Y-House is a contemporary three story single family semi-detached residence designed by architecture firm ONG&ONG Pte Ltd in Singapore. Two levels are apparent from the exterior facade, but the staircase shows that from the ground level there is a basement level below grade. The lower level features the main living areas with full height glass windows along the back of the home opening up to an outdoor terrace. A floating staircase leads to the upper level which hosts the private spaces of a master bedroom retreat, zen bathroom with walk-in shower, as well as office space and an upper loft/attic bedroom area. The furnishings and decor are modern, clean lines with all the luxury amenities for practical everyday living.
Photos: Aaron Pocock
House M2 is situated in Bolzano, Italy designed by Monovolume Architecture + Design as a Klimahouse A which hosts two accommodations on separate floors. Because of his punctuated facade in the north and the east it seems closed to the access road. The plastered basement serves as pedestal for the smaller upper floor, which is covered by cladding sheets. To the garden – towards the south and the west – the house opens because of a generous glass facade. The two flats are protected against strong insolation in summer by overhanging roofs. The ceiling of the basement serves to the upper floor as a roof terrace, whereas on the roof of the upper floor is the photo-voltaic plant. The apartments have a direct access from the underground car park.
A continuous wall, which passes parallel to the exterior walls, separates the night area from the day area, which is turned to the glass facade.
This creates a clear separation in areas with different lighting qualities.
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The Deck House is perched on a steep hill surrounded by lush forest in Janda Baik, as small village in Pahang, Malaysia, designed by Choo Gim Wah Architect. Featuring two-and-a-half stories with a large deck, rich wood flooring and full height windows with incredible forested views, this sumptuous house is a tropical haven for its new homeowners.
Photos: Kenneth Lim, Gray Studio
The Port Ludlow Residence is a compact, modern property situated in Port Ludlow, Washington State, designed by FINNE Architects. The home is comprised of 2,400 square feet of living space nestled on a wooded waterfront property at the north end of the Hood Canal, a long, fjord-like arm of western Puget Sound. The house creates a simple glazed living space that opens up to become a front porch to the beautiful Hood Canal.
The east-facing house is sited along a high bank, with a wonderful view of the water. The main living volume is completely glazed, with 12-ft. high glass walls facing the view and large, 8-ft.x8-ft. sliding glass doors that open to a slightly raised wood deck, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor space. During the warm summer months, the living area feels like a large, open porch. Anchoring the north end of the living space is a two-story building volume containing several bedrooms and separate his/her office spaces.
The interior finishes are simple and elegant, with IPE wood flooring, zebrawood cabinet doors with mahogany end panels, quartz and limestone countertops, and Douglas Fir trim and doors. Exterior materials are completely maintenance-free: metal siding and aluminum windows and doors. The metal siding has an alternating pattern using two different siding profiles.
The two STEN layered glass coffee tables explore the idea of natural form created with industrial technology. The tables use glass lamination to create layers of shaped, low-iron Starphire glass, which are then cut with an industrial water jet. Similarly, the steel bases are also water jet-cut, and present a contrasting pattern that is seen through the glass top. The glass is layered with varying thickness of clear and satin-etch pieces, achieving an overall edge thickness from 3/4” to 1-1/4”. The forms are inspired by the shape of large rocks and boulders, but the translation into glass creates something new: “glass rock,” without mass or density. The glass reflects light and becomes non-material. When light strikes the surface of glass, it is almost as if glass becomes light itself.
The house has a number of sustainable or “green” building features, including 2×8 construction (40% greater insulation value); generous glass areas to provide natural lighting and ventilation; large overhangs for sun and rain protection; metal siding (recycled steel) for maximum durability, and a heat pump mechanical system for maximum energy efficiency. Sustainable interior finish materials include wood cabinets, linoleum floors, low-VOC paints, and natural wool carpet.
Photos: Benjamin Benschneider
The Fingal Residence is a stunning contemporary vacation home situated in Fingal Bay, in New South Wales, Australia, designed by Australian-based design studio Jam Architects. The gorgeous home has been decorated in neutral tones and features wood plank flooring throughout most of the homes interior. Open plan interiors offer the owner’s great social connectivity, with the living and kitchen area offering sliding glass doors that leads out to a private deck, blurring the boundaries between indoors and out. A spacious outside terrace is perfect for entertaining guests and offers a large swimming pool and perfectly manicured landscaping for plenty of privacy.
Photos: John Wheatley
Villa Nuevo is contemporary glass walled home perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Travis in northwest Austin, Texas. The house was built in 2009 and designed by Austin-based Webber + Studio, Architects, who specialize in minimalist, contemporary style. The design is ecological: the house’s power, for example, is generated by rooftop solar panels; there’s also a rainwater collection system and solar heating for the pool. The main house has an open and airy layout, with 11-foot ceilings and walls of windows in the great room facing the lake. Most of the floors are bamboo; some are poured concrete. The kitchen is by Bulthaup, a German company known for its functional design.
Two of the main house’s bedrooms are currently used as offices. The master suite opens to a private outdoor hot tub. Tucked off the center hall is a library with built-in wood shelves. The 4,400 square foot house is primarily single-level, but there’s a sunken exercise room built into the property’s slope. Across a covered courtyard is a three-bedroom guesthouse, designed along the same lines as the main house. Between the main house and guesthouse is a covered, walled-in courtyard with a pool and a hot tub. A catwalk-like deck wraps around the main house, with a cantilevered sitting area. A private path leads to the lake and a boathouse. The 11-acre lot includes four acres of land; the remainder is underwater.
Photos: Jacob Termansen Photography
Bay House is a contemporary family home situated in Sag Harbor, New York, designed by Roger Ferris + Partners. This residence located on the Long Island coastline has been designed to capture and frame spectacular water views. The design also maximizes transparency between interior spaces and the link between interior and exterior. The design embraces sustainability with geothermal design, daylighting, solar shading strategies and xeriscape landscaping.
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The Ettley Residence is an incredible beach house designed by architects Studio 9 one 2 in Los Angeles, California. The home is a study in solid-void relationships. The Aluminum and wood “umbrella” over the blue glass, which appear to be blocks of frozen blue Pacific ocean, juxtapose against the solid wood boxes giving an appearance of a modern seaside sculpture. Situated just a few blocks from the ocean, the up-sloping lot achieves commanding views of the water while providing a cityscape foreground to the setting. The master suite located at the mid level front has a glass floor sitting area, which overlooks a reflecting pond and garden below. This patio is located off the theater/family room.
There is a vertical bamboo garden surrounded by wood slats that grow up through the building providing needed privacy to the master and to the main living spaces at the top level. This vertical garden gives a Zen like feeling completing the richness in the selected materials utilized in the designing of this home.
Studio 9one2 has become known for its particularly interesting staircases. The majority of beach houses in the LA area are designed as inverted plans with the living spaces at the top level in order to achieve the best ocean views. As a result the both visitors and occupants alike utilize the stair system quite often. Studio 9one2 always strives to make those normally mundane trips into sculptural experiences. This home with its “Esher-esque” stairs and glass floor landings is certainly no exception.
Photos: Courtesy of Studio 9 one 2
Christopher Rose Architects designed this stunning Blue Heron Pond Road residence on the north end of Kiawah Island, South Carolina. The architects refer to this home as “high-tech-meets-Lowcountry” – a fitting description for the contemporary property. From the moment the design process began, it was very much a balance of stretching the architectural imagination and boundaries while maintaining an easy, ‘livable’ atmosphere for homeowners and embracing the natural setting of the home. Great emphasis was given to the uninterrupted lagoon views and sense of privacy the home encompasses. In fact, there are no neighboring properties to the north, south, or west of the home.
The architects designed the back of the residence with large expanses of glass to maximize the views. Entering the home is a breathtaking experience as the visual senses work on overload to breathe in the exquisite stone and woodwork, the towering ceilings, and the impact of the wall of windows and views beyond. The exposed steel frame further enhances the Great Room’s sense of transparency, creating a light-filled home that embraces its setting. To balance this lightness, stained bamboo floor grounds the space and provides continuity, while the cypress ceilings afford a sense of warmth overhead.
Open stair with a landing over a in ground pool with river rocks and low bubbler fountains give a hint to the pond on the other side of the home.
Dramatic stacked stone fireplace anchors with two story glass great room.
Exposed steel accentuates this stainless steel and wood kitchen.
The glass and stainless steel of the open kitchen compliment the main living areas. The soaring ceiling and walls of glass continue in the first floor master suite where, as in the Great Room, motorized window shades control sunlight and privacy. An incredibly luxurious bath, private loft area, and entrance to the pool area complete this sanctuary.
Detail view of Master Bedroom framing view to pond.
Ice blue carpet and walls complement the contemporary master bedroom. Motorized drapes are concealed in window casing.
Upstairs, there are three guest rooms, one with a private bath and the other two sharing a ‘Jack and Jill’ bathroom.
This guest room was named the “lips” room for its limited edition wallpaper recalling Andy Warhol’s Marilyn series. The heart cone chair by Panton is very comfortable.
View across Blue Heron Pond.
Hayes Residence has been designed by Travis Price Architects as a simple main area with a guest house connected and apart in West Virginia. The main place is a bedroom, kitchen, dining and living. Basics are met under ceilings that are vaulted in wood. The living trees were saved and become captured art as they puncture the home preserved for lovers of nature. The 200 square foot home is a path through the West Virgina hills. The path splits and meanders to know where… to know where nothing is left but self and nature. The cloak of nature and soul are equally in harmony punctured by growth and rebirth all afloat. Swaying trees and swirling winds scoop clouds of water to feed the split trees. A rock opens as a stairway and leaves paths to take in or out.
Photos: Ken Wyner