La Luge is a holiday cabin designed by YH2 Architects, lying in the midst of the forest the home is dedicated to the enjoyment of Quebec, Canada’s snowy winters. Nestled on its site, surrounded by dense vegetation preserving the house’s privacy, La Luge integrates a private spa which occupies almost a third of the useable area, adding on to the traditional countryside living spaces. While La Luge is as a compact scheme of only 1,300 square feet of living space that is meant to accommodate a large number of guests, the house’s spaces can be reconfigured into diverse geometries: using large sliding doors, the users may transform the children bedroom into a playground or a guest bedroom, more or less opened onto the main living spaces.
The project is made out of two embracing volumes set on different levels –one dark, one light, thus creating distinct spaces, freely merging one into the other. In this wood shell made of essences of cedar, oak and walnut, the atmosphere is soft but bright, soothing.
Photos: Francis Pelletier
Hydeaway House is a modern vineyard retreat in the Carneros region of Sonoma, California, designed by Schwartz and Architecture. The simple, one-story 2,000 square foot floor plan is not unlike any number of recent pre-fabricated prototypes for low cost, sustainable single-family homes. But then, the shape of the house begins to morph with the push and pull of the surrounding environment. The simple rectangular box folds in two to embrace the open 1-acre site. Walls skew under the rectangular roof to focus on near and distant views. This then creates the tapering roof overhangs that strategically protect the private spaces from the harshest of the summer sun. In the end, the design retains the benefits of a simple plan with streamlined construction, and the economical and sustainable use of materials. Yet with just a few subtle shifts in the plan, we create a home engaged with its surroundings and far more able to take advantage of the best its site has to offer — qualities often lacking in the simple box.
To stay at the heavenly retreat, prices range from $775 – $975 per night, from here.
Photos: Matthew Millman
This beautiful traditional style lake house, situated in Salisbury, Connecticut was built by Crisp Architects to become a vacation getaway for the client’s. The resulting design serves as a perfect getaway for any family complete with lots of outdoor space, expansive decks and beautifully detailed interior spaces. The architects took advantage of the beautiful surrounding views so even when indoors, one can appreciate and enjoy the great outdoors. A large kitchen and charming living spaces make this home great for entertaining as well.
The light fixtures hanging over this gorgeous dining table are from Period Lighting Fixtures in Clarksburg, Massachusetts.
The beautiful kitchen features honed absolute black granite countertops, with cabinetry finished in Benjamin Moore Decorator’s White.
The bedroom offers incredible views over the lake with a balcony where the owner’s can spend evening gazing at the lake. The bed can be found at Eldred Wheeler handcrafted furnishings.
The mudroom features Benjamin Moore Carrington Beige for the walls and Benjamin Moore Navajo White for the trim.
Photos: Rob Karosis
This home, a rustic barn inspired vacation retreat for a family of four on Spring Island, South Carolina, was designed by Historical Concepts to appear as if it was once an old horse stable. The long and linear form is typical of the equestrian building typology and reminiscent of a simple barn that would have housed horses on a large functioning estate. To make the imaginary transition from stable to home, the design team came up with a playful layout that is unusual and quirky, as if new uses were carved into every niche and cranny of the “old barn”.
On the exterior, sliding barn doors open to reveal an open-air entry, flooded with light from the barn-inspired cupola above. Inside, a mixed palette of materials and barn-inspired details add further embellishment to the fictional storyline. Old Savannah Gray brick, reclaimed floors, exposed timbers and other rustic details appear to be vestiges of the home’s supposed past.
Large barn doors open to the open dogtrot entry area. (A dogtrot is an open breezeway, and dogtrot houses are common in Lowcountry.) Large screens are stashed in pockets so the entire opening can be screened, letting the breeze through without letting in the bugs. The dogtrot provides an open-air entry that receives light from the cupola overhead.
The home is comprised of 2,900 square feet of living space, with 3 bedrooms, 3½ bathrooms plus a 1-bedroom, 1-bath guesthouse.
“A catwalk connects a bunk room to a sitting room/office upstairs. “We kept the catwalk as open as possible so that it did not block too much light from the cupola. The industrial feel is an interesting counterpoint to the barn style.” A large fireplace draws everyone into the dogtrot during cold months. “The owners tell me that the dogtrot is a magnet for people whenever they have parties,”.
The upstairs windows share the light from the sitting room/office with the downstairs living space. The architect used 12-inch ponderosa pine planks, which stand up well to kids and dogs.
The owners wanted the kitchen sink to look out to the dogtrot fireplace; windows share the light and create the idea of a horse stall. Placing the sink on the dogtrot side dictated that the range be placed in the island, and the clients’ range required a commercial vent hood.
In the main living room, wide planks on the walls add more barn feeling. Indigenous Old Savannah Gray bricks give the chimney an aged look. Also carrying the barn theme through are rough-hewn beams meant to evoke a hayloft.
Other parts of the house have concrete floors, including the dining room, screened-in porch and dogtrot area. All the spaces flow in a logical way; a few paces allow the family to choose between the indoor dining room and the screened-in porch at mealtimes.
Tall pine trees and the screened-in porch along the back of the home mitigate the direct sunlight.
At the back of the house is the master suite is at the left; its structure is meant to resemble a stable manager’s office added onto the barn. A glass corridor leads to the main bedroom and a small office. Barn doors create the idea of rooms as former horse stalls. Thanks to telecommuting, the family is able to spend long stints in South Carolina, but it was important for the workspace to also incorporate the beautiful surroundings.
The parental zone also has its own private patio.
More pine planks on the walls, pine countertops and a claw-foot tub give this bathroom relaxed country style.
A cupola and dormers on the roof let in light and create ventilation, important elements in the home’s design; the windows are operational and open via a motor.
The neighborhood required muted colors; the archtect picked a woodsy palette that blends well with the coastal trees and shrubs around the home. He added a touch of barn red on the window trim.
Details like electrified gas lanterns, board and batten siding, a metal roof and exposed vent pipes add to the barn feeling.
Large sliding barn doors and Bahama shutters punctuate the front of the home and also let the owners batten it down when they head home to Princeton, New Jersey. The shutters function like Bermuda shutters but are planked to fit in with barn style.
The thoughtful layout was very important to the way the family lives here, especially when the kids bring friends home. The kids have a two-story zone on one side of the house, the communal areas are in the middle, and the parents have a first-floor master suite off the back of the house. The upper floor is the son’s domain; it includes a bedroom, a bunk room and a small sitting area (at the end of the catwalk) and a bathroom.
This is the upstairs sitting room, which overlooks the living room. All of the great light coming in through the dormers is shared with the first floor. The son’s and daughter’s zones will also work when they grow up, as guest suites where they can stay with families of their own.
Photos: Richard Leo Johnson | Atlantic Archives
Aspen Manor is a luxury mountain retreat designed by Charles Cunniffe Architects, situated on four acres at the base of Red Mountain in Aspen, Colorado’s posh Starwood neighborhood. At approximately 20,000 square feet, this stone-and-stucco Bavarian-style house utilizes as much glass as possible to encompass the views, all the while creating a warm, mountain escape for the owners. The Owner’s philanthropic engagements lead to programming to include spaces for sizable party tents, valet, catering, staff accommodations and lavish guests suites. The design includes 12 bedrooms, gourmet kitchen with butler’s pantry, an office, wine cellar and tasting room, gym, pilot’s quarters, pool and outdoor entertaining areas and a guest house.
The retreat is perched on a hill with a 70-mile panorama of snow-capped mountains. Outside a slate patio includes a pizza oven and entertainment area next to an Infinity swimming pool. A hot tub edged by large rocks is fed by a stream that runs under a wooden bridge.
The couple, pictured here, bought the property in 2006 for $20 million before embarking on a multi-million-dollar renovation. Mr. Powers, 53, was formerly a managing director and senior portfolio manager of Pacific Investment Management Co. (PIMCO). Mrs. Power’s grandparents owned the Mississippi Delta plantation Dockery Farms. She is a trustee of the farm, now a historical site, and also funds a program that provides music education to children in the South.
Aspen interior designer Linda Bedell says it went from “overdone, Los Angeles nouveau riche” to the look of “a grand European country house.”
In the “Grand Room,” a wide open living room with 50-foot-high wood beam ceilings, a Joan Miro tapestry hangs above a vast stone fireplace.
Ms. Powers’ office includes an Andy Warhol painting.
Inside, the views compete with a top-shelf contemporary art collection. It starts in the entry, shown here, where a large Roy Lichtenstein oil hangs on gray cashmere-covered walls.
Village House was designed as a weekend retreat for a young family in northern Sjælland, Denmark, designed by Powerhouse Company. The house is an exploration on the possibilities of the Summer cabin, the traditional Danish vacation home. While keeping the cabin’s footprint small, spatial as well as sustainable, there is a wide range of spatial possibilities, by using a five-fingered floor plan.
The 1,184 square foot (110 square meters) house is a cluster of five wings, like miniature cabins. These fan out like a hand spreading five fingers over the site, generating a variety of views, light effects and outdoor areas. This variation means the house provides an enjoyable environment all year round and at all times of day. For example, a large window above the living room allows sunlight to bathe the dining table at around midday.
Summerhouses are traditionally family spaces, but when children grow older they need more independence from their parents. Hence the ‘village of cabins’ organization, with radiating individual spaces that are united in the centre. Each member of the family effectively has the option of privacy when they need it. Meanwhile a star-shaped central space, uniting the living room and kitchen, forms the shared area which nevertheless offers pockets of seclusion to spend time alone while still in the family circle. This solution faithfully reflects the rather different desires of the family members. One wanted a picturesque, cozy and archetypal summerhouse, while another wanted a spacious and contemporary feeling. Both desires are united in the design.
In basing Village House on the classic Danish summerhouse, while adding modern ideas of space, Powerhouse Company has created a contemporary harmony. The elementary wooden structure has a pitched roof, and it is black, the most discreet color in nature, like the dark shadows in the surrounding woods. Inside, the uniform white surface maximizes the northern light.
The rustic but modern solution is low maintenance, which is more important for a holiday home than offering lots of space. From an architectural point of view, its close relationship to the context is especially significant in a holiday home. The house contrasts with the routine home of the clients, and provides the basis for a separate lifestyle. Isn’t that what we are looking for when we go on holiday?
Villa Solaire is a converted old farmhouse into a luxury rental villa, revisiting traditional techniques in the village of Morzine, in the Rhône-Alpes region of France. The renovation was carried out by Jérémie Koempgen Architecture and FUGA, built in 1826, it was singled out by the municipality as a landmark for traditional architecture. A uniform cladding wraps the whole farm. One of the challenges of the project was to preserve its appearance, while filtering light into the heart of the 6,673 square foot (620 square meters) building. The traditional technique of decorative cut-outs within the wood strips was used to perform specific perforations within the planks. The design of this simple and contemporary pattern is consistent with the equipment and techniques used by the local carpenter for cutting spruce slats. These cut-outs recall the disjointed battens of the traditional barn, used for drying hay.
Today, these slits bring light inside the building. The glazed elements of the project, which are flush with the inside of the façade, are partially hidden by the cover strips. As they are not visible from outside they do not interfere with the uniformity of the cladding.
Throughout the year, the surrounding roofs and buildings cast their shadows on the facades. The pattern within the cladding is designed to respond to the path described by these shadows: the areas receiving a greater amount of sun are all the more open and provide a certain legibility of the continuity between the common spaces of the house.
This concept of interlocking inside/outside, evokes a lifestyle in harmony with its surroundings and leads to the project being named the “solar house”: a house exposed on its four facades to the path of the sun, perceived as a sundial.
Finding one’s bearings: A living geography
The idea is to move through this house between four “blocks” steady as rocks, located at each corner of the building. Each independent unit forms a suite with sleeping area and amenities.
Between these four blocks, the remaining space is occupied by a succession of stacked floors at different levels in the framework. This continuum of generous space welcomes the activities shared by the inhabitants: cooking, dining, watching a film, conversing in the living room, warming up around the fire…
These four blocks mark the house as the summits punctuate the valley. In Haute Savoie, one instinctively relates the farms to the mountains. Again, this symbolic association is translated in each block as it is identified in its facing mountainous terrain, just as the framework can be interpreted as a forest, whose various topographical lines are recalled within the different floor levels.
Revealing the structure:Nested scales or “the complex of the snail”
The charm of the original farm resides in the existing structure. Conserving its overall appearance was of one of the project’s key challenges, which motivated its restoration: It was fully recovered and the original plastering preserved after brushing and trimming.
In order to clear the room of the nave while meeting the rental house needs, utility functions were closely integrated. A strong contrast results from the scales of the cozy bedrooms, bathrooms and sleeping alcoves, next to the open central meeting space. The complexity of these nested spaces is combined with a similar research in terms of details and materials.
Photos: Julien Lanoo
Chalet Brickell enjoys the luxury of a stunning setting at the heart of Megève, a commune in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France. Developed by Pure Concept, a Swiss designer-creator firm specialized in luxury properties, this exceptional 12,900 square foot Chalet, with its guest house, blends in perfectly with the small town. Situated at the foot of the mountain, surrounded by nature and unforgettable mountain views, it seems to have found its natural place. Designed to precise specifications, down to the tiniest detail, it offers the rich sobriety of noble materials, the subtlety of elegant combinations, and a superbly functional space. Nothing is left to chance. Every accessory has its role to play: a breath of color, a glow of light, bespoke rugs, unique motifs. Behind this chic modernity lies a truly authentic simplicity.
Chalet Brickell and its guest house sleeps up to 18 guests within seven bedrooms and can be booked all year round from $33,877 to $182,938/per week, depending on the season, from here.
The staircase, like a modern drawbridge, allows access to the large living room. The transparent blend of metal, glass and steel elegantly complements the warm harmonies of antique woods. Pure lines create a comfort that is absolute simplicity. The overall effect is one of a neutral, modest, welcoming refinement that makes the perfect setting for works of art or original shots by renowned photographers.
Golden bedroom. Antique wood and a Fortuny-inspired pleated headboard set the tone in the room with gold-colored quilted curtains. Like a plush bedspread, a large fur blanket covers the bed, which is fitted with sheets with touches of gold for a gold room.
White bedroom. Leather-paneled walls match the headboard, in shades of taupe that accentuate the whiteness of the bed linens and accessories. Fur adds a touch of warmth.
Master bedroom. Meticulously executed finishing touches and exquisite attention to detail make this space a true haven of well-being. The master bedroom owes its beauty to the skills of Italian craftsmen, specialised in the construction of yachts. Walls made of wood meet an oak floor covered with thick rugs, while shagreen leather frames the doorway. Cut-velvet panels line the wall and ceiling, like a «canopy» above the bed, which is covered with a fur bedspread. Heavy drapes and an enveloping easy chair create a cozy reading corner. Here, you feel cocooned. Taupe leathers adorn the easy chair and leather-covered sliding doors open onto the marble bathroom, where two identical Japanese-style shower rooms face each other.
The night club, as well as the home cinema and its large screen, have been installed to the highest professional standards and make use of the very latest technical developments. Dancers can enjoy an LED lighting system created by a specialist who provides the lighting solutions for discotheques throughout the world. The «dark» room puts the emphasis on comfort, with luxurious couches and individual service.
The indoor pool looks onto the garden and benefits from the natural light. To protect privacy, specially designed curtains can be drawn across the large windows – a little like the Hollywood of the fifties. Bed loungers, along with a teak floor like the deck of a yacht, give the feel of a relaxing cruise.
The huge garage in the basement links the main chalet and the guest house. From here, the leisure rooms can be accessed. A showcase for car collectors or enthusiasts, it has been designed to house 4x4s, racing cars and also elegant limousines, with a focus on aesthetics and rigor. The floor has a «granular» surface, the central axis features the colors of Brickell, while the walls display the fastest and most famous racing drivers, with Steve McQueen in top position.
The teak terrace, against a backdrop of snow, is the perfect place to relax in the sun. White sets the inside-outside tone and gives a warm comfort to an open-air relaxation area. Custom-made sun loungers, for moments of leisure, adopt a deck-chair look with high-quality yacht-style details.
The chalets, situated in two of the best French ski resorts (Megève and Courchevel 1850) are equipped with services worthy of grand palaces: transfer by helicopter, housekeeper, private chef, chauffeur, concierge, massage and beauty care etc. In the style of a hotel for the private individual, with exceptional services, it is pure made-to-measure.
Chalet Les Sorbiers offers a peaceful and secluded location, nestled into the mountainside, in the heights of Courchevel 1850, in the village of Val d’Isère, France. As part of one of Courchevel’s most luxurious and exclusive hotels, Le Kilimandjaro, Chalet Le Sorbiers offers all of the facilities and faultless service that you’d expect from the 5 star hotel, in the privacy and opulence of your own luxury ski chalet. From its traditional wooden exterior, exposed beams and wood paneled walls and ceilings, to the massive stone fireplace centerpiece, the chalet exudes alpine charm, which is complemented perfectly by elegant furnishings and the latest technology.
The retreat showcases a large open plan living and dining room with a grand central fireplace surrounded by comfortable armchairs and sofas. There is an LCD television, audio equipment and home cinema system for entertainment. The dining area has a spacious table that can comfortably seat all ten guests. There is a fully equipped separate kitchen where your private chef will prepare breakfast, afternoon tea and superb evening meals. There is also a butler who will always be around to make sure that you want for nothing.
To stay at this sensational chalet, rates are from $53,029 per week, sleeping 10, from here.
There are five en-suite bedrooms spread over the three floors. There are two doubles with en-suites on the ground floor along with double that features a stunning fireplace and en-suite. On the same floor as the sitting area is another en-suite double although it is slightly smaller than the other bedrooms. The fifth and final bedroom is on the top floor and is a superb master suite with sitting area. Outside on the south-facing terrace is a beautiful wooden hot-tub, there’s a small private garden and the property has a heated garage, although there is a chauffeur-driven car at your disposal throughout your stay.
This cozy vacation home designed for a family, to relax in an amazing setting was created by Breese Architects, situated in Mink Meadows, Massachusetts. The interiors of this warm transitional retreat were designed byInteriors Studio Martha’s Vineyard. Having the Interiors and Architecture studios working closely together on this project created a sense of connectedness for this home. Working together meant every detail was thought of by the talented design teams.
Interior’s Studio Martha’s Vineyard (ISMV) is a full service Interior Design studio and a furniture and accessories showroom. Recognizing the importance of offering comprehensive design services ISMV also offers clients the services of our Architecture partner, Breese Architects, helping us fill the need for a full range of high-end design, sourcing and purchasing. ISMV is located in the village of Tisbury on Martha’s Vineyard and is an elegant, warm, and beautiful space that was designed and created by Breese Architects. The high energy, tasteful sensibilities and talent of the studio and architecture teams has made possible an on-island company with off island connections.
Photos: Brian VandenBrink