By Stefan • Mar 7, 2019
When remodeling this home, an attempt was made to preserve the most important aspects of the old construction, and so respect the wishes of the homeowners.
Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos was in charge of the remodeling in the year 2016. The property is located in Colonia San Angel, a neighborhood of Mexico City, Mexico.
In its exterior, walls of stone and concrete mix with the green of the gardens that surround the home. The home has large terraces from where we can enjoy time spent alongside nature, as well as large glass doors through which light seeps into the interior.
A beautiful main entrance area welcomes us with a decorative touch of the style of the area. The foyer is characterized by its rustic stone floors, concrete walls, wooden beams that protrude from the ceiling, and decorated floor tiles that give a unique feel to the space.
The modern minimalist kitchen, where wooden floors and exposed brick walls create a wonderful contrast between the modern and the rustic, is a space full of light and good taste.
In the simple and comfortable living room, the real protagonist is the fireplace, set between concrete walls.
In a common space are the living room, dining room, and the kitchen.
By Magaly • Nov 5, 2018
This modern residence of open spaces and full of natural light was re-designed by the architecture firm David Coleman Architecture in 2015 in the city of Seattle, United States. It has an area of 6058 ft2, and we can see the result of the attempts to merge both the interior and the exterior. The original house, designed in 1956 by a prominent Seattle architect, is located in the private enclave of Broadmoor. It was conceived as a serpentine structure of a single floor.
The objective of the firm was to clarify the layout; add where necessary to improve habitability, merge the interior and exterior space where possible, and improve the general ambience. To achieve this, a series of initiatives were launched that had the effect of better defining the access to the house, the movement through the house, and the relationship between the interior and exterior space. This resulted in a transformation of the whole, raising the overall quality of the building and the landscape, allowing the promise of the original structures and the site to be fully realized.
The plan preserves the openness that one expects in a modern home, but it also contains an appearance of intimacy that is not expected in such a large and open building. This is achieved through the insertion of subtle but effective architectural devices, all lending a more human and accessible scale.
An Old Carpentry Workshop Maintains its Essence even Though it has been Transformed into an Architectural Workshop
By Magaly • Nov 1, 2018
Transforming, rescuing and recycling were the main themes in this new work space, ensuring that the essence of the house and the old carpentry workshop were not lost. The architects and designers Carlos Cardona, Diana Amador, Paulina Gonzalez, Felicia Ureña, Merlina Stephens, Alberto Molina, Jessica Young, Miguel Montor, and Francisco I. Bustillos from the Miguel Montor Architecture Workshop were all involved. They had this study house that they found interesting, and that, mixed with the idea of an architectural workshop, they wanted to achieve a place where they could discuss materials, details, textures, and environments. It would be the perfect place for brainstorming and contemplation.
The area of 145 square meters is distributed in 4 levels: reception and showroom on the ground floor, two levels of work areas, and a roof where a small meeting room and a private one were located, the latter separated by a small terrace.
The goal was to achieve a study and architecture workshop where the aura of experimentation was always present and felt, as well as the essence of that house, and that the angel of that carpentry workshop remained present in this new work space, integrated as a renewed member of the alley.
View in gallery
View in gallery
This project of 243 square meters, developed on a single floor, has been recently designed in the northern area of the city of Cordoba, Argentina, by the architectural firm Fanesi Navarro Arquitectos and carried out by its professionals Agustina Fanesi and Mariangel Navarro .
It consists mainly of two rectangular volumes that intersect at one point. Responding to the idea of the project, the volumes, each with a different height to house the different uses of the house, leave their structures visible, which are supported one above the other. In this way, the structure becomes part of the façade of the house.
The volume with less height contains the private spaces and the garage, while the other volume houses the social spaces of the house. At this higher volume, two lightweight structures are attached to each of the sides, which work as an eaves for the entrance and gallery in the quiet part of the building. They tried to compose the project of simple forms and materials, in such a way that the exposed concrete and sheet perfectly accompany the composition of volumes on the outside.
The interior of the house sought to generate bright, warm and pleasant spaces with large openings. The eaves and the gallery not only fulfill the function of giving the house a semi-covered space, but also protect the construction from the sun.
This house, located on the top of a mountain in Marušići, Croatia, is a holiday home designed by the firm Studio Ante Murales d.o.o. in 2016. The architects Ante Nikša Bilić, Sunčica Mastelić Ivić and Hrvojka Kalogjera were responsible for carrying out this project, which covers an area of 270 square meters.
The conditions of the microclimate and the view from the site determined the design of the building. But the same applies to the materiality and tactile properties of the house. The cubes are made of concrete and are related to the rocks of the Biokovo mountain range due to their color.
The traditional construction of small rural houses in this area involves the construction of the whole building with a single material. As such, this home was mainly made of stone, and the roof was made of stone slabs. This practice resulted in beautiful functional units of spaces that were either open or covered by vines and tiles.
And as the people in charge of this project say: “To direct a space to live in, the space must be filled with us. I wanted to protect myself from the sun, to protect myself from the wind, the rain and the cold. I wanted all the windows and openings to be full of the sea.” Their wishes are now a reality.
By Magaly • Sep 25, 2018
These modern offices with a distinct and charming industrial style have been designed by the firm Squire & Partners in collaboration with the design firm Oktra in 2018. They have an area of 50,300 square feet and are located in Southwark, in London, England.
The offices belong to Ministry and are part of a recently opened coworking space and an exclusive club. In them, the professionals and creatives of the industry could gather and collaborate; this had been one of the requirements for these spaces. To do this, the firm worked directly with the designers, and created spaces for entertainment and coworking for the next generation of creative rebels.
It was important to expose the original fabric of the building to comply with the design specifications, so it was sought to maintain existing materials as much as possible. The plaster and the masonry were preserved in many places with several bare walls to reveal the history and the rawness of the building. The result: original spaces full of charm.
The sound booths, the space for events, the cinema, and the external and internal bars with a fully equipped kitchen will support the complex as an entertainment space, promoting functions and events within the music industry.
This project is an annex of a house that serves as a leisure area and has an indoor pool. It is located in a residential neighborhood of Curitiba, Brazil and was designed in 2016 by the architect Jorge Elmor Neto of the architectural firm Elmor Arquitetura.
The 190 square meters that covers the space are located on a single floor, surrounded by a large area comprised of wood. In the program requested by the clients, accessibility has always been at the top of the list of requirements and all spaces, dimensions, circulations, and materials were designed to meet all kinds of special needs.
The annex is a rectangular volume of 18 meters long by 8 meters wide, executed in exposed concrete (with wooden laths) and glass (aluminum frames with double layers of glass), forming a contemporary and timeless architectural ensemble, robust in durability but lighter in compositional lines. Living room and dining room are integrated to host social activities. The large, sliding glass doors open completely, allowing free access to the outside, doubling the size of living room. The swimming pool, the garden, and several adjoining terraces offer multiple uses and occupations for various activities. Its occupants can float between spaces while the sun and light move until nightfall.
By Magaly • Sep 19, 2018
This construction, in which glass and concrete act as protagonists, is located in a pericentral neighborhood of the city of Córdoba, in Argentina. It has been designed by the architectural firm Adolfo Mondejar – Architects Studio under the direction of its professionals, Adolfo Mondejar, Francisco Figueroa Astrain, Adriana Barberis, and Ezequiel Lauria. It is intended for a young family, and covers an area of nearly 350 square meters.
The program incorporates intermediate spaces such as the gallery, the green expansion of the bedrooms, and a pond in the master bedroom, which give the necessary environmental conditions. Also, there is a space of semi-open expansion in the living room, conceived with vines that refresh the interior of the house from the south and propose a new place of play and rest. The social areas of the home are accessed directly from the gallery.
A concrete staircase leads to a terrace space for events. The idea is summarized in two concrete walls that have a large slab of exposed concrete for a ceiling, 4 meters above the ground, creating the gallery. To further preserve the vision of concrete walls, three interior boxes lined with quebracho wood were designed to hold the bathrooms, toilets, and bedrooms.
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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • Sep 14, 2018
Located in a lot surrounded by thick nature of the city of Vilnius, in Lithuania, is this fantastic residence occupying an area of 187 square meters. It was designed in 2018 by the architects M.Vroblevičius, D.Birutis, M.Dagys, and P.Vroblevičius of the architectural firm ArchLAB studio.
The challenge was to incorporate the new house into the existing natural landscape as much as possible. The design and concept consist of two main volumes: the main home – for the owners – and a small guest house. These two parts are connected with an open bridge, which becomes the assembly axis and the face of the house. The existing trees were also involved in the design.
The construction has a modern and very expressive style. A lot of attention has been devoted to complement the design with a subtle landscape, open fireplace, and wooden terraces, where you can relax listening to the sound of the water running nearby. As if that weren’t enough, you can also enjoy a the wonderful views the home has to offer. In the final result, the modern lines of the house are even more prominent and striking with a natural green environment.
The pine forests are on two sides of the lot. It was the customers’ desire to find an oasis in nature with a small river or stream, which became a specific task for the architects, because the flowing water divides the land into two parts.
By Magaly • Sep 13, 2018
Costa Esmeralda is a private venture on the dunes of the Buenos Aires coast, 390 km from Buenos Aires. It is a recent urbanization with a young afforestation of acacias and maritime pines and some sectors of consolidated forest.
The commission was of a house of no more than 150 square meters, with an aesthetic-constructive proposal similar to the other houses built in the area by the studio, valued according to the clients both for its spatial richness and for the low maintenance required. It had to have a generous amount of space for meetings, a visually integrated kitchen, two bedrooms (one with a private bathroom) and an integrated living space to be used as an audio and video room that could also double as a guest bedroom. It should also have a grill and an expansion terrace.
The work was commissioned to the architectural firm Besonias Almeida Architects who, under the tutelage of its professionals, María Victoria Besonías and Guillermo de Almeida, went to work and using only two materials: concrete and glass. They were able to solve the integration with the landscape and respond to the formal, structural, functional, termination, and maintenance issues.
The heating system, since there is no natural gas in the area, was solved with an electric radiant floor system.
By Magaly • Sep 10, 2018
This fabulous project, in which the protagonists are the wide spaces and the concrete, was designed by interior design firm JACKY.W DESIGN, under the leadership of its professionals Jacky Wang and Jammie Lu in the city of Long Feng Lu, Nanhu Qu, Jiaxing Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China. It has a large space of 700 square meters and was carried out in 2018.
Although it is commonly considered that people can not enjoy work and life at the same time, JACKY.W DESIGN created an open and multifunctional living experience space for the fashion brand TKSTYLE BOUTIQUE. Ironically, however, they are barely separated in reality, as a home was brought into the workplace.
The designers gave free rein to the structure and height (8 meters) of the original space, and ingeniously integrated functional areas for work, reception, physical conditioning, and conferences, in the space of two floors without rigid partitions. There are windows on each of the walls which ensure sufficient natural light penetrates the space, resulting in a bright and airy environment.
Flowering plants highlight the original beauty of the widely exposed concrete on the floor, walls, beams, and pillars.
The design presents an industrial style combined with exquisite upholstered furniture and ornaments, which makes the overall space rough, simple, but also delicate.
The Toorak Residence, as this private home is called, is located in Toorak, an affluent inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 5 km south-east of Melbourne’s Central Business District. The home was designed by Architecton, a Melbourne-based architectural firm, and led by Daniel Galtieri and Nick Lukas. Covering a total ground area of over 1,000 square meters, the project was completed in 2016.
The four bedroom private residence attempts to achieve a balance between elegance and relaxation, and it accomplishes it by creating spaces that are elegantly contemporary while blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors by creating spaces that are freely open to the exterior.
The interior design is mostly minimalist, allowing the architectural elements — made out of concrete, wood, and metal — to speak for themselves, but it is nevertheless full of welcoming spaces that ensure that the structure feels like a family home.
In the back, the home holds a pool, accompanied by a terrace with a sitting area, a perfect place in which to sit and relax on a warm day or evening. The touches of greenery and subtle flowering give it a sense of vibrant life that add to the sense of pleasantness of the space.
Located in the populous city of Shanghai in China, this 517 square-foot apartment has been remodeled in a very original and creative way by TOWOdesign, fully following the long list of requirements made by the client.
The entrance of the apartment and the adjacent storage space are covered with a mirror finish so that the brightly-lit house seems more spacious. To prevent these volumes from blocking lines of vision and to create a more spacious feel, the designers have deftly rotated the structures 10 degrees, a move that inspired the name of the project: 10 Degree House. Angled volumes also have rounded edges to reduce their visual weight.
A large window at the end of the living room lets in plenty of natural light. The storage is hidden throughout the department and the lighting is embedded in several areas to avoid visual clutter. Bright glows of color and cured textual elements add interest to the minimalist design.
Some of the original concrete pillars and walls have been deliberately exposed to draw attention to the building’s past. The existing pillars also serve as a reference point for the 10-degree rotation of the volumes.
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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • 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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • 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.
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.
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.