This fantastic loft, with high walls made of brick and concrete, was recently renovated in order to more closely fit the wants and needs of a young and single client. It was crucial that it fit perfectly, especially taking into consideration that the space was rented, and that, in the future, the furniture would be reutilized somewhere else. This is why the furniture, for the most part, was chosen in accordance with each of the spaces in the home.
The project was undertaken by architectural firm treszerosete in 2017, and was specifically led by experienced professionals André Britto, Caio Ferraz and Kamal Yazbek.
It is located in the popular city of São Paulo in Brazil. It covers a total area of 80 square meters, which is not bad at all when we consider that the apartment is occupied by a single person.
Access to the apartment is characterized by a small hallway that limits its use. This is why a bookshelf design that could transmit the personality of the resident through the personal objects—apart from being able to establish a clear order for objects of daily use—was chosen.
The bookshelf at the entrance to the apartment moves through to the stairs, and together—staircase and bookshelf—create a space that allows for concentration and hard work. This was, indeed, as it was requested by the client themselves.
The lower level is the common area, and was designed to receive many people. This is also true for the balcony area, which was designed to help with reunions and gatherings, as the people seated there can easily move to the living room.
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.
By Magaly • Jul 3, 2018
The architects Dao Thanh Hai and Nguyen Hanh Nguyen, working for architectural firm Nhat Viet JSC, together with the interior designers Thien Ngan and Dieu An, have recently designed this space of 160 square meters. It is located in Tran Hung Dao Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Specifically, it is next to Bui Vien pedestrian street, a busy place and known as a tourist and cultural area of Saigon.
Although it is an old building, it is not so old as to need to be conserved; as such, it has not gone under renovation. This also implies, of course, that it is not in a ruined state and does not need to be demolished or reconstructed. Although the land is located in the best location of the District, the value of the real estate is almost nil. The people here do not sell, do not rent, and do not do any kind of business.
The design team has devised a concept of “reuse” higher than usual, which aims to create inspiration for both the user and the community. They will make the office space more pleasant than the common office on the street and the staff and clients will experience the ancient history of the French architectural scene.
Within the office, the solutions for planting trees in the vertical and horizontal lines also connect the trees from the roof to the office and connect to the yard of the apartment building.
By Magaly • Jul 2, 2018
This house, designed by the architectural firm Atelier Kuncarchitects, is marked by its contrast; it is black on the outside and its interior is completely white, based on the long-standing inspiration of Scandinavia. It has several viewpoints to the garden, as well as large windows and terraces, so that its interior and exterior are linked in a natural way. This helps create ventilated spaces in the home.
The details and furniture bring accents of color and elegance to the interior. The atmosphere is made up of a fireplace and a series of accessories that, together, create a pleasant and welcoming space.
The building is designed to integrate into the garden over time. During the designing process, the beauty of imperfection was deliberately incorporated. Over time, the façade is expected to become patinated; the color turns gray, the wooden terraces become silvery, and the grass and flowers of the meadow become a little wild. This will all be combined into an organic and natural whole.
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As for the construction, the house is a skeletal system made of wood. The façades, including the sloping roof, are made with a Japanese technique, covered by hand-carved larch boards. There are white boards used in the interior peripheral construction, while the internal partitions are laminated gypsum boards and the floor is covered with a layer of cement.
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 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 25, 2018
This old building, located in Leopoldova kapija, Beograd, Serbia, was remodeled in order to obtain two extra duplexes. To this end, the architectural professionals in charge of the project, Danilo Nedeljkovic and Ela Nesic, built a new facade in a modern style that contrasts with the old construction, as an extension to the existing one to create the new volume.
The work was carried out in 2018 and has an area of 300 square meters. The building and its interiors receive little natural light during the day due to its North orientation. The new glass facade also made the interior space of the new volume have much more natural light and look much brighter and more cheerful than the lower masonry floors.
By introducing the glass wall in the street facade, the principle of erasing the interior and exterior limits and the dematerialization of the new volume has also been achieved. The segments of the facade of the painted yellow glass were introduced to revive and refresh the glass surface of the new volume, as well as to make a visual connection with some elements of the previous facade.
The interior space is designed to have a multipurpose use. Currently, the duplexes have a commercial purpose, but their organization could easily be transformed into classic apartments.
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
This beautiful apartment which, from the first, breathes tranquility and peace, was designed by C.H. Interior, and is located in Taipei, Taiwan. With simple lines, this is a place where elegance floats in the air, filling the space with a pleasant feeling of well-being. Here, wood is the protagonist, and the room is full of natural light that sneaks through the windows, creating a space filled with good taste.
Its living room, with double-level ceilings and both floors and walls of fine wood, is connected to the dining room-kitchen area. An open space, divided only by the thin line that separates the wooden floors from the kitchen tile floors, leads us to a kitchen of minimalist lines with wooden cabinets and a white countertop.
The dining room, with contemporary furniture, has a wooden table with modern and comfortable chairs in white that fits perfectly into the style of the space.
The stairs that lead to the second level, made in multi-toned wood, reaffirm the elegance that reigns in the space.
In the second level – a level of more private areas, so to speak – we find floors of darker wood that serve to give character to the space.
Its walls of an intense green, create a unique effect, and reflect the personality of those who live there.
By Magaly • Jun 18, 2018
This project – located on the edge of a 3-acre wooded plot in East Hampton, New York, USA – is definitely a cult of elegance and good taste. Each of its spaces, each of the details that make it up are a sample of delicacy, glamor and distinction.
This renovation of a residence of 1600 sq ft, dating back to the 1970s and serving as a refuge for some clients in Manhattan: a graphic designer, an art consultant and curator. The residence was re-designed in 2017 by the architectural firm AE Superlab under the tutelage of architect Brian Masuda.
The redesign takes its cues from the client’s desire to create a living gallery space that houses their existing collection of works of art, as well as serve as a canvas for several specific pieces of the site commissioned specifically for the space. The most prominent are the two large-scale murals that face the central double-height living room.
The careful geometric order of the interior space and the selection of minimalist material provide a powerful counterpoint to the lush wooded exterior. By opening and re-framing the opening of the north room, the line separating the interior and the exterior becomes increasingly insubstantial both visually and materially.
By Magaly • Jun 15, 2018
This fabulous house, filled with spaces open to nature, is located in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, in a green area of Manaus, next to the Rio Negro, Brazil. It was designed in the year 2017 by the architectural firm Alexia Convers Architecture under the architect Alexia Convers. It has an area of 697 square meters full of charm and excellent taste. The house is made of a concrete structure with local exotic wooden doors, windows and decks. The finishing floors are white cement and all the wet areas – the infinity pool, the barbecue area and the entrance waterfall – are made of oxidized concrete with iron.
In the entrance hall, the rain creates a waterfall and each interior patio enjoys rain chains. They contribute to a relaxing and completely natural sound when it rains. The nature that becomes more and more green when entering the forest is invited to the house. This alternating system in the diurnal area also provides a comfortable natural ventilation to radiate the heat in this humid tropical climate. Fresh air goes down to the planted patios and the windows created by high ceilings let out hot air. The house provides a constant visual relationship with the trees, which also produce a very beneficial tone for the house. From anywhere in the house, you have a green view.
This wonderful apartment is located on the 29th floor of a tall building located in the heart of the city of Austin, Texas, in the United States. Its position has the advantage of offering simply incredible views of the Texan city, especially if you happen to have floor to ceiling glass walls. The architectural firm Furman + Keil Architects was commissioned to carry out this project covering a total ground area of 3200 square feet in 2015. The W Residence, the name given to the project, overlooks Lake Lady Bird.
Inspired by the work of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa, the team used a series of screens and floating roofs to subtly define finely designed spaces within the confines of the building’s concrete frame.
The inherently compressed section of the single floor was reimagined with layers and reliefs, and the design was changed from a one floor space to a series of more intimate and highly composite spaces.
The precise details and the extraordinary craftsmanship in waxed steel, patinated brass, plaster, travertine and various woods create a warm and elegant space in which to take refuge from the bustling urban activity so typical of large and populous cities.
By Magaly • Jun 12, 2018
This project of 160 square meters, which is full of simple elegance, was designed by Ciszak Dalmas & Matteo Ferraro in January of 2018. Spanish accessories brand Malababa is opening a new space in Madrid’s Serrano 8, Spain, where its structure symbolizes and reproduces the firm’s identity features: light, texture, color and shapes.
It is, in itself, a return to their roots, where raw beauty’s natural sense gets established as different, authentic and truly attractive. Everything in Serrano 8 Malababa calls for an authenticity which becomes more beautiful with time. And this is precisely one of Malababa’s mantras.
Founders of Malababa Ana Carrasco and Jaime Lara, together with design and architecture studios Ciszak Dalmas and Matteo Ferrari, have joined forces day after day to materialize Malababa’s dream at Serrano 8. The result is a space that has been built the same way their products are: with passion, consistency, honesty and sustainability. A retreat that breathes creativity and a total involvement of all team members.
The “imperfect finish” and natural hues of Malababa’s aesthetics strengthen the artisan and sustainable concept. All walls are rendered with a mix of Galician clay, white marble powder from Almería and totally natural, ecological and non-toxic food thickeners. This kind of finish regulates air moisture and temperature and maintains the space free of bacteria and harmful microorganisms, as well as considerably helping save energy throughout the year.
Photos by: Asier Rua
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 fabulous house with open spaces and plenty of natural light is located on the banks of the Buffels River, near its mouth in Pringle Bay, a small coastal town less than 100 km from Cape Town, South Africa.
It was designed in 2015 by a team of architects comprised by Philip Olmesdahl, Riaz Ebrahim, Nasreen Larney & Werner Lotz from the prestigious firm SAOTA, and its interior design was done by the firm ARRCC.
The architecture is clean and robust. The materials are resistant to the harsh coastal climate and the winds that periodically sweep the bay. The planning of this family vacation home is complex and sophisticated.
The individual open-plan rooms flow perfectly, forming an extended living area and central space. The cozy kitchen and living room is in the center, with a sofa in the kitchen large enough to seat the whole family. The living rooms have a direct relationship and the flow between these spaces adds a unique dynamic to the house.
Five years of living on the property before construction presented ideas about the complexities of the site, giving them the opportunity to study and carefully consider the relationship of the house with the sun on the road.
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.