We instantly fell for these minimalist modular units envisioned by Kranj-based design studio Coodo! In short, a coodo is a frame with nicely rounded corners whose walls are made of glass with the heating, cooling, installation, and power systems concealed in the walls, floor and ceiling. The most appealing feature of the project (initially discovered on Adelto) is that owners can place the unit wherever they want- on water, on a meadow and so on- and that the inner spaces can be personalized design-wise.
The concept derived naturally from a social need: “At present we are noticing growing changes in people’s lifestyles that call for new forms of dwelling. The space is becoming more and more valuable and residential architecture is rapidly changing, from building classic family houses to making smaller prefabricated residence buildings that are thoughtfully designed, made of excellent contemporary materials and have much greater connection to nature surrounding it. In such spaces the quality of life improves immensely”, explained the designers. Coodo is highly customizable and is currently available in five versions: multifunctional pavilion, pergola, summer kitchen, mobile living units and residential building.
Inside the school, a wall made of cross-laminated timber separates classrooms from the main corridor, providing a space for storage and study. With very little to work with, the architects have managed to create a building that is much more than just the sum of all of its parts
An example of a huge success is Heneghan Peng Architects’ Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Using the large difference in level across the site, the architects created two folds in the landscape. Bold, but not conflicting with the rather bleak natural environment, these folds draw all the man-made areas together and create one fitting man-made break in the natural landscape. In the words of the architects themselves, There is no longer a building and a landscape, but building becomes landscape and the landscape itself remains spectacular and iconic