Design Office: Emil Dervish
Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Photographs: Emil Dervish
Design Office: Emil Dervish
Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Photographs: Emil Dervish
The liveable, tactile and comforting Peninsula Residence is located in Melbourne, Australia.
It was designed by SJB Interiors.
Description by SJB Interiors:
Villa CG ,a two-storey modern family home, located in Enschede, The Netherlands.
It was designed 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
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.
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
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
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
This modern apartment is located Kiev, Ukraine.
It was designed by Diff.Studio.
Description by Diff.Studio:
Design Office: Diff.Studio
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
Minimax House located in Bandung, Indonesia.
It was designed by Eben Architects.
Description by Eben Architects:
Standing above small plot of 80m2 in a challenging hills contour of Lembang area, this minimal size creating maximum functions for the family who lives there. It’s a single block -three storey- linear house, with no fixed programme. With the conformable function concept, it helps maximizing the available area to be adjusted according to the activities of the family.
Each level contains more than one programme that are connected by a big slide-able walls that allows the family to control the privacy and adjust the space and furniture to follow their day to day activities according to their needs. The concrete perforated block facade were added to elevate the privacy and hinder the sun rays, without blocking the air circulation.
On lower 1st storey, there are a small foyer, and a raised platform lounge to welcome the guests and at night it can be used for a small bedroom for them as well.
There’s three programmes on the 1st storey, private sleeping area, living and dining room. During the day, the private sleeping area, that separated with sliding door, can be opened and creates a big living area that also connected to outdoor terrace. This give the family free access to enjoy wider space for children activities, family gathering or even a party and at the same time breathe in Lembang’s fresh air. While at night, each programme fulfil its own function.
On the 2nd storey, there is one hall living room with access to small outdoor terrace and connect to the roof deck. It gives pleasant enjoyment to the surrounding mountainous view. While at night, it can be customized into two bed rooms.
This open-conformable plan concept gives the family maximum comfort and enjoyment to exploit the rooms according to their needs without adding another one.
Design Office: Eben Architects
Location: Bandung, Indonesia
Area: 110,0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Photographs: Leonard Kawun
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
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
This luxurius home is located in Beverly Hills, California, Usa.
It was designed by DIJ Group.
Description by DIJ Group:
Single level built in 2016 with six bedrooms and eight bathrooms on a 33, 579 square foot lot in the prime lower Trousdale Estates section of Beverly Hills. Epic scale with walls of glass that disappear and blur the line between indoors/outdoors. A Fifty foot Zero edge infinity pool and a massive outdoor spa hug both ends of the living room. Designed for large scale entertaining; the vast living room offers exceptionally high ceilings and converts into a luxurious Screening Room as well. A state of the art Bulthaup main Kitchen is backed by a full catering kitchen. Formal Dining Room with a custom fifteen foot fireplace. Lucite temperature controlled double sided wine cellar. Master Suite with views of Beverly Hills, and closets that rival the finest stores on Rodeo Drive. Master Bath clad in book matched calacutta slab marble. Four additional “cabana rooms” each with walls of glass opening to the lush grounds and pool beyond. Attached staff quarters. Private behind discrete gates with a large motor court with ample off street parking. A Radiant Modern Estate in the finest location.
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