By Magaly • Jan 19, 2018
This cozy 8,500 square foot residence sits on a hillside at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Teton Village, Wyoming, United States and was designed in 2015 to house the extended family of a Brazilian restaurateur during their retreats in the summer and winter. It was designed by the architecture firm DYNIA ARCHITECTS, by its team of architects Stephen Dynia and Karen Parent, who have followed the rigorous design guidelines of the community which influenced its discreet exterior.
Oakley stone vertically stacked on its outer walls is juxtaposed with naturally skated horizontal planks. The interior finishes are a palette of elegant and sober materials of white oak, gray stone and white plaster panels. The large windows and a large interior glazing package, which includes a glass floor over the entrance, allow maximum light infiltration and visually connect the two levels of the house. The main living spaces are on the second floor capturing views of the mountain to the south and the southwest.The house can accommodate up to 30 guests as it has 6 bedrooms and bunk spaces designed to measure in the lower level.
This house is located in an area of Jeju Island in Seogwipo-si, South Korea and is surrounded by a natural and relaxing environment with beautiful views over the ocean and Mount Hallasan. From the slope in which it is located, you can see out to the sea. It’s easy to see that the lifestyle here is unique, relaxing and full of the magic that comes from feeling surrounded by nature. It is surrounded by low stone walls and has two levels. The structure itself is surrounded by trees, adding another element of beauty while simultaneously providing shade and privacy.
Well-harmonized with the characteristics and the natural environment of Jeju, the house is a contemporary house that incorporates elements of traditional Korean residences (called Hanok), such as traditional eaves and wooden floors.
The design, carried out by Guga architecture firm Urban Architecture, led by its team of professionals Jiyoung Joe, Soomin Yang and Seongeun Gu, was built in 2016 and has an area of 191 square meters.
Located in a quiet area of the populous city of Buenos Aires, in Argentina, away from the stress of city life and next to a lagoon, this house sought to adapt to the needs and life of the clients, whose profession is related to art and design. This was an important aspect in the decision to create a simple and functional house that is still seen as a piece of art. In order to do this, the architectural firm Remy Architects based the project around highlighting the functional organization of the same, and on trying to maintain the autonomy of the children and the independence of the parents.
The concept was based on the play of the volumes of the two superposed boxes that make up the construction, allowing the creation of large terraces for the enjoyment of the landscape.
The main entrance is located on the first level, in the social volume, which is accessed through a ramp. From there, we can continue to the space belonging to the children, which expands to the outside, or we can go up to the area of the parents, who enjoy better views and more tranquility. This project had the great challenge of solar orientation, as the plot is south facing. However, the large skylight located above the central space and the openings placed in the north facade helped solve this problem, filling the entire house with light.
By Magaly • Jan 10, 2018
This house, located in a vast area of green fields and mountains that sleep in the distance of Puerto Varas, a city and Chilean commune located in the province of Llanquihue, was designed by Sebastián Bruna, member of the architectural firm Pe + Br + Re architects. The design intention was that the home should be a “magic box”, which provided residents a daily life that they could enjoy as much as if they were traveling or on holiday. The house had to give a constant vacation feeling, according to the order of its owners.
With a privileged view towards two active volcanoes, Osorno and Calbuco (which erupted in 2015), all spaces are oriented towards the east.
An elongated volume is created that gradually raises the levels from the floor, adapting to the terrain, generating a semi-buried space with parking lots under the bedrooms. We pass through the house from north to south, and from public use to more private, making a fluid use of the different spaces. At both points, the house ends on an elevated terrace with views over the surroundings. Given that the south of Chile has many forests, and that wood is a material with a lot of presence and tradition in the area, it was selected for prominent use by applying it to cladding, structure, and furniture.
By Magaly • Jan 9, 2018
Traveling to Tuscany is always a wonderful experience. Besides the stunning landscape that are its fields and green rolling hills, we can also enjoy the wonderful hotel El Albergo Villa Marta. This hotel was originally an old eighteenth century church that has been beautifully remodeled and converted into a space full of charm, and where spending a night or two would be an immense pleasure.
The remodeling work was carried out by the architectural studio O2 studio, and the hotel is located in Lucca, a beautiful town situated in Tuscany, Italy. It covers an area of 80 square meters and is 200 years old, which makes it even more special.
It is characterized by elegant and comfortable furniture, and boasts 15 bedrooms, two of which are luxury rooms located on the third floor of the villa. The chapel has been converted into a bedroom and is furnished with furniture that integrates the bed, TV, and sofa.
The side aisles fulfill a new function and are configured as a walk-in closet and bathroom. The altar is still intact and remains the main element in the design. The hotel also has a swimming pool, a garden, free Wi-Fi, and two large parking lots available for guests.Inside the villa is the Botton D’Oro restaurant, which serves a variety of tasty dishes in a romantic atmosphere. The restaurant has a large terrace for summer evenings and is perfect for special occasions.
By Magaly • Dec 29, 2017
This house in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico has been designed by the architectural studio AE Arquitectos in 2017, and covers an area of 1,335 square meters. This project sought achieve a few goals: the first, to integrate the spaces (common areas, and rooms) so that the inhabitants could carry out their activities and move from one area to another without problems.
The second was to achieve a regional look that harkens back to homes of yesteryear where stone and wood were fundamental materials. Within this contrast it was obvious that the conditions of the project were unique.
The formation of the land where the house was built had a very steep slope that ended in the cliffs several meters high. To solve the problem, the house was built one level below the street level. Taking advantage of this, the entrance of the house begins with a stairway through which we discover the house. The feeling of proximity gradually increases until it is revealed before us.
This construction was thought of as a constant encounter with nature. It has two patios and a garden. The house is built on a stone base, with copper tones and oxides that accentuate the intended classic style.
The details in shades of dark wood and the use of brick seem to help complement the feeling of warmth of the house.
By Magaly • Dec 15, 2017
This wonderful and luxurious home is located in one of the best residential areas of Madrid, Spain, Pozuelo de Alarcón, a small town located to the west of the metropolitan area of the Spanish capital.
Its exterior possesses vast spaces full of recreational areas, such as an immense pool where we can take a cool dip on those days of intense Madrid heat. Its green gardens are perfectly manicured, providing us with spaces in which to relax both mentally and physically. Its structure is built in a contemporary style that combines the harshness of the rustic stone with the elegant transparency of the glass walls, through which natural light seeps in during the day, filling the spaces within with light and making them feel spacious and bright.
The interior spaces are strikingly clean and filled with the color of the textiles used in the décor, which break the monotony and give it a touch of vibrant joy.
The most striking feature of the house, without a doubt, is its glass walls. They allow not just the light to seep in, but also connect the interior with the exterior, creating a dialogue between the two that feels natural and provides residents with joy and tranquility.
By Magaly • Dec 11, 2017
This furniture store, which is located in Tolmezzo, in the province of Udine, in Italy, was designed by Mentil Federico from the architectural firm Ceschia e Mentil Architetti Associati in 2005.
The lot, measuring a total of 110 square meters, had been previously used as a warehouse deposit for a small shop from the 1970s. A first intervention turned it into a commercial space dedicated to the sale of products to complement bathroom furniture. A second intervention expanded its size.
The need for an exposition space for the different pieces of furniture, in particular for the wood fireplaces, suggests to clients a new expansion that will be built beside the warehouse previously mentioned, in a lot formerly occupied by a parking lot. The wishes of the client were to create a new space that would communicate through the creation of window exhibitions.
The plane is broken, in a way, by a small space open to the sky, which can be observed through two windows opposite. There, a small garden grants the air life and floor, while at the same time dividing the space in two – into the furniture exhibition with a reception and meeting area, and into a visualization area.
By Magaly • Nov 30, 2017
Villa Slow, located in an area surrounded by thick vegetation, has been designed to accommodate people who enjoy direct contact with nature. This includes couples, families with children, and people that just want to be surrounded by friends.
The house is located in a very special natural area known for its spring water, and thus Villa Slow has its own source of clean water.
This magnificent refuge in the mountains of Valle del Miera, Cantabria, Spain, is designed and built with great attention to detail by the architectural firm Laura Alvarez Architecture.
The house is very respectful of the environment that surrounds it. Its design is based on the traditional typology of a Casa Pasiego (name given to the typical houses of this region of Spain), but with a contemporary touch. The rough but charming exterior with stone walls and roof contrast with the delicate structure and wooden details of the interior.
Two large panoramic windows in the living room facing in opposite directions allow us to gaze upon the beautiful scenery of mountains, clouds, and trees. The wonderful landscape of the exterior can be enjoyed in the comfort and warmth of the home’s interior.
It also pays special attention to sustainability and is qualified as a passive house. Among its many details, it has a heat pump, underfloor heating and insulation, and high-quality windows for minimum heat loss.
All electronic devices are A +++ (appliances with minimum energy consumption). The high-performance glass heats the interior in the winter and the large wooden shutters protect it during the summer from heat gain. All the materials used to build Villa Slow come from the Cantabria area.
By Magaly • Nov 28, 2017
This wonderful construction, with stone walls on the outside and concrete walls inside, has wonderful views over the green hills that surround it, filling it with freshness. Set on ancient remains dating from the medieval communes, it is a reminder of the renaissance of an ancient rural village located at the top of one of the highest hills of Urbino, Rimini, Italy, which is appreciated for its landscape and its environment.
It was designed in the year 2017 by the architectural firm GGA Gardini Gibertini Architects by the hand of its professional architects Alice Gardini and Nicola Gibertini and has an extensive area of 1080 square meters. On the lower level are all the main facilities: a movie theater, an exhibition gallery in the connecting space between the main building, and a gym with an adjacent SPA.
From the basement, the staircase leads directly to the center of the main building where the view over the stunning mountainous landscape and pool area is spectacular. The ground floor, completely projected outwards in continuity with the garden. The annex, with a wooden frame structure, is a nod to the image of the barn, a typical construction in this landscape.
A third building is located in the garden on a small artificial hill. In the basement there is a storage room for the garden equipment and a barbecue on the ground floor.
Office Space Subdivided Into the Different, Allowing Each One to Function as a Hub and to Modify their Working Space as They See Fit
By Magaly • Nov 23, 2017
Lightspeed, a point-of-sale and e-commerce software provider based in Montreal, Canada. In 2017, they commissioned ACDF Architecture, the designers for the first phase of the firm’s headquarters, to create a new floor to be dedicated to product development. The structure covers a total ground area of 1,200 square feet.
The offices are located on the ground floor of a 19th century railway hotel, the chateau-style Viger Railway Station, which makes the original structure an iconic landmark that stands out in Old Montreal’s skyline. Some semblance of the building’s past is preserved in its interior, clearly visible in its exposed rough red brick walls, their rusticity in stark contrast with the industrial and sleek modernity of the remaining elements of the décor.
The office space is subdivided into the different teams that make up the company, allowing each one to function as a hub and to modify their working space as they see fit. Each group has their own desks, meeting room, and social area in the open floor plan, divided through the use of blocks of pastel colors that cover the walls and floors. In this way, they seek to maximize the cohesion of each team by giving them a space that they can use as they wish and feel comfortable in.
By Magaly • Nov 21, 2017
This stunning coffee shop is part of the luxurious hotel Ibnii Coorg, which is located in Coorg (or Kodagu), an administrative district of Karnataka, India, and was designed by Bhavana Hameed of the architectural firm Playgroup Studio, which is based in Goa. The coffee shop was finished in 2016, and covers a sprawling 1,850 square feet of ground area.
As coffee is both a native crop of the Coorg district and an important export of this area, the coffee shop was designed to serve an almost sacred purpose. As such, its location within the grounds of the Ibnii was carefully chosen – it is situated near an existing pond in the valley between three hills. This pond was enlarged to five times its size in order to form a large lake, providing the perfect setting at which to enjoy a flavorful cup of coffee in peace.
The building is minimalistic in its architecture, emphasizing, by the use of clear glass walls and a sparse interior décor, a connection with its exterior surroundings. Due to its design, the stunning view over the lake that is easily enjoyed from the interior is a surprise for visitors, as it was the architectural firm’s intention that they should enter the building from the rear.
By Magaly • Nov 7, 2017
This project shows us that even with a low budget, it is possible to have a home that has nothing to envy of new and expensive constructions. In certain countries, such as India, there is the idea that a certain type of architecture reflects the economic and financial state of the person who owns it. That is why, little by little, the architecture in these places moves farther and farther away from the use of previously used rustic materials and techniques, thus compromising some important aspects, such as the capacity of climate response and energy efficiency at the opportune moment, and giving rise to new and more sophisticated techniques.
However, the result is not always what is sought, and many times pertaining to the lower class prevents people from being able to enjoy certain luxuries, such as air conditioning systems. This creates an atmosphere that is neither comfortable nor pleasant for the occupants, who must withstand high temperatures.
The purpose of the architectural firm ZERO STUDIO, in charge of this project located in Mannarkkad, India in 2017, was to raise awareness about the importance of having real buildings instead of being seen as equals. The focal point here is that, whatever the social status, the residential architecture must speak the language of simplicity and the daily necessities, and thus respond to the aspects of each site, climate, building materials and the end user.
This wonderful and bold transformation of a kitchen from the 80’s into a modern and colorful kitchen was carried out by the architectural firm Martin Brothers Contracting, which is based in Goshen, Indiana, USA.
The space of the previous kitchen was opened up in such a way as to create additional space to install a bar area, a large pantry, and a laundry room. The new cabinets, done in white, have internal lights that give them a wonderful touch. The wall where the stove is located was lined with stone, and the island that was installed right in the center of the kitchen was made in turquoise blue with a marble base, thus giving color and life to the space. The result has been really spectacular – a kitchen with a contemporary style, full of life and color.
The modern orange hanging lamps fit perfectly with the curtains, where we can see details in this same color. All of this comes together to create a colorful, pleasant, and cheerful space that invites us to enjoy its facilities.
Annexed to the kitchen is the informal dining room or breakfast nook. The colors used in the kitchen have been used here as well – the wooden chairs have been painted blue and adorned with cushions in white and orange. The décor, ultimately, could not be more successful.