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.
By Magaly • May 28, 2018
This house was designed for a small family by the architectural firm IDIN Architects, led by the architects Jeravej Hongsakul, Wichan Kongnok and Eakgaluk Sirijariyawat. The home was completed in 2017, and is located in Thailand.
It has a total area of 530 square meters in which there are 3 rooms, including a main room and two rooms for guests or their future children.
There were two other requirements that the client felt were important during the designing process of the home. Firstly, they wanted a large common social area, where the owners would always meet with their friends, something very usual in the lifestyle of the new generation. On the other hand, their privacy was also an important factor they wished to incorporate into the home. As such, the house had to be spacious, full of natural light, and still maintain privacy.
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.
This project, designed by the architectural firm of Lorena Troncoso Valencia, is located in the area of Pinto, Chile, an area recognized by tourism in extreme high mountain sports such as sky. It was carried out in 2016 and has an area of 105 square meters.
The area has a lush vegetation of native trees overlooking the Andes; in the center, there is a small ravine with a depth of 15 meters, on which the project is located. The cabin is posed in an asymmetrical triangular shape in its upper part, inspired by the iconic shape of the mountain that can be seen behind. You can also observe from its terrace the landscape of the ravine in its maximum splendor.
The project is conceived as a large space with two levels, communicated with each other by a double height and a bedroom area on the first level. In the central space, we find the kitchen and living room that is connected spatially with the second level bedroom and at the same time this is connected through a bridge with a desk area. All these spaces are projected towards the main terrace that looks at the ravine.
The window of the main façade is retracted diagonally to generate shade during the period of greatest sunlight.
The glazed walls welcome the abundant foliage of the trees inside the hut, fusing the exterior and interior.
By Magaly • Apr 24, 2018
This project is marked from start to end by the personality of the owners, who, with their rebellious, restless and nonconformist character, made the design of this house add personal experiences and dreams. The responsible for carrying out such a precious project was the Mano de Santo architecture studio in 2014. A project that has 400 square meters and is located in the beautiful city of Valencia in Spain.
Its development supposed a challenge and a stimulus at the same time, since the plot presents a very steep slope and an orientation and spectacular views towards the sea and the city of Valencia. The house is located at the highest point of the plot and consists of two volumes, one embedded in the ground and the other placed on top of this slightly separated and light appearance using in this case materials and prefabricated dry execution systems and light (prefabricated concrete).
The most private bedrooms and rooms are arranged in the upper volume from where you can enjoy the comfortable privacy of the wonderful views over the city.
The design, layout and systems of facilities used in the house, result in an energy efficient building.
This imposing construction of high concrete walls has been designed by the architect Cherng Yih Lee, who works for the architectural firm FORMZERO, in the city of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The home was completed in the year 2017 and covers an extensive area of 900 square meters, distributed across its three levels.
It is located right on the edge of a reserved forest, perfect for those who like to enjoy the outdoors and nature. However, one of the points on which its designers focused was avoiding, at all costs, that the existing windows became the most direct element with which to define the relationship with the outdoor space. When a house is surrounded by other houses, the relationship is immediately blurred by dropping a curtain. The question was … How to restore that relationship with the outer space without compromising the necessary privacy inside?
From east to west, this house is wrapped in an additional layer consisting of a wall of perforated concrete that looks like a shell. In addition to acting as a thermal protection with cross ventilation, the carapace is the first layer to control privacy. Between the house and the concrete framework, several levels of landscape are inserted to create an ambiguous condition that makes the landscape look more like an interior space.
This wonderful stone-walled town house with high wooden ceilings is located in the area of Drafi, Attica, in the northern suburbs of Athens, Greece. The mountainous area is full of pine trees, as well as wonderful views over the green hills that surround it.
The terrain of almost 20 meters had a slope that was a challenge for the architects, who adapted to the landscape and designed a modern house with a butterfly roof. This inevitably led to a 2-level design adapting to the inclination and fluctuations of the topology. Two different blocks, facing north and west, sit on different levels and join in the middle with a wedge-shaped volume that forms the entrance and vertical circulation that leads to the main spaces of the house.
The interior, with 9-meter-high ceilings, pleasantly surprises visitors, and the wonderful views through the glass walls will leave them speechless.
The four basic walls of the house are covered with stone, to look as if they were coming through the ground, connected to the exposed wooden ceiling only through a series of triangular aluminum windows. The butterfly roof, which reverses the conventional tilted-roof icon, allows natural light to enter through those tall windows at the back of the building.
By Magaly • Mar 23, 2018
This wonderful house with concrete walls is located in a development north of the metropolitan area of Mexico City in Mexico. It was designed in 2018 by the architectural firm Jorge Hernández de la Garza under the direction of its magnificent professionals Jorge Hernandez de la Garza, Alin Gamboa, Miguel Angel Loyola and Octavio Alvarado.
The land on which the building is constructed is a sloped area full of stones. The architectural project was carried out in three levels, with the environments being distributed according to the needs of the client. The first semi-fitted level is where the bathrooms are located; the second level is the garden, as well as where the public spaces of housing are located; finally, the third seems to float above the rest of the volumes.
At the bottom of the land next to the garden, a 15-meter-high stone wall rises and was the perfect setting to direct the interior views of the house to the immediate surroundings. The general volume is presented with two different intentions. On the one hand, on the front façade, a series of overlapping boxes with minimal openings are erected in order to provide as much privacy as possible; on the other, on the rear façade, it was sought to give the greatest possible transparency to the great stone wall.