Void House | Edwards Moore Architects

Description by Edwards Moore Architects:

A double story Victorian terrace which suffered from the darkness of its time, has been enlightened with a double story courtyard to its heart.

Full height continuous glazed panels provide light and visual connection to the internal spaces. Reflecting the bluestone /parquetry palette, and glimpses of the passing sky.

A new dining area to the rear connects the garden to its landscape, expansive glass sliding panels open up to the rear terrace with Landscape design by TCL studio.

Central to the living area is a large steel framed window seat, angled to connect the living and dining space and at grand scale to frame the landscape beyond.

A minimal palette of stained oak parquetry, local bluestone and dark mirrors unify the internal spaces.

Design Office: Edwards Moore Architects

Location: Australia

Photographs: Fraser Marsden

 

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Residence in Australia | DKO Architecture


Design Office: DKO Architecture

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Photographs: Gabriel Saunders

Arne Garborgsveg 18 | TYIN Architects

Design Office: TYIN Architects

Location: Trondheim, Norway

Photographs: Pasi Aalto

The Pierre | Olson Kundig Architects

 

Description by Olson Kundig Architects:

The owner’s affection for a stone outcropping on her property inspired the design of this house. Conceived as a retreat nestled into the rock, the Pierre (the French word for stone) celebrates the materiality of the site. From certain angles, the house—with its rough materials, encompassing stone, green roof, and surrounding foliage—almost disappears into nature.
With the exception of a separate guest suite, the house functions on one main level, with an open-plan kitchen, dining, and living space. A wood-clad storage box (made with siding reclaimed from a Lionel Pries–designed house) transitions from outside to inside. Its two large bookcases open to provide concealed access to laundry and kitchen storage. A large pivoting steel and glass door provides access to a terrace.
The materiality of the built structure—mild steel, smooth concrete, and drywall—create a neutral backdrop for the interior furnishings and artwork and the exterior views to the bay and surrounding landscape.
Throughout the house, the rock protrudes into the space, contrasting with the luxurious textures of the furnishings. Interior and exterior fireplace hearths are carved out of existing stone; leveled on top, they are otherwise left raw. In the master bathroom, water cascades through three polished pools, natural sinks in the existing stone. Off the main space, a powder room is carved out of the rock; a mirror set within a skytube reflects natural light into the space.

Design Office: Olson Kundig Architects

Location: San Juan Island, Washington, Usa

Photographs: Benjamin Benschneider

House in Kea, Greece | Marina Stassinopoulos – Konstantios Daskalakis

Description:

The characteristic features of the site and the island’s traditional building practices, though without a historicist attitude, are the recognizable project elements: the maintenance of the existing flora, the restructuring of the site’s terracing and the organization of the house with volumes which are either independent or ‘arise’ as intermediate gaps. The building is placed on a terrace. The entrance to the house is found in the void between the volume of the house and the terrace behind it. A longitudinal course, parallel with the gradient of the slope connects the distinct building volumes and three courtyards, each having different characteristics: a covered courtyard (in the heart of the building), a shaded one by the oak trees (close to the living room) and one exposed to the sun (at the end of the corridor). Perpendicular to the longitudinal course one enters the main areas of the building (the living room and the two bedrooms), which open up towards the sea. The circulation and the service spaces (entrance, corridors and bathrooms) are expressed as voids that connect the differing volumes of the primary spaces. The configuration of the flat roof corresponds to the plan of the house, as it depicts the individual volumes and the relationship between them. It is also the main facade of the building since it is exposed in its entirety as one approaches. The roof is formed so as to provide cross ventilation to the main living and sleeping areas and is also set up as a system of collectors that receive and direct the rainwater to the cistern which is the quiet protagonist of the building. The house is constructed with the usual practices of the local builders. Without a decorative intent most surfaces (floors, external walls, internal wet areas) are formed by cement.

Design Office: Marina Stassinopoulos – Konstantios Daskalakis

Location: Kea Island, Cyclades, Greece

Photographs: Yiorgis Yerolympos

GH Mild Home | Archetonic

GH Mild Home is located in Mexico City, Mexico.

It was designed by Archetonic.

Description by Archetonic:

The underlying premise of our design was to enhance the freedom, flexibility, and transformation of the spaces. The design was based on taking advantage of the views towards the gardens that surround the building, the natural light, and the heat gain thanks to its south-easterly orientation.

In addition to availing of the double-height ceilings of the apartment, unusual in a building of this type, we sought to implement a distinct and flexible solution. It is occupied by a young couple who did not want the space to place limits on future family expansion or dynamics. They sought a flexible, ample, and adaptable space.

To achieve this, we settled upon a simple, clean geometry, based around a central corridor as the heart of the open and semi-open spaces, maximizing visual communication throughout the apartment, while retaining the identity of each space.

Along the corridor that links up all the spaces we placed several wooden doors reaching the full height of the space, which slide to vary visibility and establish boundaries between areas. Meanwhile, the layout of the fixed furnishings—custom-designed for the apartment—generates spaces that may be transformed and adapted over time to different habits and dynamics of use.

The materials were selected with the aim of achieving a clean, uniform appearance, with light-toned wood, white stone, and black metalwork, combining perfectly with the artistic contributions of Ulises Gallegos—paintings—and Opioptico—photography—together with a rug that provides warmth to the studio, designed by Déjate Querer.

The apartment occupies a single floor and comprises lobby, lounge, dining room, kitchen, TV room, and three bedrooms. All are naturally well-lit and ventilated spaces thanks to the large windows that expand the space into the outdoors.

Photographs: Rafael Gamo

D House | Marston Architects

Description by Marston Architects:

Set within a heritage conservation area, the original semi has been kept in-tact with its roof line restored. A ‘breezeway’ transition space connects the original house and its new split level contemporary addition, allowing light to filter in to what was otherwise a typical, dark and gloomy south facing house. Connecting the new living space to the rear garden allows a seamless transition from inside to out. A new bedroom suite occupies the upper level of the addition which focuses on balancing light and views with privacy in the dense, urban surrounds.
A skylight adjacent to the northern party wall brings sunlight into the lower level addition, whilst north facing highlight windows bring light into the upstairs bedrooms without compromising the privacy of a bedroom in a dense, urban environment. The new party wall uses the bricks from the previous extension so as waste during construction was minimised.

Design Office: Marston Architects

Location: Sidney, Australia

Photographs: Katherine Lu

gastro cafe 15 | Azovskiy & Pahomova Architects


Design Office: Azovskiy & Pahomova Architects

Location:Kryvyi Rih, Ukraine

 

GV House | B+S Architetti

Design Office: B+S Architetti

Location: Turin, Italy

Photographs: Barbara Corsico Photography

Montauk Beach House | Space Exploration Design

Description by Space Exploration Design:

This threestory, split level house for a young family is nestled atop a densely wooded bluff in Montauk, New York, surrounded by sumac and spruce trees. Space Exploration designed an open kitchen on the top floor of the house to act as a flexible social center for the house, and to maximize the site’s dramatic views of Fort Pond and Fort Pond Bay, the nearby bodies of water that dominate the view. Floor toceiling sliding doors and a large rectangular skylight flood the space with an abundance of natural light. Countertops of marinegrade Baltic birch plywood — originally intended to be temporary — eventually won over the owners, who have decided to keep them.

The kitchen table is a repurposed marble slab, which previously topped an island (since demolished) in the owner’s home in Brooklyn. The faucet and sink are by Rohl, and the brass pulls in the kitchen are actually towel holders by the Japanese brand Futagami. The owners wanted their house to have a light, unpretentious, casual feel befitting a beach house in the historically sleepy surfing town of Montauk, where it stands. To help them achieve that end, throughout the house Space Exploration employed a material palette of light, neutral colors and pale woods, which combine to create a tranquil, airy atmosphere that showcases an eclectic collection of furniture and objects, collected by the owners during travels to Morocco, Europe and Central America. A lone primitive wooden dining chair, abandoned by the house’s previous owners, sits happily in the mix.

The lower floor houses the children’s bedroom, a home office, and a sunken “solarium,” or recreation room, that opens directly to the house’s sprawling grounds. Walnut shelving on this level is by Atlas Industries. The children’s bathroom floor was finished with salvaged antique encaustic tiles . Other design strategies included relocating and expanding windows in several rooms to better frame views and emit light. Window systems with minimal jamb detailing were selected to emphasize the connection between indoors and outdoors.Flooring throughout the top two floors (entry level and upstairs kitchen) is wideplank red oak, blanched and stained nearly white.

On the lower level, the floor is highquality plywood finished with glossy white epoxy. Gubi sconces illuminate the walls on the top two floors, and for the bathrooms, Space Exploration specified plumbing trims from the “Henry” collection, by Waterworks. In order to preserve an honest, informal feeling in the architecture, Space Exploration chose to expose and express the house’s structure wherever possible, and conceived a new wooden stair that mirrors the simple construction vernacular of the floor framing, newly visible on the entry level.

 

Design Office: Space Exploration Design

Location: New York, Usa

 

Casa MdP | GLZ

 

Description by GLZ:

The architectural project concerns the restore of an around 100 square meters flat inside an early XXth century palace. The only interventions concern the demolition of some incongruous divisors, the reopening of doors and the rediscovery of the original spaces; as far as the finishes are concerned, substantial interventions were made: a complete scraping of the progressive coats of paint, on the walls and ceiling, that shows a few decorations of the beginning of the ‘900 characterized by bright and unexpected colours. Every room box is characterized by its own wall decorum and colour that defines its “taste.” The choice of a single layer of grey-green color both on the walls (in trimming of mortar), and on the floor (in resin), conveys a kind of “break” in favor of a more contemporary approach fitting, at the same time, the historical process made of overlaps and colour strata.

Design Office: GLZ

Location: Faenza, Italy

Photographs: Chiara Casanova

PG Residence | deDraft


Description by deDraft:

This attractive red-brick detached property in Willesden Junction, North London featured a substantial amount of elegant period ornamentation that both the client and ourselves were keen to retain using it as a subtle backdrop for a more contemporary interior look. The project included the full refurbishment and extension to the family home and involved the complete revamp of the ground and first floor and the opening up and reconfiguration of the key living spaces to suit the young family responding to how they like to entertain, cook, dine and relax. Where requested we have combined these uses in the form of an open, but responsive layout. Existing doors were retained to allow for privacy and heat control when required, openings created to link the new side extension, daylight controlled with the careful siting of the rooflight directly above the dining flooding light deep in the the kitchen which is positioned centrally as the hub of this house.

Locating the kitchen in the middle of the plan gives those using the kitchen a double-aspect and the ability to interact with guests whilst entertaining – overlooking the large rear garden as well as the formal reception room to the front Unifying these spaces are wide, solid whitened Douglas Fir floor boards running from front to back accentuating the depth of the space and adding to its light and airy feel. A separate utility space running parallel to the kitchen is concealed from the entrance hallway allowing washing, coats and storage to be out of view when required.

Structural modifications were also made to the first floor to enable the creation of a master suite to the front of the property. An integrated dressing room fully lined in walnut and a spacious master ensuite are flooded with early afternoon sun complementing the light palette of Corian, concrete tiles and the existing pine boards painted light grey contrasting subtly with the range of white and grey wall tones.

Other finishes and surfaces include terrazzo, black timber bi-fold doors, concrete floor tiles, a 6m long glazed rooflight, bespoke joinery finished in matt, gloss and timber veneer and an interesting array of feature pendant lighting.

 

Design Office: deDraft

Location: London, United Kingdom

Photographs: Whitaker Studio

Apartment in Paris | ART BURO

Design Office: ART BURO

Location: Paris, France

Casa DP | Studioe Elementare


Design Office: Studioe Elementare

Location: Milan, Italy

 

Sandringham Residence | Technē Architecture + Interior Design

Description by Technē Architecture + Interior Design:

  Techne Architecture + Interior Design and Doherty Design Studio have together brought a rundown weatherboard cottage to life, with their fresh and fun design approach. The home located in the bayside suburb of Sandringham belongs to acclaimed Melbourne pub owner Doug Maskiell and his young family with two small children.
Drawing on their commercial relationship, Doug Maskiell of Sand Hill Road, and wife Jenny, commissioned Techne for the building extension on their bayside home in Sandringham and Doherty Design Studio for the interior design.  Sand Hill Road is renowned for owning some of Melbourne’s most celebrated pubs, including the internationally acclaimed Prahran Hotel, and soon to be complete, Terminus Hotel, all designed by Techne.
“Collaborating with Mardi Doherty was fantastic, she brought the interiors to life and really added some playfulness to the design that reflected Doug and Jenny’s aspirations for the renovation and more broadly, their outlook,” says Justin Northrop of Techne Architecture + Interior Design.
The brief from the client was to convert the double-fronted dwelling into a fun, energetic larger home with lots of colour that enabled the growing family to live in for the long term. In direct response to this, the renovation extended the existing home to include 4 bedrooms, a study and open-plan living area.
“Doug and Jenny desired an extension that was contemporary and congruous with the existing cottage that fronts the street. We were mindful of this when presenting a design with traditional material, weatherboard, that clads a contemporary form,” adds Northrop.
The front of the home was retained and a two-story extension added, that was based on the form of a contemporary shipping container. The rear living area, connected closely to the lush green garden – designed by Annabel Drew – creates a separate external living area with an abundance of natural light. High rear windows are shielded by fixed louvres that continue the rhythm of the weatherboards.
The inspiration for the interior design was to reflect a simple, utilitarian aesthetic, that plays with materiality, bold graphic shapes in robust finishes injected with strong blocks of colour.
The two areas – original front and new extension – are separated by a perforated black folded screen that acts as not only a visual separation, but also an interesting feature. Cutouts in the screen are designed specifically for colourful Dinosaur Design vases. A mid-grey tile separates and defines the step up from old to new, while three irregular sized box-like timber steps lead to the upstairs, then solid messmate flooring flows through the new extension.
Painted timber lining boards extend from the living room ceiling into the undercover outdoor area to give a continuous feel from outside to in. Further enhancing the interior’s robust, graphic appeal, is the white brick finishes on the fireplace, the deep boxed timber framed window in the living area, terrazzo and graphic tile patterns in white/grey tones and exposed edge detailing.
“Checkerboard black-and-white wall paneling is a strong graphic detail that not only adds the playful element the client wanted, but also a personal touch.
Being a pub owner, Doug wanted a display solution for his wine and beer. The checkerboard feature is a laminate box that surrounds the pantry and features 14 circular cutouts for wine, which can be accessed only from behind the pantry.” says Mardi Doherty of Doherty Design Studio.
Other bold uses of colour can be found throughout the home, with feature pendant lights over the dining table, a staircase covered with bright orange carpet, a large sliding door with a bespoke paint-drip feature and electric blue powder-coated mirrors. Pale woodgrain used on the joinery throughout softens the look, while folded leather handles and custom cork mirrors in the bathroom add an element of interest and raw luxury.
A seamless collaboration between the two talented design teams, ensured the Maskiell Home was developed around the lifestyle of the client’s growing family, incorporating bright, energetic elements into the interior that create a sense of fun and playfulness.  Paying respect to the original façade and surrounding street scape was crucial, with only a touch of metal cladding visible from the street, giving a subtle hint of the second level addition and the new life that lies within.

 

Design Office: Technē Architecture + Interior Design

Location: Auckland, New Zealand

Photographs: Derek Swalwell

Maison Kamari | Re-act Architects

Design Office: Re-act Architects

Location: Paros, Greece

Photographs: Damien de Medeiros

Private Residence | O Interior Design

Design Office: O Interior Design

Location: LoHi, Denver, Colorado, Usa

 

Tapered House | Index Architecture

 

Description by Index Architecture:

The client wanted to build a small vacation house in the suburb area of Shunde, P.R.C. He would like to display his collection of Bruce Lee memorabilia, whose family history originated from Shunde as well.

The trapezoidal site tapers out from the west to east totaling 670 square meters. It is the last parcel of land to be built upon for an exclusive residential community. There is a sharp terrain drop of over 9 meters along the south edge of the site, forming a miniature “cliff”. Beyond this point are two-storey vernacular houses and modern residential high-rises. The north side faces back to this tranquil residential community.

With the short-term accommodation (vacation house) and the semi-public nature (display gallery) in mind, the housing mass is divided into two distinctive yet connected parts. The gallery space is placed along the south to form a visual anchor to define the edge of this community with a landscaped garden in front. Since the displayed items, mostly the first- edition movie poster, are all very sensitive to natural lights, window openings are carefully placed along this telescopic gallery to allow natural light entering discreetly. The windows also frame distant views beyond.

Adjacent to the gallery is the living studio. The master bedroom overlooks the double height living room which provides direct access to the garden. The openness of the garden is somewhat balanced by a sense of enclosure and privacy from the elongated concrete mass, It is a visual buffer and back-drop for the garden and the community.

Exterior is of raw board-form fair faced concrete to reflect Bruce Lee’s fundamental belief in “being no rule is the rule; being no limit is the limit.”

 

Design Office: Index Architecture

Location: Shunde, China

Photographs: Hunga Chan

Apartment in Ukraine | S&T Architects

Design Office: S&T Architects

Location: Odessa, Ukraine

Renderings: S&T Architects

Colorful Loft | Anna Gili

Design Office: Anna Gili

Location: Milan, Italy

Photographs: Giacomo Giannini