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Beautiful Houses: prefab house Avalon in Australia

Beautiful Houses: Avalon

Today we will show you the inspiring Avalon house in New South Wales, Australia a project by ArchiBlox. This is a great prefab structure that was constructed in 6 weeks. And the modular design minimizes impact in the environment. The place has a few green features and is cozy and charming. In love with the kitchen and bathroom. Take a look! Make sure to check out ArchiBlox website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Situated on a sloping site, the module touches the earth lightly and is elevated off the ground on structural posts. With a size of 106 m2 the residence is minimal in size but grand in design intent. The interior is composed with 2 bedrooms with walk in robes, 1 bathroom, open plan kitchen, dining and living and storeroom. A green roof sits atop of the structure, tying the built form beautifully back into the landscape. The south and east facades are framed by an outdoor verandah which one can sit on and contemplate the harmony of the coastal ambience. The modular design is driven by sustainable methods which include: Lineal structure with east-west orientation allowing cross ventilation; Maximized North windows which allows the home to enjoy the northern sun; Green Roof which minimizes rainwater run off and solar penetration; FSC certified external timbers milled from sustainable forestry methods; Low VOC internal paints and natural oils. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Michael Wickham, Tom Ross.

A Kindergarten like You've Never Seen Before

A Kindergarten like You've Never Seen Before

You guys know that I have a little crazy love from everything that comes from Japan, whenever it is super innovative or wildly super weird. It’s just so intriguing to witness their creativity on everything around us and how they make things better in our everyday life. Today, we’ll look at the work of Takaharu Tezuka who is an architect based in Tokyo, Japan. His work is pretty much recognizable by his innovative thinking, philosophy and the overall approach that has been rewarding him with the award from the Japan Institute of Architects. Let’s take a joyful at this stunning kindergarten that pushes the children to reach another level of learning and also enjoy themselves.   Watch Takaharu Tezuka TED Talk More information: http://www.tezuka-arch.com/english/index.html.

Beautiful Houses: Beachyhead in South Africa

Beautiful Houses: Beachyhead

Today we will show you the beautiful Beachyhead house in Plettenberg Bay, South Africa, a project by SAOTA. Great material choices, shapes and layout turn this house into a masterpiece seating on top of a mountain. From the beautiful use of concrete, stone and wood to the connection between indoor and outdoor spaces, this place will certainly inspire you. Carefully designed stairs, a modern and clean kitchen and inspiring living spaces deliver a unique home, take a look! Make sure to check out SAOTA website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: From the road, the scale of the house is modest, with living spaces concealed on a lower level. Strong horizontality is articulated in the entrance canopy, which is planted with indigenous shrubs cascading over the slab edge. Taking advantage of the remarkable views - with Robberg peninsula to the south-east and the Outeniqua Mountains in the distance towards the north - the southern section of the house is higher and appears to be sliced off from the northern part in a sculptural way. This opening extends vertically through the building, washing northern light into the deeper spaces of the house. Lit from a skylight above, the stairs are delicately suspended in this void, also allowing views through it. The geometry of the staircase continues as a diagonal line that extends the cantilevering entertainment terrace. The centrally-positioned kitchen serves the living spaces and northern courtyard. The kitchen volume opens upwards to the bedroom gallery, allowing northern light into the space. Located on the lower terrace, the pool connects to the main entertainment spaces by means of a stone staircase, articulated as part of the plinth. With a water level that is slightly raised above the deck surface; a rim flow all round creates the impression that this reflective water body slots into the timber deck. This further creates unity between this refined, easy-flowing home and its natural surroundings. We got the details/pics for this post from SAOTA.

 Inside Look at the Project: Pod-Space

Inside Look at the Project: Pod-Space

Productivity is everything and the more I get older, time is also super essential to the results and efforts at being more efficient. Among all the factors to the success at the state of producing more, I believe having the right workspace is also a huge influence that contributes to the overall concept to productivity. We would like to share the work of George Nijland and his project called: Pod-Space. A conceptual architectural project in illustration and interior design that creates little spaces for an office, small living room with a pool and basically creating your own getaway space. For this project, George used Photoshop and Autodesk 3Ds Max Vray even though it totally convinced me that it was a photograph in the first place. I wish there was more details on the project but we can’t help to be inspired by his design and imagine how greatly we will fit in such a beautiful and minimal space.     More information: http://georgenijland.nl.

Beautiful Houses: Chalet Blanche, Canada

Beautiful Houses: Chalet Blanche

Today we will show you an breathtaking house in Cap à l’Aigle, Canada, a project designed by ACDF Architecture. This house is simply amazing! The facade is modern and clean, the location is perfect and the glass walls are a show stopper. The use of glass not only allows you to enjoy the beautiful surrounding view but also transform the environment into a bright and light home. Really modern, clean and inspiring, take a look! Make sure to check out ACDF Architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The “Blanche” Chalet, whose name evokes the spirit of the vernacular houses of the region, is situated in La Malbaie’s area of the “Terrasses Cap à l’Aigle”. Its simple and pure architecture gently complements the landscape of Charlevoix in a modern fashion. Perched on the podium, the upper two levels are clad in a white stained wood, which is reminiscent of lime plaster that was applied to the ancestral homes of the area. The wood is smooth or raw textured and, at times, creates an openwork siding,depending on the façade, bringing lightness and joy to the house.The four bedrooms of the “Blanche” Chalet are centrally located in order to maximize the panoramic views of the living spaces that are at the top level. The kitchen and dining room are characterized by large 360-degree fenestration, while the living space is housed in a floating overhang whose unique form is reminiscent of the structure of vernacular bridges. This raised volume allows for a direct experience of the enchanting sunsets of Cap à l’Aigle and the shimmering reflections of the estuary of the St. Lawrence within the comforts of the home. The social nature of the house, its openness to family, friendly, and sometimes professional exchanges are favoured by its composition that sensitively juxtaposes the spaces of common life and the private life (bedrooms). The abundant use of fenestration underlines a constant connection between the interior and nature, including the lake and the forest. The use of natural materials, such as stone, wood, and steel in pure and unique forms links the building to the context and invites contemplation. We found this house at Architecture du Québec. Photos by Adrien Williams.

Beautiful Houses: floating home on a lake in Seattle

Beautiful Houses: Floating Home on a Lake in Seattle

Today we will show you an inspiring floating home in Seattle, a project designed by Vandeventer + Carlander Architects. I couldn't find details about the project but I believe the images communicate enough. In my opinion the idea of living in a floating home is really romantic. Not only you get beautiful views but you can jump into the water for a swim right from your bedroom. Really nice layout and materials combination here, take a look! Make sure to check out Vandeventer + Carlander Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Benjamin Benschneider.

 Beautiful Houses: Fahouse

Beautiful Houses: Fahouse

Last week, we didn't get a chance to publish our weekly feature on Beautiful Houses, it's all good since we are sharing one today for you guys. We are taking a closer look today at the work from Jean Verville and his FAHOUSE project. Jean has been inspired by the concept of an archetypal triangle for the design of this cottage that is currently located in Estrie, Québec. I do appreciate his approach to making a house that is both comforting for the children as it is to the parents. The reason why is that he created a distinct relationship from the interior design to its exterior which results into a beautiful contrast from dark tones to the lighter colours. Nested in the privacy of a hemlock forest, FAHOUSE is this amazing building that seems to emerge from a children's story. Exploiting the contrasts between opacity and light, the architect Jean Verville developing a graphic assembly, which rises like two giant conifers, intensifying the dreamlike aspect of this architectural proposal. Derived from the archetypal figure of the house, the double triangular prism illustrates perfectly childhood characterizing the whole development of the project.  Conceived for a young professional couple and two children, the chalet revisits the family home settings to explore a place closely linked to imagination, its occupants and their entire current way of family life. The close complicity with customers during the design process and playfulness distinguishing their parent-child relationship, empower the architect to design a clean way of living their reality. Throughout the site, the complicity between the architect, the family and the entrepreneur promotes a shared enthusiasm resulting in build quality and a flawless finish.   Credits Architect: Jean Verville Collaborators: Jessica Bouffette, Olivier Grenier and Martine Walsh Entrepreneur: Ulys Collectif Location: Estrie, Québec in Canada Dimension: 180 m² (1900 pi²) Year: 2016 Photography: Maxime Brouillet More information: http://www.jeanverville.com.

Beautiful Houses: Minim House - Small space, great design

Beautiful Houses: Minim House - Small space, great design

Today we will show you great small house designed by Minim Micro Homes. We have shown tiny houses here before and you guys loved it, so here we are again. Today we have a really contemporary design that will make you think about tiny houses again. Since we have to think more about space and how to use it, tiny houses are certainly a great option for small families, take a look at another entry t! Make sure to check out Minim Micro Homes website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Mini. Minimal. Minimum. Minim House seeks to fully reimagine the mobile micro home, adding livability, streamlining construction, modernizing aesthetics, and increasing off-grid versatility. Plans, or completed units coming soon in 2016. Easy pull out floor bed with full mattress (no loft to crawl up, cooler in the summer, simple bed-making). 50% more window area compared to leading models. No walls to diminish sense of space. Just a little more space (210 ft2) for full 1-2 person living and entertaining: a 10′ kitchen, a 5′ closet, 8′ sofa/guest bed, dedicated office area, 4′ dining table, comfortable seating for 7, and a 7′ projection screen. 2-3x insulation levels for better energy efficiency and soundproofing. Health and safety improved with ERV fan systems for improved air quality. Off-grid options for areas without water/sewer/electric hookups. Integrated rain catchment/storage with no visible gutters. Integrated a/c (no unsightly mini-split or window units) In Washington DC, founded by Brian Levy We found this house at Contemporist.

IN BOX Capsule Hotel

IN BOX Capsule Hotel

When I was in Japan a couple months ago, I had the fun opportunity to try one of their many capsule hotels. It's a pretty unique concept when you enter their premises, you are given a suit and things for your stay. Completely isolated from your personal things which made the experience quite memorable and bizarre at the same to be exposed to such minimalism. Afterward, you are offered a very clean space to sleep, take a shower, watch TV and with a 24-hour helpdesk. What's the best feature of these capsule hotels is its location, they are usually close to tourist attractions which are very accommodating.It reminded me this story of the past when I stumbled across the interior design project by DA Architects for In Box Capsule Hotel located in Saint-Petersburg, Russia. Capsule hotel, based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia About DA Architects DA architects is a studio based in Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation that mainly works in architecture (of course), interior design and also in industrial design. You should definitely follow their Instagram. More information: http://ianjepson.co.za.

Beautiful Houses: Blank Residence

Beautiful Houses: Blank Residence

Today we will show you a clean and stylish house in Taiwan, a project by HAO Design. Beautiful choice of materials and colors in a great layout deliver a modern and neat space. The architects certainly made very smart decisions and created an inspiring home, take a look! Make sure to check out HAO Design website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: HAO Design strives to achieve an optimal balance between space and lighting, which is why we chose to employ design methods that address the various limitations of the building. First, the partition walls of the mezzanine were removed, so that the 1.5-story floor height became the visual divide of the entire interior space. The upper floor was transformed into an open library, so that light that is introduced by taking away the partitions can stream into the ground-level living room. The large window framing the dining area affords maximum lighting, while the rescaled and leveled window ledge naturally evolved into seating for the dining table. The team’s second challenge was the staircase. The original stairway, which occupied the entrance of the house, was relocated to the back where the kitchen used to be. Translucent materials were utilized to replace the roofing above the kitchen so that light can penetrate and guide the direction of the stairway. This also acts as a transition between the open space of the ground floor and the privacy of the second floor. Upstairs, the light connects the master bedroom to the open bathroom. Window designs identical to the first floor accentuate the natural flow of both light and air. Even though the house is divided into several rooms, the deep sense of connectedness between the various spaces and their different functions created by the well-placed stairway enables household dwellers to move freely around the entire structure. Elevations and depressions in the flooring not only create convenient tables and seating but also differentiate between rooms with varying functions and elements. When light illuminates the interior of the house, shadows accentuate flow of movement, creating a space in which dwellers seated at various heights across the floor may engage in intimate, animated communication. We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Hey!Cheese.

AIAIAI "Non-Design" Flagship Store

AIAIAI "Non-Design" Flagship Store

We have recently featured and reviewed the AIAIAI TMA-2 Modular Headphone and it's undeniably a beautiful product that will be part of your everyday use. As mentioned before (in the previous article), I really love the approach of AIAIAI the brand and their "non-design" approach among their products but by also keeping its modular system and functionalism. We would love to share AIAIAI Flagship Store located in Copenhagen, designed by Borg Brückner. Hope you will enjoy! Credits Photography by Rasmus Hetoft Designed by Borg Brückner More information: https://aiaiai.dk/, article originally seen on Minimalissimo.

Tokio Interior Design

Tokio Interior Design

Since we had a good response from yesterday's Interior Design project, we would like to share another one and it's a Sushi Bar & Restaurant located in Budapest, Hungary. This project is a bit old in the trail of work from the folks from Studio Arkitekter but totally worth to share considering the level of design and a mixture of an inspiration from neon lights and the beloved Tokyo City, Japan. Hope you will enjoy this lovely work! Sushi restaurant interior design by Studio Arkitekter About Studio Arkitekter Studio Arkitekter is a studio of architects and interior designers based in Budapest, Hungary. Taking a unique approach on their projects by having the clients being part of the center and having an unmistakable style to pride themselves for. More information: http://www.studioarkitekter.com.

Kolodishchi Interior Design

Kolodishchi Interior Design

With Summer in full speed, we started getting some thoughts about doing some renovations. Living in a country where you spend about 4 months in the harsh cold of Winter. You do want to plan your time accordingly so you are able to do whatever it is that you wanna before the Cold cycle start knocking at your door all over again. While looking at inspiration for Interior Design, we stumbled across this minimalistic & beautiful project by Dmitry Sheleg and his work on an Scandinavian style apartment. Two-story house interior design in a modern scandinavian style for a young couple. About Dmitry Sheleg Dmitry is a designer working mainly in digital art, interior design and architecture that is currently based in Minks, Belarus. We look forward to see more from him. Credits Studio: ZROBYM architects Design by Dmitry Sheleg Location: Minsk, Belarus Style: Scandinavian style Size: 292 m2 More information via his Behance.

Beautiful Houses: Newberg Residence

Beautiful Houses: Newberg Residence

Today we will show you a breathtaking house in Oregon, a project by Cutler Anderson Architects. This place is really beautiful. It looks like something out of a Japanese garden or something. Steel, wood and glass are the main elements is this simple and stylish place, take a look! Make sure to check out Cutler Anderson Architects website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: This single-family 1,440 square foot residence and 550 sf guest house was designed to broaden the owners’ already strong emotional connection to the living world. The site was an overgrown, man-made pond in an area of the owners’ farm that was not conducive to cultivation. The design attempts to make the pond and residence a single entity in which the owners can enjoy and connect with the wild creatures that come to the water on both regular and varied schedules. To this end, the building was placed as a bridge across the north end of the pond. The pond itself was enlarged and loosely ordered to integrate with the structure of the residence. The site plan was organized so that visitors park their vehicles 150 feet away. They then walk through the forest to a bridge crossing a small section of the pond, and into the main entry. The broad vista of the pond becomes visible only upon opening the front door. It is the hope that this experience will be memorable to the visitor. Designed as a simple steel frame carrying a wood roof structure, the primary box houses a kitchen, living/dining room and master bedroom. An indoor mudroom “link” connects the home to the garage. To enable guests to experience the place, the guest house is connected by an outdoor covered walkway. We found this house at Uncrate. Photos by Jeremy Bittermann.

Beautiful Houses: Limantos

Beautiful Houses: Limantos

Today we will show you a beautiful house in São Paulo, Brazil, a project by Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados. This place has breathtaking floor to ceiling glass windows that are simply amazing. The house is open and bright and also takes full advantage of the beautiful greenery on its surroundings. A mix of steel, concrete and nice sharp colors, the Limantos home is certainly inspiring, take a look! Make sure to check out Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Simple and harmonious lines, steel frame and concrete in the structure, glazed façades e a lot of transparency. The project for this residence on a steep slope in São Paulo evokes the rationalist architecture of Mies van der Rohe. Measuring 820m², over 3 floors and containing 13 different rooms, this project is completely open to the surrounding greenery and offers spectacular views and yet provide privacy. In the double-height living room, a helical staircase with structural features provides access to a mezzanine – containing a media room, fitness room and a terrace, equipped with a fireplace. The sleeping quarters – preserved from view – contain a playroom and 3 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Access to the master bedroom is by means of a spacious hall, off which are the bathrooms - his and hers - and the dressing room. The living room is connected to the dining room by a glazed partition, integrating a deck, an infinite pool and the side garden. In the dining room, glazed doors open up to the garden. So, practically outlined only by glazed panels, the house seems immersed in the landscape. The interior design project aims at intimacy and uses indirect lighting, as well as warm coverings, such as wood. We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Fernando Guerra | FG+SG.

Industrial Boundaries

Industrial Boundaries

Ever since I've been taking pictures more seriously than a regular "snap-snap" from time to time. I actually do appreciate more and more the architecture surrounding me especially at the golden hour with the light (when it's not raining obviously). Taking the time to look around, you start to create another perspective and it's just interesting that you bizarrely trying to create art with your eyes. We are taking a look at the work from Epaillard + Machado. I can't help but to truly appreciate the industrial pictures, expressing the forgotten emptiness are just stunning. All images are from commissioned works. For confidentiality reasons, places are not displayed. Architects: Enia architectes - RATP - Franck Hammoutène - Antoine Grumbach - Urban Act - DLM Architectes - Reid Brewin architecture - RTE - Critical Building About Epaillard + Machado Epaillard + Machado is a team of photographers that work mainly in architecture and portrait photography. They are currently based in Paris, France. For more information: http://www.epaillardandmachado.com.

Beautiful Houses: Wirawan House

Today we will show you a beautiful home in Puri Indah, West Jakarta, Indonesia, a project by RAW Architecture. This place is super spacious and open. Beautiful interiors and lots of huge glass windows give the house a unique look filled with natural light. Also a great use of wood here, take a look! Make sure to check out RAW Architecture website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Located in Puri Indah, West Jakarta region, the tropical open house creates intimate space from entrance through void in the garden, in living room, library, and the roof top garden. "I want a house. A house to retreat, to relax with my family," explains homeowner Mr. Wirawan in his brief to Realrich Sjarief. Situated in the increasingly crowded West Jakarta area, the 500 sqm house occupies a 450 sqm plot of land. Reflected by owner's name, Wirawan House forest wood, Size-wise it is inconspicuous, but its exposed brassed wood facade gives it a humble look. 5 types of local Wood was picked based on each unique character. First is, dried pine wood 180 mm x 30 mm x 3000 mm, for the facade, and 85 mm x 10 mm x 3000 mm for the ceiling. Pine wood was chosed because of the durability and the lightness. Second, reused Iron wood which is most durable material used for phinisi boat, combined with bengkirai wood which is more economic for the less walkable space is used for indoor - outdoor decking because of the texture, durability, and economic. Teakwood is used for main area bedroom, library, and foyer area, and merbau wood 300mm x 480 mm x 2800 mm combined in single door is used for door because of its tolerance on expansion, the most available material in Jakarta. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Eric Dinardi - Bacteria Photography.