Good wood - here’s a Halloween spooktacular special - David Connor Design and Kate Darby Architects have transformed a tumbledown cottage in England’s West Midlands into a home and studio, enveloping the ruined old structure in a shell of black corrugated metal. And where did that hooded character in the last image come from???


The architects of Sadie Snelson Architects transformed an old warehouse in East London into an impressive living and working concept for photographers. The team removed nearly all original walls in order to create an open living space. They designed and the client casted their own concrete kitchen. New crittall style windows style windows were added, over the double height space to add drama to the internal elevations, and to let light flow through the spaces whilst retaining privacy. The elegant palette of finishes was kept simple and references the industrial nature of the existing building.



It started as a mistake, transformed workflow for architects, and revived Japanese print-making.

Created as a result of mixing blood, potash, and iron sulfate while trying to make red cochineal dye, Prussian blue was announced officially in 1710. 

Paper covered with ammonium ferric citrate plunged into potassium ferricyanide turned Prussian blue and preserved the image of objects set on top of the paper in the process. And thus the “cyanotype” was born.

From there, architects found these “blue prints” useful to make copies of one drawing. Sound familiar?

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ilsogno  asked:

have you ever worked on an existing building? I have to do it for the first time and it's so difficult understanding the space and the building for doing a good projet..

Yes I have. You main challenge is separating yourself from the constraints of that structure because it can lead to a tepid design. Its a trap! Understand the building but think of a design without those constraints then you can bring them together to reach a design that enhances the structure vs. being limited by the structure. Do not be afraid to think of taking off walls or floors, do not be afraid of using different materials or patterns, imagine what you would do to improve that building if you had free reign!

Here are some recent examples:

Zhoushan Sports Stadium Transformation John Curran Architects

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Coach House Conversion by Zecc Architects

Dutch studio Zecc Architects in cooperation with BYTR architect have transformed a 18th-century monumental coach house into a spacious home in Breukelen, The Netherlands. Leaving the exterior of the house almost intact, the duo have successfully seamlessly moulded aspects of the the original home with its “rustic” charm moulding with the new contemporary additions to create a warm, light filled residence.

Enjoy the virtual tour!

Above: The stable, still complete with hay racks, stone troughs and iron cast horse heads, were used as a living room. The original tack room is now the entrance hall and the coach house has been converted into a spacious kitchen.

Above: Two hanging pendants seem to represent inverse lotus flowers and soften the space, contributing a cozy glow.

Above:: The crème de la crème, however, in this transformation is the solid oak, switchback staircase which is centralized in the soaring space from the kitchen. The wooden flights are wrapped in sleek stucco and lead to a spacious second-story fireplace lounge.

Above: The double-height kitchen, replete with an island and countertops of finished concrete, as well as stainless appliances and glossy black cabinetry.