November 16, 2017
Timber is a versatile and popular building material, especially for chalet-style small houses. But how do you design such a house without it looking like a sauna? Minsk-based Zrobym Architects shows us how in this beautiful contemporary timber house.
This small but perfectly formed dacha in the Minsk region feels airy and spacious despite its petit (68 square metres) size, thanks to the extensive windows and double-height living space. The predominant use of a single material (wood) throughout helps to enhance the sense of space, as does the adoption of a restrained colour palette with focus on monotone and neutral colours. The glossy white kitchen and table tops help to reflect the light and break up the monotony of wood, as does the clever wood panelling effect behind the bed and the living room sofa. The overall effect is uplifting and calming at the same time, a perfect retreat from the hectic city life.
The natural wood veneer lights from LZF (such as the Agatha suspension light) are a great way to bring a sense nature inside. A sleek, minimal design such as the Kerflight suspension light from Graypants and the Skylight Tower suspension light from Frederik Roije would work well too.
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.
February 16, 2021
Japanese zen style goes far beyond minimalist white spaces. It is about thoughtful spaces which encourage the contemplation of light, colours, textures and shapes - the building blocks of nature and beauty. The Shutter House in Perth is a great example.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
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