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By Magaly • 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.
The architectural firm Paul Hirzel 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.
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.
This beautiful apartment which, from the first, breathes tranquility and peace, was designed by C.H. Interior, 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.
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.
The stairs that lead to the second level, made in multi-toned wood, reaffirm the elegance that reigns in the space.
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.
By Magaly • 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.
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 architectural firm AE Superlab under the tutelage of architect Brian Masuda.
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.
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.
By Magaly • 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.
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 the Credohus architecture firm. This 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.
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.
By Magaly • 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 Alexia Convers Architecture 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.
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.
5468796 Architecture 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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • 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 in situ studio. 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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • 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 firm Lazor Office 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.
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.
By Magaly • 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.
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.
This wonderful apartment is located on the 29th floor of a tall building located in the heart of the city of Austin, Texas, in the United States. Its position has the advantage of offering simply incredible views of the Texan city, especially if you happen to have floor to ceiling glass walls. The architectural firm Furman + Keil Architects was commissioned to carry out this project covering a total ground area of 3200 square feet in 2015. The W Residence, the name given to the project, overlooks Lake Lady Bird.
Inspired by the work of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, the team used a series of screens and floating roofs to subtly define finely designed spaces within the confines of the building’s concrete frame.
The inherently compressed section of the single floor was reimagined with layers and reliefs, and the design was changed from a one floor space to a series of more intimate and highly composite spaces.
The precise details and the extraordinary craftsmanship in waxed steel, patinated brass, plaster, travertine and various woods create a warm and elegant space in which to take refuge from the bustling urban activity so typical of large and populous cities.
By Magaly • Jun 12, 2018
This project of 160 square meters, which is full of simple elegance, was designed by Ciszak Dalmas & Matteo Ferraro in January of 2018. Spanish accessories brand Malababa is opening a new space in Madrid’s Serrano 8, Spain, where its structure symbolizes and reproduces the firm’s identity features: light, texture, color and shapes.
It is, in itself, a return to their roots, where raw beauty’s natural sense gets established as different, authentic and truly attractive. Everything in Serrano 8 Malababa calls for an authenticity which becomes more beautiful with time. And this is precisely one of Malababa’s mantras.
Founders of Malababa Ana Carrasco and Jaime Lara, together with design and architecture studios Ciszak Dalmas and Matteo Ferrari, have joined forces day after day to materialize Malababa’s dream at Serrano 8. The result is a space that has been built the same way their products are: with passion, consistency, honesty and sustainability. A retreat that breathes creativity and a total involvement of all team members.
The “imperfect finish” and natural hues of Malababa’s aesthetics strengthen the artisan and sustainable concept. All walls are rendered with a mix of Galician clay, white marble powder from Almería and totally natural, ecological and non-toxic food thickeners. This kind of finish regulates air moisture and temperature and maintains the space free of bacteria and harmful microorganisms, as well as considerably helping save energy throughout the year.
Photos by: Asier Rua
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 RESORTUM and OSUMA Architects Ltd 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.
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.
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.
Spectacular Project Undertaken by Architectural firm Martin Ferrero Architecture in the Yucatan Peninsula
By Magaly • Jun 11, 2018
A hybrid house by design, this project was undertaken by architectural firm Martin Ferrero Architecture, led by its professional architect Daniel Martín Ferrero. It is located on an island in the Caribbean Sea, near the Mexican Yucatan peninsula; its exact location, however, is not one that we can share publicly.
It was ordered by a Swiss client with the intention of creating a home that was the definitive fusion of art, nature, and architecture. The client was specifically inspired by other architectural works, most notably House Fallingwater – by Frank Lloyd Wright – and Farnsworth House – by Mies van der Rohe. He wanted to adapt the architecture and language of the projects “Xálima Island House” and “Pabellón del Agua” to a Caribbean island where the Mesoamerican culture could be seen in all its splendor.
This was all done in order to create a vocational home where the owner could experience a true tropical paradise and pay homage to the arts. It is a symbiosis between the environment and the artifice of the human race, where nature, steel, wood, and glass combine to create an architectural style that is dedicated to the human senses.