Description from the architects: The architect who will design a house in a picturesque location, the woods or on the waterfront, in addition to technical issues, it is necessary to solve the problem as much as possible to properly use the strengths of the area, it does not harm the environment. You must enter an object to provide him with the best views from the windows and correctly oriented to the cardinal points. Save rational layout of the premises and be done with this house spatially expressive blend well with the surroundings.
The ground on which the house was designed, is a small clearing on the edge of a birch grove. Although she was placed at the end of the site, the author of the project and the customer, it was decided to build a house on the site clear of trees.
House represents two unequal volume connected in the overall composition. A smaller amount of floor includes a garage and furnace room. Its roof is operated, landscaping.
Greater volume located above the ground floor, has two floors above ground with two tiers of windows space, oriented to the east into the thicket of birch grove.
Photos: Eugene Kulybaba
Amwaj Villa is a contemporary three level home recently built for a family by interiors and design consultants firm Moriq, located on Amwaj Island, Bahrain. The plot encompasses 690 square meters and the total built area is comprised of 778 square meters/8,371 square feet.
Description from the designers: The owners wanted a modern, contemporary styled home with strong emphasis on interior architecture and strong interior/exterior connections.
The home was planned on 3 levels with just the living levels and kitchen plus dining on the lower floor. A well equipped gym with steam and sauna were planned on the rear side. Two bedrooms with a non dedicated home theatre comprises the mid level.
Difference of levels and double heights perk up the interiors. Large floor to ceiling glasses connect the outside with the inside.
Specks of colours were used in furniture and artifacts only keeping the basic canvas neutral (in greys and whites). Grey white traventino were used as floors. Walls were in shades of greys and ceiling were pristine white. Distressed wallpapers were used on strategic walls.
A custom designed chimney is the centre of attraction in the dining area. A large scaled log of wood was used as the grab bar for the staircase. Skylights bring in a lot of natural light.
Old reclaimed doors as used as interior elements. Every room has visual and physical access to the outside.
Furniture is from Italian brands. Rugs and lamps are all hand picked. As mentioned earlier the emphasis was more on scale, proportions and integration rather than on decoration. The final look is simple and uncluttered both in architecture and interior.
Master suite with multi dress rooms and multi toilets is planned on the last level. All three levels are connected by means of a staircase and a lift.
Photos: Courtesy of Moriq
Can Frit is a modern property developed by BOX3 Interiores for an English family from an existing finch, located on the Spanish island of Ibiza. It had an unusual layout and strange proportions due to the topography of the land.
We used natural materials to complement the existing period elements in some areas, while the retro-modern cement tile flooring strikes a balance with the sandblasted juniper ceiling and central pillar of the main room. The full width opening of the sliding doors allows for a complete inside-outside experience.
The reception space of the house was a decorative challenge; it was unusually large and seemed not to have a definite function in the house’s original design. The remodelled result is a wide entrance hall with high ceilings from which hangs a large cast iron fireplace. Together with a golden console, they give the room a welcoming warmth.
The kitchen’s central island becomes, both visually and functionally, the focal point around which life takes place. The rear kitchen, with sink and a working counter, can be easily hidden behind sliding doors to turn the dining and living room area into a reception area.
Photos: Courtesy of BOX3 Interiores
Ski Shores Lakehouse is a modest weekend lake house that has been skillfully designed by Stuart Sampley Architect, located in Austin, Texas. The spirit of traditional Texas dogtrot-style architecture is modernly refined in this retreat.
Description from the architect: Two volumes flank a central porch that’s naturally cooled by lake breezes, capped on each end by tall, swinging gates for privacy and security, and anchored by a substantial outdoor dining table.
On one side, a sleek, modern kitchen is minimal in material but heavy on style and storage. A sunken living room— highlighted by rich warm wood underfoot — exudes comfort and is the ideal spot to escape the Texas summer heat. On the other side of the porch, cozy bedrooms balance the house, featuring big windows offering views of the Texas landscape.
The home’s materials were sourced regionally and chosen to last; exterior walls made of gray Texas Lueders Limestone mix with Southern yellow pine to create a natural palette that requires no maintenance. It’s a weekend getaway the homeowner can enjoy for decades to come.
Photos: Casey Dunn
Villa-K is a contemporary hilltop residence taking full advantage of its forested surroundings, designed by Cell Space Architects, located in Karuizawa, Nagano, Japan. The home was designed to bring the outdoors in, with large expanses of glass for the homeowners to take in the unobstructed views of the nearby forest.
Description from the architects: This site is located on a hilltop in one of the eminent Karuizawa villa areas. All directions around the site are clear for view in winter. The villa consists of four parts of floors and four parts of roofs around a central pillar.
The four floors placed on different levels are connected to the surrounding out space through windows in order to give diverse views for the residents. The inner spaces are divided into four parts and, on the other hand, are connected in a spiral around the central pillar.
The four roofs are connected with different angles one another. Sunlight coming through the slits between the roofs highlights the division of the inner spaces.
Photos: Masao Nishikawa
An unforgettable escape, the luxury Siam Villa was designed by Thai designer Eggarat Wongcharit, at the Iniala Beach House resort in Phuket, Thailand. Overlooking the Andaman Sea, the five-acre property comprises three villas (each with three suites), and one spectacular penthouse suite.
The $22,750 starting rate for a sybaritic one-week stay in a three-suite villa—with plenty of room for three couples or a family—offers much in return, not least your own private spa and a full staff that includes a driver, a butler, and a chef.
Description from the architects: The residence is a masterpiece of design fusing traditional Thai architecture with organic, contemporary forms. World-renowned designers of the villas include The Campana Brothers of Brazil, A-cero from Spain, Joseph Walsh of Ireland, Mark Brazier-Jones of New Zealand, Graham Lamb from Britain and Thailand’s Eggarat Wongcharit. Every bedroom and living space is completely different. The Beach House has 10 bedrooms spread over 3 individual villas and a spectacular Penthouse. Every bedroom and living space is startlingly different; a unique expression from the masters of contemporary design from all around the world.
Villa Siam is designed by Eggarat Wongcharit and is a maximalist fantasy inspired by Thai culture and Buddhism; includes beds and sofas suspended from the ceiling by wicker bamboo. The villa’s own spa is located within an ancient golden Thai bell, with Buddhist teachings translated into English inscribed in the walls. Eggarat Wongcharit’s extraordinary creations use a modern take on traditional Thai craftsmen’s techniques. Intricate wickerwork and glass mosaics grace his eclectic and daring rooms of the villa, and his work is unique and original.
Common areas: inspired by nearby Phang Nga Bay, all of the furniture is Thai as well as the artwork, and a collage of small pictures of Buddha are “protected” by being wrapped in a crochet hanging on the wall. The room pays a tribute to the sacred Buddha with three large illuminated images on the wall behind hanging white sofas covered with mother of pearl. A wrapped pagoda with traditional Thai weaving expanding over it onto the ceiling ties the room’s contemporary lines and Thai roots seamlessly together, and the weaving incorporates an elaborate dream catcher facing down upon guests as they walk in. A dining table seats up to six, with the backdrop of eclectic and playful waving cats.
Beyond the living room is perhaps the most breathtaking part of Villa Siam – The Spa. A golden dome inscribed with Buddhist teachings translated into English, and hand cut mirrors in the shower and toilet areas are placed in a traditional Thai technique commonly used in the building of temples. This Spa also has a traditional Thai steam room and is inspired by a temple in the mountains of northern Thailand.
Lotus Suite: Inspired by the symbolism of the Lotus flower
This mystical suite is aptly named for the lotus pads splashed on the ceiling over the bed, very Thai in style and with much symbolism. In Buddhist teachings, whatever is on top of water is said to be elevated. The lily pads over the bed are inverted so that while the guest sleeps, their spirit is elevated in their dreams. Another mother of pearl suspended sofa accompanies the bed. In the bathroom, a Thai graphic designer was commissioned to create a lotus fish on a large piece of resin.
The complementary Siamese Suites (two bedrooms) are absolute beachfront and serve as each other’s ying to yang. The symmetry of the rooms are opposite using white and natural wood, and the suites have cocoon beds with the traditional Thai weaving technique used with bamboo, giving the rooms a fresh scent. Each room also has outdoor jungle showers, the walls covered with vibrant green plant simulations.
Photos: Courtesy of Iniala Beach House
House of Books was recently remodeled to include a multi-level bookcase for a couple of book lovers by architecture studio SHH, located in Hampstead, London, England. The property’s name derives from its previous owner, Labour leader Michael Foot, who was known as ‘The Old Bibliophile’ because of his enormous library of books.
Description from the architects: True to the spirit of the 4,000 square foot house, the new owners are also bibliophiles (owning over 100 linear metres of books) and the property has now been completely reconfigured (including new floors, walls, stairs and rear extension in cedar wood and zinc), ensuring that books remain a central feature, with an aluminium, two-sided bookcase forming a spine around which all five storeys of a spectacular new stair (made of individual steel trays dipped in orange liquid rubber and bolted over individual cantilevered steel hoops ) are wrapped. The bookcase also sits within the new steel frame of the house, with all new structural elements bespoke-designed by SHH as part of the project.
The property was completely gutted and then re-created behind its traditional frontage to achieve this radical new interior structure, together with a new cedar and zinc side and rear extension to increase floor space.
‘We ripped the whole house out behind the façade’ explained Stuart McLauchlan, ‘and built a new steel and timber-frame to sit within the old brick skin and connect it to the existing structure.
The space configuration and resulting floors, walls and stair are all new, with the new stair more linear than its predecessor and set to one side in order to create more floor space. The house was extended not only to the rear but also to the side in order to house the ambitious new stair and bookcase concept.’
The five-storey house starts with a garden level and goes up to a raised ground floor entrance level, which doesn’t extend fully to the far edge of the rear extension, so that a double-height space is created beyond at the back of the house.
A master suite is located on the first floor, with further bedrooms and bathrooms for the client’s family on the second and third floors.
Photos: Alastair Lever
Winelands 190 was recently completed by Antoni Associates, located in the heart of Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The luxury property is nestled in the epicenter of the vineyards and wine farms, the setting boasts a modern twist on the traditional “Cape Dutch” styled home.
Description from the designers: Mark Reilly, Jon Case and Clive Schulze took architecture and interior design to a whole new level in this incredible project named Winelands 190 by creating a place where the whole family can gather in a modern farmhouse with an emphasis on barefoot luxury.
The owners of the home love entertaining so their home needed to accommodate social spaces that reflected this aspect of their lives, and you’ll agree the poolside, fireside and cellar do great justice to their requirements.
The clients brief was to ensure that when their grown up kids had departed after the weekend they didn’t feel they were rattling around in a big empty home, which lead to decisions which saw the first floor occupying all the entertaining spaces as well as the master bedroom, and the three additional guest suites being located on the first floor.
Design regulations only permitted a single story, so the guest suites became cleverly accommodated in the roof attic.
Situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Stellenbosch, famous for the delicious wines found in this earthy region, it made perfect sense for the design team to choose natural organic materials such as timber and stone throughout Winelands 190. Limed oak flooring was compatibly paired with honey coloured stone walls with contrasting black charcoals and chalky white finishes which added both warmth and a sense of homeliness.
The water features of the front pool terrace area and the pond at the rear evoke a sense of calm that is further enhanced by the mountain landscape across the water in the distance. Internally the clean lines of the fireplace with its chic modern surround and old school wood stockpile beneath complete the appeal that this is a home to luxuriate. Part of the luxury of good living is enjoying a glass of fine wine. The glass wine cabinet has all the hallmarks of sophistication, modernity and class. The idea of viewing through this space is akin to inspecting the colour and body of any wine and we find this feature completely inspired.
The lighting throughout accomplishes what every home needs – a wow factor. Combinations of bold and discreet lighting can be seen in the subtle lighting incorporated in all the recesses and feature bulkheads, providing a warm glow around the peripheral edges right through to the customized crystal chandelier by Martin Doller suspended dramatically from the ceiling rafters.
The interior furniture and décor were designed by Mark Rielly and Sarika Jacobs of AA Interiors who worked around modern and complementary to the experience of the home including tactile finishes such as timber, textured leathers and raw linens to add a sophisticated sense of understated luxury.
Photos: Adam Letch
Description from the architects: In this home, the main idea of the project by Mood Works, polish architectural studio was to create modern and elegant space, and by combining at the same time feeling, elements and traditional furniture forms from the Italian reinessance architecture.
Natural elements, finest materials and interior colors, organic shapes and textures represent a contemporary feeling in design and decor, bringing unique furniture pieces and fusion of styles into creative, luxurious and personalizes interior design.
In order to create more unified space, the architects decided to use natural wood, which appears in every place in the home, as a bonding that makes the spaces more visualy and physicaly connected.
The soultions, that have been used in this project integrate interior design with home architecture, its nature environment and landscape. Elegance, comfort and pleasure. A space for living, work, relax, receiving visitors and hosting guests.
Photos: Courtesy of Mood Works