Marin Bungalow is a 1950’s ranch house renovation by Feldman Architecture, perched on a hill in Tiburon with sweeping views of Richardson Bay and the Golden Gate Bridge, California. This stunning residence had a casual charm and great potential. Even though it was tiny by neighboring standards, its prime location helped the architects to see an opportunity to create a striking space, worthy of the spectacular views.
Sensitive to the neighbors’ views, expansion of the house was limited to the existing envelope. Also presenting a challenge was the awkward floor plan without a formal entry space or a master suite. The firm expanded the living spaces into the garage to create a new front door and entry, as well as a master suite with South facing windows that capture the Golden Gate views. Interior walls were removed to create a more open floor plan with a larger kitchen and dining room, plus the addition of a family room and separate laundry room. The south facade was opened up to the backyard and the views with new windows and doors which also maximize the natural light in the formerly dark spaces.
The interiors received a contemporary facelift with a palette of mostly whites and light woods to keep the small house feel light, bright, and airy. The owner’s furniture and styling nicely complemented the house’s fresh new look. Custom metal sunshades were added to the South façade to shade the back deck while maintaining maximum views to the Bay.
Photos: Paul Dyer
Midtown Apartment is a one bedroom contemporary home that has been designed by New York based interior design firm Cara Zolot Interiors, located in Midtown Manhattan, New York. Showcasing bright and welcoming interiors, this stunning apartment offers an open plan living/dining/kitchen area with one bedroom and one bathroom as well as a guest bedroom/office/TV room, with beautiful views of Central Park.
The client wanted a guest bedroom/office/TV room for this space. The sofa is a semi custom sleeper sofa from classic sofa and a custom designed leather club chair. the rug is a wall to wall strie carpet in caramel and beige muted tones. Vinatge modern nesting tables with a hammered copper lamp from Los Angeles. The coffee table is an antique painted tortoise like design and the art was a gift to our client. A natural grass cloth is on all the walls to really warm the space and pulls it all together adding great texture. It is a very warm cozy welcoming room with beautiful views of Central Park.
This bedroom I designed has navy blue ultra suede on all the walls, detailed with nail heads below the crown molding and above the base molding lining the entire bedroom. the bed was custom upholstered in the same ultra suede used on the walls. the bedside tables were custom made and the lamps and bulls eye mirror are all vintage mid-century modern.
Photos: Matthu Placek
Skirt + Rock House is a modest bungalow design by MCK Architects, perched on a hill overlooking Vaucluse House, an historic garden estate located in the harbourside suburb of Vaucluse, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The clients were equally modest, simply needing more space for their family and a better connection to the garden, sunlight and air. The architects initial response was to maintain as much of the house as we could, but the new program required the removal of rear rooms for a larger living area, and the tiled roof to provide first floor accommodation. The introduction of new form and textures are responsive to the existing bungalow.
The existing gardens contained two large eucalyptus that greet you on your rise up the hill, and a large rock that sat in the hill to the rear of the house, which became our focal and pivotal natural element in the new composition.
With the underlying philosophy of relative modesty, the new form is setback, maintaining existing amenity enjoyed by neighbors. First floor accommodation is concealed in the black roof form, providing a recessive appearance from the street, nestling into the landscape, and being undemanding, unlike close neighbors.
When arriving at the house you walk up through the garden to the door at the lower entrance level. Rising to the main living level of the house you experience the union of old and new, arriving in the central void that contains kitchen and lounge, opening onto outdoor dining, pond and garden areas. A connection to the old formal dining area and front verandah, with period detailing meeting new, again blurs the distinction between the architectural periods.
We arrived at the double height central void early in the design, as it allowed access to desired sunlight, air and connection to the landscape, with our ‘rock’ becoming a feature in the lounge room. The shingled roof contains the void and envelops a parent’s suite and gallery library/study. It rests on two legs at opposite corners of the building allowing possibility of a clear opening to the garden and pond at this level. It opens like an eye to the sky and trees folding and undulating along the perimeter of the plan. When describing this form to the client, and the experience one might feel standing in the lounge room looking out, the analogy of a skirt was used and then stuck, hence skirt and rock.
The planning is centered around the living space, with the teenager quarters discreetly located behind the kitchen, with a central staircase leading to the parents. A living room to the lower level doubles as guest room and teenage retreat, with it’s own external sitting area. All rooms look onto the garden and have plenty of sunlight and natural ventilation.
Photos: Richard Glover
The Runners House is a contemporary refurbishment and extension of an existing house by AR Design Studio, located on the outskirts of Winchester, England. Nestled along a leafy lane on the outskirts of Winchester sits Kilham House. Once a tired building with a confusing layout, the house now boasts a contemporary update that really transforms the house into the five-bedroomed family home that it desperately needed to be.
A grand, double-height entrance guides you into the building, immediately bringing you into the heart of the home which has now been become the main living space for the family. A large expanse of sliding glazing gives views into the garden, allowing the three children to run wild whilst the parents can relax in the central space and still keep a watchful eye.
A key and exciting feature of the house is the staircase. Centered in the property it acts as a locus to the project, dividing the space between the kitchen, dining area and the living areas. Steel wires hang around the staircase, enclosing it in a contemporary wrap whilst also forming part of the balustrade. The stairs take you up to the first floor and onto a bridge that flows across the double height entrance space. A tongue in cheek use of Foscarini’s Gregg pendant lights give a feeling of being up in the clouds, adding to airy and spacious feel of the central space.
At the rear of the property a central timber form connects the two wings of the house and projects into the garden creating an architectural form that ties the whole project together. A large concrete plinth that steps down to the garden creates a place to relax and dine outdoors. The concrete plinth flows into the property and makes up the entire ground floor surface. This use of material, mixed with the large sliding glazed panels that face onto the garden, blurs the boundary between indoors and outdoors.
Photos: Martin Gardner
Chambers Street Residence is a three story property encompassing beautifully composed spaces designed by Mim Design, located in South Yarra, a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The interiors of this meticulously designed residence focuses on superior finishes and detailing throughout to showcase a highly effective planning and design strategy.
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An abundance of light filters throughout all levels, from the master bedroom and en-suite down to the lounge, dining and kitchen which flows out on to an entertainers courtyard. Locally sourced handmade brick tiles span the 3 levels adjacent to the staircase to provide a vertical integration feature.
Stone throughout bathrooms and kitchen add a softness to the strong monochromatic palette. Efficient use of space throughout the living zone creates a well-proportioned, comfortable and clean lined interior.
Photos: Derek Swalwell
East Austin is a lively mix of commercial buildings, Victorian architecture, and bungalows. The lifestyle there is casual. It was important to the homeowners that their new 2235-square foot, two-story home fit into its friendly neighborhood setting while also expressing their contemporary tastes. To achieve that purpose, the architects designed a gabled house with a minimalist palette of white siding and contrasting bronze windows and steel detailing. The profile is simple and modern, yet also iconic: The long side of the house faces the street and an over-sized front door encourages visitors to drop in.
Inside, a sleek Lueders limestone fireplace surround anchors the all-white living room. The exterior’s contrasting palette is carried through to the adjacent kitchen, with black Shaker-style cabinets highlighted by Carrera countertops and white subway tiles. Vertical steel slats on one side of the room are a dramatic screen for the stairs and also allow light from the second story to filter into the open dining area. Upstairs, two bedrooms and a flex space are connected by the spacious and light-filled book-lined landing.
The Final Result
This house looks timeless while melding with the here and now.
Photos: Ryann Ford
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