Sun Valley Farmhouse is a beautifully modern vacation home designed by Signum Architecture, set in the mountains of Sun Valley, Idaho. Set on flatlands with expansive 360 degree views, this seasonal home was designed for transparency and shelter. Two, freestanding barn shaped structures, clad in Alaskan cedar with a rusted metal roof, appear both striking and at home in the landscape. The offset buildings each capture different views. The interiors were beautifully designed by Shawback Design.
Primary living and entertaining spaces fill the main building while the second houses a garage, shop and 2-bedroom apartment. A covered bridge connecting the two, encourages experiencing outside sounds, fragrances, and natural beauty.
Inside the main building, a great room with soaring ceilings dominates the space, aided by custom dark trusses that seem to disappear into the void. Floor to ceiling windows along the front wall of the room face large, custom doors along the back side. When open, the doors disappear completely into the walls turning the cozy living room into a magically lit indoor-outdoor space.
The fireplace and wood bin, crafted of concrete and steel, screen a neighboring house from view and focus attention toward the mountains. The resulting ambiance is one of privacy and remoteness in spite of proximity to the established community.
Photos: Joshua A. Wells, Alpin Photo
This private house in the foothills of northern Italy was designed by Caprioglio Associati Architects for a couple who wished to trade a tiny apartment for a renovated farmhouse in the country. The couple wanted to move out of the city of Asolo to move to the country where they could start a family. They moved a short drive from Asolo to an area called Monfumo, or “silent hills.” After two years of searching and three real estate agents later, they found a crumbling and abandoned farmhouse with an overgrown vineyard, tucked away amidst the rolling hills. They were not able to raise the existing structure due to strict government protections of existing buildings. It would have been faster and cheaper to tear down the existing structure, yet the homeowners liked its character so much, they wanted to keep thinking their home would be the old structure.
After preserving the exterior facade, the interior was given a modern update. Because this was once a farmer’s house to store crops, the rooms were tiny and there were a lot of them. The homeowners wanted a luminous space to capture the beauty of the surrounding environment. They wanted their living areas to be at the very top to make the most of the light. The most defining element of the first floor is a massive central staircase and catwalk system composed of glass and steel. Due to the high volume of the structure, the team decided that the home would be comprised of four floors connected via an elevator accessed from an underground garage and wine cellar.
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This Tuscan designed Italian farmhouse features breathtaking views of the Big Sur coastline, which has been designed by architect Mickey Muenning. The home has read more
Villa CP is an old Catalan farmhouse that has been completely restored by Barcelonese studio ZEST Architecture, situated in Girona, Spain. A 21st century house has been created within the structure of the old stone property. The existing stone walls have been largely rebuilt, with enormous openings towards the landscape linking the house to its spectacular surroundings: a National Park of cork oak with distant views towards the Mediterranean.
ZEST Architecture’s work is always marked by sustainability, so it may not come as a surprise that this project sports materials and elements such as a natural pool whose water is filtered by plants and gravel, insulation with locally harvested and produced cork, clay and stray panel finishes in the interior and heating / cooling through a geothermal installation.
The old and the new (that which will age) strengthen each other in this project through their opposition and juxtaposition. The old has been left visible with all its scars, while new materials such as Corten steel, wood and clay, were chosen for the beauty of their natural imperfections and the way in which the traces left by time make them even more beautiful. Rain, wind, human touch…. will make sure that this house will be even more beautiful over time.
ZEST Architecture, founded by the Dutch architect Co Govers, will take part in the Biennale of Venice, which opens on 7 June 2014. The project Villa CP, the restoration of an old Catalan farmhouse, serves as inspiration for the installation that ZEST Architecture will present in Palazzo Mora, as participant in the exhibition “Time Space Existence”, organized by the Global Art Affairs Foundation.
Photos: Jesús Granada
Kirchplatz Office + Residence is the renovation of an historic farmhouse by Oppenheim Architecture + Design, situated within the historic center core of the city of Muttenz/Basel, Switzerland. The original farmhouse was constructed in 1743. Today the converted farmhouse serves as an office for an architectural design company, provides community meeting space, and serves as a compelling link to a new, adjacent private residence.
The new design aimed to provide a fresh interpretation to the existing traditional features of the historic farmhouse building and it’s interior. This is achieved by creating new openings for natural daylight and by using a crisp white finish in the interiors, which juxtapose against the texture of the old wood and through the way in which the spaces open up, overlap, and merge together with one another.
The sustainability considerations included maintaining an energy-efficient building through the use of current MINERGIE (energy efficiency) construction standards, solar roof panels, a sustainable choice of materials such as reclaimed wood used for the facade, and the restoration of existing architectural elements where possible.
The project also included the design of a new single family house adjacent to the adaptively re-used historic farmhouse that was converted into the office. This elegant contemporary residential structure juxtaposes with the historic building. The new and old share commonalities of materials and colors, yet have distinctly different expressions with the interplay of modern and historic delighting the senses.
The 3-floor house is organized with the master bedroom and guest bedroom on the top floor; the kitchen, dining and living spaces on the ground level; and the children’s bedrooms below ground with a ramped outdoor backyard terrace leading up to the ground level.
Photos: Courtesy of Oppenheim Architecture
This gorgeous home recalls the scale and charm of a comfortable modern farm house, which has been designed by Tim Cuppett Architects in Austin, Texas. The dwelling is set on a beautiful property with lots of trees adding privacy and shade. The spacious two-storey interior features cozy and welcoming design with warm wooden flooring throughout, neutral color scheme with colorful texture and materials flourishing around every corner.
Photos: Ryann Ford
Healdsburg Residence is a very lovely farm house located on Fitch Mountain with expansive views of the Alexander valley, in San Francisco, California. Designed by Nick Noyes Architecture, this single family residence is composed of four iconic metal-roofed gabled wings that are connected by an open breezeway and transparent entry and passage zones fabricated from a steel window and door system.
Photos: Bruce Damonte
House on the house or Forum Limbach is an old farm house in Limbach im Burgenland, Austria designed by Looping Architecture. The farmyard was expanded by an architecturally exciting chapter; the annex serves as a discussion forum and venue. On top sits the upper storey as “house on the house” with the principal’s private rooms. The new building, fitted into the historically grown farmyard structure, closes the rural square edifice and at the same time opens up the previously enclosed inner yard. This apparently contradictory double function is made possible by the building’s clever horizontal bisection. The “house on the house”, entirely clad in a red polyurethane skin, faces east-west, the necessary rotation out of the original property’s axes emphasizes that it is a newcomer in the conglomerate. It is accessed via a self-supporting stairway quoting the ladders which belong to the farmyard image. In the farmyard’s biography, the annex project marks a visionary new beginning without overwriting the property’s naturalness.
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