Opponent of straight lines - FriedensreichHundertwasser

by KamilaSu 20. October 2014 16:02

Sharp edges, right angles, parallel walls, levelled windows, uniform sizes, all this and many other conventional rules of architecture and interior design were opposed by FriedensreichHundertwasser who demonstrated that on his own designs of flats, houses and other buildings.

Hundertwasser House

Hundertwasser House in Vienna. He didn’t demand remuneration for the building project, because he was rather willing to invest in it than to allow another ugly building to be built in the city centre.

Friedrich Stowasser, better known as Hundertwasser was an Austrian artist, architect and one of the most influential figures of the beginnings of modern art and modern architecture. The name FriedensreichRegentagDunkelbuntHundertwasser, which he later adopted, perfectly epitomizes his philosophy of life and art. It means "One hundred coloured waters on a rainy day" and corresponds with his personal motto: "When one thinks he has to repair nature, he is always irreparably mistaken."

Hundertwasser was a versatile artist. He painted, illustrated books, designed facades, postage stamps, national flags or clothing, yet he is most famous for his architectural design, typical for its irregularity and effort to blend in with the surrounding landscape. He promoted and also set in practice the idea that every building should have afforested rooftops accessible to its tenants. Flat floors which are incompatible with the rules of nature should be replaced with uneven and irregular floors. And just as important for him as everything was the so-called window law: "The tenant shall have the right to lean out of the window, and paint the plaster as far as he can reach according to his creative soul."

Although he is often compared to Antonio Gaudi, Hundertwasser´s style is so distinctive and unique that his works are unmistakable. Look at a few buildings designed by him:

BadBlumau in Austria

BadBlumau in Austria. Buildings in a spa town imitate surrounding hills and what more compost toilets secure fertilizers for local agriculture. 

Maishima incineration plant in Osaka, Japan

Maishima incineration plant in Osaka, Japan. Hundertwasser was willing to design industrial buildings, in this case, however, provide that he could equip the incineration plant with the best filters available. Part of the plant accessible to visitors demonstrates the problems associated with excessive production of waste. 

Public toilets Kawakawa

Public toilets Kawakawa at Hundertwasser´s beloved New Zealand. The interior is designed to contain as few straight lines and right angles as possible. 

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Novelties in our designer - Corporate colors

by KamilaSu 9. October 2014 14:57

We have prepared another novelty for you in our FloorPAD designer. This time we have focused on the colors of drawn plans and we give you the opportunity to create a planin your corporate colours containing the logo of your company. 

How does it work? 

After logging into your account on our website you have to click on Settings and fill in your data. That means you have to fill in the company name, address, URL, preferred language, and of course the already mentioned logo with the size up to 100 kB.If it is exceeding this size itwill be proportionally adjusted. 

Account data

When you are satisfied with the completed data click Save. After saving your settings, click on Publish plan customization to go to the designer.

Designer gives you the possibility to change the color of its background to your preferred corporate colors using the color range window. 

Plan in corporate colors

 

After changing the backgroundto your corporate colors all the plans you publish will match your company's website colors so your users will feel like they have never left your website.  

Range of colors

Such plans containing your logo can redirect customers to a specified URL. Therefore when published on the Internet they can increase traffic to your website. 

For an example of an edited plan, see this link: http://www.floorpad.com/Fapp/Published.aspx?pubid=994ea295-d17d-41cc-beca-fe2b18e2948f

Enjoy the customization!

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Sauna in an apartment?

by KamilaSu 2. October 2014 18:03

Saunas are now no longer a symbol of luxury, but the other way around, they have become more common and are part of a healthy lifestyle. Regular sauna bathing boosts immunity, improves blood circulation, helps to treat respiratory diseases, relaxes tense muscles and has beneficial effects against fatigue and stress. Saunas are quite common in family houses. But did you know that you can enjoy the heat of the sauna in your apartment, as well? 

Sauna in an apartment might not remain just an inaccessible dream. When appropriately selected, it  can fit into any apartment and space. Although you might have to give up a spacious rest room and a cooling pool, but these places can be easily replaced. Instead of the pool you can use cold shower and your living room can be easily converted into an oasis of peace.

What is the best type of sauna for an apartment? Since the apartment is a limited space, the best solution would be sauna cabin, which is produced in small dimensions. Usually it happens to be an infrasauna. The smallest infrared saunas have one square meter and are meant only for sitting. Infrared saunas work thanks to the infrared light that warms the body from the inside and the temperature in the sauna is considerably lower than in traditional Finnish saunas. All you need to do is plug in the infrared cabin sauna into the 220V socket. It is easy to install and maintain. 

Sauna in an apartment

Fans of Finnish and steam sauna are also to be satisfied, because these types of saunas have their smaller versions, too. There are small cabins approximately 1.2 metres long and 1.2 meters wide and are also meant only for sitting. The quality of Finnish and steam sauna depends mainly on the heating medium, which is a stove, mostly an accumulator.

How to prepare a space for sauna? Prior to the acquisition of sauna cabin, you should think thoroughly about where to place it. It is necessary to find a suitable place in order for the sauna to work properly.

Suitable place should be dry, such as any dry area in the bathroom, space in a hall, in a bedroom or in a niche. Sauna must be placed on a flat surface and needs an electrical connection, either 220 V or 380 V, depending on the type of heating medium, and another connection for the light. If you prefer a steam sauna you will need water and sewer hook-up as well.

As you can see, prior to the installation, it is necessary to think about many details. Drawing a floor plan before that can facilitate and clarify this process. You will avoid unpleasant findings and uncomfortable situations. The dream of a sauna can thus become a reality!

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Living in a container? A new trend in the world of housing!

by KamilaSu 22. September 2014 11:06

Modular architecture happens to be one of the new trends of modern living. Formerly used mainly for pragmatic reasons, today it loses the label of boring and tasteless architecture and competes with traditional construction methods mainly due to the speed of its construction, environmental friendliness, reasonable price and high mobility. 

The basic building component of this type of construction is called a module which is a construction unit of uniform size. First, it is produced in a plant and then it is transported to the designated plot. Actually, it's kind of semi-finished product delivered by a construction company to chosen place where it is adjusted according to our requirements and needs. Its uniform size allows the modules to be easily combined and opens the door for creativity. 

Building inspired by beehive is a modern version of a block of flats: 

Building inspired by beehive

 

Well-built modular house can fit into nature without having to stick out like a sore thumb: 

Modular house

 

Container architecture is a specific industry that uses steel shipping containers which are used in ship and rail transport over long distances. The main advantagein using such container as a construction component is its low cost and optimum size. Currently, containers are used mostly for the construction of public spaces. You can have a coffee with a friend in a container cafe, have a dinner in a container restaurant or shop for clothes in a movable container shop (http://www.remodelista.com/posts/10-stores-housed-in-shipping-containers). 

Holiday House in New Zealand Port-a-Bach designed by Atelierworkshop:

Holiday house

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Innovations - we have added new elements to the editor, new types of staircases

by KamilaSu 1. September 2014 23:40

The latest version of our site offers several innovations. In particular, we would like to draw your attention to new types of staircases that we have added to FloorPAD designer. Now you can add bent or spiral staircase to your plans and choose its right or left orientation. 

Types of staircase in 2D

New kinds of staircases allow your customer’s better visualization of the property. 

 

Types of staircase in 3D

 

The most recent update had its 3D visualization improved and a few bugs from the previous version fixed.

Improved designer - new templates of floor plans

by KamilaSu 7. August 2014 11:15

In order to improve our designer and make it easier for you, we bring you another innovation. From now on you can choose one of the following ways when drawing the floor plans: you can create a completely new floor plan or choose one of the fifty existing plans.

 

Designer

 

Templates of the plans are based on the most commonly used types of plans. You can choose from a variety of apartments of different sizes that can be changed, organized and edited arbitrarily. Thanks to a brief and concise description of each template it is really simple to pick a template according to your needs.

 

Template

 

We believe that this way of drawing the plans will increase the efficiency and quicken your work in FloorPAD designer.

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Website news - new types of floors and an arrow indicating the entrance

by KamilaSu 16. July 2014 10:12

We constantly strive to improve our website and designer for you and offer you way more options when creating floor plans. Also this time we have prepared a few novelties. Firstly, we have added new types of floors and carpets that you can insert into your plans. This wider range of floorings and coverings allows you to choose floors according to your own taste and change it arbitrarily.

Arrow indicating the entrance

Secondly, we have added an option to put an arrow onto your plan indicating the main entrance to the apartment or house. Thanks to the arrow everybody can easily recognize the main entrance on the plan. Arrow simplifies the overall orientation of the floor plan and allows you to visualize the entrance and the entire property more easily. 

 

Try out these novelties in practice!

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Card payments and new dashboard

by Barbora S. 1. May 2014 12:46

We've improved our website to make it even more user-friendly for you. The first innovation is the introduction of card payments. So now you can chose to pay either with your card or via PayPal, whichever suits you better.

FloorPAD introduces card payment


The second innovation is our new dashboard that appears when you sign in to your FloorPAD account.  Your dashboard provides overview of all the important information about your account such as a number of available plans for example. You can also find there useful links, e.g. to our video tutorials showing how to draw correctly in FloorPAD and others. Last but not least you can learn much interesting information about your account such as the number of plans drawn during the last month, the overall number of plans drawn, or for how long you’ve been registered.

FloorPAD introduces new dashboard


We believe that these innovations will make your work with FloorPAD easier for you and that you will enjoy your drawing!

Building a house or looking for a flat? Find true north!

by Barbora S. 28. April 2014 12:53

There are many things to consider when building or furnishing a house.  One of the crucial criteria that need to be taken into consideration is the cardinal directions. No matter whether you have a parcel on which you are going to build or an apartment that needs to be refurbished, the decisions concerning compass directions are very important. It does not need to be said that this is the factor that will have the biggest impact on the amount of sunshine penetrating the rooms during the day.

FloorPAD_Cardinal directions influence the amount of sunshine in rooms

Similarly to other areas connected to property building and decorating, the perfect orientation greatly depends on one’s taste. The preferences and opinions vary from one person to another but there are some general rules that can be relied on.

The first rule is that the sunshine is important mainly when it comes to those rooms where we spend a lot of time. Sunshine has great effect on one’s mood and comfort which is the reason why it is appropriate to direct living room south or south-west. In this case, the sun rays will be entering the living during almost the whole day. There are also some pros to having the living room turned south-east - the sun warms the room up in the morning and this way you will avoid the afternoon heat in the summer. The same direction is appropriate for children’s bedrooms where kids spend most of the day.

When it comes to the bedroom, you have to consider whether you would like to have it in the east and be woken up by the sun. Another option is to have it facing the north so that the sun will never disturb you. On the other hand, you can direct your bedroom westwards which will help to warm it and may therefore result in significant savings on heating.

The terrace is another chapter. If you dream of having your breakfast and coffee on a sunny terrace, you should go for an eastern or southeastern direction. However, if you leave your home early in the morning and can’t wait to spend delightful evenings with a bottle of beer or a glass of wine on the terrace after coming home from work, it will be more convenient to have the terrace facing the west. If you are a true sunshine lover try to direct the terrace south. In this case, though, you need to accept the fact that you probably won’t be able to enjoy your terrace during the hot sunny days.

FloorPAD_Amount of sunshine at home

And which rooms are eligible to face the north? All those that you do not spend too much time in such as garage, storeroom, study, or bathroom.

When making these important decisions, you cannot forget to take into consideration the region in which the property is located. In colder, northern regions, where there are only a few hot sunny days a year and the temperatures do not rise too high each ray of sun is most welcome. On the other hand, in the southern regions, the excess of sunshine may in extreme (though not exceptional) cases result in high investments in shading systems or air-conditioning.

There are also other influential factors such as the surrounding buildings that can shade your building parcel or the location of an entry to your parcel that you are not able to influence. Even though it is easier and cheaper to buy a ready-made building project, in case of a parcel which is not entirely perfect or is quite atypical it is advisable to go for a tailored project that will take into account not only your preferences but also the external conditions.

Regarding apartments, most of the predispositions are usually given and since the choice of apartments is limited, you will probably have to determine your priorities and consequently chose a flat that is closest to your ideals. The compass direction of the apartment, which will greatly influence your comfort, should definitely be among these priorities.

New floor plans gallery

by Barbora S. 10. March 2014 09:55

This time we have enriched our gallery of floor plans drawn in FloorPAD. We have picked for you dozens of well drawn floor plans, which show what you can draw in FloorPAD and at the same time they can serve you as an inspiration when creating a floor plan of your own home. Do not hesitate, visit our websites, get inspired or start drawing your own plans straight away!

Examples of floor plans drawn in FloorPAD

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