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Compact Stairs by mattp614
October 27, 2008, 7:53 pm
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Ee-Stairs makes a really tight stair; the 1m2 takes up just one square meter of floor space (thus the name). They do look a little steep for my elderly target client, but somebody might have a use for them.

Zen Kaya by mattp614
September 3, 2008, 4:54 am
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ZenKaya is a South African prefab affordable housing company. Their units are simple, inteligently arranged, and appealing.


Moriyama House by cyu14
September 2, 2008, 9:27 am
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Located on a suburban lot in Tokyo, the Office of Ryue Nishizawa  (also partnered with Kazuyo Sejima to form SANNA) has a designed a community in the form of a house. Ten individual building units, built from pre-manufactured steel panels, are composed to create a flexible living space housing anywhere from one occupant to six additional renters.

Moriyama House - Tokyo, Japan

The premise of the compound explores the boundaries of public and private space. Although each individual unit is primarily private, the ample interstitial space lends itself to impromtu interaction, conversations and gatherings between tenants and the occasional passerby.

The floor plans, as well as 360 degree views, can be found at The Japan Architect.  Additional information can be found in the Dec/Jan 2007 issue of Dwell magazine.

Wheatsheaf Residence by joelzook
August 30, 2008, 7:14 pm
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I like this house because it manages to be open and protective at the same time. One simple ribbon folds to enclose the living space and continues to the floor of the deck. In many ways it is a simplified version of some of Endo Shuhei has done with some of his buildings. The exterior of the curve is corrugated metal while plywood covers the inside. This is a compelling use of two relatively cheap materials. Structurally, six metal “bents” were prefabricated off site and shipped to minimize site disturbance. In addition, pier foundations were used to minimize excavation.

Whaetsheaf Residence by Jesse Judd Architects

located: Wheatsheaf, New South Wales, Australia