New Approaches to Residential Architecture

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Street Tree Pods – dezeen.

It is interesting to see new approaches to residential architecture. Some exciting new developments in London, UK and Osaka, Japan were recently featured in Dezeen Magazine.

Street Tree Pods, teardrop-shaped structures made from wood, designed to merge with existing or new trees, in the city of London are an innovative approach to starter homes and solutions for the homeless.

A house made up of a geometric pattern of square-shaped rooms connected by rhombus-shaped circulation areas creates a dynamic space, making it easier for the family to spend time together and welcome outside spaces in.

In London University of Westminster graduate Matthew Chamberlain has designed a sustainable treehouse to provide starter homes, whilst also tackling the city’s high pollution levels.Taking up the same amount of space as a single car-parking bay, each structure offers short-term accommodation to a single occupant. Chamberlain envisages students, young professionals, first home buyers and homeless people as the occupants.

Tato Archiects, led by architect Yo Shimada, designed a house in Hokusetsu, Osaka, for a family who wanted a dynamic home that makes it easier to spend time together. Rather than sticking to a regular orthogonal floor plan, Shimada developed a pattern featuring 12 squares connected by rhombuses composed of two equilateral triangles.

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House by Tato Architects designed as labrynth – dezeen

“The house is filled with autonomous spaces that can accommodate changes in lifestyle,” said Shimada. “It is a crystalline labyrinth where the spaces are repeatedly reflected into a prismatic figure.” Inside the house, one of the square spaces accommodates a decked terrace adjoining an angular concrete courtyard. Another rhombus-shaped void is split into a triangular terrace and a compact garden. Tato Architects regularly experiments with new ways of using space in domestic architecture.

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