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Melkbos in Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, South Africa by SAOTA

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Article source: SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects

This family home, created by SAOTA -Stefan AntoniOlmesdahl Truen Architects is located approximately 30km from Cape Town along the idyllic but also extremely harsh West Coast.

The form and siting of the house is strongly orientated around views. On entering the house, the focus turns completely to the sea facing side of the home, which opens up and embraces the landscape of the West Coast.

Image Courtesy © SAOTA

  • Architects: SAOTA
  • Project: Melkbos
  • Location: Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Photography: SAOTA
  • Project Team: Stefan Antoni, Philip Olmesdahl & Francois Geldenhuys
  • Interior Design: Client
  • Completion Date: 2001

Rabbit Hole in Gaasbeek, Belgium by LENS°ASS ARCHITECTEN

Saturday, August 31st, 2013


The old farm house  comprises five buildings and is located on a unique site in close proximity to the Gaasbeek Castle. What strategy needs to be developed to revive a dilapidated building without reconstructing it in a nostalgic manner? The decisive question is how such a homestead  can be adapted to modern housing requirements without destroying its agricultural character.


  • Project: Rabbit Hole
  • Location: Gaasbeek, Belgium
  • Photography: Philippe van Gelooven, Bieke Claessens, Andri Haflidason

Home Spa Wellness in by Zeist, Netherlands by Maxim Winkelaar Architects

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Article source: Maxim Winkelaar Architects

For a residence in Zeist we have designed a very exclusive and modern home spa wellness.

The house was built 3 years ago with a large cellar under the house. The client did not know exactly what they wanted in this space”, saysarchitect Maxim Winkelaar. ,,We have made an interior design for the living room and study on the ground floor. And the basement was so large that we have designeda home spa wellness and home cinema as well.

Image Courtesy © Chiel de Nooyer

  • Architects: Maxim Winkelaar Architects
  • Project: Home Spa Wellness
  • Location:  Zeist, Netherlands
  • Photography: Chiel de Nooyer
  • Client: Private
  • Surface: 50 m2
  • Designers: Maxim Winkelaar and Bob Ronday
  • Contractor: Bouwbedrijf van Miltenburg
  • Year of renovation and new construction: 2008 – 2009

Residence in Zoetermeer, Netherlands by Maxim Winkelaar Architects

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Article source: Maxim Winkelaar Architects

The original house, built in 1999 has undergone a complete transformation. The original house consisted of vertical rectangular volumes with three floors. Attached to the volume was slanted covering of combined glass and copper cladding. This lead to unacceptable leakage and an unacceptable climate right from the original completion.

Image Courtesy © Maxim Winkelaar Architects &©Nelis

  • Architects: Maxim Winkelaar Architects
  • Project: Residence Zoetermeer
  • Location: Zoetermeer, Netherlands
  • Photography: Maxim Winkelaar Architects &©Nelis
  • Client: Private
  • Surface before construction: 285 m2
  • Surface after construction: 360 m2
  • Plot: 523 m2
  • Designers: Maxim Winkelaar and Bob Ronday
  • Engineer: Van Rossum Bouwkunde
  • Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Hempelmann
  • Original construction year: 1999
  • Year of renovation and new construction: 2010 – 2013

THE GARDEN OF FORKING PATHS by Beals + Lyon Architects

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Article source: Beals + Lyon Architects

Nowadays, being always online, connected and available, mobile technology has mostly erased any space for leisure and quietness. If we compare the ‘Flanèur’ -the bohemian, daydreamer or cultured person who had time to stroll in the city- with the ‘Commuter’, the person who has to travel every day from home to work with the pressure to convert that time into a productive space, it is possible to see that what is lacking is really that space and time ‘in between’, now converted as an imperative space for production by modern society. The otherwise ‘unproductive gaps’ somehow need to be filled.

Image Courtesy © Cristobal Palma

  • Architects: Beals + Lyon Architects
  • Photography: Cristobal Palma
  • Collaborator: Claudio Viñuela
  • Model: Francisca Becerra
  • Project: 2012
  • Construction: 2013
  • Area: 1500m2
  • Construction: Juan Candia

Manor in Doorn, Netherlands by Maxim Winkelaar Architects

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Article source: Maxim Winkelaar Architects

The house with the two faces

In the middle of the forests in the heart of The Netherlands is an extraordinary residence. The residence was recently renovated with the focus on sustainability done by the architects Bob Ronday and Maxim Winkelaar. The residence is built in the early 20th century and the house is characterized in an English cottage style with white painted walls and a thatched roof.

Image Courtesy © Chiel de Nooyer

  • Architects: Maxim Winkelaar Architects & Bob Ronday
  • Project: Manor Doorn
  • Location: Doorn, Netherlands
  • Photography: Chiel de Nooyer
  • Client: Private
  • Surface: 360 m2
  • Plot: 6500 m2
  • Project Team: Maxim Winkelaar, Bob Ronday and  Jurgen van Denderen
  • Engineer: Quintin Tonnard, Espacio Constructies
  • Contractor: Bouwbedrijf Aalbers
  • Year of renovation and new construction: 2008 – 2009
  • Software used: Autocad, SketchUp, Kerkythea & Photoshop

Leitão 653 in São Paulo, Brazil by TRIPTYQUE

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Article source: TRIPTYQUE

Leitão_653 is a building located in the heart of Pinheiros, a popular neighborhood which combines small traditional buildings and new residential towers. Inserted between two lofty towers, a long and narrow plot, the building is 4 meters wide and 25 meters high.

The studios occupying the building enjoy a smooth flow between the plates through a central tower. Alternating terraces on the 2nd floor and roof offer living areas and promote exchange and community life.

Image Courtesy © Leonardo Finotti

  • Architects: TRIPTYQUE
  • Project: Leitão 653
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Photography: Leonardo Finotti, Internas Liberadas, Pedro Kok
  • Program: Commercial building
  • Delivery Date: 2012
  • Client: CITYCON
  • Lot area: 425 m²
  • Constructed area: 1280 m²
  • Budget: € 1.2 million


  • Associates: Greg Bousquet, Carolina Bueno, Guillaume Sibaud et Olivier Raffaelli
  • General coordinator: Luiz Trindade
  • Projects managers: Damien Murat, Bruno Simões, Aline D´Avola, Pedro Mattos

Music and Art School in Saldus, Latvia by MADE arhitekti

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Article source: MADE arhitekti

The building of Music and Art school comprises two schools working separately until now. The classrooms are placed on perimeter, while practicing halls and libraries in the middle of the building. Light courtyards are the result of the compact plan, providing a lot of daylight and
reflected light in the middle of the school, and at the same time being the space for both schools to interact. Green colour in interior marks the Music school, while the blue is for the Art school.

Image Courtesy © Ansis Starks

  • Architects: MADE arhitekti
  • Project: Saldus Music and Art School
  • Location: Saldus, Latvia
  • Photography: Ansis Starks
  • Client: Regional Municipality of Saldus
  • Project: 2007—2009
  • Construction: 2011—2013
  • Size: 4179 m2 (including courtyards 339 m2)
  • Graphic design: Zigmunds Lapsa

El Ray in Dungeness Beach, Kent by Simon Conder Associates

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Article source: Simon Conder Associates

Dungeness beach is a classic example of ‘Non-Plan’ and the houses that populate the beach have developed through improvisation and bodge. This scheme develops this tradition in a way that responds to the drama and harshness of the landscape.

Image Courtesy © Paul Smoothy

  • Architects: Simon Conder Associates
  • Project: El Ray
  • Location: Dungeness Beach, Kent
  • Photography: Paul Smoothy, Chris Gascoigne
  • Design Team:  Simon Conder, Pippa Smith
  • Structural Engineer:  Fluid Structures
  • Environmental Engineer:  ZEF
  • Contractor:  Ecolibrium Solutions
  • Construction cost per m2:  £1,780.00
  • Completed: July 2008

University in Loughborough, UK by Forbo Flooring

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Article source:  Forbo Flooring

Forbo Flooring Systems’ unique in-house design service has brought to life a striking new refurbishment project at Loughborough University in Leicestershire, where a wide range of Forbo’s textile and resilient products have been specified as part of an exciting integrated flooring solution.

The aim was to provide a stimulating and modern study area, that was attractive and engaging to students, enhancing the overall image of the University,” comments Sarah Gorey, Furnishing & Design Manager at the University, who specified the products.

Image Courtesy © Forbo Flooring

  • Architects: Forbo Flooring
  • Project: Loughborough University
  • Location: Loughborough, UK
  • Interior Design: Forbo design studio
  • Flooring Contractor: W Blackburn of Syston
  • Flooring Material: Tessera alignment, Tessera alignment, highlights, Tessera sheerpoint, Surestep wood, Nuway Tuftiguard, Coral brush active.
  • Design reference: Alignment elixir 202, horizon 204, ion 201 and, proton 212, Alignment highlights sphere 234, and blaze 231, Tessera sheerpoint pistachio, 1182, orange glow 1171 and lipstick 1172,, Surestep wood rustic oak 1891, Nuway, Tuftiguard double channel with violet inserts,, Coral brush active 5843 purple lines.
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