Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Gradually Unfolding Architecture: Gorki House in Moscow

Gorki House was designed by Atrium and is integrated in a beautiful natural environment atop of a hill west of Moscow. The architects were commissioned to design a contemporary residence for a young couple and their kid, while maintaining a good relationship with the surrounding pine forest landscape. The building features generous windows and a large number of terraces which make it connect well with the outdoors. Its shape is highly original, consisting of a clever and appealing game of volumes which seem to gradually unfold. According to Arch Daily, the interior design follows the “patterns” of the exterior, as “public zones flow into private areas and vice-versa”. The rooms are airy and spacious, featuring contemporary furniture arrangements and inspiring decorative details. Have a look at the architecture plans at the end of the post for a general view and let us know what you think of this project. [Photography @ Yuri Palmin, Anton Nadtochiy]

Refreshing Contact With the Outdoors: House in the Woods by Parque Humano

House in the Woods was designed by studio Parque Humano and is located in Valle de Bravo city in Mexico State. The residence was integrated within a picturesque forest area and overlooks Av├índaro Lake. Strong visual connections were created by the architects at different elevations in order to forge a strong indoor outdoor connection. Here is more on the structure of the building from the project developers: “The cladding of the house evolved progressively in order to fit into the context of the town. An artisanal clay veneer was specially developed for the project, similar in texture to the traditional houses that you notice in the area. Its reaction to the weather causes the material to change constantly in response to varying levels of humidity. Two pavilions, unequal in size, are set in front of the pool area. The first and biggest one contains the living and dining spaces, kitchen and a working studio. The second one: two bedrooms. Each pavilion was carefully placed on the site, incorporating all the existing trees into the program and facing the most important views.” Does this not look like the perfect nature getaway?

Beautiful Villa in Sweden Displaying Vitality and Warmth

For today we would like to showcase a home that inspires warmth, vitality and a little bit of craziness. Located not far from Stockholm, this crib found on Skeppshomen has five bedrooms and a living area of 214 square meters. Integrated in a beautiful green area, atop a small hill, the owners of the villa can enjoy unobstructed views towards a serene landscape. An entertainment zone consisting of a generous pool and a table for eight creates the set for unforgeable socializing moments. The interior design of this fabulous retreat is invaded by color and makes one inevitably think of an artist’s crib. The charming white wooden walls with exposed beams make a striking contrast with the paintings and furniture elements. The open plan living room looks very inviting and features a large dining table and generous windows for an optimum amount of natural light. How do you appreciate the design of this residence?

Monday, May 16, 2011

Elegant Contemporary Home in Australia by Greg Gong – Amazing Malvern House

This Amazing Malvern House (first built in the early 30s), located in Melbourne, Australia. Greg Gong who managed to turn it into a highly elegant contemporary home. Greg Gong adds more space, a spacious open kitchen, glass walls, a beautiful living room with a classy fireplace, modern furnishings and furniture, the home certainly reflects the modern lifestyle and standard. a rebuilt third bedroom that adds more space. Though it looks tiny, it’s the harmonious link between old and new, and the amazing Chinese garden on the north facade, that makes it unique and adds to its charm.