Far Sight House is a two story property designed by Wallflower Architecture + Design, showcasing a rear rooftop terrace overlooking the valley below in Singapore. This house sits on high ground, and the rear of the site has wonderful views overlooking the greener and more affluent residential addresses in Singapore.
Our client’s brief was to design a home of two stories, with an attic, and importantly a roof terrace facing the rear and overlooking the valley.
The house is expressed by coupling two forms; a tall and narrow single-room width block housing the master bedroom, study and attic-living and the wider block at the rear accommodating two children bedrooms side by side. The formal expression the house is also a response to the strict local interpretation of attic guidelines.
The house deploys a multi-layered facade of operable glass doors and windows, a veil of operable vertical timber louvers punctuated by clear glass bay windows, horizontal aluminum sunscreen and vertically drawn blinds. Different expressions of material and composition but primarily enabling the owners to control the amount of sun screening, breeze, and view. Sometimes it is not just what the owners want to see, but what the neighbors can see of them.
Semi-detached houses tend to suffer from gloom in the deep central parts of the house. Unlike detached houses, semi-detached homes have only openings on three sides. Careful planning and understand the nature of daylight shifting throughout the day has resulted in daylight and breezes refreshing each corner of the house. Light and air wells are further slotted in-between the party wall and the house. All three levels are connected via a staircase finished in limestone.
The layout on the first storey is simple, comprising the living room, dining, kitchen, guest room and a small children’s pool. On the second storey, a family room and three bedrooms for our client and their two children. The master bedroom has a little study loft above and that is further linked to the attic living and roof terrace.
Irrespective of level or location, the casual light that bathes the internal spaces of the house leaves no area undesirable but it is the casual attic terrace with its ‘million-dollar’ views that is the literal ‘light-house’; It’s such a hit that the owners host most of their parties and family gatherings on the third level, to see and be seen from all around.
Photos: Marc Tey
La Moraleja is a modern three story private residence that was refurbished in 2012 by ÁBATON Architects, nestled in a heavily vegetated landscape in Madrid, Spain. The home’s construction dates from 1984, with a closed and dark distribution but very well built so the final project eliminated actions that were thought necessary in the early stages of the project.
Basically, we altered the construction’s morphology to improve the general energy saving and strengthened the magnificent views over the impressive garden; we re-organized the interior space in full and as a novelty, we improved the thermal efficiency by applying an external insulation. Additionally, we designed the new landscape, re-organizing the existing species and planting new ones according to the new uses of the 8,072 square foot (750 square meters) house.
ÁBATON was founded in 1998 by Camino Alonso, Ignacio Lechón and Carlos Alonso. From the beginning they aimed for the projects to express the facts that defined the Studio. To achieve it they started up the Construction Company in order to control the whole building process as well as the final result. ÁBATON projects’ impact determined the high turnout of clients searching for a place that expressed the same language of light, sustainability and space that ÁBATON applies to all its projects. Currently, ÁBATON is developing more efficient work processes to confront bigger challenges that have to do with the international growth of the Studio.
Photos: Courtesy of ÁBATON Architects
2by4-Architects have designed a recreational house with a transparent facade that subtly blends with its surroundings on a small man made island in Loosdrecht Lake, near Breukelen, The Netherlands. read more
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.
Casa CP 78 is a project offering better quality of life through functional and contemporary design by Taller Estilo Arquitectura, located in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. The design of the 5,209 square foot (484 square meters) home plays with the existing building and the built elements, where the value of the textures and details in highlights new forms of contemporary expression.
An architecture with soft limits that can react to the natural environment answering their varied elements: light, water, wind, etc. This means sensitive to the nature architecture.
Part of the original structure became the axis computer remodeling, establishing a dialogue between old and new, this provides a linear path toward providing all visual spaces and gardens of the house with the idea of achieving transparency and uniformity making possible the special features of the site.
The house consists of two floors:
Downstairs the original building which remained without major alterations houses, spaces that shape are: Garage, hallway, living room, guest bedroom and bathroom. The staircase as a sculptural element contained in a double-height space plays the role of connector, giving way to the new building open plan that enhances the contrast between the original building and the new elements where the kitchen space, living room. Curtain walls generate integrated and wider spaces.
A home to be lived outside where the double height terrace, pool and gardens is in the main service area; the end result is an open space with sophisticated finishes that give the house a unique character, where people regain a sense of being truly alive.
Upstairs the bedrooms are located, where the master bedroom has a semi-open double height terrace where architectural hierarchy is established.
Photos: Alberto Cáceres
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.
Designed by BAR Architects, Soda Canyon Residence seamlessly blends into its setting on the side of a canyon that branches off the Napa Valley in California. The client’s vision was to construct a home in which it is hard to tell where the house stops and the landscape begins.
This 13,000 square foot main house occupies one of the last available ridge top sites in Napa Valley with sweeping views of the San Francisco Bay to the south, and the length and breadth of the Napa Valley.
The guest house served as a successful testing ground for design ideas used in the main house on the ridge above. Designed to merge into the landscape, the guest house incorporates the use of wood trellises, stone elements and colored stucco that reflect the color palette of the surrounding hills. Limited by local ordinances to 995 square feet of interior space, the plan more than doubles the usable area by adding a covered loggia between the bedroom suites, decks and a courtyard.
Entering the main house, one crosses a rich white Alhambra limestone floor to the living room. Sliding doors reveal a dramatic wrap-around stone-paved terrace, which spills into the game room linking the interior to a second terrace accessing the pool area. A door in the game room reveals a spiral staircase leading down to a 1,750 square foot wine cave. The wine cave is a series of rooms leading out to daylight at a portal, landscaped with planting and a seating area, with views of Mount St. Helena to the north.
Photos: Matthew Millman Photography
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