Avocado Acres House in California Reveals a Sloping Curved Roof

Surfside Projects + Lloyd Russell completed an original residence in California that pays homage to the coastal style. Avocado Acres House stands out thanks to its bold geometry and welcoming outdoor spaces. “A sloping curved shed roof unifies the three pavilions that define the U-shape plan and courtyard space,” the architects said. “Throughout the interior a constant engagement to the outdoors gives the building a grandeur that belies the home’s small footprint. It’s single level living spaces, privacy from the street and functional layout for the inhabitants is the soul of our design strategy.”

As you step inside, you see an array of colorful spaces, bursting with personality. Natural wood tones on the vaulted ceiling, flooring and cabinetry contrast with the concrete finishes in the living area. Surfboards on display and framed artistic works add to the holiday feel of the place. “The floor plan consists of three defined
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Old Ranch Home in Palm Springs Gets Inspiring Renovation

Chino Canyon House is a renovation and addition to a home built in 1954 at the base of the San Jacinto Mountains in Palm Springs, California. Hundred Mile House envisioned a new L-shaped configuration for the building, which wraps around an entry courtyard. “The primary goal with the program was to maintain the unique character of the original structure while upgrading the home to be more energy efficient, spacious and functional,” the architects said. “Square footage was more than doubled, but the street presence was kept minimal.”
The addition includes a new swimming pool and outdoor patio, which connects to the living area. Moreover, each bedroom has its own terrace for easy outdoor access. “The original siting of the house fully considered the desert sun, keeping the main living area and window wall in shade for most of the day with deep eaves and a Northwest exposure,” the architects
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Egg-Shaped Sauna Mirrors Arctic Landscape in Sweden

Artist duo Bigert & Bergström completed the design of an egg-shaped sauna in Kiruna, Sweden’s northernmost town. The sculptural installation offers plenty of room for warmth, reflection and rest. “Solar Egg draws inspiration from Kiruna’s Arctic climate, where light conditions change with the seasons from 24-hour winter darkness to round-the-clock midsummer sun,” the designers said. “The egg is made out of stainless golden mirror sheeting, its multifaceted form breaking up the surroundings that it reflects into a multiplicity of different mirror images.”
The interior is adapted to the oval shape of the construction. The wall panels and floor decking are made out of pine wood and the benches of aspen. In the center you notice the nest-like fireplace, built from stone and iron. “The egg shape seeks to symbolize rebirth and new opportunities at the start of Kiruna’s urban transformation, a project that involves the relocation of entire city districts
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Masculine Attic Bedroom in Poland Exudes Character


Welcome to a contemporary attic bedroom that exudes personality. The owner, a young lawyer, decided to convert the empty attic of a building in Sopot, Poland, into a quiet place for relaxation. Studio Raca Architekci began by changing the geometry of the roof to make more space inside the new bedroom. A peaceful ambiance was achieved by cladding the ceiling and floor in oiled wood planks. Simple, modern furniture in black and gray complements the interior. A reading corner was placed by the window, with a modern chair designed by Hans J. Wegner and a minimalist Zuiver floor lamp.

The work area features a simple black desk and an Eames swivel chair. A modular sofa in the corner is used by the owner as a comfortable spot for watching computer movies. “It was impossible to design a standard wardrobe because of the geometry of the roof,” the designers said. “We decided to
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Surprising Playroom in London Inspired by Renaissance Painting


Studio Ben Allen completed the design of a creative playroom for two children inside a London apartment. The owner of the flat needed an interactive space where his kids could do their homework, play and sleep. “Inspired by the painting St Jerome in His Study by Antonello da Messina, our departure point was to create an installation that is as much a small piece of architecture as it is a piece of furniture,” the designers said. Called A Room for Two, the project consists of a plywood structure inside the bedroom, featuring archways, steps with storage and a fold-down desk.

The installation was partially fabricated in the studio and split into five elements that would fit through the Barbican-style door. This considerably reduced the amount of time spent assembling the plywood on site. The children can enjoy time together inside the intricate room, but can also do activities independent
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‘The Sisters’ Architecture Project in Canada Combines Old and New

Canada-based Anik Péloquin architecte took the challenge of upgrading a small house on a secluded lakeside lot in La Malbaie, in the province of Quebec. Because it would have been very expensive to renovate the house, the architect decided to opt for a new construction instead. The existing dwelling would remain standing as the “big sister” bearing witness to the history of the place. It would become a bunkhouse for guests. The new house – the “little sister” – is clad in tamarack. It has two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and lounge areas. Its size is modest, and the unique shape of the roof meets the owners’ requirements while harmonizing with the big sister and the landscape. The volume, scaled appropriately to the site, becomes an ideal setting for the lives that unfold here, both indoors and out.

To the east and north, the roof rises steeply to the ridge board,
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‘The Sisters’ Architecture Project in Canada Combines Old and New

Canada-based Anik Péloquin architecte took the challenge of upgrading a small house on a secluded lakeside lot in La Malbaie, in the province of Quebec. Because it would have been very expensive to renovate the house, the architect decided to opt for a new construction instead. The existing dwelling would remain standing as the “big sister” bearing witness to the history of the place. It would become a bunkhouse for guests. The new house – the “little sister” – is clad in tamarack. It has two bedrooms, a bathroom, kitchen and lounge areas. Its size is modest, and the unique shape of the roof meets the owners’ requirements while harmonizing with the big sister and the landscape. The volume, scaled appropriately to the site, becomes an ideal setting for the lives that unfold here, both indoors and out.

To the east and north, the roof rises steeply to the ridge board,
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Refurbished Moscow Home Revives Vintage Artifacts

Russian studio Oleg Klodt Architecture & Design restored an old house in the Rublevka suburb of Moscow, Russia. The three-story residence now features generous living areas, floor-to-ceiling windows, plenty of designer furniture and a spa with relaxing views. “Our client is a true design connoisseur who adores Soviet-era Constructivism and art from the early 20th century,” the designers said. “He set us the challenge of reconstructing an existing building and turning it into a country residence in the late-Constructivist style. The interiors were to correspond with the aesthetics from this period — a modern, functional approach replete with historic objects and artwork.”
The designers collected thousands of items, including vintage memorabilia and antiques from all over the world. By carefully combining these with modern replicas, it became possible to create an interior in keeping with the taste of the 1930s and 1940s. In the living room, you notice the coffee
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Four-Level Home in Mallorca Overlooks Small Medieval Town


Kresings Architektur completed House N° 3, a renovation and extension of an old building overlooking the medieval small town of Pollença, in Mallorca, Spain. The project aimed to reflect the atmosphere and qualities of the region. “When entering the building, one notices the comfortable temperature,” the architects said. “This is due to the ground floor having thick brick walls. The walls regulate the interior temperature throughout the year. Also, distinctively of the region, the floor plates are supported by olive-timber beams, which give the spaces their unique quality.”

The four-level residence comes with a total surface of 125 square meters (1,345 square feet) and has three en-suite bedrooms. Access to the upper floors is provided by a central stairway. The kitchen is located on the third level and communicates with the roof terrace, the highlight of the entire building. “The existing beige tones and green shutters of the buildings in
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Permeable House in Costa Rica Built Around Majestic Trees

QBO3 Arquitectos completed the design of a modern residence in Puerto Carrillo, Costa Rica. The “Tree House” comes with a total living surface of 280 square meters (3,010 square feet) and offers a nature escape from the hectic city life. Conserving the largest number of trees on the property was the starting point for the design. Another brief requirement was to create an optimum indoor-outdoor connection. “The house needed to be safe since it remains uninhabited for many weeks a year and resistant to the climatic conditions that affect the area, such as heavy rains, sea breeze and hot temperatures,” the architects said. “From these limitations, we come up with the idea of a concrete refuge armed with permeable membranes that adapt to the climate.”
The house is composed of three areas for various social functions. An existing tree that crossed the living area was creatively integrated into the design.
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Eclectic Apartment in Italy Highlights Old Fresco-Style Paintings


Italian firm Studioata completed the design of an original apartment in Turin, Italy. The home is located inside a heritage building and cleverly combines classical details with contemporary arrangements. The interior consists of a succession of environments outlined by different heights. As you step inside, you discover the spacious living area which, overlooks the terrace and inner courtyard. The social zone is filled with light and ruled by a charming eclectic vibe. An old fireplace was restored and acts as the focal point of the entire space.
In the kitchen, the designers opted for a contemporary design in a neutral color palette. We particularly like the wooden table (with bright green legs) which prompts a nice visual contrast. The blue steps in the living room leading up to the mezzanine add a dynamic touch to the overall design scheme. The upper floor of the apartment accommodates the bedroom, TV room
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Bucharest Apartment Sprinkled with Ingenious Design Ideas


This apartment in Bucharest, Romania, caught our attention thanks to the ingenious design ideas it puts on display. Discovered by Freshome on Designrulz, the 77 square-meter (828 square-foot) home is filled with light and storage solutions that maximize space. The owners of the apartment, a young couple with a passion for minimalism, embraced the idea of Scandinavian influences in their home. The task was passed on to the architects at CRAFTR, who creatively merged function and refinement in the design process.

The living room is captivating to say the least. Your eyes are instantly drawn toward the window, which comes with an inspiring storage system. Moreover, the punctured areas below and above the glass hide away the heater and air conditioning system. The TV unit extends with a small sofa. This complements the dining table, which can expand to welcome more guests. If we’re to talk about other
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Small Floating House in Norway Maximizes Lake Views

Feste Landscape / Architecture completed the design and implementation of a small floating house on Lake Nisser in Telemark, Norway. The cabin’s total living area is 26 square meters (280 square feet) and is developed on stilts, due to local planning restrictions. “Externally, the walls and roof of the cabin are clad in thermally treated pinewood, creating a precise and expressive design that merges with its surroundings,” the architects said. Gutters and downpipes are integrated into the external walls allowing for clean facades from all points of view.

“The micro cabin offers an alternative to the emerging trend in the Norwegian holiday home market of luxury cabins with sprawling footprints,” the architects explained. “We aim to maximize the user’s experience of the lake and the surrounding landscape.” Thanks to wood and glass finishes, the cabin’s interior exudes warmth and light. A massive glazed entryway opens up the kitchen and living
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Country House in Italy Becomes One with the Landscape


Zanon Architetti Associati worked on the interior renovation and expansion of a country house in Treviso, Italy. The design of the new extension, made from glass and weatherized steel, aims for a seamless indoor-outdoor transition. “From the outside, the glass volume reflects the surrounding landscape and becomes part of it,” the architects said. “From the inside the windows become invisible giving the impression of being outdoor: the living room becomes one with the countryside.”

With the ceiling covered in weathering steel, brick flooring tiles and overall minimalist arrangements, the social area resembles a raw space for contemplation. Vintage furniture sits alongside contemporary lounge chairs, which gives the room an eclectic feel. An all-equipped kitchen in stainless steel provides enough space for several people to cook together. The bedroom is particularly inviting with its king-sized bed reflected in the mirrored wall. The inclined ceiling, parquet flooring and exposed wooden beams
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Grid Apartment in Rome Features an Element of Surprise

Welcome to a minimalist home that features a surprising centerpiece. The “Grid Apartment” in Rome, Italy, was designed by architecture studio Brain Factory with functionality in mind. An open-plan living space was the main requirement of the owners, who wanted their 80 square-meter (860 square-foot) home to feel spacious and bright. At the same time there was a desire to separate the kitchen from the living room, while still being connected to it.
The solution was found in the shape of a glazing unit with galvanized iron framing, which surrounds the kitchen without visually isolating it from the rest of the apartment. White walls and pendant lighting combine with the warm tones of the oak parquet flooring, resulting in a clean, minimalist ambiance. This black grid gives the place a subtle industrial touch and becomes the focal point of the entire home. Together with the tall, black bookcase, it visually
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Cave-Like Villa in Greece Hides Sculptured Living Spaces

Welcome to the remote Greek island of Santorini, where blue domes and white dwellings embedded in stone celebrate Cycladic architecture. This summer house designed by Kapsimalis Architects is located in Oia, a place known for its “cute” architecture and magical sunsets. The project makes the most of its cliffside position, embracing the views from an exterior courtyard. This outdoor platform comes with a vaulted space for dining, lounge chairs and an infinity swimming pool overlooking the caldera. A twisted exterior stairway connects the two levels of the dwelling.

Once inside, you discover the sitting room with a small kitchen, two en-suite bedrooms and a sauna. The designers took advantage of the organic curves of the dwelling and created sculptural interiors. One of the en-suite bedrooms features a round glass door, which subtly marks the transition between the social and private areas. The interior and exterior walls were built from volcanic stones
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Modern Residence in Poland Highlights Floor-to-Ceiling Bookcase

Metaforma Architects completed the design of a modern residence in Poland that displays an interesting geometry. The body of the building consists of two intersecting cubes. The living area is located in the larger one, while the garage and the gym occupy the smaller section of the house. The facades have been covered with black plaster and cool pigments, and with protection against biological corrosion. “The wood-like composite we chose, unlike natural materials, does not require additional impregnation,” the architects explained. “Dark details in the form of metal window casings and balustrades consistently complete the concept. All these create an interesting three-dimensional effect.”

The layout of this modern residence was planned in tune with the active lifestyle of the owners: the day zone is located on the ground floor, together with the sports room and guest area. The bedrooms are placed on the upper level and offer a high
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Modern Home Designed with Outdoor Views in Mind

Cymon Allfrey Architects completed the design and development of Mt. Pleasant Home, a modern home with extensive outdoor views in Christchurch, New Zealand. The 3,230 square-foot (300 square-meter) villa cascades down a hill allowing most interior rooms direct access to the gardens and sheltered courtyards. “Our brief was to create a modern family home that considered the harsh, wind-swept environment,” the architects said. “We were to capture the dramatic vast views and provide the diversity of planning to create sheltered courtyards for outdoor living in most conditions.” Therefore, the home’s exterior is clad in cedar boards which aims to anchor the house in its idyllic setting.
“Formal and informal living spaces are grouped to allow a strong connection between family members,” the architects added. “Interconnecting doors allow a degree of separation to be achieved where necessary. Sleeping spaces are placed in the higher living pavilion providing for acoustic separation to
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Contemporary Pavilion Adjoins Historic Farm in The Netherlands

This property in The Netherlands is home to Château St. Gerlach, a historic gem that currently runs as a five-star hotel. The complex, which includes the original estate farmhouse, convent and grain lofts, is located in a hilly countryside landscape in Limburg, a short drive from Maastricht city center. Mecanoo architecten recently added a contemporary 14,000 square-foot pavilion to this property, which acts as a meeting space for guests and is a cutting-edge landmark for the region. “The transparent, state-of-the-art pavilion has a cantilevered roof with a beautiful curve,” the architects explained. “From the pavilion, guests will have views over the château, the hills, the meadow and the manor farm. The materials used are inspired by the natural surrounding of Limburg: marlstone, bluestone and oak. The three large multifunctional meeting rooms can be used separately or combined, offering a unique location for a variety of meetings and events.” The architects also
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Contemporary Pavilion Adjoins Historic Farm in The Netherlands

This property in The Netherlands is home to Château St. Gerlach, a historic gem that currently runs as a five-star hotel. The complex, which includes the original estate farmhouse, convent and grain lofts, is located in a hilly countryside landscape in Limburg, a short drive from Maastricht city center. Mecanoo architecten recently added a contemporary 14,000 square-foot pavilion to this property, which acts as a meeting space for guests and is a cutting-edge landmark for the region. “The transparent, state-of-the-art pavilion has a cantilevered roof with a beautiful curve,” the architects explained. “From the pavilion, guests will have views over the château, the hills, the meadow and the manor farm. The materials used are inspired by the natural surrounding of Limburg: marlstone, bluestone and oak. The three large multifunctional meeting rooms can be used separately or combined, offering a unique location for a variety of meetings and events.” The architects also
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