Sunday, December 30, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012



Ecolodging is a response to the growing demand for green tourism, which simply put is aimed at environmentally attuned customers who not only wish to experience nature firsthand but also leave a minimal footprint while doing so. The need for such destinations ultimately lead to the Ecolodge conservation concept. An Ecolodge as defined by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), is a tourist lodging designed for the expressed purpose of ecological and cultural conservation. Key for any Ecolodge are its water, power and disposal systems being built for efficiency and waste reduction. An Ecolodge also is designed to fit in with its surroundings by being built of (where possible) local materials and in architectural styles that blend into the local culture. Local expertise and involvement is highly encouraged.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Shed Chic: Outdoor Buildings for Work, Rest, and Play

Wonderful book that is full of, not only outbuilding ideas, but outdoor decorating ideas as well. A valuable book to have if you are doing any improvement in your yard. I love it and feel it is well worth the purchase.

Cabin Fever: Sheds and Shelters, Huts and Hideaways

Did you know Starck owns its own cabin on the Atlantic Ocean, near Bordeaux? Many artists build one. Marie-France Boyer loves cabins. She owns one in her garden. Every french owns a cabin. Either a real one, lost in the woods in their grand-parents village or a dreamt one, made of souvenirs from their childhood. In this book, you will climb up tree-houses, swim under fishermen "abris" on the ocean, admire "ateliers d'artiste". You will learn how to transform any ugly back-yard cabin into a private heaven. All houses in this book are inspiring. You will experience poetic feelings facing the most miserable buildings.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

A-FRAME By Chad Randl -Some History for you.

Revisiting The A Frame house-sketch cabin of the week


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 sketch cabins of the week- october 22nd

Thursday, October 4, 2012

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Full Construction documents are available for purchase!

The CD set will be available to download 4-6 weeks after the order has been issued. Payment is not required until you see a full documented sample of the drawings. The cost for the package is 200.00 dollars. It will be your responsibility to find a Licensed contractor to carry the drawings into construction. The drawings will be carefully detailed and the estimated cost will depend on your choice of cladding and finishes. Please contact me via email if you are interested in finding out more about this endeavor at or I will reply promptly the next day. The grace period will allow us enough time to collect information on the site and conform the drawings and specifications to meet local building and fire codes for the targeted state. At this time this pilot project is only offered for Hawaii and New York states. Here again is a full link to the presentation set. Thank you for your interest in our project! Please add you email in the subscription box ( right) for future posts and updates. Mahalo- ERAN BIRNBAUM

Monday, September 24, 2012

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Ephemeral NOW - Live Example - Ultra reclaimed and not by coincidence

I could not find a better example of Ephemeral Architecture but to share my observation
of these soon to be sukkot in the dunes of holon . All built by local kids seeking reclaimed material to 

complete their projects.

Some Context: Sukkot is a biblical holiday celebrated on the 15th day of the month of Tishrei (late September to late October) The Hebrew word sukkĊt is the plural of sukkah, "booth or tabernacle", which is a walled structure covered with skhakh (plant material such as leafy tree overgrowth or palm leaves). The sukkah is intended as a reminiscence of the type of fragile dwellings in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years travel in the desert after the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. Throughout the holiday meals are eaten inside the sukkah and many sleep there as well.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Another great read!

Every week i will be recommending books on the subject of downsizing and the perception of affordable housing through architecture. This particular book (Compact Cabins) includes numerous diagrams illustrating how good living can be achieved in small spaces. The book has also chapters on how to gain the most out of local Building material and selecting the most compact efficient utilities and appliances.

The Small House Book- Just DONE Reading It! Practical and fun to Read!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Design Drawing


This study essentially takes on the implied logic of lifeguard structures and finds a fit to small size coastal dwelling.

I will be publishing the design drawings soon.  I would love to get you advise, comments and insight.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cabin Model completed!!

Pics of the sketch model will be posted in the next day or two.- Please come back to check it out! The next step will be generating preliminary working drawing for you review.-Please comment, we will certainly appreciate it!!

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Miami beach Lifeguard towers history

Miami beach Lifeguard towers history

Lifeguard towers act as important landmarks and gathering points on beaches everywhere. People swim close by to be under the care of the lifeguards and use them as meeting places in the otherwise confusing beach plane of people and umbrellas. The lifeguard towers of Miami Beach have transcended the usual role of comfort and safety to become visual icons.
After Hurricane Andrew, Architect William Lane donated his design services to the city and added new stops on design tours in the form of lifeguard towers. His towers instantly became symbols of the revived City of Miami Beach. Today images of the towers are everywhere from real-estate advertisements to city documents and magazine articles. It is really great to have something so recognisable representing Miami. Companies that are associated with a certain image, such as or McDonalds inevitably do well. The same is said for a city. People are attracted to an image they both know and love.
In addition to the towers William Lane designed, two other towers are the result of artistic competitions.
Chris Blackwell, owner of the Tides hotel, commissioned the “Bed” tower on 10th. Ilija Moscrop created this tower shortly after renovating “The Tides” in collaboration with his father, Stuart.
The international architecture competition Bienal Miami + Beach 2001 had an international student competition to design a new lifeguard tower. The winning student from Florida International University designed the 15th Street tower
In addition to these towers designed by architects, there are two towers in South Beach that were designed by Hank Oppenborn of Ocean Rescue. These two towers are widely regarded by lifeguards as ideal towers in which to work. Lifeguards believe these towers would be perfect if the 8th street tower roof extended further over the deck (similar to the third street tower) and if the 3rd street tower railing were lower and more permeable, (similar to the 8th street tower).
8th street tower

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Monday, August 27, 2012

OBSERVATIONS-beach cabins OAHU's N.Shore

The floor plans illustrates a typical open space for an "A frame" cabin found on OAHU’s north shore. A common denominator among most traditional single family homes are the extended roof overhangs and spacious Lanais. The traditional roof shape is either double pitched or in form of an “A” frame. The latter draws its inspiration from the indigenous Halau structure found throughout the islands. 
In Hawaii, the Lanai is widely used for recreation and rest, but it is also perceived as a symbol of culture and regional identity