Archives - 2017
By Magaly • Dec 29, 2017
Hiroto Suzuki Architects and Associates have designed this private residence in Wakabayashi Ward, the eastern ward of the city Sendai, in Miyagi Prefecture, in Japan. The home covers a ground area of just under 87 square meters, and was completed in 2017.
The property is surrounded by densely-built low rise homes, as it stands smack in the middle of a residential area in Wakabayashi Ward. Old houses, relatively recently rebuilt, are scattered in the surrounding areas, creating a mixture of old and new properties in the environs of this private residence.
The old home was renovated for a young family consisting of a parent and a single child, and it represents a new addition into this community. In order to successfully achieve this, Hiroto Suzuki Architects sought to create a connection between the private and public areas so that they could easily communicate with the outside world of the surrounding neighborhood.
A three story building was planned, with a two car parking area and gardens. The living and dining rooms, as well as the kitchen, are located on the second floor, creating a common room that both the residents as well as the family guests could enjoy.
By Magaly • Dec 29, 2017
This house in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico has been designed by the architectural studio AE Arquitectos in 2017, and covers an area of 1,335 square meters. This project sought achieve a few goals: the first, to integrate the spaces (common areas, and rooms) so that the inhabitants could carry out their activities and move from one area to another without problems.
The second was to achieve a regional look that harkens back to homes of yesteryear where stone and wood were fundamental materials. Within this contrast it was obvious that the conditions of the project were unique.
The formation of the land where the house was built had a very steep slope that ended in the cliffs several meters high. To solve the problem, the house was built one level below the street level. Taking advantage of this, the entrance of the house begins with a stairway through which we discover the house. The feeling of proximity gradually increases until it is revealed before us.
This construction was thought of as a constant encounter with nature. It has two patios and a garden. The house is built on a stone base, with copper tones and oxides that accentuate the intended classic style.
The details in shades of dark wood and the use of brick seem to help complement the feeling of warmth of the house.
Students at the Yale School of Architecture have Presented this Project for the Jim Vlock First Year Construction Project
By Magaly • Dec 29, 2017
The house, located on a previously vacant corner lot on Adeline Street, New Haven, United States, has two units that are separated by a walkway, but which still exist under the same roof. The structure is adorned with large windows that balance the needs for both openness and privacy.It is a house that can accommodate two families and that has been presented by the students of the Yale School of Architecture, Adam Hopfner and Kyle Bradley, in the year 2017 as the latest version of the Jim Vlock First Year Construction Project.
This year’s Construction Project is the first home built as part of a five-year collaboration with Columbus House, a homeless service provider based in New Haven.
Columbus House will select two tenants for the house on Adeline Street: an individual tenant for the efficiency unit and a small family for the two-bedroom unit.
Much of the house, including attics, window frames, stairs, and cabinets, has been prefabricated in eight-foot modules in a warehouse on the west campus of Yale, shortening the amount of time needed for construction on the site.
This year’s house marks the 50th project built by first-year students in the professional studies program at the Yale School of Architecture.
By Magaly • Dec 28, 2017
HR&A is a project completed by the LA based architectural firm CHA:COL in 2016. The structure serves as the offices of a leading consulting firm specializing in economic, real estate, and urban planning, and which has offices in New York, Dallas, Washington D.C., and, with the completion of CHA:COL’s project, in downtown Los Angeles, California, USA. The offices cover a total ground area of 2,500 square feet.
The offices are located on the 29th floor of a high rise complex known as The Bloc, and so boasts stunning views north and westward of the city of Los Angeles. The floor plan for the offices is designed in such a way that the work stations are not completely separate from one another, creating a work environment that fosters flow of communication and emphasizes team work. Also available for all employees are conferences areas, both large and small, a sort of “phone booth” which provides acoustic privacy, and a lounge and break area. Such a combination of environments allows workers to fully use all office installations as they see fit.
The exposed ceiling fixtures serves to give the entire office space an industrial feel which, paired up with the contemporary furnishings, gives the interior a unique look.
By Magaly • Dec 28, 2017
Nobody would say that this modern contemporary house, which is located in the city of Borgloon, Belgium, was once an obsolete farm — but it’s true. It has been beautifully remodeled by the architectural firm Sam Architects, at the hand of its architect Krist Michiels, in the year 2017.
The house is located in a protected landscape with the typical characteristics of Haspengouw, an area consisting of small villages in a rural landscape dotted with fruit trees. The house has a lacquered steel profile and a stone clad facade. Inside, different materials are combined with the intention to create different styles within a coherent unit.
The expansion of these two volumes has a contrasting design. A rectangle is implanted parallel to the reconstructed volume. This volume holds the living room and the bedroom. This unit is implanted 60 cm lower on the left side; as a result, this residential unit is not visible from the street. The volumes are only linked by a corridor, and, when viewed from above, the house has an H shape, which guarantees a clear spatial separation.
In the office areas, the wall finishes are combined with parquet floors. In the sleeping area, the parquet floor and white details are also used. The bathroom has mosaics from floor to ceiling, creating a very unique design.
Fabulous House Designed for Nature Lovers in the Middle of a Thick Forest and Overlooking a Lake in Minnesota
By Magaly • Dec 28, 2017
This fabulous house located in the middle of a thick forest of wonderful landscapes is the perfect refuge for lovers of nature and good taste. It is an ideal place to enjoy everything that its surroundings offer while simultaneously enjoying the excellent comfort of its interior.
Designed by the architectural firm Strand Design, it covers an area of 4,800 square feet composed of two primary cores separated by a central glass in which we have 3 bedrooms, 1 Master bedroom, and 4 bathrooms, the living room, the kitchen, the dining room, and a fitness area.
It was built in the year 2017 in Northern Township, a township in Beltrami County, Minnesota, United States.
With wonderful views of the lake and nestled in natural terrain, social spaces are outlined along the landscape, blurring the dividing line between their natural environments and their built areas. The spacious and bright living rooms have large glass walls to welcome you to the lake.
The central core, thanks to its glass walls, becomes a nexus between the dining room and the private lounge that allows you to enjoy the forest and the lake in a safe and welcoming way.
With a palette of exterior material in dark tones, the Northern Lake Home blends with the wooden landscape, while the white oak provides a minimal and clear interior warmth.
By Magaly • Dec 27, 2017
This charming cabin is located on the banks of a quiet lake and surrounded by dense and lush vegetation, in a dream setting with incredible views of the magnificent Catskills mountain range. This wonderful, picture-like landscape is located in the outskirts of the city of Woodstock, which is just under two hours by car from the city of New York, New York, in the United States.
Its interior, completely clad in wood, has an open plan lounge, a wood stove, and a sofa from which we can enjoy the wonderful views in the comfort and warmth of the interior of the cozy home, as well as a spacious and functional kitchen and a vast loft-type bedroom, which is located at the top.
It was created by the interior design studio Antony Gibbon Designs in 2014 and covers an area of 750 square feet.
At the rear of the building is a separate shower room and a bathroom with a second bedroom that could easily be converted into an office study space. The structure has two balconies, located on both sides of the kitchen-living room with a large terrace below that leads to the lake and the hot tub.
By Magaly • Dec 27, 2017
The architectural firm XS Studio for compact design, with the help of its architecture professionals Rony Avitzour, Avital Broide and Ofer Rossmann, designed this apartment in 2017 as long and slender, precisely because of its distribution.
It is a building classified as a preservation that is located on the Rothschild Boulevard of Tel Aviv-Yafo, in Israel. The bold and daring clients presented a fascinating challenge for a 93 m² apartment: a room for each of the three children and for the parents, two bathrooms, and a spacious living room.
The children’s rooms were designed to be minimal, functional, and simple, thus providing a wider living space in the public areas.
The narrow structure has a particularly long corridor (9m long) to allow access to all rooms. Therefore, the corridor and the brick wall became together one of the two elements that guided the planning of the apartment. The second element that defines the apartment is the structure in the form of a box with its elements of carpentry.
The twins share a space of one room (14 square meters), with a division of 140 cm wide in the center running from the floor to the ceiling, and across the space. There, they have a wardrobe and a small desk area.
The main room is done in a retro design, and has white brick walls and a simple décor.
By Magaly • Dec 27, 2017
The famous and cosmopolitan city of New York is in luck: Tadao Ando, the Japanese architect, who has been praised for his mastery and elegance, has finally designed something in the Big Apple. His buildings have been erected in Tokyo, Milan, Shanghai and even Butwal, Nepal, but never in the cosmopolitan city of New York!
New versions of Tadao Ando’s first project in this city, a luxury residential building known as 152 Elizabeth Street, showing the interiors of its unique multi-story penthouse for the first time, have been revealed. It promises to become one of the most elegant condominium buildings the city has ever seen. Simple, modest, and beautifully proportioned, this is typical of the work of Tadao Ando.
With a sale price of $ 35 million, the penthouse unit covers an area of 5,603 square feet of interior space and 3,240 square feet of outdoor space on three levels, which includes 4 bedrooms and 4.5 bathrooms. The interiors, designed by Gabellini Sheppard Associates, have high-end finishes. The spiral staircase, for instance, was built with Pietra Cardosa stone, glass, and satin steel. Other materials include oak floors, Danish planks, Dinesen widths, eucalyptus wood cabinets, as well as various types of stone and the material most associated with Ando: concrete.
By Magaly • Dec 22, 2017
This wonderful house with ample spaces filled with light and good taste has been designed by Jeravej Hongsakul, Eakgaluk Sirijariyawat, and Rubporn Sookatub, who form part of the team at the architectural studio IDIN Architects. The home is located in Bangkok, Thailand, and was completed in 2014.
It covers 470 square meters, in which wonderful environments have been created, dominated by wood, glass, and a great influence of white, creating a decorative contrast that is simply spectacular.
The main common area of this house is the dining room, which can also be used as a work area. The area is enclosed and connected to the terrace, and features double height ceilings for the family room on the upper floor, which also connects to the outdoor terrace. Such an open concept makes it so that everyone is in the house at all times.
The skylight above the entrance hall allows natural light to flood the space, as well as the stairs that lead to the master bedroom on the second floor and the room and nursery on the third floor. The master bedroom has a private staircase and is on the ground floor (second floor) and the bedroom is on the top floor (third floor).
By Magaly • Dec 22, 2017
This small tower has been built by Dominique Coulon, Olivier Nicollas, Benjamin Rocchi, and Steve Letho Duclos of the French architectural firm Dominique Coulon & Associés. It is located in the historic Krutenau district of Strasbourg, France, a district traditionally populated by boatmen and fishermen, and crisscrossed by canals. The tower covers an area of 500 square meters and was completed in 2015.
Strasbourg has a number of what are known as hollow teeth, or vacant plots that are too small to be attractive, and thus be put to use. The consultation then called for the production, on a plot measuring just 120 square meters, of a building that would guarantee the achievement of high energy performances, the use of bio-sourced materials, and a mixed-purpose project housing offices and accommodation, as well as well as a kitchen garden and an organic swimming pool on the topmost terrace.
The façade of the building is clad in scorched wood (larch), a technique originating in Japan, where they scorch the outer surface of the material in order to extend its life. Orange and silver awnings cover some of the windows, granting the exterior a pop of color. The interior is vibrant and luminous, providing open spaces in which to partake in a variety of activities.
By Magaly • Dec 22, 2017
P&D+I KLABIN Center is a project completed by the Brazilian architectural firm Paulo Brazil E. Sant’Anna Arquitetos Associados in 2017. The research, development, and innovation center covers a total ground area of over 3,000 square meters, and is located near the entrance of Villa Harmonia in Monte Alegre, Brazil.
It was important for the clients that the project manage to integrate the architectural ensemble to the surrounding landscape, which is characterized by an open, green expanse bordered by a lush and verdant wood. In order to do this, the architectural firm made themselves think of the project as a whole as a humanized landmark. The end result is a structure that is perfect for the intellectual immersion of the researchers, and which exists in perfect harmony with the surrounding historical buildings.
The structure is contemporary in its design, with glass walls that allow natural light to flow into the interior spaces. Inside, the structure is wide open and spacious, providing any number of spaces in which to conduct a variety of activities. The main block holds three floors with laboratories, lounges, dresser rooms, meeting rooms, and research centers. The annex faces north and holds an auditorium which can sit up to 80 people, as well as exposition areas, rest rooms, and an area for events and exhibitions.
This private residence, known as Ruffey Lake House, was designed in 2016 by Steph Richardson and John Liu, who are part of the team at the Australian architectural firm Inbetween Architecture, with interior design created by Aldona Pajdak. The home covers a total ground area of 485 square meters and overlooks the Ruffey Lake Park in Doncaster, a suburb of Melbourne, Australia.
The double brick home was originally constructed in the 1970s, and has undergone a complete transformation in the hands of Inbetween Architecture.
The interior, which had been previously compartmentalized, was reconfigured and turned into an open space in order to allow for easier illumination and a more stylish design. This also allows for an easier connection between kitchen, dining, and living spaces, and for a better flow in their various functionalities. The west side of the ground floor holds quieter private spaces, such as the library, music room, and TV den. A timber clad island divides the east and west sides of the floor, and also serves to conceal the cloak room, bathroom, and pantry. On the second level are the bedroom suites, an additional bathroom, and a large north facing terrace, which is accessible both from the landing and the master bedroom.
Platino Interior Design, a Taiwanese architectural firm with offices in Taipei and Shanghai, has designed this home, Residence of Hsieh, in 2016. The home covers a total ground area of nearly 250 square meters, and is located in Hsinchu City, a city known for its windy climate in northern Taiwan.
This aging townhouse became a brand new home for the clients after a wall was torn down. Following this, it was replaced by a glass and ironwork partition, which still separated the spaces while allowing natural light to flow into the rooms with ease. This same ironwork flows upward, connecting all five floors of the home through one structure. This aids in the sense of continuity as one travels up and farther into the more private areas of the home.
The color palette used is muted, with both earthy and cooler shades of gray brought together to create an interior that is both cozy and serene. Wooden surfaces add to this sense of warmth. Sparse decorative accessories and an abundance of natural light create an atmosphere that feels clean and welcoming, without ever becoming overbearing.
The master sits perched on the third floor of the house, and enjoys the most privacy. All remaining spaces – an additional bedroom, a computer room – sit on the second floor, blending the boundary between private and social.
By Magaly • Dec 21, 2017
This house rests elevated on the crest of a mountain, and with wonderful views over the spectacular surroundings of Park City, which is located east of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. It has a perfect panoramic view of the outdoor spaces and the green mountains of Utah, which will be covered in white with winter snow.
Perfectly equipped for all seasons, in the serene summer season, the house has a platform for breakfast, perfect for a day of rest and enjoying the sunset. But, due to its elevation of 7,500 feet, alongside the breathtaking views also comes extreme weather. At this height, the arrival of spring can bring hurricane winds; early autumn can produce shaky electrical storms; and winter can accumulate snow over 12 feet (3.7m). But this house is conveniently equipped to withstand the ravages of time.
It was designed by the architectural firm Imbue Design in 2016 and covers an area of 4,500 square feet.
The house possesses the warmth and natural quality of the light red cedar of the west in most of its exterior which gives it presence while uniting it naturally to the landscape. The natural color of the cedar creates a strong contrast against the snow in the winter months and offers a complementary color to the green hillside of spring. Cedar is naturally able to withstand the extreme changes in temperature and weather phenomena inherent in high elevation climates.
By Magaly • Dec 20, 2017
These modern offices belonging to the group BUONGIORNO.IT! _NTT DOCOMO GROUP, Mobile technologies, were renovated by the architectural firm of Cristiana Vannini, a Florentine by birth and Milanese by adoption, and her team of professionals which includes the architects Alessandra Spaltini and Enrico Muccio, and whose firm focuses on private houses, workplaces, hospitality, and various other architectural fields, from refurbishment of rural architecture to interiors in the city of Milan, Italy.
Located in the city center, the early 1900s historical building that hosts the company has been completely renovated to give a new and dynamic twist to the interiors, creating and defining Buongiorno’s corporate image.
The project includes common spaces and working areas. On the ground floor are located the reception, a modern and elegant space that will give a first impression to their prospective and future clients, and a multifunctional area.
It also has a cafeteria area that can be converted into a meeting room, depending on the needs of the team.
On the higher levels are located large open spaces, meeting rooms, and private offices, alternated with common spaces like coffee-points and telephone booth areas.
Nobody can doubt the wonderful change that this old construction has undergone.
By Magaly • Dec 20, 2017
The Entre Pinos development is a cluster of homes comprised of five weekend houses designed by the Mexico City based architectural firm Taller Hector Barroso deep within the forests surrounding the town of Valle de Bravo, on the shore of Lake Avándaro. The home sits shrouded by tall pine trees on a sloping ground.
The five structures are identical, and each is made up of a series of blocks in varying heights surrounding an internal patio, which is meant to grant views, silence, and intimacy.
The architectural structures are all constructed using local materials, which include timber and brick, as well as the local soil that was added to the render later applied to the wall surfaces. This process serves to give the buildings an earthy rose tone that creates a feeling of natural warmth throughout the entire complex. This continues in the interior of the buildings, where the rosy walls are accompanied by natural stone floors and exposed timber ceiling beams. This keeps the connection to the earth and the natural environment that envelops the building complex strong, and adds an extra touch of coziness to the entire ensemble. Floor to ceiling clear glass windows further aid in this communication between indoors and outdoors.