By Magaly • 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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • Sep 13, 2018
Costa Esmeralda is a private venture on the dunes of the Buenos Aires coast, 390 km from Buenos Aires. It is a recent urbanization with a young afforestation of acacias and maritime pines and some sectors of consolidated forest.
The commission was of a house of no more than 150 square meters, with an aesthetic-constructive proposal similar to the other houses built in the area by the studio, valued according to the clients both for its spatial richness and for the low maintenance required. It had to have a generous amount of space for meetings, a visually integrated kitchen, two bedrooms (one with a private bathroom) and an integrated living space to be used as an audio and video room that could also double as a guest bedroom. It should also have a grill and an expansion terrace.
The work was commissioned to the architectural firm Besonias Almeida Architects who, under the tutelage of its professionals, María Victoria Besonías and Guillermo de Almeida, went to work and using only two materials: concrete and glass. They were able to solve the integration with the landscape and respond to the formal, structural, functional, termination, and maintenance issues.
The heating system, since there is no natural gas in the area, was solved with an electric radiant floor system.
By Magaly • Sep 12, 2018
This triplex, redesigned by the firm Casa14 Arquitetura, had never been inhabited. Seeing it today, few people would say that its spaces were dark and fragmented. Architecture professionals Mariana Andersen and Mariana Guradani, together with Max Heringer and Gabriele Azevedo, were in charge of carrying out the wonderful transformation of this space that has an area of 900 square meters. Located in the city of São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil, the project was undertaken by the firm in the year 2015.
The project aimed to integrate the floors and highlight the character of the materials.
The generous openings in the walls offer a visual connection between different environments in each of the three levels of the apartment. The project also emphasized the relationship between the environment, gardens and circulation. The staircase, a bent steel plate lined with wood at the bottom and white stone at the top, appears as though it were a sculptural element that joins the three decks. The vertical structure stands out.
Each floor was designed for a specific use. In this order: live, work and rest. On the first level are the rooms, the kitchen, and the service area. The second was designed to receive a library of 5,000 titles integrated in a garden where the resident works, reads, and writes. The last level brings with it the leisure area, with a music studio, whirlpool, sauna, and a barbecue, impregnated with a vertical garden in all its extension.
By Magaly • Sep 11, 2018
This remodeling, which initially sought to create a connection between the interior of the house and the backyard, has been made by the architectural firm Michael Hennessey Architecture. It is located in the beautiful city of San Francisco, in the United States, and has a total area of 2787 square feet.
In 2014, the young family that owns this ranch-style bungalow contacted the architectural firm so that they could carry out the project. Several windows and very small doors were in front of the patio that prevented the desire of the parents to spend large amounts of time outdoors with their children, taking care of the garden, the henhouse, and the landscaping. The family sought to live perfectly between inside and outside.
The proposed kitchen, the family room, the office, and the master bedroom were designed to open the house to the outdoors. A direct view from the kitchen, the living room, and the backyard allows the family to stay committed to each other throughout the day.
The natural daylight reaches deep into the existing house with large glass panels at the back of the lift, as well as more discreet skylights and windows with slots towards the center of the building. A deep projection on the back covers half the hard impact of the sun.
The backyard was designed as three specific zones: dining room / living room area, lawn / play area and orchard / chicken area.
By Magaly • Sep 7, 2018
The Mirrorhouse is a private residence located in the Trousdale Estates of Beverly Hills, a city in Los Angeles County, California, in the United States. The home was designed by XTEN Architecture and completed in 2016, covering a total ground area of 8,000 square feet. It enjoys an incredible view of Downtown Los Angeles, as well as the Pacific Ocean.
The challenge presented to XTEN Architecture was to create a simple, rational home that emphasized its connection with the surrounding landscape, all of this done in order to celebrate the unique lifestyle that Beverly Hills and Los Angeles have to offer.
The kitchen and living room are open and spacious, done in a stark white that enhances this sense of space, with accents done in neutral tones that play with contrast. These rooms open out to a terrace with a pool, and, beyond, the view of the city, creating a continuity and a dialogue between the interior and the exterior that is irresistible and exquisite.
The entirety of the floor plan is developed around five volumes which enclose the private spaces of the house. Such an arrangement creates negative space, which in turn becomes the main living and circulating space, providing a free flowing travel route throughout the home, as well as views out to the exterior and the city.
By Magaly • Sep 6, 2018
Surrounded by vast lands of dense and arid vegetation, in a remote area of Driggs, in the Teton Valley, in the desert of Idaho, is this construction designed by the American design firm, Ro Rockett Design. This 3,300-square-foot home (about 307 square meters) is a family retreat. It is located on top of a rock to enjoy the spectacular views of the surrounding landscape and at the same time avoid possible flooding.
The concentration of the house consists of two volumes stacked one on top of the other: a stone base and an upper level clad in wood. The entrance leads to the main staircase, which leads directly to the top floor, while the ground floor contains a two-car garage, two bedrooms, a bathroom and plenty of storage space.
On the upper level, the southern half is occupied by an open concept kitchen, living and dining room that is glazed on two sides and opens onto a covered terrace. The master bedroom occupies the other half and includes an office in the home, a dressing room and a private bathroom.
The program is organized with the main living room and the master suite located on the upper floor, above the shrub and scrub vegetation, to capture expansive views of the landscape and the mountains beyond
By Magaly • Sep 5, 2018
So & So Studio designed this intelligent, elegant and intuitive home in Vicenza, Italy for a blind woman in Thiene, also in Italy, in which the designers chose to implement a natural process of adjustment and search of the vision for women with visual disabilities to navigate their new space.
It has an area of 232 square meters of construction and was carried out at the beginning of the year 2018.
For a blind homeowner, the learning process of a new environment is vital not only for the function of the space, but also for the daily life within that home. As such, from the first day on, the general theme of the project emerged from a simple glyphic language. Made through complete selections of stone and porcelain materials in which they sought to find the perfect balance of textures to guide the end user of the home between the elements of the program using an integrated map system.
The first step in the design was to orient the spaces around a column of the singular corridor, minimizing any possible labyrinth effect and ensuring an efficient movement throughout the house. In the three main points of the central road are the entrances, which give access from the garage, the entrance door, and the backyard.
The Toorak Residence, as this private home is called, is located in Toorak, an affluent inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 5 km south-east of Melbourne’s Central Business District. The home was designed by Architecton, a Melbourne-based architectural firm, and led by Daniel Galtieri and Nick Lukas. Covering a total ground area of over 1,000 square meters, the project was completed in 2016.
The four bedroom private residence attempts to achieve a balance between elegance and relaxation, and it accomplishes it by creating spaces that are elegantly contemporary while blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors by creating spaces that are freely open to the exterior.
The interior design is mostly minimalist, allowing the architectural elements — made out of concrete, wood, and metal — to speak for themselves, but it is nevertheless full of welcoming spaces that ensure that the structure feels like a family home.
In the back, the home holds a pool, accompanied by a terrace with a sitting area, a perfect place in which to sit and relax on a warm day or evening. The touches of greenery and subtle flowering give it a sense of vibrant life that add to the sense of pleasantness of the space.
By Magaly • Sep 3, 2018
This Victorian Residence is the result of the efforts of Nick Lukas, architect part of the team at Architecton, a Melbourne-based architectural firm. The home is located in Middle Park, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, which is situated 4 kilometers south of Melbourne’s Central Business District. The project was completed in 2016, and covers a total ground area of 420 square meters.
The project consists of an addition to a three bedroom private residence, building upon the reputation of Middle Park as home to some of the best preserved and aged architecture in the city of Melbourne. As such, the front façade of the home was left untouched in order to respect this architectural tradition and preserve the historical context of the home, and the addition is located in the back of the original building. The materials used include stone, concrete, and metal, coming together to create a timeless effect.
The addition looks as if it were another building entirely, the styles are so different. While the front has a traditional Victorian front with a delicately trimmed porch, the back is characterized by straight lines and austere surfaces. They are brought together by the interior, which is vast and brightly illuminated, done in neutral tones that bring a sense of serenity and peace to it.
By Magaly • Aug 30, 2018
This property was designed for a young couple with 2 pet dogs, in the city of Dallas, Texas, by the local architecture firm Wernerfield, led by architectural professionals Braxton Werner and Paul Field. It is located in the exclusive Bluffview neighborhood. One of the necessary requirements was that the space needed to have a modern style, while staying within a moderate budget.
The clients wanted large expanses of glass that would open the house to the outdoors, but they also wanted a sense of privacy, a challenging request given that the rectangular construction site was parallel to a busy street. In addition, for an optimal orientation of the sun, the architects wanted to open the west elevation facing the street.
The residence has three modules, each with a different function. The central module contains a kitchen, dining room, and living room equipped with polished concrete floors and wooden cabinets. A retractable glass wall allows the space to be completely open to the outside. To the north there is a two-story volume that houses private functions. A master suite and an office are on the ground floor, and a bedroom and media room are located on the second floor.
The third module, located to the south, contains a garage. A glass-walled lobby with a large front door connects the garage to the main living room.
By Magaly • Aug 30, 2018
This resort, Freycinet Lodge, the only national park resort in Australia, is located between spectacular rock formations in a pure and unaltered environment and completely surrounded by wild vegetation.
Local architecture firm Liminal Studio was tasked with designing Coastal Pavilions, a series of one-bedroom suites that offer a luxurious and immersive experience that is different from the resort’s. Working in conjunction with Tasmania’s Cordwell Lane builders, the architects have designed sustainable-minded pavilions that were prefabricated off-site for minimal impact on the site.
The nine structures take inspiration from their sublime surroundings with natural wood finishes, curved shapes, and full height windows that allow us to take in the outdoors.
The design was inspired by the fluidity and the layers of the coastal rock formations, the coloring of the rich orange lichen, and the shapes of the nearby bays. The exteriors are treated recessively so as not to compete with this beautiful landscape.
The fluid topography of the coast is repeated in the interior design with its flow of walls, surfaces, and carpentry.
The interiors are lined with pieces of Tasmanian and Blackwood oak.
The utilitarian use of natural materials in innovative ways has created a unique atmosphere in harmony with its environment
By Magaly • Aug 29, 2018
This wonderful holiday home with high wooden ceilings and wide open spaces was designed by the architecture firm Coates Design Architects in 2016 and has an area of 3835 square feet. It is located in a historic mining area in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, USA, where the climate is extremely cold and snowy in the winter months and scorching during the summer.
Extreme weather conditions challenged the design team to create a comfortable environment without the use of traditional cooling and heating systems with energy consumption
The design created combines a modern sustainable architecture with recovered rustic materials. An entrance hall and a mud room conserve energy and create an elegant entrance in the main living room. This independent room has a double function as a special place to receive visitors and an air chamber to keep the outdoor elements contained. The cold currents of winter and the excessive heat of summer are kept at bay with this simple solution.
There are two master bedrooms and a room with bunk beds in the main house to accommodate family members. The two-car garage has an electric vehicle charging station, a cellar and plenty of storage space.
This imposing and modern building of 697 square meters was designed by the architectural firm KWK Promes in Poland, in 2016. Its architect, Robert Konieczny, and his team of professionals decided to adjust the functions organized by the customer and connect them: entrance, house, and marina. He presents us with the idea of “ribbon”, which spans the entire area. First, from the entrance like a road, then it twists and forms the roofs and walls of the house, wrapping its interior.
Next, the ribbon unrolled, connecting the raised living room with the garden level. Then, wriggling, the tape runs towards the river. Then the road crosses the house. The living room originally ordered by the client was substituted with a parking garage, complete with a glass wall.
The client had his own vision of the interior of the house with the living room on the first level. Furthermore, he wanted to locate a house in the middle of the site, away from the river.
All internal spaces have glass walls which allows indoor and outdoor connection and, at the same time, allows natural light to enter each of the areas of the house.
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.
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.
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
This project, called the tree house, is 8 meters high and boasts a total area of 80 square meters of interior. It is located in a little visited mountain village at the foot of Siming Mountain, Zhongcun, Luting, Yuyao, Zhejiang Province, China and was designed in 2018 by the architectural firm MONOARCHI under the direction of its professionals Xiaochao Song, Keming Wang, Fu Congwei, Yang Chao, Weina Guan, Linxian Luo, Xingyu Gao, Sun Fan, Jing Ya, and Lingling Zhang.
It is divided into upper and lower parts. The lower part is composed of steel support columns, whereas the upper part mainly employs wood. The tree house is located on one side of a dike, surrounded by ancient bamboo forests, facing the old tea factory on the other side of a stream. Part of the terrace hangs over the stream, creating a sensation that the terrace is floating in the water. In addition, since the steel columns are curled up at various points on the ground to minimize the impact on the environment, there is more space available for ground activities.
The town in which it is located rests on the edge of a secondary forest. A small river, dividing the town into two parts, crosses slowly from north to south. The tree house is located on the west bank of the lower stream. Two facing peaks are located east and west of the site, where the green bamboos extend across the hill, creating a friendly and quiet atmosphere.
By Magaly • 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.
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.
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.
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Entrance stairs with inclined window
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.
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.
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.