This incredible modern concrete home called ‘Pitch’s House’ has been designed by Spanish architect Iñaqui Carnicero, located in a small district on the west boundaries of Madrid, Spain in a place called “los Peñascales”, that means something as well as great stones. The plot is characterized to have a great slope oriented to the south and have two great granite rocks partially covered by moss. The structure of the house at a functional level as formal is explained perfectly in section. The underground level is used to solve the encounter with the slope of the land.
It incorporates two granite rocks, one of them structurally and other as an articulation that makes the main access to the house. The ceiling of the underground level generates the white floor made of calcareus stone that constitutes the noble plane where the daily life is developed. A single space opened to the south only close by glass that disappears to incorporate the water plane of the swimming pool in a first plane and the mount named “el pardo” in a second.
This closure does not fit with the perimeter of the first floor but moves inside to generated two porches at the ends and a marquee on the front that allows the entrance of rays of the sun in winter and is protected of its impact during the warm months of summer. The first floor is been thought like a closed box made of concrete that floats over the glass of the ground floor. Here is where the rest of the rooms are organized as well as the zones destined to the study.
A unique bay window located at 1,40 meter of height allows to trim the skyline of the landscape and uniformly illuminates the concrete ceiling. The independence of levels is only interrupted by two double heights that put in relation both spaces described previously. The economic restrictions have caused that the house is solved with the minimal possible gestures that nevertheless generates a great diversity of spaces and attractive situations.
Photos: Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero
French photographer Jean–Marc Lederman purchased this fabulous villa near the town of Llandudno at the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa. The original home was a boring two-storey brick box, but the view were spectacular and captured the spirit of the area. Lederman renovated the home, giving it scale and magnitude, he had long dreamed of living in a house that would have resembled the style of Frank Lloyd Wright. Before beginning renovations, Lederman wanted to get a feel for the space, so he lived in the house for a year, studying how the light moved during the day and depending on the season. The first step of the architectural transformation was the basement, which was turned into a photo studio, then he created a spacious terrace with a swimming pool and an attached garage. The results of the design experiments seem to have been a success, the owner enjoys his photography studio and his daughter loves spending time on the terrace by the pool, and friends have found that the house is the best barbeque in the area of Cape Town
A few years after moving into the home, a fire on the top floor significantly damaged the roof and the ceiling. Instead of repairing the damage, Lederman decided to use fire in their favor and left the living room ceiling charred and the walls shabby.
Addressing the interior decor, Lederman first acquired modernist furniture and a few legendary items-chaise longue LC4 by Le Corbusier’s design, Pierre Jeanneret couch and Charlotte Perrian, Cassina, the Barcelona bench by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Knoll, and several vintage chairs 1960 ‘s.
The stairs are Bali teak and the railing is beached sea trunks and boughs.
He chose wooden tables from the island of Bali and ethnic cushions.
“I also don’t want to forget that my house is located in Africa, so I added in the interior several tribal sculptures placed on the walls and paintings by contemporary South African artists”.
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This fabulous modern home called “Casa Gòmez” was designed by architecture firm SOSTUDIO / Sergio Orduña Architects, situated in the residential area at the Puerto Cancun development in Cancun, Mexico. The residence was developed and built between 2011 and 2012. Using deconstructive architecture, the design is organized by combining interior and exterior areas as a single space through big hidable windows, thus favoring the main views to the canal and the hotel zone of Cancun.
The selection of materials and textures was key to creating unusual environments of marked avant-garde tendency, combining the balance among the apparent concrete walls, granite and wood floors, big windows and the glass and aluminum covers, besides specific Bisazza mosaic accents. The result shows an intense team work and the freedom given by the clients to seek an innovative expression.
Photos: José Gallardo y Maribel Garzón
The imposing set of cubic volumes overlapping each other creates a striking modern dwellings in the Brazilian town of Londrina. This three level house has been designed by Studio Guilherme Torres for a young couple, in which the architect has dispensed traditional partitions and spaces. The 4,413 square foot (410 square meters) project had to adhere to the conditions of the site, located on a plateau high in the highest point of the land. They designed a large perimeter wall with white plaster that surrounds the entire main floor and delimits the set, in addition to providing privacy. The upper volume is an encased large box of concrete, coated in large part with wood of cumaru, which cantilevers over the street leaving an area shaped trapezoidal and flat where the garden and the swimming pool are located.
The main door leads guests to skirt the pool to enter directly – through giant windows pivoting – a generous central open double height space from which communicates throughout the house. This environment is monopolized by the living area, working as a liaison between the inside and outside, and serves as a connection with the kitchen and dining room. Cleverly located stairs lead to the upper floor, where the bedroom is separated from the central area through glass walls and only the bathroom is protected.
A single room divider rises in the ample space and has been decorated with a fun PAC-man game vinyl.
The kitchen and dining room are integrated into the same space. The back wall has been designed as a niche with racks stuffed into the wall to act as storage. The same color is repeated, just like the furniture, in order to achieve the desired camouflage effect.
The bathroom is located next to the entrance to the top floor, as a continuation of the staircase. Against the warmth of the cumaru wood floor is the basin designed in Carrara marble. Opposite, the spaces that host the shower and toilets have been closed with translucent glass doors.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
The stunning Modern Barn project is an elegant, modern home within a reconstructed dairy barn situated in Milton, Connecticut. This historic gambrel barn was partially destroyed in a fire. The owners commissioned architecture studio Specht Harpman to design the rebuild so that the barn would remain contextual with the other buildings on the 8-acre site, while the interior was radically restructured to create a free and open volume that works as a modern, loft-like living space. Polished concrete floors blend with exposed maple framing and custom woodwork to create a warm, comfortable, and elegant place for living and entertaining.
Photos: Courtesy of Specht Harpman
House at Narrowneck is situated in Auckland, Zealand, comprised of three dwelling units to house an elderly parent, young grandchildren and allow work from home. Designed by Mitchell and Stout Architects, the 5,597 square foot (520 square meters)residence is nestled on a site with an elevated beach side section on a busy road with great views over the harbor. The concrete walls of the house associate with the old concrete fortifications along the coastline. They are to be covered with creeper. Plastic roofs, like wings, give privacy and protection. The traditional verandah is now a roof terrace, hedged and roofed, to take in the views. A separate Studio is the folly – a diminutive house for guests and work.
Rainwater is collected off the roof via a large gutter into a tank for domestic use. Solar panels augment the heating of water. The materials of precast concrete, plywood, plastic and quarry tile are common vernacular fare in Auckland, but not usually put together like this.
Photos: Patrick Reynolds
The Memory House has been designed by architecture studio A-cero, situated in the area of La Moraleja, next to the Los Altos del Golf course in northern Madrid, Spain. The owner’s can enjoy a residential resort complex, the safest area to promote urbanization, with features such as perimeter intrusion detection security systems with centralized management from the permanent security for 24 hours a day, closed circuit TV, access control system for common areas single access system connected to the police. Security is enhanced in each apartment with smoke detection system and gases, alarm, permanent connection to the control center, anti-assault buttons and stay tuned for vault location.
As for aesthetics, these homes follow a cubic profile pioneering with finished natural stone and glass. By way of balustrades glass has been used in different ways, or with continuous panels or with staple sheets. The facade is a design of straight lines and blueprints that result large volumes games. For the separation of the different houses are arranged corten steel sheets of different lengths, acquiring a sculptural character. Once inside the house, access is given by a double-height lobby. Also features a spiral staircase-shaped, made of steel and wood, through all levels of the home.
The studio A-cero has designed also landscaping, security gate and all common areas of the development. The houses have large gardens, swimming pool and an advanced automation system.
The interior of these homes are characterized by open interior that is flooded with natural light thanks to the glass panels of the facade and large windows. The main element is the spiral staircase finished in steel and wood that connects two levels of the house. It is a fully sculptural staircase that conveys a sense of movement through the sinuous forms.
The house is divided into 3 levels: basement, ground floor and first floor. In the basement you can locate a service area, a leisure area in which we found the cinema and massage room, and second bedroom. The ground floor is entirely devoted to common areas: a living room that is separated by the aforementioned staircase, a kitchen, a dining area and a courtyard where we see natural stone sculptural elements. On the first floor are located the private areas: the master bedroom with bathroom and two closets, three secondary bedrooms and a hall that stands by the view that gives us the large window.
Photos: Courtesy of A-cero
The Dorsey Residence is a contemporary family home designed by Coates Design Architects on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The design concept was to maximize the home’s footprint through the use of vertical space. From the outside, the residence is an anonymous, austere, monumental concrete facade anchored deep into the hillside on a waterfront property. Much of the 2,800 square foot home is hidden behind the two-story concrete face. Upon entering, an entirely different experience is revealed on the inside: warm, light, and open. The back facade of the home is comprised mostly of glazing, illuminating the interior with natural light and offering spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains and the water. The main living area opens out onto a large deck that cantilevers from the home’s structure, providing a seamless connection from inside to out.
The kitchen invites guests to sit at a beautifully crafted bar designed with caramelized bamboo, gloss laminate, and a three-way mitre corner. The refrigerator, wine cooler, and washer and dryer are visually hidden within the custom built cabinetry. The stairway is lit by a large skylight above, and is made of customized blackened steel and wood that was milled from a tree previously located on the property. An 18-inch concrete wall forms two sides of the building’s exterior, providing a poignant counterpoint to the warm wooden and copper “box” form that rests at a slight angle. The exterior concrete wall and exposed concrete within the home reduce energy costs by serving as a thermal mass that naturally cools the home in the summer and holds warmth in the winter.
Photos: Courtesy of Coates Design Architects
The Cady Mountain Home on San Juan Island, Washington has been designed by Prentiss Architects. The home is comprised of three separate structures, a main house, a sleeping cabin and a guest house, all connected by walking paths and each blending into the natural landscape and draped over an island ridge-top. The architects also incorporated environmentally sustainable elements into the design, such as sod roofs, reclaimed wood and bamboo flooring. The house received a top design award from the Northwest chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), selected by the jury of architects for the Honor Award of 2005. The AIA jury stated that “the building seems to settle into the earth, and it is very grounded in the site. The stone landscape walls allow the exterior terraces to link the interior with the natural landscape, a sure-handed clarity of plan. The axis in the main house is handled with striking consistency and integrity as a single solid object of distinct material.”
The home was built on a secluded 20-acre lot, with the vision of creating a space that brought the outdoors in and the indoors out. The 1,350 square foot main living space is the hangout area for the owners and guests, containing a dining room, living room, sitting room and kitchen, plus an entertainment-sized terrace accessible through a series of folding sliding and single doors.
The spacious chef’s kitchen operates as a functional outdoor kitchen where the entire kitchen wall opens up and disappears. A raised barbeque area with built-in seating and a fireplace is one of the places on the property that sees the most traffic, particularly in the summer months.
Photos: Courtesy of Prentiss Architects
The Shaw house has been designed by Patkau Architects, situated on a narrow waterfront property on the south shore of English Bay in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Views from the site stretch across the bay to encompass the skyline of downtown Vancouver and, beyond, the mountains on the north shore of the bay. The house is organized with living spaces at grade, a music room below, and a single bedroom, study, and lap pool above. The pool, with terraces at each end, runs along the entire west side of the house.
Because the house is so narrow, spatial expansion is possible only outward over the water and upward. Generous ceiling heights enlarge spaces; a clerestory above the lap pool transmits daylight and dappled, reflected light deep into the central spaces, including the dining room, which rises from the ground level to the upper level of the house. The entrance is directly under the pool, midway along the side of the house. An almost magical aqueous light is transmitted to the entrance area through the water and glass bottom of the pool.
Like many cities on the West Coast, Vancouver is in an area of high seismic risk. A robust structure is required to resist the significant lateral forces that would result from the large mass of water in the pool in the event of an earthquake. Thus the house is constructed almost entirely of reinforced concrete. A special dense mix utilizing white cement keeps the structure looking bright during frequent rainy weather.
Inside this concrete shell, the house is insulated and clad with gypsum board. In areas where insulation not required, the concrete structure is exposed. Muted materials and colors – white painted walls, pale concrete floors, precast stair treads, and bleached millwork – allow natural light, even the soft light of winter, to describe the interior.