February 29, 2016
Nestled in the forests on the outskirts of Mexico City is an extraordinary house that is thoroughly contemporary yet completely at one with nature.
The large family house is constructed mainly with steel and concrete, with vast expanse of glass walls which offer uninterrupted views of the forest outside. The use of glass walkways (which give the impression of walking amongst the trees) and the extensive vegetation in the courtyards of the building (including a fully mature tree) brings the inhabitants even closer to nature. Inside the house is furnished sparsely but comfortably, the use of neutral colours complementing the many shades of green outside. This is a house which shows extraordinary sensitivity to its remarkable location and serves as a reminder of how clever design can bring nature indoors.
This house in the forest is a good example of how concrete and steel can work in perfect harmony with natural materials, especially wood. The Hautville concrete armchair from Lyon Beton, for example, would work well on a decked terrace, whilst the Koila lounge chair from Alki is an upholstered wooden armchair that brings natural elegance to any space.
The Dandelion suspension light from LZF is an exuberant design which exudes natural energy. A concrete and glass light, such as the JWDA Concrete Lamp from Menu, also works surprisingly well in a natural-style interior.
February 26, 2021
How do you square the circle of practical, rectangular spaces with emotive, curvy designs? San Francisco based OPA Architects shows what's possible with the interior refurbishment of a modern house in Mill Valley, California.
January 25, 2021
Curves - they are organic, playful, comforting and sensual - what's not to like? The architects at Toronto-based Partisans certainly agree, and they are masters at applying curves in their projects.
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