<a href="https://design-milk.com/mr-barretts-house-is-an-old-garage-designed-from-the-inside-out/bureau-mrbarrett-house-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/06/BUREAU-MrBarrett-House-1-810x608.jpg" alt="Mr. Barrett’s House Is an Old Garage Designed from the Inside Out" /></a> <a href="http://www.bureau.ac/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">BUREAU</a> reworked an old garage with an apartment over it and designed it from the inside out. Located in Geneva, Switzerland, the 70-square-meter structure was gutted and reimagined into <a href="http://www.bureau.ac/projects/mr/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Mr. Barrett’s House</a>. To make that happen, the upper wooden floor was lifted off so the ground floor could be reinforced and structured, and then put back on to finish the house. The original top floor exterior remains and is now paired with a new interior that’s skimmed in simple birch plywood for a modern, cohesive aesthetic.
The interior’s two floors are visually connected through “complex sections” that make the space feel more open. Tall ceilings and angles keep the eyes moving around through the voids with the hope of enriching the lives who live there.
Circular windows were added giving the exterior a modern feel but over time, they will age and slowly become a part of the building as
<a href="https://design-milk.com/a-holiday-mountain-home-clad-with-wood-sunshade-in-tarvisio-italy/geza-z-house-alpine-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/06/GEZA-Z-House-alpine-1-810x607.jpg" alt="A Holiday Mountain Home Clad with Wood Sunshade in Tarvisio, Italy" /></a> <a href="https://www.geza.it/z-house" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Z House</a> is a holiday home situated on a steep slope that presented many challenges for <a href="https://www.geza.it/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">geza</a> during the design process. Located in Tarvisio, Udine, Italy, the mountain house design required two volumes that are sectioned out with different heights that flow down with the slope.
The house is modest in size as not to overwhelm the surrounding landscape. It’s clad in vertical larch strips that help it blend with the natural environment while acting as an external sunshade, a much needed architectural detail to help with sun control and saving energy.
The sunshade allows for semi-private pathways along the sides of the house.
The entrance is on the main floor which leads to the living room – a space that connects the two volumes. That space features a double-height ceiling with an open office hovering above, as well as the master bedroom. The rest of the spaces – additional
<a href="https://design-milk.com/three-gabled-volumes-in-the-country-make-up-the-hatley-house/hatley-house-pelletier-de-fontenay-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/06/Hatley-House-Pelletier-de-Fontenay-1-810x540.jpg" alt="Three Gabled Volumes in the Country Make up the Hatley House" /></a> Resembling much of the local architecture with high-pitched gables, the <a href="http://www.pelletierdefontenay.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Hatley House</a> comprises three identically shaped volumes that nestle together without intersecting. The house, designed as a collaboration between <a href="http://www.pelletierdefontenay.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Pelletier de Fontenay</a> and François Abbott, resides on a plateau surrounded by rolling hills, pastures, and mountains in Hatley, Quebec. Most structures in the area are a mix of farmhouses, barns, and sheds, which inspired the design but with more modern results.
The exterior is clad with a wooden lattice that reads vertical and the steep roof is covered in standing seam metal for an overall minimalist look.
The house features three wings with the middle one acting as the main living space and the other two housing the master bedroom wing and guest wing. Each feel expansive with double-height spaces that reach 8-meters high. Large square windows frame views of the natural countryside while bringing natural light inside.
<a href="https://design-milk.com/dessier-residence-by-_naturehumaine/dessier_nh-4/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2019/06/DESSIER_nh-4-810x540.jpg" alt="Dessier Residence by _naturehumaine" /></a> <a href="https://naturehumaine.com/portfolio/dessier/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Dessier Residence</a> is a minimal residence located in Montreal, Canada, designed by <a href="https://naturehumaine.com/" rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">_naturehumaine</a>. The project consisted of a renovation and extension of a single-family duplex defined by two complementary volumes. The rear facade sought the addition of a mezzanine that allows access to the roof terrace.
The volumes are characterized by angular geometric entities that simultaneously contribute to the formal expression as a whole while providing contrasting tonalities. For each volume, two large folded glass panes provide visual transparency to the garden below.
The interior consists of a monochromatic palette utilizing subdued materials to create a simple yet warm space. The centrally located staircase reveals a skylight on the top floor that provides abundant natural light, diffused from the openwork railings.
Photography by Adrien Williams
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