House N is a seaside villa that was originally built in 1938 and has just recently undergone a complete overhaul by Maxwan Architects in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. The villa was originally the holiday home of a concrete factory owner. Battered by the salty weather over the decades, the house was in need of renovation.
Besides roof replacement and basement repairs, the bedrooms, bathrooms and windows were outdated and some spaces had grown too small for the clients’ requirements. Maxwan’s additions bring new distinctive features to the house, while respecting its original character.
Extending into the back garden with floor-to-ceiling glass on three sides is the new living room, which maximizes light and views from among the treetops towards the garden and further out to the sea.
In the opposite direction stretches the new kitchen, incorporated in a single precast concrete block. Its color contrasts to the existing house while harmonizing with the surroundings. Both extensions of the new kitchen and living room are clearly separated from the existing structure with glass slits, through which the sky dramatically bursts.
The bespoke spiral staircase connecting the uppermost levels elegantly uses the balustrade to support the treads, with the laser-cut pattern blending from closed to open for structural efficiency and recalling the breaking waves.
The attic is given a new lease of life by new multi-functional wall furniture and large windows.
In addition to these major components, the entire house is renewed in a manner complementary to the original house.
Photos: Courtesy of Maxwan Architects
Villa Como project was an internal and external renovation of the lot and its interior design envisioned by Studio Marco Piva, located on beautiful Como Lake, Italy. The construction of the 6,458 square foot (600 square meters) property was really degraded and had been completely abandoned. The concept design was developed based on a contemporary design style and seeking for alternatives to guarantee that the project is developed according to client’s requests and objectives of a villa with an opulent atmosphere, comfort and tranquility. The aim of this concept design was to create harmonization between residence and nature.
The key element of the project has been to develop a continuity between the formal structure and its framework, privileging light colors and natural materials in harmony with the surrounding green areas, for a pleasant, cozy and elegant global scene. A plain project, elegant, in harmony with nature and the environment that, in the same way, creates harmony and wellbeing itself. A welcoming, pleasant, scenic and amazing place, where to feel good with themselves, family or friends.
Photos: Andrea Martiradonna
The Jesolo Lido Pool Villa is the first of a development for 9 single family residences by JM Architecture, located in the beach town of Jesolo Lido, Italy. The villa is a custom designed prefabricated wood structure, and it was built and furnished in only 6 months. Energy-saving high standards have been applied to the shell to guarantee maximum comfort and almost zero costs throughout the four seasons. The building features wood structures as a flexible and anti-seismic system which also avoids thermal bridges. The 31 centimeters of perimeter insulation, argon-gas insulated glass facades, 10 kw of photovoltaic panels installed on the roof and the interior / exterior led light fixtures co-operate in making a technologically contemporary building. Because of the small dimensions of the plot, the design goal has been directed in leaving as much open space as possible.
The indoor living area has transparent sides which opens towards two different-sized patios. The largest one, to the west, features a long swimming pool, which takes the entire length of the space, and two planted square inserts. An olive tree is the main three-dimensional element in the patio and it’s placed next to the staircase which leads to the underground level, where the storage and technical rooms are located.
The smaller patio, to the east, also features two planted inserts with another olive tree to counter balance the other side. The outdoor areas, as a client’s main request, needed to be low maintenance, so most of the surface was paved and the plants in the inserts where selected in order to live with the least care possible. The 4-meter roof overhang to the west allows to have enough shading during the hot summer months and allows to place a covered outdoor seating and dining areas.
Interiors are custom designed with typical JMA solutions, like audio/video walls, custom designed solid-surface kitchen, motorized roller shades which disappear into the dropped ceiling for maximum continuity of indoor-outdoor areas, integrated indirect lighting and home automated electrical system.
The radiant floor heating system is powered with an electric heat pump which takes the energy from the photovoltaic panels. The air-conditioning system is fully integrated in the dropped ceiling with linear diffusers and hidden intakes. As always for JMA, the pursuit of simplicity and linear solutions represented a large part of the design work.
Photos: Jacopo Mascheroni
Meticulously renovated, this very stunning villa in Mallorca showcases beautiful design details in the picture perfect holiday resort area of Puerto Andratx. The site offers generous grounds of 2,500 square meters, which includes a private pool and lush gardens, several magnificent terraces, BBQ area, parking and excellent views of the harbor and the sea that is unbeatable. This exceptional property is comprised of 9,579 square feet (890 square meters), offering six bedrooms with built-in wardrobes, six bathrooms, living/dining room with fireplace, fully equipped kitchen, laundry room and convenient space for storage, marble flooring with underfloor heating, double glazing and security door. This splendid villa also has a guest apartment. The property has been designed and decorated with good taste with a contemporary style in combination with certain traditional elements.
Want more of this picturesque villa? It could be all yours, as it is listed for sale at $10,222,890, from here.
With updated architecture to a true European French Villa style, Sunset Plaza Residence has been designed by Smith Firestone Associates, situated high above Sunset Plaza in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. The designers revamped the exterior facade, taking the architecture from an odd muddle of classical French and retro 1970’s to a true European French Villa style. They gave the interior an edge of glamor and French flair. Entering through the dramatic, two-story glossy black double doors, the interior space is Hollywood Regency with a classic French flair. Dark wood floors juxtaposed against stark white paneled walls are offset by a transitional color palette of mink brown, classy black, pale dove gray, dusty purples and hints of yellow. The décor is an eclectic mix of romantic Rococo-inspired pieces, 19th Century French Empire chandeliers, contemporary abstract art, quirky wallcoverings, and of course, a few Bond-inspired accents–perfect for the client who is heir to the James Bond empire!
Photos: Meghan Beierle-O’Brien
Leobo Private Reserve ultra-cool luxury villa surrounded by 12,000 acres of pristine African wilderness in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. Unlike any other game lodge, the villa is only available on an exclusive use basis, totally private and yours to enjoy. The main house is simply stunning. Designed by award winning architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, this private house is state of the art and even has a fully automated research-grade observatory tower to view the night sky in world class conditions.
There is a full team of staff to make your stay one of complete luxury and relaxation, including butlers and a talented private chef. The house will take your breath away, but the real star of the show is the 12,000 acre private game reserve / playground on your doorstep. The Leobo Private Reserve is fantastically well equipped for fun – there are quad bikes, dirt buggies, horses, mountain bikes, motor bikes, helicopters, clay shooting, fishing and more, all to use at your leisure, with no rules or time constraints.
See the abundance of wild game on horseback, quad or from the comfort of a Land Cruiser, all with the commentary of an expert. The experienced bush guides can take you animal tracking and show you the wonders of nature on the reserve. Forget timetabled game-drives. Here it’s just you and the bush (with of course the team of experienced staff) so you can do what you like, when you like.
Sleeping six, rates at Leobo Private Reserve range from $28,803 to $70,078, from here.
Villa Kotilo has been designed by architect Olavi Koponen of r2k architectes in Espoo, Finland. The home has received widespread attention and appreciation for the uniqueness of the design. The home combines ecology, traditional materials such as concrete, steel and wood, but an exceptionally natural and harmonious form. The spiral shape dwelling is comprised of 2,486 square feet (231 square meters) of living space. The house envelopes three rooms kitchen, living area and bathroom / toilet. The actual living quarters are located in the main building, and in a separate wing of the building, sauna, dressing room, bathroom, storage and technical room.
This fabulous home is currently listed for sale for roughly $1,107,312.00, from here.
Photos: Courtesy of Lea Jakama
Segera Retreat is the new Wilderness Safari’s property set in a wildlife sanctuary on the Laikipia Plateau, Kenya, East Africa. The retreat consists of eight villas, five of which are raised on wooden decks comprising one bedroom with en-suite bathroom and have an outside deck. Beneath each Villa lies an outside lounge and comfortable swing-bed. As the name suggests, the property is a place to relax and unwind; there is a gym here, wellness center and a theater. There is also the largest private collection of African art in the world.
Six timber and thatch villas are raised above a carpet of botanical life in the Segera “Oasis” with its sculpture garden. Each has an elevated wooden platform, which looks out onto the surrounding savannah and swing beds below providing the perfect shaded place for some midday relaxation as well as for a night out under the stars, surrounded by the sounds of Africa. The gracious Segera House and perfectly positioned Villa Segera boast similarly spectacular views and even greater privacy and luxury. They run on solar energy and water is sustainably harvested and recycled. The villas gaze out over the Laikipia Plateau towards the spectacular Mount Kenya.
Within the privacy of the villas, a large bedroom and en-suite bathroom fill the upstairs space under timber trusses. A private sun deck in the garden offers comfortable sun loungers for soaking up the African sun, while a Jacuzzi bath, sunk into the deck outside the bedroom, offers a unique vantage point. Each villa includes in its décor original, individually selected paintings and other art from a range of Africa’s most inspiring artists.
Photos: Courtesy of Segera
Villa Amanzi is nestled in a cascading, west facing ravine with a dramatic slab of rock defining the northern edge and a stunning outlook over the azure blue of the Andaman Sea to the south, in Phuket, Thailand. Architecture studio Original Vision was commissioned to do this demanding but ultimately spectacular site justice, which was both daunting and exciting. The defining elements are the rock and the view. They dominate at every juncture. They resonate on first approach, through the migration from public to private space, in the living and in the family areas, in the gardens, in the bedrooms; and they continue to command respect down the tropical jungle steps that arrive at a secluded rock platform, flanked by the same seam that welcomed you 60m above. Constant reference to these elements instills a feeling of solidity that contrasts with the openness of the house, reinforcing the dynamism and vibrancy that pays homage to the magic of the location.
The home grows out from the rock; the bedroom element rests between it and the wing that strikes the perpendicular, rising vertically from the slope. This composition defines the open living and dining space that is simply a transition between two garden areas. It is intimate but open and the uninterrupted clear span creates a bridge under which the conventions defining indoor space disappear.
Cantilevered over a massage sala, the swimming pool completes the composition. It is the focal point that draws the eye to the view and instills a calmness that provides balance with the energy of the architecture.
Allocation of Living Space
The provision and allocation of living space in the house is carefully distributed over the three main levels of accommodation.
At the main entrance or Entertainment Level, the principal open living and dining space forms the core of the entertainment function. The terraces, swimming pool, dining sala and barbeque area all refer and rely on this main space and together, complete the composition. Supporting this function are the kitchen, storage, laundry and staff areas.
Above the Entertainment Level is the main family Bedroom Level. The master suite is accompanied by a further three bedrooms, all of which, including their bathrooms, command uninterrupted ocean views.
Sliding doors can be opened front and back to encourage the monsoon breezes to cool the rooms.
Below the Entertainment Level, two further bedrooms, a private spa and a large games and family room complete the home on the Guest and Spa Level. It is from this level that access is gained to the steps leading to the rock pools and the ocean.
The principal planning restrictions on the west coast of Phuket are a series of set-back zones from the Mean High Water Line (MHWL). These zones control density, site coverage and height limits.
Located within the 3rd of these zones, a band that has been designed to allow low density and low visual impact development, Villa Amanzi is well within limits and therefore enjoys generous green space around it.
Sunny Side Villa is a brand new luxury vacation dwelling situated on a sandy beach with a swimming pool literally on the sand of Chrisi Akti in Paros, Greece designed by Studio 265 Architecture + Building. This 3,875 square foot (360 square meters) property has been built as a long flat unit and it has a guest house almost attached to it. All bedrooms have sea views and direct access to the pool area and all the comforts of a luxury construction. There is a main house with three bedrooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, large living and dining area and a kitchen. An independent guesthouse has a bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a day bed, dressing room and small kitchenette as well as staff quarters. The land is comprised of 11,000 square meters and is planted with olive trees, fig and pomegranate trees and a vineyard. There is a small vegetable and aromatic plants garden. This unique beach house is ideal for families or a group of couples!
Photos: Courtesy of Studio 265 Architecture + Building
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