By Magaly • Jul 3, 2018
Surrounded by a thick forest of lush green trees and located near a golf course in the city of Minamigaoka, Karuizawa in Japan, this fabulous house is characterized by its use of vast and elegant spaces.
The design was completed by the architects Hirotaka Kidosaki and Haluna Kawada, both belonging to the architectural firm Kidosaki Architects Studio, in 2016, and it covers an area of 180 square meters.
One of the design points was to make the building roof lower than the tops of the forest trees so that it coexists with the neighboring buildings.
The owner maintains a busy life as a doctor, and needed a quiet environment where he could get away from the bustle of everyday life for a moment and feel refreshed in nature. His wife also wanted a relaxing house from the visual point of view, where a large living space would be unified with the green of the forest and the environment.
Its interior, of straight and soft lines, is filled with the natural light of the day which flows in through the glass doors that separate the inside from the outside, but that at the same time allow both spaces to merge into one.
Inside, we can walk through the rooms without barriers and enjoy a view from each room.
This beautiful house of open spaces coated in fabulous wood and walls of glass, which lets us clearly set our eyes on marvelous exterior, was undertaken by architectural firm John Wardle Architects. It was designed in 2012 and was built in the Australian city of Fairhaven. In total, it occupies a space of 430 square meters.
This beach house enjoys some beautiful panoramic views of the ocean and the coast nearby, with surfers frequently testing their skills against the waves. It is located in the upper part of the mountain range over Great Ocean Road on the Victorian coast. The proportions, the orientation, and the dimensions of the windows are adapted to the views available and reveal the interior spaces.
Enormous glass walls were installed in the home, both in the main areas – such as the living room-dining room space as well as the kitchen – as in the bedrooms. These Allow the inhabitants of the home to enjoy the magnificent views night and day.
Modern furniture has been employed in every space of the house in such a way that they did not interfere with the views; this allowed the breathtaking sights to be the home’s main attraction. Despite this being the case, however, they are not the home’s only attraction. The modern interior design in which the wood is used extensively adds an indisputable elegance to the home.
By Magaly • Jul 2, 2018
This house, designed by the architectural firm Atelier Kuncarchitects, is marked by its contrast; it is black on the outside and its interior is completely white, based on the long-standing inspiration of Scandinavia. It has several viewpoints to the garden, as well as large windows and terraces, so that its interior and exterior are linked in a natural way. This helps create ventilated spaces in the home.
The details and furniture bring accents of color and elegance to the interior. The atmosphere is made up of a fireplace and a series of accessories that, together, create a pleasant and welcoming space.
The building is designed to integrate into the garden over time. During the designing process, the beauty of imperfection was deliberately incorporated. Over time, the façade is expected to become patinated; the color turns gray, the wooden terraces become silvery, and the grass and flowers of the meadow become a little wild. This will all be combined into an organic and natural whole.
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As for the construction, the house is a skeletal system made of wood. The façades, including the sloping roof, are made with a Japanese technique, covered by hand-carved larch boards. There are white boards used in the interior peripheral construction, while the internal partitions are laminated gypsum boards and the floor is covered with a layer of cement.
This house, built specifically for an Australian family, shows us relaxing spaces that allow us to connect to everyday life and at the same time offering a warm climate lifestyle. Its open spaces, filled with delicate and fine details, allow the air to flow through them and allow natural light to come in, providing clear and welcoming environments to the occupants as well as their guests.
The fantastic project, located in West Vancouver, Canada, was undertaken by the architects Matt Mcleod and Lisa Bovell, working for the architectural firm Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses in 2016 and has an total area of 409 square meters.
The sliding doors without columns in the southeast corner of the house effectively double the size of the living room when they are open; interior and exterior spaces have the same priority. The materials, the shape, and the spatial relationships are intended to evoke the feeling of a beach house: simple, informal and flexible. The dining table and the wood burning fireplace can be turned around to accommodate a variety of arrangements depending on the weather and the number of guests.
The combination of the dining room and kitchen in a single long space allowed for a narrow floor plate and resulted in a generous side-patio area, which is used for cooking outdoors. A reflective pond and a fence on the scale of the house connect this space with an open terrace to the south and a closed garden to the north while creating privacy on the street.
By Magaly • Jun 29, 2018
This concrete house is designed by a series of repetitions of walls which modulate and define the interior spaces. It is located at the highest point of the hill, looking mainly inwards, to avoid the neighboring street.
The roof is slightly tilted backwards, so there is more air for the main spaces and openings for the views, and the interior corridor is pointed towards the north, at the bottom of the roof, leading the way to each room.
The garden was designed with plants of local origin, plants with low water requirements; the rest of irrigation is done with recycled wastewater, with a secondary biological treatment, without chemical additives. Water and solar management were part of the design of the house, with the south facing façade allowing a full day solar radiation for the pool. The vents on both sides of the house and a concrete spoiler that blocks direct sunlight in the house, help lower heat gain and less need for air conditioning.
It was designed by Laurent Herbiet belonging to the architectural firm HRBT in the year 2017. It has an area of 320 square meters and is located in Oaxtepec, Mexico.
By Magaly • Jun 28, 2018
This modern and elegant construction of 334 square meters, designed by the architectural firm Norte Arquitetos, by the hand of its architect Saulo Coelho, is located in a private condominium in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil.
It was designed to meet the needs of a young couple with a daughter. The terrain had a trapezoidal shape, with a front of 13m, 40m of sides and 24m of support. The topography was more favorable for the implementation of a building in a range of 20 m from the front of the lot, since the variation between levels was 1.40 m in height. The second half of the terrain had a slope of 10 meters. The objective of the project was to have the smallest possible built area. The only requirements of the guests were a double hall, a swimming pool and as much green area as possible.
The western facades must protect from the setting sun. They also need to have openings that would serve as exhaust routes, as well as provide cross ventilation. The façades of the eastern quadrant should be more open, receiving maximum ventilation and natural light. To mitigate the high temperatures of the city of Salvador, especially in summer, the pool should be at the end of the lot, in the east quadrant, receiving the prevailing winds. The water surface would provide a comfortable breeze to the building.
By Magaly • Jun 28, 2018
The Argentine architect Mariel Suárez, in collaboration with the team formed by the professionals Florencia Tasada, Vanesa Pellegrini and Mauricio Sconochini, designed – in 2017 – this fantastic house. Its incredible open spaces and its warm natural light invite all its visitors to take a moment and relax.
The house is located in Funes, in the Department of Rosario, Argentina, and has an area of 260 square meters. The house is built around a void between volumes generated to cause entry through a pedestrian path. In this way, we created an open-air route that extends the time and distance of arrival to the semi-covered porch.
The materials used in its construction were mostly brick for the masonry and metal profiles and corrugated sheets for the roofs. We look for the counterpoint between the rugosity and imperfection of the brick and the precision of the angles and the leads of the metallic structure executed with “W” profiles.
The program is basically developed on the ground floor; on the top floor, we find a desk that overlooks the living room. This generates a double height space that gives a sense of spaciousness to the area.
The project presents a single-family house distributed in two volumes visible from the outside and united inside.
By Magaly • Jun 27, 2018
This imposing and modern construction in the shape of a “T,” that responds to the unique typography of the cliff upon which it is built, is surrounded by a thick pine forest. It is located near the Spokane River, in the city of the same name, in the state of Washington, USA.
The project was undertaken by architect Tom Kundig, in conjunction with the professionals Steven Rainville and Garin Schenk, of the firm Olson Kundig in 2014, and has an extensive area of 5200 square feet.
The house, named “Rimrock,” refers to this type of geological occurrence, with a steep rock wall on the upper edge of a plateau or canyon. The sewing under the house is a natural and pre-existing path for the animals, who use it to move between the mountains and the river. Although the house is now here, great care was taken to ensure that they can still move around unimpeded. The sensitive nature of the landscape, as well as its unique climatic, solar and seasonal conditions, require a careful positioning of the home and consideration of the materials.
The resulting design reverses the typical transparency that one would expect in a home with a large amount of glazing. The upper part of the building, which is usually more transparent, is actually more private. The bottom, the more public family and general meeting area, has more transparency.
A feeling of intimacy throughout the home allows the owner to retreat from what is a spectacular environment, but also aggressive due to the powerful storms, weather patterns, and seasons of the region.
By Magaly • Jun 27, 2018
This house, called Hytte (Norwegian for cabin) is located at the northern end of Nordmarka, Jevnaker Municipality, Norway, in a vast desert full of pine trees that in the winter time dress up in snow and create a landscape that seems taken from a postcard.
It has an area of 100 square meters and was designed in 2017 by the architectural firm Mork-Ulnes Architects at the hands of its architect Casper Mork-Ulnes. The location was chosen for its proximity to Oslo and its easy access to cross-country skiing and fishing, which can be done at Lake Mylla just below. It only takes a few hours to get through inland trails by bicycle or skis, or just over an hour by car.
The “amenities” that the clients requested at the beginning were: three bedrooms, including a bunk bed for children; two bathrooms as efficient as they are small; a small annex for waxing skis, storing bicycles and skis, and a sauna for two people; and connection from the inside out.
The design challenge was to rework the traditional hytte construction so that it retained its utilitarian character: compact, efficient and function-driven. They wanted to create a clean and simple interior, so they used only two materials for the interior: pine and concrete plywood.
By Magaly • Jun 26, 2018
This enchanting house seems like it was pulled out of a fairy tale. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and next to a dense forest that is part of the nature reserve of the area. The house is located next to the forest to emphasize the contrast between the open landscape and the forest experience. The rooms of the house benefit from completely different views on each side of the house.
The roof of the porch has movable slats that can serve as a rainproof surface. They can also be opened to allow more light into the house. The project was designed by the architect Tijmen Versluis of the architecture firm Architect eigen huis, in 2016. It is located in Voorschoten, The Netherlands and has an area of 290 square meters.
The living room is west facing and has a nice size. A minimalist sliding door, which is divided into three sections, can be opened automatically. By doing this, the living room is transferred to perfection on the outdoor terrace. A large sunscreen is integrated into the details to provide the necessary shade in summer.The dining room, kitchen and living room are linearly aligned, but separated by elegant semi-transparent panels. Sliding the doors creates a large loft-style space and a completely different atmosphere.
By Magaly • Jun 25, 2018
This project of a boutique winery is located in Orange NSW 2800, Australia and was designed in 2017 by the architects David Sutherland and Sally Sutherland of the architecture firm Source Architects.
Montoro sought to create a special experience for clients. It needed to be more than an outlet for their wines, but rather something that spoke and reinforced their brand. It is important to note that the Cellar Door needed to move away from the archetypal ‘winery’ in an old shed that is a dominant sight in the area, to express the contemporary premium status of the brands.
The place has an area of 100 square meters in which we’ll find a small tasting space, and a private dining room where customer attention was a priority. This had to be balanced with the desire for the Cellar Door to have a presence on the path and a clear identity. The distinctive, oversized roof material provided this presence, and the bidirectional orientation provided 2 different views.
The building was conceived as a wide platform protected by a large roof, sitting in a field of native grasses and wildflowers. The service areas are planned in a sculptural shape covered in blackened wood with the tasting area occupying the rest of the platform.
By Magaly • Jun 25, 2018
This old building, located in Leopoldova kapija, Beograd, Serbia, was remodeled in order to obtain two extra duplexes. To this end, the architectural professionals in charge of the project, Danilo Nedeljkovic and Ela Nesic, built a new facade in a modern style that contrasts with the old construction, as an extension to the existing one to create the new volume.
The work was carried out in 2018 and has an area of 300 square meters. The building and its interiors receive little natural light during the day due to its North orientation. The new glass facade also made the interior space of the new volume have much more natural light and look much brighter and more cheerful than the lower masonry floors.
By introducing the glass wall in the street facade, the principle of erasing the interior and exterior limits and the dematerialization of the new volume has also been achieved. The segments of the facade of the painted yellow glass were introduced to revive and refresh the glass surface of the new volume, as well as to make a visual connection with some elements of the previous facade.
The interior space is designed to have a multipurpose use. Currently, the duplexes have a commercial purpose, but their organization could easily be transformed into classic apartments.
By Magaly • Jun 21, 2018
This wonderful single-family residence located in Tapachula, southern Mexico, was mainly built with concrete. It not only seeks to combine its design with nature, but also to generate different conceptual textures.
The project was led by architect Alejandro Paz of the architecture firm Paz Arquitectura in 2016, and has an area of 730 square meters. It has comfortable environments and plenty of space. Other materials used in its construction were wood, stone, and glass to emphasize the relationship with the exterior.
On the first floor there is a social zone between the family and their guests. On the second floor is the private area. However, the materials and all the features described above were replicated in the room and bathrooms. At the center of the house, under one of the large cantilevers, a pool was placed, giving freshness to the overall composition.
The sector where the house is located is known for high amounts of rainfall, hot weather and high levels of humidity. The purpose of the design was to generate enough openings to dissipate the differences between the interior and the exterior in order to encourage owners to enjoy the advantages of climate and vegetation.
By Magaly • Jun 20, 2018
This impressive construction of modern and daring influences was designed in 2016 by Brent Kendle of the architecture firm Kendle Design Collaborative, together with the interior designer David Michael Miller.
It has an extensive area of 5600 square meters and is located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States, a town that is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurant scene.
The distinctive feature of this house is its floating roof canopy, whose lower part is composed of tectonic forms inspired by local geology and monsoon cloud formations. More than just sculpture and protection from the elements, this awning balances the owner’s desire for grandeur and comfort, starting below the interior spaces and dramatically rising towards the 180 degree view of the mountain. All mechanical and lighting devices are carefully hidden within the fissures of this feature, which allows the shape and materials to be the center of attention.
Other features include the interior spaces arranged around a central open-air atrium, allowing daylight and breeze to provide natural interior comfort.
Natural light makes this house come alive, filtering through carefully articulated cracks or reflected in the strategically located pool, constantly transforming the atmosphere of this house
By Magaly • Jun 19, 2018
This building complex resembles, by its exterior shape, a farm, and goes in perfect harmony with the landscape that surrounds it. It exteriors of compressed cement and corrugated metal give it a very modern and fresh touch.
Designed by the architectural firm Adam Kane Architects in 2016, this simple but beautiful project of only 93 square meters is located in Blackwood, Victoria, Australia.
Surrounded by extensive green areas, this project was built next to the pre-existing central house and thus creates a sense of community among them. The design is based on two simple modules that serve different functions. One of them is a painting studio, and has a small terrace which can be accessed directly and used for those moments when we seek to rest and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives. It has vertical glass windows that allow the perfect, natural lighting of the space, something particularly important as the room is meant to be used as a painting studio. The other module serves as a garage area.
When we enter the studio, we can see that the white walls and high ceiling of the small space serve to make it look larger, and a thin line of light in the ceiling serves to give the space a very modern and current touch.
By Magaly • Jun 19, 2018
The owners of this 40-acre home on the south side of the Clearwater River canyon – 10 miles upriver from Lewiston, Idaho, USA and with incredible mountain views — are two professionals looking for a year-round retreat, a place to write, sleep, talk, eat, read, fish, clean, garden and wander… far, far away from their jobs. They also wanted a place with natural spaces to provide for their grandchildren to enjoy when they visited.
The architectural firm Paul Hirzel was commissioned to carry out this project in 2003, which covers an area of 2,196 square feet. The retreat program was divided into two buildings: “the barracks” sits in a ravine along a seasonal stream, and “the study house” stands on a crest where an Idaho grass and fescue slope (a plant very common in the area) meets a Ponderosa pine forest about 300 feet above the Clearwater River.
The west side of the frame provides access for window washing and support for removable perforated sliding panels, for shading and protection against the wind. On the east side, the frame admits decks and a porch with an outside shower. The operative windows placed strategically on the four sides of the study house allow ventilation of the updraft, since the summer temperatures in the canyon often reach more than 100 degrees.
This beautiful apartment which, from the first, breathes tranquility and peace, was designed by C.H. Interior, and is located in Taipei, Taiwan. With simple lines, this is a place where elegance floats in the air, filling the space with a pleasant feeling of well-being. Here, wood is the protagonist, and the room is full of natural light that sneaks through the windows, creating a space filled with good taste.
Its living room, with double-level ceilings and both floors and walls of fine wood, is connected to the dining room-kitchen area. An open space, divided only by the thin line that separates the wooden floors from the kitchen tile floors, leads us to a kitchen of minimalist lines with wooden cabinets and a white countertop.
The dining room, with contemporary furniture, has a wooden table with modern and comfortable chairs in white that fits perfectly into the style of the space.
The stairs that lead to the second level, made in multi-toned wood, reaffirm the elegance that reigns in the space.
In the second level – a level of more private areas, so to speak – we find floors of darker wood that serve to give character to the space.
Its walls of an intense green, create a unique effect, and reflect the personality of those who live there.