Iporanga House located in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
It was designed by Nitsche Arquitetos Associados in 2007.
Description by Marston Architects:
Set within a heritage conservation area, the original semi has been kept in-tact with its roof line restored. A ‘breezeway’ transition space connects the original house and its new split level contemporary addition, allowing light to filter in to what was otherwise a typical, dark and gloomy south facing house. Connecting the new living space to the rear garden allows a seamless transition from inside to out. A new bedroom suite occupies the upper level of the addition which focuses on balancing light and views with privacy in the dense, urban surrounds.
A skylight adjacent to the northern party wall brings sunlight into the lower level addition, whilst north facing highlight windows bring light into the upstairs bedrooms without compromising the privacy of a bedroom in a dense, urban environment. The new party wall uses the bricks from the previous extension so as waste during construction was minimised.
Design Office: Marston Architects
Location: Sidney, Australia
Photographs: Katherine Lu
Description by Preston Lane:
Elwood House features the adaptive reuse and transformation of a cold, dark and inefficient 1915 Edwardian house into a warm and light filled family home that has direct connections to the outside.
The new material palette of concrete block, brick, timber and polished concrete complement the original red brick and stucco house. Full height north-facing steel framed doors and windows allow natural light into the new living area extension opening up the new living spaces to the rear garden. Black glazed bricks were selected for the dividing fireplace element between the living and dining areas accentuating the drama between textures and materials.
Design Office: Preston Lane
Location: Victoria, Australia
Photographs: Derek Swalwell
Design Office: Aleksandr Zhidkov
Location: Polivanovo, Moscow, Russia
Design Office: Daniel Lomma Design
Location: Derby, Western Australia
Description by Architects EAT:
A 520sqm single family house in the sought-after area of Auburn Heights, Hawthorn. This is a larger scale alteration and addition to a 1950s clinker brick residence on a 1200sqm block of land. The design consists of 3 main components: a glass lantern; a courtyard; and a brick house. Landscape design by the award winning Jim Fogarty Design.
Design Office: Architects EAT
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Design Office: Paola Navone
Location: Umbria, Italy
Photographs: Wichmann + Bendtsen
Description by Planell-Hirsch Oficina de Arquitectura:
The interior design project focuses on an old factory from the industrial era of Barcelona, which was renovated years ago. The building is located in the upcoming district of Poblenou currently undergoing a full urban renewal due to of its proximity to the historic center and the Mediterranean Sea. The historic factory is build in exposed brick with iron structure and vaults, housing unique spaces for their dimensions and heights.
The commission consisted on the conversion of three staged spaces into lofts. First and second floors are devoted for housing and the ground floor for a mixed-use living and working space because of the direct link to the outside: the street courtyard of the old factory. The lofts are considered open and fluid spaces.
The height allows for the creation of mezzanines in the ground and second floor lofts. The space under the new mezzanines houses the kitchen, dining area and toilet. While the living room and office areas are located in the double height spaces. The master bedroom suite with bathroom and dressing room, and a work area are located on the second level, overturning the large loft space.
The staircase connecting the two levels of the loft is conceived as a singular and permeable element avoiding the creation of a visual barrier. In the ground floor loft, the wooden staircase-grandstand is opened to the workspace. In the case of the second floor loft, the design conception is visually lighter.
Natural light fills the loft through large windows. The large loft volume has been preserved to highlight the unique and fluid space while maintaining visual continuity. The space division is accomplished through sliding doors and curtains. White is the predominant color enhancing the natural light from the Mediterranean Sea.
Long curtains with complex textures filter the light adding theatrical value to the space. In order to maximize the amount of light and to open to the Barcelona blue sky, a large skylight that covers the relaxation area and the library was built. Also, a more intimate skylight was placed right above the tub.
The living room is spatially enriched by adding a new horizontal plane. A stage, where the piano is located, extends along the facade as a bench favoring outdoor views from the windows located in the upper position. The living space extends a large continuous area with different environments for leisure and relaxation.
This loft has direct access from the mezzanine to an outdoor terrace and from there to the rooftop via a spiral staircase. The proposal is to use this residual space, especially wasted in large cities, creating a green and recreational space. The rooftop is conceived as a garden with plenty of plants that bring life, color and scent from a unique urban vegetable garden.
The rooftop offers panoramic views of many of Barcelona landmarks: the Sagrada Familia temple, the Agbar tower, the Mediterranean Sea and the mountain of Collserola. The large pergola covered by a grapevine generates a space under which you can enjoy the view in the shade. An iron flowerpot with a variety of Mediterranean plants runs parallel to it.
The overall renovation is accomplished with a few materials such as stone, wood, and iron enhancing their texture properties and taking care of the construction details. The search for sobriety, fluidity, spaciousness and warmth results in loft interiors where white color predominates on the walls and ceilings and wood on the ground. The intervention is total and includes a selection of furniture and lighting that power the space qualities and offers comfort and habitability.
Design Office: Planell-Hirsch Oficina de Arquitectura
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Photographs: Josep Maria Molinos, Planell-Hirsch
An art-loving couple moves into a new apartment in one of the best areas of Stuttgart on a hillside offering a fantastic view over the city nestled in the valley below. The object not only satisfies their desire for a stylish residential setting, it also offers a more than suitable space in which to hang their extensive collection of paintings.
The apartment stretches over three mezzanines in the upper storeys of a building dating from the 1980s. A rigorous reorganisation of the object created a flowing, three-dimensional room, whose fluid effect is further underscored by light stoneware flooring throughout. Access to the apartment is already impressive, as you enter it straight from a lift that leads directly into the lower floor of the apartment. Here a generous room is revealed, which is structured into three areas. A seating island, contained by a circular luminous ceiling and a metal curtain, denotes the centre of the room and is positioned in front of a long, horizontal window band. The adjacent dining area is characterised by a white, free-standing, high-gloss lacquer kitchen unit. Opposite the kitchen is a long, solid wood table, which creates an interesting contrast to the delicate lamp floating above. Translucent curtains at your back filter in daylight from the outside. A corridor, in which a wardrobe and row of cupboards are concealed behind a textile skin, leads away from the kitchen towards the private quarters of study, bathroom and bedroom.
The other end of the room houses a billiard table. The stoneware tiling of the flooring is continued on the wall behind it; a design principle that is echoed in both the bathrooms. Next to the billiard table, a staircase leads up to the upper floors. The ceiling above the table extends upwards at this point. Fascinating vistas are thus opened to the floor above, which differ according to your vantage point. The strict geometry of the walls and areas is emphasised by their materiality and colour. In this way, both the doors that lead on to the stairwell and lift are made from bronze-anodised aluminium panels and fully integrated into the wall as concealed doors.
The living mezzanine is reached from the first landing, where a large mirror that opens up the sloping roof and acts as a virtual window immediately catches your eye. Its oval shape is dissected into four equal parts, which are gently inclined towards the centre and thus produce dramatic and surprising mirror images. Opposite the seating group is the television. When switched off, it disappears almost completely behind a black glass pane and the viewer’s gaze is drawn entirely towards the large format painting by artist Rosalie that hangs above. The most spectacular eye-catcher of the room, however, remains the remarkable view. It can be properly savoured through the gabled window that is glazed on three sides and which gives on to the spacious terrace. The upholstered cosy corner in front of the fireplace and reading/piano area perfectly round off the room. The sloping ceilings here and on the top floor are painted in a light beige tone, which provides a gentle contrast to the white perpendicular walls. Another landing leads to the top mezzanine that houses the bedroom and generous bathroom landscape.
On entering the top level, the first thing to catch your eye is the filter of twisted leatherette bands that spans between the corridor and the lowered sleeping area. The two areas are separated by means of a 4 m glass wall; when necessary, an opaque curtain ensures privacy and intimacy in both areas. The bathroom holds a large, round bathtub, a bamboo forest shower and free-standing washstand fittings. The mirrored cupboard is suspended from the ceiling and thus retains a narrow line of sight from the bathtub, across the bedroom, and out on to the green hills of the surrounding area. There is also a beautiful view from the sauna, whose windows afford a fine view over the city. The focal point of the sleeping area rests on the walnut veneer bed with accompanying sideboards, surrounded by a cosy, plush carpeted floor. These materials are also continued into the spacious, en suite dressing room.
The spatial architecture of Apartment Sch is entirely designed around pictures and perspectives. The incredible panoramic views are framed within different settings, and the clients’ remarkable collection of paintings creates a striking interplay with the materials, geometric forms and colours of the interior.
Design Office: Ippolito Fleitz Group
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Photographs: Zooey Braun
Description by Gisele Taranto Arquitetura:
Design Office: Gisele Taranto Arquitetura
Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Photographs: Filippo Bambergui and Andre Nazareth
Descriprtion by Spacesmith:
This 3,300 sf duplex residence is perched on the top floors of a 1920th ‘Haussman Style’ apartment complex. The client’s highly expressive art collection set the tone for the rich modern design of this Paris apartment. At one end of the living room, blackened steel plates encase the open fire place and french balconies overlook the ‘Avenue Montaigne’. Upstairs in the entertainment studio, daylight streams through the new skylights that were carved through the original roof and original wood beams were left exposed and refinished.
Design Office: Spacesmith
Location: Paris, France
Photographs: Vincent Leroux
Description by Darling Associates:
Design Office: Darling Associates
Location: London, United Kingdom
Rendering: Darling Associates
Design Office: Damien Carreres
Location: Lyon, France
Design Office: Valsamaki Katerina Architects
Location: Neo Hrakleio, Athens, Greece
Photographs: Konstantinos Thomopoulos