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A Holiday Home Full of History

By • Oct 8, 2018

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.

View of the extensive covered terrace
View of the terrace from inside

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.

Terrace with pool

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.

TV room with concrete walls
Modern living room on white
Comfortable living-dining space
Living room and kitchen sharing space

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.

Living room connected to the terrace
Ledge full of color
Concrete and wood stairs
Room with terrace
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Offices Where the Industrial Style Gives a Touch of Originality

By • 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.

Entrance with aged brick walls

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.

Wide relaxation area
Modern waiting area

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.

Offices with modern furniture and rustic floors and walls
Cinema area
Modern bar area
Outdoor terraces
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An Annex Designed as a Space for Leisure and Fun

By • Sep 24, 2018

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.

Entrance through small curved street

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.

Large living room with access to the terrace
Modern and spacious living room area
Modern minimalist kitchen

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.

Dining room in wood with access to the garden
Kitchen-dining room with concrete walls and glass
Large indoor pool
Swimming pool with terrace
Large wooden terrace
Night view of the terrace
Exterior night view
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A House in Which Concrete and Glass are The Protagonists

By • 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.

Front view of the construction
Terrace with large pool

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.

Entrance area with concrete beams

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.

Large outdoor area
Furnished terrace
Covered terrace with dining room
Terrace with outdoor furniture
Modern living room with glass walls
Social areas connected
Internal corridor with wooden walls
Large bathroom
Terrace in night hours
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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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Modern Construction With Open Spaces that Connect to Nature

By • 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.

Side view of the house and its gardens
Outside hall

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.

Modern white marble kitchen
Bathroom with exterior views
Modern and spacious bathroom
Terrace with wooden floors
Corridor that borders the house

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.

Night view of the interior through the glass walls
Exterior view from the garden
Exterior view from the garden
Night view of the exterior
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Private Residence in Which Concrete and Glass were Used to Integrate it into the Landscape

By • 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.

Side view of concrete construction

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.

View of concrete construction surrounded by tall trees
View of the roofed terrace
View of the roofed 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.

Small living room with walls and concrete roof
Living room connected to the terrace
Kitchen and dining room made in concrete
Concrete dining room
Stairs lead to private areas
Kitchen area at night
Night view of the exterior
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Spectacular Design of Spacious and Welcoming Spaces

By • 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.

Modern main area

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.

Large open living room with high ceilings
Open waiting room with concrete walls

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.

Modern lounge area
Waiting room for open spaces full of light
Stairs
Modern and elegant office
Modern office with views
Waiting area
Cozy relaxation area
Modern and elegant bathroom
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Private Home with a Largely Minimalist Interior

By • Sep 4, 2018

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.

Exterior view

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.

Interior with concrete walls

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.

Large interior space of the living room-dining room space and the kitchen
Modern living room
Large dining room done in wood
Cellar
Bathroom in white marble
Interior during nocturnal hours

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.

Pool area
Terrace
Exterior during nocturnal hours
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A Remodeling that Shows Part of his Past

By • Aug 27, 2018

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.

Yellow and gray lounge area
TV area in wood

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.

Modern living room in light colors

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.

Wall of mirrors in the living room
Details

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.

Small and modern kitchen
Metallic entrance door
Kitchen in yellow with rounded tips
Kitchen in yellow with rounded tips
Cubicle of room
Small room
Small room covered with wood
Room covered with wood

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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