Design inspiration

House extension CMYK

This house extension by MCKNHM Architects features facades of coloured dots printed with a magnified colour print. A close view reveals only an obscure colour pattern, yet when viewed from a distance the original image (of deer in a forest) begins to appear. The extension…

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03 Dec 2013 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments

Concrete hotel by Pedra Liquida Architects

This renovation in Porto transforms a 19th century town house into a luxury contemporary hotel. The variety of concrete finishes internally is achieved by different shuttering approaches: at times with smooth panels, and accentuated with a parquet pattern to the stair. The solidity and mass…

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24 Oct 2013 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments

Seaside House Extension

This seaside house, built in the 1930’s was dilapidated and had suffered from the effects of the harsh Netherland’s coastal weather, prior to Maxwan architects’ refurbishment. Original features have been restored and celebrated, whilst contemporary additions have transformed the feel of the house. A glass…

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12 Sep 2013 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration 1 comment

Penthouse flat interior design

This fantastic penthouse flat in New York by David Hotson Architects was converted from a late nineteenth century tower. It features a polished stainless steel slide and climbing wall that emphasise the dramatic vertical spaces. Bright colours are reflected and fragmented by the feature slide,…

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10 Sep 2013 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration 1 comment

House in Japan

This house in Tokyo, designed by Yasuhiro Yamashita is an elegant expression of modern urban house design. The architect has created formally inventive spaces with bespoke furniture that becomes part of the home rather than a distinct entity. The polished floor of the living space…

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25 May 2013 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments

House in Boukyo

This new house in the north of Japan is built on a hill top site over looking the city of Sapporo. The core-ten clad facades of the home have rapidly taken on rust patterning from precipitation, suggesting solidarity and a long previous existence. The passing…

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08 Dec 2012 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration 1 comment

Juvet Landscape Hotel by Jensen & Skodvin

A beautiful composition of a restrained, delicate insertion of modern architecture into a site of outstanding natural beauty. The full height frameless windows enable sweeping panoramic views, and intimacy with the surrounding environment; whilst the small columns create a sense of a delicate contact to…

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01 Dec 2012 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments

Timber house extension in Belgium

This extension to a rural house in Belgium extends over an existing garden lake. The designers, Wim Goes Architectuur have created a space that provides shelter and a sense of enclosure, yet retains a strong relationship with the garden. Its structural timber strip facade allows…

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20 Nov 2012 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration 1 comment

Casa no Geres by CORREIA/RAGAZZI

This house is a reconstruction of a rural ruin into a new weekend retreat, within the Cavado River and its tributary. The small plot is located in a protected natural area, so the new building could not exceed the dimensions of the existing ruin and…

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05 Jul 2012 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments

Timber House in Austria

This timber house features an internal courtyard that is screened from the view of neighbouring properties, as the external gardens are separated by only a low hedge. The courtyard contains an internal garden, with a tree growing through the open roof.

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27 Oct 2011 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments

Steel Lady House by Chae-Pereira

The interior spaces of this house in Seoul are created by excavated volumes; the kitchen, dining and living rooms are interlocking, forming a sequence of views and body positions. The interior of the house is far from monolithic. Indeed, much of it is interlaced and…

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12 Feb 2011 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments

Home for a Historian, New York

This small house for a historian is a sanctuary for the owner’s prized book collection. Its exterior is clad in copper and core-ten steel: these earthy colours and a cantilevered first floor suggest a mass that has been sculpted from solid bedrock, whilst having been…

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26 Jun 2009 Posted by AFL in Design inspiration no comments