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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.

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: Shear House

Beautiful Houses: Shear House

Today we will show you the beautiful Shear House in Korea, a project designed by stpmj.This is a simple and efficient home with a nice facade and layout. Bright and clean interiors, nice big glass windows to enjoy the surrounding view and a delicate feel to it, this house is pretty unique, take a look! Make sure to check out stpmj website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Shear House, a single family house in Korea, seeks how a simple treatment in pitched roof typology improves environmental qualities and influences to program organization. The volume of gable on the West end changes its placement along with body of the house. It projects out toward South at the East end, while maintaining its triangular shape. The sheared volume is continuously pulled out to South responding to sun orientation. It creates a deep eave in South and a terrace in North. The eave blocks direct sunlight in summer and allow natural lighting in winter. Openings at terrace in the second level increase natural ventilation throughout the whole house. In addition double skin-facade controls heat and humidity thus the house reduces 20% of heat gain and loss in summer and winter. The house has two different ends, a typical gable end and a sliced & shifted one in a monolithic structure and material. Shear House adds a new scene on the existing landscape. At the entrance of the town people face a typical gable wall. As they walk to the house, they slowly recognize changes of eave and shadow and finally realize the sheared face at the entrance of the house. Two bed rooms, bathroom, library, stair and kitchen are placed in North half of the house. South half, a double height space, is a long and sculptured living room, which has generous multi-purpose space for client to invite many people in special occasions. The living room that goes through East to West, provides dynamic spatial qualities and light filtration in its depth and height with various visual connections. Unlikely simple and static exterior, interior spaces provide playful experiences on changing geometries. Through rooms re rectangular in plan, laid out on grid, walls are triangular, parallelogram, and trapezoid in elevation due to its intersection with the shifted roof volume. We found this house at ArchDaily.

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.

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.

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.

In the Forest of Sweden

In the Forest of Sweden

With our busy life, we struggle between work, family and friends all the time. Weekends seems to be always too short. Sometimes we just wish to get out of the city (not too far), enjoy a little getaway so we can come back fresh for the beginning of the week. Well, if you are around living in the suburbs of Stockholm, UK. You should definitely pay a visit to the Tallbacken, a new Scandinavian housing concept by Henrik Schulz architects. A place where nature is your own backyard. Tallbacken is a new Scandinavian housing concept located in the forest outside of Stockholm. The concept is aimed at couples and families of mixed ages who want to live close to nature, but still around the city. What unites them are a common lifestyle that revolves around career, active leisure and time together.In Tallbacken you live in the forest without losing the convenience modern living. The project follows the conditions the nature provides and the houses float freely on pillars in the slopes to do minimal footprint on the surrounding environment - the forest becomes your backyard. The houses position, height and rotation have been chosen to give each house the best possible view over the ocean. Facade materials are based on and reflects the surrounding nature. The concept is developed in collaboration with Imola and . For more information: http://henrikschulz.se.

Beautiful Houses: McCann Residence

Today we will show you the beautiful McCann Residence in Tuxedo Park, New York, a project by Weiss/Manfredi. Open spaces, lots of glass and natural light, neat material choices and an inspiring layout give this house an unique and cozy feel. A really charming place amongst trees and nature, take a look! Make sure to check out Weiss/Manfredi website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The McCann Residence is located on a former hunting-and-fishing preserve oriented around three glacial lakes and distinguished by a number of estates designed by prominent architects at the turn of the 19th century. Dense forests and rocky outcroppings characterize this landscape in the Ramapo Mountains. The site is defined by two massive granite escarpments and metered by a series of retaining walls quarried on site that echo the historic stone walls prevalent throughout Tuxedo Park. The design celebrates the extreme topography of the site, which defines the sectional development of the house. Three enclosed living levels and a sequence of outdoor terraces are organized in an ascending route. The lower level includes a garden room and exterior entry courtyard. An exterior stepped ramp rises to the main entry level, which includes a foyer, library, and guest bedroom. A double-height stair hall connects the main level to the upper garden level—a loft-like glass pavilion with panoramic vistas of Tuxedo Lake. This level features a sequence of platforms for living, kitchen and dining, and a master bedroom. The terraced gardens create open-air "rooms" defined by the arc of the house and the granite outcropping. The design features a material palette noted for its ability to weather over time—custom bronze screens filter light and maximize privacy and the granite walls, mined from a nearby quarry, are constructed from the same stone as the escarpment. Blurring the connection between landscape and architecture, the McCann Residence embraces its historic setting by introducing a new inhabitable topography. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Albert Večerka/Esto, Jeff Goldberg/Esto.

Beautiful Houses: Irekua Anatani

Today we will show you an inspiring house in Valle de Bravo, Mexico, a project by Broissin. The place is a beautiful retreat amongst nature. The indoor and outdoor connection is amazing and delivers a unique space. Totally in love with this house. We couldn't find details about it on the architect's page but we believe the images communicate enough. Take a look! Make sure to check out Broissin website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Alexandre d’ La Roche.

Beautiful Houses: a country retreat an architect designed for himself

Today we will show you a beautiful country retreat in Aspvik, Sweden, a house architect Andreas Martin-Löf designed for himself. The property has been in his family since the 50s and Andreas renovated this beautiful place overlooking the Stockholm archipelago. Great material choices, layout and breathtaking views deliver a clean and cozy place, take a look! Make sure to check out Andreas Martin-Löf website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: In 1917, renowned restauranteur Sten Hellberg built a chinese-style tower high above Torsbyfjärden with a view overlooking the shipping lane towards Stockholm. The six hectare plot has been in the current owners’ family since the 1950s. In the 1960s a single-storey, period-style addition to the tower containing new living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom spaces was added. The new building is made up of architectural elements that relate both to the original tower and the 1960s extension. Together they create an ensemble of buildings from three different eras. The new building is placed on a steep hillside. When viewed from the main house above, the new volume appears like a small outbuilding inserted between two pine trees. However, the sloping site allows for a two-storey house to be placed without competing with the original house for dominance. The lower floor includes an entrance hall, bedroom, bathroom and a sauna which is tucked into a crevice in the stone hillside. A staircase leads to a single, large room on the upper floor which contains kitchen, dining and living areas. The house is constructed in steel, timber and glass and is placed on a concrete plinth. The faces of the plinth are angled by 5 degrees, which is reminiscent of traditional pagoda foundations and a subtle reference to Sten Hellberg’s chinese-style tower. The custom-made glazing is attached directly to the structure – with detailing adapted from the 1960s extension, while the characteristic projecting roof is borrowed from the existing tower. A sloping cast in-situ retaining wall creates an infinity swimming pool to the west and morning terrace to the east which visually cut through the lower storey. In the evening the pines are transformed into bonsai trees that reflect in the dark water of the pool. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Åke E:son Lindman.

Beautiful Houses: Old school conversion Ons Dorp

Today we will show you an inspiring remodel in Amsterdam. The building itself, an old school, was converted into ten large apartments by CASA architecten. We will show here one of the apartments, designed by Standard Studio for a young family. A beautiful open space concept where high ceilings and an exquisite combination of materials and colors deliver a modern and cozy space. This apartment is amazing, take a look! Make sure to check out Standard Studio website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: Ons Dorp is a school building that got converted into different apartments. This particular one was designed for a family of five. The teacher’s lounge got remodelled into the bedrooms and the classroom into the living space. Due to its high ceilings, it was possible to create maisonettes, which lead for the whole family to be together, but still remain with a bit of privacy. It meant that in the living area we could combine all five elements; kitchen, living room, dining room, play area for the children and work space into one. Storage is of essence when designing for a family with three young children, therefore as a result furniture pieces were created under the stair cases that not only allowed for the children to put their toys, but also as a play and sitting area. Concrete floors and steel staircases kept the characteristics of the school but when combined with plywood, it resulted in a bright and warm interior. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at Contemporist. Photos by Standard Studio.

Beautiful Houses: H House

Today we will show you a beautiful home in Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam, a project by VACO Design. We could't find a lot of details in the architects page but the images certainly communicate a lot. Beautiful use of spaces, materials and colors create a modern and cozy environment. Traditional Vietnamese architecture elements also give the place an unique touch, take a look! Make sure to check out VACO Design website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Quang Dam.

Beautiful Houses: EFFE-E House

Beautiful Houses: EFFE-E House

Today we will show you a clean and elegant home in Bomporto, Italy, a project by Archiplan Studio. A beautiful combination of wood, glass and while elements deliver a clean and cozy place. This is certainly a beautiful use of a barn, were high ceilings and open spaces are the main elements. I totally loved the natural light, kitchen and bathrooms. This house is super charming, take a look! Make sure to check out Archiplan Studio website for further information about this and other inspiring projects. See you next week. :) Description from the architects: The project involves an old barn partially damaged by the earthquake. A massive structural intervention has made the building suitable to support other similar events. The environment is characterized by the presence of disused abandoned farm buildings and the cultivated fields of the Modena plain. The building claims its membership to the places with a main front characterized by an harsh nature, grumpy and unhelpful, which is opposed to a domestic and faithful interior space and a large façade that opens to the endless countryside. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); We found this house at ArchDaily. Photos by Davide Galli.

Beautiful Houses: The Work of Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates

Beautiful Houses: The Work of Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates

Today, had this idea that it might be fun to change the formula for Beautiful Housesa little. Instead of showing a beautiful house in particular, how about we showcase the work of an architect?! Why not! We would love to share the work of Yoshiaki Yamashita from Yoshiaki Yamashita Architect & Associates (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); About Yoshiaki Yamashita Yoshiaki was originally from Osaka, Japan and he graduated from Osaka Institute of Technology Department of Architecture. And since 1994, Yoshiaki established his architectural design office that later on was renamed with associates. For more information: http://www.yoshiaki-yamashita.com

Beautiful Houses: Roy-Lawrence Residence

Beautiful Houses: Roy-Lawrence Residence

Today, we are featuring this beautiful house located in Sutton, a town in Quebec in Canada. A project by Chevalier Morales Architectes where from conceptual to built, into a gorgeous 3000sqft with clean lines of architecture with a responsible thinking about its surrounding and environment. The perfect getaway where you can remotely enjoy the cold season of Winter. Located on a private Townships Sutton, Roy Lawrence residence is implanted at a site steeped in the heritage of Schweiser, a Swiss original family came to settle in the thirties in this vast hilly land. At the side of mountains , the site offers a spectacular panorama of the Sutton valley and surrounding mountains . (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Credits Architects: Stephan Chevalier, Sergio Morales, Julie Rondeau et Patrick Littée; de Chevalier Morales Architectes, Montréal. Engineers: Structure Pierre Gosselin, Trois-Rivières. Entrepreneur: Autoconstruction. For more information: http://www.chevaliermorales.com