It has been a year of amazing design inspiration and ingenious renovations have led the way with their unique blend of the old and the new. Adaptive reuse has been one of the top themes of the architectural world in 2014 and it is set to continue for years to come as homeowners and architects turn towards more sustainable and cost-effective design practices
Cleverly placed wooden surfaces and furnishings such as the timeless Cherner bar stools usher in some much needed warmth and textural contrast. A fabulous modern kitchen and a dashing dining space complete the lower level along with a pool house that opens up towards the backyard.
Designed to meet the needs of a family of two the small home is spread across 27 square meters and has a gabled roof that gives the interior an airy vibe. The exterior of the tiny home is clad in grey cement-wood board panels giving it a unique and striking form
While we have seen some awe-inspiring shipping container homes in the past this one stands in its own class in terms of both luxury and the sheer living space that it offers. The large social space on the ground floor acts as both an open living zone and the home studio
The most unique feature of the cabin is the use of human power to operate large movable shutters that cover the glass windows during the harsher winter months. Switching between complete insulation and unabated views this smart feature is controlled by a large hand wheel that is easy to operate. So as you bid adieu to your weekend refuge you can secure it completely without any fuss whatsoever!
Centered around a peaceful minimalist lifestyle the residence also has an interesting ability — the exterior can be folded up onto itself to secure the home for transport or when the owners are away for extended periods of time.
Adding a contemporary extension to a timeless structure is always a risky proposition as one needs to take both the aesthetic and structural demands into consideration. Architects decided to go for a glazed glass pavilion with a dark steel and aluminum frame so as to make the transition from the stone walls to the contemporary materials as elegant as possible.