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Jillian 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
  • Team Living House
    Team Living House is a lovely home in downtown Tokyo centred around family life. Designed by Masatoshi Hirai Architects Atelier, the home is named Team Living to support the concept of a family as a team, living and working together within their residence. To support this concept, there are no private rooms in the house. […]
    2016.06.09Jillian Japka
  • Desert Courtyard House
    Stationed in the Sonoran desert of Arizona is the brawny Desert Courtyard House. Designed by Wendell Burnette Architects, Desert Courtyard House is a magnificent home with a tough exterior suitable for the harsh environment. Rich with towering Saguaros and other succulents, the Sonoran desert is a dramatic landscape that has thrived against all odds. As an ode to the […]
    2016.06.02Jillian Japka
  • Life House
    Minimalist icon John Pawson has designed a contemporary interpretation of Thoreau’s Walden. Life House is located among the hills and tall grasses of the moor in Wales. The floor plan consists of four wings projected from two long corridors. Each wing is thoughtfully designed for a specific function, enhancing the user’s experience within the room. Oversized windows bring […]
    2016.05.26Jillian Japka
  • Light Grain House
    In Osaka, privacy is of the utmost importance due to the dense nature of the city housing. Light Grain House, designed by Yoshiaki Yamashita, has the goal of privacy in mind. The façade of the home is almost entirely opaque, broken occasionally by a perforated metal grate that brings light to the interior while adding detail to an […]
    2016.05.19Jillian Japka
  • School in Vila Nova da Barquinha
    Designed by minimalist devotee Aires Mateus, School in Vila Nova da Barquinha provides a unique place to learn for some lucky kids. The structure was designed with the concept that schools need distinct spaces in terms of scale, proportion, and identity. Aires Mateus sought to establish these spaces through a series of void and occupation. The unique […]
    2016.05.12Jillian Japka
  • Maison Kamari
    Maison Kamari is an elegant white home on the island of Paros in the Greek Aegean Sea. Designed by Natasha Deliyianni and Yiorgos Spiridonos of React Architects, this dwelling promotes a lovely balance between ancient island and modern architecture. From afar, the structure is defined by tall white walls and sharp angles. Small windows and covered terraces protect from the […]
    2016.05.05Jillian Japka
  • Casa Touguinhó III
    Casa Touguinhó III is an extraordinarily elegant white home set in the hills of a village in Portugal. Portuguese architects Raulino Silva Arquitecto designed this family dwelling to work with the surrounding landscape. On the exterior, bright white walls are not only a gorgeous aesthetic choice (and minimalist’s favourite) but the light façades reflect the Portuguese sun, keeping the home cool […]
    2016.04.28Jillian Japka
  • Flos Stand x VVD
    At this year’s Light + Building Fair, architect Vincent Van Duysen paired with lighting group Flos to construct a pavilion that is both eye catching and understated, and most importantly, highlights the unique Flos fixtures on display. Van Duysen speaks on the Flos Stand: Thanks to cutting-edge technologies and unique design approach, the relationship between light […]
    2016.04.21Jillian Japka
  • Renovation in Akasaka
    Renovation in Akasaka is a loft-style apartment that has been remodelled into a minimalist haven. The original structure, built in the 1970’s, had low ceilings and many walls dividing the various rooms. The designers, FrontOfficeTokyo, removed these elements to open up the space. The residence now features an open floor plan, and the high ceilings reveal exposed beams […]
    2016.04.14Jillian Japka
  • Villa V3
    Scandinavian design is a movement defined by its simple functionality. Villa V3, located in Denmark, is a gorgeous example of Scandinavian design’s presence today. Clean lines, accessible materials, and a great flow of space turn this residence into the ideal modern dwelling. Architecture firm Ardess meticulously designed Villa V3 to achieve the perfect balance of private and public space. The […]
    2016.04.07Jillian Japka
  • PLK12A
    PLK12A is a lovely apartment residence that embraces a monochrome colour palette. Designed by Moscow-based architects M17, this interior proves that the best colour is often a lack of colour. PLK12A starts with a strong concrete foundation which is contrasted with dark wood and black and white accents. This juxtaposition is best observed in the kitchen, where white […]
    2016.03.31Jillian Japka
  • Brasília Revisited
    Brasília, Brazil’s planned architectural capital, is a combination of design efforts from Oscar Niemeyer, Lucio Costa, and Burle Marx. The visionary city is full of sweeping curves and unique forms bound together by long expanses of parks and fountain-filled pools. Bruno Candiotto‘s photo series, Brasília, captures the sublime nature of the city’s architecture, accurately portraying the capital as a […]
    2016.03.24Jillian Japka
  • Merrydown
    Minimalist architecture often consists of geometric designs featuring a plethora of white. While many gorgeous examples of minimal design fall within this description, I am always excited when one does not. Merrydown is a residence located in London and designed by the local firm McLaren Excell. While there is a good presence of white in this structure, […]
    2016.03.10Jillian Japka