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The Light-Filled Casa Zauia

With a hillside location offering panoramic views of Algarve, Portugal, Casa Zauia by Mario Martins Atelier seems especially built for contemplation. The overall design of the residence was partially dictated by the building restrictions in the area, however, its final silhouette inspires lightness and modern simplicity.

“The house seems to rise out of the ground and nestle in the landscape. However, due to the sloping nature of its physical support, it appears to be unattached and emerges on graceful pillars, reducing the effect of the natural vegetation growing under it”, explained the architects.
design modern residenceA white horizontal box, Casa Zauia opens up towards the surrounding landscape through continuous windows. A south-facing terrace, protected from the powerful sun rays during the summer, offers opportunities for outdoor socializing. The layout of the house reinforces the idea of a contemporary shelter where family interaction is encouraged. “The one-level building and has four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, toilet, kitchen with support areas, office and living room opening

“The one-level building and has four bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, toilet, kitchen with support areas, office and living room opening onto a spacious veranda and partly-covered patio, which are part of the front terrace adjoining all rooms. The pool, rectangular and elegant, is the continuation of a water mirror which pours out of the supporting wall made of exposed concrete.” We would love to know your thoughts on this modern home design in Portugal. [Photography by Fernando Guerra]
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Half-Sunk in the Dune House

Located on the island of Terschelling in the Netherlands, Dune House by Marc Koehler Architects rises over the harsh terrain, offering views of the North Sea.

Its shape resembles a wooden diamond, which varies in angle and exposure as the visual perspective shifts. According to the architects, “the forces of nature prevalent in the environment – the sea, the sunlight and the local wind patterns – determine the design in such a way as if they themselves had sculpted the house. It is above all a very contextual design and for this reason every material was chosen after close examination of the colors and textures found in the environment.”
exterior modern house designStep inside and you will discover a surprising array of interiors, where curious shapes are well emphasized by an abundance of natural light: The loft-like house recreates the experience of having a walk on the dunes in its interior as a spiraling promenade architectural around its core as one continuous path from platform to platform, each just a few steps higher than the next.

This generates very interesting spatial and visual relations between each of the rooms, but also towards the landscape as each opening in the house has been shaped, sized and positioned in a specific way, according to its function. Sustainable features of the design include the use of prefabricated wood, solar panels, and a biomass run fireplace. [Photography: Marc Koehler Architects]

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A Quaint Apartment Designed For A Ballerina

Água Verde Apartment in Curitiba, Brazil is a charming redesign project by Leandro Garcia. The designer upgraded a 323 square foot studio owned by an ex-ballet dancer by expanding the social area and optimizing each space. As you can see in the photos below, the result is a small home that breathes, a stylish refuge that successfully accommodates modern living functions. The color palette is minimalist and helps create the feeling of a sizable home. White walls and furniture enlarge the rooms, while adding a glimpse of elegance.
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Several tricks have been implemented in order to meet the owner’s brief: “The kitchen is restricted to just a counter-top and cabinets located inside a niche in the side of the social area, next to the wet areas (laundry and bathroom). An amber mirror over the counter generates a feeling of spaciousness, emphasized by the striped rug and also by the sofa without side arms, designed by the architect.

One of the sides of the couch rests against the large white bookcase that surrounds much of the apartment and hides the access to the bedroom through a sliding door.” Style and flexibility seem to be the defining attributes for this apartment in Brazil, which we hope you will find as inspiring as we do. [Photos by Fran Parente]

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Haus Wiesenhof Characterized By Rustic Simplicity

With a relaxing view and a minimalist design, the cozy Haus Wiesenhof was dubbed by its architects as “a place of peace and contemplation”. The home is strongly connected to nature through various balconies, terraces, and its wood-clad exterior.

Serving as a weekend residence, this home, located in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria, is characterized by rustic simplicity and serenity. Perceived as an alpine refuge, the House Wiesenhof is the perfect getaway for weekends and vacations. The house boasts several living spaces, with stylish minimalist décor and few pieces of furniture, corresponding to the client’s tastes and needs. Oak wood, natural stone, and iron were used in defining the home’s rustic aesthetic. The architects also focused on designing a sustainable home out of respect for the natural surroundings.
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Haus Wiesenhof Characterised By Rustic Simplicity

With a relaxing view and a minimalist design, the cozy Haus Wiesenhof was dubbed by its architects as “a place of peace and contemplation”. The home is strongly connected to nature through various balconies, terraces, and its wood-clad exterior.

Serving as a weekend residence, this home, located in St. Johann in Tirol, Austria, is characterized by rustic simplicity and serenity. Perceived as an alpine refuge, the House Wiesenhof is the perfect getaway for weekends and vacations. The house boasts several living spaces, with stylish minimalist décor and few pieces of furniture, corresponding to the client’s tastes and needs. Oak wood, natural stone, and iron were used in defining the home’s rustic aesthetic. The architects also focused on designing a sustainable home out of respect for the natural surroundings.
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Merging Cultures in Oslo Eco-Gastrobar

The Vino Veritas eco-gastrobar is the product of the dynamic Spanish creative consultancy Masquespacio. They imagined their latest international project in the Norwegian capital, Oslo, as a colorful and elegant 198-square-meter space which fuses two beautiful cultures.

Specializing in organic wines and tapas of Spanish origin, the Vino Veritas ecologic restaurant is warm and bright and invites to unforgettable memories.

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Masquespacio did the branding and interior design for Vino Veritas, the ecologic restaurant specialized in organic wines and tapas of Spanish origin. Masquespacio merged Spanish and Norwegian cultures together in an attempt to convey the best of both worlds in a unique culinary and visual experience:

The restaurant of Vino Veritas as a part of the well-known ecologic winery, Cortijo El Cura, has its origins in the Andalusian region La Alpujarra and introduces the ecologic Spanish gastronomy into the most important cosmopolitan city of Norway. Starting from the really representative interior architecture for the Scandinavian countries with its natural wood walls and ceilings, here painted in white and adding a solid oak floor, in first case Masquespacio wanted to maintain the essence of the Norwegian interiors. Nevertheless when entering the space we can see how the Norwegian architecture blends on a natural and comfortable way with the Spanish culture and in particular with the Andalusian one.

That way the typical Andalusian old balcony railings attract us, besides decorative elements like the baskets and blinds of esparto or the Spanish clay tiles. The most traditional craftsmanship is always present through the elements mentioned before, but also by means of the handmade lamps of raffia, esparto and cord. On the other hand plants and fabrics of the chairs provide a touch of green color to the restaurant. Last the solid oak wood used for the furniture offers the elegancy required in this kind of restaurants, while the cushions designed by Masquespacio highlight the deco feeling of the space.

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Ana Milena Hernández Palacios, one of the founders at Masquespacio adds that: “It was important for us to highlight characteristics like the ecology and craftsmanship of Andalusia that were marked significantly by the business model of Vino Veritas. Although we wanted to take in count the beauty of the Norwegian architecture and always thinking in designing an elegant and warm, but at the same time inviting space, for a wider public looking for the Spanish culture and gastronomy.” Enjoy the interiors photographed by David Rodríguez and Carlos Huecas and maybe visit them to try the cuisine. We’d love to know what you think!

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New York Cottage Embraces Simplicity

In a world of busy schedules and unending notifications, simplicity offers comfort and relaxation. This modern cottage in Sagaponack, a village in Suffolk County, New York, embraced the magic of simplicity. Dressed in a wooden skin, this impressive modern cottage was named after its location: Sagaponack Cottage. Imagined by New York-based Axis Mundi Design, the modern cottage provides an inviting first impression to guests with lounging and get-together spaces on the deck, before revealing bright and modern design inside.

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The interior design of this minimalist cottage contrasts with the warm wooden siding on the facade. Black, white, and grey were combined to shape an elegant and highly modern design. Splashes of color hint to the existence of private quarters calmly decorated with shades of blue. Wood is present in the bedroom and bathroom to warm up the atmosphere and make a transition to the outdoors.

The inspiring modern cottage photographed by Mark Roskams speaks the language of simplicity. You might want to compare this modern cottage with a colourful and light-filled apartment in Manhattan which Axis Mundi Design also designed. Enjoy!

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An Industrial, Colorful Loft in London

Located in an old factory near Edgware Rd, London, United Kingdom, this colorful and animated loft was thoroughly planned and designed by Cloud Studios. Playful and artistic, the apartment gives away good vibes at every step.

An open plan lounge, kitchen and dining room invaded by natural light sets the tone for a bright home with an original character. Dynamics is achieved through numerous lines that direct and redirect the viewer’s attention in all corners of the interior.

Here is more information from the designers: “The apartment, which is in a converted industrial space, was completely reconfigured by Cloud to create two bedrooms and a large open plan living space. The architectural details have an industrial feel (concrete ceilings, Critall widows and exposed pipes). The clean lines and high ceilings were enhanced with a pale Douglas fir wide-planked floor and a contemporary kitchen.”

Unlike the energetic social zone, the bedrooms inspire peacefulness throughout. This feeling was achieved with the help of soft hues of white and beige and the lack of excessive ornamentation. Have a look and tell us what you think! [Photography courtesy of Cloud Studios]
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Stunning Stone House in Rural Portugal

This charming stone house located in rural Portugal was in need of an upgrade. Architects Nuno Brandão Costa took on the challenge of renovating and extending the building in Melgaço, a village in Viana do Castelo District.

“The powerful landscape and the character of the existing ruin suggested an extension to the house like a timeless construction, with no defined boundaries, but limited by the local materials,” the architects said. “The addition is an underground body which lets in natural light through the opening of a courtyard to the east.”
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The developing team widened the original façade with granite stone collected from a broken-down neighboring building. A lounge area and three bedrooms are located on the lower level, within the newly built addition. The dining and cooking areas are connected by an interior staircase. A minimalist design draws attention to the genuine materials, as well as to the surrounding landscape.

The concrete canopy to the east is used for car parking and wood storage; the property also comes with a swimming pool and outdoor kitchen. We feel inspired by the genuine character displayed by this stone house in Portugal. How do you find it? [Photography by André Cepeda]
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52 Stunningly Scandinavian Interior Designs

It’s straightforward while remaining ultra-functional. It celebrates natural light in a place that can go many months with very little sun. It there anything as stunningly simple as a Scandinavian interior?

Known for its simplicity, function, and connection to the outdoors, the appeal and possibility of Scandinavian design has spread it all over the world. AKA, much more than just IKEA.

See our 52 favorite Scandinavian interior ideas below.

This minimalistic kitchen finds creative ways to draw the eye outside — especially with its round window.

Grey grout lines keep this bathroom from appearing too sterile or modern, while large cut flowers break up all of the inorganic lines.

Thought Scandinavian style meant white walls? This grey living room proves otherwise.

The classic Eames chair has a place in every Nordic-style home.

A primarily white studio gets a northernly touch with earth accent pieces, such as natural textiles and live plants.

A light slate gray is both striking and calming in this sleek kitchen.

What’s a cozy Scandinavian home without a fireplace and a good book to read?

A glimpse of this attic abode showcases the ease of Scandinavian down time.

A dramatic set of prints plays backdrop in this bright, slightly-mismatched dining room.

A dining space that embodies Nordic style: showcasing the outdoors.

Here, shades of gray take on a warm aesthetic with layers of textile and light.

A large picture window centers this space — and makes washing dishes more tolerable.

This living room, draped in shades of gray, captures monochromatic style at its best.

This studio keeps things simple by using a curtain to hide a packed bookshelf. It adds dimension to the space without weighing it down.

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Think kid’s rooms can’t be Nordic-style? This whimsical bedroom proves otherwise.

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This Scandinavian space mixes things up with decor — repurposing a ladder for a magazine rack, and caged pendant for a desk light.

This room doesn’t feature many pops of color, and yet exudes richness and depth.

A good leather sofa can take you a long way. This living and dining room also show how a sofa can easily become a focal point.

Mixing patterns and textures in a space allow monochromatic styles to succeed.

From an unused corner to a sweet-but-simple desk space. Light, untreated wood speaks to the Scandinavian style that has been popular for centuries.

Let the light shine in! This kitchen and dining space balance overall simplicity without giving up attention to the details.

Part-nordic, part-nautical. This refurbished kitchen and dining space seems to come straight from the Scandinavian coast.

A warm gray changes the tone of this city studio to become an earthy, cozy home.

A few plants, a fuzzy blanket, and abundant natural light — perfection.

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This unconventional kitchen doesn’t distract from its unique architecture. Instead, it stays simple and adds a few pops of mint green.

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