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Skyscraper-Like Home With Breathtaking Mountain Views

The Tower House, located in upper state New York,  looks exactly like it sounds. It is a perfect example of module manipulation from horizontal to vertical. Designed by GLUCK+ architects, it takes the form of a skyscraper and shrinks it down to the scale of a house. The four-story-high-home, designed with the idea of an observatory in mind, and represents a modern day adult treehouse, offers uninterrupted views over its surrounding wooded environment. The kitchen and main living space are located on the uppermost level with an outdoor roof terrace above; extending the interior into the fresh air, with views of the lake and mountains. The first… Read more »

Montrose House by SAOTA

A Stunning hill-side dream home designed by Cape Town-based studio SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects named the Montrose house, it was completed in 2010. This contemporary home is located in Cape Town, South Africa. Here are some images and description from the designers:  “High on the ridge of Bishopscourt in Cape Town, this unique site resulted from the demolition of an existing house. The site was divided by the existing driveway, which rose steeply from the end of the cul-de-sac below. The new building’s form, perched as it is in a commanding position, was perceived from the outset to be a pavilion… Read more »

Bourgogne Barn House Transformation by Joséphine Gintzburger

In the region of Bourgogne (Burgundy) in central France, designer Joséphine Gintzburger has undertaken a mission to transform a countryside barn into a present-day modern crib. Her concept was to deliver a Mediterranean interior with an industrial rustic feel to it. By blending elements like concrete, aged oak beams, chandeliers, modern art, having exposed ceilings and newly created mezzanine levels to house the private areas of the residence, the end result  turned out to be magnificent and heartwarming. Here are some images of the results from the designer

Lake Austin House by Lake|Flato Architects

Located in Austin, Texas, this house takes a different yet unique design approach. Designed by Lake|Flato Architects, it’s focused around a man-made canal extended from Austin’s Colorado River, the residence is compromised of a series of structures and outdoor spaces that create a secluded riverside complex. Limestone walls shield the house on its narrow site from neighbors, once passed, a 60 meter-long (200 feet) boardwalk runs the length of the site, adjacent to the canal, leading to the main living room structure.  Along this path is a number of smaller wooden cottage-like buildings that contain the bedrooms and study and are grouped to form smaller courtyard… Read more »

Casa Vale do Lobo by Arqui+ in The Algarve, Portugal

Casa Vale do Lobo, a contemporary villa within a golf course in The Algarve in southern Portugal, that offers an incredible trend of design and a unique experience of living. Designed by architect Vasco Vieira of Arqui + Arquitectura, the house is a transparent U-shape structure with a central court and an elevated pool that cantilevers over the landscape and over flows creating a stunning water fall fountain. The suspended pool opens up vision across the courtyard maximizing the usage of the space available. The house sports 5 main bedrooms, an indoor pool and spa. The main living spaces of the villa have been developed… Read more »

The Cloud House by McBride Charles Ryan Studio

The Cloud House project, an addition and renovation to a double-fronted Edwardian house in Fitzroy North, a suburb in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. Designed by Australian studio McBride Charles Ryan who conceived this project in three distinct parts (the old house, the cloud, and a transition in between), an architectural design to discover in sequel. “The Cloud House is an addition and renovation to a double-fronted Edwardian house in Fitzroy North. Over the course of close to a century, this house has received several additions and modifications. McBride Charles Ryan’s work for the house is designed in three parts. This allows for a sequence… Read more »

Wright House by Elmo Swart Architects in Durban, South Africa

A stunning modern attachment to a traditional hut-home in Durban, South Africa by Elmo Swart Architects. The contemporary addition on the old thatched-roof home is quite a contrast to the original design.  The smooth, angled curves of the exterior shape echo the original, and natural accents are added to make the transition from old to new more visually balanced.

Under the Moonlight House by Giovanni D’Ambrosio

Under the Moonlight contemporary house, designed by Giovanni D’Ambrosio, is located in Mount Hotham, Victoria, Australia. Interestingly enough the shape of the home is quite modern, yet there are obvious historical influences that are incorporated into the design very successfully. The house’s materials tend to blend with the surrounding environment, protecting the local vegetation and trees from any distorting objects. The roof is made out of insulated metal and accomplishes functionality at any climate. Its brownish color matches well the chromatic shades of the surrounding nature. The house’s shape resembles archetypes used by country-men and cowboys that lived in the area. Stone, wood and metal are… Read more »

Hill House by Andrew Maynard Architects at Melbourne

The Hill House in Melbourne, Australia is an explicit example of the multiple sides of a design job. An unexpected make over idea changed the whole image of the regular town house. Owners of the dwell, a family of five including three young kids, requested the modern upgrade to their home with a condition of enjoying the healthy side of the sun; they asked for a sunny zone and a yard mostly acting as a shadowy shelter. Designers at Andrew Maynard Architects came up with a solution to build a new structure on the rear boundary, the southern edge of the block, upon the footprint of… Read more »

Astonishing Refurbishment of Casa Up in Madesimo, Italy by Es Arch

Architects at Es Arch – Enrico Scaramellini Architetto refurbished an old existing barn In the village of Isola, Madesimo, Italy, into a contemporary duplex named Casa Up.

Mediterranean House in Tinos Island, Greece by Zege Architects

This amazing traditional Greek house has been online for a while now, nevertheless it is worthy of shinning a spot light upon it. Located on the heavenly island of Tinos in Cyclades, Greece, it is the vacation home of its brilliant interior designer, Marilyn Katsaris. Architecturally designed by Greek Zege architects which represents all that Tinos stands for. Respecting its architectural surroundings and capturing the day to day beauty and simplicity The soft edges and brilliant natural tones create a sense of serenity as you pass easily from one area of this white home to the next. Minimalistic niches are built into the wall to… Read more »

An All-White Loft Apartment in Moldova by Grosu Art Studio

Moldova, a wonderful place to live, mainly because of its long mild-and-sunny climate. Typically, the region will have a continental type of climate throughout the year. Long warm summers and mild dry winters are a landmark of this small landlocked nation.  Grosu Art Studio, based in Chisinau – the capital city of Moldova – has designed the ‘All-White Loft Apartment’, located also in Chisinau. The interior of the apartment imparts aesthetics as well as a contemporary outlook altogether. Right from the entrance, you would be invited by a sequence of bright colored paintings, and this seems to be most distinguishable trait of… Read more »

Kennedy Residence in Boulder, Colorado by Semple Brown Design

12-acres of quiet ranch-land houses the Kennedy Residence in Boulder, Colorado, a remarkably warm and welcoming crib. Designed by Semple Brown, it is built using natural materials such as stone and wood, around the mature trees on the site and connected to each other by public spaces and courtyards. The project consists of three major living zones.

Mid Ages Yellow Brick House Wrapped in Glass at Vilnius, Lithuania

The Yellow Brick residence in Pavilniai Regional Park, near the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, has a confident combination of history and modernism, designed by the architectural firm G. Natkevicius & Partners for an upscale family. Located by in the valley of river Vilnia that gave the city its name, the park and the city have a rich history with the oldest written records dating back to 1323. In the Middle Ages the area, where the building is situated, was a cannon foundry. The new house owners bought the site where an old yellow brick lodge with a basement stood. By cleaning the plaster… Read more »

Casa Cubo (Club House) in Chihuahua, Mexico

This is a guest post by Patricia Perez of Arquitectura en Movimiento Workshop. The concept of a courtyard as an element of spatial and emotional transition, is the premise of conceptual design, again taking four natural elements, water, fire, air and land. Architectural compositions start with these open spaces and harmonically merge the volumes of the project, organized, scaled and related to each other, in accordance with the architectural program.

House of The Tree at Shenzhen, China

House of the Tree,  a penthouse that is quite the dream home anyone can wish for, located at the 48th and 49th floor of a high-end residential tower in Shenzhen, China. Designed by Kokai studios with the concept of “living between the city and the nature” offering a modern lifestyle with elegance and comfort. By enclosing a small portion of outdoor terrace into a glass pavilion in the center of the penthouse, Kokai studios created the new core of the apartment in an impressive double height atrium with the opportunity to bath by the natural light. Kokai studios have a deep… Read more »

The Beacon – A New Living Trend in The Netherlands

In the middle of Vijfhoek, part of Deventer’s Vinex area, in the Netherlands, a new residential development, dominated by two and three-story houses, rises a distinct sharp-edged, bold-angled design, Het Baken or The Beacon apartment building. Designed by  KCAP Architects & Planners, the block has the appearance of a boulder, an asymmetrical cube with a skin of slate whose massive form provides space for 22 apartments and a daycare center. Its mass makes it look more like a landmark than an apartment building. Its radical deformation of shape makes room for a variety of apartment plans  [Via: Architecture Linked]

Nakahouse  by XTEN Architects

NAKAHOUSE, an abstract transformation of a 1960’s house to a Black and White single-story hillside estate overlooking the Hollywood sign. Designed by Los Angeles based architecture firm Xten, the concept was to project terraces from all angles to maximize views of the surrounding landscape, with a main one connecting the dinning area and the kitchen and an outdoors stairs to the roof deck, steps from one level to another helped it to mingle with the sloped surrounding nature of Hollywood Hills. The inside was completely reinvented to achieve a sleek and modern theme of minimalism. The stark white interiors are made… Read more »

080-23MR Sensualscaping: The House of Curves

The 080-23MR, in Clapham, South London, is a house with a design based on an organic flow of curves floating from the inside-out and connecting all the internal spaces together along with the house’s back yard. Designed by Alex Haw of Amos Studio, a firm operating at the intersection of design, research, art and the urban environment; they tried to create a house that fulfill the clients passion of connecting spaces together; cooking with entertaining, reading with writing, gardening with every aspect of everyday life. The concept of the house is based on the living room as a central space with all the… Read more »

Shelf Pod – The Islamic Library Residence in Japan
SLIDE-S – Egypt’s Solar Green House

Egypt to be the first African country to compete in the 2012 European Solar Decathlon with the Slide-S Solar House. The SLIDES (sustainable, livable, and interactive design) house concept, designed by a team of architecture as well as mechanical, construction and electrical engineering students at the American university in Cairo (AUC), is a solar-powered living structure designed to address local sustainability challenges. The design team looked at Egypt, a country known for its generous amount of solar rays all year round, and tempratures rising well into the 40s C (100s F) during the summer months, and decided to create a green home to tame the… Read more »

A Shoe-box Studio Apartment with 24 Rooms [VIDEO]

Award-winning Hong Kong architect Gary Chang has managed to fit 24 rooms in his 32 sq meter(344 sq feet) apartment studio, including a spa and home cinema transforming it into a Swiss army knife-style home. He added to his flat a series of accordion-like sliding walls on metal tracks fixed to the ceiling, movable smart walls which allowed him to easily transform the space available into a variety of spaces carrying different functions, the partitions conceal a wall-mounted TV,  drawers for clothes, shelves for toiletries, racks for CDs and DVDs, a hidden queen size master-bed, a fold-down guest bedroom. Moving a series of walls also… Read more »

Flower Eco House

Nowadays one of the most trending lifestyle is the Eco one covering different branches and areas around us; and architecture sure isn’t an exception. Another homeowner is going green and joining the Eco lifestyle with one of the cutest low-impact houses, designed with technology and materials which lowers its energy needs, and a zero-carbon footprint of a fully functioning self dependent green house. An idea implemented by Make Architects for green-enthusiast and English football star Gerry Neville. The 745 sq meters (8,000 sq ft) house has the design of a gigantic flower that consumes less energy than its inhabitants, using a ground source heat pump to… Read more »

Floating Houseboat, Amsterdam

Amsterdam, a city well known for its water canals slicing-in its urban fabric, a large waterfront available within the city, makes the presence of many houseboats, floating on the rivers, not surprising. The standard “caravan” style houses have been the norm for these floating units, nowadays it’s different, some people wants to set the trends and go minimalistic and contemporary with their floating estates. Our feature house today is a perfect example for a floating design that pumps up a vibe of optimism, through its simple lines and curves, and transparency.  It’s the kind of house that make your neighbors jealous! The Water… Read more »

The CUBE TOWER Announced for Beirut

In April 2011, Dutch firm Orange Architects were assigned by the Lebanon based development company, Masharii, to design an appartment building located in the south east side of Beirut. By the end of June 2011, the concept designs started surfacing,  a 50-metre-tall tower containing 19 apartments ranging in size from 90 to 180 m2, named The Cube. The Cube’s design, yet very simple but extremely efficient, as it effectively uses the full potential  of its location, opening up 270º views on the city and the Mediterranean sea. The structural idea of the tower is based on One Central Core functioning as the spine… Read more »

Concrete Slit House

Concrete Slit House is a contemporary concrete residence that gives a good example to the definition of architectural minimalism, the structure and roof of the slit house are casted and fair-face finished entirely from concrete. Designed by AZL architects the 270 square meters residence, in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China, is designed with various levels on the inside, creating rooms with ceiling heights extending one and a half levels and the reception/living area at two levels high, along with the slit (opening) in the concrete shell of the house, it gives a high sense of transparency that responds to the interior circulation. Here… Read more »

Home Automation – The next level

Just 10 days ago, Electronic house magazine have announced their 2011 Electronic House of the year.  Belonging to owners Angie and Shannon Davis of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA; they have taken their 5,500-square foot contemporary craftsman estate to the next level of home automation. We’ve seen lights that switches on automatically at dusk, curtains that close/open with a clap, room auto temperatures adjusted.  But an iron that warms up automatically a few minutes before you start pressing, or a chandelier that flashes in the powder room to indicate shortage of toilet paper, or a shower that presets the water temperature and… Read more »

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