Design archive for 2014-12-28

Dezeen's top 10 houses of 2014

(6 years ago)
We've published hundreds of weird and wonderful residences on Dezeen over the past year, from super-skinny city houses to wintery chalets, underground bunkers and revamped farmhouses. Architecture editor Amy Frearson picks her favourites.House for Trees, Vietnam, by Vo Trong Nghia ArchitectsThis family house on a hemmed-in plot in Ho Chi Minh City is made up of five concrete boxes with trees growing on the rooftops. Vietnamese firm Vo Trong Nghia Architects wanted to offer the residents a "tropical lifestyle" in the city.Locally sourced bricks are left exposed internally and the only windows face inward to a secluded courtyard. Find out more about House for Trees »House in Fontinha, Portugal by Manuel Aires MateusArchitect Manuel Aires Mateus designed this hilltop house to combine the seclusion of a traditional courtyard residence with the elevated position of a lookout tower.Like many modern Portuguese homes, the building is made up of clean white volumes, but it also appears to have one of its corners missing. The curved recess creates a partial arch that forms an entrance to a living room. Find out more about House in Fontinha »Casa Meri, Chile, by Pezo von EllrichshausenBehind the yellow-dyed facade of this wooden house in rural Chile, architect duo Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen planned a strict grid of 10 identically proportioned rooms, all lined with untreated pine.Glazed doors punctures all four facades,[..]

Lisbon tile trader Cortiço & Netos uses vintage stock to pattern shop walls

(6 years ago)
Vintage tiles are showcased across simple pine shelves inside this new shop for a specialist tile seller in Lisbon, designed by the four brothers who run the business (+ slideshow). (more…)

Translucent glass concert hall designed by Barozzi Veiga with a jagged roofline

(6 years ago)
This concert hall in Poland by Spanish studio Barozzi Veiga features ribbed glass cladding and a spiky roof, giving it the appearance of an icy crown (+ slideshow). (more…)

Pangenerator creates troop of robotic backing singers and dancers

(6 years ago)
Speakers that form an "eight-channel robotic choir" bob up and down in response to a singer's voice in a setup by Polish studio Pangenerator (+ movie). (more…)