By Magaly • Aug 16, 2018
This home, belonging to a large family of 6, is located in Herzliya Pituach, Israel and was part of a renovation of an old building in which the interior was emptied, a reinforcement was applied, and the structure was expanded using mostly lightweight construction materials. Originally, the building had several rooms on the ground floor, including a stable, and an external staircase led to the second floor, where the main room was located. The architectural firm Tomer Ben Dor was commissioned to carry out the 182-square-meter project in 2017.
The ground floor includes the living room, the kitchen, the dining room, the guest room, the master bedroom with private bathroom, and a shelter that is also used as a closet room. The second floor includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a laundry room. Another bedroom is located in the attic.
The main guide for the design of the exterior appearance was the use of neutral dark tones in order to create a building that fits the shade of tall trees and the surrounding garden. Therefore, the tones chosen for the front of the building were mainly gray and dark green.
Jean-François Crahay & Guy Jamaigne and Solange Dumez of the firm Crahay & Jamaigne were in charge of carrying out this project in 2015. It is a marvelous house of 113 square meters that is located in the area of Thy-le-Bauduin, in Belgium. The project was studied with the interest in sustainable development and energy economy (materials, insulation, and construction techniques), both in the media and in construction methods, for short and long term use.
Given the course of the sun at the back of the lot and the inclined layout, the project proposes a different concept of a traditional habitat. The entrance to the house is made by a semi-buried level in contact with the road (entrance, cellar, car-storage of a car, bicycle and garden) and the living rooms are on the first floor, as are the guest room, kitchen, the dog’s space, and a playground for children. Upstairs, the bedrooms, dressing rooms, and bathrooms, which are allowed access to the back of the garden by a slightly inclined footbridge. The two toilets are accessible from each landing of the staircase.
The building adapts perfectly to the natural slope of the landscape. The landscaping of the surroundings (on the side of the street) allows a space for two or three parking places for visitors.
This design with red brick walls and white perforated brick stairs was designed by the architectural firm Jeremy Steere Architect, led by its professionals Jeremy Steere, Clinton Hartley, and Sphephelo Mhlongo in Mtunzini, South Africa in 2017. It has an area of 75 meters, and its objective was to house 2 teenage children since the existing cabin was too small. The solution was to either build another floor above the existing hut, or find a site on the 900 m 2 property in Mtunzini (120 km north of Durban) to build the 2 rooms that would serve the teenagers.
Finding an alternative place to stay during the construction of an additional upper floor was a challenge, and the bright views of the sea from the top of the site influenced the decision to build the new rooms on the sloping side of the site.
To alleviate the cost of ongoing maintenance, there are no finishes in these buildings. The bedroom tower was built with a common clay-brick cavity, and the spiral staircase with brick cement. The circular walls of the tower also act as the balustrade and the support.
By Magaly • Aug 14, 2018
This small and cozy wooden hut has three levels and is located in Sea Ranch, California, United States, in a lush forest. Its construction dates back to 1968 and has been recently remodeled by the architectural firm Framestudio under the supervision of its professional Chad DeWitt.
The house was intended to exemplify how Sea Ranch’s design guidelines could be used to build a well-designed, low-cost weekend cabin. The footprint of the 20′ x 20′ cabin consists of three levels, which open one above the other, forming a loft space. Due to their elemental design and small size, few of these houses remain in their original state.
The Framestudio team recognized the historical importance of the booth and sought to balance the preservation of the historic fabric while making modifications and updates to meet the practical needs of the new owners. A fully functional kitchen, the space for six people to sleep in, and insurable storage areas were some of the priorities. A scheme was developed that restored many of the original details, distinctive of the design, using wood that had been recovered.
In the kitchen, the lower cabinets were replaced by a more functional design made of birch plywood coated with an ultra black laminate.
By Magaly • Aug 13, 2018
Located in a transitory and walkable neighborhood near a corridor in the urban center of the city of Boulder in Colorado, USA, this modern construction has been dubbed by its neighbors as Space Pod.
It acts as a multipurpose space for a young landscape architect. Inspired by monochromatic black paintings by Ad Reinhardt and Frank Stella, a palette of minimalist concrete, metal and glass material was selected. This project was designed to be built in phases and Space Pod is Phase I. Phase II consists of a single-family residence. The location of each volume on the site was driven by the desire to create a private, sun-filled backyard space, free of large imposing structures.
Adopting a form of unique typology, the lower level of the Space Pod has a garage and a bicycle workshop, while the upper level is a flexible place to work, play and relax. The composition presents subtle textures, perforations and transparencies, which are revealed throughout the day cycle.
The project, which boasts a total area of 800 feet squared, was carried out in 2016 by the architectural firm Studio B Architecture + Interiors and was led by professionals Mike Piche, Ashley Clark and Joey Pruett.
By Magaly • Aug 13, 2018
Located in the city of Austin, Texas, United States, this 8,800 square foot house was commissioned to the architectural firm Forge Craft Architecture by a long-time collaborating general who wanted a well-designed home that could attract a wide range of people within a specific market of luxury home buyers.
In 2016, Forge Craft Architecture, together with its collaborator Camelot Custom Homes, set to work together to create this elegant design of spacious spaces full of comfort and good taste.
The house is organized to optimize the landscape of the site and the panoramic views while offering maximum privacy. The open and airy floor plan connects the interior with the exterior creating lines of vision from the living room to the east facing garden and the western negative edge pool. The most private suites are located on the top floor, away from the public area, and each room has its own bathroom and dressing room.
Materials such as limestone, fiber cement panels and stucco allow the house to blend in with the surrounding landscape while maintaining a modern living environment in the interior.
By Magaly • Aug 7, 2018
Smart Design Studio designed this project located on Crown Street, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and consists of a restaurant in the lower part of the building and five apartments in the upper level. The building is comprised of two different architectural blocks that are nevertheless interconnected with each other.The exterior walls, white and modern in design, are lined in mosaic tiles. Below it, dark glass walls allow us to have a complete view of the exterior from inside the room and vice versa.
Stairs, decorated with mosaics, lead us to the apartments located on the upper floors of the building. There, we can find comfortable spaces where we can feel the simplicity and good taste for design which is present there.
The spacious and bright living room, with furniture that looks very comfortable, welcomes us. The kitchen, perfectly lit by the sunlight that sneaks through the door leading to the terrace, looks small but comfortable and modern.
A wooden dining room with plenty of natural light is located in a corner of the space – without a doubt a simple but charming atmosphere.
The bathroom, decorated in ocher, has been mostly covered by small mosaics that match the colors of the furniture placed there.
By Magaly • Aug 3, 2018
This home was designed for a family that wished to own a minimalist house that could provide separate functional areas for the family members’ activities. It was designed by the architectural firm Thomas Gouws Arhictects, undertaken by Thomas and Sureen Gouws. It is located in a golf estate east of Pretoria, South Africa, and it was built on one of the last open stands in an established part of the estate. It is next to a green belt surrounding the golf course, but is separated from it by a street – the best of both worlds.
It covers a total ground area of 633 square meters and was finished in the year 2016. It possesses spacious recreation areas in the exterior, amongst which we find the pool with wooden terraces and spacious garden areas.
From the outside, a concrete lintel walkway defines the entrance route with the swimming pool on the northern side utilized as visual focal point in the entrance procession. The main house contains the family living spaces and bedrooms, while the outbuilding is a home office space on the ground floor and a guest bedroom space on the first floor. Its spacious interior has high ceilings, which allow the space to flood with light. Its spaces are decorated in a modern and simple style.
By Magaly • Aug 2, 2018
The main idea of this project was to preserve the original nature of the land as much as possible, which included pre-existing topography and stones, creating a minimum occupation house. We look for a better relationship between landscape and architecture.
This project had to be placed in a lot that was somewhat far from the bay. However, it had a magnificent view, encouraging the client to invest in that particular space. Due to the construction of the neighbor’s house, that view was partially lost. The first wish was to recover it. The second desire was to build a contemporary house, with integrated spaces, aligning design and style with efficient technologies.
The objective was to combine passive strategies with new technological systems to have a comfortable and energy-efficient home. To preserve the landscape, the house was suspended, leaving most of the land as a garden. This privileged position on the main floor allowed a great view of the entire North Bay and even the center of the city.
The project, of 340 square meters, is located in a low_density suburban residential neighborhood called Cacupé, in the city of Florianópolis, an island in southern Brazil. It was designed in 2018 by the architect Henrique Pimont of the architecture firm Pimont Arquitetura.
By Magaly • Aug 2, 2018
The main objective of this remodeling was to build another floor, creating a space that would become part of the original building without the other half being affected. The former residence, of 210 square meters and that only had one floor, was part of a terraced house. Certain demands had to be satisfied: only part of the building could be remodeled. The architects had to give it a new, more modern and contemporary look that could distinguish it from the others.
The project, which is located in Caniço, Portugal, was led by architect Dirk Mayer and his collaborators Susanne Selders, Elizabeth Nobrega, belonging to the firm Mayer & Selders, in the year 2017.
The solution was very simple: take the original shape of the ceiling and create a floor above. This created a balance that would give it a rather dynamic appearance.
The balcony provides shade for wide openings and shelter for the outside seating area. The town of Caniço, on the island of Madeira, has a very mild climate throughout the year, so a protected outdoor place, connected to the garden, is where family life is centered.
The lower floor is conceived as an open space for the kitchen, the dining room and the living room, where you can enjoy the light, the green garden and the sea view between the trees and the neighboring houses.
This house, with wide open spaces and full of light, that merges with the nature that surrounds it, is located in Sapucaí-Mirim. This is a city located near Serra da Mantiqueira, a mountain range that separates the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais. The residence is inserted in a natural clearing in the Brazilian forest.
Designed in the early 1980s, this country house was completed in 2014, two years after the death of its designer, architect Paulo Bastos, in 2012, who worked for the architectural firm Paulo Bastos e Associados. The location was carefully chosen by the architect, with absolute respect for the existing vegetation, abundant in Araucárias, large trees indigenous to this mountainous region.
The owner’s request was simple: a four-bedroom vacation home with an indoor pool. The architect organized the program in three blocks of land, which were sometimes connected with internal / external circulations, in a conception that spreads the constructions throughout the land. This was done in an attempt to take advantage of the exuberant landscape of the surroundings in the best possible way.
At the entrance of the residence there is a rectilinear pavilion, which houses rooms, a work-shop and a garage, as well as a home theater.
On a lower level of the dining room / living room area, making the most of the sloped ground, is the heated indoor pool, which is bathed in natural light through the sheds on its roof.
By Magaly • Aug 1, 2018
This small mountain refuge could not be more charming. It is located next to the “old” ski slope, near the border post of Pomezní Boudy in the Krkonoše Mountains of Czech Republic. The architects Petr Kolář and Aleš Lapka, of the architectural firm ADR s.r.o., were in charge of carrying out this project, which was completed in 2016.
The mountain lodge is a wooden structure measuring approximately 5.3 meters by 5.6 meters, with an adjacent steel structure terrace of approximately 5.3 meters by 2.5 meters. It has a corridor, a living room with kitchen facilities, a bathroom, and a toilet. The sleeping space extends on the upper level over part of the living room and the lobby, and is accessible via a staircase from the living room.
The living room has an open roof with exposed beams, with the sleeping space under a protective net.
The structure is embedded in a steep slope facing northeast, right next to a stream. The foundations are concrete springs and the structure on the ground is made of wood. The roof and side facade are blackened aluminum sheet, while the gabled walls are lined with blackened wood. The mountain lodge is alone in a mountain meadow.
High ceilings through which the natural light filters in, illuminating the interior spaces, is the first thing you will notice in this house, which was designed by the architectural firm Amrish Maharaj Architect, and which is located in the western suburb of Enmore, Australia.
This modest and semi-detached house was designed in 2018 and has an area of 160 square meters.
Its design was inspired by the lofts and industrial warehouses of New York City, and the centerpiece is a six-meter vacuum with a large window facing north to capture the best of light and give the house a really amazing factor, with a feeling of space seldom achieved.
Previously, the back of this home consisted of a series of small spaces that included a kitchen, a dining room and a laundry room, which restricted access to the back garden. Being oriented to the south, the spaces lacked natural light, which results in artificial lighting used most of the day. The renovation summary included a large and bright space that includes a loft parent retreat, a well-planned kitchen and a family area that flows into the outer space. The extension also needed to be linked to the original house but not imitate it.
By Magaly • Jul 31, 2018
This new and modern design is a residential complex designed as a kind of puzzle with four buildings of different architectural plans and materials. Located in the district of Perdizes, west of São Paulo, Brazil, it offers people interested in living there the opportunity to choose not only their favorite apartment, but also their favorite facade.
The project was carried out by the architectural firm FGMF Arquitetos, with headquarters in São Paulo, in collaboration with the firm idea! Zarvos. The design presents a sequence of roofs with terraces and gardens in the four modules, which act as substitutes for the backyards of the ground floor. One of the modules, made of synthetic wood, stands out as a suspended sculpture, and connects the building with its surroundings at the same time.
The entrance hall presents a garden full of vegetation and a large panel by artist João Nitsche, made of hydraulic tile. A total of 22 apartments, measuring from 136 to 253 square meters, occupy the other levels, and offer those who are interested a series of spaces full of elegance and good taste.
By Magaly • Jul 30, 2018
This project, carried out by Studio [+] Valéria Gontijo under the direction of Valéria Gontijo, Isabela Moura and Isabela Valença, was divided by the dichotomy between the enthusiasm and the objectivity of the creative process. Designing for an architect, by architects, was and always will be a challenge, since they seek to create a practical, functional and timeless home.
Located in Brasília, Brazil and with an area of 890 square meters, the studio sought an architecture that reflected personal taste but also the desire to simplify the lives of its inhabitants.
Clear volumes and pure geometries gave the design group rationality and harmony. The house was distributed in three blocks: function, connection and permanence. In addition, the consistent application of concrete and wood created harmony, as this uniform materiality creates a sense of integration.
The interior design is marked by personal choices (antiques, pieces chosen during trips, family art). The search for each piece, each painting and adornment gives the project a rare and important uniqueness.
It is a seemingly simple house, but it is one that carries a history full of challenges and efforts, right from its conception, as demonstrated by the carefully chosen lighting design, the effort in the execution of the walls, the mixture of concrete formed in a board, and the stroke of a client-architect.
By Magaly • Jul 27, 2018
Located in an apartment unit in a building dating back to the early twentieth century in the heart of the beautiful city of Valencia in Spain, this apartment presented a challenge during its renovation. Heading the project was the architectural firm Roberto Di Donato Architecture, which focused on the idea of creating modern living spaces that left the existing structure almost intact.
After many years in a state of neglect, the apartment was an empty shell when it was bought by the client, creating numerous opportunities but also challenges for the design team.
Space flows constantly from one area to another, with the separation between night and day areas provided by two tall wooden elements. These custom-designed items also contain the bedroom cabinets and three sets of doors that allow varying degrees of privacy.
The height of the roof was also considered a particularly valuable element in the renovation. The structure of the roof was restored and maintained completely exposed; no element of the new design comes into contact with it, which underlines the respect for the past and also allows us to perceive the full feeling of space and volume of the apartment.
By adding only new essential features, the “wounds” and layers of transformations over the years were carefully preserved and displayed to improve the sense of continuity with the history of the building.
By Magaly • Jul 26, 2018
This construction, designed and carried out by the architect Pedro Geraldes in 2018, is part of a concept of an industrial installation for global energy company EDP. It is meant to act as a base for the observation and control of a dam in case of emergency.
It is located in Ermida, central region of Portugal, in an area bound by a beautiful watercourse and surrounded by a large forest. This contemporary industrial building aims to reinterpret traditional buildings, honoring the name of the location and respecting the materiality of the architectural history of the company.
The construction needed to remain in a high location, protected from floods and allowing a perfect view from the inside to the dam. This made interventions in the landscape necessary, which resulted in a high-level platform and vehicle access leading to the entrance of the building.
The design of an industrial building in a forest area, with some traditional buildings with sloping roofs, made it possible to envision how a contemporary industrial building could fit into this landscape.
The entrance is totally opaque in aluminum, with the exception of two glass doors, while the rear facade is entirely glass, except for the area where ventilation was required.