House in Yatsugatake is a minimalist home designed by Kidosaki Architects Studio, located on a sloping mountain ridge at the foot of the Yatsugatake Mountains, in Nagano, Japan. this house was designed on a piece of land that offers spectacular views that are rarely known. Seeking for the best in picturesque scenery, the client took up residence in Tateshina, and spent many years searching for the ideal site for building his house.Inevitably, the main aim of this project is to meet the client’s expectations to incorporate these stunning views in to the design.
From the architect: When I visited the site, my first impression was that this untapped and expansive nature must be embraced into the interior to the greatest extent possible. I decided to arrange the house in such that this horizontal expanded scenery must be maximized. In order to realize this design, I introduced mega structures column enabling half of the house to extend into the air. To support this large overhanging floor, 2 diagonal bracing steel cylinders, each 300 mm in diameter is introduced. With this, the house is floats in to the midst of a glorious natural surroundings. With this overhanging structure, the breeze of the mountain plateau flow through the interior, makes you coexistent with nature.
When you are invited to the entranceway, after passing through the restrained space of the hallway, and as you enter in to this dramatic space, magnificent and impressive scenery spreads out before your eyes. Living / dining / kitchen area, the majestic panoramic view extends on all three sides is something you can’t find anywhere else, but here in this space. And the scenery is all to your own.
This space is an extravagant experience that only those who have given a privilege to be invited can truly enjoy. Other rooms are planed to offer differing views of the mountains, enabling a variety of views from each of the rooms. The high ceilings and wide wood deck and eaves enable a space steeped in the overwhelming presence of the panoramic views of the area.The feeling is so intense that it is almost as if you are living on a cloud.
The various components have been elevated through careful attention to detailing, and the refinement of the structure gives a sense of tension and unity to the space and adequate materials, achieving the proper balance between a dominance over and a harmony with the surrounding natural environment. The character and humility of this dwelling, constructed without compromising the vision of the architect, expresses a dignified reverence for the scenery surrounding it.
Photos: Junji Kojima
Lahontan House 356 is a stunning rustic mid-century home designed by Ryan Group Architects in the community of Lahontan, on the 14th Fairway in Truckee, California. Lahontan is a 906 acre community nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, in a secluded valley just moments from the clear water shores of Lake Tahoe. Lahontan’s golf and living experience rivals the finest private golf communities in the nation. The clients, who are from San Francisco, asked the architects to design a home that is sensible, practical and understated. The programming required distinct zoning, living space appropriately scaled for two people and a love of natural, beautiful materials, the simplicity and function of a 1950s aesthetic became obvious. The majority of the 5,076 square foot house sits on one level, reaching out horizontally to capture spectacular views of Lookout Mountain and the Pacific Crest from almost every space.
The scale of the entire house hits the perfect note between wide open and warm cocoon. The entry is instantly warm and inviting, the daisy-shaped wood veneer light fixture in the foyer, the first of many whimsical touches. As the entry opens to the living spaces beyond, the soothing ambiance created by the surrounding natural finishes and muted tones are dotted with punctuations of orange. Except for a few gable forms, rooflines are mostly low-pitched sheds, keeping the structure humble and deferential to the landscape. A transitional space that pulls together the interior and exterior, the backyard fire pit area features a bench whose detailing embodies the simple elegance of the home’s design and contextual response to the neighborhood.
The exterior is finished cleanly with basalt fieldstone, cedar siding and hot rolled steel panels, all appropriate for its alpine setting, but the house sidesteps being neatly categorized as “mountain modern” with its surprisingly mid-century style.
The living room, located off the main entry and dining room, features a warm, comfortable interior with 1950′s-era furnishings.
Multiple layered lighting enhances the kitchen space when day lighting recedes.
The master bedroom boasts an elevated fireplace inside and a private balcony with views of the golf course outside.
All of the structural wood elements for this home are made from Douglas fir. The painted steel connectors were created by the design team for the specific location used.
Photos: Ethan Rohloff Photography
Haus Walde is a modern mountain retreat nestled in the luxury ski resort village of Kitzbühel, in Tyrol, Austria, designed by Gogl Architekten. The client requested an open, light-filled room with the garden and the beautiful backdrop of the Kitzbühl Alps integrated into the 4,122 square foot (383 square meters) living space. The site is located on a north-facing slope, bordered on its western edge by a stream and a path, on its southern edge by a street and on its eastern and northern edges by neighboring sites with freestanding buildings. The access road to the site is simultaneous with the street on the southern side. There is a listed building in the eastern half of the site, which had to remain unaltered. The biggest challenges were positioning the new construction on a difficult slope, the narrowness of the site and the architectural conflict with the existing house.
The new building is consciously presented as a contemporary counterpoint to the old house. Both buildings stand independently of each other as examples of construction from different epochs.
We attempted to adapt the new construction to the topography of the site and to embed it as well as possible into the terrain, at the same time making maximum use of the building regulations. The changes of level in all three storeys, which are adapted to the terrain, create differentiated zones while maintaining the open plan. A long wall of natural stone on the slope side gives the residents ‘backing’ from behind. The large-scale glazing, facing south towards the valley, opens up varied views on the wonderful backdrop of the Kitzbühler Alps. Moveable facade elements of wood ensure a feeling of spatial openness, while at the same time safeguarding the private sphere of the residents. The multi-layered structure of the facade and the interlaced rooms result in a complex spatial experience. The central element of the ground floor is an open fireplace which sends surplus heat to the geothermal heat pump and creates a cozy atmosphere.
As a modern contrast to the earthly materials of wood and natural stone, the ceiling in the ground floor is made of exposed concrete. In the bedrooms, oak wood dominates the floors and the ceilings. The terraced roofs with their broad projecting canopies give the building the character of an open structure embedded in the landscape with a panel-like form. The interconnected inner rooms are further enlarged by generous terraces without thresholds. The west-facing terrace, which enlarges the living area, ‘sways’ over the stream along the western edge of the site and thus makes optimal use of the limited space. The roof of the carport (which aligns with the street) is transformed into part of the garden through planting and is not visible from within the house. The southern part of the basement is built as a living and working area and is optimally lit from the south.
The long path between the street/carport and the basement (which is lit from above), serves as an art space for pictures and sculptures.
Photos: Mario Webhofer
Nestled along the majestic Beartooth Mountains of Montana, this family retreat designed by Porth Architects is an elegant structure blending reclaimed lumber with unique design ideas. The mountain residence handsomely displays vintage rafter stock, barnboard, antique hand hewn timbers, and corral board all supplied by lumber company Montana Reclaimed Lumber Co.
In the master bedroom retreat the material on the walls is Hand Hewn Slab Siding and the ceiling is Corral Board.
This beautiful kitchen features rich, rustic materials and gorgeous green cabinets. This is an example of a kitchen that would appeal to a wide range of tastes, even though it is colorful and has character. The floors are reclaimed American chestnut, the stain is a custom blend. The ceiling beams are non-structural.
Photos: Jessie Moore Photography
Farr Residence is a mountain contemporary home designed by Studio 80 Interior Design with a warm, inviting and elegant appeal in Colorado.
This double volume foyer has been transformed into a cylinder of rustic contemporary appeal that boasts a textural story of mountain life complete with random flagstone flooring that suggests the natural stone of the mountain side itself; walls clad in rough wood boards held together with metal strapping as though the room was the inside of a wine barrel; exposed ceiling beams that wrap the round room and come together in the center to form a turret with square clerestory windows repeated around the walls above the strapping. A stunning light fixture that is suspended at the same level as the metal strapping and tells the tale of a wagon wheel referencing the strapping as the wheel itself; and finally a round faux pony skin covered bench with shoe shelving that is reminiscent of a coin operated bull ride. This foyer is a fantasy come true for anyone with an imagination and a taste for whimsy.
After entering the home and passing through the foyer, the social zone continues to impress. Exposed hand hewn post, beams and window surrounds are balanced with the weight of the stone wall and fireplace facing of 12×24″ patina’d steel sheets. A second light fixture identical to the one in the foyer hangs above the seating arrangement, which just happens to include a fun bamboo accent chair suspended from the ceiling by rope.
A walkway is created behind the sectional for ease of movement around the room and the walkway is kept wide enough to allow for a nostalgic vignette of gears and wheels to be mounted on the wall. The gears continue the theme of naturally aged materials and rustic appeal while at the same time adding in an industrial flavour that is further enhanced by the choice of floor lamp.
The bamboo on the swinging chair has been sprayed to match the finish of the aged steel, creating a tone on tone effect that is further emphasized by their opposing textures, the seat is then emphasized with the selection of colour pops employed within its pillows.
The kitchen boasts all the modern essentials, complete with a commercial grade stove and center island. The island picks up on the dining room angles by being narrower at its base then the counter and this is further emphasized by the bar over hang. The bar stools bring in a vintage flare while the faux skin rug on the floor has a country appeal.
Beside the kitchen is a small niche that supports a private dining space just for the family. The glass-topped table features a contemporary metal base that is repeated in the benches on either side for a picnic table reference while vintage chairs are tucked in at the ends for extra seating. In the distance a hall travels to the private zones of the residence.
The hall is a cozy transition that features a magazine rack mounted on the wall, a window niche complete with bench and industrial lighting suspended from the fantastic detailing within the ceiling beams.
Much like the living room, the dining room features exposed posts, beams and window surrounds, but here they are featured in a room of angular dimensions. Narrower at the floor line then the ceiling, it is as though the pitched ceiling is pushing the walls outward with the only thing holding it together being a metal rod crossing the center section of the room. This metal rod is part of another wheel reference; only this time the visual is within the support detail rather then in the two simple pendants that are suspended from it. Creating additional flare within the room is a vintage china bureau and a contemporary table that is paired with modern chairs, all three creating a purposely-neutral color story that allows the fuchsia area rug to be the soprano within the room.
The country rustic elements are strengthened within this bedroom via the large folksy print of tree branches on the bedspread, the cobalt blue bed frame and the “found” boards that create the headboard.
The kids bedroom continues the country rustic decor via the patchwork quilt and found board bed frame. The small desk, floor lamp and safety rail on the suspended bed bring in an industrial flavor while the Lucite chair reminds us that this is a contemporary home.
The bathroom is accessed via a pivoting wood door and when opened offers a view of a freestanding tub with a metallic finish for an industrial makeover on a country element.
The counter on the vanity continues the color story of the tub and the contemporary faucet and mirror supports reinforce the industrial aesthetic.
The details within the vanity vignette are subtle but exquisite. First there is the mirror that slides on metal rods hiding a medicine cabinet recessed into the wall. Then there is the faucet of hot and cold pipes meeting together to create a waterfall spout that spews forth into the rectangular sink, which is part of the solid surface counter. Just these three items create a feeling of luxury within a tiny footprint. Adding to this luxury is the heated towel rack reflected in the mirror.
In the bathroom, each coin nickle has been glued individually, then grouted and sealed. It’s a lot of work but well worth the effort!
The bench tucks quietly below a large window, creating the perfect place to enjoy reading one of the magazines featured on the rack next to it. Uncharacteristically finished in a powder coating of rose red, the bench and the area rug add in a layer of liveliness to an otherwise utilitarian space.
The shelving unit is a contained vignette of wooden cubes supported by square metal tubing with exposed welding on corner seams. The boxes are of varying sizes and while some feature a red stain on the interior sides others do not. The piece is a work of art and would be just as beautiful empty as it is filled with personal items.
Photos: Courtesy of Studio 80 Interior Design
This incredible rustic modern retreat in the snowy mountains of Montana has been designed by New York based D’Apostrophe Design. The interior of the private residence is infused with warmth throughout with wooden trusses, hardwood flooring, cozy and textured area rugs and plush, welcoming furnishings. This is the perfect home to entertain guests during the holidays, with a snowy mountain landscape and a large fireplace in the living room. The two-story log home showcases unique artwork and high ceilings, a perfect family retreat!
Francis D’Haene, a Belgian-born, New York City-based architect and designer, founded D’Apostrophe Design, Inc. in 1996. With a residential and commercial focus, his design studio specializes in architectural, interior and furniture design. D’Haene’s discerning clientele includes design-savvy homeowners, art dealers and gallerists such as Christophe van de Weghe, Per Skarstedt, Dominique Levy and Stellan Holm. His work for this venerable list includes New York City apartments and lofts, private homes in the Hamptons and gallery spaces in Chelsea and uptown. He recently completed an upper west side apartment for art collectors, a Paris apartment in Saint Germain, the New York offices of the Calder Foundation, a downtown loft and several houses in the Hamptons. From an original Takashi Murakami to the Campaña brothers “Boa” sofa, D’Haene’s projects seamlessly blend art and design. His work has received numerous awards including a 2010 Interior Design Best of Year Award and has been recognized by top design publications from around the world.
This stunning master bedroom retreat features a beautiful leather shag rug made in India from camel saddles.
Feldman Residence is a single family contemporary home situated next to a roaring river in the mountains of Woody Creek, Colorado, designed by David Johnston Architects. Situated on a steep, wooded bank (the lot slants up to 30 degrees) a mere 10 feet from the Roaring Fork River on Lower River Road in Old Snowmass, the three-level design is virtually suspended above the water among the branches, like a modern interpretation of a treehouse. Throughout the 4,500 square foot home, one can hear the river, which is particularly true of the second level, where the kitchen, living room and dining room are located. Features like floor-to-ceiling window walls, tilted windows and a cantilevered third story loft bring the river into the elevated space.
The 1960′s-era home was discovered by the Feldman’s in 2003, one of the few home sites lower than the highway, so noise was not an issue. They had their sights set on building a new home since the original one was very compact and not to their liking. But there was a catch, in 2006, the county began requiring that new homes be pushed back 50-100 feet from the river—unless they’re built on an existing foundation. So when they hired the architects, the challenge was to design a new home to fit the original foundation. The tight building envelope posed a dilemma, but it also resulted in a category-defying design.
The architects used cantilevered masses throughout the second story to expand the size of the house without violating codes. The result was a kitchen that extends eight feet from the original footprint and a dramatic entryway bridge suspended in the trees.
According to the architects: The design was largely dictated by the constraints we were faced with. Angled cantilevers were put where they are because it was literally the only place we could go beyond the foundation. That’s also why we have a bridge to the entry rather than a retaining wall. The resulting design was unique because it was created from the site rather than on it.
The steep lot also inspired other angles throughout the design, like the custom slanted windows and off-camber rooflines. The wood, glass and stone exterior allowed the space to be modern without clashing with its natural surroundings. That’s carried through the interior with slate floors, Brazilian Palladio granite countertops (a unique cut consisting of large multi-colored stones that mirror the river bottom), and, of course, some fish-themed art.
Interior designer Robyn Scott was commissioned to come up with some of the more detailed touches, such as a railing for the stairway and loft that is the same as the one on the bridge entryway, blurring the lines between indoors and out.
The third floor is used as a media and family room and features yet another double-cantilevered loft that looms over the river without any sense of its surrounding banks and gives the feel of the observation deck of a boat.
The lowest level features the master bedroom and Feldman’s beloved tequila bar and an ample slate terrace furnished with a fire pit and plush outdoor furniture for comfortable river viewing.
Photos: Courtesy of David Johnston Architects
Morning Star Residence is a luxurious modern mountain retreat designed by Slifer Designs in Mountain Star, Colorado. The home is nestled on top of a mountain offering fabulous views towards the surrounding mountaintops. The residence offers a cozy escape from the cold winters with warm fireplaces and plenty of seating areas to lounge and entertain friends and family. The interiors are decorated with plenty of textures and a wide variety of finishes and materials in a soft color palette so as not to detract from the beautiful landscape that pervades the home.
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Photos: Stovall Studio
This mountain contemporary residence is a private luxury home that is situated in Vail Valley, Colorado, designed by Points West Architecture in collaboration with Robyn Scott Interiors. The home is comprised of 10,000 square feet of living space with a 1,500 square foot guest house. This unique project was a perfect example of how a team consisting of the architect, designer and client collaborated to create optimal design. This 3 ½-year project reflects the elements required to create the clients’ vision: zen, organic, simple, and comfortable. The home offers sweeping views of a striking mountainscape in the distance, with plenty of property for outdoor activities for family and guests. The warm and welcoming interiors provides a perfect holiday escape and the perfect place to entertain.
This stunning home won awards for Best Bed/Bath: 2010 ASID Colorado Chapter and Best Contemporary Kitchen: 2010 ASID Colorado Chapter.
Photos: Teri Fotheringham Photography
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.