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.
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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • 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.
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.
The third pavilion would house the mother and her children, organizing three en suite bedrooms and a living space / games room.
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.
By Magaly • 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.
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.
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.
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.
This large lot of 27,000 square meters is located within a small gated community of 8 lots in the town of SMPW near Brasilia, in Brazil. The project had as its premise to achieve a balance between the integration of the neighborhood and the maintenance of the privacy of the inhabitants. For this, the architectural firms Esquadra Arquitetos, Yi Arquitetos, who through their professionals Filipe Monte Serrat, Camilo de Lannoy, Manuela Dantas, Silvana Moraes and Carolina Dumay, worked together in intricate detail in order to carry out the project in 2015.
The living room opens onto the pool; the pool is integrated to the barbecue area and the barbecue area is connected to the kitchen. From the private bedrooms, you can access the patio, from where you can interact with the terrace of the mezzanine. In the courtyard the elements of the building are no longer important; rather, the environment created by the lack of such elements is the protagonist.
The structure has a mezzanine modeled to a room to watch TV, from where you can see the street, the pool and a living room with a high ceiling.
Therefore, the common housing area is defined as a refuge, a living room, facing the street as a place for observation.
By Magaly • Jul 11, 2018
The spaces, done in consistent white and with the persistent presence of light, always are pleasant and provocative. These spaces, wide open and ready to be enjoyed by those that occupy it, are surely one of the project’s most important characteristics.
The architectural firm MaSQ Architecture was recently commissioned to carry out this project that has a total area of 90 square meters and is located in Sydney, Australia.
The main inspiration for the project resided in the established backyard, which was somewhat sunken from the surroundings. A new space for living room, kitchen and dining room was added. In particular, it was required that the living room be much like a pavilion in the garden; however, it was equally important that it maintained privacy and was protected. A brick wall was designed around the upper level that was then suspended over the glass doors and windows below.
Considered as a space that inhabits both inside and outside, the pavilion can be both a place of open interaction and of rest and protection.
Internally, the kitchen is located in the back of the space with a concrete box gutter expressed internally as the division between the kitchen and the living room.
The black and white painted brick, the dark granite floors and the exposed concrete reflect a simple and honest application.
This wonderful house, located in Escobar, Buenos Aires, Argentina, covers an area of 250 square meters and was designed in 2016 by Gonzalo Bardach and Matías Mosquera, members of the local architectural firm BAM! Architecture.
The client wished to have a house with an efficient, functional, and synthetic character, designed in order to develop an intense family life where each of the members, children as well as adults, had their own well defined spaces.
The garden has a large swimming pool where the family can spend their leisure time or simply spend time together in the company of friends. It also has a beautiful terrace that has barbecue area. All of these separate entertainment areas have been clearly designed with the family in mind.
The social areas, living room, dining room, and TV area were designed in succession, and open to the garden to allow the full integration of all spaces. The large glass walls that surround the spaces allow natural light to enter, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The ground floor has the living room, dining room, kitchen, TV room, laundry room, and a small bathroom, while on the upper floor are the three bedrooms of the children with their own bathroom, the master bedroom, and a family room.
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.
ZIM arquitextura designed this project of 310 square meters in Tigre, Argentina. Their main desire was to share the space with friends and families. They wanted to live in a house that would welcome and shelter the incoming guests, while at the same time providing the appropriate intimacy.
The heart of the house is the the living room. This is where the family and its guests come together. A large ceiling establishes a hierarchy and provides abundant space, as well as inviting in a great amount of natural light. A stone wall protects this space from the views of the street. A large sliding door integrates the gallery into the interior space of the dining room, creating a unique space for large gatherings where the interior and exterior are mixed.
The house is divided according to its purpose (public, private and services), as well as in different volumes.
The volume of services is cement, harder and more closed, protecting the house from the most punishing hours of sun as well as the view of the neighbors.
The most private volume contains the rooms and is made of wood, warmer.
By Magaly • Jul 4, 2018
Located in a cold, mountainous area of the city Bukan, in Iran, this large house of 592 square meters shows a different design but with local details such as minimum number of openings and maximum use of rock.
The design was overseen by the architectural firm Shoresh Abed in the year 2017, and is represented by collage-type volumes of simple spaces with direct lines.
The home makes use of the mountainous rocks of one of the neighboring towns, as the dominant historical material of the region, to cover the ground floor, the patio and parts of the first floor. Fiber cement, which, unlike rocks, was an industrial material imported from Belgium by the entrepreneur, was used in other parts of the building. It acts as a counterpart for natural rock. There are fiber cement bonding pieces with aluminum puncheons with traces of rock that infuse a sense of coldness in the building.
The entrepreneur wanted to design a closed exterior façade with a small number of openings due to the steep slope of the eastern road—largely because of the nearby pedestrians, who could otherwise see the interior parts of the home. In order to do this, they decided to install flexible and fixed wooden shutters in the openings of the main wall. This also allowed the inhabitants to have enough light in the inside of the home.
By Magaly • Jun 29, 2018
This concrete house is designed by a series of repetitions of walls which modulate and define the interior spaces. It is located at the highest point of the hill, looking mainly inwards, to avoid the neighboring street.
The roof is slightly tilted backwards, so there is more air for the main spaces and openings for the views, and the interior corridor is pointed towards the north, at the bottom of the roof, leading the way to each room.
The garden was designed with plants of local origin, plants with low water requirements; the rest of irrigation is done with recycled wastewater, with a secondary biological treatment, without chemical additives. Water and solar management were part of the design of the house, with the south facing façade allowing a full day solar radiation for the pool. The vents on both sides of the house and a concrete spoiler that blocks direct sunlight in the house, help lower heat gain and less need for air conditioning.
It was designed by Laurent Herbiet belonging to the architectural firm HRBT in the year 2017. It has an area of 320 square meters and is located in Oaxtepec, Mexico.
By Magaly • Jun 28, 2018
The Argentine architect Mariel Suárez, in collaboration with the team formed by the professionals Florencia Tasada, Vanesa Pellegrini and Mauricio Sconochini, designed – in 2017 – this fantastic house. Its incredible open spaces and its warm natural light invite all its visitors to take a moment and relax.
The house is located in Funes, in the Department of Rosario, Argentina, and has an area of 260 square meters. The house is built around a void between volumes generated to cause entry through a pedestrian path. In this way, we created an open-air route that extends the time and distance of arrival to the semi-covered porch.
The materials used in its construction were mostly brick for the masonry and metal profiles and corrugated sheets for the roofs. We look for the counterpoint between the rugosity and imperfection of the brick and the precision of the angles and the leads of the metallic structure executed with “W” profiles.
The program is basically developed on the ground floor; on the top floor, we find a desk that overlooks the living room. This generates a double height space that gives a sense of spaciousness to the area.
The project presents a single-family house distributed in two volumes visible from the outside and united inside.
By Magaly • Jun 26, 2018
YU Hotel is located in East Fuxing Road, Shanghai, China, next to Yu Garden, so it took its name “Yu Hotel” to echo Yu Garden. It was designed by the architectural firm Shanghai Ben Zhe Architecture Design, under the direction of Huajian Jiang.
It has an area of 678 square meters composed of four old buildings that were narrow, small and with inadequate lighting inside. The key to the renovation project is the spatial restructuring and bring the sunlight and nature to the interior space that used to be narrow and dark. After more than half a year, the designers reconstructed and converted the old place into the new complex, whose interior is connected to the outside with a courtyard interspersed between them.
Originally it was an old hostel / chess and card room. With the changes of times and urban renewal, the owner wanted to change the new meaning of B&B on the basis of reinforcing the existing structure.
The relationships between culture, nature and architecture were resolved during the design process with the purpose of integrating them together. At the entrance, we can see a wall built with black bricks that serve as a transition between the openness and the privacy of the interior space.
By Magaly • Jun 14, 2018
This residence, located on a small corner lot in the suburbs of Cary, North Carolina, in the United States, was designed in 2017 by the architectural firm in situ studio. The project, which has a total area of 3,097 square feet, goes from north to south, with an entrance on the north and with an exit directly to the forest with a pond.
The house is divided into two parts: a solid volume for sleeping and an open living pavilion, connected by a glass entrance hall. A walled lawn, a patio, an enclosed porch and a south facing terrace surround the living pavilion on three sides, forming a network of private outdoor spaces overlooking the forest and the pond.
The house and the outdoor spaces are built on a concrete base with foundation walls. The volume of the bedroom is framed mainly with wood, and the social pavilion is made mainly of a steel frame. The roof is wide and thin, with four-foot eaves. Although the site is located almost nine feet from the entrance of the access road to the south end, the drive, the garage, the entrance, the walled courtyard, the patio, the south deck, and all the interior spaces are at the same level.
By Magaly • Jun 6, 2018
Located on a spectacular five-acre property, Palm Springs, United States, this house, originally built in 1956, of carefully restored geodesic dome is located on the top of a hill with spectacular views of the desert, the mountain, Joshua Tree and the Coachella Valley from virtually any angle.
Before the renovation, the house did not show the desert landscape. Now the property has 360 degree views and guests can enjoy the scenery.
The unique design, of 2500 square feet, was completed by the architectural firm Pavlina Williams in 2016.
Its complete solitude is only interrupted by the hypnotic wind turbines that bring a beauty from another world to the already dramatic desert landscape. This is one of the three most important wind farms in California.
A holiday rental house, which has been reinvented from its basic structural roots. The high ceilings of the dome have a large open-plan living room with panoramic views, and the space is relaxing and dreamy.
The main bedroom on the ground floor has a separate living area and offers stunning views of the mountains.
When furnishing the house, the couple concentrated on finding modern mid-century pieces that were bright and cheerful, very similar to the space itself.
By Magaly • Jun 5, 2018
This old house from the 40’s belonged to two sisters who had lived there for the past 60 years and who, despite the passage of time, had done everything they could to keep it well maintained and in good condition. As part of their efforts, they even kept records of the home repairs that were performed, such as a biannual repainting.
The design was completed by Nathan Porter and Jake Kelly, both belonging to the architectural firm Porter Architects, in the year 2017.
It covers 292 square meters and is located in Ballarat, Australia.
The plan was to create two architecturally delineated areas, the original front with bedrooms, bathrooms and a study, leading to a contemporary extension with natural light. The existing hardwood floors that were in perfect condition at the front of the house were combined with recycled boards.
Large windows open onto a back patio facing north, allowing us to observe the wonderful views of the city from there.
The bricks recovered from the 1940s were placed in a contemporary pattern to continue the union between the old and the new.
This is how the owners are sure that the remodeling has been worth it, and that it has exceeded their expectations for their home.
By Magaly • May 29, 2018
This house, with a total area of 195 square meters, has been designed by the architect Carles Marcos in 2017. It is located on the southeast slope of Ullastrell, a quiet village about 45 minutes from Barcelona, Spain. An old concrete wall contains the sloping terrain, which is 4 meters above the street. This pre-existing wall became the base upon which the new house was established. It was decided that it would be beneficial to preserve and renovate it, so that it could form a part of the new construction. Designed for a couple, the house needed to be comfortable, affordable, and expandable in the future.
Built with load-bearing walls, the house is projected in two directions. Longitudinally, the sequence of rooms dilutes the general limits of the interior space. In the transverse direction, we seek the maximum permeability from the outside through each of the domestic spaces. This is done to promote the sun’s presence, cross ventilation, and the constant visual relationship with the environment.
The main rooms of the house are organized as a sum of small spaces, where each room is complemented by other spaces of adequate size and proportion for its use. The outer space, which is partially inclined, takes shape as a result of the position occupied by the house on the ground and especially its relationship with the limit defined by the existing large wall.