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Remodeling a Small Apartment That is 21 Years Old

By • Apr 4, 2018

This functional and modern apartment is located in a residential building that is 21 years old and is located in the central section of the city of Chongqing, China. The space, recently remodeled in 2018, has an area of 71 square meters. Jin Xue, from the interior design firm Xue Jin Architecture Network, was in charge of its design.

Shared living and study area

This construction, respectfully built on a mountain, is a typical local residence. For the past two decades, it was home to a couple and their only child. Now, it is owned by a young couple who, dissatisfied with the original design, lighting, and ventilation, decided to carry out the remodeling to create a more pleasant, comfortable, and functional space that could satisfy their needs.

Circular opening connects the living room with the small balcony area
Balcony with space for relaxation
View of the living room from inside the balcony
Shoe space

For the reconstruction of the apartment, it was important to focus on the kitchen and the bathroom. The owner wanted to have a more luminous and spacious kitchen, to cook every day and enjoy the preparation of meals with friends. Whereas with the bathroom, the owner wanted to have a relatively independent bathroom with a bathtub.

It has two relatively private rooms, and a shared open space that, thanks to its flexibility, can serve various functions. The open space was designed to bring the occupants closer to each other while performing daily activities.

Kitchen made in black and white
Dining area in the kitchen
Dining area in wood
Room with double single bed
Bathroom with bathtub
Night view of the interior of the apartment
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Elegant, Safe and Comfortable Apartment with a Marked Industrial Style

By • Apr 3, 2018

Once couples become parents, they start to think about how they can add open areas within the home that will contribute to their children’s development. This couple wanted to make sure that the living room has many storage areas. After extensive discussions, they decided to move away from a conventional design and reconsider the entire structure of the living room.

Study area in the living room

The design was under the leadership of the designer Ivan Chen of the Studio of Interior Design HAO Design in the year 2017, and it is located in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Creating an ideal home involves more than simply building a safe and comfortable space for children to grow up. It is also important to preserve its own aesthetic sensibility, taste and lifestyle preferences.

Living room with sofa in deep blue
Living room area with terrace
Kitchen in white with marble
Living room and kitchen connected to the terrace
Industrial decorative details

Each aspect of the studio reflects the love for industrial style design, which blends beautifully with the wooden floors used for the common areas of the house to generate an air of classic elegance. The wood grain pattern extends to the living room, where the visitor’s eye is immediately captured by the leather sofa.

Moving from the main living room to the master bedroom, the general feeling is of tranquility and relaxation, with a use of shades of blue that represents a continuation of the classic style of the main living room. The child’s room has its own size-adjusted door, an innovative feature that is fun at the same time.

Entrance
Entrance with closet
Closet area at the entrance
Walk in closet in wood
Master bedroom with rustic walls
Bedroom with wooden floor
Bed with intense blue textiles
Bedroom with walk in closet
Children’s room with original bed and play area
Small and original entrance door to children’s room
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Modern Villa Surrounded by Mountains and Blue Skies

By • Apr 2, 2018

Brunhais House is a private residence designed by Rui Vieira Oliveira, a Portuguese architectural firm with offices in Guimarães, Portugal and Naples, Italy. It is located in Póvoa de Lanhoso, a parish of Brunhais, a small village surrounded by mountains and characterized by good weather and clear blue skies, itself located in the north of Portugal. The project was begun in 2011 and completed in 2016.

Modern villa in geometric shapes

The house is part of a set of three different projects belonging to three brothers. The intention was to create a structure that could host a couple and support the activity of the family business. The adaptation of the building to the slightly uneven terrain allows for two volumes to overlap, thus allowing the demarcation of these two separate functions. The white structure holds the living quarters, while the gray one is made of a natural stone, and denotes a more functional purpose.

Front view in concrete and white
Modern and elegant design
View of the hidden entrance between white walls
Rear view with the mountains at the far end
Walking area within the green grass
Internal garden with green grass
Details of the modern construction
/ Access door in glass
White interior with skylight

The interior of the buildings is stark white, which creates a strong contrast against the clear blue skies, as well as reflect the light of the strongly shining sun, easing the illumination of the entire structure. Clear glass walls allow this same light to flow into the interior, rendering artificial light virtually unnecessary.

White spaces full of natural light
External view from inside
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Shelter for a Young Couple Looking for a Space Full of Tranquility

By • Mar 29, 2018

Designed for a young couple who were looking for a refuge that would take them away from the outer chaos and create a space of tranquility, this concrete house has plenty of spaces inside that inspire and reflect that peace and serenity.

Front view of the construction

It was designed by the architectural firm Espacio 18 Arquitectura in a family complex in the city of Puebla, Mexico in 2018 and has 3 levels. On the ground floor, the social areas are open to the courtyards, where the program extends and is joined by glass screens. On the first level are the bedrooms, with open views to the garden. Spring definitely blossoms here, and we will be able to enjoy the change nature undergoes during this time. Finally, on the second level we will find the entertainment area, the bathrooms, and the roof garden with a panoramic view of the volcanoes.

Entrance made out of concrete and wood
Entrance details
Terrace with rustic furniture
Internal garden with glass walls
Internal stairs made of wood and black metal
View of the interior from the terrace

Inside, furniture, carpentry, and wooden beams provide warmth, pleasant odors, and textures in all spaces. In the bathrooms, the works of Oaxacan artist Francisco Toledo introduces us to this home’s artistic side.
The facade responds to the idea of ​​a house inside the walls, avoiding openings to the street and unnecessary elements.

Internal garden at night hours

Exterior of the house at night hours
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Traditional Structure With a Veranda on a Roof

By • Mar 27, 2018

Studio Course, an Indian architectural firm based in Pune, has completed this project, an exploration of the traditional structure of a home in Maharashtra, India, a so called Veranda on a Roof. It was added to the roof of a twelve storey building, and serves as a transitional space between a public and private area, or between a house and a street.

Interior view from the terrace
Barbecue area on the terrace

When Studio Course designed this veranda, they designed it as a space to keep the family in mind, and for it to serve as a special place to be added to a home and which would revolve around books, food, and plants. As such, it houses a library and a pantry, their spaces rich and warm, and the perfect mixture between rustic and elegant through the use of polished concrete and wooden surfaces, as well as thick wooden ceiling beams. Textiles serve to add touches of color through the space, giving it an extra hint of vibrancy.

Barbecue area with wooden furniture
Wooden desk area and chair in colorful textile
Interior with both floor and walls in concrete
Wooden furniture with decorative ornaments
Floating stairs in dark wood
Concrete walls and wooden ceiling with beams

One enters the space through a wooden staircase after leaving a living room below. This staircase was previously encased by walls which were torn down in order to open up the space and brighten it up. This has also eased the communication between the two spaces, allowing them to engage in a dialogue.

Wooden stairs and golden railings
Wooden stairs and golden railings
Night view of the terrace with furniture
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The Simplicity of Concrete is Reflected in this Wonderful Construction

By • Mar 23, 2018

This wonderful house with concrete walls is located in a development north of the metropolitan area of Mexico City in Mexico. It was designed in 2018 by the architectural firm Jorge Hernández de la Garza under the direction of its magnificent professionals Jorge Hernandez de la Garza, Alin Gamboa, Miguel Angel Loyola and Octavio Alvarado.

Exterior in which concrete, wood and stone are combined

The land on which the building is constructed is a sloped area full of stones. The architectural project was carried out in three levels, with the environments being distributed according to the needs of the client. The first semi-fitted level is where the bathrooms are located; the second level is the garden, as well as where the public spaces of housing are located; finally, the third seems to float above the rest of the volumes.

Main entrance
Outside stairs lead to the entrance
External stairs with views
Large kitchen made of wood
Internal stairs in wood and black metal
Level with concrete walls and glass floors
Wood and concrete walls

At the bottom of the land next to the garden, a 15-meter-high stone wall rises and was the perfect setting to direct the interior views of the house to the immediate surroundings. The general volume is presented with two different intentions. On the one hand, on the front façade, a series of overlapping boxes with minimal openings are erected in order to provide as much privacy as possible; on the other, on the rear façade, it was sought to give the greatest possible transparency to the great stone wall.

Large garden with rock walls
Garden with covered terrace
Night view of the modern construction
View from the garden of the elegant concrete construction
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Concrete House with a Simple and Elegant Interior

By • Mar 22, 2018

This house, occupying a space of roughly 360 square meteres, appears strong and rough on the exterior. However, its interior surprises us kindly with a set of wide, bright, and warming spaces. It is located in Sanfins, Portugal, and the design was made in 2017 by the architectural firm Pedro Henrique.

Concrete facahada

Located in a rural context, but close to the historical and central center of Santa Maria da Feira, the project is developed from the recovery of an existing stone house and the construction of a new concrete body. These two structures are interconnected by a wooden structure and wide openings, merging as one the interior and exterior.

Concrete house surrounded by green spaces

The entrance of the house is the central and intermediate point of distribution that relates the two floors. The upper floor, dedicated to the private spaces of the home, we can see two areas of differing make: the first space, of concrete walls, consists of the children’s bedrooms and bathrooms, whilst the second space, of stone walls, consists of the parents’ bedrooms. Meanwhile, the lower floor is destined to all the social areas and bathrooms.

Interior garden
Living room with wooden floors and ceilings
White living room with black fireplace
Kitchen made in white with wood
White kitchen with wooden floors and ceilings

Inside, we are surprised by the materials with which it has been designed, we can observe a  simple white color on the walls and floors, accompanied by a wooden ceiling. This creates a unique contrast full of elegance and warmth where simplicity is valued.

Corridor with wooden ceilings and glass walls
Wooden dining room
Wooden stairs
Interior with concrete walls
Stairs with views
Room with glass walls
Room in white and wood
Triple room with wooden floors and ceilings
Triple room in white
Wood bathroom
Night view of the exterior with glass walls
Exterior view during night hours
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Functional Office Building Pays Special Attention to Sustainability Techniques

By • Mar 21, 2018

The architectural firm Abscis Architecten designed in 2017 in the city of Ghent, Belgium. This office building that has an area of 1094 square meters. The building is a solid volume of brick characterized by volumetric incisions and strategically located windows.

External view of the structure with stone and glass walls

The front façade opens on the ground floor through the lobby to the street, and receives visitors through a front courtyard. This provides great visibility and transparency. On the back façade, both the writing rooms and the offices enjoy a beautiful view of the garden with old trees. Special attention was paid to sustainability in terms of the use of water and materials, energy consumption, and sustainable techniques based on renewable energy. All insulating materials are sustainable.

Entrance through the parking area
Side view with black blinds
Internal garden with glass walls
Detail of the main entrance
Access door to the internal garden
Office hall overlooking the garden
Reception with wooden furniture
Reception

It has two waiting rooms adjacent to the writing rooms designed in an open plan. The patio works as a structural element to create privacy without removing transparency. The concept of the interior was to show simplicity and tranquility.

The white lobby on the ground floor is clearly presented in the open parking lot and welcomes visitors through this entrance.
The landscaping sensation of the garden was maintained by conserving the valuable old trees and reinforced by the placement of hedges that make up the parking lot.

Modern office and full of light
Office area
Waiting room full of natural light
Waiting room
Stairs
Exterior night view
Night view
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Concrete House with a Simple Design Made for a Young Family

By • Mar 19, 2018

This fabulous house, the exterior of which is made mostly out of concrete and glass, has been designed by the architects Kate Fitzpatrick and Benjamin Stibbard, part of the team at the architectural firm Auhaus Architecture. The home is located in the city of Torquay, in Australia, and it covers a total ground area of 341 square meters. It was completed in 2015.

Facade of concrete and glass walls

The material with which the design was made was dealt with in a very natural way, accepting both its inherent strengths and shortcomings. The control of innate imperfections to the material was abandoned, leaving the surfaces untreated. Paired with natural hardwood, the house is elementary and raw, but nonetheless warm and inviting. In short, it is the perfect home for a young family.The site is narrowly bounded on both sides by volume building houses.

Main facade with concrete walls and translucent screen

The design itself is simple: a procession of spaces into which visitors enter from the street through a portal in the concrete wall. A small green courtyard is the starting point, an anteroom to the softer interior parts of the house. Upon entering, the house opens into a double-height gallery, with glass on one side to reveal the large central courtyard.

Interior of the garden area
Bright interior with white metal stairs
Living room with concrete wall and a large fireplace
Modern kitchen in concrete
Modern bedroom with concrete wall and glass doors
Bathroom in concrete and marble
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Multifunctional Space Created as a Platform for Young Artists

By • Mar 16, 2018

This new multifunctional space transformed an empty building, located in the grounds of an old sewing factory that operated in the Soviet era, into an urban space. In it, they created a platform for young and free artists to create, share, implement, and execute new ideas.

External view of the block

The ingenious people behind the idea were the architects Giorgi Sakvarelidze and Devi Kituashvili, belonging to the architectural firm MUA. The project was carried out in the 2017 and has an area of 7600 square meters. It is located in Tbilisi, Georgia.

Interior of the dining area with long tables
Sociable area with furniture
Hall with glass walls

The concept of the Soviet design style is maintained, but it is modernized both inside and out which makes it more attractive and interesting. The space consists of three distinctive building blocks, which form a rectangular-shaped courtyard.

FABRIKA Tbilisi is the space for socialization, inspiration and collaboration, where you can implement new ideas, get to know artists and their art, have interesting conversations with foreign travelers, and connect with free and rebellious people.

It consists of the following spaces: art shops, studios, rehearsal studios, shared work spaces, cafeterias and bars, hostels, artists’ residences, galleries, and other public spaces. The place will be a daily destination for those who wish to create and share, those who love freedom, and those who are open to new ideas and inspirations.

Bar area
Bar area with industrial decoration
Modern stairs in vibrant red
Stairs seen from the upper level
Double room for couples
Room with double beds
Room with bunk beds
Beautiful family room with terrace
Family room with play area
Bedroom at night
Bedroom at night
Large common bathroom with lockers
Night view of the construction
Exterior view
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Offices Designed for its Staff to Maintain a Natural Communication

By • Mar 15, 2018

These wonderful offices offer their employees warm environments in which to work and give free rein to the imagination. They have been designed by the General Design firm in the hands of its main architect, Shin Ohori, in the city of JINGUMAE in Tokyo.

Open offices with relaxation areas for sharing

The space, owned by every day is the day, a creative agency that was founded in 2017, has wide open spaces in which the green of the plants, as well as the wood that has been used in its furniture and in some elements of its construction, is a common detail in each of its spaces.

Office with plants that give freshness and greenery

It has 200 square meters and its distribution allows the personnel of the company to congregate and participate in various tasks, while allowing natural communication. The design team eliminated the finishes of the ceiling and floor present in the space, in order to expose the raw concrete structure of the 50-year-old building.

Office with plants that give freshness and greenery
Offices with modern furniture
Offices full of natural light

No walls or fixed partitions are found throughout the interior, which is filled with soft natural light. All the objects in the office, including abundant vegetation, antique sofas and a large oak table, are intended to improve creative communication.

Meeting areas in shared spaces
Offices with concrete roofs that give an industrial touch
Wide open offices full of natural light
Modern area with black furniture
Kitchen area with wooden chairs
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Spectacular House with Spacious Spaces and Full of Natural Light

By • Mar 15, 2018

This single-family house, located in the Province of Girona in Spain, was designed by the local architectural firm Lagula arquitectes in 2017. The project, which occupies approximately 300 square meters, was under the leadership of architects Antonio Alonso, Martín Ezquerro, Ignacio López Alonso, Marc Zaballa, and Manel Morante.

Main entrance with wooden door and tall concrete columns

At first glance, its columns and white walls contrast beautifully with the blue sky, inviting us to enter and enjoy its wide and illuminated spaces bathed in natural light. The wide glass walls reveal two private side patios. These diagonal openings in the wall extend the view through the main structure, connecting it to the landscape.

Side of white walls and wild vegetation
View of the rear garden with large pool
Interior of the terrace and pool area

The richness of space is enclosed in traditional austere materials. The walls are regularly blank. As it happens in modernist houses, there is sometimes a minimum of glazing between the openings in the wall.

Its high concrete ceiling adds to the home’s abundant elegance, making it look flamboyant.

The architecture of the house is perfectly adapted to the place and the land on which it is located.

In the back garden, we find a huge swimming pool that invites us to refresh ourselves in those days of terrible heat, surrounded fantastic views over the green areas that envelop the home.

Entrance from the garden with cristal doors
Internal terrace
Interior garden
Concrete stairs and white walls
Upstairs
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Wonderful House in Athens, Greece, Surrounded by Lush Gardens

By • Mar 14, 2018

This modern house, with lush and green outdoor spaces, has been designed by the firm RS Sparch by the hand of its architect Rena Sakellaridou in the city of Athens, Greece.

Side view of the imposing construction

The area, which has 240 square meters, is hidden behind a garden with a dense collection of trees. It is formed by a concrete base, a white metal structure, and a characteristic tunnel-esque structure, which houses the rooms. The opening on both sides of the interior allows views of the garden to flood the interior.

Main entrance with metallic walls and doors
Long pool surrounded by green vegetation
Rectangular pool with small terrace
Imposing and modern construction made in white, intense blue and concrete
View of the rear facade with terrace
Perfectly maintained side gardens
Entrance to the kitchen with wooden floors and walls in deep blue

The program is simple: living room and kitchen on the ground floor and two bedroom-suites on the top floor. There is also a gym, a guest room, and a service room that are located in the basement.

This is a house in a secret garden, a house in its own world open to nature, although surrounded by the dense urban fabric of Athens. Hidden behind the trees, the house integrates into the garden; its its colors, its shadows, it all changes over time.

The two main levels are connected visually through a glass floor, while a skylight at the top brings natural light.

Spectacular and modern interior with wooden floors and glass walls
Modern stairs in deep blue and glass walls
Modern and elegant interior full of natural light
View of the pool area from the inside
Elevated view of the stairs
Spacious room with glass wall
Night view of the modern construction
Night view of the pool area
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House with Triangular Shape and Three Levels

By • Mar 12, 2018

José Juan Rivera Río, lead architect at JJRR/Arquitectura, an architectural firm based in Mexico City, designed Ramos House in 2017. The private residence, built with a triangular shape, covers a total ground area of 540 square meters and is located in Mexico City, Mexico.

Exterior view full of vegetation

The home’s landscaping program is lush and verdant, granting a bit of green to an otherwise gray concrete façade, with vines climbing onto its walls and plants overflowing from plant pots at different levels of the outside walls. The interior is sober and elegant, with the exterior concrete walls continuing inward and contrasting with the rich wooden floors of the living and dining rooms. A round marble dining room table sits surrounded by chairs, their metal woven into a check pattern.

Entrance accompanied by green plants
Interior with glass walls and wooden floors

The home is, in its entirety, distributed across three levels. A basement takes advantage of the unevenness of the terrain and holds the parking and service areas under the house and garden. The first level holds the social areas — the living room, kitchen, and dining room, all at the same level as the garden, which gives them the privileged option to enjoy it. The second level holds the bedrooms, and is back leaning, which serves to give the front façade an air of lightness.

Stairs in stone
Area full of natural light
Flowers pot with beautiful plants
Bathroom with walls and countertop in marble
Sunset view of the upper terrace
Night view of the interior from the garden
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Concrete House with Spectacular Views Over the Sea

By • Mar 9, 2018

This fabulous house located in the city of Valencia, Spain, has wonderful views over the sea, which makes it even more attractive. It was designed by the Singular Studio architectural firm in 2016, and its development was lead by a team of architects consisting of José Moragues, Dionís Henarejos, and the interior designer Guste Kancaite.

Entrance stairs with stone walls
Pool area

It has an area of 200 square meters and was born of a visit to the country of origin of the owners of the house. They sought to emulate the architectural tradition of Soviet brutalism that historically has been so present in the life of the owners.

Terrace with wooden floors and pool
Terrace with furniture

They wanted to establish clear distinctions between what the house itself should be, and what it should be in conjunction with its location (in this case, an impressive natural landscape). Thus, the project became a mix of ideas that each serve to solve different needs.

One of the main challenges was to provide the house with the maximum possible privacy without blocking the exceptional sea views. Therefore, after assessing the variables of access, orientation, views, bioclimatic invariables, privacy and the steep slope of the plot, a layout was created. The resulting plan has an “L” shape, where the northeastern facade is made up of a large window that becomes a viewpoint to the sea, and the rest of the facades are opaque, as they are made of pure concrete, which ensures the owners have the privacy necessary to remain comfortable. In addition, and thanks to the contraposition of openings, the thermal mass, solar protections, and the detailed study of the shadows, a remarkably energy-efficient model was achieved.

Balcony with wooden floors
Glass-walled living room with wonderful views
Door that connects the interior with the terrace area
Modern stainless steel kitchen
Kitchen with sea views
Modern dining room with pendant lamp
Dining room with sea views
Second level with concrete walls
Entrance with modern furniture in vibrant colors
Wonderful night view of the pool area
Rest area on the terrace with sea view
Entrance door made of glass and concrete walls
Night view of the Jacuzzi area
Stone walls surround the house
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Unification of Two Apartments Converted into a More Spacious and Comfortable Home

By • Mar 8, 2018

This remodeling carried out in two apartments to make it a more spacious and comfortable family home was carried out by the architectural firm CHAO and led by its architects Adriano Carneiro de Mendonça and Antonio Pedro Coutinho, in the city of Alto Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the year 2013.

Open and bright lounge area
Comfortable white sofa

The area that has 210 square meters has spacious and open spaces where its different sections coexist in perfect harmony. The apartment has no clearly defined functional corridors or separations; all of the facilities are arranged around the large bright room. The open plan reveals the original structure of the building, left in apparent concrete.

Wooden furniture with typical country decorations
Modern living room with concrete columns
Kitchen area in white and wood
Desk area in wood
Modern wooden chairs complement the lounge

The two unified apartments became a generous social space that houses all the family activities. The rooms and the kitchen were organized around this space in a relaxed layout, without clear corridors or functional separations.

Located on a hill in the famous city, the house is decorated with traditional objects of Brazilian design and allows a relaxing view of the sea and the surrounding area.

The wooden shelves and the collection that brings together classical and modern pieces of Brazilian design create a familiar and cozy atmosphere.

Balcony incorporated into the living room
Kitchen open to the living room
Wooden desk area with views
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Bunker in Which You Can Stay and Feel at Home

By • Mar 8, 2018

Have you ever considered staying in a bunker? Well then this post is for you! Located in the city of Hamburg, Germany, this space promises a private and relaxed atmosphere after an arduous day of work in the city and surrounded by the luxury you can find in your own home.

Terrace with space to enjoy
Terrace with seats in pastel blue

The bunker in Bülowstrasse was built in 1939 when the Second World War began. The original objective was to protect the hospital for women and children on the other side of the street, but a last-minute decision made it into part of the hospital. Through a tunnel, the Bunker was connected to the hospital and, during the war, the bunker served as the perfect refuge for newborns and their mothers, in addition to offering quiet operating rooms for the sick and injured.

Sober and elegant lounge
Living room with walls and ceiling in concrete
Elegant lounge in dark tones

For many years after the war, the Bunker abandoned itself to its own destiny, which turned out to be for two young local developers, who had been looking for the perfect project for quite some time.

The renovation and reinvention of the Bunker began in 2013. Due to the nature of the building, the repair and reconstruction process was slow and meticulous.

The structure was renovated and reused, creating an interior design with a contemporary style.

Bedroom separated from the living room by glass door
Modern kitchen in deep blue
Modern dining area in black
Internal stairs in concrete
Modern and comfortable room
Modern bathroom in white marble
Terrace at night
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