Wallace Ridge is a luxurious home with spectacular views designed by Whipple Russell Architects, situated in the Trousdale Estates area of Beverly Hills, California. This project began with former clients’ wish to move back closer to the city of Beverly Hills. At the outset the property was in disrepair; had a choppy floor plan, and gabled roofs that did not fit the client’s vision of a modern home. The goal, of course, was to maximize the views while creating fluid well-lit spaces that would both serve and reflect the lives of the inhabitants. Marc saw a way to stay within the Trousdale Estates’ single story 14 foot height restriction and still provide spaciousness and a spectacular view. To create a vantage point for the best view, a roof terrace was built atop the master suite, accessible from the pool area.
The entire core of the house was redesigned to feature an open plan, high ceilings and a sleek flat roof. The front door, flanked by large glass panels, opens to a wide entry and provides an open sight line across the living area, though 12ft glass walls and 8ft glass sliding pocket doors, to the patio and pool. Rooms are minimally defined using tall panels, custom stained in a rich coffee bean brown that contrast with the light walls. The warm modernism the clients wanted, and a home suited for entertaining, was achieved with a harmonious use of materials allowing kitchen, dining, entertaining and living room spaces to flow easily into one another.
In the living area a large screen television and fireplace are recessed into wall-sized expanse of Portico Slate tile by SOLI. In the kitchen, the island and countertops are Caesarstone in Lagos Blue and cabinets have an acrylic lacquered finish.
Large glass pocket doors open to the outside from both kitchen and living areas, where there is a patio bar, conversation areas and a tabletop fireplace all encircling the pool.
As there is a musician in the family, the clients wanted to find space for a full music studio; Marc found it by digging down and locating the studio beneath the motor court. It includes a separate control room, sound booth for vocal recording, and tracking room, a soundproofed oasis for creation.
The master suite also opens to the pool though large sliding glass panels. The master wing offers a library/sitting room, and a home theater. Next to the bedroom, the master bath continues the use of brown with the tile in the master shower – a basket weave pattern from SOLI. Adjacent is a roomy closet/dressing area.
To create a vantage point for the best view, a roof terrace was built atop the master suite, accessible from the pool area. Pool tile is by Ann Sacks, “ Promenade” in Eucalyptus and Heron.
The master terrace provides space for entertaining, sunbathing, a game of table tennis, and a view all the way to the Pacific.
Photos: Courtesy of Whipple Russell Architects
H3 House was designed by 314 Architecture Studio to give a sense of connection to the water element that surrounds it, inspired by the love of the owner for yachting, situated in Athens, Greece. The detached property covers a total area of 1,000 square meters, set in a plot of land 7,000 square meters. The relationship to water is in evidence with artificial pools around the exterior of the house, creating a sense of cool tranquility. The water for the smaller artificial pools and the main large swimming pool is supplied by a borehole, and the water supply for irrigating the garden areas comes from a rainwater drainage and collection system. The bio-climatic design of the house allows the sun to supply heat to the property in winter, and to mitigate its impact in summer when hot air is vented to the outside. The use of geothermal energy provides energy saving cooling and heating systems via fan coil systems. The solar spiral system installed in roof areas operates in combination with solar panels installed to the rear side of the plot, and are used to heat the pool water. Photovoltaic panels for electricity generation are installed at the same point.
The house uses eco-friendly materials, and the interior, including all the furniture, was designed to meet the owner’s specific requirements. The design aims to create a luxury ergonomic environment with clean lines and a minimalistic aesthetic. An abstract sculpture by Yiannis Aspra in the surrounding grounds of the house is a striking feature. The architecture, building materials, as well as the energy management and conservation technologies conform to the highly dynamic requirements of a modern residential home, but at the same time are environmentally friendly.
Photos: Courtesy of 314 Architecture Studio
Leobo Private Reserve ultra-cool luxury villa surrounded by 12,000 acres of pristine African wilderness in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. Unlike any other game lodge, the villa is only available on an exclusive use basis, totally private and yours to enjoy. The main house is simply stunning. Designed by award winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, this private house is state of the art and even has a fully automated research-grade observatory tower to view the night sky in world class conditions.
There is a full team of staff to make your stay one of complete luxury and relaxation, including butlers and a talented private chef. The house will take your breath away, but the real star of the show is the 12,000 acre private game reserve / playground on your doorstep. The Leobo Private Reserve is fantastically well equipped for fun – there are quad bikes, dirt buggies, horses, mountain bikes, motor bikes, helicopters, clay shooting, fishing and more, all to use at your leisure, with no rules or time constraints.
See the abundance of wild game on horseback, quad or from the comfort of a Land Cruiser, all with the commentary of an expert. The experienced bush guides can take you animal tracking and show you the wonders of nature on the reserve. Forget timetabled game-drives. Here it’s just you and the bush (with of course the team of experienced staff) so you can do what you like, when you like.
Sleeping six, rates at Leobo Private Reserve range from $28,803 to $70,078, from here.
Pearl Valley 276 has been designed by interior architecture firm Antoni Associates as barefoot luxury living on the exclusive Pearl Valley Golf Estate located near Paarl, just 30 minutes outside of Cape Town, South Africa. The home was designed for a young family re-locating to the Western Cape, looking to change from city living to a more relaxed country lifestyle in which to bring up their young family. Designed around a central pool, this home focuses on family entertainment with an emphasis on the use of natural materials. The interiors boast a sporty elegance and laid back coolness.
The owners approached Antoni Associates to create an interior that was modern but with an emphasis on ‘barefoot luxury’ and the use of natural materials. The design approach by Mark Rielly and Jon Case was to focus on the use of natural organic materials such as timber and stone. These tactile materials add a sense of homeliness and warmth to the contemporary architecture. Timber flooring was used throughout, which contrasts with the raw off-shutter concrete ceilings, warm stone and marble cladding.
The owners of this home love to entertain and wanted the house to reflect their lifestyle. The informal family spaces include an open plan kitchen, informal dining and open bar, all linked to the entertainment lounge. A feature marble clad two-sided fireplace divides and screens off the family lounge from the spa room. These areas of the house flow out onto the outdoor entertainment deck with a sunken outdoor boma (a typical South African outdoor enclosure). Here timber seating is casually arranged around an open fire.
The furniture is modern and complementary to the experience of the home. The clients’ love for color has been introduced with injections of bold prints and vibrant fabrics. Bespoke furniture from OKHA Interiors is featured throughout. A combination of bold and discreet lighting was used to create a “wow” factor and the layering of lighting set various moods. Subtle lighting has been incorporated in all recesses and feature bulkheads to give a warm glow to peripheral edges. Concealed lighting has also been used to highlight and accentuate the organic natural finishes.
Photos: Adam Letch
Aspen Manor is a luxury mountain retreat designed by Charles Cunniffe Architects, situated on four acres at the base of Red Mountain in Aspen, Colorado’s posh Starwood neighborhood. At approximately 20,000 square feet, this stone-and-stucco Bavarian-style house utilizes as much glass as possible to encompass the views, all the while creating a warm, mountain escape for the owners. The Owner’s philanthropic engagements lead to programming to include spaces for sizable party tents, valet, catering, staff accommodations and lavish guests suites. The design includes 12 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry, an office, wine cellar and tasting room, gym, pilot’s quarters, pool and outdoor entertaining areas and a guest house.
The retreat is perched on a hill with a 70-mile panorama of snow-capped mountains. Outside a slate patio includes a pizza oven and entertainment area next to an Infinity swimming pool. A hot tub edged by large rocks is fed by a stream that runs under a wooden bridge.
The couple, pictured here, bought the property in 2006 for $20 million before embarking on a multi-million-dollar renovation. Mr. Powers, 53, was formerly a managing director and senior portfolio manager of Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO). Mrs. Power’s grandparents owned the Mississippi Delta plantation Dockery Farms. She is a trustee of the farm, now a historical site, and also funds a program that provides music education to children in the South.
Aspen interior designer Linda Bedell says it went from “overdone, Los Angeles nouveau riche” to the look of “a grand European country house.”
In the “Grand Room,” a wide open living room with 50-foot-high wood beam ceilings, a Joan Miro tapestry hangs above a vast stone fireplace.
Ms. Powers’ office includes an Andy Warhol painting.
Inside, the views compete with a top-shelf contemporary art collection. It starts in the entry, shown here, where a large Roy Lichtenstein oil hangs on gray cashmere-covered walls.
Beautiful, private mountain retreats, with cozy living spaces, plenty of warm colors, and fireplaces are the perfect place to burrow for the winter holidays. Retreating to one of these cozy spaces, you can plan your whole day completely devoted to reading in front of the fire, curling up with a good book and watching the snow fall through floor-length windows, with a mug of hot cocoa in hand. We have put together for you an extensive collection of snowy retreats that will help put you in the mood of Christmas, wherever in the world you live. Some of the retreats we have featured have links to view the entire home if you would like further inspiration. Be prepared to be blown away by these fabulous homes. If you prefer burrowing in blankets of chenille to blankets of snow, these contemporary winter getaways boasting sweeping views will be right up your alley!
This light-filled living room owned by Estee Lauder’s global creative director, Aerin Lauder, is a fabulous getaway for the winter. Floor-to-ceiling windows, awesome 60s-inspired rattan chairs, and throws and pillows make the white and natural space warm and personal in Aspen, Colorado.
In Montana’s Yellowstone Club, a getaway home showcases the Old West vernacular with an industrial edge. To see more of this spectacular home, check here.
Four-Cornered Villa is an 840 square foot home situated on a horse shoe shaped island in Virrat, Finland.
This alpine chalet is a contemporary barnlike structure located on a cul-de-sac in a private ski club development in Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. Ceilings that reach for the stars belong in a home with plenty of windows and bring the outdoors in, sans the uncomfortable cold and wet aftermath of actually being outdoors. A cantilevered fireplace is the showstopper here, keeping you warm when you do head home after a day on the slopes.
Nottawasaga Bay in Ontario, Canada looks like a fine place to cozy up with a book. A stark contrast to the black exterior, the snow-white interior boasts a minimalist, frameless fireplace, and an assortment of furniture with ultra-sleek lines.
This super stunning concrete mountain retreat captures snowy views at every turn in Snowmass, Colorado. The rest of the home can be viewed here.
Enjoying mountain views throughout this home in the old village of Sugar Bowl in Norden, California, the windows frame views of horizontal snow drifts and vertical stands of pine trees. To see more of this stunning home, have a look here.
This contemporary Lower Foxtail Residence hovers in the pines stretching laterally to take full advantage of the bold mountain views in Big Sky, Montana.
At 15,000 square feet, this contemporary mountain home in Aspen, Colorado’s exclusive Star Mesa enclave is warm and approachable from the start, as can be seen here.
This gorgeous modern mountain home is set amongst the woods in Martis Camp, North Lake Tahoe. The rest of the home can be viewed here.
Nestled into the mountainside, with spectacular views of the resort and surrounding scenery, Chalet Trois Couronnes is a private Alpine Estate in Verbier, Swiss Alps, Switzerland.
This snowy retreat was constructed of steel, concrete, timber and locally quarried stone, built within the scenic Australian mountains in one of Victoria’s premier ski resorts, the Dinner Plain Village, overlooking Mount Hotham.
“Ski On Home” is a single-family home built for a young family of four avid skiers and snowboarders (mom and dad are also both world-class skydivers). It is located on the main ski run in Squaw Valley, CA and nestled into the mountain, naturally protected by the earth from avalanches and other extreme weather. The year-round residence has ski-in / ski-out access on all levels and sleeps up to 17 guests at a time (extended family and a constellation of friends).
This incredibly stunning modern rustic mountain retreat was built as a family compound in Telluride, Colorado, which can be viewed here.
When you have a kitchen like this, bake up a storm for your friends that come to visit you during the holidays. The huge floor-to-ceiling window will make you feel like you are in the great snowy outdoors sans the cold weather.
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The Dwell On Despard is the ultimate in luxury lifestyle, this ultra-sleek home is situated in exclusive Rockland, an historic neighborhood of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Designed by Urban Core Ventures, this astounding new contemporary home offers soaring ocean and Olympic mountain views. The home boasts several stunning architectural details, including floating staircase, great room with roll-away doors that open to deluxe infinity pool and hot tub, heated concrete floors, full home automation, hidden theater room, large roof-top deck complete with wet bar. Over 5,000 square feet of luxurious living space and 2,000+ square feet of patio/deck areas 5 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, in-law/nanny areas on a 9,000 square foot south facing lot. The home is bright, airy and has cutting-edge design offering innovative modern resort style living.
Photos: Joshua Lawrence Studios INC
Villa Solaire is a converted old farmhouse into a luxury rental villa, revisiting traditional techniques in the village of Morzine, in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. The renovation was carried out by Jérémie Koempgen Architecture and FUGA, built in 1826, it was singled out by the municipality as a landmark for traditional architecture. A uniform cladding wraps the whole farm. One of the challenges of the project was to preserve its appearance, while filtering light into the heart of the 6,673 square foot (620 square meters) building. The traditional technique of decorative cut-outs within the wood strips was used to perform specific perforations within the planks. The design of this simple and contemporary pattern is consistent with the equipment and techniques used by the local carpenter for cutting spruce slats. These cut-outs recall the disjointed battens of the traditional barn, used for drying hay.
Today, these slits bring light inside the building. The glazed elements of the project, which are flush with the inside of the façade, are partially hidden by the cover strips. As they are not visible from outside they do not interfere with the uniformity of the cladding.
Throughout the year, the surrounding roofs and buildings cast their shadows on the facades. The pattern within the cladding is designed to respond to the path described by these shadows: the areas receiving a greater amount of sun are all the more open and provide a certain legibility of the continuity between the common spaces of the house.
This concept of interlocking inside/outside, evokes a lifestyle in harmony with its surroundings and leads to the project being named the “solar house”: a house exposed on its four facades to the path of the sun, perceived as a sundial.
Finding one’s bearings: A living geography
The idea is to move through this house between four “blocks” steady as rocks, located at each corner of the building. Each independent unit forms a suite with sleeping area and amenities.
Between these four blocks, the remaining space is occupied by a succession of stacked floors at different levels in the framework. This continuum of generous space welcomes the activities shared by the inhabitants: cooking, dining, watching a film, conversing in the living room, warming up around the fire…
These four blocks mark the house as the summits punctuate the valley. In Haute Savoie, one instinctively relates the farms to the mountains. Again, this symbolic association is translated in each block as it is identified in its facing mountainous terrain, just as the framework can be interpreted as a forest, whose various topographical lines are recalled within the different floor levels.
Revealing the structure:Nested scales or “the complex of the snail”
The charm of the original farm resides in the existing structure. Conserving its overall appearance was of one of the project’s key challenges, which motivated its restoration: It was fully recovered and the original plastering preserved after brushing and trimming.
In order to clear the room of the nave while meeting the rental house needs, utility functions were closely integrated. A strong contrast results from the scales of the cozy bedrooms, bathrooms and sleeping alcoves, next to the open central meeting space. The complexity of these nested spaces is combined with a similar research in terms of details and materials.
Photos: Julien Lanoo
Macalister Mansion is a luxury hotel housed in a beautiful 100 year old historic mansion that has been conserved and adapted by Singapore-based Ministry of Design in Penang, Malaysia. Each of the six different food and beverage and hotel entities can be enjoyed as part of the overall Macalister Mansion experience but are branded as distinct rooms or spaces that are typically found in a mansion — the dining room, the den, the living room, the lawn and eight rooms, spread out over 51,667 square feet (4,800 square meters). The name Macalister Mansion honors Penang’s British Governor Colonel Norman Macalister and you will find numerous references to this historic figure captured in the host of specially commissioned installation art pieces throughout the grounds and spaces.
With eight rooms to chose from, rates for double rooms start at $215.92, from here.
San Lorenzo North villa is characterized by sleek, modern architecture, designed by de Blacam and Meagher Architects, situated on the 10th hole of the San Lorenzo golf course in Algarve, Portugal. The is surrounded by pine trees with the villa opening up to breathtaking views of the open landscape. Over a generous layout of 9,149 square feet (850 square meters), this contemporary masterpiece features five stunning bedroom suites. The joys of southern living are further enhanced by the double-height covered terrace, wrapping around the villa’s lower floor, extending the property’s living space well beyond its interior. Other highlights of this high-tech, high-standard experience include a basement complete with gym, home-spa, games room and home cinema., reflecting this respected practice’s commitment to quality, and its quest for simplicity through beautiful materials.
This incredible home can be all yours for just a mere $8,044,400, from here. Or you can just enjoy having a virtual tour! Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what you think.
Photos: Courtesy of Quinta do Lago