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“The Chameleon”

When you imagine a trip to Bali, you may think first of lying on white sand beaches in the shade of tall palms. But a bit away from the water is where the magic can really happen. The jungles of Bali are rich with greenery and wildlife — and if you’re lucky enough, you may even find yourself at one of the island’s most luxurious estates, nestled right into that jungle. The home featured here is just such a retreat. Featuring a sparkling clear infinity pool, an outdoor bath, and plenty of indoor space for the long and luxurious evening of a vacation, this home is a true treasure, as you’ll see in the photos from photographer Daniel Koh.

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The 100-Square-Foot Kitchen: A Dark Space Sees the Light

Our 100-Square-Foot Kitchen series profiles kitchens that measure about 100 square feet, one of the most common kitchen sizes in the U.S., according to Houzz data.

Architect Lauren Rubin says the original cramped kitchen in this pre-World War II apartment in New York was so sad-looking that anything she did to it would have made it better. Still, that didn’t keep her from making sure the new design received lots of love and attention. She took square footage from a nearby dining nook to slightly expand the room, freeing up space to create an L-shaped layout and recess a new refrigerator. Next, she employed design tricks she’s learned working in small New York City spaces to visually expand the room and give it a feeling of lightness.

Kitchen at a Glance
Location: Hudson Heights neighborhood of New York City
Who lives here: A family of four
Size: About 72 square feet (6.5 square meters); 10 feet 10 inches by 6 feet 8 inches (new kitchen)
Designer: Lauren Rubin Architecture

BEFORE: The existing galley layout lacked counter space, storage, adequate lighting and style. Rubin removed the arch and half wall to encroach several feet into the dining area, seen in the foreground. This still left the homeowners plenty of room for their dining table.

AFTER: Adding length to the space allowed Rubin to remove cabinets to create an L-shaped layout with more counter space and a wider middle walkway. Extending the kitchen into the dining area allowed Rubin to add the recessed fridge on the right and a cabinet with a countertop and microwave drawer to the left of the range.

Standard upper cabinets typically hang 18 inches above a counter. Rubin chose to hang these 22 inches up to create more openness. “I find for small kitchens hanging cabinets 18 inches above a countertop makes things feel small and congested,” she says. “You lose some storage, but it’s important to make those small spaces feel as light and airy as possible.”

Rubin and the homeowners splurged on the custom cabinets, which Rubin designed and had a woodworker build, as she does for most kitchens. “Pre-manufactured cabinets, you’re stuck with their dimensions,” she says. “Here, every inch is taken into account. There are no filler panels.”

Customizable inserts maximize storage in every drawer and cabinet. Pullouts beneath the sink hold garbage and recycling bins. The microwave drawer helps keep the counter clear. “Most clients would rather lose a drawer than have a microwave on the counter or hanging below a cabinet,” she says.

A new pantry around the corner from the refrigerator stores food and small appliances, such as a toaster oven and juicer.

Custom open shelves provide space to charge phones, store spices and cups and display art and plants. Rubin had the woodworker who built the cabinets create the sets of white and gray floating shelves. “That way they match perfectly,” she says. “Everything happens in the same shop with the same can of paint.”

Taking the tile to the ceiling gives a sense of brightness and height, despite the fact that the ceiling was dropped slightly to accommodate new recessed LED lights. “Good, even light in a kitchen is worth dropping the ceiling versus keeping it high and having just a light fixture,” Rubin says.

To enhance the light further, she chose the whitest countertop she could find. She went with engineered quartz for its even color and durability. “For anyone who’s a cook or wine drinker I won’t put marble down,” she says. Some homeowners find marble counters difficult to keep free of stains and other damage.

Next to the sink, the paneling that covers the dishwasher prevents too much stainless steel from breaking up the flow of the lower cabinets.

Stained oak floors replaced the checkered vinyl, and they match the floors in the adjacent dining and living spaces, creating cohesiveness.

Lower cabinet paint: Worsted, Farrow & Ball; upper cabinet paint: Chantilly Lace, Benjamin Moore; ceiling paint: Super White, matte finish, Benjamin Moore; wall paint: Wimborne White, Farrow & Ball; lights: Contrast Lighting; microwave: Sharp; range: Wolf; hardware: Richard Watson

Looking toward the kitchen from the living room, you can see the double-door pantry around the corner from the refrigerator and get a sense of the more open interaction with the dining and living spaces. “It’s a compact kitchen, but you never feel that way,” Rubin says.

Parker, Mitchell. “The 100-Square-Foot Kitchen: A Dark Space Sees the Light.” Houzz. N.p., 15 Nov. 2016. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

Choosing Color: 1 House, 5 Exterior Paint Palettes

I recently showed what a cute little blue house would look like in three different exterior color palettes. This week, we look at a handful of palettes on a recently renovated ranch-style home in Austin, Texas. The homeowner wanted to make her house stand out against a sea of white and tan homes in the neighborhood, and having a bold-hued front door was also of upmost importance. Check out four renderings of potential palettes, as well as the final, winning scheme.

Ott, Jennifer. “Choosing Color: 1 House, 5 Exterior Paint Palettes.” Houzz. N.p., 14 Nov. 2016. Web. 14 Nov. 2016.

5 Clever Small Loft Ideas

Crunched for space, the residents of these homes—mostly under 1,000 square feet—have the same ideas: look upward and compartmentalize. Lofted sleeping areas, closets, and reading nooks are among the smart space-saving solutions.

“7 Clever Small Loft Ideas – Interior Design Inspirations.” N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2016.

Black And White Contemporary Apartment Smartly Designed

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Compact spaces are so cool because they usually have a very smart design behind the decoration. It’s always about how to make it more comfortable, as less boring as possible and super practical, of course. We’ve spotted this apartment on Decoholic and we thought of showing you how small apartments have an elegant something going on. In this particular case, it’s the black and white chromatic that makes it so interesting, without stealing its cheerfulness. Uncluttered and  on different heights (the kitchen is upper than the living room without putting a pair of doors and a hallway but a symbolic pair of stairs) the apartment is quite nice and easy to explore.

To save space, doors have been eliminated. The boundary between the kitchen and the office, for example is made through a different type of flooring. Despite its reduced surface, the apartment has a big and comfortable bedroom. Because sleep and rest are very important for both your mood and skin, right?! The closet is masked and it sits right behind the bed, spreading on an entire wall (the “my clothes don’t fit in here” problem was, as you see, easily solved). Neat and stylish, the apartment is an interesting choice for those who seek their own small space to fit in.  (Guran)

Guran, Raphaelle. “Black And White Contemporary Apartment Smartly Designed.” Freshome. N.p., 29 Mar 2013. Web. Web. 30 Mar. 2013. <http://freshome.com/2013/03/29/black-and-white-contemporary-apartment-smartly-designed/&gt;.

 

 


Small family home with a bold yet simple design

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This is YAK01, a residence that can be found in Bangkok, Thailand. It was a project by AA-D architects and it was finished in 2013. The project area is 500 square meters and the house was designed for a small family. It occupies almost the entire land and, even though the usable space is limited, the residence definitely doesn’t seem small and the rooms are not tiny.

The client’s request was a house that would have a modern design with sun shades and rain protection, like a cozy where everyone can feel comfortable. But the client also wanted a large greenery area that the whole family could enjoy and this raised a problem. The space was limited and it would have been almost impossible to respond to all the requests. So the solution the architect found after many hours of planning was to cantilever half of the house over the ground floor area.

The internal structure and layout were also carefully thought through. The bathrooms, the service areas, the storage spaces and the staircases were also designed to serve as buffer zones. They absorb the heat and they also provide privacy for the main rooms. The north side of the residence has a huge glass wall that lets in natural light. The swimming pool was placed parallel to the house and this way it draws cool air into the house. It’s fair to say that this is a smartly-designed home.  

Ganea , Simona. “Small family home with a bold yet simple design.” Homedit.com. N.p., 18 Mar 2013. Web. Web. 18 Mar. 2013. <http://www.homedit.com/small-family-home-with-a-bold-yet-simple-design/&gt;.


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Aradas House by RVDM Architects

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RVDM Architects have designed the Aradas House in Aveiro, Portugal.

 

“Aradas House by RVDM Architects.” Contemporist. N.p., 23 July 2012. Web. Web. 23 Jul. 2012. <http://www.contemporist.com/2012/07/23/aradas-house-by-rvdm-architects/&gt;.


Potential for Collapse – Reverse Dowry

Akke Functional Art
…a unique element of modern design of signature pieces designed to inspire and provoke.

all images copyright by Robert Lowell Photography

Yberg, Axel. Akke Functional Art. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar 2012. <http://www.akkefunctionalart.com/potentialforcollapse/reversedowry_1.html&gt;.


Haifa House by Pitsou Kedem Architects

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A private residence built in the center of a historic avenue and at the very heart of Haifa’s French Carmel neighborhood.

The avenue is studded with a number of residences designed in the Bauhaus style. The Bauhaus style gained its hold in Israel in the wake of international styling trends and is a ornament free design style, both simple and down to earth. The style celebrated the aesthetics of the machine and was characterized by uniformity of color and by unassuming and simple finishes and facades. The style faithfully represented the spirit of the age and the location. This project, designed decades later, creates a line that connects contemporary styling with the spirit of that bygone era.

The project emphasizes and sharpens the differences between apparently similar design styles of contemporary minimalism influenced by Japan and the austere moderation of the modernism that characterized the end of the 1950?s. Both of these paradigms translate into a way of life, to the Israeli environment and climate. The sophistication and the minimalism that existed at the heyday of the Bauhaus period have been translated, in this latest reincarnation, into a spacial purity and prestigious restraint.

In his design, the architect has expressed his own, localized interpretation for free planning in which there is a spacial continuity achieved through light, appearance and movement and the placement of secondary spaces around one, large and open central space. The architect has succeeded in creating the experience of continuous, intimate and defined spaces with different levels of symbiotic, mutual interaction with the central space and yet without detracting from the overall understanding of the structure. Despite the intensification of the residences central space which finds expression in a double sized open space reaching the entire height of the building with one completely transparent façade facing the direction of the courtyard, through the use of controlled and restrained formality and the use of materials with no external facings, the designer has succeeded in showing his belief that it is possible to create a residential space of quality and timelessness.

In an attempt to connect with the historic avenue and the houses that have inhabited it since the 1950?s, the architect has paid great attention to homes front facing façade. The front of the building is almost anonymous, for the most part, a closed element, free of unnecessary ornamentation and one that combines a monochromatic color scheme based on the grays and whites that characterized that same era. Only the floating upper roof hints at a harmony with contemporary design. There is a sense of acceptance of the avenues importance and an attempt to assimilate into its, fragile and gentle structure and in no way try to force contemporary architecture on the surrounding environment. Only the floating mass of the roof hints that, despite the desire to be part of the avenues context and the spirit of that historical period, it is clear to the observer that here we have a bold attempt to create an architectural language that leaves a clear signature and the fingerprint of the designer.

The home was, as said, designed around a wide, high public space that constitutes the connecting point and provides a view of all of the homes different wings as well as to the central courtyard and the pool. In order to further strengthen the impact of the central space it has been coated with exposed concrete panels and a large library on the wall as a central motif. A large, ribbon window allows light to enter deep into the space, creating movement and dynamism on the central wall. The architect has covered all of the structures spaces with an expansive roof which appears to be suspended, weightless in the air and floating effortlessly with no apparent means of support. The roof frames and consolidates the various parts of the structure with the apparent dissociation between the roof and the building creating an impressive, formal dialogue.

Movement within the house is accompanied by different views of the outside environment; exposed and open areas and other areas that are framed and focused on a specific view that was designed specifically for that area. The underlying concept of the homes design is one of quiet and formal restraint; the home is a place of tranquility and calm where the minimalistic details, the clean language and the meaning, separate the residents from the world outside. The architecture and the interior design combine a climatic relationship with light and air, an expression of the homes functionality and the uniform design lines both internal and external.

The materials and the colors used for both the interior and the exterior range from white to gray combined with wooden strips. The simple, clean shapes and the light play a central role in the interior design. Shade and light create ever changing performances of shapes and movement, “playing” on the walls, the ceilings and the floors of the building throughout the day. The combination of the geometric light shows against the horizontal and vertical surfaces, made from many different materials, creates a unique atmosphere in the internal spaces and the house’s exterior that make a powerful statement of uniformity and calmness. During the day, natural light entering the residence and its movement creates absorbing light shows. At night, when darkness falls, artificial light, and especially the light seeping out from the pool, create within the structures spaces a totally different atmosphere, one that is almost mystical and magical.

The design of the courtyard is characterized by the same restraint of form with the choice of trees and their placement also communicates with the avenue and the surrounding environment. And so, despite the fact that different worlds and different eras exist in the space between the historical Bauhaus of the avenue and that of this modern and minimalistic home, there still exists a relationship between them, a feeling that one is not strange to the other.

“Haifa House by Pitsou Kedem Architects.” Contemporist. N.p., 22 Nov 2011. Web. 24 Nov. 2011. http://www.contemporist.com/2011/11/22/haifa-house-by-pitsou-kedem-architects/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed: contemporist (CONTEMPORIST).

 


living spaces with the outdoors while maintaining privacy…

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Description from the architect:

Modest houses on small lots comprise the Quillen’s Point neighborhood, adjacent to the Chesapeake Bay in Ocean View, Delaware.  An eclectic mix of houses, gravel roads ending at the bay and wooded lots provide a nostalgic, informal setting for this new house.  The project site is near the end of Burbage Lane, the second lot from the bay with expectations that the adjacent waterfront lot will eventually be developed.

In an effort to integrate living spaces with the outdoors while maintaining privacy from Burbage Lane and neighboring houses, the scheme is organized around a centrally located garden.  With sixteen foot high ceilings, the eastern volume contains the public living spaces. Continuous clerestory windows assist in providing an abundance of natural light into the space, allowing views to the treetops and sky while minimizing the close proximity of the adjacent houses.  A twenty foot wide glass wall slides into a pocket, enhancing the relationship to the outdoors, and provides a sense of living in a garden.  The two story western volume is comprised of bedrooms and a small second floor living space.  A one story glass link connects the volumes and visually opens to the central garden.

The house was conceived as two simple, flat-roofed volumes, varying in height, intersecting and overlapping a one story circulation space which connects the volumes.  The east volume is constructed with cement board, the west volume with corrugated siding and the one story connecting space with the ground face concrete block.   The exterior material palette is quiet and subdued. Materials are selected for their expected long term durability, ease of installation and initial cost. The impact of the one story horizontal volume facing the street is intended to reflect the scale of neighboring structures while the narrow two story volumes are oriented perpendicular to the street reducing their apparent scale.

This house is designed in strong counterpoint to many of the houses built in the last era of abundant resources, expensive materials, and limitless floor area. The house is not large; it comprises three bedrooms and 2400 square feet.  The house is constructed with modest materials that include concrete floors throughout the first floor, oak flooring on the second floor and plastic laminate and oak millwork.

The house was designed to achieve a balance between recognition of the picturesque Chesapeake Bay landscape and a more intimate, secluded garden environment. Expansive openings to the private garden combined with smaller, selectively oriented openings toward the greater landscape allow for a sense of privacy while maintaining a sensibility of direct connection to the rhythms of nature.

Dave. (2011, November 12). Lujan house by robert m. gurney [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.contemporist.com/2011/11/12/lujan-house-by-robert-m-gurney/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed: contemporist (CONTEMPORIST)


C House (Punta Fuego, Batangas, Philippines)

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Project: C House

Program: A weekend residence for a Real Estate Developer

Concept: This project is Archipelago’s first built work of architecture. The client’s brief was to create a modern, serene and luxurious oasis to retreat from the city. An unassuming streetfront unfolds and expands into a cavernous interior. Upon entering, a corridor precisely frames a view of a nearby island. A stair volume runs continuously from the street down into the water. Living spaces are treated as one large room which leads out to a veranda, deck and pool, all with stunning views of Nasugbu Bay and the South China Sea.

Location: Punta Fuego, Batangas, Philippines

Archipelago, an energetic team of creative individuals who seek out projects that aim to express each client’s unique identity. Using fresh design ideas, innovative materials, and a global perspective, we build cutting edge, intelligent solutions. Chut Cuerva and Tisha de Borja are the principal founders of Archipelago.

 

Arhipelago Design Works, . “C House.” Archipelago. N.p., n.d. Web. 8 Aug 2011. <http://www.archipelago.ph/projects/residential/residential_c_house.html&gt;.


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Casa S

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The house is a result of several stone boxes piled up on the side of a sloping area. Each one of these cases points and frames an outstanding view, where we can find Catedral, Otto, and Ventana mountains, as main characters of the landscape seen from inside.

The space is organized so that it can be divided in different zones, depending on the number of persons that are actually using the place. During most of the year, the house can be used by areas, smaller homes inside the big house for single couple trips or for groups of friends in leisure plans, or even both of them happening at the same time. These variety of layouts transform the inside life of the house, growing, changing, adapting, evolving.

We used local stones to keep a coherent language with the harsh and wonderful surrounding, trying to create the idea that the house was always there, just as another rock or an unnoticed natural feature. Snow seasons reinforce the idea. A white vast dominating view, only a few mountain peaks appear in dark contrast, and the house always there.

The social area is placed on the access level, dominating the best views captured by white calm boxes from inside, opposing to the overwhelming exterior. The master bedroom, and the guests room share this level too, each facing a different mountain, in this surprising kaleidoscope of sights.

On the ground floor level, the rooms for the kids, shaped by the land slope, creating different situations and volumes, and a two level loft, due to a sudden depression on the terrain becomes the boys master space.

As an extension of the deck, a sinuous wooden stair guides us to the last box, resting a few steps below. A sightseeing Jacuzzi offers the best sunset views of lake Gutierrez, and below the wooden deck, a warm gym and a sauna complete this relax an inspiring lookout, in an ideal mood, slightly above the Patagonian valley.

(Alric Galindez Arquitectos)
 
Alric Galindez Arquitectos, . (n.d.). 1-1000m2 – casa s. Retrieved from http://www.alricgalindez.com.ar/trabajos_works_m_11.html

‘Lotus’

Black Line One X Architecture Studio

This concept approaches the entire site as a contributor to the landscape rather than  individual plots of land where single residences float randomly within an undesignated, un-specified space.    (Black Line One X Architecture Studio)

 

Black Line One X Architecture Studio, . (n.d.). lotus – entry awarded 3rd place in international design competition. Retrieved from http://bloxas.com.au/architects/?page_id=169


Bike Shelf

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While visiting many friends small apartments here in SF and more so in NY, I noticed that there is a void when it comes to elegant bike management. Bikes always get in the way – either in the hall, or leaning up against a bookshelf or something. So, I decided to design something to fix that problem. Until I think of a better name, I am calling it the Bike Shelf.   (Brigham )

 

Brigham , C. Bike shelf [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://knifeandsaw.wordpress.com/furniture/bike-shelf/


‘water stopping water’

 

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lunar europe have reinterpreted the rather mundane kitchen sink stopper.the design group has turned the object into a sculpture in which the water in a basin is captured by a single, perfect drop. the simple design, ‘water stopping water” echoes the water in which it holds creating a bit of irony in the sink.   (andrea, 2009)

 

andrea, . (2009, June 04). lunar europe: ‘water stopping water’ sink stopper [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.designboom.com/weblog/cat/8/view/6598/lunar-europe-water-stopping-water-sink-stopper.html