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Discrete Remodeling of a Mid-Century Bungalow

By • Aug 24, 2018

This discreet renovation of a 1950’s bungalow belonging to a family of 5 is located on the northern shore of Castlecrag in Australia and has an area of 170 square meters. The simple project has been under the direct supervision of the architectural firm Downie North Architects, who have turned a mid-century residence into a spacious home, cozy and full of natural light.

Exterior view of the brick facade

Having previously lived in a large family home, customers were concerned about the “reduction.” However with some minimal modifications, the requirements could be accommodated within the existing building. The design focused on eliminating the unnecessary elements in order to determine a natural place for each space, while raising those functions and creating awareness and connection with the place.

Modern wooden shelf
Living area full of natural light
Modern living room in bright colors
Modern kitchen on white

The alteration focused on creating a large open space, housing, kitchen, living room and dining room, which uses key carpentry pieces to create different areas and implicit thresholds that define the lobby, the kitchen, the dining room, and the living room, the pantry, and the study.

The palette of materials is based on the natural environment of Castlecrag: a clean palette of white and gray, the irregular glaze of the ceramic tiles creates reflections, and the red brick recovered that borders the roof makes reference to the house and its surroundings.

The new architectural composition is highly efficient, dynamic but serene

Living room with skylights
Modern Living room
Small dining area
Modern Kitchen in white
Simple bathroom on white
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Spectacular Remodeling Carried out with a Tight Budget

By • Aug 23, 2018

This magnificent remodeling of a space with a limited available area, approximately 112 square meters that required the utmost prudence, was carried out by the architectural firm Whiting Architects. It was supervised by its professionals Steven Whiting, Eleanor Eade, and Josie Somerville in the city of Fitzroy, in Australia.

Entrance in black and white details

The original cabin was dark, cold and narrow with a staircase in the middle of the already small social area space, accessing your individual room. The goal was to create a functional two-bedroom house with a modest budget. Space constraints, light, and views drove the design response.

Modern entrance area

The views of the neighboring church and its iconic features are framed throughout the house through windows and skylights placed precisely, creating a sense of connectivity in layers. Framing specific focal points through the interior landscape, both in new and existing areas, informed the response of the architectural design. The operable glazing provides natural light and cross ventilation, while the angled volumes capture a beautiful and changing quality of light.

 

Entrance stairs with inclined window

Stairs with glass walls
Tilted window overlooking the church
Stairs with a modern style
Dining area and kitchen with white brick walls
Cozy room with white brick walls
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Fantastic Remodeling of a Property Dating From 1936

By • Aug 22, 2018

This project, a remodeling of an old construction from 1936, was carried out in 2016 by the Spanish firm Equipo Olivares Arquitectos, under the direction of its professionals Javier Pérez-and Fernando Aguarta García. It is located in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, on the beautiful island of Tenerife, in Spain. The property covers an area of 133 square meters.

Terrace with views
Large and bright terrace area

The design included a light metallic structure that would not increase the load on the roof too much; in addition, dry walls, pavements and partition walls were built, as well as a cover with prefabricated light panels. In the same way, the adaptation to the pre-existing networks suggested that the band that houses the toilets was located next to the courtyards, thus reducing the layout of the facilities and enabling a rational distribution. The solar route, on the other hand, motivated the provision of generous openings to the rising sun — protected by a lattice of aluminum slats as well as exterior shades of warm tones — illuminating the common spaces and the terrace with views of the city, the sea, and the Anaga massif at dawn.

Access from the terrace to the interior

In the end, the new volume looks out onto Robayna Street as a discreetly expressive visor, whose flight allows the efforts of the light structure to be balanced while being shown to the street as an addition that aspires to belong without stridency to the original building. It is a clean piece guided by the economy of means and the choice of a contained palette of materials.

nterior where white predominates
View of the terrace from the living room
Modern kitchen in whiteI
Modern and bright kitchen in white
Library area
Modern bathroom in white and wood
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A House Full of Family History

By • Aug 22, 2018

This house that has more than 60 years of construction to its name. It has passed from generation to generation and was recently remodeled in 2015. Those responsible for carrying out this project are the architecture professionals Vorapoj Tachaumnueysuk and Pattama Pornpirom, both belonging to the architectural firm Monotello. It is located in Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Thailand, and has an area of 510 square meters.

Exterior view of the modern pool area
Pool with covered terrace
Terrace connected to the dining-kitchen area

Entering the existing house presented us with the essence of the ancient Thai living space, carefully reimagined by the original architect. It was a first generation concrete structure and, unique to a building of that period, incorporated the traditional planning of the Thai space.

A one-story building that surrounds a huge central courtyard, planned with natural light and ventilation in mind. The use of energy and environmental sustainability were definitely important bullet points, as well.

Internal area with spaces divided by glass walls
Modern kitchen in black and steel
Room with access to the garden

With the unique design and history of the house, the current architect’s goal was to retain as much of his heart and soul as possible while meeting the needs of the current owner. The new structures were designed to be independent of the original. Steel and wood were used everywhere, along with concrete finishes to match the existing one. As the original basement had moisture problems, it was opened and integrated into the central courtyard.

Simple and cozy room
Bathroom in wood and white
Wood terrace
Night view of the terrace
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Modern Structure with Wonderful Views of the Bay

By • Aug 21, 2018

This wonderful house of modern structure is located in a protected area overlooking the the Wade River while it flows into the bay of Arkles, in Whangaparaoa, New Zealand. It was recently designed by the architecture firm Creative Arch and has an area of ​​248 square meters.

The construction hidden among trees
Entrance with black walls

The angular shape of the roof brings together a single-story garage with the bedroom and living spaces on the first floor, folding gently on the rectangular facade of the southeast. A central staircase framed by double-heighted glass works in conjunction with an aligned skylight and void, creating a well of light in the heart of the house on an interior garden.

Rear terrace
Classic and cozy interior
Living room overlooking the bay
Modern and spacious kitchen
Stairs with glass walls

The Project required a new four-bedroom house, with total privacy from the street and maximum views over the water. The decision to create the angular shapes of this house meets both requirements with a distinctive architectural result.

The building opens to the panoramic views of the cliffs, and at the back of the site, the facades are softened with the careful combination of materials and forms, with generous views that overlook the bay.

Upper level with private areas
Aerial view of the construction
View of the facade at night hours
Rear terrace during night hours
Rear terrace during night hours

 

 

 

 

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Modern Construction with Fabulous Views Over the Bay of Acapulco

By • Aug 21, 2018

This spectacular home is located in an exclusive area overlooking the bay of Acapulco, Mexico. It consists of a renovation and extension, done in 2016, of a house with an area of 1050 square meters, built in the 1960s. The renovation project was carried out by architectural firm DIANA ARNAU in conjunction with HGR Arquitectos.

Front view of the modern construction

The house is located on a rocky and sloping land of 1210 square meters. It has 5 bedrooms, each with closets, bathrooms, and a terrace, a family room, kitchen, living room, pool, outdoor bar, and parking for 3 cars. This gives the structure a total area of 1050 m2, divided into 3 levels to adjust to the topography.

Wonderful construction on a hill
Terrace with pool

The project consists of 3 volumes. The first top volume is access and parking. When you go down the stairs, you reach the second volume, with 2 levels. On the upper level and through a private terrace you have the master bedroom, whereas the lower level has 2 bedrooms which you enter through a roof terrace. At the end of the terrace you reach the family room, a more enclosed space with a TV, dining table, kitchen, and bathroom.

BBQ area
Simple and cozy interior
Living room full of natural light
Dining-Living room with glass walls
Modern dining room
A modern room
Room with terrace
Double room with terrace
Bathroom with views
Outdoor dining area

Descending half a level, you find the third volume. On the top floor you have the main living room – dining room space, which is completely open, and the kitchen. Under this space there are 2 more rooms with their respective terraces and private garden.

The pool area, which has a jacuzzi and a bar, articulates these two volumes.

 All spaces are connected by stairs that adapt to the terrain.

View of the terrace with pool during night hours
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A Small Family Home Found in Ancient Beijing’s Labyrinth of Alleys

By • Aug 20, 2018

This project is located in a labyrinth of streets and courtyards of Hutongs in Beijing, China, an area characterized by being an authentic urban area. It is surrounded by highways with a width of 20 meters, skyscrapers in constant expansion, and modern blocks. The project has an area of 115 square meters.

View of the streets

The atmosphere of its streets is brought together by a family kitchen, breakfast stalls, public bathrooms and seasonal humidity. As for sound, it is also vivid: chatting with neighbors, selling cigarettes, discussing with passengers. Different dialects, crunching leaves, birds and insects make up an intriguing symphony.

Internal courtyard
Glass walls

When the wooden door opens, there is a square space surrounded by gray brick walls. Two large ginkgo trees stand in the courtyard; a unique space is created under the trees and on the roof. The design was created by MINOR lab and its professionals Chen Liu, Yi-chi Wang, and Ping-chen Yeh in the year 2017.

The walls on either side of the Hutong prevent direct sunlight from entering, which can be seen as a divider between public and private places. Inside the walls, it is still an interior and closed space. However, the patio lets in the sky, the wind, the sunlight, the air, and the sound.

Internal courtyard with trees
Office area
Office with glass walls
Kitchen with cork walls
Kitchen with doors to the garden
Kitchen with doors to the garden
Small room
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Elegant House with a Minimalist Design that Will Make you Swoon

By • Aug 20, 2018

With definite lines and style, which result in a design that is undoubtedly elegant, this magnificent house makes us fall in love with each one of its spaces, all of which are wide and open. The property covers a total of 2000 square meters. It possesses a minimalist style in which everything flows naturally and harmoniously, designed by Shanghai Hip-Pop Design Team under the direction of its professionals Tianwen Sun Xindi Cao, Dong Liu, Dejie Zhang, and Youfei Wang.

Terraces
Elegant and sober lounge

It is located in Shizi Moutain, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China and was carried out in the year 2018. The objective of this project was to reduce the material cost to the essentials in order to lead to an optimal spiritual level.

Spacious living room in a minimalist style

In the design process, the building is considered a poetic imagination, and the project conveys a philosophy of facing solitude calmly. A strict commercial tone is deliberately avoided to create a cozy atmosphere where guests can feel at home. Minimalism can easily become cold; to avoid this problem, great attention has been paid to the color and texture of the materials used.

Modern living room
Elegant dining room in wood and leather
Spacious minimalist dining room

On the one hand, the wood veneer and the floor adopt a very light color, which makes the general atmosphere of the space comfortable. On the other hand, a non-opaque wallpaper is applied so that the light appears soft and warm, thus transforming the space into “very cozy”. The aim was to create a human environment, simple and cozy and, at the same time, full of elegance.

Elegant details
White stairs
Wooden stairs
Spacious room with glass wall
Interior with wooden walls
Bathroom with glass wall
Modern and elegant bathroom area
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With Perfectly Delimited Internal Areas this House Offers Direct Contact with Nature

By • Aug 17, 2018

This project’s design adopted the strategy to clearly differentiate the relationship with the landscape of the living spaces, on the one hand, and the areas of night and service, on the other. It was carried out by the architectural firm Unoencinco Arquitectura in the year 2016 in the city of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Front view of the construction in the middle of the green garden

Located in the “El Ocho” neighborhood, in a land of incipient consolidation, it occupies approximately half a hectare that presents a style typical of Pampa in Argentina.

Under a covered plan, two “boxes” were measured and placed, divided up with an alternating pattern of vertical and horizontal openings to the exterior. These areas included everything from the restrooms to the bedrooms, as well as the structural support. In the small space between them, the living room is fully immersed with the landscape, allowing us to enjoy it in all its splendor. A gallery that takes a full edge with its full / empty shades acts like bellows that expands outwards.

Roofed terrace connected to the garden
Terrace with glass doors connects to the interior

The space that has an area of 136 square meters has a large terrace that connects directly with the nature that surrounds it. Not a single detail will be missed whilst staying here.

Simple interior and little furniture

 

 

 

 

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The Charm of the Aged Brick Gave a New Look to this Ancient Construction

By • Aug 17, 2018

This house of 170 square meters, with an exterior of aged red brick walls and a concrete interior, underwent, in its infancy, a process of strict restrictions and regulations. It is located in Budapest, Hungary and was recently designed by architects Thalas Fialovszky, Gergő Jedlicska, and Gergely Kenéz, all working for the architectural firm Építész Stúdió. Located on a narrow corner plot, the roof was the only place where, with a little twist, the unusable attic became a spacious room with a bathroom.

Terrace with dining area and grill
Aged brick side wall
Details of brick and concrete
Details of brick
Interior with wooden floors and concrete ceilings

The interior design was simple, with the living room and kitchen on the ground floor, followed by the bedrooms on the upper levels. The goal was to create an intensive connection with the garden, with covered terraces and large windows.

Living room with retro style
Dining room with glass walls

The house and the surrounding structures are differentiated by materials. The house is covered with recycled and sliced bricks, inspired by the demolished building of the site. Some materials were reused, mainly in the shape of the pavement and the walls of the garden. The concrete of the terraces is kept raw, as well as the interior slabs, visually connecting the internal and external structures. The interior is softened with the presence of wooden furniture and pavement.

Stairs with wooden slats railing
Room with wooden floors
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Beautiful White Spaces that Give Peace and Connect with the Outside

By • Aug 16, 2018

This beautiful house with white and luminous spaces is located on a plot of 730 m2 in El Maitén, a suburban residential neighborhood of the city of Bahía Blanca in Argentina. The project has been carried out recently by the architectural firm Bernardo Rosello – Arquitectura.

View of the construction from the green garden

The house is made with a mixed construction system, consisting of support walls and columns that support modulated laminated wooden beams every two meters. The roof is made with a single leaf, slightly curved, which drains with slopes towards both façades.

Blank terrace

At the request of the owner, two stages of construction were carried out: a house with an area of 70 m² plus the gallery, which meets the needs of basic use for the individual user, and the second stage with two bedrooms and a bathroom for future growth.

Terrace connected to the white interior
Modern and spacious interior
Living room with glass walls
Modern dining room with views
Small kitchen on white
Bathroom

The positioning of the house in the lot is transversal, leaving 2 empty spaces: one back where the garden is located that is visually related to the main interior spaces and is frequently used (first stage); and one at the front, planned to position the second stage of construction.

Terrace in night hours
Terrace view from the garden

Towards the west, the house closes in its entirety to protect itself from the hostile sun in summer. Only high windows are projected to guarantee the interior movement of the air, renewing its volume in a few minutes.

Terrace at night hours
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A Remodeling that Achieved Open Spaces and Full of Natural Light

By • Aug 16, 2018

This home, belonging to a large family of 6, is located in Herzliya Pituach, Israel and was part of a renovation of an old building in which the interior was emptied, a reinforcement was applied, and the structure was expanded using mostly lightweight construction materials. Originally, the building had several rooms on the ground floor, including a stable, and an external staircase led to the second floor, where the main room was located. The architectural firm Tomer Ben Dor was commissioned to carry out the 182-square-meter project in 2017.

Terrace with pool
Entrance from the terrace

The ground floor includes the living room, the kitchen, the dining room, the guest room, the master bedroom with private bathroom, and a shelter that is also used as a closet room. The second floor includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a laundry room. Another bedroom is located in the attic.

The main guide for the design of the exterior appearance was the use of neutral dark tones in order to create a building that fits the shade of tall trees and the surrounding garden. Therefore, the tones chosen for the front of the building were mainly gray and dark green.

Entrance with brick walls
Covered grill area
Modern grill area
Large lounge area
Living room-kitchen sharing space
Dining room with glass walls
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A Project Designed to be Sustainable and Economic

By • Aug 15, 2018

Jean-François Crahay & Guy Jamaigne and Solange Dumez of the firm Crahay & Jamaigne were in charge of carrying out this project in 2015. It is a marvelous house of 113 square meters that is located in the area of Thy-le-Bauduin, in Belgium. The project was studied with the interest in sustainable development and energy economy (materials, insulation, and construction techniques), both in the media and in construction methods, for short and long term use.

View of the exterior of the house
Entrance to the garage
Ramp that connects to the second level with the street
Terrace

Given the course of the sun at the back of the lot and the inclined layout, the project proposes a different concept of a traditional habitat. The entrance to the house is made by a semi-buried level in contact with the road (entrance, cellar, car-storage of a car, bicycle and garden) and the living rooms are on the first floor, as are the guest room, kitchen, the dog’s space, and a playground for children. Upstairs, the bedrooms, dressing rooms, and bathrooms, which are allowed access to the back of the garden by a slightly inclined footbridge. The two toilets are accessible from each landing of the staircase.

Wooden terrace
Outdoor dining white

The building adapts perfectly to the natural slope of the landscape. The landscaping of the surroundings (on the side of the street) allows a space for two or three parking places for visitors.

Terrace with views
Glazed entrance wall
Modern stairs
Modern living room in gray and white
Living area full of natural light
Modern dining room in white
Modern dining room in white
Small desk area in the living room
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A Cabin Nestled in a Thick Forest of Sea Ranch, California

By • Aug 14, 2018

This small and cozy wooden hut has three levels and is located in Sea Ranch, California, United States, in a lush forest. Its construction dates back to 1968 and has been recently remodeled by the architectural firm Framestudio under the supervision of its professional Chad DeWitt.

Exterior view of the wooden hut

The house was intended to exemplify how Sea Ranch’s design guidelines could be used to build a well-designed, low-cost weekend cabin. The footprint of the 20′ x 20′ cabin consists of three levels, which open one above the other, forming a loft space. Due to their elemental design and small size, few of these houses remain in their original state.

Interior with dark wood ceilings
Small living room with stairs

The Framestudio team recognized the historical importance of the booth and sought to balance the preservation of the historic fabric while making modifications and updates to meet the practical needs of the new owners. A fully functional kitchen, the space for six people to sleep in, and insurable storage areas were some of the priorities. A scheme was developed that restored many of the original details, distinctive of the design, using wood that had been recovered.

 In the kitchen, the lower cabinets were replaced by a more functional design made of birch plywood coated with an ultra black laminate.

Dinning room
Small desk area
Room with wooden bunk beds
Room with double bed
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Modern Construction Designed with a Space Dedicated to the Exhibition of Classic Vehicles

By • Aug 14, 2018

The architectural firm CU + AR ESTUDIO, under the direction of its professionals Santiago Cuenca, Gabriel Arias and Wilson Andrade, recently designed this modern house, which has a total area of 550 square meters and where there are four bedrooms. It is located on relatively flat land on the banks of the Paute River in Ecuador.

Exterior view of the modern entrance

The house is arranged on the ground in a “U” shape enclosing the social area between its lateral arms with the intention of directing the visuals towards the mountains, which are far to the west, creating interesting environments in the interior of the house, thanks to the nuances of colors that the sunsets present.