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By Magaly • Aug 6, 2018
The LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) will, in the near future, be expanded by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. The most striking change, as far as we know, will be its color, which will go from dark to light, giving it a look more in line with the building’s current exterior. The imposing and modern new structure will offer recreation and resting areas on the outside. In its terraces, we will be able to enjoy various options in a café-restaurant located on its premises, and from where the diners will be able to enjoy the wonderful views and the good weather so characteristic of Los Angeles.
In its monumental interior, the very high ceilings and textured walls will give it a totally solemn and refined aspect that will be even, to a certain degree, intimidating due to the immense space within. From there, through its numerous curved glass walls, we will be able to sit placidly to observe and enjoy the views to the outside.
The openings that will lead from one room to another look tiny compared to the height of their walls, and even the paintings placed there will immediately highlight this striking aspect of the new construction. It will definitely be a place worthy of being visited and admired.
Plykea 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.
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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • Aug 3, 2018
This home was designed for a family that wished to own a minimalist house that could provide separate functional areas for the family members’ activities. It was designed by the architectural firm Thomas Gouws Arhictects, undertaken by Thomas and Sureen Gouws. It is located in a golf estate east of Pretoria, South Africa, and it was built on one of the last open stands in an established part of the estate. It is next to a green belt surrounding the golf course, but is separated from it by a street – the best of both worlds.
It covers a total ground area of 633 square meters and was finished in the year 2016. It possesses spacious recreation areas in the exterior, amongst which we find the pool with wooden terraces and spacious garden areas.
From the outside, a concrete lintel walkway defines the entrance route with the swimming pool on the northern side utilized as visual focal point in the entrance procession. The main house contains the family living spaces and bedrooms, while the outbuilding is a home office space on the ground floor and a guest bedroom space on the first floor. Its spacious interior has high ceilings, which allow the space to flood with light. Its spaces are decorated in a modern and simple style.
By Magaly • Aug 3, 2018
This boutique villa was designed in 2017 by the award-winning architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe (Studio Saxe) 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.
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.
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 “.
By Magaly • 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.
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.
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.
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 Pimont Arquitetura.
By Magaly • 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.
The project, which is located in Caniço, Portugal, was led by architect Dirk Mayer and his collaborators Susanne Selders, Elizabeth Nobrega, belonging to the firm Mayer & Selders, 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.
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.
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.
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 architectural firm Paulo Bastos e Associados. 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.
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.
By Magaly • 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 architectural firm ADR s.r.o., were in charge of carrying out this project, which was completed in 2016.
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.
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.
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 architectural firm Amrish Maharaj Architect, and which is located in the western suburb of Enmore, Australia.
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.
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.
By Magaly • Jul 31, 2018
This new and modern design is a residential complex designed as a kind of puzzle with four buildings of different architectural plans and materials. Located in the district of Perdizes, west of São Paulo, Brazil, it offers people interested in living there the opportunity to choose not only their favorite apartment, but also their favorite facade.
The project was carried out by the architectural firm FGMF Arquitetos, with headquarters in São Paulo, in collaboration with the firm idea! Zarvos. The design presents a sequence of roofs with terraces and gardens in the four modules, which act as substitutes for the backyards of the ground floor. One of the modules, made of synthetic wood, stands out as a suspended sculpture, and connects the building with its surroundings at the same time.
The entrance hall presents a garden full of vegetation and a large panel by artist João Nitsche, made of hydraulic tile. A total of 22 apartments, measuring from 136 to 253 square meters, occupy the other levels, and offer those who are interested a series of spaces full of elegance and good taste.
By Magaly • Jul 30, 2018
The architectural firm Hamed Tadayon, led by its team of professionals Taiebeh Amini, Mahsa Fazileh, and Zahra Nasr, designed this modern construction in the city of Isfahan, in Iran. The structure covers an area of 781 square meters in which they tried to give their inhabitants a yard, one of the most fundamental elements that have been lost in the Iranian houses of today, especially in the upper levels of the buildings.
In this project, they try to redefine the main character of a traditional garden in a new context. In addition to providing green space, the traditional Iranian yard has some special characteristics, such as the presence of water and privacy.
Water plays a prominent role insofar as it provides a broad condition by increasing humidity, visual quality and the pleasant sound of falling water. Such factors create a perfect traditional garden. The house has three levels. The ground floor has a good connection to the main yard and there is a water fountain and a pool exactly in front of the living room, which improves the quality of the space.
By Magaly • Jul 30, 2018
This project, carried out by Studio [+] Valéria Gontijo 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.
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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • Jul 27, 2018
This wonderful house with open spaces was designed by the architect Otto Felix of the architecture firm Studio Otto Felix in conjunction with interior designer Tici Andriani. It is located in the city of Joaquim Egídio, Brazil.
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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • Jul 27, 2018
Located in an apartment unit in a building dating back to the early twentieth century in the heart of the beautiful city of Valencia in Spain, this apartment presented a challenge during its renovation. Heading the project was the architectural firm Roberto Di Donato Architecture, which focused on the idea of creating modern living spaces that left the existing structure almost intact.
After many years in a state of neglect, the apartment was an empty shell when it was bought by the client, creating numerous opportunities but also challenges for the design team.
Space flows constantly from one area to another, with the separation between night and day areas provided by two tall wooden elements. These custom-designed items also contain the bedroom cabinets and three sets of doors that allow varying degrees of privacy.
The height of the roof was also considered a particularly valuable element in the renovation. The structure of the roof was restored and maintained completely exposed; no element of the new design comes into contact with it, which underlines the respect for the past and also allows us to perceive the full feeling of space and volume of the apartment.
By adding only new essential features, the “wounds” and layers of transformations over the years were carefully preserved and displayed to improve the sense of continuity with the history of the building.
By Magaly • Jul 26, 2018
This construction, designed and carried out by the architect Pedro Geraldes in 2018, is part of a concept of an industrial installation for global energy company EDP. It is meant to act as a base for the observation and control of a dam in case of emergency.
It is located in Ermida, central region of Portugal, in an area bound by a beautiful watercourse and surrounded by a large forest. This contemporary industrial building aims to reinterpret traditional buildings, honoring the name of the location and respecting the materiality of the architectural history of the company.
The construction needed to remain in a high location, protected from floods and allowing a perfect view from the inside to the dam. This made interventions in the landscape necessary, which resulted in a high-level platform and vehicle access leading to the entrance of the building.
The design of an industrial building in a forest area, with some traditional buildings with sloping roofs, made it possible to envision how a contemporary industrial building could fit into this landscape.
The entrance is totally opaque in aluminum, with the exception of two glass doors, while the rear facade is entirely glass, except for the area where ventilation was required.
By Magaly • Jul 26, 2018
This unique structure is located in the center of a public garden square commissioned by the City of London Corporation, which has replaced an old gyrometer. It was designed by the architecture firm Make Architects in 2018 and has an area of 325 square meters. The small building is part of a broader civic goal to provide space for events and leisure, improve well-being, and provide natural surveillance.
The new ‘Aldgate Square’ is one of the largest public spaces in London’s Square Mile and enhances the connection of the two distinctive heritage buildings on either side of the square: St Botolph Church without Aldgate and the Foundation Elementary School of Sir John Cass.
It only has one floor on the ground, but has used part of the old underground tunnels to accommodate a basement for plants, house facilities, kitchens, and bathrooms. This has significantly reduced the amount of soil needed on the ground and therefore delivered more public space for the gardens.
The constant temperature of the concrete tunnels also works to help regulate the temperature of the building: the air is extracted through the tunnels and goes up to the cafeteria, heating it in the winter or cooling it in the summer.
In this small apartment of only 30 square meters located in Budapest, Hungary, a system of translucent curtains has been installed. These help to define different areas in this small space without losing its style and elegance. The symbolic separation of functions using textiles in movement combines practicality and aesthetics, resulting in a light and open space that shines beyond its restricted size.