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.
By Magaly • Jul 26, 2018
This unique structure is located in the center of a public garden square commissioned by the City of London Corporation, which has replaced an old gyrometer. It was designed by the architecture firm Make Architects in 2018 and has an area of 325 square meters. The small building is part of a broader civic goal to provide space for events and leisure, improve well-being, and provide natural surveillance.
The new ‘Aldgate Square’ is one of the largest public spaces in London’s Square Mile and enhances the connection of the two distinctive heritage buildings on either side of the square: St Botolph Church without Aldgate and the Foundation Elementary School of Sir John Cass.
It only has one floor on the ground, but has used part of the old underground tunnels to accommodate a basement for plants, house facilities, kitchens, and bathrooms. This has significantly reduced the amount of soil needed on the ground and therefore delivered more public space for the gardens.
The constant temperature of the concrete tunnels also works to help regulate the temperature of the building: the air is extracted through the tunnels and goes up to the cafeteria, heating it in the winter or cooling it in the summer.
In this small apartment of only 30 square meters located in Budapest, Hungary, a system of translucent curtains has been installed. These help to define different areas in this small space without losing its style and elegance. The symbolic separation of functions using textiles in movement combines practicality and aesthetics, resulting in a light and open space that shines beyond its restricted size.
During the renovation, the architecture firm Batlab, who carried out the project through its professionals gergő batizi-pócsi and péter batizi-pócsi demolished all the interior walls, leaving the outline of the apartment intact. An independent block, which includes the kitchen and bathroom, functions as the main space separator, splitting the entrance, the living / dining room, and the sleeping cabin into different areas.
The small space has been intelligently decorated in white, which has visually helped to give a feeling of spaciousness. Its scarce furniture creates comfortable, and at the same time, practical spaces.
This artisan coffee shop that combines contemporary minimalism with traditional Korean aesthetics, is located in Seoul, South Korea and is a project carried out by the architecture firm LABOTORY with the help of its professionals Kimim Park, Jinho Jung and Jiyeon Kang.
The space has only 58 square meters and was previously an electronics store.
To achieve this design, LABOTORY introduced a unique ‘ㄷ’ design in the building with a central court, a theme of the traditional hanok structure (Korean home). In addition, the ‘ㄷ’ structure allows customers to flow through the space from the baristas area to the seating sections, providing stability and space.
The awning located at the entrance of the store, acts as a bridge between the outer and inner sections of the store. the curves of the awning meet the roof of the cafeteria that leads to the heart of the store, where the barista works. The architects tried to use the semi-subterranean space by introducing curves in the corner of the roofs to change the direction towards that focal point of the store. The store’s lighting has also been designed to create a floating sensation.
By Magaly • Jul 19, 2018
This 110-square-meter apartment, designed by architects Ashot Snkhchyan, Armine Snkhchyan and Hayk Zalibekyan, working for the firm snkh studio, in 2018, is located in the lively neighborhood of Yerevan – Cascade, Armenia. It is a firmly neoclassical building from a decidedly Stalinist era.
The first floor is strangely small since it occupies only half of the original apartment that was divided into two parts. There is only the entrance area, the bathroom and the bedroom, which creates a kind of inverted functional scheme, where the active part of the apartment is on the top floor, under the sloping roof. A small balcony of the room is the only point that overlooks the Cascade, where during the warm days there are many open-air concerts. The client wanted a room that could be easily prepared in order to accommodate friends and enjoy the concerts.
The second floor consists of three parts: the main “public space”, the terrace and a room that has a mood completely different from the rest of the apartment. It houses an art collection, TV, and a poker table, as well as many antique rugs on the floor and the room also serves as a guest bedroom. One of the main ideas of the project was to make it possible to merge the terrace, the public space and the room into a space, to create many use scenarios.
The cement floor, the plywood and the bright colors are the main accents of this project.
By Magaly • Jul 19, 2018
This fabulous garden house with arid vegetation is located on an uphill slope property in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. It was designed, in the year 2017, by the architects Aaron Neubert (lead), David Chong, Jeremy Limsenben, Andranik Ognayan and Lusine Madarian working for the architectural firm ANX.
It is located at the confluence of two busy local streets, with close proximity to the constant noise of the 405 freeway, and with captivating views of the Getty Center and the surrounding mountains. The design of this 3,750 square foot home emphasizes the presentation of different views of the site, while also providing the desired visual and aural privacy.
A single floor of spatially contiguous living spaces – placed over a partially underground garage and covered by a bent steel roof – opens subtly to the lush landscape. The height and shape of the roof are manipulated to site-specific solar exposures. A strategically positioned opening frames the Getty Center from the living room, a corner window connects the office to the garden, and another window offers views from the master bedroom.
A full height window allows the dining room to expand into the back landscape, and establishes a connection to the street from the kitchen and the numerous skylights throughout the house follow the path of the sun throughout the day.
23o5 studio, with the work of its professional Ngô Việt Khánh Duy, has designed this house located in Thủ Đức, Vietnam, in the year 2017. The house is designed for young couples, who, after daily external activities, need a quiet and peaceful place to relax. The Hut is located far from downtown, but is located in a developing area. The green spaces disappear due to urbanization, and pose a dilemma when it comes to recovering the balance.
With the ideas that emerge from the traditional Vietnamese spaces of the house, combined with the modernization of the times, owners were given a new idea of space. In the general space, they designed only one main door to get to the house. There are no divisions between the house and the garden, thus giving the impression of being free. Iron shelves were used as a way of positioning between the living room and the porch, but assuring that, at the same time, it did not lose ventilation.
The space of the kitchen is separated, with a small garden where some vegetables are sown for cooking. A small garden like a wind trap circulates the air towards the house. The continuity is long, the bedroom is located at the end of the house accompanied by a garden and the window of the room opens to the natural space.
The unique name of this house – Surprising Seclusion – is given by the fact that, both in the front and in the back, with busy streets and alongside an old house, this house looks inward. It is located in Binchang Rise, Singapore and has an area of 360 square meters. It was designed in the year 2017 by the architects Han Loke Kwang, Chong Wen Jin and Thomas Ong professionals of the architecture firm HYLA Architects. A covered three-volume but naturally ventilated court with a pool becomes the focus of the internal space.
On the side, a sculptural staircase slides from the wall to reach the family room on the second level. The journey continues up another staircase with a stepped planter on the side and illuminated from above.
The entire house is finished in concrete with no shape and gray-faced brick. The main bathroom continues with this theme, with brick openings that allow ventilation but not views. This bathroom, as well as the attic bathroom, has planting areas that offer a green contrast to the gray scheme. The custom storage units in the living room, family and study echo the concrete and brick geometry of the house.
By Magaly • Jul 17, 2018
This imposing construction of large outdoor gardens is located in the city of Medellin, Antioquia – Colombia. It was designed in 2016 by the team of architects Jaime Rendon, architect Felipe Campuzano and architect Clara Restrepo of the architectural firm Jaime Rendon Architects.
It covers an area of 615 square meters and is on a slope, so the construction was built in such a way that it adapts to the terrain. The entire service area of the house is in the first volume, as well as and the main access entryway.
Its interior, with high stone walls and quality wooden floors with spacious and bright spaces that receive natural light through the large glass walls, is exquisitely decorated with modern furniture in which good taste can be appreciated.
The private residence’s staircase connects the entrance hall with the main volume of the house through a central patio that is permeated by the nature of the place. The act of going up and down inside is also a constant experience which explores the relationship between inside and outside, between the place and the architecture, between the rain, the serenity, the light, and the space.
By Magaly • Jul 17, 2018
Located in a private neighborhood west of the city of Mendoza and with distant views of the city in Argentina, this modern construction has 4800 square meters. It was designed, in 2017, by the architecture firm A4estudio under the direction of its architectural professionals Leonardo Codina and Juan Manuel Filice.
It was decided to organize the house into pavilions which would adapt themselves to the different scenarios of daily life. A first pavilion would take care of the common areas: the main room, dining room, kitchen, services, and wine cellar. A second pavilion would house the master bedroom, with additional space that would allow moments of peace and quiet from the rest of the house. Also included are a small living room and office.
The third pavilion would house the mother and her children, organizing three en suite bedrooms and a living space / games room.
These three pavilions are connected by a central space that integrates them, and it also functions as the hall of access to the house, and connecting with a gallery and the exterior garden. These three pavilions can be closed off, allowing for varying states of coexistence.
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.
By Magaly • Jul 16, 2018
This project was carried out by the architect Samuel Dall’Alba, Eduardo L. Maurmann, Elen BN Maurmann, and Paula Otto, working for the architectural firm Arquitetura Nacional in the city of Moinhos de Vento, Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2018.
The space of 700 square meters arises from the need to expand the space of the University of Porto Alegre for its preparatory course.
The existing building had some defining characteristics for the design strategies: three floors without compartments, a private patio, and visual elements for the level of the trees. The architecture project seeks maximum integration among students through large seating areas and stands. On the ground floor there is a reception area, study room, administration area, and a living room. The private spaces in the form of small houses serve both for study in small groups and for parental attendance.
Each of the upper floors has three classrooms, and on the second floor two of them can be combined to form an auditorium for 120 people. The level chairs and the large planes of whiteboards create a horizontal relationship between the teacher and the students.
Lighting plays a fundamental role in the character of the project. The use of LED tubes in different arrangements creates greater spaces and guides the flows.
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 12, 2018
This tourist project built in 2017 was carried out by the architecture firm Atelier Tekuto and its professionals Yasuhiro Yamashita, Ben Matsuno / Atelier TEKUTO and Amami Design Firm. It is located in Tatsugo-cho, Oshima-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, on a subtropical island with 60 thousand residents (the largest island of the Amami archipelago) with a unique culture that is famous for its popular songs and dances.
The complex consists of an administration building with reception and a restaurant, 3 luxury villas and 10 terraced villas. A total of 14 buildings with 23 rooms.
The site slopes down 25m with the calm and intimate path that leads towards the calm inland sea, facing the southeast. Landscaping has restored the original seascape while integrating the structures in the environment.
The pool villas are inspired by the traditional Amamian barns, as well as the traditional local gable roofed houses.
The exterior walls and ceilings are covered with gray-silver wood planks developed for this project.
The terraced villas are located rhythmically, half of which are connected through the terrace to the suite. The ceilings in the restaurant building overlap at odd angles, standing out dynamically, giving the interior space a whirling sensation.
This large lot of 27,000 square meters is located within a small gated community of 8 lots in the town of SMPW near Brasilia, in Brazil. The project had as its premise to achieve a balance between the integration of the neighborhood and the maintenance of the privacy of the inhabitants. For this, the architectural firms Esquadra Arquitetos, Yi Arquitetos, who through their professionals Filipe Monte Serrat, Camilo de Lannoy, Manuela Dantas, Silvana Moraes and Carolina Dumay, worked together in intricate detail in order to carry out the project in 2015.
The living room opens onto the pool; the pool is integrated to the barbecue area and the barbecue area is connected to the kitchen. From the private bedrooms, you can access the patio, from where you can interact with the terrace of the mezzanine. In the courtyard the elements of the building are no longer important; rather, the environment created by the lack of such elements is the protagonist.
The structure has a mezzanine modeled to a room to watch TV, from where you can see the street, the pool and a living room with a high ceiling.
Therefore, the common housing area is defined as a refuge, a living room, facing the street as a place for observation.