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

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

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


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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Steel-Framed Café Becomes Hanging Garden in Vietnam

steel-framed cafe stairs Studio Le House recently completed An’garden Café, an original spot for daily gatherings located in Hà Đông, Hà Nội, Vietnam. This steel-framed café has a total surface area of 8,072.9 square feet (750 square meters) and features a playful layout. Plants and flowers add character throughout the space, inspiring a sense of freshness and seclusion. “While a house full of steel frame may sound dry and heavy, the impression of An’garden Café comes from impromptu hanging plant pots, conjuring up a vision of a dreamlike hanging garden,” the architects say. “This building aimed for an exclusive place that brings guests enjoyment from both coffee fragrance and picturesque surroundings. ” Despite clear industrial influences, this original steel-framed café in Vietnam feels welcoming. Dim lighting and plenty of wood finishes help achieve a friendly atmosphere. “The facade of this shop intermingles large pieces of glass with steel frames,” the architects add. “Simple
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Sister Cabins Frame Sweeping Views of Rocky Mountains, Colorado

Renée del Gaudio architects completed the design of a project named Big Cabin | Little Cabin in Fairplay, Colorado. The new pair of cottages are surrounded by a thick forest on one side, opening up to a magical landscape on the other. Large windows frame views of Colorado’s Sangre de Cristo mountains, the Collegiate Peaks, and the South Platte River. “The cabin’s gabled roof form and rustic materials recall the area’s early vernacular buildings,” the architects explain. “Exterior cedar siding is stained dark to blend the house with the surrounding forest. Plywood interior walls and ceilings keep the cabin low key and rustic.”
The “Big Cabin” accommodates the master bedroom, living and dining areas, kitchen, pantry, gym/sauna and a bathroom. An extra bedroom, with a bathroom for guests, is located just nearby, in the sister cottage, connected to the larger cabin through steel decking. Step inside, and you will find
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Colorful Home in Romania Revives Traditional Design


Merging rustic-inspired interiors with contemporary details, this colorful abode inspires a homey feel throughout.  Located not far from Bucharest, Romania, The Small House in the Countryside is a project initiated by designer Alina Alexe of Studio Decoraktiva. The starting point for the project was a decrepit traditional village house with only two rooms and a detached kitchen. Owner and designer Alina Alexe transformed the existing rooms into bedrooms, tore down the old kitchen and extended the construction towards the rear of the property. The addition consists of a large living room, new kitchen and bathroom. The main facade was kept, together with its traditional balcony and green patterns flanking the main entrance. All doors were restored and painted turquoise, which brings a serene and refreshing touch to the entire scheme.  Step inside, and you will find a welcoming home, filled with artifacts gathered by the owners during their
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Original Melbourne Home Addition Exudes Positive Vibes, Balance

Kiah House, by Austin Maynard Architects, is an architecture extension to a weatherboard cottage in North Fitzroy, Melbourne. The project brief hinted towards creating an extension with plenty of positive vibes: a sanctuary for the couple living here, but also a place to entertain friends and family. “The extension comprises of two separate pieces of architecture,” the architects explain. “The master bedroom haven—which sits beside the original house extending to the northern boundary—and the separate office poised above. The original Victorian-era house, built in 1927, has been respectfully restored and updated with a new kitchen and bathroom.”
The architects took inspiration from Japanese gardens and Buddhist retreats of Kyoto to create the homeowner’s desire for peace and balance. “At Kiah House, we were charged with the task of creating spaces, both private and shared, that spill out into the garden, and are yet adaptable enough to create solitude
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Denver Loft Exudes Fashionable, Eclectic Vibe


Interior designer Rebecca Robeson, of Robeson Design, took on the challenge of renovating a loft-style apartment in downtown Denver, Colorado, USA. The client’s brief requested a casual scheme, updated with high-end furniture, fixtures and finishes. Drastic changes were implemented in order to add a contemporary vibe to the 2,000 square-foot (185.8 square-meter) Denver loft. Wood flooring was replaced with wide hardwood planks, creating a unified look throughout the apartment. Used brick veneer and barn wood walls were added, together with new frosted glass doors, creating a truly impressive array of finishes and textures. In the kitchen, Robeson implemented a full renovation scheme, with custom-made furniture, new tile walls and intricate storage solutions. Exposed pipes against concrete ceilings add a dynamic, industrial touch. New lighting systems and Smart Home technologies were implemented throughout. Floor-to-ceiling windows illuminate the space, providing a vantage view of the city. The updated bedrooms appear particularly inviting, with fluffy
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Barn-inspired Dance Studio Rises in Rural Massachusetts

Each year, Jacob’s Pillow campus in rural Massachusetts, USA, hosts a summer dance festival with more than 200 free performances and other uplifting events. The cultural center challenged Flansburgh Architects to design a 6,000 square foot (557 square meter) dance studio, able to meet the growing needs of the artists all year round. The new building on the site is inspired by the rural barns in the area, but offers the latest in high tech. Its flexible design incorporates multiple program spaces and functions. It will serve as a warm-up and rehearsal space, instructional space, informal performance area and a residency venue for visiting programs.
Wood and glass are the main components of the design, which the architects employed to create a farm-like aesthetic. At the same time, these elements have the ability to create a more natural and laid-back environment for the artists and their performances. “Oversized barn windows
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Edwardian Timber Cottage Gets a Modern Makeover


Sheri Haby Architects recently completed renovations at Gable House, a charming Edwardian timber cottage. A previously built addition to Gable House incorporated the main bedroom, kitchen and dining area, however, this extension was poorly organized. “Our client didn’t need a bigger house, just one that worked better,” the architects said. “Our design direction was to provide a spacious, light-filled, open plan area at the back of the home that better connected to the back yard, and corrected the lack of privacy between the main bedroom and the living area.” The home’s original Edwardian architecture at the front of the home, which incorporates three bedrooms, a dining area, and a hallway, was retained. The bathroom and laundry were refurbished to include a separate powder room. In order to maximize garden space, the architects chose to build the extension at the rear of the house. The indoor-outdoor interplay is one of the powerful benefits of
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Complex Winery Design Features Green Roof, Sliding Screens

California-based Signum Architecture completed the design of Odette Estate Winery, a modern structure aimed at mirroring the refinement of the wines produced in the famous Napa Valley. The project is said to express the owner’s commitment to sustainable farming and wine production. Defined by organic shapes throughout, the structure blends in with the landscape.”Nestled in the valley’s eastern hills, the building’s living roof appears to have been pushed up from the earth,” the architects said. “At the front of the building, sliding perforated aluminum screens in tall, voluptuous forms veil the winery’s covered crush pad and open-air workspace. Behind these screens, three repurposed shipping containers serve as comfortable and sophisticated winery laboratory and office space.”
With a clean and simple layout, it’s easy to move from one functional area of the winery to the next. The design of the fermentation barrels matches the sober interiors, as if to
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Small Tilted Kiosks in Canada Inspire a Sense of Movement

Atelier Urban Face completed the design and development of the “Mount-Royal Kiosks” project. These three oddly shaped buildings are meant to spice up urban family escapes in Mount Royal Park, Montreal, Canada. “The new kiosks take on the shape of the hamlet,” the architects explained. “This was an important factor in the design, as a hamlet incorporates the idea of a village, one that encourages a sense of interaction and community. The positioning of the kiosks are random, representing a dialogue between the kiosks and the main pavilion, the waterfall at Beaver Lake.” The installation is inspired by two main components: the play of light and the constant shifting of the wind. Thanks to steel structures, each kiosk leans at a different angle, as if being pushed by the wind. The first kiosk is inclined at 10 degrees, designed for both summer and winter class field trips. With enough room
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Butterfly Wings Inspire Art Studio Design in Connecticut

Valerie Schweitzer Architects completed the design of a tiny sanctuary for creativity and reflection in Westport, Connecticut. Inspired in part by the closing of a butterfly’s wings, this 350 square foot (32.5 square meter) art studio and private office for a family home, provides a comfy refuge. “Like shards protruding from the earth, the studio’s angled panels clad in stucco and recycled teak, impart a primitive and futuristic quality at the same time,” the architect said. “Due to the skylight and narrow windows, there is a strong sense of privacy and being hidden from the rest of the world. The view of changing skies and light create an optimal space for intermittent reflection during artistic production.” The interior may seem small, but it offers everything an artist needs. There is plenty of space here for an office, a sports mat and even a half bathroom. Energy efficient elements of
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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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