Exposed Ceiling Beams
By Magaly • Jul 27, 2020
Soori Bali by SCDA Architects:
“Soori Bali lies within the Tabanan Regency, one of Bali’s most fertile and picturesque regions. Here, the landscape ranges from volcanic mountains and verdant rice terraces to beautiful black-sand beaches overlooking the Indian Ocean. The location provides for a complete hideaway and offers numerous quality views of the surrounding beach, ocean, mountains and rice fields.
Soori Bali was designed with the overt principle of green sustainable initiatives in mind. The project is conceived to be both climatically and socially reactive to its locale. The design responds to the notions of climate and place, and endeavors to engage the local landscape and community. The design of the resort was approached with a sensitivity to the nuances of the site setting, and thus executed with the strategy of minimal environmental impact, minimal built footprint and with local cultural practices (religious and ceremonial processions) taken into consideration.
With an understanding that the beach is an important socio-economical aspect of the site, deliberate efforts were taken to consult and incorporate the customs and contributions of the local community within the conceptual design process. The construction methods adopted also creates training and jobs for the neighbouring villages. About 50% of the workers currently on site are recruited from the surrounding community.
The resort reflects on its privileged location by adopting the predominant use of locally sourced materials, together with a careful integration of indigenous motifs, forms and elements. The result, a harmonious balance between the clean, contemporary lines of the architecture and the soothing tones and textures of the internal and external finishes and finishing.
The design of the restaurant terrace and spa facilities incorporates terracotta screens; adapted and stylized from traditional Balinese motifs. These screens generate a marked visual contrast when combined with the dark terrazzo floors and feature walls clad in dark grey volcanic lava stones, such as Batu Candi and Batu Karangasem.
The villas are characterized by the interplay of materials which flow from the interior to exterior spaces. Smooth terrazzo walls and floors are combined with hand brushed natural timber screens, soft silk upholstery and custom designed dark stained timber furniture to form a serene internal space. The use of timber flows into the external spaces, where timber screens wrap a private bale overlooking a private plunge pool lined with Sukabumi stone. Paras Kelating, a light grey volcanic stone is applied to feature walls along the pool edge which combine with soft hues of beige and warm grey textured paint to complete the palette.
A mixture of Villa types were sensitively designed to respond to the local climatic conditions whilst maximizing views out to the surrounding beach, sea and paddy fields. Careful consideration is given to each villa plan and its built form and details to create a comfortable, energy efficient resort style living.
PASSIVE DESIGN ELEMENT
The climatic parameters particular to site, sun movement and prevailing wind direction, were established to assist in the formulation of the orientation of villas and common areas, and their planning concept.
The major building orientation is toward the North-South direction. Some are tilted a few degrees to the East to incorporate the morning sun. Openings were maximized on North-South face to encourage filtered natural light into the building whilst minimizing large openings on west side to reduce heat gain during daytime. Provision of overhanging roof eaves, roof screen systems and deep ledges were employed to reduce heat from direct sunlight.
Operable windows are provided on at least two sides of each room plan, and on each end of the villa to encourage effective cross ventilation and to bring in natural air to the interior spaces. Cross ventilation to all room interiors would provide natural cooling and sufficient fresh air intake in room to minimize CO2 level, thus reducing the reliance on Air Conditioning Systems.
In addition to the siting aspect and layout design of the villas, several design elements and materials were intentionally selected to control the buildings on a micro-climate level.
Provision of a 2nd layer of timer trellis on villa roof would minimize direct heat absorption to the roof itself; the actual roof incorporates additional insulation to further reduce heat gain internally. Material finishes are using “cool colors” in both the paint and stone selections to minimize the absorption of thermal energy, local materials selected naturally respond to the local climate, for e.g. Paras Kelating, Paras Kerobokan, Batu Chandi & Batu Kali for Feature Walls throughout the resort. Location of planters and position of low shrubs and taller trees would be placed to maximize wind flow through villa and common spaces, thus avoiding creation of wind barriers.
The exterior hardscape and softscape designs are intended to create a seamless transition between the interior and exterior spaces, with the specific goal in preserving the natural topography. Built elements are planned to sit ‘lightly’ on the land. The selection of trees responds to both the local climate and the resort planning with tree types playing a key role in the creation of ‘shaded spaces’, private pavilions and communal areas.
Due to the relatively severe coastal conditions which exist during certain periods of the year, the landscape design also incorporates a variety of indigenous local plants and coastal ‘hardy’ species, for e.g. Ipomoea Pes-caprae, Scaevola Taccada, Cocos Nucifera & Cerbera Odollam. This selection identifies and responds to the need for less long term maintenance and reduced water requirements for irrigation.”
Photos by: Mario Wibowo
By Courtney • Mar 7, 2019
When remodeling this home, an attempt was made to preserve the most important aspects of the old construction, and so respect the wishes of the homeowners.
Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos was in charge of the remodeling in the year 2016. The property is located in Colonia San Angel, a neighborhood of Mexico City, Mexico.
In its exterior, walls of stone and concrete mix with the green of the gardens that surround the home. The home has large terraces from where we can enjoy time spent alongside nature, as well as large glass doors through which light seeps into the interior.
A beautiful main entrance area welcomes us with a decorative touch of the style of the area. The foyer is characterized by its rustic stone floors, concrete walls, wooden beams that protrude from the ceiling, and decorated floor tiles that give a unique feel to the space.
The modern minimalist kitchen, where wooden floors and exposed brick walls create a wonderful contrast between the modern and the rustic, is a space full of light and good taste.
In the simple and comfortable living room, the real protagonist is the fireplace, set between concrete walls.
In a common space are the living room, dining room, and the kitchen.
The architectural firm Rob Paulus Architects renovated this construction in 2012 for a doctor. Its size is of 4500 ft2, and is located in Tucson, Arizona, USA. This renovation opens up the house to encompass the lush desert landscape while improving the interior of the property. The new shapes are crisp and clean to contrast with the rounded exterior of the existing building.
Using a reductive approach in the interior, the walls are disassembled to provide better function, circulation, and views. Outside, an existing trellis porch transforms into an outdoor living room and a kitchen with a new elevated canopy.
A palette of colors and natural material dominates the new scheme with an emphasis on fir wood that was influenced by the client’s desire to create spaces inspired by nature. This warm wood is used in all interior cabinets, but it also appears on the outside as the bottom part of the roof plane that hangs over the area of the outdoor room. The existing closed house is transformed to interact with the exterior while creating a relaxing interior space in a decidedly modern transformation.
By Magaly • Oct 25, 2018
The architectural firm TEd’A Arquitectes was commissioned to carry out this project that consisted of the interior remodeling of an old apartment located in the Gracia neighborhood of Barcelona, Spain.
The project focuses its efforts on a single strategy, which consists of opening the floor longitudinally. The entire project is condensed into a single gesture that manages to visually connect the street and the interior courtyard, joining the opposite and, until now, distant façades. A single element is the heart of this strategy. A new wardrobe crosses the entire house from one end to the other. Those in charge of this project, architects Irene Pérez and Jaume Mayol, who in 2017 managed to create functional and welcoming spaces in this 65 square meter floor.
There was, previously, a pavement of clay tiles of 13×13 cm placed diagonally. Its condition was not very good: it had been partially modified, there were many patches and different types of tiles, the result of alterations and overlapping modifications. It was decided, thus, to replace the pavement with a new one. They chose a hydraulic pavement manufactured by Huguet.
By Magaly • Oct 24, 2018
Perfectly integrated into the natural environment of a wooded area on the outskirts of Guatemala City and trying to erase the edges between interior and exterior in a particular way is this imposing construction of 415 square meters of construction.
The person in charge of the project, Alejandro Paz, who is a central part of the architectural firm Paz Arquitectura, set to work and remodeled the old construction that had been built in 1985 – and which consisted of a small cabin that had a cantilevered platform of large proportions – in a functional way. The original construction had a triangular metal frame whose structure allowed the platform to fly over the slopes of the mountain. The cabin had only a small social area, a kitchen, and in the upper part a small bedroom.
30 years after it was built, the owners requested an extension in order to obtain more formal spaces with proportions according to their contemporary lifestyle. The forest around the original cabin grew, and the vegetation occupied an important space around the whole project. The design strategy consisted in respecting the original cabin, since the sense of space, risk and permanence of its architectural configuration was valued. In view of the need for a social area and a single bedroom, two independent modules were generated on each side of the original cabin.
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By Magaly • Oct 15, 2018
This residential project has been carried out by the architectural firm Amalgam Studio, which has its headquarters in the famous city of New York, under the direction of its professionals Ben Albury, Lucas Leja, Vi Huynh and Nikki Drewett. It is located on a hillside on a 120 acre rural property located near the city of Rhinebeck, epicenter of the culinary of the Hudson Valley and artistic revival in the area of Columbia County, United States. It has an area of 5000 ft2 and was conceived as a modern barn, a family residence of stone and wood of 465 m², which has four bedrooms.
The family residence celebrates the constantly changing seasonal landscape, designed to exploit natural light throughout. The fully glazed entrance is lined with pines from the distant half. Its skylight and the central ladder of floating threads divide the home between its public living room and the private sleeping areas. Private areas have varied and controlled views of distant hills, winding rivers, nearby forests and wildflower meadows. The living areas use large sliding glass doors on the decks to offer wider views of 180 degrees. On the upper floor there is a bright, white and polyvalent loft, with skylights deliberately placed for optimal observation of the stars. In short, it is a house that plays with light.
By Magaly • Oct 11, 2018
This comprehensive reform – of an apartment of 90 square meters in the city of Barcelona, Spain – to obtain a renewed and more luminous space was carried out by the architectural firm Alventosa Morell Arquitectes and was under the leadership of its professionals Marc Alventosa and Xavier Morell, in the year 2017.
The clients wanted this apartment – located in an old building in the Born district of Barcelona, built in the year 1900, with little natural light and with numerous health problems – to receive a comprehensive reform. With this, they intended to obtian a renovated and more luminous space that could better fit their desires.
The objective of the intervention was based on two criteria. On the one hand, to discover, recover, and highlight the original structural elements of high historical and constructive value. On the other hand, to generate a diaphanous space that would allow to improve the existing lighting and natural ventilation conditions.
In spite of its antiquity, the apartment to reform did not keep any element of its original construction since it had undergone several reforms.
Thus, with some simple measures of recovery of original building elements and the design of a wooden furniture longitudinally that helped to separate the night area from the day, it was possible to meet the two objectives that had been specified and obtain a spacious and comfortable space to enjoy its livability.
By Magaly • Oct 10, 2018
This holiday home is located in an old Danish fishing village 100 km north of Copenhagen, Denmark by the name of Kikhavn. The home was designed by the architect Mette Lange of the architectural firm Mette Lange Architects. It has an area of 128 square meters and the project was carried out in 2015.
Located on the top of a hill, the plot has a beautiful view over the mountainous landscape, as well as the northwest with a perfect sunset over the sea. You can’t ask for more! All of the surrounding houses on the road have plots that are quite open, providing a beautiful view of the landscape.
The architects have worked with sheltered corners and a south-facing patio, since the very exposed position can be very windy. All the insulation is placed on top of the roof structure, so that the beams and slats, which carry the plywood from the roof, are visible. The house, both inside and outside, has been covered with pine, providing a warm feeling.
This charming, 81-square-meter cabin is located in Sandefjord, Norway and was recently designed by the team of architects Sebastian Bjercke, Bergur Briem, and Francisco Kocourek at the head of the Thomas Thorsnes project, all belonging to the firm of architecture R21 arkitekter.
The cabin is designed as a pavilion between the other buildings of Sand Farm. The building has the same footprint as a previous annex building and reinterprets the building to meet modern demands. The system of construction of wooden frames is reinterpreted in the new building, with a layer of glass with shutters that close the original volume.
The wooden load columns are on the outside of the glass wall. The construction is located in a concrete basement and consists of four roof frames supported by columns, reinforced by a rigid core that contains a bathroom and kitchen. In the upper part of the nucleus is a mezzanine. All open during the summertime, the building appears as a simple pavilion, an outdoor kitchen under a large roof. The wooden shutters create a flexible outer layer to close the building in varying degrees to the surroundings.
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 • 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.
By Magaly • Aug 16, 2018
This home, belonging to a large family of 6, is located in Herzliya Pituach, Israel and was part of a renovation of an old building in which the interior was emptied, a reinforcement was applied, and the structure was expanded using mostly lightweight construction materials. Originally, the building had several rooms on the ground floor, including a stable, and an external staircase led to the second floor, where the main room was located. The architectural firm Tomer Ben Dor was commissioned to carry out the 182-square-meter project in 2017.
The ground floor includes the living room, the kitchen, the dining room, the guest room, the master bedroom with private bathroom, and a shelter that is also used as a closet room. The second floor includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a laundry room. Another bedroom is located in the attic.
The main guide for the design of the exterior appearance was the use of neutral dark tones in order to create a building that fits the shade of tall trees and the surrounding garden. Therefore, the tones chosen for the front of the building were mainly gray and dark green.
This design with red brick walls and white perforated brick stairs was designed by the architectural firm Jeremy Steere Architect, led by its professionals Jeremy Steere, Clinton Hartley, and Sphephelo Mhlongo in Mtunzini, South Africa in 2017. It has an area of 75 meters, and its objective was to house 2 teenage children since the existing cabin was too small. The solution was to either build another floor above the existing hut, or find a site on the 900 m 2 property in Mtunzini (120 km north of Durban) to build the 2 rooms that would serve the teenagers.
Finding an alternative place to stay during the construction of an additional upper floor was a challenge, and the bright views of the sea from the top of the site influenced the decision to build the new rooms on the sloping side of the site.
To alleviate the cost of ongoing maintenance, there are no finishes in these buildings. The bedroom tower was built with a common clay-brick cavity, and the spiral staircase with brick cement. The circular walls of the tower also act as the balustrade and the support.
By Magaly • Aug 14, 2018
This small and cozy wooden hut has three levels and is located in Sea Ranch, California, United States, in a lush forest. Its construction dates back to 1968 and has been recently remodeled by the architectural firm Framestudio under the supervision of its professional Chad DeWitt.
The house was intended to exemplify how Sea Ranch’s design guidelines could be used to build a well-designed, low-cost weekend cabin. The footprint of the 20′ x 20′ cabin consists of three levels, which open one above the other, forming a loft space. Due to their elemental design and small size, few of these houses remain in their original state.
The Framestudio team recognized the historical importance of the booth and sought to balance the preservation of the historic fabric while making modifications and updates to meet the practical needs of the new owners. A fully functional kitchen, the space for six people to sleep in, and insurable storage areas were some of the priorities. A scheme was developed that restored many of the original details, distinctive of the design, using wood that had been recovered.
In the kitchen, the lower cabinets were replaced by a more functional design made of birch plywood coated with an ultra black laminate.
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 • 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.
23o5 studio, with the work of its professional Ngô Việt Khánh Duy, has designed this house located in Thủ Đức, Vietnam, in the year 2017. The house is designed for young couples, who, after daily external activities, need a quiet and peaceful place to relax. The Hut is located far from downtown, but is located in a developing area. The green spaces disappear due to urbanization, and pose a dilemma when it comes to recovering the balance.
With the ideas that emerge from the traditional Vietnamese spaces of the house, combined with the modernization of the times, owners were given a new idea of space. In the general space, they designed only one main door to get to the house. There are no divisions between the house and the garden, thus giving the impression of being free. Iron shelves were used as a way of positioning between the living room and the porch, but assuring that, at the same time, it did not lose ventilation.
The space of the kitchen is separated, with a small garden where some vegetables are sown for cooking. A small garden like a wind trap circulates the air towards the house. The continuity is long, the bedroom is located at the end of the house accompanied by a garden and the window of the room opens to the natural space.