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Arch.itect.us: architecture from the edge….

Simbio Kitchen & Bar in Bucharest Emerges In Charming Old Building

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Rehabilitating one of Bucharest’s charmingly old buildings is no picnic at the park. Reviving what was once a stunning architectural masterpiece and modernizing it to fit a modern kitchen and bar was brilliantly executed by Romanian studio SYAA Architecture (Soare & Yokina Associated Architects) and Cella Cosimex construction and restoration. An amazingly intricate project inside-out, this new restaurant & bar in Bucharest is something worth visiting and admiring.

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Built in the early 20th century, the house that shelters the Simbio Kitchen & Bar was mostly adorned with custom furniture and a few key items found by the owners at flea markets, in warehouses and on the internet. The team of architects that made this project possible is made of architect Eliza Yokina, architect Irina Plopeanu, architect Cosmin Anghelache, and architect Simina Ignat. They saw with the mind’s eye how the old house could be transformed into a place where people meet to grab a bite together or come to work undisturbed on their projects. They collaborated with the owners to create a sense of freedom and coziness in the middle of Romania’s capital.

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According to SYAA Architecture, “the space had two roles to play: to be perfectly functional for the restaurant, but also to be representative for the house on 26 Negustorilor Street that existed for a century there.” The project comprises the rehabilitation and interior design for a new restaurant and bar opened by Dana Nica and Iulia Younis. Spreading over 360 square meters, spaces photographed by Catalin Georgescu look awfully inviting.

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It was exciting the first contact with the house: quiet, beautiful, dark, with its green light filtered by the abundant garden, with smoked stoves, pale mirrors, and heavy furniture. The house had already well defined spaces: the lounge with skylight, the green stove room, the small room, the great room, the staircase, the basement with brick arches … It was obvious from the beginning that the bar will be at the basement, the restaurant with show kitchen on the ground floor and the working space in the attic. We just accommodated the functional scenario as efficiently as possible in the existing spaces, meaning in some cases gaps in the walls, non-structural walls changes, and generally minimal interventions.”

After minimally intervening on the building’s spaces, the WOW factor was introduced through carefully selected alterations: “We have taken some measures that have impacted quite decisively on the house look like eliminating the eaves – nonspecific to the Venetian style in architecture, the Cartesian model introduced on the facade and the newly built roof terrace.”

So you see how love for the old can beautifully blend in with the new, creating exceptional spaces? Romania has many historic buildings beautifully renovated, so come see the Alt Club, an Exclusive IT Club in Romania Occupying a Historic Building in Timisoara.

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Sustainable Meadow Farm House Featuring a Wavy Solar Panel Roof

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Made up of a series of pavilions with rolling zing roofs, Meadow Farm House by William McDonough + Partners is located in a rich landscape, which transitions from orchards to meadows and coastal oaks. Taking advantage of the climate in Northern California, the architects covered the wavy roof in solar panels. The project is LEED Platinum certified and is a pilot project in the Sustainable Sites Initiative: “Striated color patterns in rammed earth walls extrapolate the gentle curve of existing site topography. The farm is a net energy exporter and includes comprehensive rainwater and graywater harvesting”.
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An inspiring merger of wood and glass defines the interiors, which are extremely spacious and welcoming. Minimalist furniture additions create enough room for lounging and socializing. The kitchen has a classic-rustic vibe, as a reminder of the character of the building . But modern elements also protrude in the design; the lighting units in the living room for example bring a bit of “present” in the daily lives of the owners. What are the design features you personally find interesting about this North California home? [Photography courtesy of William McDonough + Partners]
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Asymmetrical Apartment Design with Undulating Surfaces in Singapore

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KNQ Associates sent us photos and information of an asymmetrical apartment that their chief designer Stanley Tham completed in Singapore. Introducing angled lines and undulating surfaces to create a direct visual contrast against straight and flat elements, the architect deconstructed the interiors in a subtle, unobtrusive manner. Even the little details(like the customized picture of black and white photography) which decorate the walls are arranged artfully in an atypical collage arrangement to tie up with the design concept. The color palette is kept light and monochromatic to ensure the interior space stays airy and feels light.
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Color blue serves a central role to keep the home from looking sterile from using a neutral scheme. The asymmetrical forms continues in the master bedroom, where a TV panel has been designed to keep the space between the end of the bed and the opposite wall clear for passage. Looking like a monolith, it breaks the regular boundary of a rectangular room and serves as part of the false ceiling to hold the lights. Similarly, a bold red wallpaper at the headboard wall -color suggested by a Feng Shui consultant- commands presence in the room.

In the study guest room, the customized built-in storage furniture is similarly designed with the central theme in mind – graphical lines create a geometric pattern on the doors for visual interest. The choice color of orange on one wall jumps at you, especially since the rest of the walls are covered in light off-white and brown tones. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by KNQ Associates]
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Ocean View Home in Los Angeles Promising a Luxurious Lifestyle

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An ocean view home in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles is for many just a dream, but a dream we can all call beautiful. Designed by Nadav Rokach and with an interior designed by Eliana Rokach, this new construction spreading over 6,455 square feet was  created by Building Solutions & Design. A handful of skilled, talented people worked together to design and build this ocean view home on Whitfield Ave East, a secluded street offering all the privacy we all search for at home.

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There is a lot of focus placed on privacy and comfort: 6 bedroom suites ensure anyone resting under this roof is well prepared for the following day’s challenges. And since a bedroom large and stylish enough to display an Eames Lounge Chair is one I call dreamy, this home is close to a dream home as one can get. Just imagine waking up to views of the ocean from behind floor-to-ceiling windows that offer the rooftops, treetops and distant mountain views to remind you how blessed you are to be here.

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This ocean view home in Los Angeles has the gourmet kitchen, two family rooms and dining room “all open via Fleetwood doors to an expansive and lushly landscaped secluded backyard”, making it easy to breath in and out and relax after a hard day’s work. Especially since you know you have a huge walk-in closet and spa-like bathroom.

I for one would love to work from an office space like this home has. Just look at the way the desk elegantly occupies central stage yet the dark-framed panoramas outside invite to a walk outdoors or lounging on the terrace. There is also a screening area with a pool table, a modern home gym and wet bar, a wine room and access to all floors via elevator. I can understand why it has an elevator, I’d also be in a rush to get to the roofdeck and its hot tub, built-in seating and 360-degree ocean and mountain views. This roof deck continues the transparency and bond with the outdoors seen throughout, creating a viewing platform for inhabitants and guests to enjoy in privacy. Offered at $5,795,000, the ocean view home is eagerly waiting for someone to enjoy all these luxurious features and a unique perspective over the City of Angels.

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Traditional Hope Ranch Estate Hiding Modern Amenities in Santa Barbara, USA

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Hope Ranch Estate was envisioned by DesignARC as a home with a traditional exterior, visually blending in its landscape. According to the architects, the four-bedroom home “occupies a south-facing view lot in Hope Ranch, a suburb of Santa Barbara characterized by narrow winding roads, horse paths and native oak trees. The three-acre grounds are carefully planted with native flora, designed to stitch the grounds into the surrounding landscape, but which also strategically conceal a solar panel array”. An outdoor deck with swimming pool overlooking the canyon is just one of the highlights this home puts on display.
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The interior design scheme distances itself from the traditional style: “The foyer opens into a single, great space comprising the living, dining, and kitchen activities. Rustic, wide-plank grey hickory floors, as well as rough-hewn natural wood ceiling beams provide contrast to the all-white interior and modern architectural features. Large, pocket mahogany sliding doors further expand the living space, linking the living room to the pool terrace with its sensuous flush water edge—emotionally reaching out to the distant blue Los Padres Mountains.” The rooms are defined by modern sensibilities and minimalism, without creating a powerful contrast with the outdoors. [Photography courtesy of DesignARC]
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Contemporary Addition to Small Fishermen’s Village: The Cube House

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Designed by architect Irene Escobar Doren , the Cube House in O’Higgins Region, Chile is a contemporary addition to a small village of fishermen. The first step in building the residence was to “raise the house on piles, condensing the structure in two levels and a terrace on the roof; and solving the interior space in a compact volume whose dimensions were determined by the optimization of the chosen building material.” The cube-like volume has a black exterior in order to save heat during night time, when the temperature drops and the wind intensifies.
design modern residenceThe architects’ approach integrates the landscape in every interior of the house: “This decision orients the volume towards the sea and concentrates all the common areas on one limitless space that permits landscape trespassing. All private spaces, bedrooms and bathrooms are disposed on top of this collective use zone, each one facing the beach, the brook or the hill. The third level is a scenic lookout terrace to the village, the sand dunes, the hills, the wind and the sea.” Wood is employed extensively, for a chalet-like rustic feel and welcoming vibes.  [Photography by Cristián Domínguez]
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Fascinating Nature Escape in New Zealand: Annandale Seascape Cottage

architecture modern residenceAnnandale Seascape Cottage was designed by the architectural firm Pattersons on the edge of the peninsula Banks in New Zealand. The unconventional building is set into a rock escarpment and accommodates a lobby, living/sleeping and a bathroom. Especially envisioned as a honeymoon escape, it is accessible only by farm track or helicopter, allowing guests here to relax in a memorable setting, “intimate with themselves and with nature in the roar of the ocean, oblivious of demands from the outside modern world”. An appealing description, hiding many more interesting experiences, as you will discover in the photos below.
design modern residenceAccording to the architects, the retreat was built using local materials, with in-situ poured concrete floors and an earth turfed roof: “The plan is an interlocking geometry responding to both near views of the Bay and far views out to Rocky Spires. It is lined with horizontal macrocarpa wood. This timber forms integrated joinery, wall and ceiling panels behind double glazed low e-glass in storm and shatter proof steel mullions which utilize earthquake resistant sliding heads.” The interiors are a hypnotizing array of textures, with furniture reduced to the minimum, encouraging a powerful connection with the outdoors.

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Handmade Desk Dominating Modern Office Landscapes

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A handmade desk is something you appreciate beyond its function. Skilled craftsmanship and quality materials can be spotted by connoisseurs a mile away. When you work hard, you want beautiful things to tell the story of your hard work. A unique handmade desk tells even more stories, like the one behind its fabrication.

The Crawford Desk is one of those handmade desks designed to beautify a space. Created by self-taught design duo behind Hellman-Chang, 32 year-old designers Eric Chang and Daniel Hellman, the handmade desk speaks about the way it was imagined to act more than a piece of furniture and become a conversation-starter. It tells its own story.

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Imagine you have this contemporary office setting that needs an eye-candy focal point. This is where the uniqueness of a handmade desk comes in. The Crawford Desk steals the show with a combination of sophisticated desk design and handmade tenacity: “The sleek angles of the Crawford Desk meet with Hellman-Chang’s coved surfaces. The top and side panels float off each other for lighter presence while creating intersecting lines with their negative space. The Crawford Desk features low-profile beveled drawer faces, and can be paired with optional pull-out keyboard tray, top grommets, and a privacy panel as add-ons.

And if you feel like an executive desk is more your cup of tea, then the Xie Executive Desk is a sleek alternative for the office you have in mind. Scroll down to see the executive desk design and let us know which one you like best, we’d love to know.

The Xie Executive Desk creates a dramatic yet elegant statement for the office. Arching coved surfaces carry Hellman-Chang’s theme on the front drawers and on the back to allow for placement in the middle of the room. A floating oriental top provides lightened balance to the ample side storage units and pencil drawers. Additional options include inset leather top, pull-out computer tower storage, keyboard tray, grommets, and privacy panel.”(Information and photos received by email)

 

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Inspired by the Concept of an Umbrella: Botucatu House in Brazil

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Completed by FGMF Arquitetos, Botucatu House by FGMF Arquitetos was especially designed for a young couple in Botucatu, Brazil. Inspired by the concept of an umbrella, the architectures positioned the roof so that it protects the entire house from the sun during the summer: “This very simple concept brought up interesting aesthetic and spatial complexities as the project was being developed, enhancing this intention to create new spaces and so reinventing the traditional Brazilian terraces”, explained the team. The main level is expanded with a swimming pool and lounge area, offering opportunities for outdoor entertaining.
design modern residenceConnecting the residence with its landscape was one of the main targets of the project: “The indoors is organized in diverse sections under a wide exposed concrete roofing in reference to the modern architecture from São Paulo, specially concerning the work of Vilanova Artigas. Each section is covered with different coating, improving immediate apprehension of the different functions. The terrace area that surrounds every ambient has simple height here and double height there, depending on where is the visitor located and relatively to the different internal volume.” Enjoy the virtual gallery! [Photos by Rafaela Netto]
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Why Home Automation is Essential for Energy Efficiency

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Home automation is no longer reserved for the extremely wealthy or the tech lover. Image Source: Unique Stone

It once seemed like something from science fiction, but home automation technology is here—and it may be the key to maximizing your home’s energy efficiency. Home automation includes any technology used to remotely control and monitor the function of your home’s systems—and can equal substantial savings when applied to energy efficiency.

Using home automation is no longer reserved for the extremely wealthy or the tech lover. A “smart home” is becoming increasingly popular because there can be big rewards for the average homeowner with relatively small efforts and investments.

So, why is home automation essential for energy efficiency and why should you bother?

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It once seemed like something from science fiction, but home automation technology is here—and it may be the key to maximizing your home’s energy efficiency. Image Source: William Short

Home automation gives you control.

Whether you are home or halfway across the globe, home automation can connect you to your lighting, heating and cooling, and plumbing systems. Did you walk out the door and forget to turn off the lights? Check (and turn them off!) from your computer or mobile device.

That programmable thermostat you already have? It’s actually a home automation device—but how many times do you override the program (if you actually ever programmed it) because your schedule changed? Modern home automation tools allow the simple touch of a button to tell your heating and cooling system that you are “coming home” or “leaving home,” getting your home to the ideal temperature, no matter what your schedule brings.

Not only are these easy automation tools eco-savvy, they are also very easy on the wallet, allowing you to turn off expensive home systems, such as A/C, when not in use.

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Did you walk out the door and forget to turn off the lights? Home automation allows you to check (and turn them off!) Image Source: Claremont Rug Company

Home automation does the work for you.

Life is busy. People forget. We forget things like leaving the lights on upstairs, because we were coming right back. Oops. We forget that the kids were watching television downstairs before they went outside to play. It’s okay. Motion sensors have your back. They can turn off that light or television when the room is empty and prevent wasting energy (and money).

Home automation can also free you from the “phantom load,” the energy consumption our televisions, computers, microwaves and other electronic devices have while turned off, but in stand by mode. The recommendation of energy groups that we unplug those devices when not is use is commendable. But…we forget, remember? Or maybe we can’t even reach those outlets! Smart power strips can be added to your home automation arsenal to cut power to those phantom load appliances when you turn them off.

One study revealed that phantom loads equate to 7% of the electricity used in the US. It seems this small step can equate to big savings.

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Home automation can also free you from the “phantom load,” the energy consumption our televisions, computers, microwaves and other electronic devices have while turned off, but in stand by mode. Image Source: Brooke Wagner

Home automation saves money.

A variety of monitors are available and can provide information on the electricity usage of your entire home or an individual item. Armed with that knowledge, you can have actual data when trying to decide if you should replace that older model dishwasher, for example. Maybe it isn’t as inefficient as you thought. Or maybe, it really is the energy hog that you suspected and it’s time for it to go.

Speaking of time, those monitors can also help you select when it is best for you to run certain big usage items. If you live in an area where the electric company provides lower rates for non-peak usage, you can keep money in your pocket and improve your energy efficiency by running the dryer later in the evening.

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Is it time to replace that old, energy-sucking appliance in place of an energy efficient one? Image Source: Hariri

 With the touch of a button.

Unlike the home automation of systems for security or entertainment, you don’t need to schedule a lengthy consultation or install. There are companies available to complete your home automation if you desire, but DIY home automation is possible and readily available.

The costs involved in automating for energy efficiency can be tailored to your own budget. Whether you simply start with a few power strips, or purchase a DIY kit that incorporates multiple automation options, or contract with a company to completely transform into a smart home—big or small, it will all positively impact your energy efficiency.

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The costs involved in automating for energy efficiency can be tailored to your own budget. Image Source: Fallon Custom Homes

With the touch of a button, the tools needed for maximizing your home’s energy efficiency are at your beck and call.  The technology that was once a dream is ready for you to implement. You just have to determine what system offers the biggest impact for the way you live and build from there.

Where will you begin?

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