Shell Villa In Kitasaku, Japan – Shell Villa is an ultramodern residence designed by Kotaro Ide, ARTechnic Architects 20. Shell Villa is located in the district of Nagano in Kitasaku in Japan and basically looks like a shell or a spaceship that has had an emergency landing in the middle of a forest. Shell Villa is a tubular private villa built to gracefully endure the natural environment encroaching all around it. Its main, curved structure is made of light concrete and offers a shelter from the nature as well as an excellent sense of privacy. Paradoxically, the house blends naturally into the surroundings and becomes an unusual, but integral part of it. The impression is strengthened by subtle wooden accents that go along with the concrete surprisingly well.
Living In The Tiny House: Trend 2016 – Tiny houses. City apartments. Downsizing. Building tiny houses is starting to become one of the most popular ideas for housing in 2016. For some, the obvious reasons are: they consume less space and they are also much more affordable. With those in mind, developers have started to consider building more and more tiny houses for this year. Not only are these homes super cool, but they offer owners freedom from mortgages, minimal maintenance, and a greener lifestyle.
Different tiny homes are built in different ways. Some are equipped with rainwater collection and solar panels. They are designed to live completely off the grid and can be parked just about anywhere you want.
Zen Home Design – Most of us would be glad for a moment of silence at some point in the day. It is usually when we finish our working day that we just need to sit for a moment and mentally release the events of the day. Some of us have triggers to sub-consciously signal to our brain that we can relax now. Taking off your watch, having a shower or just getting changed into more comfortable clothes are all signals that tell us to relax.
Our home environment also plays an important role in helping us unwind. Here are some of our favorite Zen design tips that will ‘soothe’ your senses and help you to create a more peaceful feeling in your home.
The Faliro Loft has been designed by Athens-based Aaron Ritenour and Sotiris Mallas, founders of Esé Studio Architects. Created to showcase a mixture of uncommon textures, types and geometric patterns, the Faliro Loft in Athens is an absolute showstopper.
The space feels quite industrial with the concrete ceilings, raw, unpainted wood, and steel room dividers, the Japanese element comes in with the sliding shoji screens, which are also from unpainted plywood, and also the small pool which soon should have some koi fish which are very feng shui. Color is introduced into the mainly neutral interior through the red and blue of the decorative ceramic screens formed into backing for shelves and dividing units.