Exposed Ceiling Beams
This elegant and luxurious home is located in the town of Naples, in Florida, USA, and holds an approximate value of $4.5 million. The home has four bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms, all full of elegance and good taste, and done with materials of excellent quality.
It also possesses an ample and perfectly equipped kitchen that shares a space with a sumptuous living room. Its exterior areas do not get left behind, and boast marvelous social spaces where we can easily spend time with friends and family.
The home’s outdoor living space that overlooks the lake truly captures the essence of the Florida lifestyle. With a private courtyard garden, pool deck, waterfall, large fountain, fire pit, outdoor shower, and fully equipped kitchen and bar area, the homeowners and their guests alike can enjoy resort-like tranquility and privacy.
The home also boasts a game room, a sauna, a wine storage room, and a study that includes a secret room accessed through a built-in cabinet with a passageway to the master bedroom closet.
Everything in its exterior, as well as its interior, speaks to us of elegance and an exquisite good taste, be it its beautiful wooden floors or its molded ceiling crossed by wooden beams, or even its luxurious furnishings that make the home feel cozy and comfortable.
Vancouver-based architectural firm Leckie Studio Architecture + Design founded the Backcountry Hut Company in 2015 to provide nature lovers with the opportunity to build their own flat eco-shelters with little or no ecological impact. Founders Wilson Edgar and Michael Leckie drew on the IKEA Company’s idea of delivering affordable and well-designed products for the masses.
Instead of providing flexible furniture for small apartments, it focuses on creating simple recreational structures that can be installed in virtually any remote location and allow you to increase the space as much as you want.
It has two styles from which you can choose the one that best suits your needs and desires.
The Backcountry Hut is designed for flexibility in recreational use, suitable for the outdoor enthusiast, outdoor clubs, alpine associations, and backcountry lodge operators. The Hut is designed for a more accessible construction of temporary or full-time residence and operation in remote areas, with the idea that it is easy to assemble through the collective ‘barn-raising’ process. The design is adaptable to larger groups of people or individuals, and is suitable for small communities interested in the principles of self-assembly housing.
The small and adaptable structure of the Frontcountry Hut is adaptable for urban living, as well as anywhere that is accessible by road, and can be seen as part of the Tiny House Movement. The dwelling system affords the opportunity to furnish the modular prefabricated shell with a customized interior that supports full time residential occupation with a full bedroom and kitchen design, or as a studio for a live / work space. The Frontcountry Hut emphasizes sustainability in the materials, prefabrication, and construction processes of the house, as well as the principles that inform minimalist living.
Innovation Campus Where Entrepreneurs, Engineers, and Policy Makers Innovate to Support the Green Economy
By Magaly • Dec 4, 2017
The La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC) is an interdisciplinary center where entrepreneurs, engineers, and policy makers innovate to support a green economy, one that improves human well-being and social equity while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcity. The center is located in the city of Los Angeles, California, USA.
The campus comprises 3.2 acres (61,000 square meters) and was designed in the year 2016 by the architectural firm John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects. The building has a variety of spaces, including offices, conference rooms, laboratories, prototyping workshops, and even a space for events with a capacity for 140 people.
In contrast, the interior is designed to be modern, clean, flexible, and adaptable, using a palette of inexpensive yet dynamic materials. Construction complies with new CAL-Green environmental standards, and LEED-Platinum status is anticipated.
In its interior, its high ceiling holds multiple skylights that allow the light to flow in and to flood the spaces, thus granting the building a way to significantly lower its energy consumption.
The reception lobby of the building is a modern and open space where a vertical garden fills the room with greenery, marveling those lucky enough to glance upon it.
“Innovation campus where entrepreneurs, engineers, and policy makers innovate to support the green economy”
By Magaly • Nov 30, 2017
Villa Slow, located in an area surrounded by thick vegetation, has been designed to accommodate people who enjoy direct contact with nature. This includes couples, families with children, and people that just want to be surrounded by friends.
The house is located in a very special natural area known for its spring water, and thus Villa Slow has its own source of clean water.
This magnificent refuge in the mountains of Valle del Miera, Cantabria, Spain, is designed and built with great attention to detail by the architectural firm Laura Alvarez Architecture.
The house is very respectful of the environment that surrounds it. Its design is based on the traditional typology of a Casa Pasiego (name given to the typical houses of this region of Spain), but with a contemporary touch. The rough but charming exterior with stone walls and roof contrast with the delicate structure and wooden details of the interior.
Two large panoramic windows in the living room facing in opposite directions allow us to gaze upon the beautiful scenery of mountains, clouds, and trees. The wonderful landscape of the exterior can be enjoyed in the comfort and warmth of the home’s interior.
It also pays special attention to sustainability and is qualified as a passive house. Among its many details, it has a heat pump, underfloor heating and insulation, and high-quality windows for minimum heat loss.
All electronic devices are A +++ (appliances with minimum energy consumption). The high-performance glass heats the interior in the winter and the large wooden shutters protect it during the summer from heat gain. All the materials used to build Villa Slow come from the Cantabria area.
By Magaly • Nov 29, 2017
This magnificent and cozy mountain apartment is one of a group of five luxurious apartments with high quality services that have been beautifully designed in a mountain style by SAMDECO in Les Arcs, a ski resort located in the Tarentaise Valley town of Bourg-Saint-Maurice, France.
The furnishings were chosen for their design style and their high level of quality, very fitting of a mountain interior. For example, the dining room table is made out of an oak base, made up of two blocks with rough borders and refined wrought iron legs which come together to create a unique sense of style through a play of contrast.
Each room displays a different and specific décor. The main suite combines styles by bringing together a cushioned leather bed frame and glazed glass door armoires. The other bedrooms display styles fitting for children or grown ups, with a systematic approach to high quality materials, or details that will mark the difference. All rooms also boast fantastic views over the mountains that surround the apartment, creating spaces that not only offer luxury and comfort, but also moments full of relaxation. Wood, one of the predominant materials, adds warmth to each of the spaces.
By Magaly • Nov 29, 2017
This wonderful country home with a truly lovely rustic touch is located in Treviso, an attractive town in the region of Veneto, in the northeast of Italy, a region mostly known for also being the home of the beautiful and glorious Venice. It covers a total ground area of 450 square meters and was renovated and expanded in 2013 by the architectural firm zaa and their partner Mogs srl.
The new expansion area connects to the natural landscape, visible through the large glass windows, as these turn almost invisible, giving spectators the impression that they’re in direct dialogue with their surroundings. From the exterior, the glass reflects the structure’s natural environs, turning the home into a part of it.
The home, set into the lush green foliage of the fields that surround it, meld into them. In the interior, the home’s rustic terracotta floors give it a country touch, making it cozy and warm, recalling as it does old family homes. The modern furnishings fit perfectly with the rustic details, without creating any type of visual discord. The kitchen, in stainless steel, is modern and comfortable, offering an ample selection of storage spaces.
By Magaly • Nov 29, 2017
A Casa, Museu do Objeto Brasileiro – or The Home, Museum of the Brazilian Object – is a project designed to serve as the home for this non profit organization in São Paulo, Brazil. The structure was designed by Perkins+Will, an American architectural firm located in Chicago, Illinois in 2014.
The new building houses an exhibition sector for artisanal, semi-artisanal, or industrial objects as an expression of culture, with a clear and strong focus on objects from Brazil. There are even plans for the organization to expand and found centers in other countries, thus expanding the scope of dissemination of information about Brazil and its situation.
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The building has an interesting location, as it is on Avenida Pedroso de Moraes, near the Tomie Ohtake Institute, and sits on a corner that connects the residential area of the Pinheiros neighborhood with an established commercial zone.
The structure is modern and stylish, surrounded by a landscaping program that makes it look friendly and inviting. The interior is done with a minimalist style in mind, with stark white walls and rich wooden floors, creating a blank canvas against which to display objects from Brazilian culture and tell the story that the non profit seeks out to tell.
“Ken Gallery Cafeteria”, a Tribute that Mineko San, Renders to her Husband, the Amateur Photographer Kenkichi Tanaka
By Magaly • Nov 28, 2017
This project is a tribute to the amateur photographer Kenkichi Tanaka, who worked for the Tokushima prefecture in Japan and was loved by all. He left his wife this testament to be led by her who, with the help of the architectural firm Arbol Design, turned it into what it is today. “Ken Gallery Cafeteria”, where Mineko San offers her guests local food and where the photos taken by Kenkichi Tanaka are displayed.
Some clients came to visit the place from far away and regretted having no place to stay. Because of this, Kenkichi Tanaka’s wife decided to build a small guest house that, following the rules of traditional Japanese space, can be used for various purposes such as bedroom, dining room and living room.
The house is within walking distance of the entrance, due to the large space allowing it. It was located right in the center and wooden paths were placed on both sides. In the exterior, gravel was used and its surroundings were largely untouched, so that the people who go there can feel nature and its essence closely.
By Magaly • Nov 27, 2017
This cow barn, located in the vicinity of Basel, on the foothills of the Jura, in Switzerland, was designed by the architectural firm F.A.B. + Forschungs + Architekturbüro AG. The project covers a total ground area of 2,000 square feet, and was completely finished in 2005.
The project’s main motivation came from a change in business direction in the existing farm. Its owners decided that they would make the change towards an increased production of milk, which therefore raised the need for the construction of a new cow barn.
They wished to build a cow barn that would blend seamlessly with its surroundings, remaining organic while still serving its purpose of housing the milk cows for the dairy farm. Nevertheless, they wished for it to represent the strong industrial character of agriculture, and so stand on its own against the surrounding rural landscape.
The interior is characteristically rustic, as befits its purpose, with walls made out of branches which allow for easy ventilation and illumination. The light seeps into the interior, creating a play of shadows on the floor, a lovely welcome to whomever comes to visit the interior of the cow barn. The setting is finished with a wooden ceiling with exposed beams.
A Peaceful and Serene Interior is Presented to us in this Atelier that Creates Custom Flower Arrangements for Party and Event Spaces
By Magaly • Nov 24, 2017
Gigi Verde Kobe is an atelier that creates custom flower arrangements for party and event spaces, in addition to serving as a lovely flower shop. It is located in Chuo-ku, a ward of the city of Kobe, in Hyogo Prefecture, Japan, and covers a total ground area of 76 square meters. The shop was designed in 2017 by SIDES CORE, a Japanese architectural firm originally founded in 2005.
The interior is peaceful and serene, an open floor plan that allows all space to be visible upon entrance. An abundance of natural light seeps in, as well, making the interior luminous and tranquil. Flower arrangements dot the space, granting it subtle touches of color and vibrant life.
The counters and other pieces of furniture are movable, which grants the space an extra degree of flexibility, something invaluable for both owner and customer, as a new arrangement might just bring them an unexpected and happy surprise on a subsequent visit.
Exposed concrete ceiling beams, rough in texture, give this interior a touch of rusticity that reminds us of how earthy flowers truly are. The juxtaposition against the overall elegance of the space, however, imitates the works of art that some can create with elements from such rustic beginnings.
By Magaly • Nov 24, 2017
This project, carried out between 2014 and 2016 by the architect Guilherme P. Franzoi, part of the team at the architectural firm 151 Office Arquitectura, is located in Xangri-Lá, Brazil. It covers a ground area of 720 square meters, with 224 square meters of construction.
The main idea of the project was to give a beach house a country air. The result is an open house that maintains its privacy, in addition to providing some natural light and ventilation in order to avoid the use of air conditioning, as well as energy saving through the use of LED technology in all rooms.
With this in mind, concrete walls were built in a rustic style that offers an advantage in terms of low maintenance and thermal performance. On the ground floor, we find the social part of the house, which has a sink, as well as an area with a fireplace installed to serve both the TV room and the dining room, in order to keep both rooms warm in the winter. The kitchen is integrated into the space through a gourmet island. The dining table provides the perfect space for entertaining family and friends. The house has five bedrooms that are located on the second level, accompanied by two bathrooms. The land has a large patio, with abundant vegetation, and a pool with gas heating, in addition to the parking, which has capacity for 5 cars.
Small Module built in the Interior of an Old Barn with Wonderful views of the Myrkdalen Valley in Norway
By Magaly • Nov 21, 2017
This villa is located in a dream setting in Myrkdalen, a ski resort in Norway, with spectacular views over the valley. It was remodeled in 2016, as it had been abandoned for a long period of time. As such, it had fallen into disrepair and had deteriorated due to the passage of time.
The firm OPA Form was in charge of the remodeling work, carried out by Marina Bauer and Espen Folgerø, who managed to create a new world in a space of only 25 square meters. The result is a small module inside the old granary that provides all the comfort that may be needed to sleep well, a refuge that lovers of the sky, nature, and mountains will enjoy to the maximum.
It is a small space completely covered in wood, warm and welcoming, and from where guests can enjoy the wonderful and unforgettable views that the snowy mountains provide. Without a doubt, a unique spectacle.
Seen from the outside, there are only small signs of transformation. Once inside the stable, we find an authentic interior with rough surfaces, a space formerly used to house cattle. However, through the space we can see the new addition with a circular entrance. It is a space designed to offer guests a stay filled with comfort and relaxation, something that they will certainly appreciate.
By Magaly • Nov 15, 2017
This unique beauty salon, an old store that had stood at this site for more than 50 years, is located on a main street full of shops in the city of Nagano, located at the intersection of the Chikuma and Sai rivers, in the island of Honshu, in Japan.
In addition to serving the function of a beauty salon, the client required a wide range of other features, such as a space for the sale of various products, an exhibition hall, a study room, and a space to host events for the community. Therefore, one of the main objectives was to ensure the flexibility to respond to these diverse functions by eliminating the partition walls that had divided the structure into smaller spaces.
The architectural firm Poten-Poten was commissioned to carry out the remodeling of this space of 68 square meters, under the leadership of its architects Junki Kato and Kiyonori Sugiyama. The project was completed in 2017.
The architectural firm’s intention was not simply to decide what parts of the existing building would be maintained and which would be replaced; their objective was something intermediate, to mix the contrast between the old and the new to create something unique and timeless.
By Magaly • Nov 6, 2017
This wonderful reform has been made using almost exclusively hammer and chisel, eliminating the existing false ceilings of the old construction, something that is very useful in order to check the state of the structure and increase the free height and unnecessary partitions for the new program. This has allowed the architectural firm to invest all their allowed budget in improving energy efficiency.
With a very limited budget, the architect Carles Oliver was able to take full advantage of the wonderful details of the existing structure. The project came out to a grand total of €18,000, €12,000 of which has been invested in improving the energy efficiency of the house (insulation of the roof, made of 10cm thick natural cork and pellet stove) and €6,000 in interior renovation.
It is located on the beautiful island of Palma de Mallorca, capital of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands, on the coast of the island of Mallorca, in Spain, and has an area of 105 square meters of construction. The project was completed in 2016.
The beams, the girder, and the 3 inclined courses of sandstone that show how the structure of a pre-existing porch was reused to support the new roof of the house at the end of the 19th Century have been exposed in the room. Nothing was thrown or removed, only reused and placed somewhere else.
Without a doubt, the result is a unique place, full of charm and warmth.
By Magaly • Nov 3, 2017
The architectural firm, Kishimoto Himeno Architects, has designed a house in Sirahama-cho with a primary interest in preserving the views of the Pacific Ocean from the site along the Japanese coast. Some of the elements of the ancient structure existing in the place remained intact in the reconstruction of the new design in order to create a home that reflected the serene tranquility of the water.
Inside, an open floor allows the family to meet in virtually every space and enjoy the wonderful views of the ocean without any obstacles.The different elevations of the terrain required a design that would adapt to them in a natural way. As space moves farther into the structure, the height from the floor to the ceiling decreases gradually, moving away from the open views to the outside and increasing the sense of personal privacy. For example, in the master bedroom, the low ceilings create a comfortable and intimate atmosphere.
Despite being a small space, the large glass walls and the skylights installed in the ceiling of the house allow natural light to flow in, making the space seem larger. With the idea of the family enjoying themselves together in mind, an attached outdoor area was planned where the family could enjoy meals and gatherings while maintaining accessibility to the kitchen and preparation areas.
The Anfrum Hair Salon is a project completed by Hidenori Tsuboi Architects in 2017, and covers a total ground area of little over 55 square meters. It is located in Uehonmachinishi, in the Chuo Ward of Osaka Prefecture, Japan. The hair salon is run by the business’s female owner, and is surrounded by many old wooden houses.
What’s so unique about this space is the fact that it is no ordinary hair salon – it is constructed in order to provide an individual, one on one experience to each and every customer. As such, the client wished for it to be designed in such a way that customers would feel free to walk around and enjoy each space, instead of simply sitting at the hair styling chair for the entire duration of their visit.
A large wooden table sits at the center of the space, providing customers a place to sit and wait while they read magazines, drink a cup of coffee, or engage in consultations with the hair stylist. The remainder of the space is designed with an open plan, and it is not subdivided by partitions or walls of any kind, providing the salon with an spacious aura of serenity.
By Magaly • Oct 27, 2017
I can imagine myself sitting in this wonderful log cabin, in the warmth of its fireplace, with a steaming cup of good coffee and enjoying the wonderful views of the lake and its green surroundings. Who wouldn’t enjoy a few days relaxing in such a wonderful place?
The beautiful and rustic exterior, of raw wood walls that fit and fuse perfectly in a failed attempt to go unnoticed amongst so much beauty and not steal protagonism.
This wonderful cabin, designed by local firm Pearson Design Group, is located in Montana, U.S.A. A state of the western region of the country, an unusual place where a person can slow down their pace of life and enjoy the magnificence of the American West and its unique environment, one of the largest unassuming treasures of the United States in landscapes and wildlife, and has a mix of modern and traditional cultures.
The interior, rustic and full of charm, makes us feel as though we were a part of the wonderful exterior, what with its mountain style, and reminds us at every moment of the amazing place where we are. It allows us to enjoy it from the inside, in the comfortable warmth of the home, through its glass walls. I cannot think of a better place, at night time, to sit outside and enjoy a wonderful sky full of stars.