AD Architecture Reimagines a 300 m2 Home by Minimalist Design Language

AD Architecture has renovated a 300 m2 single-storey apartment, located in Shantou, China. The project draws inspiration from the visual presentation of performing on stage, generating a white, serene space as ‘stage’ for the residents. Various details and dotted bright colors were featured in order to create dramatic visual effects, which highlight the stylish character of the contemporary house.

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Situated at the CBD of Shantou, this single-storey luxury residence embraces the river view outside. Spanning 300 square meters, the space is like a piece of white curtain, which opens up a free field for people to experience. The project draws inspiration from the visual presentation of performances on stage. We turned the white space into a serene backdrop and stage for the occupants, with the details and dotted bright colors generating dramatic visual effects, which showcase the stylish character of contemporary luxury homes.

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1 Breaking boundaries
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Home that Blur the Line Between Indoors and Outdoor

The clients of The Sanctuary, recent empty-nesters planning ahead to retirement, hoped to downsize and simplify in the design of their new Palo Alto home.

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When the clients purchased the property, an old wooden fence across the front yard and the original house closed off the site from the street. Behind this rough and aged presentation, however, was an urban refuge of lush vegetation throughout the deep lot. This sense of discovery served as the original inspiration for the design of the house and directed both architect and client to its culmination.

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The proximity of the downtown Palo Alto area by foot and bike was fundamental to the clients’ decision to purchase this lot, and their belief in the building to a higher density in an urban setting leads to the inclusion of a second-story apartment. The couple fell in love with the overgrown garden and its obvious potential, approaching

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Best-made plans: how to furnish your first home on a budget — a step-by-step guide

Moving into your first home is so exciting — but so frustrating  when you haven’t enough money left to kit it out.

You could gratefully accept cast-offs from family and friends — or go for broke, giving up holidays and meals out and maxing out your credit cards to get it all done in one go.

Whatever you do, you will probably do it online, whether you are buying new or second hand.

Online interior design hub Houzz (houzz.co.uk) recommends you prioritise buying important big stuff, such as a bed, and then less expensive things such as side tables, to give you surface area to work with.

Gemma Shah’s bedroom (Juliet Murphy)

Lamps provide instant atmosphere, while small touches such as soft bathmats or pretty bed linen will add that feel-good factor.

A spending spree wasn’t an option for PR specialist Gemma Shah when she bought a ground-floor

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St Vincent’s Place a Melbourne family home by Coy Yiontis Architects

Situated in one of Melbourne’s most architecturally-significant streets in St Vincents Place, the 2010 build replaced a run-down 1930s Art Deco development that stood before. Through close collaboration with the homeowner, Coy Yiontis have transformed this decade-old home into the minimalist abode it set out to be.

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Approvals were hard-fought and won, culminating in a ruling against council and heritage opposition. Fast-forward a number of years, and the new owner engaged CYA to reconfigure and update the interior. What began as an enlargement of the garage to accommodate the client’s prestige vehicle collection – now on impressive showcase to the dining area via a glazed portal – evolved into an extensive renovation.

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This was due in part to the discovery that the architects’ original specification and detail had not been adopted, and the build quality had been compromised (the architect had not been engaged to manage the construction). Opportunities

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