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.
Baan Hinyai Villa is a stylish and spacious luxury vacation home that is available for rent, nestled beachside in tropical Baan Makam, Koh Samui, Thailand. Upon entrance to the villa, the first thing that strikes you is its generous size. The beautiful designed split-level, living and dining area opens onto breathtaking tropical views and a drastic infinity-edge pool.
To stay at this sensational luxury vacation home in Koh Samui, rates range from $1,150 – $2,750 / per night, from here.
The villa features five bedrooms all of which have TVs, feature king size beds and boast sea views, as well as dramatic en-suite bathrooms. The bathrooms feature free standing bath tubs and separate shower cubicles, plus his and hers washbasins. Generous sized wardrobes with gowns and slippers supply 5-Star comfort.
A huge wooden dining table seats up to 20 people, whilst the nearby pool-side sala is perfect for outdoor dining and relaxation. Back in the main living area, two oversized sofas sit either side of a sleek wooden table with a flat screen TV (satellite channels) and DVD unit poised for evening entertainment.
An open-plan western kitchen is equipped with LG and Siemens fridges, a fitted oven, microwave, gas hobs and a full range of modern appliances.
For watersports lovers with a sense of adventure, staying at one of the two expansive, luxury beachfront villas of either Baan Hinta/Hinyai offers a unique opportunity not only to enjoy a memorable beachside vacation, but also to try out the very latest in hi-tech marine toys. The villa comes with a choice of watersports equipment, including a Sea Kayak and paddle board.
Villa Kra is a luxury dream vacation showcasing luxurious rooms in a beachfront villa, surrounded by beautiful tropical surroundings in Koh Samui, Thailand. Nestling on a hillside, the villa has taken a unique location on one of Thailands most beautiful islands. As you gaze out over the sea, the nearby islands, the tropical gardens and the incredibly beautiful pool, you realize that paradise exists.
Just seven minutes away lies Koh Samuis vibrant centre, Bophut, with its trendy bars, quaint shops and bustling markets. And as if that were not enough, the international airport is a mere fifteen minutes away. In short: Largo Villa Kra is a dream destination.
To stay at this fabulous retreat, rates run from $593 – $942 per night or $4,155 – $6,594 per week, from here.
This four-bedroom villa has everything necessary to melt stress away in an instant. In this modern design, the boundaries between inside and outside are blurred, making this a perfect getaway for groups of friends or successful family holidays. The stunning infinity pool is both refreshing and eye-catching. A small shallow childrens pool in the shade makes the outdoor area ideal for small children. A third pool with pool bar is the perfect setting for enjoying the stunning sunset on Koh Samui. In the stylish Chill Lounge you can enjoy a drink and each others company, while the eating area by the pool is a dream place to start your day with a delicious breakfast. At the end of a sublime day, you can go out onto the Moon Terrace. The wonderful Thai night sky conjures up a firework display that makes Las Vegas seem half-hearted.
The interior of Largo Villa Kra is likewise a joy to behold. Four bedrooms are tastefully decorated, and each has a private bathroom. The master bedroom comes complete with a relaxation pool on the terrace. Almost anything is possible in this little fragment of heaven on earth: you only have to ask. By request the chef will be delighted to make the finest local dishes, but even French cuisine is on the menu if you so desire. Yoga, massage, Pilates the range of relaxation options is endless.
Photos: Courtesy of Largo Villas
Dalvey Road House is a sensational modern tropical bungalow design by Guz Architects, which integrates nature throughout the design of the home, which is located in Singapore. Completed in 2012, the architecture and open spaces encourage cross ventilation and floor to ceiling glass windows enables the multi-generational homeowners to take in the beauty that surrounds them. The home features a flat roof design cantilevering off the facade providing shade and also incorporating a green roof to allow for cooling.
The client, inspired by her visit to Fallingwater, sought out Guz Architects for a tropical interpretation on a challenging triangular site with sloping terrain and a narrow entrance. This house is very much in keeping with the spirit of Fallingwater, whose design seamlessly integrates nature into the home. Just as Fallingwater’s stair shaped cantilevers emphasized its horizontality, Guz used the different levels to stratify the different generations of the family living under one roof.
Photos: Patrick Bingham Hall (Courtesy of Guz Architects)
Casa Alma Desnuda is a stunning private villa in Guadalajara, Mexico surrounded by a lush natural environment that is an oasis of serenity for the owner. Design Less Hajj was entrusted for the interior design of this fabulous project which showcases stylish design details. The design team drew liberally from the Minotti catalog, as seen throughout this incredible modern property. The interiors can only be described as modern, sleek and meticulously designed, down to every detail. The tropical landscape makes being outside of the home very enjoyable for the homeowners, especially when entertaining guests.
A neutral color palette helps to not detract from the lush tropical greenery that surrounds this incredible home.
Photos: Courtesy of Minotti SpA
The AMB House is breathtaking Brazilian jungle house situated on the coast of São Paulo, Guaruja City in the middle of the Atlantic Forest, designed by Architects Bernardes + Jacobsen. From the street you can only see one of the three floors of the house because the terrain has accentuated slopes that give different views of an almost untouched natural landscape. The most common situation, where the rooms are upstairs and social rooms are downstairs, was reversed on the design of this residence. On the entrance of the house the hallway serves as a mezzanine overlooking the double ceiling living room and wood frame glass windows with a view looking at the swimming pool and the forest. In the lateral of the hall, the balcony outside is surrounded by large wooden bench, serving as a protection.
In the intermediate floor are the social areas: the living room and dining room, which join the outdoor kitchen, outdoor deck and infinity swimming pool. Downstairs is the intimate area with five suites. It is this strategy of reversing the usual array of social and intimate area that makes the rooms, even overlooking the sea, have the privacy afforded by the trees that are at that level.
This is how the house shows its relationship with the local landscape, barely visible through the dense forest in the access road, but grows and can be seen on the other side along with the look of a coastline and a stunning tropical forest.
Entering the house, a mezzanine overlooks the double height living room.
The house can be called the balcony house with large glass panels that allow visual contact with the surrounding areas of the residence and the natural landscape of the region.
The windows of the rooms have wooden Cumarú shutters. This wood is also present on the deck of the balconies and floors of rooms. In the living room two bamboo plants sprout from the middle of the floor, bringing the forest into the house.
The deck extends the space laterally along the hillside, opening views to the sea.
Photos: Leonardo Finotti
The Deck House is perched on a steep hill surrounded by lush forest in Janda Baik, as small village in Pahang, Malaysia, designed by Choo Gim Wah Architect. Featuring two-and-a-half stories with a large deck, rich wood flooring and full height windows with incredible forested views, this sumptuous house is a tropical haven for its new homeowners.
Photos: Kenneth Lim, Gray Studio
This luxury dwelling in the village of Comporta, Portugal is nestled in the shelter of cork oak and pine trees and gently caressed by the breeze from the sea. This house beats to the rhythm of contemporary pieces, retro, vintage and signature. An eclectic cocktail of design that has a single purpose, brighten the view and, above all, the spirit! The interiors feature bright splashes of color against a white backdrop, mixing old with new. An impressive mezzanine level is where the owners play cards with friends. The surrounding estate offers a spectacular swimming pool, gardens and stones steps that leads up to an elevated and covered porch.
Photos: Montse Garriga
Bringing the tranquility of the ocean into the house, this incredible family vacation retreat is set on a private beach in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, designed by New York based architecture studio Ike Kligerman Barkley. The front door opens into a casual living room and terrace, out to the grass and infinity pool, and on to the ocean view, all laid out in a single plane in perfect harmony. Both traditional and modern Mexican elements pervade the space, where one also finds unexpected surprises in every corner – from unconventional mix of old and new, to rare finds of pottery, textiles and art.
Photos: Peter Aaron
Dolphin Island Hotel is a private island retreat situated on the tip of Viti Levu, Fiji, nestled like a precious jewel, surrounded by crystal-clear waters. With tropical modern interiors by stylist Virginia Fisher, it boasts just four elegant rooms, a gorgeous entertaining bure, a romantic sleep-out boudoir and a 13-acre playground of gardens and beaches. Offshore, aquatic adventures beckon, including top-notch diving, snorkeling and sailing.
The main bure is the hub of rest, relaxation and fun with a series of poolside areas perfectly designated for time spent lying on day beds (either pre or post a dip in the infinity pool), or for alfresco dining. Casual groups of plantation-style chairs and soft feather-filled sofas beckon, as one day draws seamlessly into the next. As the last rays of the sun catch on the tips of the palm trees and sink into the ocean, the open veranda, with its banks of bi-fold doors offers the perfect venue for a tropical cocktail or a glass or two of chilled wine.
The guest bure suites are perfect for a tropical lifestyle – featuring heart timber floors, plaster walls, stone tiles, wooden shutters, high ceilings and the latest in air conditioned comfort. Fine pure cotton bed linen and soft feather pillows are perfectly suited to the climate and The Huka Retreats famed attention to detail is strongly evident within this haven of relaxation and romance.
The dressing rooms are large and generous and these are further complemented by well-appointed bathrooms, twin hand basins, shower, sculptural free-standing bath and outdoor shower, within a private garden courtyard.
For total romance, guests can take an easy stroll to the top of the island where the hilltop sleep-out bure awaits. This utterly divine, thatched open-air bedroom is rustic and refined, perfect for an overnight stay!
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