The Hardt BE House 2013 by spaceworkers 55 1080x675 Located in Paredes, Portugal, BE House by spaceworkers Architecture Concrete Landscape Minimal Modern patterns Wood  spaceworkers portugal pool Paredes Fernando Guerra | FG + SG 2013   Image of BE House 2013 by spaceworkers 55 1080x675

Located in Paredes, Portugal, BE House by spaceworkers

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Located in Paredes, Portugal, BE House by spaceworkers | The Hardt

 

Located in Paredes, Portugal, BE House by spaceworkers. The 8,611 ft² (800 m²) home explores the visual and physical relationships with the outside through the huge glass windows that transmit the idea of lightness and structural weakness sought with the concept, and finally, the geometric block that seems to “gravitate”, where are the private spaces of the house. The idea of vernacular architecture (forgotten) and how it seeks to form a clear speech between the landscape and programmatic needs is something that we always admire. A very successful example of this discourse, are the structures to support agriculture (normally function barns/granary), which is a more or less random would punctuate the countryside, as blocks of ephemeral appearance that levitated on the ground. It is precisely this idea of “gravitational lightness” that fascinates us and which is based on the concept of this project. Generally, the proposal presents a tripartition according to the vernacular elements, the base, with an image of a static and megalithic mono-block, which includes the service functions of the house.

 

 

The open area, identified with the more public housing programs, which explores the visual and physical relationships with the outside through the huge glass windows that transmit the idea of lightness and structural weakness sought with the concept, and finally the geometric block that seems to “gravitate”, where are the private spaces of the house. The concept of tripartition is complemented with a choice of materials that seeks to exploit the apparent weakness of wood in contrast to the black stone block (base level) and the concrete block (upper level).

 

© Fernando Guerra | FG + SG  

 

 

 

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Villa Castro by Architecture Project + Jens Bruenslow located in Naxxar, Malta

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Villa Castro by Architecture Project + Jens Bruenslow located in Naxxar, Malta | The Hardt

 

Villa Castro by Architecture Project + Jens Bruenslow located in Naxxar, in the center of the island of Malta. Its location on the perimeter of an Urban Conservation Area has led to drastic modification of the original setting of the villa, recent building developments destroying irreversibly its original context. The project programme was organized around the needs of a family and guestrooms to accommodate relatives and friends. The garden, as well as the two internal courtyards, were preserved and, following an unsuccessful attempt at acquiring the remaining portion of the garden immediately adjacent to the existing one, an extension was designed and grafted on the boundary wall to mitigate the negative visual impact of the recent neighboring block of apartments. The restoration element of the project entailed the securing of dangerous parts, the removal of inserted structures and accretions which conflicted with the authentic organisation of space or with the clarity of architectural form, the reopening of blocked arches and the introduction of a few additional openings to allow firstly for more light into the building and, secondly, to strengthen the already well defined symmetry of the garden and courtyard facades. The same principle guided the organization of the external areas. The existing spaces were organized accordingly to the needs of the clients, leaving the ground floor for a living, play and entertainment while dedicating the upper entirely to individual bedrooms. Since the depth of the old annex structures is very narrow and rooms typically distributed in an ‘enfilade’ arrangement, an external access balcony was added replacing an existing open balcony.

 

 

Moreover, a new stairwell designed in a contemporary language was introduced in an existing backyard to link the long string of rooms aligned along the perimeter, as well as to create space for another bedroom above it. A new extension was built with just enough thickness to house guest quarters that tower over the garden and screen off the new development while closing off the composition of the garden and defining its end facade. They are lifted over the ground on slender columns in order not to obstruct the cornices and pilasters and the pediment of the gate which once led to the garden beyond. All new extensions were conceived as simple volumes and are defined and positioned to compliment, and coexist with the existing building. They are treated in such a way as to allow maximum light on the inside while retaining a monolithic appearance from the outside in sympathy with the old building. Although almost entirely glazed, this is achieved by means of a dense wooden screen, creating a composition based on the contrast of materiality. The screens are made from American cedar, which will, over time, acquire a natural protective patina of silvery grey that blends in with the limestone surfaces of the old house. Like all projects that involve the rehabilitation and extension of old structures, time is an important element of the composition of which the building is made, and that will unravel with time.

 

© Alex Attard

 

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Chimney House (2009) by Marcio Kogan

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Chimney House (2009) by Marcio Kogan located in Sao Paulo, Brazil | The Hardt

 

Chimney House (2009) by Marcio Kogan located in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A wooden patio with trees, formed by the volumetry of the house and a concrete wall, articulates the entire program of the Chimney House. The living room is enclosed in the boxed ground floor of this volume and wide windows open it to the external space. The inner dimensions of the living room 6.5m by 10.3m, and the low ceiling of 2.40m, create a sensation of coziness, accentuated by the textured of the concrete ceiling made with narrow wooden formwork. In this way, a desired horizontal proportion for this project is created. In the two-story volume, arranged perpendicular to the living room, on the ground floor, is the service program, the kitchen and a TV room and, on the second floor, the three bedrooms. Sliding wooden brises filter the light into the inner ambient and the windows open out to the patio. The master bedroom extends outward to a wooden-decked solarium. In this space, a ground fire can be used to cook a great bar-b-cue on a sunny day or to light the house on a dark night. The chimneys on the rooftop are of varied shapes, inspired in the chimneys on the rows of houses in the city of São Paulo.

 

 

© Reinaldo Coser + Gabriel Arantes

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Cap d’Antibes Villa by Denis Bodino of DRC Studio & Christine Bodino Design

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Located in the resort town of Antibes, between Cannes and Nice on the French Riviera, Cap d’Antibes Villa by Denis Bodino of DRC Studio & Christine Bodino Design | The Hardt

 

Just an absolutely gorgeous design by Denis Bodino, head of the architecture and design agency “Design Realization Concept “ in Cannes, has just created a splendid new contemporary home, unlike any other, situated in the magnificent setting of the Cap d’Antibes. Congratulations on the completion of a beautiful project. The 4,843 ft² (450 m²) villa is built on a flat terrain covering a surface area of over .5 acres (2,000 m²)  Denis Bodino planned the building as a composition of interlinked, extended and intertwined volumes with tile eaves, giving the structure a dynamic and aerial dimension. He played astutely with full and empty spaces, lightening the volumes so as to allow sunlight to flow freely into the interior of the villa. The sunshades that protect several of the glass panels provide shade and privacy, and the facade is enhanced with natural raw materials like wood and stone, to contrast with the radical aspect of contemporary architecture. The contrast effect is pushed to its limit in the heart of the building by a structural element designed as a suspended monolith covered with dressed stone, evoking great weight and mass by virtue of its dimensions, but in fact a veritable sculpture, “floating” above a long basin, which directs your gaze right towards the sea as soon as you enter the villa.

 

 


 

The use of materials such as mirrors that act as a casing, in particular for the main entrance door and other architectural elements, added to the numerous glass perspectives, serve to highlight the clean, crisp lines of the villa and to underscore the sense of airiness of the structure as a whole. The choice of the colors and materials used for the facade contribute to creating a symbiotic relationship between the villa and the natural environment of the Cap d’Antibes, with its plant and mineral life, and a panorama of maritime pine forests. In keeping with the same the concern for authenticity, the swimming pool was specially devised as a “mirror” pool, with a streamlined look & feel. The use of stone was chosen so that the colors would blend in perfectly with the surroundings and, in addition, give the pool the aspect of a natural freshwater source amidst the greenery.

 

 


 

Using the sleek, pared-down style that has become his hallmark, Bodino designed the interior of the villa as an open, unbroken space; the living areas flow together without any boundaries: the outdoors becomes the indoors and vice versa. Beauty and convenience are one and the same thing. The large living area, for example, is designed as a single, unique living space with a living room, dining room and an open-plan kitchen in the background, all of which open directly onto the garden and the sea. As for the bedrooms upstairs, each has its own bathroom and dressing room and all of them meet the requirements: to make the most of the sea view and the greenery, whether you’re in your bed, shower or bathtub. You can move freely between the different spaces; all of the rooms are inundated with light thanks to the large surfaces in glass. The interior design is the work of Christine Bodino : no one can possibly understand better than she the architectural vision of her brother, Denis, and know how to place her carefully selected furnishings with the same love of architecture, creating a harmonious decor perfectly adapted to the structure’s crisp, clean architectural lines and volumes. She continues to astound us with her artistic knowledge and flair, as well as her savvy choices that result in an interior décor sublimated and finely attuned to the art of good living.

 

 


 

To decorate the villa, Christine focused on furniture and accessories signed by contemporary designers: R. Dordoni, Eero Saarinen, Sori Yanagy, Kelly Wearstler, Vico Magistretti, Carlos Scarpa, Gamfratesi, M. Anastassiades. The choice of textured materials in the fabrics used (creative fabrics: velvet, linen, crushed flax, silk, and more), give the home a soft, warm touch. Visitors are astonished by the playful and poetic note provided the magically suspended mobile with its brass pastilles reflecting the sunlight dancing on the water. The swimming pool and pool house are equipped with minimal furnishings so that they fit into the natural surroundings as discreetly as possible.

 

 

 

Learn more about Denis Bodino and his firm DRC HERE and learn more about Christine Bodino and her amazing interior design firm HERE

 


 

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Tao Hua Yuan Tea House by CL3 Architects

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Tao Hua Yuan Tea House by CL3 Architects located in Nanjing, China | The Hardt

 

Tao Hua Yuan Tea House by CL3 Architects located in Nanjing, China. A home by that name in Souzhou, west of Shanghai, was the most expensive ever to hit the market in mainland China (one billion Chinese yuan, the equivalent of $154 million) when it was completed in 2016. CL3 Architect’s view of utopia is considerably more simplified. The Hong Kong-based design firm has created an homage to the tea culture of China with the Tao Hua Yuan tea house in Nanjing, using a quiet Zen aesthetic and a simple style to bring tranquility in a bustling urban and resort area.
The architecture tells much of the story: a contemporary structure using flat planes, right angles, lots of glass and open areas. “The architecture is inspired by a Chinese courtyard house, with a series of enclosed spaces formed around open spaces and connected by covered walkways,” says William Lim, managing director of the firm. “The building is in a clear outline of single rectangles, tucked away in the forest like a masterpiece of nature.”

But if the architecture is contemporary, it’s the materials – marble and glass, but also wood and bamboo – that tell the Zen story, a harmonious combination of hard and soft.
“The marble is strong and steady, the glass is clear and pure,” says Lim. “The interior becomes the extension of the architecture – simple materials and concise lines to create Zen tranquility.”
Inside, lanterns, paintings, and works of art express the “one-with-nature” story, along with what Lim calls “scholar rocks.”

 

 


“Scholar rocks are massive rocks recovered from river beds with naturally eroded holes and wrinkles,” he explains. “Six massive rocks sit on a platform of black mirror, simulating water reflection. This serves as a piece of art installation, as well as dividing the teahouse into semi-private zones. The verticality of the young forest is reinforced by the vertical lines in the interior design in the background of black glass.”

Symbolic Chinese culture is never far from the designers’ thinking. For example, custom-designed furniture and lighting reflect the importance of balance in Chinese style. Low-rise furniture – the kinds that prevailed in ancient times when people tended to sit on the floor – is matched with modern high-type furniture. “They are mainly made of wood and are in simple colors,” Lim says, “containing both classical charm and fresh ideas, giving a contemporary interpretation to the Chinese cultural heritage.” Creating the appropriate tea house is not a casual endeavor in a culture where tea commands such an important position. “Tea absorbs the spirit of the universe,” says Lim, “appealing to men of letters throughout the ages.”

By Steve Kaufman
Photography: Nirut Benjabanpot, Hong Kong

 


 

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Salto House (2013) by AMZ Arquitetos

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Salto House (2013) by AMZ Arquitetos located in Salto, Brazil | The Hardt

Salto House (2013) by AMZ Arquitetos located in Salto, Brazil. Situated in Salto, the countryside of Sao Paulo, this is a vacation dwelling for a large family; with a total area of 650m² built on a 2500m² plot. The interior common spaces (garage, laundry, and guest bedrooms excluded), are continuous. The kitchen wall is a large sliding panel that allows the integration to the dining room whenever desirable (as shown in the schematic plan).

 

 


 

Social areas that overlook the valley are all glazed. On the west facade, a wooden vertical brise-soleil was applied in order to protect the living room from the afternoon sun. The bedrooms are protected by sliding louvered doors. In the edges of the house, near the neighbor’s setback limit, blank walls frame the interior views and maintain privacy
inside the glazed areas.

 

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O Pool House by Steven Vandenborre

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O Pool House by Vandenborre located in Bruges, Belgium. The project brings together a walled courtyard and a swimming pool. The living area is a glass box contained within a concrete garden pavilion. By making the poolhouse entirely out of glass, with minimal framed windows, both inside and outside seems to disappear. Natural light is entering the pavilion by creating enclosed gardens. The overall atmosphere is a combination of rough and soft materials creating an intense, silent luxury the length of the pool allows you to experience swimming in a garden, under a building, and in a building. The garden (designed by Alderik Heirman) is gently entering the building and results in a perfect marriage of nature and architecture.

 

 

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Casa No Tempo (2014) by Aires Mateus

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Casa No Tempo (2014) by Aires Mateus located in Sabugueiro, Portugal | The Hardt

 

Casa No Tempo (2014) by Aires Mateus located in Sabugueiro, Portugal. The focal point of the design was to have the house open to the vastness of the property and welcome Nature’s gifts through the large windows of every room. All floors are paved with local clay blocks (heated in winter); fully equipped kitchen is integrated in a beautiful white marble structure, open to the dining table in front of a huge window overlooking a 4,305 ft² (400m²)) swimming pool; Lounge is a luminous area with white sofas and a beautiful fireplace corner; The 4 suites are spacious with a mixture of modern bedding and local wooden furniture; Walk-in showers and toilets with ultimate finishing over handmade tiles.

 

 

This house actually has a fascinating story to it. Basically, the home has been in the current family for generations and it was in the grandfathers will that the home be kept in the family until the next generation. The family plans to own the perfectly minimal home for many more generations to come, Learn more about the home, which actually is rented out year-round, here.

 

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