Ansel Haus is a sensationally designed rustic mountain home by Miller Architects in collaboration with On Site Management, located in Big Sky, Montana. Built in 2010-2012 this 7,000 square foot residence has been designed with materials of log, timber and stone.
When you approach design as more than just combining a series of rooms, your range of influences stretches further as well. At Miller, our design aesthetic steers us toward the textures, color palettes and material choices grounded in this region. Ultimately, our goal is to build spaces that help you experience the surroundings, instead of merely insulating you from them. It’s a result we believe can only be achieved by including everyone in the process—from the clients themselves, to the contractors and material suppliers.
By listening, exchanging inspired ideas, and being transparently honest, what might have been a sterile process becomes an enjoyable exercise in creativity. After all, your home will be more than a house—so it follows your architect needs to be more than a designer. At Miller Architects, we welcome that role, and have found that a fulfilling collaboration results in an exceptional home.
Photos: Bird Eye Photography
El Mirador House is a beautifully designed home comprised of stone, wood and steel, designed by CC Arquitectos, surrounded by nature and spectacular views in Mexico. The home was designed to respect the land, using locally sourced materials mixed with recycled elements on the exterior of the home to create a visually impressive property. The one bedroom home was designed for relaxed living and entertaining and to allow horses to freely roam the property.
El Mirador serves its purpose by being located on one of the land’s edges, where the emblematic lake of the area can be particularly appreciated. Its projection was based on respecting the forest where the pavilion was placed to the maximum, gripping to its topography and reducing its constructive impact. The materials used are from the region, also, railroad ties from old train tracks where recycled for the exterior of the pavilion.
The structure is a combination of steel and wooden beams, and the retaining walls are made out of stones from the area.
The architectural program is distributed with a family room that connects to the exterior, allowing the expansion of the social area to the main terrace. It has one bedroom with its own private bathroom. The kitchen has a large island in the middle with a countertop made of slate that allows it to also have the use of a dining table and a workspace. The relaxed architectural program and its flexibility in its spaces, reinforces the owner’s strong personality and intense social life. The main access collides with a large body of water that is parallel to a drinking space for horses, while a low wall made of wooden railroad ties discretely hides the area so cars may be parked and appear to be isolated from the construction.
El Mirador is half buried on one of its sides with the purpose of protecting the habitation spaces from the climate where nature, views, and rustic finishes are the main components, seeking as a goal that these characteristics will last through time.
Photos: Rafael Gamo
Can Manuel d’en Corda is a contemporary remodel and extension of a traditional stone wall house designed by Marià Castelló Martínez, located on the island of Formentera, Spain. The 6,407 square foot (595.3 square meters) residence is situated on a plot of 19,060 square meters of rustic nature in the area of the Vénda des Cap de Barbaria.
The most significant pre-existing conditions, which have been maintained and enhanced through the project, are a small forest of pines and junipers located in the west area of the estate and the old house Can Manuel de’n Corda, which reflects the scheme type of the domestic vernacular architecture developed in Formentera between the late eighteenth and mid nineteenth century. The volume of the main body with simple pitched roof gable and southeast orientation, and its roots in the landscape through the traditional dry stone walls, highlight the link between this type of building with the farms next to which they were located.
The extensive briefing for the project has been arranged so that while exhaust the urban parameters allowed by the current planning, it distorts as little as possible the existing house and, simultaneously, has its volume so that it has less presence possible from the immediate fragile environment. This has been possible through the use of a fragmented volumes available on ground floor in non-orthogonal disposition, offsetting in midsection plant about the level of the existing house,and adapted to the topography as well as keeping intact the facades characteristics of this architectural style ( southeast and northwest facades, where they were all original openings). This will resort to the ends that were originally blind (northeast and southwest facades) for connections to pieces of new creation, and to realize the new openings that allow better use of natural light.
Although it has been maintained the original main entrance of the house with its southeast orientation, at a strategic level the new house turns its back on the road which limit with the plot by the East side. Thus the extension of the home overlooks enjoys the best views to the northwest, which overlooks the island of Es Vedra, an iconic element of the southern skyline of the neighboring island of Ibiza.
In the original house have been maintained the common areas (living, dining, kitchen and terraces), while on the ground floor of the expansion have been concentrated the bedrooms and service rooms (laundry, cellar, pantry , etc …) and technical premises on the basement.
Photos: Estudi Es Pujol de s’Era
Chalet Le Coquelicot is a luxury ski chalet designed by Wilkinson Beven Design, built into the mountain at the exclusive location of Nogentil in Courchevel 1850, France. The interior design brief for this 6,243 square foot (580 square meters), six story ski chalet was for a highly comfortable mountain retreat, suitable for family winter ski holidays and entertaining. Providing living, dining and bedroom spaces spread over a number of levels, each room has bespoke design features and carefully selected materials and finishes.
With 6 bedrooms which sleep up to 12 guests, rates range from $86,518 to $144,196 per week, from here.
A special lighting design scheme was created for the client enjoy a number of subtle options for mood and ambiance, achieved with a combination of concealed lighting and decorative fittings. A design palette was selected that suited the client’s taste for natural colors and textures and specialist fitness recovery features, such as a spa, hot and cold plunge pools, massage and steam rooms make this an ideal location for the serious winter sports enthusiast!
No expense has been spared in decorating this luxury chalet with the highest quality, modern materials such as marble, stone and mosaic tiles. Best of all, there’s no tramping through the slush, lugging your skis, to get home. At Chalet Le Coquelicot you ski straight out and back home to your door.
After the welcome drinks, take a little time to explore your exciting Alpine pad by gliding up and down in the elevator. At the top of Chalet Le Coquelicot you’ll find the huge, sumptuous living and dining area with an open fire, high tech sound system and magnificent views, and down in the basement you’ll discover the streamlined surroundings of the spa area, pool and another stylish lounge.
The floors in-between are packed with lavish indulgences and state-of-the art technology. Step out on floor -3 for the swish indoor parking area, accessed by car lift. Exit at level -2 for the state-of-the-art ski room and well-stocked cellar. Alight at levels -1 and 0 for the sophisticated comfort of the en-suite bedrooms and private terraces.
The large master bedroom suite has been designed with comfort and luxury in mind. Soft finishes, textures and fabrics create a sumptuous retreat and the en-suite bathroom boasts a free-standing bath and walk-in shower to soothe away those après-ski aches and pains.
The chalet has been expertly designed to seamlessly blend refined finishes and exciting new materials with state-of the-art equipment. Snow-inspired textures and glimmering finishes have been used throughout to echo the magical mountain surroundings. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the splendid spa and swimming pool area. The ten-metre pool, relaxing steam room, Jacuzzi and massage room are all imbued with the spirit of the mountains, providing a relaxing sanctuary after a day on the slopes.
LA House is a modern single family residence just recently designed by Elías Rizo Arquitectos in collaboration with interior designer Kárima Dipp, located in Mexico. Breaking with the norm established by all the houses in the vicinity, the residence recedes a considerable distance from the setback line, to yield a large open space below the tree canopies, a stark welcome gesture.
The main entry into the complex proceeds to an open passageway that runs along a rough-hewn stone wall and postpones the access into the house an additional number of meters. A glazed box containing a studio protrudes from the building. It hovers above a large pond that can be crossed via a series of stone pavers that rise above the water and lead directly into the public areas of the house. The garage, concealed on the other side of the stone wall, compels cars to park sideways so as to render them invisible from any space in the house.
The entry sequence into the building presents a series of layers, starting with the garden space beyond the setback lines, following through the open corridor past the pond, and crossing through the central courtyard all the way to the living spaces at the back of the main building.
A central courtyard scheme was implemented to introduce natural ventilation into every space of the house without compromising privacy. The corridors around the courtyard on the ground floor are defined by a series of operable windows that allow the kitchen and living spaces to bleed out into the exterior, when the weather allows it.
Expanding on the theme of permeability that dominates the ground floor, similar solutions were implemented throughout the living quarters on the second level, to allow for the private, open spaces. Such is the case with the small, glazed atrium that ventilates the master bathroom and the deeply recessed balconies that yield generous exterior areas to all bedrooms.
Dark gray steel, glass, wood, concrete and stone compose the greater part of the material palette throughout the house, wich is complemented by accents in leather and stainless steel. The master bathroom receives a special treatment as it is covered almost in its entirety with white marble.
Crossing the lawn, beyond the living spaces on the ground floor, a pool and a concrete volume containing an entertainment room overlook a small ravine outside of the property. Below this volume a staggered pathway descends gently to negotiate the changes in topography on a pronounced cliff, leading down to a lower landscape area.
Photos: Marcos García
Woodside Estate is a custom home comprised of 7,200 square feet of living space, recently designed by FGY Architects, located in Woodside, California. This custom estate encompasses a Main house, Pool House, Art Studio, and detached garage. The stone and stucco house, reminiscent of rustic stone homes from the south of France, looks out onto the pool and yard on one side and inward to an enclosed courtyard on the other. Modern technology is hidden amongst the historic detailing as the whole house can be controlled by iPad’s embedded in the walls or remotely on a phone.
Fergus Garber Young Architects is a full-service architectural firm providing a higher level of attention, management and environmental stewardship to clients, both residential and commercial, that have a long term interest in their property.
We create projects that both we and our clients are proud of. Our clients value our ability to understand them. The varied architectural styles of our projects reflect our goal to embrace our clients’ interests and desires. We match their goals to the essential qualities of good architecture: strong plans, good proportions, and a high attention to detail to make functional and beautiful houses.
Photos: © Bernardo Grijalva Photography
House in Zabrze showcases modern and bright interiors, designed for a family of four by Widawscy Studio Architektury, located in Zabrze, Poland. The clients wanted an open and airy interior, with all other design issues being relied upon by the architect to take care of. Consequently, this has resulted in good cooperation and the creation of the present interior.
Living area (kitchen, dining room, living room) is left open, creating one, but well-ordered space. The interior is dominated by whites and grays tones connected with structure of natural oak. Uniform colors of the interior is highlighted by the diversity of white surface textures: glossy fronts of furniture, mat walls, linen fabric and structural plate. The living room is dominated by graphite sofa and together with white armchairs Barcelona project Mies van der Rohe, perfectly suited to the minimalist character of the interior.
The centerpiece of the house is a simple block of double-sided fireplace covered with graphite, natural stone. Dining space is highlighted by a white, large lamp hanging over veneered table surrounded by chairs design Verner Panton. Large table used in the project also serves as a pool table, creating a space for evening games. The bright colors and minimalist character of the interior has been kept in every space of the house.
Both – the bedroom and the bathroom is dominated by white, which visually expands the space and the variety of white structures in conjunction with veneered surfaces adds a modern expression to the interior. Special and distinctive space in the house is a playroom. Unlike the other rooms is filled with color accents.
Photos: Courtesy of Widawscy Studio Architektury
Tresarca Residence is a sensational modern designed family home that was the creative vision of assemblageSTUDIO, located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Nevada is a state of two worlds, one of glitz and glamor on the Las Vegas Strip which seeks to transplant imagery from around the globe to mesmerize the minds of 40 million tourists. While the latter develops its architecture from local materials, whose vernacular represents function over form.
At Tresarca, the materials develop a layering of mass as you move from the basement to the private realm. Each layer is representational of the stratification of the nearby Red Rock Mountains. Change of materials provides the variety of textures associated with the rock formations. Crevices between the masses form an oasis where landscape and water cool the space. The mesh screen provides both a protection from the harsh sun on the interior spaces and a play of shadows among the forms.
Blurring of the line between inside and out has been established throughout this home. Space is not determined by the enclosure but through the idea of space extending past perceived barriers into an expanded form of living indoors and out. Even in this harsh environment, one is able to enjoy this concept through the development of exterior courts which are designed to shade and protect. Reminiscent of the crevices found in our rock formations where one often finds an oasis of life in this environment.
The residence is comprised of 4 Bedrooms, 4 Bathrooms, 3 Powder Rooms, Great Room, Office, Gym, Entertaining Room, Media Room, Wine Room, Family Room, 5 Car Garage, Roof Deck, 4 Exterior Courtyards and a Pool.
The materials are kept clean and to a minimum. Continuous from exterior to interior they enable the life of the family to be what is cherished. It is with their activities that the design becomes a home.
The entry sequence begins with a formal drought tolerant landscape designed for seasonal change with signature object trees spread throughout the front yard. Upon passage through the secure entry gate one encounters the first court. Shaded by the structure above, the court is able to employ a new landscape variety, more lush than the entry. The landscape contributes to the cooling of the space.
The actual “front door” is through a small crevice in the main mass. Marked by the floor to ceiling glass wall which highlights the main staircase, the door is encountered by following the change in paving material.
Photos: Bill Timmerman, Zack Hussain
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