Wrapped in concrete and glass, GB House designed by Bitar Arquitectos in Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico is a modern retreat, offering security and seclusion. From the street side, the building resembles an imposing fortress, with simple, sober lines. But as one approaches the opposite facade, the level of openness and user-friendliness increases. Inside, warmth is suggested through an extensive use of wood and beautiful stone finishes.The structure and layout of the residence is described by the architects as follows: “GP House has basic spaces required for a residence: living room, bedroom, family and so on, spread over two floors connected by stairs. The upstairs master bedroom and public areas (living room and game room) form the rear facade, almost entirely covered with glass. This gives lightness to the concrete structure, allowing these areas to not lose their continuity and enjoy the view of the golf course”. What is your stand regarding the overall design of this residence? Would you personally describe this place as “welcoming”?
The Outside In House project was designed by Japanese studio Takeshi Hosaka Architects for a couple and their three children and is located in Yamanashi, Japan. The architecture of the residence is highly original and, as the name of the crib suggests, the exterior seems to be brought indoors and vice versa. Here are further details from the architects: “Working to engage with the outdoors in a vertical motion as well as the horizontal, the design utilizes a sawtoothed roof form with strips of acrylic roof lights that secure views of the sky above. The reinforced concrete beams funnel natural sunlight into the interior, shifting the atmosphere of the house throughout the day. Conceived as a series of layers that gradually add more indoor elements, the rectangular layout places the private programs such as the bathroom and bedrooms to the north and communal spaces to the south. Different materiality in surfaces softly establishes the changing levels of outdoors throughout the residence.” What is your stand on this unusual architecture approach?
Studio Pupogaspar Arquitetura completed the design of a massive 4,410 square foot contemporary home in Campinas, a Brazilian city of São Paulo State. The home was entitled Residencia NJ and combines state-of-the-art technology with luxurious decors. Surrounded by imposing palm-trees, the white building gives away a holiday-like atmosphere, an impression enhanced by the numerous terraces, large swimming pool and many windows.A paved alley leads the way towards the garage and main entrance. Once inside, a potential beholder is likely to feel overwhelmed by the size of the living room. To top it all, the living room is continued by a poolside terrace with comfortable lounge furniture, ideal for having many, many guests over. Colorful lighting schemes can completely transform this place during the evenings into a heavy partying zone. The focal point of the interior is a subtly arched stairway, connecting the social areas below with the bedrooms on the second floor. Looking forward to your reactions on this one!
Beautiful and with an imposing façade, the Cat Mountain Residence, designed by Cornerstone Architects in Austin, Texas, is quite unique, thanks to the special blend of neat contemporary notes in dialogue with the charming antique decorations. Modern and rustic have never worked so well together! A perfect match, indeed! The house’s beauty is influenced by the special lighting system, that adds value to the interior, bringing into the spotlight different artistic objects. The light system, in this particular case, is a powerful tool: it generates mystery, making everything look absolutely lovely in nighttime and of course, it create a more spacious environment. The interior is connected to the terrace through a glass wall, favouring a slow transition between the environments.You can sit and have your morning coffee on the terrace while enjoying a wonderful sunrise. The view is really nice and recalls a dreamy state of mind. Relaxing and why not, spectacular in every single detail, the breathtaking Cat Mountain Residence is awesomely decorated, in order to enjoy a tranquil lifestyle surrounded by comfort and luxury. [ Photo credit : Bryant Hill ]
We stumbled across an original architecture project in Caulfield South, Melbourne, Australia, defined by elegance and filled with vintage design wonders. This colorful and creative family home (currently on sale) boasts five bedrooms and two bathrooms, a garage large enough to shelter two cars and a generously-sized outdoor swimming pool. A traditional white picket fence adds a romantic background for the residence and its surrounding green yard. The building’s exterior features intact Victorian architecture details, interesting to observe from various standpoints.The core of the house is a large open plan living and dining space, offering a cozy fireplace, comfortable seating units, a traditional furniture and plenty of colorful decorations. The interior is connected to the courtyard and swimming pool. From eye-catching rainbow prints to colorful materials and textures, the house abounds in freshness and design creativity. Intricate chandeliers add a touch of nobility, while rustic furniture elements increase the feeling of warmth…
The Walker Residence was built by architect Rodney Walker and is a spectacular looking building located in Ojai, California. According to the official project description, “the carefully chosen site is a unique hilltop on the west side of the Ojai Valley which affords 270 degree panoramic vistas while still providing total privacy for the occupants. Curtain glass walls and mobile glass panels are set back beneath the roof eaves and structural perimeter. From the interiors the effect is cineramic. To steal from Wright; from this vantage you don’t just see the Valley and the Mountains, you are the Valley and the Mountains! The experience is transcendent, and not fleeting. Communing with nature here is a moment by moment daily reality. The site is over 3.4 acres. A gated private drive curves gently up the hill to a generous parking plaza and the residence entry. In addition to the living areas, there are four bedrooms (one of which is currently used as a media room), and three baths”. Enjoy the architecture details of this project and don’t forget to give us your feedback! [Photography by Scott Mayoral]
Located in Montmorency, France, and bearing the name of its location, this villa extension adorns a home built in 1910 and updated to suit a modern lifestyle.This Montmorency Residence was re-designed by Francesca De Marchi of Paris-based NIM Architecture to include a contemporary addition that provided the family living here with a merger of old and new on their new property. Deciding to buy their first home, the young couple and their three children ended up enjoying a renovated house, as well as a contemporary addition gathered on a 1,000 square meter property. With a southeast orientation and placed on a slightly sloped land, the residence spotted on Muuuz lacked comfortable light-flooded social spaces, so this white volumetric attachment was designed to shelter the kitchen, dining room and lounge. Built within the limits marked by urban regulations, this extension showcases a green roof underneath which extensive use of glazing allows sunlight to penetrate deep into the interiors. Privacy was obtained by focusing transparency away from neighboring houses and creating a family-friendly environment complete with terrace and a green lawn…
Reshaping a residence to take into consideration its surroundings was a challenge for Bortolotto Design Architect Inc. Their creative team refreshed the look of the traditional 2 and a half story house, transforming it into a four floors-high, bright, beautifully composed residential collection of spaces. It has come to be known as the Urban Ravine House because of its proximity to a fascinating natural environment that guided the design process. The house went from occupying 1,600 square foot to 4,000 square foot of undeniably modern spaces. Architects describe the house as being “oriented at all four levels to the natural beauty of the ravine to the south, with views to the city’s towers during the winter months and with views of a natural forest in the summer months. The house now has two faces, the traditional one facing the street and a modern one open to the ravine.”You can see the transformation went from cluttered and outdated to open and light-flooded in the before and after photos. The center of the house now receives direct natural light through a staircase light well ascending from ground floor to the last level skylight. Strongly connected to the outside via outdoor decks and steps leading down the sloped forested yard, the modern house proves to be a successful redesign project. Making its way through translucent walls and surfaces and an overhang-protected glazed south side, natural light becomes part of the design, complementing either smaller rooms like the bathroom or flooding large spaces, like the the double-height living room with natural light. This is a major change, see for yourself in the photos below and enjoy the inspiration!
Displaying an impressive contemporary white theme and elegantly adorned with crystal lighting, this six-level house in London is hypnotizing. The residence was especially developed by SHH studio to answer the living requirements of a family with six children. By employing a harmonious mix of furniture items and decorations, a seamless transition between spaces was achieved. Chrystal chandeliers were used as focal points, each room glowing with appeal.According to the designers, the house is comprised of a very generously proportioned reception room, large formal dining room, family room, cinema and pool room, all located on the lower three floors. The entire first floor is occupied by the master suite, with the remaining two floors taken up by five further bedrooms. The client’s brief was simple. The look had to be cream, off-white and funky. Layers of differing tones and textures allowed this simple directive to bear fruit in a cool, dramatic and elegant final scheme. [Photos and information courtesy of SHH]
Bonaire House was designed by Silberstein Architecture and is located in Bonaire, a Caribbean island east of Central America and north of Venezuela. The residence stands out due to its imposing contemporary architecture and its white exterior pleasantly contrasts the Caribbean blue. Access towards the main entrance is provided by a staircase, which inhabitants can step on, while “chaperoned” by the lovely pool to the right. A large open plan living room naturally extended with the terrace is up next. The fact that one can get from a boat on the deck and straight inside the home is a bit unusual. Perhaps a passage way between the living room and entrance would have been a better approach, don’t you agree? The interiors are impressive in size, and feature minimalist, tasteful furniture arrangements. Large windows provide extensive water views, making some of the rooms truly welcoming. And did you happen to notice the small yacht?
Creating a modern frame for an old 1950’s post & beam house that also includes a tree running through the interior spaces was a challenge for the design team working on this project – California-based Aaron Neubert Architects. Their work on re-designing this single family residence brought forth some contemporary design details. Along with a 800 square foot bedroom addition, the interior and exterior appearance of this timber-framed house was upgraded to suit a modern lifestyle, but also needed to keep the original “peninsular shape of the property” and respect the slope of the land. Known as the Sycamore House, this residential property in Los Angeles, California, has seen its rebirth revolving around a beloved sycamore tree that became part of the bedroom’s charm. The architects describe the incorporation of the imposing tree in the project: “By perpendicularly positioning the addition between the existing house and the street setback, the relationship between the interior of the house and the landscape are reinforced. The cantilever of the addition extends over the hillside, projecting the interior into the tree canopy. Conversely, the sycamore tree is incorporated into the house, literally penetrating the space of the bedroom.”
The Componibili Storage Unit was designed in 1968 by Anna Castelli Ferrieri for Kartell. A design classic, it is on show at New York’s MoMA and the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Functional, adaptable and smart, this hard-wearing and versatile unit has many uses around the home. Componibili units are stackable, available in round and square versions, varied sizes and several colors.
Handmade, elegant and solid, the Dixon Modular Storage Unit from Dare Studio is a beautiful example of well-made British design. Designed by Patrick Frey for Richard Lampert, the sleek, modest and rather demure Stak Trolley system is suited to home and office environments. German-Based Richard Lampert follows the motto: ‘as little as possible, as much as necessary’.
An antique armoire can bring a sense of timeless elegance to any home, but not everyone can find a proper use for one — not to mention sufficient space too! In the old days they were used to store clothing and linens back when bedrooms didn’t have closets, and today some people use them to hold their televisions — but that trend perhaps isn’t as big of a deal as it once was now that TV screens are so flat and compact. You just need to have a look around at all your stuff and see what needs a storage area of its own! Here are some great ideas that might pique your interest.
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.
Chan Architecture completed the Hawthorn Extension, a project consisting of a rear addition to a double fronted Victorian terrace house in Melbourne, Australia. According to the project developers, the main challenge was to design “a new family area without sacrificing too much of the backyard, whilst being respectful of the existing house. The approach was to create a visual break between the old and the new, to clearly delineate the different zones.” A jacuzzi and swimming pool area add a contemporary vibe to the new extension, while offering soothing spaces for family interaction.
Featuring clear lines, extensive use of windows and high ceilings, the new addition meets the contemporary living needs of the owners, without interfering with the traditional personality of the main Victorian construction: “The existing house has four good sized bedrooms at the front, but the living, dining and kitchen rooms were small with low ceilings. So the proposal was to demolish the existing rear of the house and construct a new, modern, open planned kitchen/living/dining room with new laundry, two bathrooms and a new master bedroom.” Enjoy the virtual tour of the property and let us know what you think! [Photos by Folded Bird Photography – Brendan Finn]
What does a gardener’s home look like? Well, there’s an example in Krakow, Poland, that can shift your perspective on how much living space a person needs. Compact homes don’t necessarily mean boring homes. In the hands of creative architects like Arciteckt.Lemanski, client’s wishes are turned into fabulous, example-worthy homes. Rising up towards the sky via a curved volume sheltering the staircase, the playful architecture of the house named Domo Dom provokes a powerful first impression.
The siding and angled windows hint towards the internal floor plan but reveal nothing but a fun, impressive architectural style. Indoor spaces were kept simple and functional, just as the client requested. A dining/living space downstairs connects the outdoor deck to the kitchen.
Leading up to the bedroom area above the garage, the staircase proved the most important feature of all. It transformed what could have been a small home into an exemplary work of residential art. And underneath, the small bathroom fits in perfectly. All around the peculiar construction, stones create an even deeper play of geometry, a frame that speaks about the owner’s passion and work.
In the photographs taken by Tomasz Zakrzewski we can see the unusual building from different vantage points and understand how even the deck elongates the living spaces outdoors. In good weather, the seamlessly connected indoor/outdoor spaces almost double the square footage.The entrance was placed at the side of the house and adorned with a protective overhang. Seen on Trendir, this stunningly playful architecture defines not only the need for visual candy, but also the need for simplicity and functionality…
Intriguing and unusual, the Volt table, designed by the Dutch artist, Reinier de Jong, is really something to remember. Ok, here’s a yellow table. So, what?! Well, the details make it look particularly odd and fun. Volt is entirely made of plywood and it looks like a fluid piece of furniture. The legs seem integrated in the table top. Definitely, this is one of the items that fit those who love unusual design elements sprinkled around their homes. What really grabbed our attention were the legs, which have a triangular shape and the playful geometric-like appearance.
Volt is both minimal and dynamic. The colour can be easily chosen, depending on your tastes. It is not necessary to be yellow. Moreover, it is extremely practical, being wide enough to make room for six chairs. You can place it in the kitchen (it will look funky and it will add a glimpse of fun to the environment) or even outside, on the terrace. The Rotterdam designer said that Volt is “a table with a form that seems impossible like an Escher drawing. It continues to fascinate due to its elusive appearance.”
If you believe that green does not work in a trendy and minimal contemporary bedroom, then think again! A green accent wall is easy to shape and it brings that much needed warmth to an otherwise cool and mundane interior. Just repeat the color in the room using vivacious bedding, accessories, nightstands or even a couple of lovely vases and you have an inviting bedroom that is both energetic and relaxing. Those who feel that an accent wall in green or décor are not your thing can still add the color by placing a couple of potted plants to fill up those empty corners. It is an easy, eco-friendly and healthy choice to turn to that will instantly alter the mood in the bedroom.
There is an interesting architectural element that stands behind the XV House‘s name. The interior cantilever stairs are based on a reinforced concrete beam, that shapes a distinctive xv sign with the double pillar. Architects from the Polish firm RS + Robert Skitek created the stunning contemporary residence as a response to the carefully chosen site, surrounding views and modern style required. The reduced usage of colors in the facade led to the creation of a uniform design, accentuated by dark elements – the windows and shutters, subtle roof line and vertical set of windows. Easy to spot near Cracow, Poland, this collection of white volumes gathered in a residential construction were designed to make the 475 square meters of interior spaces compact and easy to live in without losing the freedom of living in a large, open and bright space.
Located on a residential district near Cracow, this modern residence located at the highest point of its street overlooks the Wawel Hill and the mountains, creating a fascinating series of views from the large glazed side. Starting from the basement, where the garage and technical room share space with the guest rooms, the floor plan changes into the largest possible opening of the space, divided into social and private spaces culminating with a multipurpose space with soothing views located on the top floor…