Casa Cielo Azul designed with transparency and light by Signum Architecture together with Leslie Wilks Design, nestled in the hills above St. Helena, California. Upon approach to this property, the visitor does not witness the extraordinary view until arriving at the edge of the hill. Sited to capture that surprise and designed to invoke the response the owner had to a small, blue glass tile, the home exudes an exquisite tranquility. Once inside, the energetic juxtaposition of open and intimate spaces accommodates both private life and entertaining.
The soaring blue wall directs toward the main view, with texture giving it depth and two rectangular perforations connecting it to sky. When the light is just right, the wall and the sky appear to merge. The use of saturated color and large, flat planes recalls the sensual, modernist work of Luis Barragan, yet the transparency and the flow of the house is a clear expression of contemporary wine country life.
The purity of design has a very cool, calm effect on each room. Natural light plays on the plaster walls. Cross breezes keep the rooms comfortable all year. The house was designed to be almost transparent, with natural light and fresh air. An elongated blue stucco wall punctuates the low-slung residence. A concrete path leads to a pivoting glass front door. To the left of the wall is the garage.
The blue wall’s surface is stucco with gravel in the mix to create a rough- textured surface. The wall was painted with coats of blue paint. The dramatic hue was custom-designed.
The home includes two bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms, office, wine cellar and covered terrace. Floor to ceiling glass in the kitchen, where the owners spend most of their time, fills the room with natural light. Indoor materials and floor treatments flow out onto an open terrace, further blurring the boundary between outdoors and in.
Views of the valley are framed by Howell Mountain. San Francisco is visible, far to the south, on a clear day, designed as a see-through house.
Photos: Adrian Gregoretti
Expansive mountain views grace the Prospector Residence, a hillside contemporary home designed by Marmol Radziner, located in Sun Valley, Idaho. The design of this state of the art home was inspired by the rustic beauty of its surroundings; combining superb design, texture-rich interiors with regionally sourced materials resulting in an organic integration with the natural landscape. The property is terraced on three levels, capturing unique views from all locations. Dramatic views, abundant natural light and mountain breezes imbue the 8,700 square foot, seven bedroom, six-and-a-half bathroom house with a sense of tranquility and a connection to the natural world.
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The decks, patios and glass throughout create a seamless indoor/outdoor environment and facilitate entertaining, be it an intimate gathering or a large affair. The home is a place of balanced energy softly nestled within an aspen grove on a gentle slope covered with grasses, sagebrush, and wildflowers; the views open dynamically to mountain horizons and ever-changing Idaho skies.
The main floor features a formal living room and dining room, with a common stone fireplace and glass walls that open to surrounding balconies facing Bald Mountain. The gourmet kitchen and great room provides a warm family environment, with fireplace, media and a glass enclosed dining area that spills onto a spacious terrace with spectacular views, stone spa, outdoor kitchen and lounge areas.
The four-suite guest wing extends beyond the great room. A large media/recreation room is located on the first level, which also boasts a bright indoor/outdoor exercise studio, a steam shower bath and a Zen courtyard that connects the spaces. This level includes a temperature controlled wine room, ski boot room, and a heated and finished garage.
The third floor master suite with stone fireplace, private deck, meditation room, dressing rooms, and marble steam master bath feels like a luxury spa. Sharing the master level are two large offices and a full bath. One is nestled in an aspen grove and the other captures a spectacular view of Baldy Mountain. Both offices feature private decks, and can be converted to bedrooms.
This home is currently listed for sale at $8,000,000, from here.
This elegant contemporary home showcases a neutral color palette and clean lines, completed by Architectural Bureau Alexandra Fedorova, located in Moscow, Russia. The interiors of the house are warm and spacious, comprised of discreet and natural colors and materials. On the one hand the total gamma combination of walnut wood and gray stone creates a cozy atmosphere, on the other hand brings a balance and peace, gives the opportunity to relax from the hectic nature.
On the ground floor there is a public part of the house – entrance hall, kitchen-dining-living room, guest room and office. The second is the private areas, comprised of the master bedroom with a spacious bathroom, which is part of the bedroom, as well as baby son and daughter and their bathroom.
Photos: Courtesy of Architectural Bureau Alexandra Fedorova
Birch Residence is a two story modern pad designed by Griffin Enright Architects, located on a flat, semi-urban site in the design district of Los Angeles, California. The entire house opens and a pool extends the geometry of the curved skylight. The elegantly designed home is comprised of 4,600 square feet of living space showcasing stunning vistas to the city and landscape beyond.
According to the architect, “the residence is compact, yet designed to create a sense of expanded volume. A double story central volume curves through the house, creating extended views and maximizing daylight from the skylight and sunshade above. A sculptural stair punctuates the sinuous movement of the house, while a glass bridge reconnects the two wings of the upstairs. An elegant palette of contrasting materials contributes to the expansive feeling of this home. The backyard has a courtyard feel and a curved pool echoes the form of the central volume drawing attention through the house.”
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The pool extends the lines of the house and skylight beyond.
The master bedroom deck cantilevers over an outdoor room.
The master bedroom deck extends the space of the the room.
A stepped path leads to an entry into an open hall.
The curved skylight brings natural light to the center of the home.
The stair is sculpted to create varied spaces around it.
The Living room orients itself around a fireplace that is slotted into a window.
The open kitchen has an onyx counter on the island that is lit from behind at night.
The curve of the hallway creates a dynamic living room space.
A view from the landing seeing into the backyard.
Natural light animates the space.
The pool comes into the house.
The home extends vertically and horizontally.
The curved skylight follows the path of the sun.
The wood floor is carried up the wall to create an elegant master bedroom.
An expansive mirror brings the view of a Sycamore tree deep into the bathroom.
The pool extends into the backyard where it becomes a waterfall element.
The shade canopy lights up to compliment other ambient qualities of light incorporated into the project.
A concealed projector creates an elegant ambiance in this incredible living space.
Photos: Benny Chan Fotoworks & Art Gray
El Mirador House is a beautifully designed home comprised of stone, wood and steel, designed by CC Arquitectos, surrounded by nature and spectacular views in Mexico. The home was designed to respect the land, using locally sourced materials mixed with recycled elements on the exterior of the home to create a visually impressive property. The one bedroom home was designed for relaxed living and entertaining and to allow horses to freely roam the property.
El Mirador serves its purpose by being located on one of the land’s edges, where the emblematic lake of the area can be particularly appreciated. Its projection was based on respecting the forest where the pavilion was placed to the maximum, gripping to its topography and reducing its constructive impact. The materials used are from the region, also, railroad ties from old train tracks where recycled for the exterior of the pavilion.
The structure is a combination of steel and wooden beams, and the retaining walls are made out of stones from the area.
The architectural program is distributed with a family room that connects to the exterior, allowing the expansion of the social area to the main terrace. It has one bedroom with its own private bathroom. The kitchen has a large island in the middle with a countertop made of slate that allows it to also have the use of a dining table and a workspace. The relaxed architectural program and its flexibility in its spaces, reinforces the owner’s strong personality and intense social life. The main access collides with a large body of water that is parallel to a drinking space for horses, while a low wall made of wooden railroad ties discretely hides the area so cars may be parked and appear to be isolated from the construction.
El Mirador is half buried on one of its sides with the purpose of protecting the habitation spaces from the climate where nature, views, and rustic finishes are the main components, seeking as a goal that these characteristics will last through time.
Photos: Rafael Gamo
House in a Urban Jungle is the conversion and stock-piling of a 1969 bungalow by design firm Dreimeta, surrounded by lush vegetation in Augsburg, Germany. Built in 2013, the residence is spread out over three levels, comprised of 3,229 square feet (300 square meters) of living space.
Task: The gentle clearance and stock-piling in the contemporary 1969 architectural style with modern technologies.
Idea and solution: What would the former architect with all our contemporary possibilities do and how?
Success: The character of the home is preserved and it’s personality and skills have been developed.
Dreimeta was founded by Armin Fischer. His team of creative minds works on international projects and on local or regional tasks alike. Dreimeta’s aim is to create rooms with their own identity and character. Our approach: to add an emotional appeal to the room – with interior design that tells tales and touches your senses. But we are no dreamers. Functionality is always part of our concept and sometimes leads to unexpected design solutions.
Most of our tasks originate from the hotel and gastronomy industry or shop/office design concepts. Time and again we take on work for private clients. The Dreimeta network is interdisciplinary; depending on our task, we call in further specialists to work with us in mutual collaboration. A cross-over of architects, interior designers, gastronomes, designers, marketing experts and psychologists bring the necessary input for individual solutions with a different outcome each time. Our promise: we use our ideas for a courageous interpretation and fortification of our client’s identity and philosophy.
Photos: Dreimeta / Armin Fischer
Can Manuel d’en Corda is a contemporary remodel and extension of a traditional stone wall house designed by Marià Castelló Martínez, located on the island of Formentera, Spain. The 6,407 square foot (595.3 square meters) residence is situated on a plot of 19,060 square meters of rustic nature in the area of the Vénda des Cap de Barbaria.
The most significant pre-existing conditions, which have been maintained and enhanced through the project, are a small forest of pines and junipers located in the west area of the estate and the old house Can Manuel de’n Corda, which reflects the scheme type of the domestic vernacular architecture developed in Formentera between the late eighteenth and mid nineteenth century. The volume of the main body with simple pitched roof gable and southeast orientation, and its roots in the landscape through the traditional dry stone walls, highlight the link between this type of building with the farms next to which they were located.
The extensive briefing for the project has been arranged so that while exhaust the urban parameters allowed by the current planning, it distorts as little as possible the existing house and, simultaneously, has its volume so that it has less presence possible from the immediate fragile environment. This has been possible through the use of a fragmented volumes available on ground floor in non-orthogonal disposition, offsetting in midsection plant about the level of the existing house,and adapted to the topography as well as keeping intact the facades characteristics of this architectural style ( southeast and northwest facades, where they were all original openings). This will resort to the ends that were originally blind (northeast and southwest facades) for connections to pieces of new creation, and to realize the new openings that allow better use of natural light.
Although it has been maintained the original main entrance of the house with its southeast orientation, at a strategic level the new house turns its back on the road which limit with the plot by the East side. Thus the extension of the home overlooks enjoys the best views to the northwest, which overlooks the island of Es Vedra, an iconic element of the southern skyline of the neighboring island of Ibiza.
In the original house have been maintained the common areas (living, dining, kitchen and terraces), while on the ground floor of the expansion have been concentrated the bedrooms and service rooms (laundry, cellar, pantry , etc …) and technical premises on the basement.
Photos: Estudi Es Pujol de s’Era
Duane Street Duplex is a stunning contemporary home renovation completed by architecture studio wUNDERground, located in the heart of TriBeCa, New York. The family home is comprised of two adjacent three bedroom apartments boasting stunning 18 foot arched windows and serene park views. The downtown family purchased the apartments amid a developer’s building renovation.
To synthesize 4,200 square feet of real estate, the spaces were rescaled and modified to create a custom loft home. Fixtures, finishes, and details were all altered from the developer’s standard to accommodate the owners’ modern tastes.
We worked on site with the developer’s builders to incorporate the primary changes, then engaged specialty contractors to complete the space. We dedicated extensive attention to resolving all of the unique conditions resulting from the exposed irregular structural grid and complex conversion infrastructure.
After multiple stages of renovation, this unique loft evolved into a truly stunning modern home, complete with custom millwork, centralized control systems, and specialty details throughout.
wUNDERground is a Brooklyn-based, design architecture studio specializing in private homes and distinctive commercial, restaurant, and retail interiors in the New York City area.
The studio approaches every project from a design perspective without losing site of sensible, practical problem solving. Our explorations often result in radically rethinking existing plans and the way they are used. We strive to achieve design focus and visual clarity by curating existing architectural elements, spatial characteristics, and client possessions and supporting them in an appropriately scaled and detailed context of a generally modern, refined, contemporary aesthetic
Photos: Courtesy of wUNDERground
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