SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects completed Head Road 1815, an opulent villa design in Fresnaye, Cape Town. The clients, a young couple, wanted a dynamic and striking home, primarily for themselves, with guest accommodation separated from their own living areas. The property views towards the north and west over Fresnaye as well as at the rear of the site. The site falls very steeply and due to the high elevation of the road and the restrictions on the building form, the house is raised above the property on high columns.The house includes three storeys accommodating three en-suite guest suites on the ground floor, with a plant area and a staff flatlet at the rear. The first floor is the main living level, with a large living room and dining room opening to a covered and uncovered pool terrace. The kitchen is positioned to enjoy views through the glass roof towards Lion’s Head. The entrance hall is accessed by gentle steps from Head Road preceded by a glass-roofed external lobby space. The second floor accommodates the master bedroom, dressing room and a light-filled en-suite with views over the pool below. Internal finishes include a fully imported German kitchen, large format granite floor and wall slabs which are used throughout, frame-less glazed balustrades and floor-to-ceiling glazing, as well as various aluminum louvre devices. [Photos and information received via e-mail by SAOTA]
The creative team at Griffin Enright Architects envisioned and implemented a modern house project in Los Angeles, California, USA. Despite its relatively modest street appearance, Mandeville Canyon Residence displays striking interior design features and dramatic, panoramic views of the canyon: “The dichotomy between the understated street presence and the openness of the backyard enhances the narrative experience of finding the vast view in the living spaces upon entry to the house. This threshold is enhanced by the articulation of two vertical walls that fold into roof surfaces to create a backdrop that anchors the horizontal qualities of the terrain”.Telescoping doors mark the entry towards a spacious living room, which visually communicates with the surrounding landscape. According to the architects, “the porch and living room level is subtly lifted from the groundplane, creating a layer of terracing that extends the topographic shifts of the landscape into the house. The exterior deck and landscape also serve as extensions of the rising topography, with a lap pool along the site edge that serves as another layer of terracing”. Enjoy the virtual tour below and let us in on your thoughts!
The New Old residence is a project completed in 2012 (Melbourne, Australia) by the bright architect, Jessica Liew, which tried to create a home that is both luminous and intimate. Jamie Diaz-Berrio, the photographer, was also very involved in the process, surprising some of the most gorgeous sides of the New Old. The project spreads over 360 square meters and it combines elegantly the classic brick walls and the stone pavements with modern furniture and finishings. Perceived as an open space, its living room offers a stunning view over the interior garden, a picturesque view all the way, because of the small fountain, perfectly integrated into the landscape.Collect this ideaIts striking simplicity gives birth to a floaty environment, that allows you to breathe. The uncluttered atmosphere is somehow the result of following the streams of a simple design line and eliminating from the very beginning all the unnecessary décor elements. In defining the house have been used plenty of natural materials such as bluestone, timber and marble. The result is an impeccable, neat and relaxing home, that is strongly connected with the environment. What do you think of it?
CCS Architecture defined this stratified 5 000-square-foot house in Mill Valley, taking into account the magnificent surroundings and offering the best views. Surrounded by mountains and lush vegetation, the house represents an escape from the urban routine, letting your brave soul find its inspiration into this delightful décor shaped by the nature. The house is envisioned as a project on three levels (floors), with wide windows that were specially designed to capture the beauty of the oversized redwoods. Then again, there’s the terrace – an extended platform that connects the main house to a different smaller structure (more intimate), where you can just sit and enjoy the sunrise, with a glass of fresh orange juice in your hands.Like we previously mentioned, the Mill Valley residence has three levels and each level is emphasised through a different type of material. The lower floor is wrapped in concrete (basically built into the hillside), the first floor in natural copper and the upper one in cement plaster. Due to the owner’s special interest in visual arts, a considerable part of the lower floor has been transformed into a painting studio and a gallery.Collect this idea
The Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences was designed by the professional architectural studio, Perkins+Will, in New York. Its remarkable new and sustainable design is daring and intriguing. This new avant-garde concept, characterised by an irregular folded-like structure, all wrapped in copper, aims to mark a new “Front Door” for the School of Engineering. The building is envisioned as a futuristic work, being organized around a multi-story gallery that allows students to circulate easily (by foot) to the campus. The intriguing learning space is vibrant and breezy: the interior is wide and luminous, adapted to the students’ needs. Student can sit, discuss projects or share ideas over a cup of coffee in a a multi-story student lounge.Like we previously mentioned, the new building was built respecting the lines of the eco-friendly design. Some of the eco features are: “improved building shell insulation, high-performance windows, energy efficient lighting design with occupancy and photo sensor control”. As a consequence, the building seeks to obtain the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold recognition. To wrap all up, the Buffalo School of Engineering and Applied Sciences stands out through both,its design and the impact it has on the environment. Good job and great lesson!Collect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this idea
Altius Architecture completed the design for an imposing modern home located on an urban lot on Beech Avenue in Toronto’s Beach neighborhood, Canada. The 2200 square foot house was built on a steep terrain and the architects’ main objective was to develop an accessible crib, appropriate for children as for an occupant in a wheelchair.The universal design of the residence was aimed at living spaces that will function for generations: “A glassy double height dining room suggests a transparent division between the public spaces at the front and the private spaces at the rear of the lot. A generous front porch extends the living spaces toward the street and connects the house to the eclectic fabric of the neighborhood. Large spaces and fluid circulation routes contribute to the flexibility and accessibility of the house“. Advanced lighting and control systems with iPhone and iPad connectivity are an integrated factor in the design, ensuring overall ease of use…
Greenland Road Residence was especially envisioned by Studio One Architecture as a homey retreat, one to peacefully accommodate a family in Atlanta, Georgia. According to the architects, “the house is sited on the high side of the undulating property, sliced through a narrow gauge between existing setbacks, easements, and buffers. Conceived as a home for three generations, the design translated the program into an open plan of discrete zones of both public and private spaces“. A variety of windows and terraces open up each interior towards the rich neighboring landscape.The project is not just aesthetically intriguing, it is also sustainable: “oriented along a topographic east-west axis, the home incorporates multiple low-tech features such as an underground rainwater collector as well as daylighting through the careful placement of deep overhangs above glazing to protect against heat gain in summer while allowing full sun to penetrate in winter“. Some of the high-tech systems include geothermal heating and cooling, argon gas-insulated glazing and recycled content. Inspiring coziness throughout, the Greenland Road Residence is an example of modern living at its best…
One massive block on top of another and here we have an interesting structure, appealing and very modern, in the comfortable climate of Londrina, Brazil. Studio Guilherme Torres played with volumes and textures and provided a young and dynamic home to a couple, looking for something less ordinary than the classic family house. For those interested, the project completed in 2009, spreads over 410 square meters. In order to enter the LA House , the name given to this awesome residential project, one has to take a walk nearby the pool and access it by the double height atrium, which in fact connects and adjoins the interior living spaces.Neat and iconic, the place is flooded by light and playfulness. Let me explain: as soon as you pass through the gate-like entrance, it’s like your journey into the universe of Space Invaders, a classic in terms of gaming, starts. High, overwhelming and spectacular, when it comes to details, the LA House breaks the paradigm (as the architect said) of traditional partition. You’ve got a high ceiling in the living room and a sea of white colour on the walls, connecting the interior with the exterior through pivoting windows. Taking into account the fact that this is a couple’s house, the entire architectural perspective is quite unusual. But then again, isn’t this the beauty of it? There are a couple of design elements that caught our attention: the yellow free-standing counter, the blue oversized pouf and last but not least, the “Space Invaders wall”. How do you find it?
When the magic of exploring the wonders of this world encounter your personal need to enjoy a peaceful environment, you have to start looking for something really exquisite, both, serene and inspirational. I think this might be exactly what you are looking for. Wilson, Wyoming, USA is one of those fine places, where you can just sit down, relax, meditate or simply wonder at the stars, thinking about what makes you happy in life. A stress-free area is sometimes, all we need to recharge our batteries. The EHA Family Trust Residence, designed by Ward+ Blake Architects captures glimpses of natural beauty. Surrounded by a small lake and entirely made of wood, the chalet-like home is not only environmentally sustainable, but also very modern and high-class.The residence, defined in 2011 spreads over 3,988 square feet, offering enough space for any kind of activity. The client’s wish was to keep the mature trees and integrate the house in the landscape as much as possible. The water enhances the feeling of relaxing and the wooden deck allows you to spend evenings nearby the fireplace, listening to the nature’s echanting “voice”. The materials used require no particular maintenance. The interior is rich and comfortable, with elements of gorgeous leather and renewable bamboo. Luxurious on the inside, simplistic on the outside, the EHA Family Trust Residence is simply “the place to be” when you feel that the routine overwhelms you, isn’t it?
We live in a time unlike any other. With so many technological advancements at our fingertips, our lives are made easier, which is fortunate considering the fast-paced lives most of us lead. In recent years, great strides have been made in making homes a bit more “tech savvy.” This technology, in short, allows the homeowner to run his or her home while away through a remote, often on a Smartphone or iPad. In fact, these homes have been labeled as being “smart,” due to the fact that they can seemingly think on their own. This ability to “think,” also known as being an automated home, helps homeowners in a number of ways: 10, in fact. What are the ways in which a home automation system can benefit you?Another home automation advantage is added safety for both your family and home. You have the ability to control the small appliances and lighting, again with the simple tap of your finger on your favorite technological device. You can always check to make sure your daughter turned off her curling iron or ensure that your oven has been flipped off from the morning family breakfast. Your home and family also enjoy an added measure of safety through your ability to control the lights in your home. Not only does this allow you to make sure lights are off when you are gone to save electricity, it also allows you to turn them on at specific times if you would like it to look like you are home. This also helps increase the safety and security of your home.Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of an automated system in your home is automated door locks. How often have you left for work in the morning only to realize that you forgot to lock your front door? Through an automated system, you can lock your doors with the tap of your finger. This quickly eases your mind, so you can focus on your day’s work rather than who may or may not be entering your home. This is also a great benefit for you if you have to leave to work before your children leave for school. Often, children run out the door to catch the bus and forgot to lock the door. You can easily have control of the situation by locking the door from your office each day. The fact that you can be alerted each time someone enters your home also allows you to monitor who is entering your home at all times, even when you are not there.Unfortunately, we just cannot be everywhere at once. This means that we often miss things that happen, perhaps even in our own home or yard. With a home automation system, you can easily see what is happening. Now you can make sure no unwelcome guests arrive unbeknownst to you or your family. Security cameras increase family safety by recording clips when detecting movement or at specific times of the day or night.Often, we leave for work early in the morning and forget to adjust our thermostat. As a result, we come home to a house that is severely too hot or too cold. This is inconvenient, as it usually takes a good amount of time for the household temperature to increase or decrease after being adjusted. However, with a home automation system, you can simply adjust the thermostat from the convenience of your office a few hours before heading home. This is both cost effective and saves on energy, and it helps you stay “on top of” your life when you have run out the door first thing in the morning without considering much else besides arriving to work on time.It is no secret that today’s world is busier than in days past. If you are like most people, you are constantly running from place to place, working to accomplish everything on your never-ending “to-do” list. Because of the high-tech nature of a home automation system, you never have to worry about running home to open the door for your children after school or making a quick stop at home in order to adjust household items. In short, you easily save precious time and experience more daily productivity.As mentioned earlier, a home automation system saves money. The most beneficial impact the system will have is on your monthly utility bill. No longer will you be spending money for household appliances left on in your family’s absence. You will also save on gas costs, as you will never need to stop by the house in order to turn something off or on. This is certainly convenient. You will have complete control to make sure costs are low without exerting any additional effortSimply put, you are contributing to the economy when you purchase and utilize a home automation system. You ensure that you are only using the energy and resources that are necessary while you are home.Perhaps this benefit will not apply to everyone, but for those who habitually worry about whether or not they have taken care of everything at home before leaving for the day, a home automation system is a perfect investment. In short, it offers peace of mind. This is quite beneficial for those individuals who leave each day, obsessively worrying if everything is in order. With so many stresses in daily life, it is nice to take at least one off the list by being able to see what is going on at home without physically being there.Have you ever gone out of town and given a key to a neighbor? Many do this in order to allow the neighbor to perform household chores that cannot be neglected such as feeding the plant, taking care of the dog, or delivering the mail. A home automation system allows you just a bit more control than simply turning over a key, which is a great relief to some homeowners. You can easily set up a time for the person to enter your home and let him or her in yourself through your smartphone or iPad.This allows you to stay in control of the situation. You no longer need to worry about the neighbor losing that key or having complete, unrestrained access to your belongings. In addition, you can make sure the chores are actually being completed, so you do not have any surprises when you return home.Through the home automation system, you can easily keep tabs on your children. You can ensure that they make it safely into the house each night, letting them in without getting out of bed to greet them. You can also see their comings and goings on security cameras, as well as make sure the porch is lit when they arrive home.This helps you keep them safe, as well as helps you know what they are up to each day, which can be quite helpful for a busy parent. In sum, investing in a home automation system will benefit you in several ways. It is cost effective. It will save you time and energy. And perhaps the most important? It will keep you and your family safe and your home secure…
You can never have enough storage in the kitchen. If you lack cabinet space but have just enough room along an area of a wall, an armoire can serve as a wonderful pantry. Check out this great example from Decoholic. Alternatively, you could use the same idea as above, but for coffee instead. Ever Evolving Life 4-5 shows the complete transformation this armoire went through to become a cute little coffee bar.
Architects Bruno Armando Gomes Marques have completed the S. Roque House I, a modern residential project located in the Oliveira de Azeméis Municipality of Portugal. The three functionally separate levels of the residence are also visually distinct. The bottom floor is where the laundry, storage room and garage are located. According to the architects, “the height difference between the two roads confronting the land allows only two levels for the house, on the south side, while on the north side we added a third level for the garages, with a porch under a green cover. Thus, the program was complete and a solution has been found for mitigating the impact that three floors could impose on the surroundings“. The social area is the core of the residence, accommodated by the middle level. Its exterior appearance is defined by an overall symmetry and defining a gray color, contrasting with the white upper volumes, where the bedrooms are located.[Photography by Miguel Coelho]
The terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are often used interchangeably when describing design. It’s a common faux pas and one of which this writer is certainly guilty. In design lexicon the two words have contrasting and quite distinct meanings. Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past, specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.
We received photos and information about an interesting recycling project imagined by artist Donald Fodness. We asked the designer for a subjective description of his works and here is what he replied: “My furniture combines handcrafted wood working and metal fabricating techniques with ready-made found objects. These pieces problem solve a desire to salvage and re-purpose common or discarded materials; this is both a conceptual exercise in un-labeling as well as a behavioral ethic. I am primarily a visual artist and my interest in making functional art objects relates to my interest in folk aesthetics. While primarily utilitarian, these furniture objects combine the constraint of aesthetically integrating a disparate form that transplants or embeds history and character into an otherwise newborn object.
Sideboard From Motorcycle Frame, Coat Tree, and Casters
For instance, the sideboard uses a motorcycle frame found on the roadside. The frame has a unique distortion from a collision making it impossible to reproduce. I responded to the negative spaces of the frame and constructed the plywood boxes to fit these spaces. I devised special jigs to key spline each angled joint with wenge wood. I also fabricated unique brackets to mount the caster wheels. As an artist and furniture maker I value something to work against, or riff off, rather than dealing with a blank slate. This parallels the remixing of information prevalent with online culture”. So- would you consider having these items in your home?
Coffee table from a Row of Stadium Seating
Coffee Table Constructed From Two Institutional Chairs
There are a few specific styles and themes which come alive in the bedroom with the addition of a green tinge. The first that comes to mind is here is the exotic tropical style. Whether you wish to combine a hint of tropical charm with modern aesthetics or want to create a guest bedroom that is full of tropical flair, green is the color to turn to. A splash of bright or mossy green can turn your boring bedroom into a fun and playful space that reminds of your recent holiday trip to a stunning tropical getaway. Another look that revels in green is the beach style and you can replace the traditional white and blue blend with white, green and a hint of orange to create a unique and exquisite bedroom.
You’re pretty lucky if you have a large enough window in your bathroom that could use a seating area right beneath it. A bathroom reno featured on Beneath My Heart uses an upholstered loveseat bench with added accent pillows for the window area. How about a built-in? This vanity featured on Home Bunch has a bench area near the window, while this other example (also from Home Bunch) creates a window seat out of a bathroom storage unit. You could also try a bathroom storage unit on a much larger scale with a bench as well, like the third option below from BHG. Built-ins are great, but they’re not for everyone. You could try a simple wicker bench with an elegant cushion to place by your bathroom window, like the one below featured on House of Turquoise.
Homeowners and designers Lynda and Peter Benoit(of Melander Architects) embarked on the challenging task of remodeling a poorly planned, 1,100 square-feet loft situated in a former steam engine factory in Emeryville, California. The focal point and one of the most creative additions of the new home is Peter’s masterwork: “a completely customized 16-by-17-by-10-foot wooden box that accommodates a bookcase on the outside, a bedroom on the inside, and a dressing-room mezzanine above“. Access in the “hidden chamber” is ensured by a lateral stairway, perfectly integrated in the overall design. This box-within-a box project captured our attention and made us want to search for further details. You can observe the multi-functional addition from various standing points in the photos below and judge for yourself if this unusual bedroom is practical or on the contrary, takes up too much space. Project found on : Dwell
Toronto-based studio Altius Architecture designed a 4,500 square foot family residence with a fantastic collection of interiors. Located in Canada, just south of Collingwood, in the heart of the Clearview area – hence the name – the Clearview Residence was completed last year, in 2011. Nearby, the woodland and pond offered the architects a perfect setting in which the modern house can communicate with the surroundings. Dark-framed glass walls and elegant vertical windows flood the interiors with natural light during the day and seem to give back the borrowed light during the night.
Materials were chosen to evolve with the ever-changing scenery. Architects “incorporated the ever evolving characteristics of corten steel, the earthy tones of a deep grey/blue ‘Cape Cod’ pre-finished wood siding, as well as other products like slate and ipe wood decking.” The two story contemporary home features sustainable technologies like the geothermal lake loop and green house and was built using local materials. How many of you prefer a modern home by the pond?
Contemporary bedrooms are all about a neutral color scheme that is accentuated by pops of color in an elegant fashion. These colorful additions can be often swapped out with ease to alter the appeal of the room and its color palette with changing trends and seasons. While blue is touted as the most popular hue in the bedroom irrespective of style and season, green is the ‘chosen one’ for those who want to bring a hint of natural goodness indoors. Relaxing, elegant, bright and refreshing, it is a pleasant hue that comes in diverse shades ranging from the brilliant jewel-toned emerald to more subtle and modest minty greens.
Emerald is a color that has consistently topped trend charts in recent times and its jewel-toned glamor is perfect for bedrooms with Hollywood Regency style. Malachite pattern and color is also a smart choice if you love that luxurious look in the bedroom while eclectic bedrooms drenched in green goodness steal the show with sheer audacity and flair.