East Malvern Residence is a classic brick Federation house updated for modern family living by LSA Architects, nestled in the wide leafy streets of Malvern, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The clients brief was to enhance open space and add light whilst paying homage to the original era of the home through the choice of classic lines and materials. Taking advantage of the grand Federation proportions LSA designed the new spaces to include elements of height and light whilst including many new amenities.
The rear garden was maximized by the merging of indoor and outdoor zones with the use of large glass sliding doors, a discreet threshold and a consistent color palette. The outdoor space was subtlety demarcated to include practical areas for all members of the family. Internal sight lines were again an important consideration for the rear exterior and with the clever use of landscaping and a dark perimeter wall to emphasize depth. Architectural features were also used to enhance balance and privacy.
The bedroom and formal living zones benefited from some floor plan changes to allow for greater flow and the addition of a dressing room and en-suite for the master bedroom. With the majority of the family time planned to be spent in the new rear living room it was important to accommodate for a growing family of five.
The kitchen was designed around a large square island bench to allow for many members of the family to congregate. The sight line to the garden from the kitchen was considered by featuring staggered pendant lights over the island bench as opposed to the dining table with the added benefit of a kitchen focal point. The use of marble and wood paneling reference the original era of the home whilst offering a textural and luxurious element to the large space.
The entire house blends seamlessly to create a harmonious and luxurious home with the emphasis on modern classic design.
Photos: John Wheatley from UA Creative
Hamersley Road Residence is the conversion of an early 1900′s Australian workers cottage into a modern family home by Studio53, located in Subiaco, an inner western suburb of Perth, Australia. The external timberwork, moulded plaster, handmade tiles and flannel flower glass of the existing house give the home a distinct arts and crafts aesthetic. The house had been untouched for many years. The owners, architect and interior designer from Studio53, wished to provide a functional home for their family with flexibility for now and into the future. They also wanted to respect and enhance the existing craftsmanship.
As we were designing a home for our family, we wanted to optimize the space of the relatively small site area. We were able to do this through the use of pure forms such as the ‘courtyard’ and the ‘box’.
The conception of the ‘box’ is integral to the design of this house. Internally, the box is its own zone; bedrooms, bathroom and play room for the children. Externally the box defines the character of the extension, highlighting the change from existing house to contemporary home in a sympathetic but contrasting manner.
Throughout the design process, we re-used and recycled elements of the existing home to create a story of restoration. This included recycling bricks, light fittings, and even the old laundry trough, which is now a thriving herb garden. The original tin awning on the front of the existing house was resurrected with a coat of Dulux Weathershield in ‘Happy’ to match the ‘box’.
The upper level addition is delineated from the existing house by taking the form of a pure yellow ‘box’ gently placed on top of the ground floor behind the gable of the existing home. The Box is then further wrapped in a perforated screen to shade and protect it from the sun.
To the rear of the existing home we constructed a ground floor extension that envelopes a landscaped courtyard. Building to two boundaries and focusing the new ground floor rooms into the courtyard assisted in the creation and then blurring of the boundaries between indoor and outdoor. The intent was to provide multiple spaces of differing character, to be used at different times of the day and year, some inside and some outside.
The intricately patterned and visually permeable screen envelops the box on all sides. The pattern is inspired from the floral motif of the original carpet and fireplace tiles; although given a contemporary edge. This screen provides visual richness, shade and protection to openings whilst offering opportunities for passive surveillance of the street. At night, the screen is illuminated, glows and provides a moment of joy for the neighborhood.
Despite being untouched for over 90 years, the existing home was rescued and rejuvenated. The honest values of the house have been maintained, continued and extended into the new addition, to breathe life into the existing cottage and to create a “happy” and contemporary family home.
LV House is a three story luxurious modern property that has been designed by architects Joaquín Torres and Rafael Llamazares of A-cero, located in Madrid, Spain. This 10, 763 square foot (1,000 square meters) house provides outdoors and indoors with high standard quality materials and furniture.
When we get into the house through the distributor hall we got surprised by the amazing staircase that connects the three floors. Downstairs the more public areas like dinning and living room are placed in the ground floor as well as the kitchen and the service area. The property also has an elevator. The top floor is reserved for the bedrooms.
There is a master bedroom with bathroom and dressing room and 4 other bedrooms also with its own bathroom.
In the basement we find the garage, an entertainment area which is perfect to meeting people and also the indoor pool with gym.
The project is characterized by its simplicity and its blend of classic style with modern flair. The property is located on a large landscaped garden and a swimming pool with organic shapes.
This stunning mountain modern home features a family friendly open layout designed by Ward Young Architecture & Planning, located in the luxury community of Martis Camp, found between historic Truckee and North Lake Tahoe, California. The 4,500 square foot residence showcases vistas from every room and on axis with circulation/hallway/gallery spaces.
The exterior of the home is composed of cedar siding, cor-ten panels, and ledge stone veneer. The interior features stained concrete floors, cedar ceilings, and stained rift-sawn white oak trim and cabinetry. Several custom precast concrete elements were fabricated by Concreteworks of Oakland, California.
Working closely with San Francisco based interior designer Martine Paquin, Concreteworks fabricated many pieces throughout this modern vacation home. Concreteworks features two fireplaces with custom floor to ceiling board form finish and satin stained pattern finish surrounds, a square Japanese style soaking tub with integrated heating, sinks and vanities throughout, stair treads and landings, and a Tinder outdoor firetable.
Throughout the interior, Paquin balanced an earthy palette of wood, stone, metal and glass against very refined, clean surfaces, textures and materials. The chocolatey-hued concrete floor running throughout the lower level quietly complements the home’s elemental material palette.
An open kitchen sits at the south end of the great room with thin, gleaming white Caesarstone countertops floating atop crisply assembled rift-sawn oak casework; a generous built-in banquet accompanies the kitchen, dressed in supple white leather sitting snug against tall walls of east- and south-facing windows.
The upper floor features a bridge from the stairs to the play room, and all the children’s bedrooms. The Great Room flows onto a terrace through a folding Nan Wall door system that allows the wall to fully open, capturing views toward the east of the Carson Range.
Photos: Mariko Reed
Casa do Patio is a stunning modern residence that blurs the lines of indoor / outdoor living, designed by Brazilian architect Leo Romano, located in Goiania, Brazil. The design of this residence dates back to modern Brazilian architecture, in which straight lines and simple demarcate the construction party.
From the outside, the play of volumes is necessary. Few plans define the facade that delicately conceals the daily lives of residents. Inside, the house reveals no mysteries, making clear the distribution of sectors and their environments. It all comes back to the courtyard. Thus, visual permeability and usability is complete, providing day to day family living with a heavy, reinforced by the architecture.
Knowledge, creativity, respect, commitment and dedication describe the firm of architect Leo Romano. With a broad palette of customers, stand out designs includes colleges, banks, decoration shops, bars, restaurants, nightclubs among others. Highlights also include residential projects in Goiânia and various squares. The firm continuously has their work published in newspapers, magazines and national and international books and has been featured on covers frequently. His last major publication is the book Roman Leo, in which the architect shows nineteen projects in 130 pages of the exclusive and deluxe edition.
Photos: Edgard César
Tunquen House is an oceanfront property nestled high on a cliff over 50 meters above sea level, the incredible vision of Nicolás Lipthay Allen / L2C, located in Tunquen, Algarrobo, Valparaíso Region, Chile. The house can be found 160 kilometers outside of the city of Santiago, sitting in a contemplative and respectful manner, as a frame for nature and the environment.
It is defined as a single volume of white concrete which is divided into three areas. The main area houses the living room, dining and kitchen, leaving at one end the master bedroom and its services, and at the other the bedrooms for children and guests. This way, the house can set two scales of use, the first is when the owners are at the house by themselves, and the second is when they are there with the kids or guests.
The climatic conditions of the area, dominated by a powerful south wind, conditioned the design. Attached to the living area is a courtyard that has multiple functions, the most important is to be outside sheltered from the wind, in connection with the view and the interior of the house. This same courtyard provides the access, an outdoor dining area and garden.
The structure of the house is made up of a “bracket” of reinforced concrete which along with the fireplace and the walls of the exterior courtyards shape the projected volume, the roof is based on beams and wood, giving texture and greater height to the spaces.
Photos: Nico Saieh