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The Sculptural Joy of the Bluff House in Montauk

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Bluff House in Montauk, New York by architect Robert Young suggests the prow of a ship heading out into the ocean.

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These clearly defined and boldly stated volumes are a real sculptural joy.

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The house boasts rather intriguing engineering, held up as it is by little more than a central fireplace.

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This fireplace pierces the second floor for a second shot at its sculptural mission.

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Other than this central design idea, the house is quietly modest and comfortable in the traditions of New York beach house architecture.

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Its bedrooms merely nod respectfully at the stunning views. Read the rest of this entry »

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Design Dilemma: Two Contrasting Strategies for Tiny Spaces

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There are all sorts of approaches to small space living. Some go minimal, others maximal. Some create different zones, others go for one big open space. Let’s take a look at how different designers have approached spaces of less than 400 square feet.

Above and below, check out a space by designer Lyndsay Caleo of Brooklyn Home Company. Caleo and her colleague Fitzhugh Karol, both designers with backgrounds in art and furniture design, tackled this 400-square-foot studio apartment in Park Slope, Brooklyn by creating distinct zones, including an entry way, a bedroom and a separate living area.

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One clever idea was to use a lathe theme as a separation between bedroom and living room. The lathe keeps everything feeling airy and open and the texture and patina help to give the space character. It also allows a wall on which a small console can rest, providing the perfect landing strip for keys and other items. Here’s another view of the bedroom:

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The kitchen keeps things feeling open and airy, as it features only one wall of cabinets. A sculptural island makes for an artsy transition from living room to kitchen and can also serve as a workspace.

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This 350 square-foot Manhattan studio takes a similar approach of creating separate day and night zones, this time using an Expedit bookcase from Ikea as a see-through wall.

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What these first two homes have in common is a reliance on light bright colors to keep things airy, and a rigorous order.

But it’s not always possible to section off a studio. And this is where the opposite strategy comes in — leave everything right there, together, in one open floor plan. For instance, this 260 square foot Barcelona studio is simply too small to contemplate divisions of any sort. And that’s where photographer Christian Schallert and architect Barbara Appolloni came up with clever built-ins to make the space functional and beautiful. Below is a view of the dining room. The dining room table can flip up and the bed can flip out in this same area:

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The kitchen and refrigerator are embedded in a storage unit on one side of the studio:

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On the other wall near the entrance is an open shower, and across from the wall encompassing the kitchen is the entertainment center. The toilet is the only private space — in a small room with a little window, behind a hidden door next to the sink:

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The bed can be pulled out of the area nearest a sunny balcony:

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And what makes this microscopic apartment totally livable is the 65 square foot balcony, right outside the living area:

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So you see, there are a multitude of ways to tackle small space living. Creating divisions with “removable” walls or creating built-ins are two great options for making a small space just as comfortable as a large apartment.

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Sophisticated Tropical Beach House in Australia

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The gorgeous Tennyson Point Residence in Sydney, Australia has a common problem.

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Like so many houses in the suburbs, the views to the sides needed to be reduced somewhat.

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CplusC Architectural Workshop solved it with an giant wooden “bonnet” that shades the view out to the coast.

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This double height wooden structure is supported on steel struts.

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These giant struts also help to define the huge exterior spatial volume.

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This huge shading device also protects the viewer from the harsh antipodean sunlight.

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This wood used is a sensuous rich dark Australian hardwood.

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It’s also used in cladding the street side of the house.  Read the rest of this entry »

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A Soft Wooden House Soaks up the Sky’s Light

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Like many buildings in Japan, this wooden house in Aichi is closely surrounded by neighbouring buildings with neither light nor views to the sides.

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So mA-style Architects added skylights around each side of the flat roof.

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To create light and a feeling of space, filtered light is brought down and bounced off the perimeter walls.

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Interestingly, the skylight is not the entire roof, but just the perimeter.

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And even this perimeter filters the light with the beams.

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The result is an extraordinary amount of filtered light creating a spacious and pleasant dwelling.

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Changing light conditions reveal a constantly changing pattern of dappled light coming down through the ceiling.

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The rooms are enclosed boxes within the larger space, more like buildings in a small village than a house.

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The sense of being within a village is enhanced by the wide openings to the exterior, more like a village lane than a corridor. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Quiet Charm of a Glass and Concrete Cube

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OYO have created a house that has the somnolent charm of a Vermeer painting in the old Belgian town of Wijgmaal.

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Quaint and unsophisticated curtains echo the clouds in this bluest of Belgian skies.

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By contrast with the floor to ceiling glazing facing the back garden, bedroom windows to the street are few and small.

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The house is essentially a cube: a glass box with a concrete top half.

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The simple space has a very clear and organized layout.

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The space is furnished in quietly retro fifties modernism, but set within a more contemporary cubic volume.

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