House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

Project: House in Ranzo
Architects: Wespi de Meuron
Location: Ranzo, Switzerland
Area: 1,367 sqft
Photographs by: Hannes Henz

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House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron

Wespi de Meuron is an architecture studio that we’ve stumbled upon before. In particular, we’ve featured their Concrete House and House in Brissago projects on our site.
Today, we’ve got another one of their contemporary homes to feature on our site. The House in Ranzo is a minimal interpretation of local, historical references into a contemporary dwelling. It is a compact 1,367 square foot home covered in traditional natural gray plaster with a pergola and courtyard walls that form a Mediterranean character.

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

The project works with references to the historical architectural culture of the place and interprets them anew.

The traditional natural grey plaster of the façade associated with the simple cube of the modern house detracts itself from a precise temporal assignment.

This house is closely linked to the historical paths from the lake to the village. The terrace with a mountainside courtyard wall, a long bench and natural stone paving has Mediterranean character. The pergola place on the old barn is directly connected with a steep staircase to the house and forms a counterpoint to the new building

Wespi de Meuron

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

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House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

House in Ranzo by Wespi de Meuron in Ranzo, Switzerland

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Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Project: Palmerston Residence
Architects: Mansouri Design + Build
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Area: 3,745 sqft (living space), 8,400 sqft site
Photographs by: Courtesy of Mansouri Design + Build

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Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build

The Palmerston Residence is a new, luxurious contemporary dwelling designed and built by the Canadian studio Mansouri Design + Build
Placed on a lot almost 8,400 square feet in size, the house provides 3,745 square feet of living spaces, consisting of four bedrooms and six bathrooms, spanning across three stories.

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

The Palmerston Project is the presentation of an imagination that consists of modern sensuality alongside luxury situated in West Vancouver, BC, Canada with a 180o view of the Pacific Ocean. At the very core, this project was built on a steel structure to be able to withstand natural disasters. The house consists of three levels placed on a 8400 sq. ft. site with just under 4000 sq. ft. of finished living space.

The main floor consists of a large open-space living room utilizing the full width of the building, brightened by over-size sliding doors on the south side of the house overlooking the water, with the linear kitchen situated at the north side of the space. The bottom floor consists of an entertainment room, indoor cinema, and the 4th bedroom.

At the top floor of the house, you will find 3 bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms. Two features of the project include a large 1200 sq. ft. deck overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and a waterfall on top of the full-concrete garage.

We aspired to bring warmth to modern architecture with the use of natural materials in addition to integrating all city restrictions to our advantage through the efficient use of space.

Mansouri Design + Build

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

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Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

Palmerston Residence by Mansouri Design + Build in Vancouver, Canada

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Project: Wentworth House
Architects: MHN Design Union
Location: Sydney, Australia
Photographs by: Richard Glover

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union

MHN Design Union is an Australian studio based in Sydney and who have gained some recognition for one of their projects called the Wentworth House. It is located in Vaucluse, a suburb of Sydney, Australia whose design brief was to provide a large home that will blend into its surroundings.

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

The site is located on the southern ridges of Sydney Harbour at the crest of a gully which feeds into Vaucluse Bay. It is heavily wooded with mature eucalypt and palm trees dotted around the site. The site is characterised by a series of sandstone rock shelfs which occur at various heights as you descend down from the street level.

The design brief was to provide a family home which provided generous amenity yet sat quietly within the landscape. Our intent was to capture the story of the site through the design of the house. From the outset we wanted to merge the house and land in a seamless way. Our response was to create a series of planar elements in both plan and section to define the spaces which interlock and extend into the landscape. Overlaying this idea is the linking stair which threads through the levels twisting and turning like a piece of rope. The blade walls are parallel and orientate to the north east with the ends open or glazed thus providing transparency and openness to light, ventilation and harbour views.

In section, the multiple floor levels are treated like cascading platforms and echo the existing rock shelf. These platforms serve to lower you through the house similar to an initial discovery of the site. The stair is central to this experience with the primary spaces extending from it like eddies from a stream. These spaces are quiet and reposed yet maintain their visual connection to the circulation spine. The swimming pool extends the living space and sits high above the ground almost touching the tree canopy.

Emphasising the experiential sequence is a sense of materiality and texture with off form concrete, recycled Ironbark, Burnt Ash and Basaltina stone forming the primary palette. The sense of touch is heightened with the warmth of the native timbers complementing the smooth finishes of the concrete walls and stone floors.

MHN Design Union

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

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Treldehuset – Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Project: Summer House – Treldehuset
Architects: CEBRA
Location: Vejle, Denmark
Area: 1,399 sqft
Photographs by: Mikkel Frost, courtesy of CEBRA

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Summer House – Treldehuset by CEBRA

CEBRAa Denmark-based practice renowned for their high level of architectural ambition, were challenged to design a small-scale house. The project called Treldehuset or Summer House in English, goes beyond all expectations.
The compact, modern dwelling takes the idea of a traditional pitched roof house and completely reinvents it, defining an architectural interpretation of the Russian babushka doll. What this means is that the design of the Summer House is effectively a double house, or a house within a house.

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

The summer house is located right next to Vejle Fjord on a scenic site with distinctive trees. The view of the fjord, the coastal atmosphere and the nature that encourage an active outdoor life had an important influence on the design. At first glance, the house is traditionally designed with a pitched roof paralleling the long sides of the site and a gable facing the view. However, at a closer look, we are dealing with a kind of double house – a house inside a bigger house. This idea evokes thoughts of the Russian babushka dolls.

The effect of a double house is achieved by placing the thermal envelope beneath and inside a bigger house. In this way, a roofed outdoor area occurs between the thermal envelope, the actual house and the larger shell, which give access to a protected area – a continuation of the interior which allows you, even on rainy summer nights, to eat, grill or maybe clean a newly caught fish. This transitional zone between indoor and outdoor constitutes an interesting space between the characteristic trees with a view of the fjord.

The heated part of the house is divided into two parallel spaces running along the narrow site. To the west, the common rooms of the house, including kitchen, dining area and a living room, are placed corresponding to the widest part of the outdoor area.

The smaller rooms, such as bathroom, utility room and guest room, are placed on the eastern side. All the rooms are regular and private, but the bedroom with a view of the fjord can be opened towards the living room.

The house is covered with dark slate on both roof and facades and is thus experienced as a frame in a single material. This exterior shell is lined with larch and is outlined by aluminium profiles. The interior is characterized by a white finish, concrete and sheathing of larch making a strong connection between the roofed patio and the interior. On warm summer days, the large sliding doors of glass can be pushed aside connecting the living room and the terrace.

CEBRA

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

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Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

Treldehuset   Summer House by CEBRA in Vejle, Denmark

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18 Striking Transitional Kitchen Designs That Will Inspire You

The transitional interior design style is a lot more popular than you might think. First off, we need to know what is the transitional style. This home decor style is a very interesting one because it merges the warmth and coziness of the traditional style with the elegance and sophisticated look of the contemporary style. This makes it perfect for people who do not want to commit to any single of these two styles.
Unlike what many think, the contemporary and traditional styles can work together quite well and that is what we are going to prove to you with the following examples of transitional kitchen designs.

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Welcome to a new collection of interior designs in which we have featured 18 Striking Transitional Kitchen Designs That Will Inspire You. We invite you to explore the following interior designs. They are full of amazing, creative ideas that are going to inspire you to consider this marriage of styles into your home. There’s no way you won’t like this style, that is why we are going to cover every room of the transitional home in our upcoming showcase of the transitional home decor style. Enjoy!

1. Claremont Cottage

2. Beautiful New Encino Construction

3. Neptune Suffolk Kitchen in Gateside

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4. Transitional kitchen in black and white

5. Lino Lakes Kitchen

6. Village Cottage Kitchen

7. Park Place Kitchen Renovation

8. The Willow House

9. The Birdhouse on Prouts Neck

10. Transitional Kitchen

11. Springwood Place

12. Peaceful Rustic Charm

13. Hollon House

14. Transitional Kitchen

15. 1333 West Georgia

16. Cottage Corona Del Mar

17. Traymore Crescent

18. Transitional Kitchen

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Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Project: Courtyard House
Architects: Lifespaces Group, Auhaus Architecture
Interior Stylist: Heather Nette King
Location: Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia
Year: 2017 
Photographs by: Mike Baker

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Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group

Located in Barwon Heads, Victoria (Australia), the Courtyard House is part of the ‘Auhaus Release’ built by the LifeSpaces Group.

Hidden behind the soaring private entrance, is a modern four-bedroom home designed for relaxed living and outdoor entertaining.  The Courtyard House brings a sophisticated combination of modern living intertwined with texture, warmth, raw simplicity, and earthy luxuriance.

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Crafted out of the finest quality bluestone and natural hardwood, these honest, earth-drawn materials and textures create an impression of harmony between the house and nature itself. Horizontal bluestone slabs and vertical hardwood is combined with perfection; a reflection of design poise coupled with breath-taking craftsmanship. Aesthetic appeal is complimented by the durability of the materials, which are designed to withstand the adverse conditions the Australian coast has to offer.

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

The arrangement of the living spaces around a large, open courtyard helps bring the natural world into the heart of the domestic realm. Drawing natural light and breezes into the house, the courtyard accentuates the lofty ceilings and the endless space that is central to its design. The semi-enclosed courtyard functions as an outdoor room onto which all internal areas flow; perfect for summer entertaining, or simply relaxing beneath the open sky.

The modern matte black kitchen, accented with brass fittings and oak timber flooring make a stylish statement to the heart of the home.

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

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The Courtyard House caters for both work and relaxation; featuring a study space and designated reading nook with floor-to-ceiling bookshelves. The two living rooms foster interaction and family time and can be used to entertain the kids or bring the family together at the end of a busy day.

The challenge of finding enough storage space within a burgeoning family home is also addressed with extensive storage and joinery throughout, coupled beautifully with American Oak shelving and accents.

All Furniture is sourced from Mezai Furniture.

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

Courtyard House by Lifespaces Group in Victoria, Australia

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La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

Project: La Lucia
Architects: SAOTA, ARRCC
Location: La Lucia, Kwazulu Natal, South Africa
Area: 7,287 sqft
Photographs by: Karl Beath

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La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC

La Lucia is a residence designed by SAOTA, and its interior designed by ARRCCIt is situated on the Kwazulu Natal North Coast, just south of Umhlanga, in the suburb of La Lucia, which is where the residence gets its name from.
The design of this home is the perfect balance between luxury and comfort which is achieved through its uncomplicated spaces.

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

This La Lucia beach house perfectly balances luxury and comfort with its uncomplicated spaces. Situated on the Kwazulu Natal North Coast just south of Umhlanga, the house is gently nestled between protected milkwood trees and enjoys beautiful ocean views – both of which inspired the design. Bronze aluminium sliding screens cocoon the house and offers protection from the elements as well as providing a unique the signature look for of the building.

“The surrounding beauty of the environment inspired so much of the design. As designers we are passionate about creating spaces that reflect both the location and our clients – that is how life-enhancing spaces are crafted.” – Mark Rielly, ARRCC Director.

ENTRANCE

A sense of arrival is created by two milkwood trees flanking the entrance. A floating timber step platform and pergola lead towards the front door of the home. Upon entering, the panorama is only revealed as one reaches the doublevolume hallway – the aligned timber slat cladded ceilings drawing the eye to the seascape ahead. Ocean views are framed perfectly by the screens that envelope the building.

“The owners wanted the project to epitomise the spirit of a contemporary beach house with a sense of sophistication. The design was kept relaxed yet carefully considered to maximise the environment it forms part of,” says Rielly.

GROUND FLOOR

The ground floor is designed to seamlessly integrate with the external terraces, pool decks and landscaping while maximising the views across the beach and sea. This area can be enjoyed as one continuous space or arranged into more individual and private spaces. Sliding screens provide flexibility to do this. All the areas open up either onto the sea facing pool deck or to the afternoon sun lit garden on the West.

ARRCC

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

INTERIOR

The interiors express simplicity and restraint while making the home comfortable and cosy. Sand-coloured polished concrete floors, bleached timber, natural leathers and grey linens are anchored by soft neutrals and countered with touches of charcoal, teal and azure. The indoor and outdoor decor are aligned to allow for maximum entertainment space. The formal dining table and outdoor terrace table are positioned adjacent each other to accommodate large parties. The lounge and terrace lounge furniture were also chosen to read as one space.

SCREENS

The East sea-facing façade is ‘wrapped’ with a series of bronzed anodised aluminium sliding screens that cocoon the structure entirely or in part. The screens are patterned to abstractly mimic the milkwood trees and create the home’s signature look, but also serves to protect the building from wind, rain and sun. These environmental challenges are part and parcel of a seafront property and need innovative design solutions to overcome it.

UPPER LEVEL

The four sea-facing bedrooms are located on the upper level and open onto private individual terraces. When closed, the aluminium screens add an interesting design element to this level.

EXTERNAL SPACES

The pool, deck and entertainment areas were placed on the see facing side of the house, elevated slightly to provide views over the dune plants to further reinforce the connection with the ocean. Materials chosen for the external spaces echo bleached driftwood and the sandy beach. Weathered iroko decking and ceiling slats, honed sandstone and polished light coloured concrete floors form the predominant materials and create a direct relationship with surrounding environment.

ARRCC

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

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La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

La Lucia by SAOTA and ARRCC in South Africa

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20 Remarkable Modern Home Exterior Designs That Will Steal Your Gaze

The exterior design of your home is one of the most important aspects of the way your home creates its perception. It can make people be like “Wow!” when they pass along the street or it can make them completely ignore it. We know that when it comes to the modern home exterior design, it is easy to create that surprise factor that makes it so noticeable by everyone. Besides, do you not want to spend a moment enjoying the beautiful exterior design of your modern home everytime you go out or go back in?

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Welcome to a new collection of home designs in which we’ve featured 20 Remarkable Modern Home Exterior Designs That Will Steal Your Gaze. Take a moment to explore the awesome modern home exterior designs that we thought you are going to like. Spoiler alert! You will like them.
This collection is also the last one of this batch of modern home designs that we’ve been featuring as part of our showcase of the modern style. If you want to catch up with it, make sure to check out the all of the pieces of the showcase, featuring the kitchenbathroombedroomliving roomdining roomhome officekids’ roomhome barstaircase,  hallwaysunroom, and entry hall. That’s it as far as the interiors are concerned, but we’ve also featured designs of the outdoor areas such as the modern entranceporchdeckpatiolandscapebalcony, and swimming pool. Enjoy!

1. Birches Bay

2. Ashburton House

3. Modern Exterior

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4. Modern Home Exterior

5. O.M.T. house

6. Modern Exterior

7. Mason Residence

8. Waters Edge Home

9. Modern Home Exterior

10. House M in Leipzig

11. Corner Pocket House – Manhattan Beach, CA

12. Lake Minnetonka Retreat Home

13. Modern Home Exterior

14. Wayzata Residence

15. Hibiscus Residence

16. Lakeview 1

17. The Tropical House

18. Coastal home – St Andrews

19. Modern Home Exterior

20. House Jun

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Maya Residence by Tago Architects in Istanbul, Turkey

Project: Maya Residence
Architects: Tago Architects
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Area: 26,909 sqft
Photographs by: Gurkan Akay

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Maya Residence by Tago Architects

Maya Residence by Istanbul based TAGO Architects emphasizes the industrial background of the city with wide windows, high ceilings, calm colors and use of steel on the entrance canopy while providing an aesthetical living space for its inhabitants.

Maya Residence by Tago Architects in Istanbul, Turkey

An urban infill project set in Istanbul, Turkey ever-changing Erenkoy neighborhood, award-winning architect Gokhan Aktan Altug, founder of Tago Architects, draws inspiration from a wide array of sources. Combining an urban industrial feel with sleek modern lines, and communities both professional and residential, Maya apartment is a lively addition to an already bustling part of the city. The multi-purpose project features ground-level retail space, seven levels of condominiums, two underground parking levels, and a sightfull rooftop garden.

Maya is a boutique condominium project. By emphasizing the importance of natural light, open space, and the simplicity of the building’s materials, designer meant to fit within the neighborhood’s aesthetic.

Several nods to the building’s urban setting and the industrial background that shaped the neighborhood include wide windows and high ceilings, the use of steel that shapes the entrance path, and an exterior of panelized siding with a color from the industrial tones of grey. Unconventional touches, like a “puzzle” that slides along the facade, breaks monotonism based on self-repetitive plan.

Maya apartment is a prime example of design-based living located amidst a busy urban center.

Maya Residence by Tago Architects in Istanbul, Turkey

Maya Residence by Tago Architects in Istanbul, Turkey

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Maya Residence by Tago Architects in Istanbul, Turkey

Maya Residence by Tago Architects in Istanbul, Turkey

Maya Residence by Tago Architects in Istanbul, Turkey

Maya Residence by Tago Architects in Istanbul, Turkey

Maya Residence by Tago Architects in Istanbul, Turkey

Maya Residence by Tago Architects in Istanbul, Turkey

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Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Project: Boetger Residence
Architects: BarberMcMurry Architects
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA
Area: 2,789 sqft
Photographs by: Courtesy of BarberMcMurry Architects

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Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects

BarberMcMurry Architects, an American studio, have designed and completed the Boetger Residence within the 90-year-old Holston Hills neighborhood in Knoxville, Tennessee. This 2,789 square feet modern residence was designed for a young couple, their son and their dog.
The main idea of the design was to connect the home to the scenic landscape that the plot is surrounded by. That has been achieved by glazing the home with large glass surfaces and an open carport. This way, they have also blessed the interior with natural light and beautiful views of the lush environment.

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Challenge: Design a modern residence perched above the Holston River for a young family.

Solution: Located within the 90 year old Holston Hills neighborhood on a site overlooking the Holston River, the Boetger Residence is designed to emphasize views, embrace natural light, and maximize efficiency. Designed by BMa’s Director of Design, Chad Boetger, for his family, the home respects the scale of the adjacent traditionally styled homes while drawing inspiration from the respected mid-century modern residences located within the neighborhood. The house is organized to celebrate views of the Holston River, beginning with the approach at the carport and carrying through the living, dining, and family areas of the home. Each living or sleeping space in the home is provided floor to ceiling glass views to the exterior and each hallway is terminated with a floor to ceiling window framing views of the landscape beyond. The interior material color palette is restrained in order to enhance these views of the exterior; with the first level being a celebration of white accented against the darker wood flooring of the second level.

The home is designed to maximize energy efficiency using passive strategies. Carefully considered building orientation allows for a southern exposure of windows to capture the warmth provided by low winter sun while overhangs created by the building form provide shade during the warmer summer months. The exterior walls of the house feature an optimized framing strategy as well as a continuous insulation wrap to minimize any thermal bridging and create an air tight exterior envelope. Along with energy efficient LED lighting and HVAC equipment, the current energy consumption of the home is over 50% less than a home of similar size.

BarberMcMurry Architects

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

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Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

Boetger Residence by BarberMcMurry Architects in Knoxville, Tennessee

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