Best Residential Architecture: Cubic Home Design


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Best Residential Architecture by A-cero

Out of the few residences that I have selected for the Best of Design blog, I have showcased two homes by A-cero – you’d think that they were my client or something! Unfortunately, they are not. But, fortunately for us, they continue to deliver some of the absolute best residential architectural designs. Period.

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This modern home design is made of intersecting concrete blocks that connect on three levels, creating a bold geometric dwelling space that is accentuated by a unique delta view.

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The different levels of the home are connected by clean concrete stairs that each lead to floor-to-ceiling windows that expose the hilltop views.

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The interior features two sprawling bedrooms, a full-sized gym, an indoor pool, a living area, an open kitchen space, a solarium to take in the views and a large terrace.

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The angles of the home, as with my previous post, are minimal but are so creatively put together that the home borders cubism in a way that respects tradition and ideas of modern architecture in Spain while lending a new edge to what can be done with basic materials: concrete and glass.

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Check out my other favorite home by A-cero Architecture in my post Residential Architecture: Angular Minimalism Design Reinvented.

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Top 100 Architecture Firms in the US

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I have scoured the web for the most accurate list of the top 100 architects and architecture firms in the United States. For what seemed months, I came across too many lists of architects and firms that I felt didn’t encapsulate the industry. Until today. Following is a list of the top 100 architecture firms in the United States that I found on Architect Magazine‘s website. Having worked with a few of these architecture firms in the past, I can say that many notables from Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Moseley Architects to Kanner Architects and RBB Architects, every firm listed here belongs to it — and with great recognition. While there are many other architectural firms not on this list, which I definitely feel should be, the firms mentioned here are definitely the top 100 architectural firms you must know.

This list has been assembled based not only on the size of the company, but on three fundamental elements that are often overlooked: profitability, sustainability, and the aesthetic, design quality of their buildings and homes.

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Residential architecture: angular minimalism design reinvented

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The Sotogrande House, designed by A-cero Architectural Studio, is perhaps one of the best examples of simple, angular designed residential architecture. The lines are characteristic of minimalist architecture,  but are offset by slopes and geometric slants that add surprising character to the typical design. Dare we say, this home is a reinterpretation of modern minimalism? Perhaps not, but this is surely the closest thing I’ve seen.

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Living With White explains: The architecture and design of this white vacation house truly sets itself apart. White plays the leading role throughout the spectacular interior which elevates each space and offers both play and contemplation. The drops of color here and there add charm and personality to the white interior. Once you get outdoors, the grand white architecture continues as the main attraction, where some greens and blues complement the great abode.

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The rooftop takes lounging to a whole other level! The marble stairs are dreamy! There are simply so many magical touches to enjoy throughout.

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To learn more about this amazing home, please visit Living With White’s article, Sotogrande Vacation Home in Spain, or visit A-cero Architectural Studio.

Top Residential Architecture: Eco-Friendly Beach House by Guz Wilkinson


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This modern home, designed by  Guz Wilkinson of Guz Architects, a Singapore firm specializing in eco-friendly tropical homes, truly sets itself apart from other beach front properties with its creative and unique design that includes a feeling of unrestricted space, an underwater lounge, undulating roofs, and a unique use of bamboo and limestone.

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The New York Times writes:

“I wanted to live in an open space, not a concrete monolith,” Stephen Fisher, owner of this amazing architectural space and a banker with J. P. Morgan, said.The design is simple: two glass-and-wood pavilions — one for living, one for sleeping — connected by a floating bamboo walkway, surrounding an ocean-facing infinity pool. Sliding glass panels allow views of water and sky from every room and can be opened for natural ventilation.

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Not only stylish and sophisticated, the beach front home is eco-friendly, in perfect Guz Wilkinson style. Unique, undulating roofs are lined with solar panels that generate about a third of the energy the house consumes; grass planted on top provides insulation to optimize natural cooling and a spot for the couple to practice yoga at dawn. Sliding glass panels allow views of water and sky from every room and can be opened for natural ventilation, reducing the use of air conditioning in the often humid climate.

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Read the full New York Times article, In Singapore, Embracing the Humidity.

The Glass House by Steve Hermann

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This Glass House joins our “Best of” list… And, it’s easy to see why! Worth $35 million, this home is surely the avant-garde of modern architecture and interior design. Designed by California-celebrated designer, Steve Hermann, the home was originally designed for himself — but after getting married and having a child, the creative genius decided that the 5 bedroom home no longer matched what he needed for his small family.

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It’s all in the details

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Hawk Nest is a high-tech equestrian home with every luxurious amenity one could possibly imagine. Scott Baxter, a serial entrepreneur, whose high-tech background includes founding Icon CMT Corporation, a leading Internet solutions provider, which sold in 1998 to Qwest Communications, helping launch Teoma Technologies, which was acquired by Ask Jeeves, and getting in on the ground floor as an investor in Google before the stock went public.

When looking to build the perfect horse farm in Bergen County New Jersey, he hired top residential architect, William Toth of Bol Architecture, and leading interior designer Frank DelleDonne. The goal: to build an updated reinterpretation of a tradition English country manor with state-of-the-art technology and the very best of design.

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The estate, which includes a “14,000-square-foot, seven-bedroom, seven-full and three-half-bath main house with adjacent guest quarters, stables, guest quarters, paddocks and a 14,000-square-foot indoor riding arena, took a talented team of architects, designers and craftsmen more than five years of planning, selecting, importing and installing. No amenity was overlooked. No corners were cut. No expense was spared,” writes “Only natural materials were used, unlike the fake, man-made, mass-produced imitations commonly used in construction today. Hawk Nest is faced in solid, square-cut granite, with window surrounds carved from real Indiana limestone and the Vermont slate roof plus copper-clad windows and doors that won’t rust, mean that the estate is virtually maintenance free.” Continue reading “It’s all in the details”

Stunning Oakland Home

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This is South Bay minimalism at its best, by  Kanner Architects. The architectural integrity of this impressive home is perhaps the most telling feature of what makes Kanner Architects one of the best firms in the country. Open views of the SF bay, this cliffside retreat is simply divine.

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Fresh Home writes, “Oakland House from California is a stunning project of notable size and dramatic vistas. Located in the hills of Oakland, this building manages to reign over and capture incredible landscapes of the San Francisco bay. Here is some insight from the architects: ‘The predominantly south-southwest orientation required deep overhangs to cut down glare and soften the light quality in the home.

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