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Jillian Japka

  • 058 Villa
    Look closely or you might miss this sly residence by Christ & Gantenbein. Mirror cladding wraps the façade at 058 Villa, allowing the home to stay hidden while in plain site. As with many dwellings in dense urban centres, 058 Villa was designed around the need for privacy. The mirror cladding reflects the house’s surroundings back to […]
    2016.12.01Jillian Japka
  • Lighthouse Residence
    Lighthouse Residence is an elegant family home located in South Korea. The home is designed by Leeslist, an architecture studio also based out of South Korea. The dwelling is located on its own plot, but the area is expected to grow and become crowded with houses in the near future. With this in mind, the architects […]
    2016.11.24Jillian Japka
  • House in Alcobaça
    This stunning build is the result of a renovation project of an existing, traditional home in Alcobaça, Portugal. Designed by minimalist favourite Aires Mateus, this dwelling looks forward with a modern edition, while at the same time respecting the original home that came before. One of the main features of this dwelling is the white […]
    2016.11.17Jillian Japka
  • Oak + Fort Home
    Oak + Fort, a minimal clothing store based in Canada, is adding a new line of home goods to their repertoire. The new collection draws inspiration from Oak + Fort’s driving fashion motto: that fashion should be uncomplicated and thoughtfully designed.  Oak + Fort Home is an elegant grouping of tabletop decor, dining ware, and office accessory products. […]
    2016.11.10Jillian Japka
  • S Apartment
    S Apartment is a gorgeous blend of materials, textures, and colours. The dwelling is designed by Right Angle Studio, located in Singapore. The open-concept floor plan features a living room, built-in kitchen, and bedrooms on the second level. The colour palette is simple but elegant: tans, greys, and wood tones are prevalent in both the […]
    2016.10.27Jillian Japka
  • Bendigo House
    Bendigo House is a remarkably unique home located on several acres in Victoria, Australia. Designed by Flack Studio, the interior is thoughtfully designed to be an exciting visual experience. According to Flack: The interior of the long, spacious pavilion-style house has been paid uncompromising attention. Opulent, textural materials, a deep tonal palette and generosity of space create a […]
    2016.10.20Jillian Japka
  • La Pinada House
    La Pinada House is a renovation project that gives new life to a home that has been occupied by the same family for several generations. Designed by Fran Silvestre Arquitectos, the house is comprised of two main volumes clad in white siding. The uppermost story is shifted on its lower counterpart, forming an asymmetrical cantilever over the front […]
    2016.10.13Jillian Japka
  • Villa CD
    Villa CD is a lovely private residence built on the sand dunes of the Belgian seaside. Designed by Office O Architects, this home utilises its challenging site to create a truly unique and gorgeous dwelling. The front of the home appears as a single level rectangular form; it is only in the back that we are revealed […]
    2016.10.06Jillian Japka
  • Cointec Office
    Cointec Office is a workspace for a consultant firm designed by Spanish architecture firm Dot Partners. The office was designed to emphasise spaciousness, with one large room stretching across the entire structure. Select furnishings and carefully placed glass partitions divide the space according to use. The work stations are scattered throughout the large, open rooms, while […]
    2016.09.29Jillian Japka
  • Villa J2
    Villa J2 is a lovely family home in Sweden designed by Jonas Lindvall of the Swedish multidisciplinary design firm Lindvall A & D. Family life was a central goal of this design, therefore the home was planned with a central hub for social interaction. This main area is located on the ground floor and includes the kitchen, dining, […]
    2016.09.22Jillian Japka
  • Lakeside House
    Lakeside House is a long and elegant silhouette set against a mountainous backdrop. Designed by Shinichi Ogawa & Associates, this Japanese home utilises its inspiring environment as a key feature in the design. The structure is a long rectangle with floor to ceiling windows that frame excellent views of the landscape. The oversized windows blur the boundaries of […]
    2016.09.15Jillian Japka
  • Espace Arbois Duranne
    A unique form of pre-fabricated concrete rises from a natural rock wall in Aix-en-Provence, France. Designed by architecture firm Atelier Fernandez & Serres, this cultural centre provides both interior and exterior congregation spaces for the city. The defining feature of the structure is a long, curvilinear wall which wraps the courtyard in a nearly complete circle. This circle […]
    2016.09.08Jillian Japka
  • House of Prayer
    House of Prayer is an unassuming structure who’s function is only delineated by a subtle cross, placed on a simple tower atop of the roof. The chapel is located in the Czech Republic and designed by Fránek Architects, based in the same country. From the exterior one notices a simple, rectangular structure with an elegantly […]
    2016.09.01Jillian Japka
  • Reydon Grove Farm
    Reydon Grove Farm is a long and narrow home situated in Suffolk, England. Designed by minimalist favourite Norm Architects, the low-lying dwelling reflects its environment with a refined structure and neutral colour palette. The scale was thoughtfully placed so as to correspond with the existing buildings on site, a barn and dairy. Reflecting the trees on site, the […]
    2016.08.25Jillian Japka
  • House in Matosinhos
    On a long and narrow plot in Portugal sits House in Matosinhos — a white, modern home that stands out from its neighbours. Wedged between two traditional structures, this residence is designed to add privacy while utilising as much of the small site as possible. The majority of the exterior walls are tightly position against the street or the neighbouring […]
    2016.08.18Jillian Japka
  • House in Alentejo Coast
    House in Alentejo Coast is defined by its relationship to the arid Portuguese landscape and its vegetation. Designed by Aires Mateus, this unique home circles a broad area of trees and sandy floor. The design is reminiscent of a home with a courtyard, but it is an exaggerated courtyard, with less defining walls and more extravagant […]
    2016.08.11Jillian Japka
  • Dafundo Apartment
    The Portuguese architecture firm of João Tiago Aguiar has designed this elegant classic-meets-modern apartment on a river bank in their home country. Dafundo Apartment features everything we’ve come to expect from great minimal spaces: open and airy rooms, abundant natural light, and few furnishings. The modern design of Dafundo Apartment merges effortlessly with its classic building. I […]
    2016.08.04Jillian Japka
  • Kevin Riedl Photography
    The architectural photography of Kevin Riedl tells a poetic story of material, form, and light. The photographs, while focused on a clear subject, appear more abstract than figurative. The architectural subjects are disconnected from their place and function. Taken out of the context as a dwelling place, often-overlooked details of the structure emerge. The pattern of the materials and the […]
    2016.07.28Jillian Japka
  • Juergen Teller Studio
    The Juergen Teller Studio in London is a series of three buildings and gardens for photographer Juergen Teller. Designed by 6a Architects, this studio is located on a long and narrow site in the heart of the city. An unassuming brick building from the outside, this dwelling contains offices, a studio space, a library and archive, […]
    2016.07.21Jillian Japka
  • Paros House I & II
    Adored minimalist architect John Pawson has gifted us with two lovely island homes in Paros, Greece. Paros House I and II are white-clad retreats sitting among rocky seaside cliffs. Both homes are comprised of a series of cubic forms: dramatic entities amid a native landscape of succulents, shrubs, and low grasses. The volumes are arranged according to […]
    2016.07.14Jillian Japka
  • AIAIAI Flagship Store
    The AIAIAI Flagship Store, located in Copenhagen, was designed to showcase the brand’s TMA-2 headphones. These headphones are unique — their modular design allows them to be configured in multiple styles. The store needed to showcase these different configurations in an aesthetically captivating way. Designer Borg Brückner rose to the challenge and created a flexible interior that can […]
    2016.07.07Jillian Japka
  • Casa de Aluminio
    Fran Silvestre Arquitectos has completed another lovely modern home in Spain. The residence is aptly named Casa de Aluminio, or Aluminium House, for its silvery appearance from afar. The structure is composed of two perfectly geometric stories with long terraces on both floors. The lower level holds the main living areas, while the private bedrooms and bathrooms are […]
    2016.06.30Jillian Japka
  • Training & Employment Centre
    The Training and Employment Centre is an elegant public space that adds beauty and function to the town of Baza, Spain. Designed by Daroca Architects, this structure was intended as a public gathering space both inside the building and on it’s exterior plazas. The Centre contains a meeting room, activity spaces, and administrative offices. On the interior, a stretch of windows […]
    2016.06.23Jillian Japka
  • Light Cube House
    Light Cube House is a live/work space located in Tokyo. Designed by Sampei Junichi of Tokyo architectural office A.L.X., the house features a practical floor plan and simple yet stunning aesthetic gestures. A clean distinction between public and private spaces is achieved by splitting the functions to different floors. The first floor consists of the office and […]
    2016.06.16Jillian Japka