Merriwood Residence is the modern transformation of an existing home into indoor outdoor living by Zone 4 Architects, located in East Hampton, New York. The interior design of this stunning home was carried out by DMS Interiors, with lighting design by Robert Singer & Associates Inc. The home begun with its humble origins as the modernization of an already existing home found at the edge of East Hampton. The residence then underwent a major transformation “into an all inclusive statement of contemporary architecture and the embodiment of indoor outdoor living for summertime living.” Yet, with its warm tones and clean lines, the house brings its owners a livability that is year round.
From the lighting designer:
Uplights and downlights are used in conjunction with sculptural and art elements, creating points of interest with intense highlights and shadows. Completely lamped with LED sources, this remodel greatly reduced its energy consumption with custom details that accentuate the updated architectural forms. A fully integrated control system assists with energy savings and ease of use.
Photos: Steve Mundinger
Nautical Lines is a nautical themed eco-friendly waterfront house with large expanses of fenestration to maximize the views, designed by Greg Shand Architects, located in Singapore. This modern residence offers a sinuous wave envelope with large overhangs which helps to provide shading from the hot east and west sunshine, opening to both the north and south. Reminiscent of a boat hull, the underside of the ceiling has been clad in recycled teak. There is plenty of natural cross ventilation provided from the sliding glass doors, which the owner’s open to allow fresh breezes from the water to flow throughout. To reduce solar heat gain, recycled timber has been used for the external decking.
Description from the architects:
Extensive low-e glazing affords views of the waterway to the North and South China Sea to the South. Where a view has not been offered from the ocean, the walls and built-in elements of the spaces are curved to offer a contiuous reminder of the seafront context of the home. As an example, the master bathroom walls are flowing curves with a shaded skylight over to afford views of the sky and curved roof above.
The walls, floor and ceiling of the bathroom form a sinuous curved envelope clad with stainless steel, and all bathroom fixtures including basins, water closet’s and shower fittings echo this fluid curvaceous nautical theme.
Photos: Aaron Pocock
Blue Dog Beach House is a luxury pet friendly holiday house designed by Aboda Design Group, overlooking the sand and waves of Castaways Beach, Noosa, Australia. This holiday retreat is described as, “relaxed Nantucket meets Noosa in style.”
Rates from $700 per night. Accommodation is available for up to ten guests (maximum 6 adults). Minimum stay 5 nights – shorter stays considered when calendar gaps exist, from here.
This pet friendly holiday house was inspired by the relaxed feel of summer homes in New England and combined with the best of contemporary Queensland beach house design. Be surrounded by 180 degree ocean views and watch the waves from the infinity edge pool.
Blue Dog Luxury Beach House overlooks beautiful and dog friendly Castaways Beach. Step out the back gate and cross to a tranquil, dog friendly beach away from the crowds but just 7km from the action of Hastings St, Noosa at this dream Noosa beach house. As featured in Queensland Homes Magazine 2015.
Features of this home includes: a crisp coastal palette of white, soft grey, aqua and turquoise, expanses of glass and glass louvres overlooking the ocean, wide board limewashed French Oak and limestone floors and Newport stone external and interior feature walls.
Four bedrooms and three bathrooms comprise the private spaces of this modern beach house. The master suite and two additonal bedrooms with queen size beds occupy the upper level, while the fourth “sleepover bedroom” is set on the lower level. A soft and balanced palette of white, soft grey, aqua and turquoise mimic the surrounding landscape, integrating the interiors with the mesmerizing outdoors.
Photos: Paul Smith
Tetris House is a modern wooden volume promoting indoor / outdoor living, architecturally designed in 2012 by Studio MK27, located in São Paulo, Brazil. Comprised of 6,673 square feet (620 square meters) of living space showcasing a warm and intimate open plan design, high ceilings and welcoming views out to the swimming pool and garden.
Description from the architect: A wooden volume in line with the eastern facade – with a little more 2.85 meters high and 19 meters long – rests within a ceiling height of 5.15 meters and 11.75 in the front. Configuring a permeable space between the entrance and the back of the lot, the living room is the emptiness that results from this organization of the plan on this lot. The space is delimited – together with the eastern facade – by a wooden shelf that contains the library and a fireplace. This is the architectural design of Tetris House, located in São Paulo.
The wooden Box on the lot shelters on the inside, the washroom, the stairs and the dining room, which opens entirely to the ample garden in the back, like an esplanade (terrace), looking from the inside in. (de dentro para dentro) The ceiling of this living room, a slatted wooden lining – creates a cozy, intimate sensation, contrasting with the spatial sensation of larger monumentality of the lot. The four bedrooms, including a master suite looking out to the garden in the back, are on the floor upstairs.
The seals – such as the wooden slats that function as a filter applied to movable panels– were designed to create greater comfort for the inner spaces. The sun’s heat, when the panels are closed, is retained by this type of brise soleil, while the wind continues to chill the inside. The shape of the lot, long and straight, has traced a longitudinal implantation of the house and the living room can have a cross-ventilation to the gardens.
The wooden lining of the ground floor is prolonged to the outside and becomes the very façade. The stone on the floor of the living room goes out to the terrace and the same material on the inner walls continues out to the façade. In this way, there is continuity not only of the circulation between the inside and out, but also of the materials, dissolving spatial limits.
Photos: Fernando Guerra | FG+SG
Winelands 190 was recently completed by Antoni Associates, located in the heart of Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. The luxury property is nestled in the epicenter of the vineyards and wine farms, the setting boasts a modern twist on the traditional “Cape Dutch” styled home.
Description from the designers: Mark Reilly, Jon Case and Clive Schulze took architecture and interior design to a whole new level in this incredible project named Winelands 190 by creating a place where the whole family can gather in a modern farmhouse with an emphasis on barefoot luxury.
The owners of the home love entertaining so their home needed to accommodate social spaces that reflected this aspect of their lives, and you’ll agree the poolside, fireside and cellar do great justice to their requirements.
The clients brief was to ensure that when their grown up kids had departed after the weekend they didn’t feel they were rattling around in a big empty home, which lead to decisions which saw the first floor occupying all the entertaining spaces as well as the master bedroom, and the three additional guest suites being located on the first floor.
Design regulations only permitted a single story, so the guest suites became cleverly accommodated in the roof attic.
Situated on the outskirts of the historic town of Stellenbosch, famous for the delicious wines found in this earthy region, it made perfect sense for the design team to choose natural organic materials such as timber and stone throughout Winelands 190. Limed oak flooring was compatibly paired with honey coloured stone walls with contrasting black charcoals and chalky white finishes which added both warmth and a sense of homeliness.
The water features of the front pool terrace area and the pond at the rear evoke a sense of calm that is further enhanced by the mountain landscape across the water in the distance. Internally the clean lines of the fireplace with its chic modern surround and old school wood stockpile beneath complete the appeal that this is a home to luxuriate. Part of the luxury of good living is enjoying a glass of fine wine. The glass wine cabinet has all the hallmarks of sophistication, modernity and class. The idea of viewing through this space is akin to inspecting the colour and body of any wine and we find this feature completely inspired.
The lighting throughout accomplishes what every home needs – a wow factor. Combinations of bold and discreet lighting can be seen in the subtle lighting incorporated in all the recesses and feature bulkheads, providing a warm glow around the peripheral edges right through to the customized crystal chandelier by Martin Doller suspended dramatically from the ceiling rafters.
The interior furniture and décor were designed by Mark Rielly and Sarika Jacobs of AA Interiors who worked around modern and complementary to the experience of the home including tactile finishes such as timber, textured leathers and raw linens to add a sophisticated sense of understated luxury.
Photos: Adam Letch
The Library House is a vibrant home designed to be a peaceful oasis for a family of three by Khosla Associates, located in Bangalore, India. The architects were asked to create a relatively small program for a three bedroom house within a large 13,000 square foot plot of land.
Description from the architects: The brief for this house was a well articulated document that delved into the nuances of how this family of 3 wanted to live. The family, comprising an entrepreneur-industrialist, married to a bohemian writer and with a teenage daughter, wanted the house to reflect the diverse range of their lives.
Our clients wanted privacy from staff and casual visitors. Seeking a peaceful oasis from the stresses of life, the homeowners wanted space to breathe, a verandah to watch the rain fall and a garden to potter about in. They wanted an ecologically sensitive house, contemporary yet nostalgic about old Bangalore; and since they were avid readers, a space to accommodate their ever-growing collection of books.
From the road, a modest colonnaded Mangalore tiled walkway with wooden columns traverses a tropical courtyard and one enters the home via a light filled foyer.
The Library is given importance as a central space as it combines various activities for the family and provides an anchor to the house. The 750 square foot area has a 25 foot high gabled roof with wooden trusses and a bookshelf spanning over 30 feet. It is a casual space where the family congregates, where carefully demarcated areas for lounging, studying, listening to music, playing the piano, and entertaining are carved out in an open plan layout.
The generosity of space gently spills out via large sliding doors into an ample verandah, pool deck and garden. The interconnectedness of these areas allow for a grand and seamless living space. Comfortable clusters of seating in the verandah and deck interact with the library as well as the garden.
The house achieves a great degree of efficiency in generating most of it’s own electricity via photovoltaic solar panels, and stores excess rainwater in a large underground sump.
The Library house juxtaposes different moods within its plan, modulating scale and creating an element of surprise as you enter, and a process of discovery as you move along. There is a layering of space and a continuing bricolage of old and new, global and Indian, that extends through all the spaces.
Photos: Shamanth Patil J.
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