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“In Lourmarin, Provence, sits Le Moulin, an old mill transformed into a hotel and village shop. Sitting opposite the chateau, it is a place to meet people and stay the night, a spot for locals and you.” So reads the website of Le Moulin, lodgings transformed by the architects Marine Delaloy and Paula Alvarez de […]
In the historic Saint-Louis quarter of Versailles, Paris-based Iranian architect Saba Ghorbanalinejad renovated and restored a 90-square-meter (about 970 square feet) apartment for a family of three. The property was initially in rough condition with technical problems in the foundation and issues with humidity levels and insulation. But Ghorbanalinejad, who studied architecture at the University […]
The exterior of this very traditional wood-framed house in Utsunomiya, in the northern Kanto region of Japan, belies its daredevil interior. For a modern-minded young family of three who requested bright, open quarters, the architects at No. 555 in Tokyo took down all nonessential walls. And then they tossed in some curves. There are now […]
One of the highlights of our recent book, Remodelista in Maine? The island home of architect couple Maria Berman and Brad Horn. Thumb through and you’ll see it perched on a cliff on the Maine island of Vinalhaven, its shell one of architectural brilliance: a modern, über pared-down version of a quintessential New England farmhouse, […]
Heading into a new year, we’re calling it: Here—in no particular order—are 20 architects and designers whose stars are on the rise. Conti, Cert in Barcelona Nimtim Architects in South London Bradley Van Der Straeten in London Studio Classico in Marseille and Paris Emmanuel Olunkwa in Brooklyn Malachi Connolly Design Patrick Bernatz in LA Homework […]
Tokyo architectural firm No. 555 celebrates everyday life by building in an enchanting casualness. Their domestic designs are explorations of ease and practicality—always approached using humble, commercial building materials in ways that call for double takes. See, for instance, the Vertical Alley, their live/work tower for a couple in Tokyo, and their Wabi-Sabi Surf Shack […]
When we reached out to Italian architect Alfredo Vanotti of EV + A Lab about this snug stone house in the Italian countryside, we didn’t anticipate how deep the architect’s tether to the place would go. “The building had been used in the past as a stable and warehouse on the ground floor and a […]
Designed way back in 2012 by Kolman Boye architects, Summerhouse Nauste is set in the unspoiled seaside landscape of Vega in the Norwegian archipelago, not far from the polar circle. The private residence features expansive windows facing three directions: ocean, mountains, and the moss-covered, rocky terrain. A natural ravine of sea-sand from the shore provides […]
We recently featured a Victorian townhouse that Studio Ben Allen recast in eye-opening pigmented concrete; see London in Living Color Inside and Out. Today, we’re visiting a precursor project: architect Ben Allen’s own kitchen in which he experimented for the first time with brightly tinted building materials. The space is in a duplex apartment that […]
How to introduce a full-size stair that’s both unobtrusive and artful? Presented with two floors in an 1830s Paris building that needed to be knit together, architects Hélène Pinaud and Julien Schwartzmann of Heju came up with the idea of elevating the steps above the kitchen—with a counter that extends out to become the stair […]
It was either time to jump ship or to reinvent their north London townhouse. After nearly 40 years of living under the same leaky roof, Russell Vandyk and Alan Martin Day, both retired, daringly chose the latter. The couple hired Studio Ben Allen to add a two-story extension onto the back of their terraced Victorian. […]
“The landscaping is minimal and low-maintenance, and the owners worked with another old friend who’s a landscape designer to develop the planting plan,” Jocie Dickison says. “Because of our proximity to the lake, we were limited with our hardscape and plantings on the water side of the house, so this area was left mostly natural.” Ideal for a lakeside escape.
The wooden divider has become somewhat of an architectural trademark of Jocie Dickson’s. “In this case, the owner really wanted a view of the lake as you enter the home through the front door, but I didn’t like the idea of walking into the living room from the mudroom – it just didn’t work from a flow perspective,” says Jocie. “So this screen proved to be a solution: It allows a glimpse of the lake through the living room yet provides a clear divide between the two rooms.”
Cladding it in shou sugi ban was the plan from the outset, Jocie Dickson says. “Especially considering the proximity to both the lake and the road, because of the super narrow site, the dark siding allows the home to nestle into its surroundings, almost like a camouflage.” The boards are 8-inch Western red cedar with a rough-sawn finish and 4-inch Western red cedar horizontal boards with a smooth finish, both in Delta Black, from Delta Millworks in Austin.
We are always following the work of Maine architect on the rise Jocie Dickson of Jocelyn O. Dickson Architecture. So when she teamed up with Heidi LaChapelle Interiors, also of Maine, and headed west, to Michigan, for a new-build project, we took note. The project is the house of Chicago-based couple Lauren and Luke, close […]
The existing floor was stabilized with a reinforced concrete raft before a new, lightweight, two-story timber structure was inserted into the barn. This has been clad in locally produced, corrugated industrial Aluzinc—one of the few materials able to withstand the harsh conditions of the site, which is surrounded by mountains, meadows, a fjord, and the open sea beyond.
Kathleen Whitaker: “There was a large ceiling fan over the dinning table which I swapped for a sculptural Noguchi paper shade – one of my favorite shapes from that collection and I believe now discontinued.” The Italian Arketipo dining chairs are vintage, from Bonita Interiors, and reupholstered in waxed canvas. Photograph by Logan White.
Dylan Henderson clad the exterior in shou sugi ban from Delta Millworks and added a standing seam metal roof with a cupola. “The intent was to allow the garage to recede into the background of the site allowing the airy greenery of the trees to be dominant and visible in the foreground,” he explains. “Copper accents at the window-lined cupola, gutter, and downspout provide a sharp outline to the building.”
Meet the yours, mine, and ours remodel. Scarlett Shao and Joseph Casper are a couple who share a passion for modern design, and specifically for a look they describe as “minimal but lived in.” Wanting to take a European approach to their Greenpoint, Brooklyn, remodel, they decided to assemble a far-flung team—and had the vision […]
“We reconfigured the backyard to create a larger area for Markley,” says homeowner Robyn Segal. It’s fitted with pet-friendly astroturf. “With my dad as the general contractor, a favorite part of this special project was that we were able to spend every day together during this renovation,” says Robyn. “What Marshall and I love most is that the story goes much further than what’s in front of the walls; it’s really everything about how this home was re-built.”
Captain Whidbey, nestled among the majestic evergreens of the Pacific Northwest, was founded by the same team behind Pioneertown Motel, set against the dusty backdrop of the Mojave Desert. Both traffic in nostalgia for the American West, both prioritize a casual-aesthete style, and both are housed in historical structures. Captain Whidbey, on Puget Sound’s Whidbey Island, is the newer project, but it feels like the older, more sophisticated brother to Pioneertown.
The front hall is flanked by living and bedroom wings designed to catch the sea breeze. Note the copper rain spouts: the water is used, Yoki Gill says, for “everything that is not drinking water,” including the showers. “Living in a natural house design is all about interacting with nature.” Solar roof panels supply all of the house’s electricity, plus enough to charge the family’s two electric cars.
Situated on the southern slope of Mount Carmel overlooking the Mediterranean, the house’s upper walls are composed of hemp hurds bound with hydraulic lime and water to form an insulating material known as hempcrete. All of the stone used in the 250 square-meter structure is local and much of it is from the excavation – the hillside was once a quarry that provided building materials for the area. The bottom floor is currently used as a rental unit.