May 22, 2010

This compact steel-wood house was designed by Utz-Sanby. I find it, like most of their designs, very simple and minimal yet, despite its compact size, feels very spacious and inviting. The house (and I quote Utz-Sanby) is steel framed with a combination of stained eco-ply and colorbond cladding. The floors are mixed hardwoods, the decks are Tallowood and the window and door frames are made from western red cedar. The combination of materials has created a warm and inviting interior, which blends in with the natural vegetation on site. This wedge-shaped house affords the inhabitants privacy whilst making the most of the aspect and views from every room.

You see the thing about the Utz-Sanby folks is that they rock with nature! They create spaces that so effortlessly bring the outdoors in they’re mesmerizing…

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Living in Glass..

May 15, 2010

Every time I try to picture my dream home in my head all I see is an ocean-front house with floor to ceiling walls of nothing but glass. Now let’s leave the ocean for another post and focus on the glass… There’s absolutely nothing more minimal yet so lavish to make the natural surroundings of the house blend in with its interiors.

Let’s tour some of the greatest glass architecture marvels starting with the historical piece of art by the renown architect Philip Johnson in New Canaan, CT:

The second stop is a luxurious tree house in Sidney designed by Utz-Sanby Architects

[Images via: Freshome.com]

Below is the minimum footprint Glass Jodlowa House near Krakow, Poland designed by PCKO Architects and MOFO Architects.

[Images via: http://www.homedesignfind.com]

Now adding some concrete to the glass here is the stunning work of Freelon Group in Raleigh, NC. It’s a three-story combination of rustic and contemporary designed for the company architect Michael A. Rantilla.

[Images via: Designcrave.com]

Finally, and quite literally, the C-O-O-L-E-S-T of them all is this planned and soon-to-be-built completely transparent art piece by the Italian design house Santambrogio Milano.. The last time I checked the project has not been created yet and Santambrogio Milano announced they are currently in search of the ideal location.

[Images via: thedesignermagazine.com]