Architecture : design elements


A Dose of Inspiration

categories Architecture, quotes    

photo: roger davies via la boheme, acmemag


Sunrise Beach House

categories Architecture, House Tour, Houses    

Traumhaus gefunden… Schönes Wochenende!

Dream house found… Happy weekend!

photos: toby scott for real living, styling: kylie jackes via cabbage rose


Interview with Jonathan Segal

categories Architecture, Interviews    

I can barely contain my enthusiasm for the work of Jonathan Segal. The San Diego based architect has been responsible for the design and development of over 300 medium to high-density urban residential, mixed use, and live/work units totaling over 300,000 square feet of construction. His strong urban designs have been awarded six AIA Honor Awards. “Jonathan Segal has been a champion of an alternate practice paradigm for architects: he develops, designs, and builds his own projects.” He eliminated the client from the traditional formula. His online seminar for aspiring architects / developers is named “Architect as Developer”. It’s about how to develop your own projects and take the first steps to design and financial freedom. Jonathan Segal believes that the most important design elements are proportion, harmony, rhythm, beauty and purity. He loves to collect and restore cars.

the union, photo: paul body

When did you first realize that you wanted to be an architect?

After I failed my chemistry per exam to get into class in college….no medical school for me.

Is there something that connects all your projects?

Urban design and strong individual planning notions and ideas for each project.

the charmer, photos: matthew segal and jeffrey durkin

Looking back at your first project what design knowledge do you wish you had back then?

Nothing…ignorance has always paid off.

You have designed incredible places. If you had no limits, what would be your dream project?

Thank you. I would have loved to see my q building built in the meat packing district in New York. So I guess a small project in NYC or Brookland.

the lemperle residence

How does your home look like?

We currently have a place in downtown San Diego, la jolla and McCall Idaho. Each is different. In their planning layout and relationship to their environment. The la jolla home is almost complete. It’s all cast in place concrete as is our Downtown penthouse in the Q.

What do you love to do when you are not designing?

Collect and restore cars and be with my wife and dogs. I’m trying to learn to relax, it’s not going well.

hsieh residence

Your favorite books?

Anything that deals with entrepreneurs and works by Clive Clussler. I have a hard time finishing a book.

You have been awarded 6 AIA Awards. What does success mean to you?

The National Aia awards are an honor but respect from your peers is all that one hopes for. Fortunately this success has enabled me to meet many great friends and more importantly speak in many cities and spread the word of architect doing their own development. Financial success has helped me not need any investors since 1998.

k lofts, photo: paul body

What’s your advice to the architecture students?

Don’t grow up to be poor architects. Work for a few years and learn the business of putting a good set of drawings together and then do your own work for yourself, NO CLIENTS.

My signature question – what are the most important design elements?

Proportion, harmony, rhythm, beauty and purity.


Jacobsen Arquitetura

categories Architecture, Houses    

Das Team

The team

Ein Traum von Architektur: die Projekte von Jacobsen Arquitetura. Guten Wochenstart!

Breathtaking… the architecture of Jacobsen Arquitetura. Happy new week!

jacobsen arquitetura


House in Ibiza

categories Architecture, Houses    

Traumhaus gefunden… Location: Ibiza. Architektur:  Laplace & Co. Schönes Wochenende!

Beautiful house on the island of Ibiza designed by Paris based Laplace & Co. Happy weekend!

d pages and my fave la boheme


Interview with Borislav Ignatov

categories Architecture, Designer, Interviews    

I think that creative people have to do what they believe in, not what is expected from them.

Borislav Ignatov

Equinox Passive House

I can barely contain my enthusiasm for the work of the Bulgarian architect Borislav Ignatov. Licensed architect in New York and Bulgaria, principal at Ignatov Architects, graduate of Columbia University and University of Architecture in Sofia, Architect of the year 2010 (Stroitelstvo Imoti Magazine), Grand Prize winner of the Biannale of the Union of Bulgarian Architects 2012… I love the Equinox House designed by him. Great architectural design in relationships with landscape, light, human and environmental, deeply integrated with its site. Borislav Ignatov loves traveling, the Northern Black Sea coast and the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe. Enjoy the interview. I sure did!

Conservatory House

What was the moment when you knew you will be an architect?

This moment is still to come, hopefully. I am working hard on it and I keep my fingers crossed. :-)

Is there something that connects all your projects?

I try to approach every new task open-mindedly without any preset solution or ready answer. This gives me the chance to listen to site and program and analyze what they need and allow. I believe this is the way to make purposeful and lasting architecture. Understanding the site and program always pays back because it results in specific and unique architectural object.

Your last project – The Equinox House near the Thracian Cliffs – looks like a part of the landscape. How do you achieve this?

The prevailing harsh northern winds almost blew us to the sea on our first site visit last winter. This made me think of seeking shelter in the slope by embedding the future house there. Naturally the green roof provided for 100% site recovery and things fell in place.

How do you think the role of the architect will change over the next years?

The architect’s role has always been to analyze the conditions and lead the design process by providing a holistic harmonizing approach to all building aspects. I don’t think this will change; we just need to do it better and faster each time which is very demanding and sometimes exhausting.

What do you love to do when you are not designing?

I love traveling and practicing sports. Visiting new places makes me happy and gives me a lot of inspiration.

Taiwan Tower Competition Entry

Your favorite books?

The Hitchhiker’s guide to the Universe, and many others…

Your favorite places in Bulgaria?

Bulgaria is an incredible country with great nature and it is really hard to narrow my favorites down. First things that come to mind are the Northern Black Sea coast and Melnik.

You live and work between the Black Sea and New York. You have received the highest award for Bulgarian architecture. What does success mean to you?

The award means to me professional recognition and support for my efforts. This is very motivating for me and I am really grateful for it. I don’t qualify it as a ‘success’.

Spirit of the site, simplicity, sustainable design, green architecture, sea, light, authenticity. It was a delight to watch your interview on the Bulgarian TV SAT. What’s your advice for architecture students?

I think that creative people have to do what they believe in, not what is expected from them.

My signature question – what are the most important design elements?

Design is the art of purpose. So, art and purpose are the most important design elements to me.

photos: Ignatov Architects


House in Bulgaria

categories Architecture, Houses    

Das Solar Equinox Passivhaus befindet sich in der Nähe einer meiner Lieblingsplätze in Bulgarien: Thracian Cliffs und Kap Kaliakra. Der Architekt ist Borislav Ignatov – Gewinner des bulgarischen Architekturpreises 2012, der in Varna und New York lebt und arbeitet.

The Solar Equinox Passiv House is located on one of my favorite places on Earth – Thracian Cliffs near the Cape of Caliacra at the Black Sea. It’s designed by Borislav Ignatov – Grand Prize winner of the Biannale of the Union of Bulgarian Architects 2012 who lives and workes in Varna and New York.

photos: rosen donev, last photo: der reisegolfer


Windsurf Sail Designer’s Home in Maui

categories Architecture, Houses    

Das Haus des Windsurfsegel-Designers Robert Stroj vom Neil Pryde Design Studio. Architektur: Dekleva Gregoric

The house of windsurf sail designer Robert Stroj of Neil Pryde design studio. Architecture: Dekleva Gregoric

dekleva gregoric


House in Australia

categories Architecture, Houses    

Das Marimekko Haus – Architektur: Ariane Prevost – ist das Haus des Jahres 2012 in Australien / Kategorie Outdoor.

The Marimekko house by Ariane Prevost won in the category Outdoor at the 2012 Australian Houses Awards.

photos: Bo Wong via design hunter


Oscar Niemeyer

categories Architecture    

Nara Mondadori House, Cap Ferrat, France

The Strick House – the only home designed by Oscar Niemeyer in the US

The Canoas House, Rio de Janeiro

Museum of Contemporary Art, Rio de Janeiro


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