Soldati House was designed by architect Victor Vasilev as a specific request by the customer to create a functional and contemporary environment in a house built in the 90s in Carrara, Tuscany, Italy. The house three story dwelling had to accommodate the life of a family of four, without sacrificing the convenience offered by the world today. The idea comes from a clear choice: to create a space in which to unite under the leadership of geometry, material, light and functions, taking care of every detail, so that the final result is characterized by a visual unity.
Here is a description of the project from the architects: The house was built in the 1990ies, without design ambitions. The owners wanted the interior to look ‘Milanese’, i.e. ‘ultramodern’. I decided on a complete overhaul, appreciating the space potential – 4,704 square feet (530 square meters) on three floors. This is not a weekend retreat but a family house and the aim was to create a contemporary domestic environment functional in every aspect.
Travertine marble and Indonesian teak were chosen for the material palette. The design is based on the composition of simple square volumes. The custom-made furniture is integrated in the architecture of the house. A few ‘classical’ design pieces enrich the interior.
The final result is achieved by the interplay of space, materials, custom-made furniture and indirect lighting. It gives out the warm, white glow, which softens the interior.
The living area is focused on the ground floor. The rooms of the living, dining and kitchen flow into one another seamlessly.
The master bedroom, the children’s bedrooms and a guest bedroom are on the first floor. The low bench in the master bedroom serves as a visual link with the bathroom, thus avoiding distinctly divided spaces. The black washbasin is designed to hide the mixer taps.
The family wanted a spa area, so the basement is devoted to relaxation. Here you will find the area audio & video and wellness space. A sauna, a big bathtub for four and a massage area were constructed in the basement. A home cinema room with a folding screen was added.
Clients often live in fear of being ‘ forced ‘ to give up their way of life to be able to get into the ‘ temple of domestic architecture ‘. I believe that the success of the project lies in the fact that we have found functional and aesthetic solutions to all the needs that may last over time.
Photos: Adriano Pecchio Photography
Haus Wiesenhof is an alpine refuge designed by Gogl Architekten as a synergy of spatial openness and enclosed areas in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria. The client requested a getaway – a place of peace and contemplation with a strong relationship to the nature surrounding it. According to the design specifications, rebuilding or extending the house beyond the existing cubage was not permitted, which entailed a massive limitation for the design. Through the basic ideas of interlocking the inner rooms and the form design of an open and richly varied spatial structure, the architect conceptually compensated for the design restrictions and created a generous living and leisure space.
We took cautious consideration for the topological strengths of the site, with the Hinterkaisergebirge to the north, the Kitzbühler Horn to the south, the Loferer Steinbergen to the east as well as the surrounding farmhouse building structure. The house communicates with the dominant mountain range, with every view resembling a painting. The decision to utilize archaic materials was made quite consciously to quote the surrounding farmsteads. The client wanted an atmosphere that was light and airy, but also cozy.
Out of respect for the natural surroundings, native plants were used in the planning of the garden. Topological changes in the former agricultural spaces were carefully integrated into the existing environment.
Generous openings with no thresholds allow the indoors to merge with the outdoors. Even the safety railings on the big terrace consist of plant structures. The seasons themselves dictate whether it is more pleasant to spend time in the garden (which is intended as a part of the landscape) or indoors in front of the stove.
Attention was given to the origin of all materials used in this construction. The ecological consciousness of the planners and the client went hand-in-hand. Oak, iron, natural stone, linen and hemp fabric were the basic elements.
Most of the furniture was conceptualized individually, corresponding to the spatial requirements and the needs of the client.
Photos: Mario Webhofer
Sunset Residence is a private family home situated in a secluded cul-de-sac in the fashionable area of Bukit Timah in Singapore, designed by Topos Design Studio. The residence is a beautiful and understated piece of bespoke and holistic architectural design. The modest entrance facade gently invites you through into a stunning pool area which reveals the U-shaped plan of this 6,350 square foot (590 square meters) building. This form allows for seclusion as well as views of the pool area from virtually every room in the house as well as fantastic ventilation through full height sliding louver and glass doors. This is helped by the orientation of residence to make full use of the day and night prevailing breeze.
The simple no fuss architectural language of the house is further accentuated by a 4 tone color palette to not only highlight the form, but also to allow the client’s stunning pieces of furniture to take center stage. This unpretentious approach in keeping to the natural and simplistic setting of the built environment led to a refined and elegant feel to the spaces, worthy of the esteemed client.
The quality of light and the form on the interior spaces were key to the design which is evident from the generously proportioned lounge and the double height dining area of the first floor. These grand rooms offer fantastic spaces for the family to congregate and enjoy time together.
The second floor of the property is dedicated to the private realms of the users and a relaxing alternative lounge away from the main family area. A comprehensive aluminum louver system, across this floor, aids in sun shading, so as to minimize air-con usages well as to offer exclusive and spiritual privacy against the surrounding properties.
Some Materials and Finishes used for the Surfaces, Partitions, Floorings, Walls:
1. BiancoCarraraand Molton Brown Marble for Living, Dining, Dry Kitchen floor.
2. Bush hammered and flamed Kur Grey Granite for all outdoors and external walls.
3. Blue turquoise mosaic for the pool and Burmese Teak Timber flooring for all bedrooms and common corridors.
4. Calacatta Oro and Breccia Paradiso Marble for all the bathrooms. Various vinyl backed Essex Singapore Wall paper for all the bedrooms and common areas.
5. Duravit, Hansgrohe and GerebitSanitary Wares and system
6. Jung EIB Switch Systems
7. Ferro Aluminum Sun shading and Window System
8. Hunter Douglas Mechanical Sun shading Blinds
9. RIMADESIO Velaria Glass Sliding Partition Door System supplied By Vivo Systems Singapore
10. Ironmongeries by Dorma Systems andHewi180 Series (Door Handles)
Summarised Design Concept
1. Proportioned, Timeless, Tailored Elegance
Photos: Derek Swalwell
Los Chillos House has been designed by Quito based architectural firm Diez + Muller Arquitectos in Valle de los Chillos, Cuenca Canton, Ecuador. The home was completed in 2012, comprised of 5,920 square feet of living space with a contemporary exterior facade composed of stone and glass which contracts ascetically with its traditional rustic interior design.
The design of this house arises from previous research and understanding of the regional architecture of the Ecuadorian highlands, and how it engages with a modern system through understanding the place, tectonics and space of each, creating a tension between the two systems. First are the traditional architectural and spatial elements, such as the courtyard, the wall, porch and slope. At the same time, the open plan and the continuous space are modernist concepts contrasted with the elements previously mentioned. The material palette includes local stone, wood and tile as local or endemic materials, and exposed concrete, steel and glass as modern materials. This mix not only expresses a formal idea, but also a structural and constructive idea that reinforces the argument.
In an area of approximately 2 hectares with a steep slope, the house is implanted in the highest part of the site, with a privileged view. In plan, the house is designed linearly, taking advantage of the views from every room. The design in section becomes important, access is from the upper level of the site to the social area, kitchen and terrace. The most private areas and bedrooms are on the lower floor.
The house is stratified into two zones: the stone base and glass box on top. The base is a stone bearing wall, where private areas are distributed. This base, true to its characteristics, is the support of the house on the ground, and contains the excavated soil for its settlement. It comes into view in full from certain viewpoints, while from others it is half-buried and seems to arise. At the back and at the entrance of the house, a large cut in the ground generates a submerged courtyard which serves mainly to illuminate and ventilate the bedroom areas on the ground floor. At the same time, it becomes one of the most important areas of reference of the house. It is contained by an exposed concrete wall, contrasting with the stone wall, thus creating tensions between the two systems.
The arrival to the house is through a steel and glass bridge that intersects with the stone wall, and opens the space to a large steel and glass nave that contains the social areas of the house on the upper floor. On this nave rests a traditional mud tile roof.
Finally, the finishes of the house are simple materials like concrete and wood on floors, concrete walls, wood deck, etc.. The lightness of the glass top volume is even more evident at night when artificial light exposes its permeability and the great nave of the roof, which is juxtaposed with the monolithic volume of the base on which it rests.
Photos: Sebastían Crespo Camacho
Nestled on a site in Richfield, Wisconsin that consists of both a small farm field and heavily wooded topography of two glacial kettles, Fieldstone House has been designed by Bruns Architecture. It was the two glacial kettles, their existence the reason the land to the east was never logged or farmed, that drew the owners to this site. Approaching the house’s entry, one’s view is framed by steel trellises and a notch in the stone wall focusing attention on the woodland topography beyond. Once inside, the view is again aligned through the house and towards the forest.
The house’s primary living spaces are collected in a tall volume on the woodland side, with support spaces in the smaller, flat-roofed structure on the field side. The geometries of these forms respond to the varied site conditions as they address the hierarchical program within. The roof of the primary volume gently slopes to a central valley, subtly reminiscent of the adjacent glacial topography.
Beginning south of the entry, continuing through the interior spaces and extending back out to the north, a fieldstone wall organizes circulation and provides an inherent connection and orientation to the site. The fieldstone used for the wall was collected from a nearby site after being brought to the region in a glacier originating in Canada. The veneer itself was polished smooth by glacial activity. And the striations on the surface are the result of debris within the ice that was dragged across the settling stone.
Zinc panels hang like drapes on the facade from the clerestory down to the lower level, blurring the floor line that threads between the spaces. The warm grey metal is balanced with smooth cedar siding that wraps the flat volumes. The taught application highlights a larger geometric composition of the components and blends warmly with the surrounding vegetation.
Centered in the main volume, a board-formed concrete chimney engages and anchors both levels. Wood burning fireplaces are enjoyed from both sides of this element, offering flickering views through its mass while providing visual screening from one space to the next. Within the entry, a cedar wall extends down past a timber and steel stair providing visual connection between the two levels.
The house has low-e, argon filled triple pane glazing throughout. Opaque walls are thermally optimized with air-tight foam insulation. Radiant heat is utilized within polished concrete floor slabs on both levels. The mass of the concrete retains the heat energy and distributes it evenly throughout the day. The south facing eave is precisely extended to allow sunlight to fully penetrate the space on winter days, while passively providing shade in the summer.
Photos: Tricia Shay Photography
Morning Star Residence is a luxurious modern mountain retreat designed by Slifer Designs in Mountain Star, Colorado. The home is nestled on top of a mountain offering fabulous views towards the surrounding mountaintops. The residence offers a cozy escape from the cold winters with warm fireplaces and plenty of seating areas to lounge and entertain friends and family. The interiors are decorated with plenty of textures and a wide variety of finishes and materials in a soft color palette so as not to detract from the beautiful landscape that pervades the home.
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Photos: Stovall Studio
Beautiful remnants of stone houses, courtyards full of flowers and the smell of fire between winding cobblestone streets, describes the location of this stone cottage near Sepúlveda, a village in the province of Segovia, Spain. Upon entrance to this welcoming home you are greeted with perfect simplicity centered around decorative details, memories and warm fabrics, designed by Lola Rodríguez and Eugenia Mateos.
The home has been renovated in a rustic style, retaining the traditional flavor of natural materials as protagonists, but not forgetting the accessories with color, bold prints and certain isolated pieces of retro air. A mixture — which alone works beautifully — harmonized under the cloak of white as the predominant color. The warm notes are necessary in combating the cold winters of the area, were achieved thanks to solid wood furniture , numerous area rugs covering the floor, cushions, and chunky knit blankets and faux fur throws.
Rustic living room in red and white. The white works as a lighting resource in public areas; dominates fabrics, accessories and even the paint on the roof beams to achieve a fair balance with original stone walls.
The restoration of the house are two very different trends; downstairs there are almost no partitions in the quest to open common spaces, the first floor was bricked up in order to achieve complete privacy resulting in spacious bedrooms, each one with the integrated bathroom. In any case, the common thread on both floors is a calm, bright decor and, above all, very comfortable with indigenous materials as the center of attention.
Every corner is careful and well thought out; public areas have integrated workspace and places to store things.
The feeling of surrounding fire is warm, comfortable and inviting in winter.
The home features stone walls, terracotta floors, windows and solid wood shutters. Next to the windows, the dining room has plenty of natural light.
Everything fits into the decor of the dining room, the table set country respects the same predominant line, with accessories made from natural materials such as linen, iron or wood.
The kitchen combines the traditional feel of the area with the technological advances of the twenty-first century. Thus, we find furniture and wooden cabinets work great co-existing with state of the art appliances.
The original sloping ceilings, hardwood and exposed beams, adds a strong personality to bedrooms. Seating areas are placed under the new skylights to create small private observatories in each bedroom. Overlapping rugs and striking mix of prints and colors in textiles complete that casual air.
Photos: Mi Casa
Linear House is nestled on a private 22-acre site with spectacular views to the Elk Mountain Range in Aspen, Colorado. It was designed by Studio B Architects, providing both a cozy refuge from the cold and a stunning perch at an elevation of 9,500 feet from which to gaze at the surrounding peaks. With a confined building envelop set against the White River National Forest and within a dense aspen stand, the construction and staging area was quite limited. The Hong Kong-based clients requested that every tree possible be saved. A licensed Colorado geologist was required for county approvals, verifying historical avalanche chutes and established Aspen groves. This process required a year and was subject to controversial review.
With clients circling the globe and often in differing places themselves, communication, material/sample review and securing decisions proved very challenging. At an altitude near 10,000 feet, winters offered complexities in construction with shortened seasons and heavy snows. Our design solution embraced its natural setting, minimized site disturbance and reflects the clients demand for a calculated detailed architecture second to its remarkable setting.
The horizontal L-shaped plan appears to float above a partially buried stone plinth. The upper level plan contains the public areas and houses the meditation room, library and master suite. This solution offers views from all rooms and a rooftop terrace accessed from the inner courtyard has a viewing platform and sitting area. An exterior stair divides the lower level and accesses the rear courtyard underneath the upper plan. Materials consist of Japanese plaster, weathered teak siding, glass, and hand carved Yangtze River limestone.
Photos: Derek Skalko
Russian architect Nicholas Lyzlov developed Ruben Dishdishyan House, a contemporary retreat on private land that is surrounded by trees in Benelux, a union of states comprising three neighboring countries in northwestern Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Brick and wood were chosen as exterior finishes on the facade, strongly rooting the project in its environment, a forest reserve where local regulations only allowed building on a surface 4,300 square feet (400 square meters).
Once inside, one is overcome with warmth and elegance and greeted by rooms with tall ceilings, dark wooden flooring and textured stone walls. The colorful ceiling in the living room adds a bit of playfulness, picking up colors from its surroundings and adding to an interior where social interaction is thus encouraged. Are there additional details you find appealing in this sensational home?
From the Architects: There is a lot of land in the village on which you cannot build because there is a forest reserve. Of two acres that Ruben bought, we were only allowed to build on four hundred square meters (4300 square feet).
I know Ruben, I made his city apartment. He is a private man and wanted his house closed from the neighbors, but also completely open to nature, to the beautiful fir forest area and garden. The rear facade of the house is entirely open – there are huge windows, and all of the rooms can see the forest. The house is like a fairy tale.
Relais Masseria Capasa is a sumptuous hotel with stone walls surrounded by beautiful olive trees in Martano, Italy and designed by Paolo Fracasso. The hotel is immersed in the colors and smells of the countryside, with the name ” Capasa ” used because of the location in which it was born, once mainly used to store wine and oil. The historical building dates back to 1746 and the architect restored the property back to its original grandeur. The design embodies a double movement: to accept the daily life and harmonize the perception of environmental space. It communicates with the tradition and the places where the use of an extremely natural stone, with its color and appearance, manages to create figures that evoke softness. It creates comfortable environments to evoke a feeling of “home” and welcomes you with a new light that blends mingling with the stone and creating color and shape so that they live for themselves, thrilling what surrounds them.
Photos: Pecchio Adriano