Minimalist Apartment | Emil Dervish

 


Design Office:  Emil Dervish

Location: Kiev, Ukraine

Photographs: Emil Dervish


 

Peninsula Residence | SJB Interiors

The liveable, tactile and comforting Peninsula Residence is located in Melbourne, Australia.

It was designed by SJB Interiors.

Description by SJB Interiors:

Designed to be tough… A bold reimagining honouring the history and integrity of the original home yet placing it firmly within contemporary 21st century design. A large glass pavilion houses the stunning new Master suite and multiple floor levels address the natural fall of the landscape. Tough materials like cedar, steel, glass, natural stone and concrete are featured in unrestrained sophistication.

Colour blazes forth unapologetically; glossy red echoes brazenly from kitchen to powderoom and the enclosed internal stairwell which leads to the roof terrace. Burnt oranges, vivid greens and moody blues elevate quiet spaces and pair perfectly alongside contemporary furnishings.

The result is a space that is certainly bold and unrestrained – yet more importantly it’s liveable, tactile and comforting.


Design Office: SJB Interiors

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Photographs: Nicole England


 

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


House in Mernda | Carlisle Homes

This contemporary house is located in Melbourne, Australia.

It was designed by Carlisle Homes.

 


Design Office: Carlisle Homes

Location: Melbourne, Australia


 

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


 

 

Cups Nine | NORMLESS Architecture Studio

“Cups Nine”, a Cafe and Patisserie, located in Trikala, Greece.

It was designed by NORMLESS Architecture Studio.

 

Descritpion by NORMLESS Architecture Studio:

A new Cups Nine opened its doors, this time as a Cafe & Patisserie store. Right in the heart of the school district and opposite of one of the most popular city’s squares, the Old Despotiko, the new Cups Nine comes to shake up the city for one more time and reintroduce the street coffee shops. The owners envisioned a new space that can serve their best seller coffee as well as their new products adopting them to the needs of the modern life.

The architects translated this vision into a space where the boundaries between the interior and the exterior space are blurred. The seating area, the serving bar are all flexible and accessible either from the inside or the outside. It becomes unclear where the store ends and the street begin. This was mainly achieved through the surrounding window frames, which were all custom and handmade metal work. The windows open and the bar area doubles inside the arcade. A similar thing happens on the street side where the wooden tables slide and move on the other side so that you can enjoy your beverage overlooking the city. Inside the long and narrow space, the store is divided into the serving and seating area by a long wooden bar, which is interrupted by a metal light box that is the cashier point. All woodwork is again custom made by a local carpenter.  As soon as you open the door you immediately take notice of the impressive flooring, which is a successful blend of laminate and hexagon black tiles that run through the store and continue on the wooden bars. The interior and exterior walls, as well as the ceiling are all covered with Kourasanit, a natural coating.

The remarkable mural paintings of Asteris Dimitriou, decorate the walls and has become one of the shop’s trademarks.

The new Cups Nine store came to change with its unique space and products, yet again, the urban landscape of the city of Trikala. ­


Design Office: NORMLESS Architecture Studio
Location
: Trikala, Greece
Area: 52,00 m2
Project Year: 2016
Photographs: Kostas Spathis


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


Alps Villa | Camillo Botticini Architect

Alps Villa, a house with an irregular plan shaped like a “C”, located in Brescia, Italy.

It was designed by Camillo Botticini Architect.

Description by Camillo Botticini Architect:

The house stands on a clearing in the trees, 700 meters above sea level, close to the “Passo del Cavallo”, next to a road that connects Trompia Valley and Sabbia Valley on a steep slope. The landscape is characterized by an open valley to the south and a frame of green mountains with peaks of dolomite rock to the north.
We are still in a place close to the urban noise but at the same time far away, where the aroma of mountain herbs and grazing sheep seem to have stopped time; and this determines which condition founding: a primary relationship between the artificial intervention and nature.

The relationship with the ground and the landscape are the material that construct the project: the ground by communicating with the project operates a principle of “rootedness” into the slope to the north, where the house seems to bite the mountain, and the principle of “emancipation “to the south, with an overhang that throw the home to the valley.
To the north, a courtyard open to the Mount allows you to look at the profile of the dolomite rock spiers that at 1200 m above sea level continues the green plane tilted so that virtually close the fourth side of the house.
To the south a large window splayed mediates between the interior of the living and landscape, the light coming from the south continued with a bay window to the north patio.

Lightweight, integration at the site, opening and closing, no exhibitionism, connection to foundational principle generated by the performance of the ground and the internal organization of space, producing an idea of domestic that offers a contemporary housing responsive to the site.
These are the elements that make up the set, with a will of harmony and tension, looking for an architectural shape by the strong expressive intensity, but at the same time a shape of balance and rooting in the use of natural materials such as oxidized copper and wood.

The house has an irregular plan shaped like a “C” with a patio where the fourth side is made from a green plane that delivers the planimetric structure that generates the spaces of the house, creating three bodies with variable height increasing from north-est, where the volume disappears by integrating into the ground.
The first body has three bedrooms, two of them with windows facing the patio, through the bathroom; while the third bedroom has a subtracting that opens the master bedroom and its bathroom to the east into the clearing.
To the south of the second body with a height between 3.50 and 4.50 meters introduces the living room, and open space suspended between the patio and landscape. Its side closed is characterized by the presence of a fireplace that ends with a the same size the south window.
The living room continues with the dining area, to the west with the double height body: a continuous space, characterized by a structured cover consists by triangular planes, inside which is recessed the continuous lighting system.

The highest part of the body in the west is characterized by a loft under which it has the kitchen opens to the patio, while above it there is a space for the study.

It creates an integrated fluid area and open to the outside, simultaneously protected, almost closed on the east and west sides (where they open the window as an excavation of the room and bathroom).

Important the levels of access. The main, covered by the overhang of three meters of living, is placed in the to the south-east. Upon entering there is a ramp parallel to a great room with fireplace. Here goes a ladder to the dining room level and then to the mezzanine, where a skylight opens to the sky at north.

Access by road has two possibilities.
A driveway with covered ramp leading cars in the underground, which is one level below the main floor access. The pedestrian access is constituted by a suspended linear scale made of steel, from the road a space covered leads to the entry level.
An elevator connects the level of the garage with that of the living. Spaces and service areas are located in the basement. The house looks like in his primary relationship with the landscape without other artificial elements other than the suspended staircase that cuts the grass slope.

Geothermal system, heat pump, ventilated walls, creating a natural ventilation even though the deep walls (65 cm) that protect against cold and heat (energy italian rating higher than A+ cened) help to build a house with very low heating costs, almost to consumption and zero pollution.
We wanted an environmentally friendly home in the building materials and insulation, equipped with ventilated walls, a sustainable home in the settlement balance with the landscape.

Green meadows and trees framing the outer coating in corrugated oxide copper and Accoya wood (patented of undeformable wood of New Zealand pine replanted forest), the only elements that, with the triple room glass, are the artifice in counterpoint that interacts with nature.

The ventilated wall copper is modulated with a slight pleating to vibrate the light on the non-reflecting surface. The wood of the great splay reflects light that is refracted from the south.

The patio flooring made in iroko wood, the large windows integrated into the copper coating defines a space that is enhanced by a green maple that brings in a piece of nature, are not material around which you orient the house.

Inside, the floors are made of resin sand-colored, the walls are in plasterboard painted white and ceilings with recessed lights in the graft cut from the slab-wall, parapet are in glass and the windows made of painted iron have the objective of exalting the space and its continuity, favoring the integration to the site.


Design Office: Camillo Botticini Architect
Location: Brescia, Italy
Area: 360,00 m2
Construction Company: Baglioni Costruzioni Slr, Gardone Vt (Bs)
Structural Engineering: Franco Palmieri
Project Years: 2012 – 2014
Photographs: Nicolo Galeazzi


 

Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan | Cheng Chung Design

The Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan transformed from the original colorful and luxurious style into the latest clean and elegant style and is located in Shenzhen, China.

It was designed by Cheng Chung Design.

Description by Cheng Chung Design:

Marriott International Business Image is Transforming The business image of Marriott International has undergone significant transformation from the original colorful and luxurious style into the latest clean and elegant style. Without excessive decorations, the architectural structures have become even more prominent to the eyes. Since Shenzhen Marriot Hotel Nanshan has planned to create a business image that focus on nature, fresh, modern, eco-friendliness, and technology, all materials applied in the hotels are of natural, ecological, handmade, and customized styles.

CCD First Creates an “Art Museum” Hotel The artworks placed at different floors of the hotel are originally designed by CCD. Together with experienced artists and fine craftsmen, CCD has made a dazzling array of beautiful artworks, creating an elegant and scholastic atmosphere nearly everywhere in the hotel.

Appraisal from All Sectors of the Community Three months since Shenzhen Marriot Hotel Nanshan was first opened to the public, all sectors of the community have been attracted to visit and experience the hotel for themselves. Many important clients, such as China Resources, Ping An Insurance, China Merchant Group and Huawei Technologies have made a special effort to organize a tour to visit the hotel in person. Some commented, “The hotel is both elegant and refined,” others commented, “The simple and fashionable style is indeed refreshing,” still others commented, “The hotel makes people feel comfortable at the first glance. It feels just like home.” Above all, most visitors commented the hotel as being “elegant”.

Design Principle Shenzhen Marriot Hotel Nanshan is located at Nanshan District of Shenzhen City, where Nanshan Mountain is widely famous for. Leaning against the mountain and facing the sea, the entire Nanshan District is historically known as a land filled with abundant plain and ocean resources. With both hands, local aborigines weave not only their fishing nets, fishing gears, clothes, hats, and shoes, but also their happy lives. Lychee flowers and lychee fruits that grow all over the mountain are indeed a real
blessing from heaven – suitable for our guests to experience “spring outings”, “summer resort”, “autumn hiking”, and “winter greenery” throughout the year.

Fishing villages, aboriginal weaving crafts, fishing nets, fishing gears, rolling hills and beautiful lychee flowers have all become the inspiration source of hotel designs. In particular, patterns and designs on the carpets, aesthetic linen clothes, folding screens, and fireplaces of the hotel have all embodied the image of “crisscross weaving crafts”, “nets”, “mountains”, and “lychee flowers”.

In terms of raw materials used, “stone material”, “wooden material”, “leather material” and “linen material” that exhibit natural textures and light tones are vastly applied in the hotel designs. Between prosperity and serenity, a sense of friendliness and peacefulness can be found. Several detail processes and atmospheric illuminations that bring out overall quality are applied to create an elegant and cozy spatial atmosphere, granting our guests with a sense of introverted elegance rather than superficial luxury.
By utilizing an approach that was originally intended for designing resort hotel, the design team has transformed the stereotypical business hotel into a “recreational business hotel”. As to guest room design, the design team was committed to create a spatial experience of a “private study room” in which our guests can rest their minds and read to their hearts’ fullest contents. With coziness and relaxation of a home and strict and cautiousness of an office interacting at the same time, an elegant, clean, and soft lifestyle is created, allowing our clients to relax from an exhausting day of business trip and pick up their business inspiration ever once again.

Hotel Introduction Shenzhen Marriott Hotel Nanshan is strategically located in the business center of Nanshan district, place in the landmark building with 300.8 meters height. The hotel offers 340 elegant guest rooms and suites (338 rooms + 1 presidential suite + 1 vice presidential suite) with captivating harbor and city views. In addition to that, the hotel has multiple high-end restaurant, including Nanshan Kitchen All Day Dining Restaurant, Man Ho Chinese Restaurant, Kanji Modern Japanese Restaurant, Lobby Lounge, The Café and Executive Lounge, offering guests both abundant choices and elegant environment. On the 62nd floor are a boundless swimming pool and a SPA center where our guest can relax and observe the splendid view right before their eyes. Furthermore, the hotel also possesses banquet and conference site which cover an area of 2,100 square meters.


Design Office: Cheng Chung Design

Location: Shenzhen, China


Casa Estudio | Intersticial Arquitectura

‘Casa Estudio’ is a modest-sized home located in Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico.

It was designed by Intersticial Arquitectura.

Description by Intersticial Arquitectura:

Acting as both a space for living and working, ‘Casa Estudio’ is a modest-sized home located in a micro industrial area of Queretaro City. The regeneration project saw the building dating back to the 1980s, being revitalized from a state of deterioration.

The firm in charge, Intersticial Arquitectura, chose to approach the run-down structure by understanding the pre-existing conditions. This led to the insertion of subtle interventions including the system of overlapping patios and straightforward construction methods. in turn, the series of patios allow for the house to be naturally ventilated and flooded with natural light. Meanwhile, clay and concrete was chosen to line the walls as it is a local material which carries strength and contrast.
The main challenge was to do more with less: to solve an architectural scheme that extends a studio space on the ground floor, which separates from a new apartment on the first floor, and to maximize the living space, inside and outside. Keeping with the tight budget, exposed materials form the character of the dwelling. as well as displaying a material contrast which in the end works as a whole, this meant challenging construction techniques had to be adopted. additionally, different textures that were locally sourced were brought in. For example the stem of the ‘junquillo’ plant has been dried, knotted and woven to feature in the screenings and rail coverings throughout the property.


Design Office: Intersticial Arquitectura

Location: Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico

Photographs: Intersticial Arquitectura


White House | Guillaume Da Silva

The former village school, which transformed into a house, is located in Tournai, Belgium.

It was designed by Guillaume Da Silva.

Description by Guillaume Da Silva:

This project was implemented in a former village school not far from Tournai (wallonie) close to the Belgian border. Classrooms partitions were removed in order to create intense light spaces. The garden with the pool replaced to the playground, the courtyard  became a covered terrace. This building from the 20’s was renovated and transformed to welcome a family. Interior designing rests on various concepts:

•        Highlighting the existing architecture and rough materials in some places, referring to the past.

•        Working on lighting to create an atmosphere

•        Working on indoor and outdoor spaces, creating perspectives and framing, elaborating symmetry and volumes proportions.


Design Office: Guillaume Da Silva

Location: Tournai, Belgium

Photographs: Guillaume Da Silva


 

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


 

Ett Hem Hotel | Studioilse

Ett Hem, the unusual and different hotel is located in Stockholm, Sweden.

It was designed and renovated by Studioilse.

Description by Studioilse:

Built in the first years of the twentieth century, this building was home to a government official and his wife, a lady with a love for the aesthetics of Karin Larsson, who collected objects, textiles and furniture from all over Sweden. This was a time when the home became the focus of art and life, and design was integrated into the everyday. The influence of the Arts & Crafts, the romantic notion of national character and the delight in the design of useful things, combined with an impulse to embed a family in a place through architecture. All together this created a very special moment for domestic architecture in Sweden.

Ett Hem, built in 1910, dates from this moment. The house in Sköldungagatan was designed by architect Fredrik Dahlberg. With its protective brick shell it weaves a coat against the harsh Swedish winter. In its interiors it has both the robust, dark-timberlined rooms of public life, the masculine realms.

Each room has its own cocktail cabinet in gleaming brass. And throughout the house is the owners’ personal collection of art and photography. At the heart of it all is the kitchen. Furnished with a big table, comfy chairs and settles.

Ett Hem is not the usual hotel. If Ett Hem is an idea of home, of comfort and security, of familiarity, the other is an institution, a series of services. Ett Hem is something very different. It is active, where the guests can subtly shift the conditions, the atmospheres, the conviviality. A hotel is passive, a place that exists with or without you.

While it has all the facilities expected today, Ett Hem is a place that allows the guest to become part of it. Guests are treated as friends of the family. They can turn on the television in the sitting room, borrow our car or take the dog for a walk. They can make themselves at home, help themselves from the fridge. The food changes with the seasons, the rooms warm up with stoves and cool down with a fresh breeze from an open window. Ett Hem is connected to the street and the sky, to the city, it is not a machine cut off from life outside. Ett Hem is as glamorous as it is casual, but while it is a luxury, it is not a luxury hotel.

The value of Ett Hem comes through the pleasure of proximity to beautiful things, of being in spaces that tell a story, and through an ethic of generosity and care. And to a degree, of being left alone to live in a very special house. This from the moment you step through the college door, enter the courtyard into the garden and go up the steps to the front door. In the entrance hall a fire is lit when its cold outside, and fresh cut flowers from the garden are arranged on the table. Check in and wait for friends by the fire. Ett Hem will feel familiar. It is a place to use as you please. Downstairs in the sitting room there are sofas to sink into and games to play. The library, a room to disappear into, is stacked high with books you actually want to read. And the leafy glass house, where you can take breakfast during the day, or where you can enjoy a twinkling feast at night. Upstairs the bedrooms have a warm domestic feel with a sophisticated edit of vintage and new pieces in tactile materials such as cane, wood, leather.


Design Office: Studioilse

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

Project Year: 2012

Photographs: Magnus Marding


Private Apartment | Diff.Studio

This modern apartment is located Kiev, Ukraine.

It was designed by Diff.Studio.

 

Description by Diff.Studio:

– Unexpected patterns and contrasts to create an unconventional space.
– Abundance of greenery and natural materials for a sense of comfort.
– Unusual pieces of furniture to show the character of the owner.

Design Office: Diff.Studio

Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Project Year: 2016
Visualizations: Iryna Dzhemesiuk and Vitaliy Yurov


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 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


 

Loft 19 | A+Z Design Studio

The Loft 19, an abandoned and peaceful environment with special aesthetics, is located in Budapest, Hungary.

It was designed by A+Z Design Studio.

Description by A+Z Design Studio:

“This is an island over the city, abandoned and peaceful environment with special aesthetics.“

No matter that living there is a bit like plunged into the world of  the “Sin City”  or the science fiction movie “Metropolis” of Fritz Lang.

The architect and production designer Attila F. Kovács and his wife art director and stylist Zsuzsa Megyesi found this  unusual giant space and movie set like environment ideal for making their home.

The HFF kniting factory complex is located in the southern part of the capital of Hungary, Budapest  and dates as early as from 1913-1915.  It was originally  built as a weapon factory designed by Árpád Gut and Jenö Gergely.  The Loft 19, this  tower like 600 sqm four-story -building  and the huge  factory complex are protected industrial monuments .

A concrete fire water tank was found in the attic which was turned into a swimming pool with artificial current.   The design of the space is a personal mix of different styles and eras. It is full of special pieces, collected one by one during decades in flea markets, auctions and antique shops or created by the designers themselves. Huge windows,  light, the unusual size rooms , the old structural elements and materials play the main role .  Old iron doors were kept, original beams reused for book shelves. The bedroom level on the contrary was designed to be  bold and private with a mid century “boudoir like” atmosphere to it.


Design Office: A+Z Design Studio

Location: Budapest, Hungary

Photographs: Beppe Brancato


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