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


 

 

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

 

Stone House | Slee & Co. Architects

The Stone House, a home for a young family, is located in Pretoria, South Africa.

It was designed by Slee & Co. Architects.

Description by Slee & Co. Architects:

We were commissioned to design a home for a young family with two adventurous boys. The clients bought a hectare stand in a rural estate with a ‘koppie’ (a small hill rising up from the African veld) and a magnificent view over the landscape to the east of Pretoria. They wanted a home where all of this could become part of their lives. The design consists of a series of over scaled, red, “ysterklip” walls reminiscent of the dry-packed kraal walls in and around Pretoria. These stone walls, housing all the services, were staggered and positioned in such a way to create sheltered spaces between them; privacy from the neighbors on the sides and their main function to concentrate and frame the important east and the west views. All the stone were collected from the site. Carefully placed roof lights allows north light to wash into the house against the stonewalls, compensating for the east/west orientation of the site. To the west the home opens up to the koppie where the kids have their tree house and secret forest hides. To the east the house concentrates on the magnificent views down the axis of the red stonewalls. The veldt was re-established and allowed to grow back, the kitchen garden and children play lawn to the back of the home and the private court gardens at the bathrooms are the only areas cultivated. The stone wall at the entrance leads you in from the south with an entrance gallery intersecting all the stone walls and spaces beyond, drama is added with light streaming in from the top and views confronting you to the right and left upon entering their spaces. The first space you intersect is the main living space, the dining room facing the koppie on the west and open plan kitchen hidden in the stonewall. To the east the living room extends out onto a covered terrace and open fire ring terrace with the view as its focus. The second space belongs to the kids with their bedrooms leading off their koppie. The rumpus room opens up onto the exercise lap pool framed by the stonewalls growing out of the water. The third, and more private, space belongs to the main bedroom suite, gym and guestroom/studio all with their private court gardens and bathrooms. Relaxed-muted, low maintenance finishes are used throughout with the red stone complimenting the client’s love for colour and texture. Sandstone planks are used in the bathrooms and outside areas where a non-slip surface is required. Granolithic floors make up the rest of the floor areas.


Design Office: Slee & Co. Architects
Location: Pretoria, South Africa
Project Year: 2007
Photographs: Slee & Co. Architects


House Mr. Bleen | Devyni Architektai

This modern family house is located in Vilnius, Lithuania.

It was designed by Devyni Architektai.

Description by Devyni Architektai:

A house of a young, creative and joyful family surrounded by a young pinewood.
Spaces are designed taking into account present needs of each family member alone as well as the needs of the family as a unit.
Fun with bright colors and cozy. With a help of natural fabrics and wood.


Design Office: Devyni Architektai
Location: Vilnius, Lithuania
Project Year: 2013
Photographs: Arunas Skrolis


 

Eco House | BXBstudio Bogusław Barnaś

Eco House located in South Poland.

It was designed by  BXBstudio Bogusław Barnaś.

Description by BXBstudio Bogusław Barnaś:

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

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

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


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


 

 

 

 

Garden House | DCPP Αrquitectos

Garden House located in Mexico.

It was designed by DCPP Αrquitectos.

Description by DCPP Αrquitectos:

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


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


Piano House | LINE Architects

Piano House located in the suburbs of Chisinau, Moldova.

It was designed by LINE Architects.

Decsription by LINE Architects:

One-storey Pavilion of glass, concrete and wood located in the suburbs of Chisinau. Smooth stretch of trapezoidal shape is surrounded on 3 sides by the residental area, that dictated the shape of the House, but despite this plan forms the inner courtyard of the correct form of the pool over which hovers the design house.
Clear and concise exterior lines flow in the Interior of the House.
The House is spread over much of the area, all the houses are built around a courtyard.
In addition to the common zone in the House three bedrooms of which two babies and one my master bedroom with bathroom and dressing room, as well as auxiliary facilities and a games room.
Space home simply and discreetly.


Design Office: LINE Architects
Architects: Dmitriy Petrov, Lana Lika
Location: Chisinau, Moldova
Plot Area:550.80 m2
House Area: 264.20 m2
Main Structure: Reinforced concrete
Project Year : 2016


 

Coffou Cottage | Brininstool + Lynch

Coffou Cottage located in Chicago, Usa.

It was designed by Brininstool + Lynch in 2008.

Description by Brininstool + Lynch:

With close proximity to Lake Michigan and a short travel distance from the Chicago, the woods and fields of Southwestern Michigan and Northwestern Indiana have offered Chicagoans weekend reprieves from urban intensity for decades. The owners of this cottage sought to gain a sense of privacy with their vacation property and preferred pastoral views of the natural landscape over views to the lake waters. They were fortunate to find the land that fit their aesthetic aspirations, and subsequently desired a home that would meet their modern concept for living.

This cottage was designed with a simple structural system, a horizontal red cedar rain screen on the North, and a wall of operable glass on the South. The open plan of the kitchen, dining, living area, and porch intensifies views to the meadow and woods to the South while also maximizing solar gain in the winter. Radiant heat in the ground concrete floor is enhanced by passive solar gain and runs throughout the three-bedroom cottage. The arrangement of rooms and glass exterior walls allows for panoramic views of the outdoor environment, while providing the most energy efficient operation. A fireplace positioned in the front hallway divides the bedrooms from the living area, and a custom sofa bench set into the wall across from it creates a traditional fireplace inglenook.

Red cedar was used to establish a material warmth and visual interest on the exterior, using a board and batten-like pattern for an open screen and tongue and groove siding to establish the solid form of the adjacent volume, separated by the entry. The warmth of material and visual identity is continued on the interior—the same wood siding is used on interior walls and cabinets, and the wood rain screen is visible from the screened porch and kitchen window.


Design Office: Brininstool + Lynch
Location: Chicago, Usa
Project Year: 2008
Photographs: Christopher Barrett of Hedrich Blessing


 

Marimba House | ISON Architects

Marimba House is a residence and a studio of a musician, located in Seoul, South Korea.

It was designed by ISON Architects in 2015.

 


Design Office          : ISON Architects
Location                   :Seoul, South Korea
Area                          :328.11 m2
Completion Year   :2015
Photographs          :JongOh Kim


 

Residence DBB | Govaert & Vanhoutte

This country house is located in Knokke, Belgium.

It was designed by Govaert & Vanhoutte in 2015.

 


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


 

The Whittaker Cube | Dravitzki & Brown

The Whittaker Cube is located in Kakanui, New Zealand.

It was designed by Dravitzki & Brown in 2016.

Description by Dravitzki & Brown:

Located in the small seaside settlement of Kakanui, near Oamaru, the design challenge required a concept that would make the most of the beautiful sea views and sunlight, while balancing the need for privacy from neighbouring properties and the street. The challenge also included working to a small footprint, while maximising the comfort of interior living spaces.

The Whittaker Cube was designed as two levels of just 8 metres x 8 meters with immaculate detailing of durable materials and a cost effective structure. Despite the compact footprint, the design incorporates three bedrooms, while upper level living achieves a light and spacious feel with American Oak featuring throughout the modern interior.

Cedar cladding provides an effective rain screen and allows flashings to be cleverly concealed, while also lending the exterior a simple uncluttered look.


Design Office                  : Dravitzki & Brown
Location                           : Kakanui, New Zealand
Area                                  : 142.00 m2
Project Year                    : 2016
Landscaping Designer : Paul Whittaker
Photographs                   : Alister Brown


 

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 M | Alexandru Marinescu Architects

House M located in Ilfov, Mogosoaia, Romania.

It was designed by architect Alexandru Marinescu.

 


Design Office   : Alexandru Marinescu Architects
Location            : Ilfov, Mogosoaia, Romania
Area                    : 260,00 m2
Total area           : 350,00 m2
Project Year       : 2012
Photographs      :


 

Villa Kristina | Wingardhs

Villa Kristina located in Gothenburg, Sweden.

It was designed by Wingardhs.

Description by Wingardhs:

A small house that wants to be big. A small footprint and simple construction means low cost. That’s the idea when we set about designing a house for a young couple on a site surrounded by other single-family homes on the west side of Gothenburg.

We turn inward with an atrium scheme, away from the view of—and from—the neighbors. The nicest view is toward the mature trees and the exposed bedrock in the southwest, so we open the courtyard up on that side.

The building is perched lightly on piers, hovering a half-meter over granite bedrock honed by the ice age. That means that to reach the building we need a stair and a ramp (accessibility requirement) along the blank northeast side. The elevated floor of the atrium courtyard is built up of decking over beams, with steps down to the surrounding terrain.

On the inside, it’s the outside that dominates. The narrow kitchen with its long table is always a part of the changing seasons that play out in the courtyard. Floor-to-ceiling glass and broad sliding doors help erase the boundary between inside and out. Okay, it’s a cliché—but it works.

There’s a steep ladderway up to the workroom (yes, there’s a glimpse of the sea from up there) and a shallow, almost monumentally processional stair up to a roof terrace. Additional rooms could be built around the courtyard if needed in the future to accommodate a bunch of children.

The entrance wall is thickened to hold a fireplace (the chimney is part of the roof landscape) with a built-in sofa, a room for collections, the kitchen (back-to-back with the exterior mechanical room), and an air-lock entry with guest bathroom.

The exterior is clad entirely in whitewashed (Sioo treated) smooth-planed spruce. It will age to a pale gray.

Design Office    : Wingardhs
Architects          : Wingardh Arkitektkontor, Gert and Karin Wingardh:
Location             : Gothenburg, Sweden
Area                    : 182.00 m2
Project Year      : 2014
Photographs     : James Silverman

Floating Farmhouse | Tom Givone

The Floating Farmhouse is located in Eldred, New York, USA.

It was designed by Tom Givone.

Design Office    : Tom Givone

Location             : Eldred, New York, USA

Photographs    : Marlene Rounds

Casa Chontay | Marina Vella Arquitectos

Casa Chontay located in Antioquia District, Peru.

It was designed by Marina Vella Arquitectos in 2014.

 

Design Office    : Marina Vella Arquitectos
Location             : Antioquia District, Peru
Area                    : 135.0 m2
Project Year      : 2014
Interior Design: Macarena Belaunde
Photographs     : Gonzalo Cáceres Dancuart

 

McClelland Residence | Imbue Design

McClelland Residence is located in Salt Lake City, Utah, Usa.

It was designed by Imbue Design in 2010.

 

 

Design Office           : Imbue Design
Location                    : Salt Lake City, Utah, Usa
General Contractor : Domain Design Build
Area                            : 3,200 ft2
Completion date      : 2010
Photographs             : Courtesy of Imbue Design

 

Restaurant “GASTROPORT” | Allarts Design

Restaurant “GASTROPORT” is located in Perm, Russia.

It was designed by  Saranin Artemy of Allarts Design in 2016.

Description by Allarts Design :

The new restaurant GASTROPORT, opened in Perm, Russian Federation. Above its design worked designer Saranin Artemy of ALLARTSDESIGN studio, together with Boris Kulinskiy restaurateur.

The restaurant is located on the bank of the Kama river in Perm, Russian Federation. Restaurant has panoramic windows and a perfect time – it is spending the evening sunset with excellent cuisine Nikki combines the features of Japanese and Peruvian gastronomy.

The institution makes to look at the newly renovated shop Perm river port. Based on the three relationships – wood, cement and brick designer and restaurateur created a completely new space in the city of Perm. The interior has a significant industrial footprint, underline the identification of architectural designs.

The entire restaurant is divided into multiple active zones – room, open kitchen, a bar and a mezzanine. The room has a high ceiling, in contrast to our other projects, and in this case, we have built a mezzanine – and which leads the central staircase hall.

The bathroom is separated fashionable strip and the island area. Door handles for cabins we made from whole northern birch. On the wall we used toilet patchwork ship, part of the ship, we cut down to the same plate and used in the interior.

In addition, input – the color of salmon, it reveals the beginning of Japanese cuisine in Peru. The bar and kitchen are made from solid birch, brought back from the north edge.

The room itself remains mobile. It was the wish of the customer.

Compilation of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine, the result of a mix of culinary traditions of Japan in Peru. Japanese immigrants began to settle in the South American country in the late XIX century, and today they do not have a small number. The Japanese themselves have a strong influence on the local cuisine. While the two nations prepare fresh fish. Today in Peru all – from gourmet cooks to housewives – fresh fish with corn, sweet potato, lime and pepper aji – traditional Peruvian food. Nikkei came up and revealed to the world the Japanese chef Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, most famous for the whole world.

Design Office       : Allarts Design
Designer               : Saranin Artemy
Location                : Perm, Russia
Photographs        : Saranin Artemy
Area (sq.m.)         : 278 m2
Completion date  : 2016


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Bush House | Archterra Architects

Bush House is located in Margaret River, Australia.

It was designed by Archterra Architects.

 

Description by Archterra Architects:

Located in an existing clearing within a section of remnant marri/ jarrah bushland this owner-built bush pavilion seeks to distill into built form, the feelings of camping under a simple sheltering tarp

Diagrammatically, the houses’ simple rectangular plan is separated east-west into sleeping and living zones and delineated by a change in floor level and a grounding rammed earth wall that continues thru the house into the outdoors.

Taking cues from the Californian cases study houses of the 40s, 50s and 60s, a 3.6m structural grid locates prefabricated steel frames that enabled the main support structure to be erected in a day and for infill timber framing to be subsequently carried out by the owner-builder within these frames under the protection of a simple single roof plane. The galvanised steel framing is expressed both internally and externally and its mottled patina continues to change as it ages.

Environmental sustainability is intrinsic to the design: passive measures such as efficient cross flow ventilation for summer cooling and calculated eaves overhangs for warming winter sun penetration are teamed with active measures such as power self sufficiency from a 3kW ground mounted solar array, a solar hot water system and a worm farm blackwater filtration system that irrigates the garden with nutrient rich water.

External materials were selected to be largely self finishing to minimise maintenance: zincalume steel, rammed earth, glass – all decking is recycled jarrah.

 

Design Office: Archterra Architects

Location: Margaret River, Australia

Photographs: Douglas Mark Black

 

Kathikia | Ioannis Exarchou

Design Office: Ioannis Exarchou

Location: Kea Island, Greece

Photographs: Sylvia Diamantopoulos