This industrial style house designed by Kerr Ritchie Architects features a flexible frame that seems to bend and slope its way with the hillside, at the edge of Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, New Zealand. An unconventional covered entryway finds itself at the center of the design, giving way to either the family quarters at the home’s north end, or the studio and guest accommodations to the south. As this contemporary design works its way up the inclined terrain, the house expands into a two-storey structure. Courtyards are incorporated for an element of outdoor living within the main floor plan. Interiors are designed with an institutional essence, coaxing visitors through the home via a long corridor lined in concrete floors, concrete walls and Strandboard, and modernized with a glowing plastic wall and modern light fixtures. Throughout the home, wood accents and clean-lined spaces are a stark contrast to the exterior facade of industrial, black steel siding.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Saturday, January 10, 2009
Known for their distinct clean-lined, modern yet warm style of architecture throughout the Seattle area, Pb Elemental Architecture designed this four-unit multi-family residence in the Georgetown neighborhood. The Orcas Residences project boasts a contemporary facade incorporating wood paneling and storefront-style windows framed with a cool, industrial frame edge. Inside, each two-storey residence boasts 1,100 sq. ft. of living space and a complete list of luxuries, leaving nothing out. Warm woods make their way from the exterior in, framing doorways, finishing floors and features as the main material of the open-riser stairs leading from the airy main floor up to the master suites. Each bedroom features a private bath and access to a rooftop deck. But the best features are possibly those hidden behind the walls – the claim of being “4-star built green.” Pb Elemental Architecture.
91A Claremont Street in Toronto trendy Queen Street West neighborhood represents a move to the modern. Developer Cityspace Urban Developments strayed from the “faux Victorian” style typical of this downtown residential and entertainment hub, opting to go the modern industrial route. Set amid its brick semi-detached neighbors is this striking, 2,100-sq.-ft. home boasting simple lines and a contemporary rectangular profile. This semi-detached design makes the most of its long frame with a main floor encompassing a single, elongated, open-concept space. The linear layout takes you from the dining room at the front of the home, through the kitchen, a cozy living room and to a rear patio. The interior style is exactly what you’d expect from the exterior impression – meticulous in its details and spot-on in the execution. Every element appears thoughtfully considered, from the warm woods and sleek countertops, to the cool floating staircase enclosed in a barely-there glass wall. 91A Claremont is currently for sale through Paul Johnston Unique Urban Homes at a price of $849,000.
Friday, January 2, 2009
The multi-award-winning Aatrial House by Polish architect Robert Konieczny (pictured) of KWK Promes transforms the spatial configuration of the traditional Polish cube house. This contemporary house in the woods near Opole boasts a cool, cave-like appeal which immediately sets the mind awhirl with modern innovations shrouded in mystery. The design concept is the opposite of an atrial building; closed to the inside and open to its surroundings with terraces, and access to the garden via an inner atrium. The inner atrium also features the unique underground driveway which gives the home its cavernous characteristic. The 10-meter wide driveway slopes and burrows its way beneath the structure, flanked by walls and a road of quarried granite blocks. But what’s visible from afar is the clean, contemporary cube house with a minimalist white facade, dotted with picture windows and a green garden. KWK Promes.
Thursday, January 1, 2009
This cool, modern lakeside house by architect Marco Castelletti breaks all convention when it comes to style and special configuration. The home’s vertical configuration adopts a uniquely Italian architecture style, with a twist of modernism within its unusual profile. The modern house in Como, Italy, is set on a sleep slope overlooking the street below and boasting an endless view of the lake at its feet. A long set of stairs leads from the street to the home’s entrance, which covered by an overhanging hall, and into a glass atrium. The home’s main floor – a horizontal volume – faces the lake and houses the living areas and bedrooms. The home’s second level – the vertical volume – contains the service wing. This functional and fashionable design is clad in a combination of Iragna stone and white marble-dust plaster, lending the home an authentic yet contemporary flair. Marco Castelletti.