Hazukashi House is a timber clad dwelling designed by ALTS Design Office, a property located in a residential area of suburban Kyoto, Japan. Positioned on a typically small plot of land, the design is centered around a communal dining area placed at the heart of the 1,005 square foot (93.45 square meters) family home.
The gabled form of the dwelling’s facade is referenced repeatedly inside the residence, with various apertures and doorways mimicking the shape of the external elevation. internally, the two-storey structure is clad in timber, with an open wooden stairway connecting the home’s ground level living quarters with the bedroom and study situated at the upper storey. carefully placed openings in the building’s envelope ensure that the house remains brightly and naturally lit throughout the year.
Photos: Courtesy of ALTS Design Office
Pebble Beach Residence is a clean and modern weekend retreat designed by BAR Architects, located a few hundred feet from the cliffs of the Pacific Ocean, in Pebble Beach, California. The home is positioned below the 18th fairway of the world famous Pebble Beach Golf Links, designed to take every advantage of its unique and dramatic location.
The home reflects the owner’s interest for a clean, contemporary home and is designed to feel like the most luxurious spa in the world. All the primary rooms of the house are arranged along the 18th fairway with views through stone colonnades of the expansive Pacific – from Point Lobos to the northern-most point of Carmel Bay.
The house includes large living, dining and kitchen spaces with exterior spaces for entertaining. The primary exterior building materials of cut limestone, titanium and teak are also used throughout the interior of the house to emphasize the connection between the interior spaces and the exterior resort setting.
The Deep Eddy Residence is a modern single family home designed by Baldridge Architects in an older neighborhood in west Austin, Texas. The owners, a couple, wished to create a modern refuge and to regain some of the privacy they had previously enjoyed prior to the construction of a looming residence immediately to the west and uphill from their home. In their words, they felt as if they lived in a fishbowl.
Built in the worst part of the “great recession”, the particulars of the design shifted and moved with the exigencies of the budget. The house features fully customized detailing and constitutes a truly green project featuring natural ventilation throughout, a sod roof, foam insulation, insulated 8″ walls throughout, low VOC paint, pine floors, etc. Moreover, we featured an adaptive and organic design process where subsequent design gestures were routinely questioned and tweaked, often using the spoils from earlier construction to achieve elegant and unexpected results.
The 2,500 square foot home provides an open and light environment for its owners, featuring dramatic views of downtown Austin, while addressing the concerns about privacy and drainage. Despite its stark modern lines, the home “fits” in the neighborhood in both context and scale. Most of the exterior is covered in Corten steel.
Kitchen counters made of hot rolled steel, a concrete floor and a stairway built from off-the-shelf lumber provided low-cost modernism.
What was going to be a stone wall in the screened porch is now economical white pine. The fireplace surround was made of steel left over when architects built the window frames.
A tree-house home office and studio.
Warm materials like a steel countertop balance the modern form of the building.
The architects installed clerestory windows and glass railings to maintain the airiness of the central double-height space. On the level below the TV area, screen doors open onto an “outdoor living room.”
Narrow windows maintain privacy on the side of the home facing a neighbor’s three-story house. On the other side, the facade is mostly glass.
Street-front of the Deep Eddy Residence, featuring its sod roof front yard.
Vashon Barn Conversion is an eclectic industrial style home that has been designed by Floisand Studio, situated on Vashon Island, Washington. The island retreat was recently converted from a barn/workshop into a new home for chef Leslie Mackie and her family. Leslie is one of the most esteemed figures on the national artisan baking scene, owner of Macrina Bakery & Cafe. Surrounded by orchards and fields, the “barn” features a colorful and open chef’s kitchen bookended by living and dining spaces that look out over the property.
Floisand Studio is a husband and wife owned architecture and interior design firm serving the greater Seattle area. They specialize in the design of new homes, remodels, and additions, restaurants, cafes, retail and other commercial projects.
Photos: Vaagsland Capture
Hacienda Ja Ja is a LEED-Platinum home nestled beneath a canopy of live oak trees, designed by Lake Flato Architects, in Alamo Heights, Texas. The 2,328 square foot property is to scale with its neighbors, offering porches that allow its residents to easily engage with activity on the street. Spaces wrap around a small courtyard to maximize natural lighting and ventilation distributed throughout via tall glazings and high ceilings. High-performance features include details like the variety of floors made of polished fly-ash-content concrete, locally sourced stone, engineered wood and locally sourced wood siding installed as a rainscreen system.
Carefully sited to preserve and to protect the live oaks, to promote cross-ventilation and to maximize natural daylighting, the home is also designed to avoid solar thermal gain during the summer and capture passive solar heating during the winter.
Rainwater is collected from the roofs and stored in a below-ground 6,000-gallon tank; during most of the year, captured rain water will supplant domestic water for all landscape irrigation needs.
Photos: Frank Ooms
Lake Washington Residence is a newly built two story single family home over an existing foundation by BAAN Design in the Mount Baker neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. The existing site is located on an upland waterfront lot near Genesee Park on Lake Washington Blvd S with expansive views to the east, over the lake. The foundation of the existing one story house is re-used in order to maintain and extend the non-conforming footprint and lot coverage. The geometry of the front facade is dictated primarily by the view potential offered by the site and the massing is stepped back at second level to maintain conformance to current zoning setback requirements.
The primary interior spaces are designed to relate specifically to the water views to the east and to the more intimate and enclosed privacy of the backyard.
The interior living space is comprised of 3,500 square feet.
While sitting in the rear yard, one can experience the lake views through the glazed doors and glass along the east and west sides of living areas. The roof structure is constructed of exposed double 2×6 rafters with T&G decking above, and the exterior is cladded in pre-stained, tight-knot cedar siding.
The windows and doors are thermally broken aluminum, with custom double hinged pivot wood doors located at the front entrance. The floors are polished gypcrete over an in-floor radiant heat system and the built-in cabinetry is dark stained, rift oak.
View of back patio into living room and lake beyond.
Photos: Ben Benschneider
Designer Ebba Thott of Sigmar transforms a Notting Hill Flat for a client who wanted to achieve the feel of 1930′s Vienna, in the fashionable neighborhood of Notting Hill, London, England. This was achieved through a muted grey scale, with dramatic dark woodwork to contrast and plenty of vintage touches. The designer used a blend of Scandinavian modernism and English eclecticism in the interiors—an apt reflection of the far-flung travels of both designer and client (who is an American in London).
In the photograph above, the bookshelf was designed by Sigmar, along with the ladder. It needed to house the owner’s large collection of books, as well as accommodate the existing radiators. The backdrop for the interior is various grey shades, while the green and red provide bright accents. The walls and bookshelf are painted in London Cloud from the Damo collection, available at Sigmar. The woodwork is Cocoa, also from Damo.
The designer brings an Old World feel to the entrance hall (reminiscent of those in prewar New York apartment buildings) with the main feature being a vintage Thonet bench upholstered in a checkered black-and-white fabric.
The floor has stone slabs in the middle, which is hard and durable, great for an entrance. The stone is edged with the same oak planks that flow through the rest of the house. The walls are painted in Sure Grey from the Damo collection, available at Sigmar.
A view from the entrance towards the living room. Reclaimed oak floors throughout the flat introduce a relaxed warmth.
A painting from the owner’s contemporary art collection hangs in the hallway.
A detail from the living room in which the accent colors of the room are picked up on. “The green on the lampshade and cushion is a lovely pea green,” Thott says. “I was inspired by the green in some of the paintings in the client’s beautiful and quirky art collection and used it to tie the room together.
The dining room generously opens up to the living room allowing a flow between the rooms. The colours in the two rooms correlate to create a link through the flat. The walls are painted in Sure Grey from the Damo collection, available at Sigmar.
In the bedrooms you can afford to break off from the dark woodwork in the rest of the flat and go for a more traditional white. The walls are painted in London Cloud from the Damo collection, available at Sigmar.
A detail of the bedside table from the guest bedroom. The switches are built into the bed and are completely flush.
A steel four-poster bed adds a modern note to the wallpapered bedroom in Marthe Armitage’s oak leaf in a custom blue. The ladder is custom, as designed by Sigmar.
A detail from the master bedroom. A small shelf hold a selection of books next to an armchair. The master bedroom is wallpapered in Marthe Armitage’s oak leaf in a custom blue.
Toilets are a place for being expressive. In this small space the beautiful blue tiles break off an otherwise all white bathroom. The Blueware tiles are patterned with photographic-negative images of pressed weeds from London streets.
Photos: Petr Krejci
Built on the property of a larger home in Phoenix, Arizona, The Construction Zone turned a former horse barn into a modern steel and glass guest suite. Other than some basic structure, though, the home has been done over so thoroughly that it’s hard to tell that it’s not an entirely new construction. Most of the surface of the house is done in glass window walls, leading out onto a large patio with space for entertaining. This allows the house to be used while not occupied as an impromptu living space for hosting guests, with direct access to the property’s amenities. The remaining architecture of the house is mostly concrete in form, dividing each room and providing support for the roof. The photo above shows a path from the main house leading to the guest house.
View of the patio, bocce ball court and guest house. Adaptive reuse of a former horse barn into a modern glass and steel guest suite.
Inside, the floorplan is completely open, with only a single formal interior doorway (leading into the bathroom). The entire house is sectioned into four areas, allowing maximum usage of its 1,425 square feet of floorspace. A combination of built-in features and decor cues define each open-form room within the glass and concrete walls, allowing free flow between areas without a loss of identity for each. The glass wall from the front is limited to half-height at the rear, giving plenty of natural light without compromising on privacy. The home is very open and airy in feel, but still provides practical lodgings for a visiting couple.
View of the interior kitchenette and dining.
View of the bedroom details featuring custom steel windows and doors fabricated by the architects.
View of the open hall between the interior spaces. Cast in place concrete walls from the former stalls separate the living spaces.
View of the bath with marble tile and mirror from Customatic.
View of the exterior fire feature custom fabricated by the architects.
View of the east entry featuring steel entry door custom fabricated by the architects.
Photos: Bill Timmerman
355 Mansfield is a modern rustic collaboration of Asian influence and California lifestyle, designed by Amit Apel Design, located in Los Angeles, California. This 5 bedroom and 5.25 baths 1,683 square foot home sold for $3 million, clearly setting the high-water mark for this matured neighborhood. On entering, enjoy the welcome of bold colors and contrasting materials inviting you to cleanse your mind’s eye and explore the artful display of lines, shapes and mass integrated into a warm and livable abode.
As you pass through the grid-glass entry door you witness the openness of a livable space yet well defined areas for living, eating and kitchen prep.
The use of Japanese style plant separators, step-up floor to the kitchen and precision lines and surfaces make for an enjoyable eating, living and relaxing life. The master chef will love the ease of food preparation in this spacious kitchen with extensive work area and storage space while the family and guests enjoy the open eating and living areas with Japanese style grid windows that retract to take them outdoors while inside.
The outdoor yard is enhanced with Japanese style landscaping to create the privacy wanted while also enjoying the California spa.
Float up the stairs to the second level and relish the light and airy environment of bedroom and bathroom spaces.
The spacious master bedroom has an inviting yet private balcony, a bathroom with modern fixtures worthy of an art display, and a bonus escape for intimate conversation or simple relaxation to end the day.
Three additional bedrooms offer no less than the same quality design existent throughout.
Photos: Courtesy of Amit Apel Design
Esplanade Residence is the renovation of an existing house from 1910 by Emilie Bédard Architecte together with designer Maria Rosa Di loia, located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The client had just purchased this un-renovated 1910’s triplex and wished to make the top floor his own. Inspired by his Scandinavian origins and the apartment’s characteristic Montreal construction, the architect and designer shaped the renovation using raw materials such as wood and steel, peeling away at the building’s envelope. The original roof structure was preserved and exposed in the bedroom as well as the brick party walls in the living room and entrance stairs.
The wide plank fir floors, white walls and teak kitchen bring light and Scandinavian warmth to contrast with the raw steel used on the stairs and dining room table. Most of the furniture and built-ins were custom designed for the space, tying it all together.
At the center of the renovation, the roof extension acts as a light well into the space. The metal stairs and landing are kept light and transparent borrowing from the traditional exit stairs found in the alley. It houses a sauna with a window framing the church’s dome and connects to a roof terrace with views to the neighborhood and mountain. The roof terrace was designed as a comfortable space both to lounge in after a sauna and cold exterior shower and to entertain with built-in flower boxes, bench and outdoor kitchen.
Photos: Adrien Williams