The Andy by 2fORM Architecture

The site of the Andy at 18th and Patterson near the University of Oregon had several old houses that were moved to allow for the project to begin. The Andy is a 4-story student housing development near the University of Oregon. The goal of the project is to create a place where seamless connections and interactions occur between the residents. To achieve this, the main public areas overlook and open onto an interior courtyard. The U-shaped building is oriented to create a south-facing courtyard.

This shared outdoor space allows light and air to flow through the site. The articulated exterior will be clad in durable, low-maintenance materials. Key features will include increased insulation, high-performance glazing, sun shades and passive cooling. In addition, a series of swales will help mediate stormwater run-off and provide landscaping. With amenities such as private balconies and entrances, skillfully crafted public spaces and day-lit units, 18th & Patterson is an example of a high-density infill housing project that will serve as a local model for sustainable housing.

The Andy by 2fORM Architecture

Architect: Richard Shugar AIA, LEED AP
Project Lead: Dannon Canterbury, Associate AIA, LEED AP
General Contractor: Andersen Construction

Loft Three Marias in Lisbon by AVA Architects











The existing context
Conversion and adaptation of interior spaces.
Apartment located at first Floor of a five-storey building, built in 1893.
Floor joist hangers Wood (10×14) with walls of stone masonry.
Height with 3.5m ceilings with plaster stucco with figurative decorations.
Wooden window frames need to intervene on the side of the road and complete replacement of the interior side of the block.
Original wood floor that is in good condition with the exception of areas where circulation is impaired.

Kitchen installed in reduced difficulties in placing numerous appliances area.
Toilet with direct link to the outside located next to the kitchen compartment and dimensions that a narrow and barely functional space.
Besides being the bathroom of support rooms that are opposite the same side.
The apartment has three hits from the common staircase.
Too many doors that become an obstacle to circumvent.

Intervention
We tried to implement a silent solution. Allowing lap times of each intervention compared to the original and that now advocates. A dialogue from a juxtaposition of languages, materials and construction systems. Searched up a functional dialectic, which could give body to existing spaces and their adaptation to new proposals spatial and programmatic functions. Apart from the introduction of new infrastructure for water and sewage, as well as electrical installations, the existing spaces like kitchen, toilet service and the interiors were reconfigured storage.

Photos © Jose Campos Architectural Photographer

Ormond Rd Apartments by Patrick Jost

The Ormond Rd Apartments, a small residential development located in the popular Melbourne bayside suburb of Elwood, sits within the established shopping & café precinct of Ormond Rd near Port Phillip Bay. It is made up of two commercial tenancies opening to the street, and ten one and two bedroom units that extend over and down a traditional, urban Melbourne bluestone lane.

The front of the building responds to the horizontal layered history of the strip from street level shops, to the changes and additions that have been tacked on above and beyond. The use of a small simple palate of materials creates a presence in the street while also sitting comfortably within the vernacular of the thoroughfare. These curving claddings draw the resident or visitor down from the front façade towards the side entrance within the lane, with its prominent, illuminated red street number. The site has been maximized to the volume of its boundaries but a sense of depth is generated with the materials returning within the façade, emphasizing the layers of the building that visually penetrate the block.

Each of the units has had careful attention paid to its efficiency and function of use which, coupled with the arrangement of the essentials elements of a standard apartment, creates a set of unique spaces Residents and visitors are treated to a prominent and distinctive mural by artist Brett Coelho, which sits adjacent to the borough entry, that not only compliments the building but sits comfortably with the red stop sign and existing street art of the lane.

Ormond Rd Apartments is a simple, clean and visual building that respects its community, surroundings and local history without compromising its design.

april: 2014
location: Ormond Rd, Elwood, Victoria, Australia
architects: Patrick Jost
interior fixtures & finishes: Nina Caple (Mini Living)
builder: Liberty Builders
photographs: Shannon McGrath, Andrew Wuttke

source: jostarchitects.com

Da-zhi Apartment by Noiz Architects

Located in Da-Zhi area of Taipei, the 300-sqm apartment designed by Noiz Architects takes on a modern approach to conventional industrial style. Designed for a private client in Taiwan, the residential project realizes the owner’s preference for a simplistic interior setting.

The team adopted an open plan for the residence exception the kid’s room which tranquility and calmness is key. Visible fittings are kept to a minimal while storage space and the rest of the items (e.g .wardrobe and TV set) are to be found in concealed compartments to create airiness in the livingspace. The compartments can be freely opened when desired to suit various purposes and occasions.

Theinterior is set in a neutral colour palette with clean lines throughout. The infusion of minimalraw materials was an intentional choice to create not only additional visual interest but also a sense of modernity to the interior. The staircases from bent steel, handrails from metal pipes and walls from compressed wooden boards are strategically utilized to accentuate yet not to overtake the overall simplicity of the space, giving an additional dimension of sleekness to the interior.

The loft is connected to an extensive outdoor terrace which is intended for parties and gatherings; whereas the theatre roomabove fitted with acoustic boards is reserved for the couple to sit back and relax from the daily hustle.

title: Apartment in Da-zhi
year of completion: 2012
location: Taipei, Taiwan
building type: residential

source: noizarchitects.com

Rui-An Apartment by Noiz Architecture

Noiz Architects re-defines the relations between space and intimacy in the interior renovation project in Rui-An district of Taipei. The client has specifically requested for an intimate yet open space with vivid materiality in the residence –qualities that do not typically manifest in contemporary city apartments. Hence the objective of the project is to bring these seemingly contradictory qualities into a holistic and harmonized design.With the client’s need in mind, the team has come up with the solution of redistributing the space by creating intertwined “capsules” in the apartment textured with contrasting materials.

The main living area is designed with two large coves on the ceiling, which loosely define a functional “room” under each. Each cove is disproportionally deep and smooth in order to create a vertical continuity and lightness to the space that works against the inherent spatial limitation of the low ceiling height.

The main wall of the living space is adorned with custom-casted concrete that reveals the negative form of vintage furniture pieces. The raw materiality of the concrete panels, as well as vivid texture of the positive/negative furniture along the wall gives a touch of delicacy and sense of antiquity to the newly renovated apartment.

The team also custom-made the maze-like copper lighting since there were no other chandeliers available in the market that could complement the ambiance of the interior with the right balance between antiquity and contemporaneity.

The adjoining living space holds another small “capsule” of a study with a sliding door wall. This room is specially designed as an intimate space for work and meditation where the client can choose to open up the space to the living area or stay isolated while keeping natural lights coming through. The patterns on the doors are also digitally generated to create theillusion that the small capsule inflates from inside.

In the kid’s room “capsule”, the wall-cabinet is specifically designed with randomly placed boxes which can be taken out and used as independent storage, offering a playful atmosphere and functional flexibility to the space.

title: Apartment in Rui-An
year of completion: 2012
location: Taipei, Taiwan
building type: residential
architect: noiz

source: noizarchitects.com

Beam&Block House by mode:lina architekci

„We assume that less is more”
With this concept, clients came to mode:lina office. With concept and 140 sq meter of house interior, which
was meant to be designed due to their own ideas.

„The less door, the better interior is – we want space as big as possible! But we need a lot of storage space
as well.”

According to this expectations architects decided to arrange hall space with few clever solutions. At first, they used space under stairs. Usually empty place, here is filled with really spacious storage – there’s even a dog house!
Moreover, sliding doors don’t take so much place and their mirror surface enlarges the space.

„During working days our breakfast is ultra fast (She doesn’t eat anything, he eats while leaving house). We
celebrate weekend meals, that’s why we need a big dining table.”

An island was a dream for the kitchen area – it’s perfect for owners’ quick meals. For these leisure ones, there is a big dining table.
This centre of a house is marked with white frame, which continues in livingroom.

„We don’t want the whole room to be about TV. We have some books, some albums also, it would be nice to
expose them. Fireplace same as TV – we want it but it should be discreet.”

Living room space was once again dictated with minimalistic attitude. Television and fireplace are hidden with walls’ dark color, which is surrounded with white frame.
Scandinavian style, clients’ favourite, was reached by materials – raw concrete and wood. It’s suplemented
with white and dark grey shades with ubiquitous energetic yellow color. Art appears in this interior in paintings and designer furnitures and accessories.

(She) „I like having my wardrobe in the bedroom. (It has to be really big!). We usually wake up at the same
time, if not, my rummaging doesn’t disturb him anyway.

Bedroom is connected with wardrobe. Again, raw materials and gray shades are combined with
energetic yellow color, similar to the groundfloor.

project: Beam&Block House
design: mode:lina architekci (Paweł Garus & Jerzy Woźniak)
project team: Paweł Garus, Jerzy Woźniak, Kinga Kin
completion: kwiecień / April 2013
area: 140 m2
photos: Marcin Ratajczak

source: modelina-architekci.com

Apartment in Yerevan by Ithaka

The apartment with total area of 160 sq.m. is located in Yerevan and belongs to a young couple with a small child. The apartment consists of a living room combined with a dining area and a kitchen, a bedroom for the hosts with a spacious bathroom and a dressing room, bedrooms for the guests and the kid and a guest bathroom.
Large windows on the wall of the living room and the dining area provide light into the space and create a bright atmosphere.
Flooring of the living spaces is made of oak. Ceramic tiles are used for the floors in the rest of spaces.
The master bathroom is designed with use of small glass mosaics of blue color, which gives a feeling of freshness in the bathroom.
Slabs of travertine stone are used for the walls of the guest bathroom.

Project Name: Apartment in Yerevan
Architects: Telemak ANANYAN, Gohar ISAKHANYAN
Phothograph: Suren MANVELYAN
Design Year : 2012
Implementation Year: 2013

source: ithaka.ru/eng

24 Housing Units by Zanon + Bourbon Architects

The program of this residence for mental disable people includes a set of common premises (reception, dining room, office, media lounge) as well as 24 studio flats.

This construction consists of two compact main buildings, carved on their five faces.

The first one, in alignment with Street General Chevert has got 3 levels (R+2). It includes common areas at the basement level, and part of the flats on the above floors. The second block connected to the first building by a volume in REGLIT, only has two levels (R+1) and hosts the rest of the flats. The two blocks are separated by a central glazed
volume offering two living room floors allowing residents to welcome their family.

Facade materials used for housing are ETERNIT panels on outside insulation, drilled by metal frames including lacquered wood windows. The random pattern layout of the fiber cement panels gives a certain flow on the facades, reflecting the movement of the street. The roofs are carved in 3 dimensions and coated with standing joint zinc.

The architectural writing of this project is simple and effective, thus enhancing the volumes of the project and the noble quality of the materials.

Architects: Zanon + Bourbon Architects
Location: Nancy(54) – France
Client: Société Lorraine d’Habitat (SLH)
Cost: € 1.8M
Area: 980 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Olivier DANCY

source: perspic-az.com

Constant motion by Alex Bykov

Usually they say that the successful interior is a beneficial combination of environmentally friendly contemporary decorative materials, design furniture, sanitary equipment and home appliances … Nevertheless, the interior of an apartment located in the heart of Kiev’s historical district has a much more valuable treasure – an idea…

A young creative couple had been looking for an architect, when their designer friend recommended them Alex Bykov. The couple was preparing for a wedding and decided to spend their honeymoon in an atmosphere of the renewed apartment. After a fruitful discussion of suggestions and proposals the concept of “constant motion” was born. Furthermore the concept became the main vector of planning design and stylistic solutions of the interior.

The concept of movement appears through the spacial design areas such as the bedroom, the lounge, the library and the bathroom are located surrounding the kitchen, the historical symbol of the “family’s heart”. So you can move from one room to another in an uninterrupted circle, since the spaces flows smoothly into each other.

The windows face to the South-East side ,which is why the living room and the bedroom are filled with an early morning’s golden shine. The interior has a cozy warm coloring due to the pastel brick walls, the natural texture of wood and soft furniture. During the process of dismantling it was discovered that the doorways had previously been blocked . Alex decided to shift the doorways by using the original bricks with an authentic early 20th centry mark. The brick was bought from junkman and carefully laid into the living room wall.

The built-in library – a primary wish of the couple, was designed to house the family library.

The library has a podium, which was designed to provide more space for storage. It was decided to make two types of shelves for the library; thus this flexible solution gives an opportunity to change the geometric pattern of shelves in the future. Alex also designed all the furniture and prepared individual work drawings. The woodwork was made from low cost materials.

Artificial lighting is dim, warm and comfortable. Decorative lamps are by Ukrainian designers Anna Popovych and Vasyliy Butenko; the ceiling lamp, which were presented to the newly-weds by close friends as a wedding gift, are by ‘Artemide’.

Wrought-iron products also bespoke immediately grab attention: the legs for the coffee and dining tables, a mirror in the bedroom, a sleeve for the hood and a window.

Title: Constant motion
Location: Kyiv, Ukraine
Design: 2012
Construction: 2012 – 2013
Area: 64 m2
Architect: Alex Bykov
Photographer: Alex Bykov

140 Charles Street NYC by ORASTUDIO

The Memphis, named and inspired by the Milan design style of the 80’s, at 140 Charles Street is an example of a typical Post Modern building in Manhattan. When we first had a consultation with the Client, they wanted to do a minimal renovation.

The foot print of the building is a trapezoidal shape that made the plan interesting but created a lot of irregular shaped rooms. The Client’s apartment had the ideal combination of location, space and great views with a terrace in each corner.

When we illustrated the concept and the potential of the space unfolded, their interest was piqued. We envisioned the space that was previously chopped out into small rooms, into a seemingly larger living space with a fluid movement, maximizing their views.

The boldest move was shifting the Kitchen wall alignment with the exterior of the building instead of the previous interior wall, which created an interesting cone shaped Gallery that accentuates the perspective and depth of the space, transforming the Gallery into a supplementary living space.

Another key move was to tear down the wall that concealed the Powder Room that partially obscured the beautiful view of the Living Room, making the space bigger and gaining two additional views.

This apartment is the combination of three units in one so now our Client has three fireplaces which give the space a feeling of a romantic, warm, and cozy environment. We accentuated this feeling with special design features, elegant contemporary design, precious materials, large monolithic marble, and carefully intertwined stainless steel details making them the crowning jewel of each room.

Ultimately tearing down the walls of the corridor leading to the Master bedroom and substituted with large glass sliding doors and a freestanding walk in closet provided the pursued unity to the space.
As a consequence of this complete facelift, the Client realized that the hallway needed a new design. That was achieved with a printed graphic glass wall along the elevator door and dark wood panel console on the opposite wall, with a dramatic effect, that prepared visitors for what will be revealed inside.

The challenges presented contributed to transform this residence into a unique design and the Client acquired a renewed sense of harmony and a better flow. This is what happens when the Client has that ideal combination of Location, Space, Dream Views and a fearless Designer with a Unique Vision… Magic.

Project Architect/Designer: Giusi Mastro

Apartment in Kyiv by Ivan Yurima Architects

The interior solution of the apartment which is situated in Pechersk district of Kyiv. The clients are modern family with progressive attitude to life.

Zoning focuses on rational use of space and natural lighting of the rooms. Planning solution of the apartment is based on the principle of flowing spaces and the absence of corridors. Thus there are six rooms and three bathrooms which don’t influence on the open space. Each room is individualized but it is a part of a general concept.

The project concept is based on the principles of functionalism and minimalism. The simplicity of interior decision emphasizes the dynamics and openness of the idea. Wood and cold white colour prevail in trim work. Light and colour flow from one room to another. Special attention is paid to detailing and quality of materials. Eco-friendly materials and energy-saving technologies are used in the project.

The apartment is equipped with the automatic system of safety and comfortable living. The artificial lighting is created from the point of view on rooms’ setting and family needs. The management of lighting is automated, the manual adjustment and switching are performed with the help of sensor switches and mobile devices.

The name of the company: Ivan Yurima Architects
The team: Ivan Yurima, Julia Selimova, Mikhail Vasin
Web-site: https://www.facebook.com/yurima.architects
The name of the project: Apartment in Kyiv
Total area: 200 m2
The year and the place of fulfilling the project: 2013, Kyiv
A photographer: Andrey Posonsky

Brewinc Shed Houses by JDWA

As part of the redevelopment of the former Brewinc College into a housing & culture cluster the old practice rooms of this former trade school are transformed into 24 starter homes, with ample outdoor space and integrated parking facilities. With this redevelopment in the centre of Doetinchem a unique combination of “Facilities for the city” and “relaxed living in the centre” is realised.

Masterplan former Brewinc College – The old Brewinc College is the oldest monument of postwar Doetinchem . The typical fifties school consists of some classrooms and some practice rooms with characteristic shed roofs. Through a combination of intensive reuse and demolition/construction this site can become a vibrant place for culture and urban living in Doetinchem city centre. Commissioned by the City of Doetinchem , Johan De Wachter Architects formulated the masterplan for the redevelopment of the entire Brewinc Location. Along with the future users, we drafted the program of requirements and the outline for the “culture cluster” in the former school. The reuse of the former practice rooms and the development of “shed-houses” was an essential part of the urban plan for the Brewinc location. Each shed transformed into a new starter home.

Sturdy loft apartments – Designed by Johan De Wachter Architects bv and realized by the combination Koopmans – Wam & Vanduren the practice rooms of the former technical school were perfectly suited for the realization of unique starter homes with spacious private outdoor space. Despite the compact size of these homes (approx. 80 m²) the light, air and the characteristic atmosphere under the shed roofs are unique living qualities. The spaciousness of the sheds remains optimal. The characteristic structure of the sheds with the white façade frames, the large glass doors and shed roofs continue to set the mood. The sheds are part of the new Brewinc residential court that is part of the route of the Simonsplein to Hamburgerbroek. The court completes this urban network of streets and squares.

The building structure of the Shed houses is not only iconic in the city, but also ensures a special living experience with an industrial touch. The relaxed and open relationship with the outside of the house emphasizes the sturdy and somewhat informal atmosphere in the court. A parking garage for 72 cars is provided at ground level inside the building. The houses fold around the garage so preserving the unique living atmosphere at the court.

Office: JDWA – Johan De Wachter Architects
City: Rotterdam
Country: The Netherlands
Project name: Brewinc Shed Houses
Location: IJsselkade C. Missetstraat, Doetinchem, Nederland
Design team: Johan De Wachter, Marieke van Hensbergen, Kim van Den Hoven, Patricia Mata
Type project: Repurposing of practice rooms of former trade school into 24 starter houses with roof terraces and integrated parking facilities.
Client: Koopmans – WAM&VanDuren
Contractor: WAM&VanDuren
Finished: June 2013
All Images: © JDWA – Johan De Wachter Architecten

Restructuring apartment in the center of Treviso by Luca De Bona

Into a building of the 50s in the center of Treviso, a city in the heart of Veneto, an apartment of 70 square meters is transformed into a bright and spacious residence for a young couple, their child and their dog.

In order to adapt the apartment to the contemporary living needs, the apartment has undergone a total renovation: the cupboards kitchen and dining room have become an open space with kitchenette communicating directly with the input.
Previously oversized atrium was made a distribution corridor to the sleeping area. With the exception of the outer walls and ceilings painted a pale shade of gray, all the internal walls were covered with a white lacquered wood paneling. New vertical surfaces in physical and stylistic continuity with the existing walls on which are hidden doors and doors, amplify the perception of space by transforming the rooms, the bathroom, the shelves and cabinets in magic boxes that leave you free and minimal room in the living area .

The living room has a table with structure in white lacquered iron and concrete floor designed specifically for this house which are matched Dangla chairs, designed by Luca De Bona for LAGO.

In the master bedroom, a lacquered wooden wall-to-ceiling serves as head of the bed and hides inside a walk-in closet used by the whole family.

Location: in the center of Treviso
Size: 70 sqm
Date: October 2012 / April 2013
Designer: arch. Luca De Bona_ATOMO6

source: atomo6.com

Apartment Saldanha by Tiago Patrício Rodrigues

A space of time and memories. A T6 “Belle Epoque” Apartment, which still breathes much of Pombalin typology. Target of some careless interventions, is searching for its initial memory along with a new contemporary living. This is the moIo of an intervention that should be “surgical” in order to preserve the essence of space and materiality, while bringing the house to contemporary times, through a new typology, where functionalities transmit the current way of living and also a new spatial fluidity, explored through the maximization of pre–‐existing symmetries. The different times and memories extend the space to the furniture and objects, which came mainly from several generations of the owner’s family, having been subjected to a rigorous selection, which aims to combine them with pieces of design history, with roots in the 50s and 60s of the twentieth century, in order to create an eclectic combination which offers an environment that breathes a contemporary sense of romanticism.

Living room: On the couch, yellow Burel cushions and cushions made `from silk scarves Jim Thompson. Above, set of 3 round colorful mirrors from the 70s. Weaver rugs from Alentejo made in the70s. Rustic bench from the grandparents owner’s farm, on which is a lamp with three vintage yellow globes. Vintage armchairs in mustard yellow corduroy, 60s side table in Rosewood, and Oioman White, Charles Eames, all of Pura Cal. On the wall, a set of Portuguese dishes of eighteenth and nineteenth centuries from the collection of an uncle. On the shelf, several small family objects. Tulip dining table and chair Womb, both Eero Saarinen and a set of vintage chairs from the 50’s in Mutene wood, all of PuraCal. Verner Panton lamp, on the 70s side table.

Dining Room: On the corridor, two small rococo mirrors. 50s German Oval dining table, and 60s Teak chairs from Portuguese factory Olaio, on Pura Cal. Carpet from the beginning of the XX century and tapestry of Castelo Branco, both from family. Poster with photography of abandoned shop, Doc Lisboa 2011. As a mention of the Belle Époque period, golden wall and ceiling whit indirect lighting and Portuguese swallows from Bordalo Pinheiro factory.

Suite: As bedside tables, rosewood Romantic chairs. On the bed, pillows and duvet cover of Paris em Lisboa store, blanket in wool lamb, family collection. Frame with collage, “Golden Era” by Tiago Patrício Rodrigues, and ‘70s small golden frame, unknown author. Pending Lamp from the 40s in glass tubes and beads, found in a street market. “Shell” chair by Hans Wegner in Pura Cal, and Mongolia’s wool cushion from Zara Home. Raw linen curtains from Aldeco Fabrics.

WC: as countertop sink, a brown cabinet with an Azulino Cascais stone, from the grandparents’ home. White tiles from Recer, Bellavista toilets, Ofa taps and black hydraulic tiled floor from “Fábrica Zagalo”.

Kitchen: Floor in shades of green, in hydraulic mosaic with boxes motif in custom–‐made at “Fábrica Zagalo”. Green lacquered furniture and the traditional stone from Lisbon, named “Lioz” as countertop and wall. 50s kitchen table, recovered by Pura Cal and original Thonet chairs from the beginning of the twentieth century. Rustic cupboard from family and crockery from Vista Alegre and Bordalo Pinheiro factories.

Memories Rehabilitation + interiors: Architect Tiago Patrício Rodrigues
Photography: Marlene Oliveira

source: tiagopatriciorodrigues.com

Bubble Loft by Pablo Jendretzki

Luminal Gallery is the first dedicated video-art gallery in New York City. 6,000 sqaure feet of daring organic architectural features are geared to leave the visitor with a memory of the future. Inspired on the technology and morphology of Spaceship 1, the project introduces industrial design methodologies.

CLIENT
N/A
ARCHITECT
JENDRETZKI LLC
COST
N/A
AREA
6000sf
COMPLETED
2006

Sky Condos by Miguel Montemayor

Concept: Local Atemporal Luxury
The Sky Condos located in Pezet 1257 is a new building that offers luxury in a whole other level. Modern design with high quality materials, procuring the use of local stones, keeping low energy consumption and low operation/construccion prices. NECESSITY: Draft an apartment building in one of the most important districts in Lima, Peru. STRATEGY: Design a building based on actual trends, but keeping an atemporal yet distinctive character, so it passes the test of time over the next decades. Modular concrete structure, which also conduct installation wells, leaving open and comforting habitable spaces.

Services are located where possible to the west. All habitable spaces are naturally ventilated and illuminated. The double height private garden is strategically located to the east of the plot, this will make possible to establish good ventilation, which direction vector is south east. Also the 5 meters tall tree serves as an air filter. Views to the Golf Club from master bedroom and living/dining room with generous terraces also keeping privacy.

A concrete structure made with local stone aggregates. Foundation and contention walls will be humidity optimized with special treatment. Concrete block walls with a layer of soundproofing foam. This treatment is also considered for slabs. Ventilated opaque crystal facade with double low-e glazing. This will create a thermal and sonic seal. Details with wood and granite. FLEXIBILITY: Despite of the selected skin in the proposal, the structure can be upgraded with another skin system, the options are limitless.

source: miguelmontemayor.tk

AC Apartment by Square ONE

No one would have guessed that this exceptionally modern flat is located in the Romanian capital Bucharest. Authors of this reconstruction are the architectonic office Square ONE. Originally this penthouse with an inner elevator, detached only by glass panels and a curtain, contained two flats with a mutual access staircase. This space was eventually turned into one huge flat with four rooms, two bathrooms, storage spaces and a corridor which creates a spine of the whole flat. Since it directly joins the entrance this solution was the most practical. Its width of 1.5m allows it to contain various storage spaces.

Another points of interest are the two sliding panels, that divide the zones of relaxation and the public ones. The kitchen is merged with the living room and together they became a central meeting place for the whole family. Main colours, white, black and brown, are complemented by subtle accents of green or purple according to situation. Architects paid attention to the overall expression of the house but devoted their effort to the smallest of details such as the amazing sink or LED lighting.

photos: home-designing.com

208 West 96th Street Residences by Arctangent Architecture + Design

A new and modern building grew on Upper West Side on Manhattan, New York, as a result of a succesful partnership of Arctangent Architecture + Design (AA + D) and David Hu Architect PLLC (DHA). The building was completed in 2011 with an area of more than 2000 m2. Its characteristic trait is an elegant perforated steel facade. This shell, pleasing for the eye of a passerby, creates amazing effects of light and shadow inside of the building too, due to its irregular placement and size of perforations.

The whole shape of the facade resembles a veil, undulated towards the balcony, creating a visually pleasing wave. While the ground floor is reserved for a shop, the remaining nine floors are occupied by flats. The inner space is designed in a similar spirit as the exterior.

photos: designfun.net