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Modern Construction in Which the Yard Plays a Fundamental Role

By • Jul 30, 2018

The architectural firm Hamed Tadayon, led by its team of professionals Taiebeh Amini, Mahsa Fazileh, and Zahra Nasr, designed this modern construction in the city of Isfahan, in Iran. The structure covers an area of 781 square meters in which they tried to give their inhabitants a yard, one of the most fundamental elements that have been lost in the Iranian houses of today, especially in the upper levels of the buildings.

External view of the house

In this project, they try to redefine the main character of a traditional garden in a new context. In addition to providing green space, the traditional Iranian yard has some special characteristics, such as the presence of water and privacy.

Front view
Details of the gardens
Outdoor garden

Water plays a prominent role insofar as it provides a broad condition by increasing humidity, visual quality and the pleasant sound of falling water. Such factors create a perfect traditional garden. The house has three levels. The ground floor has a good connection to the main yard and there is a water fountain and a pool exactly in front of the living room, which improves the quality of the space.

Covered terrace
Internal main entrance
Modern kitchen in brown and white
Night view of the garden
Exterior night view
Exterior night view

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

Marvelous Transformation of a Twentieth Century Building in Valencia, Spain

By • 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.

View of the small but comfortable lounge

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.

Kitchen with aged brick walls

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.

Kitchen area connected to the living room
Kitchen with ceilings with wooden beams

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.

Room with brick walls
Room connected to the lounge
Room in night hours
Modern bathroom with old details
View of the kitchen at night hours
View of the apartment at night hours
View of the apartment at night hours

After its Remodeling this Floor Shows Modern Environments and Full of Natural Light

By • Jul 19, 2018

This 110-square-meter apartment, designed by architects Ashot Snkhchyan, Armine Snkhchyan and Hayk Zalibekyan, working for the , in 2018, is located in the lively neighborhood of Yerevan – Cascade, Armenia. It is a firmly neoclassical building from a decidedly Stalinist era.

View of the social areas of the apartment

The first floor is strangely small since it occupies only half of the original apartment that was divided into two parts. There is only the entrance area, the bathroom and the bedroom, which creates a kind of inverted functional scheme, where the active part of the apartment is on the top floor, under the sloping roof. A small balcony of the room is the only point that overlooks the Cascade, where during the warm days there are many open-air concerts. The client wanted a room that could be easily prepared in order to accommodate friends and enjoy the concerts.

Dining room sharing space

The second floor consists of three parts: the main “public space”, the terrace and a room that has a mood completely different from the rest of the apartment. It houses an art collection, TV, and a poker table, as well as many antique rugs on the floor and the room also serves as a guest bedroom. One of the main ideas of the project was to make it possible to merge the terrace, the public space and the room into a space, to create many use scenarios.

The cement floor, the plywood and the bright colors are the main accents of this project.

Dining room with terrace
Wooden stairs connect the levels
Room with convertible furniture
Room with convertible furniture
Room with balcony
Room in intense colors
Independent study area
Independent study area

Unique Construction Designed by HYLA Architects

By • Jul 18, 2018

The unique name of this house – Surprising Seclusion – is given by the fact that, both in the front and in the back, with busy streets and alongside an old house, this house looks inward. It is located in Binchang Rise, Singapore and has an area of 360 square meters. It was designed in the year 2017 by the architects Han Loke Kwang, Chong Wen Jin and Thomas Ong professionals of the architecture firm . A covered three-volume but naturally ventilated court with a pool becomes the focus of the internal space.

Front view of the entrance

On the side, a sculptural staircase slides from the wall to reach the family room on the second level. The journey continues up another staircase with a stepped planter on the side and illuminated from above.

Modern and elegant interior
Open dining room area
Modern dining room and kitchen in black and white

The entire house is finished in concrete with no shape and gray-faced brick. The main bathroom continues with this theme, with brick openings that allow ventilation but not views. This bathroom, as well as the attic bathroom, has planting areas that offer a green contrast to the gray scheme. The custom storage units in the living room, family and study echo the concrete and brick geometry of the house.

Stairs with gray brick walls
Open stairs with high ceilings
Stairs with planters
study area with bookcase
Study furniture details
Bathroom with interior garden
Modern bathtub in white
Shower area with flower pot

Modern Construction in the City of Mendoza, Argentina

By • Jul 17, 2018

Located in a private neighborhood west of the city of Mendoza and with distant views of the city in Argentina, this modern construction has 4800 square meters. It was designed, in 2017, by the under the direction of its architectural professionals Leonardo Codina and Juan Manuel Filice.

Side view of the house and its green areas
Detail of the modern construction

It was decided to organize the house into pavilions which would adapt themselves to the different scenarios of daily life. A first pavilion would take care of the common areas: the main room, dining room, kitchen, services, and wine cellar. A second pavilion would house the master bedroom, with additional space that would allow moments of peace and quiet from the rest of the house. Also included are a small living room and office.

Entrance in wood and black
Entrance door in wood
Large living room

The third pavilion would house the mother and her children, organizing three en suite bedrooms and a living space / games room.

Living room with white brick walls

These three pavilions are connected by a central space that integrates them, and it also functions as the hall of access to the house, and connecting with a gallery and the exterior garden. These three pavilions can be closed off, allowing for varying states of coexistence.

Modern kitchen
Minimalist kitchen on white
Modern space with dark wood
Spacious room with wood and brick walls
Room with TV cabinet
Modern bathroom

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

Construction that Keeps a Perfect Balance Between Integration and Privacy

By • Jul 11, 2018

This large lot of 27,000 square meters is located within a small gated community of 8 lots in the town of SMPW near Brasilia, in Brazil. The project had as its premise to achieve a balance between the integration of the neighborhood and the maintenance of the privacy of the inhabitants. For this, the architectural firms , Yi Arquitetos, who through their professionals Filipe Monte Serrat, Camilo de Lannoy, Manuela Dantas, Silvana Moraes and Carolina Dumay, worked together in intricate detail in order to carry out the project in 2015.

Cantilevered side view

The living room opens onto the pool; the pool is integrated to the barbecue area and the barbecue area is connected to the kitchen. From the private bedrooms, you can access the patio, from where you can interact with the terrace of the mezzanine. In the courtyard the elements of the building are no longer important; rather, the environment created by the lack of such elements is the protagonist.

View of the covered terrace area
View from the pool area

The structure has a mezzanine modeled to a room to watch TV, from where you can see the street, the pool and a living room with a high ceiling.

View of the interior with high ceilings
Modern lounge area with rustic wall

Therefore, the common housing area is defined as a refuge, a living room, facing the street as a place for observation.

Elegant living room with high ceilings
Elegant and modern living-dining area
Dining room in wood
Traffic corridor with glass walls
Night view of the exterior
Night view of the pool area
Night view of the gardens

Modern Loft with a Beautiful and Practical Design

By • Jul 6, 2018

This fantastic loft, with high walls made of brick and concrete, was recently renovated in order to more closely fit the wants and needs of a young and single client. It was crucial that it fit perfectly, especially taking into consideration that the space was rented, and that, in the future, the furniture would be reutilized somewhere else. This is why the furniture, for the most part, was chosen in accordance with each of the spaces in the home.

Space between the living room and dining room where the wooden floors can be clearly seen
Corner of the wooden dining table

The project was undertaken by in 2017, and was specifically led by experienced professionals André Britto, Caio Ferraz and Kamal Yazbek.

View of the entire area of the loft

It is located in the popular city of São Paulo in Brazil. It covers a total area of 80 square meters, which is not bad at all when we consider that the apartment is occupied by a single person.

Access to the apartment is characterized by a small hallway that limits its use. This is why a bookshelf design that could transmit the personality of the resident through the personal objects—apart from being able to establish a clear order for objects of daily use—was chosen.

View of the loft’s brick and concrete walls
Living room with modern furniture
Staircase of white metal that connects with the bedroom
Living room with glass doors that connect to a small terrace
TV area in the living room

The bookshelf at the entrance to the apartment moves through to the stairs, and together—staircase and bookshelf—create a space that allows for concentration and hard work. This was, indeed, as it was requested by the client themselves.

The lower level is the common area, and was designed to receive many people. This is also true for the balcony area, which was designed to help with reunions and gatherings, as the people seated there can easily move to the living room.

Bookshelf along the entrance to the loft
Modern bedroom with brick walls
Modern bedroom

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

Offices in Vietnam with a Completely Renewed and Innovative Air

By • Jul 3, 2018

The architects Dao Thanh Hai and Nguyen Hanh Nguyen, working for architectural firm Nhat Viet JSC, together with the interior designers Thien Ngan and Dieu An, have recently designed this space of 160 square meters. It is located in Tran Hung Dao Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Specifically, it is next to Bui Vien pedestrian street, a busy place and known as a tourist and cultural area of Saigon.

View of the main entrance

Although it is an old building, it is not so old as to need to be conserved; as such, it has not gone under renovation. This also implies, of course, that it is not in a ruined state and does not need to be demolished or reconstructed. Although the land is located in the best location of the District, the value of the real estate is almost nil. The people here do not sell, do not rent, and do not do any kind of business.

Main entrance of the offices
Offices with spiral staircases
Modern offices area in black
Modern desks area
Office with library area

The design team has devised a concept of “reuse” higher than usual, which aims to create inspiration for both the user and the community. They will make the office space more pleasant than the common office on the street and the staff and clients will experience the ancient history of the French architectural scene.

Within the office, the solutions for planting trees in the vertical and horizontal lines also connect the trees from the roof to the office and connect to the yard of the apartment building.

Large office area
Modern and elegant office areas
Modern reception area
Reception area with white brick walls
Reception area with functional furniture that adapts
Meeting area
Rest area full of natural light
Space for relaxation

Modern Construction with Spacious and Elegant Spaces

By • Jun 28, 2018

This modern and elegant construction of 334 square meters, designed by the , by the hand of its architect Saulo Coelho, is located in a private condominium in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil.

View of the main facade
Entrance to the underground parking area

It was designed to meet the needs of a young couple with a daughter. The terrain had a trapezoidal shape, with a front of 13m, 40m of sides and 24m of support. The topography was more favorable for the implementation of a building in a range of 20 m from the front of the lot, since the variation between levels was 1.40 m in height. The second half of the terrain had a slope of 10 meters. The objective of the project was to have the smallest possible built area. The only requirements of the guests were a double hall, a swimming pool and as much green area as possible.

Side stairs lead to the entrance

The western facades must protect from the setting sun. They also need to have openings that would serve as exhaust routes, as well as provide cross ventilation. The façades of the eastern quadrant should be more open, receiving maximum ventilation and natural light. To mitigate the high temperatures of the city of Salvador, especially in summer, the pool should be at the end of the lot, in the east quadrant, receiving the prevailing winds. The water surface would provide a comfortable breeze to the building.

Pool area with views
Pool area with covered terrace
Modern and elegant white lounge
Night view of the main facade
Night view of the house

Magnificent Project of Open Spaces and Full of Natural Light

By • Jun 28, 2018

The Argentine , in collaboration with the team formed by the professionals Florencia Tasada, Vanesa Pellegrini and Mauricio Sconochini, designed – in 2017 – this fantastic house. Its incredible open spaces and its warm natural light invite all its visitors to take a moment and relax.

Front view from the pool area
View of the interior from the garden

The house is located in Funes, in the Department of Rosario, Argentina, and has an area of 260 square meters. The house is built around a void between volumes generated to cause entry through a pedestrian path. In this way, we created an open-air route that extends the time and distance of arrival to the semi-covered porch.

Exterior corridor with red brick walls

The materials used in its construction were mostly brick for the masonry and metal profiles and corrugated sheets for the roofs. We look for the counterpoint between the rugosity and imperfection of the brick and the precision of the angles and the leads of the metallic structure executed with “W” profiles.

The program is basically developed on the ground floor; on the top floor, we find a desk that overlooks the living room. This generates a double height space that gives a sense of spaciousness to the area.

The project presents a single-family house distributed in two volumes visible from the outside and united inside.

Terrace with outdoor furniture
Large terrace with wooden ceilings
Terrace with pool
View of the garden and the pool from the terrace
living room sharing space
Casual dining room in the kitchen
Wooden stairs
Upper level with views of the lower level
Night view of the pool area
Night view of the exterior

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

Surrounded by thick Forest, this House Seems like Something out of a Fairy Tale

By • Jun 26, 2018

This enchanting house seems like it was pulled out of a fairy tale. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and next to a dense forest that is part of the nature reserve of the area. The house is located next to the forest to emphasize the contrast between the open landscape and the forest experience. The rooms of the house benefit from completely different views on each side of the house.

Construction surrounded by green gardens
Glass doors connect the exterior with the interior

The roof of the porch has movable slats that can serve as a rainproof surface. They can also be opened to allow more light into the house. The project was designed by the architect Tijmen Versluis of the architecture , in 2016. It is located in Voorschoten, The Netherlands and has an area of ​​290 square meters.

Front view
Construction surrounded by tall trees
Modern kitchen in wood and black
Kitchen with glass walls

The living room is west facing and has a nice size. A minimalist sliding door, which is divided into three sections, can be opened automatically. By doing this, the living room is transferred to perfection on the outdoor terrace. A large sunscreen is integrated into the details to provide the necessary shade in summer.The dining room, kitchen and living room are linearly aligned, but separated by elegant semi-transparent panels. Sliding the doors creates a large loft-style space and a completely different atmosphere.

Stairs with wooden railings
Upper level with inverted “V” roof
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