Wave House is a contemporary weekend beach house retreat that was designed by Mark Dziewulski Architect, situated in beautiful Malibu Beach, California. The form of the 3,200 square foot house takes its inspiration from its context: the beach and waves.
Description from the architects: It is literally cantilevered over the surf, which passes beneath it at high tide. It has an exceptional location as it positioned at the end of a long open stretch of beach and has views on three sides. Being the end house also makes it highly visible to the 50,000 cars that pass each day along the Pacific Coast Highway, a scenic road that hugs the coastline at this point. The main spaces open up towards the surf with a wall of glass and extensive decks, which have fire pits. This indoor/outdoor relationship was very important to the client. The compact plan was carefully designed to provide views form all the main rooms, with large open spaces and maximum flexibility for entertaining. This is foremost a weekend getaway house.
The design evokes memories of yachts, bathing machines and cranes, reflecting its program as a form raised up and hanging over the sea. It appears almost machine-like — as though the floors were lifted and hoisted over the waves. The angled structure for the house is held back from the beach side to allow fully glazed facades overlooking the sea. This diagonal also reinforces the drama of the cantilever and creates a tension in the composition, hovering over the surf. It is an unusual site as it the end house along a row of adjacent homes and therefore has three visible facades. It was very important that the house was visually activated on all sides, while being more private and sheltering on the street side. The curves of the windows mirror the movement of the sea, which they literally reflect.
It was built on the footings of an existing house so we didn’t need to touch beach or disturb the natural environment. It was possible to recycle framing and structure and transform them into something entirely new without having to demolish and rebuild — saving a lot of landfill.
Photos: Courtesy of Mark Dziewulski Architect
The EPV House is a semi-detached home whose interiors have been re-designed by AHL Architects Associates , located in the Ecopark Green Urban Area, Vietnam.
Ecopark is known as a new green urban area with a lot of ancient trees, low building density and the house seems to be hidden behind the trees. The client brief was a house to rest and relax every weekend.
Description from the architects: The rule is architect can only intervene the inner spaces, not to change the outside perspective to avoid affecting of general landscape of the area. The existing characteristics of the project (location, demand) was the basis point for architect oriented design ideas: pure, simple and a bit rustic with delicate details.
The rule is architect can only intervene the inner spaces, not to change the outside perspective to avoid affecting of general landscape of the area.
The existing characteristics of the project (location, demand) was the basis point for architect oriented their design ideas : pure, simple and abit rustic with delicate details.
Ground floor layout is changed to bring more comfort and fit new demands. Side terrace is connected to the living space inside by using slide and fold door system.
A big void has been created in the middle of space bringing better connectivity between spaces (horizontal and vertical). Two wooden fin blocks are released into space, becoming the focal point of the house. This wooden block is folded from wall (2nd floor) to ceiling (1st floor) and also help to hide all technical system on 1st ceiling.
Dining table located under the void, receiving maximum natural light and ventilation from outside.
Polished concrete, cement wall, bamboo, and solid wood for interior furniture are the main materials exploit throughout the project. Finishing materials is rustic but delicate details
Finally, Client had a weekend house with open spaces, quiet and really relaxed. That’s the point we want!
Photos: Hoang Le
360 House is a private beachfront retreat designed by Boora Architects, perched above Arcadia Beach at the edge of the tree line on the dramatic Oregon Coast. The design directive was simple: the site is ruled by the sea, the landscape and the climate, and the homeowners wanted to keep it that way. So the designers pared away the external architecture, leaving a thick slab of grassy coast floating above glass walls.
From the architect: The design maintains sightlines from the sheltered forest to the open coastline with a minimal structure of glass and steel. Atop the two-story, transparent box, the copper-clad green roof is an elevated slab of native ferns and grasses.
Only the upper floor is visible from the forested driveway. Accessible via a catwalk and oversized glass pivot door, the upper level contains the main living spaces – living room, kitchen, dining room – and offers views in every direction. Cabinetry is pulled to the center of the space to free the exterior walls from obstruction. A small gap between the basalt flooring and the curtain wall creates an “infinity” effect along the perimeter.
A sheltered deck is punched into the west facade, protected from the wind and connected to the living spaces by wide sliding doors.
From the beach, the full height of the house is exposed, although it’s placement on the bluff and the sloped site to the east adds a sense of intimacy to the lower level. A custom desk cantilevers from the steel columns on the protected eastern side of the downstairs. The family room and two bedrooms open directly to the patio and beach access.
A sophisticated “home brain” allows the owners to remotely control all aspects of the house via their ipad or touchscreens on each floor: lights, shades, thermostats and audio systems. Mechanized curtains can be lowered in individual sections throughout the house as needed to allow for privacy or to control light levels. Hot water, radiant floor heat and air-conditioning is provided from a ground source heat pump.
Finishes and furnishings were chosen for their textural quality and subtlety. Floors and kitchen counters are made from the same dark grey basalt. Walls, ceiling and built-in cabinetry were crafted from white oak with accents of hot-rolled blackened steel.
To maintain flow and consistency, beds, desk and cabinetry were custom made.
On the main level, the kitchen, storage and bathroom are pulled to the core, freeing exterior walls from obstruction. As a result, 360º unimpeded views to the ocean, the beach, the sky and the forest saturate all living spaces. A spacious, sheltered deck is punched in the west elevation; sliding doors open wide to create continuous flow between living and dining areas.
A single piece steel frame supports the floating white oak staircase.
Regardless of the unpredictable Oregon Coast weather, the house is filled with natural light. At night, the light levels are kept low to create a cocoon-like, intimate effect.
Photos: Tim Bies
This Avant Garde style home was designed by Eskuche Design as a gorgeous family retreat nestled on Lake Minnetonka, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The 4,700 square residence is situated just 100 feet from the lake, offering panoramic views displayed through 20 foot floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that disappears, retracting into wall pockets to bring the outside-in.
The home boosts soaring, elevated roof 20-foot overhangs to protect the terrace spaces from Minnesota’s elements, while keeping the view uninhibited.
The interior was designed by Studio M Interiors, reflecting clean lines, modern features, open floor plan, and is smart-sized to maximize the space.
The great room’s 24-foot floor-to-ceiling retractable Marvin sliding door system provides an immediate connection to the outdoors.
Interesting elements include a beautiful glass-walled wine cellar noticeable from the dining room and kitchen, a separate scullery room for doing dishes after the party ends, and a kitchen island with a live edge walnut countertop.
This incredible lake house won the heart of many during the 2013 Luxury Home Tour with Eskuche’s design nabbing the cover of Midwest Home Magazine.
Photos: LandMark Photography
Cabo Retreat is a beautiful oceanfront oasis filled with exquisite antiques, by interior design studio, Cashmere Interior, located on the Sea of Cortez, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The design studio was handed a completed home with a very formal and feminine aesthetic. The new homeowners were looking for elegance, but also wanted comfort and relaxation to exude when they walked through the door.
Cashmere delivered this oasis that encompassed the Mexican geographical location, the function of a family beach home, and an aesthetic that is quintessential Cashmere: relaxed, clean lines, eclectic, worldly, and functional.
The team at Cashmere Interior is a fresh mix of talented designers who are savvy to yesterday’s beauty, today’s styles and tomorrow’s innovations. Cashmere Interior has a simple philosophy: give our clients a home they will love for years to come. Using our extensive design background and high level of customer service, making every aspect of the client experience enjoyable.
We are a residential interior design firm focusing on high-end furnishings, fabrics, accessories and art. Our look is classic; we are never too trendy, never too dated. We will give you the look of fresh sophistication combined with the warmth and functionality of a comfortable home. While we customize every home to fit the needs of the individual and the family, we specialize in an eclectic mix of collected antiques with contemporary furnishings and clean lines. The design of your home will feel collected and personal rather than purchased from a showroom floor.
Photos: Courtesy of Cashmere Interior
We all need a vacation once in awhile, whether it’s a quick weekend getaway to the coast or gallivanting across the Great Wall of China, there’s nothing like getting away.
But while tourist attractions can promise all manner of fun, many of us venture to certain destinations around the world just for the hotels themselves – many of which offer grandeur beyond our wildest dreams. If you’re looking for somewhere extra special to go and treat yourself, check out these incredible hotels from discernible destinations all over the world.
Palacio Nazarenas, Peru
Rated as the best luxury hotel in the world, the Palacio Nazarenas has received glowing reviews from 900,000 guests – and it’s no wonder with its gorgeous Machi Picchu location. The five-star hotel features 55 suites which it claims are “enriched with oxygen” for the pleasure of its guests, while tourist attractions are just a stone’s throw away, such as the Nazarenas Square, and the Ollantaytambo and Sacsayhuaman fortresses.
The Venetian, Las Vegas
Few hotels in the world can boast their very own canal within their four walls – but the Venetian on the Las Vegas strip offers just that. Part of the largest five-diamond hotel and resort complex in the world, it features more than 4,000 suites and hotel rooms, all decorated with an opulent Italian theme. Of course, it wouldn’t be Las Vegas without mentioning its 120,000 square foot casino. Indeed, nowadays people may be more tempted to play at online alternatives like Jackpotcity, but with such an array of different games on offer, the Venetian really does it like no other.
Jumby Bay, Antigua
For those who are looking for privacy, nothing says isolated luxury quite like Jumby Bay. Situated on the Caribbean isle of Antigua, the Jumby Bay is reachable only by boat, and is surrounded by white powdered beaches with bicycle paths in an excluded, paradisical part of the world. Be sure to take a visit to the Lazy Lizard villa, which features an 18,000 square feet beach estate and a moated entrance.
Cordevalle, San Martin, California
Golfing fans can enjoy grandeur like no other in the Cordevalle Golf Resort in California, which offers unrivalled hospitality set amongst a backdrop of rolling Californian hills. Home to the US Women’s Open, the golf course is just one of the many facets of this stunning resort, which also features its own vineyard, gourmet dining and health spa.
Mara Kempinski, Kenya
Get in touch with nature in Kenya’s stunning Mara Kempinski resort. Visitors can gaze out of the bedroom windows and enjoy views of wildlife in the Masai Mara, featuring 35,000 acres of prime grassland, riverine forests and acacia woodlands.
Day Residence is a beautiful rustic lake house retreat with a wood slat exterior and red accents designed by Dungan Nequette Architects, located in Birmingham, Alabama. Dark woods and pops of color are all over this house on the water in total seclusion and privacy. A little compound of rooflines reminds me of a camp house arrangement of kitchen/ dining and bunk houses. It seemed very appropriate for a lake retreat on Lake Tadpole. Each “building” is rotated and angled to soak in the best views and creates a village of sorts. Cypress and cedar on a bed of stone and a splash of red brings on and almost Adirondak cabin feel.
Photos: Courtesy of Dungan Nequette Architects
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