It would look a little something like this...

    Piquito Modern Black Pendant Light, Arteriors Home Linden Tripod Wood Floor Lamp, Modern Laguna Sahara Club Chair

    1. Piquito 11" High Black Mini Pendant Light  2. Arteriors Home Linden Tripod Wood Floor Lamp 3. Laguna Sahara Club Chair 4. Knibb Design Dining Table 5. Helen Frankenthaler  "Pranzo Italiano"  6. Panel Piedra Brick  7. Vintage Rug  8. Raw Wood Turntable

    Images: Concept Blanc, The Archivist,  Apartment Therapy, Desire to Inspire, YellowtraceConcrete and Dust, CS Interiors, Apartment Therapy Design Sponge, Decor8

  • Celebrating St. Patrick's Day with Green Apple Lights and Decor

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    Green Home Decor and Green Light Fixtures

    (Products (left to right): Vivid Green Stripes Giclee Pendant Chandelier, George Kovacs Apple Green Glass Pendant Light, Lite Source Kito Green Table Lamp, Zuo Tickle Green Adjustable Height Bar or Counter Stool, Zuo Set of 4 Trafico Side Green Chair, Zuo Lider Plus Green Office Chair, Set of Two Green S Chairs, Set of 6 Zuo Marzipan Green Chairs)

    Even though St. Patrick's Day is not a bank holiday in the United States (sure wish it was), I still like to get in the spirit and sport green in my home. Green apple is such a fun color for St. Patrick's Day, Spring, or just about any time of the year. Its bright color commands attention in any space and mixes well with neutrals such as gray. Want to bring a little Miami flair into your home, the green apple decor can add just the right amount of style.

    Green apple hues are great as a accent or if you want to go bold try using the color in a big way! The bright green chairs would look fantastic around a white outdoor table to spice up your outdoor design. I love the pendant lights over a kitchen island. The green desk chair is also a really fun accent for a home office or bring it to work and be unique. What is your favorite green apple furnishing or light fixture?

    Green Accents and Green Interiors

    Images: Coastal Living, Honestly...WTF, Desire to Inspire

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