Collect this ideaThe idea that generated the design of this House in South-Western Australia was to achieve a reflection of the surrounding landscapes through materials and living spaces evoking openness: “the project displays the paired ideas of meandering and built formality, reflecting the relationship between the natural contours of bushland (emblematic of the site’s iconic Margaret River view, with its rolling river headland) and the crisp horizontal nature of the ocean beyond”, explained the creative team at Tierra Design.Collect this ideaFunctionally separated in two building wings by a central courtyard, the residence provides the opportunity of two families living together. White canopies shelter the volumes, adding an interesting effect to the overall exterior design composition: “The rooves are transformed from a gesture at entry to expansive planes, echoing the breadth of landscape beyond. The ceilings become a floating island contrasting with the olive backdrop of bush”. Timber screens and stone walls further contribute to the project’s well defined modern personality.Collect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this idea
Located in Seoul, South Korea and envisioned by design group bang by min, the H-House resembles a modern fortress. When developing it, the architects were confronted with a few challenges: “The site of H-House had the slope ground where the front level is lower with about 8m than the back level, which became a problem in designing. Besides this physical problem, the architect had more difficulties with the client’s demands ; to create a house for three generations, a house with good daylighting and ventilation on the basement and the first floor“.The result is an originally-shaped structure, with functionally separate levels placed in a “stack”. Different from every standpoint, the house is a display of modern creativity in architecture. The project is divided into three floors and a commercial unit for rent on the basement level. All the interiors are defined by space and design minimalism. Embark on a virtual tour and tell us what you think!
Characterized by an overwhelmingly-diverse geometry, the Strand Residence in Dana Point, California inspires opulent modern living. The imposing residence was envisioned by Horst Architects as a series of open spaces, strongly rooted in the environment. Every room offers extensive ocean views and reflecting ponds at each level ensure a soothing atmosphere.No matter what the standpoint, the well selected composition of materials and textures give away the feeling of living on the edge: “Indoor and outdoor living is orchestrated by balancing views with privacy, communal space with intimacy. The clear expression of the steel skeleton structure, in filled with glass and wood, allows the structure to sit lightly along the coastal terrain, while limestone walls anchor the structure“. It is interesting to observe how the extensive use of glass does not alter privacy, as the concrete street facade does a great job sheltering the residence. How would you comment on the overall design of this modern home?
We are already used to Japanese architecture, which puts a different value on space than most of the Occidental cultures do. The Hiyoshi House is such a fine example of compact architecture! EANA, the firm responsible with completing this project, has envisioned a space that connects the inhabitants and makes them enjoy the cozy, compact space. The place is ideal for a couple that tries to experience the boundaries of “family life”. The rectangular house in Yokohama comes with large side windows, replacing the concrete structure and creating a place flooded by light. Transparent and breezy, the house is equipped with everything needed. The social space includes the kitchen, the living and the dining room and a four meters high ceiling.The large windows allow the inhabitants to be observers of the natural scenery. The interior floor is a mix of concrete and wood. Nothing too sharp nor sophisticated. Just moderate and relaxing. There’s little furniture to emphasise the breeziness, which is not a bad thing, of course. What is really particular about this house is the upper roof top garden – a spot ideal for seeking inspiration and enjoying a tasteful cup of tea at dusk…
The Toronto Residence designed by Belzberg Architecture received the 2013 Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence award. Very modern, and breezy, the stratified home showcases different types of materials for each of its layer, creating a very interesting contrast (plasters blends with zinc cladding, wood and stones). The house takes advantage of the natural rich surroundings. The flawless transition between environments is emphasised through floor-to-ceiling windows and open spaces. “Large portions of glazing along with clean lines and simple volumetric proportions underscore the client’s interest in creating a space with an effortless flow between interior and exterior; in a climate that is not always conducive to this type of habitation.”The home with its gorgeous garden inspires relaxation. There’s a terrace where you can just sit with your mug in the morning, drinking your coffee while planning your day. Private, yet airy, the Toronto Residence is the type of home that combines perfectly nature and the cozy home ambience while revealing sharp and pleasant contemporary notes. The interior is characterised by a graceful décor, with a complex wooden staircase serving as a main attraction point.Collect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this idea
It is fascinating to observe how concrete has won a secure place in the hearts of interior designers worldwide. The home presented below envisioned by oooox and located in a small village southwest of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic is an example of concrete creativity. You can see the material employed throughout the interiors (walls, ceilings, floor); yet the place does not feel too industrial, but sophisticated and contemporary-elegant instead.The core of the residence is a minimalist, open plan living and dining room, designed in a neutral color palette. Just a few furniture elements and carefully chosen lighting fixtures give this interior an original vibe. The “cold” and gray concrete on the ceiling is contrasted by wooden additions and white lacquered kitchen finishes. Subtle texture on the ceiling creates a visual disruption, making it easy for anyone visiting to look up. Far from being a concrete-used-in-living-space fan, I have to say this place touched a soft spot. How does it resonate with your tastes?
The highly modern the J20 House in Zagreb, Croatia was designed by studio DAR612 as a “juxtaposition of two elements – a primary longitudinal wing with white finish, and a perpendicular element covered in dark wood coating. A T-shaped floor plan enables maximum south and west orientation, as well as views from both levels”. The residence is surrounded by a courtyard providing just enough space for outdoor leisure activities.The residence is structured as follows: “A two story-high entry divides the house into two segments connected with a wooden bridge: the east segment is a secondary space with a garage on the ground floor and children’s area on the first floor; the west segment contains the main living spaces and parents’ quarters on the upper floor“. The interiors exude openness and their minimalism is contrasted by warmth coming from the wooden additions. A large swimming pool is located above the living room and can be spotted from other parts of the house as well…
The sunny California weather, the beaches, the fun and all the “glory” make people think that if there’s a paradise, this how it’s supposed to look like! With such a lovely view comes a lovely house. And if you manage to have a lovely house nearby the Pacific Ocean, with the breeze knocking on your windows, feeling the sand under your feet in the morning, when you go for a relaxing walk, then you’re a happy individual.We are presenting you a home that respects the theory exposed above, that not only is located in Montecito (Butterfly Beach) but also is built from eco-friendly materials, being a sustainable LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certified home. This eco luxury home was designed by Maienza-Wilson Interior Design + Architecture.The house is composed of three different blocks: the main house, the garage and the swimming pool house. On the top of the garage and the swimming pool, green grass has been planted. The main house is surrounded by a wooden deck that basically connects it to the swimming pool house (the ideal spot to enjoy a good book and a bitter-sweet icy cocktail.The interior is breezy and connected to the exterior through wooden flooring. The sliding windows allow a better air circulation and a more relaxed environment. Neat and elegant, everything respects a certain “sandy-beach” design line, with warm shades of beige, white and brown. At the upper floor, you’ve got a wonderful view over the Pacific. Well, what do you think of this home, do you like it?
Located in Aspen, Colorado, the Willoughby Way is a spacious luxury home, with gorgeous finishings. The interior is breezy and luminous, thanks to the glass walls that replace the regular ones. The house is flooded by light, offering also a beautiful view over the inspiring site. Surrounded by a staggering landscape, the Willoughby Way is a wonderful place for daydreamers: they can take long walks, admire the sunset, enjoy the fresh air and disconnect from the busy city rush. This particularly beautiful Aspen residence was defined by Charles Cuniffe Architects. “Heavy timbers and stone anchor this home into its site on Red Mountain, while large expanses of glass encompass the mountain views. Clean and contemporary materials create soft interiors.”Timber beams embellish the interior and make it more comfortable and cozy. The stone walls reflect the rocky landscape and the sophisticated furniture adds a touch of personality to this living space. The interior is very much connected to the exterior: the materials used in defining the décor, the transparence created through the glass walls and through the irregular ceiling’s sculpture that resembles to a mountain peak. Modern and stylish, the Willoughby Way (due to its location) inspires tranquility and harmony.Collect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this ideaCollect this idea
Estela Netto Architecture & Design developed a dazzling home project, targeting young couples in search of a refined house that mixes harmonically the edges of good design with nature’s greatness. Casa Aguas Claras is the name of this outstanding project sheltered in a luxurious area from Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The house aims to embrace the rocky surroundings and immerse perfectly into this relaxing landscape. The house has an amazing morning view for those who are used to drink coffee in search of the morning inspiration.For the ‘naturelle’ touch, plenty of wood was used in defining the project: floors, fancy shutters, some of the furniture pieces. Moreover, the textures and fabrics have been carefully chosen, creating an enhancing juggling of earthy colors. The contemporary natural aspect is augmented by a series of details such as rocky mountain wall patterns, different types of marble and gorgeous large windows that capture the landscape bringing it inside. Casa Aguas Claras is a space that aims to satisfy the need of comfort, inducing a peaceful state of mind. The master bedroom is intimately protected by sliding shutters while the spacious living room is wrapped with natural light. A perfect oasis for a smooth lifestyle, don’t you think?
What if there was an easy way to creatively upgrade your home, without the hassle of handiwork? We’ve stumbled across Edera, a decorative modular system envisioned by Italian designer Loris De Grandi and produced by Formabilio. The project consists of rhomboid elements able to grow and evolve in the way that we like the most, starting from a soft carpet to become a headboard for beds and sofas. The base element has two equilateral triangles with soft padding and fluffy felt with contrast stitching and non-slip bottom.
The Velcro strips along the sides of the triangle allow a fast and intuitive connection between the modules, ensuring a perfect seal in the carpet version, while the practical snap buttons allow you to create compositions to be hung on the ceiling or fixed to the wall. The strength of this furniture is the customization factor, freedom of interaction that let the users compose the modules according to their tastes and needs, creating original surfaces, stylish and ready to be changed at any time. The possibilities are endless and the various color merges can lead to dynamic interiors filled with personality. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Loris De Grandi]
With a design conceived by Dettling Architekten, C1 House in Karlsruhe, Germany displays an interesting rectangular exterior appearance, outlined by an open terrace and generous swimming pool. Especially designed to open up to the neighboring valley and village, the family residence was envisioned by the architects as a giant picture frame, showcasing the lovely surrounding landscape. In order to meet this objective, large floor to ceiling windows define each interior of the house. An open plan living and dining space connected to the deck terrace becomes the main social area of the residence. Defined by wood additions, the interiors are a modern display of elegance, contributing to a welcoming atmosphere. A partially camouflaged stairway leads the way towards the upper floor, where a lovely miniature bookcase is improvised. This is probably the most peaceful part of the entire house, a great place to rest and/or work. How would you comment on the design of this family home in Germany? Can you share your favorite details with us? [Photography: Daniel Vieser]
Protruding through beautiful oak trees, an almost suspended architecture is slightly seen occupying a hillside in Beverly Hills, California. The Oakpass Residence by Heusch Architecture was imagined resting on 10 very narrow columns, gathering views of the surroundings through its almost fully glazed facade. The uplifted ground floor under the residential structure forested by the columns shaping the 12 feet high support system was designed to be part carport, part Zen garden. Architects found an innovative solution to eliminating the need for a retaining wall, making the home more interesting and the surrounding space more compact and leading to minimal impact on the forested landscape. Even the pool was elevated above ground, creating a continuation of the column-defined space under the house. Captured in between two large concrete slabs, interior spaces showcase a comfortable design and seem to merge with the outdoors thanks to frameless floor to ceiling glass and the continuity of materials from the inside out: “The choice of the natural materials such as Brazilian walnut floors inside and out, Portuguese limestone and Spanish marble define the interior spaces. The restrictive palette throughout the house and the custom designed furniture and cabinets characterize the minimalist environment.”
For those of you who ever doubted the power of modern architecture, it can re-frame your desires and teach you about the importance of simplicity. This astonishing courtyard house in Scottsdale, Arizona, proves that a clean, functional design can support an inspiring effect on the interior and exterior atmosphere. Designed by Wendell Burnette Architects, the captivating desert courtyard house constructed from soil excavated from the site will stay with you as a reminder of the beauty that can be created in this world.
Designers see this massively beautiful residential structure as “a mass of concrete and rammed earth walls that meet the sky without termination.” Weathered steel covers the roof, continuing the rammed walls up and making the home appear hidden in the landscape :”when seen from above, recedes into the landscape as a deep shadow.”
A central courtyard provides a piercing design. During hot desert days, it floods the interiors with light while showcasing its glass facades mirroring the sky and surrounding vegetation. The resulting effect is a stunning play of shadow and light. At night, this interior courtyard becomes something magical, capturing lights from the inside and allowing the steel plate ceiling inside to visually merge with the night sky.
According to the architects, the spectacular desert home was created to be enjoyed as a work of art inspired by geometry and the natural world:
“Mass, hollowed mass, faceted mass, fissured mass, and mass that cracks open and hinges apart informed how we proceeded to give this home its defining qualities all the way down to the fittings and fixtures that one touches with the hand or the eye. For instance, all the millwork is volumetric concealing its thinness until a bronze void is touched with the fingertips revealing its smooth, contoured surface allowing the mass to be cracked open revealing contents within. Fissures in the steel ceiling reveal light while maintaining the quality of nothingness at night. One can also push open a massive translucent stone to take an outdoor shower in a private faceted court. Mass and the improbability of delicacy discovered within, is what gives the Sonoran Desert its remarkable presence.”
Last but not least, an infinity edge pool visually spilling into the desert extends an invitation to spending time outdoors. Some might find it too transparent, but it was ingeniously designed to be private and cozy. Maybe this black desert mansion suits your taste more…
The Appleton Living project envisioned by Minarc is a modern addition to the town of Venice, Italy. Especially developed for a family with children, the residence takes advantage of the many outdoor spaces which make up the property: swimming pool, outdoor dinning, barbeque area and play court. Each of the interiors is connected to one of these leisure spaces, either through sliding glass doors or massive windows. The project’s orientation was thought out to maximize passive solar design and natural ventilation.
Organic materials were employed throughout the design: stone, steal and wood make the place inviting and family-friendly: “The entry living room has glass to both sides to further connect the indoors and outdoors. Floor and ceiling materials connected in an unobtrusive and whimsical manner to increase floor plan flow and space. Magnetic chalkboard sliders in the play area and paperboard sliders in the kids’ rooms transform the house itself into a medium for children’s artistic expression“. [Photography: Art Gray]
This gated community home rests in a blessed neighborhood south of Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. Built to address the needs of a modern family, the home known as Casa Ceolin was imagined by AT Arquitetura with a linear layout which enhances the connection between indoors and outdoors. A natural stone walls runs the length of the 280 sqm house, shaping an organized floor plan: living areas face north while the utilities face south. According to its architects, the gated community home in Brazil “explores different ways and possibilities to connect the house to the plot and surrounding views, explores connections between living areas and courtyards, living areas to the lake view from the backyard.” In a hot climate zone, this home is like an oasis – a visually appealing indoor-outdoor residence connecting the social and private living areas inside to the enormity of the blissful outdoors.
The single family residence shelters the social living areas on the ground floor, while upstairs it unravels a a collection of private spaces – two bedrooms and a family room – seen through breezy curtains. In photos by Marcelo Donadussi we can distinguish the attention to details defining the architect’s work: “In the entrance open car porch a Cobogó wall– a hollowed structural white ceramic element wall – separates it from an inner courtyard where a small and delicate ipê amarelo tree (tabebuia alba) completes a scales of privacy filters from the semi private street to the living and dinning areas.”
With a green roof guiding rainwater towards the lake while providing good insulation, this dreamy single family residence in a gated community proves that comfort can by shaped by needs and vision.
Apartment Therapy shows a really interesting bathroom design where a bench on an outer wall extends right through the glass into the walk-in shower. Another great and simple example of a shower with a bench (again from Carla Aston) makes use of wood material for both the bench and flooring. You may not have a ton of room for a full-sized bench, so a corner built-in might work instead. This one featured on Angie’s List looks great in this smaller shower! Another from BHG highlights the top of the bench with white.
The bathroom is perhaps the one room that doesn’t allow you to do very much in terms of furniture. With so much space taken up by the shower, the tub, the vanity, and the toilet, it can be a challenge to figure out how to bring in a little more style, even with the smallest pieces of furniture like shelves and benches — especially if you’re stuck with a really small bathroom! Lucky for you, there are lots of benches and stools out there that are versatile enough to fit any bathroom, small or large.
Horst Architects , the Californian architectural studio renewed this neat interior of a two-storey apartment located in Corona del Mar (translated as “Crown of the Sea”), Newport Beach, California. The major problem was the lack of space, so the architects had to find a good design idea in order to implement it and deliver a home that accommodates an office, along with the intimate familial space. The ordinary windows have been replaced with frameless glass. They created a warm and transparent ambience, giving a different perspective upon the spatial transition. “Windows are positioned to embrace the view of the harbor, while second skin systems such as wood shutters mediate the late afternoon sun and provide privacy”.
Along with the luxurious living space elegantly decorated, the lucky owner wakes up in the morning with a staggering view over the bay. The panoramic windows allow a smooth light penetration creating a breezy and relaxed interior. As a consequence, a strong connection between the two environments is created through this. Tiled marble is integrated into the walls creating a precious interior. In the evening, the atmosphere is absolutely breathtaking and romantic especially if you light up the fireplace…
Serbia based Tarkett has officially opened Tarkett Academy, a 1000 square meter training center and showroom in Backa Palanka, This unique centre has been created to offer the clients, architects and designers full support and help in finding the best solutions for flooring for various projects. The minimalist design approach offers a high level of functionality, while keeping everything perfectly organized and in sight for visitors. The use of wood creates a welcoming and laid-back atmosphere.
Tarkett Academy provides its visitors with a range of solutions in different areas from education, health facilities, hospitality, residential facilities to retail shops, as well as a presentation of Tarkett products – parquet, laminate, vinyl, linoleum, sports flooring. Within the Academy, there is a space for flooring installation training and installation training, as well as common areas for presentations. Tarkett Academy reflects the company’s constant ambition to meet its clients’ needs in an increasingly higher quality manner. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by Tarkett]