Apartment Olympus I | Guilherme Terra / Architecture

The classic and contemporary Apartment Olympus I is located in Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brasil.

It was designed Guilherme Terra / Architecture.

Description by Guilherme Terra / Architecture:

Created by Guilherme Terra / Architeture, the apartment fuses classic and contemporary styles. With 6674 square feet, the apartment is located in a luxury apartament complex in Vila da Serra, Nova Lima, Brazil. Vila da Serra is a neighborhood surrounded by green mountains covered by atlantic forests, rendering unique and breathtaking views. The neighborhood is charaterized by the highest life quality in Belo Horizonte Metropolitan area, including cool temperatures from the high altitude and proximity to the forest, and high air quality.

 The architectonic Project comprises a private hall, double living room, private wine house, bathrooms, cook and eat-in balcony (the so called gourmet balcony), home cinema, home office, private room circulation area leading to the apartment suits, dining room, and a large eat-in kitchen.

 With attractive details, the apartment has White and Marquina black marble floor covering the double size living room, walls covered by Paris Dyamante pannels from Castelatto Inc. in the dining room, lighting stripes in the ceiling, and high quality furniture and taylored woodwork. The architecture concept is developed based on a consistent color  scheme along a single color gradient, bridging the gradiousness of the outside with the sofistication from the interior design.


Design Office: Guilherme Terra / Architecture
Location: Nova Lima, Minas Gerais, Brasil
Area: 620,00 m²
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Alexandre Nunes


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Peixoto House | Erbalunga Estudio

Peixoto House located in Tui, Spain.

It was designed by Erbalunga Studio.

Description by Erbalunga Studio:

The owners of this house were not reflected in the layout of their old apartment. Small consecutive spaces, arranged longitudinally along a corridor that gave them access to the various uses and rooms. An overly simple and inefficient structure for a contemporary dwelling.

From the beginning, multipurpose spaces were created and with scope for new possibilities. It was necessary to flee from a totally closed and without freedom, that prevented the appearance of new habits, hobbies, activities or ways of thinking.

 The kitchen, dining room, living room or work area were articulated in a single space separated from the most private areas of the house.

 A simple, clean, and unconventional design, helps this large space is the engine and generator of life in this apartment. A great space that can be transformed and be what their owners need in every moment.

 In addition, the layout of the longitudinal route is broken generating a zig-zag path that leads diagonally to the guests from the most public to the most private zone establishing relationships between the different uses of the house.

 It is a house in which the square meters of all the rooms recover their value and efficiency, forming part of an atmosphere of space and light, the true luxury of an urban dwelling.


Design Office: Erbalunga Studio
Location
: Tui, Spain
Area: 70,00 m2
Project Year: 2016
Photographs: Iván Casal Nieto


Capitol Hill Loft | SHED Architecture & Design

The 1,702 ft2 industrial loft was remodeled by SHED Architecture & Design.

It is located in Seattle, Washington, USA.

Description by SHED Architecture & Design:

SHED Architecture & Design, based in Seattle, recently completed a custom crafted urban remodel of a 1,702-square-foot Capitol Hill loft. The award-winning 1310 East Union Building designed by the Miller Hull Partnership for Seattle-based developers, Dunn + Hobbes, accommodates eight loft-style condominiums with big views of the surrounding neighborhood.
The client, a young couple who work nearby, came to the firm with an original layout that did not harmonize with everyday living patterns; an exposed entry way, lack of storage and oversized hallway left no place to hide. The main challenge was to add functional elements to the space that blended with the building’s original palette of concrete floors, zinc plated pan-decking ceiling, and blackened steel beams and railings.
Inserting a mix of texture, raw materials and functional elements, SHED Architecture & Design was able to artfully marry the new additions with the original industrial construction using a palette of concrete brick, stainless steel plate, blackened steel and mirror. In the kitchen, the counter was extended beyond the original range to create a protected entry way and more generous kitchen space. The brick found in the backsplash and island was chosen for its sympathetic materiality that is forceful enough to blend in with the native steel, while the boldly grained Zebra wood casework adds warmth and character.
The new island houses valuable additional storage, a built-in microwave (a playful “curly cord” hanging from the ceiling provides the power) and informal seating for four. Its wood top is easy on the elbows while the 3/16” stainless steel plate counter that flanks the sink and range is impervious to the hazards of the kitchen. The geometric wallpaper by local designer Brian Paquette adds subtle texture and movement to the space. Inspired by a traditional Japanese pattern book, the design was reproduced on 11×17 paper and applied to the wall using wheat paste.
The extended kitchen creates a protected entry way that lets things unfold naturally upon entering the space. The open cabinet above the extension sheds light into the entry and serves as a place for personal belongings; the bench below creates a space for shoes, and a mirror clad wall reflects light from the living room windows into the heart of the space. “These functional elements are things we think about when designing a new space; it’s a consistent theme on all our projects,” says Thomas Schaer, Principal of SHED Architecture & Design.
Under the stairs, the steel base board was replaced with steel plate to create a durable storage space for bikes. Storage was an outstanding issue throughout the loft, particularly in the master bedroom. The SHED team designed a lightweight enclosure of perforated steel that defines a closet space while maintaining the openness of the original layout.
The intention in the newly converted loft upstairs was the opposite; the formerly exposed loft space was closed off with a translucent 3Form wall panel and a framed wall to create a guest room and additional storage. The thoughtful mix of raw materials and targeted elements helped solve practical problems while building upon and enriching the original aesthetic of the building, leading to cohesive additions that feel native to the space. The remodel was skillfully executed by the firms frequent collaborators Dolanbuilt Construction.


Design Office: SHED Architecture & Design
Location: Seattle, Washington, USA
Area: 1702.0 ft2
Contractor: Dolanbuilt Construction
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Mark Woods, James F. Housel


Renovated Apartment | CMT Architetti

This renovated apartment is located in Siena, Italy.

It was designed by CMT Architetti.


Design Office: CMT Architetti

Location: Siena, Italy

Photographs: CMT Architetti


 

Apartment in Brazil | Casa 2 Arquitetos

The modern apartment “Higienopolis” is located in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

It was designed by Casa 2 Arquitetos.


Design Office: Casa 2 Arquitetos

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Photographs: Casa 2 Arquitetos


 

Apartment in Taiwan | Alfonso Ideas

This renovated apartment is located in Taipei City, Taiwan.

It was designed by Alfonso Ideas.

 


Design Office: Alfonso Ideas

Location: Taipei City, Taiwan

Photographs: Alfonso Ideas


 

Happy Valley Residence | Lim+Lu

This clean, fresh, and sophisticated apartment-showroom is located in Hong Kong, China.

It was designed by Lim+Lu.

Description by Lim+Lu:

Lim+Lu, the young New York-born multidisciplinary design practice, announced the completion of their apartment in Hong Kong that doubles as the pair’s showroom. The 1,200 square feet revamped apartment neighboring the Happy Valley Racecourse reflects the pair’s versatile and colorful design aesthetic.

Lim + Lu’s apartment transformation alludes to a flexible living environment that reflects the versatility of modern day living. Simply by way of removing and restructuring the walls within the space, the resulting interior is strategically designed to appear more expansive. By replacing the walls that compartmentalized the apartment with glass and steel sliding doors, natural light is able to pass through from room to room, flooding the newly reconfigured dwelling.

The aesthetic is clean, fresh, and sophisticated. Though evocative of a loft’s spatial continuity, Lim+Lu aimed to avoid any association with the now ubiquitous New York industrial style. Moving away from the ubiquity of industrial-“chic”, the pair deliberately chose hues that would inject fresh life into the space. The walls of the living room and bedroom are painted white with black accents, signaling spaces of rest and relaxation. Meanwhile, the kitchen, study, walk-in closet and master bathroom are host to rich pastels and dark jeweled tones, tastefully combined with patterned ceramic tiles to juxtapose the core living space with the extensions. The thresholds created by the subtle distinctions of color, texture and material maintain a fluidity to allow the space to blend effortlessly together as one.

Transitioning from their earlier furniture pieces, Lim+Lu has carefully constructed their apartment-showroom to adhere to today’s sought-after flexible way of living. The pair have used this particular aesthetic framework to complement their newly-launched namesake furniture pieces which feature prominently throughout the space.


Design Office: Lim+Lu
Location: Hong Kong, China
Area: 1,200 sqf
Project Year: 2016
Photographs: Lim+Lu


Modern Residence | ZROBYM Architects


Design Office: ZROBYM Architects

Location: Minsk, Belarus

Visualizations: ZROBYM Architects


Apartment WS | Yamagata Arquitetura

Apartment WS located in Brazil.

It was designed by Yamagata Arquitetura.

 

MCF Residence | Mim Design

MCF Residence located in Australia.

It was designed by Mim Design.


Design Office: Mim Design

Location: Australia


 

Nadja Apartment | Point Supreme

The renovated Nadja Apartment is located in Athens, Greece

It was designed by Point Supreme.

Description by Point Supreme:

Nadja consists of two apartments on subsequent floors that were renovated and connected with a stair in the middle.

The two levels were materialized as opposite spatial experiences. The lower level is a continuous, marine-like environment with big pieces of furniture anchoring the family’s communal activities like floating islands. Instead of the typical division of rooms for kitchen, dining, living and playing, spaces in Nadja are flexible and look towards each other. They are furnished with custom made constructions that serve as viewing devices; the cupboards, seats, stair, shelves and tables are mixed with different typologies of screens, interior partitions, curtains and other visual filters that physically delineate while visually connecting.

The most central element is a complex construction featuring the stair, living room and kitchen cupboards, a glass display partition, a built-in plant pot, a blackboard and a pink sun rising towards upstairs. It is a miniature piece of architecture in itself providing a focal point within the large open plan.The upper level hosts a dense living environment with a more earthly atmosphere. The bedrooms are designed as combinations of two complementary types of spaces, a more social area and a more intimate, private zone. This floor is rich in graphic treatment that complements the architecture, for example in the design of doors and bathrooms, at times inspired by Greek island architecture.The clients followed closely the design process. They continuously supported and further challenged the architecture, therefore achieving an extremely rich and satisfying result. The project was built in collaboration with KN Group constructions.


Design Office: Point Supreme
Architects:  Konstantinos Pantazis, Marianna Rentzou, Leonardos Katsaros, Lefteris Dousis
Location: Athens, Greece
Area: 270.0 m2
Year: 2014
Pm & Construction: KN Group, Konstantinos Stratantonakis

Photographs: Yannis Drakoulidis & Point Supreme


B.A. Apartment | Atelier Data

B.A. Apartment located in Lisbon, Portugal.

It was designed by Atelier Data in 2016.

Description by Atelier Data:

Set in a Lisbon neighbourhood from the thirties, the apartment occupies the last two floors of a building, benefiting from views that from northeast are headed by urban landscape and from southeast, in turn, are dominated by great canopies of trees that inhabit a secular garden near by the building.
The strategic position of the apartment due to his urban context in articulation with domestic space issues prompted the project to focus on the following principles:
Spatial and functional readaptation in order to explore crossed views, communicability and continuity of and between spaces in active articulation with the pre-existing constrains;
Program organization and distribution through a logic that promotes clear distinction between social areas [terrace, living room, dinning room, kitchen, library] from service areas [laundry, wc, vertical accesses] on the groundfloor and private area [bedrooms] on the 1st floor.
Concentration of infrastructures, equipment and storage into functional walls and cores, in order to free up space.
Enrichment of the relation between interior and exterior through the redesign of the openings, emphasizing the connection between those areas
Selection of materials that reinforce the natural light of the overall spaces through the extensive use of white color in articulation with the wood pavements and the ceramic tiles of the terrace.
Insertion of the “natural” as an element brought in from the secular garden, that is interpreted and reinvented into domestic environment;

MAIN ELEMENTS OF THE SPACE

THE WALL

Commited to create a unique living space, the large functional Wall, with its 11.5 meters long,(which concentrate equipment, storage, cooking area etc.) works simultaneously as scenario and as an operating background to support the diverse and multiple actions of the social space.
Mutable in its usage conditions, it allows various interactions and different hierarchies between spaces.
Panels that open to reveal the stairs and close to privatize the rooms, panels that open while cooking and close when the kitchen becomes an workspace, panels that extend or gather inside the cabinets gap to individualize spaces, and so are manageable from this structuring as an unifying element of the space.

THE LIVING ROOM CEILING

If the Great wall, with its vertical expression, ensures the spatial continuity, also the design of ceiling contributes to this notion of extension and unification.
The rhythm of the beams that make up the horizontal plan of the social area, thus reinforces the initial and intuitive desire to create a large space, that goes through the full depth of the apartment, and is crossed by diverse environments, uses and actions.


Design Office   : Atelier Data
Location            : Lisbon, Portugal
Project Year      :2016
Photographs     : Richard John Saymour 


CT Apartment | Tellini Vontobel Arquitetura

CT Apartment located in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

It was designed by Tellini Vontobel Arquitetura in 2015.

Description by Tellini Vontobel Arquitetura:

Located in an important building of the 1960s, this apartment of 170 m² has become the new home of a businesswoman and advertising, in love with vintage furniture, of Porto Alegre. After the acquisition, the property underwent an extensive renovation made by the office Tellini Vontobel Architecture, led by architect Evelise Tellini Vontobel, to adaquar to her lifestyle.

This apartment, which originally was 3 bedrooms, all compartmentalized, was transformed into a contemporary loft with living room and integrated kitchen and a suite with dressing room.
The old apartment was only taken advantage of the parquet floor, which received only grinding and wax. The wooden blocks left over, were used as the toilet wall cladding.

The owner has a hobby entertaining friends and cooking, for it created a built-in kitchen, which was installed a bar for making drinks, the apartment is known by friends as “Speak Easy”. The old speakeasies of New York, the warm and intimate atmosphere.

Two walls were covered with grayish wood and a block of five meters in basalt houses the ethanol fireplace.

To avoid feeling low right foot, was not used plaster lining. The concrete beams were maintained apparent and the lighting was resolved with the use of rails and spots.


Design Office: Tellini Vontobel Arquitetura
Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
Area: 170.00 m2
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Marcelo Donadussi


 

“The CAT”, Loft in Ukraine | Zooi Design

“The CAT”, a Concrete Loft is located in Ukraine.

It was designed by Zooi Design.

 

Design Office: Zooi Design

Location: Kiev, Ukraine

Apartment in Florence | Filippo Cei

This apartment is located in historical centre of Florence, Italy.

It was designed by Filippo Cei in 2013.

 


Design Office : Filippo Cei

Location          : Florence, Italy

Photographs  : Filippo Cei


 

Apartment in Stockholm, Sweden

 

 
Location             : Stockholm, Sweden

Photographs     : Alexander White

Apartment with a Slide | Ki design

Two-level apartment located in Kharkov, Ukraine.

It was designed by Ki Design in 2015.


Design Office           : Ki Design
Location                    : Kharkov, Ukraine
Area                            : 212,00 m2
Completion               : 2015
Photographs             : Sergiy Savchenko

 

Apartment in Romania | Imbold Design

The modern apartment is located in Iasi, Romania.

It was designed by Imbold Design.

Description by Imbold Design:

The one room apartment is located in the center of Iasi, Romania.

We started from 0, as the building and the apartments were just being built. We tried to maximize the space, keeping it clear and airy, furnishing it with just the bare basic furniture pieces and household appliances.
The owner wanted it to look modern and young while also keeping in mind that we had a budget to stick to. Our color scheme was made out of grey hues, white, blue and neon yellow accents. Most of the furniture is from Ikea, save for the couch and the kitchen, which we designed to be used in such a small space. Our favorite space has to be the bathroom, because of the contrast between the grey and yellow.
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Design Office: Imbold Design


Location: Iasi, Romania

Photographs: Rafael Racaru Photography

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Αpartment in Minsk | Vae Design Group

 

Design Office: Vae Design Group

Location: Minsk, Belarus

 

House of Mirrors | Nook Architects

 

Description by Nook Architects:

The projects we have done so far have had very centric locations within the city of Barcelona:  Ciutat Vella, Eixample, Gràcia, Poble Nou… This time, however, it was at the centre of it all. Located in Plaça Catalunya, the first thing we did was to look out from the generous balcony doors to the urban sights outside, from a very privileged location on one of the building’s top floors. It was then that we knew that the day zones were to be located towards these valuable openings to the city’s frenetic rhythm.

 The customer, amazed by Barcelona’s centre, had a very clear distribution in mind.  He wanted a spacious dwelling for him as the main occupant during his occasional visits to the city and for hosting his guests.  The kitchen had to be at the centre of it all, serving as a meeting point- more of a gastro bar than a family kitchen.  It also had to be complemented by wine cellar for more than 600 bottles.

 The intervention began by allocating the living room on the outermost space, between the facade and first load-bearing wall, and we blended it with the next space towards the interior.  These two spaces were originally separated by a load-bearing wall, which we partially brought down to create two large openings that help bring together both spaces. All of the daytime activities occur on 61 m2 out of the total 118 m2, leaving the rest of the rooms to be adjacent to the building’s two patios. The main bedroom, with an in-suite bath, is close to the entry and opens to the more intimate patio.  The bathtub and vanity blend with the bedroom and large closet separates it from the hallway.  Further down the hall a guest bathroom was allocated with the guest bedroom just in front of it, which opens up to the building’s main staircase’s atrium.  Adjacent to the guest bedroom and with direct access to the kitchen is the wine cellar, which includes a wooden wine rack and a wine cooler.

 There was a great amount of windows for a distribution with such a small amount of rooms.  The apartment has 10 openings to the exterior, including windows and balcony doors.  To increase the presence of these openings and to multiply their presence we used mirrors to highlight the architecture of the beginning of the previous century.  In the hallway, which has 3 generous windows overlooking the building’s atrium, we placed very large mirrored panels to multiply the views of these windows and to give the space a more diaphanous character.  Such is the same with the remaining section of the load-bearing wall that was brought down, which disappears on single, vertical mirror.  In this case, the mirror dissolves the wall, bringing the attention to the two balcony doors and allows the cook to control the shelves behind him while he entertain his guests.

 The high ceilings allowed us to place horizontal windows that bring in light to the darkest areas of the apartment, making every space more airy without compromising privacy.

 When it comes to materials, the project recuperated the original features, such as the vaulted, ceramic slabs and iron beams in the ceilings.  The rest are noble materials (wood, granite, steel and glass), all in neutral tones with the exception of the granite used in the kitchen and bathrooms.  The Stromboli granite adopts a strong role within the space with its dark, black setting for its golden streaks, which contrasts heavily to the light tones of the hexagonal hydraulic pavement, typical of the Eixample.

 Contemporary and warm finishes highlight the original envelope, which is only altered to bring back a spirit more honest to the building’s tectonics and to allow it to evolve to today’s standard of comfort and living style.

Design Office: Nook Architects

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Photographs: Nieve