The finely detailed screens of No.19 Jalan Angin Laut presents a sleek facade to its neighbors, concealing a house nestled into a garden in Singapore, designed by HYLA Architects. Its entrance is elevated above the ground, where one has to ascend a glass staircase to enter the house. Opening the solid timber front door, one is greeted with a swimming pool and patio surrounded by lush greenery, amply shaded overhead but admitting light and air from the sides, this space is a paradigm of living comfortably in the tropics.
A glass bridge spanning lightly across the pool leads into the living room. This bridge extends the threshold of the house, prolonging the act of entering and highlighting the importance of this space to the overall design of the house. The rest of the house takes its cues from this scene, the main living spaces being punctuated with light, greenery and timber accents. Together with the skillful manipulation of solids and voids, the overall effect achieved is that the architecture seems integrated harmoniously with nature.
Photos: Derek Swalwell
The Da-house is a reference to japanese residential architecture through its use of materials and its close relationship with nature. Situated on the black sea, Ukrainian architect Igor Sirotov has utilized concrete and glass extensively, seeking to establish a traditional yet modern home, while the greenery employed demonstrates a clear connection with the natural environment in which the dwelling sits.
The 3,767 square foot (350 square meters) proposal provides accommodation over one storey with a two car garage at basement level. Internally the project comprises a large living area with an adjoining kitchen, two bedrooms and three bathrooms. Sirotov has attempted to instill a sense of warmth and comfort to these more intimate spaces in contrast to the scheme’s uncompromising exterior.
Renderings: Courtesy of Igor Sirotov
Russian architect Nicholas Lyzlov developed Ruben Dishdishyan House, a contemporary retreat on private land that is surrounded by trees in Benelux, a union of states comprising three neighboring countries in northwestern Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Brick and wood were chosen as exterior finishes on the facade, strongly rooting the project in its environment, a forest reserve where local regulations only allowed building on a surface 4,300 square feet (400 square meters).
Once inside, one is overcome with warmth and elegance and greeted by rooms with tall ceilings, dark wooden flooring and textured stone walls. The colorful ceiling in the living room adds a bit of playfulness, picking up colors from its surroundings and adding to an interior where social interaction is thus encouraged. Are there additional details you find appealing in this sensational home?
From the Architects: There is a lot of land in the village on which you cannot build because there is a forest reserve. Of two acres that Ruben bought, we were only allowed to build on four hundred square meters (4300 square feet).
I know Ruben, I made his city apartment. He is a private man and wanted his house closed from the neighbors, but also completely open to nature, to the beautiful fir forest area and garden. The rear facade of the house is entirely open – there are huge windows, and all of the rooms can see the forest. The house is like a fairy tale.
San Lorenzo North villa is characterized by sleek, modern architecture, designed by de Blacam and Meagher Architects, situated on the 10th hole of the San Lorenzo golf course in Algarve, Portugal. The is surrounded by pine trees with the villa opening up to breathtaking views of the open landscape. Over a generous layout of 9,149 square feet (850 square meters), this contemporary masterpiece features five stunning bedroom suites. The joys of southern living are further enhanced by the double-height covered terrace, wrapping around the villa’s lower floor, extending the property’s living space well beyond its interior. Other highlights of this high-tech, high-standard experience include a basement complete with gym, home-spa, games room and home cinema., reflecting this respected practice’s commitment to quality, and its quest for simplicity through beautiful materials.
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Photos: Courtesy of Quinta do Lago
The House at Jardin del Sol project, designed by Corona + P. Amaral Architects is a monolithic concrete and glass house over a timber platform located at the edge of a cliff in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. The unique site and shape of the 4,186 square foot (388.97 square meters) house was developed in order to enjoy the amazing views of the 300 meters cliff, a 100 meters long black sand beach, mount Teide and all the north coast of Tenerife island.
Bedroom and service areas are located in a one-storey rectangular volume which enters into a double high volume containing the living-room, studio and kitchen. Both volumes organize an L-shape around the black paddle located at the edge of the platform so water surface gets mixed with the one of the sea, so all the areas of the house enjoy the views underlined by wood and water.
The interior and exterior finishing of the closed volume consists in treated concrete while complete walls are used in the facades facing the views. Protection is solved with timber shuts in the bedroom area and outside canvas stores in the living room.
A gym is located in the basement with direct access from the terrace and views to the inside through a glass wall.
A steel and wood freestanding canopy provides shadow to the central part of the terrace. Gardening, based in the use of local cliff species, is located in the slope between the street and the built volume so the house seems to be inserted into the natural cliff .
Photos: Roland Halbe, José Ramón Oller
The Bunker House has been built by Botteri-Connell Architects in a suburban neighborhood of La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The concept of the home was for someone who will live there permanently and whose children, friends and couple will visit them from time to time. From meetings with the client, many concepts arise that seek architectonical answers: “a house which can integrate social life in direct relation with the outside, having a space in it which hosts and protects intimacy. A space where one can stay while the rest of the house remains asleep. An introspection space; a temporal oasis.” In response to these concepts, at first sight the house is built along two different elements: the Bunker that is solid, hermetic, almost impenetrable; and the open, permeable Action area that dissolves the limits in constant movement .
The Bunker is a singular poetic image, a primitive shelter, a home for lonely dreams and an intimate space. Practically void of the outside, it “opens up” a larger universe, holding the Dweller in their complete reality. The Bunker presents itself to the outside as stony, still, immemorial as a carved rock. However, there are lines that cross it through, that mold it and engrave it…GRAVITY, LIGHT, WATER and AIR outline TIME and SPACE. Its inside layout- “heartbeats of the one who lives in it”- defines a warm, soft and expandable heart… Geometry is surpassed.
The spiral staircase stops being a mere connection element between distant points to become an entrance to a cosmic and mysterious universe, an escape from ordinary life from time to time and a feeling of “ascension” drawn by the development of the axial focus… The Infinite.
The Action Plan – made up of transparent membranes, white walls and large tiling surfaces-defines areas embedded in a larger one which in fact are the actual limits of the plot of land. The neutral Green and its different degrees of seizure. The Water, with its leading role in everyday life, is sometimes a mirror and sometimes entertainment but always a connection between the World and ME. The Light passes gently through the concrete walls. The Gravity permanently facing challenge.
And there come Lines Again: Family Lines, Friendship Lines and Work Lines making space constantly flow. It is a place for social life. Among them, overlooking the scene, concrete walls rise.
Photos: Gustavo Sosa Pinilla
This luxurious home oasis is situated on the exclusive Indian Creek Island, Florida, designed by Miami-based Bart Reines Construction. The transitional style home features cozy and warm furnishings and light fixtures that are predominately from Restoration Hardware. The sprawling exterior facade beckons visitors to come inside and enjoy all that the home has to offer. The exterior landscape features a courtyard at the front of the home and a circular driveway with a well-manicured lawn. At the exterior of the home there is a spacious swimming pool and plenty of chaise lounges to soak up the sun, with umbrellas is you prefer a little shade. What do you think, do you love the details of this beautiful home?
Photos: Courtesy of Bart Reines Construction
Nestled in the cliff-top estate “The Cove at Pezula Estate” outside Knysna, on the west coast of South Africa, this home was designed by SAOTA Architects. The residence was integrated into the topography and natural color of the fynbos, maintaining a seamless connection with landscape and ocean. The contemporary interiors of this incredible family home was designed by Antoni Associates, featuring sea views from large expanses of windows to the East and South.
The idea was to create a living space with a single roof element floating over it that responded to the slope of the site. The roof is set at a high level so that it is hidden from the living space, creating the illusion that one is surrounded by the landscape. A triangular cut-out in the roof connects one with the sky. A solar analysis was done to eliminate direct sun from the building. A skylight hangs into the space to mitigate the scale of the double volume. Care was taken in selecting performance-glass that would minimize the impact of direct sun.
The choice of materials, off-shutter concrete, Rheinzink roofing, timber cladding, stone and exposed aggregate, allows the building to fade into the landscape as the materials age. One enters at the upper level of the double volume, looking towards the ocean. A grand stair draws one onto the living level which holds the kitchen, dining room and living room.
A spiral stair connects the living level to a private lounge and the master bedroom on a mezzanine level. This spiral staircase drops through the floor to a lower level which houses a guest bedroom, home theatre and a living room. An L-shaped wing houses the two children’s bedrooms.
In-keeping with a sustainable design approach, a huge underground cistern was created under the garden terrace to harvest rainwater, while a heat pump and water-based under floor heating system conserve energy.
Photos: Micky Hoyle Courtesy of VISI
House in Kitakamakura is a unique modern house comprised of glass, steel and concrete, designed by Suppose Design Office, situated in Kamakura, Kanagawa, Japan. The residence was built on an uneven site in the outskirts of Kita Kamakura. The architects devised a plan to create an appealing living space by building directly over the uneven land. From an architectural standpoint, with an upper and lower level, the influence of the footing and other aspects caused too many uncertainties in the support of the retaining wall. So the architects proposed to set concrete shafts slightly away from the wall and create a steel frame between the shafts in order to insure the safety of the living space and the site at the same time.
This also helps to keep the excavation which accompanies construction work on uneven sites to a minimum. In addition, the space between the two levels which is created by the shafts and the retaining wall can be used as a garden. Many kinds of natural spaces can be created, such as a Japanese Garden, Bath Terrace, or Green Garden. The concrete will create a quiet, enclosed space, while an open space is created by the steel framework. Through these — two structural forms you can feel connected to the surrounding nature in this wonderful living space.
With just a few techniques we can overturn the stereotypes associated with this type of site. What was once viewed- as a site with poor building conditions can be changed into land with great possibilities. Rather than looking at the negative side, we would like to continue searching for these possibilities by accepting all — that these sites have to offer.
Photos: Toshiyuki Yano from Nacasa&Partners Inc.
Apartment M is an incredible modern apartment designed by Soesthetic Group, situated on Melnikova Street in Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, in Eastern Europe. The home features a warm, neutral color palette throughout, with wooden flooring, wood paneling on the walls and beautiful textures and materials. Large expanses of windows bring in urban city views and plenty of natural light, illuminating the spaces. An open floor plan creates a welcoming environment and is perfect for entertaining family and friends.
Photos: Courtesy of Soesthetic Group