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Fantastic Remodeling of two Old Houses in the City of Brussels, Belgium

By • Sep 18, 2018

This fantastic remodeling of two narrow houses that were in very poor condition, as they had been used by their former owner as a rental for students who needed cheap accommodation, was carried out in 2016 by the architectural firm K2A. The interior was designed by the firm Permis de Construire and Denis Dujardin was in charge of the gardens.

Exterior view of the back garden

The property covers a total area of 500 square meters and is located in Brussels, Belgium. It is located in a prestigious and vibrant area of the city, in a basement with little insulation, with little air and little natural light inside. The project consisted in uniting the two houses while respecting the typology of the existing buildings and making the most of their new width to offer generous and luminous spaces to the new residents.

View of the garden from the inside
Modern and sober lounge

The front façade, a beautiful 19th century brick façade belonging to a row of similar houses, was restored and remained essentially intact. However, the large rear façade opened generously to encompass the south-facing garden.

There, wide glass doors open onto the wonderful garden where a dining room and an outdoor living area have been installed to spend time with friends and family while enjoying the good weather.

Sober living room in dark tones
Kitchen area
Dining room with glass walls
Studio area
Rustic stairs
Modern room in black and white
Bathroom with glass doors
Rustic style bathroom
Walk in closet
Study
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Magnificent Construction Where Brick is in the Spotlight

By • Sep 17, 2018

This project is located in an old neighborhood of the city of Denver in Colorado, United States. It was designed by the architecture and interior firm Studio B Architecture + Interiors. Undergone in 2016, this project was mainly led by its architecural professionals Mike Piche, Joey Pruett, Scott Lindenau and Susan Okie Lindenau, and occupies a total area of 4600 square feet.

View of the house between trees

The residence consists mainly of brick walls on a small scale with a large entrance porch, in which the structure is organized around the interior space of the patio.

Diagonal view of the house
Details of brick walls
Large glass window

In opposition to many of the newer large-scale and complex projects  being built with generic construction materials in a nearby neighborhood, this project is a piece of smaller architecture, with a low profile. It is a more interpretive style that respects the urban form contextual of the neighbors. It has a simple and refined palette of high quality materials consisting of handmade bricks, walnut, plaster, and glass. In an urban environment without large dominant views towards the outside, the house turns towards the interior patio and the pool with a connection to nature focusing up in the sky. This concept is inspired by the exploration of modern artists in the connection of the sky, Earth, and proportion.

Terrace with perforated brick walls
View of the main facade
Exterior night view
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Discrete Remodeling of a Mid-Century Bungalow

By • Aug 24, 2018

This discreet renovation of a 1950’s bungalow belonging to a family of 5 is located on the northern shore of Castlecrag in Australia and has an area of 170 square meters. The simple project has been under the direct supervision of the architectural firm Downie North Architects, who have turned a mid-century residence into a spacious home, cozy and full of natural light.

Exterior view of the brick facade

Having previously lived in a large family home, customers were concerned about the “reduction.” However with some minimal modifications, the requirements could be accommodated within the existing building. The design focused on eliminating the unnecessary elements in order to determine a natural place for each space, while raising those functions and creating awareness and connection with the place.

Modern wooden shelf
Living area full of natural light
Modern living room in bright colors
Modern kitchen on white

The alteration focused on creating a large open space, housing, kitchen, living room and dining room, which uses key carpentry pieces to create different areas and implicit thresholds that define the lobby, the kitchen, the dining room, and the living room, the pantry, and the study.

The palette of materials is based on the natural environment of Castlecrag: a clean palette of white and gray, the irregular glaze of the ceramic tiles creates reflections, and the red brick recovered that borders the roof makes reference to the house and its surroundings.

The new architectural composition is highly efficient, dynamic but serene

Living room with skylights
Modern Living room
Small dining area
Modern Kitchen in white
Simple bathroom on white
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Spectacular Remodeling Carried out with a Tight Budget

By • 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.

Entrance in black and white details

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.

Modern entrance area

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.

 

Entrance stairs with inclined window

Stairs with glass walls
Tilted window overlooking the church
Stairs with a modern style
Dining area and kitchen with white brick walls
Cozy room with white brick walls
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The Charm of the Aged Brick Gave a New Look to this Ancient Construction

By • Aug 17, 2018

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.

Terrace with dining area and grill
Aged brick side wall
Details of brick and concrete
Details of brick
Interior with wooden floors and concrete ceilings

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.

Living room with retro style
Dining room with glass walls

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.

Stairs with wooden slats railing
Room with wooden floors
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A Remodeling that Achieved Open Spaces and Full of Natural Light

By • 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.

Terrace with pool
Entrance from the terrace

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.

Entrance with brick walls
Covered grill area
Modern grill area
Large lounge area
Living room-kitchen sharing space
Dining room with glass walls
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A Tower That is Not For Princesses

By • Aug 15, 2018

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.

View of the red brick tower
Small terraces with view
Terrace with yellow chairs
Small relaxation area
Outdoor bed

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.

Stairs in circular shape
Living room and kitchen area
Interior in a rustic style
Room with red brick walls
Room with terrace and views
Berdroom in rustic style
Bathroom in rustic style
Brick wall divides the environments
Terrace with tent
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Modern Construction Designed with a Space Dedicated to the Exhibition of Classic Vehicles

By • 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.

Exterior view of the modern entrance

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.

Entrance of high ceilings
Terrace with pool
Roofed Jacuzzi
Roofed Jacuzzi

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.

Vehicle exhibition area

The house in general offers a direct dialogue between functionalism and nature, and is framed in each space of the house.

Large living-dining area and kitchen

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.

Dining- Kitchen area
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House With Wonderful Panoramic Views and Maximum Privacy

By • Aug 13, 2018

Located in the city of Austin, Texas, United States, this 8,800 square foot house was commissioned to the architectural firm Forge Craft Architecture by a long-time collaborating general who wanted a well-designed home that could attract a wide range of people within a specific market of luxury home buyers.

View of the construction
Main entrance

In 2016, Forge Craft Architecture, together with its collaborator Camelot Custom Homes, set to work together to create this elegant design of spacious spaces full of comfort and good taste.

The house is organized to optimize the landscape of the site and the panoramic views while offering maximum privacy. The open and airy floor plan connects the interior with the exterior creating lines of vision from the living room to the east facing garden and the western negative edge pool. The most private suites are located on the top floor, away from the public area, and each room has its own bathroom and dressing room.

Wonderful terrace with pool
Pool with beautiful views

Materials such as limestone, fiber cement panels and stucco allow the house to blend in with the surrounding landscape while maintaining a modern living environment in the interior.

Large living-dining area
Modern and spacious kitchen
Kitchen in white and wood
Modern and elegant dining room
Modern lamps
Spacious bathroom
Walk in Closet
Night view of the outside
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Country House Surrounded by Lush Landscapes

By • Aug 1, 2018

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.

Rear view of the house with terraces
View of the main entrance

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.

Corridors that surround the house
Large roofed pool area
Pool with glass roof

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.

Interior with carved walls
Room with red brick wall
Modern and open bathroom
Open shower area
Night view of the interior
Night view of the pool
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Spectacular House with Open Spaces that Invite Nature In

By • 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.

Fantastic exterior that blends with the interior

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.

Interior view from the outside

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.

Interior full of light and comfort

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.

Interior with glass walls
Details of the interior full of natural light
Modern and elegant furniture
Modern dining room set
Bathrooms full of style
Night view of the interior
Lounge in night hours
Night view of the exterior
Night view of the exterior
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Marvelous Transformation of a Twentieth Century Building in Valencia, Spain

By • 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.

View of the small but comfortable lounge

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.

Kitchen with aged brick walls

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.

Kitchen area connected to the living room
Kitchen with ceilings with wooden beams

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.

Room with brick walls
Room connected to the lounge
Room in night hours
Modern bathroom with old details
View of the kitchen at night hours
View of the apartment at night hours
View of the apartment at night hours
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Concrete House with Interior Spaces Full of Warmth

By • Jul 23, 2018

This house, called Casa A, is the first of three residences planned in coal. It is located in Carborough, a coastal suburb or Perth, Western Australia. It has 3 levels that add up to 200 square meters and where all the facilities have been distributed, including an underground garage and a loft bedroom on the upper level.

Its rustic interior presents an interesting combination of materials that result in pleasant and welcoming spaces that connect with each other and distribute natural light to each of its corners. The light wood used in different spaces adds warmth and elegance to the simple spaces that compose it.

The sustainable and compact residence has been designed by the firm of whispering Smith and is made of high recycled concrete panels and whitewashed recycled brick. The interior presents a selection of untreated materials in their natural and raw state, complemented by refined gold details and generous amounts of vegetation. The lack of rigidly defined spaces ensures an organic flow of activity between areas, which results in a light house of minimalist aesthetics.

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Unique Construction Designed by HYLA Architects

By • Jul 18, 2018

The unique name of this house – Surprising Seclusion – is given by the fact that, both in the front and in the back, with busy streets and alongside an old house, this house looks inward. It is located in Binchang Rise, Singapore and has an area of 360 square meters. It was designed in the year 2017 by the architects Han Loke Kwang, Chong Wen Jin and Thomas Ong professionals of the architecture firm HYLA Architects. A covered three-volume but naturally ventilated court with a pool becomes the focus of the internal space.

Front view of the entrance

On the side, a sculptural staircase slides from the wall to reach the family room on the second level. The journey continues up another staircase with a stepped planter on the side and illuminated from above.

Modern and elegant interior
Open dining room area
Modern dining room and kitchen in black and white

The entire house is finished in concrete with no shape and gray-faced brick. The main bathroom continues with this theme, with brick openings that allow ventilation but not views. This bathroom, as well as the attic bathroom, has planting areas that offer a green contrast to the gray scheme. The custom storage units in the living room, family and study echo the concrete and brick geometry of the house.

Stairs with gray brick walls
Open stairs with high ceilings
Stairs with planters
study area with bookcase
Study furniture details
Bathroom with interior garden
Modern bathtub in white
Shower area with flower pot
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Magnificent Construction with Stone and Wood as its Main Elements

By • 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.

Side view of the construction

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.

Diagonal view of the construction and its gardens
Front view of the construction with its unevenness
Staircase area with glass walls

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.

Modern and elegant kitchen
Dining room in wood and brown leather

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.

Wooden stairs
Room with terrace and wooden floors
Stairs at night
Stairs at night
Night view of the exterior
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Modern Construction in the City of Mendoza, Argentina

By • Jul 17, 2018

Located in a private neighborhood west of the city of Mendoza and with distant views of the city in Argentina, this modern construction has 4800 square meters. It was designed, in 2017, by the architecture firm A4estudio under the direction of its architectural professionals Leonardo Codina and Juan Manuel Filice.

Side view of the house and its green areas
Detail of the modern construction

It was decided to organize the house into pavilions which would adapt themselves to the different scenarios of daily life. A first pavilion would take care of the common areas: the main room, dining room, kitchen, services, and wine cellar. A second pavilion would house the master bedroom, with additional space that would allow moments of peace and quiet from the rest of the house. Also included are a small living room and office.

Entrance in wood and black
Entrance door in wood
Large living room

The third pavilion would house the mother and her children, organizing three en suite bedrooms and a living space / games room.

Living room with white brick walls

These three pavilions are connected by a central space that integrates them, and it also functions as the hall of access to the house, and connecting with a gallery and the exterior garden. These three pavilions can be closed off, allowing for varying states of coexistence.

Modern kitchen
Minimalist kitchen on white
Modern space with dark wood
Spacious room with wood and brick walls
Room with TV cabinet
Modern bathroom
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Tourist Complex with Intimate Spaces and Full of Tranquility

By • Jul 12, 2018

This tourist project built in 2017 was carried out by the architecture firm Atelier Tekuto and its professionals Yasuhiro Yamashita, Ben Matsuno / Atelier TEKUTO and Amami Design Firm. It is located in Tatsugo-cho, Oshima-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, on a subtropical island with 60 thousand residents (the largest island of the Amami archipelago) with a unique culture that is famous for its popular songs and dances.

Aerial view of the tourist complex

The complex consists of an administration building with reception and a restaurant, 3 luxury villas and 10 terraced villas. A total of 14 buildings with 23 rooms.

Complex located on the shores of the beach

The site slopes down 25m with the calm and intimate path that leads towards the calm inland sea, facing the southeast. Landscaping has restored the original seascape while integrating the structures in the environment.

Villas with landscape views
Modern villas

The pool villas are inspired by the traditional Amamian barns, as well as the traditional local gable roofed houses.

The exterior walls and ceilings are covered with gray-silver wood planks developed for this project.

The terraced villas are located rhythmically, half of which are connected through the terrace to the suite. The ceilings in the restaurant building overlap at odd angles, standing out dynamically, giving the interior space a whirling sensation.

Pool with views
Reception area
Dining room with wooden ceiling
Interior area of the villas with wooden floors
Interior space full of warmth
Cozy room
Space full of warmth
Modern bathroom
Modern bathroom
Night view of the exterior
View of the villas at night hours
View of the villas at night hours
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