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A windowless wall punctured by a roof-level void projects from this steel-clad black house near Tokyo, creating a secret “exterior living room”.
Tato architects, in collaboration with phorm architecture + design, has designed an elevated hillside dwelling in brisbane, australia. the two-story home, which contains a total living area of only 185 square meters, follows current trends in experimental, residential architecture by combining interior and exterior spaces. the architects describe their mission, ‘the project seeks to initiate a fresh outlook to reclaim the comfort inherent in interfaces between semi-outdoor spaces and the environment, and its power to connect people to their surrounding climate, cities, and communities.’
Last winter, teams of researchers in three US cities donned goggles, gloves, and respirators, tore into bags of other people’s household garbage, and then pawed though the contents. Separating slimy banana peels from clumps of coffee grounds was dirty work, but it had a laudable goal: trying to get a handle on how much food waste could have been consumed or diverted before winding its way into the waste stream with a one-way ticket to the dump.
Stefano Boeri Architetti’s Vertical Forests continue to take root around the world, with the latest project planned for Paris. Designed for Villiers sur Marne in east Paris, Forêt Blanche will be a 54-meter-tall tower built predominately of timber. Two thousand trees, shrubs, and plants will cover the wooden facade—a green surface equivalent to a hectare of forest.
Luca Curci Architects has designed a landmark for the Persian Gulf skyline based on the concept of “Organic Cities”. The organic buildings become part of the new megalopolis, merging and mixing residential elements with business divisions, shopping life with wellness areas, cultural places with social life. The aim is to create a common place where people can live, meet, learn, work, socialize and create new intertwined cultures.