Beautiful remnants of stone houses, courtyards full of flowers and the smell of fire between winding cobblestone streets, describes the location of this stone cottage near Sepúlveda, a village in the province of Segovia, Spain. Upon entrance to this welcoming home you are greeted with perfect simplicity centered around decorative details, memories and warm fabrics, designed by Lola Rodríguez and Eugenia Mateos.
The home has been renovated in a rustic style, retaining the traditional flavor of natural materials as protagonists, but not forgetting the accessories with color, bold prints and certain isolated pieces of retro air. A mixture — which alone works beautifully — harmonized under the cloak of white as the predominant color. The warm notes are necessary in combating the cold winters of the area, were achieved thanks to solid wood furniture , numerous area rugs covering the floor, cushions, and chunky knit blankets and faux fur throws.
Rustic living room in red and white. The white works as a lighting resource in public areas; dominates fabrics, accessories and even the paint on the roof beams to achieve a fair balance with original stone walls.
The restoration of the house are two very different trends; downstairs there are almost no partitions in the quest to open common spaces, the first floor was bricked up in order to achieve complete privacy resulting in spacious bedrooms, each one with the integrated bathroom. In any case, the common thread on both floors is a calm, bright decor and, above all, very comfortable with indigenous materials as the center of attention.
Every corner is careful and well thought out; public areas have integrated workspace and places to store things.
The feeling of surrounding fire is warm, comfortable and inviting in winter.
The home features stone walls, terracotta floors, windows and solid wood shutters. Next to the windows, the dining room has plenty of natural light.
Everything fits into the decor of the dining room, the table set country respects the same predominant line, with accessories made from natural materials such as linen, iron or wood.
The kitchen combines the traditional feel of the area with the technological advances of the twenty-first century. Thus, we find furniture and wooden cabinets work great co-existing with state of the art appliances.
The original sloping ceilings, hardwood and exposed beams, adds a strong personality to bedrooms. Seating areas are placed under the new skylights to create small private observatories in each bedroom. Overlapping rugs and striking mix of prints and colors in textiles complete that casual air.
Photos: Mi Casa
Linear House is nestled on a private 22-acre site with spectacular views to the Elk Mountain Range in Aspen, Colorado. It was designed by Studio B Architects, providing both a cozy refuge from the cold and a stunning perch at an elevation of 9,500 feet from which to gaze at the surrounding peaks. With a confined building envelop set against the White River National Forest and within a dense aspen stand, the construction and staging area was quite limited. The Hong Kong-based clients requested that every tree possible be saved. A licensed Colorado geologist was required for county approvals, verifying historical avalanche chutes and established Aspen groves. This process required a year and was subject to controversial review.
With clients circling the globe and often in differing places themselves, communication, material/sample review and securing decisions proved very challenging. At an altitude near 10,000 feet, winters offered complexities in construction with shortened seasons and heavy snows. Our design solution embraced its natural setting, minimized site disturbance and reflects the clients demand for a calculated detailed architecture second to its remarkable setting.
The horizontal L-shaped plan appears to float above a partially buried stone plinth. The upper level plan contains the public areas and houses the meditation room, library and master suite. This solution offers views from all rooms and a rooftop terrace accessed from the inner courtyard has a viewing platform and sitting area. An exterior stair divides the lower level and accesses the rear courtyard underneath the upper plan. Materials consist of Japanese plaster, weathered teak siding, glass, and hand carved Yangtze River limestone.
Photos: Derek Skalko
Russian architect Nicholas Lyzlov developed Ruben Dishdishyan House, a contemporary retreat on private land that is surrounded by trees in Benelux, a union of states comprising three neighboring countries in northwestern Europe: Belgium, the Netherlands, and Luxembourg. Brick and wood were chosen as exterior finishes on the facade, strongly rooting the project in its environment, a forest reserve where local regulations only allowed building on a surface 4,300 square feet (400 square meters).
Once inside, one is overcome with warmth and elegance and greeted by rooms with tall ceilings, dark wooden flooring and textured stone walls. The colorful ceiling in the living room adds a bit of playfulness, picking up colors from its surroundings and adding to an interior where social interaction is thus encouraged. Are there additional details you find appealing in this sensational home?
From the Architects: There is a lot of land in the village on which you cannot build because there is a forest reserve. Of two acres that Ruben bought, we were only allowed to build on four hundred square meters (4300 square feet).
I know Ruben, I made his city apartment. He is a private man and wanted his house closed from the neighbors, but also completely open to nature, to the beautiful fir forest area and garden. The rear facade of the house is entirely open – there are huge windows, and all of the rooms can see the forest. The house is like a fairy tale.
Relais Masseria Capasa is a sumptuous hotel with stone walls surrounded by beautiful olive trees in Martano, Italy and designed by Paolo Fracasso. The hotel is immersed in the colors and smells of the countryside, with the name ” Capasa ” used because of the location in which it was born, once mainly used to store wine and oil. The historical building dates back to 1746 and the architect restored the property back to its original grandeur. The design embodies a double movement: to accept the daily life and harmonize the perception of environmental space. It communicates with the tradition and the places where the use of an extremely natural stone, with its color and appearance, manages to create figures that evoke softness. It creates comfortable environments to evoke a feeling of “home” and welcomes you with a new light that blends mingling with the stone and creating color and shape so that they live for themselves, thrilling what surrounds them.
Photos: Pecchio Adriano
Casa 115 is an incredible modern dwelling that is surrounded by a mountainous landscape in Pollença, Spain and has been designed by Miquel Àngel Lacomba. The home showcases incredible outdoor living spaces, sensational views of the rugged terrain with the ocean in the distance and sliding glass doors that opens the interior up to the exterior, blurring the lines between indoors and out. The interiors features modern, clean lines and a neutral color palette that works harmoniously throughout.
Photos: Mauricio Fuertes
The Burlingame Residence is a modern dwelling that blends sophistication and rustic simplicity into a stunning family home in Burlingame, California, designed by Toby Long Design and Cipriani Studios Design. The residence is comprised of 3,000 square feet of living space with four bedrooms plus an office, as well as three-and-a-half bathrooms. Showcasing warm wooden flooring throughout most of the home, the center of the home features a gorgeous wood and metal/wire staircase with the upper level open to below and bamboo planted below, giving the home a relaxing Zen feeling. The home offers plenty of natural light, open spaces and plenty of room for entertaining family and guests. An outdoor terrace offers a built-in barbeque, fireplace loggia, as well as seating and dining arrangements.
Photos: Courtesy of Toby Long Design
Architect Henri Cleinge was approached to renovate and design a significant addition to Bord-du-Lac House, a 200 year old stone dwelling in Quebec, Canada. The architects were challenged to define a clear conceptual approach which would reconcile a contemporary architectural language to the ancestral home. The original structure once belonged to the Hudson Bay Company and had the main entrance facing the river, where the old road was situated. Over time, a new road was built on the back side of the house, which now became the front. The program required sheltering four generations: the great grandfather, the grandparents and the children in the old house, and the parents in the addition.
This led to the idea of drawing a parallel between the multi-generational component of the program and the fact that a contemporary project would be built alongside a historical house. In this manner, the design expresses the passage of time. The strategy defined itself as a contemporary project contrasting the existing stone house, yet having an obvious relationship to the ancestral home. This idea extended to the way the spaces are defined, as two double height living rooms are at opposite ends, one in each volume, linked by a path highlighted by a bridge linking the old house to the new volume.
Photos: Marc Cramer
This beautiful newly built country house designed by AP Design is located in Santa Maria del Cami, Mallorca, Spain. The home was built in traditional style with modern features, comprised of 4,843 square feet (450 square meters) of living space. The residence features a stunning kitchen, sitting room, five bedrooms, wine cellar, pool room, cinema, pool house, gymnasium and a separate guest house. The landscaping is just as gorgeous and wit as much attention to detail as the interior of the home.
Photos: Courtesy of AP Design
House in Brito has been designed by Topos Atelier de Arquitectura in the town of Brito, in Guimarães, Portugal. The house’s shape was rearranged around the patio which structured the farm buildings. On the ground floor were set all the areas needed for daily life. On the first floor are the guest rooms. In order to appropriate the site and deprive the house from its certainties, the living room was placed between the patio and the valley’s landscape magnitude (exceptionally well preserved in its’ biological dynamics). The glazed living room rises above the ground allowing the water-spring to flow towards the river.
Photos: Xavier Antunes
SeARCH and CMA collaborated to create Villa Vals, a holiday retreat dug in to the alpine slopes of Vals in Switzerland. The surrounding nature has been left undisturbed and unobstructed by any sort of architectural development. Not only does the project defer to the natural landscape, but also to the vernacular architecture while protecting the views of the nearby spa. A-typical of alpine architecture, this three-level 2,421 square foot (225 square meters) villa still uses local building traditions and materials including its facade made from Valser quartzite recovered from the site and found in the nearby thermal baths and on the roof tops of Vals. A stone and wood bi-level graubunder barn ubiquitous to the Alpine hills has been integrated into the plan and given new life as the entrance to the house via a 22-meter concrete tunnel. The house is experienced as a welcoming light at the end of a tunnel.
The introduction of a central patio into the steep incline creates a large facade with considerable potential for window openings. The viewing angle from the building is slightly inclined, giving an even more dramatic view of the strikingly beautiful mountains on the opposite side of the narrow valley. The windows within the facade have been arranged in order to display the various levels of the interior, which in turn are like nested concrete boxes. Custom cast concrete icons in the facade serve as vents and flues. The stone courtyard features a natural spring and a hot tub (dutchtub) from which one can enjoy the breathtaking views across the valley in privacy. Being there surrounded by the snowcapped Alps makes you feel as if you’re a part of the elements.
One could also book a room in this very unique home at the official website of Villa Vals.
The concrete interior is offset by rustic qualities further anchoring the building to the surrounding landscape including oak panels and doors and natural stone steps. The contrasting interior acts as a neutral backdrop. Dutch designer Thomas Eyck was called in to oversee the interiors which feature furniture, textiles and ceramics by Dutch designers including Hella Jongerius and Studio Job.
The interior features a compact setup of bedrooms with bunk beds, elevated bathrooms and raised podiums with king-size beds. All four bedrooms are flooded with light and views. The first floor includes the kitchen, living room and bedroom that doubles as a library, designed Studio JvM.
The villa is thermally insulated and features ground source heat pump, radiant floors, heat exchanger and uses only hydroelectric power generated by the nearby reservoir.
Photos: Iwan Baan