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The Charm of the Aged Brick Gave a New Look to this Ancient Construction

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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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Multipurpose Space Designed for a Young Landscape Architect

By • Aug 13, 2018

Located in a transitory and walkable neighborhood near a corridor in the urban center of the city of Boulder in Colorado, USA, this modern construction has been dubbed by its neighbors as Space Pod.

Exterior view diagonally
Exterior view of the facade in black and concrete

It acts as a multipurpose space for a young landscape architect. Inspired by monochromatic black paintings by Ad Reinhardt and Frank Stella, a palette of minimalist concrete, metal and glass material was selected. This project was designed to be built in phases and Space Pod is Phase I. Phase II consists of a single-family residence. The location of each volume on the site was driven by the desire to create a private, sun-filled backyard space, free of large imposing structures.

Exterior view of the modern construction

Adopting a form of unique typology, the lower level of the Space Pod has a garage and a bicycle workshop, while the upper level is a flexible place to work, play and relax. The composition presents subtle textures, perforations and transparencies, which are revealed throughout the day cycle.

The project, which boasts a total area of 800 feet squared, was carried out in 2016 by the architectural firm Studio B Architecture + Interiors and was led by professionals Mike Piche, Ashley Clark and Joey Pruett.

Front view of the construction with small terrace
Modern living room with glass walls
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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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Minimalist Style Home Designed by Thomas Gouws Architects

By • 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.

Exterior view of the home surrounded by gardens and lush vegetation
Exterior view of the home surrounded by gardens and lush vegetation

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.

Exterior view of the home surrounded by gardens and lush vegetation
Exterior view of the home surrounded by gardens and lush vegetation

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.

Exterior view of the home surrounded by gardens and lush vegetation
Exterior view of the home surrounded by gardens and lush vegetation
View of the modern living room with high ceilings
View of the modern living room with high ceilings
View of the modern living room with high ceilings
Modern white kitchen and modern dining room
Modern white kitchen and modern dining room
Modern white kitchen and modern dining room
Modern white kitchen and modern dining room
Modern stairs
Modern stairs
Modern stairs
Bedroom connected with the bathroom with a glass door
Bedroom connected with the bathroom with a glass door
Exterior night view
Exterior night view
Exterior night view
Exterior night view
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A Remodeling has Given a New Face to this Construction

By • 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.

Front view of the construction

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.

Spacious interior full of natural light
Modern kitchen on white
Minimalist kitchen on white
White kitchen
White kitchen with wooden floors
Spacious living room space

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.

Stairs on white
Modern wooden stairs
Modern bathroom in white
Views from the terrace
External view at sunset
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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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Residential Complex Designed to Offer the Opportunity to Choose

By • 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.

Aerial view of the residential complex

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.

View of the complex from the side street
View of the modern complex
Pool area

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.

Internal area with gardens
Modern and illuminated elevator area
Modern and illuminated elevator area
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Modern Construction in Which the Yard Plays a Fundamental Role

By • 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.

External view of the house

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.

Front view
Details of the gardens
Outdoor garden

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.

Covered terrace
Internal main entrance
Modern kitchen in brown and white
Night view of the garden
Exterior night view
Exterior night view
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Mi Casa, a Project in Which an Architect Designs for Another Architect

By • 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.

Spacious and well-kept gardens

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.

Gardens with trees

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.

Pool area
Terrace with wooden floors
Covered concrete terrace
Wood details

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.

Interior of living room with brown leather furniture
Modern living room area
Kitchen in wood and concrete
Large kitchen in wood and concrete
Modern room with wooden floors
Room with concrete walls
Modern and spacious bathroom
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Industrial Facility Designed to Control a Water Reservoir

By • 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.

View of the road that leads to the place

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.

View of the construction on top

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.

Main entrance in aluminum
Entrance with concrete bases
Details of the concrete roof
Details of the concrete roof
Interior with glass walls
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Unique Structure in the Center of a Public Square in London

By • 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.

Total view of the structure

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.

Front view with glass walls
Cantilevered glass and roof walls
Roof details
Magnificent and modern interior
Night view of the exterior
Night view of the exterior
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Artisan Cafeteria Designed Underground

By • Jul 24, 2018

This artisan coffee shop that combines contemporary minimalism with traditional Korean aesthetics, is located in Seoul, South Korea and is a project carried out by the architecture firm LABOTORY with the help of its professionals Kimim Park, Jinho Jung and Jiyeon Kang.

Exterior view of the cafeteria

The space has only 58 square meters and was previously an electronics store.

To achieve this design, LABOTORY introduced a unique ‘ㄷ’ design in the building with a central court, a theme of the traditional hanok structure (Korean home). In addition, the ‘ㄷ’ structure allows customers to flow through the space from the baristas area to the seating sections, providing stability and space.

View of the cafeteria through a window
Interior of the modern cafeteria

The awning located at the entrance of the store, acts as a bridge between the outer and inner sections of the store. the curves of the awning meet the roof of the cafeteria that leads to the heart of the store, where the barista works. The architects tried to use the semi-subterranean space by introducing curves in the corner of the roofs to change the direction towards that focal point of the store. The store’s lighting has also been designed to create a floating sensation.

Area of tables
Interior with wooden furniture
Natural details in the interior
Interior gardens under the seats
Modern details
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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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A Wonderful Interior House Camouflaged in the Forest

By • Jul 23, 2018

Located in the area of Buwit, a village in the coastal area of southwestern Bali, this residence has a view of a dense forest and a river below, and presents large amounts of vegetation that allow you to blend in with its surroundings.

Aerial view of the house
Front view covered in vegetation

The project was carried out by the architectural firm WOMhouse, having as its focal point the idea of an architecture based on the landscape and trying to create a group of buildings that appear as part of the earth itself, and that sometimes disappear within her, while at other times they emerge from her. The buildings are located on different levels of the earth. Each accommodates different functions, a characteristic typical of traditional Balinese architecture. Intermediate spaces and small gardens are the result of the rotation of the volumes on the ground and offer uninterrupted views of the forest.

Lower level entry
Lounge open to the outside
Dining room with glass walls

The “camouflaged” roofs covered with various levels of vegetation provide a cooling effect to the lower spaces and help to collect rainwater.

The common spaces in the chameleon villa are kept open to the outside, while the rooms and other spaces, such as the office, the gymnasium and the press room are kept more private and closed towards the interior.

Open kitchen
Stairs with rustic walls
Spacious room with wooden floors
Bath with a wild touch
Bathroom with glass wall
Bathroom with round skylight
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School in Switzerland Built with Materials of Low Environmental Impact

By • Jul 20, 2018

In the year 2017, the architects Basil Spiess, Silvia Weibel Hendriksen, Martin Zimmerli, David Brunner and Angelika Marxer working for the architectural firm Skop completed this project of an educational center located in a residential district in Port, Switzerland. In total, it covers an area of approximately 3570 square meters.

Aerial view of the construction

With its characteristic folded roof structure, the school makes a reference to the sloping roofs of the surrounding houses, the rural history of the region, and the gentle hills of the Jura Mountains. Located on a gentle slope, the building takes advantage of the topography and links several outdoor spaces according to the different access routes of schoolchildren. While the ground floor is used for administration of the faculty, workshops, a school kitchen and the back of the rooms of the house, the first floor consists of nine classrooms and three kindergarten units.

View of the main facade

The superior rooms naturally benefit from the spatial qualities of the folded roof. Each classroom seems to be an independent house, creating a cozy and homelike environment for children.

Side façade with wooden walls

The main structure of the school is a prefabricated wooden construct. Wood is used as the only construction material, and is also present in the façade and interior. All the wood used comes from sustainable forestry. The other construction materials are non-toxic disposable products with low environmental impact.

View of the units in which the construction is divided
Interior with concrete walls and floors
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Spectacular Construction in the Heart of Bel Air, California

By • Jul 19, 2018

This fabulous garden house with arid vegetation is located on an uphill slope property in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. It was designed, in the year 2017, by the architects Aaron Neubert (lead), David Chong, Jeremy Limsenben, Andranik Ognayan and Lusine Madarian working for the architectural firm ANX.

Aerial view of the project

It is located at the confluence of two busy local streets, with close proximity to the constant noise of the 405 freeway, and with captivating views of the Getty Center and the surrounding mountains. The design of this 3,750 square foot home emphasizes the presentation of different views of the site, while also providing the desired visual and aural privacy.

View of the project on the hill
Main facade of concrete and wood
External wooden walls

A single floor of spatially contiguous living spaces – placed over a partially underground garage and covered by a bent steel roof – opens subtly to the lush landscape. The height and shape of the roof are manipulated to site-specific solar exposures. A strategically positioned opening frames the Getty Center from the living room, a corner window connects the office to the garden, and another window offers views from the master bedroom.

Main entrance with arid gardens

A full height window allows the dining room to expand into the back landscape, and establishes a connection to the street from the kitchen and the numerous skylights throughout the house follow the path of the sun throughout the day.

Concrete terrace
Living room with sofa in gray leather
Open spaces with wooden floors
Study room with glass walls
Studio with wooden floors
Modern and spacious kitchen
Large kitchen and full of natural light
Modern dining area
Large bathroom in white and brown
Night view
Exterior view at night
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A Space Designed as a Refuge Near the City

By • Jul 18, 2018

23o5 studio, with the work of its professional Ngô Việt Khánh Duy, has designed this house located in Thủ Đức, Vietnam, in the year 2017. The house is designed for young couples, who, after daily external activities, need a quiet and peaceful place to relax. The Hut is located far from downtown, but is located in a developing area. The green spaces disappear due to urbanization, and pose a dilemma when it comes to recovering the balance.

Entrance surrounded by dense garden
Interior of high ceilings and concrete walls

With the ideas that emerge from the traditional Vietnamese spaces of the house, combined with the modernization of the times, owners were given a new idea of ​​space. In the general space, they designed only one main door to get to the house. There are no divisions between the house and the garden, thus giving the impression of being free. Iron shelves were used as a way of positioning between the living room and the porch, but assuring that, at the same time, it did not lose ventilation.

Entrance seen from the inside

The space of the kitchen is separated, with a small garden where some vegetables are sown for cooking. A small garden like a wind trap circulates the air towards the house. The continuity is long, the bedroom is located at the end of the house accompanied by a garden and the window of the room opens to the natural space.

Kitchen with high wooden ceilings
Details of the wooden roof
Interior of the main area during night hours
Interior of high wooden ceilings
View of the kitchen at night hours
Room connected to the garden
Singular bathroom area
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