The Lemperle Residence has been designed by Jonathan Segal, FAIA on a small pie shaped lot focusing outwards from the street and onto the ocean in La Jolla, California. This ocean front residence promotes an outdoor connection through the use of expansive glass and deck areas.
Here is a description of the project from the architects, “Every room above grade space in the house is forced to the ocean through the use of vertical and horizontal planes defining visual edges. These edges also create an air of privacy from the adjacent neighbors. Built entirely of concrete, steel and walnut the home combines warmth with a machine like precision.”
“In addition to the above grade spaces the basement maximizes allowable floor area with lighting provided by glass flooring and light wells. Although very well concealed the home is almost entirely powered by highly efficient solar panels. In addition, due to the temperate climate cross ventilation provides all of the cooling needs, while heating needs are provided through high efficiency in floor heating throughout.”
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Coastlands House is situation in one of Big Sur, California’s most scenic areas, located in an old coastal subdivision with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and Big Sur Coastlands, designed by architecture firm Carver + Schicketanz. Originally the site had an existing home of poor construction, so the residence was replaced with a new, more energy efficient home that could be seamlessly integrated into its natural surroundings. The clients’ vision included a home that would maximize the views, while providing tranquility and serenity. They wanted the space to accommodate a sizeable museum-quality art collection yet feel warm and inviting to guests. A detached guest house was built to accommodate overnight guests while maintaining privacy for the homeowners.
The spa area with integrated workout facilities provides a retreat for yoga and meditation. The design solution included integration of the new structures into the scenic beauty and native landscape while regaining open space, and incorporating sustainable elements into all aspects of the design. A warm but neutral color palette was incorporated into the design to complement the natural building materials and juxtapose the brilliant blues of the ocean and sky and the vivid greens of the garden and hills beyond. Hand-selected antiques are mixed with carefully sourced new furnishings. Most of the carpets and many furnishings were specifically designed by the architects for this residence.
Large glass stacking sliders open to the patios beyond – providing great cross ventilation and a seamless connection to the outdoors. Most of the finish materials are reclaimed and a photovoltaic system was designed to generate 90% of the home’s power usage.
Song Saa Private Island resort in the Koh Rong Islands, Cambodia is an eco-luxe escape spread over a pair of pristine isles, with thatch and stone villas dotted among the jungle canopy or lolling above the sea. This glamorous hotel features 27 suites with harmony, sustainability and world-class luxury as the core principles that underpin the design of the villas. Natural materials create a sense of synergy with the sea, the rainforests and the local culture. Everywhere you look there are references to the colors and textures of Cambodia’s traditional fishing villages with their pitched roofs and open plan living spaces.
Once inside your expansive thatched roof villa you will find recycled timber from disused fishing boats, furniture made from driftwood collected from local beaches and coves, earthy stone, polished marble walls and floors made from timber salvaged from old factories, warehouses and demolition yards around Cambodia and Thailand. But importantly, you will find every luxury waiting for you. Four-poster beds, Moroccan lanterns and carved statues add flair to the eco-chic space with over-sized baths and outdoor showers beside private decks and pools. Bespoke hand-crafted furniture made by local artisans. Each villa offers ocean views with their own private sea-view plunge pool.
The hotel also boasts a gym, spa and wellness sanctuaries positioned in the rainforest and along the shore, yoga and meditation center on the shoreline and beautiful gardens. The infinity-edge pool offers beautiful views, cleverly straddling the east and west sides of the island. The overwater, open-sided world-class restaurant and lounge are spectacularly positioned just off the island’s shoreline. For a romantic dinner for two, opt for a private beach cabana. A short stroll on the boardwalk will leave you perfectly positioned to take in dramatic sunsets, seascapes and starry nights.
Rates for a double room starts at $1,351 per night, which includes include all meals, house wine, beer and spirits, soft drinks, watersports, boat transfers to and from Song Saa, 15-minute foot massage on arrival and guided tours, from here.
Waterfall Bay House is situated in Marlborough Sounds, a seemingly endless collection of harbors, inlets and bays, at the northern end of the South Island of New Zealand. Designed by Bossley Architects, Waterfall Bay is an intimate tidal bay which rings to the sounds of the waterfall high up the narrow valley behind the relatively restricted flat areas where the collection of buildings (house, guest house, shed and boatshed) are located.
The site for the new house is adjacent to the jetty, tucked onto a narrow plot of land between the sea and the rising hills behind. It was important that existing trees be maintained, which meant that that lower levels had to be cut into the bank to reduce the impact of the overall form. Arrival to the site is normally by sea to the jetty, so the double-height glazed stair space reflects the axis of the arrival sequence, while the entry path zigzags off the axis and then returns.
The 2,906 square foot (270 square meters) house consists of two elements: the two storey main wing with guest bedrooms below and living rooms above, and an upper level main bedroom which is linked by a cranked and rising glazed bridge, under which the landscape falls towards the sea. This bedroom reaches out over the bank into the tall beech trees, supported by a collection of leaning posts suggesting an instability and sense of movement appropriate to the owner’s peripatetic lifestyle. A concrete fireplace is expressed on the outside of the otherwise timber box, to further suggest the sense of imbalance.
In order to create a sense of comfort and avoid a brittle “newness”, wide floorboards which will quickly age were combined with a variety of plywood linings, demolition hardwood beams and columns, and timber joinery. The house is beautifully “inhabited” by a collection of fine, well-worn, mainly mid-20th century furniture and light fittings. A variety of window proportions and positions ensures an interesting range of connections to the sea immediately below, and to the mid-distance views across the bay. The link to the waterfall was significant for the owner, so the floor levels and orientation of rooms was carefully manipulated to provide views or acoustic connection to it. The design had a long gestation period, which ensured that the house and external spaces reflect the owner’s carefully refined rituals associated with growing vegetables, raising chickens, cooking, reading, relaxing, and entertaining.
Atop a rocky outcrop just south of Carmel, California, the private Otter Cove Residence appears as a lavish, natural extension of the landscape. Boasting unobstructed views of the Pacific Ocean, this fabulous home was designed by Sagan Piechota Architecture. The 10,000 square foot house employs a winding, s-shaped plan to take advantage of the stunning Pacific Ocean views from all rooms, while creating exterior courtyards. Curved glass walls and thin steel structural pillars offer maximum exposure, and ensure that the home enjoys plenty of natural daylight, while creating a sense of transparency between living spaces. To balance the extensive use of glass, the home is anchored with heavy, textural stone walls that recall the nearby cliffs. Wooden slats also adorn select interior walls, adding warmth to the space. The home also features five en-suite bedrooms, a screening room, gym, game room, bar & lounge.
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This waterfront property in South York, Maine, spotted on Sotheby’s Realty, is a stunning architectural display of wood, copper, stone, glass and steel, with soaring window walls framing awe-inspiring panoramic oceanfront vistas. This dramatic New England contemporary was thoughtfully created with innovation and environmental sensitivity in mind creating a 4,000 square foot residence rewarded with both a calming energy and a profound sense of elegance. Interiors open to interact with the view and a considered palette of natural and reclaimed materials introduce a Zen-like serenity to the spaces. Interior features include a deluxe gourmet kitchen, six clever fireboxes, seductive baths, luxurious private suites, and premium high-tech finishes. This resort-style waterfront home is ideal for lavish entertaining with swimming pool, terraces and a guest house.
This fabulous contemporary property is listed for sale at $4,500,000, from here.
A sense of calmness is reinforced through color, texture and material selections in this ocean side retreat for a family of five, designed by Anderson Studio of Architecture and Design situated on Kiawah Island, Charleston, South Carolina. The main living areas offer gracious spaces for friendly gatherings, while separate family and guest areas provide privacy and ample opportunity to rest and recharge. Ocean views are captured from the main living areas and bedrooms despite a compact lot densely populated with maritime oaks. The overall size of this unique and time property is downplayed by revealing the home in layers, through subtle, yet complex solutions.
Le Méridien Bora Bora is a contemporary and elegant luxury resort set on a magnificent islet surrounded by the most beautiful lagoon in the world and offers stunning sights over Mount Otemanu. The resort offers a combination of outstanding bungalows and villa suites, from Beach Bungalows or Lagoon Bungalows to the most romantic Overwater Bungalows featuring a large glass floor with amazing views of the lagoon and its marine life. All bungalows have chic and modern furniture, full facilities and the flavor of the Polynesian culture. For more intimacy, explore the One Bedroom Pool Beach Villas or indulge yourself in the Two Bedrooms Pool Beach Villas, offering rooms and a private infinity pool overlooking the inner lagoon of the resort.
The Resort has a giant interior lagoon with sea turtles (free swimming anytime for the guests) and more than 100 fish species. The 2,000 square foot infinity swimming pool with Jacuzzi, waterfall, pool bar and new deck offers a spectacular view over Mount Otemanu. Many free activities are offered such as Polynesian outrigger, canoe, snorkeling and beach volley ball. Various romantic options are available such as over-water chapel for weddings, canoe breakfasts or romantic dinners under the stars. The wellness center is open 7 days a week and offers various massages and treatments. The resort has an Overwater Chapel with a glass bottom overlooking the lagoon. Romantic dinners can also be celebrated on the chapel terrace.
To stay at this fabulous resort, prices range from $3,881 – $6,461 per week, from here.
Misool Eco Resort is built on the private island of Batbitim, located in remote southern Raja Ampat, nestled deep in an archipelago of uninhabited islands in Indonesia. An exclusive dive resort and conservation center, this tropical hideaway is fringed with powder-white beaches and pristine coral reefs. With a maximum capacity of just 32 guests and a staff-to-guest ratio of 3 to 1, the resort offers exclusive luxury diving holidays, surrounded by the world’s richest reefs. The resort island is leased from the local community, along with 1,120 square meters of surrounding reefs.
All of the resort facilities are built of reclaimed tropical hardwoods; no trees were cut down to build the resort. The main resort area is inside a placid horseshoe-shaped lagoon. There are eight Water Cottages built on stilts over the water, each with a hammock integrated into the veranda and steps leading down into the sea. There are also several Deluxe Villas for those who prefer a more exclusive experience. Accommodations have been meticulously designed for comfort, privacy, and sustainability, featuring Balinese-style open air bathrooms, air-conditioning, fresh hot and cold showers, mini-bars, in-room safes, and handcrafted furniture and fittings.
The resorts Dive Centre is fitted with a massive camera and equipment area, adjoining a comfortable lounge. The restaurant is tucked under the palm trees on the lagoon’s beach, offering a tasty combination of Asian and Western fare. The airy, round-roofed structure is tucked under the coconut palms, offering a perfect respite from the mid-day heat. The restaurant’s terrace is the ideal place to enjoy a sunset cocktail or a bottle of wine while watching the baby sharks and long-toms hunt schools of circling sardines.
To stay at this incredible retreat, prices range from, $4,762 for seven nights to $7,770 for twelve nights per person, from here.
Sheltered on a coral cliff, above the talcum sands of Diani Beach, Kenya, Quintessentially Villa presents its stylish and secluded property, Alfajiri Villas.
Consisting of three private properties, The Cliff Villa, The Garden Villa and The Beach Villa, Alfajiri offers the most luxurious hideaway on the East African coast. Designed to reflect the regions link with Asia, the luxury Kenyan villas are bright and breezy with flowing fabrics, East African artifacts, wooden beams and carved Lanu doors. Each villa has its own personality and unique design yet all maintain the same award winning service and private pool. Eight guests can be accommodated in each villa in 4 bedrooms all en-suite, dining veranda and lounge dominating the front of the villa, where a stretch swimming pool sits on the edge of a small cliff, merging into the ocean and the horizon.
At the luxury Kenyan villas the concept is ‘As You Please!’ with private dining a la carte, served al fresco or in your villa — the choice is yours, as too is the cuisine — local, natural, organic food with lobster, fish and even homemade pasta. Just tell your personal chef what suits your taste. All meals and all drinks are included on the villas rates.
Alfajiri villas are always rented on exclusive use and rates are based on the number of guests occupying the villa. The villa and can be rented on a per day basis with rates starting at $7,000 per week, from here.