By Magaly • 18 hours ago
In the year 2017, the architects Basil Spiess, Silvia Weibel Hendriksen, Martin Zimmerli, David Brunner and Angelika Marxer working for the architectural firm Skop completed this project of an educational center located in a residential district in Port, Switzerland. In total, it covers an area of approximately 3570 square meters.
With its characteristic folded roof structure, the school makes a reference to the sloping roofs of the surrounding houses, the rural history of the region, and the gentle hills of the Jura Mountains. Located on a gentle slope, the building takes advantage of the topography and links several outdoor spaces according to the different access routes of schoolchildren. While the ground floor is used for administration of the faculty, workshops, a school kitchen and the back of the rooms of the house, the first floor consists of nine classrooms and three kindergarten units.
The superior rooms naturally benefit from the spatial qualities of the folded roof. Each classroom seems to be an independent house, creating a cozy and homelike environment for children.
The main structure of the school is a prefabricated wooden construct. Wood is used as the only construction material, and is also present in the façade and interior. All the wood used comes from sustainable forestry. The other construction materials are non-toxic disposable products with low environmental impact.
By Magaly • 2 days ago
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 • 2 days ago
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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • Jul 16, 2018
This project was carried out by the architect Samuel Dall’Alba, Eduardo L. Maurmann, Elen BN Maurmann, and Paula Otto, working for the architectural firm Arquitetura Nacional in the city of Moinhos de Vento, Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2018.
The space of 700 square meters arises from the need to expand the space of the University of Porto Alegre for its preparatory course.
The existing building had some defining characteristics for the design strategies: three floors without compartments, a private patio, and visual elements for the level of the trees. The architecture project seeks maximum integration among students through large seating areas and stands. On the ground floor there is a reception area, study room, administration area, and a living room. The private spaces in the form of small houses serve both for study in small groups and for parental attendance.
Each of the upper floors has three classrooms, and on the second floor two of them can be combined to form an auditorium for 120 people. The level chairs and the large planes of whiteboards create a horizontal relationship between the teacher and the students.
Lighting plays a fundamental role in the character of the project. The use of LED tubes in different arrangements creates greater spaces and guides the flows.
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 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!
By Magaly • Jul 9, 2018
These modern offices, designed for a company that operates in the world of air travel, was a special project undertaken by architectural firm Powerhouse Company in Dublin, Ireland in the year 2017.
It has 6500 square meters in which it houses a cozy entrance hall with a restaurant, a large conference room, a gym, four floors of offices and an executive floor at the top of the building. All the spaces are full of luxurious finishes, glamor, and modern aerodynamic curves.
The palette of materials includes local natural stone, wood veneers, fabric and high-quality carpets, glass partitions and curved design lines. All these together give the interior an elegant and stylized feel. At the same time, the elegant interior looks for the highest standards when it comes to sustainability.
The office incorporates a multitude of different spaces designed to encourage interaction, both formal and informal; pleasant environments in which to communicate with colleagues, external advisors and clients. The aim of the design was to create a luxury space experience within a classic and timeless building, an interior that encourages movement throughout the building, as well as exchange. To achieve this, the distribution of the ground floor has a cozy atmosphere. The curved walls and finishes of the reception hall introduce the aesthetic tone and materials for the office floors.
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.
ZIM arquitextura designed this project of 310 square meters in Tigre, Argentina. Their main desire was to share the space with friends and families. They wanted to live in a house that would welcome and shelter the incoming guests, while at the same time providing the appropriate intimacy.
The heart of the house is the the living room. This is where the family and its guests come together. A large ceiling establishes a hierarchy and provides abundant space, as well as inviting in a great amount of natural light. A stone wall protects this space from the views of the street. A large sliding door integrates the gallery into the interior space of the dining room, creating a unique space for large gatherings where the interior and exterior are mixed.
The house is divided according to its purpose (public, private and services), as well as in different volumes.
The volume of services is cement, harder and more closed, protecting the house from the most punishing hours of sun as well as the view of the neighbors.
The most private volume contains the rooms and is made of wood, warmer.
By Magaly • Jul 4, 2018
This house – which does not go by unnoticed, mainly for its color and its unique design – is located in a residential neighborhood near Basel Landschaft, a Swiss canton whose capital is Liestal. It is a completely black house whose project – done on a particularly tight budget – also had a constrained schedule for construction. It was built on land belonging to the client’s parents, with both abodes sharing the generously proposed garden.
The existing house was built in the 1980s by the architect Max Schnetz. Its semicircular design and some of its older characteristics contribute to its newly constructed neighbor; it is evident, of course, how they are physically related to one another.
The new design was under the care of Swiss architectural firm Daluz Gonzalez Architekten. It covers a total area of 280 square meters.
“According to daluz gonzalez architekten, the design is the result of the study of curved shapes ‘within the most well-known economic variable’. The minimal deformations of the exterior walls accentuate the corners, giving an unexpected expressivity that characterizes and identifies the object. meanwhile, the house, which was built in wood on a concrete basement, forms a link with the traditional Swiss construction, emphasizing this duality between formal modernity and constructive tradition.”
By Magaly • Jul 3, 2018
The architects Dao Thanh Hai and Nguyen Hanh Nguyen, working for architectural firm Nhat Viet JSC, together with the interior designers Thien Ngan and Dieu An, have recently designed this space of 160 square meters. It is located in Tran Hung Dao Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Specifically, it is next to Bui Vien pedestrian street, a busy place and known as a tourist and cultural area of Saigon.
Although it is an old building, it is not so old as to need to be conserved; as such, it has not gone under renovation. This also implies, of course, that it is not in a ruined state and does not need to be demolished or reconstructed. Although the land is located in the best location of the District, the value of the real estate is almost nil. The people here do not sell, do not rent, and do not do any kind of business.
The design team has devised a concept of “reuse” higher than usual, which aims to create inspiration for both the user and the community. They will make the office space more pleasant than the common office on the street and the staff and clients will experience the ancient history of the French architectural scene.
Within the office, the solutions for planting trees in the vertical and horizontal lines also connect the trees from the roof to the office and connect to the yard of the apartment building.
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.
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.