Chalet Le Coquelicot is a luxury ski chalet designed by Wilkinson Beven Design, built into the mountain at the exclusive location of Nogentil in Courchevel 1850, France. The interior design brief for this 6,243 square foot (580 square meters), six story ski chalet was for a highly comfortable mountain retreat, suitable for family winter ski holidays and entertaining. Providing living, dining and bedroom spaces spread over a number of levels, each room has bespoke design features and carefully selected materials and finishes.
With 6 bedrooms which sleep up to 12 guests, rates range from $86,518 to $144,196 per week, from here.
A special lighting design scheme was created for the client enjoy a number of subtle options for mood and ambiance, achieved with a combination of concealed lighting and decorative fittings. A design palette was selected that suited the client’s taste for natural colors and textures and specialist fitness recovery features, such as a spa, hot and cold plunge pools, massage and steam rooms make this an ideal location for the serious winter sports enthusiast!
No expense has been spared in decorating this luxury chalet with the highest quality, modern materials such as marble, stone and mosaic tiles. Best of all, there’s no tramping through the slush, lugging your skis, to get home. At Chalet Le Coquelicot you ski straight out and back home to your door.
After the welcome drinks, take a little time to explore your exciting Alpine pad by gliding up and down in the elevator. At the top of Chalet Le Coquelicot you’ll find the huge, sumptuous living and dining area with an open fire, high tech sound system and magnificent views, and down in the basement you’ll discover the streamlined surroundings of the spa area, pool and another stylish lounge.
The floors in-between are packed with lavish indulgences and state-of-the art technology. Step out on floor -3 for the swish indoor parking area, accessed by car lift. Exit at level -2 for the state-of-the-art ski room and well-stocked cellar. Alight at levels -1 and 0 for the sophisticated comfort of the en-suite bedrooms and private terraces.
The large master bedroom suite has been designed with comfort and luxury in mind. Soft finishes, textures and fabrics create a sumptuous retreat and the en-suite bathroom boasts a free-standing bath and walk-in shower to soothe away those après-ski aches and pains.
The chalet has been expertly designed to seamlessly blend refined finishes and exciting new materials with state-of the-art equipment. Snow-inspired textures and glimmering finishes have been used throughout to echo the magical mountain surroundings. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the splendid spa and swimming pool area. The ten-metre pool, relaxing steam room, Jacuzzi and massage room are all imbued with the spirit of the mountains, providing a relaxing sanctuary after a day on the slopes.
Chalet Mont Blanc is a new mega-luxury ski chalet in Megève, a town well-known as a ski resort for its proximity to the Mont Blanc in the French Alps. This magnificent mountain retreat is one of the most exceptional properties available to rent in the world, offering ski-in/ski-out access to the Jaillet piste.
The chalet accommodates up to 12 adults and 4 children with over 7 en-suite bedrooms, a spa and a private heli-pad, with rates ranging from $200,540 to $376,014, from here.
There are four double suites in the master chalet and two double bedrooms in the guest chalet, alongside the specially designed children’s bedroom which sleeps four little ones. Each bedroom is beautifully designed and comes with plasma TV, mini-bar and safe.
The chalet complex spans two neighboring buildings and features a large outdoor heated infinity pool that overlooks Megeve. There’s a spa with indoor pool with jet streams, a sauna and hammam. The property also has a massage room and can arrange treatments, massages and in house hair styling. Mont Blanc also features a fully equipped gym.
The wine cellar completes this sumptuous chalet enabling indulgent evenings with the chalet’s à la carte wine list. After you have enjoyed the dinner created by your private chef, you could spend the evening relaxing watching a film in the home cinema, or with a cocktail in the heated outdoor lounge looking out over the resort.
The chalet benefits from its own helipad which makes arriving from Geneva quick and simple. Should you choose to arrive by car, the chalet has a garage that can house 12 cars and even has a professional washing area.
Situated on the Jaillet piste just above the Jaillet lift for easy ski in ski out access, and only a two minute drive from the resort of Megève via the heated driveway, the chalet is the perfect place to unwind for an unsurpassed ski holiday. Chalet Mont Blanc has to be the most luxurious residence in Megeve and one of the finest in the world.
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