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    Yakusha Design / Kyiv, Ukraine

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    Maíra Acayaba


2020’s outstanding residential projects

Nav Pal
15 Dec 2020

A spotlight on the homes we wished we had in 2020

Yakusha Design’s The Air

The idea behind this minimalistic cliff cabin was to create architecture overlooking the ocean with a feeling of weightlessness. This 270° glass structure nestles in the rock and stands a little before the cliff, provoking the sense of “impossible architecture”. Just like a lighthouse, it confronts the sea breeze on an everyday basis; however, the building, which is set on the vertical pillar and secured with the foundation made of recycled concrete, is absolutely equilibrated. 

Minimalist open concept interior of a 48 sq m cabin includes only essential furniture. A warm beige theme provides homely vibes and cosiness independent of the weather and “mood” of the ocean outside. Functional zones of the living room, kitchen, bedroom and bathroom, flow from one to another. 

Concrete turns into 'corduroy' as French architect makes debut US project

More than 70 slabs of concrete-clad the facade of French architect Francois Leininger’s debut US project, 30 Warren Tribeca, but the design is no ordinary display of Brutalist concrete architecture. 

In the lobby, he outfitted the entry wall with the same precast concrete, and in each of the 23 residences, he used a fluted glass in the kitchens to mimic the unique effect.

The condominium, which completes later this year, is the latest installment in the architectural renaissance of New York’s trendy Tribeca neighborhood, famous for its iconic lofts and cast-iron architecture.

‘Remote working dream’ as Christopher Wright Architecture completes waterfront home near Seattle

Christopher Wright Architecture recently completed a home that stands out as a calming place of refuge just an hour outside of Seattle.

Remarkably, the house is also suspended above the ground like a bridge, conserving the roots of several large Cedar trees it calls close neighbors.

After living in a large home with a manicured landscape for several years, the homeowners were ready to inhabit a more intimate space with a strong connection to trees, bay views, and the land itself.

One of the owners, originally from Switzerland, requested the design reflect elements of Swiss style, combining modern inferences with classic structural elements, craftsmanship, and pointed attention to detail.

Intimate and private Rio House rises into the canopy to embrace jungle

The primary design goal was to make the house as small as possible within its tropical jungle setting. The 1,500 sq ft house is a secluded hideaway for the owner couple to retreat from the distractions of city life.

Essentially a steel-and-glass box, the house hovers above the land supported structurally by two concrete piers, one of which also functions as an indoor/outdoor fireplace. Tucked into the juçara palm and cariniana trees on the 3.1-acre site, the north end of the home contains a single bedroom while the south end opens to views of the city, the sea, and Rio’s famous Christ the Redeemer statue. On the ground plane below, a screened porch and outdoor kitchenette allow the owners to engage the landscape. 

Netherland’s masterplan aspires to create the "smartest neighbourhood in the world"

UNSense’s 100 Homes Project, in Helmond, has the potential to be an international model for smart and future-proof urban developments that will benefit both people and the planet.

The 100 Homes Project is part of the UNStudio masterplan for the expansion of the Brandevoort neighbourhood, a plan with 1,500 permanent and 500 temporary homes, greenery and 12 hectares of business park, with the ambition to become the "smartest neighbourhood in the world". The masterplan is designed around key pillars such as self-sufficiency through joint energy generation and local food production, future-proof water management, joint data management and groundbreaking mobility services.

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