By Magaly • Aug 1, 2018
This small mountain refuge could not be more charming. It is located next to the “old” ski slope, near the border post of Pomezní Boudy in the Krkonoše Mountains of Czech Republic. The architects Petr Kolář and Aleš Lapka, of the architectural firm ADR s.r.o., were in charge of carrying out this project, which was completed in 2016.
The mountain lodge is a wooden structure measuring approximately 5.3 meters by 5.6 meters, with an adjacent steel structure terrace of approximately 5.3 meters by 2.5 meters. It has a corridor, a living room with kitchen facilities, a bathroom, and a toilet. The sleeping space extends on the upper level over part of the living room and the lobby, and is accessible via a staircase from the living room.
The living room has an open roof with exposed beams, with the sleeping space under a protective net.
The structure is embedded in a steep slope facing northeast, right next to a stream. The foundations are concrete springs and the structure on the ground is made of wood. The roof and side facade are blackened aluminum sheet, while the gabled walls are lined with blackened wood. The mountain lodge is alone in a mountain meadow.
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
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.
By Magaly • Jul 27, 2018
Located in an apartment unit in a building dating back to the early twentieth century in the heart of the beautiful city of Valencia in Spain, this apartment presented a challenge during its renovation. Heading the project was the architectural firm Roberto Di Donato Architecture, which focused on the idea of creating modern living spaces that left the existing structure almost intact.
After many years in a state of neglect, the apartment was an empty shell when it was bought by the client, creating numerous opportunities but also challenges for the design team.
Space flows constantly from one area to another, with the separation between night and day areas provided by two tall wooden elements. These custom-designed items also contain the bedroom cabinets and three sets of doors that allow varying degrees of privacy.
The height of the roof was also considered a particularly valuable element in the renovation. The structure of the roof was restored and maintained completely exposed; no element of the new design comes into contact with it, which underlines the respect for the past and also allows us to perceive the full feeling of space and volume of the apartment.
By adding only new essential features, the “wounds” and layers of transformations over the years were carefully preserved and displayed to improve the sense of continuity with the history of the building.
In this small apartment of only 30 square meters located in Budapest, Hungary, a system of translucent curtains has been installed. These help to define different areas in this small space without losing its style and elegance. The symbolic separation of functions using textiles in movement combines practicality and aesthetics, resulting in a light and open space that shines beyond its restricted size.
During the renovation, the architecture firm Batlab, who carried out the project through its professionals gergő batizi-pócsi and péter batizi-pócsi demolished all the interior walls, leaving the outline of the apartment intact. An independent block, which includes the kitchen and bathroom, functions as the main space separator, splitting the entrance, the living / dining room, and the sleeping cabin into different areas.
The small space has been intelligently decorated in white, which has visually helped to give a feeling of spaciousness. Its scarce furniture creates comfortable, and at the same time, practical spaces.
This artisan coffee shop that combines contemporary minimalism with traditional Korean aesthetics, is located in Seoul, South Korea and is a project carried out by the architecture firm LABOTORY with the help of its professionals Kimim Park, Jinho Jung and Jiyeon Kang.
The space has only 58 square meters and was previously an electronics store.
To achieve this design, LABOTORY introduced a unique ‘ㄷ’ design in the building with a central court, a theme of the traditional hanok structure (Korean home). In addition, the ‘ㄷ’ structure allows customers to flow through the space from the baristas area to the seating sections, providing stability and space.
The awning located at the entrance of the store, acts as a bridge between the outer and inner sections of the store. the curves of the awning meet the roof of the cafeteria that leads to the heart of the store, where the barista works. The architects tried to use the semi-subterranean space by introducing curves in the corner of the roofs to change the direction towards that focal point of the store. The store’s lighting has also been designed to create a floating sensation.
By Magaly • Jul 24, 2018
When setting one’s eyes upon this house for the first time, no one would imagine that it is in the center of the city. Its fabulous gardens give the feeling of being in a park area, and that is part of its charms.
Designed in the year 2016 by the architect Steven De Jaeghere of the architectural firm Architectuuratelier De Jaeghere, this house has 360 square meters and is located in West Flanders, Belgium.
The new villa is built in the same place as the previous house. At an urban level, the same volume was requested as the demolished villa: a ground floor with a gabled roof. We have optimized this precondition for a linear and thin volume with a gable roof that responds to the maximum to its environment. The result is a volume of recognizable type with a refined minimalist composition of white walls and deeper dark exterior carpentry.
The façade has a fairly closed character and the easily interpretable architecture takes the visitor to the covered entrance. Once inside, the visitor quickly faces the view through the long glass façade. The rhythm of the distribution of the glass and the columns give the impression of a gallery.
The ground floor combines several functions to ensure optimal interaction with the environment: covered terrace, kitchen, living room, study and bedroom.
By Magaly • Jul 23, 2018
This house, called Casa A, is the first of three residences planned in coal. It is located in Carborough, a coastal suburb or Perth, Western Australia. It has 3 levels that add up to 200 square meters and where all the facilities have been distributed, including an underground garage and a loft bedroom on the upper level.
Its rustic interior presents an interesting combination of materials that result in pleasant and welcoming spaces that connect with each other and distribute natural light to each of its corners. The light wood used in different spaces adds warmth and elegance to the simple spaces that compose it.
The sustainable and compact residence has been designed by the firm of whispering Smith and is made of high recycled concrete panels and whitewashed recycled brick. The interior presents a selection of untreated materials in their natural and raw state, complemented by refined gold details and generous amounts of vegetation. The lack of rigidly defined spaces ensures an organic flow of activity between areas, which results in a light house of minimalist aesthetics.
By Magaly • Jul 23, 2018
Located in the area of Buwit, a village in the coastal area of southwestern Bali, this residence has a view of a dense forest and a river below, and presents large amounts of vegetation that allow you to blend in with its surroundings.
The project was carried out by the architectural firm WOMhouse, having as its focal point the idea of an architecture based on the landscape and trying to create a group of buildings that appear as part of the earth itself, and that sometimes disappear within her, while at other times they emerge from her. The buildings are located on different levels of the earth. Each accommodates different functions, a characteristic typical of traditional Balinese architecture. Intermediate spaces and small gardens are the result of the rotation of the volumes on the ground and offer uninterrupted views of the forest.
The “camouflaged” roofs covered with various levels of vegetation provide a cooling effect to the lower spaces and help to collect rainwater.
The common spaces in the chameleon villa are kept open to the outside, while the rooms and other spaces, such as the office, the gymnasium and the press room are kept more private and closed towards the interior.
By Magaly • Jul 19, 2018
This 110-square-meter apartment, designed by architects Ashot Snkhchyan, Armine Snkhchyan and Hayk Zalibekyan, working for the firm snkh studio, in 2018, is located in the lively neighborhood of Yerevan – Cascade, Armenia. It is a firmly neoclassical building from a decidedly Stalinist era.
The first floor is strangely small since it occupies only half of the original apartment that was divided into two parts. There is only the entrance area, the bathroom and the bedroom, which creates a kind of inverted functional scheme, where the active part of the apartment is on the top floor, under the sloping roof. A small balcony of the room is the only point that overlooks the Cascade, where during the warm days there are many open-air concerts. The client wanted a room that could be easily prepared in order to accommodate friends and enjoy the concerts.
The second floor consists of three parts: the main “public space”, the terrace and a room that has a mood completely different from the rest of the apartment. It houses an art collection, TV, and a poker table, as well as many antique rugs on the floor and the room also serves as a guest bedroom. One of the main ideas of the project was to make it possible to merge the terrace, the public space and the room into a space, to create many use scenarios.
The cement floor, the plywood and the bright colors are the main accents of this project.
By Magaly • Jul 19, 2018
This fabulous garden house with arid vegetation is located on an uphill slope property in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. It was designed, in the year 2017, by the architects Aaron Neubert (lead), David Chong, Jeremy Limsenben, Andranik Ognayan and Lusine Madarian working for the architectural firm ANX.
It is located at the confluence of two busy local streets, with close proximity to the constant noise of the 405 freeway, and with captivating views of the Getty Center and the surrounding mountains. The design of this 3,750 square foot home emphasizes the presentation of different views of the site, while also providing the desired visual and aural privacy.
A single floor of spatially contiguous living spaces – placed over a partially underground garage and covered by a bent steel roof – opens subtly to the lush landscape. The height and shape of the roof are manipulated to site-specific solar exposures. A strategically positioned opening frames the Getty Center from the living room, a corner window connects the office to the garden, and another window offers views from the master bedroom.
A full height window allows the dining room to expand into the back landscape, and establishes a connection to the street from the kitchen and the numerous skylights throughout the house follow the path of the sun throughout the day.
The unique name of this house – Surprising Seclusion – is given by the fact that, both in the front and in the back, with busy streets and alongside an old house, this house looks inward. It is located in Binchang Rise, Singapore and has an area of 360 square meters. It was designed in the year 2017 by the architects Han Loke Kwang, Chong Wen Jin and Thomas Ong professionals of the architecture firm HYLA Architects. A covered three-volume but naturally ventilated court with a pool becomes the focus of the internal space.
On the side, a sculptural staircase slides from the wall to reach the family room on the second level. The journey continues up another staircase with a stepped planter on the side and illuminated from above.
The entire house is finished in concrete with no shape and gray-faced brick. The main bathroom continues with this theme, with brick openings that allow ventilation but not views. This bathroom, as well as the attic bathroom, has planting areas that offer a green contrast to the gray scheme. The custom storage units in the living room, family and study echo the concrete and brick geometry of the house.
By Magaly • Jul 17, 2018
This imposing construction of large outdoor gardens is located in the city of Medellin, Antioquia – Colombia. It was designed in 2016 by the team of architects Jaime Rendon, architect Felipe Campuzano and architect Clara Restrepo of the architectural firm Jaime Rendon Architects.
It covers an area of 615 square meters and is on a slope, so the construction was built in such a way that it adapts to the terrain. The entire service area of the house is in the first volume, as well as and the main access entryway.
Its interior, with high stone walls and quality wooden floors with spacious and bright spaces that receive natural light through the large glass walls, is exquisitely decorated with modern furniture in which good taste can be appreciated.
The private residence’s staircase connects the entrance hall with the main volume of the house through a central patio that is permeated by the nature of the place. The act of going up and down inside is also a constant experience which explores the relationship between inside and outside, between the place and the architecture, between the rain, the serenity, the light, and the space.
By Magaly • Jul 17, 2018
Located in a private neighborhood west of the city of Mendoza and with distant views of the city in Argentina, this modern construction has 4800 square meters. It was designed, in 2017, by the architecture firm A4estudio under the direction of its architectural professionals Leonardo Codina and Juan Manuel Filice.
It was decided to organize the house into pavilions which would adapt themselves to the different scenarios of daily life. A first pavilion would take care of the common areas: the main room, dining room, kitchen, services, and wine cellar. A second pavilion would house the master bedroom, with additional space that would allow moments of peace and quiet from the rest of the house. Also included are a small living room and office.
The third pavilion would house the mother and her children, organizing three en suite bedrooms and a living space / games room.
These three pavilions are connected by a central space that integrates them, and it also functions as the hall of access to the house, and connecting with a gallery and the exterior garden. These three pavilions can be closed off, allowing for varying states of coexistence.
This villa is located in huge and thick forest near Prague, Czech Republic. A few kilometers away is an old town that was historically used as a source of workers for the Emperor’s forests.
The biggest inspiration was the surroundings, which led architects Jan Mach, Jan Vondrák, and Lukáš Holub of the architectural firm Mjölk architects to make this design, which due to the organic shape of the roof seems to be woven into the trees that surround it. The lower part was designed in order to enjoy the fascinating views of the forest.
The work was carried out in 2017 and covers an area of 322 square meters of construction.
The roof covers the two structures that comprise the villa. The first is small and hides the atelier, the social areas, and the garage. The second is a house made for the family. In the lower part is a large residential area with living room, kitchen, workshop, and the master bedroom. Above, are the children’s rooms, which are the only volumes that exceed the ceiling. The first block includes the kitchen area and the second is located above the workshop. The rooms of the children are identical. They all have their own bathroom and a small dressing room.
This house was built, within a reasonable budget, for a couple with a child, and covers an area of 230 square meters. It is located in Le Chenit, Switzerland, and was designed in the year 2017 by the architect Ralph Germann, head of the architectural firm Ralph Germann architectes.
All of its rooms have a common point: their views of the lake, which is one of the greatest attractions that the house has, along with beautiful landscapes.
The architects used a prefabricated wooden construction system for facades and pediments. These elements were built directly in the workshop and then transported in situ. The “skeleton” of the house was made of concrete. The prefabricated wooden facades were joined to the interior concrete structure.
All the facades of the house are made of a spruce structure that is filled with fiberglass insulation and then covered with spruce boards, native to the area. By using this method of construction, the architects could keep costs down while reducing construction time and environmental impact.
The architectural firm was in charge of designing the interior tables, shelves and cabinets with birch veneer, and the indoor and outdoor dining tables of solid larch.