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T Weekend Residence

A weekend residence provides for a functional lifestyle unlike a vacation house or just a lodging facility. Three different-leveled slabs has been arranged to bring out the characteristics of the site and, they gain both the view from the sloped land and the direct relationship with the earth through gardening etc. By penetrating the core into these three slabs, they are connected and it also functions as a device for gravity ventilation providing a comfortable indoor space.

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Casa Ojala

The architectural limits of forced views, filtered light, controlled air and untouchable canopy are broken. Casa Ojala is a patented project by Architect Beatrice Bonzanigo. It is a small house with high flexibility. Its strenght comes from its innovative manual mechanical system. The surprise and the simplicity with which it changes, create a unique experience of a new and palpable life, a new discovery in the world of static architecture. The limited space converts into an infinite home. The home becomes a surprise, a game, a theatre, fragrances and gestures. The landscape is its facade.

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Revitalization of Abandoned Village

The project REVITALIZATION OF An Abandoned Stone Village started ten years ago. The owner’s original intention was to save only several yards in his deserted home village to leave childhood memories. Later, inspired by experts of village construction who activate ancient villages by art, the idea was extended to the rebirth of ravine lands. REVITALIZATION OF An Abandoned Stone Village is meant to redefine one of the villages named Denghua Village.

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The Grabowski house was designed with a green roof in order to build a visual and virtual bridge between the slopes that define a valley in the countryside of Rio de Janeiro. The biggest challenge was to create a veranda covered by the upper floor without any pillar. The lack of these vertical elements eliminates the boundary between interior and exterior, between roofed and unroofed areas, reinforcing the connection of architecture to the nature. The solution for the engineer query was the use of the Vierendeel truss. That kind of truss forms the exterior structural skeleton of the house.

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House L019

In the whole house it was used a simple but sophisticated material and color concept. White walls, wooden oak floors and local Limestone for bathrooms and chimneys. The precisely crafted detailing creates an atmosphere of sensitive luxury. Exactly composed vistas determines the free floating L-shaped living space.

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Nanxianglou Art Hotel in Shenzhen

Nanxianglou Art Hotel in Shenzhen, China sponsored by China OCT was renovated by PleasantHouse Design. The project situates in the historic Gankeng Village, having gained lots of reputation abroad since the development of the complex. The design was inspired by the Hakkas immigration culture dating back to hundreds of years. The renovation features two glass houses separately on the first floor and second floor, working as a hotel and part of the exhibition.

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