A children’s treehouse inspired the major redesign of this ranch-style house by Stephen Moser Architect, located on the western edge of Saxon Woods Park in Mamaroneck, New York. Originally built by a developer in the late 1950s, the ranch-style residence faced away from the wooded park. Several additions, including an indoor pool, further obstructed the park views.
The treehouse, which the clients had built some years ago for their grandchildren, sits on stilts among the trees, and guided ideas about the redesigned house’s silhouette, orientation, interior spaces, and materials.
Highlights of the 6,600 square foot redesign include a new covered entrance supported by two tree-like steel columns; a single large sloping roof that unifies the north side of the house and opens up the office and kitchen to the park; a new three-sided glass family room facing park and pool; the addition of a second-floor master bedroom suite with treehouse views; and the thematic use of wood slats in the detailing of both exterior and interior.
Incorporating a modern indoor pool into your home design is typically viewed on a scale of grand opulence, but can be an amazing and fun addition. Indoor swimming pools are rapidly becoming more popular because of their numerous advantages over outdoor ones, such as privacy, year round use independent of inclement weather and they stay cleaner! On the downside to these advantages is the sheer amount of money involved and the vast amount of extra space needed to incorporate this design. Some people just create an addition and make the indoor pool more like a solarium. Some indoor pools are designed more minimalist and sleek and others are designed with a theme.
Themes are a fun way to create an escape right in the comfort of your own home. These pools are much more extravagant and will vary based on space restrictions and personal preferences. You can incorporate tropical plants, waterfalls set in natural rocks and lighting to enhance the overall ambiance. The first four images displayed (including the one above) are a collection of one such project that was one homeowner’s dream to create a tropical getaway. With so many styles to chose from, here is a stunning collection of 50 modern indoor pools that will leave you feeling inspired and maybe even a little awestruck!
Ocean Innovations together with Shehan Pools have built this incredible lazy river indoor pool.
The 10,000 gallon salt water aquarium with over 150 exotic fish was created by Shehan Pools. They also designed the large rock waterfall.
View from above of this tropical swimming pool oasis by Ocean Innovations and Shehan Pools.
This 25-meter lap pool features stainless steel ceiling panels, full-length glass walls and, at one end of the pool, an acrylic panel that reaches from its bottom to the ceiling, creating a sanctuary of illumination and clarity.
One of the home’s most distinctive spaces is this indoor swimming pool, complete with waterfalls. This spectacular indoor oasis incorporates Mayan-ruin replicas and is illuminated by natural daylight from a glass ceiling supported by massive wood beams.
This 75 foot long pool winds its way along the lower level of the house. The owner wanted a lap pool running through a tropical garden with palm trees and bananas as well as views of the sky. The living spaces have been arranged around that.
Set on a hilltop with 360 degree views this house opens itself up to the outside and is an excellent expression of timber and stone construction.
This Olympic sizes pool is a perfect training facility. It uses Geo-thermal to heat the pool and building. The flat roof is topped with a tennis court.
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Ross Residence has been designed by Griffin Enright Architects, situated in a unique community called the Town of Ross, in Marin County, California and is nestled between a stream and a steep hillside above. Entry to the site occurs across a small stream via an existing bridge into a new entry made of charcoal concrete board that wraps around a new foyer and becomes a floating bench. It is a renovation that transforms an existing residence by extending and extruding folded geometries of the existing rooflines to create a contemporary home in the country. A new open living, dining kitchen area with ample wall space for the owner’s art collections is created under the dynamic new roof which splits to bring clearstory light from the east, while simultaneously creating intimacy and differentiation in interior spaces.
A new ipe deck at the front of the house floats at the edge of the existing stream and provides a new outdoor area extending the living space. The entry is made of charcoal concrete board and an open pivot door.
A new entry made of charcoal concrete board wraps around the foyer and creates a floating bench. A custom fabricated, textured ceiling made of CNC milled MDF enhances acoustics and integrates a seemingly randomized lighting pattern, while it also reflects light into the space. The loft-like living space opens up to the north, optimizing the view of a luminous landscape that is perfectly lit for the majority of the day.
A view from the dining room showing stainless steel chainmail curtain over tv and fireplace slot.
The fireplace and TV are cleanly organized in a long slot along the western wall behind a metal mesh curtain that allows the TV to be hidden when not in use. A custom white powder-coated steel hearth floats off the wall and provides seating at the fireplace.
A view of the living room with expansive telescoping glass doors to the exterior and a custom ceiling with recessed lights.
A view of the living room with folded ceiling and a clerestory window to bring light into a loft-like space.
A view form the dining room showing powder coated steel hearth.
The new chef’s kitchen is outfitted for entertaining and yet detailed with furniture like cabinetry details. The custom ceiling has been cut out to provide a slot for the hanging track lighting.
A view from the bedroom into the bathroom with the indoor pool beyond.
A view of the exterior arrival via a wood bridge over a small stream.
Photos: Kyle Jeffers
Casa Varatojo has been designed by Atelier Data, for a family who desired to be close to the city whilst enjoying views of the surrounding landscape of Varatojo, just east of the city of Torres Vedras, Portugal. Set in a polygonal configuration plot and given its sun exposure (predominantly North/South) and also its main Northern wind direction, the design strategy began by considering the following issues:
Promoting relationship between building and landscape, taking advantage of the place’s overlooking position over the city, castle and surroundings;
Encouraging a strong complementarity between the house and the garden in order to create an intense visual relation between the inside and the outside, between construction and natural elements;
Creating transversal relations between the North Side – (view) and the South side – (inner garden) mainly through the pool on the lower floor and modeling land of the garden;
Recycling of materials such as the walls of wooden pilings (former railway sleepers), introducing a certain experimentalism and innovation from the way the material is usually used for and thought to be;
Encouraging the use of native vegetation in the garden.
The 4,090 square foot (380 square meters) house is shaped by a spiral gesture intending to take advantage of the plot outline.
We opted for the construction of a limit, a kind of line that gradually takes shape and thickness to accommodate the housing program.
This gesture starts with the ramped access to the lot and ends on the opposite side of the house, achieving at this point two-stories high, thereby the contour of the house also reinforced this “gesture in spiral”.
The adopted design strategy allowed us to create a living space on the site’s south side, protected from the strong Northern winds, which forced the existence of the main construction on the north side.
From a functional standpoint, the program is distributed in three floors.
The groundfloor centralizes most of the program.
There is located the common areas – kitchen, living room and dining room – constrained to a single and continuous open space, enhanced by the ceiling plan. On the other hand, the rooms’ wing (with a much more restricted access) contains guest and children’s rooms, separated by a playing/studying room.
On the 1st floor is located the master bedroom with a deep balcony facing North, and on the South, there is a bathroom with a big window facing a small garden as its background.
Still on this floor there is a library, a mezzanine space over the living space.
On the lower floor the pool is the central space through where it is possible to connect with both north sights and south private garden, and also to enjoy the reflected landscape on the water.
On one hand we opted for the use of traditional materials and coatings, as exemplified by the cementitious materials, plaster, timber and cork, and, on the other hand, we considered the reuse of railway sleepers within a distinct logic of its conventional use introducing some innovation and experimentation in the search for new possibilities of materials’ use.
Thus we suggest new interpretations from the current and traditional construction, through design but also through material options.
Vegetation: Elasticity and Plasticity
Define a grove of Quercus faginea subssp. broteroi (Portuguese oak), seeded the phytogeographic association where the plot is located. The dominant choice of native vegetation for the garden (trees, shrubs and herbaceous) takes advantage of site soil and climate characteristics, creating an ecological system integrated into the Landscape of the Region (Genius loci).
On the North hillside, a Kermes oak shrubland, appear in a limestone substrate. Exposed to the wind, the Kermes oak shrubland have as main actors the Quercus coccifera and mastic (Pistacia lentiscus) that associates with various species such as: the Mediterranean buckthorn (Rhamnus alaternus); the Flax-leaved Daphne (Daphne gnidium); the Sage-leaved Rock Rose (Cistus salvifolius); the Lusitanian gorse (Ulex densus); the Rough bindweed (Smilax aspera) and the Etruscan honeysuckle (Lonicera etrusca). On the sheltered South side, arises the Portuguese oak with arborescent shrubs like Laurustinus (Viburnum tinus); the single-seed Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna); the Laurel (Laurus nobilis) and herbaceous like Bear`s breeches (Acanthus mollis) and yellow irises (Iris pseudacorus).
Photos: Richard John Seymour
Seaview House is a contemporary three story dwelling that has been designed by Parsonson Architects, sited over the botanical gardens out to Wellington Harbour in Wellington, New Zealand. A neighboring house sits much higher to the north with another lower to the south. The site loses sun directly to the north, but receives both generous morning and afternoon sun and being set down from the road the prevailing northwesterly winds blow over the top. The house is laid out around two main outside areas, east and west.
The owners have a large family, with both older and younger children. The house is arranged to accommodate these different age groups with bedrooms on different levels and a variety of living spaces in the middle with walls to house art and a swimming pool for the keen swimmers in the family.
Two main formal gestures define the house. Simple corrugated iron roofs wrap and frame the house, which help create a relationship with the houses of the area. The green color of these also helps the house recede into the backdrop of greenery. In contrast to this, and housing the garage and bedrooms, a more organic wooden clad element runs between the corrugated iron roofs. This element is influenced by the landscape and as it glides through the house it creates a darkness and woodiness that is intended to replace some of that lost by the removed vegetation. Sections of it have been folded or cut to house the lighting for the main downstairs living areas. Downstairs there is a pool and simple bedrooms for extended family.
Photos: Paul McCredie
Chameleon villa offers unique architecture and design in the exclusive area of Son Vida, Spain with breathtaking views to the sea, the city and the harbor of Palma. Spotted on Sotheby’s, the Chameleon house is comprised of 26,867 square feet (2,496 square meters) of living space with 10 bedrooms and nine bathrooms. The villa attracts through its exceptional light effects, which accomplish a true miracle of light; finest crystal on which surface has been installed with a special LED technology that can be programmed in its colors corresponding to your wish. The villa consists of three buildings. The main house is divided into three floors with living room, library, TV room, bedroom suites, kitchen and wine cellar. The second building offers the pool, wellness and fitness area. The third building is used as the guest house with 200 m2 of living space.
Special features of this exceptional villa includes, wine cellar/grotto, water view, various terraces/outdoor space, immaculate gardens, steam room, staff quarters, steam spa/hot tub, indoor and outdoor pool, gym, media room/home theater, prestige fitted kitchen, lift, living and dining room with fireplace, library, laundry room, stone floors, underfloor heating throughout, intelligence system, electric gates, installed music system and security system, as well as a guest apartment and garage.
This spectacular property is listed for sale from here.
Photos: Courtesy of Sotheby’s
Mayfair House is a custom designed home by Squire and Partners in Mayfair, London, featuring a striking bespoke leaf facade which mirrors an established Virginia Creeper on a facing building on Curzon Street. The contemporary interpretation of leaves are crafted as a metallic shingle, which cover a three-storey elevation and rooftop pavilion. The PPC coated folded aluminium leaves – 4,080 in total – subtly vary in tones of bronze to mimic organic growth patterns. The concept was designed over a three year period of research and development working closely with Swiss manufacturer Tuchschmid. Westminster planning committee described the proposal as ‘striking’ and ‘raising the bar for design within the borough’.
The project involved the retention of an existing 18th century facade facing Waverton Street, and the design of a new building comprising three linked volumes to create a unique home in central Mayfair. The accommodation provides five bedrooms, a swimming pool, gymnasium, cinema, rooftop pavilion and two separate roof terraces. The interior design was carried out by Bill Bennette Design, creating luxury and timeless interiors.
The east and west portions of the building are finished with a stucco render to match the existing retained Waverton Street facade, with full height bronze framed windows of traditional Georgian proportions. A discreet Cotswold Buff brick facade with oak framed windows faces the more utilitarian Red Lion Yard.
The middle part of the building is set back from the restored listed wall on Chesterfield Gardens to create a lightwell drawing daylight into the central spaces, and features a playful bespoke leaf facade. The facade of this element takes inspiration from a facing building on Curzon Street, mirroring an established Virginia Creeper with a contemporary interpretation of leaves expressed as a metallic shingle.
Construction involved sandwiching the retained facade between two steel frames which was then suspended while piling and construction of the lower ground floor took place. This floor then became a platform from which excavation of the two basement floors and construction of the concrete frame above could happen simultaneously, speeding up the weather tightness of the site and fast-tracking the program.
At the center of the c-shaped building internally, a grand double height space gives views into the lightwell which features a living wall planted with a variety of native plants. Social spaces are located off the main double height volume, with the gymnasium, cinema and swimming pool situated in the two basement floors. Bedrooms are organized on the upper two levels, above which sits the stunning leaf- clad rooftop pavilion.
Photos: Gareth Gardner
Russian architect Nicholas Lyzlov developed Ruben Dishdishyan House, a contemporary retreat on private land that is surrounded by trees in Benelux, a union of states comprising three neighboring countries in northwestern Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Brick and wood were chosen as exterior finishes on the facade, strongly rooting the project in its environment, a forest reserve where local regulations only allowed building on a surface 4,300 square feet (400 square meters).
Once inside, one is overcome with warmth and elegance and greeted by rooms with tall ceilings, dark wooden flooring and textured stone walls. The colorful ceiling in the living room adds a bit of playfulness, picking up colors from its surroundings and adding to an interior where social interaction is thus encouraged. Are there additional details you find appealing in this sensational home?
From the Architects: There is a lot of land in the village on which you cannot build because there is a forest reserve. Of two acres that Ruben bought, we were only allowed to build on four hundred square meters (4300 square feet).
I know Ruben, I made his city apartment. He is a private man and wanted his house closed from the neighbors, but also completely open to nature, to the beautiful fir forest area and garden. The rear facade of the house is entirely open – there are huge windows, and all of the rooms can see the forest. The house is like a fairy tale.
SU House is a contemporary villa situated at the edge of a forest in the south of Stuttgart, Germany, designed by Alexander Brenner Architects. The villa has been thoroughly designed down to the smallest detail, built for an art lover and her family. From the architects, “From the piazza at the entrance to the site a silvery garage structure leads past the upper garden with the lake and the “morning patio” with its pebble stone flooring to the entrance on the north side.
Following the entrance hall the large dining table is placed below a two-storey void and lit by a skylight.
The removable floor-to-ceiling glazing opens up at right-angle to the terrace, so that the inside merges with the roofed over outside in the summer months. The kitchen was designed as an eat-in kitchen. It works either as a closed space or thanks to the wide sliding door as a part of the whole. A large, broad fireplace directs to the living area, which was planned as a more secure and intimate place. A full-width skylight at the back sends light beams onto the wall with paintings and sculptures.”
From the southern office- and workspace a narrow sculptural staircase leads down to the studio. This two-storey high, almost sacral area serves to present works of art – a passion of the client. Right next to the studio a storeroom for artwork is attached.
In the upper storey all bedrooms and the corresponding bathrooms are arranged around the gallery. The master-bedroom with fireplace, dressing room and bathroom is designed as an interconnected “private area”. The covered roof terrace, positioned in front of the bedroom offers a mile-wide view to south-west. Even more breathtaking is the view from the overlying roof terrace.
The majority of the garden level consists of the pool and spa area. The part of the sauna and steam bath is an introverted area which is kept in warm red and gold tones all around. The indoor swimming pool on the other hand opens with a floor-to-ceiling glazing towards the lower south-west part of the garden.
Photos: Courtesy of Alexander Brenner Architects