This project located in Sancheong-gun, South Korea has, among other things, spectacular views over a landscape of green mountains and a fantastic lake, which give its inhabitants an immense sense both of peace and tranquility.
As a curious fact I mention that the reservoir is artificial, as the lake in front of the site (which measures over 220,000 square meters) is an element of the landscape that did not originally exist. Maybe that is why such dramatic and mysteriously incidental scenes occur around this place, as if it were a place that not even the gods could have predicted.
The architectural firm JMY architects was commissioned to carry the project forward in 2016, led by a professional team composed of the architect Jaemin Yoon and the designer Seongmin Lee.
Being a place with few inhabitants, there is only a sincere dialogue between man and nature. The first method of dialogue was an interpretation of the “limit” where man meets nature. That is why the structure was planned to allow communication between the interior and exterior and between man and nature, through the various gaps that man has created in terms of his position towards nature.
Spectacular Project Undertaken by Architectural firm Martin Ferrero Architecture in the Yucatan Peninsula
By Magaly • Jun 11, 2018
A hybrid house by design, this project was undertaken by architectural firm Martin Ferrero Architecture, led by its professional architect Daniel Martín Ferrero. It is located on an island in the Caribbean Sea, near the Mexican Yucatan peninsula; its exact location, however, is not one that we can share publicly.
It was ordered by a Swiss client with the intention of creating a home that was the definitive fusion of art, nature, and architecture. The client was specifically inspired by other architectural works, most notably House Fallingwater – by Frank Lloyd Wright – and Farnsworth House – by Mies van der Rohe. He wanted to adapt the architecture and language of the projects “Xálima Island House” and “Pabellón del Agua” to a Caribbean island where the Mesoamerican culture could be seen in all its splendor.
This was all done in order to create a vocational home where the owner could experience a true tropical paradise and pay homage to the arts. It is a symbiosis between the environment and the artifice of the human race, where nature, steel, wood, and glass combine to create an architectural style that is dedicated to the human senses.
The design investigates the potential of the fusion between the ancient Mayan architecture and the treatment of the fluid spaces of the modernist design. This gives way to a project that rewrites the traditions and vernacular of the modern elements with contemporary construction.
It specifically occupies a space of 26,000 square meters, with a total area of 42,500 square meters. Each of the twelve bedrooms – each roughly one thousand square meters in size – offers all of the commodities naturally associated with a luxurious a project as this.
By Magaly • May 28, 2018
This house was designed for a small family by the architectural firm IDIN Architects, led by the architects Jeravej Hongsakul, Wichan Kongnok and Eakgaluk Sirijariyawat. The home was completed in 2017, and is located in Thailand.
It has a total area of 530 square meters in which there are 3 rooms, including a main room and two rooms for guests or their future children.
There were two other requirements that the client felt were important during the designing process of the home. Firstly, they wanted a large common social area, where the owners would always meet with their friends, something very usual in the lifestyle of the new generation. On the other hand, their privacy was also an important factor they wished to incorporate into the home. As such, the house had to be spacious, full of natural light, and still maintain privacy.
By Magaly • Apr 16, 2018
This luxurious apartment has been decorated with an exquisite taste by the firm Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects, and it is located in the city of Putuo, China.
The project, with a full range of shades of gray, creates an atmosphere with an air of elegant and meditative calm, which would perfectly adapt to the wishes of a globetrotter after a long and exhausting journey.
In the middle of a forest of 20,000 trees, the “Schwarzwald” apartment towers offer the unique synthesis of living a modern urban life in a quality environment. Many metropolitans long for a place of tranquility and relaxation where their families adopt a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. To fulfill these wishes, an innovative project with a vision of the future was created, which meets the highest standards in terms of comfort and quality of life.
The layers and interactions of premium materials, fascinating textures and high contrast surfaces make this 250 square meter apartment a metropolitan sanctuary with an impressive view of the urban skyline of Shanghai.
Warm shades of gray, natural wooden surfaces, indirect lighting, and lush fabrics contrast with the smooth surfaces of the rooms and create a relaxed atmosphere.
Thanks to a sophisticated combination of marble, unpretentious white sanitary ware, and accessories in black and gold, the bathrooms unfold in an aura of classic and timeless taste.
By Magaly • Apr 9, 2018
This unique and modern project covering 121 square meters has been created by the architectural firm Wutopia Lab in the city of Gu Long Lu, Minhang Qu, Shanghai Shi, in China.
Among the architects responsible for this project we will find Erni Min, Ting Yu, Wutian Sun, and Chloe Zhang. This project of reconstruction began in 2017, and the result is this fabulous space that lends itself to the whim of its owners. The designer decided to convert three bedrooms and two living rooms into one bedroom and one living room, so that parents and children could grow up together, thus creating a shared and open home.
To maximize the lighting area, the windows were changed and replaced with panoramic views.
The free flow of space created by breaking down the walls of separation naturally forms three social areas, where each member of the family takes what they need while sharing the same world.
The use of simple materials such as glass, wood, ceramic tiles, cloth, stone, vegetation, and stainless steel helps express the features of the space. Considering the safety of the child, all the corners of the wall have been rounded. By using a large number of smart devices, all appliances can be remotely controlled, adding a futuristic touch to the house.
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.
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?
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.
By Magaly • Mar 13, 2018
This project is based on the need to create a new connection between the bedrooms of an existing house, as the structure only allowed some rooms to be access by going through others, which kept the owners from inviting guests, as this distribution prevented them from preserving a modicum of privacy.
The initial project also included a new independent space of two levels that worked as an apartment with living room, bedroom, bathroom, and a small kitchen.
The most viable solution was to create a curve that connects the old house and the new space, forming a new circulation, a route that is compressed and expanded as one moves through it. The intersection of this line with the preexisting one provided a lateral access to the residence and, therefore, some internal changes in the layout of the bedroom and the bathroom that were completely reformulated. Here, locally produced materials were used to remodel it in a contemporary way.
It is located in the Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico, Mexico in a beautiful natural environment, and covers an area of 58 square meters.
The architectural firm LANZA Atelier was in charge of the restructuring, and the architectural team was made up by Isabel Abascal, Alessandro Arienzo, Alejandro Márquez, and Jessica Hernández.
By Magaly • Jan 3, 2018
This wonderful house of modern and spacious spaces, full of light and elegance, is located in the famous Praia da Pipa (Pipa Beach), in the city of Tibau do Sul, which is one of the main tourist centers and an important tourist pillar of the state of Rio Grande do Norte, in northern Brazil. The city of Tibau do Sul has grown rapidly as a tourist segment and, as it grew larger, it attracted people from all over the world. Today, we can say that Praia da Pipa is one of the most cosmopolitan beaches in Brazil. It is the perfect scenario to develop an exceptional and innovative house for the client, who fell in love with this city.
The architecture firm Yuri Vital was in charge of this project, covering an area of 1,360 square meters, in 2015.
Conceived only for vacations, this house has unprecedented characteristics. The goal was to create a house with a huge living room, and with an impressive view of the sea, without losing the main characteristics of a home. Therefore, a single area was conceived, without any division, which means that the design of furniture, tables, chairs, sofas, etc. would subtly create the divisions of each zone. The house has an impressive width and length, and from all the rooms you can see the beautiful sea and the famous cliffs of the city of Tibau do Sul.
By Magaly • Nov 28, 2017
This stunning private residence – Casa Querol – is located in the Oloolua Nature Trail, a forest in Karen, an affluent neighborhood south west of Nairobi, Kenya. It was designed in 2016 by Alberto Morell Sixto, an architectural firm based in Madrid, Spain.
The defining feature of the project was to construct a backyard measuring 30 meters by 30 meters, with the intention of making it resemble a clearing at the back of the house. By building this, the architects effectively created a quiet place from which to admire the dynamic life of the creatures that inhabit the forest that surrounds the home. A fireplace by the poolside provides the perfect spot from which to enjoy this setting.
The home has an open design that allows – and invites – interior and exterior defining lines to become blurred, making a home out of the exterior and bringing its lush textures indoors. Floors of rich wood spread from the poolside into the interior, expanding to cover walls, stair steps, and even hand rails on the second level. Concrete walls and stark white walls with barely any decorative elements complete the ensemble. The ending result is a simple, spacious, rustic yet elegant home that feels like an extension of the natural world that surrounds it.
By Magaly • Nov 23, 2017
The MacArthur Annex, as this project is called, was carried out by Baran Studio Architecture, an American architectural firm with offices in Oakland and Los Angeles, in 2017. The structure covers a total ground area of 4,550 square feet and is located in Oakland, California, USA.
The project has its roots in adaptable, robotic structures which have the potential to roam and adapt themselves to the urban landscape. It lies adjacent to the freeway, and near a mass transit station. It consists of an existing structure alongside 33 used shipping containers, each designed individually, though they all form part of the greater whole. The idea was that such containers could be arranged and configured according to the needs and wishes of the developer, neighbors, city officials, and inhabitants.
The completed system is then adapted according to various contextual conditions, responding to topography, existing structures, sound, light and shadow, air, views, circulation, program and economy. The resulting configuration of stacked containers, arranged according to inputs, becomes an open framework from which a community can grow. The ending result is that each container is dramatically different from the next, creating a vibrant place in which to live and work.
By Magaly • Nov 22, 2017
AUTOHAUS is a project completed by the American architectural firm Matt Fajkus Architecture in 2017. The structure, which doubles as a car collector’s garage and private residence, is located in Austin, Texas, USA, and covers a total ground area of 4,088 square feet.
The building’s compact living quarters are perched atop an open area, which is used as an automobile exhibition and social gathering space. This second level is shifted forward to allow a double height view down into the garage space, while creating an everyday carport beneath the hovering bedchamber in the front.
The interior is stylish and contemporary, with an open plan that helps create the feeling of a space greater than it actually is. Large clear glass walls allow for the easy entry of natural light, which floods the space and gives it a luminous quality. Carefully chosen decorative accessories serve to make the rooms feel like a home and grant it a touch of character that clues us in as to the personalities of the home’s residents.
A roof terrace tops the home, surrounded by a tree canopy which serves to give it a touch of privacy as well as create a mix between urban living and nature.
By Magaly • Nov 22, 2017
This magnificent residence is located on a hill in the popular city of Los Angeles, California, USA. It was designed in the year 2017 by the architectural firm Aaron Neubert Architects in conjunction with its team formed by Jeremy Limsenben, Xiran Zhang and Jina Seo.
It has an area of 2,100 square feet on a land of 3,750 square feet that are located upward to the northwest with panoramic views of Silver Lake Hills and Reservoir of Los Angeles and is surrounded by multiple mid-century modern houses. Due to the limited space and considering the slope of the land, a series of changes were carried out to create numerous outdoor spaces within the volume of the residence.
The rooms are distributed in three levels and a garage that is inserted into the hillside.
The second floor is mainly an open plan of spaces that interact with each other. In the third floor, the bedrooms are located and accessed through an internal staircase.
Operable windows and skylights serve to naturally ventilate the residence and provide circulation to all levels. The strategically located openings, exterior staircases, patios and decks around the perimeter connect the home with the multiple landscapes of the site and serve to expand the usable living space of the compact residence.
Small Module built in the Interior of an Old Barn with Wonderful views of the Myrkdalen Valley in Norway
By Magaly • Nov 21, 2017
This villa is located in a dream setting in Myrkdalen, a ski resort in Norway, with spectacular views over the valley. It was remodeled in 2016, as it had been abandoned for a long period of time. As such, it had fallen into disrepair and had deteriorated due to the passage of time.
The firm OPA Form was in charge of the remodeling work, carried out by Marina Bauer and Espen Folgerø, who managed to create a new world in a space of only 25 square meters. The result is a small module inside the old granary that provides all the comfort that may be needed to sleep well, a refuge that lovers of the sky, nature, and mountains will enjoy to the maximum.
It is a small space completely covered in wood, warm and welcoming, and from where guests can enjoy the wonderful and unforgettable views that the snowy mountains provide. Without a doubt, a unique spectacle.
Seen from the outside, there are only small signs of transformation. Once inside the stable, we find an authentic interior with rough surfaces, a space formerly used to house cattle. However, through the space we can see the new addition with a circular entrance. It is a space designed to offer guests a stay filled with comfort and relaxation, something that they will certainly appreciate.
Marchi Architects turns an Electric Car into an Extension of this Contemporary Smart Home in Frankfurt, Germany
By Magaly • Nov 16, 2017
Lighting designers from Philips Lighting (Euronext Amsterdam ticker: LIGHT), a world leader in lighting, have collaborated with the automotive company Renault to create a concept car and smart home presented at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017.
It is located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and was designed by the architectural firm Marchi architects, with architects Nicola Marchi and Adelaide Marchi, in 2017. The self-contained electric car SYMBIOZ is not just a car, but an extension of the home. The digital technology of the vehicle makes it an interactive and personalized space that can connect its passengers with other cars, people, and technologies in the smart home, as well as LED lighting connected to Philips.
Parked in the smart home, SYMBIOZ also functions as an extra modular: a comfortable and mobile room. Its interior was inspired by the design of living rooms. As an elegant open or closed space, the car connects with all kinds of devices and appliances in the home, making it an ideal place to work or relax. Its operating system interacts and controls the lighting of the smart home.
The living room and kitchen are automatically switched on before the car moves to the driveway of the house. When SYMBIOZ enters at ground level, the walls light up automatically.
The car is parked on a platform that takes it to the living room or the terrace. The cylinder of the centerpiece of the house that encloses the platform is illuminated with 5,368 Philips Color Kinetics iW Flex dynamic light points that change its shade of white to illustrate the state of connectivity between the car and the home; for example, when the car is charging or in standby mode.
By Magaly • Nov 14, 2017
Villa Kali, a stunning and gargantuan seaside private mansion located in Monsef, Lebanon, was designed jointly by BLANKPAGE Architects and Karim Nader Studio. The property covers a total ground area of 2,000 square meters, or 21,527 square feet, and was completed in the summer of 2016. The project, which boasts a total of 11 bedrooms, took a total of four years to complete, and involved collaborations with numerous designers and contractors, creating an end product that is truly a work of art.
Thick, verdant vegetation surrounds the building, providing it a high degree of privacy, which is a necessity for a summer vacation villa. The layout of the home follows an oriental tradition – bedrooms that surround an open courtyard crowned by a water fountain — although done in such a way that both levels are granted uninterrupted view toward the Mediterranean, from all spaces in the house.
The interior décor is minimalistic in style, with walls in stark white and sparse decorative accessories, which add to its already marked sense of space and emphasizes a desire to create a tranquil and serene setting in which to relax. Clear glass walls allow natural light to enter all spaces, and open bedrooms allow nature to seep into the interior, blending the boundaries between indoors and outdoors.
By Magaly • Nov 10, 2017
This project is located in a privileged area of one of the main cities of Brazil, the city of Porto Alegre. The so-called Bossa Club recreates a minimalist living area with contemporary wooden furniture, conceived as an extension of residential homes. The project has been carefully designed by the firm Stemmer Rodrigues and has an internal area of 118 square meters where we can find two suites, a sink, a fireplace, a barbecue, an auxiliary bathroom, and two garage places.
The exterior, done with concrete walls, boasts relaxation areas where we can sit placidly by the fireplace in the company of friends or a good book. In the interior, the common areas offer us a spa area and a whirlpool bath, as well as hammocks and a barbecue area.
Beyond the visual integration between gardens and the interior, a modern library with a unique style and a spectacular design highlights and enhances the contemporary style of the space. Thanks to the ample glass walls that surround the space, it allows natural light to seep in and become another element of the design.
A modern minimalist kitchen located in the center of the area, invites us to enjoy its wonderful gourmet facilities in its comfortable and contemporary chairs.
By Magaly • Nov 10, 2017
This modern and imposing construction of a college campus, located in Castle Peak Bay, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong, was designed by the architectural firm Rocco Design Architects Limited. The building, which covers a total ground area of 26,500 square meters, or 285,243 square feet, was built in 2016. It examines the compact urban conditions of Hong Kong in search of direct inspiration and creates, within a limited space, a miniature city, dense and connected. It maximizes space by focusing on verticality over horizontality, creating several levels that rise up to expand its interior.
Among other features, it boasts a series of conference rooms, sky gardens, roof decks, and a gym.
A Student Boulevard rises to form a three-dimensional network of streets in the air that weaves and joins the different blocks and levels into a connected whole. From the boulevard, students can access a series of gardens and decks of various scales at different levels, a sloping green lawn, a student plaza, and a mini cafe, all with magnificent sea views and a pleasant and lively atmosphere.
The modern structure’s composition and construction resemble the inherent spirit of Chinese calligraphy, that is, the beautiful balance between the solid and the empty in elevation.