A variety of constraints played a key role in creating the distinctive and creative on Hoang Van Thai Street Hanoi . With no more than just available for the construction of a modern and space-savvy home for a newly married couple Global Architects & Associates turned towards a gorgeous atrium to open up the modest interior and give the residence an interesting dynamic. Built on a tight budget and in a short duration of time the basic steel structure of the house allowed for the considerable reduction of construction costs.
How do you make a beautiful and inviting alpine-style chalet nestled in the heart of the Donner Pass even more amazing? Mork-Ulnes Architects have the solution for you with their design of the exquisite as it feels like an amalgamation of the classic ski cabin and a concrete base that is more common in dashing urban homes.
As one enters the image of a metallic blue cladding draped around the wall gives you a glimpse of what hides within even as perforated metal sheets help shape a practical and inimitable shoe stand. The living room seems far more polished but elements like exposed brick cement and concrete surfaces colorful décor and beautifully lit artwork on the walls give it a more playful and eclectic vibe.
Much of the original home was poorly lit and filled with awkward spaces and unnecessary internal partitions that blocked any flow of natural light. One of the first things that the architects did was to completely re-imagine the interiors and create a new floor plan where the old living room and entrance were transformed into the main bedroom and the chamfered corners were utilized to the hilt. The new living space and entrance are connected with the re-envisioned bedroom using a painted sliding door that blends into the walls that surround it!
Designed by PLAN & HUMAN PLAN Architects office the contemporary home is spread across three different levels with the lowest floor housing the entrance a spacious hall and a home office along with a large parking space. The second is in line with the large garden and spa outside and seems to interact with the outdoors in a seamless fashion while it holds a family room playroom and additional bedrooms on the inside.
The extensive use of operable timber shutters was much more than a style choice as these smart shutters allowed the homeowners to easily switch between complete privacy unabated ocean views and an intermediate stage that offers a bit of both along with filtered sunlight. They also protect the beach house from rough coastal weather and offer a protective covering for the large glass windows and the interior.
The private top floor holds two bedrooms and bathrooms that provide spectacular views of the Pyrenees and the countryside. An unassuming wooden staircase with glass railing divides the home into two identical halves and ushers in a sense of symmetry and curated elegance.