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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Today we will show you an inspiring loft in Paris, a project by Multiarchi. This loft is really charming and stylish. A beautiful wood structure, open plan and lots of natural light give the place an unique and cozy look. Just the idea of a loft inside an old warehouse above a bakery in Paris is already amazing. Add to that a lot of style, a beautiful kitchen and a unique bathroom... I'm sold on this one. How about you? Make sure to check out Multiarchi website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Inspired by hipster style, this residence in Paris is full of details, finishing materials and furniture designed by Multiarchi and selected in Italy, Spain, Sweden and France. The project takes place inside an old warehouse above a bakery. The raw wooden structure gives a warm barn-like atmosphere to the loft under the zinc roof. The large open volume, filled with sunlight, was the beginning of the inspiration. We've wanted to play with the spaces inside while preserving qualities that are rarely found in Paris. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Christophe Gaubert.
Today we will show a breathtaking house in Nashik, India, a project by Ajay Sonar. We don't have the architect's website or details about the project but we believe the images communicate a lot. This is a beautiful house with a great floor plan and flow. Lots of glass, concrete and wood create a modern and cozy environment. Take a look. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Hemant Patil, Monali Sonar.
Today we will show you the beautiful Sawmill house in Victoria, Australia, a project by Archier Studio. I love the simple shape of this house. The materials, open spaces and the flow are also great. A lot of concrete, wood and glass create a charming and cozy place. Take a look. Make sure to check out Archier Studio website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Befitting a regionally based sculptor, Sawmill House is a hand crafted upgrade from his existing rather rustic bohemian abode. Working closely with the client, whom was a family member, the design developed as a conversation rather than a regimented document. Comprised of 270 one ton concrete blocks, Sawmill House explores the possibility of positively leveraging the thousands of tons of concrete that goes to waste each year. Leveraging our client’s skill set was a priority. We facilitated this with a simple documentation set a year prior to the start of construction, then slowly developed the design whilst physically working with the client on-site. This design / build approach allowed us to move away from conventional solutions and investigate highly bespoke yet cost effective alternatives. Large sections of the roof and facade could be mechanized, entire walls of glass could pivot, courtyards could be added, custom furniture, joinery and hardware could be designed and manufactured on-site with immediate feedback. Each of the one-tonne concrete blocks that form the perimeter of the dwelling’s walls has a story - a bridge, a footpath, a home; and create a patchwork of colour and texture across the facades. This texture grounds the building in the site, as the layers of colour mimic the sedimentary layers of earth still exposed from the site’s former life as a gold mine before becoming the local sawmill. The untreated rough sawn macrocarpa screens reference the site’s recent history and over time as they pale to grey will settle the building into its perch on the quarry’s edge. The house has a highly operable envelope that takes advantage of the local breeze that travels up the valley towards the house, passively cooling in the summer months with crossflow ventilation. In the cooler months sun penetration is maximized by rolling back a 14 meter section of openable roof over the deck, allowing the sun to passively heat the dwelling for most of the year. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Ben Hosking.
Today we will show you a really stylish cabin in Polson, Montana, a project by Andersson Wise Architects. This house is super charming. To me this seem to be the perfect place to go for inspiration and to create stuff. The idea of a cool cabin in the mountains always had a sweet spot in my heart. So when I found this cabin I had to share it with you. A lot of wood and glass in a house that sits among beautiful trees. The architects certainly did an amazing work here, take a look. Make sure to check out Andersson Wise Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Situated above a steep cliff, called the Matterhorn by locals, and amongst 200-foot-tall Ponderosa pine, the cabin on Flathead Lake was designed to quietly enjoy the panoramic lake views and activity of the osprey. We found this house at Contemporist.