gal-based architect Paula Santos has created a stunning minimalist home. The property can be found in Ovar, Portugal.
According to the architect: The contemporary Portuguese property is an exercise where we were stretched to the limit a number of ideas and concepts of other projects, which had never been put in place. It is also – and above all – a project, which allows for thinking with other people about their own way of inhabiting a dwelling.
“The large-scale project, covering 680m2, to be located on not very stable sandy soil allowed us to ponder the house as an object which develops in a continuum. The need to design the main area of the contemporary Portuguese house as a ground floor meant that the difference between spaces was implemented by means of variable heights in geometric forms: in respect of their importance and meaning, the most expressive areas such as the swimming pool and the painter’s studio or the body of the entrance from the street acquire more expressive and more elevated forms.
“The idea for the object in concrete, a traditionally sculptable material, appears implicit in this concept, designing the elevations with level and sloping surfaces up to the coverage. The length of the corridor is used to distribute the desired functions and large areas, further creating clipping plan, which allow for a relation with landscape, with the various wooded areas to be constructed suggesting outdoor leisure.”
USA-based design studio William McDonough + Partners have teamed up with Amsterdam-based designers D/DOCK to redesign a new office space for Bosch Siemens Hausgeräte (B/S/H). The ultra-modern office space can be found in Hoofddorp, The Netherlands.
According to the architects: “The choice was made for a new building in Park 20l20, a new Cradle to Cradle-inspired office park in Hoofddorp. Its openness made it possible to create the desired inviting and open environment. Also its high level of sustainability fitted perfectly with the vision of B/S/H/ on that issue (the company gives this high priority). William McDonough + Partners designed this flexible, innovative workplace, including many sustainable features, such as a full-height, four-story atrium with an indoor/outdoor Living Green Wall and Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) roof that maximises energy and day lighting of the contemporary Dutch building.
“D/DOCK developed a tailor-made interior for the ultimate experience of the B/S/H/ brand and as a unique work environment. The result is a welcoming place that radiates a sense of calm, open for everyone, everywhere and at any time. Optimal lighting, tactile materials, soft colors and flexible design elements throughout maximise the experience and well-being of the people and emphasise the open structure and the vision of B/S/H/ as a company. Every time the perfect balance was sought between combining the five brands on one hand, and keeping their own brand identity on the other: give clarity to the total, with attention for the individual.
“The result is a very flexible facility, easy to adapt to any brand or function. A good example of this is the cooking school. In a very short time the appliances of one brand can be changed to that of another, so all brands can use the space at any time. The same goes for the auditorium, and even the bar and restaurant, where personnel, visitors and retailers are welcome to sit and relax or have (informal) meetings.
“The central core (the atrium), on the first two floors, houses the Experience Centre – named ‘Inspiratiehuis 20l20’. Here each of the brands has their own publicly accessible showroom, where they make their products come alive.
“D/DOCK worked in close cooperation with B/S/H/ to design the contemporary Netherlands office spaces on the two top floors, according to the innovative ‘new way of working’ principle. The space is composed of zones, alternative workplaces and a flexible use of furniture, and each floor features a ‘hub’. This is a central space where all the community functions are clustered, as well as the management.
“A big part of the interior, including all refurbishments like the Shaw carpet, is supplied under the Fornature terms. These terms guarantee that all interior products will return to the supplier after the end of use, to stimulate reuse and to ensure a second-life for all interior elements. By choosing Fornature, B/S/H participates in creating a cyclical system of material reuse and recycling and ultimately means less raw material use and an enormous waste reduction.”
The Room Service warehouse has been working flat out in the last few months producing some amazing new pieces. Whether its a brand new piece, a re-adaptation of an old favorite or a hand crafted custom piece, we take pride in the creation of stunning, eye catching furniture. Here are a few new pieces.
Brisbane-based interior design studio, Interiors by Darren James, has completed a contemporary kitchen design for a German family living in Australia.
According to the designers: “When the German owners of this contemporary Australian property engaged Interiors by Darren James to design and build their dream kitchen they wanted premium quality in every detail: design, materials, workmanship and finish. This project clearly demonstrates what is possible when you combine good design, the latest technical mechanisms, quality materials and handcraft production techniques – a project that exceeds every expectation.
“Whilst the clients requested an ultramodern design they still wanted it to suit their Australian lifestyle. Central to the brief was the need to satisfy an enthusiastic and demanding gourmand by creating a kitchen that ‘feels like home’ yet still packs a punch visually and supports the entertaining of family and friends. The result is a free flowing functional kitchen design that makes the best possible use of the available space in this long and narrow room.
The existing space
“The original kitchen was small, cramped and non-functional. To pave the way for a larger space highly sought after by the clients, the diving wall that separated the previous kitchen and an unused sitting room was bought down – a concept the clients hadn’t considered until now. The resulting space was a larger room, approximately 7.5 x 3.2m.
Wall Oven feature & room divider
“A strategically placed wall oven feature surrounded by LED strip lighting is suspended 300mm off the floor and 300mm off the ceiling creating a unique floating look and provides access either side to the cleverly hidden scullery. Metal supports and bracing was incorporated into the construction of the wall and thicker timber framing was also used to ensure structural integrity.
“A selected range of stainless steel Miele appliances included in the feature wall further enhance the cutting edge look whilst providing all the functional requirements of the clients’ healthy cooking style. The black glass finish on the feature door and drawer fronts complement the ‘piano finish’ of the surrounding ‘Ebony Maccassar’natural veneer. In keeping with the desired minimalist look, all the black glass fronts are handless and open electronically using Blums ‘Servo drive’ mechanisms. Thanks to this technology with the simple press of the button the wall oven feature easily transforms from a stunning furniture piece to a fully functional storage space.
Functional cooking and cleaning zones
“A number of work zones within the kitchen ensure the space operates efficiently at all times. The cooking zone includes an induction cooktop for efficient cooking whilst the Neff rangehood is cleverly concealed in the piano finish ‘Ebony Maccassar’ natural veneer which is highlighted by LED strip lighting. To enhance the overall look the veneer work on the rangehood feature box is grain matched and mitred to create a superior and seamless finish. The sink area consists of a large single bowl ‘professional series’ Oliveri sink and a water efficient KWC Inox vege spray mixer ensures even bulky baking items and trays are easy to clean. A three bin system is placed at the bottom of the sink cupboard on a servo drive mechanism allowing the client to easily open without the need of any hands.
Practical Island Bench that packs a punch
“The visually stunning island bench serves dual function purposes. Staron ‘ solid surface was selected for its contemporary appearance as well as for its durability and has been raised 20mm to define a casual seating and dining area.
“The client has a passion for baking, making her own pastry, pasta and breads. Like many a pastry chef she prefers working on natural stone. Therefore a 20mm piece of ‘Calacutta’ marble was selected and inlayed into the 100mm Staron ‘Metero’ benchtop. The gorgeous showpiece slab gives the impression of elegance, adds visual character and complements the other natural elements perfectly.
“Storage has been well considered in this contemporary kitchen design with a scullery providing ample space for groceries as well as specific areas that have been custom designed to house items such as recipe books, small appliances and cutting boards. Every storage item has been thoughtfully located in terms of function and frequency of use. Storage space has been optimized with the use of easy access drawers using Blum’s slow motion drawers. Again the kitchen has been fitted out with the full range of Blum organisational accessories including plate racks, spice racks, knife racks as well as ‘orgaline’ for cutlery and utensil.
Luxurious quality finishes
“One of the main requests of the owners was to include luxurious quality finishes to create maximum visual impact. A combination of different textures and finishes were incorporated to ensure high esthetic qualities as well as top performance. This was created by creatively combining an array of high end materials and textures: The piano finish ‘Ebony Macassar’ natural veneer, black painted glass, automotive high gloss grey lacquer, stainless steel, Calacutta Oro marble and Staron Tempest all combine to create a sophisticated and visually stunning contemporary Australian kitchen interior design.
“The incorporation of the mirror splash back not only adds to the sense of space but ensures nothing is taken away the sophisticated simplicity that this kitchen already boasts.
Light it up
“LED stip lighting is thoughtfully placed for both ambient, feature and practical purposes. It particularly highlights the stunning design of cabinetry features seen throughout this kitchen. Natural lighting is maximised with the inclusion of a sliding door in the scullery that conveniently opens out to the alfresco area. LED Downlights have been thoughtfully placed throughout the kitchen to illuminate task areas and work surfaces.”