By Magaly • 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • 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.
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.
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.
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.
Spectacular Project Undertaken by Architectural firm Martin Ferrero Architecture in the Yucatan Peninsula
By Magaly • 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.
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.
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 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.
By Magaly • 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.
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.
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.
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.
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By Magaly • 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.
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.
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.
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.
This residence has an excellent view towards the mountains, as well as the park that extends to the other side of the mountain. It has been built in the lower part of the mountain, in a red zone, since there is danger of landslides, which is why the structure of the middle of the second floor was made to resist the pressure of the earth due to these natural occurrences.
It has been designed by Keitaro Muto of the architectural firm Keitaro Muto Architects in the city of Gifu, Gifu Prefecture, Japan in 2017, and covers a total area of 162 square meters. Its interior consists of a rough concrete structure, which has a rustic appearance that tries to connect with the exterior landscape.
Part of the level opens to the mountain landscape, as well as the park, through a cantilever. Although some of the interior spaces are not connected to some exterior spaces, an opening was created as a negative-positive relationship to bring them closer to the mountain. This allows all spaces to be easily filled with natural light, and the greenery existing outside the mountain area that surrounds it to be appreciated from the interior.
By Magaly • May 31, 2018
This fantastic and modern house, with spaces that are open and full of natural light, has been designed by the architectural firm Williamson Williamson, under the command of its professionals Betsy Williamson, Shane Williamson, Chris Routley, Paul Harrison, Dimitra Papantonis, Lucas Boyd, Eric Tse and Donald Chong. It is located in the city of Hamilton, Canada, and was created for a young couple and their parents.
The property covers an area of 3800 square feet and its construction was carried out in 2016. The house was conceived as two different residences, each formed in a linear bar that contains the complete program of a home. The parents’ suite occupies the ground floor with the living room and the dining room. The suite is presented as an accessible one-story apartment with additional features to adapt to the specific challenges faced by aging parents.
The main protagonist of the house is the spectacular spiral staircase lined with wood that connects the living room with the master suite on the second floor.
The ground floor of the house is lined with Algonquin limestone, locally extracted.
Radiant floor heating can be used sparingly, in combination with LED lighting, creating a low energy home.
Inspired by the History of 2001: A Space Odyssey, this House Can Show us a Different Face Every Time we Visit It
By Magaly • May 30, 2018
Located in Tokyo, Japan, this building that has been simplified to the extreme was inspired by the story of the 1968 film “Space Odyssey 2001”, in which “Monolith,” the name by which the black extraterrestrial slate is known, first grants “intelligence” to an ape. It covers a ground area of 397 square meters and was completed in 2015. Those responsible for the project – the architects Hirotaka Kidosaki and Satoshi Itasaka of the firm Kidosaki Architects Studio – not only had to comply with the strict laws and regulations for the protection of tranquil urban landscapes, but also their location with differences in the elevation. This was problematic, as it could cause the windows to face the windows of other houses.With this theme in mind, the materials were carefully selected, and the house was constructed with a universal design language using several elements: stone, concrete, steel, and glass panels.
This house, with a balanced and tidy façade, can look different every time you visit it due to the combination of the outer wall of the hot galvanized phosphoric acid steel panels and the black metallic stone floor. That is why the building, despite its simple form, gives people different impressions depending on their point of view, and its appearance has depth and nobility. This house, which is the result of meticulous and detailed work, begins to express its real value only when you enter and experience the space.
By Magaly • May 29, 2018
This house has a sober and elegant decoration that reflects a strong personality.It was designed in 2017 by the architects Hưng Đào and Phí Đình Cường of the architectural firm AHL architects. It covers 235 square meters and is located in Phúc Lợi, Vietnam.The lack of privacy, seen as a deficiency in the design, led them to install shutters and even windows that do not open, but that help create more private spaces without compromising the visibility or freedom of the house. As the project is a semi-detached house, the distance from the neighbor’s house is quite limited, only 3 meters, a narrow distance with side windows that each open to the other home.
The home is characterized by spaces where wood and concrete are seen as predominant materials, and its dark, stylish rooms create a serene space.
It has practical and perfectly delineated atmospheres, full of natural light, where each corner has a functionality.
The house HP6 is not different, nor does it stand out from the urban landscape in general. It is simply one more house; nevertheless, its renewed interior gives a special value to the owner, who uses the interior spaces every day.
By Magaly • May 29, 2018
This house, with a total area of 195 square meters, has been designed by the architect Carles Marcos in 2017. It is located on the southeast slope of Ullastrell, a quiet village about 45 minutes from Barcelona, Spain. An old concrete wall contains the sloping terrain, which is 4 meters above the street. This pre-existing wall became the base upon which the new house was established. It was decided that it would be beneficial to preserve and renovate it, so that it could form a part of the new construction. Designed for a couple, the house needed to be comfortable, affordable, and expandable in the future.
Built with load-bearing walls, the house is projected in two directions. Longitudinally, the sequence of rooms dilutes the general limits of the interior space. In the transverse direction, we seek the maximum permeability from the outside through each of the domestic spaces. This is done to promote the sun’s presence, cross ventilation, and the constant visual relationship with the environment.
The main rooms of the house are organized as a sum of small spaces, where each room is complemented by other spaces of adequate size and proportion for its use. The outer space, which is partially inclined, takes shape as a result of the position occupied by the house on the ground and especially its relationship with the limit defined by the existing large wall.
By Magaly • May 28, 2018
This house was designed for a small family by the architectural firm IDIN Architects, led by the architects Jeravej Hongsakul, Wichan Kongnok and Eakgaluk Sirijariyawat. The home was completed in 2017, and is located in Thailand.
It has a total area of 530 square meters in which there are 3 rooms, including a main room and two rooms for guests or their future children.
There were two other requirements that the client felt were important during the designing process of the home. Firstly, they wanted a large common social area, where the owners would always meet with their friends, something very usual in the lifestyle of the new generation. On the other hand, their privacy was also an important factor they wished to incorporate into the home. As such, the house had to be spacious, full of natural light, and still maintain privacy.