Redesigned Private Residence that Still Maintains Traces of the Traditional Architecture of the Area
By Magaly • Sep 27, 2018
House P is a private residence located in Styria, in southeastern Austria, as evidenced by the spectacular rolling hills that characterize the landscape by which it is surrounded. It was designed in 2015 by Irene Nikolaus of Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten, an Austrian architectural firm with offices in Vienna and Graz, and covers a total ground area of 330 square meters.
The home resembles, in structure, an old barn, and so recalls and preserves the architectural traditions of the area. The complex consists of a main home and four annexes, which were once farm buildings themselves. It is this main building which continues to hold the main residential areas of the property, whereas the old barn has been adapted and converted into a garage and storage space. The remaining structures – which were previously used for the production and storage of wine – have been repurposed and are now used as a guest house, and a pool and wellness house.
The interior of the building mixes contemporary design and a rustic country feel seamlessly, creating an atmosphere that is unique and innovative. Scarce decorative accessories, including tasteful works of art, allow the home to have a sense of serenity and amplitude, and the floor to ceiling glass walls provide it with an easy relationship with the exterior.
By Magaly • Sep 26, 2018
These modern and elegant offices belong to the DHL company, known worldwide as one of the leading international transport companies that offers international courier, parcel, and express mail services. For its design, the company hired the interior design firm TheDesignGroup, who were responsible for designing, building, and carrying out the project of its new offices located in Warsaw, Poland.
For the team in charge, the interior of an office is a combination of a multitude of styles that create an elegant space for the employees, while simultaneously being a less formal space. Elegance and modernity prevail in the reception area, the first point of contact with any potential client. The work areas have a uniform gray and white style with visible yellow elements. The social interiors, recreational areas that include games like table football, and the resting areas of the employees are designed in a slightly more varied climate.
Based on this, the design was carried out, respecting each of the details and thus reaching a truly modern result. They’re definitely spaces that reflect a clear and distinct personality, while at the same time offering functionality.
By Magaly • Sep 25, 2018
These modern offices with a distinct and charming industrial style have been designed by the firm Squire & Partners in collaboration with the design firm Oktra in 2018. They have an area of 50,300 square feet and are located in Southwark, in London, England.
The offices belong to Ministry and are part of a recently opened coworking space and an exclusive club. In them, the professionals and creatives of the industry could gather and collaborate; this had been one of the requirements for these spaces. To do this, the firm worked directly with the designers, and created spaces for entertainment and coworking for the next generation of creative rebels.
It was important to expose the original fabric of the building to comply with the design specifications, so it was sought to maintain existing materials as much as possible. The plaster and the masonry were preserved in many places with several bare walls to reveal the history and the rawness of the building. The result: original spaces full of charm.
The sound booths, the space for events, the cinema, and the external and internal bars with a fully equipped kitchen will support the complex as an entertainment space, promoting functions and events within the music industry.
This project is an annex of a house that serves as a leisure area and has an indoor pool. It is located in a residential neighborhood of Curitiba, Brazil and was designed in 2016 by the architect Jorge Elmor Neto of the architectural firm Elmor Arquitetura.
The 190 square meters that covers the space are located on a single floor, surrounded by a large area comprised of wood. In the program requested by the clients, accessibility has always been at the top of the list of requirements and all spaces, dimensions, circulations, and materials were designed to meet all kinds of special needs.
The annex is a rectangular volume of 18 meters long by 8 meters wide, executed in exposed concrete (with wooden laths) and glass (aluminum frames with double layers of glass), forming a contemporary and timeless architectural ensemble, robust in durability but lighter in compositional lines. Living room and dining room are integrated to host social activities. The large, sliding glass doors open completely, allowing free access to the outside, doubling the size of living room. The swimming pool, the garden, and several adjoining terraces offer multiple uses and occupations for various activities. Its occupants can float between spaces while the sun and light move until nightfall.
By Magaly • Sep 21, 2018
In the “Region of the Lakes”, located on top of a mountain on the Peninsula of Lonconaos Lake, about fifteen kilometers from the city of Futaleufú, in the Chilean Patagonia, this small but charming cabin frames its main view towards the lake and everything else is forgotten before the wonderful views.
It has 65 square meters of construction and was designed by the architectural firm Paul Steel Bouza Arquitecto in 2017.
The living room and the master bedroom are connected to a terrace above the lake, with a glass wall providing an absolute and free view. The restroom and other rooms are at the back of the house, which reduces the overall space space, creating an “A” form.
A backyard with an acrylic roof serves as access to the house. It is closed through a metal door that works in two ways: the first is to protect the house in periods of storms, and the second is to give privacy to the bathroom since it has an open window that leads directly to the lake.
The sloping roof rises to create a loft which is accessed by a retractable staircase, which frees up space in the small dwelling.
By Magaly • Sep 20, 2018
US firms DeForest Architects and NB Design Group have created a home in Bend, a small town surrounded by trails and ski slopes in the Cascade Mountains in central Oregon, USA. The residence is on a large plot, covered with tall grass and low shrubs, and dotted with pine trees.
It belongs to a couple who bought the property, enchanted by its “high desert landscape, discreet local culture, fabulous food and unlimited outdoor activities.” As soon as they saw the wonderful panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks and the Deschutes River National Forest, they knew they had found their new home.
Clients had several applications for their new home, specifically covering the desert landscape and offering a high level of flexibility. The couple also wanted the house to feel “fresh, calm and collected.
In response, the company conceived a residence that has an approximate L-shaped design that is composed of rooms with clean lines and abundant natural light. Covering 3,320 square feet (308 square meters), the single-story dwelling has exterior walls lined with horizontal cedar planks, which helps merge with the natural environment.
It has sliding and rotating panels that allow spaces to expand and contract as needed for owners, a few guests or a large meeting.
By Magaly • Sep 19, 2018
This construction, in which glass and concrete act as protagonists, is located in a pericentral neighborhood of the city of Córdoba, in Argentina. It has been designed by the architectural firm Adolfo Mondejar – Architects Studio under the direction of its professionals, Adolfo Mondejar, Francisco Figueroa Astrain, Adriana Barberis, and Ezequiel Lauria. It is intended for a young family, and covers an area of nearly 350 square meters.
The program incorporates intermediate spaces such as the gallery, the green expansion of the bedrooms, and a pond in the master bedroom, which give the necessary environmental conditions. Also, there is a space of semi-open expansion in the living room, conceived with vines that refresh the interior of the house from the south and propose a new place of play and rest. The social areas of the home are accessed directly from the gallery.
A concrete staircase leads to a terrace space for events. The idea is summarized in two concrete walls that have a large slab of exposed concrete for a ceiling, 4 meters above the ground, creating the gallery. To further preserve the vision of concrete walls, three interior boxes lined with quebracho wood were designed to hold the bathrooms, toilets, and bedrooms.
This fantastic remodeling of two narrow houses that were in very poor condition, as they had been used by their former owner as a rental for students who needed cheap accommodation, was carried out in 2016 by the architectural firm K2A. The interior was designed by the firm Permis de Construire and Denis Dujardin was in charge of the gardens.
The property covers a total area of 500 square meters and is located in Brussels, Belgium. It is located in a prestigious and vibrant area of the city, in a basement with little insulation, with little air and little natural light inside. The project consisted in uniting the two houses while respecting the typology of the existing buildings and making the most of their new width to offer generous and luminous spaces to the new residents.
The front façade, a beautiful 19th century brick façade belonging to a row of similar houses, was restored and remained essentially intact. However, the large rear façade opened generously to encompass the south-facing garden.
There, wide glass doors open onto the wonderful garden where a dining room and an outdoor living area have been installed to spend time with friends and family while enjoying the good weather.
By Magaly • Sep 14, 2018
Located in a lot surrounded by thick nature of the city of Vilnius, in Lithuania, is this fantastic residence occupying an area of 187 square meters. It was designed in 2018 by the architects M.Vroblevičius, D.Birutis, M.Dagys, and P.Vroblevičius of the architectural firm ArchLAB studio.
The challenge was to incorporate the new house into the existing natural landscape as much as possible. The design and concept consist of two main volumes: the main home – for the owners – and a small guest house. These two parts are connected with an open bridge, which becomes the assembly axis and the face of the house. The existing trees were also involved in the design.
The construction has a modern and very expressive style. A lot of attention has been devoted to complement the design with a subtle landscape, open fireplace, and wooden terraces, where you can relax listening to the sound of the water running nearby. As if that weren’t enough, you can also enjoy a the wonderful views the home has to offer. In the final result, the modern lines of the house are even more prominent and striking with a natural green environment.
The pine forests are on two sides of the lot. It was the customers’ desire to find an oasis in nature with a small river or stream, which became a specific task for the architects, because the flowing water divides the land into two parts.
By Magaly • Sep 13, 2018
Costa Esmeralda is a private venture on the dunes of the Buenos Aires coast, 390 km from Buenos Aires. It is a recent urbanization with a young afforestation of acacias and maritime pines and some sectors of consolidated forest.
The commission was of a house of no more than 150 square meters, with an aesthetic-constructive proposal similar to the other houses built in the area by the studio, valued according to the clients both for its spatial richness and for the low maintenance required. It had to have a generous amount of space for meetings, a visually integrated kitchen, two bedrooms (one with a private bathroom) and an integrated living space to be used as an audio and video room that could also double as a guest bedroom. It should also have a grill and an expansion terrace.
The work was commissioned to the architectural firm Besonias Almeida Architects who, under the tutelage of its professionals, María Victoria Besonías and Guillermo de Almeida, went to work and using only two materials: concrete and glass. They were able to solve the integration with the landscape and respond to the formal, structural, functional, termination, and maintenance issues.
The heating system, since there is no natural gas in the area, was solved with an electric radiant floor system.
By Magaly • Sep 12, 2018
This triplex, redesigned by the firm Casa14 Arquitetura, had never been inhabited. Seeing it today, few people would say that its spaces were dark and fragmented. Architecture professionals Mariana Andersen and Mariana Guradani, together with Max Heringer and Gabriele Azevedo, were in charge of carrying out the wonderful transformation of this space that has an area of 900 square meters. Located in the city of São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil, the project was undertaken by the firm in the year 2015.
The project aimed to integrate the floors and highlight the character of the materials.
The generous openings in the walls offer a visual connection between different environments in each of the three levels of the apartment. The project also emphasized the relationship between the environment, gardens and circulation. The staircase, a bent steel plate lined with wood at the bottom and white stone at the top, appears as though it were a sculptural element that joins the three decks. The vertical structure stands out.
Each floor was designed for a specific use. In this order: live, work and rest. On the first level are the rooms, the kitchen, and the service area. The second was designed to receive a library of 5,000 titles integrated in a garden where the resident works, reads, and writes. The last level brings with it the leisure area, with a music studio, whirlpool, sauna, and a barbecue, impregnated with a vertical garden in all its extension.
By Magaly • Sep 11, 2018
This remodeling, which initially sought to create a connection between the interior of the house and the backyard, has been made by the architectural firm Michael Hennessey Architecture. It is located in the beautiful city of San Francisco, in the United States, and has a total area of 2787 square feet.
In 2014, the young family that owns this ranch-style bungalow contacted the architectural firm so that they could carry out the project. Several windows and very small doors were in front of the patio that prevented the desire of the parents to spend large amounts of time outdoors with their children, taking care of the garden, the henhouse, and the landscaping. The family sought to live perfectly between inside and outside.
The proposed kitchen, the family room, the office, and the master bedroom were designed to open the house to the outdoors. A direct view from the kitchen, the living room, and the backyard allows the family to stay committed to each other throughout the day.
The natural daylight reaches deep into the existing house with large glass panels at the back of the lift, as well as more discreet skylights and windows with slots towards the center of the building. A deep projection on the back covers half the hard impact of the sun.
The backyard was designed as three specific zones: dining room / living room area, lawn / play area and orchard / chicken area.
By Magaly • Sep 10, 2018
This fabulous project, in which the protagonists are the wide spaces and the concrete, was designed by interior design firm JACKY.W DESIGN, under the leadership of its professionals Jacky Wang and Jammie Lu in the city of Long Feng Lu, Nanhu Qu, Jiaxing Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China. It has a large space of 700 square meters and was carried out in 2018.
Although it is commonly considered that people can not enjoy work and life at the same time, JACKY.W DESIGN created an open and multifunctional living experience space for the fashion brand TKSTYLE BOUTIQUE. Ironically, however, they are barely separated in reality, as a home was brought into the workplace.
The designers gave free rein to the structure and height (8 meters) of the original space, and ingeniously integrated functional areas for work, reception, physical conditioning, and conferences, in the space of two floors without rigid partitions. There are windows on each of the walls which ensure sufficient natural light penetrates the space, resulting in a bright and airy environment.
Flowering plants highlight the original beauty of the widely exposed concrete on the floor, walls, beams, and pillars.
The design presents an industrial style combined with exquisite upholstered furniture and ornaments, which makes the overall space rough, simple, but also delicate.
By Magaly • Sep 7, 2018
The Microsoft Envisioning Center is a project that was completed by the American architectural firm Studio O+A, which is based in San Francisco, California. The structure is located in Redmond, just over 15 miles away from Seattle, Washington, in the United States. It was completed in 2016, and covers an approximate ground area of 1,500 square feet.
In order to create the design for the building, Studio O+A started with the basics, departing from the idea of a traditional office with work stations and meeting rooms, but adapting them to the specific needs of this particular structure. With this in mind, they created a series of spaces that represent the future of office design, where the workplace anticipates the needs of the employees, and caters to them.
The interior is characterized by an ever changing and modern industrial style, with some spaces featuring an exposed ceiling supported by black iron beams, and others by an abundance of light, both natural and artificial, with Scandinavian-style décor and bright accents in primary colors. It is a place of architectural and interior design wonder which encourages curiosity and creativity, where the brightest leading minds will brainstorm and work together to envision our future.
By Magaly • Sep 7, 2018
The Mirrorhouse is a private residence located in the Trousdale Estates of Beverly Hills, a city in Los Angeles County, California, in the United States. The home was designed by XTEN Architecture and completed in 2016, covering a total ground area of 8,000 square feet. It enjoys an incredible view of Downtown Los Angeles, as well as the Pacific Ocean.
The challenge presented to XTEN Architecture was to create a simple, rational home that emphasized its connection with the surrounding landscape, all of this done in order to celebrate the unique lifestyle that Beverly Hills and Los Angeles have to offer.
The kitchen and living room are open and spacious, done in a stark white that enhances this sense of space, with accents done in neutral tones that play with contrast. These rooms open out to a terrace with a pool, and, beyond, the view of the city, creating a continuity and a dialogue between the interior and the exterior that is irresistible and exquisite.
The entirety of the floor plan is developed around five volumes which enclose the private spaces of the house. Such an arrangement creates negative space, which in turn becomes the main living and circulating space, providing a free flowing travel route throughout the home, as well as views out to the exterior and the city.
By Magaly • Sep 6, 2018
This renovation of a house designed for a couple and their two cats was carried out in a hutong – a type of narrow street or alley – in Beijing, China by the architect Daisuke Matsumoto of the architectural firm FESCH Beijing. The space covers an area of 36.7 square meters and was carried out in 2016. Formerly the place was divided to accommodate several families.
The modifications and extensions of the original buildings gradually occupied the space once it was made public, leaving only one passage. Entering from the northwest, the project is located in the southeast corner, after crossing the narrow passage.
In a space of only 19 square meters, the architect took care of the common problems of the area and its surroundings, such as ensuring ventilation and lighting, reducing the restlessness generated by the crowded environment.
The original roof was preserved, and the rest was eliminated. The north and south walls were opened, respectively, to ensure ventilation and lighting.
On the second floor, private functions are performed, making use of the height to guarantee privacy; the first floor holds the public areas of the home.
An unobstructed space was created from the patio corridor, which crosses the first floor and extends to the south patio.
By Magaly • Sep 6, 2018
Surrounded by vast lands of dense and arid vegetation, in a remote area of Driggs, in the Teton Valley, in the desert of Idaho, is this construction designed by the American design firm, Ro Rockett Design. This 3,300-square-foot home (about 307 square meters) is a family retreat. It is located on top of a rock to enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and at the same time avoid possible flooding.
The concentration of the house consists of two volumes stacked one on top of the other: a stone base and an upper level clad in wood. The entrance leads to the main staircase, which leads directly to the top floor, while the ground floor contains a two-car garage, two bedrooms, a bathroom and plenty of storage space.
On the upper level, the southern half is occupied by an open concept kitchen, living and dining room that is glazed on two sides and opens onto a covered terrace. The master bedroom occupies the other half and includes an office in the home, a dressing room and a private bathroom.
The program is organized with the main living room and the master suite located on the upper floor, above the shrub and scrub vegetation, to capture expansive views of the landscape and the mountains beyond