'The Basic House is a temporary housing solution so portable it can be folded up to fit in your pocket. Created from a metalized polyester material, when unfolded it self inflates with body heat or from the heat of the sun to provide an instant shelter. 'The Basic House was designed by Martin Azura, a Barcelona-based designer who works with minimal materials and seeks to use natural forms of energy or the environment to complete his work.'
'Japanese studio Kengo Kuma and Associates has designed a small building in Odawara, a city located in western Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan. Completed in 2011, this 11,000 square foot building is characterized by its striking facade of pixelated aluminum planters.' Link here.
'Modern work spaces can be constructed or redesigned – this next project is part of the latter- a former machinery shed was redesigned to suit a modern office lifestyle. Named the Black Box, this black glass-covered volume was completed in February 2012. As a result of a fruitful collaboration between Tina Tziallas Architecture Studio and Factor Design, the Black Box in Wildes Meadow, Australia, was created for a software design studio. High-performance tilt doors open to reveal a powerful connection between indoor and outdoor spaces.'
Aging in Africa sets out to be the first age-valued community on the African continent where the elderly can maintain a meaningful and healthy lifestyle in a comfortable and safe environment. It is a retirement community for Catholic priests that are excluded from the traditional, family based, model of elder care in Cote D’Ivoire. The architecture is shaped by deploying a holistic set of social, economic and environmentally sustainable theories pertaining to elder living and care. It is about architecture that does not just house caring, it is architecture as the caring device. Our hope is that it is an inspiration for a new breed of community that values the efficacy of spirit over efficiency of care.
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