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Beautiful Beach House Interior with Suspended Staircase


Built in Ubatuba, on the coast of São Paulo, the elegant architecture house with Anderson Muniz design combines marble and cumaru drawn at right angles.

It is one thing to have art at home, another is to make it a structural element. So it is this beautiful beach house interior with suspended staircase created by the architect Anderson Muniz in Itamambuca Beach, in Ubatuba, on the coast of São Paulo. The 1100 m² of construction already make a good impact - accompanied by sawn marble flooring, cumaru panels, double height ceilings and an internal area that extends outwards like a root looking for the sun.

Here, at the center of all this, on the ground floor, next to the living and the gourmet area, there is still a staircase like never before seen, designed by designer Hugo França. "When I invited him to draw it, he was so excited that the next day he called and told what he imagined for the place," says Anderson. And the idea was quite bold - why not a log around which the steps would be set? The assembly required a metal pin that, inserted in the center of the black angico, crosses the lining. Even though it is all tied up, it is an organic and light element in the heart of the house.





"The first step was to find a fallen tree in the region, for which we have the collaboration of Gaúcho, a partner who lives in Itamambuca and knows the local biome very well." After a month, we located in the Atlantic Forest a monumental Red Angelim, organic forms and robust structure, "explains Hugo França. "It was the biggest interior piece I ever produced and the second ladder I designed, a challenge for me, because using a very organic structure and a ladder that needs to have geometric steps in its surroundings is not an easy task."

There were still some final details of the project to be carried out, but neither did the anxiety of the couple of owners, with their children and grandchildren, who decided to open the house during the holiday season in 2017. This true center of family reunion already had everything they needed, including a ladder-shaped sculpture. Or vice versa.

Anderson designed the six suites - four upstairs and two downstairs - and the home theater pretty much the same size. "Here, I did not want to use this old story master suite, they are all the same," says the architect. In the kitchen, several members of the family of Bahian origin take turns with the pleasure of performing good dishes and savoring them around a large table and then spreading out on comfortable sofas and armchairs, almost all made to measure .

The eyes see an elegant, silent architecture, with slabs advancing on both floors, giving space a unique personality. But the house is contemporary beyond what one can see. Fully automated, its controls can be operated from a distance, from the opening of the curtains to the pool's whirlpool.

To accomplish the work, architect and owner opted for a metal structure, which accelerates the execution time and does not generate waste. There was a house on the ground, it's true, it was totally demolished. All that was left of it was donated and reused, from the rubbish (quite useful for landfills) to the wooden frame. The local laws of an area of ​​environmental protection are strict, and finding the right land does not mean being able to buy it. Hence the option to acquire the property and "disassemble" it to erect a new dwelling.

Anderson Muniz is now working on a new stage: to make the house energy-saving from a photovoltaic panels, a plan still under development. Surfer and capoeirista, he is part of a generation for which all this is already very natural. With the Itamambuca project in progress, he eventually settled in Ubatuba with his wife and two children. Their design, as well as their lifestyle, are proof that ethics and aesthetics can indeed make a marriage happy.


200 sq m House Integrated with Nature by FCstudio, São Paulo


About FCstudio

Property of 200 m² establishes several types of relation with the environment.

This 200 sq m house integrated with nature in a low verticalization neighborhood in São Paulo was designed by a young architect to become his own home. The main challenge was to build a corner building, with two facades leaning against the neighbors, that took full advantage of the land and natural light without impeding the privacy of the resident.

According to the professionals of FCstudio, an office that signs the architectural project, including lighting, interiors and construction, the house with metallic structure establishes several types of relation with the environment.

The ground floor can open fully so that the tropical landscaping of the land integrates into the internal space, where the boundary between interior and exterior is diluted. The entire floor is free of barriers, except for the kitchen and toilet, which function as a "functional island" separating the areas.





The opposite happens on the upper floor, where the facade can be opened or fully closed by steel doors with electrostatic painting that block the direct solar incidence and preserve intimacy, acoustically isolating the intimate area and ensuring the intense natural ventilation.

Already the garden on the terrace of the property allows the observation of sunrise and sunset and enjoy the view of the surroundings from a high point in a neighborhood composed only of low houses. In addition, the green roof contributes to the maintenance of the temperature balance inside the house, and heating of water is done with solar panels.

Mediterranean Style Home with Industrial Details, Algarve, Portugal


About White & Kaki

This mediterranean style home with industrial details in Algarve, Portugal, has uncluttered environments with notes of sophistication.

In this house between the countryside and the beach in the Algarve region of Portugal, references to the Mediterranean Sea and the industrial style are found in rustic materials, works of art and pieces made with the perfume of the ocean and notes of sophistication.

A wabi-sabi accent permeates the interiors signed by the White & Kaki office of Carlos Rocha and Vítor Duarte. The duo was responsible for the total renovation of the property, which is characterized by different openings to the exterior, and took advantage of the integration between the interiors of the residence and its surroundings, where native vegetation sets the tone.

"The client wanted a relaxed home integrated with the landscape," said the decorators, who invested in materials of the region mixed with lamps and other pieces of different styles, brands, consecrated artists and emerging names. "It was necessary to preserve the sensation of freedom and of space, result obtained by taking advantage of the right foot, peeling the interior, and the visibility to the natural scenery."





The entrance is through a wooden door, designed by the studio, which leads the visitor to the generous living room where, in addition to the cement staircase with hand-worked iron railing, the high ceilings and the glass openings framed by iron that give access to the garden.

The bucolic atmosphere extends to the kitchen, where stands the rustic wooden table with feet of iron in contrast to the white of the planned cabinet. On the table hang glass lamps signed by the designers of W & K, one of the many exclusive pieces.

On the ground floor there is space for two bedrooms, a suite and a bathroom. The smaller dormitory has access to a small, Mediterranean-inspired patio, which in turn connects with the kitchen. As well as the living room, it overlooks the garden with pond and balcony.

Climbing up the cement stairs comes to the mezzanine, where are the closet and the owner's room, which includes a bathroom divided into two areas. Highlight for the environment composed by an oval bathtub next to the fireplace.


Metal Mesh Integrates Chinese Office Architecture to Nature


About AOE

Project: Chongqing Sunac One Central Mansion Sales Pavilion
Architecture: AOE
Year: 2017
Location: Yuzhong District, Chongqing, China

Upon being hired to renovate the architecture of a sales office in Beijing, China, Aoe's office invested in a project that visually integrates construction into nature and thus pays homage to the Chinese architectural tradition.





The integration was made thanks to a metal mesh that is in front of the facade of the building and works as a kind of armor that surrounds it. And that choice was not random. Unlike Western architecture, which is largely based on a constructive system supported by masonry, the Chinese seek to make buildings a continuation of external spaces. By putting a mesh facing out, the professional created a structure with curvilinear lines dictated by the curves of nature.


Biofacade Technology and Microalgae-Covered Buildings by XTU Architects


About XTU Architects

The biofacade technology provides natural insulation, absorbs carbon dioxide and produces oxygen. XTU Architects proposes algae-covered towers for Hangzhou.

Huangzhou, China, can win another daring architectural project. It is that the French studio XTU Architects developed a project of four twisted glass towers. So far so good. The building is even more curious to have the facade lined with panels with microalgae.

Called French Dream Towers, the buildings must include biofacade technology. The algae layer provides natural insulation and compensates for the building's environmental impact by absorbing carbon dioxide and producing oxygen.

"The culture of microalgae on the facade of building is a process developed by XTU for several years. It allows symbiosis: the biofacade uses the thermal building to regulate the temperature of algae and at the same time these biofacades allow a much better insulation of the buildings", architects said in a statement.





Arup was a pioneer in biofacade technology five years ago, with the world's first algae building in Hamburg, Germany.

Microalgae growing in glass panels can be used to generate renewable energy. According to the publication, XTU Architects suggested that in case of its Hangzhou towers, algae could be harvested for use in medicines or cosmetics.

One of the towers should include restaurants, a panoramic bar, a hotel, a spa and a beauty salon. Another tower would be dedicated to art, with galleries, etc. Already the last tower will be for business, with offices, startups and spaces of coworking.

Beautiful California-Style Home of Selena Gomez


This beautiful California-style home is for sale for $ 2.799 million

Selena Gomez has a cozy home in California and has decided to put it up for sale. According to Variety, the singer and actress asks for $ 2.799 million for the mansion in Studio City.

The 970-square-meter bungalow-style property has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a separate guest house with another bathroom.

The decor of the living room is more formal with brick floors in the common areas and hardwood in the bedrooms, angled brick fireplace and all with plenty of natural light. The one-story beautiful California-style home has a vaulted ceiling. In addition, the mansion has two guest bedrooms, a fitness room, dining area that opens to the backyard and a master suite.


Oprah Winfrey's Rustic-Luxury Beautiful Home, Orcas Island, Washington


Oprah Winfrey bought a private beachfront complex with rustic-luxury beautiful home on Orcas Island for $ 31.7 million.

Oprah Winfrey just made a modest purchase in real estate. According to Variety, the presenter spent $ 8,275 million on a complex of houses in Orcas Island, an archipelago in Washington.

The mansion of more than 2 thousand square meters is located on the seafront overlooking the west of the island and was built in 2007. The property has four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The main residence has three floors with stone details and a copper roof and slate outside.

In the interior, the décor opts for a rustic-luxury style, which includes woods recovered in an old Chicago building. The living area contains stone fireplace, while the kitchen has skylights, a central island and built-in pizza oven.

The hostess also has a library with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, as well as a gigantic playroom. In the entertainment part, Oprah enjoys a secluded sauna, Asian garden and private hiking trails. To make things even more sophisticated, the mansion has a house and tea sub trees, next to the main house.


Renovation with Colorful Cement Tiles in Grey Décor Apartment


About Karina Korn

Design: Karina Korn
Area: 307 m²
Location: Perdizes, São Paulo, Brazil
Photos: Eduardo Pozella

Renovation with colorful cement tiles in grey décor apartment injected spirit into the kitchen with the linings and, in the living room, the pictures of living tones give charm.

A secret for the grey décor to gain joy? Bet on sober tones lit by vibrant colors at strategic points. This was done by the architect Karina Korn in this 307 m² apartment in Perdizes, São Paulo. The unique and versatile result is far from monotonous and can be easily changed over the years by changing few elements.

There lives a family with three children of different ages, who wanted, above all, that the renovation bring privacy for each one for friends visits. The unusual request came along with the proposal of not having TV in the living room, and a sober decoration in the living room and that reflects their personalities in the rooms.





Living and dining integrate and form the main area. Each opposing wall has gained a mosaic of Portuguese stones and colorful pictures, which give life to the space.

The grey kitchen, with ornare white cabinets, comes out of the ordinary. The pediment of the sink and one of the walls received Marcelo Rosenbaum colorful cement tiles.

Contemporary Home with Garden Design


Land area: 800 sqm
Construction area: 980 sqm
Area of garden and terraces: 360 sqm
Location: Bosques de las lomas, CDMX

About VGZ arquitectura y diseño

Openings make the sustainable architecture to receive the maximum of daylight in this contemporary home with garden design in Mexico City, which also captures rainwater.

The architects of the Mexican office VGZ arquitectura y diseño thought more about the openings of this house to receive the light of the sun than in the construction itself. For them, this would result in seamless integration and fluidity with nature. Each residence environment in Mexico City is designed to connect with the green.

Lots of glass cloths and sliding doors make the boundary between interior and exterior even smaller. Even on rainy days the indoor spaces receive natural light. Concrete, glass, wood and stones reinforce this connection with nature.

On the ground floor, the library is one of those spaces with access to the common garden. Surrounded by shelves and walls lined with wood panels, the space follows shades of brown so that the attention turns to the green outside.

In addition to requiring little artificial light during the day, among the sustainable solutions is rainwater harvesting.

The feeling of being free in a contemporary home is what led the architects to think of the landscaping to compose the decoration inside and outside the contemporary home with garden design. The idea is to live with freedom in the city - and this is done through access to common and private gardens, designed especially for the residence.





Description from architects.

The compositional scheme starts from an L in which the planes are phased out to create a set of inputs and transparencies that erase the inner-outer borders and link the different spaces. Surrounded by a garden or terrace on all the facades, the concrete works as a structure and finished at the same time, achieving a palette of materials that change in the same planes, concrete, glass, wood and stone.

We seek to respect the environment in every aspect, taking advantage of rainwater, treating the black water and generating electricity with the sun. We achieved a very transparent house where the walls are finished structure.

Renovation Without Work - 10 Small Ideas to Transform Your Home


1 - Lamps
2 - Plants
3 - Headboards
4 - Paint
5 - Wallpaper
6 - Stickers
7 - Colored woodworking
8 - Wall plate
9 - Colorful furniture
10 - Vinyl flooring

If you are one of those who just hear the word "renovation" already feels chills, your nightmares are over! Professionals in the area selected small tips to transform home decor without breaking walls! Are you curious? Then check below.


Modern Minimalist Home with Breathtaking Views in Los Angeles, California


About SAOTA

Perched high on a hill in Bel Air, Los Angeles's premier neighborhood, this modern minimalist home with breathtaking views built in the 1970's has been completely remodeled by professionals from the SAOTA design and architecture studio, who combine the aesthetic freshness of today with the organic feature of California's modernism to form a privacy-defined dwelling and a breathtaking view.

At the request of the residents, the old house in Spanish style underwent a complete renovation that maintained only its original structure. And since the location offers a panorama that goes from downtown to Century City with the mountains to the east and the ocean to the south, architects have tried to value the beautiful light of the North American west coast by creating generous openings that invite the landscape to invade the interiors.





A balanced play between wood, concrete and glass is already on the facade, which has been redesigned, according to the architects, as a sculptural composition. From the entrance hall, an asymmetrical passageway carved into the main body of the house intentionally postpones the discovery of the skyline, framed by the high ceiling of the living room. "There is a transition between the severe forms of the entrance, anchored in the slope, that open space for a lighter structure as one moves through the interior," say the architects.

Here the Californian lifestyle translates through the lightness in spaces, which serve the varied purposes of a modern family. In the new layout, the swimming pool has gained the company of linear beds that color the surroundings of the house without hindering the view of the horizon. Meanwhile, a structure creates a natural extension of the inner spaces outward and provides protection from the sun when dining is the idea of ​​relaxing in the open air, watching the palm fronds under the blue sky of Los Angeles.


First 3D Printed Concrete Homes Project in the World



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About Houben Van Architecten

Project Milestone


The Municipality of Eindhoven, TU Eindhoven and the companies Van Wijnen, Vesteda, Saint Gobain-Weber Beamix and Witteveen + Bos are going to realize the first habitable house that will roll straight out of the printer. The house will be the first of five houses of 3D-printed concrete, which will be placed in the Eindhoven new-build neighborhood Meerhoven in the coming years. The 3D printed concrete homes of the project, called Project Milestone, are realized one after the other, while research on technology remains in development.

Project Milestone can rightly be seen as a milestone for many reasons. Not only from the point of view of the technology and the builders, but also from the design, the municipality, the future occupant and the landlord. If the first occupant gets the key at the beginning of 2019, there is a home that meets all the comfort needs. Made sustainably and energy-efficient, but also a comfortable, light and quiet house. In a fantastic natural wooded area.





Disruptive

Ultimately, the project will have five 3D printed concrete homes, with both the printing technology and the design of the house becoming more and more complex. If the ground floor first home is printed off-site, the two-story fifth home will be manufactured entirely on-site. The development of the 3D concrete printing technique will therefore be beautifully perceptible. For the collaborating partners, however, Milestone is emphatically not an experiment. They see development as a major innovation that can be disruptive for the (housing) construction sector. After all, concrete is the most used building material in the world.

The design is not just like a house, the futuristic design has also succeeded in being timeless. The design results from the typical possibilities of the new technique. The 3D printing technique gives shape freedom, where traditional concrete is very rigid in shape. This freedom of form has been used here to make a design with which the houses naturally blend into their wooded surroundings, like boulders. As if the five buildings were abandoned and have always been in this wooded oasis.


Bosrijk

The 3D printed concrete homes will be located in Bosrijk, in the Meerhoven district. Bosrijk is being developed as a 'sculpture garden', with high-quality, ambitious architectural projects placed as sculptures in a continuous landscape. This sculpture garden is not just to look at, but also to enjoy actively. The ultimate Forest Enthusiast is therefore not behind the geraniums in his home, but is an 'urban cowboy' or 'city nomad' who chooses his home as a base for a dynamic life full of work, recreation and nature experience in a particularly scenic environment.

Haddock House for Sale - Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1939


21.06.2018

Architect: Frank Lloyd Wright
Area: 1,300 sq ft (120 sq m)
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
Build Year: 1979

A new property designed by renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright is for sale. Known as Haddock House, the house, located in Michigan, USA, was designed in 1939, but only saw the light of day 40 years later.

The 120 square meter property has two bedrooms, two bathrooms. The kitchen has been renovated but, according to the announcement, retains many original Wright touches. The design still reveals vaulted ceilings and tall windows.





According to Apartment Therapy, astrophysicist Fred Haddock commissioned the construction of the project in 1979 in Ann Arbor, which was overseen by Charles Montooth of Teliesin Associated Architects.

Neutral Palette Living Room in Beautiful House in Curitiba


About SCK Arquitetura

Architect: Eliza Schuchovski, SCK Arquitetura
Area: 500 m²
Location: Pilarzinho, Curitiba, Brazil

Project privileges minimalist essence in the property of a young couple with two children.

Preserving the wide and free circulations was one of the priorities of the architect Eliza Schuchovski, of the office SCK Arquitetura, when designing the interiors of this residence of 500 m² in the neighborhood of Pilarzinho, in Curitiba.

The owners of the property, a young couple in their 35s, and with two small children, wanted the décor to be in tune with the architecture, marked by a minimalist and contemporary proposal.

Following the architectural design signed by Mario Biselli, Eliza sought to value the pure and soft lines to create a lightweight layout in which the use of the apparent concrete is balanced by the presence of the wood.





The result is a contrast of materials that evokes the hot and cold, the noble and the rustic. While the apparent concrete overlays some structural beams and columns and the sandstone is present in the lining of some walls, the wood brings temperature to the floor, which extends to the porch deck.

Eliza opted for a natural shade blade for the joinery and complemented the linen décor. "They sophisticate the environments without loading in the composition", emphasizes the architect, who invested in the combination of textures in harmony with the palette of earthy tones, investing also in contemporary objects and mirrored surfaces.

According to her, the presence of different textures in overtones brings timelessness to the spaces. The lighting project, in turn, seeks to create scenarios and flexibility of different uses. "The games of light and shadow valued every point of the project and the different textures of materials," she says.

Neutral palette living room in beautiful house.

Cindy Crawford Sells Luxury Beachfront Mansion in Malibu for $45 Million


19.6.2018
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Area: 5,254 sf

Cindy Crawford just sold one of her luxury beachfront mansions in Malibu for an exorbitant amount. The house, located on the seashore of a beach in Malibu, cost the new owner no less than $ 45 million.

In 2017, she and her husband, Rander Gerber, listed the property for $ 50 million, but only now have managed to close the deal. The residence was built in 1944 and has four bedrooms, five bathrooms and a media room. The master suite contains two bathrooms, a sitting area, double closets and a fireplace.







Want more? The mansion still has a tennis court, swimming pool, deck with fire pit, an outdoor pavilion that gives direct access to the beach and a garage for three cars.

Axiom Space First Tourist Space Station Interiors


About Axiom Space
About Philippe Starck

The Axiom Space project is due to be ready by 2020 and will cost £ 41 million per ticket

If you think 2018 is the year of flying cars and dream of it since the futuristic episodes of The Jetsons, wait a little bit longer. In 2020 with the Axiom Space project you can go to space - a lot better, right? Unless you have £ 41 million to pay for the ticket and make the 10-day trip to the Axiom space station connected to the ISS. The space tourism program will include a 15-week training led by astronauts to make everything happen in the best way. And no one more conducive to drawing the interiors than the master of technology Philippe Starck.

The first commercial space station will have crew quarters, meal area and common environment for people to interact with. "My vision for the housing module at Axiom Station is a comfortable egg that is inviting with soft walls and a design perfectly in tune with the values ​​and movements of the human body at zero gravity," he commented in an official announcement.





According to the announcement made by Axiom, the project was also designed to improve life in orbit and offer passengers a certain level of luxury. Which was translated into large rectangular windows covered with gold and rounded corners to see the Earth framed from afar. The private cabins also have suede-lined walls dotted with LED lights that change color according to the time and distance between the ship and Earth. "Just like all the shades of day and night lights and colors, this "egg" will bring mood and rhythm to its osmotic inhabitant," said Starck.


Prefab House in Italy Turns in Search of Sun


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About Protek

Mechanism allows to vary the landscape and direct solar panels

The architect Roberto Rossi designed a prefab house in northern Italy that rotates 360 degrees in both directions. The idea is that the rotation movement allows to offer different views for the residents and also direct the solar panels installed in the property in order to better capture the light.

The octagonal building built near the town of Rimini balances on a central pillar that rotates mechanically. "A house that was capable of turning was a customer request from the beginning of the project," Rossi tells. "In addition to appreciating the changing landscape according to the positioning, he is passionate about machines and mechanisms."





The project, whose main challenge was to maintain lightness, is inspired by Villa Girasole, another spinning house built in Italy in the 1930s. The work of architects Angelo Invernizzi and Ettore Fagiuoli moves on circular trails around a point central. "We have rediscovered the futuristic and avant-garde appeal of Villa Girasole," says Rossi.

Beautiful Kindergarten Design Project by Kientruco


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Project: Chuon Chuon Kim 2
Architect: Kientruco
Area: 409 sqm
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Year: 2016

This beautiful kindergarten design project was developed in Ho Chi Minh City as children's educational space that stimulates and captivates meaningful meaningful and inspirational cross interactions amongst the adult and the children. Environment within the school contains an openness and a conscientiousness with a spark of curiosity that can allow people of all ages to explore the kindergarten space in calming and relaxing  atmosphere.

As Kientruco has engaged in numerous projects in educational sphere, architects recognize that past experiences and acquired skills are equally as important and valuable as the responsibility of nurturing the kids. This activity invokes an interest within the staffs and the teacher, and a sense of pride. It embraces and inspires them, for that they have chosen to dedicate their lives to the well-being of the children and to the education process on a daily basis.





Like a building from a giant Lego's, this beautiful kindergarten design project is designed and built entirely with bare brick forming openings and patterns that are playful to the eyes, suggesting a unique aesthetic value and additionally promoting fresh air through natural ventilation.

Utility rooms and classrooms are organized around a central playful core structure. Each floor is designed in an alternating pattern to encourage children to be more receptive to their surroundings, enhance vertical interaction, and stimulate their inner creativity.

The core space is full of movement and ample, by contrast to the calming atmosphere of the classrooms. From the green garden on the ground floor, the volumes form an aperture that incases a continuous perspective that is visible from outside in and inside out. Continually upward, the interior spaces connect to an open rooftop garden, waiting to be discovered with a rewarding experience of the infinite vista of the Saigon river.

The journey of discovery in this beautiful kindergarten design project is a very liberating one because of the continuous changes, and the endless experiences that are tailored personally to each space. Conclusively, Chuon Chuon Kim 2 Kindergarten is a place of surprises that will never cease to tickle the curious souls, children and adult alike.


Recreational House Design in Nova Scotia, Canada


Architects Omar Gandhi Architect
Location Nova Scotia, Canada
Photography Ema Peter Photography

Plans

Sluice Point is located at the southern tip of Nova Scotia, within the Argyle Township of Yarmouth County. The site is located on a high and wooded point, adjacent to long and low views of marshes, small islands and the waters of the Tusket River in the Gulf of Maine.

The coast is dotted with very few cabins and small, traditional houses, far from being overdeveloped with new buildings. From the initial site visit, it was clear that any proposed building should be respectful. The shape of the building would be low, long and horizontal, and the palette of materials would be composed of natural and local materials, which would blend with the landscape. Formally, the building is inspired by the infamous Acadian saltwater barns, "une barge", which dot the local landscape. Historically, the haystacks allowed to store hay in the open marshes on structures that kept it elevated and protected from the water by the time the marshes were flooded.

Customers are Swiss seasonal occupants, who use the home as an outlet for recreational activities such as swimming, fishing, boating, hiking and more. As such, it was crucial that the space be designed to be durable, resistant and easy to maintain. This was achieved by using a pallet consisting of natural and raw materials such as concrete and local wood siding.





The client had several requirements that we could integrate in the early stages of the design. The large space of the room should be open, versatile and free of distractions when necessary to emphasize the exterior view. This translated into a space that could be transformed from a completely programmed interior space to one that was completely hidden and minimal. Flexible elements such as a series of sliding panels, barn doors and a central rotating chimney allow the center of activity and gravity to change easily and flow naturally.

The program required open deck spaces and covered outdoors. One of them should be used as a deck for the mornings outside the main suite, where the client could enjoy a cup of coffee and enjoy the sunrise to the east. The second, a covered deck, was to be a space for nightly entertainment, an extension of the living room where occupants and guests could enjoy the revolving fireplace from a covered space that could extend into the high seasons.

The semicircular design of the residence places the living areas along the side of the "views", while the services are located on the back of the floor. The structure consists of flanking bedroom wings and a large indoor / outdoor central room space that is entirely lined with local light fir and birch wood. The monolithic appearance has the feeling that the space is carved in the external form of wood.

Materiality, form and location are intrinsically connected to the local condition. The economic roof of the shed is inspired by the local fishing sheds and shanties scattered along the Nova Scotia coast - with a smooth transformation. The roof frame encompasses the exterior walls, allowing a roof form as economically and efficiently as possible. Both the wall and the ceiling are covered with the same white cedar from the east, of local origin, creating a shell of wooden shingles.

As one approaches the residence, one faces with a low ceiling, a gently inclined wall and a minimum amount of glass in the form of discontinuous dotted tape. The vertex of the view is highlighted with a bright white arc, which marks the entrance and pierces the center of the house.

The entrance arch is oriented with a high corridor, compressed on the sides. In extreme contrast, when one enters space, one passes through the threshold and enters the great room, where a long and low horizontal panorama of the marshy coast and the view towards the sea, with the points of the islands, is presented. Up to the point of entry, the panoramic view of the landscape is hidden from the visitor, since the width of the house hides a spectacular view.


Cozy Architecture Studio Office Design - SelgasCano


Architecture SelgasCano
Location Madrid, Spain
Year 2007

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About SelgasCano
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The office of the Madrid architects José Selgas and Lucía Cano, built in 2007, is a simple white longitudinal container that is inserted in a wooded environment simply by burying itself, and generating an extremely attractive image with few projective resources. It has turned out to be the most seen project of the well-known Archdaily page in its five years of history.

This small Spanish studio has achieved a stunning international recognition since they designed and built the Palacio de Congresos de Badajoz in 2006. They make an architecture of simple spaces and vibrant colors. His formative process has been quite intense graduating both by the School of Architecture of Madrid in 1992. José Selgas would later obtain the Prix de Roma scholarship in 1998, having also worked in Naples with Francesco Venezia. Lucía Cano is the daughter of the well-known Madrid-born architect Julio Cano Lasso, in whose studio she would work until 2003. Since then they have created a studio of their own that has produced a few works of interest and recognized popularity.





Five years ago, Segas and Cano built this small office space to house their own design company. It is a small rectangular volume very elongated that is buried in the ground. There is only space for a row of tables perpendicular to the wall next to a bookcase, a longitudinal corridor and another shelf that follows the path of the other wall. The construction is very simple a concrete vessel buried in the ground on which a light enclosure is placed. The roof is divided into two parts, one closed to the south, consisting of a sandwich of three layers, in polyester fibers, glass and insulation, which protects from direct sunlight. And another, transparent, that covers the north of the curved plexiglass plate, thus allowing to offer a complete illumination of the workspace. All this is maintained by a simple curved metal structure that gives rise to the characteristic section of rounded corners.

The different areas that make up this sparse plant are subdivided with Plexiglas panels and colored doors with curved finials. An office and a tiny bathroom adhere to the main work space for 8 people, which is accessed by a small stairway embedded in the ground.

This project is in itself a radical bet that sins of an excessive simplicity and that, however, offers a unique photogenic with its colorful yellow and orange green. The report made by the extraordinary photographer Iwan Baan offers highly evocative and suggestive images. At first glance it would seem like the dream paradise for every architectural student.

Largest Greenhouse in the World - Tropicalia


French firm Coldefy & Associates has presented concept project of their design of the world’s largest tropical greenhouse situated under one roof. This project was designed in collaboration with energy company Dalkia. Greenhouse will be situated in Pas-de-Calais, France. It will be called Tropicalia, that will cover an area of 215,000 square feet (20,000 square meters). There  will be a tropical forest, turtle beach, a pool for Amazonian fish, and a one-kilometer-long walking trail, where the visitors can walk by an 82-foot-high (25-meter-high) waterfall, 82-foot-long (25-meter-long) “tactile pool” with koi carp, and an Olympic-size pool with Amazonian fish  that can grow up to 3 meters in length. It can be seen through an aquarium glass or from the pontoon.  It's assumed to be a “harmonious haven” where visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of nature under a single domed roof.

Coldefy & Associate programme aims to create a stable 26-degrees-Celsius environment within the greenhouse. To achieve this, the architects adopted a solution to using a combination of structural steel and ETFE plastic technology.

The scheme will feature a “double-dome” of 200-foot x 13-foot (60-meter x 4-meter) ETFE strips forming a pressurized “cushion,” allowing UV light to pass through while controlling thermal conditions inside. A third layer of ETFE underneath the structure will accumulate heat generated by the greenhouse effect to be exploited for thermal energy. In order to further enhance the scheme’s energy performance, and to integrate the large structure with its natural surroundings, the dome will be partially embedded in the landscape. These measures create an energy-self-sufficient scheme allowing for energy to be redistributed to surrounding buildings.





All the favorable conditions for flora and fauna will be created.

At the opening of Tropicalia, it is planned to attract about 500,000 visitors a year.  There will be an auditorium, bar/restaurant, bed and breakfast, and a scientific area dedicated to national and international collaboration, containing a conference room, laboratory, and clinic.

It  is  expected  that  construction of Tropicalia  will begin in 2019  and  scheduled to  be opened in 2021. The cost of this project is $62-million.

Indoor Slides in Homes Ideas - Interior Design



A handful of fun-loving homeowners installed indoor slides in their homes. Here are the best interior design examples of houses with indoor slides inside.







Inside Footballer House, Brazil - Spectacular Interiors and Decor


Project: Aquiles Nícolas Kilaris and Iara Kilaris

Spectaclar interiors and decor in beautiful house of Gil football player of the Brazilian team!

Top 7 New Trends in Decoration and Architecture for 2018


Every beginning of the year is tradition to talk about the main trends that will rock during it all.

However, this year we intend to do differently and instead of talking everything that is going to be trend and often repeat items from previous lists, since many things will still remain, we decided to make a top 7 of decoration and architecture of what will really be new (and is not on the previous lists) in the year of 2018!

White Home Facade with Concrete, Wood and Glass Details by Farinazzo Architecture


Project Residência MS
Design Farinazzo Architecture
Area 475 sqm
Year 2012

With 475 sqm of area this house designed in 2012 includes a mix of materials: wood, concrete and glass.

The timeless combination brings lightness through the glass while at the same time conferring robustness due to the cement plates (Castelatto) and warmth through the wood.

In addition, the combination helps to value the design volumetry, especially in the sunroom / main entrance.


Description from architect:

In sensational ways this house represents the freedom of the architect's trait. It is visually delineated by the marquise that is interrupted by the volumetry at the entrance, by the glass panels of double right foot of the social being, and in the sides, soon to return and to complete symmetrically the drawing in the balcony of the internal facade. Expressive blocks in cement coating cut the white creating the feeling of robustness. Wood predominates sensibly, rescuing regional values. A lot of glass and PVC frames in the openings harmonize with the design, allow the natural light between and provide thermal and acoustic insulation. Rectangular and circular cutouts are highlighted on the facade.





Standard Lot Size Two Story Beautiful Home Design, Brazil


Project by Achilles Nicolas Kilaris and Iara Kilaris.

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Most of the land in Brazil has a standard measure of 10x30 m and 12x30 m.

Which leads many people to think that it is small land to build a big house!

However, through a well-crafted architectural design that includes mainly two floors or more, having a large house on a land with standard footage is entirely possible.

And as an example of this, today I brought you to share with you this beautiful house designed by the architect Achilles Nícolas Kilaris with interior decoration executed by the designer Iara Kilaris (everything is mara - get ready)!

Designed on a 12x30 lot, this house with a contemporary façade and curved lines has 3 floors designed with the purpose of better utilizing the natural unevenness of the land (which reduces the total cost of the project) and to meet the number of spaces requested by the client which includes: garage, 3 rooms (living, dining, tv), toilet, office, kitchen, laundry area, large leisure area with pool and 4 bedrooms!

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Beautiful Mountain Homes Design Guidelines



Architecture Handbook

Beautiful Mountain Homes Design Guidelines & Improvement Requirements

Martis Camp, Lake Tahoe, California

Contents

1 - Preface

1.1 Architecture Review Principles
1.2 Elements of Composition
1.3 Architecture Review Process
1.4 Notices

2 - Site

2.1 Combined Property Heated Floor Area
2.2 Guest Houses & Accessory Structures
2.3 Site Analysis
2.4 Landscape Design Considerations
2.5 Landscape & Hardscape
2.6 Protection of Trees, Rocks & other Natural Features
2.7 Building Envelopes & Easements
2.8 Driveways
2.9 Best Management Practices
2.10 Grading
2.11 Coverage
2.12 Topography

3 - Structure

3.1 Style, Order & Proportion
3.2 Building Area
3.3 Building Height
3.4 Materials & Colors
3.5 Accessory Structures
3.6 Garages
3.7 Roofs
3.8 Decks

4 - Detail

4.1 Windows & Skylights
4.2 Fire-Resistive Construction
4.3 Refuse
4.4 Sports Courts, Pools & Spas
4.5 Lighting
4.6 Fences & Site Walls
4.7 Fireplaces & Fire Pits
4.8 Mechanical Equipment
4.9 Entry Gates & Address Markers

5 - Construction Regulations

5.1 Vehicle Access
5.2 Traffic/Parking
5.3 Equipment Operations & Parking
5.4 Material Deliveries
5.5 Construction Debris
5.6 Concrete Waste Management
5.7 Excavating, Excess Material & Blasting
5.8 Archaeological & Paleontological Resources
5.9 Dust & Noise
5.10 Temporary Power
5.11 Work Hours
5.12 Temporary Toilets
5.13 Alcohol, Controlled Substances & Firearms
5.14 Fires, Flammable Materials & Fire Extinguishers
5.15 Site Visits
5.16 Pets
5.17 Construction Trailers & Materials Storage
5.18 Signs

6 - Construction Procedures

6.1 Orientation
6.2 Pre-Construction Meeting
6.3 Construction Requirements
6.4 Insurance
6.5 Site Preparation
6.6 Compliance Deposit
6.7 Permission To Begin Construction
6.8 Beginning Construction
6.9 Change of Contractor
6.10 Completion of Construction
6.11 Construction Schedules
6.12 Construction Variances
6.13 Observation & Enforcement
6.14 Exterior Materials & Colors
6.15 Change Requests
6.16 Notification of Completion & Final Release
6.17 Conditioned Final Release

7 - Cabin Communities

7.1 Design Considerations
7.2 Site Parameters
7.3 Appropriate Scale
7.4 Review Fee for Cabins
7.5 Speaking of Architects
7.6 Recommended Reading

8 - Beautiful Mountain Homes Photos

9 - Martis Camp Contact (Lake Tahoe, California)

10 - Architects and Designers Contacts

10.1 Kelly and Stone Architects - Colorado (Steamboat Springs), California (Truckee)
10.2 MWA Architects - California (San Francisco, Oakland), Oregon (Portland)
10.3 Mountain Concepts - California (Truckee)

11 - Mountain Homes Builders Contacts

11.1 Greenwood Homes - Nevada (Incline Village)
11.2 Sunco Homes - California (Truckee)
11.3 Rinnovo Group - California (El Dorado Hills)





Luxury Villa in Alicante, Spain


Design: Gestec
Area: 459 square meters
Year: 2015
Location: Sierra Cortina, Finestrat, Alicante, Spain

This luxury villa in Alicante, Spain, has a privileged location, in "Sierra Cortina" of Finestrat and fantastic views to the bay and the island of Benidorm.

This fantastic property has 459 square meters of built area, on a plot of 813 square meters. Because of its orientation, the views of the bay of Benidorm are fabulous and can be enjoyed from almost every point of the house.

From the pedestrian access, we can enter in a magnificent garden, with an endless pool that extends along one of the sides of the property. Access to the main door of the apartment by a walkway that gives access to the porch next to the pool.

Once inside the house there is a large living room with large windows allowing you to enjoy the views and thanks to the maximum opening of the Schüco carpentry the pool area and porch are merged with the interior of the house. Kitchen is integrated with the living room and has dining area both indoor and outdoor. On this floor there is also a toilet and a washing area.

Access to both the first floor and the basement is done by a magnificent spiral staircase made of steel and wood.

On the first floor, the first room we find is the master bedroom. A suite with 35 square meters in which dressing, toilet and shower area and bathtub is practically integrated in the bedroom area. This suite has been designed to enjoy the skyline of the city of Benidorm.

This floor has two other fabulous spaces. One of them of 15.5 square meters, with wardrobes and a large bathroom en suite.

At the end of the corridor, with natural light thanks to the windows installed along it, is the third bedroom of the apartment. It has 25.5 square meters, a wall covered with wardrobes and an original bathroom en suite equipped with separate shower.

In the basement, in addition to the garage for two vehicles there is an additional space prepared to install an additional bedroom or living room, a gym or any other use that is necessary.

Finally, it should be noted that it is a house with underfloor heating system, ducted air conditioning, interior carpentry with lacquered wooden doors of 2.3 meters high, exterior aluminum carpentry of the Schüco brand, electric shutters and home automation system from which to control all the benefits of housing.





The residential area where this luxury villa in Alicante is located offers a wide range of services such as hypermarkets, cinemas, gymnasium, paddle courts, golf courses (Sierra Cortina Golf Club or Puig Campana Golf Club) and restaurants, as well as Have areas suitable for hiking and cycling. It is an area very close to both Finestrat and the city of Benidorm, with direct access from the Mediterranean motorway AP 7. In this fantastic area have been located luxury hotels such as the Meliá Villa Aitana or Barceló Asia Gardens, which shows that it is a suitable environment for rest.

Low-Energy Organic House Design with "Wild Slate Roof" in Germany


In this low-energy organic house design, regional, historical and organic structures and materials complement each other symbiotically to a fairy-tale "wavehouse". The organic structure is essentially achieved by the "wild slate roof", the roof roundings, the roof gutters and the rounded cornices.

Both externally and internally, the historical components collected passionately by the client are integrated and modeled using organic forms to form an exceptionally memorable building.

Architect: Walter Andre
Location: Zell, Germany
Year: 2008

Beautiful Home in California, built in 1964


A rocky cliff in Pacific Ocean in the territory of a small town of Jenner in California, became a place of construction of this beautiful home. The house, designed for one family, has one bedroom and one bathroom. From the road to the rock on which the house is built, there is a long wooden walkway. Floor-to-ceiling windows in natural stone interior, allow you to enjoy a beautiful ocean scenery. Living room with fireplace, a spacious kitchen with skylight and a bedroom with an ocean view create a cozy and intimate atmosphere. Outside there are two terraces with a large outdoor bathtub.

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Architecture: Richard Clements
Project:  Glass House
Area: 111 sq m (1,200 sq ft)
Year: 1964
Location: Jenner, California

Most Expensive House in China


Wealthy Chinese can afford to buy a house they like in any corner of the world, from Melbourne to Vancouver, but this time all eyes are on this magnificent example of low-rise architecture in traditional Chinese style on the lake Dushu in Suzhou in a hundred kilometers west of Shanghai. House with 32 bedrooms and 32 bathrooms, is announced as the most expensive house in China and offered for sale by Sotheby's for 1 billion yuan (about 150 million dollars). House name is Taohuayuan and means "utopia" or "peaceful prosperous land" and looking at these photos it is easy to understand why. Magnificent foggy ponds, a huge swimming pool, a solid wine cellar and wonderful views of the picturesque lake, all this corresponds to a sense of quiet confidence, symbolically reflected in the name of this beautiful home.

The total area is ​​6730 square meters (72441 sq ft).


Beautiful Sculptures by Philip Jackson


Philip Jackson is a renowned sculptor with an outstanding international reputation.

His ability to convey the human condition through skilful use of body language is legendary, producing figures both imposing and operatic in their narrative and presence, which are recognizable worldwide. Powerful and beautifully sculpted, Jackson's meticulously precise posturing of each piece creates an overwhelming sense of drama. Whether with the prestigious, figuratively detailed public monuments and statues for which he is often commissioned, or his hauntingly elegant and theatrically enigmatic gallery sculptures, Philip Jackson's work is truly awe inspiring - it never fails to move people.

Born in Inverness, Jackson now lives and works in West Sussex. He was appointed Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (CVO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours list 2009.

My sculptures are essentially an impressionistic rendering of the figure. Where you see the figure seemingly grow out of the ground, the texture resembles tree bark, rock, or lava flow. As the eye moves up the sculpture, the finish becomes gentler & more delicately worked, culminating in the hands and the mask, both of which are precisely observed & modeled. - Philip Jackson