Archive for the Design Category

Hiroo Apartment

I had a heck of a time trying to find more information about this apartment. Here is what I know, it is roughly 7.5 meters, it is in Japan, yeah that’s it.    The center block I think mainly consists of stairway, so you simply climb up the middle and exit there to the perimeter of the apartment.  There does seem to be shades for privacy, but the bathroom is still left open.

If anyone know more about this please chime in.




Diagonal Apartment

This great guest house was designed by Wayne F. Tjaden, he was tasked to figure out how to take a awkward space of 100 square feet with 13.5 foot high ceilings and make it a home away from home.  The end result is pretty amazing and the re-purposing of an old mill reduces its impact.


Here is what he had to say about the process of design:

I was inspired by the challenge of converting a 200 sq.ft. former factory restroom plus 100 sq.ft. of an adjacent corridor, all with 13 ft. ceiling, into a guest apartment for the owner/architect’s live/work loft on the floor directly above.  To solve the problem, I introduced diagonal walls, at aspect ratio of 1:4 separating the space longitudinally into principal living spaces and support spaces located adjacent to existing plumbing services. Then, I suspended a sleeping mezzanine within the 13 ft. tall space.  The diagonal walls create forced perspectives which enhance the perception of spaciousness and the floating mezzanine allows the spaces to be appreciated as parts of a single whole.

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Front & Back Apartment

This neat Parisian flat was designed by H2O Architects and is just under 650 square feet.  With a unique flowing wall that is designed to define space while maintain the flow, it allows the owner, an avid comic book collector, to show off his collection.  The built in storage is pervasive through out the apartment and has really nice accent backings to break up the almost overwhelming white.


Here is what the architect had to say about the design:

The new design offers a continuous wide open space which expands, becomes more complex or dense depending on orientations and uses. These variances are defined by the variable geometries and the usable thickness of the casework and walls. A study on sculpting these depths allowed to create a variety of cavities, niches and alcoves. The sculpted shapes vary in size and colors to adapt to multiple functions in different locations. They can harbor either the vast collection of comics or a bar, a bathroom, a closet, and so on.

The front side of each shape always maintains its negative volume on the back. Behind the scenes can unveiled new uses taking place like cupboards, a desk, video, shelves, etc… In this manner, the apartment is continuously renewed and cross-views can become through-views.

living room

Check out the multi use area below.  First it is a flip out office, but tuck that away and you have storage for your things.



floorplanMore photos here

Future Materials For Building Your Home

With so much innovation happening in the technology industry, green tech etcetera, it is no wonder that we are seeing more and more new innovative products to build homes with.


What about Metal Foam?  Sounds crazy right?  Well its not, it has “a much higher strength-to-density ratio than any metal foam that has ever been reported.  What can this be used for?  Well currently applications are going to be used for earthquake damage protection, but designers are all ready scheme up new ways to use the material.

How about having your next house printed!?!?  In 24 hours!  Behrokh Khoshnevis’ device was originally designed to be a rapid prototyping machine, essentially a 3-D printer, but he has realized its true calling is in building construction.   This technology isn’t anything new, but the use of this cement like substance and its ability to scale to a house size is.  I have seen 3-D printers at work and while impressive(I saw one that could print in titanium), they are slow.  This method here is much faster and can support more applications for residential or disaster relief.


Obsorbo, its glass meets sponge.  But a very selective one, this glass will swell to 8 times its size while capturing volatile compounds a.k.a. chemicals and pollutants.  Once the glass is full, you can actually harvest the harmful parts and reuse it over and over again.  Originally designed for water contamination clean up, it has an interest implication in green homes or greenhouses where you grow your organic foods.



Concrete is used for many reasons, its cost, its strength, it ability to repel fire or water etc. etc.  But  what would happen if you were able to use it in new ways, such as accent walls or in lighting?  This material is technically concrete, but is mixed with optical fibers to allow light to pass through, while retaining strength.

lights person