The way rustic integrates in contemporary houses is unexpected, yet cozy and touching. It brings warmth, charm and lots of attractive details that outline typical countryside scenes. This is exactly the case with the chalet below, a project realised by Boom Town studio from Canada. As the architect Eric Joseph Tremblay explains, boomtown style appeared in North America in the late nineteenth century. Due to rapid development and an increased demand for houses, simple and economical solutions were needed. Boomtown architectural style is simple and effective, featuring a cubic plan with one or two floors. The flat roof allows an integral use of the surface, while the extension beyond the limit of it became a common characteristic of these buildings. As for the interior design, simplicity is a dominant rule. Natural materials such as wood or stone intensify the rustic ambiance, while original furnishing items add personality to the space. Have a look! Read More
The living room is the most popular place in a house for the entertainment of guests, and where families come together to end their day, relax after a long workweek or to enjoy a television program together. No matter what size a home, the living room is a meeting place. It’s a central location where people can relax, chat, and enjoy each other’s company. Read More
An inner courtyard is the focal point of this modern residence designed by Purple Ink Studio in Bengaluru, India. The Courtyard House was planned after researching the climate of the area: “The site is east facing and has a vast public green space on the North side. The landscape scheme is conceptualized on generating a continuity with the surroundings and drawing the lines into the interiors of the building and connecting it with the courtyard which houses a sculptural tree”. According to the architects, all social areas are envisioned as exterior spaces, making the inside and the outside seem as one.
The architecture of the building is creatively adapted to the conditions of the site: “Based on climatological factors, the building is rotated towards the northern sides (to have maximum fenestration avoiding the harsh rays of the sun during the day) and a continuous water channel is introduced in the direction of the prevailing winds which aids in maintaining the micro-climate of the interiors.” The central courtyard floods the residence in natural light and provides ventilation through the pierced walls. Have a look at the photo gallery below and share your thoughts!
Bringing the sun into your home isn’t always easy, especially when you’re limited by the size and number of windows in a room. Those who are blessed enough to have sun rooms attached to their homes certainly have the upper hand. If you can’t quite put your finger on how to make the most of all that natural sunlight flowing through every window at just the right time of day, then there are a few things you can consider to really brighten things up a bit more. Read More
Recently completed by Sagemodern, this amazing single family residence is located in Martis Camp, California, United States. Read More
This industrial modern loft has some fantastic details. I love how they took a contemporary approach to wall treatments but not all the way. They left a portion of the concert walls and left the ceilings as to not forget the history of the structure. The gold gilded ceilings mixed with the upward accent lighting is quite a statement. The openness reminds me of a museum, the height of the ceilings is monumental. To live in such a place would be quite unique. Read More
Beautiful loft apartment designed by Jessica Lagrange Interiors, situated in South Loop, Chicago, Illinois, United States. The crib is located in a turn of the century building and preserves some original elements, such as the impressive ceiling height and wooden floors, which were, of course, renovated. As you enter through the generously-sized hallway, you have a global image of the apartment, with its stylish living zone and kitchen organized in an open layout. The kitchen is fully equipped and has an unusual amount of storage and work surfaces due to the practical kitchen island. Tailored furnishings are warmed by plush textiles and gleaming finishes to balance the stark architecture of this South Loop loft. Dramatic fixtures add playful glamour to the strategically edited spaces for the young professional who lives here. Read More
It’s prime time for outdoor dining, folks! Are you dreaming of long tables draped in linen and beautifully set with an abundance of dishware? Time to shift gears…because aside from that rare party, outdoor dining is often much more about creating a few special moments while the bugs inspect the food. Yes, outdoor dining can be a bit of a juggling act, which is why today’s post focuses on keeping it simple. This is the kind of dining you can enjoy every night of the week, or whenever the summer breeze inspires you! [photo from Oehme van Sweden Landscape Architecture] Read More
Bridge House by Höweler + Yoon Architecture is an original looking residence in McLean, Virginia, United States. The multi-generational house is located between a forest area and a suburban neighborhood, offering the inhabitants a feel of both lifestyles. The structure of the project consists of three volumes, each interacting with the landscape: “Views from the suburban street through to the sloped landscape are informed by the programmatic volumes of the main floor and the bridge-like volume above, which frame the scene from interior and exterior vantage points. Each tubular volume contains a carefully organized relationship of private and public areas that correspond to the family’s generational structure”, explained the architects.
A creative layout answers the living needs of all generations living in the residence: “The smaller volume of the ground floor is the private master suite for the grandparents (the clients) who are first-generation Korean-American immigrants to the United States. The larger volume of the ground floor is the collective public area of the multi-generational home, which includes all shared programs, such as the kitchen, family room, dining room and garage. Physically bridging between these two spaces is a long volume that houses the family’s second and third generations.” The interior design scheme includes furniture units made from recycled materials, as well as a fireplace and staircase fabricated from hot-rolled steel and wood. [Photos courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture] Read More
There are so many different pieces that go into the creation of a film. From the first keystroke that starts to write a story, characters with all their inherent quirks, traits, and personality are spun from thin air. There are many stunning, otherworldly sights in Ex Machina, the science-fiction film directed by Alex Garland that features a robot so lifelike she’s played by actress Alicia Vikander. But the most breathtaking sight of all may be the 100 percent real, available-for-a-night’s-stay location where the film is set: the Juvet Landscape Hotel in Norway. Read More
The Bray’s Island SC Modern II Residence by SBCH Architects is located in Brays Island Plantation, a private country club in Sheldon, South Carolina, USA. Its modern character is unveiled by a series of connected volumes, paying tribute to minimalism. Asymmetry is a main characteristic of the architectural plan, each point of view offering new and surprising geometrical shapes. Large expanses of glass connect every interior with the vibrant surrounding landscape, while ensuring an abundance of natural lighting throughout the residence. Read More
Located on the shores of a Patagonian lake in Rio Negro, Argentina, this summer house by NE-AR is a redesign of an existing dwelling on the site. According to the architects, the interior space was characterized by “a deep dark dinning- living area with limited relation to the outside with a deficient connection between the kitchen and the private and public rooms. At the same time, the small size bedrooms were inefficient to cope with the actual family growth.” The solution was a new extension, which clearly separates the public and private areas.
The layout was planned as follows: “While the existing house will host two large bedrooms, the main bathroom in the ground floor and a secondary bedroom in the first level, all public areas will be linearly organized within the extension volume: open kitchen, dining place and the lounge area; all these spaces will share a wide open wooden terrace deck facing and open to the lake shore.” Reinforced concrete was the main material employed for the new addition; the highlights of the design are four inverted beams which converge in the only load bearing vertical element of the house, a spectacular column integrating a fireplace. [Photography: Mike Mercau]