By Magaly • Sep 7, 2018
The Mirrorhouse is a private residence located in the Trousdale Estates of Beverly Hills, a city in Los Angeles County, California, in the United States. The home was designed by and completed in 2016, covering a total ground area of 8,000 square feet. It enjoys an incredible view of Downtown Los Angeles, as well as the Pacific Ocean.
The challenge presented to XTEN Architecture was to create a simple, rational home that emphasized its connection with the surrounding landscape, all of this done in order to celebrate the unique lifestyle that Beverly Hills and Los Angeles have to offer.
The kitchen and living room are open and spacious, done in a stark white that enhances this sense of space, with accents done in neutral tones that play with contrast. These rooms open out to a terrace with a pool, and, beyond, the view of the city, creating a continuity and a dialogue between the interior and the exterior that is irresistible and exquisite.
The entirety of the floor plan is developed around five volumes which enclose the private spaces of the house. Such an arrangement creates negative space, which in turn becomes the main living and circulating space, providing a free flowing travel route throughout the home, as well as views out to the exterior and the city.
By Magaly • Sep 6, 2018
This renovation of a house designed for a couple and their two cats was carried out in a hutong – a type of narrow street or alley – in Beijing, China by the architect Daisuke Matsumoto of the architectural firm FESCH Beijing. The space covers an area of 36.7 square meters and was carried out in 2016. Formerly the place was divided to accommodate several families.
The modifications and extensions of the original buildings gradually occupied the space once it was made public, leaving only one passage. Entering from the northwest, the project is located in the southeast corner, after crossing the narrow passage.
In a space of only 19 square meters, the architect took care of the common problems of the area and its surroundings, such as ensuring ventilation and lighting, reducing the restlessness generated by the crowded environment.
The original roof was preserved, and the rest was eliminated. The north and south walls were opened, respectively, to ensure ventilation and lighting.
On the second floor, private functions are performed, making use of the height to guarantee privacy; the first floor holds the public areas of the home.
An unobstructed space was created from the patio corridor, which crosses the first floor and extends to the south patio.
By Magaly • Sep 6, 2018
Surrounded by vast lands of dense and arid vegetation, in a remote area of Driggs, in the Teton Valley, in the desert of Idaho, is this construction designed by the American design firm, . This 3,300-square-foot home (about 307 square meters) is a family retreat. It is located on top of a rock to enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and at the same time avoid possible flooding.
The concentration of the house consists of two volumes stacked one on top of the other: a stone base and an upper level clad in wood. The entrance leads to the main staircase, which leads directly to the top floor, while the ground floor contains a two-car garage, two bedrooms, a bathroom and plenty of storage space.
On the upper level, the southern half is occupied by an open concept kitchen, living and dining room that is glazed on two sides and opens onto a covered terrace. The master bedroom occupies the other half and includes an office in the home, a dressing room and a private bathroom.
The program is organized with the main living room and the master suite located on the upper floor, above the shrub and scrub vegetation, to capture expansive views of the landscape and the mountains beyond
The Toorak Residence, as this private home is called, is located in Toorak, an affluent inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 5 km south-east of Melbourne’s Central Business District. The home was designed by Architecton, a Melbourne-based architectural firm, and led by Daniel Galtieri and Nick Lukas. Covering a total ground area of over 1,000 square meters, the project was completed in 2016.
The four bedroom private residence attempts to achieve a balance between elegance and relaxation, and it accomplishes it by creating spaces that are elegantly contemporary while blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors by creating spaces that are freely open to the exterior.
The interior design is mostly minimalist, allowing the architectural elements — made out of concrete, wood, and metal — to speak for themselves, but it is nevertheless full of welcoming spaces that ensure that the structure feels like a family home.
In the back, the home holds a pool, accompanied by a terrace with a sitting area, a perfect place in which to sit and relax on a warm day or evening. The touches of greenery and subtle flowering give it a sense of vibrant life that add to the sense of pleasantness of the space.
By Magaly • Sep 3, 2018
This Victorian Residence is the result of the efforts of Nick Lukas, architect part of the team at , a Melbourne-based architectural firm. The home is located in Middle Park, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, which is situated 4 kilometers south of Melbourne’s Central Business District. The project was completed in 2016, and covers a total ground area of 420 square meters.
The project consists of an addition to a three bedroom private residence, building upon the reputation of Middle Park as home to some of the best preserved and aged architecture in the city of Melbourne. As such, the front façade of the home was left untouched in order to respect this architectural tradition and preserve the historical context of the home, and the addition is located in the back of the original building. The materials used include stone, concrete, and metal, coming together to create a timeless effect.
The addition looks as if it were another building entirely, the styles are so different. While the front has a traditional Victorian front with a delicately trimmed porch, the back is characterized by straight lines and austere surfaces. They are brought together by the interior, which is vast and brightly illuminated, done in neutral tones that bring a sense of serenity and peace to it.
By Magaly • Aug 30, 2018
This property was designed for a young couple with 2 pet dogs, in the city of Dallas, Texas, by the local architecture firm , led by architectural professionals Braxton Werner and Paul Field. It is located in the exclusive Bluffview neighborhood. One of the necessary requirements was that the space needed to have a modern style, while staying within a moderate budget.
The clients wanted large expanses of glass that would open the house to the outdoors, but they also wanted a sense of privacy, a challenging request given that the rectangular construction site was parallel to a busy street. In addition, for an optimal orientation of the sun, the architects wanted to open the west elevation facing the street.
The residence has three modules, each with a different function. The central module contains a kitchen, dining room, and living room equipped with polished concrete floors and wooden cabinets. A retractable glass wall allows the space to be completely open to the outside. To the north there is a two-story volume that houses private functions. A master suite and an office are on the ground floor, and a bedroom and media room are located on the second floor.
The third module, located to the south, contains a garage. A glass-walled lobby with a large front door connects the garage to the main living room.
By Magaly • Aug 30, 2018
This resort, Freycinet Lodge, the only national park resort in Australia, is located between spectacular rock formations in a pure and unaltered environment and completely surrounded by wild vegetation.
Local architecture firmwas tasked with designing Coastal Pavilions, a series of one-bedroom suites that offer a luxurious and immersive experience that is different from the resort’s. Working in conjunction with Tasmania’s Cordwell Lane builders, the architects have designed sustainable-minded pavilions that were prefabricated off-site for minimal impact on the site.
The nine structures take inspiration from their sublime surroundings with natural wood finishes, curved shapes, and full height windows that allow us to take in the outdoors.
The design was inspired by the fluidity and the layers of the coastal rock formations, the coloring of the rich orange lichen, and the shapes of the nearby bays. The exteriors are treated recessively so as not to compete with this beautiful landscape.
The fluid topography of the coast is repeated in the interior design with its flow of walls, surfaces, and carpentry.
The interiors are lined with pieces of Tasmanian and Blackwood oak.
The utilitarian use of natural materials in innovative ways has created a unique atmosphere in harmony with its environment
By Magaly • Aug 29, 2018
This small holiday apartment covering an area of only 44 square meters has been designed in a mixture of white, black, and gray, and is intended for a couple and their small dog. It is located in a beautifully preserved building with high ceilings in the center of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, and was strategically designed by the for compact design.
Despite the small surface of the apartment, the high ceiling gives it a feeling of spaciousness. As if the challenge of an apartment of 44 square meters for two tenants was not enough, around 12 square meters are non-mobile shelter room walls. Therefore, it is important for the rest of the space to be as open as possible.
A built-in ladder in the kitchen cabinet allows easy access to the large storage space in the kitchen, as well as the cabinet on both sides.
In such a small apartment, every square meter counts. The tenants do not usually enjoy cooking while they are at home, but said that whenever they stay in this apartment, they intended to cook and spend time together while talking and enjoying each other’s company. Therefore, the moving wooden plate on the work surface of the kitchen allows more space to sit and more work space at the same time.
By Magaly • Aug 29, 2018
This wonderful holiday home with high wooden ceilings and wide open spaces was designed by the in 2016 and has an area of 3835 square feet. It is located in a historic mining area in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, USA, where the climate is extremely cold and snowy in the winter months and scorching during the summer.
Extreme weather conditions challenged the design team to create a comfortable environment without the use of traditional cooling and heating systems with energy consumption
The design created combines a modern sustainable architecture with recovered rustic materials. An entrance hall and a mud room conserve energy and create an elegant entrance in the main living room. This independent room has a double function as a special place to receive visitors and an air chamber to keep the outdoor elements contained. The cold currents of winter and the excessive heat of summer are kept at bay with this simple solution.
There are two master bedrooms and a room with bunk beds in the main house to accommodate family members. The two-car garage has an electric vehicle charging station, a cellar and plenty of storage space.
This imposing and modern building of 697 square meters was designed by the in Poland, in 2016. Its architect, Robert Konieczny, and his team of professionals decided to adjust the functions organized by the customer and connect them: entrance, house, and marina. He presents us with the idea of “ribbon”, which spans the entire area. First, from the entrance like a road, then it twists and forms the roofs and walls of the house, wrapping its interior.
Next, the ribbon unrolled, connecting the raised living room with the garden level. Then, wriggling, the tape runs towards the river. Then the road crosses the house. The living room originally ordered by the client was substituted with a parking garage, complete with a glass wall.
The client had his own vision of the interior of the house with the living room on the first level. Furthermore, he wanted to locate a house in the middle of the site, away from the river.
All internal spaces have glass walls which allows indoor and outdoor connection and, at the same time, allows natural light to enter each of the areas of the house.
This discreet renovation of a 1950’s bungalow belonging to a family of 5 is located on the northern shore of Castlecrag in Australia and has an area of 170 square meters. The simple project has been under the direct supervision of the architectural firm , who have turned a mid-century residence into a spacious home, cozy and full of natural light.
Having previously lived in a large family home, customers were concerned about the “reduction.” However with some minimal modifications, the requirements could be accommodated within the existing building. The design focused on eliminating the unnecessary elements in order to determine a natural place for each space, while raising those functions and creating awareness and connection with the place.
The alteration focused on creating a large open space, housing, kitchen, living room and dining room, which uses key carpentry pieces to create different areas and implicit thresholds that define the lobby, the kitchen, the dining room, and the living room, the pantry, and the study.
The palette of materials is based on the natural environment of Castlecrag: a clean palette of white and gray, the irregular glaze of the ceramic tiles creates reflections, and the red brick recovered that borders the roof makes reference to the house and its surroundings.
The new architectural composition is highly efficient, dynamic but serene
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 22, 2018
This project, a remodeling of an old construction from 1936, was carried out in 2016 by the Spanish under the direction of its professionals Javier Pérez-and Fernando Aguarta García. It is located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the beautiful island of Tenerife, in Spain. The property covers an area of 133 square meters.
The design included a light metallic structure that would not increase the load on the roof too much; in addition, dry walls, pavements and partition walls were built, as well as a cover with prefabricated light panels. In the same way, the adaptation to the pre-existing networks suggested that the band that houses the toilets was located next to the courtyards, thus reducing the layout of the facilities and enabling a rational distribution. The solar route, on the other hand, motivated the provision of generous openings to the rising sun — protected by a lattice of aluminum slats as well as exterior shades of warm tones — illuminating the common spaces and the terrace with views of the city, the sea, and the Anaga massif at dawn.
In the end, the new volume looks out onto Robayna Street as a discreetly expressive visor, whose flight allows the efforts of the light structure to be balanced while being shown to the street as an addition that aspires to belong without stridency to the original building. It is a clean piece guided by the economy of means and the choice of a contained palette of materials.
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
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.