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 • Sep 4, 2018
This remodeling is of an old house in Seoul, South Korea, that could not function in its entirety due to small leaks and cracks, both inside and outside; the result of carelessness. It was carried out by Lee Ju Young of the architectural firm G / O Architecture.
The large space of 421 square meters was remodeled in 2017 seeking to please the client as much as possible, who wanted a complete renovation where the atmosphere was warm and cozy and oozed a modern style.
It was a typical house in which they were mainly interested in the interior, whether they be as extravagant as marble imported from Italy or not, and had a fantasy of European-style decorations, fireplaces and large chandeliers. And so, they began by eliminating the false decorations that filled this house.
The method of separating spaces from blocked walls to open walls was changed.
In the living room, they installed a square wall with openings at different heights, in the corridor and on the second floor and changed the ceiling. In the room of the youngest son, they also created a cozy atmosphere. It is important to control the degree of privacy of a home to give its occupants safety and comfort.
By Magaly • Sep 3, 2018
The Tube Well House is a project located in Ambajogai, a city and a municipal council, Tehsil and subdivision in Beed district in the state of Maharashtra, India. Completed in 2017, it was designed by Atelier Shantanu Autade, and covers a total ground area of 8,500 square feet.
The project arises from the demolition of an existing structure in the core of the town of Ambajogai, as it was structurally unfit for occupation. Following this, a proposal for a new building sprung up — a maternity home (hospital) suited for the climactic conditions of the area.
A study of the site was conducted, after which it was determined that some existing elements should be allowed to have an influence upon the new construction, such as an old tube well built in basalt and a temple adjacent to the north side of the site.
The interior is characterized by high ceilings, which add to the verticality of the structure. The ground floor is divided into two halves by a passageway which connects the front and back streets. This corridor also serves to connect the exterior to the medical, pathology, and gym areas on the ground floor.
On top of the hospital sits a residence, which is connected to the rest of the building by a staircase, and clearly marked as a separate space.
By Magaly • Sep 3, 2018
This Victorian Residence is the result of the efforts of Nick Lukas, architect part of the team at Architecton, a Melbourne-based architectural firm. The home is located in Middle Park, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, which is situated 4 kilometers south of Melbourne’s Central Business District. The project was completed in 2016, and covers a total ground area of 420 square meters.
The project consists of an addition to a three bedroom private residence, building upon the reputation of Middle Park as home to some of the best preserved and aged architecture in the city of Melbourne. As such, the front façade of the home was left untouched in order to respect this architectural tradition and preserve the historical context of the home, and the addition is located in the back of the original building. The materials used include stone, concrete, and metal, coming together to create a timeless effect.
The addition looks as if it were another building entirely, the styles are so different. While the front has a traditional Victorian front with a delicately trimmed porch, the back is characterized by straight lines and austere surfaces. They are brought together by the interior, which is vast and brightly illuminated, done in neutral tones that bring a sense of serenity and peace to it.
By Magaly • Aug 30, 2018
This property was designed for a young couple with 2 pet dogs, in the city of Dallas, Texas, by the local architecture firm Wernerfield, led by architectural professionals Braxton Werner and Paul Field. It is located in the exclusive Bluffview neighborhood. One of the necessary requirements was that the space needed to have a modern style, while staying within a moderate budget.
The clients wanted large expanses of glass that would open the house to the outdoors, but they also wanted a sense of privacy, a challenging request given that the rectangular construction site was parallel to a busy street. In addition, for an optimal orientation of the sun, the architects wanted to open the west elevation facing the street.
The residence has three modules, each with a different function. The central module contains a kitchen, dining room, and living room equipped with polished concrete floors and wooden cabinets. A retractable glass wall allows the space to be completely open to the outside. To the north there is a two-story volume that houses private functions. A master suite and an office are on the ground floor, and a bedroom and media room are located on the second floor.
The third module, located to the south, contains a garage. A glass-walled lobby with a large front door connects the garage to the main living room.
By Magaly • Aug 30, 2018
This resort, Freycinet Lodge, the only national park resort in Australia, is located between spectacular rock formations in a pure and unaltered environment and completely surrounded by wild vegetation.
Local architecture firm Liminal Studio was tasked with designing Coastal Pavilions, a series of one-bedroom suites that offer a luxurious and immersive experience that is different from the resort’s. Working in conjunction with Tasmania’s Cordwell Lane builders, the architects have designed sustainable-minded pavilions that were prefabricated off-site for minimal impact on the site.
The nine structures take inspiration from their sublime surroundings with natural wood finishes, curved shapes, and full height windows that allow us to take in the outdoors.
The design was inspired by the fluidity and the layers of the coastal rock formations, the coloring of the rich orange lichen, and the shapes of the nearby bays. The exteriors are treated recessively so as not to compete with this beautiful landscape.
The fluid topography of the coast is repeated in the interior design with its flow of walls, surfaces, and carpentry.
The interiors are lined with pieces of Tasmanian and Blackwood oak.
The utilitarian use of natural materials in innovative ways has created a unique atmosphere in harmony with its environment
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.
Located in the populous city of Shanghai in China, this 517 square-foot apartment has been remodeled in a very original and creative way by TOWOdesign, fully following the long list of requirements made by the client.
The entrance of the apartment and the adjacent storage space are covered with a mirror finish so that the brightly-lit house seems more spacious. To prevent these volumes from blocking lines of vision and to create a more spacious feel, the designers have deftly rotated the structures 10 degrees, a move that inspired the name of the project: 10 Degree House. Angled volumes also have rounded edges to reduce their visual weight.
A large window at the end of the living room lets in plenty of natural light. The storage is hidden throughout the department and the lighting is embedded in several areas to avoid visual clutter. Bright glows of color and cured textual elements add interest to the minimalist design.
Some of the original concrete pillars and walls have been deliberately exposed to draw attention to the building’s past. The existing pillars also serve as a reference point for the 10-degree rotation of the volumes.
This imposing and modern building of 697 square meters was designed by the architectural firm KWK Promes in Poland, in 2016. Its architect, Robert Konieczny, and his team of professionals decided to adjust the functions organized by the customer and connect them: entrance, house, and marina. He presents us with the idea of “ribbon”, which spans the entire area. First, from the entrance like a road, then it twists and forms the roofs and walls of the house, wrapping its interior.
Next, the ribbon unrolled, connecting the raised living room with the garden level. Then, wriggling, the tape runs towards the river. Then the road crosses the house. The living room originally ordered by the client was substituted with a parking garage, complete with a glass wall.
The client had his own vision of the interior of the house with the living room on the first level. Furthermore, he wanted to locate a house in the middle of the site, away from the river.
All internal spaces have glass walls which allows indoor and outdoor connection and, at the same time, allows natural light to enter each of the areas of the house.
This discreet renovation of a 1950’s bungalow belonging to a family of 5 is located on the northern shore of Castlecrag in Australia and has an area of 170 square meters. The simple project has been under the direct supervision of the architectural firm Downie North Architects, who have turned a mid-century residence into a spacious home, cozy and full of natural light.
Having previously lived in a large family home, customers were concerned about the “reduction.” However with some minimal modifications, the requirements could be accommodated within the existing building. The design focused on eliminating the unnecessary elements in order to determine a natural place for each space, while raising those functions and creating awareness and connection with the place.
The alteration focused on creating a large open space, housing, kitchen, living room and dining room, which uses key carpentry pieces to create different areas and implicit thresholds that define the lobby, the kitchen, the dining room, and the living room, the pantry, and the study.
The palette of materials is based on the natural environment of Castlecrag: a clean palette of white and gray, the irregular glaze of the ceramic tiles creates reflections, and the red brick recovered that borders the roof makes reference to the house and its surroundings.
The new architectural composition is highly efficient, dynamic but serene
This project, called the tree house, is 8 meters high and boasts a total area of 80 square meters of interior. It is located in a little visited mountain village at the foot of Siming Mountain, Zhongcun, Luting, Yuyao, Zhejiang Province, China and was designed in 2018 by the architectural firm MONOARCHI under the direction of its professionals Xiaochao Song, Keming Wang, Fu Congwei, Yang Chao, Weina Guan, Linxian Luo, Xingyu Gao, Sun Fan, Jing Ya, and Lingling Zhang.
It is divided into upper and lower parts. The lower part is composed of steel support columns, whereas the upper part mainly employs wood. The tree house is located on one side of a dike, surrounded by ancient bamboo forests, facing the old tea factory on the other side of a stream. Part of the terrace hangs over the stream, creating a sensation that the terrace is floating in the water. In addition, since the steel columns are curled up at various points on the ground to minimize the impact on the environment, there is more space available for ground activities.
The town in which it is located rests on the edge of a secondary forest. A small river, dividing the town into two parts, crosses slowly from north to south. The tree house is located on the west bank of the lower stream. Two facing peaks are located east and west of the site, where the green bamboos extend across the hill, creating a friendly and quiet atmosphere.
By Magaly • Aug 23, 2018
This magnificent remodeling of a space with a limited available area, approximately 112 square meters that required the utmost prudence, was carried out by the architectural firm Whiting Architects. It was supervised by its professionals Steven Whiting, Eleanor Eade, and Josie Somerville in the city of Fitzroy, in Australia.
The original cabin was dark, cold and narrow with a staircase in the middle of the already small social area space, accessing your individual room. The goal was to create a functional two-bedroom house with a modest budget. Space constraints, light, and views drove the design response.
The views of the neighboring church and its iconic features are framed throughout the house through windows and skylights placed precisely, creating a sense of connectivity in layers. Framing specific focal points through the interior landscape, both in new and existing areas, informed the response of the architectural design. The operable glazing provides natural light and cross ventilation, while the angled volumes capture a beautiful and changing quality of light.
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Entrance stairs with inclined window
This wonderful house of modern structure is located in a protected area overlooking the the Wade River while it flows into the bay of Arkles, in Whangaparaoa, New Zealand. It was recently designed by the architecture firm Creative Arch and has an area of 248 square meters.
The angular shape of the roof brings together a single-story garage with the bedroom and living spaces on the first floor, folding gently on the rectangular facade of the southeast. A central staircase framed by double-heighted glass works in conjunction with an aligned skylight and void, creating a well of light in the heart of the house on an interior garden.
The Project required a new four-bedroom house, with total privacy from the street and maximum views over the water. The decision to create the angular shapes of this house meets both requirements with a distinctive architectural result.
The building opens to the panoramic views of the cliffs, and at the back of the site, the facades are softened with the careful combination of materials and forms, with generous views that overlook the bay.
By Magaly • Aug 21, 2018
This spectacular home is located in an exclusive area overlooking the bay of Acapulco, Mexico. It consists of a renovation and extension, done in 2016, of a house with an area of 1050 square meters, built in the 1960s. The renovation project was carried out by architectural firm DIANA ARNAU in conjunction with HGR Arquitectos.
The house is located on a rocky and sloping land of 1210 square meters. It has 5 bedrooms, each with closets, bathrooms, and a terrace, a family room, kitchen, living room, pool, outdoor bar, and parking for 3 cars. This gives the structure a total area of 1050 m2, divided into 3 levels to adjust to the topography.
The project consists of 3 volumes. The first top volume is access and parking. When you go down the stairs, you reach the second volume, with 2 levels. On the upper level and through a private terrace you have the master bedroom, whereas the lower level has 2 bedrooms which you enter through a roof terrace. At the end of the terrace you reach the family room, a more enclosed space with a TV, dining table, kitchen, and bathroom.
Descending half a level, you find the third volume. On the top floor you have the main living room – dining room space, which is completely open, and the kitchen. Under this space there are 2 more rooms with their respective terraces and private garden.
The pool area, which has a jacuzzi and a bar, articulates these two volumes.
All spaces are connected by stairs that adapt to the terrain.
By Magaly • Aug 20, 2018
This project is located in a labyrinth of streets and courtyards of Hutongs in Beijing, China, an area characterized by being an authentic urban area. It is surrounded by highways with a width of 20 meters, skyscrapers in constant expansion, and modern blocks. The project has an area of 115 square meters.
The atmosphere of its streets is brought together by a family kitchen, breakfast stalls, public bathrooms and seasonal humidity. As for sound, it is also vivid: chatting with neighbors, selling cigarettes, discussing with passengers. Different dialects, crunching leaves, birds and insects make up an intriguing symphony.
When the wooden door opens, there is a square space surrounded by gray brick walls. Two large ginkgo trees stand in the courtyard; a unique space is created under the trees and on the roof. The design was created by MINOR lab and its professionals Chen Liu, Yi-chi Wang, and Ping-chen Yeh in the year 2017.
The walls on either side of the Hutong prevent direct sunlight from entering, which can be seen as a divider between public and private places. Inside the walls, it is still an interior and closed space. However, the patio lets in the sky, the wind, the sunlight, the air, and the sound.
By Magaly • Aug 20, 2018
With definite lines and style, which result in a design that is undoubtedly elegant, this magnificent house makes us fall in love with each one of its spaces, all of which are wide and open. The property covers a total of 2000 square meters. It possesses a minimalist style in which everything flows naturally and harmoniously, designed by Shanghai Hip-Pop Design Team under the direction of its professionals Tianwen Sun Xindi Cao, Dong Liu, Dejie Zhang, and Youfei Wang.
It is located in Shizi Moutain, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China and was carried out in the year 2018. The objective of this project was to reduce the material cost to the essentials in order to lead to an optimal spiritual level.
In the design process, the building is considered a poetic imagination, and the project conveys a philosophy of facing solitude calmly. A strict commercial tone is deliberately avoided to create a cozy atmosphere where guests can feel at home. Minimalism can easily become cold; to avoid this problem, great attention has been paid to the color and texture of the materials used.
On the one hand, the wood veneer and the floor adopt a very light color, which makes the general atmosphere of the space comfortable. On the other hand, a non-opaque wallpaper is applied so that the light appears soft and warm, thus transforming the space into “very cozy”. The aim was to create a human environment, simple and cozy and, at the same time, full of elegance.
By Magaly • Aug 17, 2018
This project’s design adopted the strategy to clearly differentiate the relationship with the landscape of the living spaces, on the one hand, and the areas of night and service, on the other. It was carried out by the architectural firm Unoencinco Arquitectura in the year 2016 in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Located in the “El Ocho” neighborhood, in a land of incipient consolidation, it occupies approximately half a hectare that presents a style typical of Pampa in Argentina.
Under a covered plan, two “boxes” were measured and placed, divided up with an alternating pattern of vertical and horizontal openings to the exterior. These areas included everything from the restrooms to the bedrooms, as well as the structural support. In the small space between them, the living room is fully immersed with the landscape, allowing us to enjoy it in all its splendor. A gallery that takes a full edge with its full / empty shades acts like bellows that expands outwards.
The space that has an area of 136 square meters has a large terrace that connects directly with the nature that surrounds it. Not a single detail will be missed whilst staying here.