Tuesday, January 20, 2015

House Hohlen by Jochen Specht

Originally built in 1961, the Austrian house was expanded in 2012. The architect, Jochen Specht preserved only the stonework.

The windows provide views of the valley from different perspectives.

Inside, it was important to keep the old house’s structure recognizable within the new: old windows became passageways, an old kitchen window became a pass-through; another window became a niche for a basin.

Love the concrete stairs with the negative detail, giving the impression the stairs are floating in space.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Branz: Weathertightness (2010)

The leaky building crisis affecting new Zealand homes has been well documented. The focus now turns to learning from the research that has been carried out, remediating the damage and making sure it doesn’t happen again.

Wanted: good builders to rescue industry reputation
Weathertight service sees claims rise
Leaky building challenges
Drying in wall cavities
Can drainage mats perform in NZ?
Remediation design
The remediation specialist
More than just remediating
Remedying substandard original work
How wet is that…?
Using moisture meters correctly
WUFI – modelling tool for NZ conditions

External moisture – An introduction to weathertightness design principles 
Department of Building and Housing
To be read in conjunction with Acceptable Solution E2/AS1

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Solar-powered housing by Louise Braverman accommodates medical staff in an African village

Solar panels provide all the energy required to power this colourful brick dormitory designed by architect Louise Braverman to house medical staff at a rural village in Burundu, Africa. 

The building is constructed of locally produced bricks, interspersed with a mixture of timber cladding and brightly coloured panels.