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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Planchonella House | Jesse Bennett Architect

The Planchonella House, a 280,0 m2  home with joyful spaces, is located in Queensland, Australia.

It was designed by Jesse Bennett Architect in 2014.

Description by Jesse Bennett Architect:

Planchonella House was designed with a simple idea in mind- to create a series of joyful spaces to inspire and enrich daily life. Set in tropical north Queensland, the house embraces the heritage rainforest surrounds and utilises experimental passive design methods. The simplistic approach and use of Lo-Fi technologies results in a raw and honest dwelling.

Contours of the site ridgeline have formed basis for the playful lines utilised in concrete profiles. As not to protrude out with the ridge, the profile is mirrored and cuts back in to the ridge. Visual amenity from surrounding lower areas has been maintained with this design in that rather than creating a dominant form on the landscape, it tucks back in at the critical highest most revealing point. The wings created each side of the ridge float into the surrounding rainforest and become part of the tree canopy.

The large flat roof with generous overhang acts as a rainforest canopy above, minimal walls and columns in between allow for un-obstructed views and moments to be shared with the landscape. This omission of boundaries between inside and outside gives an openness and quality of space that is surreal, living completely within and engulfed by a beautiful landscape. The resolution of plan follows a purely functional approach to use of space, privacy, visual connection and passive design principles.

The plan wraps around the courtyard space, which is considered the second hearth (after the kitchen) or perhaps lungs to the entire dwelling. The courtyard contributes much to the house and its occupants, it is an oasis that provides sun, light, ventilation, happiness, activity, visual stimulation, and entertainment. It also provides connection to the surrounding rainforest, connection from one part of the house to another, and acts as the focal node to the promenade experience of moving through the house.


Design Office: Jesse Bennett Architect
Location: Queensland, Australia
Interior Designer: Anne-Marie Campagnolo
Area: 280.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Sean Fennessy


Loft in Milan | Studio Motta e Sironi

This modern Italian loft is located in Milan.

It was designed by Studio Motta e Sironi.


Design Office: Studio Motta e Sironi

Location: Milan, Italy

Photographs: Andriano Pecchio


 

Metaphysical Remix | Marcante – Testa / UdA Architetti

This renovated, 250 m2, apartment is located in Via Roma in the centre of Turin, Italy.

It was designed by architects Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa of  UdA Architetti.

Description by UdA Architetti:

The project designed by Andrea Marcante (the founder of Italian office UDA Architetti) and Adelaide Testa to restructure an approximately 250 m² rented apartment in Via Roma in the centre of Turin attempts to meet the needs of three generations: a father, his daughters and grandfather enjoying the rituals of everyday life under the same roof while, at the same time, having their own private spaces designed to meet their individual needs.
Marcante’s and Testa’s joint project is based on very close, constant and stimulating interaction with the clients bringing their own specific requirements in line with the setting in which this house, built from 1935-1937, is located. Having discovered that the interiors had completely lost all their original features, the perception of space and precision found in rationalist architecture and metaphysical painting from that period were inevitably sources of inspiration for the project designed by the architects.
The attempt to reproduce them in different proportions and using different materials can be seen in the plaster truss at the entrance that evokes the coffered portico in Via Roma. Similarly, the distortions in perspective of the ceiling in the dining area, created using stucco work and wallpaper, pay tribute to De Chirico’s dreamy, oneiric language and the plaster cornices framing the ceiling are reproduced in new patterns capable of identifying the specific functions below, regardless of the configurations of the walls.
The evocative force of the artist, who painted distinctive features of classical cities, most notably the empty colonnades and perspectives along roads and avenues he discovered walking around Turin, also suggests the geometric patterns of the new system of metal bars spreading through the various rooms and altering how their space is perceived: frames with glass shelves holding valuable objects, which, starting from the entrance, project into the lounge where they hold books and conceal the rear doors, not to mention the micro-architecture in the bedroom displaying a sort of re-found classicism: these historical citations are hinted at and interpreted but never philological.
A remix playing on a combination of conventional systems, design inventions and modern-day features ranging from the colour scheme (pastel and florescent shades) to designer furniture (by the likes of Prouvé, Sarfatti, Mendini and Tom Dixon) and design objects.
A house/stage where all the actors move easily: bedrooms to safeguard privacy but also shared spaces designed in languages holding onto what we hold dearest and, at the same time, stimulating interaction between different generations through unusual and unexpected architectural features.
As Alfred Hitchcock said when he visited Turin in 1960 “… it is rather mysterious and intriguing and even though I’ve only just got here, it looks promising and something unexpected might suddenly happen on any of its street corners…” We would also like to invite you to discover the unusual and unfamiliar perspectives this house-stage has to offer.


Design Office: UdA Architetti
Architects: Andrea Marcante, Adelaide Testa
Collaborators: Eirini Giannakopoulou, Giada Mazzero
Area: 250.0 m2
Location: Turin, Italy
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Carola Ripamonti


Modern Residence | ZROBYM Architects


Design Office: ZROBYM Architects

Location: Minsk, Belarus

Visualizations: ZROBYM Architects


MCF Residence | Mim Design

MCF Residence located in Australia.

It was designed by Mim Design.


Design Office: Mim Design

Location: Australia


 

Fitzroy Loft | Architects EAT

Fitzroy Loft  located in Melbourne, Australia.

It was designed by Architects EAT.

Description by Architects EAT:

This project is a conversion of a gritty 250m2 brick warehouse in the old industrial area of Fitroy into a family home. The former industrial building is a mixture of intimately scaled family spaces and vast entertaining voids. Two full height voids act as the lungs of the design bringing both light and sky views deep into the internal space. The private areas such as the study and bedroom are accommodated on the first floor by volumes of a more intimate scale.
The Fitzroy Loft was the Winner of 2016 Australian Interior Design Award for Residential Design.


Design Office: Architects EAT
Location
: Melbourne, Australia
Area: 250.0 m2
Completed Year: 2015
Photographs: Derek Swalwell


 

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


Garden House | DCPP Αrquitectos

Garden House located in Mexico.

It was designed by DCPP Αrquitectos.

Description by DCPP Αrquitectos:

Garden House is a residential project located in an enclosed area of the San Angel neighborhood in Mexico City.
The house is designed with two facades, one of them very closed to the neighborhood, and the other one much more open to a back garden which also faces south.
Most of the house is designed on a single level, with a guest or play room and service room on the second level.
The house is divided into 3 blocks on the ground floor, one for the most private area, another for the public area and another for services.
With this, the house is open to the garden in an L-shaped scheme, with a single perpendicular component that houses the living and dining rooms, this body of the house is transparent on both sides and can be fully opened, the enclosures can be hidden, thus creating a space with a terrace condition, where interior and exterior become blurred creating a visual continuity in the garden.
To avoid placing supports in this area as in the private area, we chose to integrate steel beams, which keep the clear open and also function as parasols.
In contrast, the service area is much more massive and closed. As a whole, this gives a unique twist to the house, and a variant play of shadows.


Design Office: DCPP Αrquitectos
Location: Mexico
Area: 530.00 m2
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Rafael Gamo


Residence DBB | Govaert & Vanhoutte

This country house is located in Knokke, Belgium.

It was designed by Govaert & Vanhoutte in 2015.

 


Design Office     : Govaert & Vanhoutte
Location              : Knokke, Belgium
Project Year       : 2015
Photographs      : Tim Van de Velde


 

Apartment in Stockholm, Sweden

 

 
Location             : Stockholm, Sweden

Photographs     : Alexander White

Αpartment in Minsk | Vae Design Group

 

Design Office: Vae Design Group

Location: Minsk, Belarus

 

The Art Collector Penthouse | Pitsou Kedem Architects

 

Design Office: Pitsou Kedem Architects

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Photographs: Amit Geron

Private House | Christopher Ward Studio

 

Design Office: Christopher Ward Studio

Location: Reggio Emilia, Italy

 

Loft BF 109 | Ando Studio

 

Design Office: Ando Studio

Location: New York, Usa

 

With a Dream of KENZO | Olga Akulova DESIGN

Design Office: Olga Akulova DESIGN

Location: Kiev, Ukraine

Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko

Convergence house | Sistema Arquitectura

Description by Sistema Arquitectura:

Connect, talk, thrill, are three concepts that have as essence the Convergence House, whose design is based on the importance of emphasizing the link between context and site, under a dynamic in which, the inhabitants may have sensory and emotional
experiences at their day to day.

 The main intention is that the influence of the house over the site could be indiscernible, as all current constructions, should be aware of the urgent need to preserve the environment while continuing to respond the dwelling demands. For this reason, and also because of the search for a universal accessibility, the project is being developed on one single level, creating dynamic spaces by of asymmetric patios, although contained in a regular perimeter allowing reading space in a clear and simple manner.

 The beauty of architecture spaces is an abstract notion that has never been absolute and immutable. At the present time, the beauty of the architecture has tended to be confused with the spectacular and consumable buildings. In this sense, the beauty of the architecture has forgot the sensory and emotional aspects that the living space configuration, can actually modify in us.

 Thus, this project focuses on the concept of emotional architecture, which is expressed through a constant and direct contact with the natural environment that surrounds the project. Emotions are triggered in humans in each space of the project. It is accessed via a bridge that converges with the interior and exterior spaces of the house, concluding with a meditation area. With these design elements is achieved that people perceive the immensity of the environment and vibrate as they feel that they are part of a beautiful and infinite whole.

 Touring the house, can be seen artificial landscapes formed by water mirrors, patios and a large pool which enable that the sensory relationship between people and nature remains present at all times. Besides, each of the central and public rooms is oriented toward a specific court, a specific view, a specific sensation. Since each of the rooms, can be seen the frond of the forest trees surrounding the house. Thus, the contents spaces are
interlocutors between the inside and the outside.

 All rooms are equipped with internal courtyards, where its inhabitants can be outdoors, while remaining into their private spaces. The interior design of each room are designed according to their profiles and personal needs.

 As we believe that emotional architecture is very important for human beings to feel comfortable in a space at all levels (physical, mental, spiritual) the design of the Convergence House, intended to move positively it’s inhabitants, through frames and visual shots that call to contemplation and reflection, so that the dwellers can be sheltered, but also can be moved as they feel into an artificial world that does not forget that it is part of a large and natural outside world. It’s all part of a complex system that cannot be defined solely by the sum of its parts.

Design Office: Sistema Arquitectura

Location: London, England

Rendering: Sistema Arquitectura

Casa 1+1=1 | Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture


Description by Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture:

The design of these two semi detached houses is addressed in a non-conventional way. Although the program for both houses is identical, the layout is not symmetrical. From the beginning the two units were conceived as one single project. Not only does the project answer to the clients needs, but it also offers the possibility of being transformed into one single house, envisaging a wider range of scenarios for its future use.

Although the house is located on a slope, oriented to the south, with many rocky outcrops and is called “los Peñascales” – rocky area in Spanish- the building does not relate to them, it turns its back to the immediate surroundings and rather interacts with the distant Pardo forest and with Madrid´s skyline. In my opinion, this is the key decision of the project, from which the rest derives.

The house somehow denies the surroundings and the abrupt topography of the site by delicately leaning on the rocks with a large horizontal plane that defines the footprint of the building. This noble plane, where the daily life goes on, is covered by a floor made with white calcareus stone.

Once this reference level has been established, the house is organized in two independent parts. Underneath are located the service uses and the car parking, and above the living area of the house. The entrance to the house appears between these two different worlds, through an almost hidden stair, situated around a huge rock.

One single volume houses the rest of the program. It is a hermetic, horizontal prism related to the “footprint plane” in its placement, shape and dimension. Here is where the rest of the program like bedrooms, a little toilet and the main bathroom is organized as well as the zones destined to the study. Against the hillside, the almost hanging concrete box leaves underneath the necessary height for the ground floor to be protected from the sun while preserving the views to the horizon.

A unique bay window located at 1,40 meter of height allows to trim the skyline of the landscape and uniformly illuminates the concrete ceiling. The horizontal void that runs almost through the whole building brings natural light into the first floor, allowing the sun to enter diagonally into the ground floor through the central double height. The independence of levels is only interrupted by double heights that put in relation both spaces described previously.

The objects of the house are clustered and related to one another in such way that in the ground floor, the furniture is reduced to one single element that has very different functions: storage, kitchen, sitting area and entrance windbreak. In the first floor, all the wardrobes are concentrated in one single strip that is attached to the façade, improving the thermal behavior of the building and therefore reducing its energy consumption.

This house hosts two dwelling units, but lacks of house scale. It uses the abstraction of the traditional dwelling elements to mislead the visitor and to attract his attention to specificity of the environment.

Design Office: Iñaqui Carnicero Architecture

Location: Torrelodones, Spain

 

Residenza d’Autore | Giraldi Associati Architetti

Design Office: Giraldi Associati Architetti

Location: Bologna, Italy

Photographs: Francesca Anichini

 

The East Village Loft | Shadow Architects

Description by Shadow Architects:

The East Village Loft occupies a wing of what was once a small hospital across the street from the historic St. Mark’s Church.  While already converted to an apartment in the 1980s, Shadow Architects reconfigured and renovated the layout to create a new master bedroom suite and a great room with three sides of windows at the end of the apartment, highlighting the expansiveness of the original structure.  After entering the apartment via a large foyer, the Owners now pass through two large framed portals delineating their bedroom hallway and then enter the main living area beyond.  The kitchen, seating and dining areas are now all combined in this spacious great room, with a study behind new metal and glass doors off to the side that can easily be closed off to create another bedroom for visiting guests.

From the beginning of the design process, the Owners and their designer Harriette de Swaan Arons were heavily involved in discussions of concepts and materials, and did a lot of research on possibilities for finishes, keeping the budget for the project in mind.  The team eventually settled on an simple palette of dark wood floors and white painted walls and cabinetry, and then added selected statement pieces like the dining light fixture, the metal and glass partition, and the low slung living room sofas with an oversized coffee table.   New air-conditioning and audio-visual systems are carefully coordinated to create minimal visual intrusion so as not to take away from the  clean effect.  Surrounded by the city beyond, the great room is now the center of activity for the owners and their guests.

Design Office: Shadow Architects

Location: New York, Usa