Blog Pick :: iDesignArch


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By Alyce Packard, BID Candidate

iDesignArch is actually an Interior Design and Architecture eMagazine. They feature residential and commercial interior designs and architecture from all over the world. They also give interior decorating tips, show contemporary home designs, apartment interior design, and show hotel interiors.

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This building is called the "Shell House Villa" and it is located in the Karuizawa region of Kitasaku, Nagano, Japan. It is a concrete villa with a large oval shell shaped structure. It was designed by architecture firm ARTechnic and it was built in the middle of a forest. They really harmonized the villa into the landscape by having the nature interact with it and by having it appear to be floating above the ground.

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I just really like this house, everything about it is appealing to me and for some reason it reminds me of Frank Lloyd Wright's "Falling Water." I think they remind me of each other because of how interactive they are with their landscapes; they seem like they belong where they are. This house is made of reinforced concrete and wood to help preserve Japanese traditions. It has a lot of space and was inspired by the conch-shell.

 
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"The Closet House" by Consexto Architects is only 473 square feet. It uses automation technology to transform this small space into a functional home. The house has 5 spaces; two of them are completely transformable. The cabinet/wall can serve as a bedroom wardrobe and on the other side rises an extendable dining table, a mini bar, and an integrated home cinema.

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I thought this would be a cool house for design students to see. Although this is not a typical house, you don't need a ton of space to have a good design. The small amount of space actually allowed these architects to show off and show how clever they actually are. "The profitability of space coupled with technology was the dominant concern throughout the project."

To check out other cool projects like these two, go to www.idesignarch.com!