The Forester House is a private residential house in upstate New York designed by Roman Leonidov Architects. The home rests on a 1500 square meters plot of land surrounded by pines trees. The house consists of two blocks of residential space and a basin with a sauna and gym combined with each other at a wide angle. There is a common terrace projected in the form of a semicircular podium open to the surrounding landscape.
Decoration of the cottage incorporated only natural materials, in particular, wood and stone, creating a natural charm, of which is highlighted through large-scale glazing. A traditional duo-pitch roof with a large overhang rests on elegant thin columns, which contributes to the visual lightness of the house and emphasizes modernity of architectural solutions. Wood and stone was intensely utilized in the facade, which plays a key role in the interior decoration as well. In particular, the walls of two-storey living room and stairs are decorated with the same natural stone, and wood lath is used for ceilings and floors throughout most of the residential premises.
Planning of the floor is a crossing of two main axes: one corridor connects an entrance door and hallway area with a living room and another one perpendicular to it is two stairs leading to the second floor. Shared block with a hallway, cloak-room, home theater and living room divides the residential space into two wings. In the billiard room the architect utilizes small bricks and cubes with a brass cover, in the two-storey living room there is natural leather wrapped around the central pier.
This spacious villa located just out of Sao Paulo in Brazil was designed by architect Candida Tabet. Every room in the house offers an incredible view of the distinct landscape. One on side of the house lies the forest and on the other, the mountains. The form found by the architect was the transformation of the 12,163 square foot (1,130 square meters) home into a continuity of lush surroundings. For this, she has implemented the construction section of the lot where the eye would be able to wonder out to the horizon. The fireplace in the living room adds a unique and artistic focal point to the space. Throughout the home brightness is added through colorful artwork on the floor, walls and furnishings. A spacious balcony extends out to an infinity edge pool whose contours purposely oppose the local geography. The extension of the roof of the house increases natural light and adds to the aesthetics of the facade. Via
The Hennepin House is a fabulous weekend house for a Chicago couple designed by architecture firm UrbanLab in Hennepin, Illinois. The couple had an extremely modest budget which led to the proposal of a simple box shape of 1,600 square feet. Carving the box creates the main living space that links the two landscapes on the site. The hollow of the house organizes views of the forest landscape to the south and prairie landscape to the north, while the extended solid areas become the bedroom zones.
The hollow space seeks to be an interior forest/prairie room; it is wrapped in wood. The floor, ceiling, and walls of the hollow are surfaced in triangulated planes of pine. The pine wrap camouflages the private areas of the house; “secret” sliding wood panels provide access to the bedroom zones.
A perforated corrugated aluminum clad facade, designed to resemble rural silos or sheds, further camouflages the bedroom zones. The panels are both fixed and sliding. The architects designed/built the facade: the raw aluminum sheets were acquired, a local perforation company was organized to custom-perforate the sheets, and then the sheets were corrugated with a friend’s corrugation machine. The perforated corrugated panels provide privacy, modulate light, and provide solar shading to reduce energy use in the summer.
The home got a recent re-model where modular patterned area rugs from FLOR were added to the design of the home taking into account color, textures in the room and overall ambiance.
In a private loft residence in Chicago, Illinois, an incredulous renovation was contrived by taking two old apartments, gutting them and merging them into one beautiful space. With voluminous ceilings and immense windows this loft transformation was completed by Chicago-based firm jamesthomas. The timber loft building was once used for commercial purposes, so the designers left the original duct work and Douglas fir ceiling intact to preserve some of the historical presence. Both of the units had mezzanine levels which were demolished in order to take advantage of the main room’s soaring 18-foot high ceilings.
Eliminating a brick wall between the apartments created a spacious 4,000 square foot apartment, offering a grand open entertaining space and a master retreat for the client as well as a guest wing which boasts two bedrooms and an office. In the living room, two sectionals and a large glass coffee table, with some pieces custom designed by the designers. The calm and neutral color palette — gray, cream, taupe, tan and camel — adds to the light, bright look of the living space and does not detract from the outside views. The original oak flooring was re-finished with a gray wash.
A double-sided fireplace that separates the living for the dining space was an existing element. It was resurfaced with a rough tile to give it more of a chimney effect. To emphasize the ceiling height, a storage divider was added to either side, which also helps to further delineate the space. On the living room side, a TV is concealed, while on the dining room side, cabinets house fine dinnerware. Both of the units also offered rooftop decks and private rooms for entertaining. These were also merged into one cohesive space, offering impeccable views of the Chicago skyline.
The library next to the dining area had been a separate room in the old floor plan. After removing the walls, a 42-inch-high built-in was added that the couple uses for buffet service during dinner parties.
The wine area is located just to the left of the dining and library space for entertaining.
The kitchen is a linen color and has textured wood cabinets.
The colors in the master bedroom are a bit richer than the rest of the apartment with more slate blue and gray to make the small space feel clean and cozy.
The terrace seating area has a firepit, offering wide open views to the north, east, and south. The birch tree branches add an ambiance of feeling like you are in a forest or bird’s nest. They also reference the wallpaper in the adjoining terrace room.
This 1980’s contemporary house has been renovated by Stonefox Design in Aspen, Colorado. The scope of the project was to create a home that expressed the home owner’s passion for art and their style for living. According to the architects, “the residence had been transformed over the years into an odd combination of conflicting architectural styles. The approach was to simplify the exterior and interior to make way for the couple’s extensive collection of avant-garde contemporary art. With an Asian tone, the house has a restrained yet strong architectural presence. The color palette is minimal, and the furnishings are simple and elegant. Luxury was an important element to insert into the project, and this was done through careful selection of flooring, veneers, fabrics and carpets.”
House on a Bluff has been designed by architecture firm Hutchison & Maul situated in Seattle, Washington. This stunning 6,000 square foot house has been carefully planned and sited to create five outdoor “rooms” with distinct characteristics: a grassed front entry yard, a partially covered private sunning patio, a high-bank view lawn (perfect for croquet), and two upper decks.
The Cave House is an apartment that has been transformed into an organic grotto, with massive walls and free circulation of energetic and continuous movement designed by Tiziana Serretta in Milan, Italy. Serretta is a Jane-of-all-trade whose creativity has spanned from art and fashion through to design. Her new conception, ArTS is in the groove of interior design and the research of unexplored concepts and new extraordinary materials. Using artists and craftsmen, her concept utilizes the theme of mobility and weightlessness, a structure that is easily moved with very low masonry costs where the designed volume can easily be dismantled and shipped away. Their first project is this 2,457 square foot (230 square meters) apartment, where the only closed area in the home is the restrooms.
The furnishings and custom made walls consist of a mixture of chalk covered in resin, cement powder, chromatic pigments and non-hazardous plastics. The state of the art, fully equipped kitchen is made out of practical steel. The ceiling has been brought back to the original cement, demolishing every single added layer. The pavement that integrates the full spacial expansion is made of pale resin mixed personally by Mrs. Serretta to volcanic sand, gold dust and mother of pearl powder. The majestic seventies bronzed steel fireplace dominates the living area defined by a modular round-shaped sofa covered with fur with an under-illuminated platform. The libraries’ surfaces have been molded with Japanese paper to enhance the variable lightness. The extremely abstract shelter is truly a work of futuristic art. Via
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This beautiful home spotted on Sotheby’s Realty is elevated above Lake Hayes in Queenstown, New Zealand, a truly inspiring property that can’t help but impress. Absolute attention to detail and quality features throughout, from the moment of your arrival at the impressive entranceway it is evident no expense has been spared in creating the ultimate home on an exceptional private and tranquil landscape.
This architecturally-designed property features 7,535 square feet of living space with five bedrooms and four bathrooms, a state of the art theater room which is perfect for entertaining and relaxation, and a stunning indoor swimming pool with a diving platform and swimming jet system. The superb open style entertainer’s kitchen and dining area are complimented by an adjacent butler’s pantry, while the living area is positioned to maximize the spectacular views beyond. Stroll across the lawn to the substantial pond and peaceful meditation platform, where you can relax and enjoy the impressive waterfall.
This wonderful New Zealand property is listed for sale at $11,966,494, from here.
Inspired by American modernism, this Cantabrian House mixes pieces of designer furnishings with works of art that give it character and very special appeal. The residence is reminiscent of the Farnstworth House designed by Mies van der Rohe, Illinois: large windows, large eaves of concrete, clear spaces. When it comes to devising this detached house located in Cantabria, international interior designer Ana Escarzarga, owner of Del Veinte Galería, specializing in mid-20th century vintage design, was inspired by the aesthetic precepts of American modernism. The slate flooring, the use of wood and masonry and the breadth of windows that make up the exterior and interior, every detail reflects this mid-1940s style. In addition to the project, carried out together with EME Arquitectos, Ana Escarzarga also reflected the spirit of the time in the decoration.
This beautiful villa spotted on ESNY is located in Gottskär, Sweden is something quite extraordinary in appearance, layout and quality of materials. In addition to a wonderful kitchen with large dining area is a spacious master bedroom with en-suite bathroom. The master bathroom has a stone floor in Bihara stone; even the bathtub and washbasin are Bihara stone from Boffi. There are three additional bedrooms, a living room/TV room and a totally amazing large salon with huge electronic sliding glass windows offering stunning views over the sea. The 1,937 square foot (180 square meters) villa is dressed with Canadian cedar wood and stone work made in Bohus-granite (red granite from Sweden). The swimming pool is cast in concrete dressed in a special brushed Bohus-granite.