Today we will show you an elegant duplex in Gràcia, Barcelona, Spain, a project by Zest Architecture. This duplex is inspiring. Open spaces, stylish ceilings, beautiful wood and clay walls. The architects delivered a totally cozy and modern environment. Take a look! Make sure to check out Zest Architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: In a building in Gracia, where the owners owned two apartments one on top of the other, ZEST was asked to create a spacious, welcoming family home. The brief included the creation of both a dedicated music room, suitable for small concerts of chamber music, and a library and study. When we discovered that the building had once upon a time been a factory and that underneath the modern finishes and false ceilings the skeleton of the old vaulted structure still existed, the direction of the project soon became clear. We stripped the apartments from head to toe, to make use of the height of the original spaces. The apartment is served by an "aerothermal" system, which provides water for the underfloor heating in winter, and cooling through fancoils in the summer. ZEST did all the lighting design, with virtually all lighting in LED. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Lluís Casals.
Today we will show you a breathtaking beach house on a remote island in Far North Queensland, Australia, a project by Renato D’Ettorre Architects. The house is about 1100 square feet (100 square meters) and it is an amazing example of indoor/outdoor living. Beautiful views and doors that open up completely for you to enjoy the surroundings. Just great. Take a look! Make sure to check out Renato D’Ettorre Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: A small one bedroom beach house. The primary design elements are shutters made out of low-maintenance native hardwoods that will age and eventually blend in with the surrounding tropical landscape. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Willem Rethmeier.
Today we will show you a beautiful house in South Africa, a project by Earthworld Architects. The architects made a great job while designing this project. It is incredible how smoothly the house blends with its surrounding. The material choice and layout are also great. A nice mixture of concrete, wood, stone and glass delivers a modern and cozy environment. Take a look! Make sure to check out Earthworld Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The brief from the client required the design of a home for a family of four in a bushveld estate. The site is a bushveld plot of 1 hectare, and is situated in the Roodeplaat Dam catchment area and required a sensitive approach to the siting of the building. The building is carefully placed as pavilions between the existing thorn trees. The four pavilions for living, sleeping, services and guests are linked to form a combined living unit. Pavilions form courtyards for living in the bush between them. The house consists of three conceptual elements: The roof and ceiling emulates the horizontal plane of the acacia thorn trees providing shade for its inhabitants. Secondly The 2 “anthill like” fireplaces are beacons in the landscape, and thirdly the jagged edge stonewall elements emulates the klip kopje of the landscapes. The roof height is kept to the minimum to create homely spaces as well as to ensure a low visual impact on the natural environment. The basic structure is of the building is a steel shed with infill timber windows and masonry walls under the shed. A timber lathe ceiling is suspended from the steel structure to form a highly insulated roof cavity to avoid summer over heating and winter heat loss. The masonry walls were placed under the roof structure surface after it was erected and are free form shapes. In between these wall elements the spaces are filled in with timber and glass, which frame views into the landscape. The interior finishes of the building are kept to the minimum with lathes ceilings, timber doors and windows and concrete floors. A number of sustainable strategies were employed in the design and include the following: effective shading of glass surfaces; highly insulated roof above the legal requirements; solar Hot Water heating systems; planted roofs. Water harvesting systems integrated into the landscape irrigation system and emerging water supply system. Energy efficient glazing. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by DOOK.
Today we will show you an inspiring tiny house, Vista, a project by ESCAPE Homes. I love tiny houses and I think it is amazing how people can create beautiful and super cozy spaces in small environments. As we like to say, less is more, and here we can totally see this. Instead of showing you a huge unattainable house today we are showing you something totally doable. Take a look! Make sure to check out ESCAPE Homes website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: VISTA is just 160 square feet, weighs just 6500 pounds and comes in at 20 feet long. On the exterior, they used cedar vertical siding with COR-TEN steel accent and protective panels. Inside the home, there is a full daybed/sleeping area, small kitchen, bathroom with full shower, small dining table, and multiple, storage areas. In tiny homes, it’s very important to use the space as efficiently as possible, and you can see how a TV has been hidden in the window sill. They also used the space under the bed for more storage. A long galley kitchen with windows, lets plenty of natural light into the space. And if you want to check all details about VISTA go to escapevista.com. We found this house at Contemporist.
Today we will show you a breathtaking cabin in Sandefjord, Norway, a project by Lund Hagem. This place in pure inspiration. Nestled in an amazing scenario, the project delivers a unique and super charming space. Huge glass windows that make indoor and outdoor spaces blend super smoothly. For sure a great place for a creative mind in need of some cabin time. Take a look! We couldn't find details about the project but the images communicate enough. Make sure to check out Lund Hagem Facebook page for more. website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) <> We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Kim Müller and Ivar Kvaal.
Today we will show you an inspiring house Sierre, Switzerland, a project by Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes. The outside consists of a beautiful looking concrete box while the inside is cozy and clean. Nice combination of wood, open layout and a very nice flow give the place a very nice feel. Take a look! Make sure to check out Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes Facebook page for more. website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: This house is located in the vineyard of sierre, up against a cliff. Responding to this mineral environment, the building is meant to be seen as a rock in the middle of the vine stocks, and tries to minimize the impact on the vineyard. The facets of this concrete monolith are facing the main points of view of the site such as the Rhône Valley, the pfyn forest and the annivers valley. The inner spaces are fitting the land shape. They are structured in half levels connected with a central circulation knot guiding the progression from the entrance to the upper levels. The half level structure allows visual relations between the communal spaces, as well as a large height under ceiling in the living room. Between two vertical concrete blades, the stairs are leading to the half level slabs, also made of concrete. Apart from those elements, all the inner walls, closets and storage units are made of light grey stained fir wood. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Thomas Jantscher.
Today we will show you a beautiful house in Bangkok, Thailand, a project by Junsekino Architect and Design. The house has a great flow and it is really inspiring. A nice flow of water gives the place a cozy and natural feeling. The combination of wood, white elements and glass is also great. This is the perfect place to work on your zen side, take a look! Make sure to check out Junsekino Architect and Design Facebook page for more. website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The perception of this project is viewed from both inside-out and outside-in. Homeowners request for every space in a house has to feel the nature and the presence of “water”, which is the main theme of this project, either by visual, sound, or feeling. An idea of space comes from a belief of homeowners in Fengshui. It determines auspicious and inauspicious positions for the house and in order to have a feel to nature, inauspicious positions are then substituted by water. From above idea, it creates and determines the functions of private and public space. Both spaces are parallel to X-axis and connect to service space in Y-axis. A bridge is appointed to connect 2 spaces together while each pushed-in plane creates a working space area which maintains privacy from the outside. The ceiling is designed to be very thin like paper and designed to let natural light penetrates through during the day and disperse light to all areas. At night artificial lights from lamps and lanterns are diffused to the exterior. The open space between the ceiling and walls will control lighting inside the room during day and night. Building materials are a combination of natural materials; wood, rock and natural finishing products in order to create the feeling of natural living with the essence of modern architecture. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Spaceshift Studio.
Today we will show you a very cool project called Stater Home by OJT. From huge houses to small and cozy projects we always like to show you some inspiring ideas. The project we will share today is a really nice idea for first time owners to people looking for downsizing their homes. Addressing environmental and affordability issues while delivering beautiful places, Starter Home is inspiring. Take a look! Make sure to check out OJT website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Starter Home* is an opportunistic urban housing program created to develop affordable, entry-level homes for the speculative market that prioritizes: contemporary design that is site based and not prototypical; programmatic diversity to address a range of buyers, from first-timers to downsizers; densification through infill of overlooked odd or irregular vacant land; right-sizing as a means of addressing both environmental concerns and to insure affordability; in increasingly gentrifying historic core neighborhoods, a product that enables household economic diversity in rapidly gentrifying historic urban cores; and to do this without subsidization. The Starter Home* program is fundamentally about using inventive land strategies coupled with design to develop homeownership opportunities in urban neighborhoods that, due to upward economic pressures, are no longer assessable to large parts of the population. The starter home moniker is important in that it clearly associates the program with a quintessential, albeit fading, component of the American housing market. The first test site for the Starter Home* thesis, 3106 St. Thomas is an undersized lot in the Irish Channel neighborhood. Technically a historic district, the Irish Channel is in fact highly diverse in the character of its built environment, filled with low-density historic housing equally as regional industrial infrastructure. According to the Starter Home* argument, the site is all at once a legal definition, an embedded history, a record of activity, and a physical entity. A Starter Home* expects no tabula rasa, and in fact relies on the specificities of site in order to function at its best, financially, urbanistically, and spatially. The overlay of zoning – both impediment and opportunity – guides the design process but also provides the potentiality of the site as Starter Home* opportunity. With this in mind, no zoning variances were sought, and in its design, 3106 seeks to take advantage of its preconditions: adjacency to a warehouse and a two-family home, a highly restricted, long and narrow footprint, and a rather generous maximum height of forty feet. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by William Crocker.
Today we will show you a clean and stylish apartment at Póvoa do Varzim, Portugal a project by Pitagoras Group. The use of wood in this apartment is inspiring and delivers a stylish feel to each space. Layout and decor complement each other, creating a clean environment. I really liked the simplicity and coziness of this place. Take a look! Make sure to check out Pitagoras Group Facebook page for more. website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The project was based on the transformation of a 95m2 (1022 sq ft) seafront apartment, for seasonal use, mainly out of the bathing season. The existing space permitted a program with a generous living room with included kitchen area, two suites, a niche with bunk beds, a communal bathroom and a pantry. In the project the view to the sea was privileged. Once again the chosen material – oak wood – was decisive in building a space identity. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by José Campos.
Today we will show you a breathtaking house in Winthrop, WA, USA, a project by Olson Kundig. This is certainly a wow house! Amazing use of glass that offers a panoramic view from the beautiful surrounding area. Really interesting material choices and combination. The place has modern look with a cozy feel. I'm in love with this house, specially the kitchen and bedroom. Could pack and move right now if I had the chance. Take a look! Make sure to check out Olson Kundig Facebook page for more. website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Set in the remote Methow Valley, Studhorse responds to the clients’ desire to experience and engage the surrounding environment throughout all four seasons. Referencing the tradition of circling wagons, the buildings—four small, unattached structures—are scattered around a central courtyard and pool. The 20-acre site is nestled in the northern portion of the 60 mile long glacial valley and the buildings are arranged to frame carefully composed views of the surrounding Studhorse Ridge and Pearrygin Lake. Traditional boundaries between the built structure and its surroundings are purposefully blurred, so that the family can experience the site and nature. With the four buildings oriented to open to the central courtyard, the design is oriented toward family life and entertaining. Public areas, including the family room, kitchen and bar are grouped together in the common area pavilion. Private areas—the master bedroom, kids’ bedroom, and den—are more secluded in an adjacent building. Guest rooms are part of the master plan composition of buildings but isolated to allow for independent use. The sauna sits removed from the other buildings with a privately framed view looking out over the valley below. Tough and low maintenance building materials, mostly steel and glass, were utilized to stand up to the equally tough environmental conditions—from hot, fire-prone summers to snowy winters. Wood siding used throughout the project was salvaged from an old barn in the valley. The varying tones of the wood reveal its history and use. Over time as the wood and steel weather, the home will become more and more muted in appearance, blending into the landscape. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Benjamin Benschneider.
Today we will show you the Block Village in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, a project by HAO Design. This place is modern and charming. Lots of natural light, open spaces, huge glass windows and beautiful contrasting materials deliver a cozy and stylish home. Besides the great look the house also has several energy saving features. A very nice project, take a look! Make sure to check out HAO Design Facebook page for more. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: While stepping into the 12 ping (39.6 square meters)’s house, you can feel the light revealing from the balcony clearly and simply light up the spatial functions. The living room and the dining room in the front right side will be the space to carry most of the family memory in the future. Thus, the designer decides to make the light shine unbridledly along the dining room, bringing out how the family imagine their future home – along with the simple and plain texture of pinewood, the harmonious green color, and the simple but happy atmosphere of white painted-wall. Usually, the floor space is designed to meet basic space requirements (3 bedrooms, 1 dining room and 1 living room) and the storage demand. However, in this case, the designer pays more attention to create the pleasure of visual sense while dwellers walking in the house. The main circulation – stairs combine with the aisle turning into an air bridge, connecting the master bedroom (2.5 ping) and the walk-in closet (1.5 ping), which are capable of relatively closer spatial functions. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Hey!Cheese.
Today we will show you an amazing barn house in Chileno Valley, California, a project by Turnbull Griffin Haesloop. This place is modern and charming. Lots of natural light, open spaces, huge glass windows and beautiful contrasting materials deliver a cozy and stylish home. Besides the great look the house also has several energy saving features. A very nice project, take a look! Make sure to check out Turnbull Griffin Haesloop website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description: Hupomone Ranch is an original 160-acre homestead located in the Chileno Valley, just three miles west of downtown Petaluma. The ranch had been fallow for over 30 years and the owners, a young family with three children, wanted to build a barn house that would reflect their commitment to sustainable farming, draw on the natural serenity of the site and build on the sense of place in western Petaluma where farming and ranching are still a part of people’s daily lives. The site has a wonderful balanced quality to it, and the simple grounded form of the barn is sited to compliment this setting and capture the long views to the coastal range beyond. Set into the more opaque north side, the entry provides shelter tucked under the loft above and frames a view through the house to the meadow beyond. The light-filled living area opens up to the long view south and gathers the bedrooms and kitchen to either side. The kitchen has slide away windows that open directly to the garden. The house is certified LEED Platinum and features a number of energy saving features exceeding title 24 by over 50 percent. Passive heating and cooling with thermal mass and insulation, Geothermal, radiant cooling and heating along with solar and photovoltaic panels contribute to the house’s energy efficiency. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by David Wakely.
Today we will show you a home in Daintree Rainforest, in Queensland, Australia, a project by m3architecture. The house was designed for life in a tropical rainforest and the result is a modern and cozy space. From materials to layout, concept and facade, the project is inspiring. Take a look! Make sure to check out m3architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description: This house is off-grid in the Daintree Rainforest, close to the beach at Cape Tribulation. This is an ancient ecosystem deserving of a sensitive approach to site. The design accentuates qualities of the rainforest coupled with attributes of holiday life at the beach. A path organizes the site and choreographs a journey from the road, through the dense rainforest vegetation and down to the beach. Along the path, a continuous white rope orients and playfully leads the way through the landscape and house, performing feats of domesticity along the way: a gate, a balustrade, a towel rail, a lamp shade and support for a hammock. The house is located along the path in a natural clearing, avoiding any mature tree removal. The exterior of the house is camouflaged with black plastic cladding and mirrored glass, allowing it to recede into the shadow of the rainforest canopy. On approach, the interior of the house becomes apparent: a light space clad with plywood, a counterpoint to the otherwise cool, dark green of the rainforest surrounds. These spaces engage the rainforest canopy via tall south facing windows and a dark blue ceiling foreground is used to draw in the rainforest canopy. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Peter Bennetts.
Today we will show you a breathtaking house in Thuringia, Germany, a project by Paul de Ruiter Architects. Besides being simply gorgeous, the house is super eco-friendly. From a moss covered roof to solar cells, from a terrace with vegetable crops and fruit trees to a energy efficient system, this place is great. The open spaces, abundance of glass and elegant decor create a modern an cozy place. Certainly a great place to live, take a look! Make sure to check out Paul de Ruiter Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description: Villa K, located in Thüringen, is the first German project for Paul de Ruiter Architects. The realization of a sustainable villa, discrete and integrated in the natural environment, was the wish of the client. The result is a straightforward, but innovative residence built from only glass, steel and concrete. The sustainable house is oriented towards the south, this is where the living- and bedrooms are situated. A glass façade, stretching from roof to floor, demarcates the living areas. The complete roof structure of the villa is covered with moss and sedum. This reduces the cooling load and seen from a higher situated area, this green roof makes the villa to blend into the natural environment due. Above the garage and the entrance solar cells are placed, directed to the south to provide the villa with energy. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Pieters Kers & Patrick Voigt.
Today we will show you a beautiful house in Turkey, a project by Onur Teke. Elegant and stylish concrete surfaces, lots of glass, timber and open spaces deliver an amazing place. The connection between interior and exterior is also impressive. The abundance of glass delivers a deeper connection with the surrounding nature, really inspiring. And the greatest thing of all is that the house is not only beautiful but also energy efficient taking advantage of solar panels, special opening for cross ventilation and more. We couldn't find the architect's website but we believe the images communicate enough. Check it out. See you next week. :) Description: A house for a retired couple who yielded to “the pull of the land” and settled in this Aegean village to start an olive grove. Rather than being a retirement project, T-house is an indication of the owners’ determination to engage with life and ways of doing things in the countryside. It is designed as a family home to be used all year round and further incorporates generous work and storage areas in the form of a spacious working kitchen and an extensive cellar to accommodate the varied activities the couple absorbs themselves in (curing olives, canning, jam-making, etc.). We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Yercekim Architectural Photography.
Today we will show you a beautiful house in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, a project by Khuon Studio. The house is a great example of how to wisely utilize space, it is something nice and doable, something we can relate to. Materials are beautiful and the design is clean and efficient. Perfect for when you don't have a lot space available, take a look! We couldn't find the design studio's website but we believe the images communicate enough. Check it out. See you next week. :) Description: The project relates to refurbishment of a house modestly located alongside one of Sai Gon alleys. The site confines itself to 2.5 m depth and 6.5 m width. Although its scale is quite humble but with it the capacity of light utilizing and ventilation as it stretches alongside the narrow alley. The inhabitants consist of 3 members of a young family. It makes sense for an interesting task as accommodating them with all their needs for a comfortable life in this cozy space . We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Thiet Vu.
Today we will show you a modern and cozy home designed by Tal Goldsmith Fish Design Studio. The place was designed for a couple working from home and it is pretty functional. Beautiful glass and aluminum walls divide dinning and living area. A very nice contrast between white and dark elements give an elegant feel to the house. Certainly a great place to live, take a look! Make sure to check out Tal Goldsmith Fish Design Studio website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description: The house was designed for a couple that decided to work from home, so they could spend more time with their young children. The home has an open plan dining/living area, that allows the parents to keep an eye on the children from their offices behind the glass and aluminum partitions seen on the left. The home has a combined dining room and kitchen, with the dining room kept bright, and the kitchen featuring darker materials to define the spaces. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Amit Geron.