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Westside Road Residence by Dowling Studios

This project involves the design of a new 2240 sq ft custom home and lap pool on a 22 acre site with rolling hills and a steep wooded ravine. The building site is located on a hill top permitting expansive views of the Russian River Valley. Sustainable design was a high priority and every attempt was made to utilize the most energy efficient systems and materials. This project participated in the ISGBC LEED for Homes program and has been certified at the Platinum level.

Westside Road Residence by, Dowling Studios, Photography by Matthew Millman,
via: MoCo Loco

Lavaflow 1 – Robert Trickey House by Craig Steely Architecture

This home and separate studio sits high on a lava flow overlooking the ocean. At night from the lanai, the red glow of Kilauea crater is visible reflected on the clouds. The house is entered from a cut lava terrace by crossing a bridge over the pool onto the 40′ x 40′ lanai. A glass enclosed living room sits in the south of the lanai with an uninterrupted view over the lava flow. Directly off of the lanai are a sitting room, the kitchen, the dining room and a guest room. A cantilevered stair of mango wood slabs leads to the upstairs master bedroom, bath, and study.

Lavaflow 1 – Robert Trickey House, Big Island, Hawaii, by, Craig Steely

Bondi House by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Located on Sydney’s Bondi Beach, this four level house occupies a narrow infill site, and has been designed to maximise its’ compact 120m2 site and capitalise on views across Icebergs to the beach. The ground level accommodates the entry hall and two bedrooms; one, on the beachside opens onto a courtyard with a cut-out that frames the sweep of the beach, the other opens onto a garden courtyard planted with a stand of bamboo. A marble clad stair leads to the open plan living level with a central kitchen of bronze and dark brown stone. At each end three massive glass panels slide up and down to access light, ventilation and views. To the east, one of the double height openings leads to a terrace with views to the ocean. The Master Bedroom above, leads to a dressing room and spacious marble ensuite. An internal lift connects to a basement level with 2 car garage, laundry, wine cellar, and service areas. A limited palette of high quality finishes are used throughout; white terrazzo, Calacatta marble, American Walnut timber and dark bronze. Externally, the street elevation is dominated by its dramatic glass and white marble faade.

Bondi House, Sydney, Australia, by Katon Redgen Mathieson, Photography by Romello Pereira

Residência em Aldeia da Serra by MMBB

With reinforced concrete structure made of plastic shapes for waffle slab module in 90 x 90 cm and metal anchors, your plant is solved in a square of 16.20 x 16.20 m with a central void that contains the stairs and lights service environments. Resting on four pillars it is high off the ground so that makes a similar area under it and another on top. As a backyard in the sun and another shade. But the characteristics of the relief these three levels are always the land, as if all levels were on the floor.

All the walls of the house were made in mortar, all glass is free of frames, the internal floors in graniteware and external concrete sanded. The roof slab is protected with a water surface. The outer walls are shaded with a panel made of industrial wood and cement pressed.

Residência em Aldeia da Serra, by MMBB, via plastolux

Woollahra Residence by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Located in Woollahra, Sydney, this existing free standing Victorian Italianate villa was re-designed and extended to accommodate a Sydney art dealer, and family. A white rendered modern pavilion has been added to the rear of the house, replacing a series of haphazard earlier additions. The house has been designed to function as a home, gallery, workplace and venue for large gatherings. The new interiors and architecture form a canvas for the changing art collections. The original four room Victorian plan, with central hall, iron lace detailed verandah and Italianate chimneys and parapets, have been retained. A large open kitchen and dining space dominates the new extension with a dramatic seven metre long fixed central table.

Woollahra Residence, Sydney, Australia by Katon Redgen Mathieson

Boros Residence by Jens Casper

In the Boros residence – a former Second World War air raid shelter built in 1942 in central Berlin – visitors can easily lose their way in the maze-like corridors of bare concrete.

Bullet holes from the Second World War testify the historical significance of the building. The heart of this hermetic concrete cube contains an exhibition of contemporary works from the private collection of ad agency founder and publisher, Christian Boros. In order to create a suitable space for the collection, architect Jens Casper deconstructed the 3,000 square meter bunker, which was once devoid of natural light, transforming it into a complex room arrangement. The glass superstructure of the penthouse is the polar opposite of the cube’s massiness.

There, Christian and his wife, Karen, live with their son amidst paintings by Elizabeth Peyton and a series of installations by groundbreaking artists such as Olafur Eliasson. It is a dream home that once seemed impossible to realize, but has now become an art manifesto for Berlin’s historical Mitte district, where change is the norm.

Boros Residence, by Jens Casper, for Karen and Christian Boros, Manager and Art Collector, Penthouse, Berlin-Mitte, via: Freunde von Freunden

Boros Collection, Edited by Boros Foundation, Photographs by Noshe, German, English, 2009. 198 pp., 68 color ills. 24 x 32 cm, hardcover, ISBN 9783775724784
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Beaver Street Reprise by Craig Steely

Beaver Street Reprise is a conceptually modern house that fits contextually into a Victorian neighborhood. It contains an apartment, an office, and a split-level living area that opens onto a deck with sod roof.

Beaver Street Reprise, San Francisco, California, by, Craig Steely

JKC1 House by Ong&Ong

Singapore-based practice Ong&Ong has recently completed JKC1, a single family residence in Bukit Timah, Singapore. Visitors enter through a series of elevated wooden platforms which lead to a swimming pool deck. A void within the stacked stone perimeter wall leads into the ground level dining and living area. Resting above the windowless solid enclosure, textured concrete bands beginning at the first level floor plates and roofline frame an upper level veranda which extends to overlook the front and back yards. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows border the bedrooms, providing privacy with moveable wooden screens while sliding doors allow direct access to the continuous balcony. On the first floor, a vegetated outdoor courtyard partitions with glass panels introduces streams of natural light to the surrounding interior corridors as well as the staircase from the dining and living areas. a spiral steel stair within the rock garden leads to a roof terrace with panoramic views into the canopies of nearby trees.

Jkc1 House by, Ong&Ong, via: designboom

Villa Veth by 123DV Architects

Between forest and meadows lies a varied landscape. High, dry, sandy dunes interspersed with heather, willow bushes and grasslands. An ideal setting if you like the outdoors, like the inhabitants of this villa in Hattem. The living area of this bungalow with woodland is orientated to the south. So lovely, that sun out on the terrace. The glass wall of the living area towards the spacious patio is designed transparent to minimize the boundary between inside and outside. From the inside of the house this provides a maximum experience of the garden and the rest of the surroundings. Because of the large canopy and floor heating, it is also nice to be on the terrace on autumn days.

From the entrance side the carport of the bungalow appears to be hovering. It is a simple architectural approach with a great visual effect. The house looks sleek and abstract on the outside, but has a warm and cozy interior. The furniture in the living room is all custom designed. The kitchen, storage space, fireplace, piano and audio equipment form an integral part of the wall unit.

Villa Veth, Hattem, The Netherlands, by 123DV Architects, Photography by Christiaan de Bruijne, via: contemporist

Private House by Strom Architects

The client was aiming for country house – ‘a dream in a wood’, a peaceful place to relax, regenerate, and think of new ideas. So the architects created with a linear design that has picked up on the building form – the ‘long cottage’ found along Iken Common, and one can see the design as an evolution of the longitudinal cottage. The site is located in Suffolk two miles inland from Aldeburgh, and lies within the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The site itself forms part of an overall land ownership of 2.5ha surrounded by agricultural land.

The current site has foundations, ruins and some low walls from a house that burned down eight years ago. There is also an existing outdoor pool. Immediately to the west of the pool and ruins, there is a small area of open grass that runs up to the edge of a beautiful copse of mature oak trees. The site is located on the edge of flood zone 2 and 3, and requires a raised floor level 1.5m above the old cottage. The existing site with the pool, its ruins and low walls has a very strong presence, and we wanted to keep this as an important part of the site.

The building sits above the ruins and the edge of the pool, as to respect the current site, but also to deal with the floor level that is required, due to the potential flood risk. The building is also set like this so that it can be read on its own, and thus touch the existing site lightly. The building is orientated towards the west-south-west, and sits on an angle above the existing ruins facing the best views as well as creating a clear juxtaposition of geometry to the ruins.

Private House, Suffolk, UK, by Strom Architects, Rendering © Peter Guthrie, via: ArchDaily

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