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And they’ve set up their very own embassy in inner city Sydney! The new embassy was designed by LAVA, with partners Will O'Rourke and The Glue Society, as a fusion of a whale, a rocket ...

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Plinthos Pavilion / by mab architects

The Plinthos Pavilion is built using 21816 clay bricks to make a continuous floor and walls. Usually hidden perforated sides of the bricks are exposed thus creating permeable surface.

Kaohsiung Maritime Cultural & Pop Music Center, Taiwan / by MADE IN

Situated in the taiwanese city of Kaohsiung, the project proposes a responsible urbanism based on the heterogeneity of the program, on the urban porosity and on the adaptability to the different situations and events.

Triangular House, Ecuador / by WE Architecture

The starting point of the project was to create a house around a patio as we know it from a lot of colonial style housing. By triangulating the house we minimized the distances from 1 ...

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Viewpoint Emerging Dining, Chile / by Javier Rodríguez Acevedo

The project was built using wood waste bins, impregnated poles, raschel mesh, river rocks, and wire recycling. It seeks no more than resolve a request from the rural, through the material and the ...

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Category: Houses / Housing

Four Ways a Clean Home Raises Property Value

When you are getting your home ready to sell, it is very important to keep your home as clean as possible. You are more likely to get a high closing price for your property if you have a lot of interested buyers, and a clean home is an essential part of making your home look appealing. You get many benefits from making sure your home is clean.

Make Your Home Look Bigger

Clutter and dark lighting makes rooms in your property look tiny. Proper organization will clear clutter out of the way, and a good window cleaning will allow natural light to brighten your home. This leads to an overall appearance of a larger, more spacious house that buyers will be willing to pay more for.

Help Your Home Appear Newer

Everyone knows that newer homes sell for more money, but dirty walls and grimy corners make a home seem old and beat up. A deep cleaning from the helpful professionals at will ensure that your home is sparkling and fresh, and if you have the time, they can even add a nice new coat of paint to your walls.

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Hot Home Improvements that Devalue Your Home

Home improvement is a hot topic right now. The TV schedules are full of shows where hapless families allow a team of experts to fix all kinds of problems and undertake a program of home improvements. Mostly this works very well – not least because the homeowner doesn’t have to pay out for the work – but sometimes the ‘improvements’ can go horribly wrong.
When it comes to selling a property, home improvements can add value and make it easier to find a buyer. Some people need a quick sale (click here if you fall into this category), but making the wrong choices could seriously jeopardise your chances of making a sale.

If you are thinking of selling your home in the near future, here are a few examples of what not to do.

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Urban Villa in Amsterdam / by pasel kuenzel architects

The Power of Simple Things
Close and compact are the residences lined up along the waterside of Grote Rieteiland, an artificial island in Amsterdams hip neighbourhood Ijburg.


Within a strict and complex set of urban rules pasel.kuenzel architects succeeded to develop a plain and sober urban villa that is unique in its reduced design and compelling in its materialisation and level of detailing.

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Villa L – Paradox of Uniting Diversity / by Powerhouse Company and RAU

Villa L

Powerhouse Company, in close collaboration with RAU, recently completed Villa L. Designed to fulfil the desires and needs of a young family, Villa L is set in the woods of central Netherlands, fully oriented towards the sun and the views on the garden. Villa L is a spatially diverse residence where every floor has its own strong identity, creating a broad spatial spectrum within a unified whole.

M House Project in Bucharest / by Marcel Luchian

M House Project in Bucharest / by  Marcel Luchian

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The architect Marcel Luchian will present the M House residential project from the town of Singera (Chisinau), Republic of Moldavia at the third edition of GIS Architecture Expo Conference.

House N, Noordwijk / by Maxwan

After many years of hand working carefully with the client, contractor and even the gardener; Maxwan is proud to present the first official images of our villa refurbishment project HouseN, in Noordwijk – The Netherlands. We gave the whole house a subtle facelift, designed a generous extension to the living room and the kitchen, and invented a special spiral staircase. Please find attached images for your quick preview.

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Built in 1938, this Noordwijk seaside villa was originally the holiday home of a concrete factory owner. Battered and blustered by the salty sea weather over the decades, the house was in need of renovation. Besides roof replacement and basement repairs by a quality waterproofing company like Tredent Contracting, the bedrooms, bathrooms and windows were outdated and some spaces had grown too small for the clients’ requirements.

Beaumont House in Montreal / by Henri Cleinge, architect

Beaumont House in  Montreal / by Henri Cleinge, architect

Inspired to create a home to be experienced by all five senses, the Beaumont concrete house evolved as an exploration project. The design, understated, is situated in a mixed use neighborhood where residential duplexes coexist with small to midsize industrial buildings. Despite the project’s integration, a number of features distinguish the project from other buildings in the area. In contrast to the superimposed typology of apartment units located on the ground floor and second floor, the Beaumont house challenges this spatial composition by creating a modular square plan where one unit is situated on the ground and second floor, and a second unit is located on the second and third floor. This spatial tour de force is a response to the program and sun movement, allowing each unit exposure to three orientations rather than two and to take full advantage of southern sunlight.

Low Consumption Housing in The School Leonard De Vinci / by HELLIN-SEBBAG, architectes associés


LOCATION : MONTPELLIER – Rue du Professeur Blayac et Avenue de l’Europe
ARCHITECTS : HELLIN-SEBBAG, architectes associés
(Paris- Montpellier)
MISSION : Study and Site (under Loi MOP + SYN + DEM)
PROGRAM : 11 employee dwellings for school staff
1 T1/ 2 T5/ 8 T4
8 covered parking spaces and 12 outdoor places
TECHNIQUE AND MATERIALS : Double ventilation – natural gas heating system – solar hot water
Outsolation (20 cm)- Eternit façade cladding
Floating parquet and wood floor for balconies
SURFACE : 1,293 m² gross floor area
COST OF WORK : €1.9 million (taxes not included)
SCHEDULE : November 2012
PHOTOGRAPHER : Benoit Wehrlé –