Carlyle Residence Penthouse by Minotti:
“A 500 sq. m (5,382 sq. ft) penthouse in the Carlyle residence in Los Angeles, with a sophisticatedly elegant interior design by Minotti L.A.
The apartment features 4-meter-high (13-foot-high) ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and a terrace with a stunning panoramic view of the city. The Minotti L.A. design team, coordinated by Mary Ta, invested all of its creative energy in every detail of the design to craft a comfortable and sophisticated home environment. In the spacious living room, the area surrounding the fireplace was furnished with the Williams sofa and console, Martin armchairs, Sullivan, Still and Cesar accent and coffee tables and a Morrison credenza.
The Prince armchair and pouf, upholstered in bright orange, offer a pool of warmth in a setting that blends sophisticated decor and contemporary taste. In the adjoining dining room, a generously sized Claydon table with top in moka-finished oak is flanked by Flavin chairs and armchairs.
The area next to the kitchen was furnished with an Evans Outdoor table and Cortina Outdoor chairs. The penthouse boasts three bedrooms, all of which are entirely furnished with a tasteful selection of pieces from the company’s vast catalog. The first bedroom pairs the Kline bed with the Caulfield table, while the space near the dramatic windows is home to two Jensen armchairs and a Cesar accent table. The theme of white is repeated in the upholstery of both the bed and the chairs.
The second bedroom features the Tatlin Soft bed, accompanied by the Harvey night stand, the Flynt bench and a suede-upholstered Denny armchair. In the third bedroom, the Venice bed, upholstered in a warm shade of beige, is flanked by Harvey night stands. Positioned to enjoy the view are the Capri armchair and pouf with a Cesar accent table in a glistening shade of green.This prestigious partnership with the Carlyle marks a major achievement by Minotti Los Angeles, perfectly timed to coincide with its celebration of the 10th anniversary of the opening of its flagship store in the city.”
9th Street House by Tom Hurt Architecture:
“Our client’s grandmother had acquired this house in the 1940s, renovated it herself into a quadraplex, and rented it for income during difficult economic times of the 1940s. Our client and his wife approached us to make it a modern family home for themselves.
Because of the family’s history, preserving as much of the old house as possible was particularly meaningful, and how we introduced new elements and materials would be emblematic of a house adapting to one family over several generations — a unique and valued task for us. Our approach on the interior evolved into an effort to reveal the older materials by juxtaposing them with new elements such as a long, space-organizing cabinet ‘spine’ — all within a fairly restrained but varied palate of wood and white materials.
On the exterior, we wanted to be clear that our slim tower addition was new, but that it was also ‘stitched’ formally to the old house — for continuity for the project and for the perception of scale from the street and neighbors.”
Photos by: Ryan Farnau & Cody Pierce
Layers of White by Pitsou Kedem Architects:
“A spacious, penthouse apartment built around a central circular motif that divides the residence into two parts with a narrow, long corridor that, in essence, divides the home into two distinct wings.
In an attempt to unite the two sections and transform the concrete nucleus into a connection between the spaces, the architect chose to cover it with dynamic, developing geometrically shaped textures especially designed for the project. The cladding is three dimensional and made from large sheets of white painted aluminum hung on the nucleus’s ceiling. The apartment’s spaces were designed to create a meditative atmosphere with monochromatic sheets all based on the color white. Through a play on light and shadow and textures, multiple layers of white, almost ”colorful” in their richness are created, displaying many varied and deep hues of white.
The apartments screen walls, originally small aluminum squares, were exchanged for huge windows with no horizontal divisions that allow the urban landscape to burst into the apartment’s spaces. The city’s dynamism, its depth and richness of color, its differing landscapes, all find expression in the monochromatic, almost monastic space that seems to invite the urban environment to coalesce with the apartments design. Layers of pure, soft white, which appear to have taken on a different frequency and strengths from the beat of the city. The geometric, developing shapes in the form of clusters of triangles reverberates, despite its whiteness, with the city’s pulse and energy. The same triangular clusters appear as a motif on the balcony’s “green” wall that was especially designed for the apartment and in which we will place plants in similar geometric frames.
The apartments light fittings complete the considered and thrifty look of the apartment’s lines. Long, thin strips of light emphasize the linier axis along the length of the corridor and ceiling fixtures that appear as works of origami compliment the triangular, three dimensional walls. Hidden lighting is installed along the walls that emphasizes the surfaces of the triangles and creates, from the central wall a wall that is also a sculpture, dramatic and dynamic. Thus the apartment’s various layers of white create a surprising depth and geometrical, original and obvious forms against a pure backdrop and a reduction in the apartment’s colors. The designer’s choice of such a monastic and silent environment provide the perfect backdrop that enables the space to encompass the entire city seen on the horizon.”
SK Ranch by Lake Flato Architects:
“An eight acre boomerang shaped mesa holds the structures at SK Ranch. Concave basins counter its edges as the mesa rests upon a 120-acre site in the Texas Hill Country. The compound is a modern ranch retreat comprised of clean, crisp lines, sophisticated finishes and a casually understated elegance. Each unique structure sits independently but together provides presence and prominence.
The Main House, located at the end of a winding path, sits on the southern hillside and boasts views in all directions. Exterior building and landscape walls made of native Texas Lueders limestone shield north winds while giving the house presence and privacy. Airy glass and steel pavilion roofs with broad overhangs shade glazing from the Texas sun. Limestone walls and rooms that flow to the outdoors merge the house with the landscape. All rooms flow directly into the diverse outdoor landscape.
Outbuildings include a Tennis Pavilion oriented to optimize year round play; a Pool and a Fitness Pavilion oriented for seasonal summer use. A stone walled Guest Retreat is nestled into a saddle between the two mesas. A stone wine cellar, located at the heart of the retreat, provides a communal gathering space when entertaining guests or a private destination for just the family.”
TT House by Adrei Studio Architecture:
“In Vietnam nowadays, the orientation of fast expanding the capital city leads to too many construction investments in newly formed urban areas but constructors have poor skills of construction qualification and techniques. Citizens, who moved to those new urban areas, have to face the unsettled issues of overall planning and natural landscape. The restrictions of construction area and planning solutions also lead to housing construction having natural light and ventilation from only one direction.
The project area is 50,4m2, it’s located on a new road which is nearly formed with a facade of 4,2m and depth of 12m.
The owner is a female doctor who wants a fully functional and sustainable house with cozy living space, harmony light and natural ventilation. Her son has need of making his own family in the future. Her daughter is studying at art university, who has an interest in creative, artistic and Vietnamese traditional spaces; she also wants to own an area which can be her gallery in the creative process and for the applied art.
In the process of researching the site, the current state of natural light and ventilation is from only one direction, we studied the lifestyles and the personalities of each family member. In addition, we discussed with the contractor on solutions in order to not only control the minimum investment cost but also ensure the quality of construction.
The house is designed in minimalist style. We made the most of the area to fully provide a basic living space. We created blank floor in the middle and the back of the house, so it’s ensured that natural ventilation and light can be present in every space of the house. Simultaneously, it made a connection to communicate between family members in many levels of the longitudinal space development because the construction area is quite limited. But turns out it brings family members some joyful experiments of different spaces and architectural details through the process of movement in the house.
The main structure of the house is general construction for cost saving, facade glass wall on the façade and glass window system, wooden partition leads the light into the room but still keeps the privacy for the owners.
Besides, this solution also helps to increase the durability of the construction’s outdoor side in every local weather condition.
Vietnamese traditional lacquer art on steel stair partition of the second floor is the highlight of living space. The architectural details is considered carefully before they’re placed on important positions so the process of movement through spaces in the house would bring the best visual perceptions of family members.
We did not limit this work in a basic civil construction as usual but we built a civilized behavior between the owner and the house; the house and the nature. Thus, the house owner can be more creative and active also in their daily activities.”
Photos by: Le Anh Duc
Mount Lawley House by Robeson Architects:
“Mount Lawley House is the architects own home, built on a 180m2 (1,937.5ft2) triangular lot. This challenging site also has the busy Vincent Street to its north, and a 1.5m (4.92ft) sewer easement to the rear boundary. Regardless, this prime location is wedged between Hyde Park and bustling Beaufort Street, and just a few kilometers from Perth. The design represents the client/architects belief in function over convention and that small, odd parcels of land can be successfully and affordably developed into interesting and spacious buildings. Working with the council and neighbours ensured a smooth planning approval resulting in 170m2 (1,830ft2) of gross area being provided. It demonstrates to the public how much effective space can be created from small lots and the importance of architecture to achieve this.
The geometric forms of the house are bold and unprecedented in its immediate surrounds, however adds to the mix of cathedrals, block apartments, and character homes that prevail. A local artist has commenced a mural on the boundary wall. The brief called for a minimal home and home office for a professional couple who work from home. The 28m2 (301ft2) home office engages with the street level, with the main living areas above. The 70m2 (753.4ft2) living area balances the clients desire to engage with the vibrant surrounds, and the need for privacy. High level expansive glass opens up the entire living area to the Hyde Park tree tops, omitting any view of the homes backyards below with the exception of character chimneys. 1?way glass in the projecting steel box on the Vincent Street side acts as a retreat for sitting and watching the street below. Every opening was considered and sight lines drawn to ensure privacy where needed. Low E, acoustic glass dulls peak hour sounds. Circulation is minimal and every space has a use or two, with ample of inbuilt storage and furniture.
The interiors echo a minimalist luxury. Industrial materials feature throughout, including the burnished concrete flooring and custom steel detailing to the stair, balustrading and steel box window. The stair treads are constructed from LVL beams which were then stained black. During the concrete flooring pour, patches were left covered longer than others to give the concrete a varied colour and texture. 100% plush marine blue carpet surrounds the master bed, with a chunky loop wool pure white circular rug in the living area, contrasting dramatically with the satin, raw look of the concrete. Artemide Dioscuri wall lights emit a warm glow in the master bedroom, further enhancing the warmth in the AC grade hoop pine plywood paneling adjacent. This hoop pine is finished with a natural clear satin sealer and features throughout the living areas as custom made storage units. Negative details prevail with shadow line cornices and black negatives to all joinery. The hoop pine cladding around the master robe wraps into the open ensuite, where a matt charcoal mosaic tile features on walls, floors, in?built and the benchtop. The skylight above the shower gives an enhanced feeling of height and drama to the space. Custom tall mirrored storage cupboards also contributes to the feeling of spaciousness. Rogerseller plumbing fixtures feature throughout.
The kitchen features a highly polished thin Nero Marquina marble top, with a matching freestanding marble dining table on black steel legs that slots into the island bench, but can be moved to function as a dining table for 8. 2?pac polyurethane is used for all cupboard fronts throughout the home. A handmade matt ivory tile is used for the kitchen splashback. Miele and Smeg appliances throughout. Furniture includes a Jardan Nook sofa in a hemp/wool fabric with ebony stained legs, a Jardan eggshell leather single sofa and a custom blackened steel master bed frame designed by the architect. Most other furniture is inbuilt and also designed by the architect. Its strength lies in its allocation of the limited budget to produce a high spec home with luxury finishes, valuing quality of spaces over quantity. Key features such as the waterfall skylight glass over the stair, the steel box window and the expansive stacking glazing in the living area were possible due to savings in other areas. The house has become a positive talking point in the Mount Lawley community and is known as “the triangle house”.”
House 090 by Coolstoodio Associati:
“Distribution and furnture design for an apartment on two levels.
The availability of space for the home of a young family has allowed an informal approach, relationship spaces oriented. The living area seamless brings entrance, lounge, dining room and kitchen; the same spaces communicate with the upper floor through a unique design element that draws the tv area, the fireplace and the stairs.
The private spaces are inspired by the use of products, materials and finishes that suggest a quiet elegance and strongly characterize each environment, such as the SPA room in which a stone monolith incorporates paddling pool and shower.”
House C3 by Campbell Architecture:
In a leafy family-oriented part of the inner-west, to replace a fibro cottage with a stylish roomy new family home, that maximises the benefits of the northern aspect, is full of natural light, can breathe naturally and adapt to the needs of a young active family.
An opportunity to demonstrate the three touchpoints of Campbell Architecture – simplicity – simple functional spaces that work with the way a family lives; overlapping spaces to maximise apparent space; a bold yet simple oval atrium floods the interior with light; durability – design, materials, finishes, space enough to survive the demands of an active young family; and refinement – a modern delicately detailed and proportioned house that does not ape old styles, but still sits comfortably in the low-scale heritage streetscape of the neighbourhood.”
Paseo de Gracia Penthouse by CaSA – Colombo and Serboli Architecture:
“The clients, a Norwegian couple with a very big family of sons and grandsons, were searching for a property, a second residence in Barcelona. They wanted us to find it and transform it into a “wow flat”.
After weeks of research we have found these offices that lacked of charm but had an great potential as for position, views and the huge, neglected terrace filled of air conditioning machines and bad finishes. They bought the property and entrusted us its complete transformation.
Brief · After complete demolition of the space we had to come up with a layout to host four bedrooms and four bathrooms (possibly en-suite), one big living space and take advantage of the great terrace.
Beams · The property had a big limit we had to overcome: low ceilings and big beams hanging below them.
This implied a difficulty in passing ducts and installations and in how to divide the layout. In the end the rooms have been distributed by placing the walls along the existing beams, exposed. We opted to incorporate the beams, exposed, into the project and make them part of it.
Circulation · One of the key points of the project was that the entrance is at one end of the apartment, and the desirable space for the living area (with the greatest views and the curved wall on Paseo de Gracia) is at the other end.
To avoid having to pass through the bedrooms area to reach the living area, we created a closed box for the private night area (that includes a corridor) and a second day area circulation by opening a doorway to the terrace that leads directly to the day area.
Night Area Box · This night area box is visually placed below the thick and heavy beams that cross the apartment. Different heights were used to emphasize the feeling of a box below the beams and bring natural light into the corridor. Two lines of light are placed in the corridor: one is hidden in the volumes
Mirrors · The property only has windows on one side, being the other side the boundary wall with the next building. The corridor and living mirrors have been designed to fool the eyes and open up spaces and windows on the boundary side too.
Curve · The project restores the building’s curve facade by getting rid of roller shutters that cluttered the facade. This newly discovered curve becomes one of the guidelines of the project. To emphasise it on the inside, a white step covered in white Pandomo continuous coating is built around the living space, matched on the ceiling with it a curved line of curtains.
The curtains pass from inside to outside, in the area of the outside dining table, visually blurring the limit between indoor and outdoor. The same curve motif appears in the slot line drawn on the doors closing the “bedroom box” in the shape of the corridor towards the entrance, and in the rounded corner of the marble kitchen island.
Interior-Exterior Relation · The project wants to maximize the incredible views on the city and the boulevard. The new windows open up completely to unify indoor and outdoor spaces.
Colours and Materials · The materials and colours of the project are inspired from the materials and colours of the views of Paseo de Gracia. This allows to visually connecting interiors and exteriors.
The aim was to make feel that the apartment is on Paseo de Gracia. The white terrazzo floors bounce the light on the inside and give a solid feel of white stone. The details of marble cladding in kitchen and bathrooms have the same objective. The porcelain of bathrooms and terrace deck is chosen in colours reminiscent of the stone building on the outside, as well as the kitchen unit doors. The graphite metal details of library, kitchen island, windows and railing are inspired by the slate roof of the of La Unión y El Fénix building, right in front.
The entrance is raised, and three steps down you find the hallway, where a wide glazed door opens to enter the great terrace. A Line of storage units hidden behind white panels incorporates all the machines for hot water and air cooling and heating. In the middle of these units there’s a seat to take off shoes (a habit of the Norwegian clients), with a square mirror. The double-height of the entrance wall can be overcome by stepping on the concrete step. A big sliding door with leads to the “bedrooms box”.
The corridor is accessed through big doors at the extremes, one sliding on the entrance side and one big pivoting one on the living side. It widens as you move through it and it’s pointing straight at one of the big windows of the living space.
To avoid the space feeling like a tube, the corridor widens in two points where the entrances to the bedrooms are facing. Two big mirrors also enlarge visually the space.
A lower ceiling area between corridor and bedrooms allows natural light to enter the corridor space. Indirect lights illuminate the ceiling from above the volumes placed on the boundary walls. The same volumes are pierced in their lower part by a line of LED spotlights by Viabizzuno, pointing at the floor. This light source allows to light the corridor without interfering with the bedrooms (at night, i.e.), as placed far from the line of windows between corridor and bedrooms.
Four bedrooms are aligned between the corridor and the terrace. Entrance to bedrooms is through a pivoting door, floor to ceiling and wall-to-wall, no doorframe and painted in the project colour.
All bedrooms have closets hidden behind mirrors that multiply the low ceiling entrance and hidden curtain rails on the whole glazed wall with indirect line of lights.
The first one will use the entrance bathroom, the other three have each one its own. The first bedroom has a curved wall and wide library shelves.
By will of the client, the second one has a very small bathroom unit complete with shower, hand washbasin and storage and a separated toilet.
The third bedroom has a bigger bathroom set into a niche, that takes natural light through the shower box, placed in the room.
The fourth is the master bedroom, hosts a bigger closet and a desk. A special bathroom was designed to incorporate one of the sloped volumes;it has a large masonry bathtub with double shower-heads; the shower has special view on the Fenix building dome across the street, through its light-well.
A large living space of 84 square metres (904 square feet) opens up behind the wide pivoting door.
Its elongated shape terminates in the newly discovered curved shape of the building as it faces the corner of Paseo de Gracia.
Storage units and library cover almost completely the boundary wall. This capacious custom made furniture has 90cm (3ft) wide sliding doors, some covered in wicker and others in mirror with a golden tone. Wicker softens the room, while the mirrors “open” windows and unexpected views, providing the space with sights all around and new perspectives on the city, while warming up the light.
The library has a black metal tubular structure detailed with brass feet and bolts, and its thick cylinders bear broad shelves as they cage the low units that disguise the air conditioning devices. The skirting board in the lower part of the units is perforated to allow the machines to ventilate; it has the same high as the curved Pandomo step that projects from the terrace.
Works of art by Spanish artist Sito Mújica have been chosen for this space, his watercolours are displayed on the library shelves (courtesy of 3Punts Gallery).
The kitchen occupies a corner of the living space. The units are split on two walls. On the first are placed two fridges, hidden behind doors and the electric fires. The kitchen hood has been completely clad in white marble, just like all tops and dashboards. On the second wall, the sink is placed strategically under the light well to allow views of the dome in the facing building. A line of lights is hidden behind the sloping roof. The central island completes the kitchen allowing extra storage and creating a breakfast table where its white marble slab has been cut with a curved shape.
A special seat is placed on the window sill of the square window cut in the sloped volume. Next to the kitchen sink, a square window opens up and special seat is placed on the window-sill, the perfect place to contemplate the skyline.
The terrace is over one hundred square meters in surface and it embraces the entire apartment while it curves around the building.
Its level is higher on the entrance side, where the access is, from where its whole length can be appreciated.
Every bedroom can be opened completely and the existing sloping volumes of the facade create more private spaces in front of each room.
The outdoor space has been widened in front of the living area, creating a glass box next to the kitchen and in front of the living room that opens up completely. This wider area allows to place comfortably an outdoor dining area, with the big table by Kettal, of streamlined shapes, slight curves and white marble top.
The curtains that follow the curve of the living space on the inside, suddenly appear in outside space, as if they were going through the thick facade pillar; they multiply the chances for screening and adding privacy, while softly swinging in the breeze. Their fabric is an outdoor textile that has been carefully chosen by Gancedo for its lightness and resistance.
The terrace can be lit through two lines of LED, one place hidden in the existing part of the railing; the second on the top part of the facade, underlining the curved shape of the building.
An outdoor shower has been placed on the terrace, for the hottest days of summer. The upper part of the terrace hosts a laundry area, to wash and dry clothes away from sight. This part is screened by a partition, a fence cut at an angle and clad in the same material as the deck. The same material is used to clad the structural volumes protruding on the terrace, visually integrating their sloped shape into the solarium.”
House at Mill Creek by Pedevilla Architects:
“Situated near mill creek, on approximately 2828 feet above sea level, the single-family home presents itself with the elegance and serenity of a small mansion. In an apparently self-confident manner the white monolith rises from the site, whilst the building design corresponds to the insistence of the client for a small but prestigious residence.
The volumetric and monolithic basic principle was emphasised by the exclusive usage of the white exterior rendering, of which the general raw materials are a compound of local sands, chalk and white-cement.
Main focus lies therefore on the exterior’s elementary colour, nuances and slight divergences were solely achieved by aggregates to the plaster. In detail the facades surface was moulded rather roughly, a fine characteristic which was achieved by out-sluicing with the aid of wet sponges. Sensitisation is in the eye of the beholder.
Since only by the presence of light and shadow, which is performing its everyday play on the coarse-grained surfaces, the building can utterly unfold its exemplary visual dynamic. The rising silhouette of the roof gives a slight impression of the upward striving space sequence on the inside.
Square shaped window openings in different sizes are referring every now and then to significant spots in the surrounding alpine landscape. The vertical facade descends sheer homogenous into the deep and slightly slanting embrasures of the window openings or even into the rooftop.
All windowsills and the canopy, which were conducted in exposed concrete, but also the handcrafted roof tiles, were made from the same compound as the plaster and provide its direct context.
The internal space arrangement was displaced half-level wise, reaching from the cooking & dining zone at ground level, passing the private areas in the core of the building, up to the generous living room in the attic.
Surfaces in the interior admit their reluctance, yet with the character of a sophisticated independence, increasing not only the value of the space, but also of all applied and handcrafted materials.
These are mostly passeirer gneiss, blacksmith’s bronze and manually processed elm wood, the latter has also been used to manufacture windows, doors, the staircase and individually designed furniture. Nevertheless are the components of the internal plaster once again a blend of chalk and selected marble sands.
A thin-layered plaster, which was afterwards smoothened, features the interior and introduces, accompanied by its reduced elegance and harmonious interaction with light, a warm and homely atmosphere.
In terms of sustainability and energy-efficiency, the building was awarded by the Casa Clima Agency with the low energy Casa Clima B class certification. Casa Clima buildings exhibit optimised construction methods, careful execution and a high level of comfort.
In order to be qualified as Casa Clima B category, a building’s heating energy consumption has to be within the spectrum of 50 kilowatt-hours per square metre annually, which would also be known as “five-litre” buildings for their theoretically energy consumption of 5 litres of oil.”
DG I by Camarim Arquitectos:
“Our client wanted to enlarge his 2-bedroom apartment and so he acquired 2 more apartments in the same building – one above and one on the side – with the aim of joining them as one with more generous and flexible social and intimates spaces. This project concerns the former.
The apartment on the upper floor had a living room with a small balcony and an attic-shaped larder without natural light or ventilation. A single door connected the attic to the living room and the small-size balcony window rendered the space gloomy and stuffy. The client wanted to convert this apartment to an en suite bedroom with hammam, living room and a small kitchen to allow him to rest, read or work without having to go to the main social space downstairs.
We widened the balcony window, opened a large skylight in the attic and tore down the wall between living room and attic: suddenly the gloomy apartment was flooded with light from dawn till sunset. We wanted the light from the balcony and the skylight to reach every space and so, instead of partitioning the en suite bedroom with corridors and doors, we arranged all spaces in a linear sequence, divided by filters adjusted to each condition: reflective glass, transparent glass, translucent curtains and black-out curtains. Each space has its own materiality: synthetic self-levelling floor in the living room, Vila Viçosa marble in the hammam and teak wood in the bedroom.
Natural and artificial light conditions, as well as the actual filters arrangement – open, closed or closed and overlaid – influences their appearance: at different moments the same space may be reflective and opaque or luminous and transparent, finite or blurred with adjacent spaces.”
Photos by: Nelson Garrido
Boandyne House by SVMSTUDIO:
“The house is located at the end of a cul-de-sac and rising 3 metres (10 feet) from the front (north) to the back (south) of the parcel, connected to the site by means of two directions; the alignment of the neighbouring houses to the west and perpendicular to the slope grade which exploits the SW/NE diagonal of the parcel.
With difficult overlooking constraints due to the position of the property on the slope we decided to create an intimate home filled with light and space and a strong relationship with the sky by means of three voids organised along the diagonal of the property.
Whilst the ground floor has a strong relationship with the earth with views of the garden and contrasting light streaming in from above, the upper level elevates the viewpoint, a celestial level that frames the sky just above the horizon line. Through this subtle relationship between the earth and the sky we intend to create a home where the limits of space and the play on light and shade are enough decoration and come together as one clear expression.”
Villa G by Audrius Ambrasas Architects:
“The main architectural idea was provided by its siting in the Pavilniai Regional Park : the house has to dissolve in the landscape. Curved roofs all the way to the ground, and fluid forms extended by timber pergolas, are the most important architectural means achieving this effect.
The building is designed on one level. Two boomerang shapes with pitched roofs combined with a shared common zone covered with a flat roof create its spatial expression. The utility zone is located in the northern part (a shed and garage, kitchen, storage room, boiler room, laundry). Four bedrooms and a bathroom face east.
The common zone is located in the southwest. The dining-room, recreational and active zones are planned here. There is a terrace behind glass cases under the extended roof.”
Photos courtesy of Audrius Ambrasas Architects
DO Project by YCL Studio:
“A long corridor invites to come inside where church cross shines in window.The old town is disclosed by crooked attic, smokey wooden floor, burning firewood.
Space without partitions, doors and stereotypes serves the unusual life. The weight of slopes is overpowered by dominant white and lit trusses.
Everything is hidden in a glossy curled up ribbon- what remains is the space for aesthetics and cosy firelight.”
Photos by: Andrius Stepankevicius
Cabin 2 by Maddison Architects:
“Cabin 2 is a self contained extension to an existing 1960s log cabin located in bay side Blairgowrie. The surrounding coastal Moonah woodland forgivingly hides a suburban-like density of houses and network of winding roads free of formed kerbs, gutters and footpaths.
The new architecture is informed by and embedded into this landscape. The folding roof grows out from the topography to act as a new type of landform. Its supporting pre-fabricated skeletal frame appears influenced by the prevailing wind forces that shape the surrounding Moonah trees. The roof directly reflects the internal volume, and the skeletal frame is fully exposed inside and out to convey a structural and architectural honesty. The monolithic plinth is purposefully part sunken into the land and hollowed out to emphasise a feeling of refuge and physical engagement with the site.”
Photos by: Will Watt