Sandringham Residence is a family cottage addition by Techne Architecture in collaboration with Doherty Design Studio, located in Sandringham, a bayside suburb of Auckland City, New Zealand. read more
Hasenacher is an incredibly beautiful single family private residence that has been designed by Stelle Lomont Rouhani Architects, located in Zurich, Switzerland. It is a place filled with memory. Historical memories of a different time abound, memories of a different purpose, memories of Hasenacher’s beginnings, memories of children laughing, swimming, growing up and having children of their own. Preserving those memories as footprints in time served as the foundation on which reimagining this house and preserving its sense of place in time transpired.
Description of the project from the architects: That times changes is certain. Every generation brings its own concerns, desires, intentions and aspirations to the places it occupies. So it is with the buildings in which we live. Not all are so fortunate as to be able to shape their environment to these changes and so express their vision, their hopes, and their recollection of memory of place. Given the opportunity to do so, Hasenacher is not a re-creation; it is a conception of the delight in the memories of past and a history known only through the remembrances of others.
Iconic in its siting, it occupies its original location and footprint, and seeks an enhanced place in the lives of its current stewards. Sitting at the edge of a forest, atop a moraine, the house is at the center of the arc of the sun, farm fields unchanged for centuries sloping away to a vista of the lake, the lake nestled at the base of the distant hills, the hills yielding to the majesty of the snow capped mountains in the distance. Time seems irrelevant and one’s memory is encapsulated in a continuum of the millennia to the present.
Hasenacher, the house, is flexible, accommodating to the changing times, a testament to its early Architecture. Hasenacher, the place, is steadfast, replete with the memories collected over the centuries.
That one can live there and partner in its subtle evolution is a privilege and life affirming.
Photos: Matthew Carbone
Mountain Wood Residence is comprised of separate buildings arranged to create a variety of indoor outdoor spaces designed by Walker Warner Architects, located in the small rural town of Woodside, California. The home embodies the San Francisco firm’s belief that architecture should be expressive, timeless, and always united with the natural beauty of the site. The beautiful interiors were designed by interior design firm Shawback Design Associates.
Description from the architects: To create a variety of complementary indoor and outdoor living experiences, the architects arranged three zinc-roofed structures—a main house, an office, and a barn—around a loose central courtyard. The fourth structure—a pool house—comprises a row of three pavilions, constructed of the same understated material palette of wood, stone, glass and steel, as the main buildings.
The rustic stone barn, reminiscent of a beautiful ruin that has long stood on the land, stands at the front of the property, acting as a visual threshold and symbol of the updated rural vernacular.
An open passageway through the barn creates a dramatic frame of the entry facade of the main residence, which is contrastingly contemporary with its exposed steel and large expanses of glass.
At sundown, the house appears like a jewel box in the woods. Having completed other projects in Woodside and similarly picturesque locations, Walker Warner knows properly framing these views is crucial to properly contextualizing the building.
A material palette of stone and western red cedar is contrasted by contemporary elements of exposed steel, and large expanses of glass.
Walker Warner drew from the rustic surroundings and determined appropriate lines and forms for this particular landscape that spoke to their client’s vision, all the while incorporating the highest levels of quality, integrity and craftsmanship.
The result is an artful, tranquil home with a respectful nod to the regional agrarian compounds and iconic forms that came before.
Photos: Matthew Millman
Ecopark is known as a new green urban area with a lot of ancient trees, low building density and the house seems to be hidden behind the trees. The client brief was a house to rest and relax every weekend.
Description from the architects: The rule is architect can only intervene the inner spaces, not to change the outside perspective to avoid affecting of general landscape of the area. The existing characteristics of the project (location, demand) was the basis point for architect oriented design ideas: pure, simple and a bit rustic with delicate details.
The rule is architect can only intervene the inner spaces, not to change the outside perspective to avoid affecting of general landscape of the area.
The existing characteristics of the project (location, demand) was the basis point for architect oriented their design ideas : pure, simple and abit rustic with delicate details.
Ground floor layout is changed to bring more comfort and fit new demands. Side terrace is connected to the living space inside by using slide and fold door system.
A big void has been created in the middle of space bringing better connectivity between spaces (horizontal and vertical). Two wooden fin blocks are released into space, becoming the focal point of the house. This wooden block is folded from wall (2nd floor) to ceiling (1st floor) and also help to hide all technical system on 1st ceiling.
Dining table located under the void, receiving maximum natural light and ventilation from outside.
Polished concrete, cement wall, bamboo, and solid wood for interior furniture are the main materials exploit throughout the project. Finishing materials is rustic but delicate details
Finally, Client had a weekend house with open spaces, quiet and really relaxed. That’s the point we want!
Photos: Hoang Le
Stanislav Grgic Architect has sent us images of their latest project, Popovic House, a family home located near Novi Sad, on the hillsides of Fruška Gora, Serbia. From this altitude, an unobstructed view over river Danube and Novi Sad with its surroundings is provided.
Description of the project from the architect: Due to the fact that this beautiful wide view is a great advantage that had to be used in the best possible way, the house was built on the very top of the site, this way providing an even clearer and better view.
This is why the living room was designed as a unit with a large glass wall which makes landscape visible from any point of the interior. The spacious, partially covered terrace, provides the same wide view.
On the same foor there is a bedroom section, comprised of three bedrooms, each with a bathroom, as well as a separate, large and double-height room with a fireplace, envisioned as a “trophy room”. With its dimensions, this room overtops the rest of the building and thus visually appears as a separate unit too.
The floor below this one was designed for a swimming pool with accompanying premises, and a wine cellar. The river and the city are visible from the swimming pool plateau too.
Photos: Courtesy of Stanislav Grgic Architect
Eng Kong Garden is a typical three storey semi-detached house that was completed in 2013 by HYLA Architects, located in Eng Kong Garden, Singapore. The 3,842 square foot (357 square meters) residence features a timber-clad facade that greets the visitor to this private semi-detached house.
The house is nestled on a site area of about 300 square meters, which opens upon to the side garden with its timber deck and lap pool. The staircase opens up in the middle of the house and an elliptical skylight brings in light to this space.
The staircase splits the house in two volumes; the front houses the Living, Dining, Family Room, Bedroom and Lounge, while the back houses the Dry and Wet kitchen, Study, Bedrooms, Master Bedroom.
HYLA Architects is an award-winning architectural practice headed and founded by Principal Architect Han Loke Kwang. HYLA’s work seeks to be timeless, unique and personal. Our experience lies strongly in designing high end landed residential projects. The design belief has won the firm numerous awards including the Singapore Institute of Architect’s Design Award and Architectural Heritage Awards by URA. Our work is regularly featured in monographs and magazines internationally, including the Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture. To be selected as one of the 1,000 exemplary works of architecture around the world is indeed a humbling accolade.
Photos: Derek Swalwell
Faber Terrace is a single family residence focusing on a design filled with natural light and embracing the outdoors, completed in 2014 by HYLA Architects in Singapore. Consisting of 4,025 square feet (374 square meters) of living space, this terrace sits at a corner site and thus the full side of the house fronts the side street.
To preserve the privacy but still allowing light and ventilation, a slatted timber screen covers the entire side elevation. At the front, an outdoor terrace with a high volume fronts the main garden.
The space continues into the double volume living room with a feature book shelf that extends two stories.
The 1st storey has an open plan and large glass sliding doors open up to the lush side garden. One enters the house into the triple volume space with the cantilevered stairs on both sides of the walls.
Photos: Derek Swalwell
Northwest Harbor House is a contemporary single story raised structure that has been designed by Bates Masi + Architects, located in East Hampton, New York. This stunning single family home is comprised of 1,895 square feet of living space.
Straddling freshwater wetlands and a tidal estuary just six feet above sea level, this house’s site demands extraordinary sensitivity to environmental concerns. Local zoning restricts the structure’s maximum coverage and proximity to wetland areas, while FEMA requirements set the first floor structure above the base flood elevation. The house’s basic massing is therefore predetermined, limited to a one-story, 1,900-square-foot design, raised eight feet above the ground. The spaces within this envelope are arranged, articulated, and fenestrated based on an innovative structural system that infuses the house’s inner areas with light and circulating air.
Whereas most waterfront construction uses pilings to establish an artificial ground plane upon which a conventional house is built, these structural members are integral in this project: sixteen exposed, glue-laminated piles stake out the enclosing walls for each of the three bedrooms and extend continuously from the ground through the roof. The spaces between these piles house “utility” functions: closet, desk, laundry, pantry, and shower compartment. In addition to these conventional utilities, three vertical voids are opened between the piles to serve the spaces around them.
Without occupying any of the limited allowed coverage, these open areas add considerable value by improving the house’s interior environmental quality and diminishing its impact on the local environment. The benefit is threefold: each opening draws light though the interior spaces to the carport below, conducts rainwater from the roof deck to the ground via integral downspouts carved into the piles, and ventilates by siphoning air through the middle of the structure.
At the roof, the projecting piles divide the space between a deck directly coinciding with the living areas below and a modular planting system installed above each bedroom to reduce runoff. The projecting piles also serve as supports for photovoltaics that power geothermal pumps, utilizing the abundance of high ground water to heat and cool the house. At the ground level, the space below the house is utilized for parking and storage to minimize the footprint on the site.
By allowing voids to permeate through the house, the owners have multiple visual connections to the landscape from below, within, and above, encouraging a sense of place.
Photos: Bates Masi + Architects
This brick addition project is a contemporary extension on a typical Ranelagh redbrick terrace by NOJI Architects, located in Ranelagh, an urban village on the south side of Dublin, Ireland. Although simple and to the point, this small extension showcases some wonderful features that you are sure to love. The lighting turns this simple kitchen extension [pictured above] into a wonderful space. This fabulous home has also received an award in 2014 for its unique design concept, Commended in the RIAI ‘Best House Extension’ category.
The outside lighting on the mature trees and gardens warms the whole environment. And what an beautiful coach house too!
This north facing extension to a protected structure in Dublin 6 is pivotal in connecting the existing house to the garden and the original mews beyond. The design recesses the upper bathroom block into the lower kitchen block to minimize the overall height while the pitched roofs maximize the internal volumes.
The massing of the volumns responds to the scale of the existing house and simultaneously steps downwards towards the garden.
Inside is a combination of cool Scandinavian style furnishings and creatively contrasting ebony-ivory fitted units and worktops.
Photos: Alice Clancy
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