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 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.
This discreet renovation of a 1950’s bungalow belonging to a family of 5 is located on the northern shore of Castlecrag in Australia and has an area of 170 square meters. The simple project has been under the direct supervision of the architectural firm Downie North Architects, who have turned a mid-century residence into a spacious home, cozy and full of natural light.
Having previously lived in a large family home, customers were concerned about the “reduction.” However with some minimal modifications, the requirements could be accommodated within the existing building. The design focused on eliminating the unnecessary elements in order to determine a natural place for each space, while raising those functions and creating awareness and connection with the place.
The alteration focused on creating a large open space, housing, kitchen, living room and dining room, which uses key carpentry pieces to create different areas and implicit thresholds that define the lobby, the kitchen, the dining room, and the living room, the pantry, and the study.
The palette of materials is based on the natural environment of Castlecrag: a clean palette of white and gray, the irregular glaze of the ceramic tiles creates reflections, and the red brick recovered that borders the roof makes reference to the house and its surroundings.
The new architectural composition is highly efficient, dynamic but serene
By Magaly • Aug 7, 2018
Smart Design Studio designed this project located on Crown Street, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and consists of a restaurant in the lower part of the building and five apartments in the upper level. The building is comprised of two different architectural blocks that are nevertheless interconnected with each other.The exterior walls, white and modern in design, are lined in mosaic tiles. Below it, dark glass walls allow us to have a complete view of the exterior from inside the room and vice versa.
Stairs, decorated with mosaics, lead us to the apartments located on the upper floors of the building. There, we can find comfortable spaces where we can feel the simplicity and good taste for design which is present there.
The spacious and bright living room, with furniture that looks very comfortable, welcomes us. The kitchen, perfectly lit by the sunlight that sneaks through the door leading to the terrace, looks small but comfortable and modern.
A wooden dining room with plenty of natural light is located in a corner of the space – without a doubt a simple but charming atmosphere.
The bathroom, decorated in ocher, has been mostly covered by small mosaics that match the colors of the furniture placed there.
High ceilings through which the natural light filters in, illuminating the interior spaces, is the first thing you will notice in this house, which was designed by the architectural firm Amrish Maharaj Architect, and which is located in the western suburb of Enmore, Australia.
This modest and semi-detached house was designed in 2018 and has an area of 160 square meters.
Its design was inspired by the lofts and industrial warehouses of New York City, and the centerpiece is a six-meter vacuum with a large window facing north to capture the best of light and give the house a really amazing factor, with a feeling of space seldom achieved.
Previously, the back of this home consisted of a series of small spaces that included a kitchen, a dining room and a laundry room, which restricted access to the back garden. Being oriented to the south, the spaces lacked natural light, which results in artificial lighting used most of the day. The renovation summary included a large and bright space that includes a loft parent retreat, a well-planned kitchen and a family area that flows into the outer space. The extension also needed to be linked to the original house but not imitate it.
By Magaly • Jul 19, 2018
This 110-square-meter apartment, designed by architects Ashot Snkhchyan, Armine Snkhchyan and Hayk Zalibekyan, working for the firm snkh studio, in 2018, is located in the lively neighborhood of Yerevan – Cascade, Armenia. It is a firmly neoclassical building from a decidedly Stalinist era.
The first floor is strangely small since it occupies only half of the original apartment that was divided into two parts. There is only the entrance area, the bathroom and the bedroom, which creates a kind of inverted functional scheme, where the active part of the apartment is on the top floor, under the sloping roof. A small balcony of the room is the only point that overlooks the Cascade, where during the warm days there are many open-air concerts. The client wanted a room that could be easily prepared in order to accommodate friends and enjoy the concerts.
The second floor consists of three parts: the main “public space”, the terrace and a room that has a mood completely different from the rest of the apartment. It houses an art collection, TV, and a poker table, as well as many antique rugs on the floor and the room also serves as a guest bedroom. One of the main ideas of the project was to make it possible to merge the terrace, the public space and the room into a space, to create many use scenarios.
The cement floor, the plywood and the bright colors are the main accents of this project.
By Magaly • 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.
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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • Jun 26, 2018
YU Hotel is located in East Fuxing Road, Shanghai, China, next to Yu Garden, so it took its name “Yu Hotel” to echo Yu Garden. It was designed by the architectural firm Shanghai Ben Zhe Architecture Design, under the direction of Huajian Jiang.
It has an area of 678 square meters composed of four old buildings that were narrow, small and with inadequate lighting inside. The key to the renovation project is the spatial restructuring and bring the sunlight and nature to the interior space that used to be narrow and dark. After more than half a year, the designers reconstructed and converted the old place into the new complex, whose interior is connected to the outside with a courtyard interspersed between them.
Originally it was an old hostel / chess and card room. With the changes of times and urban renewal, the owner wanted to change the new meaning of B&B on the basis of reinforcing the existing structure.
The relationships between culture, nature and architecture were resolved during the design process with the purpose of integrating them together. At the entrance, we can see a wall built with black bricks that serve as a transition between the openness and the privacy of the interior space.
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 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 • May 31, 2018
This fantastic and modern house, with spaces that are open and full of natural light, has been designed by the architectural firm Williamson Williamson, under the command of its professionals Betsy Williamson, Shane Williamson, Chris Routley, Paul Harrison, Dimitra Papantonis, Lucas Boyd, Eric Tse and Donald Chong. It is located in the city of Hamilton, Canada, and was created for a young couple and their parents.
The property covers an area of 3800 square feet and its construction was carried out in 2016. The house was conceived as two different residences, each formed in a linear bar that contains the complete program of a home. The parents’ suite occupies the ground floor with the living room and the dining room. The suite is presented as an accessible one-story apartment with additional features to adapt to the specific challenges faced by aging parents.
The main protagonist of the house is the spectacular spiral staircase lined with wood that connects the living room with the master suite on the second floor.
The ground floor of the house is lined with Algonquin limestone, locally extracted.
Radiant floor heating can be used sparingly, in combination with LED lighting, creating a low energy home.
By Magaly • May 29, 2018
This house has a sober and elegant decoration that reflects a strong personality.It was designed in 2017 by the architects Hưng Đào and Phí Đình Cường of the architectural firm AHL architects. It covers 235 square meters and is located in Phúc Lợi, Vietnam.The lack of privacy, seen as a deficiency in the design, led them to install shutters and even windows that do not open, but that help create more private spaces without compromising the visibility or freedom of the house. As the project is a semi-detached house, the distance from the neighbor’s house is quite limited, only 3 meters, a narrow distance with side windows that each open to the other home.
The home is characterized by spaces where wood and concrete are seen as predominant materials, and its dark, stylish rooms create a serene space.
It has practical and perfectly delineated atmospheres, full of natural light, where each corner has a functionality.
The house HP6 is not different, nor does it stand out from the urban landscape in general. It is simply one more house; nevertheless, its renewed interior gives a special value to the owner, who uses the interior spaces every day.
By Magaly • May 22, 2018
This spectacular simple and minimalist design, created by the architectural firm FGR Architects, hand in hand with its professional team made up by Raffoul Feras and Williams Liau in the city of Portsea, Australia, is meticulous, and at first sight seems to be floating on the crest of the small hill where it is located.
Carried out in 2016, this project covers an area of 340 square meters and was designed with the premise that it was important to maintain privacy and maximize the incredible views that the house offers towards the beach of Portsea. In this way, the family is able to look out and see the world but remain private and away from external viewers.
A striking point of the interior was the design created in the bathrooms, in which the external elements were imitated, thus creating the illusion that one is showering outside.
Its external design is of a modern style, as well as the design used in the interior, in which modern furniture of great quality and elegance have been used to populate each one of its environments.
Both in the kitchen and in the bathrooms, a gray and white marble of great quality and beauty has been used.
This abandoned greenhouse, located in Guangzhou, China, was transformed into a spectacular office full of green plants that give life and color to all the spaces that comprise it. It has beautiful areas of plants and gardens, perfectly created and cared for by professionals of the area, which surround the whole exterior of the house and where they stand out against the wood.
Its interior, full of large and luminous spaces that are connected visually with each other, enjoys an atmosphere where the air flows freely. This wonderful transformation was handled by the firm Architecture O-office. Divided into two levels, the modern structure looks no less stunning on the outside than on the inside.
In its interior, wide stairs with asymmetrical steps, where some have been used as pots for plants, connect both levels. The metallic walls create a perfect combination with the glass used in the rest of the walls, and give a luminous touch to the space.
In the second level, the ceiling has been pierced with skylights through which natural light seeps in and fills each one of the spaces.
The internal gardens, with trees growing and refreshing the space, giving it vibrancy and, at the same time, filling it with color with their greenery.
This house of open spaces and full of light is located in the city of Thành phố Nha Trang, Vietnam and has an area of 445 square meters. It was designed in 2016 by the architecture firm MW arch studio under the direction of the architecture professionals Le Minh Quang and Nguyen Ai Thy.
It is a project of individual house and is close to a noisy environment, a densely populated area with many polluted emissions of motor vehicles with very large volumes, very typical in the urban zone of the city of Vietnam.
This area usually lacks natural light, so they use a lot of artificial lighting to counteract the lack of light.
However, this house is designed in such a way that it makes use of wind and natural light, so it does not need artificial lighting during the day, as well as air conditioning. At night, it is lit using LED bulbs, which are ecological. It also takes advantage of clean wastewater and recycled rainwater to irrigate green plants. Therefore, the house greatly minimizes its waste for the environment.
In the living spaces, the openings with lots of natural light between the floors, the wind and the green trees are organized smoothly extending inside the house. Together with the sliding glass door system, the space is tightly connected, but still can provide privacy total when necessary.
By Magaly • Apr 19, 2018
With an area of 290 square meters, this unique house was built in a wooded area of Douro-Dummer, Ontario, Canada that has fabulous views of an absolutely breathtaking lake. The authors of the design, the architects Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster, challenged the abrupt topography of the soil on which this peculiar construction is located.
This vacation home consists of two volumes stacked one on top of the other. The lower volume huddles in the landscape so that you barely see it when you approach the house. The upper volume rests on the lower one, as well as on a concrete pier to form a bridge and a cantilever. This concentration strategy allows for greater access and permeability of the site and emphasizes the charged relationship between the building and the land.
The upper volume contains living spaces and opens onto the lake, while the lower volume is more closed and houses bedrooms. Responding to the need for accessibility for guests with disabilities, as well as thinking about the ability of customers to use the building in the future, a study/bedroom mix and an accessible bathroom are provided on the main level. The roof of the lower bar becomes a terrace that allows elevated views and a direct connection to living spaces
By Magaly • Apr 6, 2018
Slow House is a private residence designed by the South Korean architectural firm KDDH, which is based in Seoul. The home was completed in 2015, and covers a total ground area of a little over 100 square meters. It is located in Janghyeon-dong, South Korea.
The home sits on a street 8 meters wide, facing the foot of Mt. Hwangbang, which is expected to suffer a high amount of traffic. As a result, it was necessary to create an architectural design that would ensure and preserve the privacy of the residents. In order to do this, the architectural firm separated the private areas from the public ones. The inner part of the house is divided into three sections — a family area, an area for the children, and an area for the parents.
The lowest part of the house holds a kitchen, a dining room, and other areas where the family might spend time together. The upper level has a series of rooms, all quite small, but each with a differently shaped ceiling, which creates a sense of dynamism that adds character and a touch of fun to the interior. A low corridor creates a division between the spaces designated for the children and those designated for the adults, the latter of which are located in the highest point of the structure.