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Small apartment located in Moscow, Russia, designed in a Scandinavian style

By • Jul 9, 2018

This delicate apartment has been recently remodeled for a client, who, having lived for many years in Copenhagen, felt comfortable in the minimalist interiors.

Exterior view of the buildings area
Entry into a minimalist design

So, being back in Moscow, Russia, he decided that this was the style he wanted for his new home, so the architecture firm buro5, led by his architect Boris Denisyuk, got down to work and created this interior with Scandinavian style. Among other things, they decided to paint the interior walls in blue and pastel pink with touches of mustard and fill the spaces with furniture as well as Scandinavian accessories.

The apartment, covering an area of 55 square meters, is located in a Stalinist house built in 1957. The architect did not have the opportunity of a radical remodeling: the load wall and the beam pass through the apartment, so he combined only the kitchen and the living room, and left the bedroom isolated.

Small lounge in soft tones
Living room with wooden floors
Kitchen with small dining room
Kitchen in pastel shades pink and blue
Kitchen details
Kitchen with cabinets area in blue and pastel pink

The apartment has a very spacious kitchen, and also two closets at the request of the client. One can access one from the hallway and store one’s outer clothing and all household items. The second is adjacent to the bedroom.

Decorating the living room was extremely simple: a sofa, a television and a shelf underneath. There is also a bar counter, which is a continuation of the kitchen.

Small and functional kitchen
Kitchen
Details
Small dining room with round table
Room in blue and mustard shades
Room in blue and mustard shades
Room with desk area
Bathroom in white with black details

Travel Office with Luxurious and Modern Spaces Designed to Encourage Interaction

By • Jul 9, 2018

These modern offices, designed for a company that operates in the world of air travel, was a special project undertaken by in Dublin, Ireland in the year 2017.

Modern reception area

It has 6500 square meters in which it houses a cozy entrance hall with a restaurant, a large conference room, a gym, four floors of offices and an executive floor at the top of the building. All the spaces are full of luxurious finishes, glamor, and modern aerodynamic curves.

Reception area full of elegance

The palette of materials includes local natural stone, wood veneers, fabric and high-quality carpets, glass partitions and curved design lines. All these together give the interior an elegant and stylized feel. At the same time, the elegant interior looks for the highest standards when it comes to sustainability.

Spectacular staircase with wooden base
Details of the spiral staircase
Details of the interior of the stairs
The office incorporates a multitude of different spaces designed to encourage interaction, both formal and informal; pleasant environments in which to communicate with colleagues, external advisors and clients. The aim of the design was to create a luxury space experience within a classic and timeless building, an interior that encourages movement throughout the building, as well as exchange. To achieve this, the distribution of the ground floor has a cozy atmosphere. The curved walls and finishes of the reception hall introduce the aesthetic tone and materials for the office floors.
Office area
Elegance office space
Meeting room with modern furniture
Modern and elegant dining area
Elegant bathroom in white marble

Spacious House with Spectacular Views Over the Mountains

By • Jul 6, 2018

In a quiet coastal town, about 40 kms south of the city of Cape, in South Africa, is this fabulous house of 319 square meters. It was designed by Gustav Roberts, an architect working for the architectural firm , in year 2017.

Aerial view of the land where the house is located
Diagonal view of the house from the corner

The house is a three-bedroom detached house located in a private community in the village. The magnificent coastline, mountains and flora provide a warm, welcoming and relaxed environment for the visitors, regardless of the season. This environment was, ultimately, the goal in mind when the property itself was being designed.

Side view of natural stone walls

The ground floor is a connected space that includes the living room, dining room and kitchen areas. These are differentiated by their ceilings and the way they receive natural light. Each of these spaces opens to outdoor areas, with different degrees of privacy. The living room opens completely to a wraparound exterior terrace on the more public front façade. The dining room is connected to a smaller outdoor area, shielded from the neighbor’s by its high walls; it also has a campfire, around which people can sit and spend time together. The kitchen opens to a narrow strip of outer space that serves as a visual extension.

Lounge open to the pool terrace
Rectangular pool with wooden terrace
Front view of the pool
Exterior with roofed terrace done in wood
Terrace with wooden floor and ceiling
Terrace with wooden floor
Dining room with chairs in wood and glass table
Modern dining room with fireplace
Spacious room with “V”-shaped ceiling
White room with fireplace
Bathroom incorporated into the room
Exterior nocturnal view

Hidden Among Tall Trees, this House Promises Relaxation and Tranquility to its Inhabitants

By • Jul 3, 2018

Surrounded by a thick forest of lush green trees and located near a golf course in the city of Minamigaoka, Karuizawa in Japan, this fabulous house is characterized by its use of vast and elegant spaces.

Exterior view of the house between the tall trees

The design was completed by the architects Hirotaka Kidosaki and Haluna Kawada, both belonging to the architectural firm Kidosaki Architects Studio, in 2016, and it covers an area of 180 square meters.

Gardens surround the construction

One of the design points was to make the building roof lower than the tops of the forest trees so that it coexists with the neighboring buildings.
The owner maintains a busy life as a doctor, and needed a quiet environment where he could get away from the bustle of everyday life for a moment and feel refreshed in nature. His wife also wanted a relaxing house from the visual point of view, where a large living space would be unified with the green of the forest and the environment.

Details of wood and glass walls
Entrance with wooden door
Trees give shade and color the interior green

Its interior, of straight and soft lines, is filled with the natural light of the day which flows in through the glass doors that separate the inside from the outside, but that at the same time allow both spaces to merge into one.
Inside, we can walk through the rooms without barriers and enjoy a view from each room.

Spacious and bright living room
Internal corridor with wooden floors and walls
Details of the roof design
Kitchen and dining room sharing space
Living room with glass walls
Dining room with wooden table
Double room with glass walls
Bathroom with exterior views
Night view of the exterior
Exterior view
Exterior view during night hours

Fabulous House with Relaxing and Open Spaces

By • Jun 29, 2018

This house, built specifically for an Australian family, shows us relaxing spaces that allow us to connect to everyday life and at the same time offering a warm climate lifestyle. Its open spaces, filled with delicate and fine details, allow the air to flow through them and allow natural light to come in, providing clear and welcoming environments to the occupants as well as their guests.

Wonderful terrace with sea views

The fantastic project, located in West Vancouver, Canada, was undertaken by the architects Matt Mcleod and Lisa Bovell, working for the in 2016 and has an total area of 409 square meters.

Modern living room with white furniture

The sliding doors without columns in the southeast corner of the house effectively double the size of the living room when they are open; interior and exterior spaces have the same priority. The materials, the shape, and the spatial relationships are intended to evoke the feeling of a beach house: simple, informal and flexible. The dining table and the wood burning fireplace can be turned around to accommodate a variety of arrangements depending on the weather and the number of guests.

The combination of the dining room and kitchen in a single long space allowed for a narrow floor plate and resulted in a generous side-patio area, which is used for cooking outdoors. A reflective pond and a fence on the scale of the house connect this space with an open terrace to the south and a closed garden to the north while creating privacy on the street.

Modern kitchen open to the terrace
Minimalist kitchen done in white
Stairs done in light wood
Hallway area with bookshelves
Elegant bathroom in black and white
Modern study area
Wide terrace at night hours
Exterior view of the modern construction
Exterior view

Concrete House Completely Sustainable and Self-sufficient

By • Jun 29, 2018

This concrete house is designed by a series of repetitions of walls which modulate and define the interior spaces. It is located at the highest point of the hill, looking mainly inwards, to avoid the neighboring street.

Entrance facade in concrete and stone

The roof is slightly tilted backwards, so there is more air for the main spaces and openings for the views, and the interior corridor is pointed towards the north, at the bottom of the roof, leading the way to each room.

Internal garden with natural stone walls
Front view from the pool area

The garden was designed with plants of local origin, plants with low water requirements; the rest of irrigation is done with recycled wastewater, with a secondary biological treatment, without chemical additives. Water and solar management were part of the design of the house, with the south facing façade allowing a full day solar radiation for the pool. The vents on both sides of the house and a concrete spoiler that blocks direct sunlight in the house, help lower heat gain and less need for air conditioning.

View of the front facade of concrete and glass
Pool area with terrace

It was designed by Laurent Herbiet belonging to the in the year 2017. It has an area of ​​320 square meters and is located in Oaxtepec, Mexico.

Entrance with glass doors
Modern kitchen in wood
Kitchen dining area with concrete walls
Dining room and kitchen with exterior views
Dining room and kitchen
Stairs with concrete walls
Room with high ceilings and glass walls
Room with concrete walls
Room connected to the pool area
Bathroom connected to the terrace
Bathroom with glass doors

Maintaining Privacy and at the Same Time Being Able to Enjoy Wonderful Views

By • Jun 27, 2018

This imposing and modern construction in the shape of a “T,” that responds to the unique typography of the cliff upon which it is built, is surrounded by a thick pine forest. It is located near the Spokane River, in the city of the same name, in the state of Washington, USA.

Aerial view of the “T” shaped construction
View of the construction surrounded by pine trees

The project was undertaken by architect Tom Kundig, in conjunction with the professionals Steven Rainville and Garin Schenk, of the in 2014, and has an extensive area of 5200 square feet.

Exterior view of construction details

The house, named “Rimrock,” refers to this type of geological occurrence, with a steep rock wall on the upper edge of a plateau or canyon. The sewing under the house is a natural and pre-existing path for the animals, who use it to move between the mountains and the river. Although the house is now here, great care was taken to ensure that they can still move around unimpeded. The sensitive nature of the landscape, as well as its unique climatic, solar and seasonal conditions, require a careful positioning of the home and consideration of the materials.

Side view of the main entrance
Small rectangular-shaped fountain adorns the entrance
View of the exterior from the inside

The resulting design reverses the typical transparency that one would expect in a home with a large amount of glazing. The upper part of the building, which is usually more transparent, is actually more private. The bottom, the more public family and general meeting area, has more transparency.

A feeling of intimacy throughout the home allows the owner to retreat from what is a spectacular environment, but also aggressive due to the powerful storms, weather patterns, and seasons of the region.

Wonderful view of the glass-walled living room
Large and modern kitchen in wood
Open kitchen to the living room-dining room area
Glazed wall on the stairs
View of the mountains from inside the room
Bathroom with internal sliding door
View of the modern lounge at night hours
Views from the pool area
View of the exterior of the house from the pool area
View of the imposing structure from the outside
Night view of the exterior
View towards the mountains from the outside

Hotel Yu, an Oasis of Relaxation in the Heart of Shanghai

By • Jun 26, 2018

YU Hotel is located in East Fuxing Road, Shanghai, China, next to Yu Garden, so it took its name “Yu Hotel” to echo Yu Garden. It was designed by the architectural firm under the direction of Huajian Jiang.

Exterior view of the remodeled and modern facade

It has an area of 678 square meters composed of four old buildings that were narrow, small and with inadequate lighting inside. The key to the renovation project is the spatial restructuring and bring the sunlight and nature to the interior space that used to be narrow and dark. After more than half a year, the designers reconstructed and converted the old place into the new complex, whose interior is connected to the outside with a courtyard interspersed between them.

Main entrance with glass walls

Originally it was an old hostel / chess and card room. With the changes of times and urban renewal, the owner wanted to change the new meaning of B&B on the basis of reinforcing the existing structure.

Internal area with glass walls

The relationships between culture, nature and architecture were resolved during the design process with the purpose of integrating them together. At the entrance, we can see a wall built with black bricks that serve as a transition between the openness and the privacy of the interior space.

Interior of the reception area
Dining area in wood
Hallways of rooms with wooden floors
Hallways of rooms with skylights
Double room with bathroom
Double room with a rustic touch
Reception area with room and bathroom
Room
Room with glass-walled bathroom
Room with study area
Bathroom with black bathtub and wooden walls

Concrete Construction, Where Good Taste and Elegance Reign Supreme

By • Jun 21, 2018

This wonderful single-family residence located in Tapachula, southern Mexico, was mainly built with concrete. It not only seeks to combine its design with nature, but also to generate different conceptual textures.

View of the back garden with pool
Pool with wooden terrace

The project was led by architect Alejandro Paz of the in 2016, and has an area of ​​730 square meters. It has comfortable environments and plenty of space. Other materials used in its construction were wood, stone, and glass to emphasize the relationship with the exterior.

Pool
Terrace with outdoor furniture
Modern dining room in deep blue

On the first floor there is a social zone between the family and their guests. On the second floor is the private area. However, the materials and all the features described above were replicated in the room and bathrooms. At the center of the house, under one of the large cantilevers, a pool was placed, giving freshness to the overall composition.

Wooden stairs with glass wall
Tall wooden table with modern chairs

The sector where the house is located is known for high amounts of rainfall, hot weather and high levels of humidity. The purpose of the design was to generate enough openings to dissipate the differences between the interior and the exterior in order to encourage owners to enjoy the advantages of climate and vegetation.

Dining at night hours
View of the dining room from the outside
Night view of the entrance
Night view of the exterior

Imposing Construction in the Middle of Arizona Desert

By • Jun 20, 2018

This impressive construction of modern and daring influences was designed in 2016 by Brent Kendle of the architecture firm , together with the interior designer David Michael Miller.

Total view of the house from the pool area
Diagonal view of the modern roof

It has an extensive area of ​​5600 square meters and is located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States, a town that is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurant scene.

The distinctive feature of this house is its floating roof canopy, whose lower part is composed of tectonic forms inspired by local geology and monsoon cloud formations. More than just sculpture and protection from the elements, this awning balances the owner’s desire for grandeur and comfort, starting below the interior spaces and dramatically rising towards the 180 degree view of the mountain. All mechanical and lighting devices are carefully hidden within the fissures of this feature, which allows the shape and materials to be the center of attention.

Pool area with terrace
Front view of the main entrance
Modern interior of shared environments

Other features include the interior spaces arranged around a central open-air atrium, allowing daylight and breeze to provide natural interior comfort.

Living room with glass walls
Sober and elegant lounge
Modern dining room in wood
Room with desert view
Wooden bed with concrete walls

Natural light makes this house come alive, filtering through carefully articulated cracks or reflected in the strategically located pool, constantly transforming the atmosphere of this house

Rest area with views
Elegant room in beige tones
Modern bathroom with wooden furniture
Bath with glass wall
Modern study
Night view of the main entrance
Night view of the exterior

Shelter in the Mountains for a Family that Loves Nature

By • Jun 15, 2018

This beautiful house seems to be taken from a fairy tale; it is surrounded by beautiful dense mountains of trees and both its interior and its exterior are completely covered with fine wood, which gives it a warm and welcoming appearance.

Exterior view of the wooden house

It is located in Dongguan, China, has 380 square meters and was designed in 2017 by Fangzhou Song, Xiaoxin Yin, Yinghua Wen, Jiancong Luo, and Cihang Wang, all working for theThis house is the home of a couple with three children, a family with a deep nostalgia for the countryside. The site is surrounded by mountains on three sides. The mouth of the valley looks at a forest of fruit trees, with misty mountains sit as a background far away. The house is built in light wood, the building is made of modified wood, extremely durable that can withstand the humid conditions of southern China.

Internal corridor completely covered in wood
Lounge with high ceiling and furniture in pastel colors
Divided panel

Modern society separates man from nature, while man instinctively produces the impulse to return to it. For this family, returning to earth does not mean that we should totally deny the cities. It is not their intention to stay away from modern cities. They are only trying to distinguish the part in civilized society that invades the original relationships between the human being and nature.

Elevated view of the living room of wooden floors and walls
Large wood-lined kitchen
Wooden dining room with a retro touch
Dining area covered in wood
Dining room with glass doors
Room clad in wood
Bathroom in blue with skylight

House in the Heart of the Amazon Jungle with Exotic Spaces

By • Jun 15, 2018

This fabulous house, filled with spaces open to nature, is located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in a green area of Manaus, next to the Rio Negro, Brazil. It was designed in the year 2017 by the architectural firm under the architect Alexia Convers. It has an area of 697 square meters full of charm and excellent taste. The house is made of a concrete structure with local exotic wooden doors, windows and decks. The finishing floors are white cement and all the wet areas – the infinity pool, the barbecue area and the entrance waterfall – are made of oxidized concrete with iron.

Main exterior view
View of the wooden terraces
Wonderful water fountain overlooking the lounge
Internal corridors with open spaces
Gardens full of green plants

In the entrance hall, the rain creates a waterfall and each interior patio enjoys rain chains. They contribute to a relaxing and completely natural sound when it rains. The nature that becomes more and more green when entering the forest is invited to the house. This alternating system in the diurnal area also provides a comfortable natural ventilation to radiate the heat in this humid tropical climate. Fresh air goes down to the planted patios and the windows created by high ceilings let out hot air. The house provides a constant visual relationship with the trees, which also produce a very beneficial tone for the house. From anywhere in the house, you have a green view.

Main entrance Hall with walls open to the outside
Modern and elegant lounge area
Relaxation areas full of elegance
Meeting and enjoyment area
Social area in a circular form
Open kitchen
Wood kitchen
Large kitchen made of wood
Room with access to the terraces
Cozy room in white and wood
Cozy room
Wood bathroom open to the outside
Night view of the terraces

Shared House in the Middle of the City with Open Spaces

By • Jun 13, 2018

The team at the architectural firm Swing, made up of the architects Dai Kanayama and Ryusuk Anezaki, designed this project in 2018. It covers a total ground area of 146 square meters, and is located in the city of Osaka, in Japan. With this project, the main objective was to figure out how one could create an open space that would be nevertheless colored by daily landscapes, all of it covering an area under 150 square meters. One of the most important elements of shared house projects is how to achieve spaces that cannot be had in a studio apartment, so the focus of the height of each room was taken into consideration, as well as the intent to make the most of its space.

Exterior view of the shared apartment building
Open living room in a modern style
Living room-kitchen in the same room with high ceilings
Study zone

The shared house should be a happy and welcoming space for the enjoyment of everyday life, where the “ordinary and extraordinary” are mixed in that space with “individual and common” characteristics.

Its designers were responsible for maintaining an adequate height for each space, taking into account the balance between adequate space for the rooms and an open feeling for the shared living room. The look through the mezzanine to the “borrowed landscape” of the trees that line the street from the window ensures the feeling of spaciousness even within the high-density city.

Areas in different levels
Apartment divided by different rooms
Bathroom for visitors
Exterior night view

Fantastic Apartment Converted Into a Refuge Amid the Bustle of the City

By • Jun 12, 2018

This wonderful apartment is located on the 29th floor of a tall building located in the heart of the city of Austin, Texas, in the United States. Its position has the advantage of offering simply incredible views of the Texan city, especially if you happen to have floor to ceiling glass walls. The was commissioned to carry out this project covering a total ground area of 3200 square feet in 2015. The W Residence, the name given to the project, overlooks Lake Lady Bird.

View of the lounge in a retro style
Decorative screen divides the living room from the kitchen area
Kitchen with counter
Living room seen from the kitchen area

Inspired by the work of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, the team used a series of screens and floating roofs to subtly define finely designed spaces within the confines of the building’s concrete frame.

The inherently compressed section of the single floor was reimagined with layers and reliefs, and the design was changed from a one floor space to a series of more intimate and highly composite spaces.

The precise details and the extraordinary craftsmanship in waxed steel, patinated brass, plaster, travertine and various woods create a warm and elegant space in which to take refuge from the bustling urban activity so typical of large and populous cities.

Detail of the screen that separates the spaces
Modern dining room with glass walls
Modern and sober room
Spacious and modern bathroom clad in wood
Spectacular and elegant bathroom

Spectacular Project Undertaken by Architectural firm Martin Ferrero Architecture in the Yucatan Peninsula

By • Jun 11, 2018

A hybrid house by design, this project was undertaken by architectural firm , led by its professional architect Daniel Martín Ferrero. It is located on an island in the Caribbean Sea, near the Mexican Yucatan peninsula; its exact location, however, is not one that we can share publicly.

Spectacular panoramic view of the project
Aerial view of the project

It was ordered by a Swiss client with the intention of creating a home that was the definitive fusion of art, nature, and architecture. The client was specifically inspired by other architectural works, most notably House Fallingwater – by Frank Lloyd Wright – and Farnsworth House – by Mies van der Rohe. He wanted to adapt the architecture and language of the projects “Xálima Island House” and “Pabellón del Agua” to a Caribbean island where the Mesoamerican culture could be seen in all its splendor.

Aerial view of the modern project

This was all done in order to create a vocational home where the owner could experience a true tropical paradise and pay homage to the arts. It is a symbiosis between the environment and the artifice of the human race, where nature, steel, wood, and glass combine to create an architectural style that is dedicated to the human senses.

The project greatly appreciates the abundant vegetation
Spectacular construction over high rocks

The design investigates the potential of the fusion between the ancient Mayan architecture and the treatment of the fluid spaces of the modernist design. This gives way to a project that rewrites the traditions and vernacular of the modern elements with contemporary construction.

It specifically occupies a space of 26,000 square meters, with a total area of 42,500 square meters. Each of the twelve bedrooms – each roughly one thousand square meters in size – offers all of the commodities naturally associated with a luxurious a project as this.

Multiple terraces with pools and relaxing areas
Terraces with natural pools and resting areas
Terraces of modern and elegant design
Open areas with marvelous gardens
Open areas
Large interior filled with light
Interior full of elegance
Interior in which the different levels are appreciated
Area with glass walls
Interior with excellent design
Luxurious details
Interior open to external gardens
Nocturnal view of the area
Marvelous exterior views in nocturnal hours
Spectacular modern design

Fabulous House with a Privileged Natural Environment of Lakes and Mountains

By • Jun 7, 2018

This fabulous house with open spaces and plenty of natural light is located on the banks of the Buffels River, near its mouth in Pringle Bay, a small coastal town less than 100 km from Cape Town, South Africa.

Roofed terrace with wicker furniture

It was designed in 2015 by a team of architects comprised by Philip Olmesdahl, Riaz Ebrahim, Nasreen Larney & Werner Lotz from the prestigious firm , and its interior design was done by the firm ARRCC.

Terrace seen from the upper floor of the house

The architecture is clean and robust. The materials are resistant to the harsh coastal climate and the winds that periodically sweep the bay. The planning of this family vacation home is complex and sophisticated.

Modern living room with white brick walls

The individual open-plan rooms flow perfectly, forming an extended living area and central space. The cozy kitchen and living room is in the center, with a sofa in the kitchen large enough to seat the whole family. The living rooms have a direct relationship and the flow between these spaces adds a unique dynamic to the house.

Five years of living on the property before construction presented ideas about the complexities of the site, giving them the opportunity to study and carefully consider the relationship of the house with the sun on the road.

Open kitchen and full of natural light
Modern kitchen with family room area
Kitchen with wonderful views
Dining room in wood and black metal
Modern round table dining room
Room with terrace
Large bathroom with terrace
Spacious room with wonderful views
Modern bathroom
Modern bathroom

House in Brazil with Spaces Open to Nature

By • Jun 7, 2018

This spacious house with spaces open to the natural environment that surrounds it is located in the area of Porto Feliz, Brazil, and was built in 2016 by the architectural .

Aerial view of the area

The main access, discreet, is located on the side, and is delimited by a wall of preformed plates of concrete painted white that defines the subtle relationship between exterior and interior, with a delicate view towards the mall.

Exterior wall of perforated bricks

The lateral walls of the plot were executed with rustic local stones that are visually opposed to the hollow elements and connect a semi-private space – an intermediate garden – with the social area, which is totally exposed.

Internal view of the pool area with wooden floors
View of the interior from the pool area
Internal corridor with concrete and stone walls

The project is composed of two nuclei, social and private. In the social area we can see the use of transparencies and the possibility of completely opening the windows towards the garden, thus being able to enjoy the views. It creates, thus, a welcoming feeling of comfort in a unique open space, which allows the organization of furniture. Due to the high temperatures of the region, the need to use air conditioning was minimized. In this way, the use of cross ventilation in the social area was a matter of great importance in the conception of the project. In addition, the concrete slab is projected 4 meters from the facade, protecting the rooms from direct sunlight.

The private core, containing the bedrooms, is identified by the use of wooden panels as a closure, protecting them from the sun.

Open living room with walls and concrete roof
Retro style furniture
Dining room in wood with hanging lamps
Dining room with granite floor and wooden walls
White bathroom filled with natural light
Night view of the interior
Night view of the garden
Night view of the pool area