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Renovation of a House to Connect it with the Exuberant Desert Landscape

By • Nov 9, 2018

The architectural firm Rob Paulus Architects renovated this construction in 2012 for a doctor. Its size is of 4500 ft2, and is located in Tucson, Arizona, USA. This renovation opens up the house to encompass the lush desert landscape while improving the interior of the property. The new shapes are crisp and clean to contrast with the rounded exterior of the existing building.

Terrace with arid vegetation

Using a reductive approach in the interior, the walls are disassembled to provide better function, circulation, and views. Outside, an existing trellis porch transforms into an outdoor living room and a kitchen with a new elevated canopy.

Large decorated terrace
Outdoor furniture
Pool area
Living area in leather furniture
Large kitchen-dining area

A palette of colors and natural material dominates the new scheme with an emphasis on fir wood that was influenced by the client’s desire to create spaces inspired by nature. This warm wood is used in all interior cabinets, but it also appears on the outside as the bottom part of the roof plane that hangs over the area of ​​the outdoor room. The existing closed house is transformed to interact with the exterior while creating a relaxing interior space in a decidedly modern transformation.

Modern kitchen in wood
TV room
Modern sink area
Pool area at night hours
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Wonderful Construction Overlooking the Pacific

By • Nov 2, 2018

This new home of some 300 square meters was designed in the Puntarenas Canton area of Costa Rica by the architectural firm Benjamin Garcia Saxe Architecture in 2013. The Gooden-Nahome family wanted to create their home on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and found an incredible site overlooking the sea. The biggest obstacle they found was that the site was predominantly on a very steep slope, and the view of the ocean is captured only in the upper-middle part of the ground. However, they did not see this as a negative aspect but rather saw the opportunity to explore together an architecture that was appropriate for these conditions.

Together they explored the possibilities of creating large retaining walls in order to relocate the house on the land, which is a technique commonly used by most houses in the area.

Views from the house to the sea
View of the terrace area with pool
Large terrace with sea views
Rest area inside
Modern living-dining area
Modern kitchen with views
Room with wooden floors

In the end, they decided to do exactly the opposite, and in fact allow the slope, land, vegetation, water and animals to flow underneath the house. The house was elevated, and by doing so, made it possible to save on the immense cost of creating retaining walls. This almost common sense decision created a very light intervention that allows the terrain to breathe while providing a spectacular ocean view from the key location on the site.

Room with private terrace
Bathroom connected to the outside
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This Detached Villa has the City of Beirut at its Feet

By • Oct 30, 2018

Located in the village of Baaddat in Mount Lebanon, twenty miles above Beirut, this detached villa has excellent views over the mountainous landscape. It has an area of 562 square meters and was designed in 2016 by the architectural firm Joe Serrins Studio, under the guidance of its architects Joe Serrins and Jared Brownell. The property is covered with pine nut trees that cling to the rocky slope that falls twenty meters on a 45 degree slope. The architecture allows us to cross the steep slope and put us in contact with the landscape.

View of the villa on the top
Villa surrounded by tall trees
Details of the exterior of the villa
Views of the town over the city
Pool area
Details of the interior

The program is organized by floors: the lowest level is the garage, and level two includes a media room and three bedrooms. The third level is the living room that has high ceilings and the largest of the four terraces. The fourth level contains the master suite and a private terrace with a pool hidden against the hillside. The building is mostly made of concrete, typical of structures of this size in the region.

The exterior is covered with a coarse gray stone interrupted by a volume of white plaster and several folding glass planes with operable doors. The landscape terraces and property debris walls are made with a local rock with a rough face.

Salon in cream and black tones
Dining room with views
Wooden stairs
Room with terrace
Double room
Bathroom connected to the outside
Night view of the exterior
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Wonderful Castle Located on Top of a Mountain in Zhejiang, China

By • Oct 16, 2018

This castle, which is located at the top of a bamboo-clad mountain in the Chinese province of Zhejiang, near Hangzhou, was built in 1910 by a Scottish doctor. The property, which is an eco luxe complex with Afro Asian decoration and medieval roots, has been recently completely reconstructed by the architectural firm Shanghai Tianhua Architectural Design, conscientiously and taking care to include a great amount detail.

Aerial view of the castle on the top
View of the castle and the thick vegetation that surrounds it

Among the benefits that such a rural location offers are included a regional farm to table cuisine and the ability to include an impressive cantilevered infinity pool, which the structure takes complete advantage of, including panoramic accommodations that range from the rustic to the regal.

Infinity pool with terrace area
Pool with fabulous views
Furnished terrace with views

Completely surrounded by thick forests, the enchanting bungalows feature private outdoor hot tubs looking out to the charming landscape, while the spacious and bright Cliffside Suites are decorated with traditional South African motifs and extra large tubs which sit in front of the window and overlooking the mountains. For the ultimate king and queen retreat, opt for one of the themed Castle suites, which are absolutely flooded with sumptuous fabrics and luxurious amenities.

Interior of the imposing dining room with high ceilings
Stairs with rustic details
Rustic style room
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A Holiday Home Full of History

By • Oct 8, 2018

This house, located on the top of a mountain in Marušići, Croatia, is a holiday home designed by the firm Studio Ante Murales d.o.o. in 2016. The architects Ante Nikša Bilić, Sunčica Mastelić Ivić and Hrvojka Kalogjera were responsible for carrying out this project, which covers an area of ​​270 square meters.

View of the extensive covered terrace
View of the terrace from inside

The conditions of the microclimate and the view from the site determined the design of the building. But the same applies to the materiality and tactile properties of the house. The cubes are made of concrete and are related to the rocks of the Biokovo mountain range due to their color.

Terrace with pool

The traditional construction of small rural houses in this area involves the construction of the whole building with a single material. As such, this home was mainly made of stone, and the roof was made of stone slabs. This practice resulted in beautiful functional units of spaces that were either open or covered by vines and tiles.

TV room with concrete walls
Modern living room on white
Comfortable living-dining space
Living room and kitchen sharing space

And as the people in charge of this project say: “To direct a space to live in, the space must be filled with us. I wanted to protect myself from the sun, to protect myself from the wind, the rain and the cold. I wanted all the windows and openings to be full of the sea.” Their wishes are now a reality.

Living room connected to the terrace
Ledge full of color
Concrete and wood stairs
Room with terrace
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Family Refuge Designed as Escape from the Chaotic City of Lima, Peru

By • Oct 5, 2018

Just one hour from the center of Lima, Peru in the area of ​​Chaclacayo, this home  of 528 square meters is used to get away from the chaotic city. A perfect place to embrace peace and tranquility, surrounded by family. It was designed by the architecture firm SOMA Lima under the direction of the architects Daniela Chong, Daniella Suazo, and Andrea Silva in 2017.

View of the large terrace

The architectural program of the house includes living room, dining room, four bedrooms, kitchen, living room, service area, and a separate volume of bungalows that house four guest bedrooms.

Terrace with brick wall
Dining area connected to the terrace
Exterior view with red brick walls
Living room with brown leather sofa

The main house has an integrated and oversized living and dining room, since this is the main social space and where the whole family gathers. With a double height ceiling, this space expands both vertically and horizontally, and integrates the interior with the exterior, creating a covered terrace surrounded by green.

The intimate area of ​​the bedrooms opens onto another garden to the west of the house to maintain privacy, while the other social spaces, such as the kitchen and living room, are visually integrated with the rest of the house.

When entering, the main house located towards the bottom of the land is framed by a large garden, with the hills and blue sky in the background.

Room with brick wall
Bathroom in white and gray
Night view of the lounge
Night view of the exterior
Night view of the pool area
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House with Wonderful Views of the Desert

By • Oct 3, 2018

The Ghost Wash House, as this private property is called, was designed by Architecture – Infrastructure – Research, Inc., which is an architecture and urban design firm focused on applying advanced research methods and sustainable practices into designs that cover the needs and wishes of each client, and which was founded by Darren Petrucci in 2001. The home is located along the lower hillside of the north side of Camelback Mountain in Paradise Valley, a small, affluent town in Maricopa County, Arizona, in the United States. It was completed in 2017 and covers a total ground area of 8,500 square feet.

View of the main entrance
View of the main entrance

The site is flanked by two desert washes that move water from the top of the mountain into the valley below. A third topographic condition — a “Ghost Wash” — runs through the center of the site, giving the property its name, and is framed by brick bars.

Entrance with glass wall
Entry in concrete and glass
View of the landscape from the terrace
Furnished terrace with views
Modern and spacious lounge
Living room with modern furniture
Rest area
Hallway in wood
Large kitchen in white
Modern dining room
Bathroom with glass walls

The eastern of these two protects the wash from the desert sun that shines upon it in the morning. It also houses the garages, the kitchen, an office, and the family room. The western bar shields the property from the intensely hot west sun as it sets in the valley. In turn, it houses the private areas of the home, such as the bedrooms, another family room, and a recreation space. The living room and dining room are house in the interior of a long sequence of courtyards and gardens that flow along the Ghost Wash from the south entry to the north pool house.

Study with views
Modern desk in wood
Nighttime views from abroad
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Redesigned Private Residence that Still Maintains Traces of the Traditional Architecture of the Area

By • Sep 27, 2018

House P is a private residence located in Styria, in southeastern Austria, as evidenced by the spectacular rolling hills that characterize the landscape by which it is surrounded. It was designed in 2015 by Irene Nikolaus of Gangoly & Kristiner Architekten, an Austrian architectural firm with offices in Vienna and Graz, and covers a total ground area of 330 square meters.

Exterior view of the residence

The home resembles, in structure, an old barn, and so recalls and preserves the architectural traditions of the area. The complex consists of a main home and four annexes, which were once farm buildings themselves. It is this main building which continues to hold the main residential areas of the property, whereas the old barn has been adapted and converted into a garage and storage space. The remaining structures – which were previously used for the production and storage of wine – have been repurposed and are now used as a guest house, and a pool and wellness house.

Side view
Details of the old construction

The interior of the building mixes contemporary design and a rustic country feel seamlessly, creating an atmosphere that is unique and innovative. Scarce decorative accessories, including tasteful works of art, allow the home to have a sense of serenity and amplitude, and the floor to ceiling glass walls provide it with an easy relationship with the exterior.

Bright and spacious interior
Large kitchen with glass wall
Large bathroom with glass walls
Exterior night view
Night view of the swimming pool area
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An Annex Designed as a Space for Leisure and Fun

By • Sep 24, 2018

This project is an annex of a house that serves as a leisure area and has an indoor pool. It is located in a residential neighborhood of Curitiba, Brazil and was designed in 2016 by the architect Jorge Elmor Neto of the architectural firm Elmor Arquitetura.

Entrance through small curved street

The 190 square meters that covers the space are located on a single floor, surrounded by a large area comprised of wood. In the program requested by the clients, accessibility has always been at the top of the list of requirements and all spaces, dimensions, circulations, and materials were designed to meet all kinds of special needs.

Large living room with access to the terrace
Modern and spacious living room area
Modern minimalist kitchen

The annex is a rectangular volume of 18 meters long by 8 meters wide, executed in exposed concrete (with wooden laths) and glass (aluminum frames with double layers of glass), forming a contemporary and timeless architectural ensemble, robust in durability but lighter in compositional lines. Living room and dining room are integrated to host social activities. The large, sliding glass doors open completely, allowing free access to the outside, doubling the size of living room. The swimming pool, the garden, and several adjoining terraces offer multiple uses and occupations for various activities. Its occupants can float between spaces while the sun and light move until nightfall.

Dining room in wood with access to the garden
Kitchen-dining room with concrete walls and glass
Large indoor pool
Swimming pool with terrace
Large wooden terrace
Night view of the terrace
Exterior night view
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A House in Which Concrete and Glass are The Protagonists

By • Sep 19, 2018

This construction, in which glass and concrete act as protagonists, is located in a pericentral neighborhood of the city of Córdoba, in Argentina. It has been designed by the architectural firm Adolfo Mondejar – Architects Studio under the direction of its professionals, Adolfo Mondejar, Francisco Figueroa Astrain, Adriana Barberis, and Ezequiel Lauria. It is intended for a young family, and covers an area of nearly 350 square meters.

Front view of the construction
Terrace with large pool

The program incorporates intermediate spaces such as the gallery, the green expansion of the bedrooms, and a pond in the master bedroom, which give the necessary environmental conditions. Also, there is a space of semi-open expansion in the living room, conceived with vines that refresh the interior of the house from the south and propose a new place of play and rest. The social areas of the home are accessed directly from the gallery.

Entrance area with concrete beams

A concrete staircase leads to a terrace space for events. The idea is summarized in two concrete walls that have a large slab of exposed concrete for a ceiling, 4 meters above the ground, creating the gallery. To further preserve the vision of concrete walls, three interior boxes lined with quebracho wood were designed to hold the bathrooms, toilets, and bedrooms.

Large outdoor area
Furnished terrace
Covered terrace with dining room
Terrace with outdoor furniture
Modern living room with glass walls
Social areas connected
Internal corridor with wooden walls
Large bathroom
Terrace in night hours
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Private Resident with Marvelous Views of the City of Angels

By • Sep 7, 2018

The Mirrorhouse is a private residence located in the Trousdale Estates of Beverly Hills, a city in Los Angeles County, California, in the United States. The home was designed by XTEN Architecture and completed in 2016, covering a total ground area of 8,000 square feet. It enjoys an incredible view of Downtown Los Angeles, as well as the Pacific Ocean.

Modern interior done in white

The challenge presented to XTEN Architecture was to create a simple, rational home that emphasized its connection with the surrounding landscape, all of this done in order to celebrate the unique lifestyle that Beverly Hills and Los Angeles have to offer.

Large kitchen-living room area with a view

The kitchen and living room are open and spacious, done in a stark white that enhances this sense of space, with accents done in neutral tones that play with contrast. These rooms open out to a terrace with a pool, and, beyond, the view of the city, creating a continuity and a dialogue between the interior and the exterior that is irresistible and exquisite.

Terrace with a pool

The entirety of the floor plan is developed around five volumes which enclose the private spaces of the house. Such an arrangement creates negative space, which in turn becomes the main living and circulating space, providing a free flowing travel route throughout the home, as well as views out to the exterior and the city.

Pool with a view of LA
Terrace with pool in the waning hours of the evening
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Private Home with a Largely Minimalist Interior

By • Sep 4, 2018

The Toorak Residence, as this private home is called, is located in Toorak, an affluent inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 5 km south-east of Melbourne’s Central Business District. The home was designed by Architecton, a Melbourne-based architectural firm, and led by Daniel Galtieri and Nick Lukas. Covering a total ground area of over 1,000 square meters, the project was completed in 2016.

Exterior view

The four bedroom private residence attempts to achieve a balance between elegance and relaxation, and it accomplishes it by creating spaces that are elegantly contemporary while blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors by creating spaces that are freely open to the exterior.

Interior with concrete walls

The interior design is mostly minimalist, allowing the architectural elements — made out of concrete, wood, and metal — to speak for themselves, but it is nevertheless full of welcoming spaces that ensure that the structure feels like a family home.

Large interior space of the living room-dining room space and the kitchen
Modern living room
Large dining room done in wood
Cellar
Bathroom in white marble
Interior during nocturnal hours

In the back, the home holds a pool, accompanied by a terrace with a sitting area, a perfect place in which to sit and relax on a warm day or evening. The touches of greenery and subtle flowering give it a sense of vibrant life that add to the sense of pleasantness of the space.

Pool area
Terrace
Exterior during nocturnal hours
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Victorian Residence that Maintains the Charm of the Era

By • Sep 3, 2018

This Victorian Residence is the result of the efforts of Nick Lukas, architect part of the team at Architecton, a Melbourne-based architectural firm. The home is located in Middle Park, an inner suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, which is situated 4 kilometers south of Melbourne’s Central Business District. The project was completed in 2016, and covers a total ground area of 420 square meters.

View of the charming entrance
View of the front façade

The project consists of an addition to a three bedroom private residence, building upon the reputation of Middle Park as home to some of the best preserved and aged architecture in the city of Melbourne. As such, the front façade of the home was left untouched in order to respect this architectural tradition and preserve the historical context of the home, and the addition is located in the back of the original building. The materials used include stone, concrete, and metal, coming together to create a timeless effect.

Modern and wide open interior
Minimalist kitchen
Modern living room in white and gray
Modern open kitchen

The addition looks as if it were another building entirely, the styles are so different. While the front has a traditional Victorian front with a delicately trimmed porch, the back is characterized by straight lines and austere surfaces. They are brought together by the interior, which is vast and brightly illuminated, done in neutral tones that bring a sense of serenity and peace to it.

Modern dining room done in crude colors
Study
Black bathroom
Nocturnal view of the pool
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A Modern House for a Young Couple and Their Adorable Pets

By • Aug 30, 2018

This property was designed for a young couple with 2 pet dogs, in the city of Dallas, Texas, by the local architecture firm Wernerfield, led by architectural professionals Braxton Werner and Paul Field. It is located in the exclusive Bluffview neighborhood. One of the necessary requirements was that the space needed to have a modern style, while staying within a moderate budget.

Covered and furnished terrace

The clients wanted large expanses of glass that would open the house to the outdoors, but they also wanted a sense of privacy, a challenging request given that the rectangular construction site was parallel to a busy street. In addition, for an optimal orientation of the sun, the architects wanted to open the west elevation facing the street.

Little garden
Terrace connected to the room
Entrance door in wood and glass

The residence has three modules, each with a different function. The central module contains a kitchen, dining room, and living room equipped with polished concrete floors and wooden cabinets. A retractable glass wall allows the space to be completely open to the outside. To the north there is a two-story volume that houses private functions. A master suite and an office are on the ground floor, and a bedroom and media room are located on the second floor.

The third module, located to the south, contains a garage. A glass-walled lobby with a large front door connects the garage to the main living room.

Living room and kitchen with glass walls
Modern open kitchen
Dining room in browns
Modern and spacious bathroom
Terrace with pool
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A House Full of Family History

By • Aug 22, 2018

This house that has more than 60 years of construction to its name. It has passed from generation to generation and was recently remodeled in 2015. Those responsible for carrying out this project are the architecture professionals Vorapoj Tachaumnueysuk and Pattama Pornpirom, both belonging to the architectural firm Monotello. It is located in Khwaeng Samsen Nai, Thailand, and has an area of 510 square meters.

Exterior view of the modern pool area
Pool with covered terrace
Terrace connected to the dining-kitchen area

Entering the existing house presented us with the essence of the ancient Thai living space, carefully reimagined by the original architect. It was a first generation concrete structure and, unique to a building of that period, incorporated the traditional planning of the Thai space.

A one-story building that surrounds a huge central courtyard, planned with natural light and ventilation in mind. The use of energy and environmental sustainability were definitely important bullet points, as well.

Internal area with spaces divided by glass walls
Modern kitchen in black and steel
Room with access to the garden

With the unique design and history of the house, the current architect’s goal was to retain as much of his heart and soul as possible while meeting the needs of the current owner. The new structures were designed to be independent of the original. Steel and wood were used everywhere, along with concrete finishes to match the existing one. As the original basement had moisture problems, it was opened and integrated into the central courtyard.

Simple and cozy room
Bathroom in wood and white
Wood terrace
Night view of the terrace
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Modern Construction with Fabulous Views Over the Bay of Acapulco

By • Aug 21, 2018

This spectacular home is located in an exclusive area overlooking the bay of Acapulco, Mexico. It consists of a renovation and extension, done in 2016, of a house with an area of 1050 square meters, built in the 1960s. The renovation project was carried out by architectural firm DIANA ARNAU in conjunction with HGR Arquitectos.

Front view of the modern construction

The house is located on a rocky and sloping land of 1210 square meters. It has 5 bedrooms, each with closets, bathrooms, and a terrace, a family room, kitchen, living room, pool, outdoor bar, and parking for 3 cars. This gives the structure a total area of 1050 m2, divided into 3 levels to adjust to the topography.

Wonderful construction on a hill
Terrace with pool

The project consists of 3 volumes. The first top volume is access and parking. When you go down the stairs, you reach the second volume, with 2 levels. On the upper level and through a private terrace you have the master bedroom, whereas the lower level has 2 bedrooms which you enter through a roof terrace. At the end of the terrace you reach the family room, a more enclosed space with a TV, dining table, kitchen, and bathroom.

BBQ area
Simple and cozy interior
Living room full of natural light
Dining-Living room with glass walls
Modern dining room
A modern room
Room with terrace
Double room with terrace
Bathroom with views
Outdoor dining area

Descending half a level, you find the third volume. On the top floor you have the main living room – dining room space, which is completely open, and the kitchen. Under this space there are 2 more rooms with their respective terraces and private garden.

The pool area, which has a jacuzzi and a bar, articulates these two volumes.

 All spaces are connected by stairs that adapt to the terrain.

View of the terrace with pool during night hours
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A Remodeling that Achieved Open Spaces and Full of Natural Light

By • Aug 16, 2018

This home, belonging to a large family of 6, is located in Herzliya Pituach, Israel and was part of a renovation of an old building in which the interior was emptied, a reinforcement was applied, and the structure was expanded using mostly lightweight construction materials. Originally, the building had several rooms on the ground floor, including a stable, and an external staircase led to the second floor, where the main room was located. The architectural firm Tomer Ben Dor was commissioned to carry out the 182-square-meter project in 2017.

Terrace with pool
Entrance from the terrace

The ground floor includes the living room, the kitchen, the dining room, the guest room, the master bedroom with private bathroom, and a shelter that is also used as a closet room. The second floor includes two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a laundry room. Another bedroom is located in the attic.

The main guide for the design of the exterior appearance was the use of neutral dark tones in order to create a building that fits the shade of tall trees and the surrounding garden. Therefore, the tones chosen for the front of the building were mainly gray and dark green.

Entrance with brick walls
Covered grill area
Modern grill area
Large lounge area
Living room-kitchen sharing space
Dining room with glass walls
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