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2 years ago

Beautiful Buildings Around The World Part 3 - Drift House on Little Much Farm

Claire L Cardwell · I came across this amazing house recently and fell in love.  It's on a hill side overlooking the Sahyadri hills of Mulshi and its lake, in Little Much Farm in  Nandivali, India.  The house was designed by Shonan Purie Trehan of  Language.Architecture.Body (LAB). · The site has ...

2 years ago

What You Should Expect From a Set of Plans You Submit to Council

Claire L Cardwell · Recently I've seen some awful plans that were submitted to Council and will never be approved...  I hope this article helps you to make an informed choice when picking an Architect/Designer - it's vital to take a look at a sample of their plans and check that they are registered ...

2 years ago

The Truth About What A Building Plan Should Look Like...

Claire L Cardwell · Too many people are getting messed around by inexperienced /unqualified or even unscrupulous 'architects'.  My blood's been boiling for a while and I was horrified to see yet another set of bad plans just before Easter.  In essence it was pretty lines drawn in the sand and then p ...

2 years ago

The Shrine of Whatslove by Wutopia Lab, China

Claire L Cardwell · In the Zhejiang countryside the Shanhai based design studio Wutopia Lab installed the Shrine of Whatslove.   The red triangular pavilion reminds me of a huge bird's nest. · It's a robotically woven carbon fibre structure devoted to love and marriage.  The Shrine was created in co ...

2 years ago

Africa’s Lost Children — Part One — Exodus

Claire L Cardwell ·   · October 1976 · Ash ate its way along a cigarette, following the glowing line that preceded it. · In the half light two men lay in wait. Parked in a dusty dark green sedan, they were almost conspicuous for being so well camouflaged. · “I hate it when you smoke in the car, J ...

3 years ago

On Being Slightly Nuts and Other Things Part Three - #CLC Mkosi is Driving my Car

Claire L Cardwell · SPOILER ALERT - The Drugs Don't Work... · Drawing a veil over the events on the 21st and 22nd October 2018 that made me decide to go to the Clinic rather than the Cafe to work (there is an excellent Cafe in the Shopping Centre opposite the Clinic and a better one in the Clinic).. ...

3 years ago

Build Me a Bridge or a Canal Mr. Engineer! Part 1 - The Corinth Canal, Greece

Claire L Cardwell · Whilst I was growing up, my family would go on epic road trips orchestrated by my Father, Bob (WR Cardwell).  He had an itinerary,  a list of places to go, the best times to visit and the time allowed for us to view the museum/treasure trove/architectural masterpiece.  Woe betide ...

3 years ago

Norwegian Wood (In Surrey, England)

Claire L Cardwell · In a previous post (Back in Old Blighty - see link below) I wrote a little about the incredible woods that are near (and to a certain extent surround) my family home in Oxshott, Surrey.  Less than 5 minutes walk away a magical world awaits. · The woods vary from mixed (like the p ...

3 years ago

Things that make me go Nuts...

Claire L Cardwell · I was having a chat with Mum the other night (I am back in Old Blighty for a visit) and we were discussing things that were guaranteed to make our blood boil...  High up the list were mispronunciations and jargon. · 1. Jargon and Mispronunciations · I hate jargon - phrases like ' ...

3 years ago

Epic Fails...

Claire L Cardwell · Every so often I come across a picture of an epic Architectural/Engineering fail...  Apart from making me wince or smile, I ask myself How?  How did the Client/Engineer/Builder/Council not realise there was a problem...  So I trawled the net and found a few stuff ups... · In orde ...

3 years ago

Architects I Admire Part Eight - Sou Fujimoto

Claire L Cardwell · Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1971.  He studied architecture at the University of Tokyo and established his own practice Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000.  He's known for his light, delicate structures and permeable enclosures. His projects vary from small scale resi ...

3 years ago

Who's Better an Architect or a Designer?

Claire L Cardwell · It all depends...  It depends on what you want to build.  If you are planning to build a Petrol Station, large Shopping Centre or a Hotel then an Architect who specialises in these type of projects is the best option.  If however you are planning a home renovation/remodel or want ...

3 years ago

Who's Better a Designer or an Architect?

Claire L Cardwell · It all depends...  It depends on what you want to build.  If you are planning to build a Petrol Station, large Shopping Centre or a Hotel then an Architect who specialises in these type of projects is the best option.  If however you are planning a home renovation/remodel or want ...

3 years ago

What You Should Expect from your Architect/Designer

Claire L Cardwell · I get calls weekly from people who have worked with a cheap architect/designer ... All the money they think they saved by going with an inexpensive architect has been more than offset by unnecessary delays, roadblocks at Council and of course stress... · I did a quote just over a ...

3 years ago

Why it's Never a Good Idea to Build Without Plans or Planning Permission...

Claire L Cardwell · I often get asked to update plans with additions that have been made in the past.  To make the 'As Built' / Illegal Structures legal.  Usually I can help, however sometimes I can not... · Apart from the structural implications of not seeking advice from a Structural Engineer with ...

3 years ago

Why not Create your Own Pajama Lounge?

Claire L Cardwell · A staff writer for one of SA's Home magazines called me last week asking me about Pajama Lounges.  She made a point of asking me why I design so many houses with a Pajama Lounge in them, and it's a trend that only just seems to be catching on in Europe and the States. ·           ...

3 years ago

Architects I admire - Part Seven - Guz Wilkinson

Claire L Cardwell · Guz Architects are known for drawing their inspiration from nature and all their designs relate closely to nature with seamless flow from inside to outside spaces.    · Guz Architects make extensive use of sustainable design and create long lasting, elegant architecture.  Guz Arc ...

3 years ago

Treemendous Treehouses

Claire L Cardwell · As a child I spent a considerable amount of time climbing trees and longed for a tree house eerie in the canopy.  Nothing has changed, I still have a strong desire to live and work in a tree house of my own. · As adults we have the same reasons for wanting a tree house as we did ...

3 years ago

Ying and Yang House: An Off-grid Nature-integrated Residence in Germany by Nour Adel @ Arch20

Claire L Cardwell · Designed by Penda the Yin + Yang House is located in the German city of Kassel, which is situated on the Fulda River in northern Hesse. Led by designer Chris Precht, Penda design team designed the Ying and Yang house for an unconventional family that wants to live off-grid and pr ...

3 years ago

Cinematic Architecture Part Four - Lord of the Rings

Claire L Cardwell · I've been a fan of JR Tolkein's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit ever since reading the books in my teens.  The majestic sets and superb production design of Peter Jackson's LOTR Trilogy and The Hobbit totally blew me away.  This was certainly a movie production where you cou ...

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