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Designers’ Eco-friendly Dream Home

Designers’ Eco-friendly Dream Home

A designer couple built their dream home in Vietnam countryside.

/// Vietnam /// 

Architect and Interior Design: My an Pham Thi and Michael Charruault /// Story : Ajchara Jeenkram /// Photos : Nantiya Busabong, Damrong Leewairoj

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Their dream home features a mix of real wood, concrete finishes, exposed brick finishes, and exquisite palm leaf roofing. Vertical pattern makes the fence look higher than its true height. 

My An Pham Thi, a vietnamese interior designer together with Michael Charrualt, her French husband, who is also a 3D graphic designer built their dream home office utilizing natural materials and distinctive techniques.

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A large table with Windsor chairs and a park bench adorn the spacious, semi-outdoors dining room. Exposed ceilings feature smooth concrete finishes for ease of maintenance and precautions against humidity problems.

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The design emphasizes greatly on sustainability to minimize the impact on the environment. The couple mixed local materials and clever designing strategy to create an elegant yet eclectic appearance to the house.

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To bring in the outdoors, surrounding conditions are incorporated into the design scheme.

The fence was constructed of raw concrete and bamboo detailing. The wooden gate gives an Asian chic atmosphere while protecting the house from the outside. The exterior walls features rough plaster finish, which adds an interesting look to it. Hollow bricks filled in between intervals, forming a good natural ventilation system. The bricks along with palm leaf roofing adds an indigenous flair to this warm and cozy house.

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Bricks are installed as air-vents. This improves a ventilation system and also allows more natural light to enter.
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The home office area is spacious with frame-like bookshelves for improved visibility and air circulation.

The inspiration behind this design was their lifestyles, the couple love to live lives both indoor and outdoor. The house was then designed to serve the purpose. On the ground floor, sits a connecting living space with chinoiserie furniture and a spacious dining room with a garden view. The second floor works as a home office with a snug bedroom. The master bedroom lies on the third floor where decoration was set to a minimal tone.
The couple weren’t in a hurry. So, the house was gradually built through slow-pacing experiments with different natural materials. When facing with an obstacle or a problem, the took turn to resolve it one by one. As a result, the eco-friendly dream home was finally built with love and care.

 

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Tall windows under the sloping roofline fill the third-floor master bedroom with natural light.
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A small patch of greenery adds life and freshness to the bathroom wall.
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Graphic pattern tiles and carpet are toned down by the neutral color of the wooden sofa.

link: http://www.mmarchitects.net/

A Retro Loft House with Colonial Accents

A Retro Loft House with Colonial Accents

Situated in Selangor state, Malaysia, the three-storey retro loft house redesigned by Ramesh Seshan is the one with endless possibility.

/// Malaysia /// 

Architect: Seshan Design, by Ramesh Seshan /// Story : Supachart Boontag /// Photos : Rithirong Chanthongsuk

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High ceilings and tall sliding glass brighten and enlarge the appearance of the living room.

Lee Kok Choong, the owner wished to turn the original space into a loft residence. To serve the requirement, Seshan rethought the entire materials and design strategies. Unornamented concrete finishes and exposed brick walls become the center of attention. Rough textures were accentuated while retro Chinese style detailing were added.

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The central court features a serene carp fish pond. The mellifluous sound of water fits in well with its loft atmosphere.
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The concrete spiral staircase in the hallway stands ready to extend a warm welcome to the second-floor living spaces.
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For a lightweight look, concrete flooring on the bridge is replaced by thick tempered glass panels.

The building is now rich in outstanding features. The Hong Kong colonial-inspired opening area adorns the second floor. Geometric-shape ceramic tile was custom-made for flooring, which matched well with wrought iron detailing on safety handrails.

The façade is covered by rustic-style panels resembling a those from a so-called Jawa’s spacecraft in Star Wars. Its spiral staircase is interestingly crafted from naked concrete and black metal meshes, reflecting an industrial loft style.

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The main kitchen is located next to the living area for convenience. The floor is covered in smooth, green marble, while exposed bricks add a hint of interest to nearby walls.

Each floor has its own character. Flooring on the ground level is covered with green marble imported from india, while Rosa Levanto or red marble adds a bold personality to a living room on the second floor. And the third floor is unexpectedly switched to various concrete surfaces. The interior is also come with a fun twist. Instead of using a bar stools, vintage barber chairs are placed in front of a bar counter. An antique cabinet and aged décor items are also in use here.

 

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Concrete spiral stairs lead to living spaces on the second and third floors.

The U-shaped floor plan features a central court that opens to natural light. The light and airy atmosphere are further enhanced by large glass doors. Even though the design was influences by many styles and the house was invested in different material, the architect had finally managed to keep the overall retro loft look in unity. It’s safe to say the house is both comfortable and at the same time, unique.

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Huge rust-colored panels serve as blinds for the spacious en suite bedroom.
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Different color marble floors mark the boundaries between the bedroom and the adjoining bath.

 

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The opening area on the second floor is inspired by the traditional way of life in old Hong Kong. The Blank and white stripe bamboo blinds are influenced by a popular design during Malaysian colonial period.

 

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The Modern Malaysia House design brings out cool personality of the Retro-Loft style inspired by the Colonial way of life in old Hong Kong.

link: http://divisare.com/authors/2144743628-seshan-design

Home Renovation / The Artist House in Kuala Lumpur

Home Renovation / The Artist House in Kuala Lumpur

The place called “Desa House” belongs to 49-year-old artist Leon Leong. Located in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur, the building clearly stands out from the rest in a neighborhood characterized by ubiquitous town-homes.

/// Malaysia /// 

Architect: WHBC Architects, by Wen Hsia /// Story : Panchat Changchan /// Photos : Rithirong Chanthongsuk

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Newly added on is the sky garden that extends outward from the second-floor façade. 

The most eye-catching feature is the lush sky garden that extends outward from the second floor. The structure also doubles as carport roof. Green foliage adorns the front façade and functions as a privacy curtain. The striking feature reminds us that we have reached our destination.

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The sky garden platform, which doubles as carport roof, is accessible from the second floor.

The bedroom and the studio are lit by natural light through sliding glass that slides open to access the greenery. The same applies to the rear portion of the house, which opens to a backyard. In the front and back, green foliage forms privacy curtains that effectively set the interior spaces apart from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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Roof beams are clearly visible after ceilings are removed to make way for the new add-on.
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There is no need for electric lights as the interior is sufficiently illuminated by natural energy via the second-floor skylight and the main entrance.
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Lattice skylight crafted of concrete turns the second-floor living spaces into a well-lit place. /// Natural light illuminates the central court that the artist owner uses as his workstation.

The home’s aesthetic is achieved by putting in an add-on and other details to the existing structure. Like other townhomes in the neighborhood, there is a central court that the occupants use for relaxation. But architect Wen Hsia of the WHBC Architects group has a better idea. She transforms this centerpiece into something different. What used to be a seating area now becomes a lush landscape, where tall trees cast shadows on surrounding walls and much of the first floor. It brings in the outdoor, and the atmosphere comes alive every time leaves blow in the wind. All day the light and sound show gives the artist homeowner the inspirations that he needs.

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The interior spaces double as an art gallery, where Leon displays his beautiful works of art.
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The artist’s favorite spot is the bookshelves composed of concrete and wood frames.
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The perfect matches for timeworn kitchen countertops and minimal raw wood furniture.

Leon needs plenty of light to create works of art, and he gets it all in the home studio. To bring in natural light, the architect has tiled roofing replaced by lattice skylight, creating beautiful special effects. Concrete lattice casts striking shadow patterns everywhere. It is cheaper, longer lasting, and easier to maintain than that made of wood. As night falls, the studio is aglow by electric light. Interestingly the studio light alone is enough to illuminate the entire home.

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The artist’s workstation is nestled underneath the stairway and behind bookshelves.
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The living room shares space with the kitchen for added convenience.

Finally, the result of all solutions is very contented. The architect can bring the new life to the old building and change it to characteristic artist house.

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Tall trees provide a crisp, cool canopy to the backyard. Beach pebbles, concrete slabs, and a patch of manicured grass fill up the garden floor.

link: http://www.whbca.com/

Property – One North Residence / Urban Greenery in Singapore

Property – One North Residence / Urban Greenery in Singapore

“One North Residence” is a condominium complex project led by the Government of Singapore. Located in the Buona Vista district, the project focused on a landscape design within common areas.

/// Singapore ///

Architect: Salad Dressing, Singapore /// Photo: Sitthisak Namkham

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The plaza offers wide-open spaces with a pond in the center, lined with potted plants and deck furniture in polite colors.

Forms and functions of the property are represented to the beauty with utility into three areas. First, there is a graphic-style swimming pool bordered by passageways and grassy lawns. Nearby lies children’s playground that consists of a small hill. On the edge of the grassy mound stands a full array of lush green vegetation that adds the natural touch and textures to the landscape. The plants that thrive here are all harmless species because this is the rendezvous for everyone young and old.

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The green playground consists of a grassy mound for children. An array of equipment from sliders to an amusing underground tunnel.
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The entryway to the tunnel resembles a rabbit hole near the small hill. The floorboard is made of rubber tiles for safety. /// Murals on the tunnel wall educate children about of various plant species. From the center point, children can admire outside scenery through a semi-circle window.
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The swimming pool is surrounded by a wood deck covered with palm trees to create a cool canopy.

The second is the rooftop deck consists of a simple-looking sky garden. Next to it there is a swimming pool with a view of the sprawling urban landscape. The area is bedecked with small trees. There is a skywalk that connects the gardens on top of the two buildings. Gazebos made for relaxation are nestled alongside small trees and beautiful lines of bamboo plants.

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Bird’s eye view of the swimming pool. The reception building has a large rooftop garden equipped with automatic watering systems to care for ground covering plants.

The last is a Rain Tree courtyard. Chan Huaiyan, director of Salad Dressing, the project’s landscape architects, designs it. He recalls that every effort is made to save this more than 50-year-old tree. For example, a radius of 7 meters from the trunk is kept intact to allow for healthy, vigorous roots and avoid unwanted consequences during the period of construction.

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The skywalk connecting between towers is an amazing vista point.
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The rooftop deck has a swimming pool with amazing panoramic views. A square Jacuzzi, which is part of the pool, is aglow with light and color by night.

The rain tree continues to thrive and provide a crisp, cool canopy for the residents here. The verdant oasis also consists of a small plaza. A variety of retail shops on the ground floor caters to needs of local residents. Further and beyond, an open terrace extends to meet a beautiful shallow pond in the rectangular shape. Ornamental lights are put in place both inside the pond as well as alongside it. For a neat appearance, the lights are hidden inside rectangular boxes that serve as deck furniture. The enchanting atmosphere makes it ideal for relaxation in the late afternoon and evening.

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A well-groomed rain tree in the courtyard is kept a good distance from surrounding buildings. Every effort was made to protect its roots during construction.

Apart from main components, the architects also pay attention to detail by putting in plants everywhere, including climbers on balconies and between buildings. This results in the formation of vertical gardens with a water feature at the center of a verdant oasis in One North Residence.

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The shower area by the poolside is wrapped in lush green hedges for privacy. /// The passageway between buildings is lined with potted plants and verdant climbers that thrive all the way to the top. To put nature into the part of the residential complex.

 

link: http://www.onenorthresidence.com/

Modern Tropical Bamboo House

Modern Tropical Bamboo House

With bamboo as its main material, the architect has integrated the modern tropical design to the nature.

/// Malaysia ///

Architect: Design Unit Sdn Bhd /// Story: Ekkarach Laksanasamlich /// Photo: Soopakorn Srisakul

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A concrete roof spanning 15 meters across provides protection for the sitting room, dining room, and bedrooms.

The house is located in Selangor state, Malaysia. The design was responsible by John G N Bulcock of Design Unit. Though the theme is modern tropical, Bulcock preferred not to limit his idea only to the word. “Actually, I’m not interested in defining it. I’m more curious to look into the floor plan, the atmosphere, the functions. And I like it the way it is.”

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The swimming pool and terraces lie at the low end of sloping ground surrounded by full-grown trees.  /// The door is especially made to open wide from one end to the other. So, the view is not blocked.

Fung Kai Jin, the homeowner gave Bulcock freedom to design. The only request was to feature bamboo into the work, although the material has some flaws of its own. “Bamboo is a gift from nature,” said Fung.

“It is strong and durable to a certain extent. But it has some weaknesses. It doesn’t last as long as other kinds of wood, or steel and concrete masonry and it requires more maintenance than other materials. But for those who have a penchant for bamboo, I think it worths the effort. After all, you get to spend time in the house that you love every day.”

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The sitting room has high ceilings. The upstairs TV room is protected from the sunlight by a bamboo lattice.
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Spaces between the walls promote good air circulation.

Bullock then decided the house has to be an integrated one. “The main idea is to make the house an integral part of the nature, he recalled.

“Meaning, it has to blend well with the land features and trees around it. So the plan calls for plenty of open spaces and undisturbed materials, such as plain concrete finishes, glass, and bamboo.”

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Imitating nature with a rain garden, the architects put in a nice little green alfresco oasis on the second floor.
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A semi-outdoors area stays cool and comfortable all day thanks to leafy plants and underground vapors.

The three-storey house was set on a slope. So, Bullock placed a carport and a main entrance on the second floor for a practical use. The floor consists of a dining room, a kitchen, a TV room and a wide balcony overlooking a swimming pool. The lower floor includes a home office, a living room, a storage room and a maid’s quarter. Private area is reserved on the third floor.

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The bedroom is adorned with simple decoration. Plain concrete walls and white ceilings spice up the atmosphere. The floorboard is made of a hard wood for durability and a stress-free environment.

The house is kept small and uncluttered by dividing into rooms connecting through a roofed hallway that spans over 15 meters across the area. A small interval between the roof and the building is allowed for the rain and sunshine in.

There are also gaps between the main roof and nearby rooms to promote a good ventilation system. Fresh air circulates throughout the day through passageway and gaps in bamboo lattice. Courtesy to the tropical weather, there is no need for an air-conditioning machine.

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The architects install bamboo lattice in the interiors as well to create visual continuity.
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Fixed windows at the top edge of dining room walls allow light to shine through, while effectively keeping the heat out.

“As it rains, a fine spray of water descends upon bamboo lattice. When the owner chose this kind of material, he accepts that wet weather is normal. Call it living close to nature. We need to plan which part can be exposed to the rain and vice versa to avoid damage to the structure over time,” Bullock said

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Large windows in the son’s bedroom make the interior very light and airy. The swimming pool below can be seen in full view from here.

All things considered, this modern tropical house is a good example of what living close to nature should look like.

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For maximum exposure to the natural surroundings, stair railings are crafted of glass panels.

 

link: http://designunit.com.my/ / http://www.architectureartdesigns.com/17-worlds-most-amazing-tropical-houses-that-will-leave-you-breathless/

Comfy Minimalist House

Comfy Minimalist House

Located in suburb area, this minimalist house has plenty of ample space for a family. The owner reaches out to A21 Studio group of architects to design the place.

/// Vietnam ///

Architect: A21 Studio /// Photo: Soopakorn Srisakul

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Double-space design ideas make the interior very open and airy, allow plenty of natural light to illuminate all the way to the ground floor.

The house incorporated many natural features. The ground floor interior appears open, airy and uncluttered, using glass to divide the room area. A green oasis in the center court can be seen in full view from anywhere. The cozy innermost section is a private area designed to accommodate visiting acquaintances.

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The ground floor bedroom is located in the cozy innermost section, separated from the rest by a wood lattice.
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Tall glass walls on the terrace let plenty of sunshine into to interior. A built-in bed is illuminated by soft lights.

Double-space design boasts a sense of virtual unity within the first and the second floor. A kids homework room and a sitting room on the second floor can be either connected or separated as needed. On the third floor is where a home gym and a bathtub are located and nicely furnished for a good rest after a long day.

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The stairwell leading to the third floor lets plenty of sunlight into the interior.
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The atmosphere inside the second-floor sitting room is uncluttered. A verdant center court can be seen behind the television set.

The highlights of the clean-cut interior are gloss finish concrete floors, glass room dividers, and solid walls painted polite colors. Streamlined furniture makes for comfortable living in Minimalist style.

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A minimal built-in sofa is a part of the living room, a simple layout resulting in the least amount of disruption.
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The bathroom is enclosed in clear glass panels to create a sense of connectedness with the rest of the private area.

The least disruption of airflow makes it possible to do without turning on air condition. That means saving on electricity and other energy-related expenses.

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A small garden is visible from every point of view.
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Wood lattice effectively separates the kitchen from the corridor without disrupting air circulation.

The ordinary creation to answer the homeowner needs is achieved here. With an environmental consciousness and a minimalist house design, the home gives residents a better living.

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The bedroom is in the snug innermost part of the house. Tall glass walls allow natural light to illuminate the interior.
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A spare parking area is set aside for future needs. A tree is already put in place to provide a canopy.

link: http://www.a21studio.com.vn/

View from the Rooftop

View from the Rooftop

In Singapore, People look for creative ways to maximize limited living space, including the rooftop.

/// Singapore /// 

Architect: Formwerkz Architects /// Photo: Sitthisak Namkham

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The rooftop deck is a vista point to capture amazing panoramic views.

The architects from Formwerkz come up with a multiple-floor interior design in trying to maximize the space. They started out on a living room, a dining room, a kitchen, and moved on to the upper floor, where a sitting room, a multi-purpose area, and a rooftop deck are located. All areas are easy to access and connected. The interior space is lit by outside light shining through fixed windows at the top edge and sidewalls. Natural is more than enough for a living. No electric light is needed during the day, electricity costs are saved and the temperature is also lowered.

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The pantry is open and connects with the dining room, making the area neat and uncluttered. Scarlet wall contrasts with modern furniture. /// U-shaped streamlined furniture is built against the wall to maximize the space.

The interior is a combination of a simple modern architecture and a graphic design creation. Art Deco style meets modern materials, such as, mosaic tiles, terrazzo walls, glass panels on wood and metal frames.

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Earth tones adds a touch of warmth to the living space on the second floor.  
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A work corner in the son’s bedroom. Woodedn louver windows and glass panels are used to aid air circulation. /// The front facade is bedecked with a vertical garden that serves as the natural sunscreens for the master bedroom.
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Skylights are installed to let the sunlight reaches the lower floors.
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A transparent bathroom painted in white can be seen from the stairway leading to the top deck. Designed to be airy and well ventilated. /// The bathroom in white comes with a wall-mounted countertop. A round mirror creates special effects with pinkish lights that make the countertop appears lightweight.

The most eye-catching feature is the rooftop deck area. The roof is extended harmoniously from the penthouse roof, like a continuing section from the indoor space. The alfresco area is a perfect place to relax and unwind on a lazy afternoon or to host an outdoor party.

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The rooftop deck is equipped with a ramp and a stairway.

From the outside, the place is similar to a two-storey detached house, its rooftop deck design humbly blends together with the neighborhood. It is a place built to live in harmony with others.

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View From The Rooftop /// A skylight on the rooftop deck allows plenty of sunshine to reach all the way to the lower floor.
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The four-story house is the height as two-story homes in the area.

link: http://formwerkz.com/

Smart Storage Ideas

Smart Storage Ideas

Here are some smart storage ideas to give your home unique character and make a shining statement about your style.

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An idea for small rooms: A built-in cabinet in which clothes, shoes, bags, and books may be stored. You can make this kind of smart, easy-to-use closet in the Chinese medicine cupboard style. Label the drawers clearly for easy access. Wall cabinets add beautiful patterns and dimensions to your living spaces. They inspire you with a vision of freedom to create attractive walls.

Location: Preeyawat Temchavala’s home

 

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You can take your wall out of its humdrum existence by putting in exciting arrays of built-in closets and display spaces. Line them up along the corridor. Full-insert sliding doors, which fits completely in the openings, are ideal for the lower cabinets since they don’t get in the way. The upper cabinets may consist of open compartments made of plywood or MDF wood. It’s a good idea to incorporate electric lights in the design. Lights add interest and dimensions to rows of built-in shelving along the corridor. Recessed lighting fixtures behind the cabinets can be set at intervals that run parallel to downlights from the ceiling. They can hide behind veneer wood paneling in the same color as that on the ceiling.

Location: 3rd Floor, Sansiri lounge, Siam Paragon

 

Left: Stair risers and treads make for creative shoe storage. Turn each riser space into a shoe box and cover it with sliding cabinet doors made of plywood or MDF wood. 10-mm-thick wood panels should suffice. Sliding doors are ideal because they don’t get in the way. Make a couple of slits in the door for good ventilation. Now we’ve got an incredibly clever way to store shoes.

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01 The rear and both sides of the cabinet made of plywood or veneer wood
02 Attach wooden boxes with LED or Halogen light fixtures about 5 cm in diameter. Install wiring at the rear.
03 Hardwood frame with plywood or veneer wood cover
04 The door panel with a recess cut into it so as to join the parts together

 

01 Hardwood cabinet
02 Cabinet shells made of white MDF wood
03 Permanent U-shaped stainless steel brackets to hold the shelf in place
04 White MDF wood shelves 24 mm thick
05 Hardwood frame covered with white MDF wood

Looks can be deceiving. What looks like a 40-by-50 cm pillar supporting the building is in fact a vertical storage space that stands tall from floor to ceiling. This creative storage can open on two sides for accessibility and convenience.

Location: Kasijsin Suwattanapim’s home

 

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Hallway walls are perfect for putting in a full array of built-in closets. The semi-outdoor area is a convenient place for storing shoes, gardening tools, toolboxes for the handyman … you name it. Black-laminated cabinet doors make post-it notes highly visible. But if you prefer magnets like the kind used on the refrigerator, we recommend installing a magnetic board on the back of the laminated panel.

Location: Assist. Professor Singh Intrachooto’s home

 

01 Black U-shape rail upon which a rolling library ladder rests.
02 Hardwood panels 30 mm wide, U-shaped steel rail painted matte black
03 Steel rolling library ladder painted matte black
04-05 The rear and the sides of the hardwood cabinet made of ash-plywood in natural colors
06 Hardwood frame covered with ash-plywood in natural tones.

An airy, high-ceilinged room is ideal for putting in a row of overhead shelves equipped with a rolling library ladder for easy access. The cabinet depth can be anything from 25 to 30 cm to create enough space for books and equipment. Add different textures to the wall to give the area a distinctive style.

Location: Areeya and Pilan Spanond’s home

 

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You can create even more storage spaces buy turning hallway walls into bookshelves. By positioning the stairs 40 cm away from the wall, you have got a bookshelf that stands tall from floor to ceiling covering the entire length of the room. Where appropriate, put in some glass doors so that you can access the top shelves from both front and back sides. This is just one clever hack to put yours walls to work.

Location: Wonlopsiri’s Home Family

 

01 Outer frame
02 Hardwood frame covered with MDF plywood in gray
03 Furry carpet is held in place by Velcro tapes commonly found at stationery stores
04 Hardwood frame topped with plywood panel 18-20 mm thick
05 Hardwood drawers (30 x 30 x 45 cm) covered with gray MDF plywood

Nothing goes to waste. The space under the loft bed can transform into a commode containing concealed chambers used for storage. The commode can be as high as 45 cm from the floor to give ample spaces for storing miscellaneous items.

Location: Nu Nimsomboon and Klaiduean Sukhahoot’s home

 

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Even a mundane bench can turn into useful, multipurpose storage in the courtyard. The space under it can be remodeled to shelter your shoes, hand tools, gardening tools and all from bad weather or danger. It’s a good idea to divide the underneath space into two parts and put in a couple of drawers with easy handles. The drawers can be made of plywood or MDF wood about 10 mm thick for durability.   

Location: Bill Bensley and Jirachai Rengthong’s home link: http://www.bensley.com/

 

link: http://www.roommag.com/home-ideas-1/scoop/10388/smart-storage-ideas-2/

Terraced House Renovation

Terraced House Renovation

Terraced houses are ubiquitous throughout Singapore, many of which are well preserved to showcase the country’s rich architectural heritage and history of British Colonial rule. Many of them change to better serve business and residential needs of the modern world. This handsome terraced house is no exception.

/// Singapore /// 

Interior Design: Alan Barr and Phaswan Promphat /// Story : Warapsorn Akkhaneeyut /// Photos : Sitthisak Namkham

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Part of the top floor becomes a small sky garden.

This terraced house belongs to Alan Barr and Phaswan Promphat, both of whom interior designers. Alan has had an experience living in big cities, such as New York, before the job sent him across the globe to settle in Singapore nine years ago. He didn’t arrive empty-handed, but with furniture and other prized possessions. Over time Alan transformed the old townhouse into a trendy residential unit, incorporating a touch of New York in the prevailing climatic conditions of Singapore.

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The spaces between Colonial-style arch windows are filled with bookshelves that stand tall from floor to ceiling.
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Part of the living room is remodeled into a workplace. The table is custom made from discarded materials.

The home has a narrow front façade, but the narrow width is compensated by depth, a design feature typical of Sino-Portuguese architecture. The front part has since been remade to accommodate lattice awnings from floor to ceilings. They serve as privacy curtains while shielding the interior from direct sunlight without limiting air circulation. From the outside in, it looks like any two-story home. Step in and you will find it is actually a three-story design. The ground floor now serves as carport and storage facilities. A set of stairs takes us to the second floor that is the living room and kitchen with a spacious dining area. The home office is here, too. From the living room, there is another set of stairs leading to the bedroom on the third floor.

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An armchair and a round coffee table adorn the relaxed living room in chocolate and cream tones.
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Antique-inspired décor items line the hallway leading to a relaxed living space in the rear of the building.
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A room with corner sofa and the large coffee table has enough space to entertain a circle of friends. The backsplash is covered in ceramic tiles made to look like bricks.
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The living room floor is covered in a patchwork of carpets crafted of donkey hide that is soft to the touch. /// A niche under the staircase has enough room for a mini-bar.

He said: “This home used to be a design studio. The interior was just about right. It looked like a home, but it was not. At the time it was an office and it had no kitchen. So when we got it, we had to put in one. I like the layout of this home very much. I divide it into two simple zones – general, and privacy. The top floor is served by two separate sets of stairs. The attic has since become an office. Space is divided to store decorative works on one side and use as a workstation on the other.”

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Set in gray and black tones, the kitchen comes fully equipped with stainless steel fixtures. Dark colored backsplash adds a nostalgic vibe to the atmosphere.
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The stairway leads to the snug bedroom on one side of the upper floor.
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The staff’s office is located on the opposite side of the upper floor to ensure the residential area is not disturbed.

“The second-floor dining room serves multiple purposes, from eating and entertaining customers, to meetings and project presentations. Personally, I don’t like an office hemmed in by glass walls supported by steel or other metal frames. Offices in much of Singapore are like that. I want a different kind of workplace, in which to impress the customers with different experiences. Most of them like it here, whether it is furniture or decorative items that we have on hand.”

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The conference table and chairs are placed closer to the wall lined with storage shelves.

As a whole, the interior spaces are neatly designed and well-appointed. Décor items from various places are placed in perfect harmony with one another. As he puts it, good furnishings don’t always have to be expensive if you know how. Alan has given this old terraced house a chic modern makeover with a hint of interest and personality.

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link: http://www.grey-matters.com/#contact

Nature Meets Concrete House

Nature Meets Concrete House

When nature becomes a part of our home, our souls are nurtured. This concrete house in Malaysia took its first step of creating a sanctuary of mind.

/// Malaysia ///

Architect: Seksan Design /// Photo: Soopakorn Srisakul

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Steel structures are used in remaking this new house. Steel technologies provide a fast and convenient alternative.

“Sekeping Tenggiri” searching on the Internet, you can see the amazing place. It is where Malaysians love to shoot their pre-wedding photographs. A part of it is remade into a guesthouse for those to stay. The house belongs to Ng Sek San, founder of the landscaping and architecture firm Seksan Design.

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Plants and natural light combine to soften the harsh surfaces of building materials, making it a warm and well-lighted place.

Located in Jalan Tenggiri district of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, the part of the small plot of land. Nonetheless, the owner effectively incorporates plenty of natural features in this architecture. The owner tells us that remake from what used to be two adjacent houses. He obviously made a clean sweep. Ng is also an art collector. That explains why one side of it is devoted to enviable art collections, which are public open. No admission charge.

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The same building materials are used on both the exteriors and interiors to create visual continuity intended by the architects.

The two-story home has a full array of functional areas, from the sitting room, dining room and kitchen to a swimming pool and seven bedrooms. The owner is a landscape architect. Working on this house, he starts small from a humble garden and gradually makes inroads into bigger projects on the interiors. To him a garden is a room and his exterior design spaces more look like an extension of the interiors too.

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The ground floor features a dining room that connects immaculately with the swimming pool and the garden at the far end. Thanks to the canopy of tall trees, cool breezes can be felt all day.
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Floorboards and concrete roofs. In general, are built 10 centimeters thick, but it is only 7 centimeters here. There are gaps, about 5-10 centimeters, between the ceiling and the top edge of the wall for good ventilation.

A good example of Modern Tropical style, the house is designed to reduce heat and prevent problems due to moisture. As long overhangs and awnings, which protect against scorching sunlight. Exposed roof sections and plain floors make a simple seeing. The materials used are quite commonplace, such as concrete masonry, bricks, wood, and steel. The main structure is steel-reinforced concrete. Other details allow the nature to participate. To a comfy living space. Upstairs bedrooms are mode cool by air circulation resulting from raising the floorboard 40 centimeters from concrete floors. Opaque walls are out, while glass Louvre windows are in, resulting in light and airy interiors. Parts of the roof are made of transparent materials to allow for more sunlight, especially over the swimming pool.

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The master bedroom on the second floor is simple and raw. Exposed brick walls, crude concrete floors, and windows that open wide from one corner to the other combine to enhance visual continuity with the natural surroundings.
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Who says underneath the window has got to be an opaque wall? Not true. Here, Louvre windows are used to promote air circulation.
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A renovated bathroom features a raised floorboard to accommodate new plumbing. The dry section is open to wide variety of materials, but for the wet section easy-care products, such as tiles, are a smart choice.

This concrete house has plenty of passageways that promote air circulation. For example the air passages between wooden floorboards, along the corridors and exterior walls. They also make the house appear uncluttered and incredibly relaxed.

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Skylights installed above the bathroom help indoor plants flourish. /// The house and surrounding vegetation combine into one. Natural building materials no doubt make for comfy living conditions.

 

link: http://www.seksan.com/

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