JKC2 house has been designed by architecture firm ONG&ONG, comprised of three volumes positioned around a central courtyard interacting together to be viewed as an independent entity in Singapore. The home’s interiors and outdoor areas are configured with flexibility of space in mind so that the house can be adapted to suit a broad spectrum of homeowners.
A balance is struck between the man-made spaces and the natural ones, with the building formed from basic elemental shapes with raw-finished materials, such as fair-faced concrete, stone, mild steel, tropical wood and clear glass. The dialogue between the components of this palette reflects a sense of warmth and immediacy with nature.
Photos: Aaron Pocock
Monsoon Retreat has been designed by Abraham John ARCHITECTS, situated in Khandala, a famous hill station in the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra, India. The 8,363 square foot (777 square meters) private residence is surrounded by a swimming pool and evergreen gardens. The living room was conceived as an “outdoor space” with abundant light and natural ventilation. It opens onto decks and gardens on either side, in keeping with the concept. A continuous wall serves as a textured backdrop to the living room and continues onto the deck, lending it a rustic feel. The cantilevered wood and steel staircase connecting the two floors is set against imposing double height windows; it is bathed in light, allowing luxuriant indoor plants to thrive. The indoor courtyard pathway continues from the staircase area towards the garden. Showers of light are suspended from the ceiling creating a serene ambiance.
The Villa showcases Five Bedrooms (optional Media Room) with attached Bathrooms and balconies. In addition there is a Staff Room, a Kitchen and a Powder Room.
Landscape and lighting design play an essential role in the project: outdoor areas and even indoor courtyards, namely the staircase and dining courtyards abound with greenery. Earth was mounded up, boulders & exotic plants were added to create an interesting entrance. The parking area was paved using green paver blocks which allow grass to grow.
The Dining Room suspends over the private pool, giving the room an island-like feel; the tree in the dining area adds an element of surprise. The Dining island becomes an exotic “outdoor” space where one can enjoy the breeze, the proximity to the water and to the greenery.
The open floor plan makes the Living – Dining – Swimming Pool and Deck areas feel like an expansive lounge.
Three bedrooms are situated on the first floor. The master bedroom is separated from the other two bedrooms via a bridge that spans across the double height space of the living room. The Master Bedroom is a complete suite by itself, made up of a large bedroom looking onto a private terrace, a master bathroom and a walk-in wardrobe. Wooden rafters span the entire Master Suite ceiling, giving it an earthy, out-of-town feel. The bedroom’s wooden flooring brings in beauty and warmth. A walk-on skylight is a unique feature between the bedroom and the terrace overlooking the garden.
One with nature:
The villa is designed in response to site conditions. Sloping roofs have been designed to withstand the extreme monsoons rains experienced in the area. This house allows one to experience nature. The indoor/outdoor boundaries disappear as every room opens up to a private outdoor space (terrace or garden). Outdoor decks and landscaped gardens serve as expansive entertaining areas with artful illumination and mood lighting. Indoor courtyards, skylights, double height sliding-folding windows add to the outdoor feel. Light and shadow add warmth & texture. The carefully chosen, limited palette of materials ensures consistency in design, minimizes maintenance and encourages sustainability.
Spaces created harmonize with their surroundings and encourage sustainability by using “green” materials that accentuate warmth & transparency, whilst aging beautifully: natural sandstone & engineered wooden flooring, large sliding and operable double–glazed windows, which cut down on solar radiation and air conditioning load, allowing for uninterrupted views and access to landscaped areas; automation & LED lights reduce electrical consumption. Cross ventilation ensures minimum use of the AC.
Photos: Alan Abraham
It’s the ultimate dream – a beautiful home with all the gadgets needed to make life just that little bit easier and a sports court to help keep the body tightly honed to face the stresses of the workplace.
When that workplace happens to be the seat of government, a royal palace or the domain of a billionaire, then the sky’s the limit in terms of what can be included in a sports court. Many famous residencies have these features and they can be opened up to people who do not live or work there, giving a public face to what would otherwise be considered as private.
So who has these amazing sports courts? Scroll down to discover a few answers.
The White House
America’s iconic seat of power, the President’s home, and one which seems to have been destroyed unimaginable times at the movies. With all the politics and problems that have to be dealt with, it seems sensible for there to be easy access to a sports court there.
That’s what The White House has, a court that was adapted when President Obama took office; it was converted from a tennis court to one that could be used both for tennis and basketball. The adaptation means that there is enough space now for a game of basketball on a full court. The court has been opened to many from outside The White House, including players from the Wounded Warrior project that aims to help those who have been injured in the country’s service, to top college basketball teams.
High quality surfaces and facilities can be found through outdoor courts at Versacourt.com, so the facilities available at famous residences can be recreated at home.
Built at the beginning of the 18th century, Buckingham Palace is known the world over as the official residence of the Queen of England. It is one of the most popular places for vacationers to visit, and parts of it are open to the public at certain times of the year. The Queen hosts Garden Parties for honored guests, but many may be unaware that in the palace gardens is a tennis court, a nod to the long tradition of this sport in the UK that reaches its apogee every year at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championship.
Shaquille O’Neal’s Miami mansion
As one of America’s former great basketball players, Shaquille O’Neill has an amazing home that hosts a full tennis court as well as a gym and, as might be expected, a basketball court. Sporting celebrities don’t come much bigger than Shaq so it stands to reason that his sports court facilities are as big as they come!
David and Victoria Beckham’s former English pad isn’t really called Beckingham Palace, but the tabloid soubriquet has stuck. As one of the most famous soccer players in the world teamed with a former Spice Girl and now major fashion designer, one might expect some sports related activity, and the property has a gym and swimming pool for the new owners to enjoy.
This court may be in Beverly Hills, California but it once belonged to Mark Wahlberg so you know it has to have a Celtics logo at midcourt. The property also has a swimming pool, putting green and indoor gym with a roll up door that looks out over this awesome outdoor sports court.
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Kerr House has been designed as a modern family home by Tony Owen Architects, located close to Tamarama beach in Sydney, Australia and enjoys spectacular views of the beach from the upper level. The client sought a minimal light beach house. The existing house had a lush tropical garden at the rear. The architects sought to preserve this garden and focus the house so that it opened onto the garden as a large outdoor room which would be an extension of the living area.
The design is structured around a timber spine wall running along the southern boundary. The new house hangs off this wall. The house opens up to the rear with a large cantilevered concrete wing extending outwards to the garden. This creates solar protection and also extends the space into the garden. The remainder of the house is clad in timber battens and glass louvers to maximize natural ventilation. There is a large central glass enclosure in the middle of the house where the main stair is located. This atrium provides light to the center of the house.
The house was designed according to the principles of passive sustainable design. It uses natural materials such as timber. The central atrium and extensive use of glass louvers maximize natural ventilation and the use of large overhangs promote sun shading. The use of expansive upper deck areas maximize the use of spatial flow and integration with the site.
The house has 3 bedrooms and a family room upstairs, it has an open plan living, dining and kitchen on the lower level with separate bedroom/study, laundry and guest bathroom on the lower level.
The external – beach house’ feel of the house is typical of the area. As time goes on, the untreated external timber battens will grey to reflect a weathered sea-side feel.
The house has a sophisticated and luxurious feel but was realized for around $1mil, which is considered modest for this area.
Photos: Courtesy of Tony Owen Architects
Offering indoor / outdoor living at its finest, BT House has been designed by São Paulo, Brazil based architect Guilherme Torres, who has developed ideas which fuse the modern and the traditional. Guilherme’s own house, designed by the architect himself, bears a checkered wood design, a kind of brise soleil called muxarabie, which is a classic feature in Eastern architecture. It was later assimilated by the Portuguese, who brought it to Brazil. This element, with its powerful aesthetic appeal, was adapted to this residence in the South of the country, and acts as a wooden ‘curtain’, allowing air flow, dimming light and also serving as a security feature.
“As soon as I saw the gently sloped plot surrounded by other houses, the idea of this large panel came to me, to ensure privacy for both them and their neighbors.” This monumental house stands out as a huge rectangular monolith with two large brickwork blocks in contrast with the upper volume in concrete. A few columns, huge spans and strategic walls create exquisite fine gardens that make up a refuge for this young couple and their two small children.
The decoration follows a jovial and Brazilian style with an alliance of Guilherme Torres’ design, including sofas and tables, and other great names of Brazilian design such as furniture designed by Sérgio Rodrigues and Carlos Motta. The composition of overlapping these Brazilian styles with international design is balanced by pieces from Tom Dixon and Iranian carpets, all sourced by the architect. The garden, designed by Alex Hanazaki has given the house an ethereal atmosphere due to the movement of Texan plume grass.
Photos: Denilson Machado
With a strong indoor-outdoor living connection, Pebble Beach Residence is a fresh concept of the California contemporary home as designed by Conrad Sanchez of the Conrad Design Group. Conrad’s work has been published in Architectural Digest, Luxe magazine and The San Francisco Chronicle. This classic mid-century home situated on the Monterey Peninsula is designed around an open plan living area with central hearth, gourmet kitchen, three bedrooms, each with private baths. The 2,200 square foot home is designed for entertaining, the rear wall of the great room opens to create a beautiful indoor-outdoor setting for parties. The courtyard features an outdoor kitchen and dining area, fire pit, lounge area and hot tub. The home is custom furnished, fitted with beautiful custom details. It offers a notable level of luxury in a private setting. This home beautifully defines the central coast lifestyle with the ultimate indoor-outdoor lifestyle.
This incredible contemporary home is listed for sale at $2,690,000, from here.
Bosque da Ribeira Residence is a modern Brazilian home designed by Anastasia Arquitetos, situated in a residential neighborhood in Nova Lima, a city near Belo Horizonte. The 7,000 square foot (650 square meters) residence is at the limit of an allotment, adjacent to an environmental reserve. Thus the residence seeks to create a visual interface and harmonious deployment with the environment, taking full advantage of covered of the forest and featuring a staggered volumetry, decreasing the higher volumes observed in the street. The landscaping designed for the residence complements the relationship with the forest.
The leisure area, swimming pool and terrace are focused on the landscape, with privacy preserved by the slope, and, as well as the social area, are covered. To protect it from sunstroke north, coincident with sight, we created a balcony with two levels of coverage, to light up the room without direct solar irradiation, and zenithal illumination protected by wooden pergolado in the lounge.
The house is organized as follows: sauna and rest at street level (basement), social area on the ground floor, 4 meters higher than the street, and private areas on the second floor.
Photos: Jomar Braganca
Lake House Two is a stunning contemporary waterfront property that has been designed by McClellan Architects and is situated in Seattle, Washington. The home has been programmed as a primary residence, sited on a very steep waterfront lot, with drive access limited to the very top of the site. The client expressed a desire for exposed steel structure and to fully engage in the waterfront landscape. The home is conceived as a single living environment expressing the seeming dichotomy between interior and exterior living spaces pivoting around the central kitchen and hearth. Rather than “bring the outside in,” Lake House brings the inside out.
The dynamic tension between the crafted and the natural is evident throughout: the rhythmic structure of the stacked building masses is articulated by exposed steel beams and columns, repeated and transformed by trees ordering the outdoor living spaces.
The work of master craftsmen in stone, plaster and steel is essential to the natural, competent feeling of the home. A blackened-steel stairway with Scarpa-inspired details is placed against a venetian plaster feature wall. Powerful raking LED light fixtures illuminate the wall in the evening, looking like gold leaf.
An elevator unobtrusively integrated in the back of the home makes the Garage (with solar panels for the client’s electric car), Mother-in-Law apartment, and main living floors all accessible. A green roof provides landscape and view for the upper apartment.
Photos: Ben Benschneider
This classic antique cape house is situated between town and country in Norwich, Vermont, bringing some wonderful challenges to Smith & Vansant Architects. The program called for the existing building needed to be renovated, interiors needing to be selectively reconfigured and rebuilt, and the architects needed to add a one-bay garage, support spaces (mudroom, laundry/pantry, office, powder room), a porch, and an art studio. The size of the original building is very small, so everything the architects did needed to respect that scale, especially as seen from the road.
Primary goals for our client, and avid collector and gardener, were to 1) dramatically improve the indoor-outdoor relationships in the house; 2) use every conceivable nook & cranny as creatively as possible for storage; 3) create a landscape setting for the house that allows her to have outdoor living rooms for the summer months, while creating privacy from a busy adjacent road; 4) incorporate her wonderful collection of antique tiles, lighting, hardware and books into the design of the house; and 5) create a classic, sunlit, eat-in farmhouse kitchen to be the center of the house. This project was a true collaboration between client, architect and builder from start to finish – a rich and wonderful experience for us all.
The transformation shown here involve everything from regrading the back yard, so that water no longer drains into the basement, to creating terrific outdoors spaces and fencing off the traffic on the adjacent road. The stone retaining wall was built using reclaimed stone wallstones, and helps form one edge of the new brick and stone patio. The new rear porch connects the rear of the house with the outdoors and lush gardens surrounding the property edges.
This exterior image shows how the original three-window shed dormer was extended to allow access to the upstairs addition. The carved out porch provides a beautiful connection to the newly renovated landscape.
This porch works beautifully to connect this home with the newly transformed outdoor spaces. The wicker furnishings help provide the comfortable, timeless feel for this perfect porch.
These built-in bookcases help provide much needed storage in a small home while helping to bounce light into the room from the windows. At night the books are illuminated by the monopoint track fixtures.
The built-in bookcases in this living room help provide much needed storage in a small home while helping to bounce light into the room from the windows. At night the books are illuminated by the monopoint track fixtures.
While the basic elements of the original stairs remain the same the addition of a window and built-in bookcase as well as a new paint job give these stairs a nice makeover.
This kitchen was formerly a dark paneled, cluttered, divided space with little natural light. By eliminating partitions and creating a more functional, open floorplan, as well as adding modern windows with traditional detailing, providing lovingly detailed built-ins for the clients extensive collection of beautiful dishes, and lightening up the color palette we were able to create a rather miraculous transformation. The wide plank salvaged pine floors, the antique french dining table, as well as the Galbraith & Paul drum pendant and the salvaged antique glass monopoint track pendants all help to provide a warmth to the crisp detailing.
This salvaged kitchen sink was found awhile ago by the client who new she wanted to use it if ever she renovated. Integrated beautifully into the Danby marble countertop and backsplash with new fixtures it is a real joy to clean up.
The underside of this staircase serves as storage for both the kitchen and the powder room on the other side of the stairs. An old timber measurer, and wooden snowshoe provide warm, artistic decoration to the light walls. The mast from a sailboat the client used as a child finds new life being repurposed as a stair railing.
Fixing windows which were painted shut, repairing and painting the walls, reconfiguring the closet and adding a long built-in with drawers and shelves in the kneewall opposite the bed this bedroom became much cozier and more functional
By replumbing this old and leaky salvaged bathtub, as well as giving a thorough makeover to the room, transforming the modular shower into a fabulous new custom shower with skylight, a new built-in and integrated wainscoting, a new window and fresh paint this bathroom now elegantly serves all the clients bathing needs.
This former modular shower was expanded by carving additional space out of a storage space above the stairs and lifting the ceiling to allow the skylight. Antique Delft tiles collected over time by the client were integrated into the tile field and Danby marble serves as both the shelf and threshold.
This studio space above the garage serves the clients needs for her custom card making hobby. Utilizing the kneewalls we were able to carve out lots of great storage space with drawers and shelves. The sink is a salvage soapstone piece. The skylights provide both fresh air and help illuminate the space wonderfully during the day while the medium pear pendants from George Nelson and the Cirrus Ceiling Fan/light by Modern Fan Company help move the air and illuminate in the evenings. A great space for designing custom cards!
This studio space serves the clients needs for her custom card making hobby. The drawers in this image are built-ins which get progressively deeper as they get closer to the floor, taking full advantage of the depth behind the kneewall. The bottom drawer is on full extension drawer slides and can pull out for 42″ of useful depth!
Fixing the leaky skylight, new lighting, a new built-in for linens and fresh paint give this upper stairhall a crisp makeover.
The high natural light behind the toilet as well as the frosted glass in the door help fill this small powder room with natural light. The built-in bookcase is carved out of the underside of the stairs. The small salvage sink, wallpaper, antique soap dish, and repurposed snowshoe as the mirror help make this snug room quite elegant.
Moving the washer/dryer out of the kitchen into their own space was not a difficult decision. Meeting all of the programmatic requirements of this new room was a little trickier. Designing enough room to be able to wash the dogs and water houseplants, as well as folding laundry in a small space was solved by providing a removable countertop. When the counter is needed, the two pieces easily slide in place and they are pulled out of the way when the water is needed. When the dogs get a shower, the handspray works best, but for the plants the swing-arm potfiller serves optimally. The client had been saving these 19th century English transferware tiles for just such a project. The mahogany countertop, antique drying rack, windows and built-ins, and exquisite tile work make this a stunning room to do your laundry.
The laundry room door connects to the rear porch and inviting back yard beyond.
The transformation shown here involve everything from regrading the back yard, so that water no longer drains into the basement, to creating terrific outdoors spaces and fencing off the traffic on the adjacent road. The stone retaining wall was built using reclaimed stone wallstones, and helps form one edge of the new brick and stone patio. The new rear porch connects the rear of the house with the outdoors and lush gardens surrounding the property edges. The barn in the back of the property received a new roof and paint job.
The hammock in the trees provide a cool space for repose int this beautiful outdoor space.
Photos: Rob Karosis Photography
Spanish Oaks Tour Home showcases a Texas Hill Country Contemporary style that makes the best of each space, designed by Cornerstone Architects in Austin, Texas. The property focuses on using a heavily treed lot and providing multiple indoor and outdoor living experiences. The experience of the home begins across a breezy Lanai, which opens to the courtyard and highlights a sitting area as well as a detached casita. The Foyer opens across to another outdoor living area featuring a one-of-a-kind “fire trough” that blends into the spa and serves as a contemporary fire pit for the backyard. Flanked on both sides by large doors and transoms, the home has the ability to open the courtyard through to the back of the house via the prime living areas. An especially stunning feature is the design of the sanctuary Master Bath. A glass pivot wall opens the slate and stone room, which features a hand-cut stone soaking tub, to a luxurious outdoor shower experience. Care was taken in every aspect of the home’s design, creating each space to be distinctive, providing a unique feature or experience.
The Great Room features a stunning stone fireplace wall with slivers of inset wood to create a beautiful sculpture across the wall.
The master bath is far from ordinary in this exquisite home; it is a spa sanctuary. An especially stunning feature is the design of the bathtub/shower area. Here, the owners can use the glass pivot wall to open the slate and stone room for a luxurious outdoor shower experience with the beauty of nature. The glass pivot wall also allows for the “fire trough”, designed in the outdoor living space near the pool, to tie into the sanctuary master bath for the utmost relaxing ambiance. The bath features a hand-cut, stone soaking tub, which is filled like a waterfall from its faucet in the ceiling above. From the master suite, walking into the master bath feels like a secret, hidden retreat; and once inside, it opens up to a truly beautiful and relaxing spa sanctuary.
Photos: Casey Dunn