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Beautiful Houses: The Houl in Scotland

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 The Houl. The Houl is a project by Simon Winstanley Architects, a house that received the 2011 RIBA Award (The Royal Institute of British Architects). The house is sited in a natural concave area of hillside with spectacular landscape setting of the river Ken valley and the ridges of the Rhinns of Kells hills opposite. The intention was to create a contemporary single storey ?long house? which is recessive in the landscape, sustainable in its construction, very low in energy consumption, and aiming for zero net emissions of carbon dioxide for all energy use in the house. Make sure to visit Simon Winstanley Architects to read more about this amazing project. This place is incredible. Besides the great views, materials and spaces, the house is sustainable, which is really nice. I loved everything in this house, definitely wouldn't mind living there ;) Check out Simon Winstanley Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at ArchDaily.

Beautiful Houses: Glenbrook Residence in Maryland

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 Glenbrook. Glenbrook is a project by David Jameson Architect. Two stone structures surround a glass pavilion within a wooded landscape in Bethesda, Maryland. The concept for the Glenbrook residence was to create three distinct structures: one for the most public programs, one for the most private living programs and one where “public” and private can co-exist. Each space has an outdoor terrace or some special connection to the site while the roof of the glass pavilion folds beyond one’s cone of vision to create the feeling of being outside. Wow, this house is super elegant and beautiful. The wide spaces, stone walls, floor, materials and lots os glass are incredible and create a really nice environment. Definitely a nice place to live ;) Check out David Jameson Architect website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at Contemporist.

Beautiful Houses: La Concha

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 La Concha. La Concha is a project by MOOARC, an architectural studio based in UK. La Concha is the result of a renovation of a 15th century barn. The old barn was transformed in a beautiful and elegant residence, where the former barn takes part as the heart of the home. On the lower level, kitchen and dining is position below a more formal living space up on a mezzanine level. A more relaxed living/play space is set at the front of the house, opening out to a terrace. At the rear, the sleeping block is linked to the living space via the entrance and vertical circulation. The house was conceived as a separate sleeping block linked to the barn via a glazed entrance piece allowing the mass of the original barn to breathe. The retained structure of the barn has been revealed, with the internal space for living expressed as a single volume. The house is super beautiful. Huge spaces, lots of glass and nicely picked materials form a modern and elegant house. Definitely a nice place to live ;) Check out MOOARC website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at Freshome.

Beautiful Houses: Dune House in England

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 Dune House. The Dune House is a project by Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter, a firm located in Oslo, Norway. I couldn't find a lot of information about the project on their website, but I'm pretty sure the images explain a lot. The house is located in Thorpeness on the Suffolk coast, and actually replaced an existing building at the site. This house is really beautiful. The combination of concrete, glass and aluminum create an elegant and cozy environment. The wide spaces and the view are also breathtaking, definitely a nice place to live ;) Check out Jarmund/Vigsnæs Arkitekter website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at Contemporist. Photography by Nils Petter Dale

Beautiful Houses: Rechter House in Tel Aviv

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 Rechter House. The Rechter House is a project by Pitsou Kedem Architects. The main idea behind the project was to conserve the spirit of the original design - open planning - and with this in mind, they redesigned the house’s external features and internal spaces. They preserved the horizontal grid and gave it extra intensity dividing it into two halves through the use of a spacious double space running its entire length. The choice of materials was done with great thought and included materials that are not considered “fashionable” so that they will not overpower the architecture and will help form a bridge between the two era’s; the first, the original one story design and the other the new, present day design. This house is simply wow. I loved the open plan, materials, floor and huge book shelve. I would definitely love to live in a place like this ;) Check out Pitsou Kedem Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at Contemporist.

Beautiful Houses: Washington Park Residence in Seattle

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 Washington Park. The Washington Park Residence is a project by Sullivan Conard Architects. The house is located in Seattle, Washington and sits on a bluff overlooking Lake Washington and the Cascades. The design takes advantage of the site by capturing unobstructed views while preserving privacy. The design explores the contrast between mass and transparency with thick, thermally insulated concrete walls forming the major portions of the street facade. The walls are layered and modulated to provide carefully framed views from west facing rooms, add depth and shadow to the facade, and orchestrate the entry sequence through the courtyard to the front door. The house is really beautiful and elegant. The concrete walls, wide windows and materials create a really nice environment. I'm not that in love with interiors, but I still would like to give the house a try ;) Check out Sullivan Conard Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at Contemporist.

Beautiful Houses: Kirribilli House in Sydney

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 Kirribilli House. The Kirribilli House is a project by Luigi Rosselli Architects, a firm who believes architecture exists in time, place and space and that each time is different, each place has its own opportunities and challenges, and so each space must respond uniquely. The Kirribilli house is located in Sydney, Australia and is a response to a clients demand of having a comfortable house. So what makes a house comfortable? A climatically comfortable environment, a place where you seek refuge from the heat of the day or in the cold nights, without having to barricade yourself behind hermetically shut windows. The rammed earth walls and well located operable skylights, the sun drenched courtyard and the breezy verandah, the green roof and external shutters have all contributed to a most livable waterfront residence and to win the AIA sustainable design award for 2011. This house is really beautiful. The wide spaces, materials, patterns and clean interiors create an elegant and cozy place. Definitely a nice place to live ;) Check out Luigi Rosselli Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Justin Alexander.

Beautiful Houses: Minimum House in Germany

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 elegant Minimum House. The Minimum House is a project by Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten, a firm founded by Frank Kasprusch and Hermann Scheidt. The Minimum house is located in Germany, situated to the south of Berlin, is a prototype for a serial holiday and residential house. The concept was developed by the ideal of a house with maximum outdoor impressions and also by making full use of the solar yields for the building. The architects, engineers and other people responsible for the project developed a modular building concept, hat allows a contemporary open space living with high ecological standards. This house is beautiful and clean. Few elements create a nice and elegant environment. Materials, colors, distribution, everything was well planed and the result is a beautiful eco-friendly house. Definitely a nice place to live ;) Check out Scheidt Kasprusch Architekten website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Christian Gahl.

Beautiful Houses: Flowing Lake Residence in Washington

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 Flowing Lake Residence. The Flowing Lake Residence is a project by David Vandervort Architects, a middle sized firm located in Seattle. Their challenge was to create a home for an active, young couple which preserved the trees and the remaining native landscape while extending toward and maximizing views of the lake in the Snohomish County. The solution was to create a path to the water alongside which a house was then placed. The path begins at the auto court with its detached garage/office. It then descends past the bedroom wing alongside the giant firs to mid-slope where a glass corridor/entry blurs the line between interior and exterior. From here the living areas open and cantilever toward the view, its glass façade maximizing both openness to the lake and the limited quantity of light. This house is really elegant and the lake view is pretty inspiring. The layout, the big windows and materials are beautiful and create a nice and cozy environment. Definitely a nice place to live ;) Check out David Vandervort Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Mark Woods.

Beautiful Houses: Hotchkiss Residence in Washington

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 Hotchkiss Residence. The Hotchkiss Residence is a project by Scott | Edwards Architecture, a firm built on the premise that innovative design solutions result from a collaborative effort between architect, client and craftsperson. The project is a 2,000 sf home on the Columbia river in Vancouver Washington. The home, built for a retired couple, was placed on the site to maximize the southern view to the river. A large overhang creates a dynamic outdoor living room and creates enough overhang to shield the harsh rays of the sun from penetrating the interior of the home. Radiant floor heating, exposed wood structure and walnut cabinetry create a contemporary, yet warm home. The house is super elegant and beautiful. All the windows, the floor, the materials and color combinations resulted in a modern and cozy house. The wood also gave the place a beautiful and unique look, definitely a place I would love to live in ;) Check out Scott | Edwards Architecture website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Peter Eckert.

Beautiful Houses: Rounded Loft in Prague

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 Rounded Loft. The Rounded Loft is a project by A1 Architects, a firm that believes the secret of architecture lies in naturalness. The rounded loft is located in the beautiful Prague, Czech Republic. They wanted to build a fluent space, so they start with an entrance hall that slightly continues towards living space and kitchen. The space is also open to an upper gallery meant for guests. To reach specific fluency of space we decided to round off some of the interior corners, which finally give the space its unique smooth character. This loft is really beautiful. The rounded corners give the place a cozy and unique look. The colors, materials and combinations are delicate and create a nice environment. Definitely a place I would love to live in ;) Check out A1 Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at ArchDaily.

Beautiful Houses: Sun House in Singapore

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 elegant Sun House. The Sun House is a project by Guz Architects, a firm that seeks to produce refreshing architecture. I couldn't find many information about the Sun House on their website but the images say a lot. The house is an art piece, the huge open spaces and the natural light is simply amazing. The courtyard and the way the house is built allow the air to flow naturally, resulting in a beautiful and unique place. The house is super beautiful and naturally bright. Big spaces and a great courtyard. Not that in love with the decoration, but wouldn't mind living here ;) Check out Guz Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at Contemporist.

Beautiful Houses: Mercer Residence

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 elegant Mercer Residence. The Mercer Residence is a project by Vibe Design Group, a multi-award winning firm with a passion for design and totally focused on excellence. The Mercer Residence is the result of a complete renovation (see before and after photo at the end of the post). In transforming the residence they sought to create an undeniable street presence and they definitely accomplish that with a striking timber-lined shape that extends with the longest street boundary. A clear glass splash-back gives a sneak-peak to the battened timber feature wall beyond. Windows in the lounge area are given a framed view of the beautiful established trees in the street, while the dining at the opposite end of the space spills onto the north-facing outdoor entertaining area. The result of this renovation is totally amazing! The Mercer Residence is super elegant and beautiful. The interiors, materials, spaces... everything creates a cozy environment. Definitely a house I would live in ;) Check out Vibe Design Group website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. Before - After We found this house at freshome. Photos by Robert Hamer.

Beautiful Houses: Kona Residence in Hawaii

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 breathtaking Kona Residence. The Kona Residence is a project by Belzberg Architects, a firm that is all about architectural innovation. Nestled between cooled lava flows, the Kona residence situates its axis not with the linearity of the property, but rather with the axiality of predominant views available to the site. The program is arranged as a series of pods distributed throughout the property, each having its own unique features and view opportunities. The pods are programmatically assigned as two sleeping pods with common areas, media room, master suite and main living space. An exterior gallery corridor becomes the organizational and focal feature for the entire house, connecting the two pods along a central axis.  This house is astonishing. The place itself, Hawaii, is already a paradise, and the house is simply breathtaking. The volumes are beautiful and inspiring. The interiors, materials, spaces... everything makes me want live here ;) Check out Belzberg Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos: Benny Chan

Beautiful Houses: House of Pavilions in Bangalore

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 House of Pavilions. The House of Pavilions is a project by Architecture Paradigm. The house is located in Bangalore, India and it expresses all cultural concepts of the city. Designed for three generations living under one roof which is a common situation in this area, the house of pavilions is an attempt at exploring emerging conditions. Open spaces and integrated indoor and outdoor spaces are traditional in indian houses and here they play a important part of the project. This house really beautiful. The angles, the huge glass windows allowing light to enter the rooms, the materials, everything is nicely combined and the result is another nice house to inspire us. ;) Check out Architecture Paradigm website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at ArchDaily.

Beautiful Houses: Tiburon Bay 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... This week we present you the beautiful Tiburon Bay House. The Tiburon Bay House is a project by Butler Armsden Architects, a firm that combines clients' visions and architectural expertise to develop exceptional projects. When designing the Tiburon House the entire team was tasked with setting an example of just how far the energy saving architectural exercise could be pushed to set an example of great design and great performance at the same time. And they did it. All of the materials used in the project re recycled or sustainable and in some cases, like the retaining walls, were salvaged from the foundations f the original house. Electricity and hot water are solar powered, and there is even a complex water reclamation system that is technologically head of the local building codes. This house is amazing. Besides being a beautiful place, it's also energy efficient. Everything here is breath taking, materials, color scheme, site, natural bright interiors, wide spaces... loved it. Can I move in? ;) Check out Butler Armsden Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. We found this house at freshome. Photos by Matthew Millman

Beautiful Houses: Casa D in Cuneo, Italy

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 Casa D. Casa D is a project by Damilano Studio Architects, a firm founded in 1990 by Duilio Damilano. The studio develops a language with a contemporary approach for continuous research in the modeling of architectural forms. Particular attention is paid to light, transparent and reflective surfaces in projects that take a force of expression that sometimes cancels or enhances the built volumes. Casa D is on a gently sloping terrain that gave the pretext to develop a house on two levels, connected by a mezzanine floor. The entrance to the house has a curious glimpse of the dining area, located south-east of the Appendix. The living room opens onto a large window on the porch and garden, raised above the share of the pool. Large outdoor terraces that follow the natural slope of the land, linking the summer lunch at the poolside and even the lawn located at the lower level, which overlooks the spa area. The mezzanine level of the house is the double-height library, which separates the living from the sleeping area. This house is really beautiful and elegant. The combinations, materials, spaces and surroundings, everything is inspiring and beautiful. Another great example of a house I wouldn't mind living. ;) Check out Damilano Studio Architects website for further details about this and other projects. See you next time. Thanks Damilano Studio Architects for sending us the pictures and details of this project. Photos by A. Martiradonna.