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?
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?
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?
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…
For those of you looking for an interactive lesson on modern architecture, The ABC of Architects is a great starting point. The witty video in today’s post comes from Frederico Gonzalez of Ombú Architecture and shows an original list of famous architects, together with their best known buildings. Clean and captivating, the video presents personalities in alphabetical order, from Alvar AAlto in Finland, creator of Säynätsalo Town hall to Zaha Hadid and The Pierres Vives building in Montpellier, France. The creators of the film admit that many great architects of our times have been left out because they tried to features one person per letter, while covering a variety of nationalities. We salute this idea and believe the video is definitely worth sharing further. How do you find it? If it were up to you, what other names would you include?
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
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
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!
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
The shores of the Pacific Ocean inspired the Mexican architect, Alberto Kalach to create an exceptional luxurious mansion with a stunning view, catching every sunrise and sunset, nearby the waters. The Atalaya project lies on a 1,100 square foot of ground, mixing in an impeccable way, basic materials used in the industrial design, such as concrete, neon light or stainless steel with wood and marble to create the perfect climate for wellness. The mansion made entirely of concrete reveals a structure nothing but industrial. The labyrinthian shape and the different concrete blocks generate a certain atmosphere filled with coolness.
The most impressive thing about the Atalaya mansion is the surrounding landscape. The mountains, the valley and the ocean itself offer some of the most spectacular images one can only dream about. The interior is a mix of neutral marble, concrete, glass and natural wood. A modern breezy home, in a few words. The hardwood beams and the comfy soft carpets from the living areas inspire that warmth you were looking all around this sterile space. Thanks to the irregular shape of the building, the well preserved wild vegetation is a major attraction for its inhabitants. As you discover the house, you end up wandering on long corridors with ‘secret’ staircases entirely made of marble. Along the corridors the artificial neon light carries your steps, but as soon as you enter the homey rooms, your eyesight is flooded by natural light. A part of the roof is covered with vegetation, just like a suspended garden, somehow immersing into the wild and savage landscape. At the upper level, there’s a lap pool seasoned with a row of lounge chairs for your relaxation and wellness sessions.
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.
It was difficult for us at first to figure out that this place is not a highly modern condo, but an original looking restaurant. Designed by the creative team at Noses Architects, the KOOK restaurant and pizzeria is located on via Cassia 2040, Rome- again, who would of thought? Glass, iron and concrete were the main materials employed to build the space, which lets out a contemporary feel, a bit unusual for a city with majestic old buildings like Rome.
An abundant use of wood and brings warmth and originality to this almost industrial-like place. The most striking design detail of the entire project is probably the central glass-encased tree, difficult to miss by anyone entering the premises. We like the fact that each corner has its own vibe, given by creative and inspiring decorating ideas. In a space characterized by a neutral color palette, the red sofas come to liven it up and sprinkle that touch of unexpected which we like so much…
Usually they say that successful interiors are a beneficial combination of environmentally friendly contemporary decorative materials, design furniture, sanitary equipment and home appliances. Nevertheless, the interior of an apartment located in the heart of Kiev’s historical district has a much more valuable treasure – an idea. A young creative couple had been looking for an architect, when their designer friend recommended them Alex Bykov. After a fruitful discussion of suggestions and proposals the concept of “constant motion” was born.
The concept of movement appears through the spacial design areas such as the bedroom, the lounge, the library and the bathroom are located surrounding the kitchen, the historical symbol of the “family’s heart”. So you can move from one room to another in an uninterrupted circle, since the spaces flows smoothly into each other. The interior has a cozy warm coloring due to the pastel brick walls, the natural texture of wood and soft furniture. The built-in library – a primary wish of the couple, was designed to house the family library. Alex also designed all the furniture and prepared individual work drawings. The woodwork was made from low cost materials.
Artificial lighting is dim, warm and comfortable. Decorative lamps are by Ukrainian designers Anna Popovych and Vasyliy Butenko; the ceiling lamp, which were presented to the newly-weds by close friends as a wedding gift, are by ‘Artemide’. Wrought-iron products also bespoke immediately grab attention: the legs for the coffee and dining tables, a mirror in the bedroom, a sleeve for the hood and a window . [Photos and information provided via e-mail by architect and photographer Alex Bykov]
High in the Dolomite mountains lies an interesting looking faceted residence entitled The Cube House and designed by Plasma Studio. Settled on a steep terrain, between two existing properties in the village of Sesto, the contemporary property is creatively adapted to its environment. Triangular extensions of the facade fuse with the slope, as if rooting the building to its landscape.
According to the architects, it is the steep site that shaped the form of the project. The main living zones in the first floor and the bedrooms in the second floor are accessed via a small staircase located on the ground floor: “The single functions cooking/ eating and living are positioned around the circulation core in order to give connectivity and privacy at the same time. In the second floor, the single sleeping rooms are connected to each other in the shortest possible way”. South and east-facing balconies open up the house towards the magnificent views, while doubling the amount of floor space.
Rubin & Rotman Architects completed Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in the northern Canadian village of Oujé-Bougoumou, paying tribute to local architecture. The building’s concept turns to the Cree people’s traditional longhouse, the shaptuan, and to the particular context of the region. In this village, built in 1992 and unique in many respects, the main buildings were set within a broad circle in the centre. The Aanischaaukamikw Institute rounds out the layout of this space, where the Band Council office is also located.
The Institute includes an exhibition hall designed according to international museum standards, making it both a museum and meeting place. Community activities are held on the ground floor, where dance and music shows take place along with more intimate gatherings featuring storytellers and elders. On the lower floor are the offices of associations involved in preserving the Cree language, hunting methods and arts and handicrafts, as well as in promoting tourism. Wood is used extensively, evoking the fundamental importance of the forest to the Cree people. Special attention was paid to transposing symbolic elements reflecting traditional Cree habitat to this contemporary building. The open plan and transparency of the ground floor make the Institute the heart of the community. [Photo and information provided via e-mail by Rubin & Rotman Architects]
Reflecting a tranquil lifestyle, this curvaceous mansion in Melbourne, called The Hill House is the work of Rachcoff Velle Architecture. The architects envisioned a living space that perfectly reflects the salty and breezy seaside environment. The clients wanted something stylish and comfortable, a house with panoramic views, suggesting that the beach is only a few steps away. Located on the rise of the hill, the house offers some of the best views over the wonderful surroundings. The Hill House is divided in two different blocks: one in simple and linear lines and the other one, playful and curvaceous, offering a distinct personality.
The interior is elegant, neat and uncluttered. It creates a seamless transition between the environments, enhancing the feeling of freedom. “Conceptually the interiors are conceived as spaces that allow the main occupant to engage with the surrounds, embracing a relaxed lifestyle and calm environment. The flexibility of the internal spaces also allows her to host an influx of guests and increase the energy and pace of life.” In order to reflect the infinite calmness surrounding this home, the walls were painted white. Shades of warm colours (such as yellow and red) were added though, just to avoid the idea of a sterile home…
Takeshi Hirobe Architects completed the design for an original looking residence adjacent to the tranquil waters of Tokyo Bay, in the southern Kant? region of Japan. Villa SSK was envisioned as a balanced home, one that take in all the powerful energies of the surrounding natural elements, from the rocky mountains to the neighboring ocean. Inside and out, the project displays original features while staying true to the principles of Japanese architecture.
According to the architects, the client requested “a comfortable, generously proportioned living, dining and kitchen area, a bathroom overlooking the ocean, a guest room, and a spare room that could be used to display his beloved car. Timber panel wall-building and timber space trusses were used to create a structure that connects the ocean-facing side and mountain-facing sides of the house. Although the trusses themselves occupy a wide space, gaps have been left in between the different materials.” Find the architecture of this home as intriguing as we do?
Pop-up shops are a great way of displaying unique products in places where people are surprised to find them. Intriguing colors and a spot-on geometry makes the ingenious Gourmet Tea shop in Sao Paulo, Brazil, a perfect solution for dynamic client interaction within a crowded urban landscape. Colorful and attractive, the tea shop offers 35 organic tea varieties in a dynamic setting designed by Alan Chu and Cristiano Kato. The third shop opened by the local brand occupies as little as 25 square meters but packs a deep visual impact in its compact shape. A plywood box opening its various elements to reveal clever storage space adorns a compact space – the brand’s identity is hidden behind one of the colorful panels, while the rest of the elements are easily moved to compose an ingenious small shop and just as easily closed at the end of the day. Designed to immediately attract the attention of passers-by, the Gourmet Tea shop was inspired by the brand’s colorful packaging and a continuous search for the best design solutions to complement the site-specific needs…
We now shine the spotlight on a series of modern powder rooms that are magnificent in their own right. Stone is the material of choice in the bathroom below, which makes the Haven Stone Bathtub with Base from Apaiser an ideal choice for the space! Note how details such as a sculptural pendant light add layers of eye-catching design to this interior. Sometimes less is more, and when the powder room is all about the tub, it’s not a bad idea to go bold. Next we see Apaiser’s Haven Stone Bathtub (this time without the base), and if black isn’t your tub color of choice, note that in true Apaiser tradition, the piece is available in a variety of finishes. Here’s another modern black bathtub in a grey bathroom, and this time the tub is available through Modern Bathroom Vanities.