Designed by Park+Associates Architects, the Greja House looks like a white translucent box from outside. The translucent glass is used to create a permeable skin that not only dissolves the boundary between inside and outside but also brings filtered daylight while maintaining a degree of privacy. This seamless fluidity is also extended vertically by connecting all floors with a beautiful central spiral staircase that is carefully positioned above a water feature which is carefully designed to be the main focal point for this house. Besides the water flow under stairs, huge living wall is also an eye-catching feature of the house, which cleverly blurred the boundary between outside and inside, making the house a living garden.
Designed by Danish design company Vipp, Vipp Shelter is a 55 square meter steel architecture that allows you to escape urban chaos in a 55 m2 all-inclusive nature retreat. The simple steel grid structurally supports the two level space, where only the bathroom and bed loft is shielded from the main living space. Based on designer, the shelter doesn’t mean to be a house or a mobile home, it is just a spacious, functional, and livable industrial object. The core idea of the shelter is going back to basics; back to nature with basic functions defining a dense and compact space. In that way, the shelter becomes a tool that facilitates a nature escape.
The collection named SIMPLICITY was born from the collaboration between Carlo Santambrogio and the designer Ennio Arosio with the aim of giving “transparent” shape to a precise and essential way of conceiving and living the spaces. Using extra-clear glass by Saint Gobain, Carlo Santambrogio and Ennio Arosio not only create glass product such as glass kitchen, glass bathtub, glass bed and glass bookcase, they also use it as structural material to build glass ceiling, floor, wall and staircases. The result is quite stunning. The glass house bears witness to the succession of natural phenomena, responsive to their contrasts, reflecting and integrating into its transparencies. However, for me, when everything becomes transparent, it just make me scared. But I have to admit it does look cool. Maybe good for showroom or office space, but live there… no way.