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Tuesday
Nov122013

Opposite ends of the winter retreat spectrum

It's been ages since I blogged Montreal photographer Claude-Simon Langlois, so I was pleased when he emailed the other day with news that he had new photos on his site. Coincidentally and in keeping with the winter retreat theme, some of his new work includes a lodge in Lake Placid, New York that is at complete opposite ends of the spectrum of the "cabin" in my last post. The decor of this cabin may be a bit too traditional for my taste, but Claude-Simon really captures the essence of the beauty of winter and this typical winter dwelling. Which would you prefer chillling (literally - LOL) in for a winter vacay?

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Friday
Oct112013

My kind of cottage

Jennifer Worts may be pretty freaking awesome at designing contemporary city homes, but she's got a knack for designing cottages with a bit of a modern-country flair as well. Casual and comfortable with hints of a beach theme yet still chic and contemporary. The PERFECT cottage. 

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Sunday
Sep222013

Vallée de Joux house

Here is another house designed by Swiss architect Ralph Germann that I received lots of big juicy photos of. This one like the one I blogged Friday is another take on a modern cabin so I'm totally smitten right off the bat. I have always been intrigued by homes with odd shaped windows placed unconventionally, and the windows in this home are just that. I love that some are low and horizontal (perfect in a bedroom so you have a great view from the bed), and others tall and narrow only providing a glimpse of the scenery beyond. 

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Friday
Sep202013

Arsenal B47

A couple of weeks ago I featured Swiss architect Ralph Germann...but it turns out I used some photos I shouldn't have. OOPS! I was kindly sent lots of juicy photos of 2 projects I am allowed to feature (thanks Ralph and Christiane!), so here is one of them. I LOVE this home because it has the "modern cabin" vibe I desperately want for my new house.

Arsenal B47 - The owner of the arsenal wanted to convert this former Swiss army building, constructed during the Second World War, into a habitable space. Ralph Germann’s transformation involved inserting a glass cube into the old structure, an option which meant he didn’t have to touch the patina of the walls, and was able to preserve the roof and some historic details such as the "charge maximum 1500 kg au m2”[maximum load 1500 kg/m2] sign on the wall. Whilst wishing to preserve this testimony to the past, the architect retained only simple materials – noble and solid – including larch, slate, glass and metal. And by interpreting them using clean, pure lines, he has given the chalet a timeless feel. To avoid sliding into an atmosphere of austerity, Ralph Germann has added an unexpected touch of colour behind the cloakroom door: a bold shade of fuchsia. This design, functional above all else, places the emphasis on light and space. To achieve the second, the architect has designed another cube – but in wood this time. Set within the heart of the glass structure, it houses the WCs, cupboards, and even the bed, which folds up when not in use. This optimizes space in this area, which measures only 49 m2.

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Friday
Jul192013

IT HOUSE

That's it - I'm moving to California and buying myself a piece of land in the middle of a forest and putting an IT HOUSE on it. The IT HOUSE is about reducing down to the essentials to create a pure architectural experience of space. Every component in the IT HOUSE is designed to re-engineer and radically simplify the process of building houses. We believe that architecture should bring us closer to our environment; the IT HOUSE is the mediator between one's every day experience and the environment. The IT HOUSE is designed to create a seamless experience between the house, environment and life. Designed by Taalman Koch Architecture, the IT HOUSE, IT CABIN and IT STUDIO are customizable and made of high quality sustainable materials that are manufactured with precision off-site and rapidly assembled on site, with no heavy machinery required. These homes can be completely off-grid to bring your eco-consciousness to the max (but I kind of like having plumbing and electricity). This is what my dream cottage looks like. (My sister has alot of land at her cottage, I doubt she'd mind me putting up a little one of these...)

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