Have a look at these lovely designs effectively converting a material usually perceived as lifeless with the delicacy of plants! The Planter Bricks envisioned by Real San Fratello Architects are concrete masonry units with the ability to host a variety of greenery. The bricks are modeled in 3D software, which is then sent directly to a 3D printer to be produced. This means that there are no restrains in terms of shape or size and that each piece can be customized to a client’s particular wish.
The final products come in a variety of forms, some angular, some curvaceous and have various sized cavities. According to the designers, the genuine flower pots may be combined with traditional bricks in new masonry walls or to replace bricks in an existing wall. Another interesting effect is emphasized: “The planter bricks have the potential to counter the heat island effect in big cities through evapotranspiration and pollution conversion. The plants in the wall help mediate the temperature of the micro-climate surrounding the building, buffer sound and help filter the air“. A waterproof ceramic version of the product is also available and it is priced $400, while the concrete can be purchased at $300.
It’s no surprise that our friends Down Under know how to get low when it comes to their living rooms. Designed by Georgia Ezra of G. A.B. B. E. Studio, the cool and contemporary Brighton Escape home is made a bit more comfy thanks to a dropped seating area lined with the same wood that accents the ceiling, walls and stairs. Located in Merida, Mexico, Casa Sisal‘s vast great room boasts a recessed sitting area that emphasizes its modern splendor by creating a symmetry with the home’s 3-sided infinity edge swimming pool.The best part? This opulent 2-bedroom home is available for rent for a mere $299 a night so that you can snuggle up there yourself.
Sunken living rooms were all the rage in the 60s and 70s, but they can still be just as comfy and stylish in the aughts. With so many of us opting for open plan spaces these days, creating a casual but defined “conversation pit” is a fun way to break up your living room into manageable zones. Read on for some of our favorite inspiration rooms featuring cozy sunken living areas that we’d love to nestle up in. The soaring ceilings of this bright and airy Texas home are further exaggerated by its recessed seating area. The raw look of the wooden ceilings and concrete floors are softened by strategically placed pops of color and plush pillows.