East Austin is a lively mix of commercial buildings, Victorian architecture, and bungalows. The lifestyle there is casual. It was important to the homeowners that their new 2235-square foot, two-story home fit into its friendly neighborhood setting while also expressing their contemporary tastes. To achieve that purpose, the architects designed a gabled house with a minimalist palette of white siding and contrasting bronze windows and steel detailing. The profile is simple and modern, yet also iconic: The long side of the house faces the street and an over-sized front door encourages visitors to drop in.
Inside, a sleek Lueders limestone fireplace surround anchors the all-white living room. The exterior’s contrasting palette is carried through to the adjacent kitchen, with black Shaker-style cabinets highlighted by Carrera countertops and white subway tiles. Vertical steel slats on one side of the room are a dramatic screen for the stairs and also allow light from the second story to filter into the open dining area. Upstairs, two bedrooms and a flex space are connected by the spacious and light-filled book-lined landing.
The Final Result
This house looks timeless while melding with the here and now.
Photos: Ryann Ford
Nova Lima House has been designed by Saraiva + Associados, offering luxury and exuberance, the house is located in Nova Lima, 22 km from Belo Horizonte, capital of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Completed in 2011, this property is comprised of 43,056 square feet (4,000 square meters) of living space.
The project was developed by S+A Brazil, under the leadership of Architect Marcelo Montoro, and in partnership with Piantina Architecture, responsible for the interior design project.
The house is divided in four distinct blocks, interconnected through a special steel material, coated with reflective glass. In the middle lays a large garden and a pool. Block 1 is divided in 8 suites, a studio and a restroom; on Block 2, the social area consists of a home cinema room and a heated swimming pool. Block 3 is composed by a kitchen, a spa and a playing area. Block 4 is reserved for home employees including an independent residence.
Outside there is a swimming pool, a tennis court and a playground. The exterior walls are handmade with a local stone (Canga de Minérios) of intense red color that multiplies under sunlight.
Photos: Rafael Carrieri
Garden St. Residence is a stunning barn style house that has been designed by PAVONETTI Office of Design, located in Austin, Texas. This stunning residence showcases industrial style interiors with a transitional style exterior facade.
From the architects: We aim to create buildings that get better with age. We have a style of our own but we hope that it is our design and not our style that allows our buildings to persevere and be relevant for generations. By acknowledging our style but adhering to a rigorous design process we aim to create heirloom quality architecture. The experience of the inhabitant is the ultimate end of architecture. Architecture must be able to accept a patina of memories without losing its own character. We aim to create spaces that facilitate enjoyable, memorable experiences.
Photos: Amanda Kirkpatrick
A children’s treehouse inspired the major redesign of this ranch-style house by Stephen Moser Architect, located on the western edge of Saxon Woods Park in Mamaroneck, New York. Originally built by a developer in the late 1950s, the ranch-style residence faced away from the wooded park. Several additions, including an indoor pool, further obstructed the park views.
The treehouse, which the clients had built some years ago for their grandchildren, sits on stilts among the trees, and guided ideas about the redesigned house’s silhouette, orientation, interior spaces, and materials.
Highlights of the 6,600 square foot redesign include a new covered entrance supported by two tree-like steel columns; a single large sloping roof that unifies the north side of the house and opens up the office and kitchen to the park; a new three-sided glass family room facing park and pool; the addition of a second-floor master bedroom suite with treehouse views; and the thematic use of wood slats in the detailing of both exterior and interior.
Los Chillos House is a contemporary residence designed in 2012 by Diez + Muller Arquitectos, located in Valle de los Chillos, Cuenca Canton, Ecuador. The design of this 5,920 square foot (550 square meters) house arises from previous research and understanding of the regional architecture of the Ecuadorian highlands, and how it engages with a modern system through understanding the place, tectonics and space of each, creating a tension between the two systems.
In an area of approximately 2 hectares with a steep slope, the house is implanted in the highest part of the site, with a privileged view. In plan, the house is designed linearly, taking advantage of the views from every room. The design in section becomes important, access is from the upper level of the site to the social area, kitchen and terrace. The most private areas and bedrooms are on the lower floor.
First are the traditional architectural and spatial elements, such as the courtyard, the wall, porch and slope. At the same time, the open plan and the continuous space are modernist concepts contrasted with the elements previously mentioned. The material palette includes local stone, wood and tile as local or endemic materials, and exposed concrete, steel and glass as modern materials. This mix not only expresses a formal idea, but also a structural and constructive idea that reinforces the argument.
The house is stratified into two zones: the stone base and glass box on top. The base is a stone bearing wall, where private areas are distributed. This base, true to its characteristics, is the support of the house on the ground, and contains the excavated soil for its settlement. It comes into view in full from certain viewpoints, while from others it is half-buried and seems to arise. At the back and at the entrance of the house, a large cut in the ground generates a submerged courtyard which serves mainly to illuminate and ventilate the bedroom areas on the ground floor. At the same time, it becomes one of the most important areas of reference of the house. It is contained by an exposed concrete wall, contrasting with the stone wall, thus creating tensions between the two systems.
The arrival to the house is through a steel and glass bridge that intersects with the stone wall, and opens the space to a large steel and glass nave that contains the social areas of the house on the upper floor. On this nave rests a traditional mud tile roof.
Finally, the finishes of the house are simple materials like concrete and wood on floors, concrete walls, wood deck, etc.. The lightness of the glass top volume is even more evident at night when artificial light exposes its permeability and the great nave of the roof, which is juxtaposed with the monolithic volume of the base on which it rests.
Photos: Sebastían Crespo Camacho
This incredible shingle style bungalow house was given a complete update by McElroy Architecture, sitting high on one of San Francisco’s hills with panoramic views. It had been loved for 100 years but was in need of serious upgrades from foundation to roof. The architects opened up the floor plan, extended the top floor to create a larger master suite, and cantilevered a deck off the living area.
The vaulted ceilings and expansive sliding doors at each level create a bright, lofty experience. Composed of a simple palette of woods, slate and glass, the remodeled house feels modern yet retains the warmth and scale of its hilltop bungalow origin.
Radiant heat, recycled and natural finish materials are some of the project’s sustainable features.
Before the Renovation
Photos: Paul Dyer Photography
The Cluny House is a cozy and luxurious yet sustainable family home that has been designed by Guz Architects, situated in Singapore. The residence demonstrates how technology, planning and design can be applied sensitively to generate a comfortable, luxurious, yet sustainable family home.
Photovoltaic cells and solar water heaters are employed together with design for passive cooling and cross ventilation to reduce energy usage. Irrigation tanks and roof gardens collect and recycle rainwater; and the use of materials such as recycled teak and artificial timber adds warmth without compromising the finite resources of our environment.
The house is laid out around a central water court that forms the focal point of the project. Lushly planted roof gardens surround this and add to the effect that nature is evident in every part of the house.
Although the house is high tech – using state of the art EIB systems, photovoltaic cells, security systems – these are integrated discreetly and work with the natural environment of the house rather than against it.
This integration of technology and nature deserves special mention in a compelling design that could realistically become the model for sustainable living.
Photos: Patrick Bingham Hall
Casa do Patio is a stunning modern residence that blurs the lines of indoor / outdoor living, designed by Brazilian architect Leo Romano, located in Goiania, Brazil. The design of this residence dates back to modern Brazilian architecture, in which straight lines and simple demarcate the construction party.
From the outside, the play of volumes is necessary. Few plans define the facade that delicately conceals the daily lives of residents. Inside, the house reveals no mysteries, making clear the distribution of sectors and their environments. It all comes back to the courtyard. Thus, visual permeability and usability is complete, providing day to day family living with a heavy, reinforced by the architecture.
Knowledge, creativity, respect, commitment and dedication describe the firm of architect Leo Romano. With a broad palette of customers, stand out designs includes colleges, banks, decoration shops, bars, restaurants, nightclubs among others. Highlights also include residential projects in Goiânia and various squares. The firm continuously has their work published in newspapers, magazines and national and international books and has been featured on covers frequently. His last major publication is the book Roman Leo, in which the architect shows nineteen projects in 130 pages of the exclusive and deluxe edition.
Photos: Edgard César
Tunquen House is an oceanfront property nestled high on a cliff over 50 meters above sea level, the incredible vision of Nicolás Lipthay Allen / L2C, located in Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region, Chile. The house can be found 160 kilometers outside of the city of Santiago, sitting in a contemplative and respectful manner, as a frame for nature and the environment.
It is defined as a single volume of white concrete which is divided into three areas. The main area houses the living room, dining and kitchen, leaving at one end the master bedroom and its services, and at the other the bedrooms for children and guests. This way, the house can set two scales of use, the first is when the owners are at the house by themselves, and the second is when they are there with the kids or guests.
The climatic conditions of the area, dominated by a powerful south wind, conditioned the design. Attached to the living area is a courtyard that has multiple functions, the most important is to be outside sheltered from the wind, in connection with the view and the interior of the house. This same courtyard provides the access, an outdoor dining area and garden.
The structure of the house is made up of a “bracket” of reinforced concrete which along with the fireplace and the walls of the exterior courtyards shape the projected volume, the roof is based on beams and wood, giving texture and greater height to the spaces.
Photos: Nico Saieh
The Sea Ranch Cabin designed by Frank / Architects inhabits a draw in the redwood forest at The Sea Ranch a planned community located in Sonoma County, California. Approached from the road below, a path winds through trees up the side of an incline to where the house steps in two directions up the slope. From a porch, which glimpses a view up the center of the draw alongside the house. Stairs ascend inside along the wall towards great panes of glass , which frame a view of massive trunks rhythmically pacing in clusters up towards the far ridge.
The form of the house derives from its place on the hillside. Its roof slopes fold on a diagonal to shape the view along the long slope reaching up into the forest in one direction and to climb perpendicularly up the sharper rise on the southeast towards a small clearing The volume created by the sloping roof provides for sleeping and bathing places, a view up into the surrounding trees and access to a nooked terrace off the bedroom.
From the top of the stairs the space widens to create a living/hosting area opening through glass doors into the forest ahead and set among hefty round wood columns inside that echo the trunks on the hillside. A benched area to the right creates a gathering place next to a wood stove that can rotate and steps rise into a sleeping area, which is veiled by carved wooden screens that once had their place in a family home in India.
The house takes its character from the site, with the siding boards, inside and out, reaching vertically like the trees, solid round columns continuing the upright presence of the trunks inside and the filigreed wooden screens from India carrying an intricacy of detail that relates to the lacey undergrowth of the forest Strategically placed high windows and skylights open views to tree tops and drop feathered light and sun from openings in the sky above into kitchen and stair areas, enlivening surfaces throughout the house.
Photos: Frank Domin