By Magaly • Jul 27, 2020
Soori Bali by SCDA Architects:
“Soori Bali lies within the Tabanan Regency, one of Bali’s most fertile and picturesque regions. Here, the landscape ranges from volcanic mountains and verdant rice terraces to beautiful black-sand beaches overlooking the Indian Ocean. The location provides for a complete hideaway and offers numerous quality views of the surrounding beach, ocean, mountains and rice fields.
Soori Bali was designed with the overt principle of green sustainable initiatives in mind. The project is conceived to be both climatically and socially reactive to its locale. The design responds to the notions of climate and place, and endeavors to engage the local landscape and community. The design of the resort was approached with a sensitivity to the nuances of the site setting, and thus executed with the strategy of minimal environmental impact, minimal built footprint and with local cultural practices (religious and ceremonial processions) taken into consideration.
With an understanding that the beach is an important socio-economical aspect of the site, deliberate efforts were taken to consult and incorporate the customs and contributions of the local community within the conceptual design process. The construction methods adopted also creates training and jobs for the neighbouring villages. About 50% of the workers currently on site are recruited from the surrounding community.
The resort reflects on its privileged location by adopting the predominant use of locally sourced materials, together with a careful integration of indigenous motifs, forms and elements. The result, a harmonious balance between the clean, contemporary lines of the architecture and the soothing tones and textures of the internal and external finishes and finishing.
The design of the restaurant terrace and spa facilities incorporates terracotta screens; adapted and stylized from traditional Balinese motifs. These screens generate a marked visual contrast when combined with the dark terrazzo floors and feature walls clad in dark grey volcanic lava stones, such as Batu Candi and Batu Karangasem.
The villas are characterized by the interplay of materials which flow from the interior to exterior spaces. Smooth terrazzo walls and floors are combined with hand brushed natural timber screens, soft silk upholstery and custom designed dark stained timber furniture to form a serene internal space. The use of timber flows into the external spaces, where timber screens wrap a private bale overlooking a private plunge pool lined with Sukabumi stone. Paras Kelating, a light grey volcanic stone is applied to feature walls along the pool edge which combine with soft hues of beige and warm grey textured paint to complete the palette.
A mixture of Villa types were sensitively designed to respond to the local climatic conditions whilst maximizing views out to the surrounding beach, sea and paddy fields. Careful consideration is given to each villa plan and its built form and details to create a comfortable, energy efficient resort style living.
PASSIVE DESIGN ELEMENT
The climatic parameters particular to site, sun movement and prevailing wind direction, were established to assist in the formulation of the orientation of villas and common areas, and their planning concept.
The major building orientation is toward the North-South direction. Some are tilted a few degrees to the East to incorporate the morning sun. Openings were maximized on North-South face to encourage filtered natural light into the building whilst minimizing large openings on west side to reduce heat gain during daytime. Provision of overhanging roof eaves, roof screen systems and deep ledges were employed to reduce heat from direct sunlight.
Operable windows are provided on at least two sides of each room plan, and on each end of the villa to encourage effective cross ventilation and to bring in natural air to the interior spaces. Cross ventilation to all room interiors would provide natural cooling and sufficient fresh air intake in room to minimize CO2 level, thus reducing the reliance on Air Conditioning Systems.
In addition to the siting aspect and layout design of the villas, several design elements and materials were intentionally selected to control the buildings on a micro-climate level.
Provision of a 2nd layer of timer trellis on villa roof would minimize direct heat absorption to the roof itself; the actual roof incorporates additional insulation to further reduce heat gain internally. Material finishes are using “cool colors” in both the paint and stone selections to minimize the absorption of thermal energy, local materials selected naturally respond to the local climate, for e.g. Paras Kelating, Paras Kerobokan, Batu Chandi & Batu Kali for Feature Walls throughout the resort. Location of planters and position of low shrubs and taller trees would be placed to maximize wind flow through villa and common spaces, thus avoiding creation of wind barriers.
The exterior hardscape and softscape designs are intended to create a seamless transition between the interior and exterior spaces, with the specific goal in preserving the natural topography. Built elements are planned to sit ‘lightly’ on the land. The selection of trees responds to both the local climate and the resort planning with tree types playing a key role in the creation of ‘shaded spaces’, private pavilions and communal areas.
Due to the relatively severe coastal conditions which exist during certain periods of the year, the landscape design also incorporates a variety of indigenous local plants and coastal ‘hardy’ species, for e.g. Ipomoea Pes-caprae, Scaevola Taccada, Cocos Nucifera & Cerbera Odollam. This selection identifies and responds to the need for less long term maintenance and reduced water requirements for irrigation.”
Photos by: Mario Wibowo
By Courtney • Mar 7, 2019
When remodeling this home, an attempt was made to preserve the most important aspects of the old construction, and so respect the wishes of the homeowners.
Miguel de la Torre Arquitectos was in charge of the remodeling in the year 2016. The property is located in Colonia San Angel, a neighborhood of Mexico City, Mexico.
In its exterior, walls of stone and concrete mix with the green of the gardens that surround the home. The home has large terraces from where we can enjoy time spent alongside nature, as well as large glass doors through which light seeps into the interior.
A beautiful main entrance area welcomes us with a decorative touch of the style of the area. The foyer is characterized by its rustic stone floors, concrete walls, wooden beams that protrude from the ceiling, and decorated floor tiles that give a unique feel to the space.
The modern minimalist kitchen, where wooden floors and exposed brick walls create a wonderful contrast between the modern and the rustic, is a space full of light and good taste.
In the simple and comfortable living room, the real protagonist is the fireplace, set between concrete walls.
In a common space are the living room, dining room, and the kitchen.
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 • 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 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.
By Magaly • Oct 15, 2018
This residential project has been carried out by the architectural firm Amalgam Studio, which has its headquarters in the famous city of New York, under the direction of its professionals Ben Albury, Lucas Leja, Vi Huynh and Nikki Drewett. It is located on a hillside on a 120 acre rural property located near the city of Rhinebeck, epicenter of the culinary of the Hudson Valley and artistic revival in the area of Columbia County, United States. It has an area of 5000 ft2 and was conceived as a modern barn, a family residence of stone and wood of 465 m², which has four bedrooms.
The family residence celebrates the constantly changing seasonal landscape, designed to exploit natural light throughout. The fully glazed entrance is lined with pines from the distant half. Its skylight and the central ladder of floating threads divide the home between its public living room and the private sleeping areas. Private areas have varied and controlled views of distant hills, winding rivers, nearby forests and wildflower meadows. The living areas use large sliding glass doors on the decks to offer wider views of 180 degrees. On the upper floor there is a bright, white and polyvalent loft, with skylights deliberately placed for optimal observation of the stars. In short, it is a house that plays with light.
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.
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
This imposing construction of large outdoor gardens is located in the city of Medellin, Antioquia – Colombia. It was designed in 2016 by the team of architects Jaime Rendon, architect Felipe Campuzano and architect Clara Restrepo of the architectural firm Jaime Rendon Architects.
It covers an area of 615 square meters and is on a slope, so the construction was built in such a way that it adapts to the terrain. The entire service area of the house is in the first volume, as well as and the main access entryway.
Its interior, with high stone walls and quality wooden floors with spacious and bright spaces that receive natural light through the large glass walls, is exquisitely decorated with modern furniture in which good taste can be appreciated.
The private residence’s staircase connects the entrance hall with the main volume of the house through a central patio that is permeated by the nature of the place. The act of going up and down inside is also a constant experience which explores the relationship between inside and outside, between the place and the architecture, between the rain, the serenity, the light, and the space.
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 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 6, 2018
In a quiet coastal town, about 40 kms south of the city of Cape, in South Africa, is this fabulous house of 319 square meters. It was designed by Gustav Roberts, an architect working for the architectural firm SALT Architects, in year 2017.
The house is a three-bedroom detached house located in a private community in the village. The magnificent coastline, mountains and flora provide a warm, welcoming and relaxed environment for the visitors, regardless of the season. This environment was, ultimately, the goal in mind when the property itself was being designed.
The ground floor is a connected space that includes the living room, dining room and kitchen areas. These are differentiated by their ceilings and the way they receive natural light. Each of these spaces opens to outdoor areas, with different degrees of privacy. The living room opens completely to a wraparound exterior terrace on the more public front façade. The dining room is connected to a smaller outdoor area, shielded from the neighbor’s by its high walls; it also has a campfire, around which people can sit and spend time together. The kitchen opens to a narrow strip of outer space that serves as a visual extension.
By Magaly • Jun 29, 2018
This concrete house is designed by a series of repetitions of walls which modulate and define the interior spaces. It is located at the highest point of the hill, looking mainly inwards, to avoid the neighboring street.
The roof is slightly tilted backwards, so there is more air for the main spaces and openings for the views, and the interior corridor is pointed towards the north, at the bottom of the roof, leading the way to each room.
The garden was designed with plants of local origin, plants with low water requirements; the rest of irrigation is done with recycled wastewater, with a secondary biological treatment, without chemical additives. Water and solar management were part of the design of the house, with the south facing façade allowing a full day solar radiation for the pool. The vents on both sides of the house and a concrete spoiler that blocks direct sunlight in the house, help lower heat gain and less need for air conditioning.
It was designed by Laurent Herbiet belonging to the architectural firm HRBT in the year 2017. It has an area of 320 square meters and is located in Oaxtepec, Mexico.
Spectacular Project Undertaken by Architectural firm Martin Ferrero Architecture in the Yucatan Peninsula
By Magaly • Jun 11, 2018
A hybrid house by design, this project was undertaken by architectural firm Martin Ferrero Architecture, led by its professional architect Daniel Martín Ferrero. It is located on an island in the Caribbean Sea, near the Mexican Yucatan peninsula; its exact location, however, is not one that we can share publicly.
It was ordered by a Swiss client with the intention of creating a home that was the definitive fusion of art, nature, and architecture. The client was specifically inspired by other architectural works, most notably House Fallingwater – by Frank Lloyd Wright – and Farnsworth House – by Mies van der Rohe. He wanted to adapt the architecture and language of the projects “Xálima Island House” and “Pabellón del Agua” to a Caribbean island where the Mesoamerican culture could be seen in all its splendor.
This was all done in order to create a vocational home where the owner could experience a true tropical paradise and pay homage to the arts. It is a symbiosis between the environment and the artifice of the human race, where nature, steel, wood, and glass combine to create an architectural style that is dedicated to the human senses.
The design investigates the potential of the fusion between the ancient Mayan architecture and the treatment of the fluid spaces of the modernist design. This gives way to a project that rewrites the traditions and vernacular of the modern elements with contemporary construction.
It specifically occupies a space of 26,000 square meters, with a total area of 42,500 square meters. Each of the twelve bedrooms – each roughly one thousand square meters in size – offers all of the commodities naturally associated with a luxurious a project as this.
This spacious house with spaces open to the natural environment that surrounds it is located in the area of Porto Feliz, Brazil, and was built in 2016 by the architectural firm Studio mk27.
The main access, discreet, is located on the side, and is delimited by a wall of preformed plates of concrete painted white that defines the subtle relationship between exterior and interior, with a delicate view towards the mall.
The lateral walls of the plot were executed with rustic local stones that are visually opposed to the hollow elements and connect a semi-private space – an intermediate garden – with the social area, which is totally exposed.
The project is composed of two nuclei, social and private. In the social area we can see the use of transparencies and the possibility of completely opening the windows towards the garden, thus being able to enjoy the views. It creates, thus, a welcoming feeling of comfort in a unique open space, which allows the organization of furniture. Due to the high temperatures of the region, the need to use air conditioning was minimized. In this way, the use of cross ventilation in the social area was a matter of great importance in the conception of the project. In addition, the concrete slab is projected 4 meters from the facade, protecting the rooms from direct sunlight.
The private core, containing the bedrooms, is identified by the use of wooden panels as a closure, protecting them from the sun.
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.