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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.

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.