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Clever Semi-Detached House With Elongated Volumes in Singapore

Challenged to design a semi-detached house in Singapore, the creative team at Aamer Architects opted for an unconventional solution: “As a typology, the semi-detached house is often perceived as a Siamese twin, reluctantly conjoined to its symmetrical other via a single party wall. By separating and pulling the main building block away from the party wall, a semi-detached house breaks free. Not only does this formally and aesthetically liberate the house from its neighbor; it also creates a 3m-wide fissure into which light and air penetrate deep into its interiors”, the architects stated.
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The 7 Jalan Remis Residence displays a longitudinal development and a functional overall layout: “One enters the house through the front of this fissure, where he is greeted by a double-story volume foyer naturally lit from above. Light splashes onto the richly-textured brick wall, casting shadows which vary in form and intensity over time. The light leads one up the staircase onto the second storey. By now, the fissure manifests itself as a gathering realm for the family.” Natural ventilation is one of the main assets of the design, as wind passes freely from one end of the house to the other. Have a look at the photos and let us know your thoughts on this architecture approach! [Photography: Sanjay Kewlani , Fabian Ong]
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Original Courtyard House in India Adapted to Local Climate Factors

An inner courtyard is the focal point of this modern residence designed by Purple Ink Studio in Bengaluru, India. The Courtyard House was planned after researching the climate of the area: “The site is east facing and has a vast public green space on the North side. The landscape scheme is conceptualized on generating a continuity with the surroundings and drawing the lines into the interiors of the building and connecting it with the courtyard which houses a sculptural tree”. According to the architects, all social areas are envisioned as exterior spaces, making the inside and the outside seem as one.
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The architecture of the building is creatively adapted to the conditions of the site: “Based on climatological factors, the building is rotated towards the northern sides (to have maximum fenestration avoiding the harsh rays of the sun during the day) and a continuous water channel is introduced in the direction of the prevailing winds which aids in maintaining the micro-climate of the interiors.” The central courtyard floods the residence in natural light and provides ventilation through the pierced walls. Have a look at the photo gallery below and share your thoughts!
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Creative Multi-Generational Family Home in Virginia: The Bridge House

Bridge House by Höweler + Yoon Architecture is an original looking residence in McLean, Virginia, United States. The multi-generational house is located between a forest area and a suburban neighborhood, offering the inhabitants a feel of both lifestyles. The structure of the project consists of three volumes, each interacting with the landscape: “Views from the suburban street through to the sloped landscape are informed by the programmatic volumes of the main floor and the bridge-like volume above, which frame the scene from interior and exterior vantage points. Each tubular volume contains a carefully organized relationship of private and public areas that correspond to the family’s generational structure”, explained the architects.
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A creative layout answers the living needs of all generations living in the residence: “The smaller volume of the ground floor is the private master suite for the grandparents (the clients) who are first-generation Korean-American immigrants to the United States. The larger volume of the ground floor is the collective public area of the multi-generational home, which includes all shared programs, such as the kitchen, family room, dining room and garage. Physically bridging between these two spaces is a long volume that houses the family’s second and third generations.” The interior design scheme includes furniture units made from recycled materials, as well as a fireplace and staircase fabricated from hot-rolled steel and wood. [Photos courtesy of Höweler + Yoon Architecture]

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Glass and Wooden Volumes Highlighting a Fresh Landscape: Bray’s Island Residence

The Bray’s Island SC Modern II Residence by SBCH Architects is located in Brays Island Plantation, a private country club in Sheldon, South Carolina, USA. Its modern character is unveiled by a series of connected volumes, paying tribute to minimalism. Asymmetry is a main characteristic of the architectural plan, each point of view offering new and surprising geometrical shapes. Large expanses of glass connect every interior with the vibrant surrounding landscape, while ensuring an abundance of natural lighting throughout the residence.


A paved alley hints the way towards the main entrance,in the shape of a wooden door flanked by glass. There are several areas one can relax in: the TV zone surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows and the armchairs next to the fireplace make for alluring places of refuge at the end of the day. The kitchen features state-of-the-art appliances and it is the only monochrome interior of the house. By harmoniously blending concrete, wood and glass, the designers completed a modern retreat where subtle diversity is shaded by the natural richness of the highlighted neighboring landscape. [Photography courtesy of SBCH Architects]
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Summer House in Argentina Defined by Twisted Concrete Columns

Located on the shores of a Patagonian lake in Rio Negro, Argentina, this summer house by NE-AR is a redesign of an existing dwelling on the site. According to the architects, the interior space was characterized by “a deep dark dinning- living area with limited relation to the outside with a deficient connection between the kitchen and the private and public rooms. At the same time, the small size bedrooms were inefficient to cope with the actual family growth.” The solution was a new extension, which clearly separates the public and private areas.
The layout was planned as follows: “While the existing house will host two large bedrooms, the main bathroom in the ground floor and a secondary bedroom in the first level, all public areas will be linearly organized within the extension volume: open kitchen, dining place and the lounge area; all these spaces will share a wide open wooden terrace deck facing and open to the lake shore.” Reinforced concrete was the main material employed for the new addition; the highlights of the design are four inverted beams which converge in the only load bearing vertical element of the house, a spectacular column integrating a fireplace. [Photography: Mike Mercau]
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Colorful Graffiti as Highlight for Minimalist Villa Von Stein in Frankfurt

Designed by Philipp Architekten GmbH, Villa Von Stein in situated on a slightly inclined lot in Frankfurt, Germany. The owner’s brief requested a modern home that would ensure a high level of privacy, as well as a good indoor-outdoor connection. As a result, the minimalist building “shows a consequent closed unity towards the street, to which it only opens through the front door and the garage. It therefore protects and shelters the privacy of the owners. On the other hand openness and transparency characterize the building in direction of the garden.” A high-end glass facade measuring 18 meters in length visually connects the living spaces with the courtyard and pool area.
design modern villaSurprising features await at every step: “Visitors enter the building, which appears as a closed cube on the outside, on the ground floor and immediately sense the stunning architecture which will be revealed to them a few moments later. You are welcomed in a foyer showing a water-atrium, a light channel open to the sky, equipped with a water basin on the ground”. The highlight of the residence is a colorful art graffiti, in a powerful contrast with the simple color palette of the design scheme. Next off, a generously-sized living and dining area unveils panoramic views of the landscape beyond. [Photos by José Campos]
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10 Signs That You Are Married To An Architect

Architects have unique personalities that spawn amazing designs and ideas, but what is it like to be married to one of these original thinkers? Image Source: Photo Klik

How many architects does it take to change a light bulb? Well, we don’t have the silly response to that joke, but with one quick Google search you can find a lot of jokes about architecture and architects. It seems that architects get picked on for their quirky personalities and traits.

However, here at Freshome, we respect (and sometimes adore) the amazing creations that the complex brain of an architect is capable of.

So, without poking fun, we have put together a list of the top ten signs that you married an architect. We think you will find most of these “signs” are at the very foundation (excuse the pun) of what your marriage is built on.

Read our top ten signs that you married an architect. You may be surprised how many apply to your marriage. Image Source: Techo-Bloc

1) Your Spouse Wants to Build You A Temple

Architects give us temples in which something marvelous is obviously going on. Actually, practically nothing is going on.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, Wampeters, Foma and Granfalloons

Ah yes, your significant other has BIG plans for your future home. Instead of promising you the moon and the stars, they have promised you the home of your dreams— an epic home, a masterpiece, a temple!

Meanwhile you are thinking, “That’s great, honey, but I just want a nice house to live in”. Architects don’t do nice, they do extraordinary.

If your spouse has larger-than-life plans for your future home, then you are most definitely married to an architect. However, don’t set your sights on decorating this temple, as your spouse will not want any decorative accessories messing with their masterpiece.

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If your spouse has larger-than-life plans for your future home, then you are most definitely married to an architect. Image Source: Kolbe Windows

2) You Have A Lot Of Windows To Clean

Do you have stock in glass cleaning products? If not, maybe you should. Architects LOVE incorporating glass and windows into their designs, and who can blame them—What’s better than a wall of windows that allow the natural light and views to take center stage within your home?

This is all fine and dandy until you are the one that has to clean all those glorious windows. You may also need to invest in a rather tall ladder because we know that your floor-to-ceiling windows are not the standard 8-feet—architects never do anything that is just standard!

If you find yourself endlessly cleaning windows, then you are probably married to an architect.

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You are definitely married to an architect if you have ever pondered taking stock in glass cleaning products. image Source: Cultivation Design

3) Depression Spawns Their Greatest Ideas

Acquaintance with grief turns out to be one of the more unusual prerequisites of architectural appreciation. We might, quite aside from all other requirements, need to be a little sad before buildings can properly touch us.” ― Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness

Architects have a tough job and they are told no more often than yes. In a sense there is a cycle to the job of an architect, and this cycle can be depressing. The highs and lows of this cycle look something like this:

1) They land a big client. Yay! They are estactic.

2) Now they need to come up with ideas/designs to wow said client. Extreme frustration occurs as they struggle to come up with the perfect design.

3) Ah Ha! They have the perfect idea/design. They are full of excitement and nervous anticipation.

4) They pitch this perfect idea/design only to be told, No. Rejection depression is in full swing.

5) Back to the drawing board. Deep frustration and moodiness is common at this point.

6) Ah Ha! They have an even better idea/design. They are tentatively excited, but sleep loss due to worry is common at this point.

7) They present this new idea and are finally told, Yes! They are happy again! (until the next job)

You see how their job can be frustrating and downright depressing at times? However, like all great artists, this depression spawns great ideas. Unfortunately, you as a spouse have to live with this cycle and the depression/moodiness it can cause within your spouse.

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The job of an architect is a cycle of highs and lows which can lead to frustration and moodiness. Image Source: Zak Architecture

4) You Have At Least One Pet (or child) Named After A Famous Architect

Do you have a cat name Frank (after Frank Lloyd Wright) or maybe a dog named Michelangelo?

If you have a pet, or even a child, named after a world famous architect, then you are definitely married to one.

Rest assured, this is normal. After all, don’t we all name the people or pets that we love the most after our idols? Really, it’s a compliment to the highest degree. Not to mention the conversations it can start!

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If you have a pet, or even a child, named after a world famous architect, then you are definitely married to one. Image Source: Coates Design

5) It’s Been 5 Years And Your Home Is Still In The Design Phase

“Cheops’ Law: Nothing ever gets built on schedule or within budget.” ― Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love

Remember that temple they were going to build you? Well, it’s still in the process of being designed, but all good things come to those who wait—although as the spouse of an architect, you may be waiting longer than most.

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Oak Pass Residence in Beverly Hills Surrounded by Lush Vegetation

Blending in with the natural surroundings, this modern residence in Beverly Hills USA offers two levels of luxurious living. The Oak Pass Residence by Walker Workshop is the main house on a site which also accommodates a guest dwelling and one hundred and thirty beautiful oak trees. Defined by a high level of transparency, the project opens its rooms towards the majestic landscape and there is also an inner courtyard for inhabitants can enjoy. The concrete walls and stairways are partially covered in vegetation, in an attempt to make the dwelling as unobtrusive as possible.

According to the architects, the Oak Pass Main house uses an “upside down program, with public spaces above the bedrooms, which are buried into the hill and beneath a green roof of edible herbs. This relatively large house at 8,000 square feet appears much smaller and carefully integrated into the surrounding landscape, which includes over one hundred and thirty Coast Live Oaks. A seventy five foot swimming pool, with infinity edges on three of four sides, bisects the house and slips below one of the largest Oaks on the property.” Enjoy the virtual tour and let us know what you think! [Photography by Joe Fletcher]
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Delightful One-Room Studio Apartment in Gothenburg Inspiring Brightness and Space

Located in the center of Gothenburg, Sweden, this small, tastefully renovated studio apartment makes for a delightful home. Discovered by Freshome on Alvhem, the one-room crib features plenty of charming features, such as a preserved tile stove, wooden flooring, renovated kitchen and a small balcony. Once you enter, you are greeted by a ceiling height of three meters, setting the tone for a spacious tiny home. The classic-profile Ikea kitchen is right on your left. With state-of-the-art appliances, a stylish mix of gray and white tones and dimmable spotlights for good work lighting, it offers a perfect area for experimenting.

There is room for a dining table with four seats next to the large window with views down across the yard and out onto the private balcony. The room is large enough to accommodate the sofa, bed, televisions, furniture and storage furniture. A large window and glazed balcony doors opening out onto the courtyard make this lovely social space bright and airy. The terrace is a treasure in itself. Small and welcoming, with iron railings, cast concrete decking and quiet courtyard location in the middle of vibrant Linnaeus, it offers a wonderful spot for contemplation.
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Traditional Mountain Chalet Integrating Modern Life Perks in Colorado

Contemporary design meets traditional mountain architecture in perfect harmony in this Steamboat Springs, Colorado property. Designed by architect Bill Rangitsch, this home exemplifies the style and vision of a great artist. As you cross the covered bridge entry, the quality of woodwork, chief cliff stone and well-manicured landscaping set the stage for an exciting experience. Through the front door you are greeted by the first of many architectural elements, a steel floating staircase. The high ceilings draw your attention to the main living area, where design elements and views are endless. Scanning the great room, your eyes move from the large dry stack fireplace to the full wall of great room windows showcases the outdoor splendor of Elkins Meadow.

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Turning back from the view, the chefs kitchen boasts a well-chosen selection of custom cabinets, granite and wood counter tops and high end appliances. With a dining room just off the kitchen, dinners come with a full serving of mountain and valley views. Opening the double doors in the dining room reveals the covered outdoor fireplace and sitting area. Situated with southern exposure, this deck is the ideal evening location for watching sunsets and alpenglow on the Flat Tops. With six bedrooms, five full bathrooms and two half bathrooms, there is room for everyone. The master bedroom sits in its own private wing, with a balcony overlooking the open space, Fish Creek canyon and the ski mountain. [Photos and information provided via e-mail by The Paoli Group] US Chalet (1,4)US Chalet (1,7)US Chalet (1,12)US Chalet (1,13)US Chalet (1,15)US Chalet (5)US Chalet (6)US Chalet (8)US Chalet (10)US Chalet (12,4)US Chalet (13,5)US Chalet (19)US Chalet (21)

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