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Built-In Planters Add Privacy And Greenery To This Home’s Exterior

Built-In Planters Add Privacy And Greenery To This Home’s Exterior

SPNG Architects has designed a home in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, for clients who love nature, trees, and animals.

To incorporate the natural elements into the design of the house, planters have been added to the exterior.

Planters have been added to the facade of this modern house, incorporating a  natural element into the concrete exterior.

Directly facing the west sunlight, the facade has an installation of a potted plant system that covers different sections of the home.

Planters have been added to the facade of this modern house, incorporating a  natural element into the concrete exterior.

Each rectangular planter is connected to supports that line the planters up and create a checkerboard pattern.

Planters have been added to the facade of this modern house, incorporating a  natural element into the concrete exterior.

The underneath of each planter has holes that allow for the water to drain onto the planter below it.

Planters have been added to the facade of this modern house, incorporating a  natural element into the concrete exterior.

Apart from adding plants to the street, the planters also offer privacy for the interior spaces, while still allowing the light to travel through.

Planters have been added to the facade of this modern house, incorporating a  natural element into the concrete exterior.
Planters have been added to the facade of this modern house, incorporating a  natural element into the concrete exterior.

Here’s a diagram that shows how the planters were designed by the architects.

A modern plant system that adorns the facade of a home.

Let’s take a look at some of the other areas of the house…

The ground floor has a large sliding glass door that opens to a work area with a large wood table.

A co-working space on the ground floor of a home.
A co-working space on the ground floor of a home.

Steel stairs with a black finish connect the various levels of the home.

Modern black steel stairs.

The first floor is dedicated to the bedroom, that has views of the planters.

A minimalist bedroom with a view of built-in planters.

The stairs continue up into the home and passes by a shelf filled with painted plants.

A modern home with black steel stairs.
A modern home with black steel stairs and glass walls.

The second floor is home to the dining room, living room, and kitchen, all of which enjoy a balcony, where even more plants can be found.

The second floor of this home includes the dining room, living room, and kitchen, all of which enjoy a balcony, where even more plants can be found.

At the top of stairs there’s an art studio with simple white walls and space for creating.

At the top of stairs in this modern home, there's an art studio with simple white walls and space for creating.
At the top of stairs in this modern home, there's an art studio with simple white walls and space for creating.

Looking back towards the stairs, and there’s a wall accented by small square glass block windows.

A wall with a grid of small glass block windows.
A wall with a grid of small glass block windows.

Here’s a diagram that shows the layout of the home.

A four storey home with built-in planters on the facade.
Photography by Hiroyuki Oki | Architecture Firm: SPNG Architects | Lead Architects: Tran Ngoc Thach | Design Team: Tran Ngoc Thach, Nguyen Trung Thanh | Contractor: Phu Thinh Hoang company

Tiered Seating With Built-In Planters Was Designed For The Base Of These Stairs

Tiered Seating With Built-In Planters Was Designed For The Base Of These Stairs

New York-based firm Workshop/APD has designed the master plan of AutoCamp Cape Cod, a 14-acre site that includes accommodations like cabins, Airstreams, and tents, a clubhouse featuring a mid-century modern lounge with an indoor fireplace and cozy seating, a general store, and restrooms with luxury showers.

One of the interior design details that caught our eye was the inclusion of tiered seating in the Clubhouse.

Tiered seating, created as an extension of the stairs, includes built-in planters.

Made from concrete the tiered seating has wood benches as well as flat cushions that make it a comfortable spot to relax close to the fireplace.

Tiered seating, created as an extension of the stairs, includes built-in planters.

The tiered seating has been designed so that some of the levels meet up with the steps of the stairs, creating a seamless appearance.

Tiered seating, created as an extension of the stairs, includes built-in planters.

To soften the look of the concrete tiers and to add a natural element, the designers included built-in planters on two different levels that house a variety of plants.

Tiered seating, created as an extension of the stairs, includes built-in planters.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the Clubhouse.

The modern building has a wood exterior, with both a natural finish and a darker finish, as well as large expanses of windows.

This modern clubhouse building has a wood exterior, with both a natural finish and a darker finish, as well as large expanses of windows.

The wood elements continue inside, with light wood walls and ceiling. Matching the walls and ceiling is a welcome desk in the lobby area.

A modern lobby with a wood welcome desk that matches the wood walls and ceiling.

Around the corner from the welcome desk is a bar and kitchen area with a long island.

The kitchen and bar area of a clubhouse.
The kitchen and bar area of a clubhouse.

Adjacent to the bar/kitchen is a large table that can be used for casual working or relaxing. Floor-to-ceiling windows fill the interior with natural light.

A modern clubhouse with an extra long table for casual working and relaxing.
A modern clubhouse with an extra long table for casual working and relaxing.

There’s also a lounge area with couches that separates the table from the fireplace by the tiered seating.

A modern lounge also includes an round fireplace with chairs, and tiered seating.

Upstairs, there are further seating areas with comfortable furnishings and floor-to-ceiling curtains.

A modern living room with comfortable furnishings, floor-to-ceiling curtains, and wood accent wall.

Large sliding glass doors open to a covered balcony that has outdoor dining with views of the water and surrounding landscape.

Large sliding glass doors open to a covered balcony that has outdoor dining with views of the water and surrounding landscape.
Large sliding glass doors open to a covered balcony that has outdoor dining with views of the water and surrounding landscape.

Back inside, and there’s a conference room with tables in a U-shaped layout, as well as smaller round tables for more intimate meetings.

A modern conference room with tables in a U-shaped layout, as well as smaller round tables for more intimate meetings.

The bathrooms have dark wall tiles that complement the black frame of the round mirror, as well as the faucet and nearby door.

A modern bathroom with dark wall tiles that complement the black frame of the round mirror, as well as the faucet and nearby door.

The interior of the shower rooms is the opposite, with bright white tiled walls that contrast the black shower heads and hardware.

A modern bathroom with bright white tiled walls that contrast the black shower heads and hardware.

There’s also a general store that carries a variety of items like drinks, souvenirs, and snacks.

A modern general store that carries a variety of items like drinks, souvenirs, and snacks.
Photography by Matt Kisiday | Lead Contractor and Developer: Blue Flag Partners | Real Estate Investment Management Company: Whitman Peterson | Design: Workshop/APD

A Built-In Bookshelf Follows The Stairs Inside This Home

A Built-In Bookshelf Follows The Stairs Inside This Home

Architecture firm Moon Hoon has designed a modern concrete home in Jeju-si, South Korea, and included in the design, is a custom-built bookshelf that follows the line of the stairs.

A built-in wood bookshelf that follows the staircase in a modern home.

Connecting the various levels of the home, the staircase was created as an eye-catching element in the interior, with the wood shelving lining the walls.

A built-in bookshelf that follows the staircase in a modern home.

The shelving, which has been built into the wall, is lined with wood that matches the stair treads.

A built-in bookshelf lined with wood that follows the staircase in a modern home.

The lower shelves of the built-ins also include hidden lighting, which allows the stair treads to be easily seen.

A built-in bookshelf lined with wood that follows the staircase in a modern home.
A built-in bookshelf lined with wood that follows the staircase in a modern home.

Above the stairs and the bookcase is a skylight with lighting that shows off the geometric lines where the walls meet the ceiling.

A modern home with a skylight, hidden lighting, and built-in bookshelves.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the home…

The exterior of the home is striking in its design, with bold geometric shapes made from concrete and angled elements that connect the rotated boxes. Glass balconies and stair railings seamlessly blend into the concrete design.

The exterior of this home is striking in its design, with bold geometric shapes made from concrete and angled elements that connect the rotated boxes. Glass balconies and stair railings seamlessly blend into the concrete design.
The exterior of this home is striking in its design, with bold geometric shapes made from concrete and angled elements that connect the rotated boxes. Glass balconies and stair railings seamlessly blend into the concrete design.
A modern concrete home.

Exterior lighting underneath the various concrete volumes as well as from within the home, bring attention to the various angles and design elements of the home.

Exterior lighting underneath the various concrete volumes as well as from within the home, bring attention to the various angles and design elements of this modern home.
Exterior lighting underneath the various concrete volumes as well as from within the home, bring attention to the various angles and design elements of this modern home.

Here’s a closer look at some of the structural elements and outdoor spaces, which include planters, a hot tub, and a rooftop deck.

A modern concrete home with protruding balconies.
A modern concrete home with protruding balconies.
A modern concrete home with protruding balconies.
A modern concrete home with protruding balconies.
The rooftop deck of a modern concrete house.

Inside, the various rooms like the living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom, have been kept minimal in their design, with white walls and ceilings, wood flooring, and hidden lighting.

A modern living room with white walls and ceilings, wood flooring, and hidden lighting.
A modern kitchen with white walls and cabinets, wood flooring, and hidden lighting.
A minimalist bedroom with hidden lighting and large windows.
A modern bathroom with a freestanding bathtub and a large picture window.
Photography by Moon Hoon | Architect: MOONBALSSO(Moon Hoon) | Design team: Kim jaekwan, Kim haeree, Park jeonguk, Song giwon, Tomasz Kisilewicz

Create A Window Seat By Surrounding It With A Built-in Bookshelf

Create A Window Seat By Surrounding It With A Built-in Bookshelf

When RUFproject was designing the renovation of an early 1900’s character house in Vancouver, Canada, they decided to create a window seat that looks out to the garden.

Adjacent to the dining area, the wood framed built-in window seat is surrounded by open shelving, creating places to store books, decorative items, and toys.

This modern house has a wood framed built-in window seat that's surrounded by open shelving, creating places to store books, decorative items, and toys. #WindowSeat #Shelving #InteriorDesign #DiningRoom

The wood shelving sits flush with the wall, while the window seat is within an alcove, allowing the flow of the dining area and nearby kitchen to be open.

You can see more photos of this house > here.

This modern house has a wood framed built-in window seat that's surrounded by open shelving, creating places to store books, decorative items, and toys. #WindowSeat #Shelving #InteriorDesign #DiningRoom
Photography by Ema Peter Photography

Shared Children’s Bedroom Has Two Little ‘Houses’ Built-In

Shared Children’s Bedroom Has Two Little ‘Houses’ Built-In

Design and build firm Hinz Studio, has recently completed a house in Danang, Vietnam, and as part of that project, they designed a colorful shared children’s bedroom.

The bedroom has two mini ‘houses’ that define the separate sleeping areas for the children. The houses, each with their own window, create a little nook for each child, giving them their own space when needed, while a combined shelf and desk is color-matched to the bed.

This modern bedroom, which features wood floors, has two mini 'houses' that define the separate sleeping areas for the children. The houses, each with their own window, create a little nook for each child, giving them their own space when needed, while a combined shelf and desk is color matched to the bed. #KidsBedroom #BedroomDesign #SharedKidsBedroom #ChildrensBedroom #ModernKidsBedroom

Above the beds is a section of the frame that hides the air conditioning unit within a cabinet, which has been designed specifically with vertical openings to allow the air to flow into the room, while still allowing access to the unit if needed for maintenance.

This modern kids bedroom features an air conditioning unit hidden within cabinetry that was designed specifically with vertical openings to allow the air to flow into the room, while still allowing access the unit if needed for  maintenance. #HideAirConditioning #HiddenAirConditioning

Beneath the bed are large drawers that create additional storage for the bedroom and are easily accessible by the children.

Beneath the beds in this modern bedroom are large drawers that create additional storage for the bedroom and are easily accessible by the children. #UnderBedStorage #BedWithDrawers
Photography by Quang Tran | Design and Build: Hinzstudio | Lead Architect: Phan Van Tran Tuan | Design Team: Phan Van Tran Tuan, Ha Huy Thach, Vo Dinh Hiep, Tuong Ngoc Thach | Construction: Tran Nguyen Long Vinh

A Wall Of Built-In Bunk Beds Creates Plenty Of Sleeping Space For Visitors

A Wall Of Built-In Bunk Beds Creates Plenty Of Sleeping Space For Visitors

When Linc Thelen Design renovated this house in Rolling Prairie, Indiana, they included a guest bedroom that’s been designed with multiple bunk beds.

The three sets of built-in bunk beds, with wood ladders and safety rails, create a place for six people to sleep. Each bunk has a niche, outlets, and an individual switch for their separate light.

In this modern bedroom, three sets of built-in bunk beds with wood ladders and safety rails, create a place for six people to sleep. Each bunk has a niche, outlets and an individual switch for their separate light. #Bedroom #BunkBeds #MultipleBunkBeds #ModernBedroom

There’s also an ensuite bathroom with a minimalist design that features custom concrete countertops by Chicago Concrete, concrete porcelain tile from Porcelanosa and Virginia Tile, wrought iron plumbing fixtures and accessories, and custom mirrors made by Linc Thelen in his workshop.

This modern bathroom features custom concrete counter tops by Chicago Concrete, concrete porcelain tile from Porcelanosa and Virginia Tile, wrought iron plumbing fixtures and accessories, and custom mirrors #ModernBathroom #ConcreteCounter #BathroomDesign
Photography by Jim Tschetter | Architect, Designer and Custom Builder: Linc Thelen Design

Laundry Room Design Idea – Add A Built-In Clothes Sorter

Laundry Room Design Idea – Add A Built-In Clothes Sorter

Los Angeles based interior designer Kelly Shepard, has created a laundry room with built in components to make cleaning clothes easier and more organized.

Some of the key design ideas she included are the separate cubbies for sorting clothes, built-in washer and dryer, the pull-out step located below them, plenty of storage space, open shelving, and a pet feeding area.

Laundry Ideas - This modern laundry room is designed with separate cubbies for sorting clothes, built-in washer and dryer, the pull-out step located below them, plenty of storage space, open shelving, and a pet feeding area. #LaundrySorter #LaundryDesign #ClothesSorter #BuiltInWasherDryer #ModernLaundry

Each of the clothes cubbies has a basket inside, allowing the clothes to easily be sorted for different types of washes (light/dark/delicate). The entire front of the cabinet can be opened to gain access to the baskets. By having a built-in design, it enables the laundry room to empty of freestanding laundry baskets, which can sometimes get in the way and detract from the nice clean modern design.

Laundry Ideas - This modern laundry room is designed with separate cubbies for sorting clothes, built-in washer and dryer, the pull-out step located below them, plenty of storage space, open shelving, and a pet feeding area. #LaundrySorter #LaundryDesign #ClothesSorter #BuiltInWasherDryer #ModernLaundry
Photography: Taryn Carlson | Design: Kelly Sephard Designs | Millwork: Santiago Lopez

Bedroom Design Idea – Create A Built-In Bed Within A Wood-Lined Niche

Bedroom Design Idea – Create A Built-In Bed Within A Wood-Lined Niche

Architectural practice MDDM STUDIO were asked by their clients to renovate a townhouse in Beijing, and as part of the new interior, the master bedroom was designed to create more open floor space by the windows.

Instead of having a freestanding bed, the designers made use of an odd  shaped corner small positioned the bed within the base of its own wood-lined niche, allowing for more floor space by the large windows. #BedroomIdea #BedNook #BedNiche #BuiltInBed #InteriorDesign #ModernBedroom

Instead of having a freestanding bed, the designers made use of an odd-shaped corner and positioned the bed within the base of its own wood-lined niche, allowing for more floor space by the large windows.

Instead of having a freestanding bed, the designers made use of an odd  shaped corner small positioned the bed within the base of its own wood-lined niche, allowing for more floor space by the large windows. #BedroomIdea #BedNook #BedNiche #BuiltInBed #InteriorDesign #ModernBedroom

The niche, which helps to create a cozy and relaxing sleeping environment, also has a pair of wall lights that act as bedside lamps, as well as three white shelves that match the adjacent wardrobe.

Instead of having a freestanding bed, the designers made use of an odd  shaped corner small positioned the bed within the base of its own wood-lined niche, allowing for more floor space by the large windows. #BedroomIdea #BedNook #BedNiche #BuiltInBed #InteriorDesign #ModernBedroom #Shelving
Photography: Jonathan Leijonhufvud | Design: MDDM STUDIO | Team: Margret Domko, Momo Andrea Destro, Amirlin Sunderiya | Contractor: Mi2 Interior Project Co,. Ltd

The Floor Turns Into Built-In Bench Seating In This Split Level Interior

The Floor Turns Into Built-In Bench Seating In This Split Level Interior

VFA Architecture + Design has designed the Lake Joseph Cottage in Ontario, Canada, featuring a walkway that also doubles as seating.

Running behind the kitchen is a hall that opens up to views of the dining area and living room, which are lined with white pine wood.

VFA Architecture + Design has designed the Lake Joseph Cottage in Ontario, Canada, that features a walkway that also doubles as bench seating. #DiningBench #BuiltInBench #DiningRoom #InteriorDesign

The end of the walkway was designed so that it becomes built-in seating for the dining table.

VFA Architecture + Design has designed the Lake Joseph Cottage in Ontario, Canada, that features a walkway that also doubles as bench seating. #DiningBench #BuiltInBench #DiningRoom #InteriorDesign
Photography by Cindy Blazevic and Scott Norsworthy | Architect: VFA Architecture + Design

A Built-In Window Seat For Quiet Relaxation

A Built-In Window Seat For Quiet Relaxation

Batay-Csorba Architects recently renovated a house in Toronto, Canada, and as part of the updated interior, the window sill in the dining room was made larger to accommodate a built-in seat.

Lined with wood and cushioned with sheepskin, this modern built-in window seat looks out to the tall trees in the garden. #WindowSeat #ModernInterior #InteriorDesign

Lined with wood and cushioned with sheepskin, the built-in window seat looks out to the tall trees in the garden. It’s an ideal place to spend some quite relaxation time.

Lined with wood and cushioned with sheepskin, this modern built-in window seat looks out to the tall trees in the garden. #WindowSeat #ModernInterior #InteriorDesign
Photography by Doublespace Photography