This fantastic remodeling of two narrow houses that were in very poor condition, as they had been used by their former owner as a rental for students who needed cheap accommodation, was carried out in 2016 by the architectural firm K2A. The interior was designed by the firm Permis de Construire and Denis Dujardin was in charge of the gardens.
The property covers a total area of 500 square meters and is located in Brussels, Belgium. It is located in a prestigious and vibrant area of the city, in a basement with little insulation, with little air and little natural light inside. The project consisted in uniting the two houses while respecting the typology of the existing buildings and making the most of their new width to offer generous and luminous spaces to the new residents.
The front façade, a beautiful 19th century brick façade belonging to a row of similar houses, was restored and remained essentially intact. However, the large rear façade opened generously to encompass the south-facing garden.
There, wide glass doors open onto the wonderful garden where a dining room and an outdoor living area have been installed to spend time with friends and family while enjoying the good weather.
By Magaly • Sep 12, 2018
This triplex, redesigned by the firm Casa14 Arquitetura, had never been inhabited. Seeing it today, few people would say that its spaces were dark and fragmented. Architecture professionals Mariana Andersen and Mariana Guradani, together with Max Heringer and Gabriele Azevedo, were in charge of carrying out the wonderful transformation of this space that has an area of 900 square meters. Located in the city of São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil, the project was undertaken by the firm in the year 2015.
The project aimed to integrate the floors and highlight the character of the materials.
The generous openings in the walls offer a visual connection between different environments in each of the three levels of the apartment. The project also emphasized the relationship between the environment, gardens and circulation. The staircase, a bent steel plate lined with wood at the bottom and white stone at the top, appears as though it were a sculptural element that joins the three decks. The vertical structure stands out.
Each floor was designed for a specific use. In this order: live, work and rest. On the first level are the rooms, the kitchen, and the service area. The second was designed to receive a library of 5,000 titles integrated in a garden where the resident works, reads, and writes. The last level brings with it the leisure area, with a music studio, whirlpool, sauna, and a barbecue, impregnated with a vertical garden in all its extension.
By Magaly • 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.
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.
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.
By Magaly • Aug 29, 2018
This wonderful holiday home with high wooden ceilings and wide open spaces was designed by the architecture firm Coates Design Architects in 2016 and has an area of 3835 square feet. It is located in a historic mining area in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, USA, where the climate is extremely cold and snowy in the winter months and scorching during the summer.
Extreme weather conditions challenged the design team to create a comfortable environment without the use of traditional cooling and heating systems with energy consumption
The design created combines a modern sustainable architecture with recovered rustic materials. An entrance hall and a mud room conserve energy and create an elegant entrance in the main living room. This independent room has a double function as a special place to receive visitors and an air chamber to keep the outdoor elements contained. The cold currents of winter and the excessive heat of summer are kept at bay with this simple solution.
There are two master bedrooms and a room with bunk beds in the main house to accommodate family members. The two-car garage has an electric vehicle charging station, a cellar and plenty of storage space.
By Magaly • Aug 13, 2018
Located in the city of Austin, Texas, United States, this 8,800 square foot house was commissioned to the architectural firm Forge Craft Architecture by a long-time collaborating general who wanted a well-designed home that could attract a wide range of people within a specific market of luxury home buyers.
In 2016, Forge Craft Architecture, together with its collaborator Camelot Custom Homes, set to work together to create this elegant design of spacious spaces full of comfort and good taste.
The house is organized to optimize the landscape of the site and the panoramic views while offering maximum privacy. The open and airy floor plan connects the interior with the exterior creating lines of vision from the living room to the east facing garden and the western negative edge pool. The most private suites are located on the top floor, away from the public area, and each room has its own bathroom and dressing room.
Materials such as limestone, fiber cement panels and stucco allow the house to blend in with the surrounding landscape while maintaining a modern living environment in the interior.
By Magaly • Aug 7, 2018
Smart Design Studio designed this project located on Crown Street, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, and consists of a restaurant in the lower part of the building and five apartments in the upper level. The building is comprised of two different architectural blocks that are nevertheless interconnected with each other.The exterior walls, white and modern in design, are lined in mosaic tiles. Below it, dark glass walls allow us to have a complete view of the exterior from inside the room and vice versa.
Stairs, decorated with mosaics, lead us to the apartments located on the upper floors of the building. There, we can find comfortable spaces where we can feel the simplicity and good taste for design which is present there.
The spacious and bright living room, with furniture that looks very comfortable, welcomes us. The kitchen, perfectly lit by the sunlight that sneaks through the door leading to the terrace, looks small but comfortable and modern.
A wooden dining room with plenty of natural light is located in a corner of the space – without a doubt a simple but charming atmosphere.
The bathroom, decorated in ocher, has been mostly covered by small mosaics that match the colors of the furniture placed there.
Plykea is an English startup based in Walthamstow in East London, that have launched a line of birch plywood doors, drawer fronts, cover panels, and worktops that can be easily attached to IKEA’s Metod kitchen cabinets.
The project started when Tim Diacon (a digital product designer) and Adam Vergette (a furniture designer) first had a chance to work together. Tim was renovating his home with a limited budget, and already knowing IKEA’s products, but wishing to have the finished look of birch ply for the kitchen surfaces, decided to try to find a way to combine the two. After failing to find something that was easy, expedient, and affordable, he sought out his friend Adam, who was able to provide Tim with what he needed without making him spend a fortune. After this first collaboration, an idea was born – Plykea.
Plykea now offers two different finishes – wood and formica-faced ply – as well as wooden spacer panels that can be placed between cabinets. Additionally, they offer a range of different handles, from brass pulls to cut-outs in round or rectangular shapes.
Currently, Plykea only provides plywood panels for the Metod model of IKEA kitchen cabinets, but have already received inquiries concerning other models, including the Faktum cabinets and the Pax wardrobe system.
High ceilings through which the natural light filters in, illuminating the interior spaces, is the first thing you will notice in this house, which was designed by the architectural firm Amrish Maharaj Architect, and which is located in the western suburb of Enmore, Australia.
This modest and semi-detached house was designed in 2018 and has an area of 160 square meters.
Its design was inspired by the lofts and industrial warehouses of New York City, and the centerpiece is a six-meter vacuum with a large window facing north to capture the best of light and give the house a really amazing factor, with a feeling of space seldom achieved.
Previously, the back of this home consisted of a series of small spaces that included a kitchen, a dining room and a laundry room, which restricted access to the back garden. Being oriented to the south, the spaces lacked natural light, which results in artificial lighting used most of the day. The renovation summary included a large and bright space that includes a loft parent retreat, a well-planned kitchen and a family area that flows into the outer space. The extension also needed to be linked to the original house but not imitate it.
By Magaly • Jul 27, 2018
This wonderful house with open spaces was designed by the architect Otto Felix of the architecture firm Studio Otto Felix in conjunction with interior designer Tici Andriani. It is located in the city of Joaquim Egídio, Brazil.
The project was carried out in 2016 and has an area of 410 square meters. The main intention of the project was to incorporate the external spaces in the social spaces of the house, allowing nature to enter areas of the house. To allow this integration between spaces without losing privacy in the most intimate areas of the house, the main divisions between the spaces were made through folding wooden doors. In this way, we have the option to integrate these spaces when we so wish.
The most important part of the project is the volume that corresponds to the social areas of the house with the Gourmet, Living and Dining area. This environment is surrounded by glass panels that open completely, freeing the passage of natural light and ventilation, creating a fluid and contemporary atmosphere.
The residence also has a kitchen, dining room, TV room, master suite, guest suite and service area, distributed within a private block in the shape of an “L”, which opens outwards through the wooden folding doors.
By Magaly • Jul 27, 2018
Located in an apartment unit in a building dating back to the early twentieth century in the heart of the beautiful city of Valencia in Spain, this apartment presented a challenge during its renovation. Heading the project was the architectural firm Roberto Di Donato Architecture, which focused on the idea of creating modern living spaces that left the existing structure almost intact.
After many years in a state of neglect, the apartment was an empty shell when it was bought by the client, creating numerous opportunities but also challenges for the design team.
Space flows constantly from one area to another, with the separation between night and day areas provided by two tall wooden elements. These custom-designed items also contain the bedroom cabinets and three sets of doors that allow varying degrees of privacy.
The height of the roof was also considered a particularly valuable element in the renovation. The structure of the roof was restored and maintained completely exposed; no element of the new design comes into contact with it, which underlines the respect for the past and also allows us to perceive the full feeling of space and volume of the apartment.
By adding only new essential features, the “wounds” and layers of transformations over the years were carefully preserved and displayed to improve the sense of continuity with the history of the building.
By Magaly • Jul 25, 2018
This recently completed project, which has an area of 400 square meters, is located in Beijing, the capital of China. Carried out by architecture firm Atelier About Architecture under the leadership of its professionals Ni Wang, Dawei Zhang and Daguang Shou, the project analyzes interior design from a completely new angle: studio work in a house in Beijing It is concentrated around the needs of the client’s dog. The health condition of the pet and its limited visual abilities have shaped the use of color and materials by architects and have required spaces developed especially for the host’s best friend.
In the house there are two sets of colors: calm colors, including lake blue, dark gray, navy blue and light gray, play with vibrant colors, such as pink, goose yellow and sky blue. These tones contrast and complement each other to narrate the depth, distance, and movements of the spaces.
The work of the study is concentrated around the needs of the client’s dog. The pet’s medical condition and its limited visual abilities have shaped the use of color and materials by architects and have required spaces developed especially for the host’s best friend
By Magaly • Jul 23, 2018
Located in the area of Buwit, a village in the coastal area of southwestern Bali, this residence has a view of a dense forest and a river below, and presents large amounts of vegetation that allow you to blend in with its surroundings.
The project was carried out by the architectural firm WOMhouse, having as its focal point the idea of an architecture based on the landscape and trying to create a group of buildings that appear as part of the earth itself, and that sometimes disappear within her, while at other times they emerge from her. The buildings are located on different levels of the earth. Each accommodates different functions, a characteristic typical of traditional Balinese architecture. Intermediate spaces and small gardens are the result of the rotation of the volumes on the ground and offer uninterrupted views of the forest.
The “camouflaged” roofs covered with various levels of vegetation provide a cooling effect to the lower spaces and help to collect rainwater.
The common spaces in the chameleon villa are kept open to the outside, while the rooms and other spaces, such as the office, the gymnasium and the press room are kept more private and closed towards the interior.
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.
By Magaly • Jul 17, 2018
This imposing construction of large outdoor gardens is located in the city of Medellin, Antioquia – Colombia. It was designed in 2016 by the team of architects Jaime Rendon, architect Felipe Campuzano and architect Clara Restrepo of the architectural firm Jaime Rendon Architects.
It covers an area of 615 square meters and is on a slope, so the construction was built in such a way that it adapts to the terrain. The entire service area of the house is in the first volume, as well as and the main access entryway.
Its interior, with high stone walls and quality wooden floors with spacious and bright spaces that receive natural light through the large glass walls, is exquisitely decorated with modern furniture in which good taste can be appreciated.
The private residence’s staircase connects the entrance hall with the main volume of the house through a central patio that is permeated by the nature of the place. The act of going up and down inside is also a constant experience which explores the relationship between inside and outside, between the place and the architecture, between the rain, the serenity, the light, and the space.
This house was built, within a reasonable budget, for a couple with a child, and covers an area of 230 square meters. It is located in Le Chenit, Switzerland, and was designed in the year 2017 by the architect Ralph Germann, head of the architectural firm Ralph Germann architectes.
All of its rooms have a common point: their views of the lake, which is one of the greatest attractions that the house has, along with beautiful landscapes.
The architects used a prefabricated wooden construction system for facades and pediments. These elements were built directly in the workshop and then transported in situ. The “skeleton” of the house was made of concrete. The prefabricated wooden facades were joined to the interior concrete structure.
All the facades of the house are made of a spruce structure that is filled with fiberglass insulation and then covered with spruce boards, native to the area. By using this method of construction, the architects could keep costs down while reducing construction time and environmental impact.
The architectural firm was in charge of designing the interior tables, shelves and cabinets with birch veneer, and the indoor and outdoor dining tables of solid larch.
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 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.