Salt And Pepper House | KUBE Architecture

Description by KUBE Architecture:

KUBE architecture is a modern architecture studio that challenges the norms of daily life and attempts to reinterpret ways of working and living in the built environment. As a creative team, each member of the firm brings a unique set of experiences, talents, and passions to the design process. Every new challenge is considered in the most creative way possible. KUBE views its clients as partners in the design process, and works to create customized spaces that suit their lifestyle, desires, functional needs, and budget.

KUBE emphasizes the primary components of architectural space: light, color, texture, and materiality. Working with new materials and methods of construction, research is an on-going process at KUBE. We believe in the value of sustainable materials, and utilize green products whenever possible. Finally, KUBE believes in economy of means, and in creating efficient spaces that achieve both richness and simplicity.

KUBE’s services consist of architectural and interior design, graphic design, website design, and furniture/cabinetry design and fabrication.

Design Office: KUBE Architecture

Location: Washington, Usa

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Restaurant in Sweden | Richard Lindvall

Description by Richard Lindvall:

Before the one year long renovations, the premises were used by the Swedish Tax Agency and consisted of a maze of tiny meeting rooms with a ceiling height of 240 cm.
The interior is inspired by Scandinavian minimalism with an industrial twist and with Inspiration from hotels and restaurants in Shanghai, New York and Amsterdam. Big impressive buildings with lots of space and hard materials, but which are still keeping a welcoming atmosphere are rare in Sweden. It was important to create a warmth in the environments, but still keep it raw and fresh.
48 tons of concrete was poured into the construction, not only for for the floors, but also to construct the two bars, a reception desk, a large sofa table and a 3,5 meter wash basin in the rest room.
The boards on the walls is made from expanded metal, cut into smaller segments and placed in black lacquered steel frames, which gives a hint of Art Deco style. The tables and sofas are designed by Richard and made by a carpenter in Lithuania, The big fig tree at the entrance was chosen mainly for the amazing gray bark.
The boards on the walls is made from expanded metal, cut into smaller segments and placed in black lacquered steel frames, which gives a hint of Art Deco style. The tables and sofas are designed by Richard and made by a carpenter in Lithuania, The big fig tree at the entrance was chosen mainly for the amazing gray bark.
The large space is divided into three rooms, all revolving around a central black iron beam structure that has been designed to serve unique functions for each area. The center of Bistro 38 holds a long two-level sofa where one side faces the massive concrete bar and the other, lower part is turned towards the dining area.
In Poche 36, the central iron beam has been transformed into a flexible table that can serve both as seating and as service station for the staff. In the café area the main iron feature was turned into a high shelf structure with bar seating around the base.

Design Office: Richard Lindvall

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Photographs: Johan Annerfelt

DIZAAP Office | Sergey Makhno Architectural Workshop

Design Office: Sergey Makhno Architectural Workshop

Location: Kiev, Ukraine

Photographs: Anbrey Bezuglov

Apartment In Kiev | Lera Katasonova Designs

Design Office: Lera Katasonova Designs

Location: Kiev, Ukraine

Photographs: Ivan Liubenko

Itoman Gyomin Syokudo Restaurant | Yamazaki Kentaro Design

Design Office: Yamazaki Kentaro Design

Location: Okinawa, Japan

Photographs: Nahoko Koide

House in Texas | Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Design Office:  Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects

Location: Austin, Texas, Usa

House in Los Angeles | Amit Apel

Description by Amit Apel:

One-of-a-kind pieces by Amit Apel, can be seen from the front gates all the way to the living spaces and continue on into the backyard. From the moment one walks along the pathway to the front door, it is apparent that no area of this home was left untouched by a vision to create a space of luxury that ties tranquility into the true art of living.

The contrasting hues of charcoal finishes and smoky orange tones in front make this unique home unlike anything that can be found around this area.

A separate accent wall on the right hand side offers floor to ceiling finished wood to blend different textures and enhance the artistic feel.

Nonconformist angles in the driveway parallel the front facade of the house and work to elaborate the clean geometrical shapes leading up to the front porch.

The hanging waterfall and sculpture are all custom, hand-made pieces that are only found exclusively at Apel Design Works, which truly makes this house one with class and individuality.

Once inside the home, it is evident that detail and consideration was put into every area of the interior to ensure that the exterior flows evenly into the space.

Although the interior is predominately charcoal finishes, small accents of smoky orange can be seen peaking through certain aspects including the custom fire place and the custom cabinets that also match the kitchen island.

The beautiful grey wood flooring against the sleek tile create a barrier to separate the common areas from the kitchen, but allow for open space and maximum open light from the floor to ceiling sliding windows.

Every bedroom in the house has vaulted ceilings and is equipped with custom features including the doors and variously textured accent walls to bring out the elegant nature of the home.

This residence is also one of the first in this area to offer an intelligent home system, known as Vibarex, that allows for customization of every feature in the home that can be controlled from any outsi de device hooked up to the system.

The backyard is utilized to its full potential, offering a wraparound wooden deck and a pool area that includes a swim up bar perfect for entertaining.

The same smoky orange accents found throughout the home can also be found making an appearance in the skylight above the bar by the pool, allowing the entire house to have an original yet common feel.

This artistically thought out home takes architectural norms to the extreme, and can surely be defined as the first of many to introduce a new and improved aspect of design that is rarely seen, but always appreciated.

Design Office: Amit Apel

Location: Los Angeles, Usa

Photographs:  Brandon Valiente

Cloister House | Measured Architecture Inc.


Design Office: Measured Architecture Inc.

Location: Vancouver, Canada

Photographs: Nic Lehoux, Andrew Latreille

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

Hidden House | Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects

Descriprion by Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects:

A house of contradictions, between sealed and closed, to open to natural light and to the outside area.
Contradictions between colors and drama of volumes. All of these create interest in a house built on a relatively small plot.
A square plot, relatively small for the program’s requirements, has dictated the structure’s concept.
A ground floor with maximal openness and lightness, an accentuated interior-exterior connection, which enables enjoying the pool and the exterior seating areas which are connected to the structure. A well-lit and open ground floor.
The required privacy was achieved through a mysterious facade, with only clues of cracks of light breaking through it, and this is the front facade.
The facade is built of concrete beams and wood trellis.
Geometrically, the structure is very clean and the cube of the first floor hovers over the ground floor.
Our purpose to create drama between the two volumes – upper and lower – was intensified through the use of thinner support columns made of iron and not concrete, as well as painting the entire cube black.
The drama effect is prominent and creates interesting light games during day and night.
Another element that creates separation and drama between the floors, is building an all glass wall without any divisions throughout the entire ground floor, along the long edge parallel to the pool.
In order to correctly utilize the characteristics of the plot, the pool was planned along the living room and kitchen in the area of the “pathway”, which is not utilized, and so a seating area is preserved in the narrower side.
In order to intensify the interior-exterior connection, connect the two floors and create a house that is not alienating, a space was planned which goes outside and crosses the structure, from the entrance hall to the living space and along the stairs. This way, there is eye contact between the residents.
Three floors were planned: the entrance floor, as mentioned, was designed for the social interactions in the house, a dining room and a living room, when the kitchen constitutes an integral part.
The stairs to the parents unit and little child’s bedroom were attached to an external wall, and at the basement floor a screening room was planned which is comfortable and soundproof, and beside it the two living units of the older children.

Design Office: Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Caroline Street | Architecton

Description by Architecton:

The clients’ ambition and aspirations for the property is for the creation of two high quality contemporary residencies, which boast a unique and sophisticated architectural design style. Whilst the design must generate dwellings with drama and excitement through the use of scale, volume, elegant materials and clever design, the dwellings must be practical and functional with a sense of warmth and comfort.

The design responds and takes advantage of the north aspect of the site, in order to create an integrated and exciting relationship between the indoor and outdoor living spaces. This seamless connection is further exemplified with clever use of landscaping.

Whilst the vision is to create a well-designed and considered medium density residential development, which maximizes the potential of the site, the project remains sensitive to the existing streetscape and character of the surrounding area.

Design Office: Architecton

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Steel House 1 & 2 | Zack de Vito Architecture and Construction

Description by Zack de Vito Architecture and Construction:

Vacant parcels of land that offer a clean slate for development are rarely available in San Francisco, and almost unheard of in Noe Valley. Committed to finding opportunities to design and build in one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city, the development team of Zack de Vito Architecture + Construction have proven that vision and creativity can address this challenge.
Inspired by a standard city RH-2 parcel with a modest cottage positioned at the back of the lot on the popular Church Street corridor, this talented team immediately recognized the potential. While lot coverage of this sort cannot be created on vacant land, this existing dwelling was ripe for change. The large flat front yard offered a footprint for a new structure. And by working imaginatively within the envelope of the existing structure, these designers could create two stunning urban homes in the heart of the City.
After several years of planning, the team has just unveiled two of the most innovative modern dwelling designs in San Francisco. Two unique, free-standing condominiums share a single lot while maintaining their individual architectural identity.  Maximizing the function of a 25 foot wide lot, both homes are accessed from a common courtyard, a deviation from the traditional street-front entry. The unapologetic modern design is planned for maximum spatial efficiency with unsurpassed attention to detail and craft, expressing handmade quality at every turn.

SteelHouse1 (1518 SF)

Occupying the front of the lot, a new, ground-up townhouse, with an impressive modern façade, stands out from the more traditional buildings along this urban corridor. Clad with corten steel, fiber cement siding and stucco, this building encompasses two full floors of light-filled living space accommodating three bedrooms and two full baths.  The dramatic open floor plan is enhanced by clean lines and sophisticated modern finishes, including industrial structural steel complimented by warm oiled-oak floors and custom walnut cabinetry. The master bedroom boasts a private roof deck illuminated by its desirable western exposure.  The ground floor includes one car parking and a private office space, nicely isolated from the main living levels.

SteelHouse2 (1515 SF)

Occupying the back of the lot, the fully-renovated, two-story structure has been transformed to fit perfectly into this modern context. This building also encompasses two full floors of living space, with the entertaining spaces positioned at the top level.  The open floor plan is enhanced by extraordinary light with modern steel and wood details that visually connect the two floors. This building accommodates two bedrooms and two full baths on the lower floor, with a third bedroom with en-suite bath at the upper, main living level. A private south-west-facing deck is directly accessed from both the kitchen and the upper bedroom at this level. Finishes include walnut stairs, oiled-oak flooring, custom rift-cut white oak cabinetry, and composite quartz counter-tops. One car parking is provided for this unit in the front building.Both buildings incorporate green design which includes radiant floor heating that is zoned for efficiency; state-of-the-art thermal-rated windows; material selections that are driven by sustainability; and mechanical and structural systems that are ‘solar ready’.  The two modern buildings live like single family homes, while offering a unique opportunity for an extended family or single owner to enjoy the entire compound.

Design Office: Zack de Vito Architecture and Construction

Location: San Francisco, Usa

Villa Melana | Valia Foufa & Panagiotis Papassotiriou

Description by Valia Foufa & Panagiotis Papassotiriou:

The project was awarded to us by a family leaving in Athens keen on a new country house in the Arcadian Landscape. Design started mid-2012 and work on site was completed at the end of 2014.

The program

It all started as a simple snapshot; At a very steep site with clear view towards the sea a holiday retreat protects its inhabitants from the sun heat and the strong winds while soothing the senses under the moonlight.

We have placed the building at the only available naturally formed plateau of the site in order to avoid unnecessary groundworks that could spoil the relief.

Simple elements to deal with a difficult and very unstable and steep terrain. The endless of the sea view and the enormity of the open horizon is overwhelming and therefore no great attempt is needed to frame the views.

The structure is defined by 3 volumes that are placed along the contour lines. The end product is a result of the division of a rectangular volume into 3 parts while staggering the middle part towards the east.This break is enhanced by the use of various materials and alteration of the design.

The main features of the central volume (where the day activities are hosted) are the cladding with local Arcadian stone – dry stone construction both internally and externally on concrete frame and brick infill -, pitched gabled roof with roofslates and the fireplace on the narrow end framing the view. The design has references to the local architecture (where the Tsakonian “Makrinaria” are met) incorporating changes to the form and size of the openings in order to achieve better results on the bioclimatic output and view.

Floor to ceiling openings enhance the dual aspect feature without affecting the monolithic quality while the views cross on all sides. The staggering of the western wall from the outline of this volume creates a long and narrow circulation area under a flat parapet roof that connects all three volumes.

Two white blocks are set back on either side of the main volume (where the bedrooms and wc’s are hosted) acting as reference to the minimalism and sincerity of our attempted architectural language away from heavy decorative features and overstatements.

At the intersection of the three volumes two fair faced concrete beams act as “connectors” subtly underlining the junction of the 3 blocks.

Finally, white render reflects the sun, the stone cladding offers its thermal mass connecting the building with the surroundings and together protect the inhabitants from the weather conditions. A configuration revealing the endless view to the horizon and was born out of consideration for the steep relief and the local traditional materials.

Design Office: Valia Foufa & Panagiotis Papassotiriou

Location: Pera Melana, Greece

Photographs: Erieta Attali & Pygmalion Karatzas

A J Villa | Irina Dzhemesyuk and Vitaly Yurov

Description by Irina Dzhemesyuk and Vitaly Yurov:

Ukrainian designers Irina Dzhemesyuk and Vitaly Yurov presented luxurious Villa, located in one of the most beautiful areas on the coast of the island of Sardinia, Italy.
The Villa has big panoramic windows that provides the ability of interaction of the interior and exterior.
Marble decoration add a touch of elegance and charm to the interior and natural wood makes it warm and cozy.
The main accent of the interior is the unique brass panels of hexagonal petals that perfectly complements modern Italian furniture of simple shapes.
Wide and uncluttered pool area has different lighting scenarios that has to rest in open air not only during the day but in the dark.

Design Office: Irina Dzhemesyuk and Vitaly Yurov

Location: Sardinia, Italy

House T | Men Duri Arquint

Design Office: Men Duri Arquint

Location: Zuoz, Switzerland

Carmel Mid-Century LEED | Studio Schicketanz

Design Office: Studio Schicketanz

Location: California, Usa

Photographs: Robert Canfield Photography

New York Home | HGNY

Design Office: HGNY

Location: New York City, Usa

Riel Estate House | Joris Verhoeven Architectuur

Description by Joris Verhoeven Architectuur:

House Riel Estate completed in 2014 is located in a new residential development in the small village Riel near the town Tilburg. The property conforms with its archetypal main structure and materialization with the rural character of the village and the surrounding countryside; a main building with a gable roof, rural hand-molded bricks and heavy oak doors.

In the province of Brabant, where the dwelling is situated, it is customary to enter through the back door. By seperating kitchen and living room from each other, a separation is also made between the formal entrance and the informal back door. Also arise an afternoon and evening terrace.

The staircase is located in the intermediate zone between kitchen and living room. It rises up along the gentle slope of the roof and ensures a clear connection between the ground floor and upstairs. The presence of this stairs is further emphasized by the skylight above it folding over the roof which ensures light gliding down the stairs.

An asymmetric sculptural play of mass and openness is created by tilting the roof and also with the masonry giving the impression of heavy solid walls. The minimalist detailing of the house reinforces this and provides a powerful clarity.

Riel Estate winks with her outspoken styling to the pavilions in the German Insel Hombroich where the house is inspired by.

Design Office: Joris Verhoeven Architectuur

Location: Tilburg, Netherlands

Doll’s House | BKK Architects

Design Office: BKK Architects

Location: Northcote, Australia

Photographs: Shannon McGrath and Hillary Walker

Villa Snagov | DOOI Studio

Description by DOOI Studio:

The property is placed on the shores of Lake Snagov, caught on a narrow strip of land between the forest and the lake: an exceptional, yet discreet positioning. Given extremely precise specifications and requirements from the owner, the architects approached the project with inspiration and simplicity. The starting point was the Intention to offer that feeling of drifting, of opening up to the lake while also embracing the forest.

Thus, the team constantly searched for ways of expanding the house through its surroundings, by voluntarily integrating these in the inner space. The ground floor contains and favors the reception area, the living room and its “overhanging” terrace, facing an exceptional view of the lake, challenging the structural engineers in order to achieve an 11 m (36 ft) opening of glazing without any pillars or intermediate support. The dining room is placed in front of a glazed facade with double height, for a full enjoyment of the immediate vicinity of the forest. In order to further potentiate this vicinity, the interior encompasses an attic wall fully covered in mirrors.

The fabrics of the interior decorations were chosen with great care, consulting the owner, who invested intelligently and generously in this project: noble Romano Bianco travertine slabs for the ground, Italian parquet, walls clad in finned rosewood and textured plaster. The kitchen is clad in the solemn Macassar wood. The napage and interior lighting wear the signature of the master glassmakers from the Murano Island and of the renowned Catellean & Smith.

Design Office: DOOI Studio

Location: Snagov, Romania

Photographs: Cosmin Dragomir