Ski Chalet in Canada Features Elegant Detailing


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Atelier Kastelic Buffey completed the design and development of Alta Chalet, a weekend retreat for a family of five.  Located in the city of Blue Mountains, Canada, the two-level ski chalet resides in a private ski club development. The design additionally integrates the chalet with its natural surroundings.

“Alta Chalet communicates an ethos of contemporary design and elegant detailing that derives from the local vernacular tradition of the barn,” the architects explain. “Its iconic presence – defined by a reductive black-and-white color scheme and a tight, clean, gabled roof edge – complements the intelligence of its spatial and economic efficiency.”

Step inside and you will experience its minimalist interiors as well as its wide windows and visual warmth. The public spaces – living room, kitchen and dining area – occupy the top floor of the ski chalet. This offers panoramic views of the surrounding ski hills. “Below, the ground floor

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Waterside Residence in Australia Unveils an Exciting Layout


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Architecture and design studio Justin Humphrey completed Cove House, a modern waterside residence located in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. The home displays a robust structure as well as an organic indoor-outdoor connection.

“An off-form concrete spine guides you through a delicate timber-batten screen and past a series of landscaped courtyards through to the water beyond,” the architects explained. “The courtyards act to define public and private space within the house while also allowing natural light to flood deep within the interior living areas.”

The welcoming and lively interiors also include an inspiring palette of materials and textures.”The ground plane of the house is articulated with both raised and sunken areas to encourage engagement and reflection,” the architects added. “These areas flow together beneath the striking and elegant roof-line that appears to float over the concrete and timber form of the house below.”

“Two secondary bedrooms can be privately

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Vietnam Residence Hosts Family Home and Rice Business


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Lan House, a Vietnam residence and rice business venue in Ba Ria–Vung Tau Province, is a dual-purpose home designed by H2 Architecture Studio. The unconventional dwelling accommodates working spaces and a rice storage unit on its bottom floor, while the upper level serves as a welcoming family home.

They split this Vietnam residence into two parts by a staircase and central hallway. “The front side hosts the kitchen, dining room, living room and restroom with laundry. All interiors are neighbored by a green garden. The space behind the stairs encompasses two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and a large terrace that connects them,” the architects at H2 explained. Ventilation bricks were used between the two floors, in order to keep away dust from the rice processing unit below.
Home to three family generations, the Lan Residence offers an optimum balance between private and common spaces. The owners wanted an environment where

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Australian Residence Displays a Coastal Design


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WA Country Builders completed the coastal design and development of The Geographe Bay, a residence in Dunsborough, Australia. From afar, the facade of the residence appears strikingly modern. It features elements like weatherboard, stone and brickwork, in order to ensure a laid-back visual appeal.

Step inside and you also discover a vibrant beach-inspired residence with eye-catching details. “The entry of the house is complete with high ceilings which provide a sense of openness that continues throughout the home,” the architects said. “Directly off the entry is the private master suite, that features a dressing room and en-suite.”“The large free form living area is located at the center of the home, creating easy accessibility from all sides,” they add. “It features an expansive kitchen, scullery and dining space. The media room and laundry are located alongside the free form living zone.”

A generously-sized terrace also offers opportunities for outdoor

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An Inspiring Contemporary Cafe in a Former Automotive Warehouse


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This Greater Goods Coffee Roasters contemporary cafe in Austin, Texas, was designed by Michael Hsu Office of Architecture. The architecture studio took on the challenge of upgrading a 61,569 square-foot old automotive warehouse in East Austin. With connectivity in mind, they sought to make it ideal for public use. The result is an inspiring contemporary cafe, roastery and training facility. Composed of creative spaces, it encourages social interaction.

“We sought to preserve the existing steel structure and use the gabled profile of the trusses to vault the roof,” the architects said. “Translucent polycarbonate panels along the north wall and skylight allow for natural light to fill the coffee shop.”

A vibrant combination of materials and textures make up the interior. It invites guests to visually explore each nook of the contemporary cafe. The architects planned the layout in order to maximize the synergy between the functional areas.

“The design revolved

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Traditional House in Spain Incorporates a Contemporary Layout


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The creative team behind Dom Arquitectura completed this House in la Cerdanya. An inspiring traditional house in Spain, it blends classic elements with contemporary living. The residence neighbors a beautiful natural park and takes advantage of the surrounding valley.

Faced with local building constraints, the developing team had to limit the design to local materials. “As a start, we decided to build the home with a wooden structure, facing the project from a bioclimatic strategy, to achieve an efficient and sustainable construction,” the architects explained. “The project included three different textures: the stone and the clay tiles as stated in the regulations and the timber as structural material,” they also said.

The L-shaped house is partially buried in the ground. Only the garage and main entrance are at street level. The site dictated this structure because of its steep slope. An open-plan living and dining area acts as the core

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Residential Neighborhood in France Adds Wooden Terraces


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Brenac & Gonzalez & Associés completed the design of a residential building complex in Romainville, France. Integrated wooden boxes used as terraces disrupt the linearity of the residential units. This also brings a much needed feeling of warmth to the new residential neighborhood.

“Fragmentation of built mass opens the way for a continuity with the surrounding context and the creation of visual perspectives, making this city block more porous and open,” the architects said. “This approach also alleviates the perception of density, resulting in quality apartments, with multiple orientations and limited direct views of the neighbors opposite,” they added.

Walking through the newly built paths, you get a sense of shifting perspectives. One can easily see how the playfulness of the surroundings. Hopefully, this will have a positive impact on future residents’ quality of life, as well as their comfort.

“Greenery also has an important role to play, slipping into the

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California Residence Nestled Between Massive Oak Trees


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Dougal Murray completed the design of Mulholland Hills Home, a contemporary California residence located in Beverly Hills. The project restores a run-down 1930’s home hidden between massive oak trees above the Studio City valley. In order to integrate the building into its surroundings, the developers used a variety of earth tones inside and out. Neutral textures also wrap the exterior decks and the infinity pool.

“I’ve always been a massive fan of contemporary Californian architecture, and my goal was to create an open space that utilized the incredible views and natural light the land so generously gave us,” Murray said. “Whilst we wanted to build something impressive, it was also important for myself and my design partner, Jonathan Waud, that the concept and the interior itself was understated and reflected its surroundings.”
Meant as a sanctuary away from the hectic life of Los Angeles, Mulholland Hills Home California residence combines

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California Residence Nestled Between Massive Oak Trees


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Dougal Murray completed the design of Mulholland Hills Home, a contemporary California residence located in Beverly Hills. The project restores a run-down 1930’s home hidden between massive oak trees above the Studio City valley. In order to integrate the building into its surroundings, the developers used a variety of earth tones inside and out. Neutral textures also wrap the exterior decks and the infinity pool.

“I’ve always been a massive fan of contemporary Californian architecture, and my goal was to create an open space that utilized the incredible views and natural light the land so generously gave us,” Murray said. “Whilst we wanted to build something impressive, it was also important for myself and my design partner, Jonathan Waud, that the concept and the interior itself was understated and reflected its surroundings.”
Meant as a sanctuary away from the hectic life of Los Angeles, Mulholland Hills Home California residence combines

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Floating Island in Belgium Drives People to the Waterside


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OBBA Architects collaborated with Studio DERTIEN 12 for the design of The Floating Island, an urban installation in the charming town of Bruges, Belgium. By building a twisting pavilion on one of the city canals, the architects tried to blur the line between land and water and drive people to the waterside.

“The pavilion consists of pontoons on the water, metal frames, deck plates, metal pillars, upper metal rails connecting the pillars and rope curtains embracing the rails,” the architects explained.

“The rope curtains and their shades create ambiguous spaces that seem to be open and closed at the same time. In addition, the curtains and shadows reacting to the light and wind blur the boundaries, repeatedly open and close visitors’ sights, and make familiar landscapes fresh again.”

By using materials like rope and wood, the installation visually adapts to its surroundings while remaining unique. We particularly like

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Small Cedar Home Reigns Over Farm-Field Landscape


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small cedar home door countySalmela Architect recently completed the design of a charming contemporary home located in Door County, Wisconsin. The 1,093 square-foot crib reigns over a farm-field landscape and takes in the peacefulness of the surroundings. The small cedar home design caters to the expectations of a bohemian client named Beth.

House for Beth is a narrow three-room building with stepped pitched roofs that reflect the functions within,” the architects explained. “The tallest roof defines a bright, open living space with views to the landscape in all directions. The lower pitched roof houses the bathroom and bedrooms. A third lean-to structure is attached to the back which contains the mechanical room.”
small cedar home exteriorSimple white walls and natural pine additions make for inviting interiors. “Sequences of large fixed windows and smaller operable windows create an immediate visual connection to the surrounding site while providing ample opportunity for breezes to passively ventilate this narrow house,”

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Chalet-Style Residence in California Withstands Harsh Weather


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chalet-style residence nordenMork Ulnes Architects completed the design of a contemporary 3,300-square-foot chalet-style residence located in Norden, California. The project, named Troll Hus, aims to capture nature views while maintaining a high level of privacy.

“The design is driven both by the extreme environmental conditions found at a 6,800-foot elevation and a California sensibility of generous indoor-outdoor living,” the architects explained. “The house is lifted on concrete legs to protect it from snow in excess of 800 inches a year. The building’s orientation shields it from prevailing winds while allowing living spaces to open onto glazed south-facing balconies, maximizing solar exposure in the winter and shading the interior in the summer.”chalet-style residence norden troll husThe interiors of this chalet-style residence are minimalist, with living areas on the second floor and private spaces below. An open plan living and dining area offers plenty of room for socializing, while generously sized windows and balconies ensure an

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Hillside Home in Japan Reveals Playful Interiors


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hillside home skyward houseThe Skyward House was envisioned by AC-AA Architects, a Japanese studio known to merge vernacular elements with modern functionality. A surreal green landscape surrounds the 4,402-square-foot (409-square-meter) hillside home.

“The house needed to provide a sense of protection since it would be the client’s final home,” the architect said. “It also needed to be supple to blend with the surrounding natural environment. Standing in this rich land, I wanted the house to have a sturdy and fragile presence at the same time.”
hillside home exteriorWindows open up the interiors in all four directions while ensuring privacy from passers-by. This is possible thanks to the high vantage point of the living quarters. Architects elevated them in order to avoid the view from the relatively busy street. Step inside and you’re greeted by a fascinating mix of open and closed spaces.

“Specifically speaking, the soto-no-ma (exterior room) – intended for sitting – has a

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Fishing-Inspired Elements Brighten up Traditional Restaurant in Timisoara


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timisoara traditional restaurantSabres Restaurant is a fish restaurant in Timisoara, Romania, established over 12 years ago. Its recent refurbishing aimed to refresh the whole atmosphere while preserving elements of the traditional restaurant.

The entire project was carried out by Luxury Design Dosei interior design studio, according to the concepts drafted by the interior designer Mihaela Dosei. Shapes and textures are the central elements of this space, which manages to look casual while maintaining propriety. Designers reinterpreted industrial design in a traditionalist light, as the accent falls on natural materials like wood and brick.

One of the beneficiary’s wishes was that the space would allow for a high traffic flow. This is due to the fact that the traditional restaurant often hosts business meetings, conferences and presentations. Thus, the entire refurbishment focused particularly on the efficient partitioning of space and the creation of distinct areas.luxury design dosei designBefore the renovation, materials such as ceramics and iron

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Painter’s Studio in Paris Becomes Contemporary Family Apartment


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Atelier Wilda transformed the painting studio of the late artist Pierre Lemaire (1920-2007) in Paris, France into a contemporary family apartment. The 484.3-square-foot (45-square-meter) crib features minimalist interiors and charming roof windows, which flood the space in natural light.

Neither the client nor the architect were willing to compromise on the spatial quality of the workshop. The developers preserved the load-bearing walls and the roof of the building but demolished the existing slab. This led to the creation of a central open space, visible from every corner of the apartment.

“White walls highlight the wooden elements (beech) that soften and warm the light,” the architects said. “The custom furniture has been designed to the smallest detail in order to optimize all possible storage room. In order to amplify the sense of space, the project presents little variation of color and materials.”

A bright cabin perches at the top of the volume, with

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Former Office and Workshop Becomes Contemporary Loft


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contemporary loft 's HertogenboschThe creative team behind EVA architecten renovated a former office in ‘s Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, and converted it into a spacious contemporary loft. The 2,153-square-foot (200-square-meter) Loft Sixty-Four is a minimalist crib with noticeable industrial influences. The central metal staircase ascends against a brick wall, setting the stage for a raw and unique look. White walls add to the spacious feel of the interiors.

The functional elements such as bathroom, storage room and kitchen are grouped in one large timber volume. This volume also connects the two levels. “Because the wooden volume is placed in the center of the house, the space gets separated but the experience of space remains,” the architects explained.The biggest challenge of the project was overcoming the lack of natural light inside a building with a depth of 20 meters (approximately 66 feet) that only has windows at the front and rear.

To solve this, architects

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Tiny Cabin in the Woods Exhibits a Unique Crystal Shape


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This modern tiny cabin was envisioned by Copenhagen- and New York-based architects BIG, and is nestled in the woods of Lanesville, New York. Named A45, the project is a housing prototype that allows for personalization inside and out according to the needs of the owners.

“The design evolves from the traditional A-frame cabin, known for its pitched roof and angled walls, which allow for easy rain run-off and simple construction,” the architects explain. “To maximize the qualities of this classic structure, A45 creates more usable floor area by taking a square base and twisting the roof 45 degrees to raise the tiny home to a soaring 13-foot height. The resulting crystal-like shape gives A45 an ever-changing appearance.”
The tiny cabin offers a total living area of 182 square feet (17 square meters) and is assembled onsite. Its modules consist of 100% recyclable materials and include a sub-floor system, the

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Family House Remodel Features Pavilion-Like Living Spaces


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AM Architecture designed the Camberwell House, a 5,920 square-foot (550 square-meter) residence located in Melbourne, Australia. This family house remodel expands on an existing house on the plot, which lacked an optimum indoor-outdoor connection.

The brief requested more space for the large family, a better layout and an improved relationship with the neighboring leafy park. Additionally, the space clearly needed a common area.

“To resolve this, we created a split level for the living areas, and the entry experience was re-routed to this new center,” the architects explained. The pavilion-like living room is now where the kids, parents and guests can meet up and share valuable time together. 

To balance the extensive use of glass, the architects used an insulated glazed unit with a low E coating. This helps the room stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Large internal brick walls also help regulate

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London Industrial Loft Jazzed Up with Art Details


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london industrial loftDay True recently completed the design of the Shoreditch Loft, a contemporary apartment with industrial influences located in London, UK. The London industrial loft was part of a full house project renovation; the client wanted to completely reorganize the structure of the living areas.

The architecture studio defines this project as having “a progressive and simple design that blends in the environment and enhances its architecture.” Without a doubt, some of the features that impacted the design scheme were the tall interiors, double-height windows and minimalist concrete walls, which stand out as you enter the apartment. 

One huge improvement was adjusting the position of the staircase. In doing so, the designers were able to expand the mezzanine level and add an extra bedroom. Custom-made wooden cabinetry units in the kitchen provide warmth to the open-space living area.

The clients are lovers of art, so they wanted an

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Peaceful, Maintenance-Free House in Amagansett, New York


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MB Architecture completed the design of House in the Lanes, a 7,300 square foot contemporary residence with an inspiring layout in Amagansett, NY. The clients requested a maintenance-free house that would last for decades to come. Builders used materials and finishes such as charred cypress, raw concrete and zinc for their ability to weather naturally over time.

“The lanes in Amagansett, New York are a set of walkable streets perpendicular to Main Street, dotted with a diverse range of houses and styles, that are walking distance to the ocean,” the architects explained. “In a departure from recent additions to the area, where houses extend from side to side on a given parcel, often choking it, we opted to let the side facade, the narrow end, be the street-front. By doing so, we were able to let the longer side of the house face south and direct sun, while maintaining a

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