Budapest egyik kertvárosias külső kerületében – itthon még új kísérletnek tekinthető – komplex építészeti és belsőépítészeti gondolkodásmóddal találkozhatunk egy tavaly elkészült családi ház képében. A fiatal megbízó házaspár talán az egyik legprogresszívebb hazai építőipari kivitelező vállalatnál ismerkedhetett meg – nem csupán a kortárs építészeti irányzatokkal, hanem a korszerű kivitelezési eljárásokkal is. Új családi otthonuk megtervezésében – a szó igazi, nemes értelmében – Megbízóként viselkedtek: a tervezők kiválasztását és a program meghatározását követően valódi alkotói szabadságot biztosítottak nekik.
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Mobile homes are probably one of the smartest ideas ever created! I mean what better than to be able to have your home, which is familiar to you, without having to sacrifice the comforts of a real home! A true, homely environment with structural aspects designed not for tourists but for residents, even if that means that your stay is temporary. Best of all these micro-houses offer functional solutions without sacrificing on design! Hangar Design Group designed two such houses; Suite Home and Joshua Tree. These mobile homes can be placed by the sea, the mountains or a tourist destination. Not to say that they can be used as an attic house in the city center, these types of extensions are usually very elegant architectural installations.
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When they are young, places like a narrow path between houses, the edge of a garden, the back of a shed, under the floor, or an open lot are the preferred playgrounds of children. Rather than a park or garden that was built to be played in, we wanted to make a house with a courtyard that would become a playground naturally. Rather than a collection of rooms, we think of this house as a collection of constructions, and we produced a design that seems to be made out of various different structures. Paths covered by a glass roof weave between the disconnected structures to create an interior space that feels exterior, a private space that feels public, a hall that feels like an avenue. In that space the children can run around, you can enjoy a breeze while you eat, read under the sun, and fall asleep watching the stars.
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The Polish design studio MOWO have created the Bufa chair. Inspired by attire and tailoring detail: puff and pleat. An attempt to find furniture pattern and a search of the new solution to replace the traditional upholstery. With the pull of the string on both sides, the proper pattern makes it possible to transform the two-dimensional felt into a spacial shape. The pleated material creates a spatial ornament curving the shape in the most genuine way.
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SANYO has just announced the release of their new SPL eneloop bicycle which has a unique regenerative charging system that stores up energy created while pedaling. The new model will be ready by april 2010 in Japan only and will sell for around 1,800 USD. The bike has a large eneloop battery that instead of charging through an electrical outlet, can be charged while the user is riding the bike. The battery saves energy created when the rider is going downhill or braking, and stores this for future use. In such a scenario, the rider could ride down a hill and use the energy created by the bike to then ride up the hill using the eclectic motor. This type of regenerative has been in use in cars for some time such as in the Toyota Prius.
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