Situated on a cliff in Algarrobo, Chile, this beautiful modern seaside retreat was designed in 2014 for a single 50 years old mother by architecture firm Masfernandez Arquitectos.
“Thinking about a second home, it is inevitable to imagine a place with special features, much more if it is facing the sea. The Elizabeth House, as we call it for a long time in honor of his owner, who is a single 50 years old mother, reflects very well the clarity, simplicity and honesty with which, in our view, should tackle these projects.
The important thing was the location, to refuge from the wind of Punta de Gallo cliff, and to protect the surrounding vegetation of weeds, thorns and docks. The house is based on a grid of pillars of 3.50 x 3.50 meters, that sorts well modulating beams that ends up embracing the house , leading a terrace and a small central space (where the Jacuzzi barrel is). The structure is left to the view being part of the external expression of the house.
The walls, that are arranged inside of the structure, make enclosures whose dimensions are arranged on the module. The interior partitions are made of white painted pine, the same wood chosen for the structure, a wood of the area and very well known by all carpenter. So, this shelter on a cliff of the coast of the V Region of Chile has been opened for a few months and has already received visitors that are looking for a place to retire and look into the sea.
Outside, the house was treated with graphite gray primers that ensure low maintenance over time and that strengthen the form of a container.”
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 8 April, 2014
Situated in Nonthaburi, Thailand, this modern 4,843 square foot residence was designed in 2013 by TA-CHA Design.
“In relation to a lot of research especially interview with the owner, our design intent has been interpreted as a simple but powerful word in Thai ‘Chan’ (Literally means terrace) However, ‘Chan’ back to history of Thailand is incredibly meaningful as connection. As stated, ‘Chan’ connects people with people (Three generation living in the same house) ‘Chan’ links people with nature (Friend of nature) ‘Chan’ joins people with surrounding (Internal space interact with adjacent neighbor while maintaining privacy.)
Space planning has been adapted from traditional Thai residential architecture. The advantages of the spirit of traditional Thai house are to be retained to suit modern lifestyle such as sustainable strategies – the stack effect to move hot air up and out of the home by drawing cool air in through the ground floor (center of the house) – daylighting thru skylight in the middle of the house. This makes an indirect connection with environment.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 7 April, 2014
This modern apartment with this million dollar view located in Turin, Italy designed by Andrea Marcante & Adelaide Testa.
An apartment built on the mezzanine level of a building overlooking the square that symbolises the city of Turin, Piazza San Carlo erected by the Dukes of Savoy and in particular Maria Cristina di Francia, who reigned as “Madama Reale” during the first half of the 17th century, turns into a modern-day theatre representing a certain idea of the bourgeois home, the home of the Turin professional middle classes, through its spaces and the furniture inside it, all embodying reassuring engineering precision and subtle concerns.
The building plan, characterised by a tunnel-shaped progression from the rear to the drawing room facing the square, the windows opening onto the square itself with their given shape and size of the “oculus” on the building facades marking the perimeter, and the need to set out the relational spaces in the living quarters as zones and premises that (to a greater or lesser degree) can be seen from outside, provide the initial input for the construction of a vaguely metaphysical home environment.
Photography by Carola Ripamonti.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 3 April, 2014
One of the most common monikers found in the home construction industry is “Custom Homes”. The message is simple: Let me build you the house that you want, not some cookie-cutter thing that looks like everything else in the neighborhood.
And that appeals to us, because we are all unique individuals with specific tastes that probably don’t make a perfect match with anyone else’s. From that perspective, we automatically rule out any home that appears to be too similar to others. Unique homes are king.
Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 1 April, 2014
This u-shaped two-storey residence situated in the capital of Brazil was designed for a childless couple by Ney Lima.
The architect description: “The will of a childless couple was building a home that preserved a typical tree savanna that existed on the ground even before the neighborhood Taquari remedies arise in the Capital of Brazil. Having this first fruits as a starting point, the architect Ney Lima residents met with a two-story house in a U shape thus the project could benefit the most from the ground and even then highlight the darling of the residents.
The ends were designed one bistro cuisine and a living involving the tree that stands out because of the white background and sides with rustic ceramic coating , which resembles the traditional adobe houses employed in the interior of Goiás.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 28 March, 2014
Architect Marc Gerritsen has designed this amazing home for himself in Koh Samui, Thailand.
“The main thing about this location is the expanse of the surroundings and the quietness. Life in Taipei is very hectic, and I needed a place to escape. I really wanted a quiet area and a fantastic view. Having an open plan living room, with doors that can totally slide away, which looks out at the pool and the ocean – that’s something I’d been thinking about for a long time. With this plot, I was able to put the pieces of the puzzle together.
The house was a return to the basic values in life: good clean air, wide open space, quiet solitude. With these basic values you can be in a space that is uncluttered, and your mind can become still. That’s also the reason behind the very basic materials that I have used: concrete, wood, steel and glass. There are no embellishments. The focus is on the space rather than the materials”.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 24 March, 2014
Horst Architects recently redesigned this loft apartment perched atop a rocky seaside promontory in Corona del Mar, California.
Perched atop a rocky seaside promontory, this loft renovation is an efficient response to the problem of limited space with simplicity and restraint being the guiding principles of the design solution. The clients requested a design which would accommodate office work by day and intimate social and familial gatherings by night. The interior spaces have been completely reconfigured into an open plan evolving around a double height entry volume containing the principal stairway. Sliding partitions and fabric behind frameless glass have replaced traditional means of enclosure and spatial transition. A sculptural interplay of material, light and form define spaces, which are both intimate and communal, sheltering yet expansive. Indoor and outdoor living is integrated by frameless, bi-folding doors. Windows are positioned to embrace the view of the harbor, while second skin systems such as wood shutters mediate the late afternoon sun and provide privacy. The changing play of light on surfaces, the breezes that move through and around the structure, the touch and smell of walls and gardens, the play of colors, the sound of spaces all play a part in the reception of architecture as it is lived in, and are important determinants in our well being.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 19 March, 2014