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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.

Beautiful Houses: 112 Belleville Loft

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.

Beautiful Houses: Panorama House

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.

Beautiful Houses: Sawmill House

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.

Beautiful Houses: an inspiring Cabin in Montana

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.

Beautiful Houses: Pond House at Ten Oaks Farm

Today we will show you a charming house in Hammond, Louisiana, a project by Holly & Smith Architects. This house is really beautiful. It reminds me of a super stylish boat house. Materials, open spaces, lots of glass and wood, and the views are all great. Besides being beautiful the house is also high efficiency and generates energy. Certainly a great project. Take a look. Make sure to check out Holly & Smith Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The three-story structure sits over the edge of a pond and overlooks a peninsula of ten oak trees that stretch out into the middle of the pond. The Pond House features an outdoor area on the first floor including a fireplace and outdoor kitchen. The second level houses a living room, kitchen, and dining room that are completely open with panoramic views to the surrounding landscape, and a master suite with an outdoor terrace on the third level overlooks the property. A single-sloping roof sheds rainwater into the pond while also allowing maximum sun exposure for solar panels. The Pond House achieves net zero energy capability through active systems employing a high efficiency heating and cooling system, solar energy, spray foam insulation for a tight building envelope, energy star equipment, and LED lighting throughout. Along with utilizing active systems, the Pond House also features passive strategies to achieve a sustainable design through operable windows for cross ventilation, north-south building orientation, natural day lighting, shading strategies, reclaiming materials, landscaping designed for solar and wind changes through the seasons, and managing rainwater onsite. Since its completion, The Pond House has been generating instead of consuming energy. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Marc Lamkin.

Beautiful Houses: Loft in Kiev

Today we will show you a beautiful loft in Kiev, Ukraine, a project by MARTINarchitects. I do love lofts, specially the ones with that industrial feeling we love. This loft is super stylish. Bricks, wood, glass, concrete and other great elements create a modern and cozy space. Take a look. Make sure to check out MARTINarchitects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The residence belongs to a young and energetic lawyer who once a week likes to entertain friends. The project has been executed in the style of a loft with a great number of characteristic receptions. The apartment is in a new building in the center of city. The most important feature of this project is furniture and elements of decor, which were made by Ukrainian masters, companies and designers. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Igor Karpenko.

Beautiful Houses: Northern Rivers Beach House

Today we will show you an inspiring house in Australia, a project by refresh*design. The house is beautiful, cost effective and incorporates sustainable design principles. We do love houses that are efficient. Smart projects that take advantage of materials and natural energy sources are super inspiring. An open layout take takes advantage of natural ventilation and light delivers a modern and cozy environment. Materials, colors and views are also great. Take a look. Make sure to check out refresh*design website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: This project was part of a dual-occupancy development. Built in a flood-prone area, the development reconceptualises these restrictions into a contemporary design that features subtropical living for a temperate climate. The house incorporates sustainable principles like passive solar design, natural ventilation and economical use of space. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Damien Bredberg.

Beautiful Houses: Meadow Farm House

Today we will show you an inspiring house in Northern California, a project by William McDonough + Partners. The project is all about renewable energy and clean water, besides providing organic farming and restorative ecology. The house is super environmental friendly and it looks amazing. The materials, color palette and details are great. Wide spaces and different types of wood give the place a beautiful and cozy look. Take a look. Make sure to check out William McDonough + Partners website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The site design of this small organic farm and residence transitions from a cultivated landscape of orchards, gardens, and farming towards a restored native ecology of meadow grasses and coastal live oaks. The interwoven site and architectural design celebrate the native Northern California landscape and a deep connection to place. The main house is a series of pavilions with rolling zinc roofs that echo waves and wind patterns coming off the ocean, just visible from the property. Striated color patterns in rammed earth walls extrapolate the gentle curve of existing site topography. The farm is a net energy exporter and includes comprehensive rainwater and graywater harvesting. The project is LEED Platinum certified and is a pilot project in the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™). We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Emily Hagopian.

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.