Spotted on Skeppsholmen, this charming small apartment is cozy and welcoming, featuring a fabulous rooftop terrace with stunning city views in Östermalm, Sweden. Comprised of 602 square feet (56 square meters) with a living room, kitchen, one bedroom and one bathroom. The home was built with the highest standards with designed lighting and several site-built features. The kitchen has white countertops of Carrera marble and a dining area which can accommodate 4-6 diners. The living room offers plenty of natural light and access to the private terrace. The living room is flanked by a very cozy bedroom with separate walk-in closet. Lavish bathroom with underfloor heating, shower and wall mounted toilet. There is plenty of integrated storage solutions, as well as two closets, perfect for a small space!
Today we bring to you another incredible apartment we spotted on Alvhem, situated in Linnéstaden, Gothenburg, Sweden. This dreamlike home has been undergone a meticulous and tasteful refurbishment, comprised of about 731 square feet (68 square meters) of living space with open social spaces. Located at the second to the top of a beautiful turn of the century building, the apartment has three generous-sized rooms, high windows with plenty of sunshine and open floor plan between the kitchen and living room. Glazed doors from the kitchen opens up to a spacious wrought-iron balcony bathed in sunshine all day and facing towards a newly renovated courtyard. As if this were not enough, the apartment also has a fully renovated bathroom as well as a variety of beautiful turn of the century details preserved in the finest condition. A light and airy bedroom that is well separated from the other social spaces offers plenty of room for both double bed, wardrobe, chest of drawers, work space and a reading corner. Along one wall there is an unusual amount of storage in the form of wardrobes with sliding doors. For those who dream of yet more storage, the spacious bedroom also offers a walk-in closet. with a built-in wardrobe will keep you rested and happy and there is enough room for a double bed, a dresser and other small pieces of furniture. With an atmosphere that feels timeless stylish and tranquil, the apartment offers a relaxing lifestyle in the middle of the city.
Casa 4×30 has been designed by CR2 Architecture in collaboration with FGMF Architects in São Paulo, Brazil. The home was encrusted in a row of narrow geminate houses which presented more of a challenge rather than as an architectural project. How to make the entire program of a house fit in a 4 x 30 meters lot, relying on a few illuminated surfaces. From the tiny Japanese and Dutch houses, the architects borrowed ideas to take advantage of the little space in a creative manner. The proposal was to design a conventional space for the stereotype of a middle-class family in São Paulo and turn to integrated spaces and eliminate others considered “mandatory.”
The occupation of the lot was one of the major factors for the development of the project. The search for natural illumination and ventilation conditioned the emphasis on the central garden, cut in the constructed volume in order to create three facades generously bathed in light. United by a footbridge around the garden, two blocks of different sizes organize the functions of the house and require residents to enjoy the green on all displacements. The larger block focuses the living room and kitchen on the ground floor and the bedrooms upstairs; the smaller one contains supporting environments such as service area, office and vertical circulation of the house.
That choice has followed the intention of perverting the limits of the garden with retractable glass doors in order to fully integrate the living room with the external space. At this point, a conceptual crossroad: if the living room is opened onto the garden, the only option for the kitchen was facing the facade.
The tiling panel, of simple design, composes together with the polyurethane resin floor and the aluminum of the box a scenario of great simplicity and whiteness, only broken by the exuberance of the garden, on the one hand, and by the force of the black gable, on the other hand, which protects the interior from being seen from the street, on the opposite side. The obsession for the white color is not purely form, although the search for a simple space was a premise of the start-up: it is, above all, a strategy to reflect light internally, leading it to all points of the house.
The garden also plays a role in the efficiency of the house. In addition to allowing a permeable area superior to the required by law, the grassy area has a Surinam cherry tree and a bright green wall which cool naturally and create a low pressure zone. The air, cooled, crosses the living room toward the kitchen window, renewing the air and assuring appropriate thermal conditions for most of the year. In the winter, the external screen, which protects the facade from the sunset, can be collected so that the sunlight helps to warm the environment.
The volume accommodates two suites, accessible by the expanded mesh footbridge that stops to create generous headroom over the entrance passage. In this linear ‘atrium’ and through the expanded mesh footbridge, there is the notion of continuity of the art panel signed by the artist Fabio Flaks. With an intentional prolongation, this panel is presented to the street and defines the entrance of the house, while a discrete glass slab allows the external observer to catch a glimpse of the continuity of the piece of art, which is offered as part of the urban landscape.
On the box of the bedrooms, a large deck occupies the top floor and creates a new area of enjoyment, framed by a strip of green roof. The solarium provides access for maintenance of air-conditioning and water heating equipment, but is primarily a recreational space that complements the garden on the ground floor. For the couple who lived in an apartment, every square inch outdoors corresponds to a great achievement.
The materials used are as recyclable as the house itself, which can easily be adapted over time or simply disassembled when needed.
Photographs: Fran Parente
This wonderful attic apartment, spotted on Alvhem, features a spacious roof terrace situated on a prime location, the prestigious Rose Street, in Linnéstaden, a central urban district of Gothenburg, Sweden. The apartment is in a beautiful 20th century building, offering open plan kitchen and living room with wood burning stove. With about 968 square feet (90 square meters) of total living area, this beautiful loft-style apartment welcomes you into the home with a skylight that lets in plenty of natural light. White walls leave the high ceiling apartment feeling bright and airy, light white oiled oak parquet flooring covers all the spaces except for the modern tiled bathroom. The airy living room with a sloped ceiling is the heart of the home, binding together all the apartment’s rooms. The kitchen has a large sliding glass door that leads out to the rooftop terrace, which makes the boundary between indoors and outdoors easily blurred. There are two bedrooms and an open attic loft space above the bathroom which is accessed via steps from the living room. Perfect for a reading area or guest bed.
This meticulously decorated apartment, spotted on Alvhem, is situated in Linnéstaden, Sweden. The fully renovated 914 square foot (85 square meters) home features carefully selected materials and color schemes with a wonderful open floor plan with the perfect balance between social spaces and secluded private rooms. The renovation extends from the details such as dimmer switches to delicious wallpaper and clever storage solutions. The main living spaces feature wide plank flooring, bright white paint and large windows providing plenty of natural light, blurring the lines between indoors and out. A spacious and cozy balcony with wonderful afternoon sunshine can be accessed from both the living room and one of the bedrooms. The tastefully designed kitchen is a chef’s dream, with plenty of workspace, storage and lighting. With lavish home appliances, cabinets with classic white doors with walnut edging and compact black laminate countertops. There are also two bedrooms, a stylish bathroom, a home office that is between the two bedrooms but can also be used as a bedroom and a laundry room with a wine chiller.
This stunning home of expatriates Xavier and Carine Huyberechts is situated in Johannesburg, South Africa. Xavier is an architect with GLH & Associates Architects, who designed the family’s dream home, which was originally in a derelict state when they got it. There was a magic of the place, and they immediately fell in love. The home was built from scratch, full of grandeur in stateliness, intimacy in small spaces and charm in minimalism. The home possesses a quiet majesty in its open-plan, double-volume living room that seems to blend into the rolling garden, blurring the boundaries between indoors and outdoors. There is a soothing uniformity of the all-white color scheme, anchored by warm woods and brightened by the art-filled walls. The architect demonstrates a minimalist aesthetic throughout with rich and seamless tapestry of cultures that define , without pigeonholing, the house’s residents.
On the ground floor, the rooms flow into each other effortlessly, and striking art from the likes of William Kentridge, Kendell Geers and Marco Cianfanelli, as well as Xavier’s own impressive efforts, punctuate the walls and give the house a shot of color. The same sense of restraint in design, coupled with exuberance in art, continues upstairs, where the bedrooms are, with the master suite connected to the children’s and guest rooms by a raw steel and wire walkway that cleverly echoes a suspension bridge.
Despite the crisp minimalism that prevails, this is a house with a nostalgic and sentimental heart. For instance, above the bathtub in the master bathroom are two plaster casts of Carine’s torso while pregnant with their son, Kwame, and daughter, Almaz, reminiscent of primitive African fertility sculptures.
Photos: Elsa Young
This incredible attic apartment with sloping ceiling, exposed beams, fireplace and dormer windows reflects this beautiful turn of the century property located in the Södermalm district of Stockholm, Sweden. The home offers natural light in two directions and a view of the courtyard and roof tops. The white painted walls and slanted ceiling with rafters embraces the apartment. The 1,011 square foot (94 square meters) flat is bright during the day and offers a cozy evening with a centered stove in the living room. The home boasts spacious living areas and a dining area for at least ten people. The kitchen has a semi-open solution towards the living room. There are two bedrooms and a completely renovation bathroom with under-floor heating.
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This completely renovated turn of the century apartment spotted on Alvhem, is situated in Linnéstaden, Sweden. Upon entrance to this stylish home, you are welcomed by bright modern interiors and light oak floors. The light streams in from both sides making this small space of only 409 square feet (38 square meters) feel warm and inviting. The newly updated kitchen features a pair of glazed doors that opens up to a sunny balcony that effectively blurs the boundaries between inside and out. A cozy dining area in the kitchen is set against an exposed brick wall which provides a very comfortable ambiance and offsets nicely with its surroundings.
The living room is spacious and airy with high ceilings and windows that lookout into an inner courtyard with lots of greenery that makes you feel like you are not living in a big city. A closet space in this studio apartment was converted into a cozy sleeping alcove. An obstructed old mirror door becomes a nice framing and a charming detail behind the bed. In the alcove, the walls are painted white and the floor is decorated with oak parquet flooring. A newly renovated bathroom offers clever design solutions for a small space, including a luxurious shower with foldable wall frames. There is a towel heater, wall-mounted toilet with a solid black granite shelf above. A painted wood vanity with a porcelain vessel sink and tiled white walls, graphite grey floor tiles and underfloor heating completes this wonderful space.
Casa del Acantilado is a bright white house nestled on a cliff in Calpe, Alicante, Spain by architecture studio Fran Silvestre Arquitectos and features an 18 meters long balcony that stretches out towards the Balearic Sea. The home is comprised of 2,604 square feet (242 square meters) with the living rooms and bedrooms contained within the protruding upper level, offering panoramic views through a completely glazed facade. The entire structure is composed of concrete, but the walls are coated in stucco to create the clean white aesthetic.
From the architects, “We like the virtue of architecture which makes possible constructing a house on air, walking on water…An abrupt plot of land overlooking the sea, where what is best is to do nothing. It invites to stay. A piece that respects the land’s natural contour is set in it. Above, a shadow, the house itself, looking calmly at the Mediterranean. Under the sun, the swimming-pool brings us closer to the sea, it becomes a quiet cove. In the inflection point, the stairway proposes an evocative path, a garden in the basement…
Due to the steepness of the plot and the desire to contain the house in just one level, a three-dimensional structure of reinforced concrete slabs and screens adapting to the plot’s topography was chosen, thus minimizing the earthwork. This monolithic, stone-anchored structure generates a horizontal platform from the accessing level, where the house itself is located. The swimming-pool is placed on a lower level, on an already flat area of the site. The concrete structure is insulated from the outside and then covered by a flexible and smooth white lime stucco. The rest of materials, walls, pavements, and the gravel on the roof… all maintain the same color, respecting the traditional architecture of the area, emphasizing it and simultaneously underlining the unity of the house.”
Photos: Diego Opazo
Villa Ercolano is nestled high above the ocean in the town of Ercolano, in the province of Naples in Southern Italy, designed by Fabrizia Frezza Architecture & Interiors. The villa dates back to the 1970s and had an excellent structural base on which to build. The internal distribution, especially at the ground level, did not need substantial changes, however it had to be updated and relieved. A dark and disharmonious atmosphere existed due to the use of tiles, stonework, dark wood frames, custom-made dark wooden furniture, fabrics and decorations of every kind. Moreover, the interior of the villa did not reflect the exterior, which denoted a typical Mediterranean style with its form and the white stucco of the walls. The main objective of my project was to recreate the harmony between the interior and the exterior. I brightened the ambiance with the use of waxed, white terracotta at the ground floor. At the first floor I chose bleached oak wood, more suitable for the sleeping area, which combined the candour of white with the warmth of wood. The window frames themselves have been bleached and modified to let as much sunlight as possible filter through.
The lighting coming from outside, reflected by the sea, the white of the stucco and of the floors, the pastel-colored linens in the bedrooms, and the deep purple velvet sofas in the living room, are the background for the family’s antique furniture and for the pieces exclusively designed. Selected family furniture, as the armoires and a large dresser, were rediscovered, whitened and finely decorated with gold patina giving the rooms a harmonious retro feeling. The elegance and simplicity of the house can also be found in the bathrooms, where the white predominates in the stone sinks combined with modern polished steel accessories. The choice of the white has given brightness to the terrace, where the sole colored elements are the blue of the swimming pool, the sky and the sea and the dark wood of some furnishings. The white, built-in chaise lounge at the edges of the swimming pool stands out against the surreal landscape of the city of Herculaneum in the background dominated by the imposing Mount Vesuvius.
Photos: Courtesy of Fabrizia Frezza Architecture & Interiors