Berrima House by Park + Associates

Park + Associates have designed the Berrima House for a family in Singapore.

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Description from Park + Associates

Walls punctuated with strip voids are a recurring feature in this house designed to encourage social interaction and visual connectivity. Split in thirds down its length, it is divided into 2 wings that flow seamlessly into the courtyard garden, delineated by a perimeter of full height sliding doors.

Communal areas like the living, dining and study rooms flank the rear half of the house, capitalizing on its elevated siting to maximize unobstructed views of the surrounding greenery. Awareness of the landscape is heightened by opening out to a spa pool and an infinity pool perched on a slope.

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Design: Park + Associates
Photography: Derek Swalwell

Allez Up by Smith Vigeant Architects

Smith Vigeant Architects have designed an indoor rock climbing gym named Allez Up, located in Montreal, Canada.

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Project description

The rock climbing gym Allez-Up is at the heart of the revitalization project for Montreal’s Southwest borough. Flanking the Lachine Canal, the site and silos of the old Redpath sugar refinery have been converted into a one-of-a-kind indoor rock-climbing facility, adding significantly to the recreational and tourist attractions of the Canal.

Developing the abandoned silos into a rock-climbing gym is a unique way to maximize the enormous potential of these historic vestiges from Montreal’s industrial past.

The climbing wall formations within the main building actually resemble sugar cliffs, reminding visitors of the original function of the Redpath silos. These pure-white, angular climbing walls offer many different routes for both beginners as well as seasoned climbers. The multi-coloured climbing-holds speckled across the walls add to the dynamic charm of this unique interior space.

The siding and outer metallic building envelope pay tribute to the industrial and monolithic character of this site, while the massive windows gaze far out onto St-Patrick Street. In long shafts, abundant natural light saturates the space, creating an effect of crevasses and voids on the climbing walls and revealing the interior climbing surfaces – a truly colourful heart at the centre of a metallic exterior.

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Architects: Smith Vigeant Architects
Photography: Stéphane Brugger

House LS by dmvA

dmvA have designed a contemporary renovation of an existing house, located near Brussels, Belgium.

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Concept : ‘Missing link’

The municipality of Wemmel , situated on the outskirts of Brussels, is well known for its green areas with their monumental villas of the upper class. After a search of several years, the principal saw a house situated in one of those quarters. It was not his dream house but because of its marvellous location and the south orientated garden, he decided to buy it.

dmvA was commissioned to turn the rather classical house into a contemporary edifice. No sooner said than done, but the fact that also the neighbours had to approve the design to get a building license, as prescribed in the building regulations, had a great impact on the design. So no total ‘methamorphosis’ of the existing house, just small interventions. The façades of the existing house were painted white . The interior was furnished in black and white. The swimming pool was renovated and framed by an illuminating glazed ‘retaining wall. Finally, two sculptural white volumes were added connecting inside and outside, linking house, pool and garden.

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Design: dmvA
Photography: Frederik Vercruysse

MiCasa by Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects

Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects have designed MiCasa, a home for a family located in Hertfordshire, England.

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Project description

In October 2010, Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects was commissioned by Peter and Melanie Domb to design a house of modern design, with minimal impact on the environment and able to accommodate their burgeoning art collection.

The architects had worked with Peter Domb for many years in his capacity as a commercial developer. They met to look around the site at the bottom of the garden of the Dombs’ existing house, discussing their aspirations for the scheme and possible options.

The brief was developed from a basic requirement for a 3-bedroom house with generous room sizes – the client was interested in space, not number of rooms. At 270 sq m, the property has a similar floor area to a typical 5-bed house.

The Dombs had a strong preference for a contemporary design. Despite being a modern building however, the house has a familiar feel. The pitched roof has traditional connotations and the black façade is reminiscent of the silhouettes of local barns and agricultural buildings, which are typically very dark in colour, appearing almost black on the horizon.

The architect’s experience in housing enabled it to design a home that responds to practical living needs. The house allows for flexibility in the future, with open plan living and a combined kitchen and entertaining space supplemented by an enclosed private snug.

The interior is comprised of several flowing spaces, which interlink and flow out to the external patio and garden from the kitchen and dining area. Internally, the rooms step down to each other in response to the sloping site. The building is very narrow and despite its black monolithic appearance, the large windows offer generous views out and views right through the building from outside.

The Dombs are well travelled and have a large collection of individual pieces of artwork to display. With no theme to connect them (like a mini Burrell collection), the house is designed to double as a gallery space, with bespoke places to display their treasures. This process was ongoing through the design process and the stair storage wall was redesigned to accommodate an Olympic torch during the project.

An abundance of natural light was paramount. Extensive areas of glazing, rooflights and a solar tube to the dressing area ensure the home is flooded with natural light. The entrance hall and living space are double height – right up to the underside of the roof, which accentuates the feeling of generous space and light.

Melanie is a keen gardener and the house is designed have a clear relationship to the exterior, with large doors leading out from the living room and kitchen onto the garden, terraces and patio. The building makes use of the change in ground level and bisects the site, separating the public front from the private back and creating upper and lower gardens.

The construction is a hybrid of block work, steel and traditional timber, including sustainable and energy efficient features. A new borehole provides all fresh water for the house, with soakaways for rainwater discharge, a heat recovery system and zoned underfloor heating.

The client was keen on materials with longevity and which are maintenance free. The black zinc cladding is both recyclable and has elements of recycled materials contained within it. The simple form was continued through into the crisp detailing of the zinc, with concealed gutters.

The dog is a hugely important member of the Domb family and some ‘doggy’ influences are manifest in the design, including low-level glazing which allows the dog to see out. Interestingly, he does use these features and goes from window to window to police the garden.

The Dombs are hugely proud of their new home. The design is the product of a constructive relationship where both client and architect influenced each other in the creating the final appearance and function of the house.

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Architect: Stephen Davy Peter Smith Architects
Photography: © Lyndon Douglas Photography

BBDO Moscow / Nefaresearch

Architects: Nefaresearch
Location: Moscow, Russia
Architect In Charge: Boris Voskoboynikov, Dmitry Ovcharov, Maria Akhremenkova
Creative / Design Group: Boris Voskoboynikov, Dmitry Ovcharov, Maria Akhremenkova (interior designer), Maxim Frolov (3D)
Project Group: Maria Nasonova, Olga Ivlieva
Area: 3400.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of

Chief Engineer: Sergey Kurepin
Client: BBDO GROUP, Moscow

From the architect. The main challenge that faced Nefaresearch’s architects, was to reconstruct four-storey factory building of 19th century to the office for advertising agency. The style of the office had to resemble an art centre, rather than traditional office. The aim was to create with irony a rich dynamic and contemporary image in the BBDO’s branded palette (red, white, grey and black), covering and unifying all office spaces and in the same time dividing them into functional zones. The image should also contribute to creative and non-standard thinking.

Architects suggested to define ground floor as a show-window, which would radiate  company’s image. The front entrance was made as a strong trailblazing centre.

The project covers the whole four-storey building. The groundfloor is a public zone, where guests and clients are received; the rest three floors, on the contrary, destined to be agency’s working space. The reception at the entrance organise people flow: company’s employees, who are head for working area, and guests and clients, who came for a meeting or cafe. The cafe is easily transformed and has several additional functions, such as seminars conductions, discussions and design reviews, Digital Lab technology testing. In words, this space is a public centre of the agency.

The red structure in the dynamic point represents the reception and the bar, as if growing out of the walls of the building. Evolving in the space it is grow stronger, focusing attention on itself and turning into the whole rooms, at one space, or it subsides and completely disappears, remaining as a small accent, at another. This design solution allowed to reconcile with the impossibility of transferring partitions and engineering services. This red structure could be interpreted as a navigator for the visitors. In the working areas it turns into a cubic form and purity of it’s shape inspires agency for new ideas.

Working areas are interesting/remarkable for their planning conception. This conception was imposed upon typical problem of advertising agencies: permanent changes in the agency’s structure, changes in the number of employees and departments and their correlations. Advertising agency – is a respondent to the situations surrounding constitution, and so the working space should be instantaneous reconfigurable to the new conditions. The enclosed administrative space/The enclosed administrative core  located in the centre of each working floor and implements the function of a study and conference room: depending on a necessity they can be easily transformed from one to another. For it’s design the administrative space/core embodies the idea of “architecture in the interior”. “Interior houses” organise the space in playful dynamism. Around these “houses” the mobile office space is formed along the windows, and it’s sections separated by soft relaxation zones. Due to this structure, it is possible to easily reorganise both the whole floor and working areas without assistance.

The height of the ceiling on the top floor allowed to create entresols for relaxation and seclusion.

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Dauphin / Felix de Montesquiou

Architects: Felix de Montesquiou
Location: 103 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 ,
Client : Maison Dauphine
Year: 2013
Photographs: Samuel Lehuédé

Woodwork: atelier 181
Metalwork: Societé Forma
Assistant Producer: Mathias Pierre

From the architect. The challenge was to create an architectural vocabulary for the brand that would underline the radical minimalist design of the jewels without competing with them.

When we decided with Charlotte Dauphin de La Rochefoucauld (the artistic director, and creator of the brand) to stage the launch at the Louvres in Paris, I started working on furniture that will create a continuity between the very classical architecture of the Louvres and the simple sensitivity of the jewels.

In the first monumental room the jewels are displayed in 5 simple showcases made of thin patinated metal. The vitrines, consoles, lamps, etc, were carefully designed using classical golden proportions that you could already find in the architecture of the space, but applied to very contemporary shapes and details.

After visiting the monumental showroom, the guests were invited in a second room where we created a much cosier atmosphere. They were welcomed in a Pierre Jeanneret 1950′s salon from the Galerie Downtown. The beautiful furniture from Chandigarh (India) recreated an elegant and intimate feeling, where the creator would host interviews.

Paolo Roversi photographs were exposed in a simple rhythm made of floor lamps and mirrors, all designed for the occasion.

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Elysium 154 House by BVN Architecture

BVN Architecture have designed the Elysium 154 House in Noosa, Queensland, Australia.

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From the architects

The Elysium 154, Noosa project is a residential development for the last sub-division within the highly desired Noosa Heads postcode. The large site consisting of 189 house allotments, communal leisure facilities (tennis courts, health spa, aquatic facilities) parkland and nature reserves is located inland from the Noosa coastline adjacent to Lake Weyba. Theundulating, picturesque landscape of the site retains vast pockets of existing vegetation and is afforded distant views to the Sunshine Coast hinterland beyond.

This house enjoys a truly wonderful site, which slopes gently from the street on the south toward a small park and openspace to the north. The softly, sweeping, curved walls and forms which identify this house are generated by an intuitive response to achieve both the north-east aspect and views to the northern parkland areas. The external textured wall finishes fold back into the interior of the dwelling along walls and ceilings where carefully detailed edges and transitions with smooth internal walls allow the threshold between inside and out to be distorted. Drawing the external garden and pool spaces into the building has amplified the sense of subtropical luxury.

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Architect: BVN Architecture
Photography: ©Christopher Frederick Jones/CFJPhotography

Casa Palillos E-3 by Vertice Arquitectos

Vertice Arquitectos have designed a house situated above Palillos Beach, located south of Lima, Peru.

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The project develops on an irregular shaped terrain inside a difficult area, but with a privileged view to the sea in the lot E-3 from “Palillos” beach, at the south of Lima. Taking advantage of the lot slope, the project is propose as a volume set worked with different materials and textures in three levels that work together as a unit, obtaining several space relations between the interior and the outside. Without forgetting the most important requests asked by the client: the sea view must be from the most of the rooms, the more important space will be the social area, and finally independence and tranquility from the private area.

According to the requirements of the beach, the volumes are design at different levels like platforms on the ground, getting in that way the retirement requested and also emphasizing the principal volume. The central space is closed on their sides to avoid direct solar entrance and the eye contact with the neighboring lands. However, the sea view in the other direction is practically transparent.

The entrance to the master volume is given on the third level by a wooden bridge that crosses as a dock and ends in a double height floating hall that is a whole lookout to the sea and the social area.

At the second level, inside and outside of the double height, is located the social area that ends with the swimming pool as a limit to the sea. While in the back, middle level below is located a yard that serves as a social and a sand play area for the children.

At the first level and completely independent from the top, are 5 bedrooms that revolve around being as a distribution hall, most of them have balconies and the privilege view of the sea.

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Architecture: Vertice Arquitectos

The Olympic View House by BC&J Architecture

BC&J Architecture have designed the Olympic View House, located on Bainbridge Island in Washington State.

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From the architects

The Olympic View House house is a two story home designed for a couple newly retired from careers in academia on the East Coast of the United States. The site constraints included steep slopes, drainfield setbacks and a zoning variance. The resultant building footprint reflects these constraints in a manner which ultimately accommodated the Owner’s goals for the house.

The house is 2,700 sf and includes all main floor living for day to day functions for aging in place. The upper floor consists of a media area, office, piano and guest bed/bath rooms.

The house is a contemporary expression of Northwest Regionalism with both accommodation of serious weather conditions and aesthetic considerations for massing, light and presence. The house commands views of Port Orchard Narrows and the Olympic Mountain Range beyond through a membrane of glazing rather than conventional punched window openings. The glazing membrane in-turn allows the solid massing elements of the house to be expressed and meaningful.

A thoughtful use of both exotic materials such as Ipe and clear hemlock as cladding and ceilings respectively and more cost effective choices such as Hardi Artisan and Hardi Panel bring together a blended palette. This articulation of this material palette simultaneously proves to be both warm and substantially grounded.

The strength of the center core of the building is emphasized by a framework of battered bases on each corner. The tops of the bases are held short of the roof plane by two feet allowing the roof to appear to float above the body of the house. The roof then acts as more of a canopy allowing light to penetrate the building at all times during the day and be a lantern for the streetscape at night.

Architect: BC&J Architecture
Photography: Martin Bydalek

The Dixon House by Designgroup Stapleton Elliott

Designgroup Stapleton Elliott designed the Dixon House in Martinborough, New Zealand.

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Project description

Client Brief

Our client’s brief required the creation of a weekend retreat as a place to relax, enjoy the rural landscape and share with family and friends.

Site and Context

The site is located in an established residential estate adjacent to the local golf course. This large 5,000sqm north facing green-field site gently slopes up from the road. The southern boundary is marked by an elevated mound, which then drops sharply to the perimeter boundary. This area is densely planted.

Creation of a flat platform cut into the middle of the site offered the best aspect for the proposed dwelling. This area is elevated by approximately two metres above the access road with views to the north east towards the golf course and east and south west to the distant Wairarapa mountain ranges.

Design Solution

The plan is articulated into three pavilions positioned around an enclosed and sheltered courtyard.

Private zinc clad shells (pavilions), one containing the master bedroom suite and another containing guest accommodation and service areas are located at each end of the house. These forms are discretely positioned to sit into the contours of the site and accommodate the more private areas of the plan. These spaces are orientated to selected views of the distant hills to the south east and northwest, whilst ensuring privacy from other parts of the house.

A white plaster clad central pavilion faces northeast and south west and contains common living and entertaining spaces. It unites the private pavilions around the ‘family social centre’ with a central focal point of a zinc-clad fireplace. This form opens to an elevated terrace and formal front lawn on the northeastern side. To the rear it opens onto a private courtyard. Large sliding doors either side of the pavilion retract to transform living and dining spaces into an outdoor room to enjoy hot Wairarapa summers. Small slit-widows in the southeast and northwest walls provide selected views of the distant hills when seated while also maintaining privacy.

An open-ended circulation spine passes through each of the pavilions and becomes a private gallery within the zinc shells. The northeastern wall of this space folds down stopping short of the floor providing low level illumination and maintaining privacy. At each end the cladding dissolves into vertical louvers providing privacy to the master bedroom and shelter to the front door.

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Design: Designgroup Stapleton Elliott
Photography: Paul McCredie