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 6, 2018
This modern café is located in the city of Maemachi Chuo-ku Hyogo, in Japan, an area where there are still many old, Western-style buildings which has a very striking and exotic atmosphere. The building where the cafe is located is not an old Western-style building, but it is designed to look like one. Blue Bottle Coffee Kobe Cafe has a high ceiling and ample storage space on the ground floor, located between high fashion brands stores.
The space of 214 square meters was designed by the architectural firm Jo Nagasaka + Schemata Architects, led by the architecture professional Masami Nakata in 2018.
The purpose of the design was to maximize the feeling of spaciousness by building a simple island-style structure where coffee functions are concentrated and seeking to counteract the exotic atmosphere of the area with a simple but distinctive style.
With an industrial style where we can see exposed pipes in the concrete ceiling and simple furniture in light wood, the space invites us to enjoy its simple decoration.
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.
An Old Carpentry Workshop Maintains its Essence even Though it has been Transformed into an Architectural Workshop
By Magaly • Nov 1, 2018
Transforming, rescuing and recycling were the main themes in this new work space, ensuring that the essence of the house and the old carpentry workshop were not lost. The architects and designers Carlos Cardona, Diana Amador, Paulina Gonzalez, Felicia Ureña, Merlina Stephens, Alberto Molina, Jessica Young, Miguel Montor, and Francisco I. Bustillos from the Miguel Montor Architecture Workshop were all involved. They had this study house that they found interesting, and that, mixed with the idea of an architectural workshop, they wanted to achieve a place where they could discuss materials, details, textures, and environments. It would be the perfect place for brainstorming and contemplation.
The area of 145 square meters is distributed in 4 levels: reception and showroom on the ground floor, two levels of work areas, and a roof where a small meeting room and a private one were located, the latter separated by a small terrace.
The goal was to achieve a study and architecture workshop where the aura of experimentation was always present and felt, as well as the essence of that house, and that the angel of that carpentry workshop remained present in this new work space, integrated as a renewed member of the alley.
View in gallery
View in gallery
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.
This project of 243 square meters, developed on a single floor, has been recently designed in the northern area of the city of Cordoba, Argentina, by the architectural firm Fanesi Navarro Arquitectos and carried out by its professionals Agustina Fanesi and Mariangel Navarro .
It consists mainly of two rectangular volumes that intersect at one point. Responding to the idea of the project, the volumes, each with a different height to house the different uses of the house, leave their structures visible, which are supported one above the other. In this way, the structure becomes part of the façade of the house.
The volume with less height contains the private spaces and the garage, while the other volume houses the social spaces of the house. At this higher volume, two lightweight structures are attached to each of the sides, which work as an eaves for the entrance and gallery in the quiet part of the building. They tried to compose the project of simple forms and materials, in such a way that the exposed concrete and sheet perfectly accompany the composition of volumes on the outside.
The interior of the house sought to generate bright, warm and pleasant spaces with large openings. The eaves and the gallery not only fulfill the function of giving the house a semi-covered space, but also protect the construction from the sun.
By Magaly • Oct 24, 2018
Perfectly integrated into the natural environment of a wooded area on the outskirts of Guatemala City and trying to erase the edges between interior and exterior in a particular way is this imposing construction of 415 square meters of construction.
The person in charge of the project, Alejandro Paz, who is a central part of the architectural firm Paz Arquitectura, set to work and remodeled the old construction that had been built in 1985 – and which consisted of a small cabin that had a cantilevered platform of large proportions – in a functional way. The original construction had a triangular metal frame whose structure allowed the platform to fly over the slopes of the mountain. The cabin had only a small social area, a kitchen, and in the upper part a small bedroom.
30 years after it was built, the owners requested an extension in order to obtain more formal spaces with proportions according to their contemporary lifestyle. The forest around the original cabin grew, and the vegetation occupied an important space around the whole project. The design strategy consisted in respecting the original cabin, since the sense of space, risk and permanence of its architectural configuration was valued. In view of the need for a social area and a single bedroom, two independent modules were generated on each side of the original cabin.
View in gallery
View in gallery
By Magaly • Oct 23, 2018
This residence of beautiful interior and exterior spaces is located in Alajuela, Costa Rica and was designed according to the requirements of its clients by the architects Ana Ulloa and Roberto Rivera both wroking for the architectural studio Ecostudio Architects. The project carried out in the year 2017 has an area of 3767 ft2.
Its volumetric expression becomes imposing in a flat context, under a geometric superposition between a trapezoidal surface and a rectangle, where the interaction of its simple materiality, characterized by the use of exposed concrete, glass and steel, is sought.
The project is located in a hot climate zone, which implied having considerations in terms of using strategies to generate the optimum comfort state. Because of this, bioclimatic guidelines are established that range from the orientation of the home, closing towards the points of greater solar exposure, in addition to the use of crossed ventilation with large openings to optimally ventilate the different spaces as well as provide natural lighting for all the rooms. It is also characterized by having large heights and wide eaves, as well as the appropriate choice of materials to prevent overheating to the internal.
By Magaly • Oct 22, 2018
This luxurious restaurant, located in Bangkok, Thailand, is not conceived as a decorative interior space, but as a holistic experience that combines art, architecture, food and people. As a ladder emerges and disappears into the sky, NOWHERE captures the moment between the beginning and the end, between space and time, creating a unique social platform. The stairs become the identity of the space, allowing visitors to expand their own perception in an architectural conception that leads to a new culinary experience.
The architectural firm Stu/D/O Architects was in charge of the hand of its professionals Apichart Srirojanapinyo, Chanasit Cholasuek, Park Lertchanyakul and Thanipath Thanawuttimanas to carry out, in 2017, this project that has an area of 250 meters squares.
The seemingly endless stairs offer visitors endless interpretations; alluding to an endless space that allows “space” for the imagination. The unyielding nature of the stairs contrasts directly with the transient nature of the restaurant from day to night.
Traditionally, stairs have been used to connect disparate levels, the stairs in this case form a cohesive whole. Flowing through the entire space, the stairs allow each activity and function to flow without divisions. Offering surreal functionality in its architectural design, NOWHERE is a distinctive gastronomic and social experience.
This fabulous project is the envy of its neighbors and that is the result of this renovation, carried out by the architect Ali Malek along with his team of professionals Tony Dinardo and Daniele Laurentini, all working for the architectural firm Urbanscape Architects, could not be more successful
The house, designed for a family of four, is located in the city of Toronto, Canada,has an area of 205 square meters of construction distributed over 3 floors, and was carried out in 2017.
The new house refers to the previous life of its owners in New York City, accommodating their current work and the lives of these two active professionals and their young children. An integral home is personalized with flexible and multipurpose spaces suitable for a growing family. Mainly, the design strategy responds to the owners’ need to have natural light, air and views flow into their living space.
The design strategy was achieved through architectural gestures. First, the interior partitions were dated to create a memorable and welcoming home, characterized by its intimate relationship with its landscape and immediate context. And later, a custom skylight was meticulously placed to be visible from every point on the first, second and third floors.
Surrounded by green hills and the San Lorenzo River in Sorel, this house has a refreshing view that gives color. This home has a total area of some 418 square meters and was uyndertaken by the architectural firm DESK architects who delegated the project to its architect Etienne Duclos.
The residence is programmed in 3 large volumes for 3 precise functions; the service block, the day block and the night block. The service block and day block are covered with wooden cladding, well anchored to the floor to join the interior and exterior. The more nocturnal block is closed with black steel and placed in the other two blocks, like the containers loaded on the cargo ships that parade daily in the river.
It is positioned to benefit from the natural topography of the site. From the road, the long and narrow land, it is possible to reach the river. This characteristic determines the location of the residence; an opportunity to have a garden level completely open on the river.
This residence of G + C, with volumes and simple lines, is organized efficiently and offers open spaces for a young family.
By Magaly • Oct 16, 2018
This castle, which is located at the top of a bamboo-clad mountain in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, near Hangzhou, was built in 1910 by a Scottish doctor. The property, which is an eco luxe complex with Afro Asian decoration and medieval roots, has been recently completely reconstructed by the architectural firm Shanghai Tianhua Architectural Design, conscientiously and taking care to include a great amount detail.
Among the benefits that such a rural location offers are included a regional farm to table cuisine and the ability to include an impressive cantilevered infinity pool, which the structure takes complete advantage of, including panoramic accommodations that range from the rustic to the regal.
Completely surrounded by thick forests, the enchanting bungalows feature private outdoor hot tubs looking out to the charming landscape, while the spacious and bright Cliffside Suites are decorated with traditional South African motifs and extra large tubs which sit in front of the window and overlooking the mountains. For the ultimate king and queen retreat, opt for one of the themed Castle suites, which are absolutely flooded with sumptuous fabrics and luxurious amenities.
This charming house with cozy and wood-covered spaces was designed, in 2012, by the architect Knut Hjeltnes, from the architectural firm Knut Hjeltnes.
It is located in Sandefjord, Norway and has an area of 250 square meters. It is located on the upper part of the Vesterøya peninsula, with views of the fjord to the east and west. The site is steep and was considered unbuildable; it had been vacant for 20 years. It is very wet and windy due to the location, so special care must be taken with the outer later of the house.
The lower part of the house is concrete, while the upper part is a prefabricated solid wood construction, with the interior skin visible in aspen.
Between these two parts, a vacuum is produced that contains the entrance and the garage (which functions as a covered outdoor summer living room). The exterior of the wooden construction is completely covered with fiber cement cladding.
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.