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School in Switzerland Built with Materials of Low Environmental Impact

By • 18 hours ago

In the year 2017, the architects Basil Spiess, Silvia Weibel Hendriksen, Martin Zimmerli, David Brunner and Angelika Marxer working for the architectural firm Skop completed this project of an educational center located in a residential district in Port, Switzerland. In total, it covers an area of approximately 3570 square meters.

Aerial view of the construction

With its characteristic folded roof structure, the school makes a reference to the sloping roofs of the surrounding houses, the rural history of the region, and the gentle hills of the Jura Mountains. Located on a gentle slope, the building takes advantage of the topography and links several outdoor spaces according to the different access routes of schoolchildren. While the ground floor is used for administration of the faculty, workshops, a school kitchen and the back of the rooms of the house, the first floor consists of nine classrooms and three kindergarten units.

View of the main facade

The superior rooms naturally benefit from the spatial qualities of the folded roof. Each classroom seems to be an independent house, creating a cozy and homelike environment for children.

Side façade with wooden walls

The main structure of the school is a prefabricated wooden construct. Wood is used as the only construction material, and is also present in the façade and interior. All the wood used comes from sustainable forestry. The other construction materials are non-toxic disposable products with low environmental impact.

View of the units in which the construction is divided
Interior with concrete walls and floors
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After its Remodeling this Floor Shows Modern Environments and Full of Natural Light

By • 2 days ago

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.

View of the social areas of the apartment

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.

Dining room sharing space

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.

Dining room with terrace
Wooden stairs connect the levels
Room with convertible furniture
Room with convertible furniture
Room with balcony
Room in intense colors
Independent study area
Independent study area
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Spectacular Construction in the Heart of Bel Air, California

By • 2 days ago

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.

Aerial view of the project

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.

View of the project on the hill
Main facade of concrete and wood
External wooden walls

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.

Main entrance with arid gardens

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.

Concrete terrace
Living room with sofa in gray leather
Open spaces with wooden floors
Study room with glass walls
Studio with wooden floors
Modern and spacious kitchen
Large kitchen and full of natural light
Modern dining area
Large bathroom in white and brown
Night view
Exterior view at night
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Unique Construction Designed by HYLA Architects

By • Jul 18, 2018

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.

Front view of the entrance

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.

Modern and elegant interior
Open dining room area
Modern dining room and kitchen in black and white

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.

Stairs with gray brick walls
Open stairs with high ceilings
Stairs with planters
study area with bookcase
Study furniture details
Bathroom with interior garden
Modern bathtub in white
Shower area with flower pot
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Magnificent Construction with Stone and Wood as its Main Elements

By • 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.

Side view of the construction

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.

Diagonal view of the construction and its gardens
Front view of the construction with its unevenness
Staircase area with glass walls

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.

Modern and elegant kitchen
Dining room in wood and brown leather

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.

Wooden stairs
Room with terrace and wooden floors
Stairs at night
Stairs at night
Night view of the exterior
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Modern Construction in the City of Mendoza, Argentina

By • 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.

Side view of the house and its green areas
Detail of the modern construction

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.

Entrance in wood and black
Entrance door in wood
Large living room

The third pavilion would house the mother and her children, organizing three en suite bedrooms and a living space / games room.

Living room with white brick walls

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.

Modern kitchen
Minimalist kitchen on white
Modern space with dark wood
Spacious room with wood and brick walls
Room with TV cabinet
Modern bathroom
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Spectacular Project Designed to Maintain the Contact of Man with Nature

By • Jul 16, 2018

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.

Aerial view of the project surrounded by nature

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.

Front view of the modern construction

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.

View of the terrace with views of the mountains
Exterior area in concrete

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.

Terrace with views of the mountains and the lake
Large interior with glass walls
Wooden stairs
Room with terrace
Night view
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Expansion of University Spaces to Provide Students with the Necessary Support

By • 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.

External wooden stairs
Classrooms with glass walls

The space of 700 square meters arises from the need to expand the space of the University of Porto Alegre for its preparatory course.

Reception area
Reception done in wood

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.

Details
Wood locker area
Wood locker area
Small independent classrooms

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.

Classroom area
Staircase area with classrooms
Study areas
Large classrooms
Large classrooms with black desks
Study areas
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Villa hidden in a Huge, Thick Forest near Prague, in the Czech Republic

By • Jul 13, 2018

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.

View of the village among the thick forest

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.

Villa surrounded by tall trees

The work was carried out in 2017 and covers an area of 322 square meters of construction.

Villa surrounded by gardens

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.

Living room
TV area
Dining room seen from the living room
Modern dining room in wood
Dining room with views
Fireplace
Modern room with wooden walls
Modern bathroom with wooden walls
Modern bathroom with wooden walls
Night view
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Modern Construction with Lake Views

By • Jul 13, 2018

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.

View of the construction on the hill

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.

Construction surrounded by tall trees

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.

Diagonal view of the construction
Terrace made of wood
Walls and floors in wood typical of the area
Interior with glass walls

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.

Lake view from the inside
Modern and elegant lounge area
Living room-kitchen and dining room in the same room
Modern dining room in wood
Wooden stairs
Room with wooden furniture
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Tourist Complex with Intimate Spaces and Full of Tranquility

By • 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.

Aerial view of the tourist complex

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.

Complex located on the shores of the beach

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.

Villas with landscape views
Modern villas

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.

Pool with views
Reception area
Dining room with wooden ceiling
Interior area of the villas with wooden floors
Interior space full of warmth
Cozy room
Space full of warmth
Modern bathroom
Modern bathroom
Night view of the exterior
View of the villas at night hours
View of the villas at night hours
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Construction that Keeps a Perfect Balance Between Integration and Privacy

By • Jul 11, 2018

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.

Cantilevered side view

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.

View of the covered terrace area
View from the pool area

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.

View of the interior with high ceilings
Modern lounge area with rustic wall

Therefore, the common housing area is defined as a refuge, a living room, facing the street as a place for observation.

Elegant living room with high ceilings
Elegant and modern living-dining area
Dining room in wood
Traffic corridor with glass walls
Night view of the exterior
Night view of the pool area
Night view of the gardens
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Magnificent Detached House with Open and Connected Spaces

By • Jul 11, 2018

The spaces, done in consistent white and with the persistent presence of light, always are pleasant and provocative. These spaces, wide open and ready to be enjoyed by those that occupy it, are surely one of the project’s most important characteristics.

View of the interior open to the garden

The architectural firm MaSQ Architecture was recently commissioned to carry out this project that has a total area of 90 square meters and is located in Sydney, Australia.

Interior connected to the external area

The main inspiration for the project resided in the established backyard, which was somewhat sunken from the surroundings. A new space for living room, kitchen and dining room was added. In particular, it was required that the living room be much like a pavilion in the garden; however, it was equally important that it maintained privacy and was protected. A brick wall was designed around the upper level that was then suspended over the glass doors and windows below.

Rest area
Exterior details

Considered as a space that inhabits both inside and outside, the pavilion can be both a place of open interaction and of rest and protection.

Internally, the kitchen is located in the back of the space with a concrete box gutter expressed internally as the division between the kitchen and the living room.

The black and white painted brick, the dark granite floors and the exposed concrete reflect a simple and honest application.

Large kitchen in white
Kitchen in white and full of natural light
Kitchen in white
Modern dining room in white and wood
Interior connected to the outside
Night view
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BAM! Architecture Designed this Wonderful House in Buenos Aires, Argentina

By • Jul 10, 2018

This wonderful house, located in Escobar, Buenos Aires, Argentina, covers an area of 250 square meters and was designed in 2016 by Gonzalo Bardach and Matías Mosquera, members of the local architectural firm BAM! Architecture.

Aerial view of the building and its surroundings
Front view of the house reflected in the waters of the lagoon

The client wished to have a house with an efficient, functional, and synthetic character, designed in order to develop an intense family life where each of the members, children as well as adults, had their own well defined spaces.

View of swimming pool area

The garden has a large swimming pool where the family can spend their leisure time or simply spend time together in the company of friends. It also has a beautiful terrace that has barbecue area. All of these separate entertainment areas have been clearly designed with the family in mind.

View of swimming pool area

The social areas, living room, dining room, and TV area were designed in succession, and open to the garden to allow the full integration of all spaces. The large glass walls that surround the spaces allow natural light to enter, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The ground floor has the living room, dining room, kitchen, TV room, laundry room, and a small bathroom, while on the upper floor are the three bedrooms of the children with their own bathroom, the master bedroom, and a family room.

Furnished terrace
Gardens
Gardens
Main entrance
Main entrance
Main entrance
Main entrance
Interior of the living-dining room with glass walls
Interior of the living-dining room with glass walls
Interior of the living-dining room with glass walls
Kitchen with concrete countertop
Dining room
Dining room
Stairs
Bathroom
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Modern Loft with a Beautiful and Practical Design

By • Jul 6, 2018

This fantastic loft, with high walls made of brick and concrete, was recently renovated in order to more closely fit the wants and needs of a young and single client. It was crucial that it fit perfectly, especially taking into consideration that the space was rented, and that, in the future, the furniture would be reutilized somewhere else. This is why the furniture, for the most part, was chosen in accordance with each of the spaces in the home.

Space between the living room and dining room where the wooden floors can be clearly seen
Corner of the wooden dining table

The project was undertaken by architectural firm treszerosete in 2017, and was specifically led by experienced professionals André Britto, Caio Ferraz and Kamal Yazbek.

View of the entire area of the loft

It is located in the popular city of São Paulo in Brazil. It covers a total area of 80 square meters, which is not bad at all when we consider that the apartment is occupied by a single person.

Access to the apartment is characterized by a small hallway that limits its use. This is why a bookshelf design that could transmit the personality of the resident through the personal objects—apart from being able to establish a clear order for objects of daily use—was chosen.

View of the loft’s brick and concrete walls
Living room with modern furniture
Staircase of white metal that connects with the bedroom
Living room with glass doors that connect to a small terrace
TV area in the living room

The bookshelf at the entrance to the apartment moves through to the stairs, and together—staircase and bookshelf—create a space that allows for concentration and hard work. This was, indeed, as it was requested by the client themselves.

The lower level is the common area, and was designed to receive many people. This is also true for the balcony area, which was designed to help with reunions and gatherings, as the people seated there can easily move to the living room.

Bookshelf along the entrance to the loft
Modern bedroom with brick walls
Modern bedroom
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Spacious House with Spectacular Views Over the Mountains

By • Jul 6, 2018

In a quiet coastal town, about 40 kms south of the city of Cape, in South Africa, is this fabulous house of 319 square meters. It was designed by Gustav Roberts, an architect working for the architectural firm SALT Architects, in year 2017.

Aerial view of the land where the house is located
Diagonal view of the house from the corner

The house is a three-bedroom detached house located in a private community in the village. The magnificent coastline, mountains and flora provide a warm, welcoming and relaxed environment for the visitors, regardless of the season. This environment was, ultimately, the goal in mind when the property itself was being designed.

Side view of natural stone walls

The ground floor is a connected space that includes the living room, dining room and kitchen areas. These are differentiated by their ceilings and the way they receive natural light. Each of these spaces opens to outdoor areas, with different degrees of privacy. The living room opens completely to a wraparound exterior terrace on the more public front façade. The dining room is connected to a smaller outdoor area, shielded from the neighbor’s by its high walls; it also has a campfire, around which people can sit and spend time together. The kitchen opens to a narrow strip of outer space that serves as a visual extension.

Lounge open to the pool terrace
Rectangular pool with wooden terrace
Front view of the pool
Exterior with roofed terrace done in wood
Terrace with wooden floor and ceiling
Terrace with wooden floor
Dining room with chairs in wood and glass table
Modern dining room with fireplace
Spacious room with “V”-shaped ceiling
White room with fireplace
Bathroom incorporated into the room
Exterior nocturnal view
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Fabulous Remodeling of an Old Building in the City of Hollywood, California

By • Jul 5, 2018

This luxurious and elegant residential building is located in the very famous city of Hollywood, one of the most active development sites of Los Angeles, California, in the United States.
The project was carried out by the architects Zoltan E. Pali, Judit M. Fekete, Damon Surfas, Natalie May, Ryan Hong, Sebastian Greider and Jee-Hye Kim, belonging to the architectural firm SPF architects in 2018, and covers an area of 68,000 ft2.

Exterior view of the modern construction

Located along Las Palmas Avenue, a few steps from Hollywood and Highland, the six-story project fills a 182-foot x 127-foot lot to become the new tallest building in the neighborhood.

View of the internal area with pool area
Interior of the main entrance with sitting area
Reception area

A sky lounge tops the building, offering views of the Hollywood Hills and the Los Angeles skyline. This area was designed with a modern and exposed lobby that reinforces the interior-exterior relationship and allows the architecture of the building to frame the sky.

In the same way

A sky lounge tops the building, offering views of the Hollywood Hills and the Los Angeles skyline. This area was designed with a modern and exposed lobby that reinforces the interior-exterior relationship and allows the architecture of the building to frame the sky.

In the same way, the units have been designed to optimize natural light and to engage with the surrounding views. Each apartment has large windows, glass panels and an atrium balcony.

The main facade uses a combination of corrugated metal and plaster, alternating to create an animated pattern.

The metal panels were designed as a rain screen system that provides a more breathable and energy efficient outer skin.

, the units have been designed to optimize natural light and to engage with the surrounding views. Each apartment has large windows, glass panels and an atrium balcony.

The main facade uses a combination of corrugated metal and plaster, alternating to create an animated pattern.

The metal panels were designed as a rain screen system that provides a more breathable and energy efficient outer skin.

Apartment with balcony
Spacious living room on two levels
Fully illuminated elegant living room
Area of round wooden tables
Modern dining room and kitchen
White stairs
Elegant white stairs
Bedroom with internal balcony
Bedroom overlooking the terrace
Exterior night view
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