9133 Oriole Way is a stunning modern home offering sweeping, panoramic views of the entire LA basin, perched on the highly desirable “Bird Streets” above the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles, California. The brand new 12,530 square foot, five bedroom, ten bath estate was meticulously designed to deliver clean lines with wide open spaces, walls of glass and Fleetwood pocket doors throughout that seamlessly fuse the interior and exterior, offering the ultimate California lifestyle. The materials, details and natural light are exquisite.
Owner Sean Sassounian, in close collaboration with top design firm In-Ex, focused intently on the well-curated interior, sparing no expense. The impressive list of European manufacturers includes furniture by Acerbis, Arco, Classicon, Glas Italia, Matteo Grassi and Walter Knoll; custom lighting by Foscarni; closets by Molteni; outdoor furniture by Paola Lenti, Kettal and Roda; and laundry room, kitchen and pantry by DADA. In addition, the art in the house is specially curated by the Michael Kohn Gallery – with notable and emerging artists, many from California.
Main level offers a spacious Grey and White Lacquer DADA kitchen that flows to attached sitting/media room, facing out to the pool and lush hills. A massive marble island in the kitchen complements the integrated Miele appliances, and a hidden door leads to an entire catering kitchen behind the main kitchen. Formal living room with high-ceilings and spectacular views boasts a full bar and flows to a gorgeous master office with floor-to-ceiling windows. A sophisticated library/media room provides views over West Hollywood and the Sunset Strip. Tasteful built-in cabinetry throughout. Extremely private, even with the glass and indoor/outdoor flow.
The grand entrance of the home features lush grounds, a fountain, custom blended grey terrazzo floors, and a massive American oak door behind double gates. This is a truly chic, one-of-a-kind home on one of the best streets in Los Angeles.
Upper level, enjoy 4 bedrooms with wrap-around windows and automated blackout blinds – you feel like you’re on an island in the hills floating above the city. Hidden TVs drop from the ceiling. Views everywhere. Even the master walk-in closet has a large window and amazing view. All bedrooms are en-suite and feature walk-in closets.
Master suite boasts a huge custom master bath with views overlooking the back pool and canyon – dual rain-heads; deep soaking tub & spa; a mesmerizing hall of mirrors effect. Master bedroom faces west for incredible sunsets and afternoon light. Enjoy a private balcony overlooking pool and an attached office and wet bar.
Lower level, find a full gym with shower, separate massage room, powder room and full bath; wine cellar with its own bar; screening room with custom-installed marble bar-counter; en-suite guest room; and a spacious garage with room for eight vehicles, plus a carport for two.
Resort-style backyard offers an infinity edge pool & spa, outside patios with 270-degree birds-eye views, complete outdoor kitchen, full bath and a spectacular dining and entertaining area. Outdoor kitchen has all Viking appliances and stainless steel Viking cabinets.
Idunsgate Apartment is a two story modern loft that has been transformed by Haptic Architects, situated on the top floor of a 19th century apartment building in central Oslo in Norway. After purchasing the loft space above the apartment, the clients were able to do a full scale refurbishment of the loft, bringing the two floors into one, unified space.
Through a thorough three-dimensional survey of the apartment and careful assessment of the means of escape, we were able to incorporate every nook and cranny and even part of the stairwell into the design.
By fully utilizing the level changes and opportunities we could introduce spatial drama with substantial vertical sight lines. The en-suite bathroom to the master bedroom is organized over three levels. A sunny terrace has a large glass wall that brings evening light deep into the apartment.
Some loft space has been sacrificed to create a double height space over the living room.
The centerpiece of the apartment is the feature staircase connecting the two levels. A modular, powder coated, white steel stair is suspended between the joists and connects to a low storage/sofa unit that runs along the front facade.
The original kitchen was tight, inefficient and north facing. By moving it into the common areas we could create a light, airy and spacious space that becomes the social heart and integrates with the rest of the apartment. A small fireplace is integrated into the kitchen worktop and the kitchen fronts are painted to match the color of the fireplace.
The bathroom incorporated several level changes, and by using large scale 100x300cm tiles, the impression is of one that is carved out of a single block of stone.
Photos: Courtesy of Haptic Architects
Casa de La Flora is a modern beachfront resort designed by VaSLab Architecture, located along a palm tree lined beach in Khao Lak, Phangnga, Thailand. The latest member of Design Hotel in Thailand, the resort was commissioned in 2008 by one of Thailand’s leading businessmen Sompong Dowpiset. There are 36 cube-shaped villas aimed to serve as a new high profile yet humble destination hotel in this beautiful town of southern Thailand.
The brief given to the architect is a unique resort that consists of a series of pool villas with maximum ocean views. Facilities such as a reception lounge, swimming pool, pool bar, beachfront restaurant, spa, fitness, and library are the must-have programs in this hotel. The owner challenged the architect to create a a bold look of architecture but one that yields to warmth and nature after its implied name, “flora.”
VaSLab’s metaphorical design takes on the act of “arising flora,” where each concrete versus wood villa reflects as a flora form, emerges from the ground, and blooms to reach the daylight. Deviated walls and tilted roofs are characterized throughout the series of 36 cubic-form villas, where these tapered elements do not only recall the act of arising flora but widen the rooms’ perspective frames when looking outward to the sea.
The continuity of these lines can also be seen in the interior space and interior elements such as built-in beds, coffee tables, and built-in cabinets. Custom-made furniture designed by Anon Pairot Design Studio carries this thematic design, as some of them represent the organic form of a flora. The same concept is carried throughout the landscape and hardscape work from talented designer T.R.O.P., who extends the lines of architecture into a set of charming pathways, pavement blocks, and green walls as they act like the architecture’s root, stem, and branches. APLD, the lighting designer, abstractly sets the resort’s lighting to provoke the main architectural elements; deviated walls and tilted roofs, as if the villa cubes are arising above the ground.
Its glass-fronted villas have clean interiors featuring concrete surfaces, natural stone walls, and wooden floors/ ceilings. Ten units stand directly to the beach, with maximum sea views, and all come with private pools, 24-hour butler service, and the latest in-room entertainment. Eco-friendly credentials come in the form of an ozone (low-chemical) purification system for the swimming pools and wastewater and rainwater recycling.
Photos: Courtesy of VaSLab Architecture
24th Street Residence is a minimalist modern home showcasing art display walls throughout, envisioned by Steven Kent Architect, located in Santa Monica, California. The clients are a Culver City are gallery owner and a musician with two young boys. The 4,950 square foot, five bedroom, six bathroom home highlights a stunning outdoor room, art display walls, recording studio and home theater that utilizes green building technologies. From the street, the residence is a series of overlapping rectangular volumes, each features varying materials and textures. The house is anchored by a three-story poured concrete stair enclosure.
The second floor cantilevers out, sheltering the main entry. This glass volume is shrouded with a retractable aluminum structure fitted with wood slats for privacy. The main floor is a large living space that opens to the outdoor room. They are connected by an expansive wall of glass multi panel sliding doors.
A Boffi kitchen is open to the dining/ living area with island seating for casual family eating. A giant floor to ceiling solid wood slab door recesses into wall to seamlessly join the main living area and home theater. The rolling door seals shut for sound and light separation.
Upstairs, the glass walled master suite and deck float over the outdoor room and open to the backyard pool area below. Glass wraps around the master bedroom and bathroom. A bamboo hedge provides privacy. A basement recording studio features a mixing room and soundproof room for live instruments. The house incorporates photovoltaic and hydronic solar systems, radiant flooring, Low-E commercial glazing, automated house controls and many other energy saving features.
Photos: Courtesy of Steven Kent Architect
House with a Large Hipped Roof is a spacious one story family house envisioned by Naoi Architecture & Design Office, situated in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. The 6,641 square foot (617 square meters) residence for a family of four is sited on one of the lots for sale at a newly developed area in “satoyama” or semi-natural woodlands. The land was too large for a simple program that was requested by the client: a private house with a garage for two cars.
Taking advantage of the large site area, we proposed a spacious one-story house that is open to the surrounding neighborhood, based on a design concept of “connecting space to nature”. The site faces two streets on the south and the north sides and no fences are installed along the both borders. The front yards on the both sides visually serve as pubic park although they are not accessible by non-residents.
The house consists of an open square plan intersected by living room in the middle, and master bedroom, bathroom, dining/kitchen and closet are located along both outer zones. The living room space extends horizontally via the “engawa” (or veranda-like intermediate space located between the interior and the exterior) towards outside. The living space, which can be freely subdivided as necessary by sliding doors, provides both an appropriate degree of privacy and a feeling of togetherness simultaneously as same as traditional Japanese houses.
The section resembles that of a traditional folk house, which is composed of a one-story living space with attic space covered by a large hipped roof. The entire south side of the hipped roof is a large sky window, where one can enjoy beautiful views of the sky. On the north side, one can enjoy views of the trees and sunlight in the garden under the low eaves.
The large hipped roof, which is the main design feature, is constructed of wooden roof girders and rafters to support the simple and symbolic form.
The large roof may be designed as homage to a mountain in the natural landscape that was lost during the development process. However, we expect that this house will give a good inspiration in creating a better community, by proposing a comfortable living environment where people and nature co-exist to make a comfortable life under a large roof.
Photos: Hiroshi Ueda
N85 Residence is a modern Zen infused home that has been designed by Indian architectural studio Morphogenesis, located in New Delhi, India. The house was designed as a platform used to investigate two central design issues: the family as a social unit and the environment. The lifestyle of the Indian family has changed in the age of global travel and internet media with new spatial needs and notions of comfort. Often, local resources are at odds with shifts in lifestyle.
The house sets about to create its own terrain, a veritable oasis, within its inscribed territory. The forecourt is landscaped with gracious steps and pools. Crisp clear planes are articulated with materials: stone, wood, concrete which are simply striated or set in interlocking patterns. They come alive when light hits the different horizontal surfaces. Transparency is achieved by not only by glass, but a combination of water, reflection, and modulated lighting. At night the house appears magical, glowing like a lantern and allowing glimpses of activity within.
This residence multitasks as a house for three generations of a family and their many visitors, a busy workspace, and on occasion a cultural hub. The house can be identified by overlapping spatial categories split into three levels: the private domain of the nuclear family (bedrooms and breakfast room), the shared inter-generational spaces such as the family room, kitchen and dining areas, and the fluid public domain of the lobby and living spaces. The public domain is activated each time the house opens its doors for “Manthan,” a cultural event that promotes an energetic exchange of ideas between various creative disciplines.
One navigates the complex program of the house through a series of spatial episodes that are expressed via volumes. These episodes are distributed across the house, revealed at chosen moments: when descending steps cascade to subterranean offices or rooms and furniture framed by large picture windows. Moving through the house, it is immediately clear that the central space is the fulcrum of the project. The ceiling is dotted by circular skylights with an interior garden below, a green sanctuary within the house. A lap pool fed by harvested rain water runs the length of the terrace on the second floor.
Environmental design plays an integral role in achieving a network of green and open spaces. The house is imagined as a porous object whereby air movement and visual connectivity permeate into the built form. The planning, orientation, structure and materiality of the house respond to the essential passive energy efficient techniques suitable to the Delhi climate. It incorporates high thermal mass in the west, earth damping for the basement studios, landscape buffers on the south, and high performance surfaces on the east and a large cavity on the barrel roof as well as the lap pool which helps with heat absorption on the top terraces. The courtyard concept has been radically re-interpreted and along with landscape, earth, daylight simulators and carbon-dioxide sensors. There is an entire eco-system living and growing in the heart of the house.
Photos: Amit Mehra, Andre Fanthome, and Edmund Sumner
Main Street House is a sensational multi-story modern property that has been designed by Robertson Design, situated in Houston, Texas. This residence is prominently situated at the convergence of two major streets and fronts the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, which has wings designed by Mies van der Rohe and Rafael Moneo. Formally, the house is composed of three volumes, which create a u-shaped courtyard to the rear. This courtyard, which is the heart of the building, is connected to the life of the Museum District through the large, fully glazed walls of the living room.
Photos: Benjamin Hill Photography