In the year 2017, the architects Basil Spiess, Silvia Weibel Hendriksen, Martin Zimmerli, David Brunner and Angelika Marxer working for the architectural firm Skop completed this project of an educational center located in a residential district in Port, Switzerland. In total, it covers an area of approximately 3570 square meters.
With its characteristic folded roof structure, the school makes a reference to the sloping roofs of the surrounding houses, the rural history of the region, and the gentle hills of the Jura Mountains. Located on a gentle slope, the building takes advantage of the topography and links several outdoor spaces according to the different access routes of schoolchildren. While the ground floor is used for administration of the faculty, workshops, a school kitchen and the back of the rooms of the house, the first floor consists of nine classrooms and three kindergarten units.
The superior rooms naturally benefit from the spatial qualities of the folded roof. Each classroom seems to be an independent house, creating a cozy and homelike environment for children.
The main structure of the school is a prefabricated wooden construct. Wood is used as the only construction material, and is also present in the façade and interior. All the wood used comes from sustainable forestry. The other construction materials are non-toxic disposable products with low environmental impact.
By Magaly • Jul 16, 2018
This project was carried out by the architect Samuel Dall’Alba, Eduardo L. Maurmann, Elen BN Maurmann, and Paula Otto, working for the architectural firm Arquitetura Nacional in the city of Moinhos de Vento, Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2018.
The space of 700 square meters arises from the need to expand the space of the University of Porto Alegre for its preparatory course.
The existing building had some defining characteristics for the design strategies: three floors without compartments, a private patio, and visual elements for the level of the trees. The architecture project seeks maximum integration among students through large seating areas and stands. On the ground floor there is a reception area, study room, administration area, and a living room. The private spaces in the form of small houses serve both for study in small groups and for parental attendance.
Each of the upper floors has three classrooms, and on the second floor two of them can be combined to form an auditorium for 120 people. The level chairs and the large planes of whiteboards create a horizontal relationship between the teacher and the students.
Lighting plays a fundamental role in the character of the project. The use of LED tubes in different arrangements creates greater spaces and guides the flows.
This villa is located in huge and thick forest near Prague, Czech Republic. A few kilometers away is an old town that was historically used as a source of workers for the Emperor’s forests.
The biggest inspiration was the surroundings, which led architects Jan Mach, Jan Vondrák, and Lukáš Holub of the architectural firm Mjölk architects to make this design, which due to the organic shape of the roof seems to be woven into the trees that surround it. The lower part was designed in order to enjoy the fascinating views of the forest.
The work was carried out in 2017 and covers an area of 322 square meters of construction.
The roof covers the two structures that comprise the villa. The first is small and hides the atelier, the social areas, and the garage. The second is a house made for the family. In the lower part is a large residential area with living room, kitchen, workshop, and the master bedroom. Above, are the children’s rooms, which are the only volumes that exceed the ceiling. The first block includes the kitchen area and the second is located above the workshop. The rooms of the children are identical. They all have their own bathroom and a small dressing room.
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 4, 2018
This house – which does not go by unnoticed, mainly for its color and its unique design – is located in a residential neighborhood near Basel Landschaft, a Swiss canton whose capital is Liestal. It is a completely black house whose project – done on a particularly tight budget – also had a constrained schedule for construction. It was built on land belonging to the client’s parents, with both abodes sharing the generously proposed garden.
The existing house was built in the 1980s by the architect Max Schnetz. Its semicircular design and some of its older characteristics contribute to its newly constructed neighbor; it is evident, of course, how they are physically related to one another.
The new design was under the care of Swiss architectural firm Daluz Gonzalez Architekten. It covers a total area of 280 square meters.
“According to daluz gonzalez architekten, the design is the result of the study of curved shapes ‘within the most well-known economic variable’. The minimal deformations of the exterior walls accentuate the corners, giving an unexpected expressivity that characterizes and identifies the object. meanwhile, the house, which was built in wood on a concrete basement, forms a link with the traditional Swiss construction, emphasizing this duality between formal modernity and constructive tradition.”
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 3, 2018
Surrounded by a thick forest of lush green trees and located near a golf course in the city of Minamigaoka, Karuizawa in Japan, this fabulous house is characterized by its use of vast and elegant spaces.
The design was completed by the architects Hirotaka Kidosaki and Haluna Kawada, both belonging to the architectural firm Kidosaki Architects Studio, in 2016, and it covers an area of 180 square meters.
One of the design points was to make the building roof lower than the tops of the forest trees so that it coexists with the neighboring buildings.
The owner maintains a busy life as a doctor, and needed a quiet environment where he could get away from the bustle of everyday life for a moment and feel refreshed in nature. His wife also wanted a relaxing house from the visual point of view, where a large living space would be unified with the green of the forest and the environment.
Its interior, of straight and soft lines, is filled with the natural light of the day which flows in through the glass doors that separate the inside from the outside, but that at the same time allow both spaces to merge into one.
Inside, we can walk through the rooms without barriers and enjoy a view from each room.
This beautiful house of open spaces coated in fabulous wood and walls of glass, which lets us clearly set our eyes on marvelous exterior, was undertaken by architectural firm John Wardle Architects. It was designed in 2012 and was built in the Australian city of Fairhaven. In total, it occupies a space of 430 square meters.
This beach house enjoys some beautiful panoramic views of the ocean and the coast nearby, with surfers frequently testing their skills against the waves. It is located in the upper part of the mountain range over Great Ocean Road on the Victorian coast. The proportions, the orientation, and the dimensions of the windows are adapted to the views available and reveal the interior spaces.
Enormous glass walls were installed in the home, both in the main areas – such as the living room-dining room space as well as the kitchen – as in the bedrooms. These Allow the inhabitants of the home to enjoy the magnificent views night and day.
Modern furniture has been employed in every space of the house in such a way that they did not interfere with the views; this allowed the breathtaking sights to be the home’s main attraction. Despite this being the case, however, they are not the home’s only attraction. The modern interior design in which the wood is used extensively adds an indisputable elegance to the home.
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.
This house, built specifically for an Australian family, shows us relaxing spaces that allow us to connect to everyday life and at the same time offering a warm climate lifestyle. Its open spaces, filled with delicate and fine details, allow the air to flow through them and allow natural light to come in, providing clear and welcoming environments to the occupants as well as their guests.
The fantastic project, located in West Vancouver, Canada, was undertaken by the architects Matt Mcleod and Lisa Bovell, working for the architectural firm Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses in 2016 and has an total area of 409 square meters.
The sliding doors without columns in the southeast corner of the house effectively double the size of the living room when they are open; interior and exterior spaces have the same priority. The materials, the shape, and the spatial relationships are intended to evoke the feeling of a beach house: simple, informal and flexible. The dining table and the wood burning fireplace can be turned around to accommodate a variety of arrangements depending on the weather and the number of guests.
The combination of the dining room and kitchen in a single long space allowed for a narrow floor plate and resulted in a generous side-patio area, which is used for cooking outdoors. A reflective pond and a fence on the scale of the house connect this space with an open terrace to the south and a closed garden to the north while creating privacy on the street.
By Magaly • Jun 27, 2018
This house, called Hytte (Norwegian for cabin) is located at the northern end of Nordmarka, Jevnaker Municipality, Norway, in a vast desert full of pine trees that in the winter time dress up in snow and create a landscape that seems taken from a postcard.
It has an area of 100 square meters and was designed in 2017 by the architectural firm Mork-Ulnes Architects at the hands of its architect Casper Mork-Ulnes. The location was chosen for its proximity to Oslo and its easy access to cross-country skiing and fishing, which can be done at Lake Mylla just below. It only takes a few hours to get through inland trails by bicycle or skis, or just over an hour by car.
The “amenities” that the clients requested at the beginning were: three bedrooms, including a bunk bed for children; two bathrooms as efficient as they are small; a small annex for waxing skis, storing bicycles and skis, and a sauna for two people; and connection from the inside out.
The design challenge was to rework the traditional hytte construction so that it retained its utilitarian character: compact, efficient and function-driven. They wanted to create a clean and simple interior, so they used only two materials for the interior: pine and concrete plywood.
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 26, 2018
This enchanting house seems like it was pulled out of a fairy tale. It is surrounded by beautiful gardens and next to a dense forest that is part of the nature reserve of the area. The house is located next to the forest to emphasize the contrast between the open landscape and the forest experience. The rooms of the house benefit from completely different views on each side of the house.
The roof of the porch has movable slats that can serve as a rainproof surface. They can also be opened to allow more light into the house. The project was designed by the architect Tijmen Versluis of the architecture firm Architect eigen huis, in 2016. It is located in Voorschoten, The Netherlands and has an area of 290 square meters.
The living room is west facing and has a nice size. A minimalist sliding door, which is divided into three sections, can be opened automatically. By doing this, the living room is transferred to perfection on the outdoor terrace. A large sunscreen is integrated into the details to provide the necessary shade in summer.The dining room, kitchen and living room are linearly aligned, but separated by elegant semi-transparent panels. Sliding the doors creates a large loft-style space and a completely different atmosphere.
By Magaly • Jun 22, 2018
This house, located on the outskirts of Ahmedabad, the seventh most populous city in India, in a land of 4 acres that has a dense flora. The new house was to be a permanent home away from the city in the natural desert. Previously, the family owned a colonial-style house in a densely populated town of Ahmedabad that was built in the mid-Twentieth Century.
Among the requirements demanded by the owner were the following: that the design should avoid the formation of rigid boxes; that it should have an inclination to a mostly outdoors-oriented lifestyle; and that it be a house that would be a container for the collection of artifacts, paintings, Persian carpets, books and ancestral furniture. The design proposed, by the architectural firm Mode Design, under the lead of its professionals Arpan Shah, Deep Bhagat, and Khanjan Joshi, intertwines and integrates the previous concerns.
The fluid curvilinear formation is a reinterpretation of the images of the ancient ancestral house, and also reiterates the natural formation existing on the site. It has a space of 630 square meters, semi-open spaces and full of elegance and luxury.
The house is a fusion of the raw and rustic character of the outdoor spaces and the fineness of the interiors.
By Magaly • Jun 19, 2018
The owners of this 40-acre home on the south side of the Clearwater River canyon – 10 miles upriver from Lewiston, Idaho, USA and with incredible mountain views — are two professionals looking for a year-round retreat, a place to write, sleep, talk, eat, read, fish, clean, garden and wander… far, far away from their jobs. They also wanted a place with natural spaces to provide for their grandchildren to enjoy when they visited.
The architectural firm Paul Hirzel was commissioned to carry out this project in 2003, which covers an area of 2,196 square feet. The retreat program was divided into two buildings: “the barracks” sits in a ravine along a seasonal stream, and “the study house” stands on a crest where an Idaho grass and fescue slope (a plant very common in the area) meets a Ponderosa pine forest about 300 feet above the Clearwater River.
The west side of the frame provides access for window washing and support for removable perforated sliding panels, for shading and protection against the wind. On the east side, the frame admits decks and a porch with an outside shower. The operative windows placed strategically on the four sides of the study house allow ventilation of the updraft, since the summer temperatures in the canyon often reach more than 100 degrees.
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 15, 2018
This beautiful house seems to be taken from a fairy tale; it is surrounded by beautiful dense mountains of trees and both its interior and its exterior are completely covered with fine wood, which gives it a warm and welcoming appearance.
It is located in Dongguan, China, has 380 square meters and was designed in 2017 by Fangzhou Song, Xiaoxin Yin, Yinghua Wen, Jiancong Luo, and Cihang Wang, all working for the Credohus architecture firm. This house is the home of a couple with three children, a family with a deep nostalgia for the countryside. The site is surrounded by mountains on three sides. The mouth of the valley looks at a forest of fruit trees, with misty mountains sit as a background far away. The house is built in light wood, the building is made of modified wood, extremely durable that can withstand the humid conditions of southern China.
Modern society separates man from nature, while man instinctively produces the impulse to return to it. For this family, returning to earth does not mean that we should totally deny the cities. It is not their intention to stay away from modern cities. They are only trying to distinguish the part in civilized society that invades the original relationships between the human being and nature.