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A Tower That is Not For Princesses

By • Aug 15, 2018

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.

View of the red brick tower
Small terraces with view
Terrace with yellow chairs
Small relaxation area
Outdoor bed

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.

Stairs in circular shape
Living room and kitchen area
Interior in a rustic style
Room with red brick walls
Room with terrace and views
Berdroom in rustic style
Bathroom in rustic style
Brick wall divides the environments
Terrace with tent

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

Plykea Hacks IKEA’s Metod Kitchens

By • Aug 6, 2018

is an English startup based in Walthamstow in East London, that have launched a line of birch plywood doors, drawer fronts, cover panels, and worktops that can be easily attached to IKEA’s Metod kitchen cabinets.

White kitchen with wood
Storage area

The project started when Tim Diacon (a digital product designer) and Adam Vergette (a furniture designer) first had a chance to work together. Tim was renovating his home with a limited budget, and already knowing IKEA’s products, but wishing to have the finished look of birch ply for the kitchen surfaces, decided to try to find a way to combine the two. After failing to find something that was easy, expedient, and affordable, he sought out his friend Adam, who was able to provide Tim with what he needed without making him spend a fortune. After this first collaboration, an idea was born – Plykea.

Handle

Plykea now offers two different finishes – wood and formica-faced ply – as well as wooden spacer panels that can be placed between cabinets. Additionally, they offer a range of different handles, from brass pulls to cut-outs in round or rectangular shapes.

Drawers

Currently, Plykea only provides plywood panels for the Metod model of IKEA kitchen cabinets, but have already received inquiries concerning other models, including the Faktum cabinets and the Pax wardrobe system.

Storage space
Details

Boutique Hotel in Costa Rica Designed by Studio Saxe

By • 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.

View of the Yoga area

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.

View of the outdoor terraces with pool

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 “.

View of the outdoor terraces with pool
View of the outdoor terraces with pool
Clear, cool and relaxing interior
Clear, cool and relaxing interior
Clear, cool and relaxing interior
Exterior night view
Exterior night view

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

A Remodeling has Given a New Face to this Construction

By • Aug 2, 2018

The main objective of this remodeling was to build another floor, creating a space that would become part of the original building without the other half being affected. The former residence, of 210 square meters and that only had one floor, was part of a terraced house. Certain demands had to be satisfied: only part of the building could be remodeled. The architects had to give it a new, more modern and contemporary look that could distinguish it from the others.

Front view of the construction

The project, which is located in Caniço, Portugal, was led by architect Dirk Mayer and his collaborators Susanne Selders, Elizabeth Nobrega, belonging to the , in the year 2017.

The solution was very simple: take the original shape of the ceiling and create a floor above. This created a balance that would give it a rather dynamic appearance.

Spacious interior full of natural light
Modern kitchen on white
Minimalist kitchen on white
White kitchen
White kitchen with wooden floors
Spacious living room space

The balcony provides shade for wide openings and shelter for the outside seating area. The town of Caniço, on the island of Madeira, has a very mild climate throughout the year, so a protected outdoor place, connected to the garden, is where family life is centered.

The lower floor is conceived as an open space for the kitchen, the dining room and the living room, where you can enjoy the light, the green garden and the sea view between the trees and the neighboring houses.

Stairs on white
Modern wooden stairs
Modern bathroom in white
Views from the terrace
External view at sunset

Country House Surrounded by Lush Landscapes

By • Aug 1, 2018

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.

Rear view of the house with terraces
View of the main entrance

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.

Corridors that surround the house
Large roofed pool area
Pool with glass roof

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.

Interior with carved walls
Room with red brick wall
Modern and open bathroom
Open shower area
Night view of the interior
Night view of the pool

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

Magnificent Remodeling of a House in Australia

By • Jul 31, 2018

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.

Main entrance showing original details

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.

Spacious interior filled with natural light
Predominantly white interior

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.

White kitchen
Stairs made of black metal and wood
Modern room in black and white
Night view from the garden

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 House with Open Spaces that Invite Nature In

By • Jul 27, 2018

This wonderful house with open spaces was designed by the architect Otto Felix of the in conjunction with interior designer Tici Andriani. It is located in the city of Joaquim Egídio, Brazil.

Fantastic exterior that blends with the interior

The project was carried out in 2016 and has an area of 410 square meters. The main intention of the project was to incorporate the external spaces in the social spaces of the house, allowing nature to enter areas of the house. To allow this integration between spaces without losing privacy in the most intimate areas of the house, the main divisions between the spaces were made through folding wooden doors. In this way, we have the option to integrate these spaces when we so wish.

Interior view from the outside

The most important part of the project is the volume that corresponds to the social areas of the house with the Gourmet, Living and Dining area. This environment is surrounded by glass panels that open completely, freeing the passage of natural light and ventilation, creating a fluid and contemporary atmosphere.

Interior full of light and comfort

The residence also has a kitchen, dining room, TV room, master suite, guest suite and service area, distributed within a private block in the shape of an “L”, which opens outwards through the wooden folding doors.

Interior with glass walls
Details of the interior full of natural light
Modern and elegant furniture
Modern dining room set
Bathrooms full of style
Night view of the interior
Lounge in night hours
Night view of the exterior
Night view of the exterior

When your Love for your Pet Defines your Priorities

By • Jul 25, 2018

This recently completed project, which has an area of 400 square meters, is located in Beijing, the capital of China. Carried out by architecture firm under the leadership of its professionals Ni Wang, Dawei Zhang and Daguang Shou, the project analyzes interior design from a completely new angle: studio work in a house in Beijing It is concentrated around the needs of the client’s dog. The health condition of the pet and its limited visual abilities have shaped the use of color and materials by architects and have required spaces developed especially for the host’s best friend.

Studio area painted in pastel blue
Studio area painted in pastel blue
Passage areas in blue and pastel pink
Pet resting area in pastel colors

In the house there are two sets of colors: calm colors, including lake blue, dark gray, navy blue and light gray, play with vibrant colors, such as pink, goose yellow and sky blue. These tones contrast and complement each other to narrate the depth, distance, and movements of the spaces.

The work of the study is concentrated around the needs of the client’s dog. The pet’s medical condition and its limited visual abilities have shaped the use of color and materials by architects and have required spaces developed especially for the host’s best friend

Pet resting area
Modern and spacious lounge
Bedroom in sober colors
Bath area

Elegant Villa in the Heart of the City but Surrounded by Large Gardens

By • Jul 24, 2018

When setting one’s eyes upon this house for the first time, no one would imagine that it is in the center of the city. Its fabulous gardens give the feeling of being in a park area, and that is part of its charms.

View of the house and its gardens

Designed in the year 2016 by the architect Steven De Jaeghere of the architectural firm Architectuuratelier De Jaeghere, this house has 360 square meters and is located in West Flanders, Belgium.

House surrounded by beautiful green gardens

The new villa is built in the same place as the previous house. At an urban level, the same volume was requested as the demolished villa: a ground floor with a gabled roof. We have optimized this precondition for a linear and thin volume with a gable roof that responds to the maximum to its environment. The result is a volume of recognizable type with a refined minimalist composition of white walls and deeper dark exterior carpentry.

Front view with glass walls

The façade has a fairly closed character and the easily interpretable architecture takes the visitor to the covered entrance. Once inside, the visitor quickly faces the view through the long glass façade. The rhythm of the distribution of the glass and the columns give the impression of a gallery.

The ground floor combines several functions to ensure optimal interaction with the environment: covered terrace, kitchen, living room, study and bedroom.

Terrace with pool
Large terrace with pool
Front view of the house
Front view of the entrance
Interior with glass walls
Interior overlooking the pool

A Wonderful Interior House Camouflaged in the Forest

By • Jul 23, 2018

Located in the area of Buwit, a village in the coastal area of southwestern Bali, this residence has a view of a dense forest and a river below, and presents large amounts of vegetation that allow you to blend in with its surroundings.

Aerial view of the house
Front view covered in vegetation

The project was carried out by the , having as its focal point the idea of an architecture based on the landscape and trying to create a group of buildings that appear as part of the earth itself, and that sometimes disappear within her, while at other times they emerge from her. The buildings are located on different levels of the earth. Each accommodates different functions, a characteristic typical of traditional Balinese architecture. Intermediate spaces and small gardens are the result of the rotation of the volumes on the ground and offer uninterrupted views of the forest.

Lower level entry
Lounge open to the outside
Dining room with glass walls

The “camouflaged” roofs covered with various levels of vegetation provide a cooling effect to the lower spaces and help to collect rainwater.

The common spaces in the chameleon villa are kept open to the outside, while the rooms and other spaces, such as the office, the gymnasium and the press room are kept more private and closed towards the interior.

Open kitchen
Stairs with rustic walls
Spacious room with wooden floors
Bath with a wild touch
Bathroom with glass wall
Bathroom with round skylight

Spectacular Construction in the Heart of Bel Air, California

By • Jul 19, 2018

This fabulous garden house with arid vegetation is located on an uphill slope property in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. It was designed, in the year 2017, by the architects Aaron Neubert (lead), David Chong, Jeremy Limsenben, Andranik Ognayan and Lusine Madarian working for the .

Aerial view of the project

It is located at the confluence of two busy local streets, with close proximity to the constant noise of the 405 freeway, and with captivating views of the Getty Center and the surrounding mountains. The design of this 3,750 square foot home emphasizes the presentation of different views of the site, while also providing the desired visual and aural privacy.

View of the project on the hill
Main facade of concrete and wood
External wooden walls

A single floor of spatially contiguous living spaces – placed over a partially underground garage and covered by a bent steel roof – opens subtly to the lush landscape. The height and shape of the roof are manipulated to site-specific solar exposures. A strategically positioned opening frames the Getty Center from the living room, a corner window connects the office to the garden, and another window offers views from the master bedroom.

Main entrance with arid gardens

A full height window allows the dining room to expand into the back landscape, and establishes a connection to the street from the kitchen and the numerous skylights throughout the house follow the path of the sun throughout the day.

Concrete terrace
Living room with sofa in gray leather
Open spaces with wooden floors
Study room with glass walls
Studio with wooden floors
Modern and spacious kitchen
Large kitchen and full of natural light
Modern dining area
Large bathroom in white and brown
Night view
Exterior view at night

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

Magnificent Construction with Stone and Wood as its Main Elements

By • Jul 17, 2018

This imposing construction of large outdoor gardens is located in the city of Medellin, Antioquia – Colombia. It was designed in 2016 by the team of architects Jaime Rendon, architect Felipe Campuzano and architect Clara Restrepo of the .

Side view of the construction

It covers an area of 615 square meters and is on a slope, so the construction was built in such a way that it adapts to the terrain. The entire service area of the house is in the first volume, as well as and the main access entryway.

Diagonal view of the construction and its gardens
Front view of the construction with its unevenness
Staircase area with glass walls

Its interior, with high stone walls and quality wooden floors with spacious and bright spaces that receive natural light through the large glass walls, is exquisitely decorated with modern furniture in which good taste can be appreciated.

Modern and elegant kitchen
Dining room in wood and brown leather

The private residence’s staircase connects the entrance hall with the main volume of the house through a central patio that is permeated by the nature of the place. The act of going up and down inside is also a constant experience which explores the relationship between inside and outside, between the place and the architecture, between the rain, the serenity, the light, and the space.

Wooden stairs
Room with terrace and wooden floors
Stairs at night
Stairs at night
Night view of the exterior
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