The Ghost Wash House, as this private property is called, was designed by Architecture – Infrastructure – Research, Inc., which is an architecture and urban design firm focused on applying advanced research methods and sustainable practices into designs that cover the needs and wishes of each client, and which was founded by Darren Petrucci in 2001. The home is located along the lower hillside of the north side of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona, in the United States. It was completed in 2017 and covers a total ground area of 8,500 square feet.
The site is flanked by two desert washes that move water from the top of the mountain into the valley below. A third topographic condition — a “Ghost Wash” — runs through the center of the site, giving the property its name, and is framed by brick bars.
The eastern of these two protects the wash from the desert sun that shines upon it in the morning. It also houses the garages, the kitchen, an office, and the family room. The western bar shields the property from the intensely hot west sun as it sets in the valley. In turn, it houses the private areas of the home, such as the bedrooms, another family room, and a recreation space. The living room and dining room are house in the interior of a long sequence of courtyards and gardens that flow along the Ghost Wash from the south entry to the north pool house.
Deloia, as this private residence is called, is a home located in Duluth, a major port city in the state of Minnesota, in the United States. The home consists of the second project that Salmela Architect, a local architectural firm that was in this instance led by Souliyahn Keobounpheng, completed for these clients. It was finished in 2017.
Previously, Salmela Architect had completed an extensive renovation for a rural home for these clients. Now that they decided to move into the city, the clients purchased a lot with views of Lake Superior, and decided to work with the architectural firm once again.
This new project is divided into three structures which are themselves interconnected by glass corridors which in turn create two distinct – yet visually connected – courtyards, with one oriented toward the lake and the other tucked into the graduated slope of the hill.
The interior of the home is spacious and brightly illuminated, with clear glass walls that allow natural light to flow freely into the interior, while also blurring the dividing lines between indoors and outdoors.
The wood pegged timber frame pavilion located in the backyard was handmade by the client’s husband years before in a folk school timber framing class, but had not been properly assembled before. Once they set off to build this home, however, they realized it would be the perfect addition for their home — and even served to host their daughter’s wedding.
By Magaly • Aug 30, 2018
This property was designed for a young couple with 2 pet dogs, in the city of Dallas, Texas, by the local architecture firm Wernerfield, led by architectural professionals Braxton Werner and Paul Field. It is located in the exclusive Bluffview neighborhood. One of the necessary requirements was that the space needed to have a modern style, while staying within a moderate budget.
The clients wanted large expanses of glass that would open the house to the outdoors, but they also wanted a sense of privacy, a challenging request given that the rectangular construction site was parallel to a busy street. In addition, for an optimal orientation of the sun, the architects wanted to open the west elevation facing the street.
The residence has three modules, each with a different function. The central module contains a kitchen, dining room, and living room equipped with polished concrete floors and wooden cabinets. A retractable glass wall allows the space to be completely open to the outside. To the north there is a two-story volume that houses private functions. A master suite and an office are on the ground floor, and a bedroom and media room are located on the second floor.
The third module, located to the south, contains a garage. A glass-walled lobby with a large front door connects the garage to the main living room.
By Magaly • Aug 30, 2018
This resort, Freycinet Lodge, the only national park resort in Australia, is located between spectacular rock formations in a pure and unaltered environment and completely surrounded by wild vegetation.
Local architecture firm Liminal Studio was tasked with designing Coastal Pavilions, a series of one-bedroom suites that offer a luxurious and immersive experience that is different from the resort’s. Working in conjunction with Tasmania’s Cordwell Lane builders, the architects have designed sustainable-minded pavilions that were prefabricated off-site for minimal impact on the site.
The nine structures take inspiration from their sublime surroundings with natural wood finishes, curved shapes, and full height windows that allow us to take in the outdoors.
The design was inspired by the fluidity and the layers of the coastal rock formations, the coloring of the rich orange lichen, and the shapes of the nearby bays. The exteriors are treated recessively so as not to compete with this beautiful landscape.
The fluid topography of the coast is repeated in the interior design with its flow of walls, surfaces, and carpentry.
The interiors are lined with pieces of Tasmanian and Blackwood oak.
The utilitarian use of natural materials in innovative ways has created a unique atmosphere in harmony with its environment
By Magaly • Aug 29, 2018
This small holiday apartment covering an area of only 44 square meters has been designed in a mixture of white, black, and gray, and is intended for a couple and their small dog. It is located in a beautifully preserved building with high ceilings in the center of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, and was strategically designed by the firm XS Studio for compact design.
Despite the small surface of the apartment, the high ceiling gives it a feeling of spaciousness. As if the challenge of an apartment of 44 square meters for two tenants was not enough, around 12 square meters are non-mobile shelter room walls. Therefore, it is important for the rest of the space to be as open as possible.
A built-in ladder in the kitchen cabinet allows easy access to the large storage space in the kitchen, as well as the cabinet on both sides.
In such a small apartment, every square meter counts. The tenants do not usually enjoy cooking while they are at home, but said that whenever they stay in this apartment, they intended to cook and spend time together while talking and enjoying each other’s company. Therefore, the moving wooden plate on the work surface of the kitchen allows more space to sit and more work space at the same time.
By Magaly • Aug 29, 2018
This wonderful holiday home with high wooden ceilings and wide open spaces was designed by the architecture firm Coates Design Architects in 2016 and has an area of 3835 square feet. It is located in a historic mining area in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, USA, where the climate is extremely cold and snowy in the winter months and scorching during the summer.
Extreme weather conditions challenged the design team to create a comfortable environment without the use of traditional cooling and heating systems with energy consumption
The design created combines a modern sustainable architecture with recovered rustic materials. An entrance hall and a mud room conserve energy and create an elegant entrance in the main living room. This independent room has a double function as a special place to receive visitors and an air chamber to keep the outdoor elements contained. The cold currents of winter and the excessive heat of summer are kept at bay with this simple solution.
There are two master bedrooms and a room with bunk beds in the main house to accommodate family members. The two-car garage has an electric vehicle charging station, a cellar and plenty of storage 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 imposing and modern building of 697 square meters was designed by the architectural firm KWK Promes in Poland, in 2016. Its architect, Robert Konieczny, and his team of professionals decided to adjust the functions organized by the customer and connect them: entrance, house, and marina. He presents us with the idea of “ribbon”, which spans the entire area. First, from the entrance like a road, then it twists and forms the roofs and walls of the house, wrapping its interior.
Next, the ribbon unrolled, connecting the raised living room with the garden level. Then, wriggling, the tape runs towards the river. Then the road crosses the house. The living room originally ordered by the client was substituted with a parking garage, complete with a glass wall.
The client had his own vision of the interior of the house with the living room on the first level. Furthermore, he wanted to locate a house in the middle of the site, away from the river.
All internal spaces have glass walls which allows indoor and outdoor connection and, at the same time, allows natural light to enter each of the areas of the house.
This discreet renovation of a 1950’s bungalow belonging to a family of 5 is located on the northern shore of Castlecrag in Australia and has an area of 170 square meters. The simple project has been under the direct supervision of the architectural firm Downie North Architects, who have turned a mid-century residence into a spacious home, cozy and full of natural light.
Having previously lived in a large family home, customers were concerned about the “reduction.” However with some minimal modifications, the requirements could be accommodated within the existing building. The design focused on eliminating the unnecessary elements in order to determine a natural place for each space, while raising those functions and creating awareness and connection with the place.
The alteration focused on creating a large open space, housing, kitchen, living room and dining room, which uses key carpentry pieces to create different areas and implicit thresholds that define the lobby, the kitchen, the dining room, and the living room, the pantry, and the study.
The palette of materials is based on the natural environment of Castlecrag: a clean palette of white and gray, the irregular glaze of the ceramic tiles creates reflections, and the red brick recovered that borders the roof makes reference to the house and its surroundings.
The new architectural composition is highly efficient, dynamic but serene
This project, called the tree house, is 8 meters high and boasts a total area of 80 square meters of interior. It is located in a little visited mountain village at the foot of Siming Mountain, Zhongcun, Luting, Yuyao, Zhejiang Province, China and was designed in 2018 by the architectural firm MONOARCHI under the direction of its professionals Xiaochao Song, Keming Wang, Fu Congwei, Yang Chao, Weina Guan, Linxian Luo, Xingyu Gao, Sun Fan, Jing Ya, and Lingling Zhang.
It is divided into upper and lower parts. The lower part is composed of steel support columns, whereas the upper part mainly employs wood. The tree house is located on one side of a dike, surrounded by ancient bamboo forests, facing the old tea factory on the other side of a stream. Part of the terrace hangs over the stream, creating a sensation that the terrace is floating in the water. In addition, since the steel columns are curled up at various points on the ground to minimize the impact on the environment, there is more space available for ground activities.
The town in which it is located rests on the edge of a secondary forest. A small river, dividing the town into two parts, crosses slowly from north to south. The tree house is located on the west bank of the lower stream. Two facing peaks are located east and west of the site, where the green bamboos extend across the hill, creating a friendly and quiet atmosphere.
By Magaly • Aug 16, 2018
This beautiful house with white and luminous spaces is located on a plot of 730 m2 in El Maitén, a suburban residential neighborhood of the city of Bahía Blanca in Argentina. The project has been carried out recently by the architectural firm Bernardo Rosello – Arquitectura.
The house is made with a mixed construction system, consisting of support walls and columns that support modulated laminated wooden beams every two meters. The roof is made with a single leaf, slightly curved, which drains with slopes towards both façades.
At the request of the owner, two stages of construction were carried out: a house with an area of 70 m² plus the gallery, which meets the needs of basic use for the individual user, and the second stage with two bedrooms and a bathroom for future growth.
The positioning of the house in the lot is transversal, leaving 2 empty spaces: one back where the garden is located that is visually related to the main interior spaces and is frequently used (first stage); and one at the front, planned to position the second stage of construction.
Towards the west, the house closes in its entirety to protect itself from the hostile sun in summer. Only high windows are projected to guarantee the interior movement of the air, renewing its volume in a few minutes.
By Magaly • Aug 14, 2018
The architectural firm CU + AR ESTUDIO, under the direction of its professionals Santiago Cuenca, Gabriel Arias and Wilson Andrade, recently designed this modern house, which has a total area of 550 square meters and where there are four bedrooms. It is located on relatively flat land on the banks of the Paute River in Ecuador.
The house is arranged on the ground in a “U” shape enclosing the social area between its lateral arms with the intention of directing the visuals towards the mountains, which are far to the west, creating interesting environments in the interior of the house, thanks to the nuances of colors that the sunsets present.
One of the fundamental requirements of the project was the creation of a space dedicated to the exhibition of classic vehicles and collectable artifacts; For this reason, the proposal raises this space as the protagonist of the project, which integrates all the different areas of the house and can be admired from anywhere in the same.
The house in general offers a direct dialogue between functionalism and nature, and is framed in each space of the house.
The house is for people with a free spirit because of its atmosphere, its subtlety, and eloquence of having arranged windows strategically, so that they frame us outside and allow us to discover the different picturesque sights that nature herself develops in a single day.
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.
High ceilings through which the natural light filters in, illuminating the interior spaces, is the first thing you will notice in this house, which was designed by the architectural firm Amrish Maharaj Architect, and which is located in the western suburb of Enmore, Australia.
This modest and semi-detached house was designed in 2018 and has an area of 160 square meters.
Its design was inspired by the lofts and industrial warehouses of New York City, and the centerpiece is a six-meter vacuum with a large window facing north to capture the best of light and give the house a really amazing factor, with a feeling of space seldom achieved.
Previously, the back of this home consisted of a series of small spaces that included a kitchen, a dining room and a laundry room, which restricted access to the back garden. Being oriented to the south, the spaces lacked natural light, which results in artificial lighting used most of the day. The renovation summary included a large and bright space that includes a loft parent retreat, a well-planned kitchen and a family area that flows into the outer space. The extension also needed to be linked to the original house but not imitate it.
By Magaly • Jul 30, 2018
The architectural firm Hamed Tadayon, led by its team of professionals Taiebeh Amini, Mahsa Fazileh, and Zahra Nasr, designed this modern construction in the city of Isfahan, in Iran. The structure covers an area of 781 square meters in which they tried to give their inhabitants a yard, one of the most fundamental elements that have been lost in the Iranian houses of today, especially in the upper levels of the buildings.
In this project, they try to redefine the main character of a traditional garden in a new context. In addition to providing green space, the traditional Iranian yard has some special characteristics, such as the presence of water and privacy.
Water plays a prominent role insofar as it provides a broad condition by increasing humidity, visual quality and the pleasant sound of falling water. Such factors create a perfect traditional garden. The house has three levels. The ground floor has a good connection to the main yard and there is a water fountain and a pool exactly in front of the living room, which improves the quality of the space.
By Magaly • Jul 30, 2018
This project, carried out by Studio [+] Valéria Gontijo under the direction of Valéria Gontijo, Isabela Moura and Isabela Valença, was divided by the dichotomy between the enthusiasm and the objectivity of the creative process. Designing for an architect, by architects, was and always will be a challenge, since they seek to create a practical, functional and timeless home.
Located in Brasília, Brazil and with an area of 890 square meters, the studio sought an architecture that reflected personal taste but also the desire to simplify the lives of its inhabitants.
Clear volumes and pure geometries gave the design group rationality and harmony. The house was distributed in three blocks: function, connection and permanence. In addition, the consistent application of concrete and wood created harmony, as this uniform materiality creates a sense of integration.
The interior design is marked by personal choices (antiques, pieces chosen during trips, family art). The search for each piece, each painting and adornment gives the project a rare and important uniqueness.
It is a seemingly simple house, but it is one that carries a history full of challenges and efforts, right from its conception, as demonstrated by the carefully chosen lighting design, the effort in the execution of the walls, the mixture of concrete formed in a board, and the stroke of a client-architect.
By Magaly • Jul 27, 2018
This wonderful house with open spaces was designed by the architect Otto Felix of the architecture firm Studio Otto Felix in conjunction with interior designer Tici Andriani. It is located in the city of Joaquim Egídio, Brazil.
The project was carried out in 2016 and has an area of 410 square meters. The main intention of the project was to incorporate the external spaces in the social spaces of the house, allowing nature to enter areas of the house. To allow this integration between spaces without losing privacy in the most intimate areas of the house, the main divisions between the spaces were made through folding wooden doors. In this way, we have the option to integrate these spaces when we so wish.
The most important part of the project is the volume that corresponds to the social areas of the house with the Gourmet, Living and Dining area. This environment is surrounded by glass panels that open completely, freeing the passage of natural light and ventilation, creating a fluid and contemporary atmosphere.
The residence also has a kitchen, dining room, TV room, master suite, guest suite and service area, distributed within a private block in the shape of an “L”, which opens outwards through the wooden folding doors.