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Spectacular Construction with Elegant and Welcoming Interiors

By • 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.

Aerial view of the magnificent construction

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.

View of the roof of the building with solar sheets
Aerial view of the pool
View of the pool and terrace area

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.

Modern and spacious terrace with pool
Front view of the modern construction
Terrace with wooden floor
Modern interior with wooden floors and ceiling

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.

Gray metal stairs
Rest area connected to the room
Rest area with terrace
Small terrace connected to the room
Night view from the terrace
Night view of the exterior
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A Remodeling has Given a New Face to this Construction

By • 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.

Front view of the construction

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.

Spacious interior full of natural light
Modern kitchen on white
Minimalist kitchen on white
White kitchen
White kitchen with wooden floors
Spacious living room space

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.

Stairs on white
Modern wooden stairs
Modern bathroom in white
Views from the terrace
External view at sunset
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Country House Surrounded by Lush Landscapes

By • Aug 1, 2018

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.

Rear view of the house with terraces
View of the main entrance

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.

Corridors that surround the house
Large roofed pool area
Pool with glass roof

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.

Interior with carved walls
Room with red brick wall
Modern and open bathroom
Open shower area
Night view of the interior
Night view of the pool
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Small and Charming Mountain Retreat on a Steep Hillside”

By • Aug 1, 2018

This small mountain refuge could not be more charming. It is located next to the “old” ski slope, near the border post of Pomezní Boudy in the Krkonoše Mountains of Czech Republic. The architects Petr Kolář and Aleš Lapka, of the architectural firm ADR s.r.o., were in charge of carrying out this project, which was completed in 2016.

Magnificent view of the refuge in the mountain

The mountain lodge is a wooden structure measuring approximately 5.3 meters by 5.6 meters, with an adjacent steel structure terrace of approximately 5.3 meters by 2.5 meters. It has a corridor, a living room with kitchen facilities, a bathroom, and a toilet. The sleeping space extends on the upper level over part of the living room and the lobby, and is accessible via a staircase from the living room.

Mountain shelter under the snow
View of the cabin
Interior of the cottage clad in wood
Dining area with windows
Small kitchen in black

 

Fireplace in black

The living room has an open roof with exposed beams, with the sleeping space under a protective net.

The structure is embedded in a steep slope facing northeast, right next to a stream. The foundations are concrete springs and the structure on the ground is made of wood. The roof and side facade are blackened aluminum sheet, while the gabled walls are lined with blackened wood. The mountain lodge is alone in a mountain meadow.

View of the roof inside
Bath
View of the cottage at night
View of the cottage at night
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Residential Complex Designed to Offer the Opportunity to Choose

By • 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.

Aerial view of the residential complex

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.

View of the complex from the side street
View of the modern complex
Pool area

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.

Internal area with gardens
Modern and illuminated elevator area
Modern and illuminated elevator area
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Modern Construction in Which the Yard Plays a Fundamental Role

By • Jul 30, 2018

The architectural firm Hamed Tadayon, led by its team of professionals Taiebeh Amini, Mahsa Fazileh, and Zahra Nasr, designed this modern construction in the city of Isfahan, in Iran. The structure covers an area of 781 square meters in which they tried to give their inhabitants a yard, one of the most fundamental elements that have been lost in the Iranian houses of today, especially in the upper levels of the buildings.

External view of the house

In this project, they try to redefine the main character of a traditional garden in a new context. In addition to providing green space, the traditional Iranian yard has some special characteristics, such as the presence of water and privacy.

Front view
Details of the gardens
Outdoor garden

Water plays a prominent role insofar as it provides a broad condition by increasing humidity, visual quality and the pleasant sound of falling water. Such factors create a perfect traditional garden. The house has three levels. The ground floor has a good connection to the main yard and there is a water fountain and a pool exactly in front of the living room, which improves the quality of the space.

Covered terrace
Internal main entrance
Modern kitchen in brown and white
Night view of the garden
Exterior night view
Exterior night view
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Mi Casa, a Project in Which an Architect Designs for Another Architect

By • 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.

Spacious and well-kept gardens

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.

Gardens with trees

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.

Pool area
Terrace with wooden floors
Covered concrete terrace
Wood details

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.

Interior of living room with brown leather furniture
Modern living room area
Kitchen in wood and concrete
Large kitchen in wood and concrete
Modern room with wooden floors
Room with concrete walls
Modern and spacious bathroom
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Spectacular House with Open Spaces that Invite Nature In

By • 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.

Fantastic exterior that blends with the interior

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.

Interior view from the outside

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.

Interior full of light and comfort

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.

Interior with glass walls
Details of the interior full of natural light
Modern and elegant furniture
Modern dining room set
Bathrooms full of style
Night view of the interior
Lounge in night hours
Night view of the exterior
Night view of the exterior
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Industrial Facility Designed to Control a Water Reservoir

By • Jul 26, 2018

This construction, designed and carried out by the architect Pedro Geraldes in 2018, is part of a concept of an industrial installation for global energy company EDP. It is meant to act as a base for the observation and control of a dam in case of emergency.

View of the road that leads to the place

It is located in Ermida, central region of Portugal, in an area bound by a beautiful watercourse and surrounded by a large forest. This contemporary industrial building aims to reinterpret traditional buildings, honoring the name of the location and respecting the materiality of the architectural history of the company.

The construction needed to remain in a high location, protected from floods and allowing a perfect view from the inside to the dam. This made interventions in the landscape necessary, which resulted in a high-level platform and vehicle access leading to the entrance of the building.

View of the construction on top

The design of an industrial building in a forest area, with some traditional buildings with sloping roofs, made it possible to envision how a contemporary industrial building could fit into this landscape.

The entrance is totally opaque in aluminum, with the exception of two glass doors, while the rear facade is entirely glass, except for the area where ventilation was required.

Main entrance in aluminum
Entrance with concrete bases
Details of the concrete roof
Details of the concrete roof
Interior with glass walls
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Artisan Cafeteria Designed Underground

By • Jul 24, 2018

This artisan coffee shop that combines contemporary minimalism with traditional Korean aesthetics, is located in Seoul, South Korea and is a project carried out by the architecture firm LABOTORY with the help of its professionals Kimim Park, Jinho Jung and Jiyeon Kang.

Exterior view of the cafeteria

The space has only 58 square meters and was previously an electronics store.

To achieve this design, LABOTORY introduced a unique ‘ㄷ’ design in the building with a central court, a theme of the traditional hanok structure (Korean home). In addition, the ‘ㄷ’ structure allows customers to flow through the space from the baristas area to the seating sections, providing stability and space.

View of the cafeteria through a window
Interior of the modern cafeteria

The awning located at the entrance of the store, acts as a bridge between the outer and inner sections of the store. the curves of the awning meet the roof of the cafeteria that leads to the heart of the store, where the barista works. The architects tried to use the semi-subterranean space by introducing curves in the corner of the roofs to change the direction towards that focal point of the store. The store’s lighting has also been designed to create a floating sensation.

Area of tables
Interior with wooden furniture
Natural details in the interior
Interior gardens under the seats
Modern details
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Elegant Villa in the Heart of the City but Surrounded by Large Gardens

By • 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.

View of the house and its gardens

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.

House surrounded by beautiful green gardens

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.

Front view with glass walls

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.

Terrace with pool
Large terrace with pool
Front view of the house
Front view of the entrance
Interior with glass walls
Interior overlooking the pool
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Concrete House with Interior Spaces Full of Warmth

By • 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.

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A Wonderful Interior House Camouflaged in the Forest

By • 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.

Aerial view of the house
Front view covered in vegetation

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.

Lower level entry
Lounge open to the outside
Dining room with glass walls

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.

Open kitchen
Stairs with rustic walls
Spacious room with wooden floors
Bath with a wild touch
Bathroom with glass wall
Bathroom with round skylight
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School in Switzerland Built with Materials of Low Environmental Impact

By • 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.

Aerial view of the construction

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

View of the main facade

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

Side façade with wooden walls

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

View of the units in which the construction is divided
Interior with concrete walls and floors
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Spectacular Construction in the Heart of Bel Air, California

By • 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.

Aerial view of the project

It is located at the confluence of two busy local streets, with close proximity to the constant noise of the 405 freeway, and with captivating views of the Getty Center and the surrounding mountains. The design of this 3,750 square foot home emphasizes the presentation of different views of the site, while also providing the desired visual and aural privacy.

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

A single floor of spatially contiguous living spaces – placed over a partially underground garage and covered by a bent steel roof – opens subtly to the lush landscape. The height and shape of the roof are manipulated to site-specific solar exposures. A strategically positioned opening frames the Getty Center from the living room, a corner window connects the office to the garden, and another window offers views from the master bedroom.

Main entrance with arid gardens

A full height window allows the dining room to expand into the back landscape, and establishes a connection to the street from the kitchen and the numerous skylights throughout the house follow the path of the sun throughout the day.

Concrete terrace
Living room with sofa in gray leather
Open spaces with wooden floors
Study room with glass walls
Studio with wooden floors
Modern and spacious kitchen
Large kitchen and full of natural light
Modern dining area
Large bathroom in white and brown
Night view
Exterior view at night
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A Space Designed as a Refuge Near the City

By • Jul 18, 2018

23o5 studio, with the work of its professional Ngô Việt Khánh Duy, has designed this house located in Thủ Đức, Vietnam, in the year 2017. The house is designed for young couples, who, after daily external activities, need a quiet and peaceful place to relax. The Hut is located far from downtown, but is located in a developing area. The green spaces disappear due to urbanization, and pose a dilemma when it comes to recovering the balance.

Entrance surrounded by dense garden
Interior of high ceilings and concrete walls

With the ideas that emerge from the traditional Vietnamese spaces of the house, combined with the modernization of the times, owners were given a new idea of ​​space. In the general space, they designed only one main door to get to the house. There are no divisions between the house and the garden, thus giving the impression of being free. Iron shelves were used as a way of positioning between the living room and the porch, but assuring that, at the same time, it did not lose ventilation.

Entrance seen from the inside

The space of the kitchen is separated, with a small garden where some vegetables are sown for cooking. A small garden like a wind trap circulates the air towards the house. The continuity is long, the bedroom is located at the end of the house accompanied by a garden and the window of the room opens to the natural space.

Kitchen with high wooden ceilings
Details of the wooden roof
Interior of the main area during night hours
Interior of high wooden ceilings
View of the kitchen at night hours
Room connected to the garden
Singular bathroom area
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Unique Construction Designed by HYLA Architects

By • Jul 18, 2018

The unique name of this house – Surprising Seclusion – is given by the fact that, both in the front and in the back, with busy streets and alongside an old house, this house looks inward. It is located in Binchang Rise, Singapore and has an area of 360 square meters. It was designed in the year 2017 by the architects Han Loke Kwang, Chong Wen Jin and Thomas Ong professionals of the architecture firm HYLA Architects. A covered three-volume but naturally ventilated court with a pool becomes the focus of the internal space.

Front view of the entrance

On the side, a sculptural staircase slides from the wall to reach the family room on the second level. The journey continues up another staircase with a stepped planter on the side and illuminated from above.

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

The entire house is finished in concrete with no shape and gray-faced brick. The main bathroom continues with this theme, with brick openings that allow ventilation but not views. This bathroom, as well as the attic bathroom, has planting areas that offer a green contrast to the gray scheme. The custom storage units in the living room, family and study echo the concrete and brick geometry of the house.

Stairs with gray brick walls
Open stairs with high ceilings
Stairs with planters
study area with bookcase
Study furniture details
Bathroom with interior garden
Modern bathtub in white
Shower area with flower pot
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