V9 House is a bright and airy residence that caters to the lifestyle of the homeowners, designed by VGZ Arquitectura, located in Mexico City, Mexico. The volumes of the 10,333 square foot (960 square meters) home were oriented to maximize the sunshine and views. The residence offers sustainable features such as rainwater harvesting and use of solar energy.
Description from the architect: The house is built on a fan-shaped 800 square meters plot, open to the northeast. After volumetric studies, we decided on an H scheme, rotating the north body to get the most sunlight and south aperture, and tilting the roofs to the north.
The objective was open spaces and low footprint, creating a house surrounded by gardens, where every space has natural light and fresh air during the day, opening up to the south and making the most of the views.
The program responds to client needs on three levels: basement for parking and services, first floor for social life and second floor for family life. The gardens, with an exterior kitchen and dinning space on one side and a sunset terrace with a fireplace on the other, become an important part of this family´s life.
The steel structure allowed us to have longer spans of open space and continuity on transparency, integrating the interior and exterior, while the rotated volumes result in interesting angle intersections of stone and glass with steel frames.
For the material palette, we concentrated on stone for the vertical planes and wood for the horizontal ones, creating a warm environment that sets a canvas for eclectic decoration.
Landscape and natural light were essential design instruments, while lighting plays an important role in the design intention. We used a siphon system to collect rainwater and purify it so that during rainy season there is no need for municipal water. The garden and parking use only treated water.
Electricity and hot water are generated by solar energy and the entire facade is double insulated glass with UV protection for maximum energy conservation.
Photos: Rafael Gamo
This loft apartment designed by Cloud Studios offers industrial style open plan living infused with natural light, located in an old factory near Edgware Road, London, England. The loft was completely renovated in 2014 and featured in Elle Decoration’s 25th Anniversary Issue, October 2014.
Description from the designers: The apartment, which is in a converted industrial space, was completely reconfigured by Cloud to create two bedrooms and a large open plan living space.
The architectural details have an industrial feel (concrete ceilings, Critail windows and exposed pipes).
The clean lines and high ceilings were enhanced with a pale Douglas fir wide-planked floor and a contemporary kitchen.
Cloud, set up by Nia Morris and Louise Holt, has an established reputation for creating elegant, contemporary interiors for a wide range of residential and commercial projects, from prestigious London and country houses to apartments, offices and hotels. Characterized by creativity balanced by practicality and a highly personal service, we provide innovative design solutions in all the services we offer, from complete refurbishment to interior decoration of individual rooms, space planning, lighting design, bespoke furniture and bathroom and kitchen design.
Photos: Courtesy of Cloud Studios
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
619 Diamond Street is a stunning Victorian transformed by Art of Construction into a wonderful four bedroom, three-and-a-half bathroom home in Noe Valley, San Francisco, California. The main floor has an open floor-plan with a large open eat-in kitchen and family room with a dramatic NanaWall of windows creating a seamless indoor/outdoor entertaining experience.
This beautiful home was spotted listed for sale on Sotheby’s for $4,995,000, from here.
The kitchen and family room are bathed in natural light. The deck off of the kitchen features a custom gas fire pit. Elegant wainscoting compliments the rustic, wide planked, white oak floors. There is a formal dining room and living room with a gas fireplace.
A contemporary steel and wood staircase leads to the bedroom level with a large master bedroom and serene master bath. There is abundant natural light provided by a large skylight. There are two more bedrooms on this level, a full bath and laundry closet. The lowest level has a flexible 4th bedroom and family area that open to a professionally landscaped yard.
There is a wine room, a sauna and interior access to the large two-car garage. This gorgeous home is just a block to the heart of 24th Street and the best of Noe Valley.
Orchard Way is a stylish family home designed by McLeod Bovell Modern Houses in collaboration with McKinney York Architects, sited in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Completed in the summer of 2011, this 7,300 square foot home is nestled on a very spacious and wooded lot of 12,000 square feet.
The materials used in this residential project includes architectural concrete, Limestone, Afrormosia hardwood, composite panel.
A cross-pitched site alignment allows the house to pivot on the landscape, connecting to grade on all levels and maximizing relationships to the outside. A deep foreground, high placement, and expansive, protected views west and south create a rare opportunity for open interiors and broad ocean views that still offer a sense of privacy in a house that operates “in-the-round”.
Photos: Courtesy of McLeod Bovell Modern Houses
Thao Dien House is a beautiful renovation project carried out in 2014 by MM++ Architects, located in Thảo Điền, District 2, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The contemporary villa is comprised of 3,013 square feet (280 square meters), showcasing clean lines and wide open spaces.
From the architect: The intention was to turn the existing construction, a “pastiche” art deco, into a contemporary villa with clean lines and open spaces while keeping the entire existing concrete structure. The cost saving, which represents around 30% of total construction cost and the time saving on the construction schedule was a huge benefit for the client, an investor. Therefore, with balancing the cost, it was possible to add new elements to the construction.
The building has been reduced to his most minimal expression, a white cubic shape with two vertical vegetal walls added on the front and back of the house in order to bring privacy for the bedrooms and allowing large openings for natural ventilation without crossing views. The vertical garden “extends” the surrounding vegetation onto the walls and makes the house “disappearing” into the landscape. It creates a strong visual connection between the house and the garden and gives an identity to the place.
On the ground floor, living room, dining and kitchen are merged in one unique space fully open to the outdoor on three sides, bringing the garden inside the house. Swimming pool and decking have been reshaped as an extension of the interior space. The staircase has been relocated for a better distribution of the first floor and creates the main feature of the living room with a floating steps design. On the first floor, three bedrooms instead of the four existing in order to gain space to create a real master suite.
Starting from a poor existing space quality, enclosed, with no connection to the garden, this project is an experiment to demonstrate how it can be versatile and fun to “play” with an existing structure and to turn the construction into a radically different layout and design, revealing better spaces, adding value to the place and proposing a life style closer to nature.
Photos: Hiroyuki OKI
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