Jean-François Crahay & Guy Jamaigne and Solange Dumez of the firm Crahay & Jamaigne were in charge of carrying out this project in 2015. It is a marvelous house of 113 square meters that is located in the area of Thy-le-Bauduin, in Belgium. The project was studied with the interest in sustainable development and energy economy (materials, insulation, and construction techniques), both in the media and in construction methods, for short and long term use.
Given the course of the sun at the back of the lot and the inclined layout, the project proposes a different concept of a traditional habitat. The entrance to the house is made by a semi-buried level in contact with the road (entrance, cellar, car-storage of a car, bicycle and garden) and the living rooms are on the first floor, as are the guest room, kitchen, the dog’s space, and a playground for children. Upstairs, the bedrooms, dressing rooms, and bathrooms, which are allowed access to the back of the garden by a slightly inclined footbridge. The two toilets are accessible from each landing of the staircase.
The building adapts perfectly to the natural slope of the landscape. The landscaping of the surroundings (on the side of the street) allows a space for two or three parking places for visitors.
By Magaly • Aug 14, 2018
This small and cozy wooden hut has three levels and is located in Sea Ranch, California, United States, in a lush forest. Its construction dates back to 1968 and has been recently remodeled by the architectural firm Framestudio under the supervision of its professional Chad DeWitt.
The house was intended to exemplify how Sea Ranch’s design guidelines could be used to build a well-designed, low-cost weekend cabin. The footprint of the 20′ x 20′ cabin consists of three levels, which open one above the other, forming a loft space. Due to their elemental design and small size, few of these houses remain in their original state.
The Framestudio team recognized the historical importance of the booth and sought to balance the preservation of the historic fabric while making modifications and updates to meet the practical needs of the new owners. A fully functional kitchen, the space for six people to sleep in, and insurable storage areas were some of the priorities. A scheme was developed that restored many of the original details, distinctive of the design, using wood that had been recovered.
In the kitchen, the lower cabinets were replaced by a more functional design made of birch plywood coated with an ultra black laminate.
By Magaly • Jul 19, 2018
This 110-square-meter apartment, designed by architects Ashot Snkhchyan, Armine Snkhchyan and Hayk Zalibekyan, working for the firm snkh studio, in 2018, is located in the lively neighborhood of Yerevan – Cascade, Armenia. It is a firmly neoclassical building from a decidedly Stalinist era.
The first floor is strangely small since it occupies only half of the original apartment that was divided into two parts. There is only the entrance area, the bathroom and the bedroom, which creates a kind of inverted functional scheme, where the active part of the apartment is on the top floor, under the sloping roof. A small balcony of the room is the only point that overlooks the Cascade, where during the warm days there are many open-air concerts. The client wanted a room that could be easily prepared in order to accommodate friends and enjoy the concerts.
The second floor consists of three parts: the main “public space”, the terrace and a room that has a mood completely different from the rest of the apartment. It houses an art collection, TV, and a poker table, as well as many antique rugs on the floor and the room also serves as a guest bedroom. One of the main ideas of the project was to make it possible to merge the terrace, the public space and the room into a space, to create many use scenarios.
The cement floor, the plywood and the bright colors are the main accents of this project.
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 16, 2018
This project was carried out by the architect Samuel Dall’Alba, Eduardo L. Maurmann, Elen BN Maurmann, and Paula Otto, working for the architectural firm Arquitetura Nacional in the city of Moinhos de Vento, Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2018.
The space of 700 square meters arises from the need to expand the space of the University of Porto Alegre for its preparatory course.
The existing building had some defining characteristics for the design strategies: three floors without compartments, a private patio, and visual elements for the level of the trees. The architecture project seeks maximum integration among students through large seating areas and stands. On the ground floor there is a reception area, study room, administration area, and a living room. The private spaces in the form of small houses serve both for study in small groups and for parental attendance.
Each of the upper floors has three classrooms, and on the second floor two of them can be combined to form an auditorium for 120 people. The level chairs and the large planes of whiteboards create a horizontal relationship between the teacher and the students.
Lighting plays a fundamental role in the character of the project. The use of LED tubes in different arrangements creates greater spaces and guides the flows.
By Magaly • Jul 12, 2018
The objective of this project was to renovate a two-story house that was built 23 years ago. The original floor plan had individual cells and a small living room. The space composed of small areas evoked a closed feeling.
The person in charge of carrying it out was the architect Kouichi Kimura of the architectural firm FORM Kouichi Kimura Architects in 2018. The space of 140 square meters is located in a town in Japan.
A plan was made to eliminate unnecessary rooms and partitions. The entrance serves as an open ground floor that connects the terrace with the living room. In order to expand the visibility and living space, a counter and a raised space were created as a unit that has been built along the wall of the room.
The space seems quiet due to the moderate height of the roof and the dim light. The exposed column in the corridor had originally been hidden, but is now allowed to breathe. The house, which has many years of construction, has been renovated and has become a house with great potential.
This wonderful hotel, rebuilt with local materials, is ideally located in Fira’s Caldera cliffs, with magnificent views of the volcano, the deep blue of the sea, and the most famous sunset, all on the island of Santorini, Greece.
It has 13 simple and luxurious suites, designed in a Cycladic style, with beautiful curved and white walls from which we can enjoy not only the views, but also the intimacy of its wonderful terraces. Also included are a swimming pool and breakfast area. All this creates a relaxing atmosphere that invites us to rest and enjoy.
Its remodeling, completed in 2016, was led by the design firm Interior Design Laboratorium, with designeer Stamos Hondrodimos as well as Chrysi Makri and Nefeli Tsiami. It also has a fine restaurant where we can enjoy the local drinks and an exquisite Mediterranean cuisine. The quality of the ingredients and the local products will make this one culinary experience you won’t forget, made complete thanks to an open terrace and good music.
Or we can simply opt for a private dinner on their own balcony, a romantic setting under the moon and the night view of the island. A special dinner for two is served by your personal waiter in the most romantic place ever!
By Magaly • Jun 26, 2018
YU Hotel is located in East Fuxing Road, Shanghai, China, next to Yu Garden, so it took its name “Yu Hotel” to echo Yu Garden. It was designed by the architectural firm Shanghai Ben Zhe Architecture Design, under the direction of Huajian Jiang.
It has an area of 678 square meters composed of four old buildings that were narrow, small and with inadequate lighting inside. The key to the renovation project is the spatial restructuring and bring the sunlight and nature to the interior space that used to be narrow and dark. After more than half a year, the designers reconstructed and converted the old place into the new complex, whose interior is connected to the outside with a courtyard interspersed between them.
Originally it was an old hostel / chess and card room. With the changes of times and urban renewal, the owner wanted to change the new meaning of B&B on the basis of reinforcing the existing structure.
The relationships between culture, nature and architecture were resolved during the design process with the purpose of integrating them together. At the entrance, we can see a wall built with black bricks that serve as a transition between the openness and the privacy of the interior space.
By Magaly • Jun 20, 2018
This impressive construction of modern and daring influences was designed in 2016 by Brent Kendle of the architecture firm Kendle Design Collaborative, together with the interior designer David Michael Miller.
It has an extensive area of 5600 square meters and is located in Paradise Valley, Arizona, United States, a town that is known for its luxury golf courses, shopping, and restaurant scene.
The distinctive feature of this house is its floating roof canopy, whose lower part is composed of tectonic forms inspired by local geology and monsoon cloud formations. More than just sculpture and protection from the elements, this awning balances the owner’s desire for grandeur and comfort, starting below the interior spaces and dramatically rising towards the 180 degree view of the mountain. All mechanical and lighting devices are carefully hidden within the fissures of this feature, which allows the shape and materials to be the center of attention.
Other features include the interior spaces arranged around a central open-air atrium, allowing daylight and breeze to provide natural interior comfort.
Natural light makes this house come alive, filtering through carefully articulated cracks or reflected in the strategically located pool, constantly transforming the atmosphere of this house
By Magaly • Jun 13, 2018
The team at the architectural firm Swing, made up of the architects Dai Kanayama and Ryusuk Anezaki, designed this project in 2018. It covers a total ground area of 146 square meters, and is located in the city of Osaka, in Japan. With this project, the main objective was to figure out how one could create an open space that would be nevertheless colored by daily landscapes, all of it covering an area under 150 square meters. One of the most important elements of shared house projects is how to achieve spaces that cannot be had in a studio apartment, so the focus of the height of each room was taken into consideration, as well as the intent to make the most of its space.
The shared house should be a happy and welcoming space for the enjoyment of everyday life, where the “ordinary and extraordinary” are mixed in that space with “individual and common” characteristics.
Its designers were responsible for maintaining an adequate height for each space, taking into account the balance between adequate space for the rooms and an open feeling for the shared living room. The look through the mezzanine to the “borrowed landscape” of the trees that line the street from the window ensures the feeling of spaciousness even within the high-density city.
By Magaly • Jun 5, 2018
This wonderful hotel with sober and elegant spaces is located on the border between the neighborhoods of Montorgueil and Le Haut Marais, in the magical city of Paris, in France.
The Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers is the last Clé Group hotel, which also owns the Hôtel Bachaumont. This new establishment makes a bold statement with its timeless design, and offers a new way to experience the Parisian lifestyle.
When choosing a location next to the National Center for Arts and Crafts, the Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers aims to pay tribute to that century-old institution dedicated to engineering and teaching manufacturing techniques.
Its rooms have been designed as places of refuge where comfort is the priority. A place of hospitality where Parisian heritage joins architecture and innovation to create a sense of timeless charm. The 70 rooms of the Hôtel National des Arts & Métiers are spread over the six floors of the two Haussmannian buildings that make up the establishment, overlooking a tree-lined square.
The hotel has a wide variety of accommodation to meet every need or desire, with spaces distributed in a unique way. Each room has its own configuration, and furniture that has been carefully selected so that guests feel as if they are staying in a personalized room.
By Magaly • May 29, 2018
This house, with a total area of 195 square meters, has been designed by the architect Carles Marcos in 2017. It is located on the southeast slope of Ullastrell, a quiet village about 45 minutes from Barcelona, Spain. An old concrete wall contains the sloping terrain, which is 4 meters above the street. This pre-existing wall became the base upon which the new house was established. It was decided that it would be beneficial to preserve and renovate it, so that it could form a part of the new construction. Designed for a couple, the house needed to be comfortable, affordable, and expandable in the future.
Built with load-bearing walls, the house is projected in two directions. Longitudinally, the sequence of rooms dilutes the general limits of the interior space. In the transverse direction, we seek the maximum permeability from the outside through each of the domestic spaces. This is done to promote the sun’s presence, cross ventilation, and the constant visual relationship with the environment.
The main rooms of the house are organized as a sum of small spaces, where each room is complemented by other spaces of adequate size and proportion for its use. The outer space, which is partially inclined, takes shape as a result of the position occupied by the house on the ground and especially its relationship with the limit defined by the existing large wall.
By Magaly • May 25, 2018
Maintaining the small footprint of a house from the 1940s, a multifunctional studio was added along the back street of the structure. The resulting space formed a private terrace open to the sky. The urbanism of this patio tripled the useful surface of the site, erasing the dividing lines between the interior and exterior spaces. A silk tree provides mottled shade in summer. The illusion of a much larger property is created through the “borrowed landscape” of adjacent trees and open sky.
Inspired by the ancient Chinese courtyard facing south, the central paved terrace is a private protected area for eating, having fun, resting and playing all year round.
The project was completed in 2018 by Matt Wittman and Jody Estes, both belonging to the architectural firm Wittman Estes, and is located in the Seattle, Washington area of the United States.
A pavilion roof, floating on volumes that house storage, bathroom, laundry and future kitchen, extends to form a garage space and outdoor workshop.
The interstitial areas between the study and the exterior are defined by masonry walls, covered with wood and protected from the weather by large pavilion ceilings.
By Magaly • May 21, 2018
The architectural firm Tom Robertson, led by Tom Robertson and David Ascroft, has reconfigured a small cabin located in Melbourne, Australia, to bring light and volume to the once dark spaces of this site. The resulting forms create a feeling of spaciousness and adapt to a more contemporary lifestyle. The house uses a strong monochromatic palette everywhere, starting in the new façade and continuing in the kitchen, done in black and white, farther in. Internally, the feeling is clean and quiet, with natural wood flooring and a striking staircase that provides warmth and softness.
To overcome the size restrictions of the site, a large double-height space has been created, which allows light to flood the open space in the center of the site. A loft is suspended within this volume, providing an escape.
A modern and elegant kitchen has been designed in close collaboration with the owners. This customization allows a highly functional and refined aesthetic. The bathrooms have been decorated with white porcelain countertops and thick black keys. Just above the shower cabin, a large skylight allows for views of the sky and the passage of natural light.
By Magaly • May 15, 2018
This dramatic transformation of a small Victorian house covering an area of 175 square meters, and located in Clapham, London, England, in the United Kingdom, is a perfect show of the excellent work done by the architectural firm MWArchitects and its collaborators Matthew Wood and Melissa Robinson in the year 2015.
Its exterior is enchanting, with its very traditional and wonderful brick walls against which its white windows stand out. Glass walls were installed to add a modern touch to the building and, at the same time, allow the interior to receive natural light from the outside and enjoy the beautiful views of the garden.
The garden, divided into several levels, has many areas in which flowers have been planted, as well as fruit trees and vegetables. It has several terraces located strategically in the different levels of the garden.
Inside, we find open spaces and shared areas full of light. Wooden floors contrast with the white used on the walls. A simple, far from ostentatious, and traditional décor fills the spaces.
The studio, a place made to immediately catch our eye, is really charming, with old wooden floors and lots of natural light that passes through the glazed glass walls. It also has a large library where we can find all sorts of books – truly a lovely space.
By Magaly • Apr 16, 2018
This luxurious apartment has been decorated with an exquisite taste by the firm Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects, and it is located in the city of Putuo, China.
The project, with a full range of shades of gray, creates an atmosphere with an air of elegant and meditative calm, which would perfectly adapt to the wishes of a globetrotter after a long and exhausting journey.
In the middle of a forest of 20,000 trees, the “Schwarzwald” apartment towers offer the unique synthesis of living a modern urban life in a quality environment. Many metropolitans long for a place of tranquility and relaxation where their families adopt a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. To fulfill these wishes, an innovative project with a vision of the future was created, which meets the highest standards in terms of comfort and quality of life.
The layers and interactions of premium materials, fascinating textures and high contrast surfaces make this 250 square meter apartment a metropolitan sanctuary with an impressive view of the urban skyline of Shanghai.
Warm shades of gray, natural wooden surfaces, indirect lighting, and lush fabrics contrast with the smooth surfaces of the rooms and create a relaxed atmosphere.
Thanks to a sophisticated combination of marble, unpretentious white sanitary ware, and accessories in black and gold, the bathrooms unfold in an aura of classic and timeless taste.
By Magaly • Apr 9, 2018
This unique and modern project covering 121 square meters has been created by the architectural firm Wutopia Lab in the city of Gu Long Lu, Minhang Qu, Shanghai Shi, in China.
Among the architects responsible for this project we will find Erni Min, Ting Yu, Wutian Sun, and Chloe Zhang. This project of reconstruction began in 2017, and the result is this fabulous space that lends itself to the whim of its owners. The designer decided to convert three bedrooms and two living rooms into one bedroom and one living room, so that parents and children could grow up together, thus creating a shared and open home.
To maximize the lighting area, the windows were changed and replaced with panoramic views.
The free flow of space created by breaking down the walls of separation naturally forms three social areas, where each member of the family takes what they need while sharing the same world.
The use of simple materials such as glass, wood, ceramic tiles, cloth, stone, vegetation, and stainless steel helps express the features of the space. Considering the safety of the child, all the corners of the wall have been rounded. By using a large number of smart devices, all appliances can be remotely controlled, adding a futuristic touch to the house.