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.
By Magaly • Mar 16, 2018
Cornerstone 1-532 is a project designed by Leehong Kim Architects in 2012. The home is located in Seoul, South Korea, and covers a total ground area of 330 square meters. It is situated on a site bordered by a high end residential area to the north and a commercial area to the south.
The building is a four storey mixed use building, with a commercial space on the first floor and spaces to be used as artist studios or private residences on the remaining floors. This design allowed the architectural firm to expand the original plot site of 165 square meters and take advantage of the space to the utmost of their ability.
The structure presents a curved façade on one corner, which aids in the internal distribution of space, as it saved the architectural firm from having to partition the interior housed by the cylindrical shape. This first level interior is visible through the clear glass walls that line it, which serve to blend the boundaries between indoors and outdoors, and facilitate the communication between the two environments.
The entrances on the Southeast and Northwest of the building differ by nearly one floor, which creates an interesting discrepancy on the outer structure of the site.
José Juan Rivera Río, lead architect at JJRR/Arquitectura, an architectural firm based in Mexico City, designed Ramos House in 2017. The private residence, built with a triangular shape, covers a total ground area of 540 square meters and is located in Mexico City, Mexico.
The home’s landscaping program is lush and verdant, granting a bit of green to an otherwise gray concrete façade, with vines climbing onto its walls and plants overflowing from plant pots at different levels of the outside walls. The interior is sober and elegant, with the exterior concrete walls continuing inward and contrasting with the rich wooden floors of the living and dining rooms. A round marble dining room table sits surrounded by chairs, their metal woven into a check pattern.
The home is, in its entirety, distributed across three levels. A basement takes advantage of the unevenness of the terrain and holds the parking and service areas under the house and garden. The first level holds the social areas — the living room, kitchen, and dining room, all at the same level as the garden, which gives them the privileged option to enjoy it. The second level holds the bedrooms, and is back leaning, which serves to give the front façade an air of lightness.
By Magaly • Mar 9, 2018
This fabulous house located in the city of Valencia, Spain, has wonderful views over the sea, which makes it even more attractive. It was designed by the Singular Studio architectural firm in 2016, and its development was lead by a team of architects consisting of José Moragues, Dionís Henarejos, and the interior designer Guste Kancaite.
It has an area of 200 square meters and was born of a visit to the country of origin of the owners of the house. They sought to emulate the architectural tradition of Soviet brutalism that historically has been so present in the life of the owners.
They wanted to establish clear distinctions between what the house itself should be, and what it should be in conjunction with its location (in this case, an impressive natural landscape). Thus, the project became a mix of ideas that each serve to solve different needs.
One of the main challenges was to provide the house with the maximum possible privacy without blocking the exceptional sea views. Therefore, after assessing the variables of access, orientation, views, bioclimatic invariables, privacy and the steep slope of the plot, a layout was created. The resulting plan has an “L” shape, where the northeastern facade is made up of a large window that becomes a viewpoint to the sea, and the rest of the facades are opaque, as they are made of pure concrete, which ensures the owners have the privacy necessary to remain comfortable. In addition, and thanks to the contraposition of openings, the thermal mass, solar protections, and the detailed study of the shadows, a remarkably energy-efficient model was achieved.
This wonderful house of a rustic style is located in Salento, near Salve in Italy, a few kilometers from the sea. It is a place to escape from the boring routine of life, immersed in the countryside and in the middle of nature, with millenary olive trees and maritime pines, surrounded by one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.
It was designed in 2014 by the interior design studio Iosa Ghini Associati. In a unique Mediterranean environment, and in harmony with the surrounding marine landscape, Massimo Iosa Ghini has chosen to build a new house that integrates it with the very land, adopting techniques and materials suggested by local craftsmen and builders.
Arranged in a single level and in an extension of more or less than one hectare, the project respects the existing vegetation.
A large living room of six meters in length, facing south, merges with the kitchen and dining area and becomes the family gathering place, surrounded by four rooms with their own lobbies and bathrooms.
The large windows look outwards and are designed as a natural continuation of the interior space, with the external areas facing the terraces designed as a meeting place with armchairs, and underline the constant relationship between exterior and interior spaces.
By Magaly • Feb 26, 2018
Located in Godella, a municipality of the Valencian Community in Spain, this spectacular and modern concrete structure, in which its walls of stone and glass stand out, delights the senses with its imposing design, which contrasts with the blue sky, almost always present in the area where it is located.
It was designed by the architectural firm Perretta Arquitectura under the leadership of the architects Julio Gómez-Perretta de Mateo, Marco Busca, Maria Dolores Bernal, Amparo Morant, Paula Zafra, Antonio Orero and Jorge Espí in 2017 and has an area of 600 square meters on a plot of more than 2000 square meters.
It has two structures, one in the form of an “I” and the second in the form of an “L.” Both figures are joined by a volume of bridge that includes the entrance hall and the staircase on the ground floor, as well as a study area for children on the first floor.
The structure designed in the shape of “L” has the living room and the kitchen, which moves from the rest of the rooms and joins directly to the garden, connected to the covered terraces, the barbecue, and the pool.
The structure in the shape of “I” contains the evening area, with the suite in the ground floor, three bedrooms on the upper floor, and the guest room.
By Magaly • Feb 24, 2018
This 550 square meter home, full of light and open spaces, is located on the outskirts of the Playa de Carmen, in Quintana Roo, Mexico. It was designed by architectural firm AS Arquitectura in 2015 in a project led by the experienced architects named Alejandra Abreu Sacramento and Xavier Abreu Sacramento.
It is a home of contemporary design that incorporated the concept of fluidity of space, always seeking to integrate the outside with the inside through the creation of a central yard. This would help connect the home, and allow the spaces to be visually connected with the rest of the area as well as conserving the local fauna.
The location of the project responds to the conservation of the preexisting vegetation, using the less densely populated areas to develop the project, and creating the yard around a cluster of trees.
The concept of fluidity was achieved thanks to the aperture of all the spaces towards this central yard, thus integrating the exterior and interior. They created spaces that virtually appeared to be far larger, better illuminated, and had natural ventilation, apart from the beautiful views that complement the home. This added natural illumination and ventilation is an important plus, as it cuts back on the necessity of electric consumption.
By Magaly • Feb 23, 2018
This modern and spacious 500 square meter building is located on a hill in San Miguel de Allende, in the city of Guanajuato, Mexico. Its design, carried out in the year 2012, was a project undertaken by architectural studio Estudio Manuel Peredo and the architects Juan Carlos de La Riva, Luis Carbonell, and Mariano Maldonado.
The concept of the house was to achieve a complete architectural program for the main user, prioritizing common areas, terraces, and garden views. The composition of the project is determined by the natural unevenness of the land. This was respected, and thus, the house was built in 3 separate levels, determined by the original topography. The highest level includes the service area and driveway.
The next level is located in the middle level of the land where the main bedroom, kitchen, dining room, living room, half guest bathroom were located; terrace and pool. In the last level there are two guest rooms, a private terrace and bathroom / changing room.
The architecture seeks the integration of the construction to the desert context of the surrounding area, while the garden, through the irrigation system and chosen species, contrasts dramatically with the arid conditions, achieving the formation of a microclimate that makes the joint project an oasis.
Marcel Breuer, the Hungarian-born modernist, architect, and furniture designer, originally designed this Connecticut home for himself in 1951. Its current owner, before placing the structure on the market for $4.35 million, commissioned New York City based architect Toshiko Mori to create an extension for the property. He, alongside Jolie Kerns, designed this steel and glass extension which doubles the size of the home and turns it into a four-bedroom home which covers a total ground area of over 5,000 square feet. The property is located in New Canaan, a town in Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States.
Though the previously existing structure already included all necessary living areas — such as the living and dining rooms, and kitchen — the Toshiko Mori addition now holds the master bedroom suite and children’s bedroom, as well as utility space, which includes the garage and mud room, on the lower level of the property. The two areas of the house are connected through a glass encased staircase.
The new interior is spacious and luminous, as its walls are made mostly of glass, which allows a generous amount of natural light to seep into the rooms. Its chic interior décor adds to the home’s sense of easy and contemporary elegance.
By Magaly • Jan 23, 2018
These five wonderful mountain homes have something in common: all are located in the dramatic mountains and vast plains of Montana, United States. Each one has different characteristics than the others, but nevertheless they are all part of the residential architecture in the United States.
Some have been built as a refuge for a couple with adult children with enough space to house the family on reunion days. Another for an art collector who wanted a home in a natural environment, and what’s more natural than being in the mountains, surrounded by the green and thick vegetation that characterizes them, with its lakes and large trees?
The constructions have been raised adapting to the terrain and the characteristics of each one have been designed to be as low-impact as possible to the environment.
All have a common denominator and it’s the use of wood and glass walls. The wood, which somehow manages to fuse the structure with the environment that surrounds it and makes it a part of it, and the glass walls, because thanks to them we can look out and take in the beautiful sights.
This beautiful house of 240 square meters has been designed by the architecture firm Studio 4e under the direction of its architects Fabio Costanzo, Maria Rosaria Piazza, in the year 2017 in Italy.
In it, the architects have combined a rigorous and rational approach to the project with the expressive freedom typical of organic architecture, improving the relationship between interior and exterior through a careful dialogue with the preexisting environmental context.
They started from an existing structure built in the 1980s, which was never finished and was finally abandoned. The architects worked by subtraction, eliminating non-significant architectural parts and restoring the building to its essential components, improving existing qualities. The spaces have been completely reconfigured according to the needs of the new owners, defining a new architectural image based on the search for a refined visual balance.
The house is divided into two levels, the ground floor has a living room and a cozy guest room, and on the first floor there is a living room consisting of a landing, bedrooms and two large terraces. The interior spaces are remarkable for their extraordinary brightness and natural light.
The ground floor is illuminated thanks to a long wall made of large sliding glass doors, which in turn ensure continuity with the interior space of the house.
By Magaly • Jan 22, 2018
ALA Architects, a Helsinki based architectural firm, has completed this project in 2017. Dipoli, as the building is called, was originally constructed in 1966 by Raili and Reima Pietilä to be the Student Union at the Helsinki University of Technology. Today, it has been fully renovated and has become the main building of Aalto University, which opened its doors for the Fall Semester of 2017. Located in Espoo, Finland, the structure covers a total ground area of 12,400 square meters.
After the renovation, the building will function as a meeting place for the university administration, the academic community, and the students, and will be the base for two hundred of the university’s administrative employees. It will also continue to function as the main location for lecture events and other university festivities, as well as a display platform for the university’s research and design projects. Additionally, the building also hosts restaurants, cafeterias, and a bar which caters to both students and staff members.
The interior is open and spacious, with large clear glass windows that allow an abundance of natural light to seep into the interior. It also allows for a clear view of the surrounding buildings and greenery, creating a dialogue between the interior and the nearby architectural elements.