By Magaly • Jul 12, 2018
This tourist project built in 2017 was carried out by the architecture firm Atelier Tekuto and its professionals Yasuhiro Yamashita, Ben Matsuno / Atelier TEKUTO and Amami Design Firm. It is located in Tatsugo-cho, Oshima-gun, Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan, on a subtropical island with 60 thousand residents (the largest island of the Amami archipelago) with a unique culture that is famous for its popular songs and dances.
The complex consists of an administration building with reception and a restaurant, 3 luxury villas and 10 terraced villas. A total of 14 buildings with 23 rooms.
The site slopes down 25m with the calm and intimate path that leads towards the calm inland sea, facing the southeast. Landscaping has restored the original seascape while integrating the structures in the environment.
The pool villas are inspired by the traditional Amamian barns, as well as the traditional local gable roofed houses.
The exterior walls and ceilings are covered with gray-silver wood planks developed for this project.
The terraced villas are located rhythmically, half of which are connected through the terrace to the suite. The ceilings in the restaurant building overlap at odd angles, standing out dynamically, giving the interior space a whirling sensation.
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.
This wonderful house, located in Escobar, Buenos Aires, Argentina, covers an area of 250 square meters and was designed in 2016 by Gonzalo Bardach and Matías Mosquera, members of the local architectural firm BAM! Architecture.
The client wished to have a house with an efficient, functional, and synthetic character, designed in order to develop an intense family life where each of the members, children as well as adults, had their own well defined spaces.
The garden has a large swimming pool where the family can spend their leisure time or simply spend time together in the company of friends. It also has a beautiful terrace that has barbecue area. All of these separate entertainment areas have been clearly designed with the family in mind.
The social areas, living room, dining room, and TV area were designed in succession, and open to the garden to allow the full integration of all spaces. The large glass walls that surround the spaces allow natural light to enter, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The ground floor has the living room, dining room, kitchen, TV room, laundry room, and a small bathroom, while on the upper floor are the three bedrooms of the children with their own bathroom, the master bedroom, and a family room.
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 • 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.
ZIM arquitextura designed this project of 310 square meters in Tigre, Argentina. Their main desire was to share the space with friends and families. They wanted to live in a house that would welcome and shelter the incoming guests, while at the same time providing the appropriate intimacy.
The heart of the house is the the living room. This is where the family and its guests come together. A large ceiling establishes a hierarchy and provides abundant space, as well as inviting in a great amount of natural light. A stone wall protects this space from the views of the street. A large sliding door integrates the gallery into the interior space of the dining room, creating a unique space for large gatherings where the interior and exterior are mixed.
The house is divided according to its purpose (public, private and services), as well as in different volumes.
The volume of services is cement, harder and more closed, protecting the house from the most punishing hours of sun as well as the view of the neighbors.
The most private volume contains the rooms and is made of wood, warmer.
This house, built specifically for an Australian family, shows us relaxing spaces that allow us to connect to everyday life and at the same time offering a warm climate lifestyle. Its open spaces, filled with delicate and fine details, allow the air to flow through them and allow natural light to come in, providing clear and welcoming environments to the occupants as well as their guests.
The fantastic project, located in West Vancouver, Canada, was undertaken by the architects Matt Mcleod and Lisa Bovell, working for the architectural firm Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses in 2016 and has an total area of 409 square meters.
The sliding doors without columns in the southeast corner of the house effectively double the size of the living room when they are open; interior and exterior spaces have the same priority. The materials, the shape, and the spatial relationships are intended to evoke the feeling of a beach house: simple, informal and flexible. The dining table and the wood burning fireplace can be turned around to accommodate a variety of arrangements depending on the weather and the number of guests.
The combination of the dining room and kitchen in a single long space allowed for a narrow floor plate and resulted in a generous side-patio area, which is used for cooking outdoors. A reflective pond and a fence on the scale of the house connect this space with an open terrace to the south and a closed garden to the north while creating privacy on the street.
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.
By Magaly • Jun 28, 2018
This modern and elegant construction of 334 square meters, designed by the architectural firm Norte Arquitetos, by the hand of its architect Saulo Coelho, is located in a private condominium in Salvador de Bahía, Brazil.
It was designed to meet the needs of a young couple with a daughter. The terrain had a trapezoidal shape, with a front of 13m, 40m of sides and 24m of support. The topography was more favorable for the implementation of a building in a range of 20 m from the front of the lot, since the variation between levels was 1.40 m in height. The second half of the terrain had a slope of 10 meters. The objective of the project was to have the smallest possible built area. The only requirements of the guests were a double hall, a swimming pool and as much green area as possible.
The western facades must protect from the setting sun. They also need to have openings that would serve as exhaust routes, as well as provide cross ventilation. The façades of the eastern quadrant should be more open, receiving maximum ventilation and natural light. To mitigate the high temperatures of the city of Salvador, especially in summer, the pool should be at the end of the lot, in the east quadrant, receiving the prevailing winds. The water surface would provide a comfortable breeze to the building.
By Magaly • Jun 28, 2018
The Argentine architect Mariel Suárez, in collaboration with the team formed by the professionals Florencia Tasada, Vanesa Pellegrini and Mauricio Sconochini, designed – in 2017 – this fantastic house. Its incredible open spaces and its warm natural light invite all its visitors to take a moment and relax.
The house is located in Funes, in the Department of Rosario, Argentina, and has an area of 260 square meters. The house is built around a void between volumes generated to cause entry through a pedestrian path. In this way, we created an open-air route that extends the time and distance of arrival to the semi-covered porch.
The materials used in its construction were mostly brick for the masonry and metal profiles and corrugated sheets for the roofs. We look for the counterpoint between the rugosity and imperfection of the brick and the precision of the angles and the leads of the metallic structure executed with “W” profiles.
The program is basically developed on the ground floor; on the top floor, we find a desk that overlooks the living room. This generates a double height space that gives a sense of spaciousness to the area.
The project presents a single-family house distributed in two volumes visible from the outside and united inside.
By Magaly • Jun 27, 2018
This imposing and modern construction in the shape of a “T,” that responds to the unique typography of the cliff upon which it is built, is surrounded by a thick pine forest. It is located near the Spokane River, in the city of the same name, in the state of Washington, USA.
The project was undertaken by architect Tom Kundig, in conjunction with the professionals Steven Rainville and Garin Schenk, of the firm Olson Kundig in 2014, and has an extensive area of 5200 square feet.
The house, named “Rimrock,” refers to this type of geological occurrence, with a steep rock wall on the upper edge of a plateau or canyon. The sewing under the house is a natural and pre-existing path for the animals, who use it to move between the mountains and the river. Although the house is now here, great care was taken to ensure that they can still move around unimpeded. The sensitive nature of the landscape, as well as its unique climatic, solar and seasonal conditions, require a careful positioning of the home and consideration of the materials.
The resulting design reverses the typical transparency that one would expect in a home with a large amount of glazing. The upper part of the building, which is usually more transparent, is actually more private. The bottom, the more public family and general meeting area, has more transparency.
A feeling of intimacy throughout the home allows the owner to retreat from what is a spectacular environment, but also aggressive due to the powerful storms, weather patterns, and seasons of the region.
By Magaly • Jun 22, 2018
This house, located on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, the seventh most populous city in India, in a land of 4 acres that has a dense flora. The new house was to be a permanent home away from the city in the natural desert. Previously, the family owned a colonial-style house in a densely populated town of Ahmedabad that was built in the mid-Twentieth Century.
Among the requirements demanded by the owner were the following: that the design should avoid the formation of rigid boxes; that it should have an inclination to a mostly outdoors-oriented lifestyle; and that it be a house that would be a container for the collection of artifacts, paintings, Persian carpets, books and ancestral furniture. The design proposed, by the architectural firm Mode Design, under the lead of its professionals Arpan Shah, Deep Bhagat, and Khanjan Joshi, intertwines and integrates the previous concerns.
The fluid curvilinear formation is a reinterpretation of the images of the ancient ancestral house, and also reiterates the natural formation existing on the site. It has a space of 630 square meters, semi-open spaces and full of elegance and luxury.
The house is a fusion of the raw and rustic character of the outdoor spaces and the fineness of the interiors.
By Magaly • Jun 21, 2018
This wonderful single-family residence located in Tapachula, southern Mexico, was mainly built with concrete. It not only seeks to combine its design with nature, but also to generate different conceptual textures.
The project was led by architect Alejandro Paz of the architecture firm Paz Arquitectura in 2016, and has an area of 730 square meters. It has comfortable environments and plenty of space. Other materials used in its construction were wood, stone, and glass to emphasize the relationship with the exterior.
On the first floor there is a social zone between the family and their guests. On the second floor is the private area. However, the materials and all the features described above were replicated in the room and bathrooms. At the center of the house, under one of the large cantilevers, a pool was placed, giving freshness to the overall composition.
The sector where the house is located is known for high amounts of rainfall, hot weather and high levels of humidity. The purpose of the design was to generate enough openings to dissipate the differences between the interior and the exterior in order to encourage owners to enjoy the advantages of climate and vegetation.
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
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 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.