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Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-17 20:52
Whether made of granite, wood, or quartzite, these intriguing modern kitchen countertops will inspire your next home improvement project.
Of the many components that make up a kitchen renovation, the countertops definitely get the most use. Take a peek at these conversation-starting variations of traditional kitchen countertops and islands.
The husband-and-wife duo behind London–based architecture and design/build practice Chan + Eayrs, Zoe Chan Eayrs and Merlin Eayrs, only work on one project at a time. The evocative details found throughout the renovation of The Weavers House are a testament to their focused approach. Wood and veined Arabescato marble, used throughout the home, create contrasting warm and cool elements.
"Raw, unadulterated and entirely at one with nature, we love how two distinct themes can environmentally coexist here," says BoutiqueHomes. "Inspired by Thoreau’s call of the wild, this beach house rental along the Oaxacan coast is a modern homage to simple living that will inspire you to unplug and reconnect with nature."
Amsterdam’s de Pijp neighborhood, which means "the pipe," gets its name from the low, narrow homes that dot the area. When architect Jaspar Jansen and his colleagues at i29 Interior Architects were commissioned to renovate a former garage in the central part of town, he sought to bring the outdoors in with natural finishes and colors. The kitchen features custom cabinetry and a large sliding door, both made from oak, that provides recessed storage space.
"An airy apartment in San Francisco by Garcia Tamjidi Architecture Design is a study in clean lines and visual lushness," says Eva Hagberg Fisher. "High up on the twelfth floor of an apartment building, this two-bedroom three-bathroom apartment, designed for a finance executive who lives most of the time in Marin but wanted a pied-à-terre in the city for those late nights at the office, was created to almost—but not quite—disappear into the background."
The architects of Austin-based Webber + Studio were asked by a recent divorcee, seeking a home for her three daughters and dog, to renovate a 1968 A. D. Stenger home and double its size by adding 1,500 square feet. The architects emulated the home’s Japanese-inspired elements and referenced other Stenger houses in the area to produce a tasteful homage to a classic modern style.
Says interior designer Alexander & Co., "The house is focused upon the 'hand made.' Fittings, finishes, lighting and claddings all express an artisan reference point. The paired back interiors, subdued palette, and hand made quality creates a 'lived in' atmosphere for the client, an important element for them to experience a sense of place and history."
Located on a industrial estate in East London, this 2,200-square-foot, one-bedroom home was built as a warehouse, and its original open layout remains the same. Created for the current owners, a photographer/filmmaker and a musician, this home echoes the rustic aesthetic of loft homes in during the mid-20th century. Featuring an exposed structure with steel beams and bare walls, its rooms are decorated with salvaged timber and one-off vintage pieces.
In this home's kitchen, the showstopping ceiling’s herringbone pattern is echoed by the terra-cotta tiles on the floor. Architect Michael O’Sullivan, who designed the steel-and-glass kitchen cabinets, the table, and the pendant lights (made by Lava Glass), further amped up the richness of the room by specifying an onyx kitchen island. Interior designer Yvette Jay, a collaborator and classmate of O’Sullivan, kept her material palette "tight and limited. I had to restrict myself so that everything here ties in with the architecture."
Eryk Ulanowski of local firm Studio Ulanowski has transformed a 1,450-square-foot penthouse into a gorgeous modern apartment for a jewelry designer who splits her time between London and Hong Kong. "The challenging part of the project was the lengthy research and development of all the be bespoke items. But with a great team and lots of determination, the project turned out beautifully," says Ulanowski.
After being tasked to add another level onto a single-story cottage, local architecture firm Carter Williamson quickly realized the home was also in dire need for two things: natural light and a better connected layout. The team of architects not only checked off all three of these boxes during the renovation, but also strengthened the level of privacy and security within the home.By excavating and lowering the backyard, the team employed a bespoke black metal screen around the periphery of the garden—a detail which then led to the property's name, the Screen House.
When London architect Alex Nikjoo, of the UK–based firm NIKJOO, was tasked with repurposing an old Victorian chapel that had fallen into disrepair, he immediately became inspired by the historic structure. With the help of his talented team, Nikjoo stripped the building down to its original form and carefully injected a rich, yet minimalist material palette into the volume's existing fabric.
When a client acquired Fortress Hazegras in Belgium, many of the enclosed structures were at the brink of crumbling. Yet thanks to the strategic design of Brugge–based firm Govaert & Vanhoutte Architects, the historic site has been beautifully reborn into a contemporary complex that features a single-family house, along with a bed and breakfast business called The Bunkers.
Stadt Architecture’s Christopher Kitterman transformed a generic studio in Chelsea into a bright one-bedroom apartment for Vancouver couple Dale Steele and Dan Nguyen. They had seen Kitterman’s own crisp, space-saving 450-square-foot apartment on dwell.com, and they told him they wanted something very similar. But Kitterman believed he could do even better. "My apartment is nice, but I was on a limited budget and had to value engineer things," he says. "With theirs, we were able to do more bells and whistles."
Studio Strato has recently renovated the top floor of an iconic Roman-style building, transforming it into a texturally interesting and atmospheric home for a growing family with two young children. At 1,615 square feet, the space features a beautifully dramatic color palette. By carefully selecting the finishes and details, and weaving luxurious materials like marble and brass elements into their design concept, the local firm has created an abode that marries classical aesthetics with relaxed, contemporary elegance.
Jackson Clements Burrows Architects, who led the project, explains, "The clients were seeking a house that would integrate effortlessly with the existing streetscape whilst acknowledging the changing character of the town." To that end, the architects designed the new house as three clustered, pitched-roof pavilions, whose forms subtly reference nearby single-story cottages. By breaking down the house into separate structures, the architects were mindful of how the new program would blend in with the scale of the smaller cottages in the neighborhood.
After considering several high-profile firms, Peter and Turkey Stremmel kept coming back to San Francisco–based OPA for their hyper-angular home. "They were more enthusiastic than the others," notes Peter. "A new firm with new ideas." For the Stremmels, the architects had an especially attractive, but risky, notion. They wanted to build a structure that was the antithesis of its neighborhood, an upscale community of manicured lawns, ranch houses, and tennis courts. Not only would the residence be decidedly modern, itself a unique work of art, but it would embrace Reno’s landscape.
Robert Highsmith and his wife, Stefanie Brechbuehler—co-founders of the design studio Workstead—split their time between Brooklyn, New York, and Charleston, South Carolina. Last year, after repurposing the Mendel Rivers Federal Building in Charleston as the Dewberry Hotel, they began exploring a style they’ve since identified as "Southern modernism." Recently, their research and experimentation have culminated thanks to a meticulously restored 1853 Italianate Victorian row house, which they’ve named Workstead House. In partnership with a New York City–based investor, Workstead House now serves as a pied-à-terre for its owner, and doubles up as an event space for Highsmith and Brechbuehler.
Corpus Studio, a Paris–based architecture firm, has designed this striking home in the Catskill region of Upstate New York to consist of five cabins that come together to create a unique cross-shaped floor plan. The open layout is composed of five sections. The kitchen is located in the middle of the cross, and each of the four wings house different functional areas—a bedroom, a bathroom, a dining area, and the living lounge.
When a Taiwanese expat couple with a two-year old child returned home to Taiwan, they decided to settle down in the district of Xindian in Taiwan’s New Taipei City, where the husband had spend most of his childhood. The couple purchased a 1,352-square-foot apartment near the river and reached out to Taipei–based interior design firm KC Design Studio to help them turn it into a stylish, modern home where industrial elements like steel, brick, and exposed concrete harmonize with vintage accents. The architects decided to apply the concept of deconstruction, allowing them to use the girders as "ceiling lines" that demarcate the different functional zones in the open-plan living, kitchen, and dining area.
Jean-Christophe Aumas’ multihued Paris apartment houses both the highly sought artistic director and the stunning assemblage of furniture he’s brought back from his travels. Though Aumas’s kaleidoscopic 1,023-square-foot apartment may lack the scale of his professional projects, the surprising unity of the space’s design and decor, done entirely by Aumas himself, reveals a master’s hand—and the blurring of his professional and personal design pursuits.
The House of Earth + Light had been featured in the pages of the New York Times and on the cover of Dwell’s premiere issue, so the couple knew it was something special when they saw it for the first time. But as soon as they stepped inside, homeowner Lisa Sette says, they fell in love. The exquisite house is composed of three minimalist boxes fused into a single structure—two poured-earth "bookends" connected by a steel-and-glass bridge that spans the desert wash bisecting the lot. It sits at the foot of one of the steep, craggy hills that pop up at regular intervals from Phoenix’s otherwise-level grid in a neighborhood dotted with houses by Frank Lloyd Wright, Will Bruder, and Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.
"Godson Street is a Community Joint Venture project," says Leibal. "The three partner groups, led by Jake Edgley, Chris Joannou and James Engel were neighbors of the vacant site, and formed a JV partnership to buy and develop the scheme. The brief was to create a mixed-use building which would meet the varying needs of the JV partners; expressing the individuality of stakeholders while bringing this ‘difference’ together in a harmonious overall scheme. Five mixed use buildings are created, with commercial space to ground and basement and residential apartments above, and a townhouse to the north."
When your office is also your home, it can be a challenge to separate work from play. But in this contemporary cottage located in Melbourne, Australia, Austin Maynard Architects struck the perfect balance, creating both a domestic sanctuary and functional workspace for a couple and their three cats. To accommodate cooking and large gatherings, the homeowners also requested a high-functioning kitchen with custom-designed storage and top-of-the-line appliances like double ovens, Zip HydroTaps, and sous vide cookers.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-17 08:55
Overlooking an open field with unobstructed views of the Sea of Galilee, this modern home effortlessly blends into its rural surroundings.
Designed by Tel-Aviv practice Golany Architects, the design of Residence in the Galilee maximizes the potential of the setting by creating direct connections between the home and the natural environment.
Finished in a palette that is suitable to the rural landscape, the house is clad in a cement-textured plaster with timber shutters, which relates to the yellow and brown hues nearby. To maximize the site and incorporate outdoor spaces, the layout has been split into two levels, organizing the main living spaces on the ground floor with the bedrooms above. The living areas extends out toward the sea, while the bedrooms hover above the trees, both with expansive views in all directions.
Sustainable strategies that take advantage of the Mediterranean setting are integrated into the design. Large openings along the east and south are protected from the intense sun by movable wooden shutters. These wooden screens provide privacy and shade, while allowing the occupants to enjoy the outdoor elements in a comfortable setting.
The double-skin envelope composed of glass and wooden shutters enhances the thermal comfort of the home, while also creating an ever-changing facade. The in-between spaces between the two layers transform into outdoor rooms that blend the boundary between interior and exterior. On each level, outdoor living spaces extend the interior seamlessly onto the surrounding landscape, and carefully situated openings provide views to the sea, village, and garden.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-17 08:36
Designed by Trigueiros Architecture, this lovely minimalist retreat appears to float above the rocky cliff upon which it is perched.
Set atop a rocky peak in Trosa, Sweden, just about an hour south of Stockholm, this "floating" clifftop house enjoys breathtaking panoramic views of the Sörmlands archipelago. Designed by Trigueiros Architecture in 2016, the serene three-bedroom getaway is composed of expansive walls of glass and is clad in Siberian larch. A giant balcony spans the facade, and the property has direct access to the beach, as well as its very own pier and private sauna.
Now, this stunning minimalist abode is on the market for 9,950 000 SEK (approximately $1,082,396.93 USD). Scroll ahead for a look inside.
Svartviksvägen 41A is now being listed for 9,950 000 SEK (approximately $1,082,396.93 USD) by Annelie Tapper and Isabelle Aikio of Fastighetsbyran. See the full listing here.
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-17 08:19
The doors of these modern homes are just as impressive as the rest of their interiors. Take a look at the striking door designs from the Dwell community that caught our editor's eye this week.
Architect and interior designer: Dorien Knegt, Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
From the photographer: "On a sought-after idyllic island in the center of Amsterdam, an old warehouse, [which was] formerly used as a pillow factory and a garage, has been converted to a warm and eclectic family home."
Architect: Azovskiy + Pahomova, Location: Dnepro, Ukraine
From the project uploader: "For more comfortable exploitation of the rooms, sliding systems and doors by Rimadesio have been applied everywhere. Adding seating [in the front hallway]—in particular a piece that takes advantage of the length and narrowness of a hallway, like a bench—is particularly well-suited [for the small space] because it works as a waiting nook."
From the project uploader: "In the heart of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, a former office and workshop was completely renovated and converted into a loft. Because the building is 20 meters deep and really only has light at the front and rear, access of daylight has been an important theme. The explicit wish of the client was to be able to enjoy the property as one large space. Various voids/vides were introduced that allow daylight to penetrate deep into the home. The voids provide glimpses between the various residential functions themselves."
Architect: Rodrigo Eterovic, Location: Los Ríos Region, Chile
From the architect: The home is "a getaway house for a family and his friends in the south of Chile." Though the rest of the wood-clad house blends in with the natural scenery, the bright red door adds a pop of color to the quaint abode.
Architect and interior designer: studiomfd, Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
From the architect: "A group of residents built Super Loft on the northern island. Building an extra room or creating more space because of changes in your family composition? Easy. The industrial architecture offers maximum flexibility. The building has communal rooftop gardens, charging docks for cars, and solar panels. Super Loft fits perfectly in today’s sharing economy trend. Each resident chooses its own layout, dimension, design, and budget."
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-16 13:26
Avoid feeling overwhelmed when selecting new kitchen cabinets by focusing on these five tips.
No matter how big or small a renovation is, selecting your kitchen cabinets can be one of the most intimidating decisions you have to make. However, there are a few basic areas to consider and questions to ask yourself that will help guide the way. Scroll ahead to learn more.
A lot of people think that because the length of a wall is an unusual size, then they need custom cabinets. Yet, many are unaware that custom cabinetry is the most expensive option, has the longest lead time, and the same look can usually be achieved with stock or semi-custom cabinets.
For semi-custom cabinets, the cabinetry is made to the customer’s required sizes, but only in predetermined increments—for instance, a 20" cabinet instead of a 20.5" cabinet. Therefore, it is common to use spacers to fill in any unused space.
Stock cabinets are purchased more or less off-the-rack from predetermined styles. Although these cabinets are usually the least expensive option, it is important to determine the material quality, as many times these cabinets are not made of solid wood.
In most kitchens, you’ll find base cabinets and wall cabinets, both traditionally equipped with doors rather than open shelving or drawers. Oftentimes, upper cabinets are used more for selective display, while base cabinets hold the bulk of heavier storage of pots, pans, and other dish ware that might not look so great on a visible shelf.
A popular feature for base cabinets is the pull-out drawer option, instead of a swinging door. What’s more, many modern kitchens are getting rid of upper cabinets entirely, favoring a more clean, open space that utilizes only base cabinets with a backsplash behind.
Another major decision that needs to be made when selecting kitchen cabinets is determining whether or not you want framed or frameless cabinets. Framed cabinets are more popular in traditional kitchens, where the door attaches to a front frame around the opening and hinges are often visible.
For cabinets where a door attaches directly to the side of the cabinet where no hardware or hinge is showing, you should consider going frameless. This decision of framed versus frameless will have a big effect on the type of cabinet door, hinge, and hardware you can choose from.
While many kitchens operate fine with basic swinging doors, specialized door and drawer accessories can increase functionality and cleanliness—such as a pull-out garbage can, or countertop compartments to conceal small appliances.
As previously mentioned, drawers in base cabinets make it easier to reach for pots and pans. However, be aware that the price can increase by about 20 percent or more because of installation and hardware costs that comes with these features.
Whether you’re designing a new kitchen or just considering a revamp of an existing one, lighting is one factor that can change any space, and integrated lighting is becoming increasingly popular with cabinetry.
Integrated lighting with cabinetry can range from fixtures that turn on as soon as you open a drawer—perfect for that midnight snack!—to the more basic under-cabinet LED lights that can be found at your local hardware store, and easily installed.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-16 09:28
In Ramat HaSharon, Israel, a screen of vertical iron louvers mixes with concrete cubes to create the contemporary Pavilion House.
The structure's façade is comprised of streamlined concrete cubes and a screen of vertical iron louvers that filters light and adds interesting geometrical texture to the smooth exterior form.
The main challenge was to fit four floors into a limited 1,650-square-foot plot, and still ensure plenty of room to enjoy the outdoors. By raising and stretching out the main concrete volume, they managed to create 2,368 square feet of built-in living space.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-16 08:58
Tucked behind a Seattle home, this beautiful backyard reading retreat of glass, timber, and tile offers an idyllic escape from city life.
Once rendered unusable by a thicket of overgrown plants, a Montlake backyard belonging to bookstore owners Danielle and David Hulton has been transformed into a modern reading retreat, perfectly crafted for curling up in with a book.
"Before the project came to be, it was hard to visualize how much space there was hidden under all the vegetation," says local design firm Board & Vellum, who was tapped by the homeowners to renovate the backyard with a new structure and landscaping.
"For inspiration to launch the project, the homeowners envisioned a ‘found shed’ with a modern twist, featuring plenty of glass to help blend the spaces," adds the firm. "Everything in the shed would be meaningful and have a purpose, and every framed view—both from within and without—would be intentional."
Thanks to full-height glazing and carefully framed views, the Backyard Reading Retreat feels much larger than its 169-square-foot size lets on. Sliding glass doors seamlessly connect the interior to an outdoor patio with built-in bench seating, a hot tub, and a fire pit.
Though the tiny retreat—permitted as a shed—was primarily designed as a reading space, it can also be used as a guest suite, or for entertaining.
Since the backyard borders a neighbor’s massive Atlas Cedar—designated an "exceptional tree" by the city due to its size—the project’s building footprint was limited by the tree’s dripline.
To emphasize the project’s site-specific layout, the firm turned the site constraint into a design feature that informs the curved forms of the landscape elements.
"Even those who adore city life need a place to unwind away from the bustle," say the designers.
"It certainly doesn’t hurt to relax alone with a good book in a backyard reading retreat, or to hang out with friends and family around a fire pit, or with a dip in the hot tub. This urban oasis—though small in size—offers space to satisfy all those needs: the introverted and extroverted."
Architect of Record: Board & Vellum / Jeffrey Pelletier
Builder/General Contractor: Proform Builds / Joey Fentress and Jasun Sherman
Structural Engineer: Bykonen Carter Quinn / Tom Bykonen and Kyriakos Moroseos
Landscape Design: Board & Vellum / Derek Reeves
Lighting Design: Board & Vellum / Ryan Adanalian
Interior Design: Board & Vellum / Katie Mallory
Cabinet Maker Sub-consultant: Architectural Cabinets, Inc.
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-16 08:07
Neutra’s 1937 wood-sheathed home formally known as Darling House hits the market for the first time in San Francisco.
There is no doubt that iconic architect Richard Neutra, who immigrated to the United States from Austria and worked alongside Frank Lloyd Wright in his early career, is widely celebrated for his contributions to the Modern Movement in the United States.
While he is best known for his prolific body of work in Southern California, there are still four surviving Neutra–designed projects in the Bay Area. His acclaimed 1937 Darling House is one of them, and it has recently become available for the first time on the open market for $2,200,000.
Sited on a steep slope in San Francisco’s Parnassus Heights, the home Neutra designed for Dr. Darling and his family is a historically poignant example of both International Style and Second Bay Tradition influences.
Located on Woodland Avenue bordering the densely wooded Sutro Forest, the dwelling features three bedrooms and one-and-a-half baths spread over two finished living levels. Other than a garage that was converted to a secondary living room in the 1970s, the home largely remains in original, unaltered condition.
The living room conversion was done by local artist Peter Tangen, who is best known for designing the main doors to North Beach’s landmark Old Spaghetti Factory. "Despite being at almost the geographical center of the city and having two walls of windows, when you are in the home, you have views of greenery and distant views of downtown and other homes," says Peter Pelavin, who grew up in the property after his parents purchased it in the 1950s.
Richard Neutra’s work and legacy has been carried on by his son, Dion Neutra, architect and principal of Dion Neutra Inc. The firm is the successor to Richard and Dion Neutra and Associates, which executed the Neutra vision for decades. Dion Neutra has expressed interest in working with the buyers of the Darling House to help responsibly restore this architectural icon so that it may be celebrated and preserved for generations to come.
90 Woodland Avenue has been listed for $2,200,000 by Mary Edwards and Linda Gridley of Coldwell Banker, and the full listing can be seen here. While the sale is currently pending, interested buyers are encouraged to keep an eye on the property in case there are opportunities for backup offers.
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-15 23:45
Following a meticulous restoration and gut renovation, an elegantly revamped Park Slope townhouse hits the market for $4,495,000.
When Lindsey Branca and Mike Grosshandler purchased a historic brownstone in Brooklyn’s Park Slope neighborhood in early 2017, the decrepit building was mostly in a state of disrepair.
Enlisting the help of Brooklyn–based designers Sheena Murphy and Tor Sauder of sheep + stone, with whom they had worked with previously, as well as the architectural designers at Frances Mildred, Lindsey and Mike completed a gut renovation of their investment property while preserving as many historic details as possible.
"The biggest overall challenge was successfully transforming it into a high-end home with authentic details and high-quality finishes without totally busting the budget," explains Sheena.
"While ensuring the team made smart decisions about where and how to spend money, it was important to the owners and founders of Branca & Co that the house be restored with absolute integrity and without cutting corners, so it was a fine balancing act."
In addition to repairs and restoration work, the brownstone, which dates back to 1890, was reconfigured with a new floor layout better suited to the busy lifestyles of the modern urban family.
Every room was meticulously renovated and rebuilt from top to bottom. Meanwhile, the team was also careful to salvage as many original features as possible, from the doors and window shutters to the trim and crown molding.
Spanning an area of 2,040 square feet across four floors, the fully renovated brownstone features four bedrooms, three full bathrooms, and a 50-foot-deep private garden with a back deck and rear patio.
After: Kitchen/ Dining Area
"We love it all, but the kitchen is probably our favorite," notes Sheena. "The overall mood is very calming, and it overlooks the garden, making it feel like a bit of a haven from the city streets."
"The light is gorgeous throughout the day," she continues, "and the pale green on the cabinets gives it a softness and dimension. The layout provides great circulation, and it is both visually and physically connected to the living room."
Located at 413 8th St, New York, New York, just one block from the subway, the elegantly updated Park Slope townhouse has been listed on StreetEasy for $4,495,000.
Architectural Designers: Frances Mildred
Builder/General Contractor: Robertson-Tait
Interior Design: sheep + stone
Cabinetry Design: Semihandmade
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-15 16:09
Sited on a small, serene island off the coast of Bali, Seascape Villa mixes tropical vibes with modern, Mediterranean-inspired design.
If you're looking for a unique way to explore the wonderful world of Bali, Seascape Villa might be the perfect place to start. Designed by Bali–based Italian architect—and founder of the design studio Word of Mouth—Valentina Audrito, this relaxing retreat is an oceanfront property on the island of Nusa Lembongan, just southeast of Bali's main island.
Commissioned by a diverse group of friends who were looking to build a place that they could share for their own holiday getaways and rent out as well, the inspiration for the villa's design stems from the Mediterranean.
A more unusual and distinctive look for the island, the result is a mix of crisp, white volumes and pebbled concrete juxtaposed against lush greenery, bamboo screens, and the bold, deep-sea blues of the Balinese beachfront. Scroll ahead to take a peek inside.
Seascape Villa is available to rent starting at $833/night. For more information about the property is here.
Architect of Record: Word of Mouth House, Valentina Audrito
Lead Architect/Designer: Valentina Audrito
Design Team: Abbie Labrum, Levina Sunaryo, and AAGB Sudarma Putra
Collaborating Architect: Robin Bimantoro
Contractor/Builder: CV Adi Jaya Utama
C&S Consultant: Triloka Studio Bali
Quantity Surveyor: Ratio Construction
Interior and Exterior Finishing: CV Adi Jaya Utama
Landscape Design: CV Mandala Karya Pratama
MEP Contractor: CV Pancar Electric
Audio/Video: CV Smart Technice
Tent/Rolling Blind: Canopy Art Bali
Nano Coating: Resolve Indonesia
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-15 15:36
Built by a Frank Lloyd Wright disciple for American icon Jackie Gleason, this UFO-like home known as "The Mothership" is a unique architectural wonder.
Commissioned by Gleason during the filming of The Honeymooners sitcom in New York City, the 8.4-acre property with its dramatic, rounded forms was in part a realization of the multi-talented actor’s love for UFOs.
Gleason was intimately involved in all aspects of the home's design. While it took five years to construct, the property was completed in 1959 for the then-cost of $650,000. The house was prefabricated by a shipbuilder in an airplane hanger and then installed on site.
Now, nearly sixty years after its completion, the updated 7,450-square-foot property—and its three buildings—has hit the market for $12,000,000. Scroll through to take a closer look.
196 Furnace Dock Road, Cortlandt, NY is now being listed by Margaret Bailey, Howard Payson, and Jacqueline Campanelli of RE/MAX TOWN & COUNTRY for $12,000,000. See the full listing here.
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-15 15:15
In the land-strapped city of Bandung, Indonesia, the newly renovated 4x6x6 House achieves the illusion of spaciousness despite its compact footprint.
When a young family needed a modern refresh for their small home in West Java, they sought help from Jakarta and Bandung–based architecture studio dua to conceive a new design that would offer better connections with the outdoors.
Working within a tight 602-square-foot plot, and a lean budget of approximately $20,000 USD, the architects created a skinny two-story property that would match the height of its residential neighbors.
However, unlike the surrounding architecture, the new design is strikingly modern, and features a boxy facade painted white, along with a concrete roof.
Dubbed the 4x6x6 House after the building’s measurements in meters, the small home comprises a bedroom, bathroom, a reading room, and an open-plan living area, kitchen, and dining space in just 484 square feet.
To create the illusion of spaciousness, the interior has a minimalist look, while windows of varying sizes establish a connection with the outdoors. Instead of dividing walls, the architects have arranged the rooms within a series of split-levels.
"Programs and privacy are separated using different levels and points of views, instead of using wall partitions," explain the architects. "This no-wall situation sets up a roomy and flexible space, and at the same time, creates a particular experience and intimacy."
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-14 23:16
These whimsical washrooms will inspire you to kick your modern bathroom renovation up a notch.
If your bathroom design is feeling lackluster, look no further for innovative design inspiration. From a converted enclosed deck to a shower that's steps away from a private garden, these unique spaces are sure to ignite your creativity.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-14 15:14
Sitting adjacent to the Morningside residence, this new open-air pavilion beckons the family outside every day of the year.
For this home renovation located in the Brisbane suburb of Morningside, it was important to Kieron Gait Architects and their clients to preserve the presence of the original 1920s Queenslander bungalow on the double lot.
To that end, the house was gently reworked to host all the bedrooms and a private family room. Then, a generous garden pavilion was added to the southern boundary of the property, maximizing the available land without erasing the original construction.
The garden pavilion hosts an outdoor room, as well as the kitchen, living room, and dining areas, designating it as the more "public realm" of the home, explain the architects. "Open and connected to the site, it expands the domain of the family beyond the walls of the house into the garden."
The architects took inspiration from the well-crafted 1920s bungalow. "Mirroring the care taken to construct and assemble the existing house, we chose processes and construction techniques that show craft, care, and endeavor," the architects continue.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-14 09:19
Could the modern, minimalist villa known as Casa Luum be your next vacation spot? We think so.
Nestled among hundreds of olive, almond, and cork trees at a site that was once home to ancient ruins, Casa Luum is a stunning modern getaway in The Algarve, Portugal’s southernmost coastal region.
Designed by local architect Pedro Domingos, the four-bedroom retreat is a mix of whitewashed concrete walls and bold rectangular forms. Cleverly integrated into its natural landscape, the home opens itself up to its surroundings via multiple patios, rooftop terraces, and a large central courtyard with a serene swimming pool. If you're ready to pack your bags, just wait until you see inside.
Architect of Record: Pedro Dominigos
Landscape Architecture: Sigmetum
Lighting Design: Kristoff Van der Vekens
Interior Design: Kristoff Van der Vekens
Photography: Alexander Bogorodskiy
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-14 09:02
Sited on one of the last undeveloped oceanfront lots along the Pacific Coast Highway, House Noir creatively addresses the issue of building near the sea in the face of climate change.
The award-winning home known as House Noir is nestled along a strip of prime coastal real estate in Malibu. While this idyllic location provides amazing beachfront views, it originally presented a significant design challenge for the architects, Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects (LOHA): how to create a sustainable home in a place where coastal erosion and rising sea levels pose a real concern.
The firm successfully tackled this issue in more ways than one. They started by raising the 1,970-square-foot house 20 feet above the shoreline to build a seawall and a deep caisson foundation, and then secured the site, giving it the capability to absorb the energy of the sea in the event of a natural disaster. LOHA creatively conformed the design to local building restrictions, while also creating a seamless indoor/outdoor living experience to maximize the property's breathtaking coastal views.
20838 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu is being listed for $5,695,000, by Pritchett-Rapf Realtors. See the full listing here.
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-14 08:37
A unique UFO house in Italy is saved from the chopping block thanks to an energy-efficient renovation.
The homeowners originally planned on demolishing the dated holiday retreat, which had fallen into disrepair. Yet Hitthaler saw promise in the 1973 building and refurbished the 660-square-foot home to complement the clients’ modern lifestyle.
For a total gut-renovation cost of 230,000€ (approximately $266,330 USD), Hitthaler replaced the siding and interior finishes, constructed a more spacious deck, added modern amenities and energy-saving systems, and also inserted a spaceship-inspired retractable staircase near the entry.
During the remodel, Hitthaler was careful to preserve the original design of Professor Josef Lackner, the Innsbruck–based architect who realized the UFO House 45 years ago.
"The renovated house provides better usability and optimized living comfort thanks to an increase in thermal insulation, and the installation of radiant floor heating with a heat pump and ventilation," explains the architect.
"All these solutions generate greater energy savings. These interventions haven’t compromised the idea and structural quality of the outer shell and interior."
Architect of Record & Interior Design: Stefan Hitthaler
Builder/ General Contractor: Firma Plankensteiner Holzbau
Structural Engineer: Ing. Walter Sulzenbacher / Baukanzlei Sulzenbacher
Lighting Design: Lucia Rizzi
Cabinetry Design: Alton Egon
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-14 00:41
Using a restrained color and material palette, Gosplan Architects transforms an old home in Genova into a bright, functional flat.
When a young couple from Genova, Italy, inherited a 1,180-square-foot property from a grandparent, they decided to transform the old house into a bright, modern home that better connects with its woodland site.
They hired local firm Gosplan Architects to help them renovate the tired-looking space, which had a dark, cramped living room. The Gosplan team demolished the existing walls between the old kitchen, the entrance, and the living room to create a single, large living area that's sunnier, with improved ventilation.
The architects also built a massive, mirrored-surface sliding door that reflects sunlight arriving from the glazed entrance door. This creates the effect of a long, sunny corridor.
The most challenging part for the team was constructing the door for the master bedroom. The main bedroom is situated at the end of the corridor, and during the first phase of construction, the team realized there was a large French window perpendicular to this corridor axis that drew in plenty of light. This was a feature they wanted to preserve and emphasize.
When the bedroom door is opened, the light streaming in through the bedroom window illuminates the corridor.
"Thanks to this expedient, we had the chance to reduce the cost of masonry works," says Lorenzo Trompetto, one of the firm’s founders. "Everything has been designed by our office as a tailored product, and many elements perform two functions," he adds.
"Furthermore, the door is very heavy, and it has to work perfectly because it will be used frequently," says Trompetto. "Technically, it was a big challenge, but we are really satisfied about the result."
The Gosplan team designed the guide rail and anchoring system for the door themselves. "This door gave us the chance to alter the perception of the house’s interior space," says Trompetto.
The functional areas were configured around a cross-shaped, built-in cabinet, which includes a big blue wardrobe that complements the proportions of the existing corridor. This built-in cabinetry stores and conceals all the technical parts of the house, as well as stairs that lead up to an attic.
The stairs near the fireplace, for instance, offer storage for large items, while the blue wardrobe also conceals access doors to the two secondary bedrooms. The cross-shaped cabinetry and wooden beam contains the second part of the stairs, and all the technical parts of the house.
The wooden sections are made of natural oak or Valchromat, a colored medium-density fiberboard. Like solid wood, Valchromat can be carved, so the architects could create interesting design details with it.
Architecture, lighting, cabinetry and interior design: Gosplan Architects
Builder: Joannis Katsiberis
Carpenter: Store & Home
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-13 23:54
From vegan pizza to Korean dumplings, Portland has a diverse range of cafes, bars, and restaurants to explore.
As Oregon's largest city, Portland is known for its top-notch food scene, and artsy, laid-back vibe. Creativity abounds across its five quadrants, whether it's delivered via chefs, bartenders, baristas, or designers. Check out these 10 spots to get a taste.
2448 East Burnside Street, Portland, OR 97214
The motto for Tusk, a Middle Eastern restaurant on East Burnside, is "locally sourced, aggressively seasonal" and makes for a fitting descriptor of its vegetable-forward menu. In order to convey "a sitting-outside-under-a-shady-arbor feeling," local firm Jessica Helgerson Interior Design dreamed up an elaborate framework of bleached wood dowels for the ceiling, then carried the detail down to the custom shelving. "A meal here feels like a mini vacation to a sunnier climate," write the designers.
1126 SE Division Street,Portland, OR 97202
Virtuous Pie is no ordinary pizza and ice cream shop. Its 100-percent plant-based menu is the first clue, with a close second being the chic interior as executed by Bright Designlab. The firm was inspired by the concept of a "modern picnic," mixing gingham wallpaper with a custom-designed communal table and elegant brass lighting.
1055 NW Northrup, Portland, OR 97209
At Tea Bar, owner Erica Indira Swanson "serves high-quality tea in a modern setting." To that end, she conjured a soothing, minimalist environment to sip in, by setting classic Hans Wegner wishbone chairs against a backdrop of white walls, maple counters, and concrete floors. "My goal was to create a space that reflected my Scandinavian heritage, a space that felt warm and welcoming to everyone," Swanson said. "From our menu to the interior of each Tea Bar, our focus is on quality over quantity."
527 SW 12th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
When Greg and Gabrielle Denton set out to create Bistro Agnes, their restaurant centered around traditional French comfort food, they wanted the interior to evoke all of the elegance of a classic French bistro without any of the cliché. The starting point for their design was the beautiful Spanish floor tile from Design and Direct Source, the tile's mis-matched patterns evoking just the right balance between cozy, approachable, and fun.
1237 SW Jefferson Street, Portland, OR 97201
Chef Naoko, who helms the downtown Shizuku, has been bringing authentic Japanese cuisine to Portland since 2008. For Shizuku's design, she tapped internationally renowned architect Kengo Kuma, whom she met while he was overseeing the expansion of the Portland Japanese Garden.
729 SW 15th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205
Once dubbed Portland's sexiest bar, the Driftwood Room, located downtown in the Hotel DeLuxe, has been serving craft cocktails since 1954, and the cozy, dimly lit interior beckons couples to hide away for a round or two.
2930 NE Killingsworth Street, Portland, OR 97217
Dame is an intimate neighborhood spot that celebrates Pacific Northwest cuisine and natural wine. For the interior, designer Jasmine Vaughan of Maxwell Gray Interiors, sought to conjure a simple and sophisticated palette, dotted with thoughtful treasures. The lush pattern of the Eskayel wallpaper ensconces diners while natural elements, like the custom rift cut white oak tabletops and marble bar, feel nice underhand.
511 NE 24th Avenue, Portland, OR 97232
There's nothing conventional about Han Oak, the "non-traditional Korean-American family restaurant" situated between Glisan Street and Sandy Boulevard. You're forgiven if you can't immediately find the entrance, tucked as it is into an unassuming facade behind a small parking lot. Once inside, there's a patch of lawn and a rolling garage door, the latter revealing several communal tables, open shelves with dishes and well-thumbed cookbooks, and the hive of the kitchen. Han Oak's space was designed by Brett Schulz Architects, and evokes the spontaneity and approachability of the ever-evolving menu.
3158 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97202
No list of Portland establishments is complete without a coffee bar. Dapper & Wise is both modern and welcoming, thanks to its timeworn chevron floor, brass lighting, handmade live-edge tables, and Heath Ceramics tile. "We want a place where coffee connoisseurs can come geek out with us, but not feel stuffy," said owner Tyler Geel.
828 SW Second Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
When Veritable Quandary, a Portland institution on the culinary scene, closed down to make way for a new county courthouse a few years ago, the head chef and much of the staff reopened the restaurant as Q, located just four blocks away. While Q pays homage to the original menu with staples like bacon-wrapped dates and osso bucco, the interior saw a reinvention in the hands of interior designer Andee Hess of Osmose Design. She deftly transformed a nondescript retail space using a variety of wood species, black granite, and Art Deco-inspired millwork.
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-13 23:21
With five designs ranging from a modern cabin to a five-bedroom dwelling, Russian prefab company Dubldom now accepts pre-orders in the U.S.
Moscow architect Ivan Ovchinnikov of BIO Architects founded DublDom, a modular house design-and-build company, to create affordable, prefabricated houses that can be transported and installed within a single day. DublDom houses come fully equipped with electrical wiring, as well as water and sewer connection pipes, so all owners have to do is hook these systems up to their local electrical and water supply to be move-in ready.
The DublDom technology saves resources at all stages of the development and lifespan of the house, cuts down on construction time, and treads lightly on its site.
Below, we present five DublDom models that you can purchase.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-13 17:13
A 1970s Canadian cabin is transformed into a modern home with two additional rental units.
When a family of four purchased the old cedar-clad cabin in Whistler, the structure was well-sited, but in dire need of repairs. While they originally intended to tear down the home and rebuild it on site, Vancouver–based firm Stark Architecture brought forth another plan. The team advised the owners to renovate and extend the existing structure, and integrate additional complexes on the property, which could serve as rental units.
The Drifter Way House, as the project is called, now consists of the original three-bedroom primary residence, along with a rentable three-bedroom suite, and a rentable two-bedroom building. "Tying the buildings together was tricky," explain the architects. "But the use of standing seam metal and more industrial materials, along with a small amount of warm wood, complements the traditional shapes of the existing cabin." Scroll ahead for a fascinating look at the project before and after the revamp.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-13 17:11
Marrying old-world details with a clean, minimalist design, local architects keep the past alive in this contemporary remodel.
To maximize the efficiency of the 1,292-square-foot space, the firm strategically reconfigured the design to create wider, more open rooms, and built bespoke furniture pieces to assist with the reorganization.
Architect and builder: 02 Arch
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-13 17:10
On the market for the first time in 10 years, this classic midcentury home was architect Ray Kappe's first commission.
Designed in 1958 by Los Angeles architect and SCI-Arc founder Ray Kappe, the Waymire Residence is a stunning example of classic midcentury style. With sweeping city views and much of its original character still intact, the 1,906-square-foot home can easily serve as a blank canvas for period-appropriate updates.
Now, for the first time in the last decade, the three-bedroom, two-bath property is being listed for $2,200,000. Scroll ahead for a glimpse inside, as well as a look at a few vintage photos of the house when it was built.
The following are historic images.
4245 Don Alanis Place is currently being listed for $2,200,000 by Wayne Willbur and Steve Portigiani of Deasy/Penner. See the full listing here.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-13 17:09
On the edge of Denmark’s Thy National Park, a design-led retreat offers refuge in a sunny, coastal landscape.
With the water only a half-mile jaunt away, this light-filled rental embraces its coastal surroundings with full-height glazing, outdoor entertaining, and an abundance of warm timber used throughout that naturally gave rise to the retreat’s name—Woodhouse.
Large enough to sleep six adults and two kids, the contemporary home comprises of the main house, an annex, and a timber terrace that connects the two buildings.
"The house has a spacious, airy ambience thanks to its wide visual axes—you can see straight through the house to all sides," explains rental agency Urlaubsarchitektur on what drew them to Woodhouse.
Completed just this year, Woodhouse is available to rent on Urlaubsarchitektur with rates that vary depending on the season.
To learn more about Woodhouse and/or book your own stay, click here.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-10 20:30
After 75 years of iconic design, the Swedish furniture megastore is paying homage to the past by relaunching a tight selection of hand-picked favorites.
Named the Gratulera series, IKEA will be rolling out these nostalgic styles in three separate collections that embody distinct periods in the company's design history: the 1950s-1960s, the 1970s-1980s, and the 1990s-2000s.
"Each launch is very different, signifying its time period—from dark woods with a classic expression, to a very playful style with strong colors, to a more minimal look with natural light woods and graphic colors," explains the company's creative leader, Karin Gustavsson. Here's a special look at what's in store.
Find out more about IKEA's limited-edition GRATULERA collection here.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-10 20:01
After suffering years of neglect, a pair of dilapidated stone villas has been brought back to life with a $88,000 budget.
In a testament to the incredible speed of construction in China, the decayed ruins of two historic stone structures on Zhejiang’s Dahuanglong Island have been reborn as a stylish bed-and-breakfast in less than 40 days.
Commissioned as part of the popular Chinese reality television show Beautiful House, Beijing–based studio Evolution Design Architects was given a budget of 600,000 RMB (approximately $87,965 USD) for construction and interior design, as well as just two months to complete the transformation.
Impressively, the architects completed the project slightly under budget and in just a little over half the time allotted—construction only took a total of 31 days.
When the architecture firm first saw the site, the two existing structures had fallen into severe disrepair with caved-in roofs and crumbling walls.
Since the television program celebrates adaptive reuse and a back-to-nature aesthetic, the architects restored the two buildings and added modern elements, including ample glazing and a new reinforced concrete extension to better embrace sea views.
The restored historic buildings are used to house the bedrooms, while the new extension comprises the communal spaces as well as a rooftop deck and a flight of stairs that mitigates the site’s approximately 13-foot change in elevation.
Completed late last year, the adaptive reuse project covers an area of approximately 2,900 square feet and was mainly constructed from locally sourced granite, concrete, and steel. The minimalist interiors are dressed in modern furnishings and natural materials.
"We pay too much attention to how good a building looks on the outside while ignoring what lies inside," note the architects.
"Perhaps we need our houses to be pure, low-key, reserved and less ‘noble’, and if a TV program can entertain the public and still convey a notion that makes people more aware of the vital relationship between environment and human-made structures, encouraging them to care about our own living environment and maximize their own spatial delight and spirit made possible by architectural aesthetics, then what harm is there in making such a process entertaining?"
Architect of Record: Evolution Design Architects
Design Consultants: Wu Yanzu and the Star Team
Interior Design: Liu Shaohua, Han Yue, Yu Hongye
Structural Design: Chen Xiaofei
Mechanical and Electrical Design: Liu Qiulong
Engineering Director: Peng Naiying
Building /Construction: Jixian Third Construction Engineering Co., Ltd.
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-10 19:18
New Zealand–based Build Tiny launches a stylish tiny abode that can be ordered move-in ready or prepped for personalization.
Featuring a lofty living space, lots of natural light, and a shocking amount of storage, this mini abode can be ordered either finished or unfinished, giving buyers customization options to meet their own specific needs. While the basic shell will run you about $37,885 (NZ$55,600), the turn-key ready version is priced at $69,845 (NZ$102,500).
Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-10 18:36
This Park City Passive House offers both stunning design and stellar energy efficiency.
Designed by architect Chris Price and his partners at Park City Design + Build, the Treehaus is a beautiful blend of modern mountain architecture and cutting-edge energy efficiency. Nestled into the pines of Summit Park, Utah, the clean lines, stacked segments, and dark cedar exterior create a fine figure, seamlessly integrating the 3,643-square-foot abode into its sylvan surroundings. Now, this lovely new construction has been listed for $1,100,000. Scroll ahead to learn more.
635 Parkview Dr, Park City is now being listed for $1,100,000 by Corigan Kushma of City Home Collective. See the full listing here.
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-10 16:13
These impressive homes from the Dwell community deserve a standing ovation. Our editor's top picks of the week feature homes that embody thoughtful modern design.
Architect: Guggenheim Architecture + Design Studio, Location: Portland, Oregon
From the architect: "Acting as a home base during the work week, this 16th floor minimalist pied-a-terre is anchored by bridge and mountain views. Custom Oregon walnut millwork and casework bring warmth to the simple shell while white carrara marble adds textural luxury."
Architect: Pedro Domingos, Location: Faro District, Portugal
From the project uploader: "Casa Luum lies at the end of an old dirt road in a nature reserve in Faro, its milky whites blending smoothly into the progressive blue of the sky. This 2500 square meter plot once housed a ruin left to nature, where hundreds of olive, almond, and cork trees and wildflowers grew. Designed by internationally renowned Portuguese architect Pedro Domingos, this modern installation employs a fresh, selective approach to minimalism and simplicity. The bleached structures form a series of interrelated living areas following the fundamental principles of contemporary Alentejano architecture."
Architect: Alexander &Co., Location: Palm Beach, Sydney, Australia
From the architect: "Palm Beach House is the transformation of an existing waterfront holiday villa. The project is a restrained approach to a traditional European vernacular, exploring bespoke quality detailing, materiality and architectural framing. With the existing house ineffectively dealing with scale limitations, the brief was primarily to explore how we could reintroduce a higher quality of spatial resolution. With an emphasis placed on architectural framing and the suitable transition from interior to exterior ... the large-scale opening explored opportunity for external living and dining, an integral aspect to the client brief addressing the need for entertaining spaces, essential for a ‘home away from home’."
Interior designer: SLLD, Location: Tielrod, Belgium
From the project uploader: "Flanders Art Suite is a seamless habitat that explores the boundaries between exhibition and lifestyle. Creating environments for their own work and established artists, the home serves as the ultimate canvas that recreates the holiday experience as a living gallery of arts and crafts.Situated on the site of a formerly derelict shipyard, the cluster of buildings is a living canvas dedicated to the collaborative arts of interior design and artistic innovation. The project presents rotating installations in partnership with artists and industrial designers in an intimate and livable space."
Architect: Olson Kundig, Location: White Rock, British Columbia, Canada
From the architect: "Situated on the edge of a bluff above Semiahmoo Bay, the house creates privacy while taking advantage of spectacular views of the water, islands and mountains to the west, east and south. Thick concrete walls shield the occupants from sights and sounds of the busy road above. Glass window walls and expansive decks maximize the south facing side. The cascading layers of the house are connected by a cast-in-place concrete stair. The stair opens to a gallery on each level with views out to the Bay below."
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Permalink - Posted on 2018-08-09 22:53
A very special property in the Hamptons designed by award-winning Bates Masi + Architects hits the market.
Nestled at the end of a private cul-de-sac on nearly an acre of pristine waterfront property in Sagaponack, New York, this distinctive, contemporary retreat from the renowned architectural firm Bates Masi + Architects makes a dramatic modern statement.
Juxtaposing elegant, Alaskan cedar siding with broad expanses of glass, the home exudes an effortless and seamless flow between its indoor and outdoor spaces. The 5,000-square-foot, five-bedroom, six-bath home also boasts stunning panoramic views of Sagg Pond, the Atlantic Ocean, and the serene surrounding countryside. This stunning dream property comes at a price, however, as it's asking $18,495,000.
139 Seascape Lane is now being listed for $18,495,000 by Bespoke Real Estate. See the full listing here.