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Armadale Residence / B.E Architecture. This House Makes Extensive Use Of Granite Throughout Its Design. B.e architecture have recently completed a new three-storey house in Melbourne, Australia, that features 260 tons of granite which make up the building’s skin. The granite on the exterior of the house has a split-faced finish that allows the home to have a textured when viewed from the outside. Working together with builders and stone masons, the architects were able to create subtle variation in the materials and intricate details, to create a cohesive stone look throughout the house. Granite and glass have been used to surround a private outdoor shower in a secluded Japanese garden that’s connected to the master bedroom. Inside the main master ensuite bathroom, smooth granite walls create a natural appearance, while the basin and countertop have been engineered from a solid block of stone, creating a seamless finish. Opposite the vanity is a freestanding bathtub that’s also been carved from a single granite block.

This Stone Cottage In Spain Has A Contemporary Interior With White Walls And Light Wood. Photography by David Montero Laura Alvarez Architecture has designed Villa Slow, a holiday retreat in the North of Spain that replaced where a stone-ruin once sat. Based on a traditional construction called ‘cabaña pasiega’ (peasant cabin), Villa Slow is a stone cottage with a contemporary twist. All of the materials used to build Villa Slow are reused from the old stone shed or come from the area of Cantabria. The rough exterior stone-walls and roofs contrast the bright white and wood contemporary interior.

The main area of the cottage with a living room, dining area and kitchen has two large panoramic windows that face opposite directions. On one side, there’s a small patio with expansive views of the mountains and valleys in the distance. The interior has plenty of wood elements to give a warm feeling, while a combination of classic sitting furniture, minimalist elements and a fireplace create a very calm and relaxing space. West Yard Farm / van Ellen + Sheryn. West Yard Farm / van Ellen + Sheryn Architects Location Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom Lead Architects Eilir Sheryn, Ian Phillips Area 400.0 m2 Project Year 2013 Photographs Manufacturers Cantifix, Mandarin Stone From the architect.

The clients brief was to refurbish and extend an 18th century Dartmoor farmstead to provide a large, contemporary family home that makes the most of the 60 acre wooded valley setting. An important wish was for as self-sufficient a dwelling as possible, with a carefully considered environmental approach. Although the buildings were not listed, as they were located within the conservation area of North Bovey and the National Park, so a key consideration was their respectful refurbishment and extension. The modern interventions were well received by the local planning authority, who praised the clarity and separation between old and new. The milking parlour to the west of the farmhouse and barn would provide the annex accommodation required. House in Melgaço / Nuno Brandão Costa. House in Melgaço / Nuno Brandão Costa Architects Location 4960 Parada do Monte, Portugal Area 349.0 sqm Project Year 2016 Photographs Collaborators Filipa Júlio, Joanna Katherine Guimarães, Structure Ana Isabel Vale (ABprojectos) Hydraulic Ana Isabel Vale (ABprojectos) Electrical Maria da Luz Santiago (RS Associados) Mechanical Raul Bessa (GET) More SpecsLess Specs From the architect.

The house to be extended, a very small rural stone building, formerly inhabited by a family of 11 members, fits into the rough terrain of a large plot of land in Melgaço, in the interior of Minho, in Northern Portugal. 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 small house contains the dining and cooking areas on two floors, connected by an interior staircase against the north façade. Cottage Restoration / Studio Contini. Cottage Restoration / Studio Contini Architects Location Località Agna, 43021 Agna PR, Italy Architect in Charge Marco Contini Collaborators Sara Chiari, Matteo Zaccarelli Area 68.0 sqm Project Year 2015 Photographs Courtesy of Studio Contini Manufacturers Aleo, Italserramenti srl Structure Ing.

Simone Leoni Photovoltaic system Aleo Mechanical systems CD Studio Contracting companies Impresa edile Barbieri Danilo; Aleo solar More SpecsLess Specs This construction is located in Tufi d'Agna, a small settlement in the mountain town of Corniglio, inside of the Tuscan-Emilian Appenine recently recognized by the UNESCO as a MAB (Man and the Biosphere Programme) reserve. The small building, a farm building once used to shelter the shepherds and animals, was recovered as a refuge where the residential use, considering the remote location and the difficulties to achieve it, is sporadic and linked to the summer period. Maison compacte en Slovénie par Dekleva Gregoric. Dekleva Gregoric, cabinet d’architecture basé en Slovénie composé de Aljoša Dekleva et Tina Gregori? , nous présente le projet Compact Karst House, une maison de campagne compacte d’environ 90m².

Dans la pure tradition des petites habitations de la région, de pierre et calcaire, disposant de peu d’ouverture pour se protéger du froid et vent, le duo d’architectes actualise le concept et nous livrent un volume brut mêlant pierre et bois. A la manière d’un chalet de montagne, l’espace du rez-de-chaussée, fait de bois et ouvert vers l’extérieur propose de larges espaces de vie, cuisine et salle à manger comme zone de partage. « The design of the house addresses the relationship between contemporary and tradition, it opens up the question about the characteristics of anonymous traditional built architecture from which it originates and simultaneously establishes the relationship between contemporary interpretation and traditionally conditional domain of synthesis.« Voici les plans :

CASA Vi / EV+A Lab Atelier d'architettura. Architects EV+A Lab Atelier d'architettura Location Sondrio, Province of Sondrio, Italy Architect in Charge Alfredo Vanotti Area 75.0 sqm Project Year 2015 Photographs From the architect. This house is located in the surroundings of Sondrio on the Orobic Alps at about 1000 meters of altitude. The customer requests were to transform an existing ruin, realized in bricks of concrete, into a residence, that had the most solar radiation and lighting in the livingroom and, at the same time, a view toward the bottom of the valley. In those circumstances, after a careful analysis of the context, of the possibilities in terms of exposure, of the study of the sunlight and the study of technologies and of the values of the mountain architecture, I realized the project through a reinterpretations, in a modern key, of the construction techniques and materials used in the past.

The same for the kitchenette also realized directly in place, on stainless steel with 2 sinks. Par-Do transforms stone barn into compact residence. Portuguese architects Sofia Parente and André Delgado have converted an old stone barn in Viana do Castelo into a compact two-storey residence (+ slideshow). The architects – who have recently formed a studio named Par-Do – were tasked with completely overhauling the ageing building, which sits between a road and a vineyard on the outskirts of the Portuguese town.

Their approach involved inserting a new structure behind the traditional stone walls, leaving the exterior of the building largely unchanged. This made it possible to create rooms with straight walls. The house's ground floor is stepped to follow the sloping topography of the site. The lowest section forms the cooking and dining space, while the upper section forms a living space with a double-height ceiling overhead. A wooden box was added at the centre of the plan, acting as an informal partition between these ground floor spaces and supporting a mezzanine floor built above to create a bedroom.

Photography is by José Campos. House on a pinewood. Mani Tower House / Z-level. Architects: Z-level Location: Mani Peninsula, Greece Architect in Charge: Elena Zervoudakis Area: 150.0 sqm Project Year: 2011 Photographs: Babis Louzidis Structural Engineers: Dimitris Arnellos, Mary Kazakou Construction: Vladimir Durma, Xylarmogi, Ikosmidis Site Area: 900m² From the architect. Location The region of Greece in the southern Peloponnese known as ‘Mani’ is a special place. It’s turbulent history, rugged natural beauty and distinctive architecture provide visitors with an unforgettable experience. It is a rare and most valuable asset of Greece that is now beginning to be embraced by all, including many people from outside Greece, who wish to settle in the area or to spend their summers there.

The tower-house is located at Exo Nyfi, an abandoned traditional settlement in Eastern Mani with stone towers. Goals The intention of the design was for a spare renovation of the tower-house and its conversion into a holiday villa that exuded a primordial spirit of place. Holiday home has seven cuboids with stone walls. Stone from a local quarry was used for the cladding, paving and retaining walls of this cluster of buildings by DVA Arhitekta, built on a sprawling site in Bosnia and Herzegovina (+ slideshow). Named Country House, the building was designed by the Zagreb-based studio as a holiday complex for a former football player and his family. It comprises seven buildings spread across a remote 35,000-square-metre site near Bijača, a village in the country's West Herzegovina canton, near the Croatian border.

"The owners originate from the area and wanted to build a vacation house there, mostly so their children could grow up surrounded by nature," the architects told Dezeen. "When they asked us to come for the first time the nature was amazing, but there was nothing there to start from, so we said: let's build the walls to mark our territory. " A stone wall now surrounds the site and a new road winds through it, dotted with buildings at various points.

Photography is by Robert Leš. Project credits: Villa Melana / Valia Foufa + Panagiotis Papassotiriou. Civil Eng : Kratimenos Antonis Mechanical Eng : Kabilis Nikos Topographical Survey: Bokolas Dimitrios, Koulos Evangelos Civil Eng Consultant: Taraviras George From the architect. The project was awarded to us by a family leaving in Athens keen on a new country house in the Arcadian Landscape. Design started mid-2012 and work on site was completed at the end of 2014. The program It all started as a simple snapshot; At a very steep site with clear view towards the sea a holiday retreat protects its inhabitants from the sun heat and the strong winds while soothing the senses under the moonlight. We have placed the building at the only available naturally formed plateau of the site in order to avoid unnecessary groundworks that could spoil the relief. Simple elements to deal with a difficult and very unstable and steep terrain. The structure is defined by 3 volumes that are placed along the contour lines.

ESSE House / ellevuelle architetti. Architects: ellevuelle architetti Location: Forli, Forlì-Cesena, Italy Area: 285.0 sqm Year: 2013 Photographs: Alvise Raimondi Structural Design: Enrico Venturi Mechanical Design: Luca Bruschi Building Company: Tedaldi Patrizio Impresa Edile From the architect. The need of the client was to demolish and rebuild the house in which he lived, which had serious structural failure. Forlì country houses are “conventional” forms of building: on two floors, pitched roof, plastered walls. The proposal presented is linked to an “idea of classic” values of the country house and to context: dialogue and opening with the landscape, development of one floor house, use of color and materials related to the landscape, definition of different types of spaces (now open on the landscape, now more introverted).

The client is the director of a winery; his family consists of his wife, two sons and elderly mother. A Tranquil Home That Unites With The Natural Beauty Of The Site | CONTEMPORIST. Walker Warner Architects have designed a home located in the town of Woodside, California. The architect’s description The Mountain Wood residence embodies the San Francisco firm’s belief that architecture should be expressive, timeless, and always united with the natural beauty of the site—in this case, the small rural town of Woodside, California. To create a variety of complementary indoor and outdoor living experiences, Walker Warner arranged three zinc-roofed structures—a main house, an office, and a barn—around a loose central courtyard. The fourth structure—a pool house—comprises a row of three pavilions, constructed of the same understated material palette of wood, stone, glass and steel, as the main buildings.

The rustic stone barn, reminiscent of a beautiful ruin that has long stood on the land, stands at the front of the property, acting as a visual threshold and symbol of the updated rural vernacular. At sundown, the house appears like a jewel box in the woods. Torispardon reinterprets farm buildings as a modern home. A modern timber and glass structure connects the more traditional stone-walled buildings at either end of this house in the Scottish highlands, designed by architects Stuart Archer and Liz Marinko (+ slideshow). The property for a single occupant replaces a derelict cottage and farm building on a hillside site within a conservation area in the Spey Valley. The Gaelic word Tor – meaning a rock or piles of rocks on top of a hill – gave the project its name, Torispardon. The footprint, massing and materials of the original buildings were recreated in the two new stone-walled structures, while the linking middle section offers a contemporary counterpoint. "Farmer's crofts in the highlands often have several outbuildings within their boundaries; as a farm expands or requires new facilities, a new outbuilding is constructed," explained Archer and Marinko.

"Instead of creating a new singular house it was felt that this additive approach was more appropriate. " Photography is by David Barbour. Itoman Gyomin Syokudo / Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop. Architects: Yamazaki Kentaro Design Workshop Location: Itoman, Okinawa, Japan Area: 84.0 sqm Photographs: Nahoko Koide Project Management : nano-associates Co. ,Ltd. Food Direction : Ryosuke Tamura (Azabu choko) Landscape : Takio Inada Structural Design : ASD / Ryuji Tabata,Takayuki Tabata Graphic Design : Isabella Testai Site Area: 473.49 sqm From the architect. The Itoman Gyomin Shokudo, located in Itoman, Okinawa was conceived with the aim of supporting and promoting the local tradition and culture through its cuisine. The restaurant is covered in Ryukyu limestone and was constructed as part of a “masonry workshop” organized by the project collaborators. The fishermen in Itoman often constructed their own fishery grounds by hand using Ryukyu limestone. The restaurant seating is raised from the ground level and creates a spatial balance with the sunken gardens that surround it.

. * Location to be used only as a reference. Dry-stone walls clad English countryside house by The Manser Practice. Roduit House Transformation / Savioz Fabrizzi Architectes. Gumus Su Villas / Cirakoglu Architects. Empordà House / Núria Selva Villaronga. DG House / Iñigo Esparza Arquitecto. Cliff House by Altius Architecture. Casa Contadina / a2bc. Igúzquiza / LopezNeiraCiaurri.

Factory Jaffa House / Pitsou Kedem Architects. Stone Respect / Dom Arquitectura. ALPL / Smertnik Kraut Architekten. Hunting Lodge by BASARCH. Jaffa House by Pitsou Kedem. House in Serra de Janeanes by João Branco. Jaffa Flat by Pitsou Kedem. House in Blacksod Bay by Tierney Haines Architects. Loughloughan Barn / McGarry-Moon Architects. Madisonhouse by XTEN Architecture. Maison Belle Iloise par Opus 5. Connemara / Peter Legge Associates. Wickstead Lodge by Baynes & Co. Stone House in Anavissos / Whitebox Architects. Apprentice Store by Threefold Architects. Hunting Lodge / BASARCH. OTIO / Sebastian Nagy Architects. Country House / DVA ARHITEKTA. Alemanys 5 by Anna Noguera.