‘Monocle On Design’ discusses the origins of tessellations in Islamic art and ask how architecture affects our work-life balance. Plus: author Shelley Klein recounts her childhood in a mid-century house in Scotland and we preview Monocle’s city-themed July/August issue.
Ilse Crawford is a designer, academic and creative director with a simple mission to put human needs and desires at the centre of all that she does. As founder of Studioilse, together with her multi-disciplinary, London-based team, she brings her philosophy to life.
This means creating environments where humans feel comfortable; public spaces that make people feel at home and homes that are habitable and make sense for the people who live in them. It means designing furniture and products that support and enhance human behaviour and actions in everyday life. It means restoring the human balance in brands and businesses that have lost their way. As founder of the department of Man and Wellbeing at the Design Academy Eindhoven, her mission extends to nurturing a new generation of students to always question why and how their work improves the reality of life.
The Water Dwellings use minimal energy, with well-insulated and shaded lower pontoons and upper stories, and energy provided by solar roof panels and heat exchangers built into base boxes below the waterline. By developing a communal energy supply, the Water Dwellings’ environmental efficiency has the potential to achieve near zero energy use.
Global design practice Grimshaw and Dutch manufacturing specialists Concrete Valley have developed an innovative design for Modular Water Dwellings, in response to the growing risks of climate change and the challenges of increasing urbanisation.
The Modular Water Dwellings incorporate standardised components that provide efficiency in manufacturing, while still allowing a variety of internal layouts for occupants’ individual requirements. The Dwellings can be orientated and spaced in different ways, responding to varying site contexts, local conditions, light sources and primary views. They also maximise the use of durable and non-corroding materials, such as concrete and glass, ensuring a long design life that anticipates multiple occupants.
Located just outside Winthrop in eastern Washington, the site for this small cabin lies in the Methow Valley. Nestled in the foothills of the North Cascade mountains, the dramatic views from the site and opportunity for year round recreation drew our client to this region. A strong relationship to the site topography and varying climate was key to the design.
The program for the project was to design a two bedroom cabin which maximized the connection to the surrounding natural environment and outdoor living. This cabin would initially serve as a weekend retreat from the city, and later become a permanent home. Our client wanted to create an efficient floor plan for the house, with open interior/exterior living, bedrooms above, and garage below. It was important to use durable materials throughout the exterior of the cabin due to the extreme climate and fire hazard in the area. The upper levels of the cabin sit on a concrete plinth which forms the garage. Concrete is used to both ground the cabin and retain the natural slope of the site that the cabin sits in. Above, black corrugated metal sheets are used as an efficient and weather resistant siding material. A shed roof with large overhangs on all sides protects the cabin from the heavy winter snowload. A large cantilevered exterior deck opens out from the main level, vastly increasing the living space in the summer months. Views from the deck capture the surrounding mountain ranges and natural beauty of the site.
The SPACE by IO House is a modern living solution requiring absolutely nothing from the “grid.” All the utilities you need are integrated and completely autonomous, including water, electricity, heating and wifi. A smart device is all that is required to monitor and manage your living experience.
The SPACE comes fully equipped with furniture, appliances, and the necessary gadgets to control them.
This includes a built-in kitchen, bathroom, heating and cooling systems, as well as a smart air ventilation with oxygen level control. Incredibly, all this can be managed at your fingertips through your smartphone. All aspects of the smart home technology have been carefully thought through and the SPACE provides all necessities required for a comfortable, stress free living.
Norske Mikrohus is a Norwegian tiny home producer focused on the future and the climate. Our micro homes are built from natural materials, have a moderate energy consumption and a minimal footprint. Micro homes show us that it is possible to build small yet maintain a comfortable living standard.
We build houses of high quality, made with natural materials by skilled carpenters. We build for the harsh Norwegian climate and our homes are comfortable year around.
Micro homes are functional, complete dwellings with a space for daily activities, sleeping and a full size kitchen and bathroom. We have space for both a dishwasher and a washing machine. We aim for smart, multi-functional solution and build the furniture ourselves for better use of the space.
Our houses comes with electric floor heating as standard, and combined with a small oven or a wood stove, you are guaranteed to stay warm all thought winter. Our biggest model has a total of 22 square meters floor area.
The idea behind this project – to create a feeling of instability and futility of such an architecture. From the equilibrium point of view, the volume is mounted on a vertical wall, which at the same time, not only stands on a rock but also stands in front of it.
Bearing the central element takes up little internal space, at the same time includes most engineering communications, and maximizes the view outside the window.
The interior layout is free so that nothing interferes with the view. Functional zones flow one into another but do not contradict. Stylistically, there is a combination of modern geometric style: straight lines, rounded forms of sofas, round lamps, ethnic: straw, roughly processed logs, decor, a bit of Asian: low dining chairs, a mat. The bathroom privacy preserved – we used a special glass with transparency adjustment.
The design is inspired by the A-Frame cabin & iconic airstream trailer. The A-frame structurally efficient & using less material than conventional portal framed buildings. Mute in its appearance & clad in black rubber to blend into its surrounds.
Designed by Studio Edwards for Base Cabin . A mobile retreat providing a fresh design approach to the ‘micro-home’ typology. Designed to be transported on a trailer & wheeled into its desired location. Providing an intimate connection to nature & the great outdoors.
A cosy sleeping space sits below the A-frame roof with triangular window framing views outwards . Complete with central bathroom shower bathed in light from the roof-light above. A kitchenette to the rear of the cabin provides kitchen functionality with a window seat & fold out table adjacent to a large operable glazed facade.