Casa Planalto is a magnificent modern house demonstrating seamless integration of indoor-outdoor living, completed in 2013 by FC Studio in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Designed as an urban house for a family, the interiors are comprised of 6,458 square feet (600 square meters) of living space. The home has been oriented so that the homeowners can enjoy the open space in the summer and winter but be protected from the elements by being under cover. Two large volumes run perpendicular to each other to demarcate territory as well as determining functions and usage of the spaces of the residence. “A rectangular prism perpendicular to the street contains private functions of the house, which occupies half the ground and releases other half for leisure and landscaping. another rectangular prism, but in different proportions, it contains functions and social service of the house “, states the architects. The upper volume seems to rest on the lower volume, generating a series of projections which reinforces the concept of this project. “The vertical movement is the point of contact between them”. All spaces seem to link together through doors and walls that move, which makes the home feel completely open to nature. This makes the home feel light and airy, showcasing crisp and clean interiors.
Earthy colors, textures and the transparency of materials were purposefully selected. “While transparency integrates concrete separates. The concrete walls divide the space, while the large sliding glass doors bring the landscape into the house. The materials are sincere. The concrete, glass, wood and steel are shown in its essence, without intermediaries,” explains the architects.
The home serves as a wonderful example of contemporary Brazilian architecture, where concrete and modernity go hand in hand, but connected with the environment, with the trees and the amazing natural surroundings.
Photos: Nelson Kon
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Casa Sierra Leona showcases a daring modern design where steel, concrete and glass take center stage, designed by architect José Juan Rivera Río, located in the residential area of Sierra Leona, on the outskirts of Mexico City, in Lomas de Chapultepec, Mexico
Apparent simplicity and exquisite details, this house is resolved with flat roofs between a courtyard and a garden in which ambiguously intersect interior and exterior facings which stand out clearly the constructive system based on concrete, glass and steel.
This residence was built with the characteristic style of architecture from the years 60´s inspired by modernism. The program includes two levels on the access platform and a basement which is accessed from the bottom of the street, this leading to the parking lot.
Quality materials, clear colors and fleeting reflections on glass are at the service of comfort and design, to gardening camouflages the borders and builds a landscape and atmosphere of privacy.
Photos: Nasser Malek Hernández
Prospect House is a result of celebrating a stunning Seattle panorama while accommodating a modest budget and a family with two young children, designed by Janof Architecture. The 5,663 square foot house honors the owner’s desire for a domestic refuge while maximizing the experience of its location.
We began with the domestic, and planted two gabled, bearing-wall “houses” deep into the hillside. These contain rooms requiring enclosure, and they give the house the conventional street facade that the neighborhood deserves. The steel-framed “glass box” occupies the view facade and sews the houses together. These simple parts, simply combined, create complex social and spatial relationships within the house.
The budget required basic construction using off-the-shelf parts. Rigorous but un-precious detailing followed. The greatest technical effort went into the design of the two-story window wall: residential wood windows assembled as a true curtain wall. The 19-foot-high dining room was designed for extraordinary nighttime views of the city.
The kitchen is a warm and functional space that utilizes custom walnut cabinetry, stainless steel, and extra-thick calacatta marble.
The breakfast area adjacent to the kitchen has an eclectic feel and commanding views of the city. The mural was created by the owners specifically for the space.
The delightful powder room of this house gets its charm from custom wallpaper designed by the owners.
The master bedroom has a top-of-the-world view that is made cozy by the inclusion of a fireplace and subtly concealed lighting.
The elegant master bath features callacatta carrera marble and polished nickel fittings.
The home office has a spectacular view; light is further introduced by the small dormer window above the desk.
The energy efficiency of the house was designed around the passive use of its southern orientation, with high-performance glass, cross-ventilating windows, and precisely calculated overhangs making air conditioning unnecessary this summer. The winter sun will bring warmth deep into the house, and the industrial-size fan above the dining room is designed to slowly move air throughout the house.
Sustainability was a constant topic. While the house meets Energy Star rating, much thought went into what sustainability really means. There is no bravura use of natural resources. Structural elements are sized at their calculated minimums. Precious materials were used sparingly, often where they would be touched by the user, and salvaged material was valued for its patina.
Photos: Benjamin Benschneider
A home extension is an extremely effective way to make the most of your living space. You can improve the aesthetic beauty of your home, and increase its value. A home extension is a cost effective alternative to selling your home or building a new home. Home extensions can be used for living space, for work, or to accommodate guests. You may also add an extension to your home to accommodate extended family. Here are 7 inspirational ideas for a stunning home extension.
Small Project Extensions
The most common rooms that homeowners choose to extend are the kitchen, master bedroom, or the den. If these rooms are located in an outer area, it is easy to extend the space by knocking out a wall and making the room bigger. You can install large windows for more light, or glass in an entire wall. You can also add a fireplace with built-in bookshelves for a cozy seating arrangement.
Two Storey Extension
A great way to extend your living space is by adding a balcony. The balcony roof will provide a shady area outside the living room. The rear living room wall could be replaced with glass doors. Additional space for entertaining can be achieved by adding a deck or patio. A tall trellis extending to the second storey provides privacy and additional shade.
Victorian Home Dining Extension
Victorian houses were typically designed with a narrow, unused space at the rear of the house. Breathe new life into the space by adding an extension to use as a dining area, with a glass roof to provide natural light. A brick wall with recessed lighting adds emphasis.
Living Room Extension
A small living room can be made larger by adding a glazed extension to the room. This has the effect of bringing the outdoors inside. It is particularly effective when the view in the room is overlooking your garden. You can enhance it even more by adding a decked patio area and decorating the space with colorful plants and trees.
Add a Sunroom
A small sunroom provides extra space for relaxing, reading a good book, or enjoying some quiet time. It’s ideal for those cold winter days when you spend more time indoors. However, a sunroom is a wonderful area you can enjoy all-year round. This home extension can be an entirely new addition, accessible by a door in the house, or you could transform an existing room into the sunroom and use it as an additional living space.
Add a Home Office
A stunning home office extension makes working at home even more enjoyable. Renovating an existing room and extending it to add large, bay windows, a comfortable seating area, and floor to ceiling bookshelves provide privacy combined with plenty of space.
Add a Guest House or Studio
Additional living space or a studio can be constructed from an existing garage. This is a versatile way to add extra space for guests to stay or for you to use as an artist’s studio. The space outside can be converted into a patio for entertaining. A fire pit or outdoor fireplace is a special touch.
You will, of course, probably need funding to do any of these properly. Unless you are a skilled tradesman, these are well beyond the realm of a DIY project. You’ll need to get in professionals, and that means money. Fortunately there has never been as good a time to be shopping around for mortgage deals. For example, Clydesdale Bank have rates as low as 3.49% on remortgages. Rates are forecast to go up in the near future, so if you are thinking about adding a home extension, now is a great time to do it.
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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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Photos: Courtesy of Caprioglio Associati Architects and
King Residence is a modern resort-like home designed with concrete, glass and stone by MC2 Architects, located on a busy stretch of Memorial Drive in Houston, Texas. The 5,680 square foot home generously unites the clients’ wishes for a resort-like space with the amenities and comforts of a single family dwelling. The plan of the house follows the curve of the street with a bow and arrow formation.
One volume houses the private sleeping quarters; the other contains the living, dining and entertaining areas. The living area is bounded by water with a lily pond to the north and a koi pond on the west where a glass bridge takes visitors into the outdoor living space with a summer kitchen and lap pool.
The master bedroom/bathroom suite is bounded by gardens on both sides.
Photos: Courtesy of MC2 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
Float House is a modern single story, private residence that has been envisioned by Pitsou Kedem Architects, situated in Tel Aviv, Israel. The architectural concept was to create a structure with a continuous, wide space, divided by internal courtyards and movable partitions into smaller spaces used for a variety of different functions. The different spaces and internal courtyards are joined together into one structure by two, ultra-thin roofs supported at one central point, seeming to float in the air. The home offers a beautiful open concept floor plan consisting of 5,920 square feet (550 square meters) of living space.
The two roofs merge, one into the other and extend for five meters over the building front walls. The entire roof is constructed from lightweight materials and, in order to provide a thin, wispy look at its edges, it is constructed with a moderate slop towards its center.
The structure itself is constructed from a series of spaces that are conceivably internal and conceivably external spaces. The entrance is framed with a wall of wooden slats which constitute what could be considered the initial boundary between the outside and the inside.
A ribbon window running along the building’s facades serves to emphasize the roof floating above the structure walls and cancels out the feeling of mass that its size suggests.
A long, narrow reflection pool follows the structure’s walls, reflecting and emphasizing their covering and texture.
When entering the space, we pass through a space resembling an entrance lobby – again, conceivably internal and conceivably external – which embodies the soft seam between the outside and inside areas.
Whilst walking through the entrance lobby space, we cross a transparent pool, studded with large basalt rocks and trees that seem to float on the water. As we enter the entrance lobby, we experience the illusion that the house is floating and being reflected, just as the roof appears to be floating above the structures walls.
Photos: Amit Geron
Toro Canyon Residence was envisioned by Shubin + Donaldson Architects, nestled on a 10 acre parcel in Toro Canyon, Los Angeles, California, among natural groves of oak and eucalyptus trees. A seasonal creek to the east and Toro Canyon Creek to the west flanks the secluded building site. The house is approached via a narrow, tree covered drive, which ends at a small clearing and presenting the ocean and islands in the distance. The residence is sited on axis with the canyon and views beyond. The building parti presents three one story, wedge shaped volumes; a carport /service volume to the north, a public living volume to the south west and a private sleeping volume to the south east. The volume enclosing the carport intersects the living volume and is offset to showcase the glass entry pavilion separating the volumes.
Constructed of laminated glass beams and roof panels, with glass doors, this entry space is conceptualized as an exterior circulation connection between the private and public wings of the house. The exterior walls are constructed of 12” thick insulated cast-in-place self consolidating concrete, and a metal roof helps to provide maximum fire resistance in this secluded canyon. Interior floors are lightweight concrete.
The exposed concrete is warmed with doors and windows of natural mahogany and interior millwork and ceilings of natural eucalyptus. The main floor of 4,700 square feet includes a studio, family room, kitchen, dining room, living room, office and master suite. A lower floor of 2800 square feet includes guest rooms and an exercise space and mechanical space.
Photos: Ciro Coelho
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