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Concrete Construction, Where Good Taste and Elegance Reign Supreme

By • Jun 21, 2018

This wonderful single-family residence located in Tapachula, southern Mexico, was mainly built with concrete. It not only seeks to combine its design with nature, but also to generate different conceptual textures.

View of the back garden with pool
Pool with wooden terrace

The project was led by architect Alejandro Paz of the architecture firm Paz Arquitectura in 2016, and has an area of ​​730 square meters. It has comfortable environments and plenty of space. Other materials used in its construction were wood, stone, and glass to emphasize the relationship with the exterior.

Pool
Terrace with outdoor furniture
Modern dining room in deep blue

On the first floor there is a social zone between the family and their guests. On the second floor is the private area. However, the materials and all the features described above were replicated in the room and bathrooms. At the center of the house, under one of the large cantilevers, a pool was placed, giving freshness to the overall composition.

Wooden stairs with glass wall
Tall wooden table with modern chairs

The sector where the house is located is known for high amounts of rainfall, hot weather and high levels of humidity. The purpose of the design was to generate enough openings to dissipate the differences between the interior and the exterior in order to encourage owners to enjoy the advantages of climate and vegetation.

Dining at night hours
View of the dining room from the outside
Night view of the entrance
Night view of the exterior
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Imposing Construction in the Middle of Arizona Desert

By • 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.

Total view of the house from the pool area
Diagonal view of the modern roof

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.

Pool area with terrace
Front view of the main entrance
Modern interior of shared environments

Other features include the interior spaces arranged around a central open-air atrium, allowing daylight and breeze to provide natural interior comfort.

Living room with glass walls
Sober and elegant lounge
Modern dining room in wood
Room with desert view
Wooden bed with concrete walls

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

Rest area with views
Elegant room in beige tones
Modern bathroom with wooden furniture
Bath with glass wall
Modern study
Night view of the main entrance
Night view of the exterior
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Adam Kane Architects Complete a Contemporary Project in Blackwood, Australia

By • Jun 19, 2018

This building complex resembles, by its exterior shape, a farm, and goes in perfect harmony with the landscape that surrounds it. It exteriors of compressed cement and corrugated metal give it a very modern and fresh touch.

View of the annex from the distance
View of the main house through the annexes

Designed by the architectural firm Adam Kane Architects in 2016, this simple but beautiful project of only 93 square meters is located in Blackwood, Victoria, Australia.

Space between annexes

Surrounded by extensive green areas, this project was built next to the pre-existing central house and thus creates a sense of community among them. The design is based on two simple modules that serve different functions. One of them is a painting studio, and has a small terrace which can be accessed directly and used for those moments when we seek to rest and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. It has vertical glass windows that allow the perfect, natural lighting of the space, something particularly important as the room is meant to be used as a painting studio. The other module serves as a garage area.

Annex detail
Inside vertical window

When we enter the studio, we can see that the white walls and high ceiling of the small space serve to make it look larger, and a thin line of light in the ceiling serves to give the space a very modern and current touch.

Interior space of the painting studio
Ceiling details
Thin ceiling light
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A House Designed for the Retirement and Relaxation of its Owners

By • 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.

View of the area in the mountains
View of the house on a hill

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.

View of the construction surrounded by mountains
House with wonderful views of the mountains
View of the construction in different levels

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.

Side view of the construction
House with covered terrace
Interior fully clad in wood
Kitchen wooden dining room
View of the living room from the kitchen
Living room with fireplace
Dining room with glass walls
Night view of the exterior of the house
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Shelter in the Mountains for a Family that Loves Nature

By • Jun 15, 2018

This beautiful house seems to be taken from a fairy tale; it is surrounded by beautiful dense mountains of trees and both its interior and its exterior are completely covered with fine wood, which gives it a warm and welcoming appearance.

Exterior view of the wooden house

It is located in Dongguan, China, has 380 square meters and was designed in 2017 by Fangzhou Song, Xiaoxin Yin, Yinghua Wen, Jiancong Luo, and Cihang Wang, all working for the Credohus architecture firm. This house is the home of a couple with three children, a family with a deep nostalgia for the countryside. The site is surrounded by mountains on three sides. The mouth of the valley looks at a forest of fruit trees, with misty mountains sit as a background far away. The house is built in light wood, the building is made of modified wood, extremely durable that can withstand the humid conditions of southern China.

Internal corridor completely covered in wood
Lounge with high ceiling and furniture in pastel colors
Divided panel

Modern society separates man from nature, while man instinctively produces the impulse to return to it. For this family, returning to earth does not mean that we should totally deny the cities. It is not their intention to stay away from modern cities. They are only trying to distinguish the part in civilized society that invades the original relationships between the human being and nature.

Elevated view of the living room of wooden floors and walls
Large wood-lined kitchen
Wooden dining room with a retro touch
Dining area covered in wood
Dining room with glass doors
Room clad in wood
Bathroom in blue with skylight
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Singular Bungalow Shaped like a Parallelogram

By • Jun 14, 2018

5468796 Architecture designed this spacious bungalow covering a ground area of 2,700 square feet in 2015, intended to house a young family of four people. It is located in East St. Paul, north of Winnipeg, Canada. Surrounded by typically suburban homes, lined with stucco, and located in a quiet bay, the house has a private and discreet facade with ample space in the patio and glass walls covering the height of the entire back façade that opens on the backyard full of trees.

Exterior view of the bungalow surrounded by tall trees
Front view of the bungalow

On the outside, the house is covered with vertical wood paneling dyed in a natural way. A wood-clad ceiling extends over open patios and hidden porches to complete the parallelogram, supported by a series of U-shaped Cor-ten steel columns that project views into private rooms and evoke the support of existing trees on the site.

View of the entrance with glass walls
Side view of the bungalow facade
Exterior details
Forest seen from the bungalow

A simple and muted palette highlights the interior volumes, with a sequence of light wells and skylights that attract daylight from the main floor to the finished basement. While the client preferred a one-story design, they assumed that their required program would only fit into a two-story house depending on the size of the lot and the recoil restrictions.

Wood interior
Living room-kitchen in modern style
Second level with glass walls
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Wide House of Open Spaces in the Middle of the Forest

By • Jun 14, 2018

This residence, located on a small corner lot in the suburbs of Cary, North Carolina, in the United States, was designed in 2017 by the architectural firm in situ studio. The project, which has a total area of 3,097 square feet, goes from north to south, with an entrance on the north and with an exit directly to the forest with a pond.

Front view of the house with in the middle of the forest
House surrounded by tall trees

The house is divided into two parts: a solid volume for sleeping and an open living pavilion, connected by a glass entrance hall. A walled lawn, a patio, an enclosed porch and a south facing terrace surround the living pavilion on three sides, forming a network of private outdoor spaces overlooking the forest and the pond.

Façade made of glass and wood
Side terraces border the house

The house and the outdoor spaces are built on a concrete base with foundation walls. The volume of the bedroom is framed mainly with wood, and the social pavilion is made mainly of a steel frame. The roof is wide and thin, with four-foot eaves. Although the site is located almost nine feet from the entrance of the access road to the south end, the drive, the garage, the entrance, the walled courtyard, the patio, the south deck, and all the interior spaces are at the same level.

Elevated terrace with natural stone walls
Side façade with details of the walls
Interior spacious and full of natural light
Interior with glass walls
Living room with glass walls
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Prefabricated House with Spacious and Bright Spaces

By • 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.

Diagonal view of the exterior of the house in black
Front view of the house with glass walls

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.

Details of the exterior infrastructure of the house
Interior clad in wood with fireplace
Modern kitchen with inn
Dining area with glass walls
Modern dining room in white
Living room and kitchen area sharing space
View of the exterior through the glass walls
Simple and pleasant room
Exterior night view
Exterior covered with wood
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Log Cabin with Spectacular Lake Views

By • Jun 11, 2018

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.

Exterior view with wooden floors and relaxation areas
Lake view from the terrace

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.

Casual dining on the terrace
Interior view through glass walls

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.

Interior with informal decoration
White fireplace and wooden floors
Room with bunk beds
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Spectacular Project Undertaken by Architectural firm Martin Ferrero Architecture in the Yucatan Peninsula

By • Jun 11, 2018

A hybrid house by design, this project was undertaken by architectural firm Martin Ferrero Architecture, led by its professional architect Daniel Martín Ferrero. It is located on an island in the Caribbean Sea, near the Mexican Yucatan peninsula; its exact location, however, is not one that we can share publicly.

Spectacular panoramic view of the project
Aerial view of the project

It was ordered by a Swiss client with the intention of creating a home that was the definitive fusion of art, nature, and architecture. The client was specifically inspired by other architectural works, most notably House Fallingwater – by Frank Lloyd Wright – and Farnsworth House – by Mies van der Rohe. He wanted to adapt the architecture and language of the projects “Xálima Island House” and “Pabellón del Agua” to a Caribbean island where the Mesoamerican culture could be seen in all its splendor.

Aerial view of the modern project

This was all done in order to create a vocational home where the owner could experience a true tropical paradise and pay homage to the arts. It is a symbiosis between the environment and the artifice of the human race, where nature, steel, wood, and glass combine to create an architectural style that is dedicated to the human senses.

The project greatly appreciates the abundant vegetation
Spectacular construction over high rocks

The design investigates the potential of the fusion between the ancient Mayan architecture and the treatment of the fluid spaces of the modernist design. This gives way to a project that rewrites the traditions and vernacular of the modern elements with contemporary construction.

It specifically occupies a space of 26,000 square meters, with a total area of 42,500 square meters. Each of the twelve bedrooms – each roughly one thousand square meters in size – offers all of the commodities naturally associated with a luxurious a project as this.

Multiple terraces with pools and relaxing areas
Terraces with natural pools and resting areas
Terraces of modern and elegant design
Open areas with marvelous gardens
Open areas
Large interior filled with light
Interior full of elegance
Interior in which the different levels are appreciated
Area with glass walls
Interior with excellent design
Luxurious details
Interior open to external gardens
Nocturnal view of the area
Marvelous exterior views in nocturnal hours
Spectacular modern design
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Located in an Area of Low Population, this House has Local Details that Offer Privacy

By • Jun 8, 2018

Located in a cold, mountainous area of the city Bukan, in Iran, this large house of 592 square meters shows a different design but with local details such as minimum number of openings and maximum use of rock.

Front view of the house with stone walls

The design was overseen by the architectural firm Shoresh Abed in the year 2017, and is represented by collage-type volumes of simple spaces with direct lines.

Full frontal view

The home makes use of the mountainous rocks of one of the neighboring towns, as the dominant historical material of the region, to cover the ground floor, the patio and parts of the first floor. Fiber cement, which, unlike rocks, was an industrial material imported from Belgium by the entrepreneur, was used in other parts of the building. It acts as a counterpart for natural rock. There are fiber cement bonding pieces with aluminum puncheons with traces of rock that infuse a sense of coldness in the building.

Diagonal view of the construction
View of the interior of the kitchen with wooden floors and walls

The entrepreneur wanted to design a closed exterior façade with a small number of openings due to the steep slope of the eastern road—largely because of the nearby pedestrians, who could otherwise see the interior parts of the home. In order to do this, they decided to install flexible and fixed wooden shutters in the openings of the main wall. This also allowed the inhabitants to have enough light in the inside of the home.

Exterior view during night hoursTerrace with views of the outside of the area
Exterior view during night hours
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Wonderful Remodeling of a House Dating from The 40’s

By • Jun 5, 2018

This old house from the 40’s belonged to two sisters who had lived there for the past 60 years and who, despite the passage of time, had done everything they could to keep it well maintained and in good condition. As part of their efforts, they even kept records of the home repairs that were performed, such as a biannual repainting.

Exterior view where we can appreciate the new and the old
Details of the old bricks that were preserved

The design was completed by Nathan Porter and Jake Kelly, both belonging to the architectural firm Porter Architects, in the year 2017.

It covers 292 square meters and is located in Ballarat, Australia.

Games area

The plan was to create two architecturally delineated areas, the original front with bedrooms, bathrooms and a study, leading to a contemporary extension with natural light. The existing hardwood floors that were in perfect condition at the front of the house were combined with recycled boards.

Internal corridor with wood lined walls
Living room area open to the garden
Area with fireplace
Modern kitchen in wood
Minimalist kitchen in wood and marble
Minimalist kitchen

Large windows open onto a back patio facing north, allowing us to observe the wonderful views of the city from there.

The bricks recovered from the 1940s were placed in a contemporary pattern to continue the union between the old and the new.

This is how the owners are sure that the remodeling has been worth it, and that it has exceeded their expectations for their home.

Modern dining room full of light