Summer House Under The Prickly Pears, Ios island, Greece | GFRA Architecture

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Location: Ios island, Greece
Area: 150 m2
Year: 2015



Architects: gfra architecture
Project team: Tasos Gousis, Joost Frijda, Eddie Roberts, Fotini Anagnostou
Photography: © Panagiotis Voumvakis



In a quiet, remote slope of Ios Island, far from the sea, we were asked to design a summer house for a couple. The intention was simple: the summer house to be the ultimate resting and relaxation space, offering contact with the nature of the island while aiming to the unobstructed view of the sea.

The design is inspired by the underground architecture, reminiscing a cave. The summer house is developed on one level of about 100 square meters on a slightly sloping plot of 4 acres. There is only one facade facing west, while the others are covered by the slope. The roof is planted with prickly pears, providing insulation while bonding the building to the surrounding landscape.

The facade is lined with local stone, built in such a way that refers directly to the existing stone walls of the plot, integrating in a way with the environment. The interior, in contrast to the exterior style of the building, has been treated with modern design. The kitchen, the dining room, the living room and the bedroom are actually one large space. This feeling is enhanced by the common material that was used both for walls and floors, a forged cement in a soft gray hue.

The natural indirect lighting coming from the skylights increases the luminosity of the premises, giving a calm and relaxed atmosphere. The semi-open space right outside the dining room of the summer house, along with the barbecue under the pergola, are a focal point for the couple and their friends, that want to enjoy the sea view.

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gfraThe office gfra architecture was founded in 2004 by Tasos GousisJoost Frijda and Eddie Roberts as a result of many years of cooperation in previous associations where they participated with the major Greek projects of the previous decade, such as projects for the Olympic Games, the new Athens airport and the Acropolis Museum competition. Joost Frijda is Dutch and has received his degree from the Delft University of Technology, while both Tasos Gousis and Eddie Roberts, who has a Welsh background, are graduates from the NTUA (Athens Polytechnic), just as Fotini Anagnostou who becomes part of the team in 2007.

The multinational background of the team makes them search for new ideas and forms in architecture, to give a ‘European’ spirit to their design. This has been recognized by the numerous publications and participations in exhibitions such as the biennale of Young Greek Architects and the international Piranesi exhibition. At the same time they have a realistic approach and through close cooperation with the client and the consulting engineers, aim of the office is to maintain the quality of design and technology of architecture to a maximum.

The many specializations of the office include: housing, hotels, education, offices, cinema/theatre, retail, interior design, public urban/green spaces, re-use/restoration etc. Many projects are situated in the Athens region, but work is done all over Greece and abroad. Project responsibility includes both design and supervision, and can lead from the initial concept, through obtaining the building permit, to the possibility to organize the complete construction process.


CONTACT

gfra architecture

Komninon 37
114 73 Athens, Greece
T +30 210 6427972
F +30 210 6427203
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Casa Peninsula | Bernardes Arquitetura

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Localisation: Guarujá, São Paulo, Brazil

Year: 2017



Architects: Bernardes Arquitetura

Interiors: Bernardes Arquitetura

Team: Thiago Bernardes, Dante Furlan, Camila Tariki, Fausto Sombra, João Faim, José Miguel, Marcelo Dondo, Ana Paula Endo, Antonia Bernardes, Marina Salles, Mariana Cohen

Landscaping: Cenário

Lighting: Estúdio Carlos Fortes Luz + Design

Photography © Fernando Guerra


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In 2012 Thiago resumed his independent career and founded Bernardes Arquitetura with Nuno Costa Nunes, Marcia Santoro, Camila Tariki and Dante Furlan.

With headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Lisbon, Bernardes Arquitetura operates within Brazil and internationally. more


CONTACT

Bernardes Arquitetura

RIO DE JANEIRO

RUA CORCOVADO, 250, JARDIM BOTÂNICO

TEL/FAX + 55 21 2512 7743

 

SÃO PAULO

RUA IRAMAIA, 105, JARDIM EUROPA

TEL/FAX + 55 11 5185 0050

LISBOA

RUA DA ESCOLA POLITÉCNICA, 167, 3º PISO, PRÍNCIPE REAL

TEL/FAX + 351 91 090 9013


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ORIGIN tree house | Atelier LAVIT

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Client: Cabanes Nature et Spa

Program: Hotel room

Location: Château de Raray, France

Area: 23 m2

Year: 2017


 


Architects: Atelier LAVIT

Photography: © Marco Lavit Nicora



ORIGIN is an exceptional cabin, a unique and tailor-made project. The architectural challenge for Atelier LAVIT was to create a functional and comfortable hotel room, being faithful to the first inspiration of the project: a bird-nest. The design of the cabin, coupled with the construction techniques, led to a rationalization of the assembly logic of the branches collected by the birds to create their impregnable shelters.

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Marco Lavit

Born 1986, Marco Lavit studied architecture at Ecole Speciale d’Architecture in Paris and at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Melbourne. He graduated at ESA in 2011 with a dissertation on wineries design. His sensibility towards design took shape at the studio of the architect and designer Riccardo Blumer. His time at LAN Architecture further strengthened his architectural direction, with a strong focus on design culture and attention for detail.

Marco founded his architecture and design practice, Atelier LAVIT, in 2014 together with Carlo Lavit. Since then, the practice has been active in France and Italy. Atelier LAVIT’s work originates from the dialogue with artisans and their savoir-faire, especially Made in Italy. Architecture and design often proceed in parallel, striving to reach essential forms. This approach results in an extemporal production, which does not follow trends, but rather lets the strength of raw materials speak for the designs themselves.

In 2014 Atelier LAVIT conceived Venezia, an iron and leather seat which catches the eye for the fluidity and elegance of its line. Venezia was originally designed for the Venice Architecture Biennale, but it was later exhibited all across Europe: at Great Design Gallery (Paris), at Centre Pompidou (Paris), as part of the retrospective on Le Corbusier, at Spazio Rossana Orlandi (Milan) and at Impermanent Collection (Brussels). Today, Venezia, the coffee table Reconvexo and the sofa Atem are represented exclusively by Nilufar Gallery in Milan.

In architecture, the studio has a preference for the use of wood, often applied to unusual and innovative housing structures. In 2017 Atelier LAVIT realized an exclusive tree house for the Park of Raray Castle, France, and a series of surprising, floating cabins for an hotel in Chateauneuf-du-Pape, France.

Marco is one of the Rising Talents for Maison & Objet Paris 2018 and he is teaching at the Ecole Spéciale d’Architecture in Paris.


CONTACT

Atelier LAVIT

46 rue Sainte Anne – 75002 PARIS

contact@atelier-lavit.com


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Vallarta House by Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin Design Studio

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Location: Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Area: 32,292 sq ft / 3,000 sqm

Year: 2013



AWARDS

2014 IDA (International Design Award): Silver medal, residential category – new project. Vallarta House. USA

2013 PCI (Precast / Prestressed Concrete Institute) Design Awards Program: First Prize, single family house category. Vallarta House. USA

2013 IIDA Global excellence Design: Best of residential category.Vallarta House,USA



Architecture and interior design: Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin Design Studio
Design Team: Alejandra Diaz
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The design is driven by home’s extraordinary context connecting the users with the spectacular ocean views surrounding the property. The house was conceived as a vacation oasis and provides every amenity one could possibly desire; the main living and dining room opens his glass walls that unify with the pool and terrace area, creating strong interior-exterior integration in the main area of the home.

The use of natural stone and concrete walls create fresh spaces that dually provide passive cooling during hot seasons, besides this, the home’s striking green walls and rooftops insulate the house from heat and dually serve to integrate the house with the landscape.

Furniture and decorative elements were exclusively chosen and designed to integrate with the architecture.

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Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappin a multi-disciplinary design studio with an integrated approach, successfully working holistically across all scales. The studio was established in 1995, and in 2016 Cristina Grappin joined as business and design partner.

The studio designs details that connect people to the spaces they inhabit. From luxury yacht design to small and large hospitality and residential spaces, they consider all functions simultaneously to ensure the design is coherent, integrated and effortlessly inhabitable.

Drawing inspiration from their Mexican heritage, the firm collaborates with traditional artisans to create a palette of natural materials that fit the local culture and context. Comfort and warmth go into all of their projects.

In 2017, the firm’s restaurant project Lucca was awarded by Architectural Digest Mexico for Best Gastronomic Design as part of the annual Design Icons Awards. Additionally, they have been awarded by the IDA International Interior Design Awards and the PCA Design Awards Program and in 2015 the studio received the Visionarios Award by Obras Magazine.

Notable projects include a luxury-lifestyle theatre complex in San Diego, a Mezcal bar located in a landmark building in Oaxaca, a luxury yacht for Benetti and over 80 additional residential and commercial projects to date.

Ezequiel Farca + Cristina Grappinhave offices in Los Angeles, Milan and Mexico City with over thirty inter-disciplinary employees.

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CONTACT

MEXICO CITY

Campos Elíseos 158
Col. Polanco
C.P. 11560 Mexico City
Ph. (55) 5292 5115
info@ezequielfarca.com

LOS ANGELES

207 –B Hollister Ave
Santa Monica, CA
90405 USA
Ph. 310 309 9615
info@ezequielfarca.com

MILAN

Via San Gregorio 44
CAP 20124 Milano
Italy
M + (39) 338 494 3832
info@ezequielfarca.com


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Joya Villas Bri Bri by Studio Saxe

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Location: Santa teresa, Costa Rica

Area: 961 m2
Client: Joya Villas
Date of Completion: 2018



Architects: Studio Saxe

Design Director: Benjamin Garcia Saxe
Project Architect: Cesar Coto & Rogelio Quesada
Project Coordinator: Laura Morelli
Landscape: Vida Landscape


Steel and wood frames diffuse inside-out boundaries in Costa Rica surf town.

Set in the rainforest of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, two modern homes project out of the landscape and are defined by a series of steel frames that bring the best modern methods of construction to a tropical location. The use of large steel I-beams and concrete is a tenet of the international language of Modernist architecture and Studio Saxe have taken this design approach and recontextualised it for contemporary use. This project is a continuation of their search for an authentic Central American tropical architecture.

Concept

The raw materials of steel and concrete are balanced with the careful use of crafted wooden screens and floors, to ensure the design of these rental properties is rooted in local traditions and building techniques. The black metal frames create cantilevered openings that hover over the social spaces below, creating a blurred distinction between inside and outside areas and between private and more communal atmospheres.

Design

Large openings on every level of the building make the building seem lightweight and they connect the inhabitants to the surrounding natural environment. A delicate timber staircase appears to float from one floor to the other, suspended by the finest steel cables. The town of Santa Teresa on the pacific coastof Costa Rica has become a multicultural hub, renowned for its large waves and untouched nature. Joya Villas is situated on a hilltop, with its main terrace directly overlooking one of the best surfing breaks in the region. People have rented the homes can enjoy the views of the best swells from the comfort of their infinity pool or simply walk down to the beach to enjoy.

Architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe said:

 “Joya Villas is a clear reflection of a new wave of contextual contemporary tropical architecture that is born from and adapts to its precise location, land contours, and climate. These ingredients are then brought to life through the careful balance of modern building techniques and touches of handcrafted natural materials. Everything we do at Studio Saxe is focused on trying to enhance the experience of the natural in the inhabitant of spaces and perhaps even create moments of relaxation and reflection. This train of thought and the architecture that is emerging could begin to be considered as the birth of an authentic Central American Tropical Architecture.”

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Executive Director

Benjamin Garcia Saxe set up his own practice in San Jose, Costa Rica in 2004, with the aim of exploring our relationship with the natural environment through architecture. Since then, Studio Saxe has grown into an award-winning international practice made up of a multidisciplinary team, creating buildings and spaces by blending technological innovation with handcrafted techniques to form truly sustainable designs. Founded on the belief that buildings must connect to their landscape – whether a tropical paradise or a concrete jungle – Studio Saxe brings a global attitude to solve local problems. Ideas and techniques from around the world can be harnessed to benefit communities, both at home and abroad. Local traditions and identities are explored and developed, ensuring a process whereby we learn from the past and build for the future.

The dedicated architects and designers at Studio Saxe uncover new design solutions for every project, treating each building as an opportunity to improve methods and approaches, responding to specific places. Working alongside clients and collaborators, the studio continually seeks new forms and functions that blur the boundaries between natural habitats and inhabited space.

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Olion Villa AA by Ark4lab of architecture

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Location: Thassos Island, Greece

Year: 2016



Architects: Ark4lab of architecture

Design Team: Giorgos Tyrothoulakis , Evdokia Voudouri

Development /Management: NOVALIS TERRA

Photos: Studio Vavdinoudis – Dimitriou



The single house “olion” is situated in an olive grove with olive trees planted in the beginning of the 16th century, in Thassos island. The L shaped residence, with its functional volumes distinctly separated, unfolds in two levels.The ground floor comprises the unified space of the sitting area and the kitchen, a wc and two bedrooms.The first floor contains the master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom.

The austere lines of the building contrasting its organic environment, creates a landscape of relaxation and well-being.

Internal viewpoints and views are elements of the site displayed through a transparent and whitewashed interior, completing the special relationship between building and landscape.

The colour white, wood, large openings and the water element are used in order to enhance the architectural concept, creating clean surfaces and an environment that harmoniously embodies a bohemian luxury.

In a continuation of the interior, several semi-outdoor spaces, transitional or not, constitute an important living area characterised by its immediacy of the olive grove and the water.

All outdoor activities take place around the swimming pool, with signalling and lighting elements made of local earthy materials. Internally, earthy hues, natural materials, unified clean surfaces and ethnic objects contribute to the spatial personality, while keepingmits aesthetic purity intact.

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Ark4lab is an open Architecture laboratory based in Thessaloniki , Greece, devoted to contemporary architectural design and research. It was founded by George Tyrothoulakis and Evdokia Voudouri , both graduated in Architecture at Aristotele University of Thessaloniki. Since 2010 Ark4lab explores and develops its practice through all scales and media. Their projects include buildings, residential projects, hotel design, landscape, urban design, exhibitions and interior design, academic and educational projects covering all stages of the project, from the design phase to project management. Ark4lab are obsessed with authenticity in each project working closely with clients for a unique experience for the user of their living space.


CONTACT

Tsimiski 10

Thessaloniki

Greece
ark4lab@gmail.com
+30 694 605 6376


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South Coast Villa by Studio Piet Boon

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Location: Portugal

Architects: Studio Piet Boon

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The owners of this beautiful holiday villa in the south of Portugal lead busy lives. With this in mind, we ensured the color palette was subdued, thereby creating a calming, relaxing mood. The lady of the house has a penchant for luxury, stylish fabrics, the warmth of special objects, and details.

This is reflected throughout the home, which is infused with a distinctly feminine touch. We further created a serene atmosphere by choosing tone-on-tone grouping for the sand-colored accessories and textiles, such as fine linen.

We emphasized the summer feeling by opting for transparent curtains that gently ripple when the wind blows. As this is a holiday home, the experience is different to a primary residence: you spend more time outdoors yet expect the same comfort as inside.

This is why we created an abundance of places to rest, sunbath and eat – including an outdoor spot with an open fireplace. The interior and exterior are perfectly in balance, thanks to the use of local natural stone for both.

Studio Piet Boon


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Studio Piet Boon


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Studio Piet Boon is an internationally renowned design studio, recognized for its multi-disciplinary design services and it’s remarkable talent of balancing functionality, aesthetics and individuality into one of a kind design experiences. Shifting boundaries and setting new standards.

The studio’s heritage lies in Amsterdam and the nearby Zaanstreek, a region well known for its typical innovative spirit and ‘getting the job done’ mentality as well as being the ‘motor’ behind the success of the epic Dutch Golden Age. It was in the Zaanstreek where painters, woodworkers, carpenters, masons and other master craftsmen turned smart entrepreneurs and tastemakers as early as the 15th century. Building on this grounded mentality and creative expertise Studio Piet Boon was established by Dutch designer and Zaanstreek local Piet Boon (1958) in 1983.

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Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Spa by Delawie and EDG

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Program: Spa, Resort, Architecture, Meeting Space, Dining Rooms, Public Spaces, Bar, Exterior Entertainment Areas

Location: Scottsdale, Arizona, US

Size: 149,010 SF

Year: 2016



Design Architect and Architect-of-Record: Delawie

Interior designer: EDG Interior Architecture + Design

Photography: © Eric Laignel



The Andaz Scottsdale Resort and Spa is a renovation of an existing resort, built in 1989, set within a 25-acre desert oasis in Paradise Valley overlooking Camelback Mountain. The renovated resort was designed as a “desert modern” retreat, inspired by midcentury modern architecture. The 201 guestrooms and suites, an increase of 31 keys, were configured in clusters of casita-inspired bungalows, including two new Presidential suites.

The Guest House is the central element of the resort, serving as a social gathering place for guests and locals. The architectural design includes floor-to-ceiling glass walls to highlight the unique and inviting indoor Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen restaurant and lounge spaces. The exterior’s expansive patio spaces encourage guests to sit and socialize around movable furniture and multiple fire elements.

The meeting and events building features 10,000 SF of indoor space and 36,000 SF of flexible outdoor space to accommodate large and small gatherings. The main pool, lined with private cabanas, links to the Turquoise Pool Bar. The building that houses the Palo Verde Spa & Apothecary is connected to the resort’s second pool, while the third pool is located in the secluded Retreat area.

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Delawie is a leading sustainable and high-performance architecture, interior design and planning firm headquartered in San Diego, California. Since 1961, Delawie has made a lasting impact on Southern California’s built environments with designs that complement skylines, activate learning environments, transform communities, create corporate identities, and advance the functionality of civic and government facilities.

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OFFICE IN SAN DIEGO

1515 Morena Blvd, San Diego,
CA 92110

(619) 299-6690

info@delawie.com


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San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos by Michael Schickinger and Annabell Kutucu

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Location: San Giorgio Mykonos, Greece


Interior Concept & Design, Interior Styling by LAMBS AND LIONS
Michael Schickinger and Annabell Kutucu

Award: Conde Nast Traveler Gold List 2016
Services provided: Interior Concept & Design, Interior Styling, Guest Experience Concept, Signage & Wayfinding, , Creative Direction Photography



The idea of the San Giorgio Mykonos is to bring like-minded people together in a laid-back atmosphere. San Giorgio Mykonos is designed to make true interaction possible and yet giving those who are looking for privacy and relaxation from the daily routine the time to relax and recreate in a design oriented atmosphere.


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design-hotel_made-by-original-2_san-giorgio-mykonos.jpgFifteen years ago, two small-town Germans met on the shores of Ibiza. After years of traveling and sharing ideas, Thomas Heyne and Mario Hertel took over Paradise Club in 2004, transforming it into one of the world’s most popular nightclubs. By the end of the decade, San Giorgio was born, tailored to those enraptured with the euphoric energy of Grecian paradise.

The result was so exquisite that San Giorgio not only became an official Design Hotels™ member; it was embraced for the summer of 2012 as the company’s second temporal hospitality project. In 2015 it was joined by Scorpios, a modern-day agora and beachside cultural venue just a short, scenic stroll from the hotel.

“We’ve made San Giorgio this place where you walk around and you feel like part of the family,” said Hertel. “Which is actually the same thing we were always trying to do with the club, where you step in and you feel at home.”

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Lambs & Lions is a creative network of passionated brand creators, designers, photographers, simplifiers and solutionists.


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Based in Berlin, he is the founder & creative director of Lambs & Lions, a multidisciplinary design agency, developing ideas and a vision to create holistic concepts for premium and luxury products and experiences. With a human centric and integrated approach, Michael takes responsibility from an initial idea to driving the project and teams for the final goals. His services combine creative direction, brand identity, product design, interior architecture and design, and supervision of property development.

With more than 20 years experience in the lifestyle and hospitality industry, he is the creative director of Design Hotels™ for over ten years. Since he started his own business with Lambs and Lions in 2009, he has been crucially involved in many strategic branding exercises, focusing mainly on various film and photo projects with his signature style for clients such as Kuoni Travel AG and Helvetic Tours, and Thomas Cook. His passion for the niche hospitality industry continued in projects like San Giorgio Hotel Mykonos and Scorpios Mykonos.


CONTACT

LAMBS AND LIONS GMBH & CO.KG

AUGUSTSTR. 84
10117 BERLIN / GERMANY

T.+49 30 966 094 86

M. HELLO{AT}LAMBSANDLIONS.COM

 

PHONE NRS

Michael Schickinger / Creative Director: +49 151 24156819
Stefan Grüner / Art Director: +49 171 3604140
Annabell Kutucu / Interior Design & Styling: +49 151 42603988

 EMAIL

Michael Schickinger: michael@lambsandlions.com
Stefan Grüner: stefan@lambsandlions.com
Annabell Kutucu: annabell.k@me.com


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Watson House Annexe by Strom Architects

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Location: New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England

Year: 2017



Architect: Strom Architects

Structural Engineer: Calcinotto

QS: Patrick Swift Associates

Contractor: Rice Projects

Photography: © Richard Chivers

Joinery, Timber Framing & Cladding:  Industree Ltd


This wooden-clad annexe, completed September 2017, replaced a dated structure in the grounds of a house that Magnus Strom had worked on at his previous practice.  The main house was completed back in 2010, and the owner approached Strom Architects in 2015 to replace the existing annexe on site.  The client wanted a fun and flexible space that could act as a party house and additional accommodation when needed.

The property sits within the New Forest National Park, making it an ecologically sensitive site.  This meant extensive wildlife surveys had to be undertaken prior to beginning any works, in order to minimise disruption to the natural habitats of different species.  Once all the ecological issues were dealt with, we demolished the existing building, and replaced it with this timber-framed structure.

The house and the annexe share a common architectural language: the use of sweet chestnut cladding and black Kolumba brick on the exterior visually ties the two buildings together; however, a pitched roof and smaller punched windows provide the annexe with its own distinct design identity.

Internally, the external walls and ceiling are clad in reclaimed pine, and all partition walls are timber stud construction, clad in grey Valchromat; the floor is finished with the same black brick as the exterior plinth.  The floor plan consists of two cozy bedrooms, one bathroom and an open-plan living/games/bar area, with a mezzanine storage area.

Interior fitting such as the bar, bedside units and hanging rails have been designed to read as part of the architecture, as if all one giant joinery item.  The units are made out of grey Valchromat, wrapped in blackened steel and highlighted by recessed LED lighting.

Outside, there is a wooden decked, complete with semi-sunken wooden hot tub, a built-in brick seating area, and pizza oven and wood store.

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Magnus Ström, Director 
BA(Hons) DipArch ARB RIBA SAR/ MSA

Magnus came from Sweden to study architecture at Portsmouth University in 1995, graduating at the top of his class with a first in his BA (Hons) Degree, and winning two awards for degree projects. After working for a time in London and Winchester, he continued his studies and gained a Distinction in his Diploma. He also received the post-graduate RIBA South Region Award for outstanding design work, and was nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal.

After graduating, Magnus joined the esteemed Dublin practice deBlacam & Meagher Architects where he worked for a year. He was then invited to join John Pardey Architects in 2002 South England where he spent 8 years – latterly as a Director of the practice. His work included residential, educational and commercial projects – both for private and public sector clients. He was responsible for the conception and design of numerous private houses, as well as running several large-scale, mixed-use projects in London, Dublin and the USA.

Ström Architects was formed in 2010, and is an award-winning boutique architects’ practice, focusing on one-off contemporary residential projects in the UK and abroad.


CONTACT

Ström Architects Limited
Unit 4, The Old Printworks
85b High Street
Lymington
Hampshire, SO41 9AN
UK

Telephone: +44 01590 677 442

Email: studio@stromarchitects.com


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Caribbean Beach Residence by Studio Piet Boon

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Location: Kralendijk, Bonaire, Caribbean Netherlands

ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN: Studio Piet Boon


Few Caribbean islands are as inviting as Bonaire, a sand-fringed escape in the former Dutch Antilles. The island is a haven of tranquillity, boasting consistently pleasant warm temperatures and soft sea breezes. Situated on one of the island’s most pristine beaches lies Kas Dorrie: a luxurious designer beach villa.

During the exterior and interior design along with the construction of Kas Dorrie, making use of natural materials and the elements played a key role. Inspired by island living and the traditional local rural “kunuku” houses, the beach villa was designed to benefit from the wind. Contemporary wide entranceways are flanked by slender pillars and the central axis in the middle of the villa provides a symmetric structure, enabling strong sightlines and allowing the always-prevailing breeze to pass unhindered providing natural cooling.

Interior furnishings of the villa are custom-made Piet Boon furniture. The harmonious colour palette of the villa is subdued, making frequent use of colours that are found naturally on the island. To add on to the island experience, coral decorations and artwork handmade by local artisans were used.

Kas Dorrie consists of two volumes, deliberately separating the private living and sleeping quarters on the secluded second floor from the easy accessible and partially open living spaces on the ground floor. The volumes are connected by stairs located in the centre of the villa. Building on the Caribbean outdoor way of life all living areas face the sea, ensuring panoramic views and enabling the outside exterior to connect with the inside interior.

Due to its location near the sea, the villa was built with locally sourced materials such as wood and coral that can withstand the salty air, are low in maintenance and age beautifully at the same time. The island atmosphere is elegantly translated to the interior design and styling of the villa. Wide slatted windows and partitions made of bone-coloured pebbles let in sunlight, whilst the high ceilings and dark poured concrete floors give a sense of cool.

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Studio Piet Boon


Studio Piet BoonStudio Piet Boon is an internationally renowned design studio, recognized for its multi-disciplinary design services and it’s remarkable talent of balancing functionality, aesthetics and individuality into one of a kind design experiences. Shifting boundaries and setting new standards.

The studio’s heritage lies in Amsterdam and the nearby Zaanstreek, a region well known for its typical innovative spirit and ‘getting the job done’ mentality as well as being the ‘motor’ behind the success of the epic Dutch Golden Age. It was in the Zaanstreek where painters, woodworkers, carpenters, masons and other master craftsmen turned smart entrepreneurs and tastemakers as early as the 15th century. Building on this grounded mentality and creative expertise Studio Piet Boon was established by Dutch designer and Zaanstreek local Piet Boon (1958) in 1983.

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Relax Park Verholy, Chalet 4.0 by YOD Design Studio

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Location: Sosnovka village, Poltava region, Ukraine

Program: Hotels

Area: 140.00 m2

Year: 2016



Architects: YOD Design Studio

Photography: © Andrey Avdeenko


Chalet 4.0 is a part of the hotel complex Relax Park Verholy. New apartments are fully integrated in a pine forest. Instead of the usual solid base the building stands on the so-called screw base. This construction helped to settle chalet just in the forest without harming trees or damaging their root system.

The building consists of two separate rooms with a common guest hall. There is an additional house for the guests in the territory.

The interior is eco-friendly and restrained. Forest theme and connection to nature are emphasized by the selection of principal materials, such as stone and wood. Rhythmic veneer lines on the walls symbolize rows of pine trees outside the window, and cow skin looks like animals that lives in the forest.

YOD Design Studio


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  YOD Design Studio


CONTACT

e-mail: yodlab.pm@gmail.com

+380 67 404-57-12

+380 50 403-79-87

Transformation of a holidays house in Menorca by Atelier du Pont

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Location: Menorca, Drapeau de l'Espagne Spain
Year: 2015


Architect: Atelier du Pont 



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CONTACT

Atelier du Pont

89 rue de Reuilly – 75012 Paris (siège)
4 place Tobie Robatel – 69001 Lyon

T : +33 (0)1 53 33 24 10
E : adp@atelierdupont.fr


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