This project located in Sancheong-gun, South Korea has, among other things, spectacular views over a landscape of green mountains and a fantastic lake, which give its inhabitants an immense sense both of peace and tranquility.
As a curious fact I mention that the reservoir is artificial, as the lake in front of the site (which measures over 220,000 square meters) is an element of the landscape that did not originally exist. Maybe that is why such dramatic and mysteriously incidental scenes occur around this place, as if it were a place that not even the gods could have predicted.
The architectural firm JMY architects was commissioned to carry the project forward in 2016, led by a professional team composed of the architect Jaemin Yoon and the designer Seongmin Lee.
Being a place with few inhabitants, there is only a sincere dialogue between man and nature. The first method of dialogue was an interpretation of the “limit” where man meets nature. That is why the structure was planned to allow communication between the interior and exterior and between man and nature, through the various gaps that man has created in terms of his position towards nature.
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.
By Magaly • Jul 12, 2018
The objective of this project was to renovate a two-story house that was built 23 years ago. The original floor plan had individual cells and a small living room. The space composed of small areas evoked a closed feeling.
The person in charge of carrying it out was the architect Kouichi Kimura of the architectural firm FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects in 2018. The space of 140 square meters is located in a town in Japan.
A plan was made to eliminate unnecessary rooms and partitions. The entrance serves as an open ground floor that connects the terrace with the living room. In order to expand the visibility and living space, a counter and a raised space were created as a unit that has been built along the wall of the room.
The space seems quiet due to the moderate height of the roof and the dim light. The exposed column in the corridor had originally been hidden, but is now allowed to breathe. The house, which has many years of construction, has been renovated and has become a house with great potential.
By Magaly • Jul 6, 2018
In a quiet coastal town, about 40 kms south of the city of Cape, in South Africa, is this fabulous house of 319 square meters. It was designed by Gustav Roberts, an architect working for the architectural firm SALT Architects, in year 2017.
The house is a three-bedroom detached house located in a private community in the village. The magnificent coastline, mountains and flora provide a warm, welcoming and relaxed environment for the visitors, regardless of the season. This environment was, ultimately, the goal in mind when the property itself was being designed.
The ground floor is a connected space that includes the living room, dining room and kitchen areas. These are differentiated by their ceilings and the way they receive natural light. Each of these spaces opens to outdoor areas, with different degrees of privacy. The living room opens completely to a wraparound exterior terrace on the more public front façade. The dining room is connected to a smaller outdoor area, shielded from the neighbor’s by its high walls; it also has a campfire, around which people can sit and spend time together. The kitchen opens to a narrow strip of outer space that serves as a visual extension.
ZIM arquitextura designed this project of 310 square meters in Tigre, Argentina. Their main desire was to share the space with friends and families. They wanted to live in a house that would welcome and shelter the incoming guests, while at the same time providing the appropriate intimacy.
The heart of the house is the the living room. This is where the family and its guests come together. A large ceiling establishes a hierarchy and provides abundant space, as well as inviting in a great amount of natural light. A stone wall protects this space from the views of the street. A large sliding door integrates the gallery into the interior space of the dining room, creating a unique space for large gatherings where the interior and exterior are mixed.
The house is divided according to its purpose (public, private and services), as well as in different volumes.
The volume of services is cement, harder and more closed, protecting the house from the most punishing hours of sun as well as the view of the neighbors.
The most private volume contains the rooms and is made of wood, warmer.
By Magaly • Jul 3, 2018
Surrounded by a thick forest of lush green trees and located near a golf course in the city of Minamigaoka, Karuizawa in Japan, this fabulous house is characterized by its use of vast and elegant spaces.
The design was completed by the architects Hirotaka Kidosaki and Haluna Kawada, both belonging to the architectural firm Kidosaki Architects Studio, in 2016, and it covers an area of 180 square meters.
One of the design points was to make the building roof lower than the tops of the forest trees so that it coexists with the neighboring buildings.
The owner maintains a busy life as a doctor, and needed a quiet environment where he could get away from the bustle of everyday life for a moment and feel refreshed in nature. His wife also wanted a relaxing house from the visual point of view, where a large living space would be unified with the green of the forest and the environment.
Its interior, of straight and soft lines, is filled with the natural light of the day which flows in through the glass doors that separate the inside from the outside, but that at the same time allow both spaces to merge into one.
Inside, we can walk through the rooms without barriers and enjoy a view from each room.
This beautiful house of open spaces coated in fabulous wood and walls of glass, which lets us clearly set our eyes on marvelous exterior, was undertaken by architectural firm John Wardle Architects. It was designed in 2012 and was built in the Australian city of Fairhaven. In total, it occupies a space of 430 square meters.
This beach house enjoys some beautiful panoramic views of the ocean and the coast nearby, with surfers frequently testing their skills against the waves. It is located in the upper part of the mountain range over Great Ocean Road on the Victorian coast. The proportions, the orientation, and the dimensions of the windows are adapted to the views available and reveal the interior spaces.
Enormous glass walls were installed in the home, both in the main areas – such as the living room-dining room space as well as the kitchen – as in the bedrooms. These Allow the inhabitants of the home to enjoy the magnificent views night and day.
Modern furniture has been employed in every space of the house in such a way that they did not interfere with the views; this allowed the breathtaking sights to be the home’s main attraction. Despite this being the case, however, they are not the home’s only attraction. The modern interior design in which the wood is used extensively adds an indisputable elegance to the home.
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.
View in gallery
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.
This house, built specifically for an Australian family, shows us relaxing spaces that allow us to connect to everyday life and at the same time offering a warm climate lifestyle. Its open spaces, filled with delicate and fine details, allow the air to flow through them and allow natural light to come in, providing clear and welcoming environments to the occupants as well as their guests.
The fantastic project, located in West Vancouver, Canada, was undertaken by the architects Matt Mcleod and Lisa Bovell, working for the architectural firm Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses in 2016 and has an total area of 409 square meters.
The sliding doors without columns in the southeast corner of the house effectively double the size of the living room when they are open; interior and exterior spaces have the same priority. The materials, the shape, and the spatial relationships are intended to evoke the feeling of a beach house: simple, informal and flexible. The dining table and the wood burning fireplace can be turned around to accommodate a variety of arrangements depending on the weather and the number of guests.
The combination of the dining room and kitchen in a single long space allowed for a narrow floor plate and resulted in a generous side-patio area, which is used for cooking outdoors. A reflective pond and a fence on the scale of the house connect this space with an open terrace to the south and a closed garden to the north while creating privacy on the street.
By Magaly • Jun 27, 2018
This imposing and modern construction in the shape of a “T,” that responds to the unique typography of the cliff upon which it is built, is surrounded by a thick pine forest. It is located near the Spokane River, in the city of the same name, in the state of Washington, USA.
The project was undertaken by architect Tom Kundig, in conjunction with the professionals Steven Rainville and Garin Schenk, of the firm Olson Kundig in 2014, and has an extensive area of 5200 square feet.
The house, named “Rimrock,” refers to this type of geological occurrence, with a steep rock wall on the upper edge of a plateau or canyon. The sewing under the house is a natural and pre-existing path for the animals, who use it to move between the mountains and the river. Although the house is now here, great care was taken to ensure that they can still move around unimpeded. The sensitive nature of the landscape, as well as its unique climatic, solar and seasonal conditions, require a careful positioning of the home and consideration of the materials.
The resulting design reverses the typical transparency that one would expect in a home with a large amount of glazing. The upper part of the building, which is usually more transparent, is actually more private. The bottom, the more public family and general meeting area, has more transparency.
A feeling of intimacy throughout the home allows the owner to retreat from what is a spectacular environment, but also aggressive due to the powerful storms, weather patterns, and seasons of the region.
By Magaly • Jun 27, 2018
This house, called Hytte (Norwegian for cabin) is located at the northern end of Nordmarka, Jevnaker Municipality, Norway, in a vast desert full of pine trees that in the winter time dress up in snow and create a landscape that seems taken from a postcard.
It has an area of 100 square meters and was designed in 2017 by the architectural firm Mork-Ulnes Architects at the hands of its architect Casper Mork-Ulnes. The location was chosen for its proximity to Oslo and its easy access to cross-country skiing and fishing, which can be done at Lake Mylla just below. It only takes a few hours to get through inland trails by bicycle or skis, or just over an hour by car.
The “amenities” that the clients requested at the beginning were: three bedrooms, including a bunk bed for children; two bathrooms as efficient as they are small; a small annex for waxing skis, storing bicycles and skis, and a sauna for two people; and connection from the inside out.
The design challenge was to rework the traditional hytte construction so that it retained its utilitarian character: compact, efficient and function-driven. They wanted to create a clean and simple interior, so they used only two materials for the interior: pine and concrete plywood.
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 20, 2018
This impressive construction of modern and daring influences was designed in 2016 by Brent Kendle of the architecture firm Kendle Design Collaborative, together with the interior designer David Michael Miller.
It has an extensive area of 5600 square meters and is located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States, a town that is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurant scene.
The distinctive feature of this house is its floating roof canopy, whose lower part is composed of tectonic forms inspired by local geology and monsoon cloud formations. More than just sculpture and protection from the elements, this awning balances the owner’s desire for grandeur and comfort, starting below the interior spaces and dramatically rising towards the 180 degree view of the mountain. All mechanical and lighting devices are carefully hidden within the fissures of this feature, which allows the shape and materials to be the center of attention.
Other features include the interior spaces arranged around a central open-air atrium, allowing daylight and breeze to provide natural interior comfort.
Natural light makes this house come alive, filtering through carefully articulated cracks or reflected in the strategically located pool, constantly transforming the atmosphere of this house
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 13, 2018
This prefabricated house has been designed for weekend enjoyment. It is composed of 2 modules containing the kitchen, three bedrooms, two bathrooms, laundry room, and all the infrastructure. It has been recently designed by the architectural firm Lazor Office in Ashland County, Ohio, United States. The materials – plywood, pine and corrugated metal and smooth – give the cabin a rustic feel balanced by precise coordination of colors and textures. The natural environment outside slides along a gradual entrance walkway dotted with a thin wooden pole screen.
A porch extends around the module, offering a unique view in the forest. The floor-to-ceiling windows open the main living area around the cabin on each side. Between the walls of the module and the ceiling, a line of windows bring light creating a cheerful and pleasant atmosphere. A chimney rises from the wooden floor, ready to offer warmth in the cold winter months. The kitchen, with white walls and modern furniture, seems to be embedded in the space. In the bedrooms, the sleeping bunks are carved into the plywood modules. Continuing from the walls of the thickest room, the metal fins of the windows are white inside. This allows the bunks inside to be full of bright light.
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.