Meticulously renovated, this very stunning villa in Mallorca showcases beautiful design details in the picture perfect holiday resort area of Puerto Andratx. The site offers generous grounds of 2,500 square meters, which includes a private pool and lush gardens, several magnificent terraces, BBQ area, parking and excellent views of the harbor and the sea that is unbeatable. This exceptional property is comprised of 9,579 square feet (890 square meters), offering six bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, six bathrooms, living/dining room with fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, laundry room and convenient space for storage, marble flooring with underfloor heating, double glazing and security door. This splendid villa also has a guest apartment. The property has been designed and decorated with good taste with a contemporary style in combination with certain traditional elements.
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Ramat Hasharon House 13 has been designed by Pitsou Kedem Architects as a modern private residence built between two central courtyards in Ramat Hasharon, Israel. A frontal courtyard excavated to a depth of three meters and the second courtyard at the level of the building’s ground floor. This topographical interface creates a unique cross section to the building’s mass with each part of the building, even the section constructed as a basement, being open to its own courtyard.
The house’s central space rises to a height of six meters and is 17 meters long. There are no pillars in the space and the entire front is transparent with glass windows that slide apart with the aid of an electric motor. Thus, the entire interior of the home opens into the courtyard and the border between inside and outside is cancelled. The swimming pool seems as if it extends into the structure and, when looking into the house from the courtyard, the house in reflected in the pool which strengthens our impression of the building’s mass.
The central space of the kitchen, the dining room and the living room is open in two directions – to the west and to the east. This provides a feeling that the space is constantly enveloped by natural light and the greenery of the trees in the courtyard. The structure’s central space, set in the center of the plot, is accessed via a long bridge that crosses the sunken courtyard and leads to the front door. From the bridge, we can see the children’s living rooms which open into the basement.
The structures two supporting side walls have been emphasized, one was poured from exposed, architectural concrete and on the other a large library reaches to its full height.
The master bedroom is set on the second floor and opens onto the double space and the courtyard allowing for a view of the entire plot.
Photos: Amit Geron
The Silverhurst Residence has been designed by SAOTA Architects is an elegant, modern country villa set in Constantia’s exclusive gated Silverhurst Estate in Cape Town, South Africa. Arranged around a double volume sky-lit entrance and water courtyard, the symbiosis between the interiors and the architecture is such that the overall impression is that of a clean but carefully considered scheme that soothes with its high-end modern appeal.
VIVID Architects prepared the initial concept design for this home, a contemporary reboot of the more classical architectural styles. SAOTA – Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects and ANTONI ASSOCIATES were then appointed to refine and develop the design and oversee the project to completion. The facade is Georgian inspired but the modern aspect of the look is driven by a dynamic of recessed and projecting panels and cubes that create courtyards and terraces that articulate and add interest to what is a highly organized shell. The interiors, by ANTONI ASSOCIATES, are equally sculpted.
For the design ethic within the house, ultra-slick finishes and a futuristic home-tech edge were chosen. Stripped back ceilings with recessed details cleverly hide curtain tracks and act as a mechanism through which wooden feature walls can disappear out of sight, lending each room a clean crisp finish. Clusters of directional spotlights were selected to add ambiance and subtly highlight architectural nuances, such as the floating stairs.
Entering the house, a large light-filled entrance hall divides the two ground-floor wings which consist of a series of living spaces that open out to a private courtyard and the very edgy Franchesca Watson landscaped garden beyond.
Natural materials were used to add warmth and texture throughout. Jerusalem stone flooring extends from the main entrance through most of the internal and external spaces giving way to fumed oak floors in the living and dining areas, as well as American cedar for the doors and pergolas and Ipe for the pool decking.
This natural but uncluttered linear language was carried through to the decor by Mark Rielly of ANTONI ASSOCIATES who opted for solid timber pieces. Leather and suede were chosen for the upholstery. Feature lights are also strategically placed to add drama and definition to different spaces. The symbiosis between the decor and architecture is such that the overall impression is that of a clean but carefully considered scheme that soothes with its high-end modern appeal.
This very enchanting Hollywood Hills residence has been perfectly placed in the coveted Outpost Estates, which has recently been created as a visionary architect’s main home. Minimalist and contemporary yet tranquil and inviting, the open, loft-like rooms feature expanses of glass that bathe the gallery-white walls and warm Brazilian Walnut floors in light, creating a wonderful interplay of indoor comfort and outdoor charm. The 3,000 square foot interior is masterfully detailed and features soaring ceilings, custom cabinetry, the finest designer fixtures, a state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, lighting system, AV, security system, insulated glass and solar power. The exterior features spacious outdoor areas with BBQ, salt water pool, spa and lush landscaping embraced by the surrounding hills of sunny California.
This captivating property is listed for sale at $2,495,000, from here.
A voluminous living area features a built-in entertainment center, crushed glass fireplace and opens on to the sparkling pool.
The open plan kitchen boasts top of the line appliances and tasteful finishes.
There are three bedrooms, one of which has been configured as an office, with open walls and large windows to take advantage of the home’s best views.
This contemporary remodel and addition of a 1950’s home on the Mesa of Santa Barbara, California was designed by Harrison Design Associates, and in collaboration with Allen Associates. In addition to making the home more comfortable and energy efficient, the remodel added fabulous finishes. The original house had separate living, dining and kitchen areas. Walls were opened and a new structural beam added to make one grand room with abundant light and strong connections to outside environs. A new bocce court was added on the ocean side of the house to “expand the party” down the yard. The owners were originally going to have this as a second home; however, during the course of the remodel, they fell in love with Santa Barbara, their new home and its beautiful ocean views.
Photos: Jake Cryan Photography
House in Rocafort is a modern property with unique geometry, which has been designed by Ramon Esteve Studio and located in Valencia, Spain. The beginning condition for this house is born from the trapezoidal shape of the plot, located in a residential area. The vegetation is a dense element of edge. That is the reason why the house is proposed like a volume where focusing views becomes specially important. The composition of the different spaces depends only on geometry and light.
Geometry, because there are produced addition and subtraction processes to the volume until get the right proportion of the built space. Light, due to the develop high quality atmosphere and of its expressive possibilities. The consistency of the project depends mostly on using properly the light. The right combination of both is the key of this project.
We try to provide each room with a different character. The inside-outside transition is really important to get it. We try to expand the space by extending the skin of the house to the outside. Besides, the empty spaces receive the light that shines through the holes. That works quite different depending on the time and the privacy degree. That is to say, the light shines bright and strong through the holes of the porch, veiled and controlled in the private spaces, getting to create dense atmospheres.
Photos: Courtesy of Ramon Esteve Studio
The Thorncrest House is a new modern family home that has been designed by Altius Architecture in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada. The 6,500 square foot home was designed in 2012 to accommodate the large family of six as well as to entertain their guests. Private spaces are arranged to allow for an open concept space with double height living room surrounded by a catwalk. Particular attention was paid to natural daylight exposure at the basement walk-out, easing its transition to grade via a sunken pool, deck and grass terraces. Shading is provided by deep roof overhangs and cantilevered volumes. The homes distinctive blue zinc cladding and Spanish cedar accents create a unique street presence.
The home also encompasses the following sustainability features: program and spatial optimization, passive solar heating, natural ventilation and passive cooling, natural daylighting, high performance envelope design, radiant heating, low energy light and appliances, water conserving appliances and fixtures, indoor air quality and non-toxic materials and finishes.
Photos: Greg Van Riel
Veronica Beach House is a unique contemporary residence that has been recently designed by Longhi Architects, situated in Lima, Peru. The materiality of this incredible 7,000 square foot (650 square meters) house is solved with the balanced use of five main materials: Cast Stone concrete, with colors derived from natural rock context.
Here is a description of the project from the architect: Peru is known for its food and its music as a cultural representation, the attempt by its architecture to be known, has become one of the most important motivations of our work. This attempt was conducted in a more intuitive than rational way, more feeling and reacting to our own nature that analyzing or justifying our actions with history or references. This is how we present this home to our clients and this is how we learned the many complexes that we have for recognizing us as Peruvians.
In our environment, it is more difficult to try to offer Peruvian architecture than foreign architecture, complicating the attempt when commisions often arrive with specific orders oblivious to what should be in a proper context styles. Veronica house was a great opportunity to explore this search of our architecture in a context that is better related with the international style.
The intervention was seen as the happy meeting between the artificial and the natural. The pool of almost 40 meters long and a staircase of several levels are the architectural landscape elements that allowed integration with the place always seeking a balance between the natural (rock site) and artificial represented by the same architectural elements.
The social area is at the terrace swimming pool level on a raised platform, carved into the hill, it has a glass enclosure that based on a rail system allowing all partitions come together on the north side of the house making integrated spaces living room, kitchen with terrace and pool.
Beton and Pulish concrete, applied to specific architectural elements, such as an artistic beam that supports the glazing system at the level of the deck, and in some steps of the main staircase, window frames and doors. Shihuahuaco wooden balconies and elevated terraces, walls and ceilings painted white and “volumes” of glass.
Intimate areas are accommodated in a volume of two levels that “floats” above the terrace. This volume generates a nice architectural dialogue with the rock side both north and south of the lot, with a bulk composition that could be interpreted as the geometrization of the nature of the place.
In conclusion it was attempted a house that feels comfortable in its place resorting to the only thing that can unite a community, their culture.
Photos: Juan Solano
House Boz is a spacious and luxurious residence designed by Nico van der Meulen Architects situated on a hill within a secluded nature estate in Pretoria, South Africa. The clients requested that this stunning contemporary four bedroom house had an emphasis placed on the design of the living rooms. Ensuring that the magnificent views were optimized was of utmost importance and the design of this 8,288 square foot (770 square meters) house responds well not only to the client’s requirements but also to the context of the site.
The concept of a bush lodge arose from the vastness of the site and the natural setting of the stand within the estate. Werner van der Meulen of Nico van der Meulen Architects was inspired to design a house that resembled a bush lodge in the way it responds to nature and its immediate surroundings. Translating this concept into a contemporary home was almost effortless thanks to the location, orientation and natural beauty of the site.
Phia van der meulen and the M Square Lifestyle Design team strategically linked spaces through their use of various natural materials in the interior spaces. The design exposes the truth of the materials by using them in their purest form such as incorporating in situ-concrete, quartzite cladding and rusted mild steel in the design.
Regardt van der Meulen’s original steel sculptures were chosen for the project, as they fitted perfectly with the steel theme of the project.
Approaching the stand via a long driveway, you are afforded the opportunity to appreciate the design from a distance before actually getting close enough to appreciate its spaces. The striking square and rectangular forms are strategically positioned to capture your attention while the rusted steel boxes and stone-cladded walls aid in camouflaging the house creating a sense of unity between building and site.
The stretched screen walls seem to want to reach beyond their borders while floating steel boxes are gracefully suspended in mid air. The prominent east-west and north-south axes link and connect all the spaces while this point of collision and interception of the axes becomes the center of the home and it is here where we find the living room and covered patio. Thanks to the views being orientated towards North, the entire Northern facade has the ability to open up and live out onto the expansive views thus also naturally lighting and heating the house in winter, while carefully designed overhangs and brise-soleil keep the summer sum out.
The entrance hall positioned between the double garages is distinctively located alongside a partially covered atrium that gently introduces you to several views through the house as you’re welcomed in. The koi pond introduces water as you approach the front door while various podiums add depth and dimension to this space. An elevated sculpture podium and interlocking planters bring this atrium to life. At the same time it makes it possible to sleep with open doors as it is impossible to get into the atrium once the Mentis grating gate to the driveway is locked.
Every design decision communicates and reinforces the concept, as can be seen in the selection of materials used and the way the internal spaces relate to the outdoors. Limiting the choice of materials to predominately natural materials and earthy colors, it is evident that even the smallest of details make reference to the concept in a very unique way. Initially the site revealed itself as a mound of quartzite rock which was excavated and hand cut for the gabion walls and the stone cladding used throughout the house.
The double volume entrance hall is framed by a back-lit perforated skin of scaffolding boards bolted to a wall, creating the perfect backdrop for the sculptural looking concrete staircase with steel inlays and the sculpture under it by Regardt van der Meulen.
The interiors feature linear and monolithic forms that complement the architect’s vision for this house. Many of the functional elements were designed to become beautiful features that visually connect the spaces and create links throughout the house rather than just remaining purely functional. An example of this would be the way the staircase relates to the aluminum ceiling which features in both the main living room as well as in the main bedroom.
The selection of furniture pieces once again continued this theme where splashes of orange were used in the living room making reference to the orange seen in the rusted metal cladding. The overall charcoal color range used in this house complements the shades of grey found in the off shutter concrete walls.
The kitchen overlooks the lanai and garden while the frameless folding doors create an invisible threshold between the inside and out. These doors, when completely open, allow for the kitchen and dining room to overflow onto the lanai and bar, making entertaining effortless and enabling adults to keep an eye on children in the pool, a mere meter away.
The lanai with a sunken jacuzzi is snugly positioned between the pool on one side and a stone-cladded wall on the west which screens the afternoon sun to ensure the lanai’s temperature remains moderate. It is these design decisions that truly set this house apart from the rest.
All four en suite bedrooms are situated on the first floor with all of the bedrooms having their own private balcony. The three children’s bedrooms are situated on the western wing of the house while the main bedroom is located on the eastern wing. A suspended walkway with steel sheeting as floor tiles, overlooking the atrium links the two wings and creates a sense of privacy for the main bedroom.
Challenges arose during the construction process; however Nico van der Meulen Architects clearly pushed the boundaries on this design. This house prides itself in its design for luxury indoor/outdoor living in the heart of nature where internal spaces effortlessly expand beyond their often invisible borders to a world of beauty outside.
The variety and combination of textures used in this design create a synergy in this home which makes it truly unique.
Photos: Courtesy of Nico van der Meulen Architects
Casa no Banzão ll is a contemporary property that has been designed by Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos completed in 2007 in Pinhal do Banzão, Colares, Portugal. The house is siutated in the pine forest Banzão in Sintra, overlooking the mountains and represents the desire of the house designed for rest after many years living in the bustle of the city. There was a pre-existing structure with which the clients had a great connection, so the architects preserved a few of the materials in order to reuse them. In this case the place was already established, it is projected on the basis of some key elements in conjunction with the program.
The living room also had to be a ‘music box’ has been studied as such, becomes the core of the house where everything happens: the entryway, the view of mountains, the pergola, garden, patio with olive trees, the change to the area of rooms or technical areas. The experience of the house focuses on contemplation.
The suite is privileged with a view of the mountains while the remaining quarters live around the pool and its seating area and have direct access to the outside.
Photos: © Courtesy of Frederico Valsassina Arquitectos