Designed for a young family in the suburban area of Rondebosch, Cape Town, this house sits on an elongated site with views towards Devil’s Peak and The Back Table, which is the south-eastern edge of the iconic Table Mountain. The client’s brief called for a contemporary, open plan home that provides a relaxed lifestyle and takes advantage of the site and its views. The resultant form is a minimal white box containing the bedroom accommodation on the first floor, hovering over the living spaces on the ground floor below. This box was articulated with strategic openings maximising views and exposure to light, with a central courtyard carved out adjacent to the kitchen and dining room to create a focal point. The mass of the floating box is broken down on the street façade with a dramatic screen wall which creates an open-air terrace for the guest wing of the house. The screen offers privacy from the street while allowing views and light to permeate and is constructed from standard pre-cast concrete breeze blocks reminiscent of a bygone era.
FIRTH 114802, Cape Town, South Africa, by Three14 Architects
Red Hill residence is composed of two intersecting forms – a single storey steel and glass pavilion and a two storey metal clad bedroom wing. Simple, clean spaces are framed by the textural quality of rendered masonry, plywood ceilings, insitu terrazzo flooring and exposed steel columns. Internal spaces flow directly onto expansive, external timber decking and secluded paved courtyards.
Red Hill Residence, Red Hill, Australia, by SJB
Photography by Peter Clarke Photography
Amos and Amos redesigned the layout of the 241-square-metre penthouse and sub-penthouse at 21 Wapping Lane to create a well defined and luxorious space that does justice to its setting and spectacular views. They arranged the kitchen, dining room and living space around one corner, and grouped the more private bedrooms and bathrooms around the opposite corner.
Design approach was to create a penthouse interior that represents a true departure from the norm. The result is a contemporary luxe interior that balances immaculate detailing and bespoke design with a carefully selected material palette evoking a strong metropolitan feel. The spiral stair was designed to access the rooftop terrace, which offers uninterrupted 360 degree views across the capital.
London Penthouse Apartment, London, England, by Amos and Amos, for Ballymore
u2i’s new seat is located in a former cable factory in Zabłocie – a post-industrial district in Kraków. More than 800 m2 of space include work and relaxation areas designed in a modern way. The office part comprises two large conference rooms, several smaller ones, and an open space with upholstered benches intended for less-formal purposes. For the comfort of u2i’s employees, the company’s seat offers a number of conveniences both for larger official meetings and cosy co-working, e.g. in the open space at the table for working while standing up. In the central part of the office, there is a veranda with a swing, leading to the gaming room. Employees also have a kitchen with an open bar and a spacious dining room at their disposal. The prevailing material is ash wood, and light, subdued colours have been used in the entire interior. u2i’s original colours – greens and yellows – were complemented with shades of grey and black.
u2i new Head Office, Krakow, Poland, by Morpho Studio
Tel Aviv Flat, Rothschild Boulevard, by Pitsou Kedem Architect
The tube wood finds its origin in how the tube project started off. The initial idea was to create a clock that you could build and modify yourself. But we found the existing clock so beautiful that we developed it further, rather than making it a DIY clock. It just goes to show how an idea can snowball and turn into something quite different from what was originally intended. This clock would never have existed without the original DIY idea. What is so great about the end result is that the circular shape is exactly the same size as a standard drill size, so the clock can be integrated anywhere and the DIY element is still maintained to some extent. To show what’s possible with the tube clocks we have made the tube wood, these are beams of black ash, natural hevea and brown oak that make great table clocks when combined with the tube clock. If you put the tube audio on top of it, it becomes an even more beautiful and functional setting.
The requirements: DASA house required continuous open spaces, a complete physical and visual communication with exterior areas, a full room with independent access from the main home, and an upstairs entertainment area accessible and communicated from every other space in the home. The materials used were to be minimal and simple, thus the use of steel, concrete and glass were predominant. DATRI house, on the other hand, required more spread out spaces and, different from neighboring DASA, that they be partitioned and differentiated from one another. It was important that the spatial experience of this home was such that space would be discovered as one moved from one space to another. In this case, there was an explicit demand for noticeable finishes to the interior that would mostly be covered by the use of simple materials. The challenge: designing two weekend houses for two brothers with different tastes and requirements who shared an objective: common use of exterior areas where DASA house would contribute its terrace and grill, while DATRI house would share its pool and storage place as contributions to the synergy of the complex.
The proposal: the design of a two home complex.
Materially, and with the intention of obeying structural conditions, it was sought for the ground floor of both houses to be visibly is made of concrete. This made it easier for the ground floor to also play a role in strengthening the foundations of both houses and countering the gravitational pull of the cantilever used in the second floor. The volumes of the second floors are made up of various solid and closed form trapezoid bodies made up of exposed brick walls.
DATRI & DASA Homes, Tepeji del Rio, Hidalgo, Mexico, by [mavarq]
Photography by Jaime Navarro Casa
House and Studio YC is divided into five main bodies, each isolated from the other, with its own orientation and its own views to the exterior. The building is situated in the center of the plot, respecting the limits for construction and plot ratio. The house rises as a single body. Its shape is influenced by physical and morphological conditions and by the program. Building geometry is divided into five main bodies or pavilions separated by patios and all connected by a central distributor that serves the different rooms.
House & Studio YC, Barcelona, Spain, by RTA-Office
Photography by Lorenzo Vecchia
The simple wooden box has the company’s logo, as well as Matazaemon – the name of the founder – written in Kanji. The elegant package contains “ingredients” like a vinegar bottle, a rounded out block of wood that acts as a stand, and a booklet with an overview of the company, as well as various recipes.
Mizkan Vinegar Packaging Design, by Taku Satoh
Straddling freshwater wetlands and a tidal estuary just six feet above sea level, this house’s site demands extraordinary sensitivity to environmental concerns. Local zoning restricts the structure’s maximum coverage and proximity to wetlands areas, while FEMA requirements set the first floor structure above the base flood elevation. The house’s basic massing is therefore predetermined, limited to a one story, 1,900 square foot design, raised eight feet above the ground. The spaces within this envelope are arranged, articulated, and fenestrated based on an innovative structural system that infuses the house’s inner areas with light and circulating air.
Without occupying any of the limited allowed coverage, these open areas add considerable value by improving the house’s interior environmental quality and diminishing its impact on the local environment. The benefit is threefold: each opening draws light though the interior spaces to the carport below, conducts rainwater from the roof deck to the ground via integral downspouts carved into the piles, and ventilates by siphoning air through the middle of the structure.
At the roof the projecting piles divide the space between a deck directly coinciding with the living areas below and a modular planting system installed above each bedroom to reduce runoff. The projecting piles also serve as supports for photovoltaics that power geothermal pumps, utilizing the abundance of high ground water to heat and cool the house. At the ground level, the space below the house is utilized for parking and storage to minimize the footprint on the site.
Northwest Harbor House, East Hampton, New York, by Bates Masi + Architects