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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

Fantastic Cabin in Norway Built in Wood and Concrete

By • Jun 27, 2018

This house, called Hytte (Norwegian for cabin) is located at the northern end of Nordmarka, Jevnaker Municipality, Norway, in a vast desert full of pine trees that in the winter time dress up in snow and create a landscape that seems taken from a postcard.

Aerial view of the cabin in the middle of the pine forest
Cabin on the hill bathed in snow

It has an area of 100 square meters and was designed in 2017 by the architectural at the hands of its architect Casper Mork-Ulnes. The location was chosen for its proximity to Oslo and its easy access to cross-country skiing and fishing, which can be done at Lake Mylla just below. It only takes a few hours to get through inland trails by bicycle or skis, or just over an hour by car.

Exterior view of the wood-clad hut
Interior of the living room full of natural light
Area of shelves

The “amenities” that the clients requested at the beginning were: three bedrooms, including a bunk bed for children; two bathrooms as efficient as they are small; a small annex for waxing skis, storing bicycles and skis, and a sauna for two people; and connection from the inside out.

The design challenge was to rework the traditional hytte construction so that it retained its utilitarian character: compact, efficient and function-driven. They wanted to create a clean and simple interior, so they used only two materials for the interior: pine and concrete plywood.

Room with bunk beds and closet
Exterior view of the cabin

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

Remodeling – Extension of an Old Building in Belgrad, Serbia

By • Jun 25, 2018

This old building, located in Leopoldova kapija, Beograd, Serbia, was remodeled in order to obtain two extra duplexes. To this end, the architectural professionals in charge of the project, Danilo Nedeljkovic and Ela Nesic, built a new facade in a modern style that contrasts with the old construction, as an extension to the existing one to create the new volume.

Front view
Modern interior full of natural light

The work was carried out in 2018 and has an area of 300 square meters. The building and its interiors receive little natural light during the day due to its North orientation. The new glass facade also made the interior space of the new volume have much more natural light and look much brighter and more cheerful than the lower masonry floors.

Modern and elegant interior
Small kitchen in white and wood

By introducing the glass wall in the street facade, the principle of erasing the interior and exterior limits and the dematerialization of the new volume has also been achieved. The segments of the facade of the painted yellow glass were introduced to revive and refresh the glass surface of the new volume, as well as to make a visual connection with some elements of the previous facade.

View of the common office area with wooden floors and stairs

The interior space is designed to have a multipurpose use. Currently, the duplexes have a commercial purpose, but their organization could easily be transformed into classic apartments.

Office area with skylight
Night view of the new extension with glass walls

Concrete Construction, Where Good Taste and Elegance Reign Supreme

By • Jun 21, 2018

This wonderful single-family residence located in Tapachula, southern Mexico, was mainly built with concrete. It not only seeks to combine its design with nature, but also to generate different conceptual textures.

View of the back garden with pool
Pool with wooden terrace

The project was led by architect Alejandro Paz of the in 2016, and has an area of ​​730 square meters. It has comfortable environments and plenty of space. Other materials used in its construction were wood, stone, and glass to emphasize the relationship with the exterior.

Pool
Terrace with outdoor furniture
Modern dining room in deep blue

On the first floor there is a social zone between the family and their guests. On the second floor is the private area. However, the materials and all the features described above were replicated in the room and bathrooms. At the center of the house, under one of the large cantilevers, a pool was placed, giving freshness to the overall composition.

Wooden stairs with glass wall
Tall wooden table with modern chairs

The sector where the house is located is known for high amounts of rainfall, hot weather and high levels of humidity. The purpose of the design was to generate enough openings to dissipate the differences between the interior and the exterior in order to encourage owners to enjoy the advantages of climate and vegetation.

Dining at night hours
View of the dining room from the outside
Night view of the entrance
Night view of the exterior

Imposing Construction in the Middle of Arizona Desert

By • Jun 20, 2018

This impressive construction of modern and daring influences was designed in 2016 by Brent Kendle of the architecture firm , together with the interior designer David Michael Miller.

Total view of the house from the pool area
Diagonal view of the modern roof

It has an extensive area of ​​5600 square meters and is located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States, a town that is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurant scene.

The distinctive feature of this house is its floating roof canopy, whose lower part is composed of tectonic forms inspired by local geology and monsoon cloud formations. More than just sculpture and protection from the elements, this awning balances the owner’s desire for grandeur and comfort, starting below the interior spaces and dramatically rising towards the 180 degree view of the mountain. All mechanical and lighting devices are carefully hidden within the fissures of this feature, which allows the shape and materials to be the center of attention.

Pool area with terrace
Front view of the main entrance
Modern interior of shared environments

Other features include the interior spaces arranged around a central open-air atrium, allowing daylight and breeze to provide natural interior comfort.

Living room with glass walls
Sober and elegant lounge
Modern dining room in wood
Room with desert view
Wooden bed with concrete walls

Natural light makes this house come alive, filtering through carefully articulated cracks or reflected in the strategically located pool, constantly transforming the atmosphere of this house

Rest area with views
Elegant room in beige tones
Modern bathroom with wooden furniture
Bath with glass wall
Modern study
Night view of the main entrance
Night view of the exterior

A House Designed for the Retirement and Relaxation of its Owners

By • Jun 19, 2018

The owners of this 40-acre home on the south side of the Clearwater River canyon – 10 miles upriver from Lewiston, Idaho, USA and with incredible mountain views — are two professionals looking for a year-round retreat, a place to write, sleep, talk, eat, read, fish, clean, garden and wander… far, far away from their jobs. They also wanted a place with natural spaces to provide for their grandchildren to enjoy when they visited.

View of the area in the mountains
View of the house on a hill

The was commissioned to carry out this project in 2003, which covers an area of 2,196 square feet. The retreat program was divided into two buildings: “the barracks” sits in a ravine along a seasonal stream, and “the study house” stands on a crest where an Idaho grass and fescue slope (a plant very common in the area) meets a Ponderosa pine forest about 300 feet above the Clearwater River.

View of the construction surrounded by mountains
House with wonderful views of the mountains
View of the construction in different levels

The west side of the frame provides access for window washing and support for removable perforated sliding panels, for shading and protection against the wind. On the east side, the frame admits decks and a porch with an outside shower. The operative windows placed strategically on the four sides of the study house allow ventilation of the updraft, since the summer temperatures in the canyon often reach more than 100 degrees.

Side view of the construction
House with covered terrace
Interior fully clad in wood
Kitchen wooden dining room
View of the living room from the kitchen
Living room with fireplace
Dining room with glass walls
Night view of the exterior of the house

A Contemporary Home in Taipei, Taiwan

By • Jun 18, 2018

This beautiful apartment which, from the first, breathes tranquility and peace, was designed by , and is located in Taipei, Taiwan. With simple lines, this is a place where elegance floats in the air, filling the space with a pleasant feeling of well-being. Here, wood is the protagonist, and the room is full of natural light that sneaks through the windows, creating a space filled with good taste.

Its living room, with double-level ceilings and both floors and walls of fine wood, is connected to the dining room-kitchen area. An open space, divided only by the thin line that separates the wooden floors from the kitchen tile floors, leads us to a kitchen of minimalist lines with wooden cabinets and a white countertop.

View of the living room with both floors and walls in wood and two-leveled ceiling

The dining room, with contemporary furniture, has a wooden table with modern and comfortable chairs in white that fits perfectly into the style of the space.

Modern dining room with wooden table and modern white chairs
View of the kitchen through the dining room
Living room seen through the dining room
View of the interior of the apartment from the entrance

The stairs that lead to the second level, made in multi-toned wood, reaffirm the elegance that reigns in the space.

Wooden stairs leading to the second level

In the second level – a level of more private areas, so to speak – we find floors of darker wood that serve to give character to the space.

Its walls of an intense green, create a unique effect, and reflect the personality of those who live there.

Second level with dark wood floors
Room with hardwood floors and walls of intense green

Magnificent Renovation Results in a House Full of Delicate and Elegant Spaces

By • Jun 18, 2018

This project – located on the edge of a 3-acre wooded plot in East Hampton, New York, USA – is definitely a cult of elegance and good taste. Each of its spaces, each of the details that make it up are a sample of delicacy, glamor and distinction.

Spectacular minimalist lounge full of natural light
Spacious living room with high ceilings

This renovation of a residence of 1600 sq ft, dating back to the 1970s and serving as a refuge for some clients in Manhattan: a graphic designer, an art consultant and curator. The residence was re-designed in 2017 by the under the tutelage of architect Brian Masuda.

Living room with large wall mural

The redesign takes its cues from the client’s desire to create a living gallery space that houses their existing collection of works of art, as well as serve as a canvas for several specific pieces of the site commissioned specifically for the space. The most prominent are the two large-scale murals that face the central double-height living room.

Modern and elegant lounge with wooden floors
Living room seen from the upper level

The careful geometric order of the interior space and the selection of minimalist material provide a powerful counterpoint to the lush wooded exterior. By opening and re-framing the opening of the north room, the line separating the interior and the exterior becomes increasingly insubstantial both visually and materially.

Modern and minimalist kitchen in white
Modern and tasteful details
Art details adorn the corners
Exterior night view

Shelter in the Mountains for a Family that Loves Nature

By • Jun 15, 2018

This beautiful house seems to be taken from a fairy tale; it is surrounded by beautiful dense mountains of trees and both its interior and its exterior are completely covered with fine wood, which gives it a warm and welcoming appearance.

Exterior view of the wooden house

It is located in Dongguan, China, has 380 square meters and was designed in 2017 by Fangzhou Song, Xiaoxin Yin, Yinghua Wen, Jiancong Luo, and Cihang Wang, all working for theThis house is the home of a couple with three children, a family with a deep nostalgia for the countryside. The site is surrounded by mountains on three sides. The mouth of the valley looks at a forest of fruit trees, with misty mountains sit as a background far away. The house is built in light wood, the building is made of modified wood, extremely durable that can withstand the humid conditions of southern China.

Internal corridor completely covered in wood
Lounge with high ceiling and furniture in pastel colors
Divided panel

Modern society separates man from nature, while man instinctively produces the impulse to return to it. For this family, returning to earth does not mean that we should totally deny the cities. It is not their intention to stay away from modern cities. They are only trying to distinguish the part in civilized society that invades the original relationships between the human being and nature.

Elevated view of the living room of wooden floors and walls
Large wood-lined kitchen
Wooden dining room with a retro touch
Dining area covered in wood
Dining room with glass doors
Room clad in wood
Bathroom in blue with skylight

House in the Heart of the Amazon Jungle with Exotic Spaces

By • Jun 15, 2018

This fabulous house, filled with spaces open to nature, is located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in a green area of Manaus, next to the Rio Negro, Brazil. It was designed in the year 2017 by the architectural firm under the architect Alexia Convers. It has an area of 697 square meters full of charm and excellent taste. The house is made of a concrete structure with local exotic wooden doors, windows and decks. The finishing floors are white cement and all the wet areas – the infinity pool, the barbecue area and the entrance waterfall – are made of oxidized concrete with iron.

Main exterior view
View of the wooden terraces
Wonderful water fountain overlooking the lounge
Internal corridors with open spaces
Gardens full of green plants

In the entrance hall, the rain creates a waterfall and each interior patio enjoys rain chains. They contribute to a relaxing and completely natural sound when it rains. The nature that becomes more and more green when entering the forest is invited to the house. This alternating system in the diurnal area also provides a comfortable natural ventilation to radiate the heat in this humid tropical climate. Fresh air goes down to the planted patios and the windows created by high ceilings let out hot air. The house provides a constant visual relationship with the trees, which also produce a very beneficial tone for the house. From anywhere in the house, you have a green view.

Main entrance Hall with walls open to the outside
Modern and elegant lounge area
Relaxation areas full of elegance
Meeting and enjoyment area
Social area in a circular form
Open kitchen
Wood kitchen
Large kitchen made of wood
Room with access to the terraces
Cozy room in white and wood
Cozy room
Wood bathroom open to the outside
Night view of the terraces

Singular Bungalow Shaped like a Parallelogram

By • Jun 14, 2018

designed this spacious bungalow covering a ground area of 2,700 square feet in 2015, intended to house a young family of four people. It is located in East St. Paul, north of Winnipeg, Canada. Surrounded by typically suburban homes, lined with stucco, and located in a quiet bay, the house has a private and discreet facade with ample space in the patio and glass walls covering the height of the entire back façade that opens on the backyard full of trees.

Exterior view of the bungalow surrounded by tall trees
Front view of the bungalow

On the outside, the house is covered with vertical wood paneling dyed in a natural way. A wood-clad ceiling extends over open patios and hidden porches to complete the parallelogram, supported by a series of U-shaped Cor-ten steel columns that project views into private rooms and evoke the support of existing trees on the site.

View of the entrance with glass walls
Side view of the bungalow facade
Exterior details
Forest seen from the bungalow

A simple and muted palette highlights the interior volumes, with a sequence of light wells and skylights that attract daylight from the main floor to the finished basement. While the client preferred a one-story design, they assumed that their required program would only fit into a two-story house depending on the size of the lot and the recoil restrictions.

Wood interior
Living room-kitchen in modern style
Second level with glass walls

Wide House of Open Spaces in the Middle of the Forest

By • Jun 14, 2018

This residence, located on a small corner lot in the suburbs of Cary, North Carolina, in the United States, was designed in 2017 by the architectural firm. The project, which has a total area of 3,097 square feet, goes from north to south, with an entrance on the north and with an exit directly to the forest with a pond.

Front view of the house with in the middle of the forest
House surrounded by tall trees

The house is divided into two parts: a solid volume for sleeping and an open living pavilion, connected by a glass entrance hall. A walled lawn, a patio, an enclosed porch and a south facing terrace surround the living pavilion on three sides, forming a network of private outdoor spaces overlooking the forest and the pond.

Façade made of glass and wood
Side terraces border the house

The house and the outdoor spaces are built on a concrete base with foundation walls. The volume of the bedroom is framed mainly with wood, and the social pavilion is made mainly of a steel frame. The roof is wide and thin, with four-foot eaves. Although the site is located almost nine feet from the entrance of the access road to the south end, the drive, the garage, the entrance, the walled courtyard, the patio, the south deck, and all the interior spaces are at the same level.

Elevated terrace with natural stone walls
Side façade with details of the walls
Interior spacious and full of natural light
Interior with glass walls
Living room with glass walls

Prefabricated House with Spacious and Bright Spaces

By • Jun 13, 2018

This prefabricated house has been designed for weekend enjoyment. It is composed of 2 modules containing the kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry room, and all the infrastructure. It has been recently designed by the architectural in Ashland County, Ohio, United States. The materials – plywood, pine and corrugated metal and smooth – give the cabin a rustic feel balanced by precise coordination of colors and textures. The natural environment outside slides along a gradual entrance walkway dotted with a thin wooden pole screen.

Diagonal view of the exterior of the house in black
Front view of the house with glass walls

A porch extends around the module, offering a unique view in the forest. The floor-to-ceiling windows open the main living area around the cabin on each side. Between the walls of the module and the ceiling, a line of windows bring light creating a cheerful and pleasant atmosphere. A chimney rises from the wooden floor, ready to offer warmth in the cold winter months. The kitchen, with white walls and modern furniture, seems to be embedded in the space. In the bedrooms, the sleeping bunks are carved into the plywood modules. Continuing from the walls of the thickest room, the metal fins of the windows are white inside. This allows the bunks inside to be full of bright light.

Details of the exterior infrastructure of the house
Interior clad in wood with fireplace
Modern kitchen with inn
Dining area with glass walls
Modern dining room in white
Living room and kitchen area sharing space
View of the exterior through the glass walls
Simple and pleasant room
Exterior night view
Exterior covered with wood

Shared House in the Middle of the City with Open Spaces

By • Jun 13, 2018

The team at the architectural firm Swing, made up of the architects Dai Kanayama and Ryusuk Anezaki, designed this project in 2018. It covers a total ground area of 146 square meters, and is located in the city of Osaka, in Japan. With this project, the main objective was to figure out how one could create an open space that would be nevertheless colored by daily landscapes, all of it covering an area under 150 square meters. One of the most important elements of shared house projects is how to achieve spaces that cannot be had in a studio apartment, so the focus of the height of each room was taken into consideration, as well as the intent to make the most of its space.

Exterior view of the shared apartment building
Open living room in a modern style
Living room-kitchen in the same room with high ceilings
Study zone

The shared house should be a happy and welcoming space for the enjoyment of everyday life, where the “ordinary and extraordinary” are mixed in that space with “individual and common” characteristics.

Its designers were responsible for maintaining an adequate height for each space, taking into account the balance between adequate space for the rooms and an open feeling for the shared living room. The look through the mezzanine to the “borrowed landscape” of the trees that line the street from the window ensures the feeling of spaciousness even within the high-density city.

Areas in different levels
Apartment divided by different rooms
Bathroom for visitors
Exterior night view

Log Cabin with Spectacular Lake Views

By • Jun 11, 2018

Built on the shore of a beautiful lake in central Finland, Villa Kaislaranta blends into its surroundings by using inconspicuous massing and a well-balanced combination of reflections and wood cladding. It was designed by the architectural firms and in 2015, for a recently retired couple who wanted to build a summer villa that would reflect their aspiration for enjoying the beautiful lakeside landscape with their extended family and friends, while at the same time minimizing the impact of the construction on the surrounding natural environment.

Exterior view with wooden floors and relaxation areas
Lake view from the terrace

The architectural solution was to visually blend the dark wooden facade with the forest background and use large glass surfaces to both provide spectacular views to the lake and blend in the building to the surrounding natural landscape.

Casual dining on the terrace
Interior view through glass walls

Moreover, the lake facing facade was made shorter than the opposite side in order to minimize visual impact towards the lake. Large, well-drawn windows towards the lake make people in this villa feel like a part of the natural landscape around them. Generous naturally-aged wooden terraces surround the villa for a comfortable use of outdoor spaces. The interiors are structured based on an effective and rational floor plan that makes the most of the eastern views towards the lake.It was necessary to have enough space for many people to visit and be able to spend the night, so the bedrooms are designed to sleep up to four people on two levels each. The main living areas on the lake side were designed with an open space concept — to provide a fluid space for different usage according to the needs of the residents.

Interior with informal decoration
White fireplace and wooden floors
Room with bunk beds
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