By Magaly • Aug 7, 2018
Smart Design Studio designed this project located on Crown Street, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and consists of a restaurant in the lower part of the building and five apartments in the upper level. The building is comprised of two different architectural blocks that are nevertheless interconnected with each other.The exterior walls, white and modern in design, are lined in mosaic tiles. Below it, dark glass walls allow us to have a complete view of the exterior from inside the room and vice versa.
Stairs, decorated with mosaics, lead us to the apartments located on the upper floors of the building. There, we can find comfortable spaces where we can feel the simplicity and good taste for design which is present there.
The spacious and bright living room, with furniture that looks very comfortable, welcomes us. The kitchen, perfectly lit by the sunlight that sneaks through the door leading to the terrace, looks small but comfortable and modern.
A wooden dining room with plenty of natural light is located in a corner of the space – without a doubt a simple but charming atmosphere.
The bathroom, decorated in ocher, has been mostly covered by small mosaics that match the colors of the furniture placed there.
By Magaly • Aug 6, 2018
The LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) will, in the near future, be expanded by the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor. The most striking change, as far as we know, will be its color, which will go from dark to light, giving it a look more in line with the building’s current exterior. The imposing and modern new structure will offer recreation and resting areas on the outside. In its terraces, we will be able to enjoy various options in a café-restaurant located on its premises, and from where the diners will be able to enjoy the wonderful views and the good weather so characteristic of Los Angeles.
In its monumental interior, the very high ceilings and textured walls will give it a totally solemn and refined aspect that will be even, to a certain degree, intimidating due to the immense space within. From there, through its numerous curved glass walls, we will be able to sit placidly to observe and enjoy the views to the outside.
The openings that will lead from one room to another look tiny compared to the height of their walls, and even the paintings placed there will immediately highlight this striking aspect of the new construction. It will definitely be a place worthy of being visited and admired.
By Magaly • Aug 3, 2018
This home was designed for a family that wished to own a minimalist house that could provide separate functional areas for the family members’ activities. It was designed by the architectural firm Thomas Gouws Arhictects, undertaken by Thomas and Sureen Gouws. It is located in a golf estate east of Pretoria, South Africa, and it was built on one of the last open stands in an established part of the estate. It is next to a green belt surrounding the golf course, but is separated from it by a street – the best of both worlds.
It covers a total ground area of 633 square meters and was finished in the year 2016. It possesses spacious recreation areas in the exterior, amongst which we find the pool with wooden terraces and spacious garden areas.
From the outside, a concrete lintel walkway defines the entrance route with the swimming pool on the northern side utilized as visual focal point in the entrance procession. The main house contains the family living spaces and bedrooms, while the outbuilding is a home office space on the ground floor and a guest bedroom space on the first floor. Its spacious interior has high ceilings, which allow the space to flood with light. Its spaces are decorated in a modern and simple style.
By Magaly • Aug 3, 2018
This boutique villa was designed in 2017 by the award-winning architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe (Studio Saxe) and with the help of collaborators Alejandro Gonzalez, Cesar Coto, and Laura Morelli. It is located in Costa Rica’s coolest surf town, Nalu Nosara.
The project is another in a long line of sustainable buildings that blend contemporary design with local craftsmanship, encompassing the natural surroundings that surround and frame the architecture. It consists of 3 wonderful private villas and a hip fitness studio, offering everything from yoga and dance to kickboxing classes.
This charming property has a privileged location as it is close to restaurants, shops, as well as beaches.
This family friendly villa is a private oasis with its own garden and saltwater pool. Interiors are bright and open, with chic, modern decor and smart hi-tech features. All spaces are open to the beautiful outdoor areas, allowing the fresh air to improve the experiences.
The slick, fully equipped kitchens come with everything you need to prepare lip-smacking smoothies, while the alfresco showers add a sweet, tropical feel to the spa-like bathrooms.
The architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe said: “Our project in Nalu represents the power of simple and discreet modern tropical architecture. It has quickly become a favorite of the city, which shows that there is a real desire for spaces that bring the people and nature together, all the while taking care of the necessities of contemporary life “.
By Magaly • Aug 2, 2018
The main idea of this project was to preserve the original nature of the land as much as possible, which included pre-existing topography and stones, creating a minimum occupation house. We look for a better relationship between landscape and architecture.
This project had to be placed in a lot that was somewhat far from the bay. However, it had a magnificent view, encouraging the client to invest in that particular space. Due to the construction of the neighbor’s house, that view was partially lost. The first wish was to recover it. The second desire was to build a contemporary house, with integrated spaces, aligning design and style with efficient technologies.
The objective was to combine passive strategies with new technological systems to have a comfortable and energy-efficient home. To preserve the landscape, the house was suspended, leaving most of the land as a garden. This privileged position on the main floor allowed a great view of the entire North Bay and even the center of the city.
The project, of 340 square meters, is located in a low_density suburban residential neighborhood called Cacupé, in the city of Florianópolis, an island in southern Brazil. It was designed in 2018 by the architect Henrique Pimont of the architecture firm Pimont Arquitetura.
By Magaly • Aug 2, 2018
The main objective of this remodeling was to build another floor, creating a space that would become part of the original building without the other half being affected. The former residence, of 210 square meters and that only had one floor, was part of a terraced house. Certain demands had to be satisfied: only part of the building could be remodeled. The architects had to give it a new, more modern and contemporary look that could distinguish it from the others.
The project, which is located in Caniço, Portugal, was led by architect Dirk Mayer and his collaborators Susanne Selders, Elizabeth Nobrega, belonging to the firm Mayer & Selders, in the year 2017.
The solution was very simple: take the original shape of the ceiling and create a floor above. This created a balance that would give it a rather dynamic appearance.
The balcony provides shade for wide openings and shelter for the outside seating area. The town of Caniço, on the island of Madeira, has a very mild climate throughout the year, so a protected outdoor place, connected to the garden, is where family life is centered.
The lower floor is conceived as an open space for the kitchen, the dining room and the living room, where you can enjoy the light, the green garden and the sea view between the trees and the neighboring houses.
This house, with wide open spaces and full of light, that merges with the nature that surrounds it, is located in Sapucaí-Mirim. This is a city located near Serra da Mantiqueira, a mountain range that separates the states of São Paulo and Minas Gerais. The residence is inserted in a natural clearing in the Brazilian forest.
Designed in the early 1980s, this country house was completed in 2014, two years after the death of its designer, architect Paulo Bastos, in 2012, who worked for the architectural firm Paulo Bastos e Associados. The location was carefully chosen by the architect, with absolute respect for the existing vegetation, abundant in Araucárias, large trees indigenous to this mountainous region.
The owner’s request was simple: a four-bedroom vacation home with an indoor pool. The architect organized the program in three blocks of land, which were sometimes connected with internal / external circulations, in a conception that spreads the constructions throughout the land. This was done in an attempt to take advantage of the exuberant landscape of the surroundings in the best possible way.
At the entrance of the residence there is a rectilinear pavilion, which houses rooms, a work-shop and a garage, as well as a home theater.
On a lower level of the dining room / living room area, making the most of the sloped ground, is the heated indoor pool, which is bathed in natural light through the sheds on its roof.
By Magaly • Jul 31, 2018
This new and modern design is a residential complex designed as a kind of puzzle with four buildings of different architectural plans and materials. Located in the district of Perdizes, west of São Paulo, Brazil, it offers people interested in living there the opportunity to choose not only their favorite apartment, but also their favorite facade.
The project was carried out by the architectural firm FGMF Arquitetos, with headquarters in São Paulo, in collaboration with the firm idea! Zarvos. The design presents a sequence of roofs with terraces and gardens in the four modules, which act as substitutes for the backyards of the ground floor. One of the modules, made of synthetic wood, stands out as a suspended sculpture, and connects the building with its surroundings at the same time.
The entrance hall presents a garden full of vegetation and a large panel by artist João Nitsche, made of hydraulic tile. A total of 22 apartments, measuring from 136 to 253 square meters, occupy the other levels, and offer those who are interested a series of spaces full of elegance and good taste.
By Magaly • Jul 30, 2018
This project, carried out by Studio [+] Valéria Gontijo under the direction of Valéria Gontijo, Isabela Moura and Isabela Valença, was divided by the dichotomy between the enthusiasm and the objectivity of the creative process. Designing for an architect, by architects, was and always will be a challenge, since they seek to create a practical, functional and timeless home.
Located in Brasília, Brazil and with an area of 890 square meters, the studio sought an architecture that reflected personal taste but also the desire to simplify the lives of its inhabitants.
Clear volumes and pure geometries gave the design group rationality and harmony. The house was distributed in three blocks: function, connection and permanence. In addition, the consistent application of concrete and wood created harmony, as this uniform materiality creates a sense of integration.
The interior design is marked by personal choices (antiques, pieces chosen during trips, family art). The search for each piece, each painting and adornment gives the project a rare and important uniqueness.
It is a seemingly simple house, but it is one that carries a history full of challenges and efforts, right from its conception, as demonstrated by the carefully chosen lighting design, the effort in the execution of the walls, the mixture of concrete formed in a board, and the stroke of a client-architect.
By Magaly • Jul 27, 2018
This wonderful house with open spaces was designed by the architect Otto Felix of the architecture firm Studio Otto Felix in conjunction with interior designer Tici Andriani. It is located in the city of Joaquim Egídio, Brazil.
The project was carried out in 2016 and has an area of 410 square meters. The main intention of the project was to incorporate the external spaces in the social spaces of the house, allowing nature to enter areas of the house. To allow this integration between spaces without losing privacy in the most intimate areas of the house, the main divisions between the spaces were made through folding wooden doors. In this way, we have the option to integrate these spaces when we so wish.
The most important part of the project is the volume that corresponds to the social areas of the house with the Gourmet, Living and Dining area. This environment is surrounded by glass panels that open completely, freeing the passage of natural light and ventilation, creating a fluid and contemporary atmosphere.
The residence also has a kitchen, dining room, TV room, master suite, guest suite and service area, distributed within a private block in the shape of an “L”, which opens outwards through the wooden folding doors.
By Magaly • Jul 26, 2018
This unique structure is located in the center of a public garden square commissioned by the City of London Corporation, which has replaced an old gyrometer. It was designed by the architecture firm Make Architects in 2018 and has an area of 325 square meters. The small building is part of a broader civic goal to provide space for events and leisure, improve well-being, and provide natural surveillance.
The new ‘Aldgate Square’ is one of the largest public spaces in London’s Square Mile and enhances the connection of the two distinctive heritage buildings on either side of the square: St Botolph Church without Aldgate and the Foundation Elementary School of Sir John Cass.
It only has one floor on the ground, but has used part of the old underground tunnels to accommodate a basement for plants, house facilities, kitchens, and bathrooms. This has significantly reduced the amount of soil needed on the ground and therefore delivered more public space for the gardens.
The constant temperature of the concrete tunnels also works to help regulate the temperature of the building: the air is extracted through the tunnels and goes up to the cafeteria, heating it in the winter or cooling it in the summer.
By Magaly • Jul 24, 2018
When setting one’s eyes upon this house for the first time, no one would imagine that it is in the center of the city. Its fabulous gardens give the feeling of being in a park area, and that is part of its charms.
Designed in the year 2016 by the architect Steven De Jaeghere of the architectural firm Architectuuratelier De Jaeghere, this house has 360 square meters and is located in West Flanders, Belgium.
The new villa is built in the same place as the previous house. At an urban level, the same volume was requested as the demolished villa: a ground floor with a gabled roof. We have optimized this precondition for a linear and thin volume with a gable roof that responds to the maximum to its environment. The result is a volume of recognizable type with a refined minimalist composition of white walls and deeper dark exterior carpentry.
The façade has a fairly closed character and the easily interpretable architecture takes the visitor to the covered entrance. Once inside, the visitor quickly faces the view through the long glass façade. The rhythm of the distribution of the glass and the columns give the impression of a gallery.
The ground floor combines several functions to ensure optimal interaction with the environment: covered terrace, kitchen, living room, study and bedroom.
By Magaly • Jul 23, 2018
This house, called Casa A, is the first of three residences planned in coal. It is located in Carborough, a coastal suburb or Perth, Western Australia. It has 3 levels that add up to 200 square meters and where all the facilities have been distributed, including an underground garage and a loft bedroom on the upper level.
Its rustic interior presents an interesting combination of materials that result in pleasant and welcoming spaces that connect with each other and distribute natural light to each of its corners. The light wood used in different spaces adds warmth and elegance to the simple spaces that compose it.
The sustainable and compact residence has been designed by the firm of whispering Smith and is made of high recycled concrete panels and whitewashed recycled brick. The interior presents a selection of untreated materials in their natural and raw state, complemented by refined gold details and generous amounts of vegetation. The lack of rigidly defined spaces ensures an organic flow of activity between areas, which results in a light house of minimalist aesthetics.
By Magaly • Jul 23, 2018
Located in the area of Buwit, a village in the coastal area of southwestern Bali, this residence has a view of a dense forest and a river below, and presents large amounts of vegetation that allow you to blend in with its surroundings.
The project was carried out by the architectural firm WOMhouse, having as its focal point the idea of an architecture based on the landscape and trying to create a group of buildings that appear as part of the earth itself, and that sometimes disappear within her, while at other times they emerge from her. The buildings are located on different levels of the earth. Each accommodates different functions, a characteristic typical of traditional Balinese architecture. Intermediate spaces and small gardens are the result of the rotation of the volumes on the ground and offer uninterrupted views of the forest.
The “camouflaged” roofs covered with various levels of vegetation provide a cooling effect to the lower spaces and help to collect rainwater.
The common spaces in the chameleon villa are kept open to the outside, while the rooms and other spaces, such as the office, the gymnasium and the press room are kept more private and closed towards the interior.
By Magaly • Jul 20, 2018
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • Jul 19, 2018
This 110-square-meter apartment, designed by architects Ashot Snkhchyan, Armine Snkhchyan and Hayk Zalibekyan, working for the firm snkh studio, in 2018, is located in the lively neighborhood of Yerevan – Cascade, Armenia. It is a firmly neoclassical building from a decidedly Stalinist era.
The first floor is strangely small since it occupies only half of the original apartment that was divided into two parts. There is only the entrance area, the bathroom and the bedroom, which creates a kind of inverted functional scheme, where the active part of the apartment is on the top floor, under the sloping roof. A small balcony of the room is the only point that overlooks the Cascade, where during the warm days there are many open-air concerts. The client wanted a room that could be easily prepared in order to accommodate friends and enjoy the concerts.
The second floor consists of three parts: the main “public space”, the terrace and a room that has a mood completely different from the rest of the apartment. It houses an art collection, TV, and a poker table, as well as many antique rugs on the floor and the room also serves as a guest bedroom. One of the main ideas of the project was to make it possible to merge the terrace, the public space and the room into a space, to create many use scenarios.
The cement floor, the plywood and the bright colors are the main accents of this project.
By Magaly • Jul 19, 2018
This fabulous garden house with arid vegetation is located on an uphill slope property in the Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. It was designed, in the year 2017, by the architects Aaron Neubert (lead), David Chong, Jeremy Limsenben, Andranik Ognayan and Lusine Madarian working for the architectural firm ANX.
It is located at the confluence of two busy local streets, with close proximity to the constant noise of the 405 freeway, and with captivating views of the Getty Center and the surrounding mountains. The design of this 3,750 square foot home emphasizes the presentation of different views of the site, while also providing the desired visual and aural privacy.
A single floor of spatially contiguous living spaces – placed over a partially underground garage and covered by a bent steel roof – opens subtly to the lush landscape. The height and shape of the roof are manipulated to site-specific solar exposures. A strategically positioned opening frames the Getty Center from the living room, a corner window connects the office to the garden, and another window offers views from the master bedroom.
A full height window allows the dining room to expand into the back landscape, and establishes a connection to the street from the kitchen and the numerous skylights throughout the house follow the path of the sun throughout the day.