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!
This haven, nestled in the lush greenery of Bukit Timah Road, Singapore captures the ingenious display of mankind’s modern existence with the natural environment in perfect harmony. Designed by architecture firm ONG&ONG Pte Ltd., this home provides the ideal balance between the needs for family bonding as well as for personal space.
The house’s design takes full advantage of the native tropical environment, and the building’s shape as well as its placement were carefully planned so as not to dwarf the site’s rich, natural space. Basic elemental forms were used – namely, a cube and rectangle block comprise the stacked volumes of this house – and with no shortage of sunlight in the Singapore climate, the structure’s open layout is ideal for natural lighting and cross-ventilation.
Sunlight enters from all sides of the house, providing illumination during the day whilst also keeping the interiors warm during cooler weather. To battle the heat, one can have a dip in the edgeless pool encircling the home, while natural wind also circulates within the building to bring down the temperature. The second level is also cantilevered, providing shade to areas on the ground floor.
Within the house, communal areas are spacious, with a double-volume void over the living area seamlessly unifying the two levels as a collective whole. This facilitates interaction between the close-knit family as communication across the house can be direct and intimate.
The selection of materials used in various sections of the house was cost-effective, with an emphasis on high-grade quality without being excessively extravagant. A Classic Modernist style was adopted through the use of fare-faced concrete and timber planks for the walls as well as teak for some of the flooring and underside of the roof. The designers also attempted to revive the terrazzo tradition, once popular in the region, by applying the composite of white cement on polished marble chips to areas such as the living room, giving its floor a seamlessly sophisticated finish.
In the bathrooms, Ardex was employed in creating a raw-looking finish for the walls, which provide an interesting and striking contrast against a single feature wall that is encased in dark marble.
Even though space is abundant in this house, it is still able to accommodate numerous bedrooms for the many family members, with four on the second floor as well as a guestroom and maid’s quarters on the ground floor. Lourves lining the sides of the upper floor provide the choice of either opening up the floor to take in the surrounding views, or keeping the bedrooms hidden for privacy.
Photos: Derek Swalwell
On the Southern Caribbean Coast of Costa Rica you’ll find the jewel Tree House Lodge in the Gandoca Manzanillo Refuge. The complex is located on a 10 acre ocean front property in the famous Punta Uva beach, just south of Puerto Viejo in the province of Limon. This beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.
Total privacy, a natural tranquil atmosphere, and full relaxation are keywords for the time you will spend at the tree house. With your own beach access and 300 meter private beach front, you won’t have to meet anybody else during your stay at this romantic hideaway. They have a one of a kind botanical garden boasting over 50 different palm trees, and the largest Heliconia collection in the area attracting many exotic birds.
The Tree House, built on tall stilts, is a back-to-your-childhood house submerged by forest, with a sloped wooden suspension bridge leading steeply to its front door. Inside it’s split level: upstairs, has a bed and a small en-suite bathroom; downstairs, are two more bedrooms and a kitchen. All of the furniture is hand carved sustainable wood, windows are open but screened against bugs, while scarlet Birds of Paradise flowers provide splashes of color. The shared bathroom is on ground level where there is a fabulous 100-year-old Sangrillo tree which shelters a toilet in one trunk fold, an outdoor shower in another and a mirror is framed with seashells.
Rooms start at $200 per night (without taxes and fees) based on two people staying together, from here.
This stunning home spotted on Country Life is a sunny and carefree approach that sees an infusion of exotic colors, local architecture and exuberant style, living up to its spectacular Balinese location. Slim-line, colorful, custom-made sun loungers hint at the creative minds of homeowners Valentina Audrito and Abhishake ‘Abhi’ Kumbhat who have created this lusciously tropical, contemporary home called Lalaland. Designed as open plan living, Lalaland was originally two Javanese joglos that were reworked and upgraded to create an imaginative family home. The well-planned house allows a seamless flow between indoors and outdoors, perfect for entertaining.
Sitting under a bold Farid Stevy painting. the egg-inspired piece offers hidden storage beneath the yolk lid.
A cluster of photographs and black-and-white artworks by Filippo Sciascia and Sophie Parienti create interest around the floating staircase.
“Our bedroom is also a space where we hang out,” says Valentina. The artwork was a gift Valentina made for Abhi using images and thoughts from their lives.
An outdoor bath takes advantage of the tropical weather.
Keith Haring artworks add a fun punch of colour to the children’s shared bedroom.
The couple have extended indoor comforts outside with a ‘Don’t Break My Eggs’ sofa.
Photos: Felix Foresting