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Beautiful Houses: Doll's House

Today we will show you a beautiful house in Northcote VIC, Australia, a project by BKK Architects. The house is not only beautiful but it also provides a highly sustainable living. In days where we have to be extra careful with our natural sources, houses like this one are inspiring. The layout, materials and furniture are planned to deliver efficiency and are also stylish, which gives the house an extra charm. Take a look. Make sure to check out BKK Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Dolls House is an idea about providing flexible, highly sustainable living that is responsive to its context and able to adapt to the changing needs of a family over a long life-span. The first known Doll’s house, originally called a ‘baby house’ in 1557 was a showcase for local creatives and craftspeople to display their wares. The Dolls House later became a play thing for children; a space of imagination. Shared ideas of creativity, craftsmanship, play and imagination underpin this house, whilst also mirroring the flexibility of the Doll’s house where a bedroom can become a living room or dining room by simply moving furniture or joinery. The new addition is largely made up of two spaces stacked upon each other, with no doors or walls, just furniture and joinery to divide space and imply use. The two levels of the house are treated quite distinctly; the lower sunk below grade and heavily grounded, whilst the upper is soaring into the treetops. The new addition frees up the plan of the old house where the former living and dining areas have become a flexible buffer space with an artist studio and playroom that place creativity and play at the centre of the home. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Shannon McGrath and Hillary Walker.

Beautiful Houses: Quinta da Baroneza

Today we will show you a gorgeous house in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a project by Candida Tabet Arquitetura. This house is breathtaking! Amazing views, great layout, beautiful materials and spaces. This is the perfect place to enjoy nature and feel inspired. Take a look. Make sure to check out Candida Tabet Arquitetura website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Characterized by huge spans and minimum support points, the Quinta da Baroneza house architectural equation could be solved thanks to industrially cultivated, laminated and processed Eucalyptus Grandis wood. This allowed the house to be composed by concrete-free floor and ceiling slabs simply supported by laminated wood beams. Extra sunlight was invited into the house through openings created by detaching the horizontal planes from the vertical ones. An indoor walkway connects the master bedrooms and reveals the living room below. From the North facing spaces one can observe the splendid landscape in an inviting area under a sun filtering wood lattice panel. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Romulo Fialdini.

Beautiful Houses: Cliff House

Today we will show you a breathtaking home Auckland, New Zealand, a project by Fearon Hay Architects. This is a perfect glass box. You can enjoy beautiful views and a lot of natural light. Besides that the layout and materials are also great. Take a look. Make sure to check out Fearon Hay Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Sited above a cliff overlooking Rangitoto and the Hauraki Gulf. The client sought a two-storey glass volume that could maximize the views while providing shelter from prevailing weather. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Patrick Reynolds.

Beautiful Houses: Open House

Today we will show you a beautiful in Sydney, Australia, a project by Elaine Richardson. We don't have details about the project but we believe the pictures communicate the main idea. Open floor, beautiful material choice and color palette create a charming and cozy place. I love the wood, concrete and while elements combo. The amount of natural light is also great in this house. Take a look. Make sure to check out Elaine Richardson website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Florian Grohen.

Beautiful Houses: Villa Altona

Today we will show you the beautiful Villa Altona in Sollentuna, Sweden, a project by The Common Office. This place is charming and inspiring. The surroundings are breathtaking and also give the house an intimate feeling. Layout, materials, colors and the use of glass are great. The wood - concrete combo is also very nice. Take a look. Make sure to check out The Common Office website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Villa Altona is located in Törnskogen, in the municipality of Sollentuna. The site is rather steep with a height difference of nine meters between the ground floor and street level. The immediate surroundings are characterized by a mix of villas from the latest four decades. But the north border to an untouched piece of forest, a very beautiful piece of nature formed by the last Ice Age. These two, almost opposite, characters of the site has generated form, placement and the colors for the building. The building is orientated in east - west direction parallel to the height contours. this marks the border between the two different site characters. in the south a more traditional villa garden is shaped in the terraced landscape, whereas in the east, west and north the untouched nature continues right up to the facade. The building is divided into four very narrow units, each 2,85m wide. this makes the building very naturally adopts its footprint to the terrain. Furthermore are the four units offset to each other both horizontally and vertically. The facade seems to fold itself in the landscape, avoiding trees and boulders and provides light from all points of the compass. A large centrally placed and retractable sky light (3,0 x 2,2m) fills the interior with light and contributes to the transparency of the building. The interior is almost one continuous room. the building units offset relative to each other creates smaller private spaces within the large room. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Mikael Olsson.

Beautiful Houses: Lake Eildon houseboat

Today we will show you an astonishing houseboat in Victoria, Australia, a project by Pipkorn & Kilpatrick. The design firm completed the interiors of the boat and the result is a modern and stylish space. I love houseboats and its charm. I believe that with the right ideas you can get yourself a pretty unique and comfortable place on a boat. Check out this project and you will certainly daydream about living on a boat. ;) Make sure to check out Pipkorn & Kilpatrick website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. Description from the architects: The stunning natural backdrop of Lake Eildon and its surrounds was our inspiration for this unique project. Natural, textured and sustainable materials were balanced with the reflective properties of the water to create calm and light-filled areas. All spaces were made to feel generous and flow-through achieved through clever space planning and through convincing the builder to raise ceiling heights beyond the usual and to eliminate claustrobia-inducing bulkheads by burying services between the ceiling joists. The ground floor was designed as a 'free flow of lounge, dining room, galley kitchen and helm', while the top floor was divided into living and a private zone (housing three bedrooms and a bathroom feeding off the corridor). We loved every minute of designing this space and the challenges it presented. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Christine Francis.

Beautiful Houses: Showhouse in Kansas

Today we will show you a very nice model home in Kansas City, Missouri, a project by Hufft Projects. The house was built to showcase Hufft's capabilities at designing and building houses. They certainly did a great job showcasing all of their range and created a modern, stylish and cozy place. I really liked the materials, textures, windows and layout. The skylights throughout the house are really charming and allow plenty of natural light to flow. Take a look. Make sure to check out Hufft Projects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The Showhouse was built to display the full range of design and fabrication capabilities offered by the Hufft Projects. It serves as a model unit for clients, testing ground for design prototypes and the Hufft family home. We used the home to explore new materials, test new construction methods and ensure the functionality of new forms, ranging from brick coursing to cabinet pulls. At least one prototype was tested in every room. While employing innovative design methods throughout, the home aligns with the surrounding Roanoke neighborhood in its form, exterior materials and 2 1/2 story proportions. With limestone, brick, cedar siding, ornamental iron work and native grasses, the Showhouse is a contemporary take on a traditional building form. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Mike Sinclair.

Beautiful Houses: RP House

Today we will show you the beautiful RP house in Vichuquén, Chile, a project by CMA Arquitectos. The house is simply breathtaking. The materials, wide spaces, glass and lake views are amazing. The architects created a very unique and charming environment. Take a look. Make sure to check out CMA Arquitectos website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The property, located at the foot of Lake Vichuquén, in Region VII, is set longitudinally with respect to the horizon, with the aim of recognizing the variety of the landscape and to capture the best views of the lake, through a corridor terrace running along the entire space. The volume is defined as a large pavilion, a body that rests quietly on the territory, mimicking the slope and vegetation. All the stillness of this body is eroded on its roof, which folds into different prisms which capture the overhead light and views of the treetops, bringing inside the spatial perception of living in a forest. Internally, each space builds its own atmosphere of light and scale, in a wooden enclosure that traverses floors, walls and roof, until getting lost in the ceiling. A concrete volume intersects the wooden pavilion in the rear, as a longitudinal volume with opaque walls and voids that contain within them all the wet program of the house: bathrooms and kitchen, where each enclosure opens to a light courtyard contained within its walls. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Sebastian Aedo / Estudio Apulso.

Beautiful Houses: Base Camp in Washington State

Today we will show you a charming house in Washington State, a project by Johnston Architects. This remote house has an unique look and feel. Nestled among beautiful trees and an eye candy landscape. The combination of double ceiling, lots of glass and wood creates a modern and cozy environment. Take a look. Make sure to check out Johnston Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Lake Cle Elum sits north of Snoqualmie Pass and east of the Cascade Crest. It is a large and somewhat remote lake which enjoys the heat of the summer and the snows of the winter. “Base Camp” was conceived by Johnston Architects as a retreat and eventually primary home for an active family of seven. It sleeps over 20 people, but more importantly acts as a recreational base for enjoyment of the surrounding rugged Cascades. Outdoor living is a theme, accomplished partially through sliding walls, pools, hot tubs, water courses and Saunas, but also by architecture that is open and expansive. Large glass walls capture and condition portions of the outdoors to make this house comfortable yet engaged with nature year around. It deploys solar thermal, photo voltaics, radiant heat, heat recovery ventilation, super insulation and passive solar design to minimize energy costs. Most importantly, it maximizes a variety of interior and exterior spaces for work, live and play. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Benjamin Benschneider.

Beautiful Houses: extension of a 1930s house in North London

Today we will show you a beautiful extension to a 1930s house in London, a project by Jones Associates Architects. The extension adds a contemporary look to a traditional house. Not only that but it also gives the house some charming spaces and a lot of natural light. The use of glass, wood and white elements is really beautiful. Take a look. Make sure to check out Jones Associates Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: This detached 1930s house in north London, virtually unaltered since the previous owners bought it in 1965, was transformed into a spacious, light-filled home for the clients and their four children. The ground floor was substantially extended and reconfigured to create a series of dynamic living spaces oriented towards the large, south-facing garden. The whole house was entirely refurbished and refitted, while the roof was reconstructed and extended to provide two additional bedrooms and a bathroom. A palette of new materials – pre-weathered zinc sheet, Welsh slate copings, sedum green roofing and basalt paving – complement the original red brickwork and tiles. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Gareth Gardner.

Beautiful Houses: Baltimore Apartment

This week we will show you a pretty unique apartment. An apartment that is actually from one of our readers, Eric Duncan. He got in touch with us and shared the photos of his stylish Baltimore apartment. The place is really unique. High ceilings, a lot of white, beautiful decor elements, the space is certainly inspiring. Check it out! About Eric's apartment: I recently relocated to Baltimore for work. Baltimore, in my limited exposure to the city, is fantastic about honoring its history (former cigar factories and breweries that are now residences, for instance), and I happened to find a former convent that has been converted into apartments. Each of the ten apartments in the building is unique, but I happen to think mine is the most spectacular: high tin ceilings, white painted floors (due to a previous contractor's mistake), and a massive white painted chandelier that hangs above the living room. The space itself is relatively small with a lofted bedroom, so I've tried to keep my decor on the minimal side with bright color accents to make the rooms more lively. I'm an art enthusiast, and although the lack of useable wall space means that most of my collection is in storage (or loaned to friends), I've got a collection of work up that I'm in love with right now.

Beautiful Houses: Five to One Apartment

Today we will show you small and charming apartment in New York, a project by MKCA. The architects created a really nice concept for this 390 square foot (36 square meters) home. A movable wall serves as the main element to better utilize space while giving the apartment a modern and cozy look. Since space is always a big issue, it is always inspiring to see different ways to approach small places. Take a look. Make sure to check out MKCA website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The 5:1 Apartment is the latest evolution of MKCA’s research on micro housing, containing the functional and spatial elements for living, working, sleeping, dressing, and entertaining, plus kitchen, dining, and bathing space within a compact 390 sf. A motorized sliding storage element glides from one end of the room to the other, revealing and exchanging spaces between daytime and nighttime zones. As the moving volume pulls away from the wall, it reveals a dressing room zone with built-in dresser drawers and clothing storage. Fully extended, the space for a queen-sized fold-down bed is created. The sliding element is powered and cabled for television and audio, and houses all of the audiovisual and networking components of the apartment along with additional storage and display space. A pivoting enclosure with custom speakers allows the television to rotate 180 degrees for viewing from the seating area, or the bed and dressing rooms. A built-in nightstand with power for a reading light and alarm clock is located adjacent to the headboard. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Alan Tansey.

Beautiful Houses: remodel of a Victorian home in San Francisco

Today we will show you a charming remodel of a Victorian home in San Francisco, a project by Feldman Architecture. Victorian homes are already super charming. But when you remodel a Victorian and take it to the next level without loosing its charm, it gets even more excited, as it is the case of the house we will show here today. The architects made a brilliant job at this project, transforming the house in a modern, stylish and cozy place. Take a look. Make sure to check out Feldman Architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: This complete remodel to a classic San Francisco Victorian set about to respect the grace and character of the original house while infusing a modern sensibility of space, light and materiality. The front façade of the house was kept largely intact; only a bright green door with a translucent polycarbonate panel hints that the building is anything other than original. Once inside, though, visitors are greeted by a steel and glass screen that obscures a central stairway. Lit from large skylights above, the open-riser stair brings light into the core of the building. At the rear of the main level, walls were removed so the kitchen, breakfast nook and family room are open to each other. All, in turn, are oriented around a deck, the metal doors to which completely retract so that the deck, family room, kitchen and eating nook can function as one large room on nice days and evenings. On the top floor are several bedrooms, including a spacious master bedroom with wood-paneled vaulted ceilings plus a master bath with a free-standing tub and glass-enclosed shower. The lower level includes an office and media room, both of which open directly to the backyard. The office is lined with shelves for the client’s extensive book collection. Throughout the house a palette of greys, white, steel and glass, with occasional pops of color, unifies the spaces. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Joe Fletcher.

Beautiful Houses: Garçonnière Marais Apartment

Today we will show you a bright and charming apartment in Paris, France, a interior project by Tatiana Nicol. The apartment is super efficient, spaces are well thought and deliver a nice flow. Wood floor, white elements and cool ceiling create a modern and cozy environment. For sure a nice place to live. Make sure to check out Tatiana Nicol website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) We found this house at Contemporist.

Beautiful Houses: Lorne Hill House

Today we will show you a beautiful house in Australia, a project by Will Harkness Architecture. This house is simple and very efficient. Materials, layout and color palette deliver a modern and cozy environment. Inspiring views and beautiful surroundings give the house an extra charm. This is certainly a great place to live. Make sure to check out Will Harkness Architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: This compact holiday home in Lorne, Victoria was designed for a recently retired couple and their adult family. The house negotiates a very steep site, planning height restrictions, and a modest budget. The clients were keen to capture the stunning coastal views, while retaining as much of the existing native vegetation as possible. The house was conceived to be a sculptured geometric form, articulated through window placement and refined, yet honest detailing. It was important for the dwelling to be flexible, and able to accommodate larger groups when required. The plan is efficient, but ample, and feels generous through its volumetric spaces. An ‘upside down’ living arrangement prioritizes communal spaces – affording them the best coastal views. And due to the steep nature of the land, the upper floor can be accessed directly from the rear of the site. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Derek Swalwell.

Beautiful Houses: Wahroonga House

Today we will show you a modern house in Sydney, Australia, a project by Darren Campbell. The house consists of two connected pavilions and the distribution of spaces is really well thought. Huge open spaces, abundance of glass, a beautiful pool and an inspiring outdoor. This is certainly a great place to live. Make sure to check out Darren Campbell website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) We found this house at Contemporist.

Beautiful Houses: Elliott Ripper House

Today we will show a beautiful house Sydney, Australia, a project by Christopher Polly. The house counts with a beautiful layout, open spaces and great interior design. The indoor/outdoor flow is also pretty neat. The mix of wood floor, white elements and glass creates an elegant and charming space, certainly a great place to live. Make sure to check out Christopher Polly website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The project presents an appropriately simple and direct extrapolation of an existing archetypal form within a sustainably modest footprint. It provides a significantly expanded series of connected interior volumes that harness access to sunlight, ventilation and strengthened links to tree canopies and sky, with extension of key existing materials and finishes to retain some memory of its previous incarnation. An inserted ground floor open living volume is generated by extension of the original envelope and internal levels to an averaged plan footprint of former lean-to’s, followed by a rear first floor addition that extrudes the previous floor plate and gable-ended roof form over the new ground floor. The cathedral volume is retained within the new first floor room arrangement and an extrapolated ceiling-to-wall junction scribes the wrapped alignment of all element heights, lightly bridged to raked ceiling planes by opalescent polycarbonate - while a generous carved void and open stair vertically expands the relationship between two previously unrelated floors. Fine steel plate elements contrast rusticated weatherboards and expanses of fixed glass and western red cedar external-face sliding doors & pivot windows offer varying degrees of openness and enclosure to temper light and air, strengthening connections to its setting. Two living spaces reflect contemporary patterns of use to enable separation of adult and children functions when required. The ground floor area provides a ‘day’ space for meals preparation, dining and expansive enjoyment of rear gardens, while the upper living room provides an ‘evening’ space for relaxation, separation from utilities and enjoyment of district views - with an adaptable third bedroom providing flexibility for future use as a study. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Brett Boardman.