By Magaly • Jun 13, 2018
The team at the architectural firm Swing, made up of the architects Dai Kanayama and Ryusuk Anezaki, designed this project in 2018. It covers a total ground area of 146 square meters, and is located in the city of Osaka, in Japan. With this project, the main objective was to figure out how one could create an open space that would be nevertheless colored by daily landscapes, all of it covering an area under 150 square meters. One of the most important elements of shared house projects is how to achieve spaces that cannot be had in a studio apartment, so the focus of the height of each room was taken into consideration, as well as the intent to make the most of its space.
The shared house should be a happy and welcoming space for the enjoyment of everyday life, where the “ordinary and extraordinary” are mixed in that space with “individual and common” characteristics.
Its designers were responsible for maintaining an adequate height for each space, taking into account the balance between adequate space for the rooms and an open feeling for the shared living room. The look through the mezzanine to the “borrowed landscape” of the trees that line the street from the window ensures the feeling of spaciousness even within the high-density city.
This wonderful apartment is located on the 29th floor of a tall building located in the heart of the city of Austin, Texas, in the United States. Its position has the advantage of offering simply incredible views of the Texan city, especially if you happen to have floor to ceiling glass walls. The architectural firm Furman + Keil Architects was commissioned to carry out this project covering a total ground area of 3200 square feet in 2015. The W Residence, the name given to the project, overlooks Lake Lady Bird.
Inspired by the work of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, the team used a series of screens and floating roofs to subtly define finely designed spaces within the confines of the building’s concrete frame.
The inherently compressed section of the single floor was reimagined with layers and reliefs, and the design was changed from a one floor space to a series of more intimate and highly composite spaces.
The precise details and the extraordinary craftsmanship in waxed steel, patinated brass, plaster, travertine and various woods create a warm and elegant space in which to take refuge from the bustling urban activity so typical of large and populous cities.
By Magaly • Jun 12, 2018
This project of 160 square meters, which is full of simple elegance, was designed by Ciszak Dalmas & Matteo Ferraro in January of 2018. Spanish accessories brand Malababa is opening a new space in Madrid’s Serrano 8, Spain, where its structure symbolizes and reproduces the firm’s identity features: light, texture, color and shapes.
It is, in itself, a return to their roots, where raw beauty’s natural sense gets established as different, authentic and truly attractive. Everything in Serrano 8 Malababa calls for an authenticity which becomes more beautiful with time. And this is precisely one of Malababa’s mantras.
Founders of Malababa Ana Carrasco and Jaime Lara, together with design and architecture studios Ciszak Dalmas and Matteo Ferrari, have joined forces day after day to materialize Malababa’s dream at Serrano 8. The result is a space that has been built the same way their products are: with passion, consistency, honesty and sustainability. A retreat that breathes creativity and a total involvement of all team members.
The “imperfect finish” and natural hues of Malababa’s aesthetics strengthen the artisan and sustainable concept. All walls are rendered with a mix of Galician clay, white marble powder from Almería and totally natural, ecological and non-toxic food thickeners. This kind of finish regulates air moisture and temperature and maintains the space free of bacteria and harmful microorganisms, as well as considerably helping save energy throughout the year.
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Built on the shore of a beautiful lake in central Finland, Villa Kaislaranta blends into its surroundings by using inconspicuous massing and a well-balanced combination of reflections and wood cladding. It was designed by the architectural firms RESORTUM and OSUMA Architects Ltd in 2015, for a recently retired couple who wanted to build a summer villa that would reflect their aspiration for enjoying the beautiful lakeside landscape with their extended family and friends, while at the same time minimizing the impact of the construction on the surrounding natural environment.
The architectural solution was to visually blend the dark wooden facade with the forest background and use large glass surfaces to both provide spectacular views to the lake and blend in the building to the surrounding natural landscape.
Moreover, the lake facing facade was made shorter than the opposite side in order to minimize visual impact towards the lake. Large, well-drawn windows towards the lake make people in this villa feel like a part of the natural landscape around them. Generous naturally-aged wooden terraces surround the villa for a comfortable use of outdoor spaces. The interiors are structured based on an effective and rational floor plan that makes the most of the eastern views towards the lake.It was necessary to have enough space for many people to visit and be able to spend the night, so the bedrooms are designed to sleep up to four people on two levels each. The main living areas on the lake side were designed with an open space concept — to provide a fluid space for different usage according to the needs of the residents.
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 • Jun 8, 2018
Located in a cold, mountainous area of the city Bukan, in Iran, this large house of 592 square meters shows a different design but with local details such as minimum number of openings and maximum use of rock.
The design was overseen by the architectural firm Shoresh Abed in the year 2017, and is represented by collage-type volumes of simple spaces with direct lines.
The home makes use of the mountainous rocks of one of the neighboring towns, as the dominant historical material of the region, to cover the ground floor, the patio and parts of the first floor. Fiber cement, which, unlike rocks, was an industrial material imported from Belgium by the entrepreneur, was used in other parts of the building. It acts as a counterpart for natural rock. There are fiber cement bonding pieces with aluminum puncheons with traces of rock that infuse a sense of coldness in the building.
The entrepreneur wanted to design a closed exterior façade with a small number of openings due to the steep slope of the eastern road—largely because of the nearby pedestrians, who could otherwise see the interior parts of the home. In order to do this, they decided to install flexible and fixed wooden shutters in the openings of the main wall. This also allowed the inhabitants to have enough light in the inside of the home.
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This fabulous house with open spaces and plenty of natural light is located on the banks of the Buffels River, near its mouth in Pringle Bay, a small coastal town less than 100 km from Cape Town, South Africa.
It was designed in 2015 by a team of architects comprised by Philip Olmesdahl, Riaz Ebrahim, Nasreen Larney & Werner Lotz from the prestigious firm SAOTA, and its interior design was done by the firm ARRCC.
The architecture is clean and robust. The materials are resistant to the harsh coastal climate and the winds that periodically sweep the bay. The planning of this family vacation home is complex and sophisticated.
The individual open-plan rooms flow perfectly, forming an extended living area and central space. The cozy kitchen and living room is in the center, with a sofa in the kitchen large enough to seat the whole family. The living rooms have a direct relationship and the flow between these spaces adds a unique dynamic to the house.
Five years of living on the property before construction presented ideas about the complexities of the site, giving them the opportunity to study and carefully consider the relationship of the house with the sun on the road.
This spacious house with spaces open to the natural environment that surrounds it is located in the area of Porto Feliz, Brazil, and was built in 2016 by the architectural firm Studio mk27.
The main access, discreet, is located on the side, and is delimited by a wall of preformed plates of concrete painted white that defines the subtle relationship between exterior and interior, with a delicate view towards the mall.
The lateral walls of the plot were executed with rustic local stones that are visually opposed to the hollow elements and connect a semi-private space – an intermediate garden – with the social area, which is totally exposed.
The project is composed of two nuclei, social and private. In the social area we can see the use of transparencies and the possibility of completely opening the windows towards the garden, thus being able to enjoy the views. It creates, thus, a welcoming feeling of comfort in a unique open space, which allows the organization of furniture. Due to the high temperatures of the region, the need to use air conditioning was minimized. In this way, the use of cross ventilation in the social area was a matter of great importance in the conception of the project. In addition, the concrete slab is projected 4 meters from the facade, protecting the rooms from direct sunlight.
The private core, containing the bedrooms, is identified by the use of wooden panels as a closure, protecting them from the sun.
By Magaly • Jun 6, 2018
Located on a spectacular five-acre property, Palm Springs, United States, this house, originally built in 1956, of carefully restored geodesic dome is located on the top of a hill with spectacular views of the desert, the mountain, Joshua Tree and the Coachella Valley from virtually any angle.
Before the renovation, the house did not show the desert landscape. Now the property has 360 degree views and guests can enjoy the scenery.
The unique design, of 2500 square feet, was completed by the architectural firm Pavlina Williams in 2016.
Its complete solitude is only interrupted by the hypnotic wind turbines that bring a beauty from another world to the already dramatic desert landscape. This is one of the three most important wind farms in California.
A holiday rental house, which has been reinvented from its basic structural roots. The high ceilings of the dome have a large open-plan living room with panoramic views, and the space is relaxing and dreamy.
The main bedroom on the ground floor has a separate living area and offers stunning views of the mountains.
When furnishing the house, the couple concentrated on finding modern mid-century pieces that were bright and cheerful, very similar to the space itself.
By Magaly • Jun 5, 2018
This old house from the 40’s belonged to two sisters who had lived there for the past 60 years and who, despite the passage of time, had done everything they could to keep it well maintained and in good condition. As part of their efforts, they even kept records of the home repairs that were performed, such as a biannual repainting.
The design was completed by Nathan Porter and Jake Kelly, both belonging to the architectural firm Porter Architects, in the year 2017.
It covers 292 square meters and is located in Ballarat, Australia.
The plan was to create two architecturally delineated areas, the original front with bedrooms, bathrooms and a study, leading to a contemporary extension with natural light. The existing hardwood floors that were in perfect condition at the front of the house were combined with recycled boards.
Large windows open onto a back patio facing north, allowing us to observe the wonderful views of the city from there.
The bricks recovered from the 1940s were placed in a contemporary pattern to continue the union between the old and the new.
This is how the owners are sure that the remodeling has been worth it, and that it has exceeded their expectations for their home.
By Magaly • Jun 5, 2018
This wonderful hotel with sober and elegant spaces is located on the border between the neighborhoods of Montorgueil and Le Haut Marais, in the magical city of Paris, in France.
The Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers is the last Clé Group hotel, which also owns the Hôtel Bachaumont. This new establishment makes a bold statement with its timeless design, and offers a new way to experience the Parisian lifestyle.
When choosing a location next to the National Center for Arts and Crafts, the Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers aims to pay tribute to that century-old institution dedicated to engineering and teaching manufacturing techniques.
Its rooms have been designed as places of refuge where comfort is the priority. A place of hospitality where Parisian heritage joins architecture and innovation to create a sense of timeless charm. The 70 rooms of the Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers are spread over the six floors of the two Haussmannian buildings that make up the establishment, overlooking a tree-lined square.
The hotel has a wide variety of accommodation to meet every need or desire, with spaces distributed in a unique way. Each room has its own configuration, and furniture that has been carefully selected so that guests feel as if they are staying in a personalized room.
This residence has an excellent view towards the mountains, as well as the park that extends to the other side of the mountain. It has been built in the lower part of the mountain, in a red zone, since there is danger of landslides, which is why the structure of the middle of the second floor was made to resist the pressure of the earth due to these natural occurrences.
It has been designed by Keitaro Muto of the architectural firm Keitaro Muto Architects in the city of Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, Japan in 2017, and covers a total area of 162 square meters. Its interior consists of a rough concrete structure, which has a rustic appearance that tries to connect with the exterior landscape.
Part of the level opens to the mountain landscape, as well as the park, through a cantilever. Although some of the interior spaces are not connected to some exterior spaces, an opening was created as a negative-positive relationship to bring them closer to the mountain. This allows all spaces to be easily filled with natural light, and the greenery existing outside the mountain area that surrounds it to be appreciated from the interior.
By Magaly • May 31, 2018
This fantastic and modern house, with spaces that are open and full of natural light, has been designed by the architectural firm Williamson Williamson, under the command of its professionals Betsy Williamson, Shane Williamson, Chris Routley, Paul Harrison, Dimitra Papantonis, Lucas Boyd, Eric Tse and Donald Chong. It is located in the city of Hamilton, Canada, and was created for a young couple and their parents.
The property covers an area of 3800 square feet and its construction was carried out in 2016. The house was conceived as two different residences, each formed in a linear bar that contains the complete program of a home. The parents’ suite occupies the ground floor with the living room and the dining room. The suite is presented as an accessible one-story apartment with additional features to adapt to the specific challenges faced by aging parents.
The main protagonist of the house is the spectacular spiral staircase lined with wood that connects the living room with the master suite on the second floor.
The ground floor of the house is lined with Algonquin limestone, locally extracted.
Radiant floor heating can be used sparingly, in combination with LED lighting, creating a low energy home.
Inspired by the History of 2001: A Space Odyssey, this House Can Show us a Different Face Every Time we Visit It
By Magaly • May 30, 2018
Located in Tokyo, Japan, this building that has been simplified to the extreme was inspired by the story of the 1968 film “Space Odyssey 2001”, in which “Monolith,” the name by which the black extraterrestrial slate is known, first grants “intelligence” to an ape. It covers a ground area of 397 square meters and was completed in 2015. Those responsible for the project – the architects Hirotaka Kidosaki and Satoshi Itasaka of the firm Kidosaki Architects Studio – not only had to comply with the strict laws and regulations for the protection of tranquil urban landscapes, but also their location with differences in the elevation. This was problematic, as it could cause the windows to face the windows of other houses.With this theme in mind, the materials were carefully selected, and the house was constructed with a universal design language using several elements: stone, concrete, steel, and glass panels.
This house, with a balanced and tidy façade, can look different every time you visit it due to the combination of the outer wall of the hot galvanized phosphoric acid steel panels and the black metallic stone floor. That is why the building, despite its simple form, gives people different impressions depending on their point of view, and its appearance has depth and nobility. This house, which is the result of meticulous and detailed work, begins to express its real value only when you enter and experience the space.
By Magaly • May 29, 2018
This house has a sober and elegant decoration that reflects a strong personality.It was designed in 2017 by the architects Hưng Đào and Phí Đình Cường of the architectural firm AHL architects. It covers 235 square meters and is located in Phúc Lợi, Vietnam.The lack of privacy, seen as a deficiency in the design, led them to install shutters and even windows that do not open, but that help create more private spaces without compromising the visibility or freedom of the house. As the project is a semi-detached house, the distance from the neighbor’s house is quite limited, only 3 meters, a narrow distance with side windows that each open to the other home.
The home is characterized by spaces where wood and concrete are seen as predominant materials, and its dark, stylish rooms create a serene space.
It has practical and perfectly delineated atmospheres, full of natural light, where each corner has a functionality.
The house HP6 is not different, nor does it stand out from the urban landscape in general. It is simply one more house; nevertheless, its renewed interior gives a special value to the owner, who uses the interior spaces every day.
By Magaly • May 29, 2018
This house, with a total area of 195 square meters, has been designed by the architect Carles Marcos in 2017. It is located on the southeast slope of Ullastrell, a quiet village about 45 minutes from Barcelona, Spain. An old concrete wall contains the sloping terrain, which is 4 meters above the street. This pre-existing wall became the base upon which the new house was established. It was decided that it would be beneficial to preserve and renovate it, so that it could form a part of the new construction. Designed for a couple, the house needed to be comfortable, affordable, and expandable in the future.
Built with load-bearing walls, the house is projected in two directions. Longitudinally, the sequence of rooms dilutes the general limits of the interior space. In the transverse direction, we seek the maximum permeability from the outside through each of the domestic spaces. This is done to promote the sun’s presence, cross ventilation, and the constant visual relationship with the environment.
The main rooms of the house are organized as a sum of small spaces, where each room is complemented by other spaces of adequate size and proportion for its use. The outer space, which is partially inclined, takes shape as a result of the position occupied by the house on the ground and especially its relationship with the limit defined by the existing large wall.
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.