Hilgard Garden is a stunning work by Mary Barensfeld's architecture and landscape firm in San Francisco. Full of modernist slices and rich cliffs of foliage it juxtaposes modern architectural elements like raw concrete and steel with garden green and rich woods. What's most impressive is how luxurious and spacious it feels but the neighbors are quite close. Here is just a taste, for more info checkout Hilgard Garden on the Barensfeld website. Original article can be read at Knoll.
These matte white interiors with wood and glass accents aren't just sharp for a tropical modern interior but make the bathroom look as large as possible. Many of the photos have great design solutions to a tricky room size and storage needs.
Designed by MM++ Architects this modern tropical residence is located in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. Three generations live in this four story suburban house.
Original article can be read at freshome
Twin Brazilian brothers Octavio and Gustavo Pandolfo worked with the the city of Vancouver to beautify six 70 foot high silos. Their work goes by the name os gemeos, "the twins” in Portuguese.
It took the two less than a month to complete painting the 23,500 square feet of surface area. Crowd-funding was done on Indiegogo and in two months has raised CAD$70,000.
To learn more about the Osgemeos click here.
Aedas (an architectural firm) and Arup (technical consultants) teamed up to design the Abu Dhabi Investment Council Headquarters Towers. The twin 25-story skyscrapers are covered in a retractable skin that shields the building from too much sun, heat gain and glare. Now a brise-soleil is nothing new but what Aedas and Arup delivered is a automatically adjustable screen that follows the suns light path. The panels aren't just triangles for the best structural support but incorporates the Islamic motif found in architecture. Further reading here.
This project perfectly emulates why I love architecture and design. This project is a smart solution that is modern, relates culturally, engendered for long term sustainability. Awesome job!