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Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-19 20:08
Net-zero prefab panels and Icelandic-inspired design come together in Dawnsknoll, a sustainable home in Santa Monica.
Icelandic husband-and-wife duo Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdóttir and Tryggvi Thorsteinsson of the award-winning studio Minarc have built another home with mnmMOD—a prefabricated, panelized building system they developed using a blend of recycled steel and EPS insulation. The resulting 2,500-square-foot home, called Dawnskoll, keeps sustainability at the forefront while playing with color and smart usage of space.
Manufactured in Los Angeles, mnmMOD panels are an efficient, durable, and fully customizable building material that yields "net-zero" efficiency, and creates a healthy, mold- and termite-free environment, while also reducing the amount of manpower needed during construction.
"mnmMOD panels incorporate high-quality, off-the-shelf, sustainable materials that have been researched, tested, and selected to meet stringent quality specifications," says Thorsteinsson. "Materials are prefabricated into precisely cut panels at the factory, then flat-packed and delivered to the site where they are assembled."
The mnmMOD building system was used for the walls, floor panels, and ceiling panels of the house. The interior floors on the first floor are concrete, while flooring for the upper floor is bamboo. Kirei Echopanels were installed in the living room to reduce noise.
Minarc made a conscious effort to use only materials in their most organic form, so they avoided carpets and tiles, and used recycled materials as much as possible.
Inspired by the dramatic landscape of Iceland, the design and clever use of color create contrasting interiors that stimulate the senses.
The orange kitchen island mimics volcanic lava flowing as it cuts across the main space to create a multi-functional communal area in the heart of the home.
A heated patio and fireplace in the outdoor dining area encourages an indoor/outdoor lifestyle, while the river rocks in the exterior courtyard give the outdoor spaces a soothing, Zen-like ambiance.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-19 18:22
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, we delve into its background and profound, lasting legacy on the art and design world.
The year 2019 marks the centenary of Bauhaus, a milestone marked in Germany with a widespread program of events and exhibitions all over the world under the theme "Rethinking the World"—fitting for a movement that sought to "create a new society via art," according to director Walter Gropius.
Get ready for a year of celebrations, and brush up on your
Bauhaus history below.
Cover photo: Bauhaus band. Photo: unknown, 1930. Bauhaus Archive Berlin.
While Bauhaus may evoke a style to many of us today, it was initially an art school that operated in post-World War I Germany from 1919 to 1933. The school, founded by pioneering architect Walter Gropius, had the then-radical idea to combine craft and the fine arts, developing a curriculum in which all arts, including architecture, would be brought together to form a "total" work of art—in German, Gesamtkunstwerk.
In many ways, the Bauhaus was in reaction to the increased separation between manufacturing and individuality, production and the hand that created it. Bauhaus sought to unite craft and creation again, through both practical skills and theoretical knowledge, and immersed its students in the Bauhaus ideology. Bauhaus—the name itself meaning "building house" or "School of Building"—was originally located in the German city of Weimar from 1919, and then moved to Dessau in 1925, and finally to Berlin in 1932.
Students in the school came from diverse ethnic and social backgrounds (this would later, in part, lead to its closing and dissemination), and began their studies with classes on materials, color theory, and formal and graphic relationships before delving into more specialized studies in metalworking, cabinet and furniture making, weaving, pottery, typography, wall painting, and after 1927, architecture.
As the political situation in Germany became increasingly unstable in the 1930s, the school began to suffer from both financial and ideological difficulties. In 1932, after the school moved to Berlin, local elections brought the Nazis to power, and the school was shuttered in 1933. After its closure, many of the left-leaning key figures of the school, both students and teachers, emigrated to the United States and other countries, bringing their aesthetics and ideas with them.
The list of major players in the Bauhaus reads almost like a who’s who of early modern art and architecture. Walter Gropius founded the school in 1919 and designed the school’s new building at Dessau in 1925; he remained at its helm until stepping down in 1928. Gropius was succeeded by Swiss architect Hannes Meyer, who had initially been appointed to the school’s first architecture workshop in 1927; however, Meyer was ousted by the local government in 1930 for being too left wing, and was subsequently replaced by German architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Faculty at the school were equally famous in their fields: artists and designers Johannes Itten, Lyonel Feininger, and Gerhard Marcks were early appointments to the school. Artists Paul Klee, Vasily Kandinsky, and Josef Albers often taught the preliminary course including color theory; László Moholy-Nagy, Georg Muche, and Oskar Schlemmer also taught courses. By the 1920s, Marcel Breuer directed the cabinetmaking workshop; Gunta Stölzl, the textile workshop; and graphic designer Herbert Bayer, the typography workshop. Under Mies, Lilly Reich directed the interior design workshop.
Key students of the Bauhaus included textile artist Anni Albers; designers Marianne Brandt (who would later run the metalworking studio), Wilhelm Wagenfeld, and Christian Dell; photographer Gertrud Arndt; architect and designer Hilde Reiss; and several other artists, designers, and architects.
Some of the most significant works of the Bauhaus include not only the Dessau school building itself—which employed Bauhaus theories—but also the very items that were conceived of and then executed within its walls. Gropius’ complex for the Dessau location is today known as a key example of modern, functionalist design with steel framing, concrete bricks, and a glass curtain wall.
Equally important were the chair designs by Marcel Breuer, including the Club Chair (designed in 1925), also known as Model B3 or The Wassily Chair, and the Cesca (1928), his cantilevered steel chair. Other important designs include the typeface Universal Bayer (1925) by Herbert Bayer; a teapot, Model No. MT 49 (1927), by Marianne Brandt; the Bauhaus Door Knob by Walter Gropius; the iconic Bauhaus Lamp by William Wagenfeld; and many of painter Josef Albers’ early studies on form and color.
It’s hard to overstate the impact of the Bauhaus on the world of design, and its legacy is as deep as it is complex—in part because after the closing of the school, its students and faculty dispersed around the globe, disseminating their designs, techniques, and ideas all over.
For example, many key figures moved to the United States, where they taught at worked across the country. Breuer and Gropius taught at Harvard and produced students such as Philip Johnson, I.M. Pei, Lawrence Halprin, and Paul Rudolph. Mies designed the campus and taught at the Illinois Institute of Technology; Josef and Anni Albers taught at Black Mountain College and Josef later at Yale; Moholy-Nagy established the New Bauhaus in Chicago. Each educational institution in turn taught more students, ultimately having a critical impact on design education.
Furthermore, former students Arieh Sharon, Shmuel Mestechkin, Munio Gitai-Weinraub, and Shlomo Bernstein lived in Israel and helped disseminate Bauhaus ideals and designs throughout the country, resulting in the construction of thousands of "Bauhaus Style" buildings in Tel Aviv that are today referred to as the White City. In Australia, the Shillito Design School, established in the 1960s, was firmly grounded in the ideological and theoretical precepts put forward by the Bauhaus in the 1920s and 1930s.
Together, these institutions and individuals helped change the face of modern art, architecture, graphic design, interior design, typography, and industrial design for decades to come.
Follow along with 100 Years of Bauhaus.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-19 17:46
Period elements combine with contemporary finishings in this old-meets-new renovation.
When Kiev–based architect Slava Balbek and interior designers Evgeniya Dubrovskaya and Artem Beregnoy first visited this two-story apartment in a heritage building in Kiev, Ukraine, they discovered beautiful original brickwork hidden under layers of plaster, an atmospheric attic with sloped walls, and old timber ceiling joists. Per the request of their client—a sophisticated, young bachelor—to preserve yet thoughtfully modernize, the historically significant structure, the team worked to retain, restore, and repurpose as many of the apartment’s original features as possible.
"Finding the right balance between the old and the modern, while preserving the integrity of the entire space was our first challenge," notes Balbek.
The team avoided loud colors, and instead unified the contemporary and historical details with a monochromatic palette throughout the home. They restored the old brickwork and metal beams, and also cleaned and lacquered the timber joists.
In the areas that were significantly damaged, they carefully selected replacement bricks for the walls, as well as scuncheons that were made around the same time as the building.
"To even out the scuncheon and window lintel, we expanded the keystone and filled out the scuncheon with newly found bricks," says Balbek.
The warm brick walls on the ground level now create a natural, almost rustic canvas, where the original historical features—such as the existing stucco and corner chimney—blend together harmoniously with the modern furniture and white wall-panels.
On the lower floor, white wall-panels unify and brighten the open-plan living areas, yet on the attic level, the panels are used to straighten the sloping walls.
On the attic floor, built-in window blinds are hidden within the paneled walls to keep the space neat and streamlined.
The open-plan lower level includes the kitchen and dining area, a large living lounge with a film projector, a walk-in closet, a pantry, and a bathroom, which is contained within a thick, soundproof walled box.
The upper floor is divided into three zones: a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, a study, and large walk-in closet; a guest bedroom with an ensuite; and a laundry room.
"We wanted to come up with innovative, architectural solutions that would sustain the passage of time. The apartment is comfortable and inviting, modern and sophisticated, fresh and genuine; it is a place where ‘less is definitely more’," says Balbek.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-19 17:07
Recognized as a National Historic Landmark, this second unit in an architecturally significant triplex features 858 square feet of midcentury charm.
Having worked under Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler, modernist architect Harwell Hamilton Harris pioneered California Modern style across the nation, including in Austin, Texas.
There, nestled in a leafy neighborhood eight blocks from the University of Texas at Austin, sits the Cranfill-Beacham Apartments, a triplex of loft apartments considered one of Harris’ best works, which has also been recognized as a Historic Landmark at the local, state, and national level.
English professor and art collector Thomas Cranfill commissioned the project in 1958 as an investment and to house his partner, respected photographer Hans Beacham, who had lived in the third unit until his death in 2004. Cranfill had lived next door in a landmark-status home, also designed by Harris during the architect’s term as The University of Texas at Austin’s first Dean of Architecture.
Harris designed Cranfill’s house and the apartments using California Modernist principles adapted to Austin’s climate and environment.
Board-and-batten redwood siding—Harris originally wanted to use Texas cypress, but defaulted to California redwood due to sourcing delays—clad the upper portion of the triplex, while the ground floor was constructed from concrete masonry blocks.
The one-bedroom, one-bath apartments champion modular grid concepts, modest living, and strong connections with nature.
Modest in size, the Cranfill-Beacham Apartments make up for small square footage with big views. Inside, a stunning scene reveals itself in the rear facade where double-story glazing and louvered glass doors create a seamless connection for indoor/outdoor living.
After Beacham’s death in 1995, much effort was made to save the homes from demolition. Architects Ernesto Cragnolino and Krista Whitson spearheaded the effort to sensitively update the building to modern standards while securing landmark status.
Thoughtfully modernized without compromising Harris’ vision, the three units in the Cranfill-Beacham Apartments have been mostly occupied by architects and midcentury-modern design aficionados.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-19 16:16
These modern desert homes match their locations with equally impressive design. Take a peek at our editor's favorite homes this week from the Dwell community that crank up the heat.
Architect: Kendle Design Collaborative, Location: Scottsdale, Arizona
From the architect: "Materials are chosen not just for their inherent beauty and low maintenance, but for their indigenous qualities as well. Copper, mined in the Arizona desert, clad bold roof forms, which appear to float above indoor and outdoor living spaces. Rammed-earth walls made of soil excavated from the site rise up from the desert floor, echoing the forms of the surrounding mountain range. The result is a home that is truly in harmony with its site and is expressive of its unique place in the world."
Landscape design firm: BOXHILL, Location: Tucson, Arizona
From the principal designer: "We gave the landscape surrounding this midcentury-modern home a complete face-lift, replacing what was once all gravel and concrete with a dynamic landscape, studded with desert plants and with many areas to kick back and relax. The design brings the outdoors in with living-room windows that look out onto specimen cactus, inviting seating areas, and views to the Sonoran desert. In the backyard, we remodeled the existing pool, adding a shallow, wadding area for lounging while partially submerged in the water, and adding multiple areas for seating, such as hanging day-beds from the covered porch and an area for outdoor dining."
House design: Sustainable Builders, Location: El Prado, New Mexico
From the project uploader: "The Taos Modern House features The Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument as your own personal backyard and the Sangre De Cristo Mountain as your playground."
Location: Twentynine Palms, California
From the project uploader: "Set within a vast spread of almost 80 acres, the property is adjacent to Joshua Tree National Park, with spectacular uninterrupted views of the desert and mountains. Currently owned by an artist, the light-filled living spaces are dotted with his own creations, including a triptych on plywood, a unique wood-based tripod lamp, and a sunset-hued tree light amidst classic designs by Eames."
Builders: Goodpaster Development and Baltic Sands Inc., Location: Joshua Tree, California
From the photographer: "Inspired by the homestead cabins synonymous with Joshua Tree, this modern, completely off-grid cabin is a unique offering for the area. Set on 5 acres of pristine desert, this cabin stands walking distance from the Joshua Tree National Park boundary, the unmistakable boulders, and boasts 360-degree desert views. High ceilings and windows work together to showcase the natural beauty of the Mojave and allow the desert to be an extension of every room, including the bathrooms, making style and breathtaking wilderness seamlessly interconnected."
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-19 15:52
Who wouldn’t prefer to start a city discovery tour fully relaxed? Lifestyle hotel Ku' Damm 101 is a unique experience itself. This ranges from the lobby specially designed as a play zone for our guests, to our customised rooms and hallways, and our naturally lit breakfast area on the top floor. The combination of organic shapes, natural materials, colour schemes from Le Corbusier, and our soothing lighting contribute to the overall experience. Text Courtesy of Ku' Damm 101
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-18 20:27
James B. Christie House—the first of only four Wright-designed residences in the Garden State—slashes its price to entice buyers.
Designed in 1940, this handsome Frank Lloyd Wright house bears the iconic hallmarks of Usonian design with its low-slung form, strong connection with the outdoors, and reliance on native materials including brick, cypress, and redwood throughout.
Known as the James B. Christie House and Shop, the residence had been in possession of its eponymous owner for only half a decade before it was sold to Sultan Amerie, a government official from Iran who lived there with his family for 40 years.
The single-story, Usonian house was based off a two-by-four-foot grid that informed the 2,000-square-foot, L-shaped plan.
In 2003, New Jersey–based practice and Frank Lloyd Wright preservation specialists Tarantino Architect was hired to add a master bedroom suite extension—a design originally conceived by Wright that was never realized by the original owners.
The 2,700-square-foot home also includes a two-car garage and a 700-square-foot artist studio with fireplace (not pictured).
Upgraded with a new roof, systems, windows and baths, the three-bedroom, 3.1-bath property has recently lowered its asking price from $2,200,000 to $1,450,000.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-18 20:04
A gray, brick extension and garden studio helps Oatlands in Surrey open up to a previously disconnected landscape.
Winner of two 2018 RIBA awards, Oatlands by Soup Architects is a 1920s suburban home in Surrey, a county bordering London in Southeast England. Gracefully updated with a new, modern rear extension that expands the interior living spaces, the residence spills out to a landscaped garden.
The original property—a two-story, semi-detached house in a private estate in Weybridge—had undergone several minor renovations over the years, and includes 115 feet of hidden garden that curves around a corner to form a private oasis surrounded by mature pines and oaks. It was set on a long, north-south axis, but poorly connected to the rear garden. The architects realized they could use the green space to their advantage when renovating the existing three-bedroom house.
The new garden studio is positioned at the point where the garden pivots off to a previously disconnected end of the outdoor space.
Soup Architects enlarged the first floor of the house to include a new master bedroom, as well as a dressing and bathroom area. The usable floor area increased to 2,842 square feet.
From the existing ground floor building, one can glimpse into the new, sunlit extension that’s composed of contrasting light gray, exposed brickwork, white-washed walls, and full-height glazing.
"The use of sliding screens and secret panel doors allows for a free-flowing circulation route between all areas of the ground floor," says Patrick Walls, a director at Soup, "including the refurbished garage and boot-room, and a large wedge-shaped rooflight allows for subtle natural light variations throughout the day in the new extension."
"As you proceed through the circulation corridor towards the new extension, the space opens out to reveal a wonderfully light, open-plan space with unobstructed views out into the angled garden," he continues.
"Its geometry is strongly connected to the new extension and creates a harmonious connection between the two structures," says Walls.
The facade of the new extension is comprised of exposed light gray brickwork with a natural lime mortar, and a light, aluminum-framed glazing system.
Adjacent to the kitchen and dining zone is a study, and a spacious living area with a custom-designed reading nook that stretches out into the garden.
The house is located on a site flanked by two other 1920s brick buildings with elongated, north-facing gardens that are about 131 feet deep.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-18 19:15
Situated to be in harmony with its lush landscape, this home built for a master gardener takes every opportunity to draw in views of the surrounding gardens and rolling hills, while also creating a warm and comfortable space suitable for a multi-generational family. The form of the reclaimed barnwood-clad house is reminiscent of a farm structure or even a greenhouse with its gridded glazing and pitched roof, and high windows at each end of the main volume flood the home with light. Gardens designed in collaboration with notable plantsman Dan Hinkley are visible from every room, and window walls in the living area allow the gardens to become a part of the home. A green roof continues the home’s emphasis on integrating into its natural surroundings. The entry sequence brings visitors underneath leafy trellises to a front door that opens to a long vista through the living room, opening to views of the verdant hillside beyond. A long gallery corridor separates the private bedroom spaces from the more “public” living spaces, and showcases the owners’ artworks. Their art extends into the main living areas with custom casework designed to display a rich collection of Asian porcelain, as well as a hand-painted mural by Leo Adams in the dining room. Interior materials incorporate the earthy, textural feeling of the outdoor gardens, including cedar walls and reclaimed Baba fir floors that complement the owners’ mix of antique and contemporary furnishings, including a coffee table designed by Jim Olson. Exposed timber ceilings in the main volume lend a sense of rustic refinement that is complimented by the stone fireplace separating the den and living room. Easily accessible outdoor living spaces and ponds offer plentiful spaces for family gatherings woven into the lush surroundings. Project Team: Jim Olson, FAIA, Design Principal; Steve Grim, Project Manager; Martha Rogers, Project Architect; Bryan Berkas, Staff Architect; Christine Burkland, Interior Designer General Contractor: Otis Construction Civil Engineer: ZTEC Engineers, Inc. Consultant: Dynamic Architectural Windows and Doors Consultant: Spearhead Landscape Architect: Daniel J. Hinkley Lighting Designer: Brian Hood Lighting Design, Inc. Structural Engineer: Madden & Baughman Engineering, Inc.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-18 01:08
Contrary to what some people may think, you don't have to go buy flimsy, Halloween-specific decorations in order to get your space ready for the scary movie night or costume party you've been wanting to host. Rather, you can use high-quality, modern products that you'll want to keep in your home way past October 31. It's all about the way they're placed and combined. Take a look at these 28 products we recommend for crafting a dark and spooky—yet sophisticated—space for the season. You'll also find some great entertaining tools that will make your guests want to go home and decorate their own space in all black.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-17 20:17
In the ’60s, using only materials found on their 400-acre plot of forest in Mendocino County, Charles Bello and his wife built a sustainable ranch—including an undulating glass house.
In the late 1960s, architect Charles Bello and his wife Vanna Rae purchased 400 acres of redwood forest in Northern California and slowly but surely began building 18 structures on the plot (and raising a family to boot).
Among the buildings they constructed are the Parabolic Glass House and a small sculpture pavilion, two structures that evolved organically from their site.
As Bello describes in a recent video by ThirtyThousand, the concept of the Parabolic Glass House was straightforward, and only took about 20 seconds to crystalize: the openings of the house begin where a nearby line of trees hit the sky, and then arch up in a parabolic shape to frame the view in front of them. The shape of the home arose from the site itself.
The home, built nearly 20 years ago, was designed so that it was nestled in with its surrounding cluster of trees, barely visible from views above. At the same time, the home’s wide expanses of open glass allowed for Bello and his family to feel deeply connected to the earth and outlying landscape. The buildings, which Bello calls "living sculpture," are the result of a lifelong commitment to design, craft, and forest conservation.
Bello had been an intern for Richard Neutra in the 1950s and also worked for architect Henry Hill and landscape architect Robert Royston. He developed a keen interest in both the materiality of wood and the concrete, undulating forms of Italian architect and engineer Pier Luigi Nervi. With these two interests in mind, Bello set about exploring these concepts on his land, establishing the Redwood Forest Institute in the process.
Impressively, Bello designed and built using only materials found on the site, and constructed the buildings himself and with the help of his wife. Today, his vision is to found a small, self-sustaining community that grows its own food, runs on solar power, and generates income through products made from readily available materials.
Read more about how to get involved at The Redwood Forest Institute.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-17 20:02
Skyline Residence is a contemporary three-story, three-bedroom hilltop home located on a complex site on the Santa Barbara Mesa. The site constraints required a unique formal solution deploying a concrete and steel structural frame to maximize the responsiveness of the structure and organizing the living spaces from the top down, connecting them by a continuous circulatory core to make the home feel open and spacious. Each room of the residence has a connection to the exterior environment allowing the natural light and natural ventilation to flow through the house by taking advantage of the cool ocean breezes. Apertures between the floors create a natural exhaust pattern directing heat upwards through the central vertical circulation core and out of the structure. The exterior wood slat screen, awnings, and guardrails provide shading for the top floor to minimize heat-gain, while overhangs and exterior motorized blinds shade the glazing of the exterior envelope on the first floor. The materials of the house were chosen to be maintenance-free and utilize time to increase their beauty. The exterior Ipe wood weather over time into a silver-gray finish, while the Corten steel ages naturally and develops a rich texture and patina. No gypsum wallboard or paint is used throughout the residence, and all millwork is made from high-quality plywood. The Skyline Residence is ultra-responsive to the site constraints and shaped by an informed understanding of the view angles, honest material palette, and consistent with the values of modern, functional, efficient, and comfortable.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-17 20:02
“Living in tree tops” sums up the potential for this steep terrain on the slopes of Mont-Saint-Bruno. The architectural answer to coexist with the strong topography of the site is simply asserted by: • A 4-level tower • A bridge connecting the top of the tower to the road • A large cantilevered terrace to inhabit the landscape The result is a projection in the landscape from the living rooms and the relaxation areas. The interface with the street is limited to access and some breakthroughs so as to voluntarily orient the experience towards the wooded panorama. Inside, a central staircase revolves around white vertical blades, a slender trunk allowing light to pass between the floors. The ascent to the mezzanine, like a leaf at the end of a twig, culminates in an enfolding work space clad in wood; an observatory nest at the top of the trees.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-17 19:12
Thanks to an airy addition, a minimalist cottage becomes an indoor-outdoor paradise for a couple to raise their young kids, dogs, and chickens.
Designed by local firm Hogg & Lamb, a Queensland cottage known as B&B Residence has been thoughtfully extended with a crisp, new facade to better connect to its subtropical setting. Although the existing home sits at the street-edge of a steeply sloping site in full views of its neighbors, Hogg & Lamb have created the addition to not only feature a central courtyard, but also be built upon a raised ground plane—ensuring more privacy and meaningful connection to the communal spaces.
Blade walls and double-height external volumes were incorporated to the new 4,000-square-foot residence to provide shade from the western sun.
Carefully positioned thresholds reduce solar penetration and heat gain, while the courtyard increases cross ventilation.
The children and adult ‘zones’ overlap, yet are still well defined.
The residence has large, open spaces for communal activities, as well as pockets of more private nooks for quiet time.
"The restrained palette of materials highlights the essential qualities of nature—the blue of sky, the green of lawn, and the turquoise of water—in a heightened and serene atmosphere of calm," says the studio’s director Michael Hogg.
Typical features of Queenslander cottages such as skirtings, architraves and cornices were removed, so nature could become the visual focus, heightening the peaceful atmosphere of the home.
"The material palette, whilst restrained in its tonal range, is elaborate in the way that finishes are nuanced to reflect light, temper glare, and evoke tactility. B&B Residence explores the duality of a rigorous yet relaxed interior that fluidly and joyfully interacts with its subtropical climate and landscaped setting," explains Hogg.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-17 18:55
Australian firm Whispering Smith uses commercial materials in a limited footprint for a wabi-sabi effect.
"The brief was to take a 175-square-meter block under Perth’s single bedroom dwelling code and make an affordable and sustainable home," describe the architects at Whispering Smith, a feminist architecture firm based in South Fremantle, a suburb of Perth.
The resulting 753-square-foot home, called House A, combines concrete and reclaimed brick with strategic tile and wood accents to fashion a carbon-neutral home that maximizes its small lot.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-17 18:08
A Brooklyn–based family enlists an architect to radically modernize their 1970s vacation home in Martha's Vineyard.
There was never a question about the goal of this home renovation—in fact, it was a rare opportunity to capitalize on an obvious perk.
"The home is located on a cove on Martha's Vineyard, surrounded by farmland. There are expansive views in all directions," architect Maryann Thompson says. "A nearby silo and an adjacent cove are both focal points of those views."
Yet the young couple who bought this property couldn't see much of it from the existing saltbox architecture, which was originally built in the 1970s. They imagined a much brighter vacation home for their family to escape to from Brooklyn, New York; a place where the sights were as easy to come by as the breeze.
They also asked that there be enough room for more guests, in case anyone else they knew wanted to see the stunning surroundings for themselves. With these needs in mind, Thompson got to work on a clear mission to bring the outdoors in.
"We used the existing footprint and basic saltbox shape, but we radically modernized the house inside by opening the interiors up to light and the landscape," she says.
She cleared the home of its decades-old mildew and created a "reverse" layout that placed the living area upstairs and the bedrooms below. In that common space, a large triangular window was installed to provide a place to see the cove beyond, and Thompson made room for full-length seating directly below its glass.
A few steps away, Thompson went one step further with the view-heavy design. "A second-level outdoor shower is located in a small niche at the top of the stairs, which creates an interesting ambiguity between indoor and outdoor space."
The downstairs renovation solved the potential need for more room. Two bedrooms can sleep four, but the third, well, it can sleep 12.
"The bunk-bed room can handle all the kids," Thompson says. "There are also two small nooks off the hallway for spontaneous get-togethers, or for alone time."
And to make sure that the downstairs and upstairs felt united, Thompson used one natural product throughout the home that's another nod to its setting: red oak.
"Wood was chosen as a main feature of the property for three reasons," she says. "It sequesters carbon, so its use indoors is good for the environment. It also feels cool to the touch in the summer, and warm in the winter. The third reason is that a wooden interior references the old fishing cabins on the Vineyard that were built without insulation."
Given the home's many skylights and large windows, as well as its multiple sliding doors, it's safe to say that Thompson achieved the overall goal.
"The site has such beautiful views," she says. "We just had to find ways to open the house up to them."
Builder: Tate Builders, Inc.
Structural Engineer: Sourati Engineering Group
Civil Engineer: Schofield, Barbini, and Hoehn Inc.
Landscape Design: Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates
Interior Design: Shelter
Cabinetry Design: Herrick and White
Photography: Chuck Choi
Permalink - Posted on 2018-10-17 17:10
Crafted into the epitome of hygge living, this renovated A-frame combines midcentury-modern charms with earthy, Scandinavian-inspired design.
Seven years ago, the sight of a dilapidated A-frame stopped Christine Boyer and Anthonie Scholtz dead in their tracks. The couple had been in route to see nearby properties on Vancouver Island, but they instead fell in love with this charming, midcentury-modern dwelling—never mind that it was falling apart.
With their young children in tow, the couple sold their Toronto home to move into the seaside cabin—at that time a cramped one-bedroom—and embarked on a years-long renovation that saw a full interior overhaul.
Working alongside Kai Lawrence of Standingbear Construction, Christine and Anthonie replaced the cabin’s 1970s turquoise walls and shag carpeting with a minimalist and modern aesthetic, full of Scandinavian influences that draw from the couple’s Danish roots. In honor of their heritage, they christened their 1,401-square-foot house "Kyst Hus," which translates in Danish to ‘coastal home.’
After years of crafting Kyst Hus into a warm and welcoming home—and a celebrated design icon for the community—the family of five has sadly outgrown the two-bedroom cabin and has listed their A-frame for $649,000.
"Our initial plans for this house were to hide the strong lines of the A with a giant porch and tons of timber," says Christine. "But then we stopped and listened to this little building. It was through that listening-and-learning process that we decided to preserve this cabin and to make decisions while living here that maintained the integrity of the midcentury architecture and minimalist design of the A-frame."
"The only way five people (and three furries) can live full-time in a 1,400-square-foott A-frame is if everything has a place, and we are respectful of each other in the space," notes Christine. "It has been quite the experience to live in a home that would fit inside most other family homes."
"A small space encourages strong family bonding, and then an immediate and intense desire to get outside! Which is amazing for our bodies and minds. Kyst Hus has nurtured us in such an important and everlasting way. Today is thanks for small spaces where a person can recharge, be themselves, connect with loved ones, and re-establish ‘self’."
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Enterprising couple Jenny McClary and Allie Leepson give their snug Vermont cabin a DIY makeover, which is now available to rent.
In 2017, Jenny McClary and Allie Leepson, a couple based in New York City, bought a small cabin in Vermont on a whim. They had been looking for property in Joshua Tree, but after being outbid several times, a short trip to Wardsboro in the southern part of the state led them to this 1982 gem.
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Although the home had been sitting on the market for a year, the couple recognized good bones when they saw them. The interiors just needed a few small tweaks to give it a more modern look. "Our goal was to turn this traditional Vermont ski cabin into a well-designed space that’s more than just a place to take your snow boots off in," the couple say.
After purchase, the couple spent 4.5 months replacing flooring, swapping out hardware, painting, and wiring new lights in order to achieve a more streamlined style that's still cozy. Most importantly, they left the predominant knotty pine paneling in place, and not just because it was in good condition.
"It gives the home that rustic, Vermont charm," say the couple, who run a creative studio called The 1909. "We love the way it picks up light in the late afternoon. We also think it makes our cabin smell amazing."
The couple also installed a smart ductless heater and AC system through a promotion at their power company, Green Mountain Power. "It took our electric bills down from $700 to $100 a month, and now we can control everything through our phones," they say. "This was at absolutely no cost to us."
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The Hotel Elephant Weimar in the heart of the classic city is one of Germany's most historic and renowned hotels. Looking back on a long tradition the hotel is operated by arcona Hotels & Resorts and reopened in October 2018 as Autograph Collection hotel after extensive renovation. Under this brand, Marriott unites exceptional, hand-picked hotels with a unique perspective in design, craftsmanship and hospitality under the premise of "exactly like nothing else". The unique charm of the future boutique hotel is characterized by timelessly elegant design as well as classic Art Deco and Bauhaus elements, which are reflected in 99 comfortable rooms and suites, meeting rooms and public areas. Cultural topics and culinary art are in the focus of attention, as well as an in-house cultural expert opening the treasures of Weimar to guests in the house and on private city tours. One of them is the Hotel Elephant itself: for over three centuries it has been the hub of the city's social life. Text Courtesy of Marriott
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Architect Jean-Luc Etienne updates an old stone cottage near the coast of Brittany, France, with a glass extension and Vipp kitchen.
Built in 1927 and renovated in 2014 with a contemporary, steel-and-glass addition, this stone retreat sits in the small commune of Plévenon near France’s picturesque Brittany coastline. The remodel was carried out by architect Jean-Luc Etienne, who wanted to create a haven where he, his partner Vlastimil Spelda, and his partner’s twin brother Vladimir can escape the hectic urban pace of life in Paris.
The 2,153-square-foot house spans two levels and includes four bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open-concept living space that looks out to panoramic views of the forest, and a streamlined kitchen from the Danish design brand Vipp.
"Ten years ago, we came to the region as tourists to admire the coastline of Fréhel," says Vlastimil. "By chance, we passed a local real estate agent hanging up recent postings, and there it was."
At the time of purchase, the classic Breton stone house was in poor condition. It was not the house that won them over, but rather its idyllic surroundings. The property was nestled amid tall cedar, apple, and maple trees; to ensure that would always be able to enjoy the green views from the house, the trio also purchased the field next to house, so they could create the new extension.
Etienne’s idea was to transform the old house into a contemporary retreat that would have the feel of a cabin in the woods. After adding the steel-and-glass box to the existing stone structure, he reconfigured the interior floor plan and relocated the kitchen and bathroom to better capture the evening sunlight.
"We didn't want to extend the house in the old-fashioned way with the same look and material," says Etienne. "We did the opposite by adding a 323-square-foot glass cube supported by steel beams to the existing stone construction. This way, we invited the most important asset of the area inside—the wild nature."
Architecture: Jean-Luc Etienne, Vlastimil Spelda, and Vladimir Spelda
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Smart storage tactics are combined with a U-shaped sofa to maximize space in this delightful tiny home.
Strategically designed by Canadian tiny home builders Summit Tiny Homes, The West Coast is a 375-square-foot tiny house sited on Vancouver Island in British Columbia for a young family of four. Featuring a double-door entry, as well as a hidden, mechanical slide-out, the striking abode also has a unique exterior facade of wooden shingles and green-stained siding—inspired by homes in the Pacific Northwest.
Inside, custom hardwood floors, whitewashed walls, and stained beams and trimmings allow the house to feel bright, warm, and modern, all with a splash of rustic charm.
Behind the couch is a split staircase—with plenty of hidden storage built inside—that leads up to the kids' sleeping loft. The upper level also consists of a master loft, which includes a bed and a small work space.
In the dining area is a custom-built oak table that can be folded up and down in three different sections.
Just beyond the kitchen is a built-in "his and her" wardrobe with plenty of drawers and hanging space, followed by a bathroom that features a fully tiled bath and shower. The built-in bathroom sink and vanity have also been designed with plenty of storage space, and includes a Separett Villa compost toilet that is placed next to the large washer-dryer unit.
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Inspired by cargotecture, this boxy dwelling in West Vancouver features an efficient layout that makes the most of its hillside views.
With their three children grown and retirement on the horizon, the couple that hired design duo Matthew Mcleod and Lisa Bovell of local firm McLeod Bovell were ready for a "simplified" and efficient home with reduced reliance on stairs.
"When we initially heard the design brief from the clients, the analogy of ‘the shipping container’ struck us as a good starting point for designing a small house that operated in a very efficient way, providing all of the main living and sleeping functions on one floor," explain Matt and Lisa of the Container House, a two-story dwelling envisioned as two volumes stacked perpendicular to each other.
"Although planning guidelines would have allowed for a slightly larger house on three floors, it was decided that a scheme with only two levels—though smaller in size overall—would create a house with more generous interior volumes and greater architectural possibility."
Created for aging in place, the 3,350-square-foot Container House organizes the primary living areas—including the master bedroom and bath—on the upper level. Two addition bedrooms, an office, and recreation room are located downstairs and can also be reached via an elevator. The garage is set at a split-level between the two floors to further minimize vertical movement inside the home.
"This strategy minimizes vertical travel within the house by eliminating one flight of stairs," explain the designers of their choice of a two-story design instead of one with three floors. "The impression is of a series of spaces which are expansive yet intimately connected horizontally and vertically."
The property’s steep slope and narrow width proved challenging when creating indoor/outdoor living spaces. Forced to stack rooms behind one another, the architects maintained sight-lines using level changes. For example, the living room is located behind, and a few steps above, the dining area, which is placed behind the sunken lounge.
Walls of operable glass, covered outdoor living areas, and cantilevered forms further blur the line between indoor and outdoor living.
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A perfectly preserved, post-and beam structure hits the market in Los Angeles—and it's priced to move.
Nestled into a 6,185-square-foot lot in the Hollywood Hills, the Gardiner House is a beautiful example of the Californian midcentury aesthetic, and was built in 1954 by USC School of Architecture student Alvin H. Galpert.
Entering the three-bedroom, two-bath dwelling is like stepping back in time—floor-to-ceiling windows create a sense of seamless indoor/outdoor living, while wood paneling, a slate entry, and the original orange Formica kitchen give the home plenty of authentic midcentury charm.
Exposed beams run the length of the tongue-and-groove ceiling and define the open-plan living space. The historic home even comes complete with its own 15 minutes of Hollywood history, as it was originally built for Cecil B. DeMille's boom operator, Cecil Gardiner, and his wife Mary Jane.
Gardiner served as an extra in Billy Wilder's 1950's film Sunset Boulevard, showing up in the scene where Norma goes to visit DeMille (who made a cameo appearance in the film) in his office at Paramount Pictures.
3409 Oak Glen Drive, Los Angeles is being listed for $1,048,000 by Jacqueline Tager of Sotheby's International Realty, Los Feliz Brokerage.
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Thomas + Williams Architects sow simplicity with an artful combination of concrete, oak, steel, and prefabricated panels in Port Melbourne, Victoria.
The owners of this heritage home in Port Melbourne, Australia, approached Thomas + Williams Architects to demolish a 25-year-old addition and replace it with something that would better serve their family of four. The new, two-story addition to the 1800s-era home now hosts two new children’s bedrooms and a playroom upstairs, and a new living hub below.
With the floor plan in place, the design brief was to keep the interior details simple. The architects responded by combining concrete, oak, prefabricated panels, and steel in thoughtful ways throughout. "It is a small site, so it was important to keep all design elements as simple as possible," say the architects.
Builder: Appetite for Construction
Joinery: COS Interiors
Tiling: Greenstone Tiling
Landscaping: Gourlay Landscaping
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This urban home is pioneering change for a much needed revival of art and design in the historic Over-The-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati, OH. While the boom of historic renovations in the area is on an upswing, its possible that no project may have been as ambitious as this single family residence, which included a complete renovation and addition to a dilapidated structure. The existing building had gone through years of roughshod additions, renovations, and updates. Architecture firm Platte Architecture + Design proposed an addition that amplified the historic spaces while opening the building up to an expansive, modern interior. The pursuit of LEED Platinum, complete with geothermal technology, contributes to this building’s unique place in the neighborhood.
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The House in Harutzim In the township of Harutzim, on a long rectangular plot, Ravit Dvir architecture planned and designed a house with a double central space with a green patio area at its heart. The owners sought to build a new and modernist house, including a slate roof, a 260 sq.m. on a narrow plot of land. Ravit Dvir architecture designed the building using clean, clear and simple lines, integrating materials such as wood, iron, light-colored plaster and dark windows. These combined with the slate roof frame the exterior as if it was a picture looking inward to the house. According to the municipality’s requirement for two-family homes, this house was only partially connected to its neighboring townhouse--thus creating a visual separation between the two buildings that, while sharing a wall, highly differ in character. The front door to this home is located on the depth of the lot, and includes a large window that faces into the kitchen. The door opens to a patio garden filled with greenery that allows natural light to enter the house. The plan and function of the front door creates a separation of spaces while maintaining a strong visual connection between them. The ground floor includes a dining area, a kitchen and living room that face a large backyard. The front of the house includes a service area, a study and a family room. The heart of the home, however, is the kitchen, in which a large cooking island is situated. It overlooks the open space as well as the double space that connects the two floors of the house. A steel staircase rises from the double space and leads the visitor to the second floor where the bedrooms are located. A steel bridge alongside a library connects the parents’ wing to the children’s wing. The façade facing the street is quiet and reserved. Its bottom part is covered with wooden slats that conceal the windows of the service area. In the back façade, a large scale window with a thick rim overlooks the backyard. The sides of this window are characterized by folded glass that creates a light and breezy appearance. In the yard, a floating pergola made of steel and wood creates a visual separation between the floors-- above it is the large vitrine of the parents’ section while below there is a wooden deck that is used for lounging and hosting. The yard is spacious and contains a variety of vegetation and flora, a herb garden and a spacious lawn where the children can run and play. Architecture: Ravit Dvir Architecture and Design Home styling: Ravit Dvir & Ron From Photography: Oded Smadar https://www.dvir.co.il
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Klopf Architecture and Outer space Landscape Architects designed a new warm, modern, open, indoor-outdoor home in Los Altos, California. Inspired by mid-century modern homes but looking for something completely new and custom, the owners, a couple with two children, bought an older ranch style home with the intention of replacing it. Created on a grid, the house is designed to be at rest with differentiated spaces for activities; living, playing, cooking, dining and a piano space. The low-sloping gable roof over the great room brings a grand feeling to the space. The clerestory windows at the high sloping roof make the grand space light and airy. Upon entering the house, an open atrium entry in the middle of the house provides light and nature to the great room. The Heath tile wall at the back of the atrium blocks direct view of the rear yard from the entry door for privacy. The bedrooms, bathrooms, play room and the sitting room are under flat wing-like roofs that balance on either side of the low sloping gable roof of the main space. Large sliding glass panels and pocketing glass doors foster openness to the front and back yards. In the front there is a fenced-in play space connected to the play room, creating an indoor-outdoor play space that could change in use over the years. The play room can also be closed off from the great room with a large pocketing door. In the rear, everything opens up to a deck overlooking a pool where the family can come together outdoors. Wood siding travels from exterior to interior, accentuating the indoor-outdoor nature of the house. Where the exterior siding doesn’t come inside, a palette of white oak floors, white walls, walnut cabinetry, and dark window frames ties all the spaces together to create a uniform feeling and flow throughout the house. The custom cabinetry matches the minimal joinery of the rest of the house, a trim-less, minimal appearance. Wood siding was mitered in the corners, including where siding meets the interior drywall. Wall materials were held up off the floor with a minimal reveal. This tight detailing gives a sense of cleanliness to the house. The garage door of the house is completely flush and of the same material as the garage wall, de-emphasizing the garage door and making the street presentation of the house kinder to the neighborhood. The house is akin to a custom, modern-day Eichler home in many ways. Inspired by mid-century modern homes with today’s materials, approaches, standards, and technologies. The goals were to create an indoor-outdoor home that was energy-efficient, light and flexible for young children to grow. This 3,000 square foot, 3 bedroom, 2.5 bathroom new house is located in Los Altos in the heart of the Silicon Valley. Klopf Architecture Project Team: John Klopf, AIA, and Chuang-Ming Liu Landscape Architect: Outer space Landscape Architects Structural Engineer: ZFA Structural Engineers Staging: Da Lusso Design Photography ©2018 Mariko Reed Location: Los Altos, CA Year completed: 2017
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This private residence was designed for a young, creative entrepreneur. The structure maximizes natural light through an abundance of fixed and sliding glass, including skylights throughout the 3 bedroom, 2 bath home. A simple material palette of ipe and white stucco was selected for the exterior, while the interior is warmed with custom walnut cabinetry, italian marble and brass fixtures. The home is modestly sized (2500 sq ft) and was designed with the region’s temperate climate in mind. Sliding doors and operable windows throughout the home offer limitless opportunities for ventilation while creating a true connection between the indoors and outdoors in every room. Operable sliding glass spans the entire width of the kitchen/dining/living room area, so on a warm sunny day, the home becomes completely open to the elements. Radiant heat cement floors and two indoor fireplaces provide warmth on cooler days. The home was designed with the owner’s affinity for entertaining in mind. Upon entering the minimalist home, guests are greeted with an uninterrupted view of the home’s gardens and outdoor fire pit, where friends and family are known to gather every weekend for a glass of wine or bbq.