Villa Amanzi by Original Vision Architecture

Villa Amanzi by Original Vision Architecture

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Villa Amanzi in Phuket, Thailand was designed by Original Vision Architecture, a firm specializing in luxuriously modern designs with offices in Hong Kong and Thailand. The villa, which has hints of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Falling Water in that it is multi-level and built into the landscape, went up in 2008. It’s nestled in a cascading, west facing ravine, with a dramatic granite slab at the northern edge, and the sparkling Andaman Sea to the south.
The home is at once solid and airy; it’s meant to seem as if it grew out from the rock, yet, the view over the water stretches to the horizon. Indoor/outdoor living is taken advantage of, with an open air living room and dining room space melding seamlessly with the patio and wood decking of the pool. There are also sliding doors at the front of the house to encourage sea breeze and circulation. The saltwater pool, which juts out from the house, is cantilevered over the lower level in a spectacular feat of horizontal versus vertical layering.

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Skim Milk: Forest Bath

Skim Milk: Forest Bath

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Forest Bath is a summer home located in Nagano, Japan designed by Kyoko Ikuta Architecture Laboratory and Ozeki Architects & Associates. The building is located on a flat site with no opportunity of an extensive view; instead, the architects decided to concentrate the focal point upwards into the sky.Since the geometry of the residence is triangular, the architects were able to remove a portion of the angular roof to receive more natural lighting and view of the surrounding landscape. The dramatic opening also serves as a private outdoor courtyard. The outdoor space defined the interior layout, too, which is separated into two sections — the bedroom and bath.What I love more than the simplicity of this house is how the light and shadows reflect off its stark walls. Since the home has a low profile, the trees extend much higher than the home producing an almost abstract overshadow. It’s amazing how good a simple rooftop looks as an overall structure for a building.

MIMA House by MIMA Architects

MIMA House by MIMA Architects

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MIMA House, created by MIMA Architects, is a response to the modern dream for clean sophisticated design and bright open spaces in a quickly produced, flexible, light, and cheap, yet high quality dwelling. It’s inspired by the traditional Japanese house, the perfect paradigm for lightness, flexibility, comfort, and pleasing lines. MIMA uses prefabricated construction methods, which enables production to move quickly and the price to remain low. It is a 387.5-square-foot home that costs the same as a mid-range car.MIMA consists of a square post-and-beam structure completely glazed on all sides, subdivided by modular wooden frames. It comes with additional plywood panels that can be placed on the outside of the building, for a replacement of any window by a wall in seconds. Inside, walls can be added, again, in a matter of seconds, so a subdivided space can be replaced by an open space or vice versa. Moreover, each side of internal and external walls has a different color and/or finish, which allows the homeowner to dramatically change the look through a simple wall rotation. Despite its standardized construction methods, MIMA houses can be customized in so many parameters that you’d be hard pressed to find two identical examples.This one is located in Viana do Castelo, Portugal. Unfortunately, for the moment, MIMA houses are only available in Europe.Photos by José Campos.Share This: Twitter | Facebook | Discover more great design by following Design Milk on Twitter and Facebook. © 2011 Design Milk | Posted by Marni in Architecture | Permalink | No comments

These Seemingly Floating Stairs Belong In a Dalí Painting [Architecture]

Salvador DaliThese Seemingly Floating Stairs Belong In a Dalí Painting [Architecture]

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Casa C-51, by Spanish architect studio Ábaton, is a nice home. My favorite part is the stairs, designed to kill toddlers and/or make you feel like David Bowie in Labyrinth. [Abaton via Mocoloco] More »

This Beautiful Pre-Fab House Has the Same Price of a Family Car [Architecture]

This Beautiful Pre-Fab House Has the Same Price of a Family Car [Architecture]

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Looking at it, I wouldn’t mind living in this Mimahouse, a pre-fabricated home that can be easily customized by the owner. Knowing the price, I’d seriously consider it—if I lived in Portugal, where it is made. [Mimahousing via Dezeen] More »