Smart Staircase Designs Create Elegant Functionality

Architectural design can generate a visually stunning home. And how a home is composed in terms of aesthetics can alter a person’s emotional response. A house with each room compartmentalized into a small space can cause a claustrophobic feeling. But an open floor plan brings a warm, communal atmosphere. Finding the proper balance between a visually appealing open space and total functionality can be a puzzle to some homeowners. But seen from a designer’s perspective, this challenge proves Read more [...]
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Peconic Bay Residence

Stelle Architects designed this house sited on a bluff overlooking the bay within a grove of cedar and locust trees. Discrete volumes of varying public and private functions are organized around an axial promenade, extending to the outdoors. Single story volumes, separated by glass interstitial spaces, were utilized to lessen the overall impact of the structures while retaining lofty interiors spaces requested by the owners. Low maintenance, sustainable materials were carefully assembled. Read more [...]
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Flying Point Residence

Stelle Architects designed this house and garden that became a bridge between two different bodies of water: gentle Mecox Bay to the north and wild Atlantic Ocean to the south. An existing house was radically transformed as opposed to being demolished. Substantial effort was undertaken in order to reuse, rethink and modify existing conditions and materials. Much of the material removed was recycled or reused elsewhere. The plans were reworked to create smaller, staggered volumes, which are Read more [...]
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Sailor’s Island Summer House

ALBUS Design designed this summer house located on Sailor’s Island, Porto Alegre, southern Brazil, to receive the family and guests of the homeowner. Looking for unique pieces, the architect Henrique Steyer traveled to São Paulo, from where most of the furniture was brought. From visiting the international furniture fair in Milan, Italy, came the inspiration of using an acrylic sideboard besides the white couch. On the garden, imposing 5’2″ light fixtures serve as beacons for the guests arriving Read more [...]
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House in Budakeszi

Tamás Mórocz designed a house in the inner part of Budakeszi, Hungary. The  settlement is characterized by buildings with pitched roofs perpendicular to the street; made often with  a porch  and  with  an  intimate garden beside and  at the back of the building. The neatness and the simple purity of the Swabian villages is a noticable feature of the settlement today. The house is a transcription of a building with pitched roof and porch.  Houses of this kind connect to their Read more [...]
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Indoor Pool And Spa

A2arquitectos designed an indoor pool and spa for one of the most distinctive hotels on the eastern part of the island of Mallorca, Spain. In 1967, a small hotel, Hotel Castell dells Hams, was established on the island of Mallorca amid the Mediterranean vegetation. Over time, and through subtle improvements and extensions, it has become one of the most distinctive hotels on the eastern part of the island. The last of the alterations, meant to celebrate the Mediterranean light and the location’s Read more [...]
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House in Mexilhoeira-Grande

Marco Arraiolos desgined this unique house located in the city or Mexilhoeira-Grande, Portimão. The house, with a required implementation polygon defined in a development plan, is inserted in a batch of reduced dimensions, with southern exposure and views over the river mouth of the estuary of Alvor. The project inverts the logic of immediate social/private, being the occupation at ground level, of the total area of deployment, made with private and service areas – bedrooms, bathroom Read more [...]
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Ridge Apartment Complex

Japanese studios SNARK and OUVI designed a 2-stories wooden apartment built in Takasaki city, Gunma.   Gunma is the car society and, a car ownership rate per person of Gunma is the highest in Japan. The transportation by car expands a sphere of life, and this is special locality of Gunma. Usually, a context of creating architectures is quoted from a neighborhood and small area where we can go on foot. However, I quote a context from a wider range in this case and, design it by a macro scale Read more [...]
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House DJ

[i]da Arquitectos designed this house located in Carcavelos, Portugal, using a central patio to divide the house into two parts and to organize the interior space. Project description: A central patio divides the house into two parts and organizes the interior spaces: on the west side, an open horizontal space to the garden receives the dining room and the kitchen; on the east side, a vertical space, located at a lower level in relation to the public route to ensure domestic privacy, receives Read more [...]
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S Cube Chalet

AGi Architects designed this family house made up of three intertwined beach houses. The owners -two brothers and their sister each with their own families- want to continue enjoying the same exceptional environment in which they grew up, but with complete independency and privacy from each other. For these reasons, the design of these three small houses calls for a duplicated program, which maintains privacy, while benefiting from outdoor areas and sea views, by the use of several terraces. Project Read more [...]
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