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Renovation & Addition to the Bal House by Terry&Terry Architecture

This project is an addition to and remodel of an existing mid century ranch house. It was designed for a retired couple, who desired a single-story home with open, accessible space. The addition, located in the rear garden area, is connected to the original structure by way of a transparent hallway that allows the garden to extend into the core of the house.
The addition comprises two floating volumes. The first is the bedroom wing/volume, which is located on the west side of the house. The existing bedroom volume was extended toward the rear in the form of a wood tube to accommodate an additional bedroom. This bedroom volume opens out to the garden. The second volume, which comprises the main space, houses the kitchen, dining and media areas. The east wood wall plane of the main space folds onto two concrete walls to form the main roof plane. The main space produces large transparent openings or voids that open out onto a deck at the rear garden. The main roof plane extends forward to form the carport roof near the front of the property. A garden concrete wall stretches out from the media room toward the garden adjacent to a rear ramp and forms part of the cantilevered bench that echoes the concrete wall material in the main space.
The original structure, which houses the music room, two bedrooms and a bathroom, was retained and renovated. A new steel bay window seat was inserted at the front bedroom to replace a small existing window. The fireplace chimney was reconstructed and, along with the carport storage volume, was skinned with recycled epdm rubber.

Renovation and an Addition to the Bal House, Menlo Park, California, by Terry&Terry Architecture
Photography by Bruce Damonte

Two Hulls House by Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects

This project is situated in a glaciated, coastal landscape, with a cool maritime climate. The geomorphology of the site consists of granite bedrock and boulder till, creating pristine white sand beaches, and turquoise waters. The two pavilions float above the shoreline like two ship’s hulls up on cradles for the winter, forming protected outdoor places both between and under them. This is a full-time home for a family of four; consisting of a ‘day pavilion’ and a ‘night pavilion’. One approaches from the understated land side between the abstract, library ends of the two pavilions; then either passes through toward the sea, or left into the living pavilion, or right into the sleeping pavilion. One structure contains a central core, while the other contains a side core. The seaward ends of the two main forms (living and master bedroom) delaminate, creating protected outdoor porches, or night time ‘lanterns’ over the water. The third linking form contains the generous entry foyer, core, and the kitchen. The great room contains a floating 24′ totemic hearth. This is a steel frame house, with a wood skin. Its white, steel endoskeleton resists both gravity loads and wind uplift. The fenestration of the ‘binocular’ ends is minimalist curtain wall with structural silicone. The side elevations contain storefront glazing. The concrete floors contain a geothermally heated hydronic system. This sculptural, yet calm and mature project contains generous white volumes on the interior, and exhibits the ironic monumentality of boats on the exterior.

Two Hulls House, Canada, by Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects
Photography by Greg Richardson

Casa das Gerais by Denise Macedo Arquitetos Associados

Denise Macedo Arquitetos Associados says the concept of this project came from the desire that this house would have plenty of space for contemplation. First the house was aiming to host and expose a collection of contemporary art, and second, because the local area is blessed with spectacular scenery, it should be brought into the house in all the rooms, and especially the kitchen because food is also a focus of interest of the owner.

Casa das Gerais, Nova Lima, Brazil, by Denise Macedo Arquitetos Associados
Photography by Gustavo Xavier

Drawer Table by Ineke Hans for Arco

Homes no longer follow the lounge + dining room + kitchen formula. The various living uses flow into each other more and more, which puts different demands on the furniture. Tables in particular have to be multi-talented; they not only have to be a traditional kitchen table but a desk, work bench, meeting place and dining table as well… and sometimes all at the same time. The Drawer table is one of those all-rounders. It looks like a simple, modern table, but it hides an impressive secret: virtually invisible drawers that are small enough to not have to compromise on leg room and big enough to be able to put away or get out laptops, placemats, cutlery, and all those things that are always lying around, like keys, pens, paperwork or phone chargers.

Drawer Table, by Ineke Hans, for Arco

Midnight Modern by Tom Blachford

Australian photographer Tom Blachford presents the latest instalment of his series of modernist architecture photography Midnight Modern, a body of work that captures iconic Palm Springs mid-century residences in the chilling light of a full moon.

Midnight Modern, Palm Springs, USA, Photography by Tom Blachford

A space by plajer & franz studio

“A space”, located in Berlin Mitte, is a temporary showroom for real estate agency Ziegert Immobilien offering a great platform to show and sell a range of apartments being built at this location by Natulis Group AG. The showroom has been designed by Berlin based plajer & franz studio. It’s design is marked by the mix between rough and edgy – according to the building site character of the location – and very refined and elegant elements. This symbiosis turns the space into an eye-catcher while offering great opportunities for counseling and sales conversations.

A space, temporary showroom, Berlin, Germany, by plajer & franz studio

Laidley Street Residence by Michael Hennessey Architecture

Located in the Glen Park neighborhood of San Francisco, this ground-up residence harnesses natural light throughout the day, captures views of a wind-swept park, and a makes a strong visual connection to the split-level road at the front of the property. At the main living level, a continuous wall of rift-sawn oak veneer cabinetry runs the full length of the building tying the living area, kitchen, and dining area into one cohesive space. Floor-to-ceiling glass at the master suite and dining area opens the interior spaces to a dramatic view of downtown San Francisco.

Laidley Street Residence, San Francisco, California, by Michael Hennessey Architecture

IKEA – Everyday Heroes

In a new campaign, IKEA honours the things at home that usually get very little recognition. In an epic homage, the toilet paper holder, clothes hanger and even the wall-mounted hook behind the door, are all portrayed as true heroes.

Without thinking, we rely on them daily and it’s not until they’re gone that we miss them dearly. Unlike furniture we proudly place in the centre of a room for people to gather around and admire, the life of an everyday hero is secluded and sometimes, quite dreadful. But still, day in and day out, they do their best to improve our lives at home.

IKEA – Everyday Heroes, Twitter: @everydayhero365

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