Glass Front Residence on the Water in Coral Gables

Glass Front Residence on the Water in Coral Gables

Touzet Studio, out of Coral Gables, Florida, were tasked with building a modern home that the client desired while keeping the classically-oriented style that the city required. Located on a waterfront site with views across Biscayne Bay to downtown Miami, the home’s design had to meet a lot of challenges, and the final result proves that the compromise is better than anyone could have imagined.

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With the homeowner being a modernist and the City of Coral Gables having a zoning code that favors historical “styles” over contemporary, Touzet Studio had their work cut out for them. Their solution: design two sides of the home with one facing the city and the other facing the bay. The city side facade looks rather formal with two structures covered in stone that very much falls in line with the architecture of the neighboring homes. The lower volume is clad in rough-hewn Florida Keystone and the larger, main volume is covered in honed limestone. The fortress-like exterior only has two openings on the western facade and a sliver of windows above. Even though they followed the rules to fit in, the house is all but hidden from the street.

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The interior was fair game and was clearly designed around the water views. The wavy, wood clad ceiling draws your eye to the water.

We are also loving that Vin de Garde modern wine storage.

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Glass Front Residence on the Water in Coral Gables in architecture Category

The bay side of the house is more tailored to the homeowner’s taste with sleek floor-to-ceiling windows framing the view.

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Alcoves of patio space were built into the design to provide private outdoor space.

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Glass Front Residence on the Water in Coral Gables in architecture Category

The bay side makes up for the closed off street side with sweeping walls of glass that completely open the house up.

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Photos by Robin Hill.








Prince Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

Architects: Lab Modus
Location: , Taiwan
Architect In Charge: Kevin Chang, Yuan-chen Wu, Min-ching Wu, Jay Lin
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of

From the architect. The site is located in a newly developed area near Taiwan High Speed Rail’s Taoyuan Station. The scheme is composed of a two-story rectangular volumes and a deformed double layered perforated metal louvers. Conceptualized of a “dancing box”, we intend to give dynamic rhymes in this open field site. These dynamics present significant challenges for us working to shape a built environment that will meet commecial and perceptive needs both today and future.Giving maximum presence to the context, the massing of project applies advantage of the openness of the site to create a continuous translucency to all dimensions of the project. The irregular openings trimmed out from metal louver façade are to provide air and views to the corresponded interior spaces.  Therefore, the interior can adapt the filtered sunlight and air into spaces.

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Prince Housing Sales Center / Lab Modus

Architects: Lab Modus
Location: , Taiwan
Architect In Charge: Kevin Chang, Yuan-chen Wu, Min-ching Wu, Jay Lin
Area: 1800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of

From the architect. The site is located in a newly developed area near Taiwan High Speed Rail’s Taoyuan Station. The scheme is composed of a two-story rectangular volumes and a deformed double layered perforated metal louvers. Conceptualized of a “dancing box”, we intend to give dynamic rhymes in this open field site. These dynamics present significant challenges for us working to shape a built environment that will meet commecial and perceptive needs both today and future.Giving maximum presence to the context, the massing of project applies advantage of the openness of the site to create a continuous translucency to all dimensions of the project. The irregular openings trimmed out from metal louver façade are to provide air and views to the corresponded interior spaces.  Therefore, the interior can adapt the filtered sunlight and air into spaces.

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Ruston Mews by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio

Ruston Mews by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio

Swedish-born, London-based designer Martin Brudnizki, of Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, designed this home for designer Christine Vanderhurd, whose textiles brand’s vibrant patterns inspired the project. The Ruston Mews project began as a blank canvas that Brudnizki brought to life with bright prints and an eclectic mix of home furnishings.

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Set in a mews building (typically a row of stables with carriage houses below and living quarters above), hence the name, the space was to house both a home and studio. The walls are kept white making for the perfect backdrop for the colorful textiles and artwork placed throughout. Partnering the white with bold elements makes for an exciting and inspiring space to both work and live.

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Ruston Mews by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio in interior design Category

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Ruston Mews by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio in interior design Category

I love the wall-to-wall shelving and how it showcases each object as an art piece without being pretentious.

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Vanderhurd’s beautiful carpets are used throughout setting the tone of the color palettes and the look and feel of the home.

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Instead of your typical banister, beads connected with wire are strung creating a cool visual element between the stairs and the room without blocking it off.

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The stairwell walls become a photo gallery with some amazing photographs, including some portraits by Annie Leibovitz.

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House in Shinoharadai by Tai and Associates

House in Shinoharadai by Tai and Associates

Located on a small hill in Yokohama, Japan, the new House in Shinoharadai, designed by Tai and Associates, houses two generations of the same family and an office while preserving the family’s ties and memories to the land. The house is made up of two volumes which helps keep it in line with the surrounding homes in the neighborhood.

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Reinforced concrete surrounds the residence in the form of a retaining wall, while the main volume, or main floor of the home, is made of concrete that’s covered in wood panels with tongue and groove joints. The white building contains the office.

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Each structure not only looks different on the outside, they each perform a different function on the inside.

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The old pine tree on the property has deep family roots so the interior was planned around it. The living room, dining room, and kitchen of the parents’ space is formed around the tree.

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Notice how the exterior wall continues into the interior space helping to merge the terrace space with the living room.

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The children’s house and office both share the main entrance, which features a stunning staircase that leads up to the second floor. The second floor boasts panoramic views of Yokohama Bay.

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The beautiful staircase is partially enclosed in glass making it a focal point from the open plan living, dining, and kitchen area of the children’s space.

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Photos by Seiichi Ohsawa.








Villa Kanousan / Yuusuke Karasawa Architects

Architects: Yuusuke Karasawa Architects
Location: Kimitsu, Chiba Prefecture,
Principal Architect: Yuusuke Karasawa
Mechanical Consultant: gh9 co. ltd.
General Contractor: Eiger co. ltd, Noriaki Fujii, Yousuke Ozaki
Area: 87.69 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of

From the architect. This is a weekend cottage situated within the deep mountainous area of midlands in Bousou Peninsula. The site is located in Kanou Mountain, Kimitsu city. An important traditional Japanese painter, Kaii Higashiyama(1909-99) once mentioned that he was awakened by a landscape painting of the majestic ravine scenery of this site. The cottage is sitting on a slope looking down to this ravine.

The exterior shape of this building appears to be a simple cube. However, the interior consists of two layers of the traditional square plan, while a cubic volume is inserted to the points of intersection produced by the walls, the floors and the ceiling that divides the space. The intersecting angle of each cube is defined by the rule of an algorithm, producing the most prominent character of this project – that adjacent cubes are tilted in a definite angle against each other. The rotation angle of the cubes defined by algorithmic rule dissects the interior volume into various spaces according to the header forms of the cutting plane, providing diverse spatial conditions as each individual room.

The interior produced by this method have diverse characteristics for each space although the certain sense of order is given to the whole building since the setting of the cube angle is not random. This condition allows to experience the coexistence of the order and the diversity as antinomy based on the physical sensation of the space. It can be said that such coexistence of order and diversity is the most significant characteristic of the architectural space produced by an algorithmic rule.

The skylight brings in the sunlight, filling up the room in the day. Beams of sunlight come from unexpected directions and crisscross within the interior, bringing out more layers of complexity to the already diverse interior condition. The initial rotation angle of the cube is fixed according to the slope angle of the site, therefore the magnificent natural scenery is reflected and articulated to the spatial conditions of the interior space.The occupants of the space can feel the sense of unity to the scenery visible outside of the windows.

This weekend cottage was completed under the unique methodology of configuring the spaces, it exists within its grand surroundings, and the scenery is brought into the space. The result would be the new and original physical sensation and experience of the space.

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Necklace Residence / REX

REX has just released their winning competition design for a unique residential competition: a private residence for three generations. The estate includes the parents’ home, four children’s homes, event space, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, gym, spa, library, study, home cinema, and performance space.

The dream of a family patriarch was to design “a jewel box for individual lifestyles” in which he, his wife, his four children and each of their four families would reside. Because three out of the four children do not yet have families of their own, the building concept needed to be designed to accommodate the families that do and do not yet exist. The ensemble of five homes were to have the architectural integrity of a single building, to look as though they had always been part of the site and needed to incorporate a classic double stair.

To create a structure in which each home could be experienced individually but also as a component of a larger domestic network, the estate’s program is organized into a necklace. The pieces of the necklace alternate between the five homes and five shared pavilions.

The site commands views out to the ocean from a high bluff on one side, and into a dense, old-growth forest on the other. Straddling the line between these radically different landscapes, the necklace exists simultaneously at the beach and in the woods. Each of the five homes are thereby afforded different site experiences: ocean, forest, or half-and-half. While the ocean-side portions of the residence are on grade, due to the site’s steep drop-off, the forest-side portions extend horizontally into the tree canopy, giving these elements a tree-house experience. Entry is gained by driving under the residence’s elevated components into a secret garden at the building’s heart.

To accommodate the possible needs and proclivities of the families, which do not yet exist, the five homes are designed with a distinct living typology based loosely upon one of five canonical, Modernist homes: Philip Johnson’s Glass HouseEero Saarinen’s Miller HouseEero Saarinen, Charles Eames, and Ray Eames’ Case Study House No. 8Louis Kahn‘s Fisher House and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Tugendhat Villa. This will allow the four children and their families to gravitate towards the home that best meets their lifestyle or to enjoy an alternate experience with each stay.

Driving under the cantilevered home, one enters the arrival courtyard: a secret garden whose clear, fluted glass visually ties the three-generational family together. The residence’s main entry and its curling reinterpretation of a classic double stair provide access to the residence’s roof terrace, while also serving as an event space with views to the ocean and central garden.

The residence’s exterior is wrapped in mirror glass such that upon approach, the building disappears into the site. The effect reduces the perception of the structure’s large mass and surreptitiously achieves the patriarch’s desire for a structure that “looks as if it has always been part of the site” by looking like it isn’t there at all. By night, the exterior’s mirror glass appears to dissolve, creating a lively lantern on the bluff.

Architects: REX
Design Architect :
Key Personnel: Adam Chizmar, Alberto Cumerlato, Mette Fast, Tyler Hopf, Gabriel Jewell-Vitale, Roberto Otero, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Aude Soffer, Minyoung Song, Elina Spruza, Alex Tehranian, Cristina Webb
Executive Architect : AVGA
Consultants: Arup, Front, Kean Development, Magnusson Klemencic, !melk, Tillotson Design
Area: 35500.0 ft2
Year: 2017
Photographs: Courtesy of Luxigon, Courtesy of REX

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A Fresh & Modern Bathroom You’ll Never Want To Leave

A Fresh & Modern Bathroom You’ll Never Want To Leave

Australian design firm Minosa Design recently completed this modern bathroom with designer Darren Genner at the helm. A family sought design help with their dated bathroom in an equally dated 80′s apartment building underneath the iconic Harbor Bridge in Sydney, Australia. With a desire for high-end finishes and a connection to their dressing room, the client’s requirements were a tall order in a fairly small space.

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The biggest obstacle was the fact that the space had no windows so it was necessary to achieve a bright look through artificial light and a sliding glass wall system to let light from the bedroom enter the space. Recessed light is hidden above the mirrors and below the floating vanity.

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Another requirement was the use of wood floors to connect to the dressing room. They chose an engineered oak floor due to its lack of expansion which you’d normally find in traditional wood floors.

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Another must was a freestanding bathtub and double sinks, a huge feat for such a tight space. A floating wall-hung vanity was installed to give the feeling of more space and the simple unit is complemented with Gessi Goccia fixtures and oversized vessel basins. The sleek tub is made by Antonio Lupi.

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I love how when you’re looking down the hallway through the closed glass doors that you see beautiful curved lines from the faucets to the mirrors, to the sinks.

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We all know how horrible grout is to clean and the homeowners decided to have a bathroom without any grout at all (they are geniuses). Instead the walls are covered in white Corian giving the space a seamless look.

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How amazing is that teardrop-like tub spout hanging down from the ceiling?

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A Fresh & Modern Bathroom Youll Never Want To Leave in interior design architecture Category

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An Antonio Lupi Corian shower base system was installed with an integrated shower screen to create a watertight environment.

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