House in Italy | OSA architettura e paesaggio

Description by OSA architettura e paesaggio:
   The house is situated along the north-eastern slope of a hill that separates the Bradano and Basento rivers and slopes gently down to the lake of S. Giuliano covering a total area of 630 sqm on a plot of 7 hectares.
   The quality of the context suggested the idea of preserving the orographic profile with volumes above ground following the natural contour of the slope, creating a timeless architecture in the rural landscape.
   The site plan consists of a sequence of terraced areas and courtyards, in a spatial continuum between internal and external spaces. In the downhill terracing area two accommodations for guests are placed.
   The strict geometries of the plant give rise to warm, inner domestic spaces; the volumes of services (bathrooms, storerooms, kitchen, laundry) define the rooms of the house that are arranged in succession along a linear path. All rooms enjoy a panoramic view over the lake below.
   The distribution spaces are articulated in the rear area, mediating the relationship with the courtyards. Wide windows frame the landscape alternating with blind walls.
   The concrete roof, ostentatiously exhibited soffit, rests on “bearing boxes” and serves as ordering element in the changing and articulated perspectives. The vegetation that covers it merges with the surrounding land reducing the visual impact until it is completely cancelled in the view from the top.
   The correct exposure of the environment, the control of ventilation and daylight, the collection and reuse of rainwater, solar panels and the green roof help isolating and mitigating the internal microclimate ensuring sustainability aspects.

Design Office: OSA architettura e paesaggio

Location: Basilicata, Italy

Photographs: Piermario Ruggeri, Pierluigi Barile

GM Apartment in Spain | Onside

Description by Onside:
Spanish studio onside, formed by architects Carlos Balada and Carlos Bonet, planed the refurbishment and interior design of an apartment placed in “El Ensanche” district of Valencia. The preliminary design of this apartment, received in 2013 the Valencia CREA Award, to recognize the work of young artists in the Interior Design category | Ciudad de Valencia Award.
It is a five members family: a couple with two kids and a teenager. Its expected to improve an apartment reformed less than ten years ago which presented important storage problems, incoherent circulations, absence of criterion, dark spaces without natural ventilation and incorrect mixture of uses.
We put all the needs together in two groups, on the one hand server elements are attached along the perimeter, and on the other, central storage spaces order and distribute a continuous space characterized by the visual plainness, where each cm has an assigned function.
Due to the solution adopted are achieved open and interconnected spaces, more light and ventilation, same material solution in the whole unit, as well as make the most of space, tripling storage and giving new uses to those places without it before, like the corridor, which accommodates a reading space before the library in the public side, and a desk in the private space which has the possibility of isolate itself by the sliding doors.
As a special requirement of the client is maximized the kitchen value as hearth of the house, and meeting point for the family.

Design Office: Onside

Location: Valencia, Spain

Photographs: Alfonso Calza

House in Poland | Fabryka Wnętrz

Design Office: Fabryka Wnętrz

Location: Tczew, Poland

Chalet Lac Gate | Eric Joseph Tremblay – Boom Town

Design Office: Eric Joseph Tremblay – Boom Town

Location: Canada

Photographs: Angus McRitchie

Loft Apartment in Slovakia | RULES Architects

Design Office: RULES Architects

Location: Bratislava, Slovakia

Apartment in Saint Germain des Pres

Location: Paris, France

Photographs: Mathieu Fiol

Casa Cor 2015 | Studio Guilherme Torres

Description by Studio Guilherme Torres:

Original idea, transatlantic inspiration. The maxim “less is more”, coined by the German architect Mies van der Rohe, one of the greatest idols of Torres, paradoxically, is the antithesis of what preached the legendary American decorator Dorothy Draper. For her, more was better. With floors on black and white, fancy boiseries and oversized handles, her ambiance was eccentric, exuberant and glamorous. The story of this pioneering décor merges to the own history of interior design as a professional activity. Her office, where she worked tirelessly from 1920 to 1960, produced a number of iconic projects, including grand hotels. Dorothy also left her mark in Brazil, with the interiors’ signature of “Palácio Quitandinha”, a treasure hidden on the mountainous region of Rio de Janeiro.

About the project:

On the 2015 edition of Casa Cor São Paulo, a temporary decoration exhibition which takes place from May 26th to July 12th, the architect Guilherme Torres in a joint venture with the mega corporation Todeschini, a leading furniture company, creates a cosmopolitan, playful and contemporary vision on 400 square meters that revisits the golden days of the Jockey Club building, host of the exhibition and stage of memorable parties of São Paulo high society on its golden years.

In times of austerity and restraint, Guilherme prefers to take the opposite direction and revisit the luxury of a time without dated stigmas, creating his own interpretation of the vision that he shares with the legacy of Dorothy – touches of fantasy and drama, contrasts of black & white and some boldness in the proportions. “I do not like being stuck to my own formulas. I believe shows and exhibitions are an opportunity for escapism, fit for creativity, perfect for free imagination”, according to him.

Design Office: Studio Guilherme Torres

Location: São Paulo, Brazil

Photographs: MCA Estudio

House S | Stephan Maria Lang

Description by Stephan Maria Lang:

On a sloping site oriented to the morning sun the house is hovering with its widely levitating roof anchored to the ground by 3 stone clad rocky volumes. The white coated slabs with floor to ceiling sliding doors in between create an image like a yard in a light breeze.

The Indoor outdoor living with lots of friends, enough space for entertaining and the maximum input of sea view and evening sun hiding early behind the Hilltop made up the decision to have the Living area in the second floor at street level.

You enter the house in the upper level through a 4 meter (13 foot) high entrance hall. A big western facing window over the entrance door marks the entry in the widely closed street façade. At night the classic artichoke Light of Poul Henningson is a magic focus point for the visitors.

Opposite the entrance hall is the more private living space with a view to Lake Starnberg.

Adjacent to the right is the huge kitchen area overlooking the lake with the mountains in the background. Sky frame sliding Glass door system allows to melt the space to a huge terrace under the dramatic levitating roof subtle lit at night. A big chimney is the heart of the Mountain View terrace which terminates in the infinity pool overlapping free into the garden.

A hidden stairway leads to the lower first floor and the water sunken courtyard, which is an invention to let light in the hill facing guest and bathrooms. The sleeping rooms in this very private area are facing the garden and are connected by wooden terraces.

In the whole house we tried to use a simple but sophisticated material and color concept.

White walls to present a photo art collection, Maple for floors and furniture and Kehlheimer local Limestone for bathrooms and chimneys. The well determined detailing creates an atmosphere of sensitive luxury. Exactly composed vistas determine the free floating groundplan.

The play with fluent passage is enhanced by the garden layout. The sculptured building interacts with the prairie style garden. The Composition creates different garden spaces and vistas.

Design Office: Stephan Maria Lang

Location: Munich, Germany

Photographs: Hans Kreye & Mark Winkel

Apartment Naqqach | Roland Helou Design Hub

Description by Roland Helou Design Hub:

Roland Helou Design (ROHD) is behind an interior design marvel whose intriguing design will delightfully bemuse even the most philistine eye. Having the visual appeal and sophistication of a villa, this ground floor garden flat is an eye-catching trompe l’oeil that draws from interior architecture master tricks that command—besides the inevitable amazement—scrutiny.

Designed by ROHD, the Beirut-based interior architecture and multidisciplinary design studio that rests on the aesthetic sensibility and design expertise of University of the Arts London master graduate Roland Helou, the flat is anything but: there is no dull corner here or any detail left to whims or spontaneity. Everything is thought-out—even the silent spaces are studied.

Conceived for a professional young couple, the garden flat stretches over 300 m2 of ground floor of a building located in Rabieh, Beirut’s most affluent suburb, nested on a hill side to the north of the city. Seamlessly blending with a quaint outside garden, the flat appears like a villa. This result is achieved through clever execution of curtain glass and a terrace serving dual usage: annexed living space in winter and an extension of the garden in summer.

Luxurious flourishes abound, such as the Onyx marble and black lacquered wood lit bar that protrudes to the outdoor area, serving as an organic connection along with the large curtain glass doors. Another impressive piece is the black basalt built-in chimney of the main living room. Made of volcanic stones, it radiates a distinctive blend of elegance and dominance, like that of the central jewel of a crown, and dialogues its equally impressive roommates, a Kelly Hoppen Dining table, a Natuzzi Sofa, and RHOD custom-made central tables.

In a high-end space like this one, distinctiveness is not exclusive to any one room. Even the guest bathroom, with mirror cladded ceiling and Tala Maron Marble, is worth lengthily dwelling over—and in. Not to be outshined, the master bedroom has an Ivano Redaelli bed, placed in its center, facing the outdoor Jacuzzi, and surrounded by hidden American Walnut wooden closets.

Design Office:  Roland Helou Design Hub

Location: Naqqach, Lebanon

Photographs: RUDY BOU CHEBEL

Parc Loft | 2C Design

Design Office: 2C Design

Location: Miami, Usa

Loft II in Barcelona | Egue y Seta

Design Office: Egue y Seta

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Apartement Marcellis | Pierre Noirhomme

Design Office: Pierre Noirhomme

Location: Liège, Belgium

Photographs: Samuel Defourny

SJZ House | ZIZ Arquitetura

Description by ZIZ Arquitetura:

After years living in China and Switzerland, the owners of this home decided to settle in Londrina. This Brazilian and Portuguese / Swiss couple wanted to provide a quiet, tranquil home, in which to raise their two children, away from busy urban centers. With this in mind and after much searching, they chose a house close to both quality schools and other important community services. Unfortunately, the house didn’t meet the family’s expectations so they decided to do a major renovation to both the internal and exterior areas of the home. With a desire for a complete integration of space in a clean visual and easy to care for style, a complete renovation project was planned for the kitchen, living room, hall, bathrooms and barbecue, and outside dining area. This involved pulling down walls, closing windows, constructing new walls, wooden louvers and cast concrete elements that would seal external views and visibility from the street.

The existing travertine floors were redone with a polymeric cement (Cement Design) giving a unity and cosmopolitan look to the home. “We love this floor that we had in our apartment in Zurich”, says the owner. The same finish was used in the hall and bathroom with both the floor and wall being coated. “We got a contemporary and dramatic entry instead of the overdone decorated hallway”. “We wanted the hall to have an institutional aspect almost like a banker” say the ZIZ architects.

In order to attain the desired visual effect, the walls of the home were done in wood paneling in combination with the gray cement finishes. These cabinets conceal ample space for electronic equipment that doesn’t need to be visible. A conventional wood burning fireplace was converted into a biofuel one, as a remembrance of the wonderful time and “colder” days spent in Switzerland. A beautiful blue lacquer pool table, designed especially for one of the homeowners, centers a game area that then leads into a gourmet barbecue grill niche finished in stainless steel.

This area of white silestone hides the desktop from those sitting at the white lacquer table decorated with pendants by the outstanding Tom Dixon. Generous glass doors then make the connection to a luxurious patio area complete with a swimming pool, choice landscaping and a large deck constructed of Cumaru. The area virtually embraces the house and invites leisure time and socializing, which the family loves to do on a daily basis.

Design Office: ZIZ Arquitetura

Location: Londrina, Brazil

Photographs: Jean Oliveira

Aspen Residence | Ro | Rockett Design

Design Office: Ro | Rockett Design

Location: Aspen, Colorado, Usa

Miami Beach Apartment | NLdesign

Design Office: NLdesign

Location: Miami Beach, Florida, Usa

Photographs: Mike Butler

AHZ House | ZIZ Arquitetura

Description by ZIZ Arquitetura:

Over 10 years ago, a couple, both doctors, moved from Sao Paulo State to Londrina. The Gaudi building caught the attention of the family because of its large balcony and period construction with a unique style. They supported this project and saw the neighborhood grow as well as their family needs. “I adore cooking, throwing dinners and entertaining guests so it was my distinct
desire to have a great, functional and comfortable space in which to do this” recalls the homeowner. “It took 6 months of work to transform this home into the perfect recreation and living space that’s now appreciated everyday by our family” adds the wife. According to Jean Oliveira, the architect, today’s concept of integrated space and flexible, comfortable living is the rule. The idea that everything needs to be in its own space is a concept of the past. Everyone who enters this home, of 207 square meters, immediately feels the impact of well used space and ambiance. This is due to the open concept design that incorporates the spacious balcony, ample living and gourmet dining areas and connects to the hidden barbecue behind wooden folding doors. “This space is frequently used for everything from family breakfasts to cook outs to family parties!” says the homeowner.

From the old balcony, only a single pillar remains, which opens on one side as a fireplace and the other side as a television. This makes for a very comfortable living area. In addition, only one wall was built to separate the social and private areas of the home, giving way to a family photo gallery. The concept of functional decoration helped us to prioritize a mix of building
materials from polymeric cement to bamboo veneer to black lacquer and stainless steel. “The end result is a very clean, minimalist style” says the architect Celso Oshiro. “However, this does not mean that it’s a cold house.” “We used amber lighting to create a cozy feel and the natural light from the large windows of the balcony fills the room to create a sensational cosmopolitan
atmosphere.” “This apartments feels like it could be anywhere in the world!” says Vitor Magon, from ZIZ.

Design Office: ZIZ Arquitetura

Location: Londrina, Brazil

Photographs: Jean Oliveira

Orama House | Smart Design Studio

Description by Smart Design Studio:

The transformation of ‘Orama’, a gracious Victorian villa in Sydney’s Woollahra was a welcome opportunity to work once again with the family for whom Smart Design Studio renovated ‘Mandolong House’ on the lower north shore. Our brief was to enhance and expand the historic house to suit the changed needs of the family.

Built in two stages, the project addressed the original villa as a distinct entity, housing bedrooms, bathrooms, formal living and study spaces. Beautifully-crafted elements of the historic house, such as fireplaces and early paint schemes, were retained. Other parts of the villa were updated with sensitively-chosen fittings and fixtures to bring out the best of the old building. The design approach was to make the old house feel trim, white, and tailored. By contrast, the new addition was designed to be minimal in form and detail, with textured raw concrete extending from the walls out into the garden, punctuated by swathes of water (the pool), vegetation, lawn, and pebbles.

A striking double-height living room forms the nucleus of the extension. Six-metre (19.7-foot) tall windows on the northern side flood the room with light, overcoming the limitations of the south-facing site. We were fortunate in that the owners have an incredible art collection. The bare concrete walls, and gracious rooms of the old house provide a dramatic setting for this. The space of the living room flows into a well-appointed stainless steel kitchen, and into the garden and swimming pool beyond. Upstairs, a guest bedroom and chic bathroom occupy the glassy link between the old and new parts of the house.

The new wing has been designed and built with the same intricacy, attention to detail, and superb craftsmanship as the original villa, applied to modern methods of construction. The materials palette of concrete, glass, dark steel, and zinc beautifully complements the chic black-and-white scheme applied to the historic house.

Environmentally sensitive elements were stitched into the old and new parts of the house, including hydronic floor heating and cooling, natural cross ventilation and an avoidance of air-conditioning, exploitation of good solar orientation, thermally massive construction, and heat-exchange technology.

Separated by a century and a half, the two parts of ‘Orama’ stand as beautiful expositions of the best construction standards of their day.

Design Office: Smart Design Studio

Location: Woollahra, Australia

Mi3 | Cincopatasalgato

Description by Cincopatasalgato:

A house for a a recently married couple. The husband, Gerardo,is the General Creative director and account director of and advertising agency (LOWE El Salvador). He has an 8 year old son of his previous marriage. His passion, sports. The wife, Patricia, is the brand manager for a car company. Her passion exercising. Together they enjoy most of their time together having a drink, cooking, and in their bedroom. When they host parties, it’s at the bar, having drinks, watching sport shows and cooking.

So when they dreamt of building a house, it was more a bar with complementary rooms. The living and the kitchen are complementary areas to the activities that revolve around the bar, snacks, watching the games, maybe playing some video games, pinball, jukebox, sports memorabilia,etc.

The dinning, well , eventually they had to invite the family for a formal dinner (maybe Christmas). Then there is the family room and the gym. They both overlook the bar in the open to below.the gym has a perfect view to the mountains and ocean. It is combined with a studio/reading area. So they can both share time while she exercises.

The main entrance,located at the second story of the house, opens to the bar. It was a requirement that when the guests came in the first view was the bar. And the wall that is right above the entrance, at one end of the open to below, is planned to be a projection area for games.

The rooms: the main bedroom had to be a nuptial suite, connected to a large outdoor terrace, as well as the walk in closet and the bathroom.

All the spaces share the same view. For the privacy , they decided they wanted a filter. The first, being in the third story with a wonderful view, and the second, you had to cross the studio/ gym to reach the stairs.

The kid bedroom and the guest bedroom are in the second floor. The kid’s bedroom, was planned as an adventure/tree house effect. So it protrudes from the house and the views of the trees and the mountains give this effect of a separate game area. It had to be a special place, for the weekend visits.

A house talks about their playfulness as a family, the dedication of their work and the seriousness with which they commit to their tasks and dreams. The openness to friends and the privacy they need to grow as a family and individuals.

Design Office: Cincopatasalgato

Location: El Salvador

Photographs: Jason Bax

CM Apartment | Kababie Arquitectos

Description by Kababie Arquitectos:

Inspired in New York lofts, this apartment opens its spaces and shows a sober and elegant aesthetic.
As an important part of the design, looking for the atmosphere of loft, we highlighted the original building metal structure, and to achieve this we used different colors between structural elements and the walls. We created a contrast between this industrial aesthetic in grey tones, with the use of wooden walls and even the ceiling to give a warm touch to spaces of rest as the family room, which is made of reused wood.

Design Office: Kababie Arquitectos

Location: Interlomas, Mexico City, Mexico

Photographs: Jaime Navarro

Ishibe House | Alts Design Office

Description by Alts Design Office:

The hope of this client is to live in a house just like a renovated warehouse. The type of houses is diversified into various kinds, and such a house is prevalent on the ground of financial terms. However, there’re problems as regarding heat insulation capacity and construction to convert a warehouse into a house. As a result, it costs the same amount as new construction. Therefore, we built a new house like a renovated warehouse pursuing diversified and productive open spaces. The ground sits between old residential area and new land for sale in lots. And it’s an area enclosed by residential roads. We made a building like an existing warehouse at first, and designed it carefully as if the client renovated it. We made a white-cube inside the building and put rooms needed privacy inside the cube. In doing so, we valued the connection of the inside and the outside. We made a splitlevel house, and dare to make non-exclusive rooms on floor planning. We created open spaces so that the client can arrange them to suit the lifestyle. We could take account the durability and the environmental burden because of new construction. In addition to that, we could add temporal complexity as if it were an existing building. Then we hope that the client lives a spiritually affluent life in this house adding depth to it.

Design Office: Alts Design Office

Location: Ishibe, Japan