The furnishings and the spatial conception of this house spotted on Mi Casa are the reflection of the tastes and customs of their owners, a Spaniard who has spent half a lifetime in United States and Great Britain and her husband, of Swedish origin. After a long search, the couple found their ideal space to live in the heart of Madrid, two small cottages, which have been transformed into a luminous and comfortable house with the help of architect Luis Ester Butragueño.
The two residences were joined together to create larger more spacious rooms. The ground floor consists of the lounge, library, kitchen and dining room that communicate with each other by way of sliding and accordion doors. On the first level, a corridor leads to the guest room and the rest of the family bedrooms.
In terms of decoration, the owners personally chose the furnishings, upholstery and accessories with a British accent. The idea was to infuse brightness into all the rooms with a base of neutral tones, which is an influence of the Nordic countries. Sculptures and pictures become more important in the interior due to the hobby and the direct contact that the owner has in his work with the art world. The result is a home that exudes personality.
Designed by Turett Collaborative Architects for a single owner, this 2,400 square foot triplex apartment in a new condominium development on the Upper East Side, New York is full of air and light. Working closely with the building architects, TCA has designed a soaring, dramatic space with double-height entry foyer and a large living room with a custom fire trough that runs along the length of the space. A unique feature of the condominium is the two-story Vals quartzite stone wall that runs along the west side of the apartment, with stones that were handpicked by the owner and architect from a remote Swiss quarry. Cantilevered built-in shelves create a table and night stand, while niches in the stone wall are reserved for the client’s various toiletries.
Other striking features of this incredible penthouse are the stairs, made of black oxidized steel, which tie the three levels of the home together. Near the top, the steps lead to a “bridge” suspended over three stories, providing a dramatic view of the space. A clear glass box containing a full bathroom resides between the master bedroom and the study on the second level; when privacy is required, an inner layer of the glass can be activated to turn the walls opaque. On the third level, a lounge looks out onto an idyllic landscaped roof terrace and sun-deck; the ultimate escape from the city.
Stair tread detail. They cast warm, orange-tinted shadows through the halls.
A detail of the faucets in the trough sink.
Photos: Travis Dubreuil
Next to the Vasa Park, in a beautiful 20th-century estate building is this lavish loft in Vasastan, Sweden, spotted on Skeppsholmen. This fabulous apartment is optimally planned with 1,194 square feet (111 square meters) of living space offering open planned social entertaining spaces and a hallway separating the private living spaces. The minimalist kitchen offers a granite countertops and a small breakfast bench top and opens up to the generous living area with fireplace. Masonry fireplace, specially designed lighting and built-in speakers enhance the comfort factor. The floor has a stylish bathroom with sauna and built-in washing machine pedestal, all in perfect combination between design and functionality. A large sliding glass door off the kitchen opens onto a spacious and cozy terrace with city views. There are two spacious bedrooms with the master bedroom offering a large walk-in closet
The Forester House is a private residential house in upstate New York designed by Roman Leonidov Architects. The home rests on a 1500 square meters plot of land surrounded by pines trees. The house consists of two blocks of residential space and a basin with a sauna and gym combined with each other at a wide angle. There is a common terrace projected in the form of a semicircular podium open to the surrounding landscape.
Decoration of the cottage incorporated only natural materials, in particular, wood and stone, creating a natural charm, of which is highlighted through large-scale glazing. A traditional duo-pitch roof with a large overhang rests on elegant thin columns, which contributes to the visual lightness of the house and emphasizes modernity of architectural solutions. Wood and stone was intensely utilized in the facade, which plays a key role in the interior decoration as well. In particular, the walls of two-storey living room and stairs are decorated with the same natural stone, and wood lath is used for ceilings and floors throughout most of the residential premises.
Planning of the floor is a crossing of two main axes: one corridor connects an entrance door and hallway area with a living room and another one perpendicular to it is two stairs leading to the second floor. Shared block with a hallway, cloak-room, home theater and living room divides the residential space into two wings. In the billiard room the architect utilizes small bricks and cubes with a brass cover, in the two-storey living room there is natural leather wrapped around the central pier.
This spacious villa located just out of Sao Paulo in Brazil was designed by architect Candida Tabet. Every room in the house offers an incredible view of the distinct landscape. One on side of the house lies the forest and on the other, the mountains. The form found by the architect was the transformation of the 12,163 square foot (1,130 square meters) home into a continuity of lush surroundings. For this, she has implemented the construction section of the lot where the eye would be able to wonder out to the horizon. The fireplace in the living room adds a unique and artistic focal point to the space. Throughout the home brightness is added through colorful artwork on the floor, walls and furnishings. A spacious balcony extends out to an infinity edge pool whose contours purposely oppose the local geography. The extension of the roof of the house increases natural light and adds to the aesthetics of the facade. Via
The Hennepin House is a fabulous weekend house for a Chicago couple designed by architecture firm UrbanLab in Hennepin, Illinois. The couple had an extremely modest budget which led to the proposal of a simple box shape of 1,600 square feet. Carving the box creates the main living space that links the two landscapes on the site. The hollow of the house organizes views of the forest landscape to the south and prairie landscape to the north, while the extended solid areas become the bedroom zones.
The hollow space seeks to be an interior forest/prairie room; it is wrapped in wood. The floor, ceiling, and walls of the hollow are surfaced in triangulated planes of pine. The pine wrap camouflages the private areas of the house; “secret” sliding wood panels provide access to the bedroom zones.
A perforated corrugated aluminum clad facade, designed to resemble rural silos or sheds, further camouflages the bedroom zones. The panels are both fixed and sliding. The architects designed/built the facade: the raw aluminum sheets were acquired, a local perforation company was organized to custom-perforate the sheets, and then the sheets were corrugated with a friend’s corrugation machine. The perforated corrugated panels provide privacy, modulate light, and provide solar shading to reduce energy use in the summer.
The home got a recent re-model where modular patterned area rugs from FLOR were added to the design of the home taking into account color, textures in the room and overall ambiance.
In a private loft residence in Chicago, Illinois, an incredulous renovation was contrived by taking two old apartments, gutting them and merging them into one beautiful space. With voluminous ceilings and immense windows this loft transformation was completed by Chicago-based firm jamesthomas. The timber loft building was once used for commercial purposes, so the designers left the original duct work and Douglas fir ceiling intact to preserve some of the historical presence. Both of the units had mezzanine levels which were demolished in order to take advantage of the main room’s soaring 18-foot high ceilings.
Eliminating a brick wall between the apartments created a spacious 4,000 square foot apartment, offering a grand open entertaining space and a master retreat for the client as well as a guest wing which boasts two bedrooms and an office. In the living room, two sectionals and a large glass coffee table, with some pieces custom designed by the designers. The calm and neutral color palette — gray, cream, taupe, tan and camel — adds to the light, bright look of the living space and does not detract from the outside views. The original oak flooring was re-finished with a gray wash.
A double-sided fireplace that separates the living for the dining space was an existing element. It was resurfaced with a rough tile to give it more of a chimney effect. To emphasize the ceiling height, a storage divider was added to either side, which also helps to further delineate the space. On the living room side, a TV is concealed, while on the dining room side, cabinets house fine dinnerware. Both of the units also offered rooftop decks and private rooms for entertaining. These were also merged into one cohesive space, offering impeccable views of the Chicago skyline.
The library next to the dining area had been a separate room in the old floor plan. After removing the walls, a 42-inch-high built-in was added that the couple uses for buffet service during dinner parties.
The wine area is located just to the left of the dining and library space for entertaining.
The kitchen is a linen color and has textured wood cabinets.
The colors in the master bedroom are a bit richer than the rest of the apartment with more slate blue and gray to make the small space feel clean and cozy.
The terrace seating area has a firepit, offering wide open views to the north, east, and south. The birch tree branches add an ambiance of feeling like you are in a forest or bird’s nest. They also reference the wallpaper in the adjoining terrace room.
This 1980’s contemporary house has been renovated by Stonefox Design in Aspen, Colorado. The scope of the project was to create a home that expressed the home owner’s passion for art and their style for living. According to the architects, “the residence had been transformed over the years into an odd combination of conflicting architectural styles. The approach was to simplify the exterior and interior to make way for the couple’s extensive collection of avant-garde contemporary art. With an Asian tone, the house has a restrained yet strong architectural presence. The color palette is minimal, and the furnishings are simple and elegant. Luxury was an important element to insert into the project, and this was done through careful selection of flooring, veneers, fabrics and carpets.”
House on a Bluff has been designed by architecture firm Hutchison & Maul situated in Seattle, Washington. This stunning 6,000 square foot house has been carefully planned and sited to create five outdoor “rooms” with distinct characteristics: a grassed front entry yard, a partially covered private sunning patio, a high-bank view lawn (perfect for croquet), and two upper decks.
The Cave House is an apartment that has been transformed into an organic grotto, with massive walls and free circulation of energetic and continuous movement designed by Tiziana Serretta in Milan, Italy. Serretta is a Jane-of-all-trade whose creativity has spanned from art and fashion through to design. Her new conception, ArTS is in the groove of interior design and the research of unexplored concepts and new extraordinary materials. Using artists and craftsmen, her concept utilizes the theme of mobility and weightlessness, a structure that is easily moved with very low masonry costs where the designed volume can easily be dismantled and shipped away. Their first project is this 2,457 square foot (230 square meters) apartment, where the only closed area in the home is the restrooms.
The furnishings and custom made walls consist of a mixture of chalk covered in resin, cement powder, chromatic pigments and non-hazardous plastics. The state of the art, fully equipped kitchen is made out of practical steel. The ceiling has been brought back to the original cement, demolishing every single added layer. The pavement that integrates the full spacial expansion is made of pale resin mixed personally by Mrs. Serretta to volcanic sand, gold dust and mother of pearl powder. The majestic seventies bronzed steel fireplace dominates the living area defined by a modular round-shaped sofa covered with fur with an under-illuminated platform. The libraries’ surfaces have been molded with Japanese paper to enhance the variable lightness. The extremely abstract shelter is truly a work of futuristic art. Via
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