Portuguese winery transformed into a minimalist and modern home

September 8, 2017 by  
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A 20th century winery has traded barrels of grapes for family gatherings thanks to the efforts of Extrastudio . The Lisbon-based architecture firm transformed the former winery into a light-filled home in Azeitao, a small village in southern Portugal. The architects retained the gabled structure’s original building footprint, but refreshed its look with a red-colored render that gives the building its new name—the Red House. Built in the 20th century by the client’s grandparents, the winery has been overhauled into a minimalist and modern dwelling complemented with a black-bottomed pool. Despite its contemporary interior, the home exudes rustic appeal thanks to its gabled roofline and uneven application of red-colored render. The facade’s patchy and pinkish appearance, which changes over time, echoes the look of the original weathered walls. “A natural red pigment was added to the mortar, to reinforce the building’s presence, allowing the house to age gradually and changing its tonality, without ever requiring a coat of paint,” said the Extrastudio, according to Dezeen . “Over the days and months, the colour of the house alters, lighter or darker depending on the humidity, almost black when it rains.” The render derives its color from powdered brick and heat-treated clay, a material that protects the facade against weathering damage. Related: 100% solar-powered winery keeps naturally cool with cork-insulated roofs Natural light fills the Red House, which is dominated by white-painted interiors, pale concrete floors, and tall ceilings. Mirrors line the living room to further reflect light. Full-height black glass doors stretch the width of the garden-facing facade on the ground floor and slide completely open to expand the living space to the outdoors. The ground floor comprises the communal areas, arranged in an open-plan layout, while the bedrooms and bathrooms are placed on the floor above. A small room occupies the attic. + Extrastudio Via Dezeen Images via Extrastudio

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RE.BIN is the stylish alternative to the traditional recycling bin

February 16, 2016 by  
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RE.BIN is the contemporary alternative to the traditional, boring recycling bin. Made of 100% recycled plastic, its design mimics the shape of a standard paper grocery bag. Consumers can use their paper grocery bags as a recyclable liner for their RE.BIN. Once it’s full, simply grab the paper bag liner on the way out the door! RE.BIN’s shape is perfect for people who are tight on space and short on time. Simply place your RE.BIN in your kitchen, living area or office for a visually pleasing, convenient recycling bin. RE.BIN is also the perfect size to fit inside a standard­ size kitchen cabinet. With RE.BIN, you won’t have to worry about bulky bins, and paper grocery bags will help keep your RE.BIN clean. + RE.BIN

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Haus Köhle: Modern Passive Solar Farmhouse is Wrapped in a Shining Slate Skin

July 15, 2011 by  
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Read the rest of Haus Köhle: Modern Passive Solar Farmhouse is Wrapped in a Shining Slate Skin Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bruno Blesch , eco home , German farm house renovation , german green home , green farmhouse , green renovation , Haus Köhler , Modern interior design , passive solar , slate facade , slate roof design , traditional contemporary home design

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