Sublime and soaring shapes in poured-in-place limestone concrete ennoble a stunning house in Zurich.
The house would be a little too spartan if it was grey concrete, but the warmth of this thick and creamy color makes the shapes sculptural.
Entered on the side from a hillside overlooking the panoramic view of Lake Zurich, it presents a noncommittal face to the street.
The open plan living and dining room overlooks the panoramic view (not shown) of the lake and the alps.
An interesting idea.
Next to the front door, a glass door to a private courtyard can be locked when privacy is needed.
Inside that private courtyard, two trees are as precious as priceless sculptures. Read the rest of this entry »
Yes, tight bedrooms can sometimes feel frustrating, but they can also be an opportunity. Here’s the chance to create a restful, peaceful space, without spending a lot on furniture and knick-knacks. The main order of business in a small bedroom is to use space efficiently. We’re found some great examples of small bedrooms that manage to do just that, by relying on a few key principles.
1). They make use of built-ins.
Below, a built-in bookcase and nightstands help keep a small room efficient and uncluttered.
In the pictures above and below, wall-mounted nightstands, cabinets and drawers underneath the bed keep tight rooms feeling surprisingly spacious.
And the same concept goes in this space:
And here too:
2) They dispense with two nightstands, or any nightstands.
Yes, nightstands can come in handy. But do you really need two of them? Take a look below:
3) They make use of “tricks.” Two very good ones include, mounting mirrors, and using furniture that takes up no visual space. For instance:
A lucite bed keeps a small bedroom feeling as nearly expansive as the view:
Another trick, where its possible, is to use a daybed that can act as both a sofa and a bed in tight quarters:
4) And here is probably the most important principle of all — just because a bedroom is small doesn’t mean it has to be neglected. A small bedroom can and should have its own drama too.
Below, the dark walls and pendant lights exude sexiness:
The bedroom below is tiny, but the chandelier, patterned headboard, drapes hung from the ceiling and zebra-print rug provide flare and show care, nonetheless:
And below, it’s just one dramatic abstract painting hung above a simple white bed that provides all the drama necessary:
And here’s a bedroom that’s taken the opposite route to drama, using brightly patterned bedding, pendant lamps and a patterned canvas on the wall that stands in as a headboard:
So you see, it’s really not so hard. Small bedrooms can sometimes be daunting, but if you think carefully about storage, pare down on furniture and add a few dramatic touches, you’ll create a spot that will not only work well, but exude style. Buona notte!
Solis, by Renato D’Ettorre Architects, won the top award for houses – the Robin Dods Award for Residential Architecture.
The superb and dreamlike residence is sculpted from concrete, stone, air and glass.
You can imagine this romantic and mysterious architectural site as an abandoned ruin.
Hamilton Island on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef offered the architects a panoramic but steep site in a romantic tropical environment.
The architects were given free reign by “an appropriate budget and a desire for an oasis for an international business owner.” Read the rest of this entry »
Renato D’Ettore Architects designed an utterly uncomplicated, perfectly square, tropical beach house that closes completely when not in use.
The dark tropical wooden shutters that are the key design feature, slide back to completely open it to the elements when in use.
At each end of the living dining kitchen side of the square, a window seat connects the interior to the landscape.
The richly contrasting stark white of the painted concrete floor is the ultimate low-maintenance cool tropical floor for Queensland’s sultry climate.
The similarly contrasting white metal roof is a riff on the traditions of tropical Australian architecture. Read the rest of this entry »
Andrew Hinman Architecture designed this unusual house for a client who wanted it to house a much loved vintage trailer on their ranch.
The new housing shades and cools the trailer at a favorite spot overlooking the Nueces River in hot and dusty South Texas.
The vintage aluminium trailer home gets pride of place on the back porch.
The interior is kept in working condition.
For what the tiny trailer doesn’t have – a huge, super-serene bathing room.
The bathroom sink is set beneath an aluminium porthole that picks up on the vintage trailer aesthetic.
The new bathroom, and a sleeping loft above are in the tower. Read the rest of this entry »