Can Frit is a modern property developed by BOX3 Interiores for an English family from an existing finch, located on the Spanish island of Ibiza. It had an unusual layout and strange proportions due to the topography of the land.
We used natural materials to complement the existing period elements in some areas, while the retro-modern cement tile flooring strikes a balance with the sandblasted juniper ceiling and central pillar of the main room. The full width opening of the sliding doors allows for a complete inside-outside experience.
The reception space of the house was a decorative challenge; it was unusually large and seemed not to have a definite function in the house’s original design. The remodelled result is a wide entrance hall with high ceilings from which hangs a large cast iron fireplace. Together with a golden console, they give the room a welcoming warmth.
The kitchen’s central island becomes, both visually and functionally, the focal point around which life takes place. The rear kitchen, with sink and a working counter, can be easily hidden behind sliding doors to turn the dining and living room area into a reception area.
Photos: Courtesy of BOX3 Interiores
Ski Shores Lakehouse is a modest weekend lake house that has been skillfully designed by Stuart Sampley Architect, located in Austin, Texas. The spirit of traditional Texas dogtrot-style architecture is modernly refined in this retreat.
Description from the architect: Two volumes flank a central porch that’s naturally cooled by lake breezes, capped on each end by tall, swinging gates for privacy and security, and anchored by a substantial outdoor dining table.
On one side, a sleek, modern kitchen is minimal in material but heavy on style and storage. A sunken living room— highlighted by rich warm wood underfoot — exudes comfort and is the ideal spot to escape the Texas summer heat. On the other side of the porch, cozy bedrooms balance the house, featuring big windows offering views of the Texas landscape.
The home’s materials were sourced regionally and chosen to last; exterior walls made of gray Texas Lueders Limestone mix with Southern yellow pine to create a natural palette that requires no maintenance. It’s a weekend getaway the homeowner can enjoy for decades to come.
Photos: Casey Dunn
Winelands 190 was recently completed by Antoni Associates, located in the heart of Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The luxury property is nestled in the epicenter of the vineyards and wine farms, the setting boasts a modern twist on the traditional “Cape Dutch” styled home.
Description from the designers: Mark Reilly, Jon Case and Clive Schulze took architecture and interior design to a whole new level in this incredible project named Winelands 190 by creating a place where the whole family can gather in a modern farmhouse with an emphasis on barefoot luxury.
The owners of the home love entertaining so their home needed to accommodate social spaces that reflected this aspect of their lives, and you’ll agree the poolside, fireside and cellar do great justice to their requirements.
The clients brief was to ensure that when their grown up kids had departed after the weekend they didn’t feel they were rattling around in a big empty home, which lead to decisions which saw the first floor occupying all the entertaining spaces as well as the master bedroom, and the three additional guest suites being located on the first floor.
Design regulations only permitted a single story, so the guest suites became cleverly accommodated in the roof attic.
Situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Stellenbosch, famous for the delicious wines found in this earthy region, it made perfect sense for the design team to choose natural organic materials such as timber and stone throughout Winelands 190. Limed oak flooring was compatibly paired with honey coloured stone walls with contrasting black charcoals and chalky white finishes which added both warmth and a sense of homeliness.
The water features of the front pool terrace area and the pond at the rear evoke a sense of calm that is further enhanced by the mountain landscape across the water in the distance. Internally the clean lines of the fireplace with its chic modern surround and old school wood stockpile beneath complete the appeal that this is a home to luxuriate. Part of the luxury of good living is enjoying a glass of fine wine. The glass wine cabinet has all the hallmarks of sophistication, modernity and class. The idea of viewing through this space is akin to inspecting the colour and body of any wine and we find this feature completely inspired.
The lighting throughout accomplishes what every home needs – a wow factor. Combinations of bold and discreet lighting can be seen in the subtle lighting incorporated in all the recesses and feature bulkheads, providing a warm glow around the peripheral edges right through to the customized crystal chandelier by Martin Doller suspended dramatically from the ceiling rafters.
The interior furniture and décor were designed by Mark Rielly and Sarika Jacobs of AA Interiors who worked around modern and complementary to the experience of the home including tactile finishes such as timber, textured leathers and raw linens to add a sophisticated sense of understated luxury.
Photos: Adam Letch
Description from the architects: In this home, the main idea of the project by Mood Works, polish architectural studio was to create modern and elegant space, and by combining at the same time feeling, elements and traditional furniture forms from the Italian reinessance architecture.
Natural elements, finest materials and interior colors, organic shapes and textures represent a contemporary feeling in design and decor, bringing unique furniture pieces and fusion of styles into creative, luxurious and personalizes interior design.
In order to create more unified space, the architects decided to use natural wood, which appears in every place in the home, as a bonding that makes the spaces more visualy and physicaly connected.
The soultions, that have been used in this project integrate interior design with home architecture, its nature environment and landscape. Elegance, comfort and pleasure. A space for living, work, relax, receiving visitors and hosting guests.
Photos: Courtesy of Mood Works
B95 residential project is a beautifully designed modern urban infill designed by Beyond Homes together with BBLOC, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The design illustrates a fresh approach to design that reflects the distinctive culture of the region, drawing inspiration from around the world with a focus on natural/reclaimed components.
Description from Beyond Homes: Unique materials, such as hickory, quartz counter tops, raw metal, Moroccan inspired architectural tile, customized finishes and resource-efficient, designer fixtures are utilized with culturally diverse inspiration in an open concept, modern space.
The two semi-detached units provide 2,800 square feet of living space, differentiated through the use of contrasting dark and light exterior finishes – black and white stucco and corrugated metal siding.
The exterior facades are tied together through the application of reclaimed barn wood siding. This project is designed for modern families in the inner city wanting a home that reflects their design lifestyle.
The main floor features a 10-foot ceiling, maximized windows and reclaimed elm flooring; the materiality of the wood permeates through the main floor as it is also used to finish the kitchen cabinetry and fireplace wall detailing.
A raw metal stair guard wall was custom designed with a jali-inspired pattern to provide graphic interest and transparency to the stair wall. The raw metal material is also used in the facing of the fireplace and media centre in the main floor living room.
In the bed niche of the second floor bedroom a commissioned mural that wraps up onto the ceiling is harmonized with Japanese designer pendant light fixtures. Custom cantilevered oak butchers blocks in the powder room and kitchen offer a clean dynamic element to the style of the house along with custom, local-made concrete lighting on the main floor.
Moroccan-inspired architectural tile is complemented by the addition of a reclaimed barn door for the entranceway of the Master Ensuite bathroom, and by the strategic placement of the second floor exterior cedar screen that provides both exterior architectural interest as well as privacy screening for the stand-alone tub.
Photos: Ted Knude Photography
The arrival at House B+B – the access to the social area – is through an architectural trajectory, via an open ramp, located on the eastern side of the construction. This space is protected by hollowed-out concrete elements to the side, which create surprising effects of light and end up functioning as protection from bad weather conditions.
It is an interstitial space between the protected inside of the construction and the open garden. The ramp, long and smooth, extends the transition from interior to exterior creating the constant sensation of environment changing. This solution was vastly used by Brazilian modernism, which consecrated the radical use of ramps as a way of vertical circulation while reaffirming the Corbusian precepts of architectural promenade. There is an intentional uncertainty about the character of this space: internal or external?
The reference to modernism lies also in the wall of hollowed-out elements, renowned from the 30’s in Brazil, as a solution to be reproduced on large scale, very appropriate for the tropical climate since it allows for shading without blocking of the fresh breeze.
The social area of the house creates a sensation of coziness and comfort, in an open space, without any structural interference for the organization of the furniture layout. A 3.5 meters sliding door allows the kitchen to be completely integrated to the dining room. The counter used for food preparation is behind the window overlooking the ramp and receiving the ‘constructed’ light, filtered by the hollowed-out elements. Thus, the kitchen becomes a lit-up space and a pleasant ambient.
Different than the usual solution, the rooms are on the first floor – in direct relation to the garden – and can be also accessed internally via a staircase connected to the living room on the top floor. The wooden elements on this floor’s facade allow for the internal control of the sunlight and thus provides for a great thermal performance.
The use of ‘raw’ materials such as exposed concrete and wood give a lively aspect to residence, constantly changing over time. The architecture of B+B House sought to create a cozy, welcoming space, an intimate home as much for the daily lives of the residents as well as for the reception of friends in social gatherings.
Photos: Fernando Guerra
Desert House is a modern prototype prefab home designed by architecture studio Marmol Radziner, located in a beautiful oasis in Desert Hot Springs, California. The two bedroom, two bathroom residence is located on a five-acre site and oriented to best capture views of San Jacinto peak and the surrounding mountains.
From the architect: Doubling the interior space, the home extends towards the landscape with covered outdoor living areas. The home is comprised of 4,500 square feet of sturdy steel modules (2,100 interior square feet and 2,450 covered exterior square feet) rooted onto a concrete pad atop an untamed hill—looms into view like a sleek metal oasis.
Sheltered living spaces blend the indoors with the outdoors, simultaneously extending and connecting the house to the north wing, comprised of a guest house and art studio. The intersecting modules were designed to frame a range of spectacular desert vistas.
After months of arduous design and construction, Marmol and his family are thrilled to escape Los Angeles for their idyllic desert retreat.
Ocotillo was placed in key areas as a great structural focal point. Groupings of succulents accent the home’s entry path and pool area.
Plants found in the surrounding landscape were used to obscure the lines between designed and natural worlds.
The open living and dining plan is flooded with natural light. The wicker PK22 lounge chairs are by Poul Kjaerholm for Fritz Hansen. The suspension lamp is by DePadova.
There are generously proportioned nine-foot-high ceilings throughout the Desert House. Marmol Radziner designed and built the outdoor table and benches from reclaimed Douglas fir.
The kitchen cabinetry, custom designed by the architects, is smooth brown teak. The faucet is by Hansgrohe, and the dishwasher is by Bosch.
The “L” shaped plan layout defines a protected courtyard that includes a pool and fire pit.
59BTP-House is an additions and alterations project on an existing home, carried out by architecture studio ONG&ONG, located in Bukit Timah, Singapore. The owner’s father built the original house and the building was in an awkward position on the plot.
From the architect: According to the brief, the client wanted to have two master bedrooms along with four bedrooms – this required additional floor area as the original house area could not comfortably fit in the extra rooms.
However, the architects resolved to make use of the existing structure and maintain its orientation by simply adding an additional volume to accommodate the extra bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms.
The finished work is a successful amalgamation of the old house – with its 1950s look – and the new wing that closely follows the original structure whilst suitably updating it according to modern architectural trends.
For example, a stonewall in the original house was replaced with a concrete wall to give it a more modern finish whilst still staying true to the spirit of the earlier design.
Wherever possible, the original material was retained, such as the plaster that forms the upper levels. Also, the designers tried to maintain a similar look, so the new structure replicates the design of the old house by keeping the top volume bigger than the first floor, which is recessed.
Visually, the house appears to be a new building, yet there are scattered elements that make the older house recognizable even within this newer build, and that was essentially what the client desired for his childhood home.
Photos: Derek Swalwell
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