The clients had been visiting Skye with their dogs for many years. They love the landscape and positively enjoy the unpredictable weather and choose to eat outdoors in all seasons. They brought to us photographs of their main home in Lancashire which is simple and minimal, a CD of their favourite music and the encouragement to do something different.
The site is at the end of the road at Aird of Sleat. It has a sense of the end of the world, shore access and extraordinary views back to Knoydart, Morar, Ardnamurchan and down the coast to the island of Eigg. There are views on 3 sides and it was decided to tuck the bedrooms behind the main living spaces to enable us to create a terrace from the kitchen for the morning light, a terrace from the dining space for the afternoon light and a terrace off the main bedroom for the evening light.
The design developed into 2 distinct forms with a stepped foundation to give additional height to the main living space and to allow views across the dining space from the kitchen to Eigg beyond the fireplace. This step in the foundation corresponded precisely to the slope in the landscape. The link between the 2 forms houses a utility room and shower room.
The proportions, massing and siting of this house are derived from traditional forms; narrow in span and tight to the ground. It is clad in a skin of narrow larch cladding walls and roof. It fits in to the township settlement pattern and sits quietly in its place on the edge of its world. Despite its obvious abstraction from the local vernacular it remains a house rooted in its place and a direct response to both site and brief.
Architects : Dualchas Architects
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 7 August, 2014
Perimeter is the name of the interior design by the young team of architects ZOOCO for Casa Decor Madrid 2013. An interesting proposal of a housing space with just 36 m2 of floor area completely covered with HISBALIT products.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 6 August, 2014
A modest single story hillside home designed for a family wishing to downsize and simplify. The feel of this home is evocative of the mid-century modern homes which once dominated the surrounding area before the McMansion craze of the last decade. Humble, natural materials such as rammed earth walls, limestone floors and Douglass Fir wood ceilings are woven inside and out in a sophisticated play of interlocking interior and exterior living spaces. The scale of the home is decidedly “cozy” and visually calm with a minimalist approach to materials and detailing, allowing the focus to be on art and nature, meeting the owners goal of creating a home of simple sophisticated elegance without being boastful.
Architects : Kendle Design Collaborative
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 5 August, 2014
Located in the heart of Warsaw, Poland, this eclectic 603 sq ft apartment was designed by Klara Wesół of KW Studio.
This private apartment with a surface of 56m2 (603ft2) is located in the very heart of Warsaw, the Powiśle district. The project envisaged a complete renovation of an old flat situated on the 4 storey of a modernist residential building from the 1930’s. The works comprised replacement of all installations and floors as well as the refurbishment and reconfiguration of rooms.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 31 July, 2014
This pristine contemporary home designed by Gavin Maddock Design Studio is located on the west coast 90kms north of Cape Town – bordered by a nature reserve adjoining the ocean. Sites like this don’t come much more spectacular. Taking full advantage of the ocean views and responding to the coastal dune context, Gavin Maddock describes it as ‘a glorious site’.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 29 July, 2014
Lomocubes is a new innovative and sophisticated residential project by MPA Architetti, located in Lugano and commissioned by the entrepreneur Alessandro Lo Monaco. Lomocubes is a luxurious and high profile condominium that overlooks the Lugano lakeshores. It is a groundbreaking architectural project that marks a new frontier in residential building construction. Finished in July 2013, Lomocubes synthesizes the best relationship between interior and exterior spaces, giving from the living room of each unit a wonderful view on the lake. A texture-in-motion built with a rigorous and wise use of materials leads to a seductive aesthetic result established on the succession between full and empty spaces, transparency and opacity.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 24 July, 2014
FC studio have finished the renovation of ‘Maranhao apartment’ in sao paolo, brazil. according to the architects, the biggest challenge of the project was the conversion of a family apartment into a residence that fits the needs of a young, single advertiser, while retrofitting securities provided by the original structure. therefore, the work respects the memories of the space by exposing its existing components and materials with the addition of contemporary design elements. The living room, home theater, and dining table have become part of a unified and continuous space through the demolition of walls and removal of the toilet that once disrupted the openness of the floorplan. This connects to the kitchen where the construction of the old form has been reutilized to arrange a wine rack and storage cabinets. Concrete shelves have been crafted along fenestrated walls that specifically emphasize the horizontality of the public areas and serve as a shield for pieces of art. Meanwhile, a large gallery of corten steel that wraps around a corner from the television to the lounge demarcates between social and intimate programs, camouflaging access that is created through a pivoting door to the master bedroom. these characteristics combine to display a sober color palette that contrasts and highlights the interior furnishings. (via)
photos © pedro kok
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 24 July, 2014