430 House is the contemporary renovation of a 1981 Vancouver Special house designed by D’Arcy Jones Architecture, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The residence was built on a 33 foot wide lot, which retained the entire foundation and structure of the house. The 2,500 square foot interior layout was flipped, moving the kitchen, dining and living areas from the upper floor down to the main floor, so the most important interior spaces could be at grade.
A new parallel-parking open carport was built off the lane, to preserve more of the back yard for a new landscaped garden and terrace. The house was wrapped in a new exterior skin with carefully placed windows, to connect all interior spaces to the front and back yards. This house that was once dark and generic is now filled with light and air.
Our studio enthusiastically approaches each new project as a chance to create something unique. Playing with materials and form to come up with unexpected results, we work tirelessly to design projects that are innovative, durable and inviting. Tweaking time-tested ways of building, we create buildings and spaces that can be built with conventional construction methods. Our clients work with a very small team and enjoy the personal involvement of D’Arcy at all stages of design and construction. We are optimists, seeing the past as a continuum to connect with and be inspired by, and seeing the future as something that can be improved incrementally.
Photos: Sama Jim Canzian
The Madison Park House is the latest custom-spec house to be designed and built by architecture firm First Lamp, located in Seattle, Washington. Situated on an existing steep slope lot in the Madison Park neighborhood of Seattle the house grows out of the hillside and allows the main living space to float out amongst the trees. This 3,200 square foot, five bedroom house will be an energy star certified residence and is targeted to be 4-star built green.
Daunting and stubborn while also inspiring, the site was our true client . A handful of landslides had occurred here in past years, so this tucked-away location had been ignored or avoided until recently. After a series of site visits with our “ground team” (engineers, excavator, and foundation subcontractors), we came to understand two things: 1) That development here would actually increase the stability of the site and 2) It would therefore be an asset to the surrounding landscape and community.
During the design process we often used a tree as a metaphor for our design goals:
1.Sensitively Integrate Structure with Landscape and topography
2.Stabilize the hillside with a deep root system
3.Reduce storm water impact to the site and its surroundings.
In many ways, the design response to these goals is very literal. 54 Pin piles, 5 helical anchors, and 110 yards of concrete support the structure and retain the hillside. These are consolidated to the smallest feasible footprint, allowing the topography to surround and envelop the trunk of the house. The main living space is cantilevered from this base much the same way the branches of a tree reach for the sun. The siding is almost 100% cedar, charred to more closely reflect the deep ambient color under a grove of mature trees. The house is topped with almost 2000 square feet of living roof which acts as a filter, a sponge, and an aesthetic amenity for the residents.
Photos: Courtesy of First Lamp
House L is a renovation project of a semi-detached house built in the 1970’s by Amitzi Architects, for a family with 3 children, located in Tel Aviv, Israel. Despite a cramped and dark interior caused by low ceilings and a split-level section, it turned out that demolition was out of the question, due to budget and schedule. It was decided, therefore, to renovate within the existing envelope, tear open large apertures and dismantle interior partitions, thus creating a spacious and well-lit space.
The kitchen was reorganized to place the dining-area in front of a glass sliding door leading to an outside deck. An axis crosses the entire length of the house – starting from the front deck, through the dining area, entrance hall, living room and up to the back garden – allowing longitudinal views and a natural cross-ventilation.
The entrance hall is lit by glass portholes set within the door. The living room was equipped with a fireplace, a library and a home-cinema system.
The bedrooms’ hall on the first floor is a windowless interior space. Natural light penetrates via a skylight, enabling the use of this space as a study.
Photos: Amitzi Architects
One Beacon Court is a modern Central Park Condo, located in one of Manhattan’s most luxurious condominium residences, the Bloomberg Tower. Designed by local interior designer and painter, Tara Benet, the condo offers sweeping views of New York City. With large expanses of windows, the mostly white interiors are flooded with natural light, giving an open and airy feel. Benet worked with art advisor Kati Lovaas to fill the space with emerging art that pops against the white walls.
Pairing a calacatta marble dining table with leather chairs from Poliform on top of a neutral rug from ABC Carpet & Home creates a neutral environment for the artwork that’s featured in the dining room. The large green “X” is from Philippe Decrauzat and the iron sculpture that hangs is by Valentin Carron, both of which add visual interest into the space.
The white sofa is accented with dark gray and black pillows providing a nice contrast. The dark wood floors also set the tone for the entire apartment making white the perfect choice for the walls and ceilings.
The massive modular book shelf, also from Poliform, features gray cubbies helping to break up the white.
The living room is complete with the placement of an Arco lamp from Flos.
The painting is by Gardar Eide Einarsson and the white marble credenza below is from Cassina.
In the kitchen, a Knoll Saarinen dining table is partnered with Cassina Philippe Starck 245 Caprice chairs.
Photos: Marili Forastieri
Wissioming2 Residence is organized into two volumes connected with glass bridges, designed by Robert M. Gurney Architect, located in Glen Echo, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. This newly developed home is sited on a sloping, wooded lot with distant views of the Potomac River.
The house is positioned to preserve a majority of mature trees and is oriented toward the river views and south facing slope.
Secondary volumes intersect and overlap the two larger structures rendering the composition more dynamic. Material changes in the various elements intensify the relationships. Expanses of glass open to a terrace organized around a swimming pool with two “infinity” edges reinforcing the connectivity to the wooded landscape.
The house is organized into two volumes connected with glass bridges that span a reflecting pool which separates the volumes.
The interiors are painted with light. Walls constructed with slender, steel window frames composed in “Mondrian” inspired patterns combine with translucent panels, wenge and white oak millwork and Pompeii Scarpaletto stone to define interior spaces. White terrazzo flooring juxtaposes the black window frames and unifies the volumes on the main floor.
This house is designed to provide spaces which are organized to integrate its inherently picturesque site in a way that the architecture becomes subservient to the landscape that surrounds it.
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
We just received photos of this Greenwich Street penthouse loft project, a former warehouse transformed by Turett Collaborative Architects into a live-work space, located in Manhattan, New York. The warehouse offered the architects the opportunity to blend modern New York with its historic past. The spacious open floor plan had originally been used as a painter’s studio. Except for a small kitchenette and bathroom, the bare, open penthouse loft revealed exposed brick walls and a topography of ceiling joists supporting the roof above. The space offered an abundant amount of light thanks to both western and southern exposures flooding into the interior.
The raw and open space allowed the architects to create discreet zones within a larger space. The architects worked closely with the clients, bringing a thoughtfully designed, handcrafted living and work environment tailored to an expanding TriBeCa family.
Access to the upper living spaces is provided by a custom blackened steel and oak ship’s ladder that sits discretely off the main foyer entry giving the couple the opportunity to go straight to work without ever disturbing the continuity of private life in the spaces below. The soaring 17-foot ceilings, abundance of wood-framed windows, and custom Arrigoni wide-plank Bavarian oak floors envelope a vast and open entertaining expanse.
At the south end of the loft is a two story glass and steel wall that allows light to flood into the loft from the south, while defining the master bedroom suite in its own separate wing. A split bedroom layout offers two bedrooms at each end, with the master suite commanding an enormous dressing room/closet and equally huge private bath.
The suite is composed of both a double height master bedroom and den which can be used simultaneously when the door between them is opened. A custom blackened steel surround on the bedroom side includes a sliding panel when privacy is desired. When required, curtains along the glass wall in both the master bedroom and den can be drawn to allow for complete and total privacy.
One end of the dining room features a 6 foot long gas fireplace while the other is anchored by a built in piece of millwork that acts both as a credenza for storage of plates and linens on one side, and an a/v cabinet on the other with a concealed TV that can be raised with the touch of a button. A structural glass skylight directly above the dining area floods the room with additional light from the outdoor terrace above.
It was the client’s desire that the kitchen be the heart of the space. Cooking and entertaining for family and friends is an integral part of the client’s private life. As such, the kitchen island is center stage and a central monitoring point for a growing family of four. The dining room, and living room spaces are immediately adjacent to the kitchen.
Designed in conjunction with Poliform of Italy, the white acrylic cabinet surfaces, calacatta marble counters and sleek Gaggenau appliances provide the backdrop to the act and art of cooking, one of our client’s passions. Small touches like the custom calacatta chevron mossaic backsplash and concealed outlets that pop up from the main kitchen countertop island add distinctly personal touches.
A glass sided rooftop pavilion brings light and connectivity into the inner reaches of the living space below. Surrounding the pavilion is an amazing 1500 square foot outdoor terrace. The pavilion helps to partition the space off into four discrete zones: an outdoor living room, formal dining area, sunbathing deck and outdoor kitchen and bar. Custom built and fully landscaped, this outdoor oasis features Ipe wood decking, a custom Wolf stainless steel BBQ, full kitchen, and irrigated Ipe planters bursting with lush plantings – oh, and magnificent views of both the city and Hudson River.
Both the glass structural skylight above the dining room and the glass and steel pavilion transmit soft, glowing light from the interior space below.
More generous ceiling heights above the two bedroom cores created an opportunity for two home offices. These upper spaces are encircled by starfire frosted glass guardrails allowing walls below to blend seamlessly with the glass above.
TCA was commissioned to custom design each of their work stations. Each desk is comprised of a tapered blackened steel tube base with cantilever arms that support the desktop surface, hovering above, on pins located at the end of each arm. To add to the sense of lightness the desktop surface, made of lacquered mdf, is beveled back to reveal an imperceptibly thin edge.
Duravit sinks, luxurious marble baths with radiant heat floors, steam showers and deep soaking tubs create spa-like bathrooms.
The closet acts as a buffer space between the master bedroom and bath whose walls are entirely clad in slabs of Calacatta marble. The tub is the centerpiece of the bath with a waterfall tub filler emerging from the enclosing stone walls. Immediately next to the tub is a wall of glass which conceals the private toilet compartment and a steam shower with an integrated stone bench. The floor and wall niches in the wet areas features the same custom Calacatta chevron marble found at the kitchen backsplash. A custom oak vanity and mirror wall with integral cove lighting completes the spa like experience.
Photos: Courtesy of Turett Collaborative Architects
Mansion in The Hague is a residential renovation project of a hundred year old building, completed by designer Remy Meijers, located in the outskirts of The Hague, The Netherlands. The French owners wanted a surrounding designed in a neutral color scheme defined by a quite and peaceful ambiance with a lightness of space.
The original layout, the characteristic living room and the original ornaments have been maintained. ‘Because there was no need to change the structure of this impressive building.
Only the kitchen and bedroom were too small for actual standards. Therefore, these areas are increased.’ On the ground floor the separation between living room and kitchen was demolished allowing daylight to penetrate deep into the house.
The white walls contribute to the light and spatial character of the mansion. In this sober, open interior wooden elements act as modest highlights.
Contractor: In Toom Furniture: Bom Interieurs Furniture: Remy Meijers Collectie Natural Stone: Van Leeuwen Natuursteen Lightning: Flos, Modular, Delta Light Wooden Floor: Ebony and Co (begane grond)
Photos: René Gonkel
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