This impressive historical two bedroom artist’s studio is located in the heart of Chelsea, in London, England, United Kingdom, showcasing soaring ceilings and inviting lateral living space. With stunning decorative details, this property is spread out on two levels, both with mezzanines. The high vaulted ceilings and tall windows allow plenty of natural light to penetrate this incredible living quarters. This mews house is comprised of 1,174 square feet of living space, offering plenty of wonderful features such as a contemporary kitchen with modern appliances, two separate living spaces for family gatherings and a gallery master bedroom with a walk-in closet. There is a second gallery bedroom on a mezzanine level that overlooks the living room below.
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Morningstar Residence is a modern home with warm and rustic textures designed by Zone 4 Architects and built by Brikor Associates, located on the Roaring Fork River, Aspen, Colorado. This 5,126 square foot, four bedroom, four-and-a-half bathroom home has been patterned after old European farm structures with a contemporary twist. The floor plan showcases a central core great room with glass hallways leading to the bedrooms and all additional rooms which focus on the fabulous views of the Roaring Fork River. The open plan living area is anchored to one side by a modern kitchen and a stunning massive steel fireplace on the other side. The space is connected by reclaimed timbers, concrete flooring, an award-winning lighting scheme and dry-stacked stone walls. The adjacent dining room features a dramatic wine storage wall.
This sensational property is listed for sale at $11,250,000, from here.
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The lighting throughout this breathtaking home was designed to highlight architectural forms with a minimal impact from the source. Mountain exterior lighting fixtures to the exposed structure under the decks created pools of light without the light pollution that can be caused from using decorative fixtures. Consistency of design, accents of architectural forms and materials, and ease of use was the basis for this design and the end result is remarkable.
Photos: David O. Marlow
This stunning private residence is an Adobe-inspired home that was recently designed by Wilson Associates, located in beautiful Santa Fe, New Mexico. This adobe residence was designed as a true reflection of cultural sophistication and refined style. The homeowner’s have a love affair for Southwestern art, which is displayed throughout the home. The architecture of the home showcases clean lines, with decor of natural materials and the outdoors demonstrating an immaculate landscape. The home reflects a combination of natural materials and minimalist aesthetic, culminating to a very subtle regional appeal.
Featuring crisp and clean contemporary interiors, this home offers a neutral color palette with southwestern style art punctuated throughout to add some color to the spaces. With large expanses of glass to soak in the spectacular desert views, this cozy home feels like an extension of the exterior.
With large window walls, the homeowners can soak in the beauty of the landscape and get plenty of natural daylight to enjoy this open plan environment. White walls and white-washed exposed beams takes backstage to the beautiful furnishings and arrangements that creates a warm and cozy space, perfect for entertaining family and friends.
Photos: Courtesy of Wilson Associates
The Ark is the renovation, renewal and third interpretation of a holiday home by Bower Architecture, located in Point Lonsdale , a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. The residence has been enjoyed by the same family for 60 years. The original 1950’s beach shack was renovated in the early 1980’s and designed by architect and former National President of the AIA John Castles.
Description from the architect:
The Ark is the latest evolution of the dwelling, necessitated by a growing extended family and constant wear of the tough coastal environment. The existing house included a striking two storey curved wall, second storey raking roof and timber cladding oriented at 45 degrees. The challenging brief asked to retain and celebrate these elements whilst enlarging the living spaces to create a light filled, relaxed and playful family beach house.
The refurbishment of the original building included a complete recladding in spotted gum shiplap angled at 45 degrees. Notions of a continuous timber skin wrapping a sculptural form are evident and are further emphasised by the addition of a timber rain screen over the raking roof.
The new addition, added to the northern side of the existing building, increases the size of the kitchen and living spaces as well as providing an attached bedroom/bathroom pavilion. Whist the refurbished original building appears sculpted and smoothed over time, the new building is bolder and sharply rectilinear in form.
Clad in a rougher, radially-cut pine board and batten system, sections are carved away to reveal warm timbers and living space beneath. Demarcation of old and new is critical to The Ark and culminates in a slice (appearing as windows and skylight) between the original building and new. Internally, the language of the original design is reinterpreted with tiling and kitchen timber ceiling often oriented at 45 degrees and the curved island kitchen bench reminiscent of the curved external wall. Externally the sloping topography of the site encourages a stepped outdoor living area that traces the site downwards.
Photos: Shannon McGrath
ALD House is a contemporary weekend retreat designed by Juan Carlos Baumgartner from architecture studio SPACE, located in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico. The home is projected on a land of little over 1,000 square meters and it is articulated in two main volumes: a prism into which another rectangular wooden prism is embedded.
Description from the architect: Since the very beginning, the purpose of this project was clear: to create a house in which a balance between modernity and coziness was struck. Therefore, we chose to use few materials in order to achieve a quick reading of the volumes.
The first prism consists of a black metal structure that ends on an exposed concrete staple. The two fronts of this volume are made of glass, which helps create a transparency to the interior area and gives a feeling of permanently being in touch with nature.
The second volume is a cantilevered wooden cube, under which a terrace is generated. Requirements for the design of this project included a swimming pool, and we fulfilled them by creating one and covering it with black venetian glass tiles. In this way, the swimming pool was turned into a water mirror that reflects the house.
For this project, we decided to integrate art into architecture so that the selected works became a part of the design instead of functioning as mere decorative items. With this principle in mind, we commissioned a hyper-realistic 2 x 6 m painting of a Porsche 78; which was placed in a double-height space. In addition to the painting, Juan Carlos Baumgartner designed a mural that works both as the visual end of the swimming pool and as the vestibule of the house entrance.
The house has four bedrooms, a double-height living room and an open plan kitchen that is integrated into the space. In the living area, a modern cast glass sphere chandelier hangs from the ceiling. By using few but carefully selected materials, we created delightful areas that met our clients’ expectations.
As in all the projects of SPACE, we followed sustainable design guidelines when designing Casa ALD. We used recycled content materials low in VOC levels and wood from certified forests. Furthermore, the lighting is almost entirely LED-based.
Photos: Luis Gordoa
Tree House is a residence comprised of three pavilions positioned around a live oak tree, completed in 2014 by Matt Fajkus Architecture, located in Austin, Texas. The oak tree serves as the focal point to the exterior of the u-shaped home, helping to create a division between the public and private areas, at the same time offering views of the tree and natural surroundings. The three wings offers 2,766 square feet (257 square meters) of living space, while their positioning around the oak tree creates an outdoor living space for the homeowners and guests to congregate.
Description from the architects: Balanced shade, dappled sunlight, and tree canopy views are the basis of the 518 Sacramento Drive house design. The entry is on center with the lot’s primary Live Oak tree, and each interior space has a unique relationship to this central element.
Composed of crisply-detailed, considered materials, surfaces and finishes, the home is a balance of sophistication and restraint. The two-story massing is designed to allow for a bold yet humble street presence, while each single-story wing extends through the site, forming intimate outdoor and indoor spaces.
In plan, the home is organized into clear zones of public and private function, allowing the center courtyard with the primary tree to negotiate the connection between either realm. The layout is arranged to optimize function and experience, where each daily behavior is considered in connection with the next, resulting in a holistic and flowing composition, rather than just a collection of rooms.
The upper story is clad in stucco, articulated as a floating white box to pronounce a street presence and act as a veritable “tree house” for the children’s bedroom zone.
An integrated board formed concrete planter denotes a spatial separation between the living room and the kitchen/dining space, while still allowing connection between the overlapping realms. The skylight allows natural light to penetrate deep into the space.
The master suite is as much about its opening to the small yard as it is about the enclosed space it captures. The tongue-and-groove wood ceiling is an accent which continues to the exterior soffit, blurring the lines between inside and outside.
The courtyard around the tree terraces down to the yard, acting as a natural amphitheater for gatherings and performances within the wings of the house.
This design is carefully calibrated to allow internal views on the small lot and various amounts of direct and indirect natural light. Each space has more than one type of opening to allow for various connections to the outside and thus nature.
Massing is composed as two single-story wings which wrap the primary existing Live Oak tree on the site. The 2-story “window wall” maximizes the use of inexpensive windows which frame various views to the tree while creating a rich elevation and allowing for the harvesting of daylight to the entry zone. The upper portion of the wall tapers and folds back to allow the tree canopy to extend and grow.
Composed as a functional container for life and experience, the circulation space is intended for passage and informal activities, rather than corridors.
The courtyard design capitalizes on the dappled light from the preserved Live Oak tree, which animates exterior and interior spaces at different times through the day. Each space in the house has a special intended relationship with the tree and its perceived space.
The windows act as playful apertures which activate the courtyard space at night, showcasing the preserved Live Oak.
Omar Gandhi Architect designed the Harbour Heights Residence, a cedar clad minimalist gable overlooking the town of Inverness and the critically acclaimed Cabot Links golf course in Nova Scotia, Canada. The home is nestled atop a hillside adjacent to the Inverness Harbour and MacIsaac’s Pond.
Description from the architect: From the main road the home is presented as a single storey with a perpendicular garage. From the opposite side, falling down the hill is second storey of modern glass and crafted cedar cladding.
The exterior cladding is composed of western red cedar in three forms – shingles on the roof and upper level and two widths of boards on the lower levels.
The entrance is on the second level along with the main living spaces, which include the living room, dining room and kitchen. The main stairwell is flanked by two storeys of glass.
The living and dining rooms are separated by a change in level and a central hearth. The fireplace chimney extends upwards through the grand space of the cathedral ceiling.
The lower level includes the bedrooms and family room. The master bedroom is bumped out from the primary linear gable massing and is clad on three sides with glass, giving it the ultimate view. The children’s rooms are finished with bright playful colours which radiate from the mature modern cedar form of the house.
Photos: Greg Richardson Photography
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