Archives - 2017
By Magaly • Dec 11, 2017
This furniture store, which is located in Tolmezzo, in the province of Udine, in Italy, was designed by Mentil Federico from the architectural firm in 2005.
The lot, measuring a total of 110 square meters, had been previously used as a warehouse deposit for a small shop from the 1970s. A first intervention turned it into a commercial space dedicated to the sale of products to complement bathroom furniture. A second intervention expanded its size.
The need for an exposition space for the different pieces of furniture, in particular for the wood fireplaces, suggests to clients a new expansion that will be built beside the warehouse previously mentioned, in a lot formerly occupied by a parking lot. The wishes of the client were to create a new space that would communicate through the creation of window exhibitions.
The plane is broken, in a way, by a small space open to the sky, which can be observed through two windows opposite. There, a small garden grants the air life and floor, while at the same time dividing the space in two – into the furniture exhibition with a reception and meeting area, and into a visualization area.
Office Located in Bangkok, Thailand, With an Entire Interior Space is Distributed Across Five Floors, Plus a Roof Terrace
By Magaly • Dec 11, 2017
D Intertrade Head Office is an office design project completed by t in 2017. The offices are located in Krung Thep Maha Nakhon, known in English as Bangkok, Thailand, and cover a sprawling total ground area of 1,600 square meters.
The entire interior space is distributed across five floors, a roof terrace. D Intertrade, a Thai electronic accessory trading company, aimed to re-brand, and thus re-energize teams with the intention of moving forward as a family in order to renew employees’ quality of life through a renovation project.
The interior décor is dominated by the color blue, which is the D Intertrade company color, thus giving it a strong company identity. Additionally, red, yellow, orange, and green were used in order to imbue it with a sense of cheerfulness and entertainment. Wooden surfaces and white furnishings are used throughout the spaces, making each room and hall feel luminous and bright. Upon entrance, we’re met with a stark white lobby with a marble counter, emphasizing its elegance and modernity above all else.
The office spaces are distributed with an open office design in mind, instead of with cubicles or individual offices. Such a design allows for ease of communication between employees and emphasizes the strong teamwork dynamic of modern day companies.
On any given day we can all come across a beautiful home. However, very rarely do we come across beautiful homes with an even grander view. There is something very relaxing and luxurious about being able to look outside of your home. All while having a picturesque view. With that being said many homes are generally built around the idea of the view being the main focus of the home. Due to this many newly renovated home offer large windows that give the view an even grander effect. The following 10 homes offer unbelievable views that appear as if they just came out of a post card.
This beautiful building with a wood-paneled exterior is nestled in a forest that during the harsh winters is filled with snow and shows us a wonderful landscape. We can enjoy these spectacular views from the warm interior of the house through its multiple glass walls, where we connect visually with the outside and receive its natural light.
With an area of 2000 feet squared, it is located in Sainte-Adèle, Quebec, Canada, and was designed by the architectural firm , more specifically by Pierre Thibault, and Charlène Bourgeois in the year 2017.
In its modest but comfortable interior, we can see the simple decoration done in white and wood in all the rooms. Glass windows and skylights have been arranged in all spaces in order to allow daylight to enter and make the spaces more warm and welcoming.
We can also see that they have installed several shelves where a great variety of books have been arranged to provide hours of entertainment for those who live there. This gives them the opportunity to spend time with a good book by the warmth of the fireplace while watching the snow fall outside on those very cold days of winter.
By Magaly • Dec 8, 2017
, a stylish hotel located in Tbilisi, Georgia, was designed by the , an architectural firm also based in the Georgian capital. Completed in 2017, the hotel covers a total ground area of 2,500 square meters. The hotel building stands out from its surroundings, due to the materials used for its construction, as well as for its height and architectural style, making it the center of attention. It stands on the verge between a neighboring group of high office buildings and lower historical housing units, creating a bridge between these two worlds with its architectural model.
The interior is sleek and sophisticated, with floors of polished concrete and steel pieces that reflect the light from the minimalist fixtures that dot the ceiling. The furnishings are modern and almost sculptural in quality, defining the personality and character of the interior in a stylish and artistic way. No two rooms are exactly the same, creating a sense of individuality for each space within the cohesion that characterizes the interior of the building as a whole.
The bedrooms are almost futuristic, providing every comfort for the visiting guests while also granting them an experience that they will not soon forget.
This project is the perfect example of how an architect can work their magic and make something wonderful out of very little to work with. The building formerly on this site, a 110 year old heritage villa, was dilapidated and sad, located as it was in a cramped lot in one of the busiest residential streets of Ponsonby, a suburban neighborhood of Auckland, New Zealand. It was magically restored and renovated by the architectural firm in 2017.
The resulting home, covering an area of 300 square meters, has three bedrooms and one bathroom, and belongs to a young family.
The home’s interior is elegant and stylish, making use of a soft color palette in order to imbue every space with a soft sense of tranquility. The brick used on the exterior walls seeps inside, creating a flow of continuity, as well as giving the interior spaces a touch of style. The décor used is minimalistic in nature, adding to the general feel of stillness that pervades all spaces.
The bathroom is spacious and almost feels like a spa, creating a perfect space to relax after a long day of work. The same general feel extends to the outdoor pool, with seats surrounding a fireplace nearby – the perfect spot in which to spend time with friends and family.
By Magaly • Dec 7, 2017
This marvelous and relaxing oceanfront home is located in Falmouth, a quaint little village located in Barnstable County in the state of Massachusetts in the USA. It has an area of 8235.0 ft2 and was designed in 2012 by architecture firm with the help of its architects Marc Turkel, Morgan Hare, Shawn Watts, Carl Smith and Katice Helsinki.
It embodies the client’s desire to have a contemporary home. Their style adapted to their desires to have a distinctive home. The house has beautiful and well-kept gardens that surround it and give it freshness. Visitors cross this garden on a new walkway that extends from the parking lot to the main entrance of the house.
In its ample gardens, we can find furnished terraces and conditioned for the enjoyment in the company of family. From its contemporary interior, we can see the sea accompanied by its picturesque white sailboats thanks to its multiple glass walls that allow us to maintain with the outside. Otherwise, we would lose sight of this privileged location. Its magnificent wooden floors give it an unusual warmth.
This marvelous restaurant, with a marked industrial style, is located at Monza, a city in the north of Italy, next to the river Lambro, about 20 km northeast of downtown Milan and a few steps from the historic center.
Formerly a hat factory, it was astonishingly remodeled by architectural firm and its professionals Sara Magnone, Riccardo Belinci, and Andrea Baselli in 2017. The bar area, which contains the cellar, was completely covered with ceramic tiles that create an amazing set of reflections and ensure the unmatched beauty of the surfaces.
The walls of the rooms show the old bricks, which date back to the beginning of the year 800, and create an interesting and perfect combination of styles. The lamps hang from the high ceiling and fall on each space creating warm and soft atmospheres that invite to enjoy it sharing with family or friends.
On some walls, you can see a composition of lights, made with a mixture of strings and brass discs, that illuminate the space with an almost theatrical flavor. Trays containing herbs that form a sort of vertical garden also come down from the ceiling, these have been carefully selected and are used by the cook.
By Magaly • Dec 7, 2017
This flat is located in Ardooie, Belgium and was designed by the architectural firm in the year 2016.
It is a kitchen with simple line designs, decorated in such a way that it emphasizes the uniformity of its design, minimalism and a range of earth colors that gives a touch of formality and at the same time of serenity. The central island is made of wood accompanied by its geometric black metal decoration that gives it a very modern touch, as well as a marble top which adds elegance.
It connects to the exterior via a glass door through which natural light seeps in, illuminating the space and creating an environment conducive to the enjoyment of that area. The marble sink has a set of copper keys that stand out spectacularly do the drastic shift in color of the differing materials.
The dining area is adjacent to this area, sharing the same space. There is a large window which invites light into that side of the kitchen. The refrigerator is strategically hidden behind sliding doors that at first sight look like a small closet, seamlessly integrating the space into the aesthetic of the kitchen.
Vancouver-based architectural firm founded the Backcountry Hut Company in 2015 to provide nature lovers with the opportunity to build their own flat eco-shelters with little or no ecological impact. Founders Wilson Edgar and Michael Leckie drew on the IKEA Company’s idea of delivering affordable and well-designed products for the masses.
Instead of providing flexible furniture for small apartments, it focuses on creating simple recreational structures that can be installed in virtually any remote location and allow you to increase the space as much as you want.
It has two styles from which you can choose the one that best suits your needs and desires.
The Backcountry Hut is designed for flexibility in recreational use, suitable for the outdoor enthusiast, outdoor clubs, alpine associations, and backcountry lodge operators. The Hut is designed for a more accessible construction of temporary or full-time residence and operation in remote areas, with the idea that it is easy to assemble through the collective ‘barn-raising’ process. The design is adaptable to larger groups of people or individuals, and is suitable for small communities interested in the principles of self-assembly housing.
The small and adaptable structure of the Frontcountry Hut is adaptable for urban living, as well as anywhere that is accessible by road, and can be seen as part of the Tiny House Movement. The dwelling system affords the opportunity to furnish the modular prefabricated shell with a customized interior that supports full time residential occupation with a full bedroom and kitchen design, or as a studio for a live / work space. The Frontcountry Hut emphasizes sustainability in the materials, prefabrication, and construction processes of the house, as well as the principles that inform minimalist living.
By Krystal • Dec 6, 2017
Chalets are the perfect vacation and getaway destination, especially if they are in the mountains. There is something unique and inviting about them. Therefore, instead of taking a trip down to the beach for a family getaway, why not go and explore a mountain chalet. Mountain chalets are beautiful from the inside out. This is mainly due to their impeccable view. The following mountain chalets will not only make you want to vacation in one, but they can keep you warm all year round.
Marco Polo Chalet
Located in the heart of Val d’Isère, the France the Marco Polo chalet is all that and more. Its beauty extends from the inside out. Not only is the inside of the residence breathtaking with luxury pieces, elegant décor, and glass walls, but the outside is just as beautiful. The home offers multiple glass doors that allow you to experience the beauty of the mountains from the warmth of the fireplace indoors. Although, there are numerous glass doors you also have the option of sitting on the terrace and enjoying the view from up close.
The Blanche Chalet
Designed by ACDF Architecture the blanche chalet has the perfect quiet, cozy, and simple atmosphere. The modern aspect of it comes from its structure. Due to its structure, this chalet was designed to adequately showcase the panoramic view of its surroundings. Its large windows and 360 degree fenestration combine the outdoor space with the beauty of the indoors to provide a seamless mesh between the two.
This breathtaking chalet in Saint-Siméon, Quebec, Canada was designed to blend in perfectly with its surroundings. The Chalet Panorama foundation was created with parallel concrete blades that allow the water to naturally flow underneath the home. Due to the structure of the residence, the natural elements help it flow organically without missing a hitch. With large windows the home allows you to see out into the outdoors from any room in the home.
Laurentian Ski Chalet
Modern is the perfect description of this chalet. Located Lac Archambault, Quebec, Canada, Laurentian ski chalet has an elevation of 2,435 feet above sea level. Due to the large above sea level elevation, this chalet provides 100 miles of panoramic views that surround the home. The home is accessed through an entry bridge because of the elevation. Its view is so breathtaking that the kitchen and dining area have a 27-foot- long bay window that runs throughout with window seating. The idea is to have a space where you can sit an enjoy the view from two places at once.
Chalet Bolton- EST has a small yet spacious feel that is like no other. As soon as you enter the house, it just feels like home. Its cozy with a touch of modern and contemporary. The bright yellow accent wall makes the entire home appear more-lively while still being warm. Its inside and outside are mainly composed of wood. Therefore, although it is a chalet it also has a hint of cabin feel.
When you first picture a mountain chalet, a chalet like Chalet Eden may be exactly what first comes to mind. This mountain chalet is the ideal residence for a vacation even during the summer time. Made of different wood from top to bottom this chalet is a site of its own. The inside has been decorated in a neutral manner that enhances the outdoor beauty. To top that all off the chalet offers 3 levels with a private pool and spa making it a picturesque residence.
Chalet Baltoro is the ultimate vacation upgrade. Its gorgeous interior décor screams luxury. This hotel was created with ‘vacation’ in mind. It offers all the luxuries we all wish we had right at home. The hotel itself offers a private pool and spa accompanied by gourmet food that was created by a chief right at the chalet Baltoro. The beauty of this chalet is indescribable the inside is luxurious while the outside is magical and relaxing. Combining the two makes the space a beauty to be seen.
Pack your most luxurious clothing and prepare to be wowed by Chalet Karakorama. Located Courchevel 1850, in the French Alps, this chalet is one for the books. Its relaxing interior design was constructed to provide a home away from home feel. The idea was to have a welcoming space that was upscale and luxurious every bit of the way. Chalet Karakorama is a four-floor residence that is lined with modern technology along the way. One of the greatest aspects of this chalet is its privacy feature. Once you come to this residence, you will receive your very own butler, private chalet area, chef and daily housekeeping there is even an elevator!
Chalet Pearl is filled with picturesque views that can be compared to those of a Christmas postcard. With its rough carved wooden walls, heavy ceilings, and its picturesque mountain views, this chalet is a must see. Its cabin feel has caused this chalet to be one of the most beautiful sights in the middle of the Nogentil area, in Belle Cote. This chalet was created round the idea of having a comfortable space that is calming yet elegant, and luxurious.
The Chalet Les Gentianes 1850
With its rustic, elegance The Chalet Les Gentianes 1850 is one of a kind. This chalet exuberates a relaxing feel. There is something calming from the very moment you see this residence. It was built in a sympathetic alpine style with the main focus being country chic. There is wood throughout the entire space. From top to bottom, which is where the relaxing, yet warming feel comes from.
To conclude, these chalets are one of a kind and we absolutely love them. Which of these mountain chalets do you want to visit?
Futuristic Design with Curved Shapes of an Impressive Building in Central Business District of Beijing, China
By Magaly • Dec 5, 2017
Chaoyang Park Plaza, a 120 meter high mixed use development rising in the Central Business District of Beijing, China, is almost nearing completion. The buildings contain over 120,000 square meters of commercial, office, and residential space, as well as sprawling public gardens. The project has been carried out by the Chinese architectural firm
The architectural design of the buildings, with their organic yet futuristic curved shapes, is heavily influenced by the mountainous landscape of China, often depicted in traditional Chinese shan shui scenic paintings. The structures are also slightly asymmetric, just as no two mountains look exactly the same. The ridges that run all over their surface are meant to imitate the effects of erosion or other forces of nature. These not only add to the beauty of the structures, but also serve to enhance their verticality, as well as facilitate the addition of a ventilation and filtration system that draws air inside.
The buildings also have a series of high rise terraces, which will have stunning views over the adjacent Chaoyang Park, one of the largest parks in the city, further emphasizing this relationship between modern architecture and the organic, natural environment that characterizes China.
By Magaly • Dec 5, 2017
, an international architectural firm with offices in South Korea and Japan, designed this home, called “Slide,” in Koto Ward, in eastern Tokyo, Japan. The family home, which covers a total ground area of nearly 100 square meters, was completed in 2017.
The home is situated in a residential area, and right across the street from an elementary school, which made it imperative to use the architecture to the clients’ advantage in order to give them enough privacy to be comfortable.
The interior is done in a minimalist style, with no decorative accessories in sight, and features an open floor plan, enhancing its sense of space. The internal distribution is as follows: private spaces – such as the bedrooms and bathrooms – are located on the first floor, while the second floor contains the social areas of the home, such as the kitchen and a family room with a high, walnut lined ceiling, flanked by a steel staircase that leads to the roof.
The front façade of the home is a large window shielded by wooden shutters so as to keep the privacy of the interior while still allowing an abundance of natural light to seep into the inside of the home.
The owners of this narrow home, measuring a mere 11 feet in width, and located in Brooklyn, New York, USA, affronted an enigma that many young families in New York eventually encounter: the possibility of sacrificing location in favor of space. Having lived in this home for the last eight years, however, its owners, a jewelry designer and his two children, took the decision to remain in the neighborhood and renovate the home, which covers a total area of 1000 square feet, or some 93 square meters.
And so began to work on this project and began the home’s remodeling, ending up with a home that now has double the space that it originally had.
The narrowness of the space presented a hurdle for the architects in charge of the project, as they needed to create extra surface area without using any more lot space. As such, they added two new levels to the existing two storey structure, creating space for a master bedroom and a renovated cellar.
A new entrance was also designed, going through the basement, as well as an additional laundry room and storage space. On the ground floor, the architects placed an open living room by a family room, where the old entrance once stood. Beside it sits a dining room. This is just one of many Brooklyn homes that have been renovated to accommodate young families.
By Magaly • Dec 4, 2017
This small apartment, covering a ground area of only 32 square meters, is located in Sofia, a district of Stockholm, Sweden. It is very well located in a quiet, charming area populated by green spots in which to relax and enjoy the outdoors on sunny days.
In its remodeling, a harmonious space was created, preserving many of its old characteristics. That is why we see that it still has large windows and some features from the time of its original construction. It has beautiful light wood floors that add warmth to the spaces, and it is a very comfortable and functional place for couples or single residents.
It has good communication with shops and businesses in the area, such as cafes, restaurants, etc. Its different spaces are easily connected due to the reduced space. However, each of the rooms shows a subtle separation that gives it some independence from the rest.
The space has been advantageously used without losing any of the home’s characteristic charm, and its style is casual but very warm. The shelves have been strategically placed to be used as storage, gaining in the walls an indispensable and highly necessary space.
The white, gray, and black tones that have been used add a touch of sobriety and mark the personality of those who live there without subtracting an ounce of modernism.
Talented interior designer Kristin Drohan, owner and CEO of an interior design firm and furniture company based in Atlanta, USA, created her own collection when designing her family’s dream vacation home located at 30A in Gulf Place, Florida, USA.
It has a very casual and coastal style very typical in the area with abundant variety of colors and textures inspired by nautical, it could not be more successful. A perfect environment to enjoy with your family or friends. The living room with its dark wood floor with furniture in the blue wins in different shades, next to a wooden dining room upholstered in dark blue with sailor details.
At its side the white kitchen of a modern and bright material softens the tones used to not detract clarity to the space.In the room, a bed in deep blue, as intense as the deep sea and with a matching rug makes us evoke the place we are in. A room with a stately style and a marked personality. The rest of the rooms have a more relaxed decoration, with pastel tones combined.
Innovation Campus Where Entrepreneurs, Engineers, and Policy Makers Innovate to Support the Green Economy
By Magaly • Dec 4, 2017
The La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC) is an interdisciplinary center where entrepreneurs, engineers, and policy makers innovate to support a green economy, one that improves human well-being and social equity while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcity. The center is located in the city of Los Angeles, California, USA.
The campus comprises 3.2 acres (61,000 square meters) and was designed in the year 2016 by the The building has a variety of spaces, including offices, conference rooms, laboratories, prototyping workshops, and even a space for events with a capacity for 140 people.
In contrast, the interior is designed to be modern, clean, flexible, and adaptable, using a palette of inexpensive yet dynamic materials. Construction complies with new CAL-Green environmental standards, and LEED-Platinum status is anticipated.
In its interior, its high ceiling holds multiple skylights that allow the light to flow in and to flood the spaces, thus granting the building a way to significantly lower its energy consumption.
The reception lobby of the building is a modern and open space where a vertical garden fills the room with greenery, marveling those lucky enough to glance upon it.
“Innovation campus where entrepreneurs, engineers, and policy makers innovate to support the green economy”