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This countryside residence by Urban Soul Project, is located in the extensive olive grove of the area, close to the sea in the northern part of Corfu The plot is elongated, widened in its first, highest part, close to the road and therefore at its entrance, where the house is located. The shape of the plot and the opening to the view of the olive grove, led to its almost inevitable placement in this widened part of it. The architectural idea for the composition of a complex of buildings, starting from the archetypal structure of barn houses, with main and auxiliary buildings around an enclosed courtyard, high walls, combined with morphological elements of Corfu stems from the intention to design a house expressing the genius loci. The complex consists of the main stone main building of double height, with a gabled roof, which includes the living room, the open kitchen…

This completely renovated and re-imagined Tribeca loft space was taken down to the studs and re-designed by Tara Benet Design to create an expansive family home. Enjoy it!!! Photography : David Mitchell, Marili Forastieri See also : https://house-diaries.com/tribeca-loft-strikes-the-perfect-balance-of-beauty-and-functionality/

Located behind gates on a street-to-street private lot in prime Los Feliz, this stunning 1920s Spanish residence includes an oversized swimmers pool and a gorgeous one-bedroom guest house. Built with incredible craftsmanship and quality that stands the test of time this inspired home offers a quiet elegance and warmth that envelopes you from the minute you arrive. Thoughtfully updated throughout with a designer’s eye towards current trends brings modern convenience to the old-world charm. A 520sf guest house offers a large living room with a galley kitchen, large bedroom, and bath. The grounds include a trickling waterfall and blossoming fruit trees. Enjoy lounging on the front patio overlooking the pool or up above in total quietude. See also :https://house-diaries.com/villa-almodovar-a-spanish-revival-historic-building/

There were a number of obstacles to overcome by Ansari Architects with this unique Tudor Revival style residence, which had both beautiful original brickwork and out-of-character features like a red marble fireplace. Originally, the owner’s wanted a complete renovation of the property, but this wasn’t possible due to time and budget restraints. They also wanted to continue living at the property during renovation, which needed to be factored into the brief. Nearly every room was either outdated or not functional for the family – the south-facing living room was dark, the 90s renovated kitchen featured an outdated bar, the laundry had little storage, while the bathrooms felt clumsy because of large vanity units without compartments. The owners knew they wanted a modern look and a predominantly grey colour palette, but the rest was open to interpretation.Along with achieving a modern and timeless aesthetic, each space is now fit for the…

At the top of the house on Dalagatan 12, in a beautiful brick expressionist building designed by architect Edward Bernhard, we find this lovely floor. Airy and generously sized rooms with about 3 meters in ceiling height and a light that is allowed to flow – and meet – from two directions. Many preserved original details give the apartment a clear turn-of-the-century charm. Here, small-paneled windows and period carpentry come together with creative and luxurious material and color choices. Carefully chosen colors work here as unique elements while a preserved herringbone parquet is consistent and connects the rooms. The working tiled stove in the bedroom is an appreciated, cozy detail.Enjoy it!!! Photography: Boukari See also :https://house-diaries.com/a-cheerful-and-colorful-family-home-in-london/

Adam Kane Architects has given new life to a run-down weatherboard cottage in coastal Barwon Heads, Victoria, transforming it into a contemporary home through the careful use of textural tones and deep understanding of the sense of space. Breaking free from its local label as “the dump”, the black façade of the rejuvenated cottage subtly blends into its sleepy coastal street. The entire existing cottage façade and roof is painted deep black to achieve this effect, which delineates itself from the deliberately weathered, yet refined ‘barn style’ extension. The striking black colour stands out against the textured foliage of the surrounding landscape, enabling the heritage cottage to sit proudly centred in the front yard. Designed for a young couple, the brief was to create a home that embodied the relaxed, coastal lifestyle of Barwon Heads. The transformation needed to allow for entertaining and to maintain a strong connection between inside…

The complex of lofts “Manhattan House” on Verkhnyaya Maslovka street in Moscow is a reconstruction of a factory built in the 1930s. The exterior of the building is made in the style of American classicism: heavy entrance doors, large windows, an elevator with an arrow indicating the floor number. The owner of the Manhattan Loft likes industrial style and the office of his marketing agency situated in the Flacon art cluster was decorated in that style. He also arranged a two-story apartment on the top floor of the complex in a loft. The entire project was made in two steps: in 2017 designers from INRE had made the interiors of two floors. A few years later when the owner’s daughters were born and the building was completed with two upper floors, the INRE team again created the interiors of the so-called baby loft. On the first floor of the apartment,…

The design scheme for this apartment by Banda combines organic shapes and natural textures with feminine lines and sculptural details. Blending the elegance of the traditional with the boldness of the modern, this space has a classic, timeless appeal. Original architectural details are celebrated: the floor to ceiling windows are gently framed with a sheer, the extraordinary ceiling heights complemented by statement pendants. By caring about what really matters: serenity, beauty, craftsmanship and history, this is design that invites life. See also :https://house-diaries.com/st-kilda-house-balance-between-classical-and-contemporary/

Constructed in the early 1880s incorporating an earlier 1858 cottage structure, ‘Scarba‘ was one of the substantial houses that were constructed in Bondi. Since 1917 the site was used by The Benevolent Society, and later for welfare uses and residential care for the elderly up until the sale of the site to our developer client.After 90 years as an institutional establishment there was the opportunity to return the building back into a family home. Moreton Manor and its garden is now the focus of the ‘The Moreton’ residential development.Its current modern transformation enriches the property’s grand Victorian Italianate style with respect and simplicity. The works include the reinstatement of verandas and four room layout to the original cottage and the restoration of the Victorian mansion. The addition of a new double-height pavilion allows sunlight and breezes to filter into new north facing living spaces. Transformation of the original sandstone stables…

In response to both site conditions and programmatic needs, this project was about designing a retreat that would accommodate the users’ needs and comfort throughout the seasons in contemporary context, while quietly inserting itself into Muskoka’s cultural and natural landscape.Since the early 1860s, we’ve seen a rich layering of recreational architecture that populates the region’s 16,000 lakes. It has long been a desirable summer destination for city-dwellers where cottages range from modest log cabins to ornate Victorian summer homes, capturing an important regional history that’s deeply embedded into its cultural fabric. With a respect for the local history and sensitivity towards the environment, the cottage’s massing is guided by a thorough understanding of the site conditions – including topography, solar orientation, vegetation, and existing views – as well as a consideration for the family’s programmatic needs.The resulting form is a series of low-slung volumes integrated onto the site; unified by…

Messana O’Rorke studio designers were approached by an art collecting couple with two young daughters, who had recently purchased a large duplex apartment on the Upper West side. The duplex had been converted in the 1980’s from three one bedroom apartments into exceptionally bland corporate accommodations for out of town executives. Spread between the 37th and 38th floors the views to the North are spectacular, unobscured to the George Washington Bridge and on up the Hudson River. Surprisingly the views to the South and West are blocked by the equally massive buildings of midtown Manhattan. The apartment was conceived to be a livable gallery space both to view the couples art as well as to experience the views of the city. It feels like a tree house as it sits high above the city. Enjoy it!!! Photography : Elizabeth Felicella See also :https://house-diaries.com/minimalist-classic-nyc-brownstone-a-soho-meets-upper-east-side-design/