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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • Jul 17, 2018
Located in a private neighborhood west of the city of Mendoza and with distant views of the city in Argentina, this modern construction has 4800 square meters. It was designed, in 2017, by the architecture firm A4estudio under the direction of its architectural professionals Leonardo Codina and Juan Manuel Filice.
It was decided to organize the house into pavilions which would adapt themselves to the different scenarios of daily life. A first pavilion would take care of the common areas: the main room, dining room, kitchen, services, and wine cellar. A second pavilion would house the master bedroom, with additional space that would allow moments of peace and quiet from the rest of the house. Also included are a small living room and office.
The third pavilion would house the mother and her children, organizing three en suite bedrooms and a living space / games room.
These three pavilions are connected by a central space that integrates them, and it also functions as the hall of access to the house, and connecting with a gallery and the exterior garden. These three pavilions can be closed off, allowing for varying states of coexistence.
This project located in Sancheong-gun, South Korea has, among other things, spectacular views over a landscape of green mountains and a fantastic lake, which give its inhabitants an immense sense both of peace and tranquility.
As a curious fact I mention that the reservoir is artificial, as the lake in front of the site (which measures over 220,000 square meters) is an element of the landscape that did not originally exist. Maybe that is why such dramatic and mysteriously incidental scenes occur around this place, as if it were a place that not even the gods could have predicted.
The architectural firm JMY architects was commissioned to carry the project forward in 2016, led by a professional team composed of the architect Jaemin Yoon and the designer Seongmin Lee.
Being a place with few inhabitants, there is only a sincere dialogue between man and nature. The first method of dialogue was an interpretation of the “limit” where man meets nature. That is why the structure was planned to allow communication between the interior and exterior and between man and nature, through the various gaps that man has created in terms of his position towards nature.
This villa is located in huge and thick forest near Prague, Czech Republic. A few kilometers away is an old town that was historically used as a source of workers for the Emperor’s forests.
The biggest inspiration was the surroundings, which led architects Jan Mach, Jan Vondrák, and Lukáš Holub of the architectural firm Mjölk architects to make this design, which due to the organic shape of the roof seems to be woven into the trees that surround it. The lower part was designed in order to enjoy the fascinating views of the forest.
The work was carried out in 2017 and covers an area of 322 square meters of construction.
The roof covers the two structures that comprise the villa. The first is small and hides the atelier, the social areas, and the garage. The second is a house made for the family. In the lower part is a large residential area with living room, kitchen, workshop, and the master bedroom. Above, are the children’s rooms, which are the only volumes that exceed the ceiling. The first block includes the kitchen area and the second is located above the workshop. The rooms of the children are identical. They all have their own bathroom and a small dressing room.
This house was built, within a reasonable budget, for a couple with a child, and covers an area of 230 square meters. It is located in Le Chenit, Switzerland, and was designed in the year 2017 by the architect Ralph Germann, head of the architectural firm Ralph Germann architectes.
All of its rooms have a common point: their views of the lake, which is one of the greatest attractions that the house has, along with beautiful landscapes.
The architects used a prefabricated wooden construction system for facades and pediments. These elements were built directly in the workshop and then transported in situ. The “skeleton” of the house was made of concrete. The prefabricated wooden facades were joined to the interior concrete structure.
All the facades of the house are made of a spruce structure that is filled with fiberglass insulation and then covered with spruce boards, native to the area. By using this method of construction, the architects could keep costs down while reducing construction time and environmental impact.
The architectural firm was in charge of designing the interior tables, shelves and cabinets with birch veneer, and the indoor and outdoor dining tables of solid larch.
By Magaly • Jul 12, 2018
The objective of this project was to renovate a two-story house that was built 23 years ago. The original floor plan had individual cells and a small living room. The space composed of small areas evoked a closed feeling.
The person in charge of carrying it out was the architect Kouichi Kimura of the architectural firm FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects in 2018. The space of 140 square meters is located in a town in Japan.
A plan was made to eliminate unnecessary rooms and partitions. The entrance serves as an open ground floor that connects the terrace with the living room. In order to expand the visibility and living space, a counter and a raised space were created as a unit that has been built along the wall of the room.
The space seems quiet due to the moderate height of the roof and the dim light. The exposed column in the corridor had originally been hidden, but is now allowed to breathe. The house, which has many years of construction, has been renovated and has become a house with great potential.
This large lot of 27,000 square meters is located within a small gated community of 8 lots in the town of SMPW near Brasilia, in Brazil. The project had as its premise to achieve a balance between the integration of the neighborhood and the maintenance of the privacy of the inhabitants. For this, the architectural firms Esquadra Arquitetos, Yi Arquitetos, who through their professionals Filipe Monte Serrat, Camilo de Lannoy, Manuela Dantas, Silvana Moraes and Carolina Dumay, worked together in intricate detail in order to carry out the project in 2015.
The living room opens onto the pool; the pool is integrated to the barbecue area and the barbecue area is connected to the kitchen. From the private bedrooms, you can access the patio, from where you can interact with the terrace of the mezzanine. In the courtyard the elements of the building are no longer important; rather, the environment created by the lack of such elements is the protagonist.
The structure has a mezzanine modeled to a room to watch TV, from where you can see the street, the pool and a living room with a high ceiling.
Therefore, the common housing area is defined as a refuge, a living room, facing the street as a place for observation.
By Magaly • Jul 11, 2018
The spaces, done in consistent white and with the persistent presence of light, always are pleasant and provocative. These spaces, wide open and ready to be enjoyed by those that occupy it, are surely one of the project’s most important characteristics.
The architectural firm MaSQ Architecture was recently commissioned to carry out this project that has a total area of 90 square meters and is located in Sydney, Australia.
The main inspiration for the project resided in the established backyard, which was somewhat sunken from the surroundings. A new space for living room, kitchen and dining room was added. In particular, it was required that the living room be much like a pavilion in the garden; however, it was equally important that it maintained privacy and was protected. A brick wall was designed around the upper level that was then suspended over the glass doors and windows below.
Considered as a space that inhabits both inside and outside, the pavilion can be both a place of open interaction and of rest and protection.
Internally, the kitchen is located in the back of the space with a concrete box gutter expressed internally as the division between the kitchen and the living room.
The black and white painted brick, the dark granite floors and the exposed concrete reflect a simple and honest application.
This wonderful house, located in Escobar, Buenos Aires, Argentina, covers an area of 250 square meters and was designed in 2016 by Gonzalo Bardach and Matías Mosquera, members of the local architectural firm BAM! Architecture.
The client wished to have a house with an efficient, functional, and synthetic character, designed in order to develop an intense family life where each of the members, children as well as adults, had their own well defined spaces.
The garden has a large swimming pool where the family can spend their leisure time or simply spend time together in the company of friends. It also has a beautiful terrace that has barbecue area. All of these separate entertainment areas have been clearly designed with the family in mind.
The social areas, living room, dining room, and TV area were designed in succession, and open to the garden to allow the full integration of all spaces. The large glass walls that surround the spaces allow natural light to enter, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The ground floor has the living room, dining room, kitchen, TV room, laundry room, and a small bathroom, while on the upper floor are the three bedrooms of the children with their own bathroom, the master bedroom, and a family room.
This wonderful hotel, rebuilt with local materials, is ideally located in Fira’s Caldera cliffs, with magnificent views of the volcano, the deep blue of the sea, and the most famous sunset, all on the island of Santorini, Greece.
It has 13 simple and luxurious suites, designed in a Cycladic style, with beautiful curved and white walls from which we can enjoy not only the views, but also the intimacy of its wonderful terraces. Also included are a swimming pool and breakfast area. All this creates a relaxing atmosphere that invites us to rest and enjoy.
Its remodeling, completed in 2016, was led by the design firm Interior Design Laboratorium, with designeer Stamos Hondrodimos as well as Chrysi Makri and Nefeli Tsiami. It also has a fine restaurant where we can enjoy the local drinks and an exquisite Mediterranean cuisine. The quality of the ingredients and the local products will make this one culinary experience you won’t forget, made complete thanks to an open terrace and good music.
Or we can simply opt for a private dinner on their own balcony, a romantic setting under the moon and the night view of the island. A special dinner for two is served by your personal waiter in the most romantic place ever!
This delicate apartment has been recently remodeled for a client, who, having lived for many years in Copenhagen, felt comfortable in the minimalist interiors.
So, being back in Moscow, Russia, he decided that this was the style he wanted for his new home, so the architecture firm buro5, led by his architect Boris Denisyuk, got down to work and created this interior with Scandinavian style. Among other things, they decided to paint the interior walls in blue and pastel pink with touches of mustard and fill the spaces with furniture as well as Scandinavian accessories.
The apartment, covering an area of 55 square meters, is located in a Stalinist house built in 1957. The architect did not have the opportunity of a radical remodeling: the load wall and the beam pass through the apartment, so he combined only the kitchen and the living room, and left the bedroom isolated.
The apartment has a very spacious kitchen, and also two closets at the request of the client. One can access one from the hallway and store one’s outer clothing and all household items. The second is adjacent to the bedroom.
Decorating the living room was extremely simple: a sofa, a television and a shelf underneath. There is also a bar counter, which is a continuation of the kitchen.
This fantastic loft, with high walls made of brick and concrete, was recently renovated in order to more closely fit the wants and needs of a young and single client. It was crucial that it fit perfectly, especially taking into consideration that the space was rented, and that, in the future, the furniture would be reutilized somewhere else. This is why the furniture, for the most part, was chosen in accordance with each of the spaces in the home.
The project was undertaken by architectural firm treszerosete in 2017, and was specifically led by experienced professionals André Britto, Caio Ferraz and Kamal Yazbek.
It is located in the popular city of São Paulo in Brazil. It covers a total area of 80 square meters, which is not bad at all when we consider that the apartment is occupied by a single person.
Access to the apartment is characterized by a small hallway that limits its use. This is why a bookshelf design that could transmit the personality of the resident through the personal objects—apart from being able to establish a clear order for objects of daily use—was chosen.
The bookshelf at the entrance to the apartment moves through to the stairs, and together—staircase and bookshelf—create a space that allows for concentration and hard work. This was, indeed, as it was requested by the client themselves.
The lower level is the common area, and was designed to receive many people. This is also true for the balcony area, which was designed to help with reunions and gatherings, as the people seated there can easily move to the living room.