A beautiful summer house, Residence on Syros II was designed by Block722, hosting a family of four and guests to stay at this incredible villa on the island of Syros, Greece. The steep and somewhat intense geography of the land was a dominating factor in the design process. An expansive staircase leads from the top of the hills towards the house, which helps to intensify the experience of the rugged landscape. Entryway to the home is surrounded by the volumetric main areas of the villa, which culminates ultimately to a large opening that welcomes its inhabitants to expansive views of the Aegean Sea. The home is comprised of 2,163 square feet (201 square meters), divided into clean and square volumes for the public areas, living room and kitchen. The private bedroom areas are segregated into a partially buried rectangular volume.
Buried into a slope is a guesthouse, which is defined by a stone wall, seen commonly in local architecture. The main volume features an open floor plan, with a continuous view to the outdoors and cozy living spaces adjacent to a fireplace. Outside, there are two open courtyards protected from the sun, while a central area of the court is open to lounging in the sun and a children’s play area.
Photos: Erieta Attali, Ioanna Roufopoulou
Maison Toscana is a rustic country estate with a Mediterranean lifestyle transformed by designer Jessica Bataille, found in the coastal town of Jávea, in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. The owners discovered this dream retreat nestled in the middle of a pine forest near the beach. A 19th century villa built in traditional architecture, resulting in a comfortable home with simple and chic touches, designed to delight the senses with a slow life philosophy. Unique characteristics are featured throughout the home, such as thick stone walls, stone arches, a mediterranean garden and romantic arabic pool.
Despite the rustic building strength, the rooms exude a sophisticated romantic charm. Decorating styles and cultures with traditional Mediterranean architecture seem to intermingle; such as mixing Oriental and European antique pieces. In turn, the pursuit of warmth has been a constant. The selected textiles with rich textures of silk, velvets and lines to create an atmosphere that brings in the glamor of environments. An example of this is in the living room, where pink raw silk curtains and colorful cushions on the blue couch show a simple yet gorgeous appeal.
All lights are on dimmer switches, including the outdoors. The interior was considered essential to igniting ‘magic’ into the environment. Warmth was infused throughout with three fireplaces, with the fire and candles being basic to creating a cozy atmosphere and soul.
Photos: Nuevo Estilo
Amazing Grace is a stunning vacation rental designed with classic elegance of a West Indies plantation manor, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean. Situated on Providenciales, a small island as part of one of Turks and Caicos Islands, this five bedroom home has access to a beautiful stretch of white sandy beach. This is the perfect retreat for either a romantic getaway or a fun family escape from the daily grind.
This picturesque retreat offers meticulously landscaped gardens and a wonderful 50 foot swimming pool to spend the day splashing around in. If the pool is not your thing, this heavenly escape also offers a 100 foot dock to hop on a kayak. At dusk, memorable sunsets are a treat to enjoy every evening, while lounging on the pool terrace on designer furnishings. The property features a custom lighting system with a magical glow that casts on the gardens, making evening entertaining thorougly enjoyable. An al fresco dining table will help you enjoy starlight dinners with a glass of wine.
To stay at this fabulous five bedroom, five-and-a-half bath retreat, rates run from $4,000 – $8,500 per night, from here.
With arched French doors throughout this plantation home, natural light and fresh coastal breezes meander into the interiors. Plush contemporary furnishings grace the interiors, with natural infusions of dark wood and exposed beams reminiscint of a tropical setting. An open and airy living room with an adjacent elegant dining room offer view out to the ocean. A media room will allow you to curl up and relax with your favorite movies with a high-end home theater system. The chef’s kitchens offers natural stone surfaces and custom hardwood cabinets, making it very enjoyable to cook and entertain in. There is also a private chef, butler and even a housekeeper that can make your stay even more relaxing and stress free.
Each of the five sensational bedrooms seems to encapsulate the warmth and spirit of Turks and Caicos. A spacious master suite opens on both sides to the upper level veranda. There are his and hers en-suites with double vanities and luxurious showers that opens up to the outdoors. The additional guest bedrooms also showcase their own heavenly en-suites and jaw-dropping views.
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.” This is a pet friendly holiday house inspired by the relaxed feel of summer homes of New England mixed with the best of contemporary Queensland beach house design. Surround yourself with 180 degree ocean views, watching the waves crash from the negative edge pool.
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.
Blue Dog Luxury Beach House overlooks beautiful Castaways Beach, which is a dog friendly beach. Just step out of the back gate and you are on your way to the tranquil beach minus the crowds. You are just moments away from the action of Hastings Street, Noosa. This fabulous home was in a feature spread in Queensland Homes Magazine 2015.
Features of this beach home includes: a crisp coastal palette of white, soft grey, turquoise and aqua, expanses of glass and glass louvres overlooking the ocean, wide board limewashed French Oak and limestone floors and Newport stone interior and external 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
The Ark is the renovation, renewal and third interpretation of a holiday home by Bower Architecture, located in Point Lonsdale , a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. The residence has been enjoyed by the same family for 60 years. The original 1950’s beach shack was renovated in the early 1980’s and designed by architect and former National President of the AIA John Castles.
Description from the architect:
The Ark is the latest evolution of the dwelling, necessitated by a growing extended family and constant wear of the tough coastal environment. The existing house included a striking two storey curved wall, second storey raking roof and timber cladding oriented at 45 degrees. The challenging brief asked to retain and celebrate these elements whilst enlarging the living spaces to create a light filled, relaxed and playful family beach house.
The refurbishment of the original building included a complete recladding in spotted gum shiplap angled at 45 degrees. Notions of a continuous timber skin wrapping a sculptural form are evident and are further emphasised by the addition of a timber rain screen over the raking roof.
The new addition, added to the northern side of the existing building, increases the size of the kitchen and living spaces as well as providing an attached bedroom/bathroom pavilion. Whist the refurbished original building appears sculpted and smoothed over time, the new building is bolder and sharply rectilinear in form.
Clad in a rougher, radially-cut pine board and batten system, sections are carved away to reveal warm timbers and living space beneath. Demarcation of old and new is critical to The Ark and culminates in a slice (appearing as windows and skylight) between the original building and new. Internally, the language of the original design is reinterpreted with tiling and kitchen timber ceiling often oriented at 45 degrees and the curved island kitchen bench reminiscent of the curved external wall. Externally the sloping topography of the site encourages a stepped outdoor living area that traces the site downwards.
Photos: Shannon McGrath
Ski Shores Lakehouse is a modest weekend lake house that has been skillfully designed by Stuart Sampley Architect, located in Austin, Texas. The spirit of traditional Texas dogtrot-style architecture is modernly refined in this retreat.
Description from the architect: Two volumes flank a central porch that’s naturally cooled by lake breezes, capped on each end by tall, swinging gates for privacy and security, and anchored by a substantial outdoor dining table.
On one side, a sleek, modern kitchen is minimal in material but heavy on style and storage. A sunken living room— highlighted by rich warm wood underfoot — exudes comfort and is the ideal spot to escape the Texas summer heat. On the other side of the porch, cozy bedrooms balance the house, featuring big windows offering views of the Texas landscape.
The home’s materials were sourced regionally and chosen to last; exterior walls made of gray Texas Lueders Limestone mix with Southern yellow pine to create a natural palette that requires no maintenance. It’s a weekend getaway the homeowner can enjoy for decades to come.
Photos: Casey Dunn
Wave House is a contemporary weekend beach house retreat that was designed by Mark Dziewulski Architect, situated in beautiful Malibu Beach, California. The form of the 3,200 square foot house takes its inspiration from its context: the beach and waves.
Description from the architects: It is literally cantilevered over the surf, which passes beneath it at high tide. It has an exceptional location as it positioned at the end of a long open stretch of beach and has views on three sides. Being the end house also makes it highly visible to the 50,000 cars that pass each day along the Pacific Coast Highway, a scenic road that hugs the coastline at this point. The main spaces open up towards the surf with a wall of glass and extensive decks, which have fire pits. This indoor/outdoor relationship was very important to the client. The compact plan was carefully designed to provide views form all the main rooms, with large open spaces and maximum flexibility for entertaining. This is foremost a weekend getaway house.
The design evokes memories of yachts, bathing machines and cranes, reflecting its program as a form raised up and hanging over the sea. It appears almost machine-like — as though the floors were lifted and hoisted over the waves. The angled structure for the house is held back from the beach side to allow fully glazed facades overlooking the sea. This diagonal also reinforces the drama of the cantilever and creates a tension in the composition, hovering over the surf. It is an unusual site as it the end house along a row of adjacent homes and therefore has three visible facades. It was very important that the house was visually activated on all sides, while being more private and sheltering on the street side. The curves of the windows mirror the movement of the sea, which they literally reflect.
It was built on the footings of an existing house so we didn’t need to touch beach or disturb the natural environment. It was possible to recycle framing and structure and transform them into something entirely new without having to demolish and rebuild — saving a lot of landfill.
Photos: Courtesy of Mark Dziewulski Architect
Ecopark is known as a new green urban area with a lot of ancient trees, low building density and the house seems to be hidden behind the trees. The client brief was a house to rest and relax every weekend.
Description from the architects: The rule is architect can only intervene the inner spaces, not to change the outside perspective to avoid affecting of general landscape of the area. The existing characteristics of the project (location, demand) was the basis point for architect oriented design ideas: pure, simple and a bit rustic with delicate details.
The rule is architect can only intervene the inner spaces, not to change the outside perspective to avoid affecting of general landscape of the area.
The existing characteristics of the project (location, demand) was the basis point for architect oriented their design ideas : pure, simple and abit rustic with delicate details.
Ground floor layout is changed to bring more comfort and fit new demands. Side terrace is connected to the living space inside by using slide and fold door system.
A big void has been created in the middle of space bringing better connectivity between spaces (horizontal and vertical). Two wooden fin blocks are released into space, becoming the focal point of the house. This wooden block is folded from wall (2nd floor) to ceiling (1st floor) and also help to hide all technical system on 1st ceiling.
Dining table located under the void, receiving maximum natural light and ventilation from outside.
Polished concrete, cement wall, bamboo, and solid wood for interior furniture are the main materials exploit throughout the project. Finishing materials is rustic but delicate details
Finally, Client had a weekend house with open spaces, quiet and really relaxed. That’s the point we want!
Photos: Hoang Le
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