Maisonette P155 | Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects

 


Description by Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects :

An architect and a textile designer have created a sanctuary in a listed Wilhelminian building in a sought-after location on the edge of Stuttgart’s city centre. Their new apartment stretches over two floors with an unusual tapering floor plan that resembles a slice of cake. The 290 m² have been transformed into a vibrant cabinet of curiosities, filled with mementos and inspirational pieces, which they have collected or sourced on their travels.

A characteristic period feature of the building is its layout of individual rooms grouped around a central hallway. This layout was carefully modified, respecting the building’s listed status, to create a spacious, open discourse with shifting vistas and overlapping perspectives.

The upbeat is given by a pale grey, gallery-like hallway, which forms a cabinet brimming with travel curiosities. A striking element is a wooden bench from India, which draws you into the space, accentuating the suction effect of the trapezoidal layout. A black, herringbone parquet floor runs from here throughout the apartment, giving the suite of rooms a flowing feel and creating a strong graphic counterpart to the typically bourgeois Wilhelminian architecture.

At the head of the hallway is the living room, a salon-like space with strong contrasting colours, intense graphic elements and large forms. A lemon yellow bookcase is positioned against powder blue walls. A deep pile rug with a bold, geometric pattern in strong colours and a Moustache chair are more works of art than pieces of furniture, yet even these are outdone by the expressive pictures and objects on the walls. Two circular, intersecting shapes on the ceiling take over the circles theme, which is echoed at multiple points in the room, as well as spotlighting life below.

The dining room is dominated by textile materials such as a dark green, silk wallpaper and finds from exotic travels, including Uzbek ikat cloth, Indian silk embroideries, Laotian textile applications and African Losa basketwork. A ceiling mural by Alix Waline brings an additional dynamic to the space. In the centre of the room stands a large rosewood table, about which various chairs are gathered. One end of the table top is lacquered black. This shiny reflective surface creates a bridge to the piano as well as to a smoked oak sideboard hanging on one wall. Its partially black lacquered front resembles a fragmented mirror and dissolves the solidity of its form. A hand-crocheted curtain of paper yarn picks up the textiles theme in a more abstract way and provides a fascinating contrast to the elegant, heavy, putty-coloured cotton velour.

The dining room and salon are connected at their far ends by a small room with a bay window. Here the graphic character of one room and the textile materiality of the other merge in a specially commissioned psychedelic wallpaper, which challenges the eye and forms a provocative backdrop to several colourful artworks. A contrast comes from the more subdued, natural materials world of the furniture and the intense light that is filtered into the room through golden venetian blinds, which shine brightly in the sun.

An asymmetric, curved wall opening in the opposite end of the salon leads into the staircase room, the only room in which the original oak parquet floor has been preserved. The walls of this room are papered with an English,  hand-printed wallpaper featuring an opulent, jungle motif. The exotic atmosphere is heightened by a life-size wooden horse, an archaic artefact from India, which stands before a dark grey, smoked glass wall. Creating a first connection to the upper storey, two suspended lamps emerge from a ceiling opening to hang above the horse, almost like a rider. The upper storey is reached via a staircase with indigo treads and a dark green stringer.

From the staircase room, a second double-leaf door leads into the bedroom, which is also a library. A floor to ceiling bookcase covers the longitudinal wall and draws your gaze into the room. A mirrored wall leading to the dressing room underscores this impression of depth. The dark wood of the bookcase and sideboards coupled with the elegant colour of the walls give the room a delicate feel. A silken Berber rug and the leather of the bed bolster the quiet, elegant impression of the space. A concealed door in the mirrored wall leads into a dressing room, which contains two large, white, hanging wardrobes. Two circular, incised areas of glass dispel the volume of the furniture.

To the right of the hallway lies a spacious bathroom. The salmon-coloured design is in harmonious dialogue with the limestone of the floor and several walls. Multiple mirrored surfaces expand the space and create optical bridges to the other rooms by means of reflections. A freestanding washstand made from rosewood with a superimposed mirror unit form a strong centrepiece, about which are grouped a freestanding bathtub and walk-in shower. Black, wooden, venetian blinds and a black, dotted pattern on the ceiling provide some necessary contrast in the otherwise soft atmosphere.

The bathroom connects through to a gym, which doubles as a guest bedroom. Lemon yellow walls fade into a white ceiling and suffuse the room with energy. A floor to ceiling closet provides storage and conceals a fold-out guest bed, while its mirrored front is the perfect backdrop to your daily workout.

Cooking with friends is one of the owners’ passions. So the kitchen at the other end of the apartment has a stainless steel, industrial-style kitchen block at its centre. Original tiles on the floor and wall provide a scintillating contrast to the precise, sharply edged, solid surface, built-in cupboards. A freestanding marble-topped table offers space for more intimate gatherings.

The guest WC is located next to the kitchen. This small room with its many wall-mounted pipes was panelled to create a clean, polygonal shape. The folded effect of the walls is dissolved by a geometric mural. A softly curving mirror provides a welcome contrast and also expands the space.

The upper storey houses a spacious study and private TV lounge. The light-flooded top floor also has access to a generous terrace with a view of the treetops in the neighbouring avenue. A stunning view over Stuttgart is visible in the other direction. The green theme is programmatic here: The room is filled with succulents of all shapes and shades of green. A bed nestled in one of the dormer windows offers space for additional visitors. An interior bathroom with a steam shower and generous visibility into the room and to the outside creates a sensual centrepiece.

The maisonette is a museum of memories and a showroom for the creativity of its owners in one. In place of a closed, consistent aesthetic, the apartment functions as a collage of variegated moods. Yet in spite of their seeming disparity, a synthesis is achieved that perfectly reflects the personality of the owners in the individual rooms.


                           (TEAM: Kim Angenendt, Hanna Drechsel, Gunter Fleitz
Lena Hainzinger, Peter Ippolito, Masafumi Oshiro
Verena Schiffl, Markus Schmidt)

Location: Stuttgart, Germany

Photographs: Eric Laignel, Zooey Braun


 

 

 

 

 

 

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Modern loft | IDwhite

 


Design Office: IDwhite

Location: Kaunas, Lithuania


 

Pascĕre Ciboteca | ZDA – Zupelli Design Arquitettura

 


Description by ZDA – Zupelli Design Arquitettura:

Located in the ‘Isola’ district, in Milan, the ” Pascĕre – Ciboteca”, is a contemporary local with a impressive design, able to offer its customers versatile experience, from early morning until late in the evening. Not only a café for breakfast and afternoon break, but also a restaurant and a cocktail bar.

The project concept was created to co-exist different services in one place.
Starting from the large area of the project, we have defined three interior volumes: a service block, for staff and the public; a central block, designed to hold the most of the services of the resturant, including a kitchen; and a glass element that contains a small urban garden, able to attract the attention of customers and offer new points of view on the city.

The interior spaces are born in ‘negative’ and through subtraction define different areas: the bar area illuminated by large windows, the sofas area at the entrance, smaller than the first, directly overlooking the indoor garden and the restaurant area, structured in a “fast and slow food” zone.

Even the floors are designed to create dialogue between different environments, with an original pavement mix. white and black cement tiles with a geometric textures, are arranged like a carpet on an aged dark wooden floor, while in theindoor garden was chosen the raw concrete.

To uniform the areas we chose a light color for the walls, in contrast with a very darker furniture, interrupted by the color chosen for the ‘boiserie’ and the green plants placed all over the local. In fact, the whole environment is based on the mood of the ‘urban forest’: the indoor garden, the tables designed for the restaurant and the vertical wall, enrich every area and create a unique atmosphere.

The result is a sophisticated environment where each element works to a balanced overview. In a mix of wood, iron and vegetation, light and dark colors, intense and soft lighting, once again we define our idea of a metropolitan local.


Design Office : ZDA – Zupelli Design Arquitettura

Location: Quartiere Isola, Milano, Italy

Project Year: 2017

Area: 400.0 sq.m.


 

Apartment in Lebanon | Projects Untitled

 


Description by Projects Untitled:

This four bedroom unit, located at the top of a newly constructed habitation tower, is customized to better suit the needs of the client – a father and his two teenagers daughters. The unit is turned into a three bedroom apartment, creating space for a humongous master bedroom with a large dressing and a complete, private washroom.

The initial layout is devised according to conventional wisdom. It follows a high-end commercial logic that is quite nice, yet remains a bit rough around the edges – or so to speak. Also, details of the interior design are reworked, giving it a personalized, smoother look. Alcoves are strategically carved into the walls, providing visual continuity with the ceilings – hence dulling their variable, relatively low heights. Careful positioning of  lighting is studied, bringing punctuation and character to every room. The choice of finishes and materials, finally, provides rich contrasts, adding depth and bringing warmth to the atmosphere. Light oak and white stone shards are superposed with dark African woods or textured basalts. A superb glass table brings a hint of noblesse and chic to an interior that is otherwise most welcoming, if not casual. The intervention, in sum, reflects the duality of its future inhabitants: the father’s prosperity and wisdom, on the one hand; the lightness, beauty, and candid laughter of his young daughters, on the other.


Design Office: Projects Untitled

Location: Beirut, Lebanon

Photographs: Marwan Harmouche


 

Shelter Island House | Nexus Design

 


Description by Nexus Design:

A California Case Study inspired house and guest house with a 20m lap pool on four acres in the Hamptons, New York.
Surrounded by lush greenness and close to the beach, it needed to reflect the wholehearted welcome and love of friends and family that define this client’s approach to their leisure time.
Lives lived at a very fast pace, intense pressure and endless travel professionally need the counterpoint of fun and freedom whenever there’s a chance and this house is one of those precious opportunities.
The brief was simple. No green and a (relatively) tight budget. Most items were to be from online sources such as Hive Modern to contain costs and simplify the purchase and delivery process. We had to make our recommendations without being able to see the actual items which is counter to our usual process where we have intimate knowledge of each piece. There was scope for some vintage online purchases which we used to balance the mass produced items and the client also found a great Roy Lichtenstein ‘wallpaper’ artwork that became the focal point for the living room.
It needed to be fully furnished and the kitchen was to be replaced. The house has simple planning and an open, airy feeling and extensive decks that provide many opportunities for outdoor living. The main kitchen/meals/living room was designed to be lit without ceiling lights so the kitchen has lamps and the living room seating group is defined by four Starck designed Flos floor lamps.
Blue was key to the colour palette and we brought in timber pieces to add warmth and depth. This ‘beach house’ also is used as a city escape when there’s snow, so we made sure the entry allowed space to take off snow covered shoes and to hang up jackets. Not our usual brief for a beach house, but one we were delighted to meet.


Design Office: Nexus Design

Location: Shelter Island, Usa

Photographs: Jonny Valliant


Voltaire | SABO project

 

Description by SABO project:

The apartment is located in a 1920’s industrial building of Paris’ 11ᵗʰ arrondissement. The initial space of square proportions is stripped down to raw concrete. The sole addition of a central island is enough to define a variety of spaces, entrance, main living space, dressing, horizontal and vertical circulations, without the need for any wall or partition. The rough ceiling runs continuously throughout the apartment while a looping circulation establishes a subtle gradation between the main space and the more private areas. The island cladding consists of 40 aluminum sheets that are custom punched, folded, anodized and mounted on a metal structure. The manipulation of perforated shutters provides the potential for many light and privacy scenarios.


Design Office: SABO Project

Location: Paris, France

Area: 81.0 sq. m.

Photographs: Alexandre Delaunay


 

Camping@Home | Ganna Design

The renovated Camping@Home is located in Mucha, Taipei, Taiwan.

It was designed by Ganna design.

Description by Ganna Design (Eunice Wang):

The greenery outside the window and the antique collection owned by the house owner generate the concept of the overall design. Based on the lighting condition and in accordance with the family’s lifestyle, the layout of the house is redesigned. Bedrooms and bathrooms are put in the back of the house. The larger front area is reserved for the common areas. The partition with a sliding wall separates the common area and the bedrooms. Besides, it is multifunctional: one side faces the bedroom can be used as a wardrobe and the other side faces the living room is a bookcase. Not only does the partition cabinet retains plenty of natural light for inner house, but also creates a coherent moving line between common areas and private areas.

A large dining table anchors the center of this house. Beside the kitchen, a kitchen island is used as a bar, a place to taste tea or a table for reading. In one conversation, the houses owners mention that they like go camping in their leisure time. Therefore, we set up an iron shelf on top of the dining table, so the house owner can hang their oil lamps collection or put some houseplants on it. The iron pieces help to extend the visual feeling, making a fun of tenting. The hostess likes Japanese tea ceremony and flowers, so we choose wooden flooring and veneer to make her home more close to natural.

Bedroom design continues the simple elegance of the public space, with white color motif, and is assisted with classic wooden cabinet space to strengthen its style. The two sets of the bathroom are planned in the middle to make the traffic line more smoothly. On the left side of the restaurant is a washitsu (Japanese style room), which can be used as a guest room. We think comfort is an attitude towards life. Surrounded by green and tranquility, the family enjoys the great comfort every day. Even in this bustling city, they can feel like camping at home.


Design Office:Ganna design
Main designers:Shin-Jie Lin林仕杰. Ting-Liang Chen陳婷亮

Location:Mucha, Taipei, Taiwan

Area: 105.8 sq. m.

Project Year:2015 – 2016

Photographs: Siew Shien Sam /MWphotoinc


 

Apartment GEM | Agence Hivoa

 

 


Design Office: Agence Hivoa

Location: Biarritz, France

Area: 82.0 sq.m.

Project Year: 2017

Photographs: Miguel Ramos


 

Garú Apartment | Estúdio BRA

The Garú Apartment is located in Guarujá, Brazil.

It was designed by Estúdio BRA.


Description by Estúdio BRA:

The new address of a retired couple on the coast of São Paulo.

The architectural intervention in the existing space was based on the decompartmentalization of the environments that were once fragmented did not represents the lifestyle of the residents.
After renovation, kitchen, dining room, living room and balcony have become a single space, allowing different possibilities of use in day to day. The subtraction of part of the walls provided, besides the visual permeability, the best air circulation throughout the social area.
The apartment is now organized in four different boxes of uses, marked by four different colors and textures: wood, concrete, white and blue.
The wood at the multifunctional furniture designed by the architects, marks the interaction between living and dining room. The furniture is support for electronic appliances, drawers, bar and living sofa. Already at night that furniture works as a large lamp.
The concrete present in the walls and at the doors, evidences and organizes the program destined to the couple and their son.
The white color organizes the program for guests, there are always friends who come to spend the weekend at the beach and enjoy the company of the couple.

The blue color marks the volume of the kitchen and laundry area.


Design Office: Estúdio BRA

Location: Guarujá, Brazil

Area: 96.0 sq.m.

Project Year: 2017

Photographs: Maíra Acayaba


 

 

White House | RIGI Design

 


Design Office: RIGI Design

Location: Shanghai, China

Area: 240,0 m2

Photographs: Tian Fangfang


 

 

Two level floor Apartment | Studio Interjero Architektura + Architect Indre Sunklodiene

 


Design Studio: Studio Interjero Architektura + Architect Indre Sunklodiene

Location: Vilnius, Lithuania

Photographs: Leonas Garbacauskas


 

The New Old | Jessica Liew

“…To the architect/owner, the aim was to build a relaxed, private home that was energy efficient, practical and imbued with character from the all-natural materials used – complementing their extensive collection of art and antiquities from their travels…”

Description by Jessica Liew:

Designed with honesty, natural, light, texture, simplicity, privacy in mind. A house that maximizes a relatively small 385m² site in inner city Melbourne, providing bright but private living spaces. There is simple, relaxed feel about this house, loaded with character from the natural materials used including concrete, recycled tumbled bricks and hardwood timber. These provide an honesty and rawness so rarely seen these days – an antithesis to the glitz, luxe and glamour often seen in popular magazine and tv programs. To the architect/owner, the aim was to build a relaxed, private home that was energy efficient, practical and imbued with character from the all-natural materials used – complementing their extensive collection of art and antiquities from their travels. The result is remarkable. A home that has outwitted even other architects who have mistaken it for a renovation, rather than a newly-built dwelling on what was previously the neighbors tennis court. Accommodation: double storey dwelling comprising formal living, library, cellar, study, casual living and dining, separate laundry, rumpus, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and 3 car accommodation. 6 star energy rated: double glazed windows and skylights, double hung ceilings, double insulated stud walls,reverse brick veneer walls, underground water tank, hydronic slab heating, recycled bricks, custom double height pile wool carpet, regenerative hardwood timbers throughout. ‘Switchable’ spaces including a study turning into a guest bedroom (murphy bed); rumpus or second study on level 1; and studio or 3rd bedroom upstairs. A courtyard sized to a car space for future additional parking requirement. Hidden storage and joinery throughout. Custom steel framed glass pivot doors replacing a conventional front door, the recessed floor mat is the only give away. Antique Chinese screen doors framing the fishpond corridor , mural by celebrated Melbourne street artists Ghostpatrol and Miso; retention of the original chain wire mesh tennis court fencing and tennis court roller; all rooms feature a garden, fishpond or courtyard aspect. Honesty: respect and transparency for all natural materials used – predominant palette comprising black concrete, white painted tumbled bricks and natural timber finish waiting to age with the house.


Design Studio: Jessica Liew

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Photographs: Jaime Diaz-Berio, Jessica Liew


 

Apartment in India | MORIQ Architects

 


Design Studio: MORIQ Architects

Location: Hyderabad, India


 

Apartment in Ukraine | Olha Wood

 


Design Studio: Olha Wood

Location: Kiev, Ukraine

Photographs: Andrey Avdeenko


 

 

 

 

Penthouse in Jerusalem | 1:1 One to one Design Studio

 

 


Design Studio : One to one

Location: Jerusalem, Israel