Architect Yuri Zagorin Alazraki of Mexico City based studio ZD+A designed this fascinating three-story stacked house with an amazing garden oasis in 2011. The personal residence of the architect, it is located in the Lomas de Chapultepec neighborhood of Mexico City, where an undesirable site produces desirable results. The property was very narrow and sits at a cumbersome slope, squished between neighbors on either side, with soaring walls casting deep shadows. Incredibly, the 5,080 square foot home was designed with interior spaces that generate a seamless connection with the sunlit exterior gardens. Just as impressive, the architect was able to capture substantial amounts of natural light into areas that would seem impossible to achieve. Applying clever tricks such as reflective white resin flooring, an open concept layout, and southerly facing light wells, as well as a pair of oculi installed in the rooftop garden, diffusing natural light down to an almost subterranean ground level. The ground floor was the most difficult level to draw light, therefore being the most impressive in design. A stepped garden makes its way down to the ground floor, where the main living space is. At the opposing end of the space is a generous-sized patio with vines covering the walls, filtering in light, fresh air and lots of greenery.
When the glass paneled wall of the living room is open, it feels like an extension of the outdoor space. Further increasing the indoor-outdoor connection, the rough-hewn interior concrete walls continue through to the exterior facade, mimicking the ruggedness of the stones embedded in the garden. We love how the architect has been able to penetrate light into his home at all levels, and how the garden feels like it is a part of the home, so when you are inside, you feel like you are outside. Just a super cool design, very well thought out, one of our personal favorites! What do you think, please leave your thoughts in the comments section below the photo tour.
If you are looking for more inspiration from fascinating homes in Mexico City, we have some other great features here on 1 Kindesign such as: Modern restoration and renovation in Mexico City by Ezequiel Farca and Casa ML in Mexico City designed for open and casual living.
All the flooring running throughout the interiors is concrete. There are also no doors to be found on the first two levels, except for the daughter’s room, she stays with the architect part-time. On the second level there is a sitting area with floor-to-ceiling windows. Outside is a green roof which helps make the indoor-outdoor space feel like one large, bright space.
The third level was designed like a steel cage, most of which is cantilevered over the back garden. This is where the en-suite master bedroom and private terrace are situated. Light penetrates the spaces and is a nice quite oasis for the architect to spend his time.
Photos: Dwell & Yoshihiro Koitani, Rafael Gamo
This fascinating modern beach house showcases a shoji concept of translucency designed by Ed Niles Architect, located on Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, California. The home was originally built for Dr. Wei-Tzuoh Chen, a kidney specialist who wanted a family weekend retreat from his hectic schedule. The concept for the home was to soak in the views of the ocean, have large expanses of wall space to display art and have a room dedicated to the owner’s expansive record collection, which had included a total of 25,000 records. With soaring 29 foot high ceilings and walls of fiberglass pull nature in, while walls of windows in the kitchen and living area filter light in and helps frame never-ending ocean views. Concrete walls and steel beams adds clean lines and a industrial aesthetic mixed with Feng Shui design elements. The exterior of the residence was designed to be humble while achieving harmony with its surrounding environment. “A nuanced panel effect draws the sea air in, creating a natural air flow throughout the home.” The beach house offers a main open concept living space and chef’s kitchen, which has a seamless connection to an outdoor living space with BBQ, buffet line and views out to the ocean. A casual dining area also has ocean views. There are four en-suite bedrooms in the main house, which includes a luxurious master suite with dramatically curved window walls. There is a separate guest house on the property.
This insane property is listed for sale at the asking price of $53 million, far exceeding the average price in the area of $15 – $25 million, which is astonishing. If you are interested in seeing more about the property, we spotted it on the website, The Agency.
The property showcases every high-tech feature you could possibly imagine, including a music room that is embedded into the hillside for soundproofing from the busy traffic noise coming from the PCH (Pacific Coast Highway). There is also a soundproof home cinema and elevator. This fascinating property is one of the most unique and incredible architectural endeavors that has ever been constructed along the Malibu coastline. Take a look at some other Malibu dream homes here on 1 Kindesign: Cape Cod style home with eclectic details in Malibu and Small lot transformed into stunning Malibu beach house.
We think the architecture and engineering of this home is phenonemal, love all the glass and views out to the ocean. Being steps away from the beach is always a plus if you are a beachgoer. This is truly a remarkable property, would love a home tour! What do you think, is this home too much? Too over-priced? Let us know in the comments below!
This carved sandalwood bed offers guests a cozy place to sleep and sweeping ocean views.
The music room showcases the homeowner’s incredible record collection which is mostly classical music, which he developed a passion for when he started medical school.
This charming crisp white home caters to outdoor living, a perfect place to escape and unwind on the island of Formentera, in the Mediterranean Sea. The home is positioned on a quiet corner wrapped in silence, less than a mile from the beach. The property is an oasis of freshness, with junipers, pines and the intense scent of rosemary perfuming the air. An inner courtyard is the ideal spot for both sun and shade depending on the time of day. Climbing bougainvillea cover the porches, add bright bursts of color. The home is spread out over one level in the shape of a “U”, with porches wrapped around the perimeter. The home is open and airy and full of light, with cross-ventilation. The interiors showcase luminous white washed walls, tinged with natural colors of fabrics and accessories. All of the rooms have access to the outdoor living spaces, so during the summer months it helps keep fresh air circulating. Natural ventilation usually cools off the home so their is barely a need for air conditioning and ceiling fans.
We love the inviting outdoor living spaces of this cozy retreat, aside from feeling island bound, it would be a very hard place to leave. With the beach so close to the home, and cool ocean breezes to keep you feeling refreshed, this charming home is very ideal. Our favorite spot, the outdoor shower. There is nothing better than showering outside, if you have never experienced it before, it is heaven…and so ideal to wash off after spending the day at the beach before retreating indoors! What do you think, what is your favorite spot in this cool island home?
We have featured many breathtaking houses here on 1 Kindesign from the island of Formentera. In case you missed seeing them, we have a couple here to share with you: Chic summer retreat on the Formentera countryside and Beautiful stone house on Formentera: Can Manuel d’en Corda.
A spacious living room with two sofas centered around a fireplace is the perfect spot for conversation when the owners are not spending their time enjoying the outdoors. Rainwater harvesting is also an active practice in this home, where water is a precious commodity due to island living.
The interior courtyard is an deal shelter from too much sun or wind.
Photos: El Mueble
Big Rock is a fabulous family retreat whose design is inspired by the great camps in upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains, designed by architects Shope Reno Wharton. The home is nestled on the tree-lined shores of Upper Saranac Lake, which showcases a beautiful boathouse that has been accented with traditional Adirondack twig work. The compounds impeccable interiors were decorated by celebrated interior designer Thom Filicia. In the past, this area played host to vacation homes that were called “great camps”, a place where family could spend the summer and have everything they need on the compound without ever having to leave. They would have all activities at their disposal, hiking, kayaking, swimming, boating, fishing and playing tennis. This home was designed for a busy West Coast family from California with two young children as a summer getaway. The home sits on a peninsula where the Wawbeek Resort once sat, a modest lodge that housed several cabins. Each of the home’s building has their own site orientation and views out to the water. The three car garage offers a beautifully designed guesthouse above. The main home is spread out over two levels, offering what the architects describes as “simple, honest materials.” The exterior facade draws on the local vernacular, with cedar shingles and for the interiors, fieldstone fireplaces and balusters comprised of birch logs. The homeowners requested the design aesthetic to be “authentic but with a twist”. Filicia wanted the architecture to stand out, so he applied color to some of the walls and ceilings, such as dark brown, green and blue.
We just love this house, the indoor-outdoor connection and all of the on-site activities the property has to offer so you never have to leave. It is the perfect summer family getaway that we all dream about. What do you think, could you spend your summer vacationing here?
We have featured a couple of other homes designed by the talented designer Thom Filicia, have a look at his incredible work: Woodsy lake front cabin in upstate New York and Thom Filicia’s Skaneateles Lake House Exudes Rustic Simplicity.
The master bedroom retreat is filled with natural light from windows on all three sides, giving it a tree house feel. The walls have shingling applied to them to create an indoor-outdoor ambiance.
The bunk room of the guesthouse and en-suite bath feature wainscoting in a fire engine red, creating a bright pop to the spaces.
The daughter’s room features an enchanting woodland theme with patterned wallpaper of trees and birds.
The seven year old boy’s room features a wall mural of the billboard from the Wawbeek Lodge that was originally on the property.
The sleeping porch features shingled walls, bringing the outdoors in. The room features deep set, hanging twin sofa beds.
Taking cue from “great camp” design, the property features outbuildings used for family recreation. Down the beach, this existing structure has been renovated into a games room. Painted all white, the designer selected furnishings with a color pop. A ping pong table and Foosball make this a fun spot for family play.
The boathouse features the estate’s name, which can be seen from the water side, spelled out in branches. In addition to a boat launch, there is a roomy elevated terrace perfect for sunbathing and enjoying evening cocktails over the water.
Photos: Architectural Digest
Clark Court is a modern and Japanese style home for a young couple with a newborn, completed in 2013 by In Situ Studio, located in Raleigh, North Carolina. The residence is nestled hillside, under three mature oaks trees and oriented towards a pond. The architects were challenged to design an open house that would still allow privacy yet create intimate connections between the indoors and out. The clients work in the creative profession, so they had a sophisticated palette that helped to lead the design process, creating a successful collaboration. The main volume is comprised of three levels: a basement, ground level entry with kitchen and offices and upper level bedrooms and playroom. Large expanses of glass and skylights helps to capture views of the pond and tree canopy, emitting plenty of natural light into the interior spaces. A single level pavilion protrudes southwest from the main volume and out to the most secluded area of the property, under the three mature oaks. This space encompasses the living and dining area, sheltered by a wide, thin roof structure, which is supported by four narrow columns and the fireplace hearth. Sliding glass paneled walls opens this space up to the site. The finished result is a house form that is slender with thin edges that contradicts its considerable size.
We love all the glass in this home and clerestory windows that fills the home with light. Another beautiful feature is the living/dining pavilion…and the balcony off the master bedroom is not to hard to take, nothing like enjoy a coffee with a view first thing in the morning! What do you think of this space? Which is your favorite space?
Looking for more minimalist style inspiration on 1 Kindesign to feed your taste buds? We have plenty to show off to you, have a look at a couple of past favorites: Breathtaking minimalist home with views: First Crescent and Minimalist designed residence in Spain: House in Ontinyent.
Photos: Brian W. Ferry for Dwell
Woollahra Residence is a two story contemporary pad merging indoor and outdoor living, designed by Tzannes Associates, located in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The home is nestled on a compact site that is surrounded by mature trees and nicely groomed landscaping. Designed as a family home that is relaxing and casual, the interior spaces open to embrace the lush garden. The residence is comprised of two volumes that intersect each other, taking full advantage of site orientation and views. The main entrance into the home is through a wide loggia space that overlooks the garden and spills into the main living spaces. The private zones are situated on the upper level, allowing the homeowners views over the tree canopy. The beautiful master bedroom suite has been designed with sliding windows and shutters on three sides, which fully retract to completely open the space to the meticulously manicured gardens and surrounding trees.
Sustainable elements of the home consists of cross ventilation to help with cooling the home, LED lighting, photovoltaic cells, stormwater and rainwater harvesting. We love the indoor-outdoor living connection and how the master bedrooms almost entirely opens up to the outdoors. How about you, what are your favorite design features of this home?
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Photos: Michael Nicholson
This timber frame mountain home has been designed as a year-round family vacation retreat by architects Shope Reno Wharton, located in Aspen, Colorado. Surrounded by 1.6 acres of property, the residence is nestled on a wooded slope with views over Aspen and the ski slopes. With plenty of activities, of skiing in the winter and hiking and biking in the summer, this is the perfect holiday pad for the outdoor enthusiast. There is a nicely flowing stream that flows along the edge of the property which feeds a clear pond offering beautiful views from the home. The exterior facade of the home draws on the Western architecture of the infamous national park lodges. The homeowners wanted their home to represent the character of the Rocky Mountains. The interiors had a semi-formal layout, so the architects added some rusticity to it through the use of stone masonry and massive log walls, typifying vernacular architecture. The interior design of the property was carried out by Victoria Hagan Interiors who created cozy and warm living spaces throughout the home that are very timeless. There are several outdoor spaces for the owners to enjoy the beautiful natural environment that surrounds them. There is a stone deck on one side of the structure and stone stairs that leads to a hot tub patio on another side. A boat dock in the pond area allows the perfect spot to go trout fishing. Off the kitchen and towards the stream is a more private porch area which features a striking outdoor fireplace.
We just adore this mountain home retreat, it has been beautifully designed and offers everything one could possibly wish for, its an outdoor lovers paradise. What do you think, could you vacation here? If you love looking at mountain homes as much as we do, we have plenty of past features here on 1 Kindesign to share with you, have a look: Contemporary mountain home in Aspen by Poss Architecture and Bavarian-style luxury mountain retreat in Aspen.
Photos: Custom Home Online
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