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Beautiful Houses: Nature House

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.

Beautiful Houses: Starter Home No. 1

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.

Beautiful Houses: Apartment at Póvoa do Varzim

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.

Beautiful Houses: Studhorse

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.

Beautiful Houses: Block Village

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.

Beautiful Houses: Hupomone Ranch

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.

Beautiful Houses: Cape Tribulation house

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.

Beautiful Houses: Villa K

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.

Beautiful Houses: T-House

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.

Beautiful Houses: 2.5 House

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.

Beautiful Houses: B House

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.

Beautiful Houses: Floatwing, a houseboat

Today we will show you a really cool houseboat, a project designed by a firm called Friday. The nice thing about this boathouse is that it was designed to fit into two shipping containers, making it easy to ship it to anywhere in the world. If you like the idea of living in a boat you will certainly like this one. A simple and beautiful design with open spaces, lots of glass and wood. Perfect to enjoy water views and the nice breezes that usually come with it. Take a look! Make sure to check out Friday website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description: A romantic gateway for two or a mobile house in the middle of a lake for the entire family or a group of friends. Whether you choose to use the floating home as a base camp for numerous outdoor activities such as sailing, paddling, water skiing or fishing, or simply to relax, you’re guaranteed a great living experience. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Jose Campos.

Beautiful Houses: Long Island Residence

Today we will show you a beautiful renovation in Long Island in New York, a project by CDR Studio Architects. The original house from 1961 got a pretty inspiring new look. A lot of glass, wood and white elements give the house a modern and clean feel. I also loved the kitchen and the fireplace. What is your favorite thing about the house? Take a look! Make sure to check out CDR Studio Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The Long Island Residence is located in a rural community on the edge of the Long Island Sound. Approximately twenty-five miles from the heart of Manhattan, the area is known as a tranquil counterpoint for daily commuters seeking to escape the city's frenetic pace. The project is the result of a renovation seeking to both preserve and refine an existing dwelling that has stood on the site since 1961. Externally, the dilapidated skin of the residence was stripped back to its framing, which was then altered to create a more seamless roofline and expanded openings within the façade. Internally, structural alterations were made to allow for the removal of a wall separating the kitchen from the main living area, integrating these zones as a new activity core for the home. In response to both the spectacular surrounding landscape and a desire to improve energy performance, a highly insulated envelope was developed. The envelope was finished in a horizontal open-joined rainscreen with cedar boards charred using the traditional Japanese Shou-sugi-ban burning method. This technique was also used internally on sloped ceiling planes, walls and screens. Concealed lighting and mechanical systems were introduced throughout the interior. To complement and enhance the existing terrazzo floors, lacquered cabinetry and polished stone finishes were employed throughout the new kitchen. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by John Muggenborg.

Beautiful Houses: Ishibe House

Today we will show you a simple and cozy house in Japan, a project by ALTS Design Office. We couldn't find details about this house but we believe the images communicate a lot. The house is simple and beautiful. A cube from the outside and a lot of open space inside. The wood, stylish floor and stairs give the house a modern yet cozy look. Certainly a nice place to live! Make sure to check out ALTS Design Office website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) We found this house at ArchDaily.

Beautiful Houses: bm Modular One House

Today we will show you a beautiful house in Bethesda, Maryland, a project by Robert M. Gurney. This project shows that you can have a pretty stylish modular home if you know how to arrange the modules and how to pick the right materials. The house was developed to meet a tight budget while creating something appealing to the client and the result is great. Lots of glass, metal and cedar create a modern environment while an open plan and a natural light give the place an extra charm. Check it out! Make sure to check out Robert M. Gurney website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: A successful builder/developer with a history of constructing modular houses purchased a lot in a desirable neighborhood near Washington, D.C. with the intention of building a spec house. When a potential buyer expressed interest in the lot, the developer proposed a modular house as a solution to a tight budget and time constraints. However, the craftsman and colonial style modular houses typically built by the developer did not appeal to the potential client, who desired a light-filled, modern house. The house is designed to both fulfill the wishes of the clients and to provide the developer with a “modern house” typology that fills a void on their menu of modular houses. Relative to similarly sized custom houses in the expensive Washington, DC real estate market, this house is designed to be flexible, efficient and affordable. bm Modular One is composed of thirteen modules and was constructed in two weeks in a plant in southern Virginia. It was then shipped to the site on flat-beds and assembled on-site within two days. Energy efficient shells arrived to the site with windows, plumbing, electrical and HVAC ducting in place. The interiors were dry-walled and primed, ready for finishes. The foundation and basement were constructed with polished concrete floors on-site, while the modules were being fabricated off-site. High energy-efficient goals are further enhanced as a result of a geothermal HVAC system, and tight, super-insulated, exterior floor, wall and roof systems. The house employs repeatable parts that can be combined into custom configurations. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Maxwell MacKenzie.

Beautiful Houses: Stylish student apartment in Hong Kong

Today we will show you a super stylish apartment for students in Hong Kong, a project by LYCS Architecture. The project is called Campus Hong Kong and it certainly offers the students several cool amenities. And of course the apartment is super modern and stylish. The architects made great use of space and created an unique place, check it out. Make sure to check out LYCS Architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Campus Hong Kong is a vibrant and energetic place to live providing 48 rooms (660 sqf). Campus Hong Kong combines state-of-the-art facilities with a unique design to provide students with an unrivaled living experience. We found this house at Contemporist.

Beautiful Houses: Rishon Le Zion House 3

Today we will show you an beautiful house in Tel Aviv, Israel, a project by Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects. This project is really inspiring. The outside and facade of the house are modern and really appealing. You get a feeling of a contemporary sealed cube and when you see the interior you get impressed with the openness of the layout. An abundance of glass allow natural light to enter the house, giving it a vibrant touch. Materials and colors are also great, check it out. Make sure to check out Dan and Hila Israelevitz Architects website to see other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) We found this house at Contemporist.