A Brazilian Duplex with a Pool That Becomes Art by Fernanda Marques

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                                When a client approached <a href="https://www.fernandamarques.com.br/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados</a> with an unusual request that most architects would run from, she welcomed the challenge and created a jaw-dropping space to go with it. The client&#8217;s wish was to have a swimming pool *in* his apartment, which is a duplex in São Paulo, Brazil. How did Marques make that happen? By designing a stunning, glass enclosed pool that&#8217;s the focal point of the double-height living room.
A doubled-sided sofa is placed in the center of the living room, with half of it facing two glass panels of the pool and the other half in front of a wall-mounted television. The client’s art collection was another key factor in the design with works thoughtfully placed throughout. Overall, Marques leaned more towards minimalism allowing the art to be showcased. Vertical plant walls surround the exterior walls making the limited outdoor space feel lush. The master
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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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A Lakeside Holiday House Nestled into the Steep Hillside

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                                <a href="http://www.ck-jj.com/sky-house"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Sky House</a> is a holiday home nestled into the steep land on the edge of Stoney Lake in Canada. It was designed by <a href="http://www.ck-jj.com/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster</a> as two rectangular volumes, one cantilevered on top of the other, with the upper one bridging itself over the lower one.
The lower volume houses the bedrooms while the upper floor contains the public areas of living that overlook the lake. The facade is clad in durable, low-maintenance materials like reflective standing seam metal roofing and petrified wood. Inside the main structure, vertical skylights and south-facing windows and sliding glass doors open the interior up by maximizing daylight. White walls and ceilings are paired with a colorful peacock blue, including a glazed brick socle that holds the wood stove. The concrete floors, which were treated with a black stain, help with passive solar heating during the winter months. Photos by Doublespace Photography,
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