Pimp my Garage

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This former garage is situated within the passage Buhan, close to the public square, Stalingrad.
The access to the property was formed by the means of 2 gates from the streets of Monméjean-la Bastide and Benauge.

The buildings face the length of a private route meaning each property owner possesses half of this space.
The garage’s only elevation onto this passage was one of 6m in length yet the other faces were either blind or shared party walls.

A patio measuring 4m long by 2.20m wide was created and placed within the new buildings interior.
This space allows both natural lighting and ventilation for the new special organisation. It provides also an extension to the main living area for during good weather feasible with the large sliding windows.

The interior is completely hollwed out and now glazed by the patio. In order to clear the largest space possible and to benefit of its varied special qualities despite its size, all the main essential living requirements excluding the kitchen which fronts the passage, is concentrated within a box measuring 3.60m long by 3m wide by 3m high.
This box, in its polished finish contains a shower room and its functionaries, the boiler, washing machine, a dressing room, a sofa/bed convertible when needed, an office, storage space, a staircase and a sleeping space above.

The new façade is finished in timber in reference to the other interventions, which already exist in the passage, a former stable with its external timber gates discounting that they are entirely made from wood and the façades of the commercial properties at ground level of another building, again all made in timber.

Designed by FABRE/deMARIEN Architects.

(via Freshome)

Olson Kundig Architects

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Chicken Point Cabin. is a remarkable modern residence designed by Olson Kundig Architects and located in Northern Idaho, USA. According to the architects, the idea for the cabin is that of a lakeside shelter in the woods—a little box with a big window that opens to the surrounding landscape. The cabin’s big window-wall (30 feet by 20 feet) opens the entire living space to the forest and lake.

(via Freshome)

How much does your building weigh, Mr. Foster?

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The film traces the rise of one of the world’s premier architects, Norman Foster and his unending quest to improve the quality of life through design. Portrayed are Foster’s origins and how his dreams and influences inspired the design of emblematic projects such as the largest building in the world Beijing Airport, the Reichstag, the Hearst Building in New York and works such as the tallest bridge ever in Millau France. In the very near future, the majority of mankind will abandon the countryside and live entirely in cities. Foster offers some striking solutions to the problems that this historic event will create.

Directed by Norberto Lopez Amado & Carlos Carcas.

Keuka Studios

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Although some would argue that the words rustic and modern should not belong in the same sentence, this modern rustic Montana home is proof that the two can coexist, beautifully. Ample use of wood and stone help the home blend nicely with the heavily wood lot. Bold geometry was carefully combined with traditional log home elements in a way that is sensitive to the environment. Sustainable materials were selected wherever possible. Soaring floor to ceiling glass like a movie screen, establish an intimate connection with the natural environment beyond. Curved decks and balconies help soften the transition to the landscape while the extensive use of curved cable railings from Keuka Studios contribute to a unique personality.

This architecture project from Keuka Studios was found on Freshome.