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This project, called the tree house, is 8 meters high and boasts a total area of 80 square meters of interior. It is located in a little visited mountain village at the foot of Siming Mountain, Zhongcun, Luting, Yuyao, Zhejiang Province, China and was designed in 2018 by the architectural firm MONOARCHI under the direction of its professionals Xiaochao Song, Keming Wang, Fu Congwei, Yang Chao, Weina Guan, Linxian Luo, Xingyu Gao, Sun Fan, Jing Ya, and Lingling Zhang.
It is divided into upper and lower parts. The lower part is composed of steel support columns, whereas the upper part mainly employs wood. The tree house is located on one side of a dike, surrounded by ancient bamboo forests, facing the old tea factory on the other side of a stream. Part of the terrace hangs over the stream, creating a sensation that the terrace is floating in the water. In addition, since the steel columns are curled up at various points on the ground to minimize the impact on the environment, there is more space available for ground activities.
The town in which it is located rests on the edge of a secondary forest. A small river, dividing the town into two parts, crosses slowly from north to south. The tree house is located on the west bank of the lower stream. Two facing peaks are located east and west of the site, where the green bamboos extend across the hill, creating a friendly and quiet atmosphere.
By Magaly • Aug 23, 2018
This magnificent remodeling of a space with a limited available area, approximately 112 square meters that required the utmost prudence, was carried out by the architectural firm Whiting Architects. It was supervised by its professionals Steven Whiting, Eleanor Eade, and Josie Somerville in the city of Fitzroy, in Australia.
The original cabin was dark, cold and narrow with a staircase in the middle of the already small social area space, accessing your individual room. The goal was to create a functional two-bedroom house with a modest budget. Space constraints, light, and views drove the design response.
The views of the neighboring church and its iconic features are framed throughout the house through windows and skylights placed precisely, creating a sense of connectivity in layers. Framing specific focal points through the interior landscape, both in new and existing areas, informed the response of the architectural design. The operable glazing provides natural light and cross ventilation, while the angled volumes capture a beautiful and changing quality of light.
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Entrance stairs with inclined window
By Magaly • Aug 22, 2018
This project, a remodeling of an old construction from 1936, was carried out in 2016 by the Spanish firm Equipo Olivares Arquitectos, under the direction of its professionals Javier Pérez-and Fernando Aguarta García. It is located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the beautiful island of Tenerife, in Spain. The property covers an area of 133 square meters.
The design included a light metallic structure that would not increase the load on the roof too much; in addition, dry walls, pavements and partition walls were built, as well as a cover with prefabricated light panels. In the same way, the adaptation to the pre-existing networks suggested that the band that houses the toilets was located next to the courtyards, thus reducing the layout of the facilities and enabling a rational distribution. The solar route, on the other hand, motivated the provision of generous openings to the rising sun — protected by a lattice of aluminum slats as well as exterior shades of warm tones — illuminating the common spaces and the terrace with views of the city, the sea, and the Anaga massif at dawn.
In the end, the new volume looks out onto Robayna Street as a discreetly expressive visor, whose flight allows the efforts of the light structure to be balanced while being shown to the street as an addition that aspires to belong without stridency to the original building. It is a clean piece guided by the economy of means and the choice of a contained palette of materials.
This house that has more than 60 years of construction to its name. It has passed from generation to generation and was recently remodeled in 2015. Those responsible for carrying out this project are the architecture professionals Vorapoj Tachaumnueysuk and Pattama Pornpirom, both belonging to the architectural firm Monotello. It is located in Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Thailand, and has an area of 510 square meters.
Entering the existing house presented us with the essence of the ancient Thai living space, carefully reimagined by the original architect. It was a first generation concrete structure and, unique to a building of that period, incorporated the traditional planning of the Thai space.
A one-story building that surrounds a huge central courtyard, planned with natural light and ventilation in mind. The use of energy and environmental sustainability were definitely important bullet points, as well.
With the unique design and history of the house, the current architect’s goal was to retain as much of his heart and soul as possible while meeting the needs of the current owner. The new structures were designed to be independent of the original. Steel and wood were used everywhere, along with concrete finishes to match the existing one. As the original basement had moisture problems, it was opened and integrated into the central courtyard.
This wonderful house of modern structure is located in a protected area overlooking the the Wade River while it flows into the bay of Arkles, in Whangaparaoa, New Zealand. It was recently designed by the architecture firm Creative Arch and has an area of 248 square meters.
The angular shape of the roof brings together a single-story garage with the bedroom and living spaces on the first floor, folding gently on the rectangular facade of the southeast. A central staircase framed by double-heighted glass works in conjunction with an aligned skylight and void, creating a well of light in the heart of the house on an interior garden.
The Project required a new four-bedroom house, with total privacy from the street and maximum views over the water. The decision to create the angular shapes of this house meets both requirements with a distinctive architectural result.
The building opens to the panoramic views of the cliffs, and at the back of the site, the facades are softened with the careful combination of materials and forms, with generous views that overlook the bay.
By Magaly • Aug 21, 2018
This spectacular home is located in an exclusive area overlooking the bay of Acapulco, Mexico. It consists of a renovation and extension, done in 2016, of a house with an area of 1050 square meters, built in the 1960s. The renovation project was carried out by architectural firm DIANA ARNAU in conjunction with HGR Arquitectos.
The house is located on a rocky and sloping land of 1210 square meters. It has 5 bedrooms, each with closets, bathrooms, and a terrace, a family room, kitchen, living room, pool, outdoor bar, and parking for 3 cars. This gives the structure a total area of 1050 m2, divided into 3 levels to adjust to the topography.
The project consists of 3 volumes. The first top volume is access and parking. When you go down the stairs, you reach the second volume, with 2 levels. On the upper level and through a private terrace you have the master bedroom, whereas the lower level has 2 bedrooms which you enter through a roof terrace. At the end of the terrace you reach the family room, a more enclosed space with a TV, dining table, kitchen, and bathroom.
Descending half a level, you find the third volume. On the top floor you have the main living room – dining room space, which is completely open, and the kitchen. Under this space there are 2 more rooms with their respective terraces and private garden.
The pool area, which has a jacuzzi and a bar, articulates these two volumes.
All spaces are connected by stairs that adapt to the terrain.
By Magaly • Aug 20, 2018
This project is located in a labyrinth of streets and courtyards of Hutongs in Beijing, China, an area characterized by being an authentic urban area. It is surrounded by highways with a width of 20 meters, skyscrapers in constant expansion, and modern blocks. The project has an area of 115 square meters.
The atmosphere of its streets is brought together by a family kitchen, breakfast stalls, public bathrooms and seasonal humidity. As for sound, it is also vivid: chatting with neighbors, selling cigarettes, discussing with passengers. Different dialects, crunching leaves, birds and insects make up an intriguing symphony.
When the wooden door opens, there is a square space surrounded by gray brick walls. Two large ginkgo trees stand in the courtyard; a unique space is created under the trees and on the roof. The design was created by MINOR lab and its professionals Chen Liu, Yi-chi Wang, and Ping-chen Yeh in the year 2017.
The walls on either side of the Hutong prevent direct sunlight from entering, which can be seen as a divider between public and private places. Inside the walls, it is still an interior and closed space. However, the patio lets in the sky, the wind, the sunlight, the air, and the sound.
By Magaly • Aug 20, 2018
With definite lines and style, which result in a design that is undoubtedly elegant, this magnificent house makes us fall in love with each one of its spaces, all of which are wide and open. The property covers a total of 2000 square meters. It possesses a minimalist style in which everything flows naturally and harmoniously, designed by Shanghai Hip-Pop Design Team under the direction of its professionals Tianwen Sun Xindi Cao, Dong Liu, Dejie Zhang, and Youfei Wang.
It is located in Shizi Moutain, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China and was carried out in the year 2018. The objective of this project was to reduce the material cost to the essentials in order to lead to an optimal spiritual level.
In the design process, the building is considered a poetic imagination, and the project conveys a philosophy of facing solitude calmly. A strict commercial tone is deliberately avoided to create a cozy atmosphere where guests can feel at home. Minimalism can easily become cold; to avoid this problem, great attention has been paid to the color and texture of the materials used.
On the one hand, the wood veneer and the floor adopt a very light color, which makes the general atmosphere of the space comfortable. On the other hand, a non-opaque wallpaper is applied so that the light appears soft and warm, thus transforming the space into “very cozy”. The aim was to create a human environment, simple and cozy and, at the same time, full of elegance.
By Magaly • Aug 17, 2018
This project’s design adopted the strategy to clearly differentiate the relationship with the landscape of the living spaces, on the one hand, and the areas of night and service, on the other. It was carried out by the architectural firm Unoencinco Arquitectura in the year 2016 in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Located in the “El Ocho” neighborhood, in a land of incipient consolidation, it occupies approximately half a hectare that presents a style typical of Pampa in Argentina.
Under a covered plan, two “boxes” were measured and placed, divided up with an alternating pattern of vertical and horizontal openings to the exterior. These areas included everything from the restrooms to the bedrooms, as well as the structural support. In the small space between them, the living room is fully immersed with the landscape, allowing us to enjoy it in all its splendor. A gallery that takes a full edge with its full / empty shades acts like bellows that expands outwards.
The space that has an area of 136 square meters has a large terrace that connects directly with the nature that surrounds it. Not a single detail will be missed whilst staying here.
This house of 170 square meters, with an exterior of aged red brick walls and a concrete interior, underwent, in its infancy, a process of strict restrictions and regulations. It is located in Budapest, Hungary and was recently designed by architects Thalas Fialovszky, Gergő Jedlicska, and Gergely Kenéz, all working for the architectural firm Építész Stúdió. Located on a narrow corner plot, the roof was the only place where, with a little twist, the unusable attic became a spacious room with a bathroom.
The interior design was simple, with the living room and kitchen on the ground floor, followed by the bedrooms on the upper levels. The goal was to create an intensive connection with the garden, with covered terraces and large windows.
The house and the surrounding structures are differentiated by materials. The house is covered with recycled and sliced bricks, inspired by the demolished building of the site. Some materials were reused, mainly in the shape of the pavement and the walls of the garden. The concrete of the terraces is kept raw, as well as the interior slabs, visually connecting the internal and external structures. The interior is softened with the presence of wooden furniture and pavement.
By Magaly • Aug 16, 2018
This beautiful house with white and luminous spaces is located on a plot of 730 m2 in El Maitén, a suburban residential neighborhood of the city of Bahía Blanca in Argentina. The project has been carried out recently by the architectural firm Bernardo Rosello – Arquitectura.
The house is made with a mixed construction system, consisting of support walls and columns that support modulated laminated wooden beams every two meters. The roof is made with a single leaf, slightly curved, which drains with slopes towards both façades.
At the request of the owner, two stages of construction were carried out: a house with an area of 70 m² plus the gallery, which meets the needs of basic use for the individual user, and the second stage with two bedrooms and a bathroom for future growth.
The positioning of the house in the lot is transversal, leaving 2 empty spaces: one back where the garden is located that is visually related to the main interior spaces and is frequently used (first stage); and one at the front, planned to position the second stage of construction.
Towards the west, the house closes in its entirety to protect itself from the hostile sun in summer. Only high windows are projected to guarantee the interior movement of the air, renewing its volume in a few minutes.
By Magaly • Aug 16, 2018
This home, belonging to a large family of 6, is located in Herzliya Pituach, Israel and was part of a renovation of an old building in which the interior was emptied, a reinforcement was applied, and the structure was expanded using mostly lightweight construction materials. Originally, the building had several rooms on the ground floor, including a stable, and an external staircase led to the second floor, where the main room was located. The architectural firm Tomer Ben Dor was commissioned to carry out the 182-square-meter project in 2017.
The ground floor includes the living room, the kitchen, the dining room, the guest room, the master bedroom with private bathroom, and a shelter that is also used as a closet room. The second floor includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a laundry room. Another bedroom is located in the attic.
The main guide for the design of the exterior appearance was the use of neutral dark tones in order to create a building that fits the shade of tall trees and the surrounding garden. Therefore, the tones chosen for the front of the building were mainly gray and dark green.
Jean-François Crahay & Guy Jamaigne and Solange Dumez of the firm Crahay & Jamaigne were in charge of carrying out this project in 2015. It is a marvelous house of 113 square meters that is located in the area of Thy-le-Bauduin, in Belgium. The project was studied with the interest in sustainable development and energy economy (materials, insulation, and construction techniques), both in the media and in construction methods, for short and long term use.
Given the course of the sun at the back of the lot and the inclined layout, the project proposes a different concept of a traditional habitat. The entrance to the house is made by a semi-buried level in contact with the road (entrance, cellar, car-storage of a car, bicycle and garden) and the living rooms are on the first floor, as are the guest room, kitchen, the dog’s space, and a playground for children. Upstairs, the bedrooms, dressing rooms, and bathrooms, which are allowed access to the back of the garden by a slightly inclined footbridge. The two toilets are accessible from each landing of the staircase.
The building adapts perfectly to the natural slope of the landscape. The landscaping of the surroundings (on the side of the street) allows a space for two or three parking places for visitors.
This design with red brick walls and white perforated brick stairs was designed by the architectural firm Jeremy Steere Architect, 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.
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.
By Magaly • Aug 14, 2018
This small and cozy wooden hut has three levels and is located in Sea Ranch, California, United States, in a lush forest. Its construction dates back to 1968 and has been recently remodeled by the architectural firm Framestudio under the supervision of its professional Chad DeWitt.
The house was intended to exemplify how Sea Ranch’s design guidelines could be used to build a well-designed, low-cost weekend cabin. The footprint of the 20′ x 20′ cabin consists of three levels, which open one above the other, forming a loft space. Due to their elemental design and small size, few of these houses remain in their original state.
The Framestudio team recognized the historical importance of the booth and sought to balance the preservation of the historic fabric while making modifications and updates to meet the practical needs of the new owners. A fully functional kitchen, the space for six people to sleep in, and insurable storage areas were some of the priorities. A scheme was developed that restored many of the original details, distinctive of the design, using wood that had been recovered.
In the kitchen, the lower cabinets were replaced by a more functional design made of birch plywood coated with an ultra black laminate.
By Magaly • Aug 14, 2018
The architectural firm CU + AR ESTUDIO, under the direction of its professionals Santiago Cuenca, Gabriel Arias and Wilson Andrade, recently designed this modern house, which has a total area of 550 square meters and where there are four bedrooms. It is located on relatively flat land on the banks of the Paute River in Ecuador.
The house is arranged on the ground in a “U” shape enclosing the social area between its lateral arms with the intention of directing the visuals towards the mountains, which are far to the west, creating interesting environments in the interior of the house, thanks to the nuances of colors that the sunsets present.
One of the fundamental requirements of the project was the creation of a space dedicated to the exhibition of classic vehicles and collectable artifacts; For this reason, the proposal raises this space as the protagonist of the project, which integrates all the different areas of the house and can be admired from anywhere in the same.
The house in general offers a direct dialogue between functionalism and nature, and is framed in each space of the house.
The house is for people with a free spirit because of its atmosphere, its subtlety, and eloquence of having arranged windows strategically, so that they frame us outside and allow us to discover the different picturesque sights that nature herself develops in a single day.
By Magaly • Aug 13, 2018
Located in a transitory and walkable neighborhood near a corridor in the urban center of the city of Boulder in Colorado, USA, this modern construction has been dubbed by its neighbors as Space Pod.
It acts as a multipurpose space for a young landscape architect. Inspired by monochromatic black paintings by Ad Reinhardt and Frank Stella, a palette of minimalist concrete, metal and glass material was selected. This project was designed to be built in phases and Space Pod is Phase I. Phase II consists of a single-family residence. The location of each volume on the site was driven by the desire to create a private, sun-filled backyard space, free of large imposing structures.
Adopting a form of unique typology, the lower level of the Space Pod has a garage and a bicycle workshop, while the upper level is a flexible place to work, play and relax. The composition presents subtle textures, perforations and transparencies, which are revealed throughout the day cycle.
The project, which boasts a total area of 800 feet squared, was carried out in 2016 by the architectural firm Studio B Architecture + Interiors and was led by professionals Mike Piche, Ashley Clark and Joey Pruett.