The Dwell On Despard is the ultimate in luxury lifestyle, this ultra-sleek home is situated in exclusive Rockland, an historic neighborhood of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Designed by Urban Core Ventures, this astounding new contemporary home offers soaring ocean and Olympic mountain views. The home boasts several stunning architectural details, including floating staircase, great room with roll-away doors that open to deluxe infinity pool and hot tub, heated concrete floors, full home automation, hidden theater room, large roof-top deck complete with wet bar. Over 5,000 square feet of luxurious living space and 2,000+ square feet of patio/deck areas 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, in-law/nanny areas on a 9,000 square foot south facing lot. The home is bright, airy and has cutting-edge design offering innovative modern resort style living.
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CH House is the demolition of an old home to make way for a new residential project designed by GLR Arquitectos, located on a privileded site in Garza Garcia, Mexico. The demolition allowed for the adjustment of the topography to coordinate with the new scheme, allowing the home to take advantage of the wonderful city views. The rear garden almost disappears, leaving only a narrow contemplative garden, which acquires a very special character due to a beautiful original existing rock.
The kitchen, breakfast room, family room and master bedroom enjoy this visual effect. Towards the front of the property, a large semi-covered terrace is built around an infinity pool, which makes us forget for a moment the urban condition of the project, thanks to the large green areas of a park just in front of the property, which visually joins the huge greenery of the Country Club golf course.
Inside the house, a large double height living room with a set of exposed concrete skylights becomes the heart of the project, due to the interesting effect of the controlled natural light that floods the whole area. Around such space, the bedrooms, decks, home theater, and home office complete the program.
In the last level , such home office enjoys the splendid views of the city, in addition to being visually connected through a large window towards the double height living room, acquiring a condition of great transparency and giving the sensation of being a floating bridge over the terrace.
The materials, mainly the gray exposed concrete , the gray oak wood and the black granite facades, as well as the indoor and outdoor white stucco , contribute to the project a both refined and contemporary character.
Photos: Jorge Taboada
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
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.
This super stunning concrete mountain retreat has been designed by Kaegebein Fine Homebuilding, situated on Capitol Creek Road, Snowmass, Colorado. The two-storey home features polished concrete flooring with two coats of sealer, concrete walls and a neutral color palette. Although the furnishings are modern, the soft textures and materials create a warm and welcoming environment. Large expanses of glass blurs the lines between indoors and out. The lift and slide door in the open plan living area helps to open the space up to the outdoors. The exterior facade is not a traditional wooden log home, like you would typically see in the area, which makes it unique to the area and seems to blend with its snowy landscape. The home is hidden from the street, surrounded by a heavily forested terrain a creek below the house.
The inviting living area with an incredible fireplace is the perfect spot for entertaining guests during the holiday season. All the appliances are state of the art, hinting at the inhabitants’ need for modern creature comforts.
The material used for this incredible fireplace is steel with an acid wash and lacquer.
A stairway with wooden steps leads the way to the private areas located on the second level.
Photos: Derek Skalko
Terrace House is a stylish contemporary home that has been designed by Architology, situated in Jalan Chempedak, Singapore. The interiors showcases sleek interiors, including concrete flooring and wood flooring. A green wall in the kitchen breakfast nook includes a skylight overhead and accent lights to illuminate creating a focal point, which adds a Zen feeling to the space. There are plenty of built-ins for storage and an exposed brick wall in the open plan living area, white walls and white lacquered cabinetry in the kitchen. The kitchen island is perfect for cooking and entertaining, complete with bar stools. The master bedroom retreat features an incredible spa-like bathroom.
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This very stunning modern beach house has been exquisitely designed by two professionals in the design and construction industries, situated in Barwon Heads, Victoria, Australia. Just about every surface of this four bedroom, two bathroom 4,197 square foot (390 square meters) home is a piece of art within itself, constructed of either solid American Oak timber or polished concrete. Distinctive design elements create a point of difference across this superbly crafted home. Timber graces such surfaces as cabinetry, ceilings, custom windows, huge wide sliding doors, while polished concrete extends across floors, bench tops, basins and vanities; all combining to create this truly unique home designed to be lived in and abundant with character and style. Timber screening surrounding the street front facade conceals private patio decks connecting to both the master suite and elevated formal lounge, while two enormous sundecks open the home to an easterly and northerly aspect, for private entertaining or gazing across the course.
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Open plan living within the central hub merges with outdoors for a northerly course outlook, while the internal doors from kitchen lead onto private garden and huge entertaining area and decking.
Modern coastal designed facade vastly clad in timber with weathered steel surrounds.
Third living space designed as a fantastic kids play area/retreat with direct external access and can be concealed behind large American oak timber slider.
Huge walk in pantry is a great storage and work space, tastefully hidden behind slider.
Architecturally inspired external timber screening provides privacy and security, while timber sliders open up the home for entertaining and enable flow of the beautiful sea breeze throughout.
Freestanding bath, walk through shower and unique twin vanity create a luxurious en-suite and adults retreat.
Altamira Residence overlooks the Pacific Ocean nestled on a 20-acre site along the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, California, designed by architect Marmol Radziner. The project consists of a 15,500 square foot complex with a main residence, study, guesthouse, and garage. The design was inspired by the natural topography of the site and the client’s interest in geology. Responding to the untouched feel of the land and the geography in the area, the home’s floor levels cut into the terrain, making the structures appear to be emerging from the earth. The house captures a series of views that encourage the journey through the site.
This expansive home is designed to maximize the stunning panoramic views. Concrete walls reference the cool colors of the ocean setting. The stone veneer, made from local shale, is warmed by wood casework and built-in furniture. Intimate furniture groupings emphasize the scale of the home while responding to the clients’ need for comfortable, relaxed living space. This play of proportion supports the desire to provide unobstructed views of the surrounding vistas while emphasizing the enjoyment of modern amenities in a rugged setting.
Photos: Benny Chan and Marmol Radziner
This incredible modern concrete home called ‘Pitch’s House’ has been designed by Spanish architect Iñaqui Carnicero, located in a small district on the west boundaries of Madrid, Spain in a place called “los Peñascales”, that means something as well as great stones. The plot is characterized to have a great slope oriented to the south and have two great granite rocks partially covered by moss. The structure of the house at a functional level as formal is explained perfectly in section. The underground level is used to solve the encounter with the slope of the land.
It incorporates two granite rocks, one of them structurally and other as an articulation that makes the main access to the house. The ceiling of the underground level generates the white floor made of calcareus stone that constitutes the noble plane where the daily life is developed. A single space opened to the south only close by glass that disappears to incorporate the water plane of the swimming pool in a first plane and the mount named “el pardo” in a second.
This closure does not fit with the perimeter of the first floor but moves inside to generated two porches at the ends and a marquee on the front that allows the entrance of rays of the sun in winter and is protected of its impact during the warm months of summer. The first floor is been thought like a closed box made of concrete that floats over the glass of the ground floor. Here is where the rest of the rooms are organized as well as the zones destined to the study.
A unique bay window located at 1,40 meter of height allows to trim the skyline of the landscape and uniformly illuminates the concrete ceiling. The independence of levels is only interrupted by two double heights that put in relation both spaces described previously. The economic restrictions have caused that the house is solved with the minimal possible gestures that nevertheless generates a great diversity of spaces and attractive situations.
Photos: Courtesy of Iñaqui Carnicero