The imposing Coastlands House was especially developed by Carver + Schicketanz for a retired couple in Big Sur, California, USA. The majestic oaks located on the site dominate the neighboring landscape and direct the views towards the Pacific coast to the West. According to the architects, “a massive stone base connects the structure to the uphill slope, contrasting with the lighter steel and glass elements of the home. The large glass stacking sliders open to the patios beyond – providing great cross ventilation and a seamless connection to the outdoors“.
Sustainability was a major factor to consider when building the project: “Most of the finish materials are reclaimed and the 4.4kW photovoltaic system was designed to generate 90% of the home’s power usage. A warm but neutral color palette was chosen to complement the natural building materials and juxtapose the brilliant blues of the ocean and sky and the vivid greens of the garden and hills beyond.” The interiors are imposing and bright, enriched by the owner’s world class art collection and a few special antique artifacts.
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We received photos of the House on Sandall Road – a single family residence located in Ealing, London, on a back land site. Completed in 2010 by Evolve Architecture, this project was designed for the clients’ elderly parents at the end of their garden. Situated in a conservation area near a nature reserve, the white volume seen from the street hides a collection of rooms and details that will surely catch your attention. Here is how the architects describe the residential project: “The garden elevations are clad in timber fitting in with the surroundings. From the hill beyond the view is of the sedum roof covering the house. The south elevation has a deep overhang to shade the large glazed doors and windows in summer and provide a ‘porch’ for accessibility to the garden.
By exploiting the natural slope of the site the lower floor is well lit large windows. The direct garden access and separation from the ground floor provides an independent space for a future carer. It is designed specifically for the current occupiers and their needs but could well adapt to family living . For now the occupiers enjoy the view of their grandchildren from their kitchen table. The house is of timber framed construction built with sustainability in mind and suited to a modest budget. Materials used include Sheepswool insulation, Western Red Cedar treated with linseed oil, Sedum Green roof, Marmoleum and solid Maple timber flooring, Gabion boxes filled with recycled bricks, re-used railway sleepers, recycled plastic paving grid, water butts.”
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So it turned out that render of HTC’s Vigor on a Dutch online store wasn’t exactly kosher; but what might be are two spy shots that Droid Life obtained today, providing us with what would seem to be the first legitimate glimpse of the Verizon-bound, LTE-toting smartphone. Gracing its derriere is a texturized backplate, which sports the usual self-explanatory “WITH HTC SENSE” label along with a large lens plus dual LED flash; whereas on the other side we see a front-facing camera along with four capacitive buttons. Whether or not it’ll arrive with the also rumored 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage remains to be seen, but you’ll know more when we do.
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