With city requirements for rear yards, homes with courtyards are rare in New York, but this home was exempt due to its previous life as a garage. MESH Architectures extracted an interior volume and stacked it on top of the building to create a spacious, window-filled great room.
The best ideas seem like no-brainers. Node, which is Cradle to Cradle certified, falls into that category. How it took until 2013 for someone to design a school desk that is easily reconfigured for lectures, small groups, or full class discussion is a mystery.
Need a floor plan fast? MagicPlan, from Sensopia, is a brilliant app, available for free for iPad, iPhone, or Android, that makes it easy to create a floor plan of any space. Snap a few photos, add in the furniture, piece the rooms togther, and you’ve got a working floor plan without the time or expense of a blueprint.
It’s either a design consultancy specializing in downsizing or a downsizing consultancy specializing in design. Either way, TreeHugger founder Graham Hill fit 1,000 square feet of space into 420 and wants to help architects and developers do the same.
Space is malleable with these 3-D printed bricks, designed by Brian Peters of Design Lab Workshop. Representing a new way to create an age-old building material, Building Bytes are most importantly customizable and can be engineered for any project.