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Category Archive: ‘Interesting Houses’

Earthquake-Resistant House

The significance of the Stanford research lies in its inexpensiveness and ease of installa...

Thanks daytrip for sending:

An excerpt:

Though a large earthquake can prove catastrophic to life and property, even relatively minor tremors may compromise the structural integrity of a home, resulting in large repair costs. A team of engineers based at California’s Stanford University has developed a new method of building earthquake-resistant homes that could be implemented relatively easily and inexpensively.

The Stanford engineers built a small two-story home model that features what they refer to as a “unibody” design. Rather than screwing drywall to the home’s wooden frame, it was attached with glue, while strong mesh and additional screws were used to attach and keep the white stucco facade safely in place.

More significantly however, the home was not placed on a standard foundation, but on “seismic isolators.” The seismic isolators comprise 12 steel-and-plastic sliders, each measuring around 11.4 cm (4.5 in) in diameter, and plates and bowl-shaped dishes made of galvanized steel were placed beneath.

The prototype model home was tested on an earthquake simulator that essentially acts as a large shaking table. Though unable to give a Richter scale reading, the engineers report that they shook the table at three times the intensity of a 6.9 magnitude quake. Thanks to the seismic isolators, the house slid harmlessly from left to right, but took no damage. Indeed, it wasn’t until the researchers turned up the earthquake simulator up to maximum that the building displayed significant damage.

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 4 comments

South Africa


Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects and Antoni Associates have designed a home for a family in Knysna, South Africa.  “The brief was to create a home for a Johannesburg based family that could eventually be used as a family home but would initially be used for holidays. The site enjoys spectacular views and it was important that the connection to these views was maximised,”






Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 4 comments

Carmel, CA


Perched atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the ocean, this Carmel residence strives to appear as a natural extension of the landscape while resolving competing private and public concerns.

The large area of the house was disguised by splitting the house into two wings, recessing the house into the site and locating nearly half of the space partially underground. The plan-split created a courtyard, the eastern wing providing privacy from Highway One and the western wing buffering the ocean wind. Secondary spaces are located on the lower floor and borrow light from above through three staircases. These spaces provide respite from the panoramic drama on the upper floor.

Walls are located only where absolutely necessary for privacy or structure and treated as monolithic elements. Stone cladding predominates, rooting the house in the site and visually connecting with the rocky cove.






Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 2 comments

Tiny-House Village

Aunt Nancy sent this in, and wants to see something like it in SD – hopefully there will be many creative housing solutions for young and old alike:

beautiful trailer park

DENSITY: 16–22 houses-per-acre

SIZE: 40 -70 beautiful tiny houses (RVs), each up to 400s.f., plus sleeping lofts

AMENITIES: A 800 – 1600 s.f. common house, private gardens, 1.5 parking spaces per house, shared outdoor space, private storage units, prominent pedestrian walkways out front with parking out back.

LOCATION: Northern California


INTENT: To create a contagious model for responsible, affordable, desirable housing.


Tiny House Village

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 9 comments

3D-Printed Houses


Hat tip to daytrip:

Architects around the globe are racing to build the world’s first 3D printed houses — a breakthrough with profound implications for housing affordability and customization.

In China, a company named Winsun this year said it built 10 3D printed houses in just one day. The reported cost for each: just $5,000.

In Amsterdam, a team of architects has started construction of the 3D Print Canal House, using bio-based, renewable materials. The site is both construction site and public museum; President Obama was among the visitors this year. Hedwig Heinsman, co-founder of DUS architects, the team behind the project, tells Business Insider that in addition to being ec0-friendly, “The main goal, I think, is really to deliver custom-made architecture.”

3D printers build structures layer by layer. But at USC in California, Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis is pushing the fabrication process one step further with what he calls “contour crafting.” He hopes to develop a gigantic 3D printer, able to print whole house in a single run, from its structure to its electrical and plumbing conduits.

The revolution in 3D printed housing, in other words, is well underway.

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Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Interesting Houses | 9 comments