Design Office: Emil Dervish
Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Photographs: Emil Dervish
Design Office: Emil Dervish
Location: Kiev, Ukraine
Photographs: Emil Dervish
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
“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 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.
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:
‘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
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
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
Naman Villa, the elegant and luxury Villa A of Naman Residence project, is located in Da Nang, Da Nang, Vietnam.
It was designed by MIA Design Studio.
Description by MIA Design Studio:
Naman Residence project locates on the famous Non Nuoc Beach in Danang Vietnam. The Project contains 40 Villas which is categorized into for type of A, B, C, D. We would like to introduce the architecture and interior of Naman Residence – Villa A
This is a very high quality project which inspires us a lot, require the most elegant and luxury design can adapt high standard of living but still remains the feeling of the beach. The idea is mainly focus on how to maximize privacy for every family but still create vast of pleasure spaces with nature integrating the sea.
To maximize the project’s efficiency, the master-plan is well organized but the way is too narrow with high density. Within this condition, our team’s goal is to make a creative and effective design to not only satisfied maximum privacy but also create extra benefits from natural voids and gardens.
Each villa has multi-dimensional landscape with overflow pools and tropical gardens. For every villa, our design also takes advantage of space using by lifting-twisting the upper block for bedrooms with privacy and open views. The lower block with living-dining-kitchen-bedroom has the direct connection to the pool and landscape. Moreover, we put waterscape into the rooftop of the lower block in order to cool down the whole building and improve the rooftop landscape aesthetically.
Density is now not a big problem, every villa has its own garden filled up with skylights and surrounding green environment. Our design philosophy is how to inside-out the initial using space, outside-in the natural gardens enhancing the luxury-home feeling.
The materials used in constructing the house are local materials to reduce the transporting fee and save the budget of Naman Villa. The design of the house is simple and sleek, so the cost for construction is not so high. The house is constructing with Hurricane protected structure but still remain natural ventilation.
Design Office: MIA Design Studio
Architect in Charge: Nguyen Hoang Manh
Interior Design: Steven Baeteman, Truong Trong Dat
Location: Da Nang, Da Nang, Vietnam
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Hiroyuki Oki
The Planchonella House, a 280,0 m2 home with joyful spaces, is located in Queensland, Australia.
It was designed by Jesse Bennett Architect in 2014.
Description by Jesse Bennett Architect:
Planchonella House was designed with a simple idea in mind- to create a series of joyful spaces to inspire and enrich daily life. Set in tropical north Queensland, the house embraces the heritage rainforest surrounds and utilises experimental passive design methods. The simplistic approach and use of Lo-Fi technologies results in a raw and honest dwelling.
Contours of the site ridgeline have formed basis for the playful lines utilised in concrete profiles. As not to protrude out with the ridge, the profile is mirrored and cuts back in to the ridge. Visual amenity from surrounding lower areas has been maintained with this design in that rather than creating a dominant form on the landscape, it tucks back in at the critical highest most revealing point. The wings created each side of the ridge float into the surrounding rainforest and become part of the tree canopy.
The large flat roof with generous overhang acts as a rainforest canopy above, minimal walls and columns in between allow for un-obstructed views and moments to be shared with the landscape. This omission of boundaries between inside and outside gives an openness and quality of space that is surreal, living completely within and engulfed by a beautiful landscape. The resolution of plan follows a purely functional approach to use of space, privacy, visual connection and passive design principles.
The plan wraps around the courtyard space, which is considered the second hearth (after the kitchen) or perhaps lungs to the entire dwelling. The courtyard contributes much to the house and its occupants, it is an oasis that provides sun, light, ventilation, happiness, activity, visual stimulation, and entertainment. It also provides connection to the surrounding rainforest, connection from one part of the house to another, and acts as the focal node to the promenade experience of moving through the house.
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
This renovated, 250 m2, apartment is located in Via Roma in the centre of Turin, Italy.
It was designed by architects Andrea Marcante and Adelaide Testa of UdA Architetti.
Description by UdA Architetti:
The project designed by Andrea Marcante (the founder of Italian office UDA Architetti) and Adelaide Testa to restructure an approximately 250 m² rented apartment in Via Roma in the centre of Turin attempts to meet the needs of three generations: a father, his daughters and grandfather enjoying the rituals of everyday life under the same roof while, at the same time, having their own private spaces designed to meet their individual needs.
Marcante’s and Testa’s joint project is based on very close, constant and stimulating interaction with the clients bringing their own specific requirements in line with the setting in which this house, built from 1935-1937, is located. Having discovered that the interiors had completely lost all their original features, the perception of space and precision found in rationalist architecture and metaphysical painting from that period were inevitably sources of inspiration for the project designed by the architects.
The attempt to reproduce them in different proportions and using different materials can be seen in the plaster truss at the entrance that evokes the coffered portico in Via Roma. Similarly, the distortions in perspective of the ceiling in the dining area, created using stucco work and wallpaper, pay tribute to De Chirico’s dreamy, oneiric language and the plaster cornices framing the ceiling are reproduced in new patterns capable of identifying the specific functions below, regardless of the configurations of the walls.
The evocative force of the artist, who painted distinctive features of classical cities, most notably the empty colonnades and perspectives along roads and avenues he discovered walking around Turin, also suggests the geometric patterns of the new system of metal bars spreading through the various rooms and altering how their space is perceived: frames with glass shelves holding valuable objects, which, starting from the entrance, project into the lounge where they hold books and conceal the rear doors, not to mention the micro-architecture in the bedroom displaying a sort of re-found classicism: these historical citations are hinted at and interpreted but never philological.
A remix playing on a combination of conventional systems, design inventions and modern-day features ranging from the colour scheme (pastel and florescent shades) to designer furniture (by the likes of Prouvé, Sarfatti, Mendini and Tom Dixon) and design objects.
A house/stage where all the actors move easily: bedrooms to safeguard privacy but also shared spaces designed in languages holding onto what we hold dearest and, at the same time, stimulating interaction between different generations through unusual and unexpected architectural features.
As Alfred Hitchcock said when he visited Turin in 1960 “… it is rather mysterious and intriguing and even though I’ve only just got here, it looks promising and something unexpected might suddenly happen on any of its street corners…” We would also like to invite you to discover the unusual and unfamiliar perspectives this house-stage has to offer.
Design Office: UdA Architetti
Architects: Andrea Marcante, Adelaide Testa
Collaborators: Eirini Giannakopoulou, Giada Mazzero
Area: 250.0 m2
Location: Turin, Italy
Project Year: 2015
Photographs: Carola Ripamonti
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
The renovated Nadja Apartment is located in Athens, Greece
It was designed by Point Supreme.
Description by Point Supreme:
Nadja consists of two apartments on subsequent floors that were renovated and connected with a stair in the middle.
The two levels were materialized as opposite spatial experiences. The lower level is a continuous, marine-like environment with big pieces of furniture anchoring the family’s communal activities like floating islands. Instead of the typical division of rooms for kitchen, dining, living and playing, spaces in Nadja are flexible and look towards each other. They are furnished with custom made constructions that serve as viewing devices; the cupboards, seats, stair, shelves and tables are mixed with different typologies of screens, interior partitions, curtains and other visual filters that physically delineate while visually connecting.
The most central element is a complex construction featuring the stair, living room and kitchen cupboards, a glass display partition, a built-in plant pot, a blackboard and a pink sun rising towards upstairs. It is a miniature piece of architecture in itself providing a focal point within the large open plan.The upper level hosts a dense living environment with a more earthly atmosphere. The bedrooms are designed as combinations of two complementary types of spaces, a more social area and a more intimate, private zone. This floor is rich in graphic treatment that complements the architecture, for example in the design of doors and bathrooms, at times inspired by Greek island architecture.The clients followed closely the design process. They continuously supported and further challenged the architecture, therefore achieving an extremely rich and satisfying result. The project was built in collaboration with KN Group constructions.
Photographs: Yannis Drakoulidis & Point Supreme
The Joly House is located in Bangkok, Thailand.
It was designed by Stu/D/O Architects.
Description by Stu/D/O Architects:
This three-story house for a family of four has a footprint of 250 square meters and a height of 11 meters. It is located on the street corner in one of the most exquisite and densely populated residential areas of Bangkok. Flanked by rows of shophouses,main living spaces are elevated to the second floor to improve the visual conditions and allow rooms for service spaces on ground. Upon arrival, one is greeted with the skylights, through which shown the rippling strips of caustic patterns resulting from the interplay between lights and water of the swimming pool above. The changing time of the day contributes to the changing color of lights, making this parking space- the arrival space, more dynamic.
Built mainly with reinforced concrete structure and a partial steel frame, the project’s exterior is comprised of natural materials such as wood louver, glass panels, and exposed concrete. The more private spaces- the bedrooms, are located on the 3rd floor which external envelope is cladded with timber slats, giving extra privacy and security. This double-skinned façade acts as a sunshade, reducing the amount of heat collected in the building. Some of the slats are open-able panels; which, when opened, create wind walls and encourage natural ventilation. When the Jolys are away, the panels can be completely shut to protect their belongings from the heat and solar damage. While serving environmental purposes, the timber slats also add a warm but modern look to the house.
Design Office: Stu/D/O Architects
Interior Architect: Attapon Wiboonyanon
Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Area: 750.0 m2
Project Year: 2014
Structural Engineer: .N.G. Engineering Ordinary Partnerships
Photographs: Krisada Boonchaleow, Courtesy of Stu/D/O Architects, Chanin Limapornvanich
Toro Canyon House located in Santa Barbara Country, Usa.
It was designed by Bestor Architecture.
Description by Bestor Architecture:
The owners wanted to build a getaway house outside of Los Angeles where they could entertain and find a balance between the modern design they desired and a more direct relationship to nature. After a two year search in the Southern California region they discovered pristine acreage near Montecito at the top of a mountain and adjacent to national park land. The site strategy is one of slow revelation and discovery of the house and- ultimately- the view. The road, which had to be built for access, brings the visitor to a point below the house- where a formal stair leads up to the entry sequence. The front door frames and reveals views of the Santa Barbara coastline through the courtyard. A 40’ wide horizontal ‘panavison’-esque opening gives the house a pavilion-like atmosphere. The dwelling is organized around three courtyards; the primary one at the heart of the house also serves as the front entrance and outdoor living room. The courtyards have a dual purpose: they bring in ample natural light and ventilation but also provide protection from the strong winds that can race across the mountain. The rough and very thick boardform concrete walls, custom color-mixed to match the dark red and brown tones of the earth at the site, form a rugged shell that is punctuated by large openings and reveals of the Alaskan cedar wood siding. The inner shell’s warm wood and windows into the protected courtyards create a warm and tactile interior respite from the hardy environment.
Design Office : Bestor Architecture
Interior Designer : The Archers
Landscape Architect: Isabelle Greene & Associates
Lighting Designer : Dan Weinreber, Kaplan, Gehring, McCarroll Architectural Lighting
Contractor : Below Magid Construction
Location : Santa Barbara County, CA, USA
Project Year : 2012
Photographs : Laure Joliet
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.