Cabin Vindheim – A Minimalist Winter Retreat

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Located deep in the forest near the Norwegian town of Lillehammer is a cabin designed by architect Håkon Matre Aasarød, providing residents a cosy weekend reprieve in a region of heavy snowfall.

The external shape is inspired by snowbound cabins that only have their roof protruding through the snow. The form is a series of gabled roofs of which the edges stretch all the way down to the ground. The shape not only allows the building to support the weight of the heavy loads of snow, but creates interesting nooks and spaces internally. When snow covers the structure, the volume of the cabin is camouflaged and the contrast between architecture and nature become blurred.

Cloud House Makes It Rain On Demand

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There’s nothing more relaxing than listening to the rain fall on a tin roof when you’re all warm and cosy inside. Now you can listen to the soothing sound anytime you please thanks to Matthew Mazzotta’s latest project, Cloud House.

The house is built under a permanent cloud and rocking in the chair situated inside activates ‘rain’. The rain then falls onto the metal roof above, producing that warm and pleasant sound. Stay seated and you can relax watching the water drip down from the window lintel, watering edible plants sitting on the sills. 

Modular Wooden Exhibition Space Planned for the International Horticultural Expo

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We love modular homes and modular design at all scales. We love it when a module is small and can fit in our hands like the life-sized modular building blocks used for building pieces of furniture. And we love it when modular goes large – like the 30,000 square metre modular exhibition space proposed for the Beijing Horticultural Expo.

Architecture studio Penda has revealed plans to create a vast network of modular building blocks forming a wooden village of exhibition space in Beijing. 

Mt Macedon install

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Earlier this month we installed a stunningly simple weekender at Mt Macedon.

The two bedroom/ two ensuite retreat was constructed out of four modules and has a large deck running along its length – perfect for watching the sun set over the beautiful ranges.

This short video shows the one day installation. More detail about the project, including a floorplan and photos, will be on our website in the coming months – so watch this space.

Iconic modular apartment complex celebrates 50th anniversary

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Building modular is not a new concept. And while building technology has come far and we have greater flexibility in design, every now and then it’s nice to reflect and appreciate the exemplary pioneers.

Modular building Habitat 67 in Montreal, Canada celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and one of the apartments has undergone a beautiful interior renovation that we love. The redesign is fresh and crisp yet remains sympathetic to its iconic brutalist origins. 

St Luke’s Hospital Extension

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Modscape worked closely with Calvary Health Care and Erilyan to construct additional patient rooms for their St Luke’s Hospital in Launceston, Tasmania.

The hospital chose a modular solution to enable them to quickly meet their increasing accommodation demands. Minimal time spent onsite meant less disruption to the day-to-day running of the hospital. The construction was completed in 8 weeks with the modules being installed in one day. A further 6eeks onsite and the rooms were ready for new patients. 

Things we love: Melbourne Design Week 2017

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We love any excuse to celebrate design. And the new Melbourne Design Week is no exception.

The ten-day event running from 16-26 March 2017 is a new initiative created by the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) and the Victorian government and aims to promote Melbourne as one of the design capitals of the world. The event will offer talks, tours, workshops and industry events to help strengthen, support and promote the design industry. 

Abstract: The Art of Design

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After a long week of making modular magic, there is nothing the Modscape team like more than kicking back on the couch with a glass a red wine in hand and a dose of design inspiration on the TV. Our recent favourite is Abstract: The Art of Design – a pithy, entertaining new series that ticks all the boxes for anyone curious about design.

With the help of a handful eccentric design personalities, the Abstract series reveals the creative process behind design and invites viewers to step inside the minds of the most innovative designers and learn how design impacts every aspect of life.