This project, called the tree house, is 8 meters high and boasts a total area of 80 square meters of interior. It is located in a little visited mountain village at the foot of Siming Mountain, Zhongcun, Luting, Yuyao, Zhejiang Province, China and was designed in 2018 by the architectural firm MONOARCHI under the direction of its professionals Xiaochao Song, Keming Wang, Fu Congwei, Yang Chao, Weina Guan, Linxian Luo, Xingyu Gao, Sun Fan, Jing Ya, and Lingling Zhang.
It is divided into upper and lower parts. The lower part is composed of steel support columns, whereas the upper part mainly employs wood. The tree house is located on one side of a dike, surrounded by ancient bamboo forests, facing the old tea factory on the other side of a stream. Part of the terrace hangs over the stream, creating a sensation that the terrace is floating in the water. In addition, since the steel columns are curled up at various points on the ground to minimize the impact on the environment, there is more space available for ground activities.
The town in which it is located rests on the edge of a secondary forest. A small river, dividing the town into two parts, crosses slowly from north to south. The tree house is located on the west bank of the lower stream. Two facing peaks are located east and west of the site, where the green bamboos extend across the hill, creating a friendly and quiet atmosphere.
By Magaly • Aug 23, 2018
This magnificent remodeling of a space with a limited available area, approximately 112 square meters that required the utmost prudence, was carried out by the architectural firm . It was supervised by its professionals Steven Whiting, Eleanor Eade, and Josie Somerville in the city of Fitzroy, in Australia.
The original cabin was dark, cold and narrow with a staircase in the middle of the already small social area space, accessing your individual room. The goal was to create a functional two-bedroom house with a modest budget. Space constraints, light, and views drove the design response.
The views of the neighboring church and its iconic features are framed throughout the house through windows and skylights placed precisely, creating a sense of connectivity in layers. Framing specific focal points through the interior landscape, both in new and existing areas, informed the response of the architectural design. The operable glazing provides natural light and cross ventilation, while the angled volumes capture a beautiful and changing quality of light.
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This house that has more than 60 years of construction to its name. It has passed from generation to generation and was recently remodeled in 2015. Those responsible for carrying out this project are the architecture professionals Vorapoj Tachaumnueysuk and Pattama Pornpirom, both belonging to the architectural firm Monotello. It is located in Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Thailand, and has an area of 510 square meters.
Entering the existing house presented us with the essence of the ancient Thai living space, carefully reimagined by the original architect. It was a first generation concrete structure and, unique to a building of that period, incorporated the traditional planning of the Thai space.
A one-story building that surrounds a huge central courtyard, planned with natural light and ventilation in mind. The use of energy and environmental sustainability were definitely important bullet points, as well.
With the unique design and history of the house, the current architect’s goal was to retain as much of his heart and soul as possible while meeting the needs of the current owner. The new structures were designed to be independent of the original. Steel and wood were used everywhere, along with concrete finishes to match the existing one. As the original basement had moisture problems, it was opened and integrated into the central courtyard.
This wonderful house of modern structure is located in a protected area overlooking the the Wade River while it flows into the bay of Arkles, in Whangaparaoa, New Zealand. It was recently designed by the architecture and has an area of 248 square meters.
The angular shape of the roof brings together a single-story garage with the bedroom and living spaces on the first floor, folding gently on the rectangular facade of the southeast. A central staircase framed by double-heighted glass works in conjunction with an aligned skylight and void, creating a well of light in the heart of the house on an interior garden.
The Project required a new four-bedroom house, with total privacy from the street and maximum views over the water. The decision to create the angular shapes of this house meets both requirements with a distinctive architectural result.
The building opens to the panoramic views of the cliffs, and at the back of the site, the facades are softened with the careful combination of materials and forms, with generous views that overlook the bay.
By Magaly • Aug 21, 2018
This spectacular home is located in an exclusive area overlooking the bay of Acapulco, Mexico. It consists of a renovation and extension, done in 2016, of a house with an area of 1050 square meters, built in the 1960s. The renovation project was carried out by architectural firm DIANA ARNAU in conjunction with .
The house is located on a rocky and sloping land of 1210 square meters. It has 5 bedrooms, each with closets, bathrooms, and a terrace, a family room, kitchen, living room, pool, outdoor bar, and parking for 3 cars. This gives the structure a total area of 1050 m2, divided into 3 levels to adjust to the topography.
The project consists of 3 volumes. The first top volume is access and parking. When you go down the stairs, you reach the second volume, with 2 levels. On the upper level and through a private terrace you have the master bedroom, whereas the lower level has 2 bedrooms which you enter through a roof terrace. At the end of the terrace you reach the family room, a more enclosed space with a TV, dining table, kitchen, and bathroom.
Descending half a level, you find the third volume. On the top floor you have the main living room – dining room space, which is completely open, and the kitchen. Under this space there are 2 more rooms with their respective terraces and private garden.
The pool area, which has a jacuzzi and a bar, articulates these two volumes.
All spaces are connected by stairs that adapt to the terrain.
By Magaly • Aug 20, 2018
This project is located in a labyrinth of streets and courtyards of Hutongs in Beijing, China, an area characterized by being an authentic urban area. It is surrounded by highways with a width of 20 meters, skyscrapers in constant expansion, and modern blocks. The project has an area of 115 square meters.
The atmosphere of its streets is brought together by a family kitchen, breakfast stalls, public bathrooms and seasonal humidity. As for sound, it is also vivid: chatting with neighbors, selling cigarettes, discussing with passengers. Different dialects, crunching leaves, birds and insects make up an intriguing symphony.
When the wooden door opens, there is a square space surrounded by gray brick walls. Two large ginkgo trees stand in the courtyard; a unique space is created under the trees and on the roof. The design was created by and its professionals Chen Liu, Yi-chi Wang, and Ping-chen Yeh in the year 2017.
The walls on either side of the Hutong prevent direct sunlight from entering, which can be seen as a divider between public and private places. Inside the walls, it is still an interior and closed space. However, the patio lets in the sky, the wind, the sunlight, the air, and the sound.
By Magaly • Aug 20, 2018
With definite lines and style, which result in a design that is undoubtedly elegant, this magnificent house makes us fall in love with each one of its spaces, all of which are wide and open. The property covers a total of 2000 square meters. It possesses a minimalist style in which everything flows naturally and harmoniously, designed by under the direction of its professionals Tianwen Sun Xindi Cao, Dong Liu, Dejie Zhang, and Youfei Wang.
It is located in Shizi Moutain, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China and was carried out in the year 2018. The objective of this project was to reduce the material cost to the essentials in order to lead to an optimal spiritual level.
In the design process, the building is considered a poetic imagination, and the project conveys a philosophy of facing solitude calmly. A strict commercial tone is deliberately avoided to create a cozy atmosphere where guests can feel at home. Minimalism can easily become cold; to avoid this problem, great attention has been paid to the color and texture of the materials used.
On the one hand, the wood veneer and the floor adopt a very light color, which makes the general atmosphere of the space comfortable. On the other hand, a non-opaque wallpaper is applied so that the light appears soft and warm, thus transforming the space into “very cozy”. The aim was to create a human environment, simple and cozy and, at the same time, full of elegance.
This house of 170 square meters, with an exterior of aged red brick walls and a concrete interior, underwent, in its infancy, a process of strict restrictions and regulations. It is located in Budapest, Hungary and was recently designed by architects Thalas Fialovszky, Gergő Jedlicska, and Gergely Kenéz, all working for the architectural . Located on a narrow corner plot, the roof was the only place where, with a little twist, the unusable attic became a spacious room with a bathroom.
The interior design was simple, with the living room and kitchen on the ground floor, followed by the bedrooms on the upper levels. The goal was to create an intensive connection with the garden, with covered terraces and large windows.
The house and the surrounding structures are differentiated by materials. The house is covered with recycled and sliced bricks, inspired by the demolished building of the site. Some materials were reused, mainly in the shape of the pavement and the walls of the garden. The concrete of the terraces is kept raw, as well as the interior slabs, visually connecting the internal and external structures. The interior is softened with the presence of wooden furniture and pavement.
This design with red brick walls and white perforated brick stairs was designed by the architectural led by its professionals Jeremy Steere, Clinton Hartley, and Sphephelo Mhlongo in Mtunzini, South Africa in 2017. It has an area of 75 meters, and its objective was to house 2 teenage children since the existing cabin was too small. The solution was to either build another floor above the existing hut, or find a site on the 900 m 2 property in Mtunzini (120 km north of Durban) to build the 2 rooms that would serve the teenagers.
Finding an alternative place to stay during the construction of an additional upper floor was a challenge, and the bright views of the sea from the top of the site influenced the decision to build the new rooms on the sloping side of the site.
To alleviate the cost of ongoing maintenance, there are no finishes in these buildings. The bedroom tower was built with a common clay-brick cavity, and the spiral staircase with brick cement. The circular walls of the tower also act as the balustrade and the support.
By Magaly • Aug 14, 2018
This small and cozy wooden hut has three levels and is located in Sea Ranch, California, United States, in a lush forest. Its construction dates back to 1968 and has been recently remodeled by the architectural firm under the supervision of its professional Chad DeWitt.
The house was intended to exemplify how Sea Ranch’s design guidelines could be used to build a well-designed, low-cost weekend cabin. The footprint of the 20′ x 20′ cabin consists of three levels, which open one above the other, forming a loft space. Due to their elemental design and small size, few of these houses remain in their original state.
The Framestudio team recognized the historical importance of the booth and sought to balance the preservation of the historic fabric while making modifications and updates to meet the practical needs of the new owners. A fully functional kitchen, the space for six people to sleep in, and insurable storage areas were some of the priorities. A scheme was developed that restored many of the original details, distinctive of the design, using wood that had been recovered.
In the kitchen, the lower cabinets were replaced by a more functional design made of birch plywood coated with an ultra black laminate.
By Magaly • Aug 3, 2018
This home was designed for a family that wished to own a minimalist house that could provide separate functional areas for the family members’ activities. It was designed by the architectural firm , undertaken by Thomas and Sureen Gouws. It is located in a golf estate east of Pretoria, South Africa, and it was built on one of the last open stands in an established part of the estate. It is next to a green belt surrounding the golf course, but is separated from it by a street – the best of both worlds.
It covers a total ground area of 633 square meters and was finished in the year 2016. It possesses spacious recreation areas in the exterior, amongst which we find the pool with wooden terraces and spacious garden areas.
From the outside, a concrete lintel walkway defines the entrance route with the swimming pool on the northern side utilized as visual focal point in the entrance procession. The main house contains the family living spaces and bedrooms, while the outbuilding is a home office space on the ground floor and a guest bedroom space on the first floor. Its spacious interior has high ceilings, which allow the space to flood with light. Its spaces are decorated in a modern and simple style.
By Magaly • Aug 3, 2018
This boutique villa was designed in 2017 by the award-winning architect ) and with the help of collaborators Alejandro Gonzalez, Cesar Coto, and Laura Morelli. It is located in Costa Rica’s coolest surf town, Nalu Nosara.
The project is another in a long line of sustainable buildings that blend contemporary design with local craftsmanship, encompassing the natural surroundings that surround and frame the architecture. It consists of 3 wonderful private villas and a hip fitness studio, offering everything from yoga and dance to kickboxing classes.
This charming property has a privileged location as it is close to restaurants, shops, as well as beaches.
This family friendly villa is a private oasis with its own garden and saltwater pool. Interiors are bright and open, with chic, modern decor and smart hi-tech features. All spaces are open to the beautiful outdoor areas, allowing the fresh air to improve the experiences.
The slick, fully equipped kitchens come with everything you need to prepare lip-smacking smoothies, while the alfresco showers add a sweet, tropical feel to the spa-like bathrooms.
The architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe said: “Our project in Nalu represents the power of simple and discreet modern tropical architecture. It has quickly become a favorite of the city, which shows that there is a real desire for spaces that bring the people and nature together, all the while taking care of the necessities of contemporary life “.
By Magaly • Aug 2, 2018
The main idea of this project was to preserve the original nature of the land as much as possible, which included pre-existing topography and stones, creating a minimum occupation house. We look for a better relationship between landscape and architecture.
This project had to be placed in a lot that was somewhat far from the bay. However, it had a magnificent view, encouraging the client to invest in that particular space. Due to the construction of the neighbor’s house, that view was partially lost. The first wish was to recover it. The second desire was to build a contemporary house, with integrated spaces, aligning design and style with efficient technologies.
The objective was to combine passive strategies with new technological systems to have a comfortable and energy-efficient home. To preserve the landscape, the house was suspended, leaving most of the land as a garden. This privileged position on the main floor allowed a great view of the entire North Bay and even the center of the city.
The project, of 340 square meters, is located in a low_density suburban residential neighborhood called Cacupé, in the city of Florianópolis, an island in southern Brazil. It was designed in 2018 by the architect Henrique Pimont of the architecture firm.
This house, with wide open spaces and full of light, that merges with the nature that surrounds it, is located in Sapucaí-Mirim. This is a city located near Serra da Mantiqueira, a mountain range that separates the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais. The residence is inserted in a natural clearing in the Brazilian forest.
Designed in the early 1980s, this country house was completed in 2014, two years after the death of its designer, architect Paulo Bastos, in 2012, who worked for the . The location was carefully chosen by the architect, with absolute respect for the existing vegetation, abundant in Araucárias, large trees indigenous to this mountainous region.
The owner’s request was simple: a four-bedroom vacation home with an indoor pool. The architect organized the program in three blocks of land, which were sometimes connected with internal / external circulations, in a conception that spreads the constructions throughout the land. This was done in an attempt to take advantage of the exuberant landscape of the surroundings in the best possible way.
At the entrance of the residence there is a rectilinear pavilion, which houses rooms, a work-shop and a garage, as well as a home theater.
On a lower level of the dining room / living room area, making the most of the sloped ground, is the heated indoor pool, which is bathed in natural light through the sheds on its roof.
High ceilings through which the natural light filters in, illuminating the interior spaces, is the first thing you will notice in this house, which was designed by the , and which is located in the western suburb of Enmore, Australia.
This modest and semi-detached house was designed in 2018 and has an area of 160 square meters.
Its design was inspired by the lofts and industrial warehouses of New York City, and the centerpiece is a six-meter vacuum with a large window facing north to capture the best of light and give the house a really amazing factor, with a feeling of space seldom achieved.
Previously, the back of this home consisted of a series of small spaces that included a kitchen, a dining room and a laundry room, which restricted access to the back garden. Being oriented to the south, the spaces lacked natural light, which results in artificial lighting used most of the day. The renovation summary included a large and bright space that includes a loft parent retreat, a well-planned kitchen and a family area that flows into the outer space. The extension also needed to be linked to the original house but not imitate it.
By Magaly • Jul 30, 2018
This project, carried out by under the direction of Valéria Gontijo, Isabela Moura and Isabela Valença, was divided by the dichotomy between the enthusiasm and the objectivity of the creative process. Designing for an architect, by architects, was and always will be a challenge, since they seek to create a practical, functional and timeless home.
Located in Brasília, Brazil and with an area of 890 square meters, the studio sought an architecture that reflected personal taste but also the desire to simplify the lives of its inhabitants.
Clear volumes and pure geometries gave the design group rationality and harmony. The house was distributed in three blocks: function, connection and permanence. In addition, the consistent application of concrete and wood created harmony, as this uniform materiality creates a sense of integration.
The interior design is marked by personal choices (antiques, pieces chosen during trips, family art). The search for each piece, each painting and adornment gives the project a rare and important uniqueness.
It is a seemingly simple house, but it is one that carries a history full of challenges and efforts, right from its conception, as demonstrated by the carefully chosen lighting design, the effort in the execution of the walls, the mixture of concrete formed in a board, and the stroke of a client-architect.
By Magaly • Jul 27, 2018
Located in an apartment unit in a building dating back to the early twentieth century in the heart of the beautiful city of Valencia in Spain, this apartment presented a challenge during its renovation. Heading the project was the architectural , which focused on the idea of creating modern living spaces that left the existing structure almost intact.
After many years in a state of neglect, the apartment was an empty shell when it was bought by the client, creating numerous opportunities but also challenges for the design team.
Space flows constantly from one area to another, with the separation between night and day areas provided by two tall wooden elements. These custom-designed items also contain the bedroom cabinets and three sets of doors that allow varying degrees of privacy.
The height of the roof was also considered a particularly valuable element in the renovation. The structure of the roof was restored and maintained completely exposed; no element of the new design comes into with it, which underlines the respect for the past and also allows us to perceive the full feeling of space and volume of the apartment.
By adding only new essential features, the “wounds” and layers of transformations over the years were carefully preserved and displayed to improve the sense of continuity with the history of the building.