Once couples become parents, they start to think about how they can add open areas within the home that will contribute to their children’s development. This couple wanted to make sure that the living room has many storage areas. After extensive discussions, they decided to move away from a conventional design and reconsider the entire structure of the living room.
The design was under the leadership of the designer Ivan Chen of the Studio of Interior Design HAO Design in the year 2017, and it is located in the city of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Creating an ideal home involves more than simply building a safe and comfortable space for children to grow up. It is also important to preserve its own aesthetic sensibility, taste and lifestyle preferences.
Each aspect of the studio reflects the love for industrial style design, which blends beautifully with the wooden floors used for the common areas of the house to generate an air of classic elegance. The wood grain pattern extends to the living room, where the visitor’s eye is immediately captured by the leather sofa.
Moving from the main living room to the master bedroom, the general feeling is of tranquility and relaxation, with a use of shades of blue that represents a continuation of the classic style of the main living room. The child’s room has its own size-adjusted door, an innovative feature that is fun at the same time.
This wonderful stone-walled town house with high wooden ceilings is located in the area of Drafi, Attica, in the northern suburbs of Athens, Greece. The mountainous area is full of pine trees, as well as wonderful views over the green hills that surround it.
The terrain of almost 20 meters had a slope that was a challenge for the architects, who adapted to the landscape and designed a modern house with a butterfly roof. This inevitably led to a 2-level design adapting to the inclination and fluctuations of the topology. Two different blocks, facing north and west, sit on different levels and join in the middle with a wedge-shaped volume that forms the entrance and vertical circulation that leads to the main spaces of the house.
The interior, with 9-meter-high ceilings, pleasantly surprises visitors, and the wonderful views through the glass walls will leave them speechless.
The four basic walls of the house are covered with stone, to look as if they were coming through the ground, connected to the exposed wooden ceiling only through a series of triangular aluminum windows. The butterfly roof, which reverses the conventional tilted-roof icon, allows natural light to enter through those tall windows at the back of the building.
Studio Course, an Indian architectural firm based in Pune, has completed this project, an exploration of the traditional structure of a home in Maharashtra, India, a so called Veranda on a Roof. It was added to the roof of a twelve storey building, and serves as a transitional space between a public and private area, or between a house and a street.
When Studio Course designed this veranda, they designed it as a space to keep the family in mind, and for it to serve as a special place to be added to a home and which would revolve around books, food, and plants. As such, it houses a library and a pantry, their spaces rich and warm, and the perfect mixture between rustic and elegant through the use of polished concrete and wooden surfaces, as well as thick wooden ceiling beams. Textiles serve to add touches of color through the space, giving it an extra hint of vibrancy.
One enters the space through a wooden staircase after leaving a living room below. This staircase was previously encased by walls which were torn down in order to open up the space and brighten it up. This has also eased the communication between the two spaces, allowing them to engage in a dialogue.
By Magaly • Mar 22, 2018
Upon laying eyes on the modern interior of this renovated apartment that they are standing in an old building from the 20th Century. This is thanks to the extensive remodeling work that was undertaken largely during the 80s, where the building was completely refurbished.
The apartment is divided into two different levels: the first, an ordinary residence area; the second, a scarcely-used terrace area above the first, where an informal storage area was built. The intervention reverses the detachment between these two levels and attempts to unite the internal and external areas of the apartment.
The architectural firm Arriba, under the direction of its architects José Andrade Rocha and Filipe Ferreira, was in charge of carrying out the 115 square meter project, which is located in Dom Vasco, Lisbon, Portugal.
The proposal reorganizes the spaces of the apartment, empties the terrace, and uses the height of the roof of the uninhabited attic, exposing the structure of the roof and the atmosphere of an old building. The social space now includes the kitchen, while the private spaces meet at the back of the apartment.
The wooden staircase is the organizing element: an integral piece of the apartment that establishes the entrance, the kitchen, and the living room, giving access to the terrace that overlooks the river where you can enjoy the sun.
By Magaly • Mar 20, 2018
Located in Mexico, a country known for its delicious food and famous tacos, this restaurant has become a gastronomic reference when it comes to enjoying the local cuisine, not only for the quality of its ingredients, but also for its service and friendly atmosphere.
It has been designed by the architectural firm Esrawe Studio, with the experience of its excellent team, made up of the architects Héctor Esrawe, Javier García-Rivera, María Santibáñez, Aloisio Guerrero, Alessandro Sperdutti, Daniela Pulido, and Federico Stefanovich, who, in a space of 240 square meters, designed this fabulous restaurant-taquería in the busiest street in the city, Avenida de los Insurgentes, in Mexico City.
In 2017, the brand began an expansion process and opened a new restaurant in this new location, in which El Califa establishes the guidelines for its evolution as a brand, revealing a new interior design and identity.
Esrawe Studio found its source of inspiration in the tortilla and its variants. Tortilla has been an important part of the lives of people in Mexico since pre-Hispanic times, when the locals used corn tortillas as a dish, as food, and as utensils. Today, everyone finds ingenious ways to use it, creating a personal touch in the way of preparing, folding, and holding a taco.
By Magaly • Mar 16, 2018
This new multifunctional space transformed an empty building, located in the grounds of an old sewing factory that operated in the Soviet era, into an urban space. In it, they created a platform for young and free artists to create, share, implement, and execute new ideas.
The ingenious people behind the idea were the architects Giorgi Sakvarelidze and Devi Kituashvili, belonging to the architectural firm MUA. The project was carried out in the 2017 and has an area of 7600 square meters. It is located in Tbilisi, Georgia.
The concept of the Soviet design style is maintained, but it is modernized both inside and out which makes it more attractive and interesting. The space consists of three distinctive building blocks, which form a rectangular-shaped courtyard.
FABRIKA Tbilisi is the space for socialization, inspiration and collaboration, where you can implement new ideas, get to know artists and their art, have interesting conversations with foreign travelers, and connect with free and rebellious people.
It consists of the following spaces: art shops, studios, rehearsal studios, shared work spaces, cafeterias and bars, hostels, artists’ residences, galleries, and other public spaces. The place will be a daily destination for those who wish to create and share, those who love freedom, and those who are open to new ideas and inspirations.
This extension was made for an old house belonging to a family that grew in size and who preferred to expand their current home instead of moving out. It was carried out by the architectural firm replus design bureau led by its professional architects Khrystyna Badzyan and Dmytro Sorokevych.
Located in Lviv, Ukraine, the construction has an area of 360 square meters distributed in its 4 levels. By adding the extension in the interior courtyard, the architects divided the house into two separate sections.
The house that was previously built, following the principles of traditional architecture, should be open to space and nature. For this main purpose, huge built-in containers for plants and large trees, were placed on the first floor and on the second floor terrace, near the glass to be fully connected to the interior.
When choosing materials for decoration, the architects preferred only raw and natural materials.
Since the clients had to leave the house during the reconstruction period, the architects faced the main task of carrying out the project in a few months. So they decided to use a thin and lightweight prefabricated frame for the main construction. This could be mounted quickly and allowed them to work during the cold season, which was just the time of year in which the project was carried out.
By Magaly • Mar 12, 2018
This old building, dating back to 1870, has been recently remodeled by the firm Renovation, Design & Interior: Stefaan Van Dyck & Kathleen Cassiers, in the city of Antwerp, Belgium. The remodeling, which began in 2016, ended just a year later in 2017, resulting in a spectacular job full of good taste.
The restoration was based mostly on the original elements such as oak wood ceilings, old mosaic floor and some of the characteristic wooden stairs. The street on which it is located is picturesque and very famous for its fashion, culture, diamonds and chocolate.
It has five floors that can only be accessed by stairs and where up to 10 people can be accommodated.
On the ground floor there is a private cafe-bistro style dining room and a kitchen with plenty of modern appliances, while the cozy living room with a fireplace and a sophisticated flat screen TV is located on the third floor.
The rooms are located on the first, second and last floor. The rooms on the first and second floor have two bunk beds, plus the extra-large double bed. All rooms have a large hanging area of open cupboards and shelves as well as bathroom and toilet.
By Magaly • Mar 12, 2018
This modern and elegant restaurant is located in the city of Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States. Its design, the work of architectural firm Design, Bitches, evokes the “old school of Miami” in a new setting, this restaurant in Nashville, using pastel colors and lots of natural light, transforming the space from dark to bright.
To achieve this, the opaque facade was replaced by an extension of glass, and the other part of the ceiling was raised so that the windows could allow more light to flow inside.
The aesthetic that unites the different sections of the long space goes back to the colors and art styles found in South Beach, Miami.
In the front, a bench with coral-colored upholstery in a royal style is accompanied by a row of small tables topped with pink Tennessee marble. These face the bar, which is cork-covered around the base and topped by a marble counter.
The white lamps hang from the ceiling, while the shelves have a gold mirror in the back to reflect the liquor bottles. The same tinted mirror is used on the walls along the narrow space, where the informal seating gives way to the leather-covered cabins along the wall.
By Magaly • Mar 8, 2018
Beam House is a project designed by Hugo Kohno Architect Associates, a Japanese architectural firm based in Tokyo. The home, completed in 2017, covers a total ground area of 121 square meters, and is located in Tokyo, Japan.
The building houses a gallery on the first floor and a residence on the second and third floors. The gallery has a glass façade, by request of the client, in order to allow good visibility from the street. A separate entrance leads into the second floor, separating the residential area from the gallery, thus preserving its privacy. The home was a typical wood frame structure, so that many walls were necessary between the beams of the lower floor in order to hold the heavy load of the entire building aloft. This lead to a thorough partitioning of the ground floor space. The use of a wooden portal style Rahmen frame toward the front of the building solved this problem, so that the space could be opened up, which allows for an easier flow of air and light.
As a result, the interior is open and luminous, with a style that is both richly elegant and warmly inviting. A roof terrace provides the perfect space in which to host gatherings with friends and family.
By Magaly • Mar 8, 2018
This remodeling carried out in two apartments to make it a more spacious and comfortable family home was carried out by the architectural firm CHAO and led by its architects Adriano Carneiro de Mendonça and Antonio Pedro Coutinho, in the city of Alto Leblon, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in the year 2013.
The area that has 210 square meters has spacious and open spaces where its different sections coexist in perfect harmony. The apartment has no clearly defined functional corridors or separations; all of the facilities are arranged around the large bright room. The open plan reveals the original structure of the building, left in apparent concrete.
The two unified apartments became a generous social space that houses all the family activities. The rooms and the kitchen were organized around this space in a relaxed layout, without clear corridors or functional separations.
Located on a hill in the famous city, the house is decorated with traditional objects of Brazilian design and allows a relaxing view of the sea and the surrounding area.
The wooden shelves and the collection that brings together classical and modern pieces of Brazilian design create a familiar and cozy atmosphere.
By Magaly • Mar 7, 2018
This wonderful house, with an interior space occupying 250 square meters, is located in an area of large green areas in Itatiba, a city near the capital of São Paulo. It was built as an investment plan by a couple of clients looking for a house full of light and with natural ventilation.
In this large area of 1,150 square meters, the architectural studio Rassini Arquitetura developed this marvelous project. Inspired by the Mies Van Der Rohe Pavilion, located in the city of Barcelona, the architect large glass panels. These contribute heavily to the flow of natural light. Additionally, natural vegetation is present in all of the rooms of the home. In addition to this, the residence brings another premise requested by the owners: the integration between internal and external environments. For them, the house had to be clear and comfortable, neither small nor large, easy to maintain, and built with high-finish materials.
The architect Felipe Rassini got to work and presented a first solution to the client, a 6x3m module and from it, the living room, dining room, kitchen and bedrooms arose.
All of the home’s environments were arranged in such a way that natural light could always be the protagonist.
After verifying the construction, the couple, that until then had focused on using the house as an investment, decided to keep it as their property.
This house of 80 square meters was designed in 2017 by the architects Joaquin Juberías and Víctor Cano Ciborro in the city of Valencia, in Spain.The purpose of said property was to serve as a rental space. Due to environment required for activities linked with long summers rather than day-to-day living, this project became a property that directly deals with those issues, resulting in a space that focuses on a lively and uniquely active lifestyle. That is why they have created changing spaces that may surprise the temporary inhabitant, and that may be useful during the usually short period of their stay.
Located in a particularly old building complex, with beautiful staircases with contoured railings and vaulted ceilings of old bricks, a striking contrast was created in the modern interior, where the old red brick walls, clashing marvelously with the white used both on walls and in the furniture.
We can clearly perceive the effects produced by the reflection in the mirror or by the sensation produced by the bathroom, designed with a green-colored ceramic, with a brightness that thoroughly spreads throughout the different spaces. This is also accompanied by actions such as opening enormous doors, or climbing a light–metal staircase that expands our spatial perception.
By Magaly • Mar 6, 2018
This hotel, located in the town of Deqing Xian, Huzhou, Zhejiang, China, has an area of 1491 square meters. It was designed in 2017 by the architectural firm Naturalbuild under the direction of its architecture professionals Yanfei Shui, Yichi Su, Yuanrong Ma, Dan Deng and Hanhua Xu. It is tucked into the southwest corner of a silkworm farm previously owned by the state in Yucun, Moganshan, Zhejiang province.
The design is limited and also motivated by both the dynamic present and unpredictable perspectives. The strategy of interiorizing the landscape not only establishes a gesture of defense against the unfavorable conditions of the environment, but also converts the saturated interior space into part of the landscape.
Most rooms are in the southern part of the main building to get enough sunlight as well as to have panoramic views of the garden. At the west end, there is an outside gallery and a pool, which frame the main entrance and create a perimeter that cushions the site from the main road.
Along with the main building, an outer gallery formed by columns forms an open patio area that only serves hotel guests. As for the construction on the east end, it is an independent and isolated villa that can be rented to a whole family.
By Magaly • Mar 5, 2018
Window on the Lake is a project completed by the Canadian architectural firm YH2, which is based in Montréal, in 2017. The home covers a total ground area of 140 square meters and sits on the shore of Lac Plaisant, located in Saint Élie de Caxton, in the Mauricie region of Québec, Canada.
The architectural firm’s intention when it came to the design of this home, which sits on a site previously occupied by an old family cottage, was to create a simple wooden dwelling which was open to nature and the peaceful lake beside it. As a result, the home perfectly embodies the essence of cottage life — a wooden home in which to spend restful moments and be at one with nature.
The home sits in a small clearing and is composed of a single structure made out of white cedar wood. Such simplicity is precisely what cottage life is about, and YH2 expresses this through their architecture in a subtle and elegant way. The home’s walls, however, are pierced by clear glass sections which allow an easy rapport between the interior and the exterior, blending the boundaries between them. This also allows an abundant supply of natural light to seep into the interior, making it luminous and cozy.
Apartment with Partitions is a project completed by the Sao Paulo-based architectural firm Casa100 Arquitetura in 2016. The home itself is located in Vila Mariana, a dynamic borough of the city of Sao Paulo, Brazil, located to the south of Bela Vista and Liberdade, east of Jardim Paulista and west of Ipiranga. The home covers a total ground area of 65 square meters.
The clients wished for this home to have a Scandinavian feel, and so they asked Casa100 Arquitetura to focus on creating a minimalist interior design. In order to achieve this, the color palette was kept within a limited range, and the furnishings chosen are sparse, allowing the architecture to speak for itself.
Originally, the apartment had two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The resulting floor plan consists of a much larger master suite, with a spacious closet where the second bedroom was originally located. The bathroom saw the two shower cabins fused into a larger one, while the smaller bathroom was converted into a restroom. The open kitchen was given a counter, which doubles as a dining space, and which looks out onto the living room.
The interior décor is done mostly in pale shades of gray, white, and wooden surfaces. Plants and patterned surfaces, such as the rug that decorates the living room floor, serve to add touches of vibrancy to the space.
AG House was designed by the architects Adriane Wender, Miguel del Río Francos, Giovani Acevedo Alemán, Jacques Stiernet, Humberto Piccinini, and Guilherme Silveira Cardoso, who belong to the architectural firms Atelier de Luz and WRarq. The home has been designed on a platform set three meters above street level, in a residential area of Sierra Gaucha, in the city of Canela, Rio Grande do Sul, in Brazil.
It covers a total ground area of 683 square meters, and was completed in 2016. The façade that looks out to the northeast of the property enjoys privileged views over the valley.
The spaces seek to satisfy and make the most of the qualities of the place, within the breadth and continuity of the space demanded by the client. Therefore, the program was organized in a linear scheme.
The home is distributed across two levels, with public areas on the ground floor and private areas on the upper level.
The base of the residence consists of an entrance hall, the TV room, a gym, the service area, and the dining room as the main space completely open to the northeast, merging with the garden through a porch.
The four existing suites were placed along the northeast facade, united by a balcony through a subtraction in the volume that indicates the views to the city valley.