Captain’s House in China Merges With Seaside Cliffs

Vector Architects rehabilitated a fortress-like residence on the southeast end of the Huangqi Peninsula, Fujian Province, China. Named Captain’s House, the project is dramatically embedded into a rocky landscape and offers panoramic sea views. “The damp and erosive nature of the land caused large-area water leakage during over 20 years of use, which become the main design issue to be addressed,” the architects said. Furthermore, the owners wanted to add a third floor to the existing structure in order to answer the living needs of the family.

“Our design work started with the study of structural reinforcement,” the architects explained. “After a series of careful comparisons, we decided to add a concrete layer to the original brick masonry walls. The intervention of the new concrete wall allowed us to re-manipulate the layout to some extent.” The living room, dining room and master bedroom were oriented towards the views. The
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Modular 4-Bedroom House in Portland Assembled in One Day


The creative team at Skylab Architecture collaborated with Method Homes Skylab on developing an impressive modular prefab dwelling in Portland, Oregon, United States. Dubbed Taft House, the residence in the photos below is comprised of 28 triangle modules which were stacked and assembled on the site in one day. According to the architects, the project has two modular levels and accommodates 4 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms and an accessory dwelling unit, all adding up to 3,930 square feet (365 square meters) of living space.  Thanks to a creative design approach, the interiors feel spacious and playful. The double-height living area features large windows and space for entertaining. The ‘honey-comb’ wooden beans on the ceiling visually reduce the scale of the room, while adding a warm, welcoming vibe. The two companies behind this home in Portland are the initiators of a modular and prefab building system named HOMB. “This technique
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Industrial Tribeca Loft in NY Exudes a Quiet Liveliness

Brooklyn-based Office of Architecture completed the design of a 3,000 square-foot (278 square-meter) Tribeca loft in New York. By completely reinventing one of the floors of a 19th-century warehouse, the architects created an original, contemporary home for a young family. The new apartment offers all the benefits of loft living (informal plan, ample natural light and uninterrupted views) combined with the owners need for private spaces and distinct bedrooms.
“After gutting the previous labyrinthine space and leaving only key structural elements, service zones were planned to create a reciprocal relationship between public and private zones,” the architects said. “The living room, den, and kitchen areas on the east side of the unit benefit from the natural light and views of the bedroom windows on the west without ever disturbing the privacy of the sleeping zones.” Some of the highlights of the apartment include floating walnut cabinetry in the living area
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Triangular Cabin Opens Up to Lake Views in Canada

This captivating A-frame cabin located in the woodlands of St Adolfe d’Howard, in Canada, was rehabilitated by Jean Verville Architecte to meet the living needs of their clients, a family with a passion for the outdoors. “The cottage was built in the 1960s on an enchanting site of the Laurentians,” the architects said. “Once the interior demolished and the structure completely cleared from the inside, the design team exploited the triangular structural form to develop a new layout that provides a relaxing feeling for this family retreat away from urban frenzy.”
Rhythmic and playful, the layout of the 64 square-meter (690 square-foot) hut encourages family interaction. The double-height open living space adjoins a compact kitchen area and floor-to-ceiling windows ensure unobstructed forest views. The girls’ den upstairs offers a huge storage platform under the beds, always ready to welcome entertainment. This room all dressed in wood reveals a fascinating place entirely
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Narrow Apartment in Tel Aviv Designed in White


This narrow, 42 square-meter (462 square-foot) apartment in Tel Aviv, Israel, was envisioned and designed for a family who enjoys entertaining. Recently renovated by interior designer Yael Perry, it features a practical layout and plenty of natural light. The designer opted for a minimalist scheme and monochromatic finishes in order to optimize the feeling of space. The parquet flooring, walls, and furniture were all imagined in white. 
Step inside and you’ll find an entryway with functional storage units hidden in the lateral walls. The open space living room flows into the kitchen. According to the designers, the apartment is too narrow to accommodate furniture for both the small living room and dining zone. The solution? Finding creative furniture that can be used in both spaces. Eero Aarnio’s Parabel table and four Kite chairs designed by Karim Rashid add function and visual appeal to the common areas. Another smart feature
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Complex Music Studio in Canada Triggers Artistic Inspiration

Newsam Construction and MXMA Architecture & Design recently announced the rebirth of “La Hacienda Creative,” a music studio in Montreal, Canada. The designers succeeded in paying homage to the center’s historic past while envisioning a vibrant future. Upon entering, visitors are welcomed into a large open reception space that gives off living room vibes. Wall-mounted instruments serve as design elements that help convey the spirit of La Hacienda to every guest that enters. The large windows add to the vibrancy of the space, and along with the communal sink outside the washroom, help convey an atmosphere of sharing and connection. The kitchen area, with its large island, is designed specifically to host events. 
On the other side of the entrance is the Satellite Room, named for its historic role as the birthplace of Canada’s first satellite. Bleacher seating allows teams to work in a reflective space away from their desks.
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Bohemian Retreat Surrounded by Green Valleys in India

The creative team at Spasm Design completed The House with the Gabion, a serene getaway surrounded by green valleys in Lonavala, India. The project makes the most of the scenic Pawna Lake while addressing the living needs of the owners. “This country home is defined by an eight foot thick Gabion wall, which acts as a spine, from north to south,” the architects explained. “The break in the Gabion becomes the point of entry into a densely planted courtyard that frames a phenomenal view.” The interiors are bright and spacious with charming rustic elements exuding their warmth. Open showers, high ceilings, terrazzo en-suites and brass lamps add to the overall breezy atmosphere. “The infinity pool sort of drifts away from the veranda as a reflective mirror plane, pointing to the peak on the opposite shore,” the designers added. This is a high precipitation area, so a full-length rain collector was
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Brick Bungalow in Canada Becomes Modern ‘Flipped House’


Flipped House is a two-story residence with a modern, turnkey design located in a neighborhood dominated by more traditional architecture. The team at Atelier RZLBD renovated an existing brick bungalow in Ontario, Canada, and added a second level to the structure. The project gets its name from its unconventional “flipped” layout. While a typical dwelling keeps all public-facing spaces confined to its main floor, with private areas like bedrooms sequestered upstairs, Flipped House divides its public and private zones on either side of a vertical plane. As a result, the home’s den, kitchen, dining and living rooms are all located on its street-facing northeast side, while the house’s three bedrooms span both levels of the building’s more secluded southwestern end.
Inside, knotty cedar slats surround the linked kitchen and dining room, wrapping up the side walls and the ceiling above to create a sense of warmth and grandeur. The linked
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Minimalist Villa in Beijing Envisioned as a Spatial Narrative


Wonder Architects Studio redesigned a traditional villa in Xicheng District, Beijing. The project features an unconventional layout, minimalist arrangements and a creative indoor-outdoor interplay. “Beijing is a city that lacks architectural variety,” the architects said. “From modern apartment buildings to traditional villas, architects decorate this huge void city with limited building types. As a result, people living in Beijing developed numerous methods to expand their spatial experience by constructing gardens in their courtyards, building forts in vacant spaces and using wood panels to separate spaces.” This villa is a manifest against “void” architecture. The designers aimed to create a “garden within gardens” and cross the limits of the typical Beijing house layout.
New materials adjoin the traditional frame of the house defined by wood and brick. Floor-to-ceiling glass additions open up the interiors to the valley. “After the reconstruction of each space, we recombined the functional areas to form a
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‘Two Halves’ Residence in Australia Ensures Both Privacy and Connection


Moloney Architects completed the design of a contemporary residence in Australia. Named for its split monolithic architectural form, Two Halves House is distinguished by two pavilions that appear to stand alone, but in fact live hand-in-hand. The 240 square meter (2,583 square foot) home was specifically envisioned for a family who needed both privacy and social connection. This requirement was achieved by dividing the “public” open-plan living zone from its neighboring sleeping and bathing quarters.
“The two pavilions essentially distinguish the functions of the house, splitting the public and private zones to give the main living spaces the best views and natural light access,” the architects said. The kitchen and dining area were designed in an open plan, with interaction in mind. Welcoming and friendly, this family room features original elements such as a low-set bench seat that faces the kitchen island and various stools for casual conversation. In the neighboring
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‘Two Halves’ Residence in Australia Ensures Both Privacy and Connection


Moloney Architects completed the design of a contemporary residence in Australia. Named for its split monolithic architectural form, Two Halves House is distinguished by two pavilions that appear to stand alone, but in fact live hand-in-hand. The 240 square meter (2,583 square foot) home was specifically envisioned for a family who needed both privacy and social connection. This requirement was achieved by dividing the “public” open-plan living zone from its neighboring sleeping and bathing quarters.
“The two pavilions essentially distinguish the functions of the house, splitting the public and private zones to give the main living spaces the best views and natural light access,” the architects said. The kitchen and dining area were designed in an open plan, with interaction in mind. Welcoming and friendly, this family room features original elements such as a low-set bench seat that faces the kitchen island and various stools for casual conversation. In the neighboring
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‘The Rock’ House in Canada Hides Behind Maple Trees


ATELIER GÉNÉRAL architecture completed the design of The Rock House, a minimalist residence located in Shefford, Canada. Built on the slope of Quebec’s Mount Shefford, the retreat bridges an aerial view on one side and an ascending, rugged topography, populated by rocks and maples, on the other. Entering the site from below, visitors see a black volume that seems to emerge from the slope and detach itself from the surrounding vegetation. The living areas, located upstairs, offer an intimate relationship to the site and connect to a large terrace.

The kitchen, finished in white pine veneer, is framed by two parallel white blocks that form an indirect link with the adjoining dining room. This space opens onto the ascending slope and boulder located nearby, integrated into the terrace. Nested between the bathroom and the living room, a triangular-shaped veranda opens onto a leafy cover, a nest perched in the hollow
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Wood and Glass Boxes Define Contemporary Retreat in Norway

Architecture Studio Snorre Stinessen completed the design of Malangen Retreat, a cluster of accommodation units located in Tromsø, Norway. The cabins are located on a ridge rising from the fjord below and neighbor a lush forest. The clients wanted to enjoy a high level of privacy, while also being able to receive guests during the weekend. The main residence and the annex are each composed of two boxes. The main part accommodates the entrance, children’s room and a small secondary living room in the first box, while the bathroom and master bedroom were placed in the second unit. The “annex” hosts guest rooms, utility rooms and a relaxation area with a sauna directly exposed to the view outside. “We planned the main entrance, the living room and an annex separated by the central courtyard,” the architects said. “From here the retreat opens up to the natural clearing in the
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Smart Roof Extension Boasts Panoramic City Views in Beirut


Brussels practice Notan Office completed a roof extension and water tank project in a crowded urban area of Beirut, Lebanon. The unconventional extension has a total surface of 250 square meters (2,691 square feet). “In Beirut roofs are inhabited, private or shared, terraces or technical roofs,” the architects explained. “The extension was built on a flat roof that had to host water tanks as well. To make it habitable, a volume rises and contains the water in a common tank.” The architecture practice envisioned an imposing rock monolith facing panoramic views of the city. Thanks to its double orientation, this last floor is open and ventilated; at the same time it ensures a high level of privacy.
The 13th floor addition to this Beirut building exhibits a playful spirit. The apartment adjoins a generously sized terrace where the inhabitants can feel the pulse of the city below. As you
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Indonesian Forest Retreat Unveils Leaf-Shaped Roofs, Grotto Pool


Ananda House is an unconventional holiday retreat designed by IBUKU Architecture in the shape of two multi-level structures. Hidden in the tropical forests of Abiansemal, Indonesia, these two architecture gems blend natural materials with innovative lodging. Stone pathways wind through the terraced garden and lead the way to the main entrance of the retreat. Wooden balconies and decks ensure a smooth transition between the interiors and the magic outdoors. “The curving leaf-shaped roofs sweep low around the sides, and under them you can see a glimpse of glass which reflects the green of the garden, and white curtains flowing,” the architects said. “These are the private bedrooms, and at the front of each is a private balcony pointing east towards the valley.”
A teardrop-shaped open pavilion accommodates the living area, with comfortable rustic chairs and a welcoming kitchen. The wooden bar features a curving countertop made from flat slabs of river
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Terrace House in Melbourne Embraces Sustainable Architecture

Ben Callery Architects completed the rehabilitation of a terrace house in Melbourne, Australia. The old heritage building on the site was dark, narrow and overshadowed by neighboring walls. In response, the contemporary Beyond House has an open layout that addresses the inhabitants’ need for connection. “The owners are serious about sustainability and wanted the new addition to be naturally comfortable, using sun for heating, breezes for cooling, water harvesting, solar power, recycled materials (even re-using the old kitchen),” the architects said. “We looked beyond the site constraints and beyond the typical spatial boundaries within a terrace house’s rooms and levels.”
The new design ensures an optimum indoor-outdoor connection, thanks to an array of carefully placed windows. All rooms have floor to ceiling glass doors to capture the views. “Through the insertion of a central void, adjacent to a multi-purpose studio space, opening onto a roof deck, the occupants engage with the outdoors
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Stylish Amsterdam Home Dotted with Eccentric Decorations


Amsterdam-based studio Cocoon Living transformed a large three-story house into a contemporary home for a travel-loving family. The renovation is part of a larger project that aims to upgrade many of the old buildings surrounding the canals of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. As you step inside, you notice an eclectic mix of furniture and decorations against an immaculate white background. Open spaces and floor-to-ceiling windows give the feeling of a bright home. The home’s living room breathes elegance and is dotted with seating for the residents to lounge comfortably. In the kitchen, everything revolves around the subtle silhouette of the worktop, created using HI-MACS® natural acrylic stone.
“The exotic and human touch comes from the decorative elements, which provide an opportunity to reflect the family’s passion for travel,” the designers said. “In this home you will find Versailles Baroque-style chandeliers alongside seashells in the bathrooms for a beach-like feel. Or
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Spectacular House Renovation in China Blends with the Seascape

Beijing-based Evolution Design took on the challenge of rehabilitating two decrepit buildings located in a scenic village in Zhoushan, China. The houses, which had been unoccupied for 70 years, are oriented toward the sea and offer panoramic views. The architects combined the existing structures into a continuous space with a modern layout. “The new residence is composed of bedrooms renovated from the two old houses plus a studio converted from an old kitchen with collapsed roof that is now replaced by a glass ceiling,” the developing team explained. One of the design highlights is a reinforced concrete “box” facing the sea, which serves as an open space living and dining area. This architectural element is also a link between the upstairs master bedroom and the two guestrooms below. “The new house is built with reinforced concrete and is a perfect match in terms of both structure and space while remaining free of
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Historic Chapel in Belgium Converted into Architecture Office


This historic chapel in Belgium was recently converted by Studio klaarchitectuur into an unconventional office space. Dubbed Waterdog, the project aims to transform architecture work into an almost spiritual experience. “Due to the chapel’s status as a listed building, the renovation project was bound by several limitations,” the architects said. “For instance, it was vital the historical character of the building remained intact. This was achieved by erecting a brand-new construction from scratch, completely separate from the historic building, in sharp contrast with the old walls.”
A large, sumptuous space was maintained at the heart of the building, with work areas located at the rear of the chapel. Ceiling vaults add to the grandeur of the space. “By stacking the different offices and spreading out the various departments across different floors, a constant sense of dynamism is created in the workspace,” the architects added. “No more dull and
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Incredibly Well-Planned One-Room Apartment in Stockholm


This small, one-room apartment in Stockholm, Sweden, is incredibly well planned. With the home at just about 344 square feet (32 square meters), it features a fully equipped kitchen and spacious living room that doubles as a sleeping area. A small entrance hallway guides you toward each entertainment space, while the light gray walls brighten up the place and perfectly complement the wooden floors. The living room is large enough to accommodate an extendable sofa, reading corner and bed. Plus, the vintage bench and stools add a charming touch to the interior.

It’s a known fact that Swedes love flowers, which is probably why this apartment is sprinkled with plant stands — all the more reason to fall in love with this place! The kitchen has an array of storage options that make it extremely practical, but it still has a cozy feel. The window offers a lovely view of
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