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
: Tui, Spain
Area: 70,00 m2
Project Year: 2016
Photographs: Iván Casal Nieto

Eco House | BXBstudio Bogusław Barnaś

Eco House located in South Poland.

It was designed by  BXBstudio Bogusław Barnaś.

Description by BXBstudio Bogusław Barnaś:

This project of sustainable house is located in the protected landscape area Nature 2000, surrounded by beech and oak forests, horse riding meadows and agricultural lands.

The building is designed in way to optimize the energy gains and losses. Sustainability of the house comes not only from unique technology but also through architectural form and shape that harmonizes with nature. Simulations of the sun position in a different period of the year allowed to create proper arrangement of the house layout and glass partition in way to gain heat in winter and to reduce overworming in summertime.

The house will be build in the Izodom technology. This is energy efficient and eco-friendly technologie that allows to minimize heat loss.

Design Office:: BXBstudio Bogusław Barnaś
Collaboration: Dominika Ropek
Consultations: Wiesław Ziembla
Location: South Poland
Project Year: 2012
Total area: 212.0 m2
Photographs: Courtesy of BXBstudio, Tomasz Jedrzejczak





Globus the Restaurant | 1919

Globus the Restaurant is located in Saint Petersburg, Russia.

It was designed by 1919 in 2014.

Description by 1919:

Finland’s proximity served as an inspiring factor in the development of this space. The building also, found itself surrounded by a dense belt of firry forest on two of its sides; a fact that added to a sort of natural “scandinavian countryside” feeling of the area.

We used as much of the structural elements of the building in the interior as was sanely possible. Materials was rather succinct and included oil-treated Wallnut and ash, powder-coated steel and exposed concrete.

A doughnut shaped mezzanine defined the double level open space. Intricately shaped but structurally simple gemini stairs provided the communication between the two levels.

A bare minimum of partitioning kept the space on the open side while still providing quite a few secluded corners for those who can be intimidated by such volume, or simply prefer a more intimate setting.

Design Office  : 1919
Location           : Saint Petersburg, Russia
Client                : Globus Group
Area                   : 3000 sqft
Project Year     : 2014
Photos               : Igor Simkin


Apartment in Hungary | Gaspar Bonta

This renovated apartment, first home for a newlywed couple, is located in Budapest, Hungary.

It was designed by Gaspar Bonta.

Description by Caspar Bonta:

   “When I first visited this apartment (a 160 m2 part of a beautiful villa from the 30s), it charmed me instantly. My client, whom I’ve been working with for quite some time now felt it too, it had a certain fairy taleish magic moving around the walls. It was around that time he told me that he’s going to marry his girlfriend, whom he was living in an apartment I designed him earlier. This all made perfect sense in my head, a new part of life for the young couple and a new part of life for the old building. They all needed the same thing: a fresh start, a new canvas.
We tried to respect the original qualities of the house, while considering what could happen to the couple in the next four-five years. The ground floor is dedicated entirely to public functions and a family space, kitchen, dining and living room, a cozy lounge and the necessary buffer spaces (toilet, etc.) We wanted it to be as pure, airy, light as possible. Like Debussy’s ‘Prélude á l’aprés-midi d’un faune’, a magical walk in a calm and light space.
The first floor is the intimate level of the apartment. The master bedroom has an excellent view over the hills, a walking garderobe and a dedicated bathroom. The guest bedroom which is will eventually be the kid’s room has the same view and close to the other bathroom on the floor. Every material, every color in the bedrooms is similar to the ones on the ground floor but a bit warmer, more cozy, more intimate.

We used premium materials combined with white or light grey surfaces, granite, glass and

steel, porcelain and brick – all in their purest, most honest form. All spaces, furniture,

lighting were designed with the sole purpose of creating a perfect empty canvas for the couple, so the story of their life can fill it with details.”

Design Office    : Gaspar Bonta
Location             : Budapest, Hungary
Area                    : 160,00 m2
Project Year      : 2015
Photographs     : Balint Jaksa Photography

The Art Collector Penthouse | Pitsou Kedem Architects


Design Office: Pitsou Kedem Architects

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Photographs: Amit Geron

Residence In Syros, Greece | Block722

Description by Block722:

Situated in the island of Syros, this summer house hosts a family of four and their guests. In contrast to the neighbouring Syros I residence, the steep and intense topography dominated the design process.

 A massive staircase leads to a gradual descent from the top towards the house, intensifying the experience of the cycladic landscape. The entrance is surrounded by the higher volumes of the main areas of the house, ending the descent path, then opening immediately to an ample view of the Aegean.

 Programmaticaly, the house is clearly divided into the clean and square volume of the common areas (living room, kitchen) and the partially buried rectangular volume of the bedrooms. The guesthouse is also buried inside the slope, defined by a stone wall that is typical of the local archihtecture. The main volume is characterized by a free floor plan, allowing the continuous view of the outside and offering a cosy living space near the fireplace. The outdoor common spaces include two open “courtyards” shielded from the sun and the central part of the court, open to sunbathing and the children’s plays.

Design Office: Block722

Location: Syros, Grrece

Photographs: Erieta Attali, Ioanna Roufopoulou

Youth Hotel of iD Town | O-0ffice Architects

Description by O-0ffice Architects:

Youth Hotel of iD Town, on the hilltop of the seaside valley, was originally served as one of the dormitory building in Honghua Dying Factory’s residential area, representing the settlements of the first batch of immigrant labors after the open-reform policy and industrialization that firstly took place in Shenzhen.

The renovation process mainly consists of two spatial actions: firstly equipping the central corridor with new hotel infrastructure to facilitate the new living units, and secondly installing a sequence of prefab steel opening box on the existing facade to create a more dynamic interaction between the building and the surrounding nature. The ground floor functions as a multi-purpose social space with a variety of facilities containing reception, cafe, open kitchen and common space. By a subtle alteration of the original structure this handful of functions dynamically relate to one and other.

The living units, located from the 2nd floor to the 4th, brought back to life by small adaptations of the original framework bringing the opportunity of a new perspective to the original spatial composition. All these subtle but influential alterations creates a new breath to this once ruined structure.

Design Office: O-0ffice Architects

Location: Shenzhen, China

Photographs: Chaos.Z

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

Apartment in Barcelona | GCA Architects

Description by GCA Architects:

GCA Arquitects designed this property located on the first floor of a building composed of ground floor and first floor. The building contains two properties on the first floor, with offices and parking on the ground floor. It is located in Barcelona

From the street there is access to a staircase that goes up to the level of the flats. The building is extended by a rear terrace all of which is on the roof of the ground floor.

Making the most of the height regulations of the first floor and the inclination of the roof, a curved concrete floor is constructed, which on the exterior is clad in copper and on the interior is left as exposed concrete. This permits having an envelope that allows for a mezzanine contracted with a light floor. And it houses a studio bedroom open to the living-dining room, and a service zone and closed bathroom, which along with the kitchen forms a vertical block.

The living-dining area is connected to the rear terrace though a large opening and provides it with a sense of continuity.

In the part situated on the street façade, the master bedroom occupies the whole length of the façade along with a bathroom containing two zones, a shower and toilet and a sink and dressing table, which communicates with the bedroom.

Basic materials used; cement, iron and wood.

They resolve the staircase and bookshelves, as well as the bathroom and the sliding iron doors.

Floors, walls and ceilings in cement and concrete and the rest, kitchen cupboards etc… in wood.

The interior design is complemented with designer furniture, sofa, chairs, bed etc… and other more ethnic pieces in antique wood, to conserve the simple, industrial and unsophisticated ambience.

The lighting mixes reclaimed materials, bespoke pieces and designer lamps.

The project is conceived as a dwelling for a couple, the space conforms in three dimensions, interconnecting in one open-plan space. A design has been created with a simple and industrial idea, using basic construction materials, without concession to adornment, basing the result on architectural rigour.


Design Office: GCA Architects

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Photographs: Jordi Miralles

FT Apartment | Pascali Semerdjian

Design Office: Pascali Semerdjian

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Photographs: Leonardo Finotti


Cabin in Norway | Lund Hagem

Design Office: Lund Hagem

Location: Sandefjord, Norway

Apartment Angelina | RSRG Arquitetos

Description by RSRG Arquitetos:

Apt. Angelina’s renovation came up from the owners will, a couple attending their second child, to give a modern touch and expand functional area. The main rooms to be modified were kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms, which needed an urgent enlargement and the adding of individual bathrooms. Other details make the project go beyond functional: the wall that divides kitchen and living was extended so it could support the vast painting collection, and its apparent brick tiles in addition to the ample copper luminary that goes from side to side of the wall, makes the whole composition look like an art gallery. The kitchen is entirely made of industrial materials, like copper for the kitchen’s lights and coif, and iron for the door. Those materials in company with the burnt cement floor bring elegance and harmony between design and functional concept. The couple’s room was remodeled in order to fit 2 of the remaining rooms. As a result, a large closet and bathroom were added to it. The large circulation area was rearranged into an office and TV room, where the yellow furniture, made of Laka, brings light to the ambient with no windows. On the opposite side, a sliding door leads to the children’s rooms and their individual colored bathrooms.

Design Office: RSRG Arquitetos

Location: Sao Paulo, Brazil

Photographs: Fran Parente

Traditional Modern House | Durval Dias

Design Office: Durval Dias

Location: Mallorca, Spain


Hillside Modern | ZeroEnergy Design

Description by ZeroEnergy Design:

ZeroEnergy Design created this bright modern home for a family who likes to entertain.

Sited on a hillside with distant mountain views, the home features a demure streetside approach that carefully maintains privacy from the road. Wood stained siding, a low pitched roof line, and the use of transom windows help cultivate a private and understated appearance.

The entry gate is composed of a unique rotating wall that opens to allow foot traffic from the parking area into a central courtyard. Fruit trees and an outdoor living room form two sides of the courtyard. The two remaining sides are shaped by the private wing of the home with its transom & clearstory windows, and the public wing that incorporates large expanses of glass. A cantilevered overhang above this south-facing wall of sliding doors provides shading to the living space. The roof line wraps around the interior corner of the house to create a covered walkway from the entry gate the front door. The interior of the courtyard remains free as playspace for the children, large events, and a future pool.

Inside, the spaces are broad with open concept living and cathedralized ceilings. Natural light pours in from the surrounding windows on each side – with views into the open courtyard and the distant mountains. The kitchen, dining, and living areas are all contiguous and act as the heart of the home. Clean, minimal aesthetics are achieved by combining the scored concrete floors, white countertops, white flush-faced cabinetry with wood accents, a simple ceiling line, and bold pendant lights above the wood dining table.

An away room located off the kitchen is designed for school work, craft projects, and also contains a desk for one of the parents. A dedicated office on the opposite side of the living space offers additional privacy. Further within the private wing of the house, the bedrooms each offer clean simple finishes and picturesque views of the surrounding greenscape. A home gym provides regular exercise space, while a 1150 bottle wine cellar offers its own form of respite.

To inspire extended outdoor time, a second living room (this one outside), includes a minimalist steel framed pergola with a reed matt roof. Couches flank the comforting central fireplace, with its concrete mantel and firebrick interior. Purposefully rusted corrugated metal adds a warm red wall to complete the space. At the opposite end of the home, hidden just outside the door, is a stone patio plus dining table for intimate outside meals enjoyed by the nature loving family.


Design Office: ZeroEnergy Design

Location: Boston, Massachusetts, Usa

Photographs: Bernard Andre

Eppich house Renovation | Battersby Howat Architects


Design Office: Battersby Howat Architects

Location: West Vancouver, Canada

Photographs: Sama Jim Canzian

The Apartment – Graanmarkt 13 | Vincent Van Duysen Architects

Description by Vincent Van Duysen Architects:

The house is crucial in the entire story. It’s a private House where – on the top floor – a family lives, but at the same time it has several public functions that we wanted to bring together in the same floor. We didn’t go for spectacular architecture, on the contrary.”

Graanmarkt 13 is created as a welcoming and warm home, where everyone should feel at ease, with a restaurant, a shop, a gallery space and an apartment all under one roof. The remarkable concept occupies an entire townhouse in the center of Antwerp, with the traditional building being reworked by Vincent Van Duysen, one of Belgian’s best architects. In the past years owners Tim Van Geloven and Ilse Cornelissens turned Graanmarkt 13 into a household name, but wisely kept one secret to themselves. The initial idea was also to include a bed & breakfast on the top floors. But plans changed when Tim & Ilse saw the plans developing and decided to turn all available space into one luxurious apartment. Described as ’their best kept secret’, the apartment is now available for rent.

When entering the duplex apartment, you feel at home, a stylish home that is. Apart from the protected historic facade, Van Duysen’s signature style of brutalism, softened by natural materials, runs like a red thread throughout the building. Tim & Ilse used two floors as their private quarters and although they are gone, you can sense their presence in the smallest details. „We just packed our clothes and left”, Ilse argues. When she and Tim started their project, they both wanted to be on top of it, literally. But the project has grown, so have their children and now the family is moving into a family home with a garden. Tim adds: „I’m going to miss the terrace and the panoramic view on the city. And although you’re at the heart of the city, it’s very calm, green and quiet out here.” Graanmarkt 13 is located in the middle of the city, on a picturesque square where trees reveal the passing of the seasons. At the back of a building there’s an old ginkgo tree overlooking the rooftop garden and beehives, providing herbs and honey that chef Seppe Nobels uses in his dishes in the restaurant, which is located in the cellar.

Design Office: Vincent Van Duysen Architects

Location: Antwerp, Belgium

Photographs: Frederik Vercruysse

True Apartment | SVOYA Studio

Description by SVOYA Studio:

Designers of “SVOYA studio” created private space where everything is made for a quiet rest and peaceful life in the bustling metropolis. The customer wanted to convert the Kiev three-roomed apartment into two-roomed with a spacious area that combines the kitchen with the living and dining room as well as a bedroom with a shower room and a big closet.

An important wish was to create the most “honest” atmosphere that means to use natural materials, only the original positions and in every way to support the Ukrainian manufacturer of decoration and furniture.

Following this principle, wooden tiles, brought from the Carpathian Mountains, were used in the living area. And ceramic tiles and décor from local potters were used in the lobby.

The apartment is decorated with elements of the product design from “SVOYA studio” such as lamps “VPOTOLOK”, pedestals “IZDEREVA”, outlet “8-bit”, a triptych with decorative nails “8526 strikes”, as well as paintings by Anton Sokolov.

Design Office:  SVOYA Studio

Location: Kiev, Ukraine

Photographs: Aleksandr Angelovsky

Apartment in Moscow | one over one

Design Office: one over one

Location: Moscow, Russia

Amsterdam Building | Jorge Hernández de la Garza

Description by Jorge Hernández de la Garza:

The Amsterdam building is located in the Colonia Condesa which has met since its inception in the early 30s 20s notable examples of Art Deco architecture.

This apartment building seeks to integrate with contemporary language to the context. Concrete apparent in its facade integrates color range of Art Deco buildings in the area.

Its height is consistent with the architecture of the area and its terraces resemble the terraces proposed by the buildings of the early century. On the terraces few planters were proposed which over time integrate the building with the nature of its environment.

The formal proposal of building “L” allowed the location of some departments at the rear of the property overlooking Amsterdam.

The project is part of the heritage conservation to preserve the architectural heritage of existing façade of the original house giving life in that space to a Ice-cream store Nomad which is part of the gourmet life in the area.

Design Office: Jorge Hernández de la Garza

Location: Mexico City, Mexico

Modern Farmhouse | Doret Schulkes

Design Office: Doret Schulkes

Location: Netherlands