The architectural firm Rob Paulus Architects renovated this construction in 2012 for a doctor. Its size is of 4500 ft2, and is located in Tucson, Arizona, USA. This renovation opens up the house to encompass the lush desert landscape while improving the interior of the property. The new shapes are crisp and clean to contrast with the rounded exterior of the existing building.
Using a reductive approach in the interior, the walls are disassembled to provide better function, circulation, and views. Outside, an existing trellis porch transforms into an outdoor living room and a kitchen with a new elevated canopy.
A palette of colors and natural material dominates the new scheme with an emphasis on fir wood that was influenced by the client’s desire to create spaces inspired by nature. This warm wood is used in all interior cabinets, but it also appears on the outside as the bottom part of the roof plane that hangs over the area of the outdoor room. The existing closed house is transformed to interact with the exterior while creating a relaxing interior space in a decidedly modern transformation.
By Magaly • Nov 8, 2018
This fabulous and modern apartment located in the city of Kyiv, Ukraine, has been designed by the architects Ivan Yunakov, Olga Korniienko, Natali Raga, and Yaroslav Katrich, all working for the firm 33bY Architecture. The client was a young entrepreneur, and the home has a distinct industrial style.
It has an area of 97 square meters and was carried out in 2018. In the interior, a palette of dark colors and a variety of materials were used, with different structures. Among those materials were brick, natural African black stone, onyx, leather, copper, and wood. Upon entering the apartment, the first thing we notice is the wall made of black stone on one side, and the black surface with golden decoration elements on the other side. The living room is combined with a kitchen, a dining room, and a work space.
The space was separated by using glass partitions, looking to align the boundaries between the facilities, but at the same time to achieve open and floating spaces. The glass structure is made by using the “smart glass” system technology; it can be converted to matt to achieve greater privacy within the room.
The panel that was used to balance the dark tones is white onyx with backlighting framed by copper edges. It works at night and creates a cozy atmosphere, and is the focal point of our interior, seen from all the main facilities of the apartment.
By Magaly • Nov 7, 2018
With the aim of optimizing the reuse of small plots, part of a new policy of the mayor of London, the architectural firm FORMstudio set to work on this new project, located in London Borough of Southwark, United Kingdom. The 240 square meter area is part of this new plan that encourages municipalities to proactively support new, well-designed homes in small plots through planning in order to significantly increase the way small challenging plots can meet the needs of housing in London. Benbow Yard is a perfect response to this policy.
The houses with patio, in the London district of Southwark are located in a closed and irregular plot, previously occupied by a metal factory. The challenging site had narrow access, perspectives and problems with daylight, and these limitations have directly determined the shape and the fenestration of the pair of new single-family, two-story and three-bedroom homes.
The ground floors are lined with a contemporary pale brick with vaulted floors with zinc coating for retaining walls: materials that refer to the industrial heritage of the site but that are articulated with a refined level of detail to create a sense of quality.
By Magaly • Nov 5, 2018
This modern residence of open spaces and full of natural light was re-designed by the architecture firm David Coleman Architecture in 2015 in the city of Seattle, United States. It has an area of 6058 ft2, and we can see the result of the attempts to merge both the interior and the exterior. The original house, designed in 1956 by a prominent Seattle architect, is located in the private enclave of Broadmoor. It was conceived as a serpentine structure of a single floor.
The objective of the firm was to clarify the layout; add where necessary to improve habitability, merge the interior and exterior space where possible, and improve the general ambience. To achieve this, a series of initiatives were launched that had the effect of better defining the access to the house, the movement through the house, and the relationship between the interior and exterior space. This resulted in a transformation of the whole, raising the overall quality of the building and the landscape, allowing the promise of the original structures and the site to be fully realized.
The plan preserves the openness that one expects in a modern home, but it also contains an appearance of intimacy that is not expected in such a large and open building. This is achieved through the insertion of subtle but effective architectural devices, all lending a more human and accessible scale.
Cooking is definitely an art and this space has been designed for those who revel in the pleasure of cooking. The space looks to bring to life the concept of a free kitchen that brings together lovers of good food, becoming the throne of a large, versatile, and functional space with an air of lightness. The one in charge of this project, carried out recently, has been W4 Arquitetura Criativa under the direction of its professionals Camila Pigatto, Fernanda Sá, and Laura Tavares.
It has an area of 35 square meters and is located in Três Figueiras, Porto Alegre, Brazil. As a sustainable solution, the iron mesh of rods in the wall serves as a custom mural in the space and is reused from the construction phase, avoiding its elimination and the waste of material. The wall with vertical garden is made with recycled cloth bags.
Another element considered sustainable is the presence of an orchard that serves as raw material for the preparation of the chef’s dishes in the workshop space, using organic spices from direct sowing.
By Magaly • Oct 30, 2018
Located in the village of Baaddat in Mount Lebanon, twenty miles above Beirut, this detached villa has excellent views over the mountainous landscape. It has an area of 562 square meters and was designed in 2016 by the architectural firm Joe Serrins Studio, under the guidance of its architects Joe Serrins and Jared Brownell. The property is covered with pine nut trees that cling to the rocky slope that falls twenty meters on a 45 degree slope. The architecture allows us to cross the steep slope and put us in contact with the landscape.
The program is organized by floors: the lowest level is the garage, and level two includes a media room and three bedrooms. The third level is the living room that has high ceilings and the largest of the four terraces. The fourth level contains the master suite and a private terrace with a pool hidden against the hillside. The building is mostly made of concrete, typical of structures of this size in the region.
The exterior is covered with a coarse gray stone interrupted by a volume of white plaster and several folding glass planes with operable doors. The landscape terraces and property debris walls are made with a local rock with a rough face.
By Magaly • Oct 16, 2018
This remodeling of an old floor of 807 ft2, located in Gràcia, Barcelona, was carried out by the architect Raúl Sanchez and his team of professionals Pau Just and Cayetano de la Torre. The previous state of the apartment belonged to a way of life incompatible with the requirements of the new owner. Therefore, the new proposal starts from the total demolition of the pre-existing situation, maintaining only the structural system (for technical and economic reasons, structural interventions were ruled out).
The space is intended to flow freely inside, to maximize the feeling of space and abolish the boundaries between the rooms: for example, both the bedroom and the guest bathroom are closed with large, large pivoting doors, from floor to ceiling, without perimeter frames. This means that partitions are not only interrupted when they reach the gaps in the doors.
The bathroom is completely black, a mixture of ceramic, granite, microcemento and black varnish, and with taps, sinks and other accessories, all in black. On the other hand, the guest bathroom has the opposite treatment: here the granite, the microcement and the varnish are all white, although the sink and faucets are kept in black. The sliding and rotating iron and glass doors draw figures that blur the axes, but also mark areas of privacy and more visible areas.
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This small urban residence is located in Seattle, United States and is a clear example of what is possible to achieve by looking at these forgotten landscapes as new opportunities.
The architectural firm The Miller Hull Partnership understood it this way and took advantage of the space and its landscape converting this space of 800 ft2 (20 feet wide by 40 feet long) into what it is today.
This unique space provides the opportunity to re-imagine how people can reconnect with water in areas where the scale of ubiquitous industrial structures tends to break that relationship. With similar industrial warehouses lined up on many urban water fronts, there is the possibility of reconnecting people with navigable waterways, even in industrialized environments.
Located at the top of a warehouse larger than a football field, the unit is near the edge of the building to supervise the marina and the waterway below, while enjoying panoramic views of the Olympic Range.
Carried out in 2008 one of its main attractions remains its views.
This modest house was built in 1911 with blocks of stones resulting from the excavation of the ground for the railway. It was originally thought to be inhabited by the workers of the construction of the railway in the town of Montreux, Switzerland.
In 2014, this 260 square meter project was remodeled by the firm Ralph Germann architectes. The space, located on a sloping slope, offers a breathtaking view of the Alps, Lake Geneva and the Riviera.
The renovation of the building by the architect Ralph Germann shows visible signs of the transformation in the exterior facades. Completely empty, the building maintained its original design, the central staircase with its walnut and wrought iron fence. This construction that originally housed three apartments was opened to unite all the floors of the house, now concentrated into a single home.
To strengthen the link between the levels, the architect came up with a creative solution. The load-bearing walls on the staircase were opened to insert open concrete elements, built at the site from molds. Responding to the demands of thermal and acoustic insulation, the creation of these concrete openings proved to be a very effective solution. Heat, light, and sound pass through, allowing family members to communicate from one floor to another. In addition, these cavities also serve as storage spaces.
By Magaly • Oct 8, 2018
This fantastic residence, which was completed in 2017 by the professionals Philip Olmesdahl, Tamaryn Fourie, and James Minchener, is located in the region of the Western Cape, Overberg, in South Africa.
This property, covering a large area of 1610 square meters (423 square meters), has incredible views over the Bot River Lagoon and the Overberg mountains.
The continuous flow from the interior to the external space is reflected in the presence of fynbos (vegetation typical of the area) that fill the edges of the construction, allowing the surrounding nature into the home.
The architectural design, created by SAOTA (its interior was done by ARRCC), of this holiday home perfectly combines various materials that allow it to face the different natural agents of the region: sunlight, salt, rain and, in particular, strong winds. A pleasant side effect is the views residents and visitors alike are able to enjoy from the home’s perch.
The owners’ vision for this retirement home for their children is in a “C” shaped layout to help maximize the panorama, the views, and create a large sheltered yard.
Through the use of rich materials and a tame color palette, the decoration is integrated perfectly, optimizing the sense of space.
This house, located on the top of a mountain in Marušići, Croatia, is a holiday home designed by the firm Studio Ante Murales d.o.o. in 2016. The architects Ante Nikša Bilić, Sunčica Mastelić Ivić and Hrvojka Kalogjera were responsible for carrying out this project, which covers an area of 270 square meters.
The conditions of the microclimate and the view from the site determined the design of the building. But the same applies to the materiality and tactile properties of the house. The cubes are made of concrete and are related to the rocks of the Biokovo mountain range due to their color.
The traditional construction of small rural houses in this area involves the construction of the whole building with a single material. As such, this home was mainly made of stone, and the roof was made of stone slabs. This practice resulted in beautiful functional units of spaces that were either open or covered by vines and tiles.
And as the people in charge of this project say: “To direct a space to live in, the space must be filled with us. I wanted to protect myself from the sun, to protect myself from the wind, the rain and the cold. I wanted all the windows and openings to be full of the sea.” Their wishes are now a reality.
Just one hour from the center of Lima, Peru in the area of Chaclacayo, this home of 528 square meters is used to get away from the chaotic city. A perfect place to embrace peace and tranquility, surrounded by family. It was designed by the architecture firm SOMA Lima under the direction of the architects Daniela Chong, Daniella Suazo, and Andrea Silva in 2017.
The architectural program of the house includes living room, dining room, four bedrooms, kitchen, living room, service area, and a separate volume of bungalows that house four guest bedrooms.
The main house has an integrated and oversized living and dining room, since this is the main social space and where the whole family gathers. With a double height ceiling, this space expands both vertically and horizontally, and integrates the interior with the exterior, creating a covered terrace surrounded by green.
The intimate area of the bedrooms opens onto another garden to the west of the house to maintain privacy, while the other social spaces, such as the kitchen and living room, are visually integrated with the rest of the house.
When entering, the main house located towards the bottom of the land is framed by a large garden, with the hills and blue sky in the background.
The Ghost Wash House, as this private property is called, was designed by Architecture – Infrastructure – Research, Inc., which is an architecture and urban design firm focused on applying advanced research methods and sustainable practices into designs that cover the needs and wishes of each client, and which was founded by Darren Petrucci in 2001. The home is located along the lower hillside of the north side of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona, in the United States. It was completed in 2017 and covers a total ground area of 8,500 square feet.
The site is flanked by two desert washes that move water from the top of the mountain into the valley below. A third topographic condition — a “Ghost Wash” — runs through the center of the site, giving the property its name, and is framed by brick bars.
The eastern of these two protects the wash from the desert sun that shines upon it in the morning. It also houses the garages, the kitchen, an office, and the family room. The western bar shields the property from the intensely hot west sun as it sets in the valley. In turn, it houses the private areas of the home, such as the bedrooms, another family room, and a recreation space. The living room and dining room are house in the interior of a long sequence of courtyards and gardens that flow along the Ghost Wash from the south entry to the north pool house.
Deloia, as this private residence is called, is a home located in Duluth, a major port city in the state of Minnesota, in the United States. The home consists of the second project that Salmela Architect, a local architectural firm that was in this instance led by Souliyahn Keobounpheng, completed for these clients. It was finished in 2017.
Previously, Salmela Architect had completed an extensive renovation for a rural home for these clients. Now that they decided to move into the city, the clients purchased a lot with views of Lake Superior, and decided to work with the architectural firm once again.
This new project is divided into three structures which are themselves interconnected by glass corridors which in turn create two distinct – yet visually connected – courtyards, with one oriented toward the lake and the other tucked into the graduated slope of the hill.
The interior of the home is spacious and brightly illuminated, with clear glass walls that allow natural light to flow freely into the interior, while also blurring the dividing lines between indoors and outdoors.
The wood pegged timber frame pavilion located in the backyard was handmade by the client’s husband years before in a folk school timber framing class, but had not been properly assembled before. Once they set off to build this home, however, they realized it would be the perfect addition for their home — and even served to host their daughter’s wedding.
Redesigned Private Residence that Still Maintains Traces of the Traditional Architecture of the Area
By Magaly • Sep 27, 2018
House P is a private residence located in Styria, in southeastern Austria, as evidenced by the spectacular rolling hills that characterize the landscape by which it is surrounded. It was designed in 2015 by Irene Nikolaus of Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten, an Austrian architectural firm with offices in Vienna and Graz, and covers a total ground area of 330 square meters.
The home resembles, in structure, an old barn, and so recalls and preserves the architectural traditions of the area. The complex consists of a main home and four annexes, which were once farm buildings themselves. It is this main building which continues to hold the main residential areas of the property, whereas the old barn has been adapted and converted into a garage and storage space. The remaining structures – which were previously used for the production and storage of wine – have been repurposed and are now used as a guest house, and a pool and wellness house.
The interior of the building mixes contemporary design and a rustic country feel seamlessly, creating an atmosphere that is unique and innovative. Scarce decorative accessories, including tasteful works of art, allow the home to have a sense of serenity and amplitude, and the floor to ceiling glass walls provide it with an easy relationship with the exterior.
By Magaly • Sep 25, 2018
These modern offices with a distinct and charming industrial style have been designed by the firm Squire & Partners in collaboration with the design firm Oktra in 2018. They have an area of 50,300 square feet and are located in Southwark, in London, England.
The offices belong to Ministry and are part of a recently opened coworking space and an exclusive club. In them, the professionals and creatives of the industry could gather and collaborate; this had been one of the requirements for these spaces. To do this, the firm worked directly with the designers, and created spaces for entertainment and coworking for the next generation of creative rebels.
It was important to expose the original fabric of the building to comply with the design specifications, so it was sought to maintain existing materials as much as possible. The plaster and the masonry were preserved in many places with several bare walls to reveal the history and the rawness of the building. The result: original spaces full of charm.
The sound booths, the space for events, the cinema, and the external and internal bars with a fully equipped kitchen will support the complex as an entertainment space, promoting functions and events within the music industry.
By Magaly • Sep 21, 2018
In the “Region of the Lakes”, located on top of a mountain on the Peninsula of Lonconaos Lake, about fifteen kilometers from the city of Futaleufú, in the Chilean Patagonia, this small but charming cabin frames its main view towards the lake and everything else is forgotten before the wonderful views.
It has 65 square meters of construction and was designed by the architectural firm Paul Steel Bouza Arquitecto in 2017.
The living room and the master bedroom are connected to a terrace above the lake, with a glass wall providing an absolute and free view. The restroom and other rooms are at the back of the house, which reduces the overall space space, creating an “A” form.
A backyard with an acrylic roof serves as access to the house. It is closed through a metal door that works in two ways: the first is to protect the house in periods of storms, and the second is to give privacy to the bathroom since it has an open window that leads directly to the lake.
The sloping roof rises to create a loft which is accessed by a retractable staircase, which frees up space in the small dwelling.