INNOCAD Architektur a Graz-based design studio has completed Microsoft’s new headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Completed in 2011 the office space is extremely spacious and modern.
According to the design news website Contemporist: “Working in close collaboration with the Microsoft project team during the subsequent project realisation phase, the team of architects assumed responsibility for the overall design of the new Microsoft working environment as construction supervisors and project managers. Our aim was to intertwine and harmonise physical, virtual and social working environments.”
Buensalido Architects a Phillipines-based design studio has renovated a dilapidated warehouse into a contemporary family abode. Completed in 2010, this single storey home is located in Parañaque City, Philippines.
According to the architects: “Upon seeing the old, original, dilapidated structure, we were quick to agree that the structure could be converted into a contemporary Philippines property by giving focus to an open, pre-existing courtyard right in the middle of the house.
“Instead of an excluded outdoor space, it is now stitched to all its rooms as they all flow into it both physically and visually. By employing a series of glass skylights above the courtyard, it now becomes part of the interior spaces as it can be used as an extension of the living and dining areas, but at the same time feel as if it were an outdoor space as people can still catch glimpses of the sky through the glass cut outs on the ceiling of this fabulous contemporary property in the Philippines.”
Australian design studio BVN Architecture with offices in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney has designed the Elysium 169 House. Completed in 2009 the luxurious property can be found in Noosa, Queensland, Australia.
According to the architects: “This contemporary Australian house was designed as a part of the 189 house Elysium Noosa development.
“This generous and open house celebrates its wonderful location on the edge of an environmental park overlooking Lake Weyba. The sculptured modernist expression of its white washed walls and deeply carved recesses combine with the softening effects of finely detailed timber screens and natural finishes for a sense of contemporary elegance and refined under statement.
“The interplay of natural textured surfaces and abundant natural light contribute to the rich and luxurious tropical character of the contemporary Australian property. The careful planning arrangement enables a sense of openness and connectivity with the adjacent pooland natural garden setting.”
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Brisbane-based design studio Richard Kirk Architect completed the Elysium 176 project in 2008, a two-storey contemporary property located in Noosa, Queensland, Australia.
According to the architects: “Richard Kirk Architect was one of several architects invited in 2005 to participate in the Elysium development which is an ambitious 189 lot boutique housing sub-division on a site to the west of the centre of Noosa on the Sunshine Coast. The contemporary Australian property initially adopted architecture as the key driver for the amenity and quality of the environment for the entire development.
“Lot 176 is the first of the series and is in effect a prototype using the same materials, construction, and spatial ideas as a shared palette.
“The carved interior volume provides an internal focus visually and functionally. The inside and outside are united by seamless transitions and the consistent use of a restrained palette of materials. Materials are generally timbers left to weather naturally, zinc, and self- finished oxide renders which will improve their appearance with time, allowing the houses to merge with the landscape with an overall desire for applied finishes to be kept to a minimum.
“The organisational strategy was delivered by the topography which allowed the garaging of cars to occur below grade with the living spaces on the ground and sleeping spaces placed above. The removal of the garage spaces from the main living level allowed the main living spaces to link visually and physical along the long axis of the rectangular site and allowed the living spaces to be treated as a field of connected spaces and rooms whilst the bedrooms on the next level are conceived as nests floating above. The careful screening allows the opening of the contemporary Australian building without compromising security or privacy from the adjacent dwellings.