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Description by Prototype Design Lab:
The site of this project is in a country-feeling area of South Mississauga with small roads and mature trees. The house was designed for a couple of entrepreneurs with fast-paced jobs, who wanted to return home to a retreat-like environment at the end of each day.
The House is broken into three slipping volumes of varying heights and lengths, staggered to respond to site and programmatic conditions. Each one is clad with a different material to hint at its interior function: cumaru wood planks; white quartz; and custom, diamond-shaped corten steel panels. The interior of the house continues the clear lines and filigreed details of the exterior. In addition, the house opens almost completely to the outside on the west elevation. The floor spills out into the landscape in the form of a large deck at the same level of the ground floor, and the landscape…
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Happiness can be derived from the simplest of sources. Many of the things that inspire peace and happiness in my life are found in nature. For example, I enjoy watching birds in my yard, whether it be the chickens scratching around in their pen, or the cardinals, robins, and sparrows flitting through the bushes and garden rows.
Birds are great helpers in the garden, and it can be a joy to listen to their songs and watch their antics. You can make your yard more attractive to birds simply by providing a dish of water and a few bird houses for shelter.
I recently saw a website showing how to make a bird house from PVC pipe. I became inspired to give my bug-eating buddies new homes! Eagerly, I drove to a home improvement store.
There I stood, about twenty minutes later, looking up at the ten-foot lengths of PVC pipe thinking “How am I…
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Description by Metro Arquitetos:
The architectural project for this house consists of two main volumes; ground floor and superior floor.
The ground floor embraces most of the program of the house and is organized by a longilineal volume that incorporates all of the wet areas; two bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room. This main volume stretches along the whole extension of the house, parallel to the lateral border and demarcating the end and initial point of the site.
The main areas of the house, living room and bedrooms, open up towards the garden in a transverse direction to the wet areas. The elevated flooring, 45cm above the ground level, allows the front of the house to be used as a comfortable seating area facing the garden.
The whole structure of the house is made of reinforced concrete with a solid concrete slab and inverted beam. All enclosures are of concrete, glass…
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Description by Myrto Miliou Architects:
The house is situated in the Cycladic island of Syros, in a property of 0.40 hectares with a view of the Aegean Sea. The architectural approach intended to form a dialogue between contemporary architecture and traditional Greek typology. Regional vernacular elements, such as the relationship of the building to the landscape, the sculptural qualities of light, the handmade stone masonry walls, were re-cast in modern terms. The geometry of the building follows that of the landscape, mimicking the stone retaining walls that characterize the Greek island landscape. The 400 square meter building is divided into several distinct volumes that are diagonally stacked, thus fitting seamlessly in the topography of the site. The use of the excavation stone for the construction makes the building further blend in with the surrounding countryside. Each volume of the house is one level high thus providing access to the outdoors…
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