By Magaly • Jul 17, 2018
This imposing construction of large outdoor gardens is located in the city of Medellin, Antioquia – Colombia. It was designed in 2016 by the team of architects Jaime Rendon, architect Felipe Campuzano and architect Clara Restrepo of the architectural firm Jaime Rendon Architects.
It covers an area of 615 square meters and is on a slope, so the construction was built in such a way that it adapts to the terrain. The entire service area of the house is in the first volume, as well as and the main access entryway.
Its interior, with high stone walls and quality wooden floors with spacious and bright spaces that receive natural light through the large glass walls, is exquisitely decorated with modern furniture in which good taste can be appreciated.
The private residence’s staircase connects the entrance hall with the main volume of the house through a central patio that is permeated by the nature of the place. The act of going up and down inside is also a constant experience which explores the relationship between inside and outside, between the place and the architecture, between the rain, the serenity, the light, and the space.
This fantastic loft, with high walls made of brick and concrete, was recently renovated in order to more closely fit the wants and needs of a young and single client. It was crucial that it fit perfectly, especially taking into consideration that the space was rented, and that, in the future, the furniture would be reutilized somewhere else. This is why the furniture, for the most part, was chosen in accordance with each of the spaces in the home.
The project was undertaken by architectural firm treszerosete in 2017, and was specifically led by experienced professionals André Britto, Caio Ferraz and Kamal Yazbek.
It is located in the popular city of São Paulo in Brazil. It covers a total area of 80 square meters, which is not bad at all when we consider that the apartment is occupied by a single person.
Access to the apartment is characterized by a small hallway that limits its use. This is why a bookshelf design that could transmit the personality of the resident through the personal objects—apart from being able to establish a clear order for objects of daily use—was chosen.
The bookshelf at the entrance to the apartment moves through to the stairs, and together—staircase and bookshelf—create a space that allows for concentration and hard work. This was, indeed, as it was requested by the client themselves.
The lower level is the common area, and was designed to receive many people. This is also true for the balcony area, which was designed to help with reunions and gatherings, as the people seated there can easily move to the living room.
By Magaly • Jun 20, 2018
This impressive construction of modern and daring influences was designed in 2016 by Brent Kendle of the architecture firm Kendle Design Collaborative, together with the interior designer David Michael Miller.
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.
Other features include the interior spaces arranged around a central open-air atrium, allowing daylight and breeze to provide natural interior comfort.
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
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.
The design investigates the potential of the fusion between the ancient Mayan architecture and the treatment of the fluid spaces of the modernist design. This gives way to a project that rewrites the traditions and vernacular of the modern elements with contemporary construction.
It specifically occupies a space of 26,000 square meters, with a total area of 42,500 square meters. Each of the twelve bedrooms – each roughly one thousand square meters in size – offers all of the commodities naturally associated with a luxurious a project as this.
By Magaly • May 15, 2018
This dramatic transformation of a small Victorian house covering an area of 175 square meters, and located in Clapham, London, England, in the United Kingdom, is a perfect show of the excellent work done by the architectural firm MWArchitects and its collaborators Matthew Wood and Melissa Robinson in the year 2015.
Its exterior is enchanting, with its very traditional and wonderful brick walls against which its white windows stand out. Glass walls were installed to add a modern touch to the building and, at the same time, allow the interior to receive natural light from the outside and enjoy the beautiful views of the garden.
The garden, divided into several levels, has many areas in which flowers have been planted, as well as fruit trees and vegetables. It has several terraces located strategically in the different levels of the garden.
Inside, we find open spaces and shared areas full of light. Wooden floors contrast with the white used on the walls. A simple, far from ostentatious, and traditional décor fills the spaces.
The studio, a place made to immediately catch our eye, is really charming, with old wooden floors and lots of natural light that passes through the glazed glass walls. It also has a large library where we can find all sorts of books – truly a lovely space.
By Magaly • Apr 16, 2018
This luxurious apartment has been decorated with an exquisite taste by the firm Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects, and it is located in the city of Putuo, China.
The project, with a full range of shades of gray, creates an atmosphere with an air of elegant and meditative calm, which would perfectly adapt to the wishes of a globetrotter after a long and exhausting journey.
In the middle of a forest of 20,000 trees, the “Schwarzwald” apartment towers offer the unique synthesis of living a modern urban life in a quality environment. Many metropolitans long for a place of tranquility and relaxation where their families adopt a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. To fulfill these wishes, an innovative project with a vision of the future was created, which meets the highest standards in terms of comfort and quality of life.
The layers and interactions of premium materials, fascinating textures and high contrast surfaces make this 250 square meter apartment a metropolitan sanctuary with an impressive view of the urban skyline of Shanghai.
Warm shades of gray, natural wooden surfaces, indirect lighting, and lush fabrics contrast with the smooth surfaces of the rooms and create a relaxed atmosphere.
Thanks to a sophisticated combination of marble, unpretentious white sanitary ware, and accessories in black and gold, the bathrooms unfold in an aura of classic and timeless taste.
This imposing construction of high concrete walls has been designed by the architect Cherng Yih Lee, who works for the architectural firm FORMZERO, in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The home was completed in the year 2017 and covers an extensive area of 900 square meters, distributed across its three levels.
It is located right on the edge of a reserved forest, perfect for those who like to enjoy the outdoors and nature. However, one of the points on which its designers focused was avoiding, at all costs, that the existing windows became the most direct element with which to define the relationship with the outdoor space. When a house is surrounded by other houses, the relationship is immediately blurred by dropping a curtain. The question was … How to restore that relationship with the outer space without compromising the necessary privacy inside?
From east to west, this house is wrapped in an additional layer consisting of a wall of perforated concrete that looks like a shell. In addition to acting as a thermal protection with cross ventilation, the carapace is the first layer to control privacy. Between the house and the concrete framework, several levels of landscape are inserted to create an ambiguous condition that makes the landscape look more like an interior space.
Have you ever considered staying in a bunker? Well then this post is for you! Located in the city of Hamburg, Germany, this space promises a private and relaxed atmosphere after an arduous day of work in the city and surrounded by the luxury you can find in your own home.
The bunker in Bülowstrasse was built in 1939 when the Second World War began. The original objective was to protect the hospital for women and children on the other side of the street, but a last-minute decision made it into part of the hospital. Through a tunnel, the Bunker was connected to the hospital and, during the war, the bunker served as the perfect refuge for newborns and their mothers, in addition to offering quiet operating rooms for the sick and injured.
For many years after the war, the Bunker abandoned itself to its own destiny, which turned out to be for two young local developers, who had been looking for the perfect project for quite some time.
The renovation and reinvention of the Bunker began in 2013. Due to the nature of the building, the repair and reconstruction process was slow and meticulous.
The structure was renovated and reused, creating an interior design with a contemporary style.
House Duurzaamheid, as this project is called, is a private home designed by Renz Pijnenborgh, Vincent Valentijn, and Kim Verhoeven of the Dutch architectural firm Archi3o, which is based in Den Bosch. The home covers a total ground area of 210 square meters, and was completed in 2017. It is located in Cadzand, is a town in the province of Zeeland, in the Netherlands.
The client for this project is a well-known advocate for sustainable architecture, and an innovator in home automization. This is to be his holiday home, and so he sought to work with Renz Pijnenborgh, who is a pioneer in Bio based and healthy architecture, to create a home that would create an innovative relationship between technology and nature.
The home was, for the most part, prefabricated in a factory in Germany from a design created by the architects in 3D BIM. In only three days, the home had been completely assembled. In addition to this, the home is fully self-sufficient and sustainable, as well as an amazing getaway for the client and his family. The home boasts a foundation of aerated concrete, a super insulated skin of hemp fibers, geothermal and mass heating, a solar roof that provides enough energy for the entire house, the cars, and some of the neighbors when the family is away, bio-based materials natural ventilation, and a state of the art home automation system.
This ecological house has been designed by the architectural firm of Nico van der Meulen Architects in Inanda, Gauteng, a suburb of Johannesburg, in South Africa. It is a house full of natural light that has an area of 1,511 square meters, and where the first thing we see upon arrival is a steel sculpture of Regardt van der Meulen. It revolves on a podium next to the main door, which is built with glass, providing privacy.
Upon entering the home, the transparency of the house becomes evident, with views of the multi-level room, the lounge, the spa, the pool and the garden, in addition to the two-volume family room, dining room, terrace, and kitchen. The whole living / kitchen / breakfast area is completely open, through the use of frameless doors, to the terrace and the garden.
Sliding glass panels hide the bar and kitchen when not in use, creating a more intimate atmosphere, while a skylight-lit walkway between the master suite and the guest rooms allows for views of the spaces and the garden.
A recessed illuminated handrail forms a graphic line on the wall, while a concealed horizontal sliding door allows the owner to block the upper floor of the ground floor for safety.
In the District 8 of the elegant and dreamy city of Paris, one of the most distinguished and glamorous districts of the city, is this luxurious Hotel, the Hôtel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe – Paris. It welcomes visitors and tourists each and every day as they arrive in the city in search of fun, recreation, and to enjoy its numerous museums and places full of charm and glamour.
Paris is a culturally rich city, L’Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe will surely please its guests, no matter how diverse their desires are. Luxury boutiques, trendy cafes, art galleries, museums and business centers surround this elegant hotel. Its interior is characterized by an Art Deco style, while the must-see attractions such as the Eiffel Tower enhance the exterior of the property.
It has 473 rooms and suites that offer guests elegant lodging in an Art Deco style. 88 executive rooms and 59 suites include access to an executive lounge, where entertainment, relaxation, and delicious French refreshments are always available.
If your plans are to travel to the wonderful city of love, do not forget to plan a stay at this hotel, as it will surely be the perfect complement to your plans and will leave you wanting to return.
By Magaly • Jan 25, 2018
Located in a steep and narrow hillside of the famous city of Beverly Hills, in Los Angeles, California, USA, this project presented a series of significant technical challenges in terms of time restraints and the maximum envelope of the building. The design solution was to organize the house and the complex as an extended and attenuated experience that provided a sense of grace and space despite the restrictions.
The owners’ wishes were to create an oasis that focused more on the feeling of intimacy and introspection instead of maximizing views or presenting an extroverted face to the neighborhood.
The main structure has been designed on two levels traced along the north-south axis and houses most of the interior spaces. The garage is located at the southern end of the house, where most private areas are located, including the gym.
The entrance was designed to create a sense of retreat into a private environment, leaving the cars and the working world of Los Angeles behind.
In the middle, a pool patio and gardens occupy the heart of the site.
A small light-filled structure functions as a project studio, and a guest house is located at the north end of the site.
By Magaly • Jan 25, 2018
This recent renovation of a flat in a 1980s building, and located in the city of Bigorrilho, Curitiba, Brazil, was carried out by the architectural firm Mário Sampaio. The apartment covers an area of 130 square meters, and is a space which has been renovated but, at the request of the client, preserved in its ground area. Only the living rooms were integrated to create a comfortable TV room for the enjoyment of the family.
A new element of transparent laminated plywood has been used, which is the articulating link of the intimate and social parts, with multiple functions: the aesthetic, because it brings a new aspect to the architecture of the place, transforming it; and the functional, because it covers both the exposed beams from the internal circulation as well as the irregularity of the room that remains after the demolition of two walls, an intermediate column, and the sliding door rail that isolates the intimate social area.
It also has two cabinets that have been reused from the previous owner’s apartment, and which have been adapted and painted for the new decoration.
In all the social areas, in contrast to the wooden element, polished concrete was used for the floors. This same material has also been applied both on the walls and on the counter top.
By Magaly • Jan 16, 2018
If visiting Paris is on your horizon, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy this luxurious and exquisite hotel, the Nolinski Paris, located in the center of the city and a few meters from the Louvre Museum in District 1 and with access to the metro stations and the main airports in the city.
This impressive hotel has a reception with a minimalist style made of marble, giving guests a pleasant and friendly welcome. Its spacious interiors feature the distinctly eclectic refinement of decorator Jean Louis Deniot, with each bright and luminous space designed to make you feel at home. To ensure that guests are well connected, the hotel has a 4G Internet service and international calls (USA, Canada and Europe) during your stay.
Once installed, we can enjoy a treatment in its elegant Spa, where its professionals will make you feel relaxed in an intimate space where you can also enjoy a sauna, steam bath or a wonderful indoor pool, depending on your tastes. And if that was not enough, it also has a gym, a personal fitness trainer and gym classes.
Still in doubt? Or you are completely convinced where your next stay in this wonderful city will be?
By Magaly • Jan 8, 2018
This stunning private residence was designed by the Italian interior design firm Cristiana Vannini, based in Milan. The project consisted of the apartment’s renovation as well as a complete revamping of its interior design. The home is located in Milan, Italy.
The interior design of the living and dining rooms is exquisite. The canvas is creamy white walls and rich wooden floors, with large French doors that allow an abundant flow of natural light to seep into the interior space and illuminate all corners of it. Stylishly chosen decorative accessories add personality and character to the interior, telling a story of who might live there while creating a space that feels alive on its own. Works of art dot walls and table tops, adding to the interior’s sense of sophistication while keeping the decoration interesting.
The kitchen is unique in its design – electric blue cabinets against white walls and a white countertop, creating a strong contrast with a pop of color that serves to keep things fun and interesting, while maintaining the same level of elegance as in the living and dining rooms. The colorful floor tiles continue this trend.
The bedrooms keep this sense of fun and sophistication alive in the most private areas of the home, while also maintaining a balance with the serenity necessary for a restful night’s sleep.
By Magaly • Jan 3, 2018
This wonderful house of modern and spacious spaces, full of light and elegance, is located in the famous Praia da Pipa (Pipa Beach), in the city of Tibau do Sul, which is one of the main tourist centers and an important tourist pillar of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, in northern Brazil. The city of Tibau do Sul has grown rapidly as a tourist segment and, as it grew larger, it attracted people from all over the world. Today, we can say that Praia da Pipa is one of the most cosmopolitan beaches in Brazil. It is the perfect scenario to develop an exceptional and innovative house for the client, who fell in love with this city.
The architecture firm Yuri Vital was in charge of this project, covering an area of 1,360 square meters, in 2015.
Conceived only for vacations, this house has unprecedented characteristics. The goal was to create a house with a huge living room, and with an impressive view of the sea, without losing the main characteristics of a home. Therefore, a single area was conceived, without any division, which means that the design of furniture, tables, chairs, sofas, etc. would subtly create the divisions of each zone. The house has an impressive width and length, and from all the rooms you can see the beautiful sea and the famous cliffs of the city of Tibau do Sul.
This elegant and luxurious home is located in the town of Naples, in Florida, USA, and holds an approximate value of $4.5 million. The home has four bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, all full of elegance and good taste, and done with materials of excellent quality.
It also possesses an ample and perfectly equipped kitchen that shares a space with a sumptuous living room. Its exterior areas do not get left behind, and boast marvelous social spaces where we can easily spend time with friends and family.
The home’s outdoor living space that overlooks the lake truly captures the essence of the Florida lifestyle. With a private courtyard garden, pool deck, waterfall, large fountain, fire pit, outdoor shower, and fully equipped kitchen and bar area, the homeowners and their guests alike can enjoy resort-like tranquility and privacy.
The home also boasts a game room, a sauna, a wine storage room, and a study that includes a secret room accessed through a built-in cabinet with a passageway to the master bedroom closet.
Everything in its exterior, as well as its interior, speaks to us of elegance and an exquisite good taste, be it its beautiful wooden floors or its molded ceiling crossed by wooden beams, or even its luxurious furnishings that make the home feel cozy and comfortable.