By improving the decoration of the home, we can feel better in our space and intimacy, which will help us to face life in a more optimistic and balanced way in all aspects.
Since man began to live “between 4 walls” and not out in the open, he has looked for ways to change and improve his inner environment. This has caused a global transfer of concepts, ideas and materials that expand the possibilities and expand the mind, to end up impacting the way we think and live in our homes.
However, the interior design sometimes seems to be at odds with the functionality of the houses. The search for greater functionality has resulted in smart homes.
Let us introduce you a selection of houses from all around the world that are incredibly different, but with a key point in common, the houses we are going to present today direct a look into the future and how the daily routine at home is established.
Cuernavaca house – Mexico City by Tapia McMahon
This house that presents plenty of outdoors space for the family to enjoy, has been made from concrete and reclaimed brick. The designer Tapia McMahon designed the family home for a brownfield site, incorporating repurposed materials and rainwater tank solution that water the planted troughs and trees.
The thermal mass of the large slabs is designed to absorb heat during the day to keep the interior cool, and then releases the heat at night to keep the house at a constant temperature.
Studio Dwelling at Rajagiriya, Colombo, Sri Lanka by Palinda Kannangara Architects
It is an office and the house of an architect, in a wetland, in Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka. Although it is located along the urban fringe, near a series of high-rise buildings and near the main road, the building is designed as a fortification.
The heat from Colombo is sealed – with double screens specially designed to limit the exposure to the west and south -, traffic and road noise. However, once inside, unexpected views of the surrounding marsh, totally permeable to the natural environment, are revealed.
The building plays with the volumes to create many habitable work and leisure areas. With materials and tectonic devices a cooler microclimate is created inside the house. Promoting daylight and views of the wetland, harvesting and regulation of rainwater, gardens for biodiversity were created. The design also takes into account its location next to the water, the creation of garden spaces that act as a detention area during monsoons, thus preventing the living and working spaces from being flooded.
Captain Kelly’s Cottage, Tasmania, Australia by John Wardle Architects
Captain Kelly’s Cottage involves the painstakingly considered restoration of the original weatherboard cottage on a remote bay of Bruny Island, Tasmania.
The original cottage consisted of two structures: bedrooms and kitchen. Nowadays, a new living area has been placed between the two existing structures. The original verandah has been a major point of inspiration for the new intervention.
Images from RIBA website