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 10, 2018
This fabulous project, in which the protagonists are the wide spaces and the concrete, was designed by interior design firm JACKY.W DESIGN, under the leadership of its professionals Jacky Wang and Jammie Lu in the city of Long Feng Lu, Nanhu Qu, Jiaxing Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China. It has a large space of 700 square meters and was carried out in 2018.
Although it is commonly considered that people can not enjoy work and life at the same time, JACKY.W DESIGN created an open and multifunctional living experience space for the fashion brand TKSTYLE BOUTIQUE. Ironically, however, they are barely separated in reality, as a home was brought into the workplace.
The designers gave free rein to the structure and height (8 meters) of the original space, and ingeniously integrated functional areas for work, reception, physical conditioning, and conferences, in the space of two floors without rigid partitions. There are windows on each of the walls which ensure sufficient natural light penetrates the space, resulting in a bright and airy environment.
Flowering plants highlight the original beauty of the widely exposed concrete on the floor, walls, beams, and pillars.
The design presents an industrial style combined with exquisite upholstered furniture and ornaments, which makes the overall space rough, simple, but also delicate.
By Magaly • Sep 7, 2018
The Microsoft Envisioning Center is a project that was completed by the American architectural firm Studio O+A, which is based in San Francisco, California. The structure is located in Redmond, just over 15 miles away from Seattle, Washington, in the United States. It was completed in 2016, and covers an approximate ground area of 1,500 square feet.
In order to create the design for the building, Studio O+A started with the basics, departing from the idea of a traditional office with work stations and meeting rooms, but adapting them to the specific needs of this particular structure. With this in mind, they created a series of spaces that represent the future of office design, where the workplace anticipates the needs of the employees, and caters to them.
The interior is characterized by an ever changing and modern industrial style, with some spaces featuring an exposed ceiling supported by black iron beams, and others by an abundance of light, both natural and artificial, with Scandinavian-style décor and bright accents in primary colors. It is a place of architectural and interior design wonder which encourages curiosity and creativity, where the brightest leading minds will brainstorm and work together to envision our future.
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
This renovation of a house designed for a couple and their two cats was carried out in a hutong – a type of narrow street or alley – in Beijing, China by the architect Daisuke Matsumoto of the architectural firm FESCH Beijing. The space covers an area of 36.7 square meters and was carried out in 2016. Formerly the place was divided to accommodate several families.
The modifications and extensions of the original buildings gradually occupied the space once it was made public, leaving only one passage. Entering from the northwest, the project is located in the southeast corner, after crossing the narrow passage.
In a space of only 19 square meters, the architect took care of the common problems of the area and its surroundings, such as ensuring ventilation and lighting, reducing the restlessness generated by the crowded environment.
The original roof was preserved, and the rest was eliminated. The north and south walls were opened, respectively, to ensure ventilation and lighting.
On the second floor, private functions are performed, making use of the height to guarantee privacy; the first floor holds the public areas of the home.
An unobstructed space was created from the patio corridor, which crosses the first floor and extends to the south patio.
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
In this space of 5,000 square feet, the offices of MOJEH, a fashion magazine that writes about the latest trends in men’s and women’s fashion from around the world, were designed. To carry out the project, the interior design firm Swiss Bureau was contracted in 2017. They are located in the modern city of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The client wanted a workplace that reinvented his new offices in Dubai. The brief presented was to create a bright, functional, and well-planned interior that would stimulate creativity. We worked hand in hand with the general director of the magazines, Mojeh Izadpanah and his team to carefully structure the delivery of a work experience that would represent their brand.
The place has a clean, warm, and unique appeal that is distinguished by the simplicity of its materials. White marble, gold paint, and black metal combine perfectly to provide that simplistic, elegant and chic style.
The client wanted an office where they could invite the best fashion brands such as Prada, Louis Vitton, and Cartier. The entire office has been designed to increase employee performance, improve the flow of energy and create a well-balanced office space where employees feel productive.
By Magaly • Sep 4, 2018
This remodeling is of an old house in Seoul, South Korea, that could not function in its entirety due to small leaks and cracks, both inside and outside; the result of carelessness. It was carried out by Lee Ju Young of the architectural firm G / O Architecture.
The large space of 421 square meters was remodeled in 2017 seeking to please the client as much as possible, who wanted a complete renovation where the atmosphere was warm and cozy and oozed a modern style.
It was a typical house in which they were mainly interested in the interior, whether they be as extravagant as marble imported from Italy or not, and had a fantasy of European-style decorations, fireplaces and large chandeliers. And so, they began by eliminating the false decorations that filled this house.
The method of separating spaces from blocked walls to open walls was changed.
In the living room, they installed a square wall with openings at different heights, in the corridor and on the second floor and changed the ceiling. In the room of the youngest son, they also created a cozy atmosphere. It is important to control the degree of privacy of a home to give its occupants safety and comfort.
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
The Tube Well House is a project located in Ambajogai, a city and a municipal council, Tehsil and subdivision in Beed district in the state of Maharashtra, India. Completed in 2017, it was designed by Atelier Shantanu Autade, and covers a total ground area of 8,500 square feet.
The project arises from the demolition of an existing structure in the core of the town of Ambajogai, as it was structurally unfit for occupation. Following this, a proposal for a new building sprung up — a maternity home (hospital) suited for the climactic conditions of the area.
A study of the site was conducted, after which it was determined that some existing elements should be allowed to have an influence upon the new construction, such as an old tube well built in basalt and a temple adjacent to the north side of the site.
The interior is characterized by high ceilings, which add to the verticality of the structure. The ground floor is divided into two halves by a passageway which connects the front and back streets. This corridor also serves to connect the exterior to the medical, pathology, and gym areas on the ground floor.
On top of the hospital sits a residence, which is connected to the rest of the building by a staircase, and clearly marked as a separate 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 small holiday apartment covering an area of only 44 square meters has been designed in a mixture of white, black, and gray, and is intended for a couple and their small dog. It is located in a beautifully preserved building with high ceilings in the center of Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, and was strategically designed by the firm XS Studio for compact design.
Despite the small surface of the apartment, the high ceiling gives it a feeling of spaciousness. As if the challenge of an apartment of 44 square meters for two tenants was not enough, around 12 square meters are non-mobile shelter room walls. Therefore, it is important for the rest of the space to be as open as possible.
A built-in ladder in the kitchen cabinet allows easy access to the large storage space in the kitchen, as well as the cabinet on both sides.
In such a small apartment, every square meter counts. The tenants do not usually enjoy cooking while they are at home, but said that whenever they stay in this apartment, they intended to cook and spend time together while talking and enjoying each other’s company. Therefore, the moving wooden plate on the work surface of the kitchen allows more space to sit and more work space at the same time.
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.