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Recently renewed by Loucas Zahos Architects, the Taringa House, located in a tranquil suburb of Brisbane, Australia boasts a wonderful interior characterised by transparence and brightness. Originally, Taringa House functioned as a worker’s cottage. After the “intervention”, only a few of the original elements were kept. One of the elements was the street façade (the client’s wish was to keep it “untainted” and let it follow the neighbourhood’s traditional design line).
This “old vs new” division generated a clear contrast between the building’s forms. “The ‘old’ cottage functions as an entrance from street level, also accommodating a guest bedroom, bathroom and overflow living space. The ‘new’ addition is the core of everyday living in the house. It contains the kitchen, main living area, dining and bedrooms.”
The living room opens up to the terrace and the courtyard. What’s really interesting is that all the glass work makes a Jacaranda tree (one of the old elements kept “alive”) visible from almost any room. The family lives in the new structure while the old part has been transformed into a guesthouse.
The idea that generated the design of this House in South-Western Australia was to achieve a reflection of the surrounding landscapes through materials and living spaces evoking openness: “the project displays the paired ideas of meandering and built formality, reflecting the relationship between the natural contours of bushland (emblematic of the site’s iconic Margaret River view, with its rolling river headland) and the crisp horizontal nature of the ocean beyond”, explained the creative team at Tierra Design.
Functionally separated in two building wings by a central courtyard, the residence provides the opportunity of two families living together. White canopies shelter the volumes, adding an interesting effect to the overall exterior design composition: “The rooves are transformed from a gesture at entry to expansive planes, echoing the breadth of landscape beyond. The ceilings become a floating island contrasting with the olive backdrop of bush”. Timber screens and stone walls further contribute to the project’s well defined modern personality.
Wood is one of the fine materials that never go out of trend. It’s an inspiration for all architecture enthusiasts out there because it’s both modern and classy. It’s like the little black dress from a woman’s wardrobe. It’s bold and influential and it establishes a connection between man and the environment. It is warm and familiar and most of the times, this is a really important issue, especially when it comes to choosing the perfect décor for your home, the place where you intend to spend some time for a while. We’ve spotted this interesting house on Plastolux and we felt like sharing it with you too. Now, when it comes to Portland, there’s an interesting phenomenon going on: there’s always something new (and modern) in the way.
The interior of this particular house is bright and it opens up to the courtyard, boasting a sense of volume and space. The wood excess creates a cozy ambience, something to remind us of the comfortable and inviting mountain chalets, only less crowded. Breezy and elegant, the place is perfect for someone that loves freedom and The facade, the interior staircase, the ceiling, even the shower – all these have a common element: wood.
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“Play with the light” – this could be a wonderful slogan for Casa Natalia, the residential project developed by Agraz Arquitectos in Guadalajara, Mexico. Imagine how the world of design would look like if each house had a slogan, in the first place. By exploring (just) a little bit the field of branding, we see how slogans (and mottos) can influence our decision when it comes to purchasing products based on the level of respect and attraction towards the brand. Now, applying the same principle, could a house with a slogan influence our thinking and convince us that a certain house is worth buying? We don’t know yet about this, but what we know for certain is that the way you present a house, can.
Casa Natalia is charming and warm. It allows the light to sneak inside in a very playful way thanks to the panels installed on the windows. The horizontal cut outs create an interesting atmosphere, especially during the evenings, when the moon scatters its shy rays. The house spreads on three levels. “The vertical circulations that join all stories are contained in this added limb and where coated, in and outside, by metal and wood shutters designed by the artist Adrian Guerrero. These control light and privacy and allow a poetic dialogue between glass and steel.” Modern, elegant and airy, Casa Natalia is a welcoming family house that boasts quirky details, in order to create the perfect living space.