Exposed Ceiling Beams
This wonderful stone-walled town house with high wooden ceilings is located in the area of Drafi, Attica, in the northern suburbs of Athens, Greece. The mountainous area is full of pine trees, as well as wonderful views over the green hills that surround it.
The terrain of almost 20 meters had a slope that was a challenge for the architects, who adapted to the landscape and designed a modern house with a butterfly roof. This inevitably led to a 2-level design adapting to the inclination and fluctuations of the topology. Two different blocks, facing north and west, sit on different levels and join in the middle with a wedge-shaped volume that forms the entrance and vertical circulation that leads to the main spaces of the house.
The interior, with 9-meter-high ceilings, pleasantly surprises visitors, and the wonderful views through the glass walls will leave them speechless.
The four basic walls of the house are covered with stone, to look as if they were coming through the ground, connected to the exposed wooden ceiling only through a series of triangular aluminum windows. The butterfly roof, which reverses the conventional tilted-roof icon, allows natural light to enter through those tall windows at the back of the building.
Studio Course, an Indian architectural firm based in Pune, has completed this project, an exploration of the traditional structure of a home in Maharashtra, India, a so called Veranda on a Roof. It was added to the roof of a twelve storey building, and serves as a transitional space between a public and private area, or between a house and a street.
When Studio Course designed this veranda, they designed it as a space to keep the family in mind, and for it to serve as a special place to be added to a home and which would revolve around books, food, and plants. As such, it houses a library and a pantry, their spaces rich and warm, and the perfect mixture between rustic and elegant through the use of polished concrete and wooden surfaces, as well as thick wooden ceiling beams. Textiles serve to add touches of color through the space, giving it an extra hint of vibrancy.
One enters the space through a wooden staircase after leaving a living room below. This staircase was previously encased by walls which were torn down in order to open up the space and brighten it up. This has also eased the communication between the two spaces, allowing them to engage in a dialogue.
By Magaly • Mar 26, 2018
This home is located in a charming fishing village on the left bank of the Tagus River, in the area of Trafaria, Lisbon, Portugal. At 100 years old, it’s no surprise to learn that this house was previously in ruins, as the construction was very poor, made with easily available materials: sand, mud, stones, shells, small pieces of pottery, wood, etc.
The architectural firm Ines Brandão Arquitectura, under the direction of its architects, Henrieta Selcova and Joao Aires Neves, set to work in 2017. Their plan was to completely transform this 204 square meter area into a space full of natural light, with a clear connection to the outside area, trying to preserve the original image of this building at all times. They sought to maintain its identity, adapting it to the needs of the current owners: a young family, consisting of a couple with a baby.
The aim of the clients was to obtain a multifunctional home: a holiday home and a short-term rental in the present and a home where they would like to live in the future.
The ground floor of the main building was designed with the aim of creating wide and fluid spaces, with the living room and kitchen regarded as key elements, separated only by the volume of the staircase. The old garage was converted into an independent suite, to be used by guests.
By Magaly • Mar 22, 2018
Upon laying eyes on the modern interior of this renovated apartment that they are standing in an old building from the 20th Century. This is thanks to the extensive remodeling work that was undertaken largely during the 80s, where the building was completely refurbished.
The apartment is divided into two different levels: the first, an ordinary residence area; the second, a scarcely-used terrace area above the first, where an informal storage area was built. The intervention reverses the detachment between these two levels and attempts to unite the internal and external areas of the apartment.
The architectural firm Arriba, under the direction of its architects José Andrade Rocha and Filipe Ferreira, was in charge of carrying out the 115 square meter project, which is located in Dom Vasco, Lisbon, Portugal.
The proposal reorganizes the spaces of the apartment, empties the terrace, and uses the height of the roof of the uninhabited attic, exposing the structure of the roof and the atmosphere of an old building. The social space now includes the kitchen, while the private spaces meet at the back of the apartment.
The wooden staircase is the organizing element: an integral piece of the apartment that establishes the entrance, the kitchen, and the living room, giving access to the terrace that overlooks the river where you can enjoy the sun.
This house, occupying a space of roughly 360 square meteres, appears strong and rough on the exterior. However, its interior surprises us kindly with a set of wide, bright, and warming spaces. It is located in Sanfins, Portugal, and the design was made in 2017 by the architectural firm Pedro Henrique.
Located in a rural context, but close to the historical and central center of Santa Maria da Feira, the project is developed from the recovery of an existing stone house and the construction of a new concrete body. These two structures are interconnected by a wooden structure and wide openings, merging as one the interior and exterior.
The entrance of the house is the central and intermediate point of distribution that relates the two floors. The upper floor, dedicated to the private spaces of the home, we can see two areas of differing make: the first space, of concrete walls, consists of the children’s bedrooms and bathrooms, whilst the second space, of stone walls, consists of the parents’ bedrooms. Meanwhile, the lower floor is destined to all the social areas and bathrooms.
Inside, we are surprised by the materials with which it has been designed, we can observe a simple white color on the walls and floors, accompanied by a wooden ceiling. This creates a unique contrast full of elegance and warmth where simplicity is valued.
By Magaly • Mar 19, 2018
This fabulous house, the exterior of which is made mostly out of concrete and glass, has been designed by the architects Kate Fitzpatrick and Benjamin Stibbard, part of the team at the architectural firm Auhaus Architecture. The home is located in the city of Torquay, in Australia, and it covers a total ground area of 341 square meters. It was completed in 2015.
The material with which the design was made was dealt with in a very natural way, accepting both its inherent strengths and shortcomings. The control of innate imperfections to the material was abandoned, leaving the surfaces untreated. Paired with natural hardwood, the house is elementary and raw, but nonetheless warm and inviting. In short, it is the perfect home for a young family.The site is narrowly bounded on both sides by volume building houses.
The design itself is simple: a procession of spaces into which visitors enter from the street through a portal in the concrete wall. A small green courtyard is the starting point, an anteroom to the softer interior parts of the house. Upon entering, the house opens into a double-height gallery, with glass on one side to reveal the large central courtyard.
This apartment with a stark industrial style is located along the Regents Canal in Islington, London, England, in the United Kingdom. The project consisted of transforming an old family home into a contemporary home, which would be energy efficient and have comfortable spaces.
The architect Nicholas Szczepaniak, from the architectural firm Nicholas Szczepaniak Architects, was in charge of the project, which was completed in the year 2017.
The project consisted of a complete remodeling of the three-story property, which covers an area of 163 square meters, including the replacement and expansion of an existing conservatory on the roof to transform it from an unusable storage room into a contemporary living space that can be used throughout the year — and with an outdoor terrace to boot.
The approach all across the project was to use materials of moderate price, and to add value through meticulous and elaborate details and care during the execution.
Inspired by the old industrial use of the building, the palette of materials incorporates raw and uncovered finishes, such as the original concrete, which contains the marks where the walls were located while the building was used as a factory. In contrast to this, elements such as the kitchen and accessories are done in warm colors and with a texture to create a unique palette of materials and, as a result, a contemporary and cozy atmosphere.
By Magaly • Mar 13, 2018
This project is based on the need to create a new connection between the bedrooms of an existing house, as the structure only allowed some rooms to be access by going through others, which kept the owners from inviting guests, as this distribution prevented them from preserving a modicum of privacy.
The initial project also included a new independent space of two levels that worked as an apartment with living room, bedroom, bathroom, and a small kitchen.
The most viable solution was to create a curve that connects the old house and the new space, forming a new circulation, a route that is compressed and expanded as one moves through it. The intersection of this line with the preexisting one provided a lateral access to the residence and, therefore, some internal changes in the layout of the bedroom and the bathroom that were completely reformulated. Here, locally produced materials were used to remodel it in a contemporary way.
It is located in the Valle de Bravo, State of Mexico, Mexico in a beautiful natural environment, and covers an area of 58 square meters.
The architectural firm LANZA Atelier was in charge of the restructuring, and the architectural team was made up by Isabel Abascal, Alessandro Arienzo, Alejandro Márquez, and Jessica Hernández.
By Magaly • Mar 12, 2018
This old building, dating back to 1870, has been recently remodeled by the firm Renovation, Design & Interior: Stefaan Van Dyck & Kathleen Cassiers, in the city of Antwerp, Belgium. The remodeling, which began in 2016, ended just a year later in 2017, resulting in a spectacular job full of good taste.
The restoration was based mostly on the original elements such as oak wood ceilings, old mosaic floor and some of the characteristic wooden stairs. The street on which it is located is picturesque and very famous for its fashion, culture, diamonds and chocolate.
It has five floors that can only be accessed by stairs and where up to 10 people can be accommodated.
On the ground floor there is a private cafe-bistro style dining room and a kitchen with plenty of modern appliances, while the cozy living room with a fireplace and a sophisticated flat screen TV is located on the third floor.
The rooms are located on the first, second and last floor. The rooms on the first and second floor have two bunk beds, plus the extra-large double bed. All rooms have a large hanging area of open cupboards and shelves as well as bathroom and toilet.
By Magaly • Mar 12, 2018
This modern and elegant restaurant is located in the city of Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States. Its design, the work of architectural firm Design, Bitches, evokes the “old school of Miami” in a new setting, this restaurant in Nashville, using pastel colors and lots of natural light, transforming the space from dark to bright.
To achieve this, the opaque facade was replaced by an extension of glass, and the other part of the ceiling was raised so that the windows could allow more light to flow inside.
The aesthetic that unites the different sections of the long space goes back to the colors and art styles found in South Beach, Miami.
In the front, a bench with coral-colored upholstery in a royal style is accompanied by a row of small tables topped with pink Tennessee marble. These face the bar, which is cork-covered around the base and topped by a marble counter.
The white lamps hang from the ceiling, while the shelves have a gold mirror in the back to reflect the liquor bottles. The same tinted mirror is used on the walls along the narrow space, where the informal seating gives way to the leather-covered cabins along the wall.
By Magaly • Mar 7, 2018
This wonderful house, with an interior space occupying 250 square meters, is located in an area of large green areas in Itatiba, a city near the capital of São Paulo. It was built as an investment plan by a couple of clients looking for a house full of light and with natural ventilation.
In this large area of 1,150 square meters, the architectural studio Rassini Arquitetura developed this marvelous project. Inspired by the Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion, located in the city of Barcelona, the architect large glass panels. These contribute heavily to the flow of natural light. Additionally, natural vegetation is present in all of the rooms of the home. In addition to this, the residence brings another premise requested by the owners: the integration between internal and external environments. For them, the house had to be clear and comfortable, neither small nor large, easy to maintain, and built with high-finish materials.
The architect Felipe Rassini got to work and presented a first solution to the client, a 6x3m module and from it, the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms arose.
All of the home’s environments were arranged in such a way that natural light could always be the protagonist.
After verifying the construction, the couple, that until then had focused on using the house as an investment, decided to keep it as their property.
By Magaly • Mar 7, 2018
This modern structure of open spaces and full of natural light was designed by the architectural firm LEVER Architecture, led by its architects Thomas Robinson, Michael Gross, and Scott Miller, in the city of Newberg, Oregon, United States, in 2016.
This new family-owned winery had the objective of creating a kind of tasting room that would reflect the family’s approach to winemaking. Inspired by the wide oak trees native to Oregon that populate the valley, two cantilevered roof structures intertwine at the point of arrival in the tasting room.
The public space opens to the vineyard and valley to the north, south and east with a structural system of wood and glass. Two large sliding doors centered in the bar of the tasting room take the vineyard into space, but also serve as a passive cooling system in the summer when used with the openings in the upper window.
The interior presents a discreet and simple approach made of polished concrete, exposed wood and a modern fireplace made of concrete, as well as glass walls that allow the interior to melt with the outside or vice versa in an attempt to keep them connected.