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Beautiful Houses: Gatineau Hills

This week we will show you the incredibly beautiful Gatineau Hills in Quebec, Canada, a project by Christopher Simmonds. I couldn't find the details about the project but the images were enough to convince me to show you this house. The exterior white, wood and glass combo are amazing. And to match the great exterior, the interior counts with open floor, lots of natural light, oak floors and more of the wood/white combo. The result is simply amazing. Certainly a great place to live. Make sure to check out Christopher Simmonds website for further inspiring projects. See you next week :) We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Peter Fritz Photography.

Beautiful Houses: Zipper House

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... The Zipper House is a project by DeForest Architects, a firm located in Seattle, WA. This modern remodel offers a new intake on the postwar split-level house type. By opening up the stair, raising the roof and adding a fifth level, the architects created a "zipper" that weaves together views and spaces. Make sure to check the image with further details about the house in the end of the post. This house is simple, cozy and modern, I really liked what they did to the old house. The materials and open spaces create a beautiful and inspiring environment, definitely a great place to live! ;) Check out DeForest Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. Click at the image to see a bigger version of it.

Beautiful Houses: Lake Lugano in Switzerland

The idea in this series is to show beautiful and inspiring houses. Houses that are remarkable for its design, elegance, elements, concept or simply because they are beautiful. So if you like architecture, interior design and beautifully designed houses, you are at the right spot. Check out this week beautiful house and stay tuned for more... This week we present you the beautiful Lake Lugano. Lake Lugano is a project by JM Architecture, a firm based in Milano. The Lake Lugano house stands on the slope of a hill, on the shores of Lake Lugano. The place is a polygonal glass pavilion with rounded edges overlooking two different areas: a mountain and a garden overlooking the lake. The project also pays great attention to environmental aspects and uses geothermal energy, rain water collection system and highly efficient low-emittance glass insulated with argon gas. This place is simply amazing. Besides being super beautiful, modern and clean the rounded edges give the house a kind of retro look and all the glass allow natural light to illuminate the place, which is great. And I also liked that the house is "eco friendly" ... definitely a nice place to live ;) Check out JM Architecture website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at Contemporist.

Flight of Birds House, by Bernardo Rodrigues

Okay, I know that Beautiful Houses is another post, but I had to steal this one from Gisele. This is an architectural masterpiece, an amazing house located at St. Michael Island in the Azores, a project by portuguese Bernardo Rodrigues. The shape and design of this house really caught my attention, it was done very carefully, being both subtle and very striking, like a bird preparing to fly. This is the format and name of this project, Flight of Birds. Interesting? Well I should say that this house is more than that, the way that they designed the environments favoring the view of the woods as well as natural lighting and large walls around the house to protect from rain and high winds - characteristic of the area. These are some of the characteristics of this house, beautiful, modern and why not say exciting?! Photography by Iwan Baan Photography by Iwan Baan Photography by Iwan Baan Photography by Iwan Baan Photography by Iwan Baan Photography by Iwan Baan Photography by Iwan Baan The microclimate of this farmland offers frequent wind and showers so the first design strategy was to block with a wall those winds, offer diverse patios and covered courtyards on the ground floor protected from rain and open all living space to the natural green around by glass walls receded from the exterior. Photography by Iwan Baan Photography by Iwan Baan Photography by Iwan Baan Photography by Iwan Baan Photography by Iwan Baan Photography by Iwan Baan Photography by Iwan Baan