Los Faiques Dwellings / DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados | ArchDaily

The group of dwellings is located in the subtropical Yunguilla valley, 1400 meters above sea level, 60km away from the city of Cuenca. This area was historically known for its sugar cane farms; however, nowadays they have yielded to holiday estates and minor crops.

via Los Faiques Dwellings / DURAN&HERMIDA arquitectos asociados | ArchDaily.


7 Ways to Create a Gorgeous Outdoor Room

Revel in the sights and scents of spring on a patio or in a garden corner decked out in comfy interior style

It’s spring! Long days, sunshine, birds, barbecues, flowers! For the next six months or so, it’s outside time (sorry, people in the Northeast; your time will come). Which means, of course, that you should have an outdoor room, a place where you can do all the things you do in winter — entertain, read, eat, relax — under the big, blue sky.

Contemporary Home in Japan Integrating Real Trees in The Structure


The Garden Tree House is a project restored by Hironaka Ogawa & Associates in Kagawa, Japan. Seen from the outside, the house looks perfectly normal (it has a modern design, a straight neat façade and a beautiful zen garden surrounding it). The “anomaly” consists in a pair of trees (an Azelkova and a Camphor tree), with sentimental value, that ended up being integrated in the house’s structure. A real challenge for the architects and a feeling of satisfaction for the owners that (still) wanted to enjoy the trees as a part of their lives. “These trees looked over the family for thirty-five years. They colored the gardenand grew up with the family. Therefore, utilizing these trees and creating a new place for the client became the main theme for the design.”

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The Silver Line Lives! (On Metro’s New Map, At Least): DCist

Metro’s Silver Line will be operational at some point this year, and the transit agency is preparing by readying a new system map that includes line’s route.

A version of the map posted by Metro for public comments included thinner rail lines, station dots with “whiskers,” the removal of cross streets on station names, abbreviated station names, and a new legend. The full map is below.

Interestingly, Tysons Corner will be listed by its “old” name. Planners recently decided to drop the “corner” and just make the area Tysons, but it looks like the corner will live on on the new Metro map.

Want to know more about how the Silver Line will actually run? Greater Greater Washington has all the details.

via The Silver Line Lives! (On Metro’s New Map, At Least): DCist.