Jones House is a mid-century modern renovation carried out by Silva Studios Architecture, located high atop Mount Soledad in San Diego, California. The home offers impeccable views to the Pacific Ocean, Mission and San Diego bay, downtown San Diego and Mexico. The home was given modern day updates, new technologies and lifestyle changes to meet the needs of its owners. The whole exterior facade was given a facelift, the landscaping was designed with native species for easy care and maintenance. The previously closed off interiors were structurally altered to give an open plan concept with the living, kitchen and dining areas.
This fabulous chef’s kitchen features ipe wood, custom cabinetry and a cantilevered, 3.5 inch thick concrete counter with a waterborne epoxy and a coat of floor wax (the cantilever is support by a 4×4 post and the wood wall). Perfect for entertaining, the space looks out to the dining and living areas.
The flooring is poured, self-leveling concrete topped with a gloss finish and wax. It’s 3/8″ thick, poured over the existing concrete slab. It has been scored in a large pattern, to not only control for cracks, but also for design aesthetics.
The outdoor terrace offers cozy living spaces with sensational views and a clean lined fire pit for those cool nights from the ocean breezes. The fire pit is cast-in-place concrete with a custom burner.
Photos: Courtesy of Silva Studios Architecture
With color contrasts and surprising design details, this fully renovated old apartment is located in Madrid, Spain, showcasing a welcoming floor plan distribution. Impeccable aesthetics and unique decor are the foundation for this fun and inviting apartment. However this house can be found to be much more than just a pretty face. This small apartment of only 968 square feet (90 square meters) is situated in a building that was build in the twenties. It had a very compartentalized distribution to the spaces within the building footprint. However it had amazing high ceilings and an excellent location being in the central district of Madrid. The owners purchased this home and commissioned interiors studio Dimensi-on to complete the project. They designed a novel and practical layout and finishing up with beautiful new decor.
One key element to the project was to create a separate common area by a wall. Now the living area has access to the master bedroom, walk-in closet and integrated bathroom. On the other side of the wall is an open plan dining room and kitchen with a beautiful design aesthetic that breaks the image of a traditional kitchen.
In the dining room there is a surprising optical effect that has been created with mirrors, a circular neon wall mixed with retro accents.
The bedroom decor showcases some surprises such as wallpaper that focuses attention with its sharp contrasts. The bathroom offers luxury sinks that bring a high level of decorative detail to this amazing apartment.
Photos: Courtesy of Mi Casa
Merriwood Residence is the modern transformation of an existing home into indoor outdoor living by Zone 4 Architects, located in East Hampton, New York. The interior design of this stunning home was carried out by DMS Interiors, with lighting design by Robert Singer & Associates Inc. The home begun with its humble origins as the modernization of an already existing home found at the edge of East Hampton. The residence then underwent a major transformation “into an all inclusive statement of contemporary architecture and the embodiment of indoor outdoor living for summertime living.” Yet, with its warm tones and clean lines, the house brings its owners a livability that is year round.
From the lighting designer:
Uplights and downlights are used in conjunction with sculptural and art elements, creating points of interest with intense highlights and shadows. Completely lamped with LED sources, this remodel greatly reduced its energy consumption with custom details that accentuate the updated architectural forms. A fully integrated control system assists with energy savings and ease of use.
Photos: Steve Mundinger
The Ark is the renovation, renewal and third interpretation of a holiday home by Bower Architecture, located in Point Lonsdale , a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. The residence has been enjoyed by the same family for 60 years. The original 1950’s beach shack was renovated in the early 1980’s and designed by architect and former National President of the AIA John Castles.
Description from the architect:
The Ark is the latest evolution of the dwelling, necessitated by a growing extended family and constant wear of the tough coastal environment. The existing house included a striking two storey curved wall, second storey raking roof and timber cladding oriented at 45 degrees. The challenging brief asked to retain and celebrate these elements whilst enlarging the living spaces to create a light filled, relaxed and playful family beach house.
The refurbishment of the original building included a complete recladding in spotted gum shiplap angled at 45 degrees. Notions of a continuous timber skin wrapping a sculptural form are evident and are further emphasised by the addition of a timber rain screen over the raking roof.
The new addition, added to the northern side of the existing building, increases the size of the kitchen and living spaces as well as providing an attached bedroom/bathroom pavilion. Whist the refurbished original building appears sculpted and smoothed over time, the new building is bolder and sharply rectilinear in form.
Clad in a rougher, radially-cut pine board and batten system, sections are carved away to reveal warm timbers and living space beneath. Demarcation of old and new is critical to The Ark and culminates in a slice (appearing as windows and skylight) between the original building and new. Internally, the language of the original design is reinterpreted with tiling and kitchen timber ceiling often oriented at 45 degrees and the curved island kitchen bench reminiscent of the curved external wall. Externally the sloping topography of the site encourages a stepped outdoor living area that traces the site downwards.
Photos: Shannon McGrath
Trama Apartment was recently designed for a young couple in a natural and neutral color scheme by Semerene Interior Architecture, located in Brasilia, Brazil. The apartment is comprised of 753 square feet of living space with contemporary interiors and a unique design plan that meets the needs of its owners.
Description from the architect:
The apartment of 70 square meters (753 square feet), located in a newly built building in a new district of Brasilia, was designed for a young couple. Originally, the property was distributed into well-defined environments, including living room, kitchen, laundry area, two bedrooms and a toilet in the social area.
The new design should address the residents’ needs for fluid multipurpose spaces and at the same time, should translate into the lifestyle and emotional references of the couple. Thus, priority was given to free areas, integrated and multi-functional, adaptable to different scenarios of everyday life.
Upon entering the apartment, the barriers between TV room, dining room, kitchen and service area, dissolve from a permeable central layout. The metal frame unfolds in different roles: bookshelf partition, desk, and dinner table. An element that embraces the kitchen island and becomes the heart of the project.
The kitchen and the service area had their functions reduced to the essentials and brought together in one volume arranged linearly. The service area is easily camouflaged and converted into a background panel to the dining room.
The desk acts as a reversible environment through sliding panels, and can open up to the living room to fuse with other environments, or remain closed for more privacy.
We chose neutral and natural materials such as concrete and wood. The central metallic element brings an industrial character, typical of large cities, which contrasts with the vibrant colors present in objects, furniture and walls of the living room. The result is the freshness of an urban beach, so present in the memory of the residents.
Photos: Joana França
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