Description by Ippolito Fleitz Group – Identity Architects :
Design Office: Tako Kenkishvili
Location: Tbilisi, Georgia
“…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
Melanopetra is an atmospheric two apartment boutique hotel built-up around 1850 and totally restored by AD Architects in 2015 under due diligence with respect to the Nisyrian architecture.
Description by AD Architects:
Melanopetra is uniquely situated in the core of the preserved traditional village Emporios in Nisyros, at an altitude of about 400 meters above the caldera. It is an atmospheric two apartment boutique hotel built-up around 1850 and totally restored in 2015 under due diligence with respect to the Nisyrian architecture. The high-quality restoration preserves and reveals all the traditional elements using only eco-friendly primary materials, especially the local black volcanic stone that gives the house its special character and name.
The architectural intervention attempts to integrate modern minimalist design into the ageless aesthetic of traditional form. The simplicity of the design, structural transparency and the purity of forms and volumes, in harmony with the particular local idiom, are used to highlight the plasticity of the small spaces. The interior spaces combine textured white-washed walls of visible limed stone masonry, screed surfaces and wooden beams to create an oncoplastic set of white and earthy colors harmony displayed by smooth natural and artificial lighting. The uncluttered white minimalistic interiors are highlighted by laid-out levels with built-in furniture and modern equipment.
Visible stonework of black volcanic rock with filled joints dominates the exterior of the house, visually unifying it with the landscape. The outdoor spaces comprise of coated built-in levels, steps, and stone sofas, all integrated in rock formations, bringing a sculptural quality to the natural geometry. The raw structural simplicity and the consistency of materials and engravings on all levels aim to a smooth transition from the exterior to the interior and from the natural to constructed item.
It is about a discreet architectural gesture resulting from a respect towards structural authenticity and the use of ageless materials, and giving prominence to traditional elements through simple means of expression.
The restoration project was implemented through European co-financing as a contribution to the sustainable development of the island.
Melanopetra is the first and only boutique hotel in Nisyros offering a luxury as well as authentic accommodation and is known all over the island for its striking design and concept.
Design Office: AD Architects
Location: Emporios, Nisyros, Greece
Photographs: Yannis Kontos
Design Office: Nasciturus Design
Location: Warsaw, Poland
Photographs: Hanna Dlugosz, Hamish Cox
Design Office: Oksana Dolgopiatova
Location: Kiev, Ukraine
ALTS Design Office has created a space, in Kyoto – Japan, with the charm which they
want to put a face from anywhere in the house.
Description by ALTS Design Office:
This plan is the project that thought about how you take in rich light in a site condition of small space only in Kyoto. Is provided with a dining space gathering of family at the center of the house, that So we thought, was a blow-out there. This well space is also the space which connects a family’s bonds, and also achieves dynamic functions, such as display and room of stairs.. Also captures the light and wind diverse that while taking advantage of the material antique client demand, opening the rich opening, we have created a space with the charm which we want to put a face from anywhere in the house were.
Design Office: ALTS Design Office
Architects: Sumiou Mizumoto, Yoshitaka Kuga
Location: Kyoto, Japan
Area: 93.00 m2
Photographs: Sumiou Mizumoto
Description by Measured Architecture:
The Rough House is a single family house and laneway project rooted in the hand-made. With a focus on the relationship of an architect with a boutique building + landscape team, local artisans and select subtrades with a history in hand-made execution, a building emerged which identifies that no one person can envision the outcome of a building built well.
Textural choices have been made, such as carbonized cypress exterior cladding, board-form concrete and repurposed boardform boards white washed for exterior window surrounds and soffit, that address the need for compositional balance not only at the building massing level but also at the scale of fine, medium and coarse material selection. Central to the planning effort is the placement of master bedroom and supporting amenities in the basement adjacent to a full-building-length exterior lightwell to south-eastern light, skinned in weathering steel and accessing a subterranean root cellar. The main floor and second rely heavily on the Japanese principle of shakkei, or “borrowed view”, which attempts to capture a framed view of nature alive rather than create a less spectacular version within the building. As the laneway studio works to eliminate a rear yard at grade, careful consideration has been taken to grant views to an elevated exterior landscape on both green roof and wall of the laneway, and onto the western flanking green roof of principle dwelling form.
Fundamental to the success of this project is the separation of the home from its neighbours in a tight urban condition through the narrowing of building to support increased side yard landscape edges and exterior light well circulation, displaced green space to regain connectivity to yard in an increased densification, and finally a play of textures to increase an intimacy between materials and occupant.
Design Office: Measured Architecture
Project Architect: Clinton Cuddington (project Lead) and Piers Cunnington
Design-Build Ceramic Mural Artist : Dear Human – Hand Made Tile
Location: Kitsilano, Vancouver, Canada
Area Size: 2500 sf
The family apartment is located in central Tel Aviv, Israel.
It was designed by RUST Architects.
Description by RUST Architects:
The creation of two dividable public areas was the foundation of planning this family apartment in central Tel Aviv. The apartment was extended and lengthened, with a large space connecting between the existing and new spaces creating a new large public area in the apartment. The apartment size is 165sqm.
On the street side of the apartment there is a large lounge that is connected to other public functions; the kitchen, terrace, dining and a reading area. An additional family room acts as a children’s area including a library and work space. This area forms a junction leading to all children’s bedrooms.
A long corridor which connects the two lounges is left exposed on the one side with exposed bricks and on the other with the original concrete of the building. The corridor functions as an axis between all bedrooms and washrooms.
Down the hall, a large wooden door with hidden hinges and acoustic system, allows separation between the two parts of the house, so that the two lounges can be used in parallel without interfering with one another.
All carpentry was custom designed and made to fit the requirements of the family and hidden within many storage areas customized specifically according to their use. The black wood cladding in the living room conceals the media system which continues around the corner as a large storage unit for the entrance. The yellow wooden bench facing the street serves as a library for the family’s record collection. The kitchens service unit dividing between the kitchen and the dining space, on one side holds a pantry and many appliances, while on the other side acts as a shelving unit.
Various flooring types, ceiling shelves, painted walls and different materials, allow the division of the public areas according to need without blocking views with a wall or divider. Delicate profiles such as black iron and aluminum separate between materials allowing them to exist side by side harmoniously.
Light fixtures line the length of the corridor emphasizing the movement through the apartment and changes in color and finishing materials of the fixtures produce a rich and varying pace.
To maximize light in private spaces transparent facades were used such as steel doors combined with glass, partitions with upper windows and painting with a glossy finish.
Design Office: RUST Architects
Design Team: Raanan Stern, Shany Tal.
Location: Tel Aviv, Israel
Area: 160.00 m2
Project Year: 2016
Photographs: Gidon Levin
Description by Zunica Design:
Aiming to create a clean functional layout that embraced the sightlines and flow of the project this new residential build developed a contemporary persona with crisp finishes and a selection of modern furniture, fixtures and lighting that would withstand family living. A strong integration of the exterior and interior spaces provides a sense of space and connectedness for the family with intelligent shading options to ensure the home has maximum use of passive heating during the winter months and appropriate shading for the hot Australian summers.
Design Office: Zunica Design
Location: Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia
Photographs: Alex Reinders