Archives For 21st century

helicoid house

March 10, 2019 — 1 Comment

Yes, a circular house needs a spiral staircase –

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St Andrews Beach House — located on Australia’s Mornington Peninsula, in Victoria — is just off the beach, next door to a national park. It has an open floor plan and views of the landscape in all directions.

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sauna with a view

January 26, 2019 — 1 Comment

The Chalet Sereno, in Megève, France, has a pretty cool hillside sauna –

Christoph Kaiser and Shauna Thibault live in a refurbished grain silo: 366 square feet of circularity.

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An architect, Kaiser designed and built the interior himself, and nearly everything — from the doors to the kitchen cabinets — is curved.

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The space is small and open, and the couple thinks its intimacy has helped bring them closer together.

 

 

romanian circle house

November 13, 2017 — 1 Comment

In Bucharest, Romania, a circle house from architects Razvan Barsan & Partners –

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battersea mews

April 21, 2017 — 1 Comment

In London, just off Battersea High Street, an oval house for sale

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modern yurt

December 16, 2016 — 1 Comment

The Jero Shelter, a modern yurt from German designer Uula Jero

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Made of canvas, marine plywood, stainless steel hardware, and polyester rope, it can be built by three people in around 2 hours.

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villa circuitus

April 26, 2016 — 3 Comments

Villa Circuitus, the first round house in Sweden to meet passive house standards –

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a labour of love

January 24, 2016 — 2 Comments

She practiced alternative medicine; he was a doctor. But despite his conventional facade it was he — and decidedly not she — who dreamed of living in a circular house.

The doctor, property-owner and soon-to-be-round-house-builder explained his thinking on an episode of the British television show Grand Designs. His architect sent him a drawing, he said, that was a perfect circle. “I took one look at it, and thought, that’s great; it’s what nature would do: nature doesn’t grow squares … it just grabbed me.”

The story of how this man took a compelling idea and made a house out of it — and how he somehow managed to convince his reluctant spouse to stick with him during the process — is unexpectedly moving.

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At the end of the episode, narrator Kevin McCloud speaks about the house’s structure, but he could just as easily be describing the couple’s relationship: “the contradiction between the square and the round is completely resolvable. A building can take opposite ideas and synthesize from them something new and exciting.”

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wooden yurt

January 13, 2016 — 1 Comment

This energy-efficient eco-house, in Tulle, France — inspired by a yurt — was designed by architect Virginie Farges

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A spinning, earthquake and hurricane resistant, energy-efficient dome, with a Guggenheim-inspired spiral staircase is on the market in New Paltz –

 

If you’re not ready to buy it, you can rent it for the weekend. As the owners will tell you, spending time in the dome is liberating.

“People really do behave differently in the round space,” one of the owners says. “It’s just free. It’s free-flowing, free of walls, free of constraints. It’s a space, versus a room, versus a box. There’s no limitation.”