Dream Homes

Baan Yo Yen House in Thailand by TA-CHA Design

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


Modern Apartment at Turin, Italy by Andrea Marcante, Adelaide Testa

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


A Factory-Built Home That Looks Like Anything But Mass-Produced

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


Taquari House by Ney Lima

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


The Naked House by Marc Gerritsen

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


Beck Residence by Horst Architects

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


355 Mansfield by Amit Apel Design

Amit Apel has designed 355 Mansfield, a family home in Los Angeles, California.

“On entering, enjoy the welcome of bold colors and contrasting materials inviting you to cleanse your mind’s eye and explore the artful display of lines, shapes and mass integrated into a warm and liveable abode. As you pass through the grid-glass entry door you witness the openness of a liveable space yet well defined areas for living, eating and kitchen prep. The use of Japanese style plant separators, step-up floor to the kitchen and precision lines and surfaces make for an enjoyable eating, living and relaxing life. The master chef will love the ease of food preparation in this spacious kitchen with extensive work area and storage space while the family and guests enjoy the open eating and living areas with Japanese style grid windows that retract to take them outdoors while inside.

Posted by Michelle Lesser at 17 March, 2014



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