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By Magaly • Jul 12, 2018
This tourist project built in 2017 was carried out by the architecture firm Atelier Tekuto and its professionals Yasuhiro Yamashita, Ben Matsuno / Atelier TEKUTO and Amami Design Firm. It is located in Tatsugo-cho, Oshima-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, on a subtropical island with 60 thousand residents (the largest island of the Amami archipelago) with a unique culture that is famous for its popular songs and dances.
The complex consists of an administration building with reception and a restaurant, 3 luxury villas and 10 terraced villas. A total of 14 buildings with 23 rooms.
The site slopes down 25m with the calm and intimate path that leads towards the calm inland sea, facing the southeast. Landscaping has restored the original seascape while integrating the structures in the environment.
The pool villas are inspired by the traditional Amamian barns, as well as the traditional local gable roofed houses.
The exterior walls and ceilings are covered with gray-silver wood planks developed for this project.
The terraced villas are located rhythmically, half of which are connected through the terrace to the suite. The ceilings in the restaurant building overlap at odd angles, standing out dynamically, giving the interior space a whirling sensation.
By Magaly • Jul 2, 2018
This house, designed by the architectural firm Atelier Kuncarchitects, is marked by its contrast; it is black on the outside and its interior is completely white, based on the long-standing inspiration of Scandinavia. It has several viewpoints to the garden, as well as large windows and terraces, so that its interior and exterior are linked in a natural way. This helps create ventilated spaces in the home.
The details and furniture bring accents of color and elegance to the interior. The atmosphere is made up of a fireplace and a series of accessories that, together, create a pleasant and welcoming space.
The building is designed to integrate into the garden over time. During the designing process, the beauty of imperfection was deliberately incorporated. Over time, the façade is expected to become patinated; the color turns gray, the wooden terraces become silvery, and the grass and flowers of the meadow become a little wild. This will all be combined into an organic and natural whole.
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As for the construction, the house is a skeletal system made of wood. The façades, including the sloping roof, are made with a Japanese technique, covered by hand-carved larch boards. There are white boards used in the interior peripheral construction, while the internal partitions are laminated gypsum boards and the floor is covered with a layer of cement.
By Magaly • Jun 26, 2018
YU Hotel is located in East Fuxing Road, Shanghai, China, next to Yu Garden, so it took its name “Yu Hotel” to echo Yu Garden. It was designed by the architectural firm Shanghai Ben Zhe Architecture Design, under the direction of Huajian Jiang.
It has an area of 678 square meters composed of four old buildings that were narrow, small and with inadequate lighting inside. The key to the renovation project is the spatial restructuring and bring the sunlight and nature to the interior space that used to be narrow and dark. After more than half a year, the designers reconstructed and converted the old place into the new complex, whose interior is connected to the outside with a courtyard interspersed between them.
Originally it was an old hostel / chess and card room. With the changes of times and urban renewal, the owner wanted to change the new meaning of B&B on the basis of reinforcing the existing structure.
The relationships between culture, nature and architecture were resolved during the design process with the purpose of integrating them together. At the entrance, we can see a wall built with black bricks that serve as a transition between the openness and the privacy of the interior space.
By Magaly • Jun 19, 2018
The owners of this 40-acre home on the south side of the Clearwater River canyon – 10 miles upriver from Lewiston, Idaho, USA and with incredible mountain views — are two professionals looking for a year-round retreat, a place to write, sleep, talk, eat, read, fish, clean, garden and wander… far, far away from their jobs. They also wanted a place with natural spaces to provide for their grandchildren to enjoy when they visited.
The architectural firm Paul Hirzel was commissioned to carry out this project in 2003, which covers an area of 2,196 square feet. The retreat program was divided into two buildings: “the barracks” sits in a ravine along a seasonal stream, and “the study house” stands on a crest where an Idaho grass and fescue slope (a plant very common in the area) meets a Ponderosa pine forest about 300 feet above the Clearwater River.
The west side of the frame provides access for window washing and support for removable perforated sliding panels, for shading and protection against the wind. On the east side, the frame admits decks and a porch with an outside shower. The operative windows placed strategically on the four sides of the study house allow ventilation of the updraft, since the summer temperatures in the canyon often reach more than 100 degrees.
By Magaly • Jun 15, 2018
This fabulous house, filled with spaces open to nature, is located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in a green area of Manaus, next to the Rio Negro, Brazil. It was designed in the year 2017 by the architectural firm Alexia Convers Architecture under the architect Alexia Convers. It has an area of 697 square meters full of charm and excellent taste. The house is made of a concrete structure with local exotic wooden doors, windows and decks. The finishing floors are white cement and all the wet areas – the infinity pool, the barbecue area and the entrance waterfall – are made of oxidized concrete with iron.
In the entrance hall, the rain creates a waterfall and each interior patio enjoys rain chains. They contribute to a relaxing and completely natural sound when it rains. The nature that becomes more and more green when entering the forest is invited to the house. This alternating system in the diurnal area also provides a comfortable natural ventilation to radiate the heat in this humid tropical climate. Fresh air goes down to the planted patios and the windows created by high ceilings let out hot air. The house provides a constant visual relationship with the trees, which also produce a very beneficial tone for the house. From anywhere in the house, you have a green view.
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.
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 24, 2018
This construction, belonging to a young couple who, after suffering for several years the harsh winters of the area, decided that it was time to do something to remedy the situation by renovating the house and turning it into a thermally comfortable home. It is located in Linden, Australia, and covers an area of 273 square meters.
In 2017, Blue Eco Homes and Thornton & Blake of the architectural firm Alexander Symes Architect, went to work and tried to reuse as much as possible of the existing form, services and structure, to reduce waste and manage costs, while shaping the project. The clients originally wanted to maintain the two existing pavilions: one for the accommodation of guests and the other for auxiliary spaces and create a new home to the east, increasing the space to accommodate a family.
The close proximity of the natural scrubland meant that the outer casing had to be robust and incombustible to meet the highest level of forest fire protection construction established, so that the house is effectively wrapped in the zincalume lining (a metallic coated sheet steel) with fire protection.
The design and construction teams worked in an integrated manner, the result is a very elaborate house that celebrates its natural environment and offers a comfortable home with little operational energy.
By Magaly • May 10, 2018
Nowadays it has become a trend to go to the gym or partake in activities offered in centers dedicated to the physical exercises. Every day more people care about their health and exercise is one of the ways to keep healthy while at the same time taking care of the physical aspect of the body.
It is not only young people who come to this type of place, but older people have also started to worry about keeping up their body activity by carrying out continuous and constant exercise, which leads many of them to enroll in all kinds of gyms.
This one in particular offers spinning, or fixed bike exercise, which has been shown to be one of the most complete exercises, since a great number of muscles are activated at the same time.
This is a perfect example of a more than adequate space for such activities, as well as a place that provides clients with a workout in a suitable and comfortable atmosphere that they can enjoy.
This exercise center was recently opened and is located at 24 Rue Chauchat, in Paris, France. It covers an area of 260 square meters and was designed by the architectural firm DAS-studio, under architects Felix de Montesquiou, Alexandre Goinard, and François Cattoni.
By Magaly • May 3, 2018
This cabin undoubtedly has an interior that is marked by the rustic quality of the materials used – mostly wood in its rawest state, brick, and stone, a combination that always gives us as a result a warm and cozy atmosphere, as it almost automatically grants spaces a feeling of home and comfort.
It is located in Limone PIemonte, in Italy, and was designed by Luca Soave of the firm Interior Design JCC. The ceiling, which is built in waves that form arches, is completely made out of brick, giving the space a marked sense of character without making it too dark.
For me, and I am sure that for many other people, a rustic atmosphere is welcoming, as it brings a feeling of belonging to the place, and feeling like we can relax completely in them. Nevertheless, in its furniture we see a touch of a very current style. In the dining room, the chairs keep a modern touch that perfectly fits with the table of thick wood and creates a cozy space.
The kitchen, made completely out of wood, was equipped with modern appliances to provide all the imaginable comforts.
Stairs made of thick wood that form a single piece from beginning to end seem to float in the air. We find the same in the bedrooms, where contemporary beds with modern lamps in platinum metal illuminate the spaces without subtracting for a second the charm that the rustic details give them.
This project, designed by the architectural firm of Lorena Troncoso Valencia, is located in the area of Pinto, Chile, an area recognized by tourism in extreme high mountain sports such as sky. It was carried out in 2016 and has an area of 105 square meters.
The area has a lush vegetation of native trees overlooking the Andes; in the center, there is a small ravine with a depth of 15 meters, on which the project is located. The cabin is posed in an asymmetrical triangular shape in its upper part, inspired by the iconic shape of the mountain that can be seen behind. You can also observe from its terrace the landscape of the ravine in its maximum splendor.
The project is conceived as a large space with two levels, communicated with each other by a double height and a bedroom area on the first level. In the central space, we find the kitchen and living room that is connected spatially with the second level bedroom and at the same time this is connected through a bridge with a desk area. All these spaces are projected towards the main terrace that looks at the ravine.
The window of the main façade is retracted diagonally to generate shade during the period of greatest sunlight.
The glazed walls welcome the abundant foliage of the trees inside the hut, fusing the exterior and interior.
By Magaly • Apr 20, 2018
This fantastic villa of enrapturing interiors is located at the edge of the Tramuntana Mountains, overlooking both the sea and the famous nearby island of Ibiza, from its perch on the island of Mallorca, Spain. It dates from 1986 and has been designed with the unique Mallorcan style. The exterior and interior design are inspired by the natural vegetation surrounding the area, flush with pine, almond, orange trees, and lots of cacti. Colors and materials are raw and evoke the earth.
This luxurious 6 bedroom villa is the perfect mix of traditional Mallorcan design — with natural stone and terracotta tile — and stylish Ibiza accents of white built-in furniture, beautiful lighting, and a relaxed environment. With stunning forested views extending to the sea, Villa Son Font is the ultimate Mediterranean hideaway, where you can slow down, enjoy nature, and relax in a calm and comfortable setting with family and friends.
In its design we can clearly see how the old and the new complement each other in such a way that they create a cozy and pleasant space that invites you to relax and enjoy it.
The interior designer Bente Tang-Henriksen was in charge of the design, and worked alongside Mikkel Tang-Henriksen.
By Magaly • Apr 19, 2018
This project was carried out by NONG STUDIO architectural studio and led by Chasing Wang, Neal Zhu, Luca Lannote (Italy) and Kunyang Wang in 2017. It has an area of 180 square meters and is located in Suzhou South Rd., Huangpu District, Shanghai, China.
If we follow the history of Shanghai, an important point for its inhabitants is the Suzhou River. Industrial buildings along the river have witnessed the prosperity and decline of concessions, as well as the emergence of national industries. This space used to be the private granary of Yuesheng Du before ultimately becoming the warehouse of the Commercial Bank of China.
Its façade and its interior space have been restored in such a way that it respected its history, integrating itself with the modern elements. This allowed it to demonstrate its intimate connection with the past.
In terms of functional design, the space was organized according to the level of privacy or efficiency, which is common in the design of traditional offices. And it was organized according to the possibility of interaction.
When design can tell the life and experience of a person, it is already a search for the emotional essence.
By Magaly • Apr 16, 2018
This holiday apartment is located in an old fishing village in Camogli, a famous holiday destination near Genoa, Italy. It has been designed by the Italian architectural firm Gosplan in 2017.
It is located on the first floor of a tall structure, in a typical Ligurian building, on the edge of the historic center of the city, and with an open view to the sea, so that its interior is bright and enjoys an abundance of natural light.
The house is arranged around a large living room with two windows open towards the horizon. Behind a gray wall there are two bedrooms, connected to the living room by two doors that were part of the original structure and were repurposed. The other two sides of the living room are surrounded by a large white L-shaped cupboard that contains all the facilities of the house: a guest closet, a toilet, a bookcase, a pantry, a fridge, an oven, and a cellar.
This solution allowed the architects to free up the living room of all the technical furniture, which is usually found in the kitchen area, arranging it behind a variable sequence of doors with hinges made with white vertical planks.
The original wooden ceiling was brought to light, restored and painted white to highlight the brightness of this space.
By Magaly • Apr 6, 2018
Slow House is a private residence designed by the South Korean architectural firm KDDH, which is based in Seoul. The home was completed in 2015, and covers a total ground area of a little over 100 square meters. It is located in Janghyeon-dong, South Korea.
The home sits on a street 8 meters wide, facing the foot of Mt. Hwangbang, which is expected to suffer a high amount of traffic. As a result, it was necessary to create an architectural design that would ensure and preserve the privacy of the residents. In order to do this, the architectural firm separated the private areas from the public ones. The inner part of the house is divided into three sections — a family area, an area for the children, and an area for the parents.
The lowest part of the house holds a kitchen, a dining room, and other areas where the family might spend time together. The upper level has a series of rooms, all quite small, but each with a differently shaped ceiling, which creates a sense of dynamism that adds character and a touch of fun to the interior. A low corridor creates a division between the spaces designated for the children and those designated for the adults, the latter of which are located in the highest point of the structure.
By Magaly • Apr 4, 2018
This 1,500 square foot multipurpose barn project in Ancram, New York, USA, was completed in 2017 by the architecture firm Worrell Yeung Architecture, under the direction of its architecture professionals Max Worrell and Jejon Yeung.
The space is located on the side of a 30-acre property, with an existing traditional house and other structures. This modern barn adopts an unmistakably contemporary design approach, while incorporating elements of the Hudson Valley agrarian lifestyle. The general shape of the building is clean and simple, and its volume is a single and discreet structure of gable roof that sits on the hillside. The retaining walls create a playground between the barn and the house.
The barn has parking capacity for two cars, along with a garden area and a flexible and covered outdoor room. This space has large gates that strategically frame the views of the Berkshires Mountain. Inside, the prefabricated wooden scissor frame structure and the wooden frame are exposed.
The selection of materials everywhere was made to be durable and low-maintenance, given the climatic zone. The roof is made of black metal and the exterior is covered with hemlock wood with vertical black spots, while the interior is covered with the same natural wood.
By Magaly • Mar 28, 2018
This project is located in an urban area of the west area of Ciqikou Street, a semi-chaotic area that could be described as a poor neighborhood, which is a typical urban form in the Hutong areas nowadays in the city of Beijing, China. The new structure is a building within the original wall, which has been strengthened.
In addition, the reinforced concrete roof is stable enough for the additional weight of the people that are going to be occupying that space. Open views and lots of sunlight come together to create a pleasant space. The project, of only 28 square meters, was led by architectural firm Chaoffice, and in particular, by its architect Zhi Cheng.
The home is characterized by a set of hidden storage compartments, largely under the bed or the table. According to the plan, the functions within the house have been compressed into two defined spaces, leaving the center completely free of the chaos that prevails elsewhere in the house. This has provided a sense of dignity for those who use the space, as well as a sense of comfort.
The space can also be seen as a sequence, the home subdivided into two spaces composed entirely of functional aspects, as well as spaces defined by clarity.