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Modern Structure with Wonderful Views of the Bay

By • Aug 21, 2018

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 construction hidden among trees
Entrance with black walls

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.

Rear terrace
Classic and cozy interior
Living room overlooking the bay
Modern and spacious kitchen
Stairs with glass walls

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.

Upper level with private areas
Aerial view of the construction
View of the facade at night hours
Rear terrace during night hours
Rear terrace during night hours

 

 

 

 

Multipurpose Space Designed for a Young Landscape Architect

By • Aug 13, 2018

Located in a transitory and walkable neighborhood near a corridor in the urban center of the city of Boulder in Colorado, USA, this modern construction has been dubbed by its neighbors as Space Pod.

Exterior view diagonally
Exterior view of the facade in black and concrete

It acts as a multipurpose space for a young landscape architect. Inspired by monochromatic black paintings by Ad Reinhardt and Frank Stella, a palette of minimalist concrete, metal and glass material was selected. This project was designed to be built in phases and Space Pod is Phase I. Phase II consists of a single-family residence. The location of each volume on the site was driven by the desire to create a private, sun-filled backyard space, free of large imposing structures.

Exterior view of the modern construction

Adopting a form of unique typology, the lower level of the Space Pod has a garage and a bicycle workshop, while the upper level is a flexible place to work, play and relax. The composition presents subtle textures, perforations and transparencies, which are revealed throughout the day cycle.

The project, which boasts a total area of 800 feet squared, was carried out in 2016 by the architectural firm and was led by professionals Mike Piche, Ashley Clark and Joey Pruett.

Front view of the construction with small terrace
Modern living room with glass walls

House With Wonderful Panoramic Views and Maximum Privacy

By • Aug 13, 2018

Located in the city of Austin, Texas, United States, this 8,800 square foot house was commissioned to the architectural firm by a long-time collaborating general who wanted a well-designed home that could attract a wide range of people within a specific market of luxury home buyers.

View of the construction
Main entrance

In 2016, Forge Craft Architecture, together with its collaborator Camelot Custom Homes, set to work together to create this elegant design of spacious spaces full of comfort and good taste.

The house is organized to optimize the landscape of the site and the panoramic views while offering maximum privacy. The open and airy floor plan connects the interior with the exterior creating lines of vision from the living room to the east facing garden and the western negative edge pool. The most private suites are located on the top floor, away from the public area, and each room has its own bathroom and dressing room.

Wonderful terrace with pool
Pool with beautiful views

Materials such as limestone, fiber cement panels and stucco allow the house to blend in with the surrounding landscape while maintaining a modern living environment in the interior.

Large living-dining area
Modern and spacious kitchen
Kitchen in white and wood
Modern and elegant dining room
Modern lamps
Spacious bathroom
Walk in Closet
Night view of the outside

Spectacular Construction with Elegant and Welcoming Interiors

By • 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.

Aerial view of the magnificent construction

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.

View of the roof of the building with solar sheets
Aerial view of the pool
View of the pool and terrace area

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.

Modern and spacious terrace with pool
Front view of the modern construction
Terrace with wooden floor
Modern interior with wooden floors and ceiling

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.

Gray metal stairs
Rest area connected to the room
Rest area with terrace
Small terrace connected to the room
Night view from the terrace
Night view of the exterior

Small and Charming Mountain Retreat on a Steep Hillside”

By • Aug 1, 2018

This small mountain refuge could not be more charming. It is located next to the “old” ski slope, near the border post of Pomezní Boudy in the Krkonoše Mountains of Czech Republic. The architects Petr Kolář and Aleš Lapka, of the , were in charge of carrying out this project, which was completed in 2016.

Magnificent view of the refuge in the mountain

The mountain lodge is a wooden structure measuring approximately 5.3 meters by 5.6 meters, with an adjacent steel structure terrace of approximately 5.3 meters by 2.5 meters. It has a corridor, a living room with kitchen facilities, a bathroom, and a toilet. The sleeping space extends on the upper level over part of the living room and the lobby, and is accessible via a staircase from the living room.

Mountain shelter under the snow
View of the cabin
Interior of the cottage clad in wood
Dining area with windows
Small kitchen in black

 

Fireplace in black

The living room has an open roof with exposed beams, with the sleeping space under a protective net.

The structure is embedded in a steep slope facing northeast, right next to a stream. The foundations are concrete springs and the structure on the ground is made of wood. The roof and side facade are blackened aluminum sheet, while the gabled walls are lined with blackened wood. The mountain lodge is alone in a mountain meadow.

View of the roof inside
Bath
View of the cottage at night
View of the cottage at night

Mi Casa, a Project in Which an Architect Designs for Another Architect

By • 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.

Spacious and well-kept gardens

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.

Gardens with trees

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.

Pool area
Terrace with wooden floors
Covered concrete terrace
Wood details

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.

Interior of living room with brown leather furniture
Modern living room area
Kitchen in wood and concrete
Large kitchen in wood and concrete
Modern room with wooden floors
Room with concrete walls
Modern and spacious bathroom

Spectacular Project Designed to Maintain the Contact of Man with Nature

By • Jul 16, 2018

This project located in Sancheong-gun, South Korea has, among other things, spectacular views over a landscape of green mountains and a fantastic lake, which give its inhabitants an immense sense both of peace and tranquility.

Aerial view of the project surrounded by nature

As a curious fact I mention that the reservoir is artificial, as the lake in front of the site (which measures over 220,000 square meters) is an element of the landscape that did not originally exist. Maybe that is why such dramatic and mysteriously incidental scenes occur around this place, as if it were a place that not even the gods could have predicted.

Front view of the modern construction

The architectural firm was commissioned to carry the project forward in 2016, led by a professional team composed of the architect Jaemin Yoon and the designer Seongmin Lee.

View of the terrace with views of the mountains
Exterior area in concrete

Being a place with few inhabitants, there is only a sincere dialogue between man and nature. The first method of dialogue was an interpretation of the “limit” where man meets nature. That is why the structure was planned to allow communication between the interior and exterior and between man and nature, through the various gaps that man has created in terms of his position towards nature.

Terrace with views of the mountains and the lake
Large interior with glass walls
Wooden stairs
Room with terrace
Night view

Villa hidden in a Huge, Thick Forest near Prague, in the Czech Republic

By • Jul 13, 2018

This villa is located in huge and thick forest near Prague, Czech Republic. A few kilometers away is an old town that was historically used as a source of workers for the Emperor’s forests.

View of the village among the thick forest

The biggest inspiration was the surroundings, which led architects Jan Mach, Jan Vondrák, and Lukáš Holub of the architectural to make this design, which due to the organic shape of the roof seems to be woven into the trees that surround it. The lower part was designed in order to enjoy the fascinating views of the forest.

Villa surrounded by tall trees

The work was carried out in 2017 and covers an area of 322 square meters of construction.

Villa surrounded by gardens

The roof covers the two structures that comprise the villa. The first is small and hides the atelier, the social areas, and the garage. The second is a house made for the family. In the lower part is a large residential area with living room, kitchen, workshop, and the master bedroom. Above, are the children’s rooms, which are the only volumes that exceed the ceiling. The first block includes the kitchen area and the second is located above the workshop. The rooms of the children are identical. They all have their own bathroom and a small dressing room.

Living room
TV area
Dining room seen from the living room
Modern dining room in wood
Dining room with views
Fireplace
Modern room with wooden walls
Modern bathroom with wooden walls
Modern bathroom with wooden walls
Night view

Modern Construction with Lake Views

By • Jul 13, 2018

This house was built, within a reasonable budget, for a couple with a child, and covers an area of 230 square meters. It is located in Le Chenit, Switzerland, and was designed in the year 2017 by the architect Ralph Germann, head of the architectural .

View of the construction on the hill

All of its rooms have a common point: their views of the lake, which is one of the greatest attractions that the house has, along with beautiful landscapes.

Construction surrounded by tall trees

The architects used a prefabricated wooden construction system for facades and pediments. These elements were built directly in the workshop and then transported in situ. The “skeleton” of the house was made of concrete. The prefabricated wooden facades were joined to the interior concrete structure.

Diagonal view of the construction
Terrace made of wood
Walls and floors in wood typical of the area
Interior with glass walls

All the facades of the house are made of a spruce structure that is filled with fiberglass insulation and then covered with spruce boards, native to the area. By using this method of construction, the architects could keep costs down while reducing construction time and environmental impact.

The architectural firm was in charge of designing the interior tables, shelves and cabinets with birch veneer, and the indoor and outdoor dining tables of solid larch.

Lake view from the inside
Modern and elegant lounge area
Living room-kitchen and dining room in the same room
Modern dining room in wood
Wooden stairs
Room with wooden furniture

Spectacular Renovation of a House that is 23 Years Old

By • Jul 12, 2018

The objective of this project was to renovate a two-story house that was built 23 years ago. The original floor plan had individual cells and a small living room. The space composed of small areas evoked a closed feeling.

Modern entrance of black walls

The person in charge of carrying it out was the architect Kouichi Kimura of the architectural firm in 2018. The space of 140 square meters is located in a town in Japan.

Interior open and full of light
Lounge area that connects to the terrace

A plan was made to eliminate unnecessary rooms and partitions. The entrance serves as an open ground floor that connects the terrace with the living room. In order to expand the visibility and living space, a counter and a raised space were created as a unit that has been built along the wall of the room.

View of the dining room

The space seems quiet due to the moderate height of the roof and the dim light. The exposed column in the corridor had originally been hidden, but is now allowed to breathe. The house, which has many years of construction, has been renovated and has become a house with great potential.

Blank kitchen with brick walls
Dining room in dark wood
Entrance to the kitchen area
Modern stairs in black and white
Upper level
Upper level with dark wood floors

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

A House Designed to Share Special Moments

By • Jul 5, 2018

designed this project of 310 square meters in Tigre, Argentina. Their main desire was to share the space with friends and families. They wanted to live in a house that would welcome and shelter the incoming guests, while at the same time providing the appropriate intimacy.

Aerial view of the land lot of the house

The heart of the house is the the living room. This is where the family and its guests come together. A large ceiling establishes a hierarchy and provides abundant space, as well as inviting in a great amount of natural light. A stone wall protects this space from the views of the street. A large sliding door integrates the gallery into the interior space of the dining room, creating a unique space for large gatherings where the interior and exterior are mixed.

Rear view of the house with gardens
Front view with glass walls
Terrace with dining room
Living room connected to the terrace

The house is divided according to its purpose (public, private and services), as well as in different volumes.

The volume of services is cement, harder and more closed, protecting the house from the most punishing hours of sun as well as the view of the neighbors.

The most private volume contains the rooms and is made of wood, warmer.

Living room with white sofas and stone wall
Modern kitchen with glass walls
Modern dining room in white wood
Rectangular dining room in black wood
Wooden stairs
Upper level corridor with view to the ground floor
Upper level corridor
Exterior night view
Exterior night view of the main fachada

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

Beach House with Beautiful Views of the Ocean

By • Jul 2, 2018

This beautiful house of open spaces coated in fabulous wood and walls of glass, which lets us clearly set our eyes on marvelous exterior, was undertaken by . It was designed in 2012 and was built in the Australian city of Fairhaven. In total, it occupies a space of 430 square meters.

Posterior view of the home with arid gardens
Exterior with a modern design

This beach house enjoys some beautiful panoramic views of the ocean and the coast nearby, with surfers frequently testing their skills against the waves. It is located in the upper part of the mountain range over Great Ocean Road on the Victorian coast. The proportions, the orientation, and the dimensions of the windows are adapted to the views available and reveal the interior spaces.

Enormous glass walls were installed in the home, both in the main areas – such as the living room-dining room space as well as the kitchen – as in the bedrooms. These Allow the inhabitants of the home to enjoy the magnificent views night and day.

Large terrace done in wood with a great view

Modern furniture has been employed in every space of the house in such a way that they did not interfere with the views; this allowed the breathtaking sights to be the home’s main attraction. Despite this being the case, however, they are not the home’s only attraction. The modern interior design in which the wood is used extensively adds an indisputable elegance to the home.

Large living room with a modern leather couch and beautiful views of the sea
Kitchen-dining room area done in wood
Details of the dining room with views of the sea
Modern interior done in fine wood
Large bedroom with glass walls

House full of Beautiful Contrasts in Neveklov, Czech Republic

By • Jul 2, 2018

This house, designed by the, is marked by its contrast; it is black on the outside and its interior is completely white, based on the long-standing inspiration of Scandinavia. It has several viewpoints to the garden, as well as large windows and terraces, so that its interior and exterior are linked in a natural way. This helps create ventilated spaces in the home.

Side view covered in wood
Detail of the dark wood that lines the walls

The details and furniture bring accents of color and elegance to the interior. The atmosphere is made up of a fireplace and a series of accessories that, together, create a pleasant and welcoming space.

The building is designed to integrate into the garden over time. During the designing process, the beauty of imperfection was deliberately incorporated. Over time, the façade is expected to become patinated; the color turns gray, the wooden terraces become silvery, and the grass and flowers of the meadow become a little wild. This will all be combined into an organic and natural whole.


Detail of the dark wood

As for the construction, the house is a skeletal system made of wood. The façades, including the sloping roof, are made with a Japanese technique, covered by hand-carved larch boards. There are white boards used in the interior peripheral construction, while the internal partitions are laminated gypsum boards and the floor is covered with a layer of cement.

Diagonal view where you can see the wooden walls and the glass walls
Small terrace area
Front view of the entrance
Details of wood and glass
Clear and spacious interior with modern furniture
Dining area with fireplace

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

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
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