I am not a religious person, but I do love the architecture and historical feeling of churches. So when a church building is no longer needed in its original function I love seeing it restored with respect and care towards the history of the building. This however doesn’t mean that the interior of the building should be vintage or ‘old fashioned’. A contrast between the historic architecture and a modern interior can be very beautiful when it’s done well, as in this church in Utrecht.
Have a lovely sunday! Here some images that inspired me this week (top picture: Ikea living room by Denise Grünstein)
If you love large windows that bring the outdoors in than this architectural home called Thong House in Vietnam is something you are going to love. The family residence consists of large cubes divided over 4 stories built around a central staircase. The large open spaces and lack of walls creates a space where family members can easily connect and interact with each other. The huge windows in the living spaces creates a open feeling where indoors and outdoors blend together while the carved wooden panels that cover the exterior create privacy in the bedrooms. Those windows in the 5-meter-high living room really takes my breath away, such beautiful architecture.
I’m always looking out for books about interior design and architecture and I have a large post on my tumblr page that I update everytime I find new inspirational books. Today I came across Let’s Go Out Again by Gestalten. This book is filled with interiors for restaurants, bars and unusual food places some of which I have also posted on my blog (f.e. The Jane Restaurant and Väkst restaurant).
Minimalism meets nature in this impressive East African home designed by Sforza Seilern Architects. Situated atop the granite rock the views from Gota House over the reservoir, the surrounding jungle, farmland and the Gota Dam are incredible. Not surprisingly the home has large windows taking full advantage of the view while the cantilevered roof provides some shade from the warm African sun.
A sad week in the architectural world, Zaha Hadid passed away at the age of 65 last thursday. Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-born British architect, she was the first woman and the first Muslim to receive the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the first woman to receive the RIBA’s royal gold medal. To honour Zaha Hadid my sunday inspiration is entirely about her work.
Who doesn’t want a summer cottage with sea views? This beautiful monochromatic summer cottage by architectural firm ARDESS stands in the dunes in Skagen, Denmark. The cottage almost dissapears into the landscape because of the use of grey Cedar wood and the large windows that makes you able to look through the house to the dunes on the other side. The cottage is only 54 square meter but by clever use of space this summer cottage has two sleeping area’s with bathrooms and two seperate entrances so it can house two families. It’s a truly wonderful cottage so close to the sea and which fits beautifully in the surrounding landscape.
In a residential area of the Indonesian capital Jakarta stands this architectural home called ‘Rumah Miring’ which means Slanted House. The house, designed by Budi Pradono Architects, stands out because of its tilted white painted steel frame that surrounds the space within. The designers kept the use of materials to a minimum by mainly using wood and glass in combination with the steel frame which gives the home a light, minimalistic feel. The glass walls, the open structure with many different views and the use of plants helps bringing the outdoors inside this Jakarta home. This glass house inside a slanted steel frame is a beautiful unique piece of architecture.