Ateljee Heikkilä based in Jyväskylä, Finland is a 220 square meter home studio and residence built for two designers. The atelier open up towards the lake of Päijänne while the backside by the road is more closed. The common areas are directed so as to enjoy the view of the lake while the bedrooms are located in the rear part of the house.
The idea on Matias Silva & Arquitectos’ mind was to create a workshop-studio that would features the arts and the entertainment of a Greek philanthropist. This construction is a project that had for target to stimulate senses and which would be a place that allows people feel disconnected and isolated from the urban environment. The land is located in a large hill surrounded by nature, trees and abundant vegetation, and where at the mean time you can find spectacular views of the city.
We decided to make two separate locations that are located at each end of the ground and which are related by different internal routes, which were carefully designed.Location 1: Workshop room, kitchen-dining room, Desk-Bedroom, and Bath-Sauna. The internal organization of the loft was based on a concrete floor plan. From the inside you can see the city through a vegetal portico of double height.
Location 2: Barbecue area, pool, bathroom and cellar. This place generates a transversal section in the natural terrain and organizes the loft in a linear way.
Both locations are related through different paths creating rest and contemplation areas.
The materials chosen are mainly striated concrete blocks and metal structures lined in rusted steel. These materials simultaneously become supports for climbing plants that will eventually convert large concrete walls into plant (green) walls. To enhance the vegetation we took advantage of the slope in order to conduct the waters and water the vegetation.
The structure of the floating housing designed by NRJA architects has the shape of a barn. The focus is on the black facade and its minimalist shape. The foundation of the house ( buried under water) features: the water tank, gray Filtered water, diesel fuel tank, water tank and power generator. The house boat comprises two levels, the ground floor is the where the common area are: bathroom, kitchen, dining room and living-room while in the second floor is dedicated to private space with 2 bedroom and a work space.
The wooden window frames were replaced by stainless steel ones, that are invisible from the exterior and provide a more direct illumination of all the interior space. The irregularly shaped glass lantern runs through the upper floor and illuminates the indoor pool, as well as it separates two different areas of the living upstairs. All the other constructive and decorative elements suffered a complete restore, in order to fix existing pathologies that could affect the durability of the building.
The Harris Pool residence realized by architects Marmol Radziner is a modern and minimalist construction built around the focal point which is the swimming pool. The house is open to the outside thanks to the sliding-glass panels and exterior steel canopies support Neutra’s vision of life in the desert being a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living.
Frame House Build by Polish architects 81.WAW.PL feature a really unique facade covered from steel panels. Rectangle and geometric forms are ubiquitous. Each side of the house has ids own original characteristic and rectangle shapes could recall the Tetris game. The light passing through the windows reflects irregular play of light on the interior walls.
LM Guest House situated in upstate New York, celebrates the beauty of the surrounding landscape – embracing views through an all-glass facade magnify the spacious, open feel of the living areas.
The high-performance glass facade was pre-fabricated off site, shipped in one container, and erected in two days.
An innovative steel frame structure allows the roof to cantilever dramatically over the open living areas and bedroom. The residence engages sustainable design strategies including geothermal heating and cooling, radiant floors, motorized solar shading, photovoltaic panels, and rainwater harvesting.
Patricia Urquiola recently released Kettal Cottage manufactured by Spanish company Kettal, a house-shaped minimalistic and modern retreat. Under the slatted roof, there is a platform with chaise-style seating where you can relax admire the landscape while being closer to nature.
Shellbank House, multi levelled house by Fox Johnston required reconfiguration to better embrace its northerly orientation and aspect.
Overlooking Quakers Hat Bay in Mosman, the brief called for a series of outdoor rooms – linking both inside and out as well as providing a more seamless connection between levels.
We could use a lot of superlatives to describe this extraordinary house architecturec reated by London based architects drmm. The residence is divided in two part, one with traditional farm wooden facade and window, while the other part is totally glassed a and be covered with a sliding facade to become a traditional farm house like the rest of the house.
dRMM Architects says; “The brief was a self-build house to retire to in order to grow food, entertain and enjoy the landscape. The site offered a combination of rolling England and agricultural Holland, restrained by stringent local Planning parameters for rural development.
creative firms Asylum and LOVE once again teamed up to design the world’s largest ultra premium whisky embassy. Launched by Diageo as the largest, most luxurious Johnnie Walker House, the House is located in Beijing and imbued with whisky knowledge and historical elements throughout the sophisticated spatial design. Conceived with the intent to immerse consumers in the world of Johnnie Walker whisky through bespoke experiences, the
latest House provides an experiential and interactive journey for consumers in the world’s most powerful market for luxury goods.
The LocationThe Johnnie Walker House Beijing is located at Ch’ien Men 23 – a historical meeting point of East and West in China. Spanning a total floor area of almost 16,000sq ft, the building provided the perfect industrial platform to bring to life the beauty of the architectural vision – the Whisky Distillery.
Creating a highly contemporary space, rich in authentic whisky story telling for the discerning Chinese consumer, the heart of the architectural vision was the Whisky Distillery. Continuing to create premium whisky conversations, essential ingredients to whisky making and historical archives provide the foundation for the introduction and education of whisky. Further enhancing the Johnnie Walker whisky experience, the physical space includes elements of Scottish history and culture, while remaining attuned to the discerning Beijing consumer. The House blends a bar, museum, retail outlet and an exclusive members club.
‘Void Box,’in Japan by Architect Cafe is a two and a half story house that features an elevated garden as the living and dining room, thus enlarging the space. The facade is fully glazed and passing on a view of the interior.
The new additions to the family since the house’s initial renovation made this project’s challenges the optimal use of available space. The idea behind the project is one of educating the family to the non-conventional and multifunctional use of space.
It is for this reason that it was decided to give the large existing living room space multiple functionality; the owner’s bedroom, the living and dining space and a relaxation area are all found here while the remaining spaces are dedicated to the newborn children. We decided to raise half of the main room to create a larch wood platform, which hosts the relaxation space with a sofa and television, and exploit the height difference to hide a rollaway bed and a storage space.
‘Two Coves,’ a single-family house Residence, a realization from Bercy Chen Architect Studio is situated on a hilltop near Emma Long Metropolitan park in West Austin. The main house is defined by the large circular plinth that contains an infinity-edge reflecting pond . The central courtyard is formed by the pool and pond which, together offers a panoramic view of the town and the hills beyond.
The circular reflecting pond is a central and defining feature of the house and serves multiple purposes. The pond’s waterfall creates a constant white noise, canceling nearby traffic noise. Spiritually, the large body of water brings a sense of calm and psychological coolness while visually connecting the house with the surrounding landscape. The pond also captures the constantly changing ambient light and reflects it onto the interior ceiling, animating the entire house.
‘Deutscher and Forrest Residence reformed by Mos Architects was a vacant lot on the east of an existing building purchased by the client. The building engages with this landscape by presenting the open plan living and kitchen to the east and by proving a balcony off the master bedroom which further benefits from North east aspect.
The open plan living concept is consolidated by the use of a new stair situated at the main entrance which gently ascend into a double height void terminating at an open plan study arrangement. This space become the canvas for ever changing light variations due to the high level corner window stair well skylight.
The strategic position of openings promoting air flow, hight ceiling,radial sawn timber, window shading devices, highly insulated building envelope, evaporative cooling, hydronic heating, solar heat pump generator for hot water and rain water tank to ensure this building is an energy efficient solution which fully engages with it’s natural context and minimizes it’s impact on the environment.
The Hill House which is under conditions at the moment and in the Pacific Palisades district of Los Angeles, California has been designed by Johnston Marklee Architects. Problems have been generated due to the construction on the hillside which makes the implementation of the project more difficult.
Gallery House project by Platform 5 Architects will be a four-bedroom family home set in a large woodland clearing on the outskirts of St Albans.
Influenced by local vernacular agricultural buildings, the house is designed as a loose arrangement of rectangular forms to create a series of layers, courtyards and walkways forming living spaces surrounded by art and nature.
A series of brick columns will support an external galleried walkway around the perimeter of the house, at focal points there are “covered external rooms” that provide shelter whilst maintaining a strong connection with the woodland setting. Above, a timber-clad first floor will be arranged as an informal composition of overlapping roofs and terraces offering long views over the landscape.
The house built by Hilberink Bosch architecten is situated on the highest point of the plot in Algarve, Portugal. It consists of three different volumes each with a kinked roof and a specific function: living area, swimming pool and guest house. The different volumes and roof surfaces are slightly shifted in relation to each other, thus following the scope of het plot.