This would be an amazing place to live as a student. This residence was designed by LOHA (Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects) for UCLA. On top of having your basic student rooms there are multiple outdoor common spaces, including BBQ area, rooftop patio, and gardens. To access the rooms you walk outside on walkways and bridges, so neat! Check out more photos at Contemporist.
These holiday homes are located in Israel, and were designed by Ron Shenkin Studio. They look so cozy, I'd like to spend some time staying here. For more photos check out Contemporist.
The Bungalows are part of a complex which combines various attractions; walkways, gardens, vegetable gardens, swimming pool, gazebos and a path that leads to the beach.
All bungalows face the sea. The porch is located facing the sea, hovering over the landscape covered by a pergola and wooden beams on the sides for a feeling of intimacy.
I'm in love with this amazing house, located in Mexico City. It's so open and airy, yet the rooms definitely suggest comfort. The house is surrounded by a perimeter wall, so the courtyards are the solution to letting light in and having some green space. It was created by architect Andrés Stebelski. Check out more photos at Home Designing.
This city hall in Belgium was designed by Frederic Haesevoets Architecture. The roof creates a patchwork of greenwalls. It makes quite the impression, and sets the tone for this Belgium city. See more photos at Contemporist.
This neat house is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. It was designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects and the interiors were done by M Square Lifestyle Design. It would be amazing to be connected to the outdoors from every room, yet still be able to enjoy the benefits of being inside. Literally, the best of both worlds. Check out more at Contemporist.
From the architect:
The client’s brief called for a family orientated home suitable for indoor/outdoor entertainment that maximizes the views to the north. The result is a sculptural piece of architecture that is an extreme transformation from the previously modest single story.
With every room in the house opening outdoors, linking the home with the landscaped garden, indoor/outdoor living is guaranteed. Werner van der Meulen used morphed steels forms that wrap around and frame the structure by the use of parasitic architecture.
This neat place is the Fairyland Guorui Villa complex located in Beijing China. It was designed by UN Studio. I love the organic shapes to the buildings and the tree lined path down the middle, as seen in the photo below. Check out more photos at Contemporist.
From the designer:
In order to take full advantage of the location, the layout of the Fairyland Guorui Villa complex follows an open plan organisation, while the public spaces within and adjacent to the complex follow the design philosophy set out in the masterplan and respond to the context of the site in the waterside location.
Essential to the design approach for the villa development is the combination of individuality with a distinct quality of community. As a result, a mix of consistency and singular identity defines the scheme. The architectural masterplan envisions sculptural villas scattered along the riverside, each with its own characteristics and living spaces, but embedded in the communal space to stimulate a neighborhood effect.
Take a look at this hidden house! It's located with Tel Aviv and was design by Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects. Such an interesting concept and so private. See more pictures of inside the house at Contemporist.
For the architects:
A house of contradictions, between sealed and closed, to open to natural light and to the outside area.
Contradictions between colors and drama of volumes. All of these create interest in a house built on a relatively small plot. The required privacy was achieved through a mysterious facade, with only clues of cracks of light breaking through it, and this is the front facade.
This house defies the laws of gravity! Such an incredible vision of architecture. Designed by architects at OPA, it is known as Casa Brutale. Check out more at Home Designing.
Although set beside the sea and indeed perched upon a cliff, the house is actually carved out of the earth, with three walls surrounded entirely by the cliff itself. The resulting structure is a nod to Brutalist stylings in concrete and glass, while also realizing an architect's vision with a completely unique home.
Architect Jesse Bennett and interior designer Anne-Marie Campagnolo created a home for themselves in Australia. I love the openness of it, and the organic shape. Check out more photos at Contemporist.
Set in tropical north Queensland, the house embraces the heritage rainforest surrounds and utilises experimental passive design methods. The simplistic approach and use of Lo-Fi technologies results in a raw and honest dwelling. Contours of the site ridgeline have formed basis for the playful lines utilised in concrete profiles.
Maybe this is along the Star Wars theme; could be an inverse of the Death Star. In any case, check out this really neat gallery located in Korea. It was designed by Moon Hoon architecture firm to be an art gallery and cultural centre. Lots more at Contemporist.
From the designers:
Sometimes, clients bring in a clear idea or a name of a place they envision. This time, a movie named two moon junction surfaced when we first met. He talked about building a private cultural center centered around a coffee shop and a gallery.
A free spirited space, somewhat erotically charged like the movie, a place full of festivity and relaxed atmosphere. The other important criteria included providing two separate buildings, one for the client, and the other for his younger brother. The budget was extremely low, so from the start we decided to build simple boxes with some impact points.