Villa CG | Powerhouse Company

Villa CG ,a two-storey modern family home, located in Enschede, The Netherlands.

It was designed by Powerhouse Company.


Description by Powerhouse Company:

Villa CG is a family home in the eastern Dutch city of Enschede, close to the German border. The clients, a couple with two children, commissioned Powerhouse Company in 2013 to design ‘the most beautiful house on the street’ within a strict budget. Villa CG is a two-storey home characterized by horizontality. Our design takes its cues from the surrounding low hedge to create a house that is about balance and equilibrium, symmetry and grace.


Design Office: Powerhouse Company
Location: Enschede, The Netherlands
Team: Nanne de Ru, Stijn Kemper, Ryanne Janssen,
Stefan de Meijer, Donna van Milligen Bielke
Interior: De Stijl Interieur & Design
Structural Engineer: Breed Integrated Design
Area: 243,00 m2
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Ossip van Duivenbode


 

 

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Eltham Residence | Patrick Meneguzzi Interiors

This farm house is located in Eltham, Victoria, Australia.

It was designed by Patrick Meneguzzi Interiors.

 


Design Office: Patrick Meneguzzi Interiors

Location: Eltham, Victoria, Australia

Photographs: Patrick Meneguzzi Interiors


 

House in Melbourne | Alexandra Buchanan Architecture

The contemporary home is located  in Melbourne, Australia.

It was designed by Alexandra Buchanan Architecture.

Description by Alexandra Buchanan Architecture:

Covered in trees with restricted access and falling steeply to the river, the site posed a number of design challenges, including Environmental and Bushfire Overlays (BAL29). The form and materiality of the house were guided by the views, orientation, topography and context.

The twin butterfly roofs lift the eaves to catch daylight from every direction and enhance the sense of space and connection to outdoors. The house’s dual ‘wings’ slide with the landscape to create privacy for neighbouring properties while maximising views, daylight and access to external entertaining spaces. A glazed circulation slot creates a dramatic but efficient connection between the two forms.

The generous roof terrace with external fireplace and arbour allow for contemporary outdoor entertaining as the natural terrain of the site falls below, relatively untouched.


Design Office: Alexandra Buchanan Architecture
Collaborators: Hive Engineering, Nathan Burckett Landscape Design
Location: North Warrandyte, Victoria, Australia
Area: 249,0 m2
Construction team: Eco Edge Homes
Photographs: Marvelle Photography


 

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


 

Coolum Bays Beach House | Aboda Design Group

The Coolum Bays Beach House is located in Queensland, Australia.

It was designed by Aboda Design Group.

Description by Adoda Design Group:

As former owner of the adjoining property, the client’s imperative was to accommodate a family with the three children nearing adulthood and take advantage of the amazing potential for white water views from the Coolum Bays all the way to Noosa Heads. The challenge was to accommodate a steep driveway from Fauna Terrace, which tucked under the home to accommodate three cars (without requiring excavation of rock), half-storey accommodation above all within the local planning envelope.

Once the site constraints were fully understood, the building form was developed to accommodate the four en suited bedrooms, two living areas plus media room, kitchen, dining, laundry, home office, two powder rooms, workshop, pool and rainwater tank.

From the outset, the client (also the builder) confirmed the preferred floor construction was suspended concrete and the planning was then explored to exploit the best of this material, including large spans and cantilevers. Similarly, the desire to project the roof over the pool and deck could only be realised in structural steel – achieving a dramatic plane which ‘letterboxes’ the ocean vistas through a horizontal aperture.

The client also requested a durable, low maintenance home that would handle the extreme weather events that can occur in this location. As a result of its projection from the hillside, the wind and rain can be torrential, however through clever planning the family room was located at the south east end of the building, providing a buffer, creating comfortable, protected outdoor space on the adjacent deck.

As an informal family, the intent was to have a home that would ensure that everyone remained connected to one another, whilst also achieving distinct public and private spaces. Predominantly, this was achieved by stepping the building down the site, so that spaces cascade as half levels. The only full flight is to the private master bedroom suite located on the upper floor.

Again through clever planning and the integration of operable and fixed sun control devices (batten screens, vertical blades, natural vegetation), the home enjoys wonderful privacy from the street and neighbours, all without requiring boundary fencing.

Living spaces are arranged along this axis, all with access to northern light. A consequence of the steepness of the site was that the only compliant driveway location would be along the northern boundary, with car parking tucked beneath the house to maximise the northern exposure. Living spaces are arranged around the pool, which brings the benefits of cooling breezes and dappled light.

All three en suites are arranged to the west of the house, to act as a thermal buffer between the hot afternoon sun and the main living and bedroom spaces. Windows are kept to a minimum on this elevation and in the case of the master suite, are covered with a feature sun control batten screen over the fully operable louvres.

On the southern elevation, glazing is again used sparingly to achieve vistas of trees and the bays, and draw cool breezes through the house.

On the northern elevation, shading devices range from operable vertical blades to the living; timber batten screens to the study and master bedroom; and a large, projecting cantilevered roof over the pool and deck.

Glazing is generally highly operable stacking sliding doors or louvres and incorporate low-e glass. Fixed glass is used in locations heavily exposed to gales.

The materials sourced were a combination of concrete and steel for structural strength and durability, both readily available and recyclable, and locally sourced pine framing generally, with hardwood used for exposed timber elements. Wall finishes were Rockcote polymer render or James Hardie lightweight fibre cement cladding. Glazing and the feature entry awning are lightweight aluminium. Western red cedar was selected for the battens due to its hardiness.

The home is defined by clearly articulated shapes, the rectangular white master en suite box, flanked by the raking off form concrete ground floor en suites, in a symmetrical composition, capped by the feature polycarbonate awning. Contrast is achieved between the lightness of the upper elements and frameless glass entry door, counterpointed by the heaviness and solidity of the concrete boxes, feature tiled external walls and landscape gabions.

To the northern elevation, the composition is more dynamic, projecting from the hillside out towards the bays, the cantilever achieved with a combination of up and down-turned rendered concrete beams and concealed steel members hidden in the deck and roofs.

The home connects to Fauna Terrace, the bays and to Noosa Heads. At the street end, a steep slope has been tamed with the introduction of large format off form concrete ‘steppers’ and the conscious decision not to fence the site. Separation, as is the case internally, is achieved via levels rather than physical barriers. At the eastern end, the projection of the living spaces, particularly the family room with picture window focuses the connection to Point Perry and First Bay. From the bench seating, views are captured across the deck and pool all the way up the coast to Sunshine Beach.

The aesthetic appeal, whist unconventional, has garnered admirers both locally, who believe it captures a refined and elegant beach lifestyle without being derivative of past methods of creating the typical ‘beach house’, and internationally, demonstrated by the overwhelming request to feature the house in magazines, books and online.

All spaces except the upper floor master suite, which is a full storey above the ground floor to achieve the best of the views, are connected by half-levels, to maintain a connectivity through the house. Furnishings are a combination of contemporary freestanding pieces (eg. living room suite) and built in elements (external bench seat, internal family banquettes, master bedroom day bed, all designed in house). Views of the bays are achieved from the front entry right through the house and all but one bedroom enjoy water views. Wherever possible, spaces remain open plan (master en suite) to maximise the openness and sense of space. The tones and textures of the materials (timber, stone, carpet, tile) are accentuated over ‘feature’ colours, with highlights added in the soft furnishings and fabrics. The form of the interior cabinetry reflects in Calacutta marble and timber the white box featured on the street elevation (in white render and western red cedar).

The two en suites contained within the off form concrete continue the same rugged materiality internally, softened with crisp fittings, mirror and floor tile. These spaces are naturally illuminated with a feature skylight slicing through the concrete.

Detailing took into consideration the often formidable driving wind and rain to provide weather protection (particularly to the south east) to exclude draft and water.

Coolum Bays Beach House‘ was also awarded as a winner in numerous residential categories at both regional and state level at the BDAQ awards in 2013 and won the overall best residential design in Queensland.


Design Office: Aboda Design Group

Location: Coolum Beach, Queensland, Australia

Constractor: Fauna Homes

Photographs: Paul Smith Images

 

Thirroul House | Jason Miles

The Thirroul House, a 1980s cottage with open living and entertaining space, is located in Thirroul, Australia.

It was builded by Jason Miles.

Description by Jason Miles:

This 1980s cottage needed a significant rear addition to create more open living and entertaining space and give flowing access to the beautiful gardens. Upon a heated polished slab we built lightweight framing to support high ceilings and wide-span openings. The internal walls feature unique curves that seamlessly become the ceiling while streamlined kitchen joinery and extensive light and circulation deliver a true inside-out lifestyle. Again, the key to this job was shared enjoyment of creativity and constant communication.


Build Office: Jason Miles

Location: Thirroul, Australia

Photographs: Courtesy of Jason Miles


Double Bay House | Arent & Pyke

Double Bay House located in Sydney, Australia.

It was designed by  Arent & Pyke.

Descriprion by Arent & Pyke:

Bringing the personality and warmth of a young family into the cool interior of this bay-side house, the design posits communication and flow as essential to living. As such, the grand staircase was remade as a visually dynamic, perpetually unfurling line traversing the three floors.
Recomposing the home to both a human scale and aesthetic, the design called for a complete rethink of the living spaces. From the entry hall to the suite of rooms on the third floor, nuance and detail of design were layered into a new palette comprising timber flooring, generous rugs and generously proportioned furnishings in natural leather and linen.


Design Office: Arent & Pyke
Location: Sydney, Australia
Photographs: Felix Forest
Awards:
– IDEA Interior Design Excellence Awards
   Shortlist – Residential Interior Design

– Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards 2016
   WINNER – People’s Choice Awards for Best Residential Interior


 

MCF Residence | Mim Design

MCF Residence located in Australia.

It was designed by Mim Design.


Design Office: Mim Design

Location: Australia


 

Pryor Residence | Bates Masi + Architects

Pryor Residence located in Montauk, New York, Usa.

It was designed by Bates Masi + Architects in 2009.

 

Description by Bates Masi + Architects:

The house occupies a hill in Montauk with a distant view of ocean, a site that the owners, a couple with two young boys, spent years to find. It is the couple’s reprieve from their home in the city, to share the outdoor lifestyle with their family and to remember their teenage years together in Montauk. The house design prompts the owners to interact with the surrounding environment, evoking experiences of camping.
A departure from typical residential planning, the house is entered through multiple areas for different guests and occasions.

Large glass doors slide open to the living, dining and kitchen area for a large gathering; a smaller scaled swing door for an occasional guest opens to the center hall with a view of the ocean. A sequence of auxiliary spaces – beach equipment area, outdoor shower, sand and mudroom – creates a seamless ritual from the daily activities for the family and friends. In all living areas and bedrooms, glass doors and insect screens slide in and out from pocket walls, transforming rooms to screened porches or spaces completely open to the landscape.

The living area, a double height space with kitchen, dining and living area, has thirty-six feet wide glass doors that pocket into southern and northern walls. When open, the dining room becomes a picnic area and the living room fireplace becomes a campfire. Multiple layers of bronzed metal fabric at the clerestory windows in the living area fold and unfold to adjust sunlight for optimal brightness & temperature of the space. These operable architectural elements use the natural environment to create suitable living conditions.

The house is environmentally friendly in its overall construction and planning with such specifics as geo-thermal heating & cooling, shading & venting systems, solar panels, organic finishes and materials. Lending to the structure’s sustainability, the house is assembled, rather than built, with prefabricated foundation, panel siding and efficient built-ins minimizes construction debris or toxins such as concrete foundation tar on the site. With the owner’s initial premise of camping, the design and functionality of the house promotes a memorable experience for friends and family in the natural environment.


Design Office : Bates Masi + Architects
Location          :Montauk, New York, Usa
Area                  : 297,00 m2
Project year     : 2009
Photographs   : Bates Masi + Architects


House in France

 

Location: France

Photographs: Shoootin

Queensbury Ranch | Mark J Williams Design

Queensbury Ranch located in California, Usa.

It was designed by Mark J Williams Design.

 

Design Office: Mark J Williams Design

Location: California, Usa

Photographs: Mark J Williams Design

White Lodge | Dyer Grimes Architects

The White Lodge is located in Tandridge, England, United Kingdom.

It was designed by Dyer Grimes Architects.

Description by Dyer Grimes Architects:

The site was originally home to a 1960s detached bungalow surrounded by tall trees and hedging with far reaching views to the Surrey Downs beyond. The area is populated by traditional pitched roof architecture typical of its green belt credentials.

The proposed designs were unprecedented in the immediate area and subject to Tanbridge Council’s strict planning requirements.

The site sloped sharply away to one side which would greatly limit the overall footprint of the building and the desired surrounding landscape.

Following a rigorous planning process, Dyer Grimes Architects achieved consent to infill and level the site and build a highly contemporary house of 480m2.

Modern building technologies were combined with the highest quality materials including hardwood cladding and white render with an abundance of glass throughout.

The glazed ground floor living space is surrounded by beautifully landscaped grounds, while the first floor appears to ‘hover’ over the kitchen dining area as well as project over the swimming pool.

Great emphasis was placed on constructing White Lodge in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way. An impressive sustainability target was set; to generate 20 percent of the energy required by using renewable energy sources.

Energy efficiency has been maximised through the incorporation of Solar hot water collectors on the roof, a highly sustainable drainage system and an air source heat pump which circulates heat around the entire house.

The result is a stunning modernist home which has won the admiration of the local community, the Council and the media alike.

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 Project Awards:
  • 2013 Best Family Home – British Homes Awards by Sunday Times
  • 2013 Highly Commended – Best Residential Architectural Property Award – International Design & Architecture Awards
  • 2013 Highly Commended – Best Family Home Award – Evening Standard, New Homes Awards.
  • 2012 Highly Commended – Architecture Single Residence South East – International Property Awards.

Design Office    : Dyer Grimes Architects
Location             : Tandridge, England, United Kingdom
Area                    : 480.0 m2
Photographs     : Dyer Grimes Architects

House in Moscow | Mario Mazzer

Design Office: Mario Mazzer

Location:Moscow, Russia

Photographs: Richard Powers

Villa Monteriggioni | CMT Architetti

 

Design Office: CMT Architetti

Location: Monteriggioni, Italy

Photographs: centrofotografico

Kate’s House | Bower Architecture

Description by Bower Architecture:

Kate’s House is a single storey extension and renovation to a 1960’s house, entered through a side courtyard sanctuary which separates the retained part of the existing dwelling and the new addition. Bagged brick walls and sculptural use of timber typify the use of raw yet restrained materials that combine with the fine grain offered by brass and steel detailing. Living and private zones are defined by a series of high gallery spaces which naturally light and ventilate the house, while vividly tiled bathrooms are treated as discovered gems. The house maintains a continuous connection to landscape and garden as it terraces down the site to a lower family level, leading to the dramatic pool area beyond.

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Design Office: Bower Architecture

Location: Australia

Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Courtyard House | Robson Rak Architects

Description byRobson Rak Architects:

Behind an unassuming façade, the Courtyard house opens up to reveal a pared back design response, mixed with luxurious materials, and practical detailing. This existing building has been altered and extended, with the interior design responding to our client’s love of Japanese architecture and rituals.

The site is 7.5m by 46m with minimal street presence wedged amongst two large double storey residences. Our design response was to create two large courtyard spaces that brought light and greenery into all living areas, and created a much larger interior space that continues to surprise as one moves through the house. The brief called for a complete modernisation and re-fit of an 80’s home. The client’s wish was for a restrained material palette and a strong connection with nature.

Modern amenities such as a lift, cellar, and butlers pantry were added to the house along with furniture and fittings that would bring the building up to the desired current standards. Linearity is achieved by methods such as built in seating and joinery, created to avoid interrupting this flow with superfluous furniture. Every room has a strong connection with nature; even the cellar we created with leather banquette seating has a low window looking out to the courtyard whilst also limiting sun exposure to the wine. As an integral aspect of our design response, we collaborated closely with a landscaper (Ed Purcey) on the external spaces to create the desired outcome of reflection and relaxation. The house opens to the outside and embraces the elements, resulting in the feel of a much larger space.

The interior design contains many hidden and built in elements that allow the rituals of life to be carried out with ease and no fuss. For example, at the entrance, a long joinery unit cantilevers into a bench that functions as a seat. When one enters the house, they can sit on this bench seat, remove their shoes, and place them in the drawers in the joinery unit, like a contemporary getabako shelf. The remarkable aspect of this building is that one can exist within it and feel quite removed from the noise and stress of day to day life that is situated on their doorstep. It is a building to experience life, and take refuge from life. The constant connection to nature is prevalent, even in spaces one would least expect it from. For example, one can sit comfortably in a dimly lit cellar and still have a view and relationship to the courtyard.

Design Office: Robson Rak Architects

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Photographs: Shannon McGrath

Apartment in Spain | Rubio and Ros


Description by Rubio and Ros:

In the studio we thought about an open space where a light iron folded sheet replace the massive volume of the existing staircase, serving as a basis for redistributing the entire house. The starting point was to make the ladder a special object, a key element that does not interrupt the space, an element that would dialogue with the space and shares with it a discreet role. The ladder becomes thus the leitmotif, dividing into two floors the 177 m2 of this house situated into a building from the early twentieth century, in the neighborhood of La Seu. The house has marvellous views of the historical city center of Valencia from the two terraces.

As far as the realization of the Project is concerned , we have used noble materials such as hardwood, Encaustic tiles (designed by Rubio and Ros especially for the occasion and produced by Enticdesigns), European walnut, brass, glass or wool and silk carpets. The timber cover the space, providing content and density. Its shell and solid presence is balanced with elements of lighter shades. The visual structure of the atmosphere is completed by the brightness of the vertical array of hexagons made in delicate brass; The right expression for a low ambient light space.

The good harmony with the clients allows the studio to evaluate the results: when they come to Valencia, the interior designers Isabel Rubio and Ros Amparo tend to meet them, so they can see how they strengthen its relationship with the housing and the way the house is adjusting itself as a piece of tailor. “You can not always be witness to how the materials and spaces develope and, let’s face it, not always the evolution of the use is positive. In this case, it is undoubtedly. The patina on the brass rail manifests this life: the clients inhabiting.

Design Office: Rubio and Ros

Location: Valencia, Spain

Photographs: Asier Rua

Harbour Front Residence | Hess Hoen

Design Office: Hess Hoen

Location: New South Wales, Australia

Orama Residence | 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 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

 

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