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Wonderful Hotel in Paris with Comfortable Rooms and Unique Charm

By • Jun 5, 2018

This wonderful hotel with sober and elegant spaces is located on the border between the neighborhoods of Montorgueil and Le Haut Marais, in the magical city of Paris, in France.

Main entrance full of style and history
Terrace with views over the city

The Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers is the last Clé Group hotel, which also owns the Hôtel Bachaumont. This new establishment makes a bold statement with its timeless design, and offers a new way to experience the Parisian lifestyle.

When choosing a location next to the National Center for Arts and Crafts, the Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers aims to pay tribute to that century-old institution dedicated to engineering and teaching manufacturing techniques.

Bar with wonderful views over Paris
Elegant and sumptuous entrance
Roofed terrace with furniture for rest
Roofed terrace with fresh air
Lounge area with terrace
Pub
Bar-restaurant with glass roof
Bar
Bar area with wooden table
Bar with modern decorative details
Modern dining area

Its rooms have been designed as places of refuge where comfort is the priority. A place of hospitality where Parisian heritage joins architecture and innovation to create a sense of timeless charm. The 70 rooms of the Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers are spread over the six floors of the two Haussmannian buildings that make up the establishment, overlooking a tree-lined square.

The hotel has a wide variety of accommodation to meet every need or desire, with spaces distributed in a unique way. Each room has its own configuration, and furniture that has been carefully selected so that guests feel as if they are staying in a personalized room.

Sober and elegant room
Room with terrace
Modern room with concrete wall
Desk area
Spacious room
Black stone washbasin
Modern bathroom in black and white
Spa area
Spa area
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Extensive Mountain House Made of Concrete

By • Jun 1, 2018

This residence has an excellent view towards the mountains, as well as the park that extends to the other side of the mountain. It has been built in the lower part of the mountain, in a red zone, since there is danger of landslides, which is why the structure of the middle of the second floor was made to resist the pressure of the earth due to these natural occurrences.

It has been designed by Keitaro Muto of the architectural firm Keitaro Muto Architects in the city of Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, Japan in 2017, and covers a total area of 162 square meters. Its interior consists of a rough concrete structure, which has a rustic appearance that tries to connect with the exterior landscape.

Part of the level opens to the mountain landscape, as well as the park, through a cantilever. Although some of the interior spaces are not connected to some exterior spaces, an opening was created as a negative-positive relationship to bring them closer to the mountain. This allows all spaces to be easily filled with natural light, and the greenery existing outside the mountain area that surrounds it to be appreciated from the interior.

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Inspired by the History of 2001: A Space Odyssey, this House Can Show us a Different Face Every Time we Visit It

By • May 30, 2018

Located in Tokyo, Japan, this building that has been simplified to the extreme was inspired by the story of the 1968 film “Space Odyssey 2001”, in which “Monolith,” the name by which the black extraterrestrial slate is known, first grants “intelligence” to an ape. It covers a ground area of 397 square meters and was completed in 2015. Those responsible for the project – the architects Hirotaka Kidosaki and Satoshi Itasaka of the firm Kidosaki Architects Studio – not only had to comply with the strict laws and regulations for the protection of tranquil urban landscapes, but also their location with differences in the elevation. This was problematic, as it could cause the windows to face the windows of other houses.With this theme in mind, the materials were carefully selected, and the house was constructed with a universal design language using several elements: stone, concrete, steel, and glass panels.

External view of the construction
View of the gray facade
Façade with high walls

This house, with a balanced and tidy façade, can look different every time you visit it due to the combination of the outer wall of the hot galvanized phosphoric acid steel panels and the black metallic stone floor. That is why the building, despite its simple form, gives people different impressions depending on their point of view, and its appearance has depth and nobility. This house, which is the result of meticulous and detailed work, begins to express its real value only when you enter and experience the space.

Exterior details
Entrance to the spacious lounge
Living room with glass walls
Living area
Living-dining area
Wide and dark staircase
Stairs with high concrete walls
Aerial stairs
TV area with concrete walls
Ample space with concrete walls and circular skylights
Elevated view of the construction
External night view of the construction
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Sober and Elegant House in Which Privacy was the Focal Point to Solve

By • May 29, 2018

This house has a sober and elegant decoration that reflects a strong personality.It was designed in 2017 by the architects Hưng Đào and Phí Đình Cường of the architectural firm AHL architects. It covers 235 square meters and is located in Phúc Lợi, Vietnam.The lack of privacy, seen as a deficiency in the design, led them to install shutters and even windows that do not open, but that help create more private spaces without compromising the visibility or freedom of the house. As the project is a semi-detached house, the distance from the neighbor’s house is quite limited, only 3 meters, a narrow distance with side windows that each open to the other home.

Entrance with elegant wooden door
View of the kitchen and living room with polished concrete floors
Sober and elegant lounge
Living room with brown leather sofa
Kitchen open to the living room
Living-dining room in wood

The home is characterized by spaces where wood and concrete are seen as predominant materials, and its dark, stylish rooms create a serene space.

It has practical and perfectly delineated atmospheres, full of natural light, where each corner has a functionality.

The house HP6 is not different, nor does it stand out from the urban landscape in general. It is simply one more house; nevertheless, its renewed interior gives a special value to the owner, who uses the interior spaces every day.

Dining room in wood and leather
Stairs with black metal railing
Stairs with concrete wall
Wooden stairs
Small terrace
Room with wooden floors
Room full of natural light
Desktop area
Elegant and modern bathroom
Stairs leading to the office area
Modern and functional office
Office with glass doors
Internal side garden
External night view
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House near Barcelona, Spain where the Spaces Complement Each Other

By • 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.

Exterior view of the house
Internal corridors with vaulted ceilings
Living room with wooden floors
Living room with vaulted ceilings
Living room connected to the kitchen

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.

Modern kitchen in white
Internal stairs with block walls
Children’s room with wooden floors
Study area connected to the room
Master bedroom with vaulted ceilings
Room with wooden floors
Night view of the exterior of the house
Night view of the exterior and its gardens
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Elegant and Warm Restaurant Designed with High Quality Materials

By • May 21, 2018

This new and modern restaurant is located on the top floor of the new Tivoli Corner building in Copenhagen, Denmark, overlooking the historic Tivoli Gardens, and with wonderful views over the city skyline. Tivoli Corner is a multifunctional development designed by world-renowned architects Pei Cobb Freed & Partners of OEO Studio, based in New York City, New York, in the United States. The newly built space houses shops, restaurants, a food hall, and over 20 new rooms for the award winning Nimb Hotel.

Terrace with views of the modern city area
Modern interior with glass walls

The design concept devised by OEO for the new restaurant is based on the universe of the Sticks’n’Sushi brand, which reflects the meeting of East and West and is inspired by Japan reinterpreted in a modern European context. The result is a warm and welcoming space with many evocative details, custom design elements, and high quality materials combined to offer the taste of Japan in the center of the Danish capital.

Decorative details in solid wood
Dining area with black furniture
Bar area
Bar area
Area of tables overlooking the terrace
Dishware details

The central and focal point of the restaurant and all the action that takes place in the heart of Sticks’n’Sushi is its structure. The custom-made wooden structure provides a skeletal framework for a high-quality and functional kitchen designed to optimize the service functions and improve the overall dining experience.

Large meeting areas
Dining area with allusive details
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Wonderful House with a Modern Structure Built out of Red Brick and with Glass Walls Located in Dnipro, Ukraine

By • May 14, 2018

This wonderful house, with a modern structure built out of red brick and with glass walls, is located in Dnipro, Ukraine, and was built in 2015 by the architect Alexei Obraztsov. The home has beautiful exteriors, perfectly manicured gardens, and wonderful views, and its interior is no less spectacular.

Exterior view of modern building with red brick and glass walls
Exterior view of modern building with red brick and glass walls
Exterior view of modern building with red brick and glass walls
Exterior view of modern building with red brick and glass walls

The spacious, modern, and elegant living room has wonderful views of the garden and the river.

Living-dining room-kitchen in the same space

On one side, a modern and spacious dining room-kitchen in black and white complete the ground level of ​​the house.

To another side, the staircase, accompanied by a wooden wall, takes us to the second level. There, a magnificent bedroom, with beautiful wooden floors and decorated in a simple, contemporary style, shows us fascinating views through the glazed glass walls that overlook the river.

Living-dining room-kitchen in the same space
Living-dining room-kitchen in the same space
Exterior view from inside the house
Exterior view from inside the house
Exterior view from inside the house
Large modern kitchen in black and white
Large modern kitchen in black and white
Large modern kitchen in black and white
Large modern kitchen in black and white
Wooden stairs

A large bathroom with wooden floors and white fittings is located at the far end of the bedroom.

The stairs again take us to the next level — the uppermost level of the house. There, we will find a second living room arranged in such a way that we can enjoy the views of the river from the comfort of its seats.

Wooden stairs
Wooden stairs
Bedroom with wooden floors and glass walls
Bedroom with wooden floors and glass walls
Bathroom in white
Bathroom in white

In the evening, the view of the house from the banks of the river looks lovely, projecting calm and tranquility.

Night view of the exterior from the banks of the river
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Monochromatic Apartment Located in Vilnius, Lithuania

By • May 11, 2018

This monochrome apartment, which covers an area of only 50 square meters, was designed by Aida Šniraitė, owner of the interior designer firm “Authentic Interior.” It is located in Vilnius, Lithuania. Vilnius is the capital and most populated city of Lithuania, located in the homonymous province. The city lies to the southeast of the country, about 30 km from the border with Belarus.

Apartment interior in gray and black tones

The apartment was designed for a single woman with strong tastes for industrial and urban US design, but with quite a limited budget. It has very unusual color combinations for what is the more traditional Lithuanian style, with black doors and plinths, original concrete ceilings or black furniture. Inspired by industrial and urban US living, concrete, bricks, metal have been used throughout. The apartment is divided into a living area of 30 square meters, a big shower of 6 square meters, and a bedroom of 14 square meters.

Apartment interior in gray and black tones
Living room with sofa in gray and red brick wall

Due to its small size, some intelligent solutions have been used that have made it possible to maximize the tiny spaces. Large mirrors have been installed in the closets, so that the light is reflected, creating a more luminous atmosphere and, at the same time, giving us a visual sense of spaciousness.

Living room with sofa in gray and red brick wall
Living room with sofa in gray and red brick wall
Apartment interior in gray and black tones
Details
Kitchen in black with wood
Kitchen in black with wood
Kitchen in black with wood
Details
Kitchen in black with wood
Kitchen in black with wood
Kitchen in black with wood
Kitchen in black with wood
Apartment interior in gray and black tones
Bedroom with concrete walls and black closet
Bedroom with concrete walls and black closet
Bedroom with concrete walls and black closet
Bedroom with concrete walls and black closet
Bedroom with concrete walls and black closet
Details
Bedroom with concrete walls and black closet
Bedroom with concrete walls and black closet
Details
Details
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Bathroom
Details
Bathroom
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Funerary Garden Located in Veracruz, Mexico

By • May 9, 2018

And now for something completely different. This funerary garden is located approximately 20 minutes away from the port and city of Veracruz, in Mexico, just on the coast of the Gulf. The resulting space is, appropriately, serene and peaceful, providing visitors with a comforting atmosphere in which to grieve. It covers an area of 3 hectares, which is approximately 7.5 acres, and is done in a minimalist and stark style, dotted by trees and with large expanses of green grass.

Interior view of the garden with its lush greenery

The buildings and structures that populate the space are done in a gray tone, a neutral color that also adds a touch of tranquility, allowing the only color in the ensemble to be the green of the grass and tree leaves. One can only imagine, as unfortunately these images don’t show it, how it must look in the spring, with colorful flowers and birds dotting the green trees, a stark contrast to the sobriety of the park which also serves to further illustrate the cycle of life, the understanding of which is a pivotal part in the grieving process.

Interior view of the garden with its lush greenery

An ecumenical chapel will also be included in the park, in addition to family chapels surrounding the lake, which will allow a more private place for visitors to mourn their loved ones.

Interior view of the garden with its lush greenery
Interior view of the garden with its lush greenery
Interior view of the garden with its lush greenery
Interior view of the garden with its lush greenery
Interior view of the garden with its lush greenery
Interior view of the garden with its lush greenery
Interior view of the garden with its lush greenery
Interior view of the garden with its lush greenery
Interior view of the garden with its lush greenery
Interior view of the garden with its lush greenery
Interior of the resting areas
Interior of the resting areas
Interior of the resting areas
Nocturnal view
Nocturnal view
Nocturnal view
Nocturnal view
Nocturnal view
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Beach House Designed by CUBYC Architects on the Coast of Belgium

By • May 8, 2018

This project is located within sight of the beach, in a typical but beautiful urban part of the Belgian coast. This seaside residence offers areas with marvelous views to the landscapes surrounding it, as well as the awe-inspiring ocean that laps at its feet.

Modern exterior in black and white

It was designed by the architectural firm CUBYC Architects in 2015. It covers a ground surface area of 525 squared meters.

Modern exterior in black and white
Modern exterior in black and white

The modern black and white structure contains an elegant interior within, also done in a modern style. We’ll find a gorgeous kitchen, brought to life with a minimalist style, as soon as we walk in. The glass walls allow natural light to illuminate the interior throughout the day, all the while allowing us to take in the beautiful vistas while the corresponding tasks are carried out. All the social areas (kitchen, dining, and living room) are located on the last floor.

Modern exterior in black and white

The bedrooms are on the ground floor, creating intimate spaces that safeguard the privacy of its inhabitants. The neutral colors used in the décor help create a coherent and consistent style between the various areas. On the roof, a terrace has been built. From there, the fresh air is sure to accompany us as we take in the sights.

Modern exterior in black and white
Wooden staircase
Terrace with a view
Glass doors that lead us inside
Modern, black and white kitchen
Modern, black and white kitchen
Modern, black and white kitchen
Bathroom
Bathroom
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Hotel in Barcelona, Spain Designed by Jaime Beriestain

By • May 4, 2018

This hotel is located in the Spanish city of Barcelona, a magical city, of a unique charm and full of history. Staying at Room Mate Gerard Hotel, you’ll be right in the heart of colorful Barcelona, next to the famous Plaça Catalunya and within walking distance from landmark-studded El Born and the Gothic Quarter. Its façade, with moldings that add elegance and distinction to it, of the type that characterized old constructions and that is long lasting, is simply spectacular. Every detail in it speaks of its history – its balconies, its doors… everything is mesmerizing.

Wonderful view of hotel exterior

Envisioned by interior designer Jaime Beriestain, the rooms blend classical warmth with urban sophistication, featuring private desks, minibars, Bluetooth speakers, and dark sophisticated bathrooms. Its interior has been transformed. In it we see a modern design with vibrant colors that makes us forget, for a moment, just how old the building truly is. Beautiful furnished terraces have been conditioned for the enjoyment of their clients, some to sunbathe during hot days and others to simply enjoy a breakfast or a drink in good company.
The comfortable and cozy rooms invite us to rest after a long day of walking around the city.

Terraces with wooden floors
Terraces with wooden floors
Interior of the hotel with colorful furniture design
Beautifully decorated breakfast area
Beautifully decorated breakfast area
Rooms with spacious and comfortable beds
Rooms with spacious and comfortable beds
Elegant bathroom with designs and details in gold
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A Pleasant Place as a Couple’s Refuge”

By • Apr 27, 2018

A couple of fashion designers felt a powerful attraction for this construction and, thinking that they could enjoy a pleasant life-style in this place, decided to build their new nest here, so to speak! It was love at first sight, from the different recreational options offered by the area, to the pleasant spaces where they knew they could enjoy a pleasant walk with their cute dog.

Exterior view of the construction on a little-traveled street

The architecture firm Cho and Partners, led by its team of excellent professionals Hyeonjin Cho, Haewook Jeong and Kyuhwan Kim, were in charge of carrying out this significant project in 2017. It is located in Yeonnam-dong, South Korea and has an area of 277 square meters.

Details of the façade with wood and glass walls
External concrete stairs
Dining room connected to the terrace

The couple, whose children have all moved out to start their own lives away from the nest, wanted to have a set-up where the living room and the bedroom were united instead of making them each separate spaces. Their goal was to make the entire house feel closer to itself, eliminating any unnecessary barriers that could stand between them.  To carry out this unique idea, an equally unique space was made taking one space and creating two rooms by placing one of them (the bedroom) above the other (the living room).

Spacious and modern living room with concrete walls
View of the library from the top floor
Blank kitchen with marble floors also in white
Dining area in retro style
Classic studio with high concrete walls
Classic studio with hanging lamps
Room with wooden floors and concrete walls
Bathroom with modern bathtub in white
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Residence with Marked Rebellious and Restless Style

By • Apr 24, 2018

This project is marked from start to end by the personality of the owners, who, with their rebellious, restless and nonconformist character, made the design of this house add personal experiences and dreams. The responsible for carrying out such a precious project was the Mano de Santo architecture studio in 2014. A project that has 400 square meters and is located in the beautiful city of Valencia in Spain.

View of the modern entrance with concrete walls

Its development supposed a challenge and a stimulus at the same time, since the plot presents a very steep slope and an orientation and spectacular views towards the sea and the city of Valencia. The house is located at the highest point of the plot and consists of two volumes, one embedded in the ground and the other placed on top of this slightly separated and light appearance using in this case materials and prefabricated dry execution systems and light (prefabricated concrete).

Wooden bridge leading to the entrance
Stone walls and gardens
Pool area with terrace
Cozy living room with modern furniture
Modern and elegant kitchen and dining area
Dining room in wood and black

The most private bedrooms and rooms are arranged in the upper volume from where you can enjoy the comfortable privacy of the wonderful views over the city.

The design, layout and systems of facilities used in the house, result in an energy efficient building.

Room with balcony with wonderful views
Elegant bathroom with black marble top
Night view of the pool
Night view of the construction with glass walls
Entry bridge at night hours
Exterior with concrete walls
Wonderful night view with stone walls and concrete walls
Night view of the house on the hill
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House Surrounded by a Quiet and Natural Environment

By • Apr 23, 2018

Forest and House is a contemporary home designed by Jung Hyowon of JHW IROJE architects&planners, a firm based in Seoul, South Korea. The home covers a total ground area of a little over 1,200 square meters, and was completed in 2016. It is located in Sunchang, South Korea.

View of the construction among the vegetation

The home was designed for a client who is both a professor and an engineer, and who will be retiring in three years’ time. This home is intended to be a space for him to spend his “second life,” and enjoy the peace and quiet of a home surrounded by a natural landscape.

View of the construction between the forests
Main entrance
Internal area of the construction

From the perspective of the architectural firm, the plot of land on which the home sits is borrowed from nature, and so they decided to disturb it as little as possible in order to remain respectful. The end result is that the home is finished without a yard, as it was a mere human pleasure that would further intrude unnecessarily upon the natural landscape that surrounds the structure. This also serves to make the connection between the home and its surroundings all that much stronger, since, almost as soon as one steps outside of its walls, one finds oneself surrounded by raw nature.

Side view with concrete walls
View of the construction and the mountains that surround it
Wall and roof in zinc
Details of the concrete wall
Concrete stairs connect to the upper terrace
Construction located on the hill
Stairs with red railings
Side bricks wall
Construction with glass walls
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Modern Boutique Cafe in an Old Western District of Hong Kong

By • Apr 10, 2018

This boutique café is the second designed by the firm Studio Adjective, an architecture and interior design agency in Hong Kong, for this franchise. The project was personally led by one of its designers, Wilson Lee.

View of the interior of the modern cafe

This is located at 321 Des Voeux Road W, Sai Ying Pun, in Bohemian House, in the old western district, and has an area of 140 square meters.The design team wanted to offer a complete coffee-tasting experience through the conceptual design of interiors.

Modern coffee decorated in gray, white and wood
Area of tables and high chairs

The general design focuses on presenting a complete visual experience through zoning and flow. First, the clean and natural palette is dominated by both white and gray, as well as more wood-like colors, to highlight the sensation of space and zoning through the simple and rustic tones. In addition, the bean and dining room storage areas are separated by large glass doors with white metal frames.
The design will not only attract passers-by, but also offer customers an overview of the coffee making process, from storage, toasting, packaging to brewing, thus completing a unique experience.
The 7 meter long coffee bar will allow baristas to demonstrate their skills.

Complete view of the tables area
View of the modern and full of light
Detail of the decoration on the floor
Views of the relaxed and modern environment
Bar area in white and light gray
Detail of the entrance door

 

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Imposing Concrete Construction Surrounded by Thick Green Vegetation

By • Apr 5, 2018

This imposing construction of high concrete walls has been designed by the architect Cherng Yih Lee, who works for the architectural firm FORMZERO, in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The home was completed in the year 2017 and covers an extensive area of 900 square meters, distributed across its three levels.

Aerial view of the imposing concrete construction

It is located right on the edge of a reserved forest, perfect for those who like to enjoy the outdoors and nature. However, one of the points on which its designers focused was avoiding, at all costs, that the existing windows became the most direct element with which to define the relationship with the outdoor space. When a house is surrounded by other houses, the relationship is immediately blurred by dropping a curtain. The question was … How to restore that relationship with the outer space without compromising the necessary privacy inside?

House surrounded by a perforated concrete wall
Side view of the house with asymmetrical shaped windows
High concrete roof
Interior of the high concrete roof
View of the exterior and its windows
Modern living room with glass and concrete walls
Small living room area full of natural light
Details of the entrance in wood
Sliding windows with window seat
Modern kitchen with dining room in wood and black & white chairs
Stairs in black metal
Internal corridor with wooden floors and concrete walls
Decorative detail
Open bathroom with concrete walls

From east to west, this house is wrapped in an additional layer consisting of a wall of perforated concrete that looks like a shell. In addition to acting as a thermal protection with cross ventilation, the carapace is the first layer to control privacy. Between the house and the concrete framework, several levels of landscape are inserted to create an ambiguous condition that makes the landscape look more like an interior space.

View of the spaces with garden
External night view
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Project of a Barn With a Markedly Contemporary Style

By • Apr 4, 2018

This 1,500 square foot multipurpose barn project in Ancram, New York, USA, was completed in 2017 by the architecture firm Worrell Yeung Architecture, under the direction of its architecture professionals Max Worrell and Jejon Yeung.

View of the barn on the hill

The space is located on the side of a 30-acre property, with an existing traditional house and other structures. This modern barn adopts an unmistakably contemporary design approach, while incorporating elements of the Hudson Valley agrarian lifestyle. The general shape of the building is clean and simple, and its volume is a single and discreet structure of gable roof that sits on the hillside. The retaining walls create a playground between the barn and the house.

Barn in black wood with parking space
Barn area with covered terrace
View of the interior of the terrace in the barn

The barn has parking capacity for two cars, along with a garden area and a flexible and covered outdoor room. This space has large gates that strategically frame the views of the Berkshires Mountain. Inside, the prefabricated wooden scissor frame structure and the wooden frame are exposed.

The selection of materials everywhere was made to be durable and low-maintenance, given the climatic zone. The roof is made of black metal and the exterior is covered with hemlock wood with vertical black spots, while the interior is covered with the same natural wood.

Interior of the barn parking area
Inner terrace of the barn lined in wood
View of the mountains from inside the barn
View of the barn at the evening
Night view of the barn
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