Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Project: Wentworth House
Architects: MHN Design Union
Location: Sydney, Australia
Photographs by: Richard Glover

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union

MHN Design Union is an Australian studio based in Sydney and who have gained some recognition for one of their projects called the Wentworth House. It is located in Vaucluse, a suburb of Sydney, Australia whose design brief was to provide a large home that will blend into its surroundings.

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

The site is located on the southern ridges of Sydney Harbour at the crest of a gully which feeds into Vaucluse Bay. It is heavily wooded with mature eucalypt and palm trees dotted around the site. The site is characterised by a series of sandstone rock shelfs which occur at various heights as you descend down from the street level.

The design brief was to provide a family home which provided generous amenity yet sat quietly within the landscape. Our intent was to capture the story of the site through the design of the house. From the outset we wanted to merge the house and land in a seamless way. Our response was to create a series of planar elements in both plan and section to define the spaces which interlock and extend into the landscape. Overlaying this idea is the linking stair which threads through the levels twisting and turning like a piece of rope. The blade walls are parallel and orientate to the north east with the ends open or glazed thus providing transparency and openness to light, ventilation and harbour views.

In section, the multiple floor levels are treated like cascading platforms and echo the existing rock shelf. These platforms serve to lower you through the house similar to an initial discovery of the site. The stair is central to this experience with the primary spaces extending from it like eddies from a stream. These spaces are quiet and reposed yet maintain their visual connection to the circulation spine. The swimming pool extends the living space and sits high above the ground almost touching the tree canopy.

Emphasising the experiential sequence is a sense of materiality and texture with off form concrete, recycled Ironbark, Burnt Ash and Basaltina stone forming the primary palette. The sense of touch is heightened with the warmth of the native timbers complementing the smooth finishes of the concrete walls and stone floors.

MHN Design Union

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

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Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

Wentworth House by MHN Design Union in Sydney, Australia

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River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

Project: River House
Architects: Suyama Peterson Deguchi
Location: Northern Rocky Mountains, USA
Area: 5,425 sqft
Photographs by: Aaron Leitz

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River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi

Suyama Peterson Deguchia Japanese architecture studio, has designed the River House in a sloped area of the Northern Rocky Mountains in the USA. This concrete home was built along a river in order to incorporate its two-story structure into the mountainous environment.
The River House, with its 5,425 square feet of living area, includes a guest wing and plenty of outdoor living areas that extend the home’s marvelous interiors.

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House is a serene shelter embracing the natural beauty of the rugged mountain area. The complex program for a retired couple included a guest wing and extended outdoor living areas. The site is located within an older cul-de-sac development above a meandering river and the challenge was to build a private oasis in this dense setting with a connection to the river and the surrounding scenic mountains.

An elongated concrete wall on the north side provides a structural backbone for the composition. All program elements were located on or below grade and under a sheltering shed roof to enhance the sense of protection in this sometimes harsh environment. Concrete was chosen as the dominant material for its durability and because it aesthetically anchors the design to the site. While visually extending the interior spaces and creating outdoor rooms, the raw materiality of the concrete sets up a compositional base for the remaining wood, glass, metal and plaster finishes.

When approached from the street, the house is very understated and minimal. Upon entering the house through the conceptual front door (gate), one finds a rich sequence of spaces, bounded by concrete and plantings. Here, the division between inside and outside first becomes blurred. This sense of uncertainty extends through the airlock entry to the interior of the main space. The synergy of the landscape architecture, art and furnishings contribute to the serene sense of place.

Suyama Peterson Deguchi

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

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River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

River House by Suyama Peterson Deguchi on The Northern Rocky Mountains

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18 Startling Modern Landscape Designs Your Backyard Seriously Needs

The way you perceive the outdoor areas of your home really depends on how much you’ve invested in them. Obviously,  a well-manicured modern landscape is going to keep you outside for much longer than a backyard with nothing but lawn. Your home’s outdoor areas have a huge potential to become your desired place for resting or entertainment, but not before you transform them. To help you with that, we’re going to share some ideas with you and hopefully, you’ll be able to find them useful.

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Welcome to a new collection of outdoor areas in which we’ve featured 18 Startling Modern Landscape Designs Your Backyard Seriously Needs. Take a look at them below and you’ll find that there are plenty of inspirational ideas that can be applied to your very own backyard, garden or courtyard. Make sure you take a look at the rest of the outdoor areas that we’ve featured in the showcase of the modern home design, featuring designs of the modern entranceporchdeck, and patio. Enjoy!

1. YK-House

2. Modern courtyard landscaping

3. Sa Talaia House

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4. Ranch Vista Palm Springs

5. Modern Landscape

6. Simple but stylish garden with a seating area for relaxing and for outdoor eating

7. Canada Bay Residence

8. Modern Landscape

9. Fort Lauderdale Waterfront Modern

10. Yan Residence

11. Dornbusch Residence

12. Modern Outdoor Living in Sloans Lake

13. Chalette- Beverly Hills

14. Large roof terrace in London

15. Hinsdale Residence

16. Hummingbird House

17. Big Timber Residence

18. The Colony House

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17 Sensational Modern Patio Designs You Need On Your Deck

It is no wonder that many people do not enjoy spending time outside when their outdoor areas have nothing to offer. But if you are renovating your home or alternatively, updating the outdoor areas, it is important to think about the patio because it is the primary spot that you’ll be using for resting or entertainment.
We’re going to show you modern patio examples that have plenty of ideas that you can use, but you have to remember that in the end, it is your choice that matters because you’ll be the one living there. If you’re a party person then you will need a different patio than someone who only wants a calm place to read a book. Luckily, we’ve got plenty of different designs today!

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Welcome to a new collection of outdoor designs in which we’ve featured 17 Sensational Modern Patio Designs You Need On Your Deck. Take a look at them below and don’t be afraid to steal a few ideas that you think can fit in your home. Of course, it all depends on the size of the space that you have available, but we’ve featured all kinds of modern patio designs taking more shapes and sizes than you can imagine. Don’t forget to check out the other modern outdoor areas that are a part of our recent showcase, featuring the modern entranceporch, and deck. Enjoy!

1. Upper Rockridge Residence

2. Modern Patio

3. El Madroñal Vila 1

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4. Glass Pavilion by Steve Hermann Design

5. Modern Patio Design

6. Crest Belvedere

7. Villa texaco

8. http://toshimaro.jp/

9. http://toshimaro.jp/

10. Villa B

11. The Robinson – Lubelso by Canny

12. Montecito Residence

13. South Coast House

14. Beverly Hills Challete

15. Modern Patio

16. Lansdowne House

17. Meaders Residence

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16 Glorious Modern Deck Designs Your Patio Must Have

modern deck is a prerequisite to an outdoor area that simply provokes you to leave the comfort of your home and step out to enjoy the outdoors. It also should provide you with space which you can use as you wish. The deck is where you are going to set up your patio areas. You can create a simple lounging area or a full kitchen and dining area. Alternatively, the modern deck is also a good platform for an outdoor party.

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Welcome to a new collection in which we are going to introduce you to these 16 Glorious Modern Deck Designs Your Patio Must Have. Check them out below and you’ll most definitely find a couple of these ideas appealing. Inspect them carefully and you might even be able to steal a few ideas for your own outdoor areas. If you like them, make sure to take a look at the rest of the outdoor areas featured in our modern style showcase. So far, we’ve got designs of the modern entrance and porch but soon, we’ll have a lot more. Enjoy!

1. Watermill Residence

2. Dalarna House

3. w residence

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4. Wing House

5. Modern Deck

6. Casa GG

7. Penthouse with a modern deck

8. Casa Narigua

9. WEH Bammental

10. Modern Deck with a view in Copenhagen

11. Haus Hainbach

12. Casa di Silvana

13. Rooftop deck

14. Terrace in downtown

15. Meadowood House

16. House on a Dune

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10 Most Creative Ways To Beautify Your Exterior With Solar Lamps

In addition to contributing to the creation of a pleasant atmosphere in the home, the lighting plays an important role in the exterior. If you like the idea of garden lighting that does not require special maintenance and installation, while saving energy and money, you might want to consider solar lighting.

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Skillfully designed lighting for the yard, in particular, can highlight the beauty of the garden flowers, shrubs, trees. In a nice way, solar lamps will be a perfect decoration for fences, for the beautiful paths in the garden, for your outdoor table, etc… If you want to add something extraordinary in your garden, but in the same time so save money, you must see our following collection. We present you one really inspirational collection of 10 Most Creative Ways To Beautify Your Exterior With Solar Lamps. Here you will find many helpful ideas that will help you to display your solar lamps in a creative way, and in the same time to improve the look of your exterior. Check out below and you will see many creative and useful examples which will not cost you a lot!

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18 Amazing Modern Porch Designs You’re Going To Love

There is something that plenty of modern homes lack – a porch! But why do we see so few modern porch designs as part of the new modern homes?
First off, the main purpose of the porch was to replace the living room during the summer when it gets very hot inside the house. But then air condition was invented and the construction of porches declined. Not because people don’t want to spend time outside but because they can do it in their garden or backyard and then head inside and enjoy a cool air temperature as well. We think that the modern porch is an awesome addition and we would like to show you why.

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Welcome to a new collection of outdoor designs in which we are going to show you 18 Amazing Modern Porch Designs You’re Going To Love. Take a look at the photos that we’ve featured in this article and you’ll find yourself inspired by these modern porch designs to consider building or renovating your porch. This collection is also a part of our modern home design showcase in which we have recently started featuring the outdoor areas, such as the modern entrance. Enjoy!

1. Modern Porch

2. Casa San Lazzaro C+T

3. Modern Porch

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4. Casa in Toscana

5. Villa in Marbella

6. Modern Porch

7. Pontatoc Residence Remodel

8. H17 Residence

9. Compact modern house

10. Lotus Lake House

11. Carmel Residence

12. Cove House

13. PBH Colip House

14. Cardiff Beach House

15. Rozelle Cottage

16. Peaks View Residence

17. Mandeville Canyon Residence

18. Edina Modern Farmhouse

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17 Appealing Modern Entrance Designs That Will Tempt You

Unlike the modern entry hall which creates the first impression of your interior, the modern entrance should prepare the visitors for what they should expect once they step inside your home. At the same time, it should be inviting so that it tempts you to approach and enter.
However, the entrance is an integral part of your home’s modern exterior and therefore, it should feel as it is a part of it. You mustn’t let its design become an eyesore to your home’s exterior design. This is another reason why the exterior and interior design of your home should be related.

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Welcome to a new collection of modern designs in which we are going to show you the following 17 Appealing Modern Entrance Designs That Will Tempt You. These designs are a part of our recent showcase of the modern style in which we’ve already covered all of the interiors that a modern home should have. This collection is the first in the showcase that features outdoor designs but it certainly won’t be the last so stay tuned for updates. Enjoy!

1. House K

2. Modern Entrance

3. CASA G

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4. Timberlane Shores

5. Woodside Residence

6. Modern Entrance

7. East 20th Modernized Vancouver Special

8. Rose Bay residence I

9. Musterhaus Vienna

10. Modern Entrance

11. hahn egeland residence

12. Harbor Beach Extension Residence

13. Modern Entry

14. Case Inlet Retreat

15. Queen Anne Residence

16. Atherton Modern Residence

17. Piedmont Residence

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House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

Project: House in Mukainada
Architects: FujiwaraMuro Architects
Location: Hiroshima, Japan
Area: 885 sq ft
Photographs by: Toshiyuki Yano

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House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects

FujiwaraMuro Architects have designed the House in Mukainada – a compact modern family home in a quiet residential neighborhood in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
This modern dwelling is a single story wooden structure that merely spans across just over 880 square feet. One of its most interesting features lies in the outdoor areas but we’ll let you discover that by yourself.

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

Clients desired a house suitable for an elderly couple where gardening could be enjoyed. They also wanted a large space to be able to run a variety store and host a gallery or workshop in future.

Therefore, we proposed a house with a planted walkway outside of the house. Outside of the house, we created wide rounded-shape earthen floor (doma) connected to the house. By planting flower and trees in and around the earthen floor (doma), the walkway appears.

Making the most of existing Japanese dogwood trees, the house is located diagonally to the site with consideration given to a view of mountains on the road side, daylight from the south and misalignment of eye lines from adjacent lands.

After the completion, the house becomes a gathering place for people, including parents and children of the owners living nearby. The atmosphere of the house will continue to change as the plants grow.

Western Red Cedar timbers are used for exterior wall and Oak and Kempas floorings are used for interior floor so that the client can enjoy aging of architecture with growth of plants in the garden

FujiwaraMuro Architects

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

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House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

House in Mukainada by FujiwaraMuro Architects in Hiroshima, Japan

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Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

Project: Upper Rockridge Residence
Architects: AAA Architecture
Location: Oakland, California, USA
Photographs by: Courtesy of AAA Architecture

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Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture

AAA Architecture have been commissioned to design a house for a site located in Upper Rockridge in the Oakland Hills. The lot was actually one of the very few grassy lots that remained after the Oakland Hills Firestorm in 1991.
The main requirement that the clients had for the Upper Rockridge Residence was that it would maximize the views that the lot provides as well as connect the interior areas to the outdoors. It was to be designed to embody the modernist principals of California’s best residential architecture.

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

The Oakland Hills Firestorm left behind grey ash and blackened foundations from thousands of homes. Over 20 years later very few grassy lots remain as reminders of this event. One of these had once been a 1958 redwood-clad house by William Wurster in Upper Rockridge. Our clients acquired the lot a number years ago and started down the path toward their dream home with several different architects before coming to AAA Architecture with Randolph R. Ruiz and Benjamin Parco.

We were asked to design a house for this site that would maximize views, connect to the outdoors, feature expressive materiality, and embody the modernists principals of California’s best architecture. Through their previous design efforts, the clients had developed some strong preconceptions for how the house should be arranged. In fact, the four previous schemes they had developed were nearly identical in their organization and siting. We convinced them to explore new possibilities with us, and as a result, we ended up producing dozens of iterative schemes in order to arrive at the unexpected.

Successfully responding to this beautiful site was the essential challenge of this project. We faced a large, but awkward lot; great views, but close neighbors; and great climate, but harsh exposure. These conditions demanded a solution that took advantage of everything the site had to offer. The clients ultimately chose a design that uses two offset bars to create front and rear courtyards divided by a two-story tall breakfast room. The ground floor is organized by four parallel lines of masonry walls oriented toward the site’s views. These walls define the house’s two bars and are both interrupted and connected by windows and glass doors. The eastern wall of each bar is buttressed at regular intervals to subtly define interior spaces and to eliminate the need for interrupting shear walls or expensive moment frames. The second floor contains three bedrooms and an office situated within four boxes balanced upon the masonry walls below, and clad in charred cedar. Large glass windows at this level are framed in projecting metal hoods that will contain operable louver screens at three locations with western exposure.

The modules of the insulated, ground face concrete block helped impose a rigor to the plans that is easily lost in wood frame construction. The blocks allowed for an honest and attractive expression of structure that brought a lot of architectural value to both the interior and exterior while conveying the texture and permanence of stone. Furthermore, the thermal mass and integral insulation of the block allowed us to open up large areas of glass and still outperform California’s stringent energy requirements by a large margin.

The house utilizes a wide range of techniques and features to reduce its impact on the environment and its occupants. These include high-efficiency fixtures and equipment, zoned HVAC, low-VOC coatings, under slab radon venting, efficient framing techniques, and drought tolerant landscaping. The house will be Green Point-rated.

AAA Architecture

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

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Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

Upper Rockridge Residence by AAA Architecture in Oakland, California

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