Posted by: The Zinc Roofer | August 14, 2009

Villa G by Saunders Architecture


Couldn’t resist, truly an awesome design and response to the needs of this family as well as a delicate response to the environment. Inspiring living. An example to us all.





Posted by: The Zinc Roofer | July 12, 2009

Lobster Boat Residence by Chadbourne + Doss Architects

Portage Bay House

Not sure what it is about this house that grabbed me and made me post for the first time in a couple of months. But here you go. Enjoy it. And you know what after browsing over the weekend there’ll be plenty more next week. So enjoy this magnificent house.

Portage Bay House

Posted by: The Zinc Roofer | June 2, 2009

Restoration of Cotswold Barn, Yiangou Architects. By Neil Quinn


For a little while now I’ve neglected my blog and left things go to seed a little. But I recently received a comment on my blog from the Architects behind this wonderful restoration, and in particular the Architect who delivered the project Neil Quinn. So I’ve decided to update it and bump it back up the top of my posts. There is also a large number of other excellent conversions, restorations and new build projects viewable on the Yiangou Architects website a new version of which will be launching shortly. Which I would strongly urge all of you to go take a look at.

Conversion and rebuild of a Cotswold Farmhouse. Retaining the traditional exterior and contemporary interiors. I must say I am in love with this building, it’s very strong language for a building but this is the sort of home I would design and build for myself. It is truly fantastic it caters for the type of home I would love to live in and I ultimately would have to do almost nothing to it to make it suitable for me. Despite that this is an old building which tend to be traditionally dark pokey and present difficulties in how to cut up the large spaces inside it is extremely light, crisp and very beautiful. I’ve decided to post in full size all of the pictures available on this.



753-4 As is often the case with restoration of old buildings the luxuries are often what suffer but from the pictures so far you can see that this isn’t always true and proves that it doesn’t need to be. Intelligent creative architecture can jump almost all boundaries.

753-5The integrity of this old building is maintained by the sensitive use and retention of the existing aspects of the building and their integration with the very new materials.











Posted by: The Zinc Roofer | April 10, 2009

Santa Ynez Residence by Frederick Fisher and Partners




Posted by: The Zinc Roofer | April 10, 2009

I seem to be writing these much too often.

My apologies to all. I know it’s been some time since I’ve posted but due to circumstances in my personal life simply beyond my control I was unable to prepare and post new posts for you.

There is one upside to this, there is a backlog of high quality amazing buildings waiting to be posted. So here’s to a more prolonged return to form then I enjoy the last time. As always anyone interested in contributing on a once off basis or indeed a regular basis let me know.


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Posted by: The Zinc Roofer | March 25, 2009

Villa Berkel by Paul de Ruiter





Posted by: The Zinc Roofer | March 24, 2009

House to catch the forest by Tezuka Architects



Posted by: The Zinc Roofer | March 24, 2009

Oeken Pavilion by FARO



Posted by: The Zinc Roofer | March 23, 2009

Weekly Feature: Aatrial House by KWK PROMES


Location: The house is situated in Poland, close to Opole. Majority of low density settlement in the surroundings is formed of “cube – houses”, buildings typical for the 1970’s.


Idea:One hectare site near the forest, where the building is designed has only one weak point: south-western access. An obvious conflict develops between the driveway and the garden. The idea arose to lower the driveway in order to separate it from the garden. This prompted another idea – of a driveway leading inside to the ground floor level, from underneath the building, which became possible thanks to the creation of an inner atrium with the driveway in it.

The Inner Atrium with Driveway snaking under and into the Atrium.

The Inner Atrium with Driveway snaking under and into the Atrium.

New type of the house:As a result, the building opens up onto all sides with its terraces in an unrestricted manner, and the only way to get into the garden is through the atrium and the house.  This in turn has made it possible to obtain a new spatial model of the house, which is the reverse of an atrial building. The aatrial house is closed to the inside and opened to the surroundings.


Structure and materials: The gateway is situated in the highest point of the site sloping to the east side. The 10 metres wide driveway following slope’s declivity, was additionally lowered underneath the ground level, while the garden was partly raised above this level. As a result, the garden is separated from the driveway and the surroundings with a 2.5m high retaining wall. The building was situated on the garden level. For the sake of neighboring buildings, typical polish “cube – houses” arisen it 1970’s, the structure of the house results from various transformations of a cube.  As a result of stretching and bending particular surfaces of the cube, all the walls, floors and ceilings were defined, together with inner aatrium and terraces. This principle of formation has not only created the structure of the house, but also defined interior and exterior architecture, including use of materials. The building is a reinforced concrete monolith, and concrete is at the same time the finishing material of the transformed cube, while all additional elements are finished with dark ebony. The driveway and retaining walls were made out of quarried granite blocks, the material characteristic for the surroundings.






Posted by: The Zinc Roofer | March 22, 2009

Breuillot’s house by Bernard Quirot & Olivier Vichard




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