Behind its elemental facade, this family home by Israelevitz Architects reveals a surprisingly bright and open interior. A well-lit and open ground floor with a strong interior-exterior connection was at the top of the family’s wish list. The kitchen makes the most of a compact space through its intimate relationship with the adjacent pool and public outdoor space. The spaces features hardware-free white cabinets and a stainless steel center island. The white kitchen floors provide visual continuity with the white pavement directly outside.
Comprised of four modules arranged around a central courtyard, this Mexican home is a fresh take on the casa de fin de semana. The inteior marble flooring and exterior granite surfacing blend well to complement the spare white modules. Both materials were chosen with climate in mind: granite because it both absorbs less heat and is easy to clean, marble because it cools down the interior.
Designer Alejandro Capdevila of Isola System built this approximately 800-square-foot floating house in Wrocław, Poland. The space, where Capdevila lives, feautures minimal furnishings and uninterrupted views of the water. "Most [floating homes] are reinvented boats with an unhealthy condensation inside, translated into humidity. In my house the smell is wood and it has a healthy proportion of humidity."
This Portuguese summer home exemplifies adaptive reuse and the romance of an untamed coast; its quiet, minimalist kitchen features a wall in the same “criptoméria" wood used for the bookshelf in the living room. A Davide Groppi Punto 2 PL light hangs over the dining table.
Completed in 2009, this studio shines in the night among the trees. Designers Joshua Weiselberg and Selin Semaan devised a clever foundation system that allowed them to avoid ripping up roots. “The floor is a concrete slab on a steel deck that sits on a spider web of steel beams,” Weiselberg says. “There are eight piers per side of the structure, each designed so that if we dug the 12-inch hole and there were roots underneath, we could move it along a certain radius. The base is like a skirt that is just hanging off the building.” So while the floor floats a foot above the ground in the couple’s backyard for now, it could one day easily be picked up and moved elsewhere.
The architects of two Czech studios, Mjölk and DDAANN, combined forces to design this unique 522 square foot guest apartment. A kitchen, complete with a small dining area, allows guests to reverse roles and host the hosts. The blue Muuto Unfold light accents against the otherwise black and white space; the chairs are Hay Copenhague bar stools.
In Boston’s South End, a design-savvy couple created this clean-lined home with a textural surprise. Brightening the kitchen was a renovation priority. The cabinets are custom, the sink is by Kohler, the ceiling lamp is Jasper Morrison’s Smithfield C for Flos, and the Castore pendants are by Artemide.