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Charming House with Views of the Norwegian Fjords

By • Oct 9, 2018

This charming house with cozy and wood-covered spaces was designed, in 2012, by the architect Knut Hjeltnes, from the architectural firm Knut Hjeltnes.

View of the front of the house

It is located in Sandefjord, Norway and has an area of ​​250 square meters. It is located on the upper part of the Vesterøya peninsula, with views of the fjord to the east and west. The site is steep and was considered unbuildable; it had been vacant for 20 years. It is very wet and windy due to the location, so special care must be taken with the outer later of the house.

Main entrance with modern design
Terrace with modern details
Dining area with circular window
Small and functional kitchen in wood

The lower part of the house is concrete, while the upper part is a prefabricated solid wood construction, with the interior skin visible in aspen.

Between these two parts, a vacuum is produced that contains the entrance and the garage (which functions as a covered outdoor summer living room). The exterior of the wooden construction is completely covered with fiber cement cladding.

Stairs covered with wood
Room with circular window
Modern bathroom in wood, white and gray
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Imposing Retirement Retreat in the Mountains of the Western Cape, Overberg, in South Africa.

By • Oct 8, 2018

This fantastic residence, which was completed in 2017 by the professionals Philip Olmesdahl, Tamaryn Fourie, and James Minchener, is located in the region of the Western Cape, Overberg, in South Africa.

View of the construction on the top of the mountain

This property, covering a large area of ​​1610 square meters (423 square meters), has incredible views over the Bot River Lagoon and the Overberg mountains.

Terrace with wonderful views over the Bot River Lagoon
Living room with a modern and simple style

The continuous flow from the interior to the external space is reflected in the presence of fynbos (vegetation typical of the area) that fill the edges of the construction, allowing the surrounding nature into the home.

Informal lounge-dining room

The architectural design, created by SAOTA (its interior was done by ARRCC), of this holiday home perfectly combines various materials that allow it to face the different natural agents of the region: sunlight, salt, rain and, in particular, strong winds. A pleasant side effect is the views residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy from the home’s perch.

Modern dining room in wood

The owners’ vision for this retirement home for their children is in a “C” shaped layout to help maximize the panorama, the views, and create a large sheltered yard.

Through the use of rich materials and a tame color palette, the decoration is integrated perfectly, optimizing the sense of space.

Modern and elegant kitchen area
Modern and elegant kitchen area
Stairs with glass handles
Spacious room with terrace
Bathroom with views
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A Holiday Home Full of History

By • Oct 8, 2018

This house, located on the top of a mountain in Marušići, Croatia, is a holiday home designed by the firm Studio Ante Murales d.o.o. in 2016. The architects Ante Nikša Bilić, Sunčica Mastelić Ivić and Hrvojka Kalogjera were responsible for carrying out this project, which covers an area of ​​270 square meters.

View of the extensive covered terrace
View of the terrace from inside

The conditions of the microclimate and the view from the site determined the design of the building. But the same applies to the materiality and tactile properties of the house. The cubes are made of concrete and are related to the rocks of the Biokovo mountain range due to their color.

Terrace with pool

The traditional construction of small rural houses in this area involves the construction of the whole building with a single material. As such, this home was mainly made of stone, and the roof was made of stone slabs. This practice resulted in beautiful functional units of spaces that were either open or covered by vines and tiles.

TV room with concrete walls
Modern living room on white
Comfortable living-dining space
Living room and kitchen sharing space

And as the people in charge of this project say: “To direct a space to live in, the space must be filled with us. I wanted to protect myself from the sun, to protect myself from the wind, the rain and the cold. I wanted all the windows and openings to be full of the sea.” Their wishes are now a reality.

Living room connected to the terrace
Ledge full of color
Concrete and wood stairs
Room with terrace
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Family Refuge Designed as Escape from the Chaotic City of Lima, Peru

By • Oct 5, 2018

Just one hour from the center of Lima, Peru in the area of ​​Chaclacayo, this home  of 528 square meters is used to get away from the chaotic city. A perfect place to embrace peace and tranquility, surrounded by family. It was designed by the architecture firm SOMA Lima under the direction of the architects Daniela Chong, Daniella Suazo, and Andrea Silva in 2017.

View of the large terrace

The architectural program of the house includes living room, dining room, four bedrooms, kitchen, living room, service area, and a separate volume of bungalows that house four guest bedrooms.

Terrace with brick wall
Dining area connected to the terrace
Exterior view with red brick walls
Living room with brown leather sofa

The main house has an integrated and oversized living and dining room, since this is the main social space and where the whole family gathers. With a double height ceiling, this space expands both vertically and horizontally, and integrates the interior with the exterior, creating a covered terrace surrounded by green.

The intimate area of ​​the bedrooms opens onto another garden to the west of the house to maintain privacy, while the other social spaces, such as the kitchen and living room, are visually integrated with the rest of the house.

When entering, the main house located towards the bottom of the land is framed by a large garden, with the hills and blue sky in the background.

Room with brick wall
Bathroom in white and gray
Night view of the lounge
Night view of the exterior
Night view of the pool area
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Charming Cottage Surrounded by Movie Landscapes

By • Oct 4, 2018

This charming, 81-square-meter cabin is located in Sandefjord, Norway and was recently designed by the team of architects Sebastian Bjercke, Bergur Briem, and Francisco Kocourek at the head of the Thomas Thorsnes project, all belonging to the firm of architecture R21 arkitekter.

The cabin is designed as a pavilion between the other buildings of Sand Farm. The building has the same footprint as a previous annex building and reinterprets the building to meet modern demands. The system of construction of wooden frames is reinterpreted in the new building, with a layer of glass with shutters that close the original volume.

The wooden load columns are on the outside of the glass wall. The construction is located in a concrete basement and consists of four roof frames supported by columns, reinforced by a rigid core that contains a bathroom and kitchen. In the upper part of the nucleus is a mezzanine. All open during the summertime, the building appears as a simple pavilion, an outdoor kitchen under a large roof. The wooden shutters create a flexible outer layer to close the building in varying degrees to the surroundings.

Dining area and kitchen
Room with wood and glass walls
Exterior night view
Night vision
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House with Wonderful Views of the Desert

By • Oct 3, 2018

The Ghost Wash House, as this private property is called, was designed by Architecture – Infrastructure – Research, Inc., which is an architecture and urban design firm focused on applying advanced research methods and sustainable practices into designs that cover the needs and wishes of each client, and which was founded by Darren Petrucci in 2001. The home is located along the lower hillside of the north side of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona, in the United States. It was completed in 2017 and covers a total ground area of 8,500 square feet.

View of the main entrance
View of the main entrance

The site is flanked by two desert washes that move water from the top of the mountain into the valley below. A third topographic condition — a “Ghost Wash” — runs through the center of the site, giving the property its name, and is framed by brick bars.

Entrance with glass wall
Entry in concrete and glass
View of the landscape from the terrace
Furnished terrace with views
Modern and spacious lounge
Living room with modern furniture
Rest area
Hallway in wood
Large kitchen in white
Modern dining room
Bathroom with glass walls

The eastern of these two protects the wash from the desert sun that shines upon it in the morning. It also houses the garages, the kitchen, an office, and the family room. The western bar shields the property from the intensely hot west sun as it sets in the valley. In turn, it houses the private areas of the home, such as the bedrooms, another family room, and a recreation space. The living room and dining room are house in the interior of a long sequence of courtyards and gardens that flow along the Ghost Wash from the south entry to the north pool house.

Study with views
Modern desk in wood
Nighttime views from abroad
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A House with Open Doors to Enjoy Nature

By • Oct 2, 2018

Deloia, as this private residence is called, is a home located in Duluth, a major port city in the state of Minnesota, in the United States. The home consists of the second project that Salmela Architect, a local architectural firm that was in this instance led by Souliyahn Keobounpheng, completed for these clients. It was finished in 2017.

Frontal view of the house

Previously, Salmela Architect had completed an extensive renovation for a rural home for these clients. Now that they decided to move into the city, the clients purchased a lot with views of Lake Superior, and decided to work with the architectural firm once again.

Small terrace with wooden furniture

This new project is divided into three structures which are themselves interconnected by glass corridors which in turn create two distinct – yet visually connected – courtyards, with one oriented toward the lake and the other tucked into the graduated slope of the hill.

Glass walls

The interior of the home is spacious and brightly illuminated, with clear glass walls that allow natural light to flow freely into the interior, while also blurring the dividing lines between indoors and outdoors.

The wood pegged timber frame pavilion located in the backyard was handmade by the client’s husband years before in a folk school timber framing class, but had not been properly assembled before. Once they set off to build this home, however, they realized it would be the perfect addition for their home — and even served to host their daughter’s wedding.

Spacious living room with glass walls
Modern kitchen in white
Minimalist kitchen in white
Dining room in wood
Dining room with views toward the garden
Gallery with both windows and floor in wood
Bedroom with large glass window
Exterior night view of the house
Night view from the gardens
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Renovation of an Atypical House to Reorganize its Spaces

By • Oct 1, 2018

Dank Architectes, a La Mulatière-based French architectural firm, have designed this home — EDUT — in Caluire-et-Cuire, the fifth largest suburb of and commune of the Metropolis of Lyon in the Auvergne – Rhône – Alpes region in eastern France. The project was lead by the architect Steven Guigoz, and was completed in 2017.

Exterior view of the old construction

The motivation was to renovate an originally atypical three storey home by transforming its existing small living room into a large contemporary and minimalistic space. This took the re-organization of the living spaces, making the utmost use of the interior light. Additionally, the terrace became an extension of the living room.

Entrance with glass door

While the exterior is surrounded by lush vegetation and has a bit more of a rustic feel, the interior is strikingly modern by comparison, seeking a more minimalistic aesthetic and focusing on the play of contrast between black and white. Clear glass walls allow the living room, kitchen, and dining room to enjoy uninterrupted views of the exterior landscape. Through glass doors, residents and visitors alike can step out and enjoy a bit of fresh air from the terrace.

A glass ceiling allows light to flow into an underground office, austerely furnished with a small desk and chair, a small window looking out into the living room and other social areas.

Modern living room in gray
Small bar area in black
Kitchen with glass walls
Stairs in black
Bedroom with wooden floor
Studio area
Bathroom in pastel colors
Night view of the interior
Night view of the exterior
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Remodeling an Old Farm to Turn it into The Home of a Large Family

By • Sep 28, 2018

House EKC, as this project is called, was designed by Ralph Germann architectes, an architectural firm based in Martigny, in the canton of Valais, in Switzerland. The project itself is located in Val Ferret, the name given to the two separate valleys, departing from the Col Ferret on the border between Italy and Switzerland, on the southern and eastern sides of the Mont Blanc Massif, in Switzerland. It was completed in 2016 and covers a total ground area of 200 square meters.

Living room with wooden floors
Modern fireplace in black

The home was built to house a family of five consisting of a couple and their three children who live in the village of Orsières. Previously an old barn originating from the 1920s, the upper part of it was used to store hay, while the lower end served as a stable for goats, sheep, and other animals. The size of the barn, however, was not enough to house such a large family (five members), so Ralph Germann architectes added a contemporary wooden annex to the barn, which is connected by a gangway on two levels.

The interior was completely refurbished and refurnished with a reinforced concrete structure of walls and slabs in order to meet the seismic requirements of the Swiss region.

/ Dining area in wood
Large and open kitchen
/ Gallery
Wooden stairs
Wooden stairs details
/ Bathroom in wood
Exterior night view
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Redesigned Private Residence that Still Maintains Traces of the Traditional Architecture of the Area

By • Sep 27, 2018

House P is a private residence located in Styria, in southeastern Austria, as evidenced by the spectacular rolling hills that characterize the landscape by which it is surrounded. It was designed in 2015 by Irene Nikolaus of Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten, an Austrian architectural firm with offices in Vienna and Graz, and covers a total ground area of 330 square meters.

Exterior view of the residence

The home resembles, in structure, an old barn, and so recalls and preserves the architectural traditions of the area. The complex consists of a main home and four annexes, which were once farm buildings themselves. It is this main building which continues to hold the main residential areas of the property, whereas the old barn has been adapted and converted into a garage and storage space. The remaining structures – which were previously used for the production and storage of wine – have been repurposed and are now used as a guest house, and a pool and wellness house.

Side view
Details of the old construction

The interior of the building mixes contemporary design and a rustic country feel seamlessly, creating an atmosphere that is unique and innovative. Scarce decorative accessories, including tasteful works of art, allow the home to have a sense of serenity and amplitude, and the floor to ceiling glass walls provide it with an easy relationship with the exterior.

Bright and spacious interior
Large kitchen with glass wall
Large bathroom with glass walls
Exterior night view
Night view of the swimming pool area
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An Annex Designed as a Space for Leisure and Fun

By • Sep 24, 2018

This project is an annex of a house that serves as a leisure area and has an indoor pool. It is located in a residential neighborhood of Curitiba, Brazil and was designed in 2016 by the architect Jorge Elmor Neto of the architectural firm Elmor Arquitetura.

Entrance through small curved street

The 190 square meters that covers the space are located on a single floor, surrounded by a large area comprised of wood. In the program requested by the clients, accessibility has always been at the top of the list of requirements and all spaces, dimensions, circulations, and materials were designed to meet all kinds of special needs.

Large living room with access to the terrace
Modern and spacious living room area
Modern minimalist kitchen

The annex is a rectangular volume of 18 meters long by 8 meters wide, executed in exposed concrete (with wooden laths) and glass (aluminum frames with double layers of glass), forming a contemporary and timeless architectural ensemble, robust in durability but lighter in compositional lines. Living room and dining room are integrated to host social activities. The large, sliding glass doors open completely, allowing free access to the outside, doubling the size of living room. The swimming pool, the garden, and several adjoining terraces offer multiple uses and occupations for various activities. Its occupants can float between spaces while the sun and light move until nightfall.

Dining room in wood with access to the garden
Kitchen-dining room with concrete walls and glass
Large indoor pool
Swimming pool with terrace
Large wooden terrace
Night view of the terrace
Exterior night view
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Its Wonderful Views are its Most Outstanding Point

By • Sep 21, 2018

In the “Region of the Lakes”, located on top of a mountain on the Peninsula of Lonconaos Lake, about fifteen kilometers from the city of Futaleufú, in the Chilean Patagonia, this small but charming cabin frames its main view towards the lake and everything else is forgotten before the wonderful views.

View of the cottage on the top of the mountain

It has 65 square meters of construction and was designed by the architectural firm Paul Steel Bouza Arquitecto in 2017.

The living room and the master bedroom are connected to a terrace above the lake, with a glass wall providing an absolute and free view. The restroom and other rooms are at the back of the house, which reduces the overall space space, creating an “A” form.

View of the cabin among thick vegetation
View of the cabin from the air
Cottage with wonderful lake views
Interior covered with wood
Rustic and cozy interior
Cozy relaxation area

A backyard with an acrylic roof serves as access to the house. It is closed through a metal door that works in two ways: the first is to protect the house in periods of storms, and the second is to give privacy to the bathroom since it has an open window that leads directly to the lake.

The sloping roof rises to create a loft which is accessed by a retractable staircase, which frees up space in the small dwelling.

Warm and cozy room
Exterior night view
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Wonderful House Located in a Desert Landscape with Wonderful Views

By • Sep 20, 2018

US firms DeForest Architects and NB Design Group have created a home in Bend, a small town surrounded by trails and ski slopes in the Cascade Mountains in central Oregon, USA. The residence is on a large plot, covered with tall grass and low shrubs, and dotted with pine trees.

Outdoor terraces with views

It belongs to a couple who bought the property, enchanted by its “high desert landscape, discreet local culture, fabulous food and unlimited outdoor activities.” As soon as they saw the wonderful panoramic views of the snow-capped peaks and the Deschutes River National Forest, they knew they had found their new home.

Entrance of glazed walls
Entrance with unique decorative accessories
Modern and spacious lounge
Modern dining room full of light
White kitchen in minimalist style

Clients had several applications for their new home, specifically covering the desert landscape and offering a high level of flexibility. The couple also wanted the house to feel “fresh, calm and collected.

In response, the company conceived a residence that has an approximate L-shaped design that is composed of rooms with clean lines and abundant natural light. Covering 3,320 square feet (308 square meters), the single-story dwelling has exterior walls lined with horizontal cedar planks, which helps merge with the natural environment.

It has sliding and rotating panels that allow spaces to expand and contract as needed for owners, a few guests or a large meeting.

Room with wonderful views
Outside views during night hours
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A House in Which Concrete and Glass are The Protagonists

By • Sep 19, 2018

This construction, in which glass and concrete act as protagonists, is located in a pericentral neighborhood of the city of Córdoba, in Argentina. It has been designed by the architectural firm Adolfo Mondejar – Architects Studio under the direction of its professionals, Adolfo Mondejar, Francisco Figueroa Astrain, Adriana Barberis, and Ezequiel Lauria. It is intended for a young family, and covers an area of nearly 350 square meters.

Front view of the construction
Terrace with large pool

The program incorporates intermediate spaces such as the gallery, the green expansion of the bedrooms, and a pond in the master bedroom, which give the necessary environmental conditions. Also, there is a space of semi-open expansion in the living room, conceived with vines that refresh the interior of the house from the south and propose a new place of play and rest. The social areas of the home are accessed directly from the gallery.

Entrance area with concrete beams

A concrete staircase leads to a terrace space for events. The idea is summarized in two concrete walls that have a large slab of exposed concrete for a ceiling, 4 meters above the ground, creating the gallery. To further preserve the vision of concrete walls, three interior boxes lined with quebracho wood were designed to hold the bathrooms, toilets, and bedrooms.

Large outdoor area
Furnished terrace
Covered terrace with dining room
Terrace with outdoor furniture
Modern living room with glass walls
Social areas connected
Internal corridor with wooden walls
Large bathroom
Terrace in night hours
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Fantastic Remodeling of two Old Houses in the City of Brussels, Belgium

By • Sep 18, 2018

This fantastic remodeling of two narrow houses that were in very poor condition, as they had been used by their former owner as a rental for students who needed cheap accommodation, was carried out in 2016 by the architectural firm K2A. The interior was designed by the firm Permis de Construire and Denis Dujardin was in charge of the gardens.

Exterior view of the back garden

The property covers a total area of 500 square meters and is located in Brussels, Belgium. It is located in a prestigious and vibrant area of the city, in a basement with little insulation, with little air and little natural light inside. The project consisted in uniting the two houses while respecting the typology of the existing buildings and making the most of their new width to offer generous and luminous spaces to the new residents.

View of the garden from the inside
Modern and sober lounge

The front façade, a beautiful 19th century brick façade belonging to a row of similar houses, was restored and remained essentially intact. However, the large rear façade opened generously to encompass the south-facing garden.

There, wide glass doors open onto the wonderful garden where a dining room and an outdoor living area have been installed to spend time with friends and family while enjoying the good weather.

Sober living room in dark tones
Kitchen area
Dining room with glass walls
Studio area
Rustic stairs
Modern room in black and white
Bathroom with glass doors
Rustic style bathroom
Walk in closet
Study
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Magnificent Construction Where Brick is in the Spotlight

By • Sep 17, 2018

This project is located in an old neighborhood of the city of Denver in Colorado, United States. It was designed by the architecture and interior firm Studio B Architecture + Interiors. Undergone in 2016, this project was mainly led by its architecural professionals Mike Piche, Joey Pruett, Scott Lindenau and Susan Okie Lindenau, and occupies a total area of 4600 square feet.

View of the house between trees

The residence consists mainly of brick walls on a small scale with a large entrance porch, in which the structure is organized around the interior space of the patio.

Diagonal view of the house
Details of brick walls
Large glass window

In opposition to many of the newer large-scale and complex projects  being built with generic construction materials in a nearby neighborhood, this project is a piece of smaller architecture, with a low profile. It is a more interpretive style that respects the urban form contextual of the neighbors. It has a simple and refined palette of high quality materials consisting of handmade bricks, walnut, plaster, and glass. In an urban environment without large dominant views towards the outside, the house turns towards the interior patio and the pool with a connection to nature focusing up in the sky. This concept is inspired by the exploration of modern artists in the connection of the sky, Earth, and proportion.

Terrace with perforated brick walls
View of the main facade
Exterior night view
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Modern Construction With Open Spaces that Connect to Nature

By • Sep 14, 2018

Located in a lot surrounded by thick nature of the city of Vilnius, in Lithuania, is this fantastic residence occupying an area of 187 square meters. It was designed in 2018 by the architects M.Vroblevičius, D.Birutis, M.Dagys, and P.Vroblevičius of the architectural firm ArchLAB studio.

Side view of the house and its gardens
Outside hall

The challenge was to incorporate the new house into the existing natural landscape as much as possible. The design and concept consist of two main volumes: the main home – for the owners – and a small guest house. These two parts are connected with an open bridge, which becomes the assembly axis and the face of the house. The existing trees were also involved in the design.

Modern white marble kitchen
Bathroom with exterior views
Modern and spacious bathroom
Terrace with wooden floors
Corridor that borders the house

The construction has a modern and very expressive style. A lot of attention has been devoted to complement the design with a subtle landscape, open fireplace, and wooden terraces, where you can relax listening to the sound of the water running nearby. As if that weren’t enough, you can also enjoy a the wonderful views the home has to offer. In the final result, the modern lines of the house are even more prominent and striking with a natural green environment.

The pine forests are on two sides of the lot. It was the customers’ desire to find an oasis in nature with a small river or stream, which became a specific task for the architects, because the flowing water divides the land into two parts.

Night view of the interior through the glass walls
Exterior view from the garden
Exterior view from the garden
Night view of the exterior
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