Designed by Stu/D/O Architects for a family of four, the Joly House in Bangkok, Thailand is a three-level building with a total footprint of 250 square meters. The residence stands out from far away in its dense neighborhood, due to the wood louver panels combined with exposed concrete and its total height of eleven meters. A swimming pool on the second level completes the image of a contemporary luxurious home. With its transparent glass bottom, it allows natural light inside the parking spaces and the main entrance on the first level.According to the architects, “the retractable wood louvers on the third floor are designed using the analysis of the wind walls and shading device diagrams and can be adjusted for variations in the incident angle of sunlight. Combined with the wood louvers on the third floor, the glass louvers on the second level surrounding the swimming pool courtyard help create an ambiance of privacy for this corner house.” The interiors are spacious and airy, with some of the social zones connected to green courtyards. Have a look and tell us what you think! [Photos by: Krisada Boonchaleow, Chanin Limapornvanich and courtesy of Stu/D/O Architects]
A former tax agency in Stockholm, Sweden was recently converted by Richard Lindvall into an impressive venue that accommodates conference zones, a cafe, a bistro and more. The architects entirely re-purposed the building, transforming it from a maze of small meeting rooms into an open space with high ceilings: “The interior is inspired by Scandinavian minimalism with an industrial twist and with Inspiration from hotels and restaurants in Shanghai, New York and Amsterdam. Big impressive buildings with lots of space and hard materials, but which are still keeping a welcoming atmosphere are rare in Sweden. It was important to create a warmth in the environments, but still keep it raw and fresh.”The array of materials is impressive: maple wood, cognac colored leather, concrete, galvanized steel, white tiles and black iron details create a stylish but relaxed atmosphere. Orange and brown were used for table tops, side tables, cabinet doors and menus. Concrete has the main role in the design and you can see it used for the floors, reception desk, bars, the large sofa table and the 3,5 meter wash basin in the bathroom. The venue is divided into three rooms and a black iron installation serves as the focal functional point. [Information provided by Richard Lindvall; Photography by Johan Annerfelt]
Artigas Arquitectes completed the design of R House, a private residence with a clean modern architecture located in Barcelona, Spain. According to the architects,”the difficulty of the great slope is the predominant factor behind this house project. It is distributed and adapted into the natural ground from pure volumes, instead of making great modifications to the topography, so it creates three habitable levels with wide terrace spaces that have excellent orientation, and a direct and easy relation between the interior and the exterior of the house.”Instead of building a monolithic dwelling, the architects opted for a home that is partially broken up and adapted to the site. Thus, they created “a group of different volumes and roofs strategically arranged to exude character. Each floor has different features that adopt the spaces according to a certain program, using natural materials like white concrete natural stone”. The interiors are welcoming and dynamic, with colorful design elements contributing to a joyful ambiance. Acting as the social core of the house, the open plan kitchen and dining area extends outdoors with a large covered terrace. [Photos by Isabel Casanova]
Opus Architekten completed the design of Nursery +E, a modern nursery project developed for the Town council of the City of Marburg, Germany. The new building comes with a total surface of 1100 square feet and displays an intricate modern architecture: “With the ground floor partly built right into the slope, the compact, two-storied building attracts attention with its folded glass facade towards the meadow and the also multiply folded roof. This striking exterior shape results in a high recognition value, not only for reasons of design but also to create an energy-plus house.” Solar panels are integrated in the folding facade, perfectly aligned to attract as much energy as possible.The modern nursery offers five group rooms for about 50 children: “On the ground floor are two group rooms and a multi-function room next to the entrance. In the back, below-ground area, on the other hand, are the technology- and the housekeeping- as well as the storage rooms, a kitchen and a staff room with an atrium in-between. On the upper level are the other three group rooms. All the group rooms were similarly designed and two groups each at the most share a differentiating area.” With plenty of glass openings and mirrored surfaces, the building reflects shades of green and wood. This makes for a good integration within the landscape, despite the avant-garde shape. [Photographs: Eibe Sönnecken]
A laundry room is increasing in popularity as a necessary household improvement. The 10 laundry room ideas we share will help create a space that’s organized, up to date and attractive enough to enjoy during laundry chore time.If you are wondering where the best place to add a laundry room would be, think of convenience first. Set your laundry room up near where dirty laundry would collect, or near the bedrooms where clean laundry gets sent. Some other favorite laundry room locations include near the entry, mud-room adjacent, in the kitchen, in a bathroom or near a closet or dressing area.Keep in mind that accidental flooding may sometimes happen. Waterproof the flooring below the laundry machine, especially if your laundry room is located on a second floor. Some good ways to waterproof include adding plastic sheeting over the subfloor, building out a shallow pan for the laundry machines to sit on or tiling the laundry floor under the machines.Another consideration when deciding on a laundry room location is the noise from the machine’s vibrations. Laundry machines that are located on the second floor should be fitted with vibration pads that dampen the noise that occurs when the machine is in motion.Although a few of our inspirational photos in the gallery are large rooms, a laundry room can be created in a small space or closet. With a little creativity and some planning, a useful, efficient laundry room can be yours.Here are 10 laundry room ideas that organize, add value and upgrade your space.Make the laundry room workspace bright and cheerful with paint. Paint is an easy, inexpensive upgrade. Choose a color theme that’s bright and uplifts your mood. Some good paint color options are vibrant citrus tones like lime green, yellow or orange. A crisp, bright white is another good option that brightens the room and the mood. Paint your walls or cabinets in the color of your choice.Counter space is vital for folding, placing your laundry basket and other items while you work. Create a custom counter look to your laundry room by adding a counter over your side by side washer and dryer.If you have the square footage, add an island to your laundry room to increase counter space.For a high end, custom-cabinet look to your laundry room, add kitchen cabinets around your washer and dryer. Choose inexpensive cabinets and upgrade them with contrasting, bright wall colors or wallpaper. Remove builder-grade hardware and replace with custom drawer pulls. A versatile and contemporary drawer pull style is the bar, which can serve as a towel or hanger rack.If you’re on a budget, visit a restaurant supply shop’s used section. Stainless work tables and shelving would be a good laundry room idea and alternative to built-in cabinets.If you don’t have enough space to keep your washer and dryer side by side, stack them vertically. This is a great way to work with smaller spaces while still having a functional laundry area.Another creative way to mount your washer and dryer is to mount them off the floor. Raising your washer and dryer make it easier on the back by eliminating the need to bend over to load and unload the washer and dryer. Create a storage area in the space below the washer and dryer. Some washer and dryer manufacturers offer the raised storage unit in the matching appliance finish.Wall cubicles, floating shelves, baskets and clothes bars are all good storage options in a laundry room.Be sure to add a dirty laundry sorting system to save time when doing laundry. A good rule of thumb is to have a minimum of three dirty laundry bins for white, light and colors or dark clothing. Asking everyone in the household to sort their own dirty laundry in the proper bin saves time.Laundry rooms often occupy dark or windowless spaces. Good lighting is of utmost importance. Adding under-cabinet lighting or a large, overhead fixture not only brightens and enlarges the space, good lighting helps you find spots and stains on laundry items to pre-treat before washing. Better yet, add a combination of lighting including canned ceiling lights, pendants and under cabinet lighting like the image above.Beautiful lighting fixtures are not only practical but also add to the design of a laundry room.A wall or cabinet mounted drop-down ironing board is a great way to hide clutter. Most designs not only hide the ironing board away, but have enough room to also store the iron itself.A wall-mounted drying rack is another good option for air drying delicates like lingerie or sweaters.Besides paint, give your laundry room a modern look by adding visual interest to the walls with pattern and texture. Two great ways to achieve this include:–Wallpaper. Choose a bold, modern pattern in a moisture resistant, vinyl paper that’s easy to wipe down–Backsplash. Add a high-end backsplash design to your laundry room. While some of the most beautiful backsplash tile options can be expensive, a smaller laundry room doesn’t require much tile at allIf you have limited space, make the laundry room a multi-use room. Some laundry room ideas for a multi-purpose space include:–A craft room–A mud room–A sports equipment storage room–A household cleaning supplies storage roomOne of the most successful laundry room ideas involve converting a hall, home office or guest room closet into a laundry room.Add plenty of shelving and be aware of clearances, so doors may close when the laundry room is not in use.Many of our laundry room ideas are easy to do. Take a look at your laundry area and see how you can upgrade yours to organize and add value to your home. What are your favorite ideas to try?
Designed by MARTINarchitects, this transparent loft in Kiev makes you question your need for privacy. What does privacy mean to you and how can you play with it to shape inspiring living spaces? An unusual feeling follows the transparency between living spaces, dining spaces and the bedroom. Not many people can see themselves living in a home that flaunts a lack of interest in conformity.Architects Igor Martin and Olga Novikova of MARTINarchitects knew how to create a space that is both soothing and engaging.An eye-catching green wall lines one side of the dining space, while the other wall is made out of brick. In-between, floor-to-ceiling windows expose guests at the table to stunning city panoramas. The transparent loft occupies 115 square meters. Overlooking the city of Kiev through expansive windows, the sophisticated loft spaces flow from one into another. Belonging to a dynamic young lawyer, this bachelor pad was designed with his owner’s lifestyle in mind. Once per week, the owner and his friends get together to play table games.This is what guests experience: a contemporary loft design infused with Ukrainian craftsmanship. Apart from being a smart house that complies to the owner’s personal phone requests, the transparent loft ahowcases a clearly bold bachelor style. Igor Martin’s furniture pieces from HIS (Home Ideas Supply) make a debut in this exemplary loft design. For example, the fascinating lights that make up the bedroom’s cozy atmosphere can be found in Igor Martin’s collection. Photographs by Igor Karpenko helps us imagine being there, eating at that inviting dining table and sleeping in the elegant bedroom.How would you go about your day if this transparent loft was your home?
Architect Tatsuyuki Takagi envisioned Fly Out House, a m odernresidence in the shape of a cantilevered volume in Toyohashi, Japan. The project was especially built for a small family and suspended above the ground in order to provide an optimum level of privacy from the busy street. Opposite to the main road, views of the neighboring residential area are framed through large windows.The clients’ brief requested a home that would accommodate a large open-plan living space for the family, but also provide parking for the husband’s car collection: “To leave most of the budget for the living area, this project began by proposing a blueprint which will provide enough parking space and create comfortable living by taking an advantage of the less valued sloping land. In this case the client came to us before the purchase, so it became our target to bring the most effective cost between which sort of land to purchase and the design to be built on top“, the architects explained.In order to reduce noise pollution, a deep balcony (serving as a buffer zone) was imagined between the living area and the street side. A plywood staircase leads the way to the bedrooms, tucked away in the most secluded area of the house. [Photography by Satoshi Asakawa]
Entering this modern home in North of Montana is like accessing a world of private bliss. Imagine pulling up the driveway and getting out of the car walking up the two stairs to the door and stepping inside a home with an open floor plan that wraps around the kitchen island and opens to the garden in the back. These light-flooded spaces are the result of the extensive design imagined by Eric Rosen Architects.Prepared for both large scale entertaining and private relaxation moments, this 5 bedrooms and 6 bathrooms modern home in North of Montana exudes warmth and a sense of freedom deeply embedded in the indoor-outdoor transition.The modern home in North of Montana has both contemporary design and location as hard-to-beat qualities. Inside, spaces unfold naturally, flowing from one into the next and merging with the outdoors. This large social space includes a sleek modern kitchen with breakfast bar under 12 ft ceilings and connects to the upstairs via a floating stainless steel staircase starting on the polished concrete floors. Besides the living and dining areas, there is an additional space downstairs.The new owner can play around and find a new purpose for this space, be it an office, an additional bedroom or a an art studio. As you might have already notice, the home has clean white walls perfect for showcasing art. What you don’t yet know is that is basement level shelters another convertible bedroom, a media room, and a bathroom.Indoor-outdoor living is mimicked upstairs, where the focus is placed on the master suite with a spa-like bath and a deep soaking tub. Listed at $6,898,000 by Laura Brau, the modern home in North of Montana can boast with not only solar hot water, electricity and radiant heat, but also with its garage equipped to install 2 electric car chargers. Now that’s something you need if you have an environmentally-friendly electric car that you can charge with solar power…
Overlooking Lake Vichuquén, in Maule Region, Chile, RP House by CMA Arquitectos was developed longitudinally, in order to capture various perspectives of the landscape. According to the architects, its main volume is defined as a large pavilion, “a body that rests quietly on the territory, mimicking the slope and vegetation. All the stillness of this body is eroded on its roof, which folds into different prisms which capture the overhead light and views of the treetops, bringing inside the spatial perception of living in a forest.” A corridor terrace runs along the length of the dwelling, offering opportunities for quality family moments outdoors.A rustic vibe is exuded by the interiors, which seem to play with light and visual perspectives: “Internally, each space builds its own atmosphere, in a wooden enclosure that traverses floors, walls and roof, until getting lost in the ceiling. A concrete structure intersects the wooden pavilion in the rear, as a longitudinal volume with opaque walls and voids that contain within them all the wet program of the house: bathrooms and kitchen, where each enclosure opens to a light courtyard contained within its walls.” Any thoughts on this unconventional home design in Chile? [Photos by: Sebastian Aedo / Estudio Apulso]
Located in Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA, Zig-Zag House by Dan Brunn Architecture is a 4,844-square-foot residence especially built for a financial manager and an aspiring artist. Clean modern lines, easy maintenance and materials compatible with the oceanfront location of the building were the main requirements of the clients. Functionally, the couple desired a garage for a boat or trailer, an art studio, and a roof deck. The three-level home features deep terraces on each floor in order to maximize outdoor spaces and ocean views. Dynamic modern facades are created by these zig-zag balconies and rhythmic window patterns.The five-bedroom house includes a ground-floor apartment with a kitchenette, as well as expansive garage: “The two floors built above constitute the main living spaces. Stairs appear to be floating due to a hidden tension rod design, further contributing to the airy nature of the interiors. The program includes: garage, laundry room, apartment with living room, kitchen, bedroom, and full bath on ground floor; living room, kitchen, dining room, powder room, and two guest rooms with shared bath on floor two; master bedroom suite with open bath and walk-in closet, office/art studio, and two guest rooms with shared bath on floor three.” Various skylights and floor-to-ceiling glass windows bring natural illumination inside, resulting in a fresh and airy residence. [Photos by Brandon Shigeta]
Adding green to the bedroom is easy if you already have a muted color scheme going in the room. It is a color that works beautifully with the likes of white, gray and even brown. While the yellowy-greens add warmth to the bedroom, the blue-tinged variants bring a touch of coolness along with a vibrant ambiance. Here is a pick of 25 gorgeous bedrooms that incorporate green in a gorgeous fashion.
Situated on a privileged site filled with vineyards and beautiful mature trees in California, USA, this residential project consists of two separate houses connected by glass. Envisioned by Jørgensen Design, the House Set On The Valley is a welcoming merger of open and enclosed spaces: ” Each dwelling is protected from a busy road with two L-Shaped walls; one is stone and one is cedar. A number of pieces behind these walls are arranged together around courtyards and terraces. In turn giving rise to a sequence of individual gardens, each with their own individual ambiance – gardens set among other limitless gardens. A system of slender spaces act like paths connecting the gardens, courtyards, and interior spaces, each embracing and respecting the landscape.”
Large expanses of glass open up the residence to the surrounding landscape and provide plenty of natural illumination: “The main house opens to vineyards on the valley floor with 270 degree views of the surrounding Mayacamas Mountains, Mt. St. Helena, and Stags Leap beyond. Guestrooms are through the cedar gateway and open to the southern views of vineyards, Stone Mountain, Mt. Vedeer and the city nearby. Meanwhile the utility areas are hidden away in front with easy access while increasing the buffer between the house and busy road and the house.” The open-air swimming pool completes the image of an inviting home in the middle of nature. [Images by Joe Fletcher Photography]
Emerald is a color that has consistently topped trend charts in recent times and its jewel-toned glamor is perfect for bedrooms with Hollywood Regency style. Malachite pattern and color is also a smart choice if you love that luxurious look in the bedroom while eclectic bedrooms drenched in green goodness steal the show with sheer audacity and flair.
Your bench doesn’t necessarily have to be built right into your shower. If you have enough room, you can purchase a standalone bench that you can bring right in, and remove whenever you want! Here’s a wooden bench in a large walk-in from HGTV. What type of bathroom bench or stool is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.
Apaiser is a great source for luxury round stone tubs, such as the Eclipse Stone Bathtub shown below. In fact, Apaiser tubs are perfect for spaces that showcase building materials such as stone and tile. Soft edges are a highlight of this piece, and it’s also available in a range of hues and materials. Keep in mind that when it comes to the modern powder room, a round tub has the power to soften the bold lines of the space. Yet you don’t have to play it safe with the bathtub, as shown below by a bold selection in black, a Caroma product purchased from Reece.
Owned by a father with grown children, the fascinatingly contemporary Chautauqua Residence was designed by Studio William Hefner. Collecting rare books is one of the owner’s biggest satisfactions, so the house was envisioned to shelter a home library anyone would be proud of. Overlooking a canyon in the Pacific Palisades, the panoramic home known as the Chautauqua Residence has plenty of intimate and social spaces that turn it either into an oasis of relaxation or the perfect place for entertaining.
It would have been a pity not to take advantage of the panoramic views. So architect William Hefner and designer Kazuko Hoshino imagined the … as a site-specific dream home. Working with an amazing location, architects found it easy to determine the interior space arrangement and orientation for this astounding panoramic home. Interior spaces draw in light via large floor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors that erase the lines between inside and out.
Neutral colors and textures combined resulted in a visually appealing, warm and comfortable living environment. Imagine entering this panoramic home only to find a functional modern great room opening to an infinity pool spilling over panoramic views. Check out the photos before you decide what else this home would need to be your dream home. Enjoy the virtual tour!
As we alluded to earlier, green and white is a smart combination that works well in a modern bedroom and balances energetic overtones with a serene backdrop. The amount of green you use here depends on the size of the room and the amount of natural light that floods into your bedroom. Smaller bedrooms with too much green might seem both overwhelming and visually cluttered.
We now shine the spotlight on a series of modern powder rooms that are magnificent in their own right. Stone is the material of choice in the bathroom below, which makes the Haven Stone Bathtub with Base from Apaiser an ideal choice for the space! Note how details such as a sculptural pendant light add layers of eye-catching design to this interior. Sometimes less is more, and when the powder room is all about the tub, it’s not a bad idea to go bold. Next we see Apaiser’s Haven Stone Bathtub (this time without the base), and if black isn’t your tub color of choice, note that in true Apaiser tradition, the piece is available in a variety of finishes. Here’s another modern black bathtub in a grey bathroom, and this time the tub is available through Modern Bathroom Vanities.
With its name deriving from the North Star (easy to spot though the skylight the kid’s bedroom), Polaris House was designed by Boston-based architect Bob Augustine and is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA. The exterior of the residence is adapted to the wood-defined architecture of the neighborhood. The entrance is easy to spot, due to the zinc-clad silo, contrasting the rest of the building finished in Western Red Cedar. The interiors were especially developed with a playful, childish vision in mind. Vivid colors and eye-catching lighting fixtures fill the house. As the client explained, the living space “is all about the kids.” A circular metal stair, painted in a striking industrial orange hue, acts as the focal point of the residence and guides inhabitants towards the second floor, where a library and a home office are located. Find this unusual color mix appealing?
The terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are often used interchangeably when describing design. It’s a common faux pas and one of which this writer is certainly guilty. In design lexicon the two words have contrasting and quite distinct meanings. Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past, specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.