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Kjellgren Kaminsky Architects has developed a house that grows as your family or circumstances do. The family unit has changed in recent times – but housing really hasn’t. They have designed a series of villas that are as flexible as life and the changing times. The Villas can be built one by one or integrated and connected to form a larger residential area.  The video illustrates how it works. Right now the Villas are sold in the United Kingdom and Sweden and are produced by Kjellgren Kaminsky and Emrahus. 
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Koolhaas Houselife is the first in a series of films called “Living Architectures”.  The goal of the series is to ‘demonstrate the vitality, fragility and vulnerability of architecture through the observation of daily life…”  

The films’ main character is a housekeeper – Guadalupe Acedo – throughout the film, she points out the “complex world of daily life”.  10 years ago, Rem Koolhaas created  one of the most amazing houses ever built: the Maison à Bordeaux. The engineering is incredible – moving walls, lifting bedrooms, platforms and automated windows, designed to give freedom to the owner, a wheelchair bound, car accident victim.  The film’s intent is to ‘de-idealize’ architecture, to make it seem less precious and more personal. 

Ila Bêka and Louise Lemoine’s film sold out its 1st edition.  The 2nd edition DVD -book is now available.
via: Coolboom


This transforming house was designed by dRMM Architects in the UK, as a retirement home.  The clients wanted to live in a glass house while having the ability to control the amount of light and privacy.  The solution?  3 buildings that line up, a garage at one end and the glass house at the other. When the timber structure slides over the other two it has the appearance of a barn. Flexibility to the extreme!  

via: dvice and fred
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stairsStairs. Nothing but stairs. Even the jokes are about stairs.
I came across this random site tonight, anyone out there with a ‘stair fetish’, should be more than satisfied with this site. There are reclaimed wood stairs, stairs made from skateboard decks and  beautiful built in stairs.
 
While on this site, be sure to visit their two other blogs,  Materialicious, “just another shelter blog”, and Workaliciousthe modern workplace, its furniture, implements, and a bit of its culture”.

Inspiration a plenty!

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You really have to visit the website of Tokujin Yoshioka to fully appreciate his work.  His site sounds and looks as incredible as his work. My words could not justify the beauty and creativity of his architecture, installations, graphics and products.

“His work has been highly elevated as art works simply more than design works.”  The image above shows him  at work on Venus – A Natural Crystal Chair. A skeleton is formed from a substrate made of polyester elastomer, and is then submerged in a tank. And just like that experiment from grade 6, crystals then grow on the substrate. Unlike that experiment from grade 6, a beautiful piece of art is formed in the shape of a chair. The chair was part of an exhibition at the Japanese Gallery  21_21, the theme of the show – “Thinking about the future of design: Second Nature, from the depths of a sea of memories.”    

I think I have a new favourite designer. 

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