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Kettukallio, Hirvensalmi, Finland by Playa Architects | via

The villa is the all-year-round base in Finland for a four-person family currently living abroad. The site between cliffs and a fairly steep lakeside beach was chosen during the family’s forest walks. The place overlooks a narrow strait and far out to an open expanse of the lake. In accordance with the site conditions, the building is relatively closed off towards the forest while opening up generously in the direction of the lake.

The house is split by an atrium yard and a covered terrace, on one side of which are small bedrooms and the other more generous living spaces. During the summer the floor layout allows for “complete circulation”. Instead of a separate shoreline sauna building, a sauna was built in connection with the house itself. A covered veranda for cooling off after the sauna separates the sauna from the rest of the building.

Photography: Tuomas Uusheimo

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Vargas House, Mexico by Isaac Broid Arquitecto | via

Towards the roads and neighboring buildings: a concrete block with few openings. Towards the distant landscape and the golf course: a series of volumes that frame the view towards infinity.

Rusty steel bodies, separated from each other to allow the “natural” to be introduced into the architecture, or to dissolve it between endogenous vegetation, proposing no precise boundary between “built” and the landscape, even if the latter is also man-made.

The same happens in section. The roof of the public spaces is manifested as a continuation of the surrounding vegetation, allowing users the sense of being in an open space beyond the limits of the property.

Photography: Yoshihiro Koitani

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Grands Jardins Residence, Quebec, Canada by Bourgeois / Lechasseur Architectes | via

The Grands-Jardins home is located in the Charlevoix region, specifically in Petite-Rivière-St-François, close to the Massif ski station. It sits on the mountainside on a rocky wooded site overlooking the St. Lawrence River. One of the major challenges of the project was to position the house so as to optimize the privacy and the views offered by the site. The home is built parallel to the street and at a slight angle so as to look out over the south and the river. From the inside, you feel you are in a ship’s cabin. As the house is located on a deep slope, passersby can see the top level from the street, while on the river side, three above-ground levels elegantly rise to reveal a façade interconnected by a play of angles and glass.

This contemporary home stands out with its bold, vertiginous form. While the house is well anchored in the rock, the volume of white wood seems to lift from the ground as the lower level is set off by a series of large cement pilings. A wooden walkway connects the home to the parking area and gives an even more aerial look to the structure. The upper level seems to take flight with its galleries projecting into empty space. Without doubt the culminating point of the project is the immense overhanging living room that literally projects and opens onto the slopes of the Massif. These formal feats are achieved through the use of a steel structure; the client wanted to see this structure, mainly the bracings that frame the landscape.

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Apple’s “Transparent Texting” Could Make Typing And Walking Safer
If you’re walking, you really shouldn’t be texting. While not as perilous as texting and driving, there’s no surer way to annoy fellow pedestrians than by zigzagging across a sidewalk, eyes glued to your precious screen. But if you absolutely must walk and text, Apple might have a new feature that could make that action safer.
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Paul Higgins: A solution looking for a problem. Just don’t walk and text. be a little more in the world

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Apple’s “Transparent Texting” Could Make Typing And Walking Safer

If you’re walking, you really shouldn’t be texting. While not as perilous as texting and driving, there’s no surer way to annoy fellow pedestrians than by zigzagging across a sidewalk, eyes glued to your precious screen. But if you absolutely must walk and text, Apple might have a new feature that could make that action safer.

More> Co.Design

Paul Higgins: A solution looking for a problem. Just don’t walk and text. be a little more in the world