The bustling streets of in Vietnam have only gotten busier in the last few years with the capital becoming the focal point of the nation’s rapid economic growth. A climate that is perfect for your entrepreneurs and businessmen the city offers a window into a world of opportunities that were simply unfathomable a decade ago.
Think of storage space and our mind drifts towards wall-mounted cabinets and large shelves that make the most of the vertical room on offer in our modest homes. But have you ever considered all the floor space that goes to waste?
Nestled on an lot in Jakarta the expansive home consists of 19 bedrooms spread across two spacious levels with additional living areas nestled on the ground floor. A central courtyard and light tunnel form the axis around which these individual rooms are placed as a floor of natural light and green freshness brightens the interior.
The front façade of the house is shaped by a beautiful and bright terracotta wall that was carefully created by craftsmen at Pamulang. This matte orange feature gives the home a cozy inviting appeal and an unmistakable personality. Carefully placed gaps in the wall bring in filtered light while much of the harsh tropical sunlight is kept out even as the natural properties of terracotta cool the home further. Energy efficiency is achieved at this Indonesian home by using passive cooling techniques along with the smartly placed courtyards which reduce reliance on artificial cooling and lighting systems.
While we often do not go into the details of the costs involved in the creation of dream homes and fabulous renovations that we often feature on it is often the single most important factor that defines these houses. Not many of us have the luxury of an ‘unrestricted budget’ and for 7A architecture studio which shaped the in Dak Lak Province Vietnam building costs were one of the guiding forces behind the design of this lovely family residence. With low construction costs and low-skilled local workers to deal with this ingenious house is all about maximizing both space and resources!
Nestled on a steep site that offers unabated views of The Minch the house draws your attention with its corrugated aluminum exterior that gives it a bold white and metallic sheen. Going beyond just the aesthetics the exterior of this smart family home offers considerable protection from the harsh winter weather and gusty winds that are all too common in this part of the world.
The timeless beauty and unspoiled charm of the needs no introduction for the avid travel enthusiast and for anyone who steps into this paradise it is hard to resist the temptation of another trip to the region. Nestled in one such magnificent nook of Tingvoll Norway and overlooking a fjord is this fabulous wooden cabin designed by Rever & Drage Architects. Combining aesthetics that are contemporary and minimal with the classic charm of a gabled roof with shingles the gorgeous cabin acts as a bridge between the past and the present.