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.
Contemporary Bauhaus on the Carmel project is a private residence designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects, built in the center of a historic avenue and at the very heart of Haifa’s French Carmel neighborhood, Israel. The avenue is studded with a number of residences designed in the Bauhaus style. The Bauhaus style gained its hold in Israel in the wake of international styling trends and is a ornament free design style, both simple and down to earth. The style celebrated the aesthetics of the machine and was characterized by uniformity of color and by unassuming and simple finishes and facades. The style faithfully represented the spirit of the age and the location. This project, designed decades later, creates a line that connects contemporary styling with the spirit of that bygone era.
The 5,200 square foot project emphasizes and sharpens the differences between apparently similar design styles of contemporary minimalism influenced by Japan and the austere moderation of the modernism that characterized the end of the 1950’s. Both of these paradigms translate into a way of life, to the Israeli environment and climate. The sophistication and the minimalism that existed at the heyday of the Bauhaus period have been translated, in this latest reincarnation, into a spacial purity and prestigious restraint.
In his design, the architect has expressed his own, localized interpretation for free planning in which there is a spacial continuity achieved through light, appearance and movement and the placement of secondary spaces around one, large and open central space. The architect has succeeded in creating the experience of continuous, intimate and defined spaces with different levels of symbiotic, mutual interaction with the central space and yet without detracting from the overall understanding of the structure.
Despite the intensification of the residences central space which finds expression in a double sized open space reaching the entire height of the building with one completely transparent facade facing the direction of the courtyard, through the use of controlled and restrained formality and the use of materials with no external facings, the designer has succeeded in showing his belief that it is possible to create a residential space of quality and timelessness.
In an attempt to connect with the historic avenue and the houses that have inhabited it since the 1950’s, the architect has paid great attention to homes front facing facade. The front of the building is almost anonymous, for the most part, a closed element, free of unnecessary ornamentation and one that combines a monochromatic color scheme based on the grays and whites that characterized that same era. Only the floating upper roof hints at a harmony with contemporary design.
There is a sense of acceptance of the avenues importance and an attempt to assimilate into its, fragile and gentle structure and in no way try to force contemporary architecture on the surrounding environment. Only the floating mass of the roof hints that, despite the desire to be part of the avenues context and the spirit of that historical period, it is clear to the observer that here we have a bold attempt to create an architectural language that leaves a clear signature and the fingerprint of the designer.
The home was, as said, designed around a wide, high public space that constitutes the connecting point and provides a view of all of the homes different wings as well as to the central courtyard and the pool. In order to further strengthen the impact of the central space it has been coated with exposed concrete panels and a large library on the wall as a central motif. A large, ribbon window allows light to enter deep into the space, creating movement and dynamism on the central wall.
The architect has covered all of the structures spaces with an expansive roof which appears to be suspended, weightless in the air and floating effortlessly with no apparent means of support. The roof frames and consolidates the various parts of the structure with the apparent dissociation between the roof and the building creating an impressive, formal dialogue.
Movement within the house is accompanied by different views of the outside environment; exposed and open areas and other areas that are framed and focused on a specific view that was designed specifically for that area. The underlying concept of the homes design is one of quiet and formal restraint; the home is a place of tranquility and calm where the minimalistic details, the clean language and the meaning, separate the residents from the world outside. The architecture and the interior design combine a climatic relationship with light and air, an expression of the homes functionality and the uniform design lines both internal and external.
The materials and the colors used for both the interior and the exterior range from white to gray combined with wooden strips. The simple, clean shapes and the light play a central role in the interior design. Shade and light create ever changing performances of shapes and movement, “playing” on the walls, the ceilings and the floors of the building throughout the day. The combination of the geometric light shows against the horizontal and vertical surfaces, made from many different materials, creates a unique atmosphere in the internal spaces and the house’s exterior that make a powerful statement of uniformity and calmness.
During the day, natural light entering the residence and its movement creates absorbing light shows. At night, when darkness falls, artificial light, and especially the light seeping out from the pool, create within the structures spaces a totally different atmosphere, one that is almost mystical and magical. The design of the courtyard is characterized by the same restraint of form with the choice of trees and their placement also communicates with the avenue and the surrounding environment. And so, despite the fact that different worlds and different eras exist in the space between the historical Bauhaus of the avenue and that of this modern and minimalistic home, there still exists a relationship between them, a feeling that one is not strange to the other.
Photos: Courtesy of Pitsou Kedem Architects
This former garage spotted on Vtwonen has been transformed into a stunning two story working and living space for a family in Den Bosch, a city and municipality in the southern Netherlands. The garage turned home is comprised of over 10,764 square feet (1,000 square meters) of living space. When you walk into the studio-cum-living room, you will be embraced by a spacious and bright space with high ceilings and open living plan. The home offers an industrial air with exposed beams, concrete flooring and herringbone wood flooring in some of the living spaces to add coziness and warmth. The furnishings are very eclectic mixing vintage and modern pieces with bold pops of color to create a truly unique living environment. There are plenty of windows and skylights to filter in natural light, lessening the need for fluorescent lighting.
Photos: Jean-Marc Wullschleger/Living Agency
Building an interior courtyard design into your home, spaces defined by walls on four sides, draws natural light and air of the outdoors into the center of your residence. These spaces may seem unnecessary with front and back yards, but they offer a Zen like quality that can bring a tremendous amount of pleasure to the homeowner. Having an interior courtyard in your home can filter sunlight into areas of the home that may not otherwise have natural light. In conjunction with well-planned landscaping, this area can seem like a private oasis protected from neighbors with a patch of ground and some sky that allows you a connection to the outdoors. We have gathered together a collection of inspiring examples of interior courtyards that may make them essential in your next renovation project!
If you are looking for further inspiration on bringing the outdoors into your home, have a look at one of our past articles, 60 Most sensational sunroom design inspirations.
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Marin County Residence is an accessible modern home design by Dirk Denison Architects, situated in Marin County, a county located in the North San Francisco Bay Area of California. This single family house has been designed on one level to provide a barrier-free environment and to capitalize on the potential for an internalized landscape. The plan is based upon an irregular grid, which informs all elements of its composition.
Each programmatic function is contained within an individual building to respond to its specific needs. This enables each space to form a distinct relationship with its own courtyard or garden.
The ceiling plane is fractured and folded along a diagonal pattern, exploring the interplay of light in unique ways.
These spatial volumes are bound together by an enclosing perimeter wall, which creates a single form out of a village of buildings and landscapes. The irregular pattern of openings in this simple wall hints at the home’s underlying geometry and expresses the various functions contained within.
Photos: Joshua McHugh
631 Mansfield is a stunning contemporary designed family house that is the vision of Amit Apel Design, situated in Los Angeles, California. This five bedroom, five and a half bathroom structure does not quite fit into a particular box or label, rather it reflects a non-conforming spirit that explores an avant-garde vision – the most ancient of all functions: the home.
A path to the entry door deliberately takes visitors past the front facade to expose its volumes and architectural elements even before they can ring the bell. Once inside, they experience an open and spacious floor plan filled with abundant natural light that enters from the many floor-to-ceiling openings and a great central skylight over a double height space. Though the space is read as a whole and predominantly white, some contrasting black surfaces and changes in textures serve to define the different areas, while occasional woods soften the look.
The indoor-outdoor border disappears when the pocket doors slide into the walls and enlarge the space for gatherings; and the outdoor swimming pool elegantly extends to the wall and mirrors the house in the waters reflection. To add charm, landscape lightings are designed to emphasize the effect.
This kitchen takes the laboratory aesthetics to an extreme in which one can imagine daily molecular cuisine naturally taking place. Every room in the house has unorthodox shapes, and the corridor that connects them blurs into what feels like an exterior plaza with an inspiring view.
There is one central element whose presence is quite spectacular and is virtually visible from every corner of the house. It is a gigantic suspended planter with an equally large plant that hangs about 3 feet high at the center of the stairs space, right under the skylight. It looks like a levitating tree, just surreal.
Bathroom spaces have been stripped from their usual predictions and have matured to shapes and clad that fit with the discrete extravagant nature of the house. In such sense, private and public spaces are treated with equal design respect and attention to details.
Photos: Courtesy of Amit Apel Design
Net Zero Energy House is modern two-level home completed in 2011 by Klopf Architecture, situated in Cupertino, California. The goal of this project was to score as high as reasonably possible in the “GreenPoint Rated System”. The owners de-constructed their existing home when they realized that any single-story design would completely eliminate their back yard. They wanted the design to be a contemporary interpretation of Eichler in style yet keep their single story neighborhood happy. They wanted to maintain their privacy but also wanted a design that was open and light-filled.
The solution: directed openness, low profile and net-zero energy. The site is a cul-de-sac lot which was the not large enough for a single-story home that would fit the needs of these owners who both work from home. They wanted this to be their “final” residence so Klopf needed to design a larger-than-normal home to suit their lifestyle needs. Instead of adding a second story (and annoying the neighbors) they opted for a partially-submerged lower level that Klopf designed furthest from a basement as possible (with a pulled-back floor plate, a light-filled “atrium” and a lower level light well).
To preserve privacy and bring in light while minimizing unwanted solar heat gain and provide connection to nature, the design team oriented a large window wall north to the back yard while sloping the ceiling of the great room up to increase the light and connection to nature. The sloping roof also provided a surface suitable for mounting the 13.4 kW PV system compared to other building faces that have smaller, punched windows that maximize privacy. The owners were very concerned about the environment, specifically about energy and resource efficiency. They directed Klopf to use materials that would last as long as possible while avoiding “food for termites” and design a high-performance sustainable home.
In conjunction with the Mechanical Engineer they designed a net-zero energy home featuring insulated concrete forms (ICFs), structural insulated panels (SIPs), high-performance windows, cementitious siding, and a 13.4 kW solar Photovoltaic (PV) system sized to cover all the energy use in the house. The new open and light-filled house offers a connection to nature while maintaining privacy. Natural gas would not be used in the home with the possible exception of a backyard BBQ.
Photos: Mariko Reed
This stunning 1950s ranch house remodel project has been designed by Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, situated in the southwest Portland hills, Oregon. The house sits on a steep lot, with the front door on the upper level and the lower level opening out to a beautiful south-facing garden. In the first phase of the remodel, the designer conducted space planning for the entire project, but only completed a remodel of the upper floor. The lower floor, which will include a new master suite, will be remodeled in a few years. The upper floor remodel included the kitchen, dining room, living room and hall.
After worrying about how to address a back hall that felt like a dark narrow tunnel, we decided to just accept it and painted it a dark charcoal grey. We embellished the walls with abstract modern flowers in various shades of grey and black, and added a big mirror as well as a mirrored cabinet at the end of the hall, to add sparkle and light.
The original kitchen and dining room had dark wood panelling, and only a few small windows despite the beautiful south facing views. We added windows and french doors along the whole south wall, and removed a wall separating the kitchen and dining room. We designed a new bright and functional kitchen with lots of storage in white lacquer and bamboo cabinets.
The new kitchen has a generous island as well as an inviting breakfast nook, with a custom table of our design, built by our friend Kari at merkled. The living room painting is by one of our favorite Portland artists, Kelly Neidig. We freshened the dining set, which was a family heirloom that the clients wanted to keep, by lacquering the chairs in a fresh pale blue-green and reupholstering the seats in a bright red.
Photos: Lincoln Barbour