Mount Pleasant House | Roundabout Studio

Description by Roundabout Studio:

For more than half a century this site was home to Cruickshank’s, a neighbourhood fixture and much-loved flower bulb distributor. Sadly, Cruickshank’s closed in 2001 and vacated the building. A few owners later, a local music enthusiast purchased it, seeing it as an opportunity to revive the site, creating an exciting house with a meaningful presence on the street. In 2012 he commissioned Roundabout Studio to convert the two connected yet disparate buildings into a single cohesive new home with a focus on music and entertainment.

Located directly on a busy Toronto thoroughfare, the house provides shelter from the street, with only a few, carefully placed windows. A long hallway leads to the protected interior foyer, where the home opens up to the sky with a quiet, light-filled interior that belies the building’s location. The main spaces are organized around an interior courtyard and a series of large-scale skylights that help to stream sun into the depths of the building, while retaining a great amount of privacy.

To accommodate large-scale events, the public zone consists of an open plan kitchen and dining room, living room, interior courtyard and a double height performance area, located in the heart of the building. The individual spaces all look upon each other in multiple ways, offering the building a reflexive quality. Depending on how these spaces are utilized, the home feels equally suited for one person or one hundred.

Located above the former cold storage room, the interior courtyard contains a 16′ tall Cor-ten steel light feature that references the building’s former life as a bulb warehouse. The back-lit perforations reveal a group of super sized tulips, a nod to Cruickshank’s reputation for high-quality and interesting tulip bulbs. Facing the street, the perforated window screens are all small sections of the larger pattern, offering an abstract, fragmented glimpse of the feature inside.

Restored to prominence in the neighbourhood, the revitalizing overhaul ensures that the building will remain a proud part of the Toronto streetscape for many years to come.

Design Office: Roundabout Studio

Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Photographs: Andrew Snow

Spiegel Haus | Carterwilliamson Architects

Description by Carterwilliamson Architects:

The evolution of Spiegel Haus was a somewhat unusual one for a practice that has come to anticipate and appreciate a hands-on approach from our clients. Simon and Astrid were different, once they had done the hard work of selecting an architect and communicating their brief, they were largely prepared to entrust us with the vision for their home. The design, approval and construction processes were fast moving and liberating, yet we felt the weight of responsibility to deliver a project that would be beautifully crafted and reflective of both the practice and the needs and values of our clients’ young family.

In this project, with our client’s support, there was a freedom to take ideas that the practice had been exploring for many years and to see them resolved. The use of mirrors to bring light into a deep, square plan was something we’d suggested to a number of clients in the past but perhaps because of our own lingering uncertainty, they’d never been installed. At the Spiegel Haus the namesake mirrors line the slot void and bring light into the heart of the plan as we’d always hoped, providing happen-chance views of the trees and sky beyond and casting diaphanous trails of light along the walls and onto the polished concrete floors.

The mirror-lined void above spatially divides the living and dining spaces without the need for walls. On the upper floor it cleaves the main bedroom suite from the children’s bedrooms.

Set amongst an eclectic mix of apartments, warehouses, single storey-residences and a garage-lined rear lane, it felt important to give the home a strong street address. To Lawrence St the front door is given prominence by setting it into the negative space created by the old, single storey façade and the new tall element which rises to mimic the heights of surrounding developments. To the lane, a studio set atop the garage holds the corner of the site, with a pocket balcony deliberately surveilling the laneway below.

The studio doubles as study, future teenage retreat and home-away-from-home for a string of international visitors, accommodating overlapping programs to minimise material and spatial wastage. The spatial rigor and basement buried below the watertable left room for a generous yard and an outdoor room that makes the most of Sydney’s temperate climate.

With frequent guests and a house that operates across three levels, grey-ironbark was used to line and demarcate the circulation spaces. The sculptural timber stair sits at the heart of the home, bleeding out at each floor to define the path of movement.

Simon and Astrid’s trust and vision has commissioned a home that responds to the constraints of inner-city living and the complexities of family life. Through careful spatial planning and thoughtful materiality they have been able to maximise space, light, longevity and joy.
Design Office: Carterwilliamson Architects

Location: Alexandria, Australia

Photographs: Brett Boardman

Apartment in Kiev | Ivan Yurima Architects

Description by Ivan Yurima Architects:

When zoning focuses on the efficient use of space and natural light rooms. Planning decision apartments, built on the principle of flowing spaces, without corridors. Thus, it was possible to place on the existing area 6 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, saving space. Each room is individualized, but is inscribed in the overall concept. The project concept is based on the principles of functionalism and minimalism. Ease of interior solutions emphasizes dynamism and openness of ideas. The decoration prevails wood and cool white. Light and color flow from one room to another. Particular attention is paid to the detailing and quality materials. The project uses eco-friendly materials and energy-saving technologies. The apartment is equipped with an automated system to ensure safety and comfort of living. Artificial lighting is thought out in terms of the destination premises and family needs. Management of lighting scenarios automated, manual adjustment and switching is performed using the touch switches, and mobile devices.

Design Office: Ivan Yurima Architects

Location: Kyiv city, Ukraine

Beach House in New Zealand | David Berridge Architect

Description by David Berridge Architect:

A three bedroom beach house with writing studio/bunkhouse.
David Berridge who is New Zealand-born designed this contemporary house that faces north (best in the southern hemisphere) onto beautiful Otama Beach on the Coromandel Peninsular. This house echoes a traditional Kiwi “bach” in its rough-sawn vertical siding and Hardy board exterior, but with expansive folding glass doors, big windows and wrap-around deck, it is a light-filled house ideal for indoor-outdoor summer living. The living/dining area and each bedroom have spectacular views of the sea and the Mercury Islands. The details of the house and layout make it perfect for both privacy and sharing good times with family and friends in any season. Separate sleep-out with bunk beds and dual indoor/outdoor shower.

Design Office: David Berridge Architect

Location: Otama Beach, New Zealand

Interior design in historic building, Warsaw | Tamizo Architects

Design Office: Tamizo Architects

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Vizualizations: Mateusz Kuo Stolarski

Bridge House | Höweler + Yoon Architecture

Description by Höweler + Yoon Architecture :

Bridge House is a multi-generational family home that spans both landscapes and age groups. Sited between a suburban development and a protected wooded area, the Bridge House appears as a single family home from the front. Its rear elevation reveals an internal organization designed to accommodate three generations living together under one roof—or in this case, within three volumes that act as a number of roofs. These three volumes are devices that frame views through the house of the dramatically sloped wooded site.

Views from the suburban street through to the sloped landscape are informed by the programmatic volumes of the main floor and the bridge-like volume above, which frame the scene from interior and exterior vantage points. Each tubular volume contains a carefully organized relationship of private and public areas that correspond to the family’s generational structure. The smaller volume of the ground floor is the private master suite for the grandparents (the clients) who are first-generation Korean-American immigrants to the United States. The larger volume of the ground floor is the collective public area of the multi-generational home, which includes all shared programs, such as the kitchen, family room, dining room and garage. Physically bridging between these two spaces is a long volume that houses the family’s second and third generations. Two master suites bookend the bar volume: one for their visiting daughter and one for their live-in son and daughter-in-law who reside inthe space with the clients’ two grandchildren. The grandchildren live in a “Jack and Jill” suite and have access to the upper-level outdoor space, which is set between the master bedrooms. The void created under the bridge-like volume feels like an extension of the outdoors and allows the landscape to move through the house, blurring outside and inside space. This transitional space extends into an outdoor room visually supported between the lower volumes and exterior stairs, which descend into the landscape.

All three tubular volumes face the woods so that bedrooms and communal spacesframeviews for all generations within the home. The three-volume organization provides private, outdoor space for each generation to enjoy the landscape from a variety of perspectives and elevations. The front patio extends through the ground floor volume onto a back terrace to create a formal shared outdoor space, which also provides steps leading into the landscape. A private roof balcony extends from the second floor master bedroom to provide an intimate outdoor space for the clients’ son and daughter-in-law. Another large roof terrace is projected from the grandchildren’s suite, which creates a raised outdoor gathering area.

By designing a visual continuum, the adjacent landscape extends into the functional living spaces of an otherwise compact house. Spaces facing the back of the house feature full panoramic views of the rear ravine while the opaque materiality of the front elevation creates privacy from neighbors. Volumes have triple-glazed window walls and utilize the beveled detail of their tubular geometry to create an overhang, which minimizes solar gain in the summer and maximize solar gain in the winter. The angle of the bevel is calibrated to mediate solar gain on all full-glass facades to create a minimal edge detail. As tubes oriented towards the woods, the volumes are further defined by their sharp end articulation and the material differentiation of their exterior cladding. The framing surface of thetubes is clad in custom-bent anodized aluminum vertical panels, which reflect the style of tongue-and-groove vertical panels common in the neighborhood. The infill panels are custom-bent horizontal “shingles” of anodized bronze aluminum, which create a rich and varied color spectrum throughout the day.

The interior features several elements made from recycled material, including tables and benches custom-fabricated from wood salvaged from another site. We also designed an interior staircase and fireplace fabricated from hot-rolled steel and wood. These architectural components vertically connect the volumes of the house both structurally and spatially and pin together this three-volume, three-generation home.

Design Office: Höweler + Yoon Architecture

Location: McLean, Usa

Photographs: Höweler + Yoon Architecture,  Jeff Wolfram

La Viña Suburban Dwelling | STC Arquitectos

Description by STC Arquitectos:

Our scope for architectural production is based in the city of Alta Gracia, located in the Mediterranean province of Argentina. A mountain town with a Jesuit Hispanic origin, and very strong in the nineteenth century by the arrival of the railway and its iron and steel infrastructure.

An atemporal container supported on the semi-urban grid, as an artificial element that only seeks to contemplate the environment, as well as the environment seeks to contemplate it. In a contemporary way, its boundaries evoke the remnants of the industrial era of Alta Gracia, the English style steel sheet houses, the station and the train.

Diaphanous environments, without fanfare. What matters is the interaction of the object with its surroundings. The intermediate spaces pose the eternal tension between the natural and the human impact.

Located in the west of the city of Alta Gracia, in a peripheral area of high environmental quality. On a plot of 12×50 party we design a compact house, prioritizing good natural light and the views to the mountains and creek. The level of support is above 2.5 meters with respect to the sidewalk, this allowed us to generate large openings without prejudice to privacy.

The social areas are linked to the intermediate spaces on the north party wall and the bedrooms are slightly separated from the south party wall. Thus the spatial continuity between the common areas of the house and the site seeks to integrate the program between interior and exterior.

The main materials used are exposed reinforced concrete on the upper level and black metal sheet on the side enclosures, the intention of minimizing maintenance of the dwelling was determinant in the choice of materials.

The structure is designed with continuous walls made of common brick, supported on reinforced concrete bases and metal columns on the corner windows. The flat roof was built of exposed reinforced concrete.

In order to minimize the impact of moisture, as it is an area of lush vegetation and little sunlight, we decided to cover the peripheral walls in black metal. The frames are made of natural aluminum combining mobile and fixed panels. The interiors have granite floors and kitchen and bathroom areas are clad in Venetian tiles. We sought material and structural coherence according to local resources and techniques.

The house has no specific clients, it was constructed for the purpose of the real estate market, where the challenge was to propose a more proactive concept as critical to the perverse ways of real estate production that propose housing as an object of profitable consumption.

Design Office: STC Arquitectos

Location: Alta Gracia, Argentine

K House | AworkDesign

Design Office: AworkDesign

Location: Taipei City, Taiwan

Austin | Smart Design Studio

Description by Smart Design Studio:

Austin is the refurbishment of a rundown warehouse into a new mixed development in the heart of Surry Hills. The existing warehouse building has been given a new lease of life, its interior reorganised into a new extended ground level commercial space, two levels of high quality residential apartments, and a lower ground floor car park. The site is located in the inner-city fringe of Surry Hills, which is characterised by warehouses and Victorian terraces houses that in recent years have housed artist’s studios, galleries and creative work spaces.
New, beautifully proportioned and articulated rectangular openings are located within the original openings of the concrete beam and column façade. To give scale and gravitas to the building, these new hand-painted steel windows span over two levels and present as double storey windows. Though they appear bold and simple on first glance, a closer inspection reveals a window within a window with recessed bi-folding on the upper part and flush double-hung on the lower part, allowing the commercial space open up to the street and public domain. We’ve retained the original company name on the building Brackenbury and Austin. Originally a warehouse for a timber yard and the manufacture of Lathes the business ceased producing equipment in the late 1950’s and the building has had a very varied life from then until this recent transformation.
The apartments are simple, beautiful and light filled. Working within a wedge-shaped context has meant that each apartment is different from one another, although the material palette is consistent. The all-white, exquisitely detailed, interiors with grey floors are accented with full-gloss rust joinery. The focus of each apartment is the central pod that incorporates the kitchen, laundry, study and general storage.
The penthouse apartment, with large rooms, a stair void, and a saw-tooth roof with a generous cantilever is a very special interior space with sweeping views over Surry Hills. The penthouse has a generous balcony running the length of the front and side of the building and the roof area covers this balcony offering protection from the harsher weather elements and creating more entertaining and outdoor living areas.
The Smart Design Studio principles of apartment planning, where utilitarian elements are concealed and reliance on doors is minimised are adopted. This, along with careful consideration for circulation and flow, creates elegant apartments that feel easy to live with.The building has been designed with an ESD focus and features include: All spaces naturally ventilated using either a light well or roof skylights. Performance glass, concealed spandrels and external roller blinds. Rain water collection and reuse for flushing toilets and watering plants. Energy and water efficient fixtures and solar hot water to all the apartments, and through maximizing the reuse of the existing building.
The ground floor commercial area is a split level floor with an abundance of light and was originally conceived as a restaurant space though it is now utilised as a successful retail store. The forms and details employed within this space reinforce the architecture of this building, its chunky warehouse character, through exposed concrete beams and slabs, complemented by refined forms, refined details and unusual combinations of materials.

Design Office: Smart Design Studio

Location: Surry Hills, Australia

Vegan House | Block Architects

Description by Block Architects:

This house was in an old terrace next to an apartment built in 1965. The owner works in travel and tourism, he once rented the house and planned to renovate it into a cultural place. It is on this spot that people meet up, share and cook Vietnamese traditional food, especially vegan one. They may also stay in during their time in Vietnam.
The owner had hoarded up all the abandoned old things from his friends before brought about the project. They were every kind of furniture such as table, chair, wardrobe, window and lampshade. With a tight budget, the architect wanted to exploit these old things with available ones and new ones to create a fresher place which still keeps traditional values of the former house.
The old windows were used as the main material to create a distinctive appearance. These windows have been used in Vietnam for a long time because of its ventilation. They are now rearranged into a new facade with different colors and cover the old facade, wrap it up to the rooftop and create a special attraction, as well as harmonizing with the ancientness of entire area. Some open windows on the roof provide the trees beneath with space and natural light. This symbolizes growth, hopes for the future and goodness from traditional bedrock.

These windows also turn up inside the house as light partitions, separate and decorate space. On the ground floor, there are long curved kitchen cupboards go through the house. The big kitchen at the front is where people cook, talk and enjoy their cooking together in a dining room behind. Garden and an old staircase to the first floor are among these spaces. On the first floor, there is a bedroom at the front and a place to relax or work. A new steel staircase was built beside the atrium to the second floor, which used to be an unused roof. A bedroom was additionally made of old available steel sheeting, which lies beneath the roof system a short distance to prevent the heat from affecting inside. From this room to the front, there is a garden for drinking tea and looking at night sky through lit in the window. Two toilets were also designed for these bedrooms. A small atrium was placed at the end for cross-room ventilation, it also provides beneath toilets with natural light. The material of walls and floors was preserved. Unrefined cement surfaces, jalousie windows and bamboo wattle on the ceiling create both a modern and ancient place and revive Vietnamese architecture in the 60’s and 70’s.

The architect aspired to create a new place for newcomers from many different cultures. On the basis of rearranging old things in a new way, both the old things and the new ones can exist together and support each other. As time goes by, people here will give new vitality and new soul to this house.

Design Office: Block Architects

Location: Vietnam

Photographs: Quang Tran

Bunny Run Residence | Alterstudio Architecture

Description by Alterstudio Architecture:

The Bunny Run Residence is oriented to take maximum advantage of the unexpected greenbelt and lovely views offered at the rear of the property.  A two-story mass establishes an independent relationship with the site. The entry court, centered on a stand of live oaks, determines the home’s public presence in an assertive, albeit sensitive, injection of modernity to the area.  By contrast, a private courtyard in the rear, where the neighboring homes disappear from view, creates a tranquil refuge.

Design Office: Alterstudio Architecture

Location: Austin, Texas, Usa

Photographs: Casey Dann

Txai House | Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan

Design Office: Studio MK27 – Marcio Kogan

Location: Itacare, Brazil

Photographs: Fernando Guerra – FG+SG

American Dream House | Lantz Full Circle

Design Office: Lantz Full Circle

Location: Houston, Texas, Usa

Photographs: Casey Dunn

Bar- Restaurant “Alemagou” | k-studio

Description by k-studio:

Alemagou is a bar and restaurant on the sands of Ftelia Beach, in Mykonos.

The concept is holistic, with every element of the project telling a common story and coming together to create an inspirational yet laid-back atmosphere, perfectly suited to the site.The menu revisits traditional, well-loved Greek recipes to produce simple but intriguing new dishes.

The cocktails and the music selection also offer new combinations of favourite ingredients. The architectural design is an extension of the same approach, creating an exciting reinterpretation of tried and tested, traditional building techniques.

Taking inspiration from typical Cycladic architectural elements such as whitewashed, smooth-edged houses; dry-stone walls that blend into the scrubby landscape; practical, hardwearing screed floors; and natural reed-thatched roof insulation, the familiar textures are applied to contemporary, organic forms to create a unique character.

Added to the palate are the dominating natural conditions of the site: the strong winds that make this beach a surfer’s paradise; the burning 40-degree midday sun and the harsh, dry, rocks of the encroaching landscape. Rather than attempting to block the effects of these natural forces, the design welcomes them, embracing their qualities and turning them to its advantage.

Natural reed thatch is used to create a 60cm deep, inverted field for a canopy that sways soothingly in the dissipated wind, allowing air to circulate and the space to stay cool. Throughout the day dappled sunlight filters through the reeds, lighting and shading the space simultaneously. At night down lighting continues to animate the canopy from within, creating a warm, intimate atmosphere for evening dining.

Beneath the canopy an un-interrupted topography of cool screed terraces flows gradually down from the restaurant to the sand, via the bar and lounging areas. Circulation is organized to create specifically designated areas for dining, drinking or relaxing yet their softly blurred, low-level boundaries let light and air flow naturally through the open space and allow continuous views across the beach to the sea and sunset.

The combination of these purposely designed and naturally occurring elements creates a multi-sensory architecture that sits in harmony with the environment, provides a natural, comfortable refuge from the elements and creates an exciting, sociable atmosphere.

Design Office: k-studio   

Location: Mykonos, Greece

Photographs: Yiorgos Kordakis

Notre Ntam’ | Z-level

Description by Z-level:

This project is located on the point of Agios Fokas on the south-westernside of the island of Lesvos on an agriculturalgreenfield site amongst the olive groves. The only structures of the area are small agricultural buildings – ntam”. Topographically, the 3.5hectare seaside plot is on an incline and planted with 300 olive trees. The owners, two brothers and their families, are city dwellers, used to living in Athens and Boston, decided to forge new bonds with the land of their ancestors.
The basic issues of the design were incorporating the residences in the topography of the landscape; low-impact accessibility; developing a dialectic between the two buildings; making use of the unconfined view; incorporating bioclimatic elements; and using natural materials. The design was intended to re-interpret local vernacular references, which are not drawn from traditional residential architecture on Lesvos, but from early industrial buildings located there. The dominant theme was how to handle an exceptional site with favourable conditions in difficult times.
The residences were situated with an eye to incorporating them in the hillside, placing them below the level of the skyline, in the olive grove, leaving the landscape that surrounds them intact. Of the 3.5 hectares that comprise the plot, 600 sq.m. were covered by hard materials, while the remaining land was left covered by earth, and the old olive grove terraces were recorded and repaired.

The residences were placed parallel to the elevation contour lines, between the end of the olive grove and the start of the seaside terrain, functioning as a passage from the land to the sea. This zone allows a flow of the landscape and marks the boundary between a solid and a light side: the elevation facing the olive grove is stone, with openings that isolate segments of the landscape, while the elevation facing the sea in transparent and unified.
The building appears to rise from the ground in which it is rooted on the side of the olive grove and to levitate on the side of the sea. As you approach the building and walk through it, its spaces unfold like a movie, and the sea appears gradually, framed initially by openings of the stone elevation; then through shady arcades and deep verandas, that protect from the sun; and, finally, the view opens up on the platform above the cliff.
The two buildings are connected at the level of the roofs, which constitute a conceptual continuity, following the shape of the hill on a lower level.
Both buildings were designed using the same design principles and comprise variations on a theme, being respectively 150sq.m. and 250sq.m. builds.
The houses are on the ground level and shaped as elongated rectangles, designed on the bioclimatic principles of using openings on either side, ventilation and shading. The multi-level inclined roof creates a single room space at its highest point, with an open balcony that faces the interior of the residence. This final level has glass sides with opening segments which help remove the warm air by drawing it away.
Maintaining the interior and exterior spaces at the same level fosters a sense of cohesion and flow, while also allowing access for the handicapped, who have access to all areas. The pool was created to be enjoyed by those who have difficulty getting down to the sea.
The outdoor areas are designed to be autonomous from the interior, to suit the requirements of the owners and their visitors, with an outdoor kitchen, a vegetable garden, as well as seating, eating and bathroom areas, as well as the facilities for outdoor film showings.
The weight-bearing structure is metal and the filling materials stone and light wall-building with external insulation façade. Local materials were used, including Polychnitos stone and natural earths to colour the cement on the roof and the roads. Sustainable heating systems were used.

Design Office: Z-level

Location: Agios Fokas, Greece

Photographs: Yiorgis Yerolybos

House K | Auerbach Halevy Architects

Description by Auerbach Halevy Architects:

A unique modern house and which stands out in its countryside background. The house was designed without compromises, including clear requirements of its owners such as modern design, clean lines and an embracing feeling. Design addresses the requirements by using natural and opposed materials: concrete and wood. The house spreads over three floors, utilizing intermediate stories, for an office and for a family room. Furniture is carefully designed and manufactured materials and sizes that fit your home just like a suit tailored for his size . sense of privacy was maintained through the introduction of open landscape of fields inside. every corner and space in mind and are designed to adapt to the user , any point of view produces additional discovery and surprise.

Design Office: Auerbach Halevy Architects

Location: Israel

A Single Family House | Christian von Düring architecte

Description by Christian von Düring architecte:

The challenge of this project was to integrate a large program on a relatively narrow plot while maintaining usable outdoor surfaces. An additional concern, was that the access to the plot being from the south, a solution had to be found to manage an entrance while ensuring privacy for the indoor and outdoor spaces.

The solution proposes two volumes on the ground floor, respectively a garage to the north and the living area to the south, connected above by a volume containing the bedrooms. In addition to the terrace to the south, the area resulting from the bridging of these two volumes offers a generous covered entry suitable for various activities. The house is accessed by a slightly elevated drive way that follows the western property line, bypassing the terrace and entering the house from the rear covered area.

Once inside, one is immediately faced with an open suspended staircase connecting to the above volume, through which one perceives a large room open onto the garden containing a kitchen with its large dining table and a spacious living room. Upstairs, a corridor running along the west facade connects the bedrooms and a central play-room. At each end there is a large bedroom with a balcony open to the outside. One overlooks the south terrace, while the other projects into the forest line bordering the plot.

The building is comprised of ground floor masonry volumes on which is placed a wooden structure made of two large trusses spanning the entire length. The insulated triangulated framework freely runs on the inside of the windows and provides a deep sill.

Composed of pre-grayed squared larch rods, the horizontal open joint cladding of the upper floor accentuates its longitudinal expression in order to reduce its volumetric impact. Placed at a 45 degree angle, the rods amplify this effect by the resulting shadows and in the long-term the aging will increase this effect due to the different exposures to the rain and sun.

Design Office: Christian von Düring architecte

Location: Tannay, Switzerland

Photographs: Thomas Jantscher

Loft in Paris | Studio Ko

Design Office: Studio Ko

Location: Paris, France

Photographs: Yann Deret

Di Café Deli | Buck Studio

Description by Buck Studio:

di cafe deli is a vibrant café with its own bakery. There is always a smell of aromatic coffee and freshly baked bread made according to traditional recipes – without artificial additions and taste improvers.
Project of di café deli is a continuation of our concept created for dinette bistro – a friendly daily place with casual atmosphere and interior design inspired by the 50s.
Similarly to dinette the central point of the place is a large dining table, accompanied by a grand sideboard with wooden mosaic and a solid marble bar counter – all customized to adjust the shape of the interior plan.
The kitchen – in this case enlarged by a bakery – is easily visible through the walls which are made of translucent mix of glass and steel.
Other characteristic features already known from dinette are wooden retro chairs, a spatial installation of white hand made glass lamp shades and natural finishing materials like marble and wood.
Friendly and easy going cafe experience is emphasized by the black and white checkerboard floor tiles pattern which also appears on a menu pages – so that guests can use them as a board for checkers game while they are enjoying their coffee or waiting for their lunch.

Design Office: Buck Studio

Location: Wroclaw, Poland

Photographs: Marcin Pawłowski

Residence Mo | Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

Design Office: Reinach Mendonça Arquitetos Associados

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Photographs: Evelyn Müller