Real Parque Loft was designed for a recently married young entrepreneur by Diego Revollo Arquitetura, located in the south zone from São Paulo, Brazil, in a strictly residential buildings neighborhood. The buildings were built in the 80 and 90 decade and for this reason, the architects started from a traditional compartmentalized apartment with exaggerated number of divisions and closed rooms related to its area.
The main challenge was to open the 1,130 square foot (105 square meters) space, bring the sense of amplitude within the existing structural limitations. In this sense, the owner, was willing for profound changes and already felt attracted by the spatial characteristics of lofts as well as the contemporary aesthetic common in these cases.
The idea of a box with just a coating, burned cement, would bring the contemporary aspect and look like “clean” without amendments or interruptions and would be applied on all surfaces such as floors, walls and ceilings. A particular care has been taken into account in choosing the gray’s tone, which should be modern but not too cold and close by the natural cement’s tone. In the baths we used for the slabs the natural Oasis Blue limestone with a similar tone of cement, employed only as an alternative to cement, to be more appropriate for slabs and carved sinks.
For the owner a cold or too modern result wouldn’t please him, he searched an elegant atmosphere but also comfortable an “hot”. The suggestion of the office was the alliance of the cement and the natural wood inn a reddish chestnut brown tone to “heat up” the environment and that would add value in decorative point of view.
In some places such as the entrance, dining bench and the balcony seat, the Cumaru wood, a Brazilian’s hardwood with high resistance was used by rules to make the wood “weigh” even more. Where the use of solid wood wasn’t viable either by weight or by the natural movement, we chose for the Pau Ferro sheet, a wood with enough personality and a similar design to the Jacarandá, one of the main wood used in furniture production peak in Brazil in the 50 and 60 decade, for example.
The furniture and interior design continues with the choice of textiles as the natural linen or the distressed leather and prioritizes the warm touch and comfort always against the coldness of the cement box. The end result is a loft without excesses, spacious and extremely pleasant to live.
Photos: Alain Brugier
Dalvey Road House is a sensational modern tropical bungalow design by Guz Architects, which integrates nature throughout the design of the home, which is located in Singapore. Completed in 2012, the architecture and open spaces encourage cross ventilation and floor to ceiling glass windows enables the multi-generational homeowners to take in the beauty that surrounds them. The home features a flat roof design cantilevering off the facade providing shade and also incorporating a green roof to allow for cooling.
The client, inspired by her visit to Fallingwater, sought out Guz Architects for a tropical interpretation on a challenging triangular site with sloping terrain and a narrow entrance. This house is very much in keeping with the spirit of Fallingwater, whose design seamlessly integrates nature into the home. Just as Fallingwater’s stair shaped cantilevers emphasized its horizontality, Guz used the different levels to stratify the different generations of the family living under one roof.
Photos: Patrick Bingham Hall (Courtesy of Guz Architects)
Midtown Apartment is a one bedroom contemporary home that has been designed by New York based interior design firm Cara Zolot Interiors, located in Midtown Manhattan, New York. Showcasing bright and welcoming interiors, this stunning apartment offers an open plan living/dining/kitchen area with one bedroom and one bathroom as well as a guest bedroom/office/TV room, with beautiful views of Central Park.
The client wanted a guest bedroom/office/TV room for this space. The sofa is a semi custom sleeper sofa from classic sofa and a custom designed leather club chair. the rug is a wall to wall strie carpet in caramel and beige muted tones. Vinatge modern nesting tables with a hammered copper lamp from Los Angeles. The coffee table is an antique painted tortoise like design and the art was a gift to our client. A natural grass cloth is on all the walls to really warm the space and pulls it all together adding great texture. It is a very warm cozy welcoming room with beautiful views of Central Park.
This bedroom I designed has navy blue ultra suede on all the walls, detailed with nail heads below the crown molding and above the base molding lining the entire bedroom. the bed was custom upholstered in the same ultra suede used on the walls. the bedside tables were custom made and the lamps and bulls eye mirror are all vintage mid-century modern.
Photos: Matthu Placek
Honiton Residence is the renovation of an Arts and Craft Movement family home by MCK Architects, located in Bellevue Hill, an eastern suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. A startling mix of Middle Eastern colors against perfect white, gives this home its sense of luxury and tranquil livability. The residence was transformed into a pristine white canvas upon which bold textures speak.
A short client brief drove MCK’s approach; the owners of the six-bedroom residence complained the house was ‘too big’. MCK saw an urgent need to re-form and reunite the interior spaces, while making more of the extensive garden area, pool, and upper decks.
A new orientation of key living spaces was a critical first step to maximizing sunlight and natural ventilation. Connecting the formerly closed-off rooms was key to unlocking the home’s spaces and bringing about highly usable and friendly living areas. External and internal blinds, as well as sunshade awnings, were used to control exposure to the sunlight, while inside the house an open mezzanine has transformed the back hall into a functional focal point.
The use of the large void to connect the kitchen, formal dining and living areas gives harmony to once disparate rooms. Light and the fine control of it further enhances the mezzanine, ensuring these spaces are inviting and useable at all times of the day. The interior is kept neutral with punches of color used to add personality and character. All over the house the evocative contrast of intense textural materials is a striking design feature. Rough sandstone plays off against smooth concrete, timber screens contrast against lush plants, jewel colored tiles arranged in an Islamic fan pattern break up blocks of austere Calacutta marble.
In the dining room a custom-built screen between mirrors the exact pattern on the original stamped tin ceiling and acts as a decorative division between dining and living rooms.
A sandstone wall that ‘snakes’ its way through the building from inside to out, is a clever tactical and visual device, used to connect a variety of spaces. The light color palette was selected to complement the client’s extensive art and object collection. White paint was used on the walls and light or medium dark colors chosen for the flooring. In this way, a selection of contemporary finishes accent fittings, and fixtures along with bolts of hot orange, turquoise and cerise jump are allowed to leap out.
Photos: Steve Back
When it comes to selecting the perfect kitchen design for your home, you need to know exactly what functions will meet your needs — whether it be a luxurious space for entertaining or an efficient space for cooking.
For many the kitchen is the center of the home, where family gather round after school, or when they get home from work, tell each other what’s happened in their day and hopefully enjoy a home cooked meal.
If this describes your home then ask yourself this
- Do we need space for a big kitchen table?
- Do we often entertain guests?
- How much storage space do we need?
- Are we going to cook on gas or electric?
- Do we want a big free-standing refrigerator/freezer?
- Do we want integrated appliances?
Modern Kitchens vs Traditional Kitchens
This is where homeowners either end up in a big disagreement because you both want the opposite kitchen style to each other or you’re so connected that you instantly know your style.
Most kitchens, be it a modern Pronorm kitchen or traditional bespoke kitchen, can be installed in any way you wish. Some helpful tips should enable you gain some perspective of the direction you wish to go with your kitchen, saving you time once you start looking through some inspirational images of kitchens.
Speak to a kitchen or custom cabinet designer and ask their advice on what works best, they are the professionals and usually know every possible option available.
Take note of your home’s architectural style from the exterior for cues, what style is it? A great recommendation is to have hints of your home’s exterior on the inside. If you have a Cape Cod style exterior, but you’re not necessarily into that style for your decor, you could give it a nod by adding a subtle texture. For example, adding beadboard to an island with a more modern countertop, this will help your whole home feel more put together.
Take stock of your furnishings and accessories. Use styles that fit with the rest of your home. If you tend to choose more traditional furnishings and accessories, your kitchen style should blend with your decor. Select a photo of your happiest memories and take note of color and design details everywhere. Next search through images in magazines or online that displays a similar character.
Be sure to consider what appliances you may need, as this can alter the design and planning of your new kitchen. Gas, electric, induction hobs come in various styles and dimensions as well as refrigerators finished in chrome, steel, white and black.
Did you know you can save vital time in the kitchen with instant hot water taps? You need hot water to cook pasta or making a cup of tea after a long day at work. Don’t wait up to a minute for the kettle to boil just turn on a tap and you’ve got boiling water. EKCO Kitchens recently had a demo of one of these and could not believe how immediate the hot water delivery was, it just makes so much sense for every family to have one.
Special thanks to EKCO kitchens Edinburgh for their suggestions, they have three wonderfully laid out kitchen and bathroom showrooms in Scotland, located in Edinburgh, Livingston & Dunfermline. Have a look at their website www.ekco.co.uk
Photo Sources: 1. John Maniscalco Architecture, 2. KitchenLab Design, 3. Pinterest, 4. Crisp Architects, 5. Charlie & Co. Design, 6. Venegas and Company, 7. Dijeau Poage Construction, 8. C O N T E N T Architecture, 9. Webber + Studio Architects, 10. Gast Architects, 11. Great Spaces, 12. Arena Kitchens, 13. Boor Bridges Architecture, 14. Pinto Designs and Associates, 15. Taylor Lombardo Architects, 16. Whitten Architects, 17. Structures Homes, 18. Synthesis Inc., 19. SchappacherWhite Architecture, 20. Somrak Kitchens, 21. John Kraemer & Sons
We just received the latest project from Turett Collaborative Architects, a recent townhouse renovation on a 19th century building on Leyroy Street, a quiet eclave in New York City’s Greenwich Village neighborhood.
We love it when clients aren’t afraid to share their grand dreams for their home, even if it seems to defy what’s possible for the location. The building had been a coal delivery garage in the 1920’s and by the 1990’s was a parking garage with a small residential space above it. When our client purchased the building, he knew it had the potential to be a great home, but he never envisioned how it would come to life as a bold, functional and expansive home suitable for hosting business, political and fundraising soirees.
Our overall goal in designing this home – nearly from scratch in the shell of an historic structure – was to fill it with meticulous modern detail and offer every amenity, while making it feel pleasingly established and comfortable, as though it had always been there. Although the original interiors were entirely demolished, we were able to save some elements and adapt them for reuse in the new townhouse.
The structure’s original timbers became stair treads and areas of a brick wall were exposed to provide visual interest and texture in the main living space. The original external brick facade was partially preserved, with a steel, wood and “green screen” added for promoting plant growth on second floor and rooftop garden areas.
By using every inch of available space and infusing light in various ways (the strategic use of light plays a major role in all of our townhouse renovations), the end result is a 4,500 square foot residential townhouse that immediately upon entry is seen as an awe-inspiring example of what creative use of materials, contemporary design, and a healthy budget can achieve.
Residents and visitors are greeted with a dramatic foyer and staircase that ascends to all four stories. Past the staircase is a combination kitchen, dining and living room area flooded with natural light from a massive structural skylight and a wall of windows. A fun feature we were excited to include is a koi pond that spans from the living room to the outdoor garden!
Our client’s home boasts these (and many other!) exciting features:
• Fully glazed back walls from the first to fourth floors and a 3-story glass wall, highlighting the space’s dramatic height
• A “cool” catwalk with access to the upper reaches of the double-height space
• A grass lawn on the second floor terrace
• A serene master shower design that incorporates the outdoors
• A luxurious high-speed elevator
• An indoor parking area – for 3 cars, with a lift!
• State of the art Lutron Lighting system
• “Smart home” capabilities that enable updating controls for security, entertainment, comfort, and energy use within the home
Photos: Courtesy of Turett Collaborative Architects
Albizia House is a contemporary family home envisioned by Metropole Architects, nestled on a one acre site in Simbithi Eco Estate, South Africa. The client’s brief called for a home with an overriding sense of simplicity but with a high degree of sophistication.
The architectural style of the home is heavily influenced by the ‘Googie’ architecture of the American architect John Lautner. The origin of the name ‘Googie’ dates to 1949, when architect John Lautner designed the West Hollywood coffee shop, ‘Googies’, which had distinct architectural characteristics.
‘Googie’ architecture is a form of modern architecture and a subdivision of futurist architecture with stylistic conventions influenced by, and representing 50’s American society’s fascination and marketing emphasis on futuristic design, car culture, jets, the Space Age, and the Atomic Age.
‘Googie’ was also characterized by design forms symbolic of motion, including upswept roofs, curvaceous geometric shapes, and the bold use of glass, steel and neon, the spirit of which is embodied in Albizia House.
The extensive use of water in the design of the home includes a 25 meters lap pool with a glass panel between the water and the basement cinema room, and a shallow but expansive reflective pond on the approach side, which mirrors the building day and night, and evokes a sense of tranquility.
The palette of natural materials including timber screens, decking and cladding, off-shutter concrete and stone cladding juxtapose with the aggressive architectural form making, creating a home that is not only visually and spatially exciting, but also comfortable and intimate.
All the living areas and bedroom suites face onto a panoramic vista, which includes a dense forest down-slope from the house.
Photos: Grant Pitcher
The Runners House is a contemporary refurbishment and extension of an existing house by AR Design Studio, located on the outskirts of Winchester, England. Nestled along a leafy lane on the outskirts of Winchester sits Kilham House. Once a tired building with a confusing layout, the house now boasts a contemporary update that really transforms the house into the five-bedroomed family home that it desperately needed to be.
A grand, double-height entrance guides you into the building, immediately bringing you into the heart of the home which has now been become the main living space for the family. A large expanse of sliding glazing gives views into the garden, allowing the three children to run wild whilst the parents can relax in the central space and still keep a watchful eye.
A key and exciting feature of the house is the staircase. Centered in the property it acts as a locus to the project, dividing the space between the kitchen, dining area and the living areas. Steel wires hang around the staircase, enclosing it in a contemporary wrap whilst also forming part of the balustrade. The stairs take you up to the first floor and onto a bridge that flows across the double height entrance space. A tongue in cheek use of Foscarini’s Gregg pendant lights give a feeling of being up in the clouds, adding to airy and spacious feel of the central space.
At the rear of the property a central timber form connects the two wings of the house and projects into the garden creating an architectural form that ties the whole project together. A large concrete plinth that steps down to the garden creates a place to relax and dine outdoors. The concrete plinth flows into the property and makes up the entire ground floor surface. This use of material, mixed with the large sliding glazed panels that face onto the garden, blurs the boundary between indoors and outdoors.
Photos: Martin Gardner