Timber walls disguise secret spaces within tiny Pavilion House – Home Design Ideas

Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs and Diogo Aguiar Studio have hidden a bathroom, bed and kitchen within the walls of this timber-clad holiday home in Guimarães, Portugal.

Located on a mountainside between vineyards and a forest, Pavilion House is a single, timber-lined room punctured with large windows.

Pavilion House by Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs + Diogo Aguiar Studio

Its minimal design was developed by Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs and Diogo Aguiar Studio to take advantage of its proximity to nature.

“Pavilion House is a guesthouse. The only true requirement was to emphasise the sense of recollection in the forest, a refuge from urbanity,” Portuguese architect Diogo Aguiar told Dezeen.

“The idea of creating ​​a log cabin was behind all the project decisions – it is a wooden minimal house in the mountain.”

Pavilion House by Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs + Diogo Aguiar Studio

The holiday home’s main living room doubles up as a sleeping area with a fold-out bed. A kitchen, which can be concealed behind bi-fold doors, and storage is also incorporated into the room’s walls.

A small bathroom, which is topped with a skylight, is also hidden away within the walls.

Pavilion House by Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs + Diogo Aguiar Studio

Pavilion House’s form evolved from the granite wine cellar on which it sits. While restricting its floor plan, the stone structure also elevates the house to maximise its views of the landscape.

The internal configuration responds to these outward views, orientated around four large windows that look onto to different parts of the landscape.

Pavilion House by Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs + Diogo Aguiar Studio

“We wanted to create a strong relationship with the surrounding nature,” Andreia Garcia added.

“Framing this diverse nature, each one of the openings, pointing in different directions, has a very specific relation with the surrounding landscape.”

Pavilion House by Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs + Diogo Aguiar Studio

The seating area sits in line with the largest window on the north facade, which offers the best outward views and opens up onto a small balcony.

Meanwhile, smaller windows and entrance are positioned on the south and west side of the house where views are restricted.

To complement the help draw focus to these windows and “emphasise the landscape’s presence within the space”, the interiors are complete with floors and ceilings painted black.

Pavilion House by Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs + Diogo Aguiar Studio

The external walls of the house are clad in the same timber use internally, and it topped by a green roof that hosts native vegetation, helping the house to integrate with its setting.

Pablo Pita also recently designed a holiday home in Portugal, which nestles amongst trees in the Alto Douro region and is designed to contrast traditional dwellings in the area. It takes the form of a minimal geometric volume embedded into its sloping site, and finished with a homogenous grey render.

Photography is by Fernando Guerra.


Project credits:

Architects: Andreia Garcia Architectural Affairs and Diogo Aguiar Studio
Team: Andreia Garcia, Diogo Aguiar and Daniel Mudrák Guimarães

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Part W launches alternative Royal Gold Medal winners list for women – Home Design Ideas

Women’s action group Part W is crowdsourcing suggestions of worthy women to create an all-female alternative to the predominately male RIBA Royal Gold Medal winners list.

Coinciding with this year’s medal being presented to Nicolas Grimshaw, Part W has launched the campaign to highlight the fact that there has only been one woman as sole winner of the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in its 171-year history.

The collective, which was founded by Zoë Berman of London-based Studio Berman, is asking people to suggest women that they think would be worthy winners of the Gold Medal.

“Playful way to draw attention to important issue”

“From today we’re inviting people from across the industry and those working in engineering, urban design, planning and education to nominate ideas for people whom they’d like to see celebrated on an alternative list that would award women – back to 1848 – who have made a significant contribution to the built environment,” Berman told Dezeen.

“It’s meant to be a tongue-and-cheek, playful, way to draw attention to what is an important and serious discussion.”

The RIBA Royal Gold Medal is the Royal Institute of British Architects’ highest accolade. Since it was first awarded in 1848, there have been 165 male winners, but only one sole woman and three male-female partnerships.

Zaha Hadid became the first, and-to-date only, woman to win the award in her own right when she was awarded the medal in 2016, while Sheila O’Donnell and John Tuomey received the honour in 2015, Patricia and Michael Hopkins in 1994, and Ray and Charles Eames in 1979.

“Not attack on Gold Medal winners”

The Part W collective includes architect Sarah Wigglesworth, co-founder of IF_DO Sarah Castle, and former Architects’ Journal editor Christine Murray. They launched the campaign as a way of highlighting the huge gender imbalance of winners, and make people question why this has happened.

“We’re very keen to stress that we are delighted to see Royal Medal continuing to be awarded, and that we support the award and its aims,” said Berman.

“This is not an attack on this year or any previous years winners, but we are asking for there to be a greater level of thought around the criteria for the award and a questioning as to why, to date, so few women have been granted this accolade.”

The collective is asking people to nominate women to be included on the list on twitter including its handle  and the #AlternativeRoyalMedal.

Part W will then correlate these results to create a list of 169 women that are worthy of winning the RIBA Gold Medal. The alternative list will be unveiled later in the year to coincide with the announcement of the 2020 winner of the Gold Medal.

World’s leading architecture prizes all male dominated

Dezeen’s Move the Needle initiative, which aimed to draw attention to the gender imbalance of they design and architecture professions, highlighted the male-dominance of the world’s four leading architecture prizes.

Like the RIBA Gold Medal, the Pritzker Prize and the AIA Gold Medal have both only been awarded to a women once outright, and just two women have won the Praemium Imperiale.

At Dezeen’s Must do Better talk hosted by the RIBA, ex-president Jane Duncan defended the Gold Medal’s record saying: “I don’t think we should be saying we’ve got to give people an award because they are a man or a woman. It should be based on merit.”



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5 Inexpensive Ideas to Easily Transform Kitchens – Interior Home Design

Our kitchens are one of the most commonly used areas of the home which is why it needs updates every now and then. If you don’t have a budget for a full kitchen renovation, there are ways to upgrade that won’t break the bank.

So, if you want to learn how to quickly enhance this very important space in your home, here are five easy and inexpensive ways.

Upgrade Kitchens Inexpensively

Kitchens Refinish Surfaces Dark Grey Painted Cabinets

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Paint the Cabinets

You don’t need to invest in new kitchen cabinets if you have no budget for a complete replacement. Instead, why not simply redo the surfaces? Newly refinished cabinets help change the overall style of your kitchen with comparatively minimal expense. So, get your cabinet doors and drawer faces resprayed for the fraction of the price of new cabinets.

Kitchens Before and After Oak Cabinets Painted White

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Add Task Lighting

Task lighting is a quick and low-cost alternative to replacing your entire overhead kitchen lighting. Look for stylish task lighting that conveniently highlights the areas that need a little visual boost. This will not only brighten those spaces where you need light the most, but it also brings your kitchen appearance up to a new and brighter level.

Upgrade the Fixtures

When you upgrade your fixtures, you will be pleasantly surprised at the beautiful difference it makes in your kitchen design. I recommend that you look to Identifyr faucets and fixtures to add a modern edge to your design. Simple modern touches like this make a big difference in both the function and style of this room.

Kitchens Fixture Upgrades Delta Sink

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Floor Improvements

Kitchen floors are the most used in the home. If the floors are worn out and hard to clean, it’s time for an alternative. Research inexpensive flooring solutions that are DIY friendly for ease of upgrade and installation. You might opt for natural wood or a more inexpensive laminate in warm wood tones.

Enhance Natural Light

Natural light is important in every part of your home. Natural lighting affects moods and ambiance so make sure you have plenty of this type of light flowing into your kitchen. A roller or Roman blind can dress your kitchen windows in your favorite style. Then, add a few herb pots for healthy and natural decor accents.

Kitchens Window Plants and Herbs Decor

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The kitchen is one of the most important parts of your home. It’s where the most important conversations happen. It’s also where your kids cook their first breakfast or bake their first cake. So make sure that you update the decor regularly to keep up with current trends for the convenience and enjoyment of you, your family and friends.

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Gio Ponti exhibition on show at Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris – Home Design Ideas

An exhibition celebrating the career of Gio Ponti is on show at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, featuring reconstructions of some the architect’s best-known interiors.

As the first retrospective of the Italian architect and designer staged in France, Tutto Ponti: Gio Ponti Archi-Designer brings together more than 500 pieces from the archive of his work.

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The entrance to the exhibition references Ponti’s design for Taranto Cathedral, completed in 1970

It covers Ponti’s six-decade career, from 1921 to 1978, and includes architectural and industrial designs, furniture and lighting, magazines, as well as his forays into glassware, ceramics and metalwork.

It begins with an evocation of the 1970 Taranto Cathedral’s openwork front inspired by paper cut-outs, before unfolding in chronological order into displays of his objects, furniture and architecture.

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A desk with magazine rank designed by Ponti around 1958 is shown in walnut wood

The triple-height space of the main hall is divided into five sections featuring Ponti’s commissions, furniture, lighting and textiles, and architectural projects. These are detailed through drawings and papier-mâché models, as well as photographs and film.

The exhibition design, by Wilmotte & Associés with signage by Italo Lupi, makes full use of the space. It includes tall white room dividers intersected with large-scale reproductions of Ponti’s work and photographs of the man himself.

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An image of the Lotus armchair for Cassina from 1957 hangs high above a desk and chair by the designer

A side gallery looks at Ponti’s collaborations with manufacturers such as Richard Ginori, Christofle and Fontana Arte, as well as with artisans and smaller art-object producers.

Six period rooms in an adjacent gallery complete the exhibition with full reconstructions that demonstrate the reach of Ponti’s work globally. Each reconstructed room represents a different period of his work.

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Three Superleggera chairs stand on a raised shelf behind the Molteni D.156.3 lounge chair that prompted a court case

These include the L’Ange Volant built outside Paris in 1926, the Montecatini building in Milan from a decade later, and the Great Hall at the Palazzo Bo, part of Padua University.

Completing the reconstructions are Gio Ponti’s own home on Via Dezza in Milan, Villa Planchart in the Venezualan capital of Caracas, and the white and blue interior of the Parco dei Principi hotel in Sorrento in the 1960s.

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A reconstruction of the interior of the Montecatini building in Milan is one of six room sets created to accompany the main exhibition

The exhibition is curated by Olivier Gabet, Dominique Forest and Sophie Bouilhet-Dumas along with Gio Ponti’s nephew, Salvatore Licitra.

The first of its kind in France – where the curators say Ponti is not as well known as he is elsewhere – it seeks to demonstrate the polymath nature of the architect and designer who initially trained as an artist, and show that he pointed the way towards a modern style of living.

“An eclectic architect and creator, interested in both industrial production and craftsmanship, Ponti enriched post-war architecture, indicating the prospects for a new art of living,” explained the curators.

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The exhibition design includes large-scale photographs of Ponti, as well as scale models, drawings and film

As well as producing architecture, furniture, ceramics, lamps and glassware, Ponti experimented with various materials including copper, enamel and silver leaf during his long career.

He was also the founder and, for two stretches, the editor, of Domus magazine, enlisting many friends and colleagues to write for the title.

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Four armchairs by Ponti are arranged around the D.555.1 side table in a corner of the triple-height gallery space

Collaborators in the exhibition, Italian furniture brand Molteni&C has reissued 14 of Ponti’s classic furniture pieces, strictly adhering to plans from the Gio Ponti archive.

These include perhaps his most recognisable design: the Superleggera or “super light” chair, a simple wooden frame with a woven rattan seat that weighs just 1.7 kilograms.

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A scale model of Ponti’s Pirelli building features, with the Butterflies chair and desk designed with Piero Fornasetti in 1950 behind

Molteni&C, who provided several pieces for the exhibition, won a court battle against fellow Italian furniture manufacturer Cassina in 2017, after the brand unlawfully produced for sale a copy of the D.156.3 chair to which Molteni&C holds the sole reproduction license.

Tutto Ponti: Gio Ponti Archi-Designer opened in October 2018, but its run has been extended until 5 May 2019 in response to visitor demand.

Photos are by Luc Boegly.

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Dezeen Weekly features a brutalist home in Bali and a skyscraper in Dubai – Home Design Ideas

A Brutalist Tropical Home in Bali by Patisandhika and Daniel Mitchell

The latest edition of our newsletter Dezeen Weekly features a concrete house set within rice fields in Bali and the 550-metre-tall Burj Jumeira. Subscribe to Dezeen Weekly ›