Home perfectly designed for the lovers of the outdoor and of receiving visits


Home perfectly designed for the lovers of the outdoor and of receiving visits

Architects: Eduardo Parra Grave
Location: Hacienda Valle Escondido, Mexico
Year: 2014
Area: 10.549 ft²/ 980 m²
Photo courtesy: César Béjar

“The family that lives in the house, chose this part of the forest seeking direct contact with nature.

Lovers of the outdoor life and of receiving visits, were conditioned terraces, balconies, patios and roofs. At the street level rises a single level, respecting the scale of the neighbors. In the back rise 5 levels, reaching the same height of the trees that existed.

The ground floor is free of walls. At 5 meters under the street is the house entrance, parking spaces and a double height dining room. The kitchen and guest bedroom, with privacy towards the street protected by a green slope and looking for the sun with large windows and open towards the forest. It connects to the wine cellar and access to a covered glass pergola to see trees protected from the rain, with a barbecue for outdoor meals and a pool under the frond of the trees.


The upper floor is the intimate area of the house, the bedrooms have a balcony running over the trees that even cross it.

The roof is prepared as a meeting point, at the height of the treetops and a viewpoint overlooking the forest towards the valley.To avoid the humidity the house does not have contention walls, it displaces on a free platform.

To have privacy the facade facing the street is almost a blind wall, to the sides and back of the house is completely of glass to receive the sun and have a view towards the forest.

Marble and hardwood were used on floors, stone as exterior coatings and wood to cover interior walls to help the fireplace increase the temperature.”

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Refuge characterized by simple features, purity of forms, integration with nature and use of natural materials


Refuge characterized by simple features, purity of forms, integration with nature and use of natural materials

Architects: mf+arquitetos
Location: Franca, Brazil
Year: 2017
Area: 1400 ft²/ 130 m²
Photo courtesy: Felipe Araujo

“The refuge is characterized by simple features, purity of forms, integration with nature and use of natural materials with a color palette of earthy tones, the touch of fabrics, the heat of the wood, the nobility of the marble, the rusticity of the stone and the concrete are mixed with the essential: living, living, coming and going, exploring, knowing, traveling, receiving and appreciating.

The character, who goes in search of moments, eternalizes memories through art, photography, and design that tells a story.”

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The Lego House – vast exhibition spaces and public squares that embody the culture and values at the heart of all LEGO experiences


The Lego House – vast exhibition spaces and public squares that embody the culture and values at the heart of all LEGO experiences

Architects: BIG
Location: Billund, Denmark
Year: 2017
Area: 129.167 ft²/ 12.000 m²
Photo courtesy: Iwan Baan

“BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and LEGO bring the toy scale of the classic LEGO brick to architectural scale with LEGO House, forming vast exhibition spaces and public squares that embody the culture and values at the heart of all LEGO experiences.

Designed by BIG and COWI, LEGO House is an experience hub for LEGO fans of all ages, as well as an architectural landmark and a significant step towards the city’s goal of making Billund the Capital for Children. The construction of the 12,000 m2 LEGO House commenced in 2014, replacing the former City Hall building with support from three generations of the LEGO family and Billund City Mayor Ib Kristensen.

“All activities in the house are related to our LEGO philosophy that learning through play promotes innovation and creativity. Play runs through the LEGO Group’s DNA, and it is really brought to life in LEGO House. Everything from experience zones and outdoor areas to our restaurant concepts is based on play and creativity, so no matter what you do in LEGO House, it will have something to do with playing.” Jesper Vilstrup, LEGO House CEO.


Due to its central location in the heart of Billund, the 23 m tall LEGO House is conceived as an urban space as much as an experience center. 21 overlapping blocks are placed like individual buildings, framing a 2,000 m2 LEGO square that is illuminated through the cracks and gaps between the volumes. The plaza appears like an urban cave without any visible columns and is publicly accessible, allowing visitors and citizens of Billund to shortcut through the building.

“LEGO house is a literal manifestation of the infinite possibilities of the LEGO brick. Through systematic creativity, children of all ages are empowered with the tools to create their own worlds and to inhabit them through play. At its finest – that is what architecture – and LEGO play – is all about: enabling people to imagine new worlds that are more exciting and expressive than the status quo, and to provide them with the skills to make them reality. This is what children do every day with LEGO bricks – and this is what we have done today at LEGO House with actual bricks, taking Billund a step closer towards becoming the Capital for Children.” Bjarke Ingels, Founding Partner, BIG.

The LEGO square is energized by an urban character, welcoming locals and visitors to the café, restaurant, LEGO store and conference facilities. Above the square, a cluster of galleries overlap to create a continuous sequence of exhibitions. Each gallery is color-coded in LEGO’s primary colors so wayfinding through the exhibitions becomes a journey through the color spectrum.

The first and second floors include four play zones arranged by color and programmed with activities that represent a certain aspect of a child’s learning: red is creative, blue is cognitive, green is social, and yellow is emotional. Guests of all ages can have an immersive and interactive experience, express their imagination, and not least be challenged by meeting other builders from all over the world. The top of the building is crowned by the Masterpiece Gallery, a collection of LEGO fans’ beloved creations that pay tribute to the LEGO community.

The Masterpiece Gallery is made of the iconic 2×4 LEGO brick and showcases art beneath eight circular skylights that resemble the studs of the brick. Like the golden ratio, the proportions of the brick are nested in the geometries of everything man-made in the building, from the glazed ceramic tiles in the steps and walls to the overall 21 block scheme. Atop the Masterpiece Gallery, citizens and visitors can get a 360° panoramic view of the city. Some of the rooftops can be accessed via pixelated public staircases that double as informal auditoria for people watching or seating for performances.”

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The Creek House by Shaun Lockyer Architects


The Creek House by Shaun Lockyer Architects

Architects: Shaun Lockyer Architects
Location: Kenmore Hills, Australia
Year: 2015
Photo courtesy: Shaun Lockyer Architects

The Creek House draws its motivation from the neighborhood vernacular of block and tin houses on a vast verdant piece in the Kenmore Hills. The outline included a noteworthy re-invigoration and augmentation to what was an extremely basic yet encouraging house.


The new work opens the essential living spaces out toward the north offering sees and engagement with the normal stream environs which offers an advantageous asylum from the city adjacent. A rich however basic palette of stone and timber draws in with the common surroundings, whilst the transparent white dividers offer a negligible and clean counterpoint to the quick connection.


The result is an impression of a great coordinated effort between trusting customers that have known us for quite a while, and their child who expertly executed the built.



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Edgewater Home by Elizabeth Metcalfe


Edgewater Home by Elizabeth Metcalfe

Architects: Elizabeth Metcalfe Interiors & Design
Location: OakvilleCanada
Year: 2014
Photo courtesy: Elizabeth Metcalfe


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House on the Bluff by Edward Suzuki Associates


House on the Bluff by Edward Suzuki Associates

Architects: Edward Suzuki Associates
Location: Yamate, Yokohama, Japan
Year: 2012
Area: 384 sqm
Photos:  Yasuhiro Nukamura

This living arrangement is for a group of four with a private Studio/Office connected for the spouse. Situated on the feign of Yamate area in the port city of Yokohama, it charges a heavenly perspective of the townscape underneath on the South.


Flanked by a carport on the privilege and the Studio/Office on the left, the passage is from the North.


The ground floor is involved basically of the Living, the Dining, and the Kitchen, with the wife’s Library/Study by the spouse’s Studio/Office. The Studio/Office is to be utilized basically for work, but at the same time is planned to be utilized as a little show space for the spouse and his companions’ musical band. The space brags an amble volume of two story statures to which a mezzanine could be included the future if and when essential. The Living room too is two stories high with the Master Bedroom on the second floor ignoring it.



The second floor is basically resting quarters with a family Bathroom. It additionally suits a Japanese tatami (straw mat) room with a private review cultivate that could be utilized as an infrequent visitor room.


The inside floor completions are essentially bamboo overlays for the ground floor and covering for the second. Edward Suzuki Associates underwrites utilization of bamboo as much as is conceivable rather wood, as bamboo is quickly developing and copious in Japan and henceforth more biologically solid than wood. The dividers and roofs are fundamentally paint on gypsum board.


The outside is fundamentally grayish highlighted by dark window band, reminiscent of the old, western living arrangements that stamp the Yamate neighborhood. A wooden louver which serves to save the security for the Japanese room includes some normal warmth and shading to the monotone.



Villa S2 by MARC Architects


Villa S2 by MARC Architects

Architects: MARC Architects
Location: island of IJburg, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Year: 2012
Photos: Drent Fotografen Groep

Manor S2 on IJburg island is a three-story high split-level estate with roomy configuration, high roofs and awesome openness to the waterfront. The type of the estate must be an extremely reduced one. This is controlled by the moderately little plot so near the water on one hand and customer needs on the other. At the front side of the house a slope goes directly into a little stopping which contains a portion of the storm cellar. At the rear an embankment isolates the waterfront from the plot. The position of the estate near this embankment builds up the profundity of the storm cellar in a way that no structures were permitted to enter the slants or barrier structure. This condition in itself makes it a Super Dutch plan. The customers longing to have a guesthouse in the other piece of the storm cellar drives unquestionably to the requirement for direct sunshine coming into this space. Yielding the previous prerequisites we outlined the storm cellar somewhat over the ground level in blend with the lifted ground floor and its split level space. The vast majority of the ground floor level is right around two feet over the greenery enclosure. A few stories and spaces are lifted 4 feet. This outline arrangement gives superb perspectives over the encompassing waters and south European vegetation of the IJburg island.


To underline the inward space – or rather the customers individual character we actually collapsed the divider and floor structures around the spaces. All rooms have sees over the water and green environment. To fulfill greatest physical and visual association between the inside and outside we didn’t utilize outlines for the most essential glass veneers. This implies we needed to create insightful points of interest where the glass meets the dividers and floors lined with the white stone edging boards. We composed channels behind all boards along the floors to avert contamination of the white edges by water from the glass surfaces. Water is straightforwardly depleted to ground level on a few positions beyond anyone’s ability to see. On south and west heights we coordinated the electrical sunscreens behind the white edges. In that way we gave the white stone edging boards a twofold reason. They give solid structural outline by giving the estate it’s S-formed area expression and in the in the mean time they’re steady technically on a littler scale.


The most imperative spatial association is the one where the kitchen is connected to the hoisted patio. While cooking behind the stove alongside the chimney, there is a sentiment being outside on the patio. The eating and kitchen region have high roofs up to 3.35m1. On this specific place the S-formed configuration opens towards the porch, patio nurseries and waterfront by a colossal full tallness glass area at right edges. For this fundamentally critical window outlines we utilized the exceptional Swiss composed and fabricated Sky-outline item which gave us the likelihood to incorporate all edges flush in dividers, roof and floors. The main obvious edge is the one between the altered and sliding window with a width of under one inch.



Both within and outside we meant to give the S2 manor a very recognized specialized enumerating and utilization of materials. We need this manor to be a cutting edge and practical outline in a way it is extremely vitality sparing and even very nearly an inactive house (vitality impartial). The utilization of a lot of glass veneers mustn’t meddle with these solid goals.


Along these lines we outlined all windows and open exteriors as 3-layerd glass veneers with the most elevated principles with regards to protection. Behind all white nature stone boards we even utilized protection boards with fabulous components as Kingspan Kooltherm K15 with a warm resistance (Rc) from very nearly 6. The white nature stone boards comprise out of composite materials with a 90 percent nature stone coarseness part joined with a 10 percent white fastener. The shading blend of the coarseness comprises of white, grayish, light-green and a light-yellow pieces. The last alludes to the dark yellow shaded reed along the waterfront.


We particularly pick this white material as gladding all together it would cost substantially less vitality for cooling in late spring. We utilized this 22 millimeter width material along the floors and dividers, as well as even in 6 square meters extensive boards and every single little piece for the supports interfacing with the glass. We cleaned all boards softly so they won’t get contaminated effortlessly. The way that the bright coarseness gets more profundity by mirroring the daylight was a second motivation to pick this sort of completion. For the wooden façade components we utilized the item Nobel Wood which gives the manor a warm and normal look.


This is a distinct option for tropical hardwood in light of Dutch pine wood originating from reasonably oversaw backwoods as indicated by FSC confirmation. The pine wood is an altered wood in light of biopolymerization. The wood is biopolymers from sugar stick to the altered center. The outcome is an item with the presence of fantastic hardwoods. Other than the restricted ecological effect we considered the consistent maturing as an essential viewpoint for picking Nobel Wood inside of the application in the Villa S2. Since just mistake free sapwood is utilized for the generation of Nobel Wood, the material is homogeneous. Accordingly, there is a uniform maturing of the material.


From the earliest starting point of the configuration stage we effectively connected a well thought idea for establishments in the outline. We utilized the 38 centimeter thick sandwich floors for the channels of the warmth recuperation framework to re-use warmed air with as meager as could be expected under the circumstances loss of vitality. We consolidated this framework with floor warming and top cooling for additional solace. On the rooftop we put four vast sun based boards and all light is LED associated to dusk.



Iced Winter by Bo Design


Iced Winter by Bo Design

Photo courtesy: Bo Design


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Pitsou Kedem Architects designed The S House, a concrete home with a modern look made by clean lines


Pitsou Kedem Architects designed The S House, a concrete home with a modern look made by clean lines

Architects: Pitsou Kedem Architects
Location: Hertsliya, Israel
Year: 2015
Area: 8.073 ft²/ 750 m²
Photo courtesy: Amit Geron

“The skyline – the meeting of earth and heaven – is the Archimedean point in every swath of architecture that orients the building in its surrounding. Whether it be built in a dense urban fabric, on a high mountain or a narrow, deep canyon – each building is measured by its sky.


Classical architecture that developed within the bosom of the church, aspired toward the sublime, the dimensions were propelled upwards by way of vertical windows and tall columns. In contrast, however, modern architecture, particularly residential constructions, see the skyline as a backdrop of human creativity, a horizontal emphasis on the buildings’ dimensions or even as a mere tool serving human needs.


In both the ancient and modern cases, the skyline is the simplest element required to place the building in a concrete context, even an imagined one. Second to that is the presence of another building and then trees and so on down the list of elements in the environment. Perhaps because of this, the architecture of private homes is the last bastion of the architecture of objects – not required to kowtow to its surroundings – it engages both architecture and sculpture.



At first glance it is a hovering horizontal prism, emphasized by a double skyline – above and below. A second glance seeks out the meeting of the prism with the ground, attempting to decipher the system of physical balance that allows the composition to float while being anchored, as it were, to a horizontal concrete wall resting on a steel beam hovering above an English garden. The result is a choreographed construction held eternally in a gravity-defying pose.


The levitation of the prism, formed by clean lines, dictates the entirety of the grounds and entrance by way of transparent partitions of different types – dropping down toward and marking the ground. As such, the public spaces of the home – the dining room, kitchen, living room, garden and decorative pool – have their inner and outer boundaries entirely blurred. Similarly, the entrance from the street prepares the visitor for the “space vessel” with the aid of shutter-like walls of wood – forming an outdoor lobby – barely visible from the street and open to the interior of the house. A lobby which is built in proportion to the salon, inchoate as it were, formed by an additional mass of concrete that further amplifies the hovering prism.


The design of the lower floor is separate from the prism above, yet nonetheless balances it through cross sections with a certain constructive functionality. It is indeed a counterweight, a balance sheet or even technical anchor in every sense. It gives shelter to intimacy and privacy, housing the bedrooms and managing the inverted relationship to the environment, thereby establishing that this house is not only a virtuous object but a space around which life is calculated.”


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Luna2 Private Hotel


Luna2 Private Hotel

Location: BaliIndonesia
Photo courtesy: Firefly Collection

Luna2 Private Hotel is the kind of hip hangout where you’d expect to find famous rock stars… Or perhaps that’s you. In which case, you’ve found the right place. Wired for sound, and designed to within an inch of its life, Luna2 Private Hotel is a sixties-inspired, space-age, funky luxury property in Bali.


Occupying a prime position on the Seminyak beachfront, the 5-bedroom property is enclosed within walled gardens and overlooks the shimmering sands. Just slip on your shades and relax by the Luna2 pool as a small army of staff brings you all the cocktails and canapés you can handle. Feast on chef-prepared dishes in your private restaurant, and let the in-house masseuse melt away any tensions, all to the soundtrack of your favourite music.


Whilst your senses are being pampered, your synapses are continually stimulated by the astonishing interior design. The retro space-age private hotel, named after the first spacecraft to land on the moon, was created by the owner, Melanie Hall, in collaboration with architect David Wahl. It may be in Bali, but it’s a million miles from the traditional Balinese pagoda style.



Luna2 Private Hotel has all the benefits of a luxury hotel, from daily housekeeping and concierges, to the à la carte restaurant service. Yet it’s also a private home-from-home where you can set your own agenda and do whatever you want. A group of friends might look forward to non-stop, over-indulgent partying, but it’s also a great place for families, packed with entertainment from the in-room iPods to the Xbox in the amply-stocked playroom.


There is plenty to do nearby, with Lunamobiles and ‘pilots’ on hand to whizz you around the island. All sorts of activities, such as horse riding, cookery lessons and health & fitness training, can be easily arranged for you. Guests also enjoy a temporary membership of the elite Canggu Club where there is a pool, gym, tennis courts, playing fields and a restaurant.


All in all, Luna2 Private Hotel is a fabulous combination of retro Pop Art style with supersonic state of the art technology. Just discovering all the design details is a pleasure – from the iconic wallpaper to the image of Marilyn Monroe on the bottom of the pool.


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Modern House With A Peristyle located in an oak-tree forest that is homogenous in its structure


Modern House With A Peristyle located in an oak-tree forest that is homogenous in its structure

Architects: Drozdov&Partners
Location: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Year: 2015
Area: 8.956 ft²/ 832 m²
Photo courtesy: Andrey Avdeenko

“The house is located on a clearing inside an oak-tree forest that is homogenous in its structure. Much in the same way as flat steppe, the homogenous dendrology of the forest is far from being a simple setting for developing a scenario. Therefore, as long as we define the forest as an “occupied” place, we introduce the empty space of the peristyle as an “antithesis” to it.


Under the influence of some centrifugal force, all the elements of the estate are exposed to the forest with their outer contour. The inner courtyard unites and brings together all the functional volumes of the house (living room, kitchen, utility rooms, gym). Typologically, the house is close to the traditional farmstead in the Carpathians.


The forest manifests itself in two images. On the one hand, it is the forest which approaches the house, and on the other hand – it is the paradoxical perception of the forest from within the peristyle. This perception is further emphasized by the vertical apertures of the gallery that echo the tree trunks.



Following the principle of the Medici palace in Florence, there is a direct correlation between the rank of the premises and their physical parameters, such as area and height. All the premises are arranged as a flexible sequence of interflowing spaces, starting from the parking space and going as far as the open terrace with a swimming pool. The peristyle fits into this chain of premises and acts as an important intermediary between them, articulating all the major directions. The rhythmic colonnade of the peristyle enters the house enhancing the feeling of transit movement. The same principle is maintained on a lower scale due to partition walls, furniture and other elements.


The landscape shows two opposite tendencies: emphasizing the natural surroundings and introducing utterly man-made agricultural elements.”


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House in Mexico that promotes the absolute coexistence with a sensation of openness and incredible views


House in Mexico that promotes the absolute coexistence with a sensation of openness and incredible views

Architects: Evelop Arquitectura
Location: Zibatá, Mexico
Year: 2016
Area: 2.206 ft²/ 205 m²
Photo courtesy: Andrés Mondragón Padilla

“The studio house S1, is located in Zibatá, Querétaro (México).

The project starts by the concept of a young couple’s ego that is not yet in the phase of having kids, letting them enjoy of the internal ambience of the house.

There are two basic essences that unwrap throughout the spaces. The first one, is the intimacy of the private space and the second one, the openness of the social area. The materials used, help differentiate the social from the private area.


The access level, is made up of the lobby and a introvert hall that conducts the user with surprise, whether to the main room, or the stairs, which frames the amazing landscape and lead to the social area. The main room, with a suite concept, is the private space, with the fluency of a floor free of walls, that also frames a panoramic view of the landscape with 100% sliding windows that allow the access of natural light and crossed ventilation producing a harmonious ambience, surrounded by a window box with lavenders that generate more privacy, as well as visual continuity with the background landscape, while propagating pleasant natural scents within the space. The dressing room plays the role of the division between the crystal bathroom and the bedroom. For this space, the floor was made out of wood to create a more warm and welcoming feeling.

The social area is in the lower floor and you may access it either from the garden or the main entrance. This area contains wide spaces that promote the absolute coexistence with a sensation of openness and incredible views of the landscape, using white marble floor to generate the sensation of a fresh, wide and illuminated space. The spaces included in this area are the studio, the living room, the kitchen/dining area, terrace, garden and services in an isolated, relaxed and harmonious ambience.

The orientation and the exploitation of the natural terrain, took a main role within the the design process. It was meant to create functional spaces that maintained the order and visual continuity, with a simple diagram of two horizontal crystal “L forms” and a vertical “L form” made of concrete.

For the project’s execution, it was built through a system of a hybrid structure of concrete walls and steel, allowing the finished details to be assembled, enabling a clean, ordered and efficient building site.”

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Wooden Small House by Maryann Thompson Architects


Wooden Small House by Maryann Thompson Architects

Architects: Maryann Thompson Architects
Location: Great Barrington, Berkshire County, MassachusettsUSA
Year: 2007
Area: 750 sqft
Photo courtesy: Craig Okerstrom-Lang (#1), Nathan Eikelberg

Considered as an unobtrusive one-room lodge, the house packs a kitchen, living, eating ranges and two dozing nooks into only 750-sf; a 500-sf screened patio and resting space make a thick limit in the middle of all around. Twofold French entryways associate the house to the yard. At the point when flung open, the whole house tackles the nature of the screened yard, with dappled light spilling in and breezes suffusing the inside.


Wrapped in Western Red Cedar all around, the structure appears to subside into the scene. All things considered, the house dialogs consciously with the scene. On the inside, the cedar outlines and strengthens the forest setting.


Little House was one of the first in Great Barrington to be intended to consent to the Berkshire Scenic Mountain Act, which requires that a house not look over the ridgeline, that tree-slicing be constrained to ¼-section of land, and that waste avert both flooding and disintegration of the site. Accordingly, Small House tucks into the slope side, settling underneath the tree shade with its roofline taking after the incline of the mountain to copy regular seepage designs.


The house additionally consolidates such realistic manageable techniques as brilliant basic chunk, which expands open doors for latent sun based increase through the wide spreads of glass on the south and east rises. Regular cooling is accomplished with the stack impact through operable sky facing windows and roof fans. The house uses an exceptionally productive remote-worked mechanical framework so that the property holders can screen and change it from a distance.

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Home presenting a selection of framed views of the interior and exterior


Home presenting a selection of framed views of the interior and exterior

Architects: Fraher Architects Ltd
Location: LondonUnited Kingdom
Year: 2016
Photo courtesy: Fraher Architects Ltd

“The brief was to maximise the space internally, whilst providing a loft and rear extension to increase the footprint of the building. Rather than creating a rear facade parallel to the house, the design looked to frame two alternative vistas from the house to the garden. The variety of facades to the rear extension create depth and shadow to the context, presenting a selection of framed views of the interior and exterior alike.

The loft extension was to be clearly identifiable in relation to the rear ground floor extension, uniting the rear facade of the building. High levels on insulation and glazing reduce heat loss and increase sunlight. A green roof hangs suspended above the ground floor living spaces, creating a seamless blend between the roof and garden when viewed from the first floor. The scope of the project included the full refurbishment of the existing house in addition to the rear and loft extension.”

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Guna Villa by GMP Architekten


Guna Villa by GMP Architekten

Architects: GMP Architekten
Location: Jurmala, Riga, Latvia
Year: 2006
Area: 6,835 sqft
Photo courtesy: Heiner Leiska

The essential element of the outline is not the genuine usefulness of a manor, but instead much more the real physical experience of the site, described by the dialog between the encompassing scene and the perspective over the ridges of the shoreline close Riga.


The veneer of the Villa Guna is an iridescent white, making the best conceivable complexity to the dull trunks of the thick, evergreen pinewood woods and the blue of the steadily changing sky over the Baltic Sea.


The manor opens up towards the south as a U-molded auxiliary body. The guest en-ters the house secured by the components under a projection on the western segment. This western segment of the house serves as a noteworthy gateway. Situated on the upper floor are the resting quarters, including bathrooms and changing areas, which oblige the leader and her visitors. The living spaces are situated in the eastern piece of the house.



The structure is sorted out as a split-level abiding. This implies the levels are balance from on another considerably a story. Along these lines a multi flight slope gets to be one of the principle elements of the house’s configuration. It involves the focal space, unites the different levels with one another and is accordingly some portion of the general living background. Bordering rooms, for example, the house’s library, are interested in this center space, giving perspectives. In the meantime guests can constantly appreciate the changing sights of the characteristic surroundings, mak-ing the incline itself an affair.


An extensive window front opens the living space up to an adjoining patio on the southwest. Effectively obvious from outside as a vertical component, the chimney shapes the point of convergence of the living space. In light of its position in the room, the tenants dependably appreciate a relationship to the outside. An air space associate the two-story living space. Eyes are attracted to the rich ebb and flow of the display railing on both levels and, on the upper level, its S-formed bend is produced into a basic model.


Notwithstanding different patios and ways out, another extraordinary element of the Villa Guna permits its clients to get especially near their environment. A stage in the north-west corner of the building ascends 15 meters over the timberland floor. The sculptural impact of this home structure discovers its fulfillment in this perception tower. Right in the mid-dle of the treetops, with a feeling of the ocean just past the crowns of the trees, this plat-frame just may be the most pondering space in the house.


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Modularing House by A-cero Architects


Modularing House by A-cero Architects

Architects: A-cero Architects
Location: Madrid, Spain
Year: 2010
Photo courtesy: A-cero Architects

A-cero structural engineering Studio, coordinated by Joaquin Torres presents a particular building design item in the business sector, taking into account the standards of the Industrialized Construction. Applying same institutionalization techniques to the development, seclusion, innovation, quality control and time spaces that are connected to other numerous fields of human movement. The most clear case being the generation of vehicles, with officially over one century of pieces of chain creation by Henry Ford.


Profiting from the same points of interest, with creation in processing plant and get together on improvement plot, not so much time but rather more specific work, build the outcomes to the extent quality and cost, not similar with the last result of customary development, requesting more noteworthy control in the introductory periods of outline, subsequent to completely everything must be planned and controlled in advance, place for ad lib being non existent.

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A-cero’s wagered for Industrialized Construction being, at first two models of house with two and three rooms with a to a great degree fitted expense and last cost will be produced, exceptionally extraordinary consideration is dealt with the circulation and the inhabitable spaces.



Sign to the past being, start of the development of two pilot homes with the synchronous investigation of a few requests.


A-cero will likewise offer the likelihood of having these houses completely enlivened and prepared, in the same way you would get a pontoon.


As a case, you could claim a 82m2 house for 69,000€ or completely improved and prepared for 85,000€, conceivable financing by means of home loan advances in the same path as though it were a customary improvement.


To say by Joaquin Torres, that this framework is not selective for private development, but rather that it could likewise be connected to diverse typology of development, for example, schools, workplaces, retirement homes or understudy habitations.


With this test A-cero plans to promote outline and helpful quality in structural engineering, hunting down configuration construction modeling reasonable to anybody not consigned to social and monetary first class.



An abandoned barn in ruins reconverted into a place of residence


An abandoned barn in ruins reconverted into a place of residence

Architects: ZIEGLER Antonin architect
Location: Notre-Dame-de-Bliquetuit, France
Year: 2016
Area: 2.260 ft²/ 210 m²
Photo courtesy: ZIEGLER Antonin architect

“In the Regional Natural Park of Boucles de la Seine, a barn in ruins was reconverted into a place of residence. Abandoned at the edge of the river, it used to hold the fodder for the haulage horses. Its thin weatherboarding had been worn away over time – only the timber framework remained.

A building lost in the wheat fields facing the river… In this very simple, rural context, the project intends to be just as rustic, without sophistication or details. The new shelter was built onto the existing one. A shell of zinc covers the roof and walls to conserve a monolithic, agricultural architecture with few openings.

The framework is the fundamental element of the new residence. From the outside, it remains partially visible, beneath the zinc envelope, thus conferring an incomplete aspect to the construction, as though eroded by the surrounding nature. The windows and doors are visually understated: the archetypal house is kept at bay to give rise to another kind of habitat, more in keeping with the surrounding wilderness. A lone crack that pierces the roof and walls thus gives the project the appearance of a contemporary ruin.


The patina of natural zinc that develops quickly reinforces the impression of a building that has always been there. The whole process of construction remains apparent: from the stone foundations, to the half-timbered framework, entirely visible in the interior space. The choice of interior materials expresses the same desire for rusticity as the exterior: breezeblocks, battens, exposed concrete slabs, and so on.

The half-timbered façade punctuates the view of the river and the passage of the boats, from one season to the next. The house lets in light on all sides: a single view encompasses the whole complex, from the swim spa at the northern extremity to the end of the lounge to the south against a backdrop of landscape.

The bedrooms nestled under the timberwork, like perches, in the place where the hay was stored, allow the ground floor level to be almost entirely liberated of any partitions. This large living area spanning the full surface of the house places the occupant in a position where they are surrounded by nature.”

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Jackson Hole Prefab by Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture & Method Homes


Jackson Hole Prefab by Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture & Method Homes

Architects: Chris Pardo Design: Elemental ArchitectureMethod Homes
Location: Jackson Hole, WyomingUSA
Year: 2014
Area: 2,782 sqft
Photo courtesy: Chris Pardo Design: Elemental Architecture & Method Homes


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Rammed Earth Modern Residence by Kendle Design Collaborative


Rammed Earth Modern Residence by Kendle Design Collaborative

Location: Paradise Valley, ArizonaUSA
Area: 4,700 sqft
Photo courtesy: Winquist Photography

A modest single story hillside home designed for a family wishing to downsize and simplify. The feel of this home is evocative of the mid-century modern homes which once dominated the surrounding area before the McMansion craze of the last decade.


Humble, natural materials such as rammed earth walls, limestone floors and Douglass Fir wood ceilings are woven inside and out in a sophisticated play of interlocking interior and exterior living spaces.


The scale of the home is decidedly “cozy” and visually calm with a minimalist approach to materials and detailing, allowing the focus to be on art and nature, meeting the owners goal of creating a home of simple sophisticated elegance without being boastful.



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CH House by Domb Architects


CH House by Domb Architects

Location: Tel AvivIsrael
Year: 2012
Photo courtesy: Amit Geron

A house in the periphery of Tel Aviv, ISRAEL. The design is clean and very limited in architectural elements. Basic finish materials: white plaster, iron and glass.
The old house served the family while raising children. Now, when the children left home, it is home for the couple and serves for hosting the family and the grandchildren.


The clients wanted a modern house without levels, open, but with intimate corners for the family. It was important for the couple to stay at the same neighborhood, but to build a house according to their new needs. Since they didn’t succeed to find land they loved, and preferred to stay in the old residence environment – they decided to build a new house on the old home base. Not to destroy the old infrastructure – but planed to use it for the new house.


A lot of advantages are in renovating old house: Understanding the far and near environment, knowing the site and the existing plan, adopting them to the new needs of the new program, as well as saving money and time of building permits and renovation. Because we left the existing skeleton base, floor heights stays low, and the old floors and columns- formed a lot of planning conditions.



The new design used strong architectural language that distinct the volumes of the building and hide the old columns and ceilings. Because of the low ceiling height we had to redesign wisely the lighting system and the air conditioning- not to lower the ceilings (Air condition hides in the walls). At work we had to align the frame of the house, and had to fill up to 8 cm (3 in) thick plaster. The building is close in the front and sides, and very open to the back garden.


Small number of functional spaces -projecting in the number of openings. Fewer bedrooms – needs fewer windows. Heavy sealed shell on 3 sides, compared with large glass walls to the back – reinforcing the connection of the house to the garden. Heavy beam, surrounding the house and garden area, shading doorways and seating areas. At the entrance a large water element, a “reflecting pool”, this reflects the front of the house as a mirror, relaxing and creates “white noise” that disconnects the entrance from the noisy outside road. A floating wooden bridge leads guest to the big “front door”.


House revolves around a central staircase – transparent and connects the different spaces of the open ground floor. On one side- of the living room and family room, front dining room, and the kitchen with the intimate dining corner, pantry and outside kitchen. The kitchen is produced by Italian company ” Boffi” – partially open to the living room and hides working corners. The dining area off the kitchen, internal and external – is used for eating and managing the family every day’s life. The Husband’s dream was to have “outside working kitchen” in the garden, that connected to the back pantry and kitchen.


Spacious living room and accommodates many guests, furnished with comfortable and elegant Italian furniture. The combined family room next to the living room with a special library – quickly became the center of the house. Intimate and cozy. The home central staircase hiding the big dining area, which hosts the family with direct link to the beautiful back garden. Minimalist glass doors, invisible, and hidden inside the walls width. Much of the social life in Israel takes place outdoors, so there are large surfaces for gathering and eating in the back garden. On the second floor- spacious parents suite, with balcony that overlooking the garden. Entering through the wide closet that brings to a big bedroom and large and luxurious bathroom, with free standing bath and huge shower.


The basement is functional – Game space for the grandchildren, Fitness room, intimate office and additional guest suite. A smart system controls the electricity, communication system, audio video and air condition -and operated by an iPhone. New life to existing structure, without destroying the remnants of the past, trying to preserve as much of the possible. New life for next twenty years, to a gladdened and extended family.


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