Design Idea:Urban Infill Solution in Portugal

Hello there! Sorry I have been gone for a while but I’ve been busy working on re-creating my website and moving my blog to this new location. No easy feat, but luckily I’ve got some great tech support on my side.

Today, I bring you a rather innovative idea using pre-fabricated buildings in conjunction with open-air platform structures to create urban infill in the Portuguese city of Porto . The brains behind this ingenious design – Filipe Magalhaes and Ana Luisa Soares – who entitled the project, Polikatoikea. The talented team took 1st prize in the Architectural Origami Competition – which challenged architects to devise a way to fill abandoned and unused urban lots. See more about the design project here.

The pre-fabricated pods would be air conditioned so the inhabitants could escape the heat when needed but in the pleasant climate of Portugal, outdoor living is a way of life.  So, most of the square footage is expressed in the open-air platform.

The platforms could be erected over existing lots, fitting nicely into the urban landscape while providing affordable living quarters for many residents.I love seeing imaginative solutions for growing urban environments!

 

All images via here.


Posted on February 17, 2012 at 1:31 am
Candace Kramer | Posted in architecture, Community, environmental design, pre-fabricated, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sheds on the brain…

Hello! Hope your week has been going well! Right now, I’ve got sheds on the brain. You see, after much thought we have decided to renovate the detached garage of our rental home. Inspired by the many garage remodels that I have seen recently, I’ve taken the leap and started my own! Don’t worry, I will be documenting and sharing the process with you too! Turning this rather dilapidated garage into a fabulous living space will be quite the adventure but now that the picture is becoming clearer, I believe a shed will be in order.  A quaint little outbuilding with character, style and of course, functionality.

Thankfully, sheds have come a long way. They are not longer the forgotten shack in the corner of the property where you keep the lawn mower and rake. These days sheds have taken on a new importance and aesthetic, often mirroring the style and architecture  of the home. Some use them as a retreat, an office space or dining room. Check out these magical little sheds I’ve come across…via Houzz

I especially love this dining “shed”. It reminds of my beach house, where we converted the garage into our dining hall.
See below…
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This space gets so much use and we’ve made so many good memories around that old table.
Okay well, I better keep gathering my ideas and plans for the remodel. I will keep you posted!
Do you have a shed or garage that you use as a living space? I would love to hear about it!
Have a fantastic weekend!


Posted on July 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in architecture, downsizing, Garden, interior design, Lifestyle, pre-fabricated, Remodel, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pre-fab it: Homb

Being completely inspired by my last post, I couldn’t resist doing a pre-fab encore. Check out Homb –  a fantastic line of pre-fab homes designed using a 100 sq. ft. triangular system. Go here to view more plans. It turns out, that while squares and rectangles are perfectly fine for building…triangles are way cooler! This ingenious line is created by the brilliant marriage of two amazing companies: Skylab Architecture and Method Homes – both committed to designing spectacular architecture AND respecting the environment – gotta love that! Look at how beautiful these Homb structures are…

Aren’t they stunning? Would you consider living in a pre-fab home?

 

p.s. Wanna see what the Skylab Architects are up to in Portland? Check it out here!

All images via Homb


Posted on April 20, 2011 at 10:51 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in architecture, downsizing, environmental design, interior design, pre-fabricated | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Pre-fab it : Logical homes

Green building, as you know is something I love. Recycled, re-purposed, re-used, I can’t get enough! So, when I found this fantastic California based, green, pre-fab home company – Logical Homes, I had to share some of their plans with you. Sleek and modern, they pride themselves on filling their structures with light, clean lines and plenty of feel good, earth friendly building materials.

With a huge range of plans, there is a home suitable for everyone. These structures also make great secondary buildings such as an office, studio or guest house!

This first plan (The Kara) is a sweet 320 square feet…with a lovely expanse of outdoor living (an additional 270 sq. ft.)…

This next one (The Aegean) provides a little more wiggle room coming in at 640 sq. ft. and I just love that strong cantilevered roof!

And the big sister to the Kara is the Kara 1512, providing 1512 sq. ft of living space on two levels. Check out the translucent walls of the staircase – so cool!Pre-fab fabulous, right? To check out all their plans, visit their website here.

Could you live in one of these? I think I could!

 

All images via logicalhomes.com

 

 


Posted on April 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm
Candace Kramer | Posted in architecture, downsizing, pre-fabricated, Small Space Design | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,