Best MoCo Architecture This Week
by Harry / December 20, 2008

Swedish studio Pinc's prefab Pacific House at Below The Clouds, "an International Style beach house complete with a rooftop terrace and spa" that's equally at home in the snow.

This week's picks:

+ ODOS architects' 287 sq. meter, concrete Dwelling at Maytree in Ireland at Arch Daily, "in essence a simple bold sculptural form which sits at the foot of a steep escarpment in the Wicklow hills. It is a two storey house with vehicular and pedestrian access from the Bray Road. Accommodation is comprised of a two car garage, boiler room, wc and utility at ground floor level and open plan living, kitchen, dining areas with 3 bedrooms (master en suite), study and family bathroom at first floor level".

+ Junichi Sampei's 990 sq. foot concrete House in Myorenji at What We Do Is Secret, "built on a wedge-shaped site at a length of about 60 feet... walls are built parallel with property lines, and the shape of the site 'reflects' onto the unique angled roof".

+ life+shelter associates' 1487 sq. foot House of Steps at What We Do Is Secret, "bout 20 miles from Tokyo and is surrounded by nothing but open fields. It was designed by another young couple who design from architecture to products".

+ Allen+Maurer Architects' Maurer Residence, "No tree was cut, no rock was blasted, no contours remodelled. 4 small buildings surrounded by existing trees form a private, tranquill garden". Via Contemporist.

+ ZeroEnergy Design's Truro Residence at Jetson Green, "a 6,200 square foot second home that acts a lot smaller that it actually is. The client wanted something to accommodate a large and fluctuating number of family members for weekends and holidays. As a result, ZED split the home into a "living bar" and "sleeping bar." It's an interesting idea that creates impressive results".

+ Joan Riera Jaume and Francisco Barceló Ascolies' Casa Cerdá townhouse in Mallorca at arquitectura h.

+ Wespi de Meuron Architects' neubau haus kü. at designboom, "nestled on a hillside densely built-up with villas. It overlooks the city, lake and mountains, so the designers wanted to preserve the natural feel on the exterior".

+ group8's Red houses in Crans-Près-Céligny, Switzerland, constructed from red poured concrete each house has a sheltered loggia on the first floor as well as an open terrace.

+ Manuel Ocaña's Casa Yaya interiors at Plataforma Arquitectura.

+ Robert Sweet's p_House at Apartment Therapy, the architect "retained the original footprint and foundation of the previous structure to build upon, utilizing the backyard section as the expansion to the original building".

+ REX Architects/ Magnusson Klemencic Assoc./ Situ Studio's doll house for Calvin Klein at designboom, "the design spans 4 complete floors, including a landscaped urban rooftop, and is fabricated in steel, acrylic sheet, and four-way stretch spandex". Also at Archinect.

+ Video of Private Library from A Space In Time, "A short film about New York architect Andrew Berman's dream project. Commissioned to design a writing studio in the woods in Long Island, he took the challenge and created a building which seems to float in a sea of foliage". Via AMNP.

+ Marcel Wanders' Mondrian Hotel in Miami Beach at, conceived by the designer as "'Sleeping Beauty's castle,' [where] residents and guests will truly live within a modern fantasy".

+ Changing Ideals: Re-thinking the House "an exhibition which juxtaposes highly divergent housing concepts, ranging from the Domus Cosmographica of the Mauritshuis to the television culture of the Big Brother house". At the Netherlands Architecture Institute Maastricht (NAI) from November 4th '08 to March 29 '09. Via DeTank.

+ Family home by Pedro Gadanho at iconeye, "I'm very partial to pop" says the architect. Via Dezain.

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