Four architectural installations we’d love to visit

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There’s something quite exciting about architectural installations – they bring something new and unexpected to a familiar location. They are often multisensory, blurring the lines between what is art and what is architecture. And they are a major drawcard for tourists and locals alike, making us rethink the spaces we inhabit. When travelling abroad, the team at Modscape always aim to have an architectural installation on their must see list for design inspiration. We recently polled the office on their top four wish list and these were the winners:

Modular construction brought to life through a creative lens

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The detailed modular construction process can be a difficult one to grasp, yet the many advantages are worth understanding for anyone looking to design and build a new home.

To aid this understanding we recently engaged Melbourne cinematographer, Nathan Kaso, to produce a short tilt-shift time-lapse film on the process.

But rather than just spelling out our process, Nathan sought to capture the distinctiveness of a modular project through a unique combination of filming techniques and styles. 

The Frost House

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Prefabricated housing is not a new concept. With its predictability and speed of construction it is a reputable and widely used construction method that has been utilised in many forms for decades.

While building technology has come a long way and we have greater flexibility in design, every now and then it’s nice to reflect and appreciate the exemplary professionals of bygone eras.

The Frost House is one such prefabricated home that deserves mention because of its contribution to the prefabricated housing movement. 

Phillip Island project on Australian Design Review online

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Set on a windswept hillside overlooking Bass Straight sits a modular holiday home that allows the epic coastal location to be experienced in all its many states.

The project evolved from a pragmatic response to the challenges of occupying an exposed coastal site. Winds, often extreme, shaped the design with the house acting as a barrier and protecting the external courtyard tucked in behind. 

Project Phillip Island

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Set on a windswept hillside overlooking Bass Strait sits a modular home that allows the epic coastal location to be experienced in all its many states.

The project evolved from a pragmatic response to the challenges of occupying an exposed coastal site. Winds, often extreme, shaped the design with the house acting as a barrier and protecting the external courtyard tucked in behind.

Important to the design was the organisation of internal and external living spaces to ensure they provide shelter at different times of the day and year while still allowing the amazing views to be experienced from within. 

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.