practically perfect

Testament that fantastic architecture comes in all shapes and sizes. Architects Foaa and Norte based in Chile have designed this minimalist home in Calafquen. With a square meterage of only 90.3 and a base cost of $650 USD per sqm metre I am blown away by how much I adore this house. The pared back architecture, the clean lines both inside and out, the striking silhouette on that landscape are, in my opinion, perfect. And yet the icing on the cake is the yellow doors. Injecting colour and fun into architecture without compromising the design integrity is a hugely important value to me and these guys have aced it. An inexpensive, modern minimalist home that looks warm and welcoming. I’m sold. Check out more of the project over at Arch Daily.

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lighten up

We couldn’t help looking into these clever handmade lamps, the idea of Italian designer Marco Stefanelli. The lamps use LED technology combining light, wood and resin and were recently debuted at the 2012 Milan Furniture Fair. No doubt these little gems will inspire many to try a little DIY in the backyard. Find out more here.

star wars, superman, fire station?

Is it just me or there is something really special about building inserted into a cliff side? Whether it’s the comfort of architectural closure or the plain cool factor of the ‘tunnel aesthetic’, these buildings create an exciting sense of adventure and exploration of the unknown.

With a bright red logo fit for a video game and a charcoal concrete blade running the length of the building. The juxtaposition of modern technology and caveman sensibility seem to perfect for a macho fire station.

With such mass and triple glazed glass, the building has created it’s own stable atmosphere. It stores heat during the day and releases it at night in winter and keeps the building cool and away from direct sunlight during the summer. The building is functional and environmentally sensitive by reducing it’s building footprint on potentially prime real estate.

Just goes to show, a building can go into a cliff face, be mysterious, awesome and functional. Check it out.

chelsea flower show – congratulations

We are very pleased to announce that Jason Hodges of Green Art Gardens has won a silver gilt medal at the internationally renowned Chelsea Flower Show. Showcasing a garden that pays homage to his Sydney hometown the garden was a standout feature at this years show. Eco Outdoor are proud to have supplied both the Killcare random ashlar walling and Bluestone paving and we think the design is looking great! Congratulations again to Jason and the team, you guys rock! For more information on the Chelsea Flower Show check it out here.

la souplette

From late 1900s Paris, the la souplette is a bicycle made almost entirely of hickory wood.  Taking its name from the french ‘souple’ or flexible it was claimed that the wooden frame had elastic properties providing suspension and comfort for the rider. I can already picture Parisians riding around their city on these truly amazing bikes. Now a collectors items, the folks over at Treadlie Magazine are lucky enough to have one to call their own. The temptation to ride it must be huge, but a quick trip down to the shop? I’m not so sure.

i may be a little early, but…

With the very first light (extremely light) dusting of snow spotted around the Victorian snowfields over the last few days I’ve become all worked up about the upcoming season. Nothing is better than a full day on the slopes followed by a relaxing red wine in front of the roaring fire. Extreme weather architecture has always interested me, especially houses built in high snow regions. Now, even though Australia can put on a decent snow season, we are not quite one of the coldest places on Earth (far from it!), which nudges me to look overseas for examples and inspirations for extreme snow architecture.

I found this gem from architects Bettilon/Dorval-Bory in Paris, France. The concept house would be situated in the Andean foothills of Santiago, Chile. It combines two passive systems to heat the house. Cold air is pumped from outside the house through pipes underground and uses the Earth’s natural geothermic temperature of approximately 16oC to warm the air.  Simultaneously a Trombe Wall system uses solar energy in a two part process. Firstly creating a greenhouse effect by heating fresh air between glass and a dark coloured wall by day, and then during the night distributing this heated air through the building for warmth. Check out their website and read more about this amazing concept here.

2012 interior designers of the year

Atticus & Milo's award winning Huntingtower Project

Sydney played host to the Interior Design awards last Friday night and what a night of celebration for east coast architects and designer. There were some incredibly entries and from what we’re told by our man on the ground, it was a fantastic industry night that went well into the wee hours of the morning…

For those of you who are interested, the Interior Design State winners were >

Anthony Gill Architects NSW

Robert Mills Architects VIC

Williams Burton Architects SA

and one of our personal friends Caecilia Potter director of Atticus & Milo took out the the Residential Decoration Award at the 2012 Australian Interior Design Awards for their project Huntingtower [shown above]. Congratulations Caecilia from all of us here at Eco.