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Friday, May 14th, 2010

Flickr Faves on Fridays: Modern Architecture in Austin

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This is the Annie Residence, Austin Texas, by Bercy Chen Studio LP. I love the blues and grays next to the leaves and the way the glass reflects the trees in this shot. Here’s a little more about the project:

The house was built for two families in Austin and therefore is split into two living areas. The house consists of two pavilions connected by a glass hallway.

The design was greatly influenced by different regions and cultures. Both the use of the roof as an outdoor living space and the shading devices are derived from Moorish architecture. The body of water and the spatial continuity between inside and outside was inspired by Asian architecture. while the structural transparency of the volumes and the minimalist aspect of the interior was derived from Japanese pavilions.

The house is constructed of a modular steel frame. The frame is infilled with prefab thermasteel panels to minimize construction on-site waste. The structural frame is exposed, showing the construction process and articulating the house’s facades. The repetitive modular method, as well as the prefabrication allowed for greater efficiency during construction.

Thanks so much for subimitting this to our fresh new spaces group!

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Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Around the Web: Modern Lincoln Logs

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Oh, I shouldn’t have done it. I was tempted over to Yatzer yesterday which is always a major time sucker for me. I only let myself hit one category at a time Go check out the post about this marble house  in Japan. There area  slew of breathtaking photographs, and these are just a teaser. What’s so striking to me about this house are the contrast of edges, color, and geometry against the green hillside. If you check out the first picture in the Yatzer post, it literally looks like two modern Lincoln Log pieces fitting together – like if you pushed the top level down, it would interlock with the level below it.

photo © Ken’ichi Suzuki // Image Courtesy of MOUNT FUJI ARCHITECTS STUDIO via Yatzer

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