Anthony Residence is a mid-century 1960’s single-story ranch house that has been re-imagined by DesignARC, located in Montecito, California. Inspired by the architect’s Greenworth House, the owners desired a fresh take on their out-dated, well-worn Montecito residence. Hailing from Toronto Canada, the couple is at ease in urban, loft-like spaces; and, looked to create a pared-down dwelling that could become their home.
As a remodel, the objective was to re-configure the extant floor plan completely beneath the existing roof. Re-establishing organization to the interior layout, the strategy connected all spaces to the outdoors–large pocketing sliding glass doors on either side of the Family Room, create an open-air breezeway out of what was once a dark and secluded room. Continuous ridge skylights bring natural illumination into the center of the house, and work to further erase the boundary between inside and out.
The minimalist palette consists of essentially three materials: smooth-trowelled plaster, cementitious panel, and fumed-oak floors. With a color scheme of “one white” paint, the space is a polite backdrop to the vibrant relationship the family enjoys with the outdoors, and the mild Santa Barbara climate.
Photos: Jim Bartsch Photography
This newly built modern villa is located in the exclusive residential area of Santa Ponsa, Mallorca, Spain, with stunning sea and mountain views, close to the marina of Port Adriano. This sensational home encompasses 4,994 square feet (464 square meters) of living space with four bedrooms and three bathrooms. The ground floor offers an open kitchen with spacious living/dining room, another room that could be used as an office or TV room plus a guest toilet.
This fabulous property is currently listed for sale, spotted on Sotheby’s at $3,636,885.
The first floor disposes of four bedrooms, two of them with en-suite bathroom and dressing room, plus another separate bathroom. All bedrooms enjoy access to the terrace with fantastic views over the bay of Santa Ponsa. On the roof terrace there is an outdoor kitchen with dining and chill-out area.
The basement disposes of built-in closets/wardrobe, fitness room, laundry room and a garage with three parking spaces. Special features include a ‘Bulthaupt’ kitchen with built-in appliances from Miele and Gaggenau, floor heating, lift, marble flooring in the ground floor, oak flooring on the first floor, oak cupboards, double glazed windows from Schüco, Infinity-pool with green marble stones, private outdoor courtyard, lighting system, integrated sound system, air conditioning hot/cold, solar panels, fireplace, high-quality equipment and facilities and outdoor blinds on all windows.
The shopping possibilities in Santa Ponsa are just a short drive away and the luxury marina of Port Adriano with its restaurants, cafes and shops can be reached in just three minutes by car.
The Norwich Drive Residence features inspiring design and novel use of materials, the personal home of architect Clive Wilkinson, located in West Hollywood, California. The 3,300 square foot house was designed by the architect with the need to address two separate issues. From an urban design perspective, it needed to conform to City of West Hollywood design guidelines and fit into a small scale residential neighborhood, at the same time as transitioning in scale from the adjacent commercial strip of Melrose Avenue. In response to interest from friends, it also needed to provide a kind of prototype for an economical ‘starter urban house’ that would accommodate the new young urbanite lifestyle.
The second goal was complicated by specific site conditions: the lot was a non-standard trapezoidal form, widening towards the rear, as well as having a commercial building to the north that overlooked the site.
In an effort to reduce the house to a set of essential ideas, responses to existing conditions began to set the pattern of the house. The mass to the street was broken down allowing a single story over the garage and roof terrace. It was possible to screen the front yard with greenery, so an olive grove was planted up to the street. On entering the front gate, a visitor can see the full depth of the site – from the olive grove, through the glazed living room, to the rear yard and swimming pool – which enlarges the scale of the house. The living room is compressed in height, but opens to the two-story kitchen/dining room. All links between rooms are articulated on the diagonal with openings in corners, which again enlarges the sense of space.
The house addresses contemporary California living. There is one unified social space – the heart of the house – comprising living, dining and kitchen. Bedrooms are simple spaces re-convertible into studio or office type uses, especially the upstairs front room which is divided with a sliding wall. The master bedroom is located on the ground to emphasize a separation from the outside world (no views over the neighborhood) and a close link to the heart of the house. It has open bath and dressing areas, and a concealed video projection system for watching TV or movies in bed. The bathroom has a freestanding bath that opens to the pool via sliding doors, and the shower has double glass doors that allow wet bathers to shower directly after swimming without wetting the interior. Video projection is also used in the living room.
The building is a smooth stucco box – a vernacular LA type – with the living areas opening up to the exterior via large sliding glass doors. The house’s environmental performance is passive and uses basic sustainability ideas: electrically operated skylights exhaust hot air using a chimney effect in the double height space – and keep warm air inside during winter, insulation is optimized, underfloor heating is provided on ground level and the outside landscape uses a low water xeriscape approach, with a mostly gravel ground cover suitable for the desert location. From another sustainable viewpoint, the house is located in walking distance of the owner’s office, as well as walking distance of about 35 restaurants and bars, reducing car use considerably.
There is a raw expression of structure throughout the house – ceilings are exposed diagonal wood sheathing with a sprayed insulation roof on top. Floors are either smooth concrete, or wide plank quarter sawn oak, or white rubber stud. Walls are white drywall. Clive Wilkinson uses color and creative expression in many of his projects, but the intention here was to avoid expression and achieve a house that was both a simple art studio, which allowed the mind to wander without associations, and an adaptable place to socialize with friends.
Photos: Benny Chan, Fotoworks
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
Cascading Creek House is a contemporary single family residence that has been designed by Bercy Chen Studio, located in Austin, Texas. The property was conceived less as a house and more as an extension and outgrowth of the limestone and aquifers of Central Texas. Just recently completed, this 11,796 square foot home incorporates plenty of sustainable features including photovoltaics, rainwater collection and hydronic heating and cooling. The beautiful contemporary design details carried out throughout the home was the meticulous work of Alan Cano Interiors.
The primary formal gesture of the project inserts two long native limestone walls to the sloping site, serving as spines for the public wing and private wing of the house. The walls and the wings they delineate shelter a domesticated landscape that serves as an extended living space oriented towards the creek below and protected from the torrents of water draining from the street above during sudden downpours characteristic of the area.
The sitting of the boundary walls and building elements was informed by the presence and preservation of three mature native oaks. The roof structure is configured so as to create a natural basin for the collection of rainwater, not unlike the vernal pools found in the outcroppings of the Texas Hill Country. These basins harness additional natural flows through the use of photovoltaic and solar hot-water panels.
The water, electricity and heat which are harvested on the roof tie into an extensive climate conditioning system which utilizes water source heat pumps and radiant loops to supply both the heating and cooling for the residence. The climate system is connected to geothermal ground loops as well as pools and water features thereby establishing a system of heat exchange, which minimizes reliance on electricity or gas.
Photos: Bercy Chen Studio
Kandolhu Island is an exquisite luxury resort in the Maldives, a tiny private island showcasing a beautiful white sand beach and pristine coral reef. The resort features just 30 villas in five different styles, each style distinct in design. All of these villas perfectly combine natural elements of the Maldives with local architecture, modern interiors and creature-comforts, creating an experience so memorable that it will stay with you forever. Choose between beach villas or over-water villas, some with a Jacuzzi and others with a private plunge pool. All have daybeds, a sundeck and sun loungers to make the most of the outrageously beautiful sea views. Grab your complimentary snorkelling gear and discover Kandolhu Island’s colourful house reef encircling the island.
A luxurious spa facility along with a gym, four wonderful restaurants, and a wealth of non-motorised water sports, this could be your temporary Maldivian home. A diver’s paradise, Kandolhu Island provides day and night dives from on board a Maldivian dhoni. Swim among turtles, Napoleon wrasse, parrotfish, snappers and jacks through caverns and overhangs. Take sailing lessons, or enjoy hours of pampering in the spa. Go on a sunset cruise and return later for Mediterranean cuisine in the Olive Restaurant or fresh seafood at the Sea Grill, right on the beach.
Located 70 kilometres south west of Male’ in North Ari Atoll, Kandolhu Island is reached in 25 minutes by seaplane. To stay at this sensational retreat, the average daily rate starts at $826 per night, with a two night minimum, from here.
Wissioming2 Residence is organized into two volumes connected with glass bridges, designed by Robert M. Gurney Architect, located in Glen Echo, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC. This newly developed home is sited on a sloping, wooded lot with distant views of the Potomac River.
The house is positioned to preserve a majority of mature trees and is oriented toward the river views and south facing slope.
Secondary volumes intersect and overlap the two larger structures rendering the composition more dynamic. Material changes in the various elements intensify the relationships. Expanses of glass open to a terrace organized around a swimming pool with two “infinity” edges reinforcing the connectivity to the wooded landscape.
The house is organized into two volumes connected with glass bridges that span a reflecting pool which separates the volumes.
The interiors are painted with light. Walls constructed with slender, steel window frames composed in “Mondrian” inspired patterns combine with translucent panels, wenge and white oak millwork and Pompeii Scarpaletto stone to define interior spaces. White terrazzo flooring juxtaposes the black window frames and unifies the volumes on the main floor.
This house is designed to provide spaces which are organized to integrate its inherently picturesque site in a way that the architecture becomes subservient to the landscape that surrounds it.
Photographs: Maxwell MacKenzie Architectural Photographer
Ravine Residence was designed to accommodate the integration of life with nature by Hariri Pontarini Architects, located in an area of North Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The 12,000 square foot (1,115 square meters ) contemporary home was completed in 2006, situated within a large ravine system. This private residence not only takes advantage of the surrounding expansive natural vistas, but also creates a close relationship with its immediate environment.
Designed to accommodate the integration of life with nature, the external treatment of this house explores a carefully honed language of natural materials, while the slightly curved front facade is carefully sculpted, presenting a solid entity to the street. The house opens to the back, inviting nature to interact with the everyday living of its residents.
Accented in earthy tones of French limestone, wood detailing, rift-cut oak and teak windows, this private home is juxtaposed with the natural greenery of the adjacent ravine. The property is, in essence, a two-acre room enclosed by a natural wall of fir trees. Settled within the center of the site, the two storey house is designed to enhance the views to the two pyramidal oaks and catalpa tree in the front with a silver maple and Japanese maple at the back.
The sculpted space of this private residence resonates an understanding of human comfort. Carefully carved windows penetrate the facade, allowing arrays of natural light within, while the finishes add a warm touch. Utilizing a consistent palette of limestone and walnut flooring, the interior provides a sophisticated setting for a family residence and flows easily from the front entrance to the third floor family room with views focused towards the heavily forested ravine.
This residence employs two volumes with carefully choreographed openings, each addressing the public street while preserving domestic privacy. The rear of the house takes advantage of the picturesque ravine landscape by maximizing the flow of natural light into the space, and providing stunning landscape views.
Green construction practices on site were encouraged through the use of local materials, by maximizing natural light, and by minimizing damage to the existing ecosystem and habitat. The construction team established a process for the reduction of waste, reuse of materials and control of generated emissions.
Various construction systems were employed in the design of this residence, including a “poured in place” concrete foundation system and structural steel framing. This framing, which uses chimneys as lateral bracing elements, allows for expansive widths while permitting light flow throughout the house, to ensure a lasting comfort and an uplifting experience. The completed design underscores the client’s desire to create an enduring generational home.
Photos: Ben Rahn/A-Frame
Marra Road House project was designed by Dowling Studios as a weekend home for a family who live in San Francisco, located in Sonoma County, California. The house is located on an 8 acre site, nestled in a unique surrounding of redwood groves, a seasonal creek, grassy meadows and rolling vineyards. The indoor/outdoor living experience was the driving force of the design.
The home is comprised of two linked 1,000-square-foot pavilions. The volumes echo architect Philip Johnson’s 1949 Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, though it avoids the 1949 structure’s iconic exhibitionism.
The simply detailed, taut, flat-roofed home’s two wings form a T-shape. One wing runs north to south, parallel to a pool, and contains the open-plan living spaces.
The great room has three walls of floor-to-ceiling Fleetwood sliding doors that open to wide concrete patios shaded by deep roof overhangs. The doors allow easy indoor-outdoor living and provide remarkably efficient “air-conditioned” spaces on even the hottest days, while a two-sided interior-exterior fireplace makes the north patio a winter favorite.
A large central great room forms the center of the house and is surrounded on three sides with full height sliding doors. The great room is wrapped by a covered patio and opens on to a pool, outdoor living room with fireplace, and an outdoor dining area with vineyard and forest views.
The other wing contains a master suite, a children’s room with bunk beds, and a studio that doubles as a guest room. A limited palette of wood, concrete, and metal; solar and radiant heating systems; and efficient construction methods all work together to exceed California’s stringent energy codes by 15 percent.
Sustainable design was a high priority, with the use of a solar powered radiant concrete floor and domestic hot water system, a PV solar system for electricity, and solar pool heating. Sustainable products such as reconstituted wood for cabinetry, low VOC paints, and 100% wool carpet were integrated into the design as well. This project was completed in 2012.
Photos: Courtesy of Dowling Studios
Gridiron Ranch showcases posh contemporary interiors, designed by Furman + Keil Architects, located sixty miles from Austin in the Texas Hill Country of Spicewood, Texas. This stunning residence was completed in 2012 and was the result of a three year collaborative effort between Mark Ashby Design, architects Furman + Keil, and builder Classic Constructors.
With its extensive indoor/outdoor spaces, including an open sleeping porch and a separate poolside guest house, this home takes full advantage of its expansive views.
Guest House Interior
The award-winning firm, Furman + Keil Architects, is dedicated to providing a design-focused service meeting the specific needs of our clients through a collaborative team approach. We strive to create timeless, sustainable buildings rooted in local traditions, built to be enjoyed by our clients for generations.