Designed by TsAO & McKOWN Architects. This beautiful rural retreat is located in Wainscot, New York, United States. The primary challenge was to design for the needs of a yet-to-be-determined client. Another significant question was how to root the house to the earth; the nearly flat site in a young growth forest offered no footing. We responded by reshaping the topography, establishing the first level slightly below grade and sculpting the surrounding terrain into a gentle rise. In addition to anchoring the house, this also allowed the visible volume to be reduced, and enabled the creation of indoor/outdoor spaces that are at once secluded, yet very open to their surroundings.
The house functions (physically and psychologically) on multiple levels – as much an intimate retreat for two (or one) as an accommodating host to an extended family (or numerous guests) – thus promoting multiple, overlapping narratives. Above, the public face; contained, controlled, consistent. Below, the private sphere; free-wheeling and spontaneous. We chose to embrace, rather than deny, this inherent ambivalence – a duality that is universal to the human condition.
Wooden beds aren’t very rare. There are a lot of manufacturers which produce them although Presotto do than in a nice Italian style. Aqua bed is made of curved multiplaywood combined with hung aqua nightstands. The cool thing is that headboard and main frame are one piece. That make the bed look more aesthetic. The nightstands are connected to the frame and doesn’t have their own short legs. Thanks to that whole bed looks like it levitating above the floor. The wooden bed come in different colors. The most beautiful ones are grey oak and bianco.
Marcio Kogan is Brazil’s designer who create beautiful modern house designs in minimalist and natural style. This house in Laranjeiras, neighborhood located in the Southern Zone of Rio de Janeiro, is one of his latest works which combines both styles in one beach house. Ultra wide openings and imperceptibly transition between indoors and outdoors what make this very comfortable. Minimalism softened through wood surfaces and stone walls make the house design’s modern but not cold. 6 bedrooms with balconies are located on second floor creating great places for rest and catch sunrise views. First floor have kitchen and maids quarters at the one wing and dining room, living areas, bar and games room at the other.
The (w)right House is four bedroom contemporary home designed by Charles Wright just moments from the beach in cosmopolitan Port Douglas. It has environmentally sustainable design with vaulted ceilings and the presence of water from every angle of the house. To cool the tropical air, the house has one store and enveloped by water. The structure is an innovative combination of concrete, steel and un-conventional core-filled clay brick masonry. A flowing metal structure shades the lap pool with salt water, and a wooden deck wraps around the house conjuring up the sense of being at sea. The roof cavity is double insulated and separately vented utilising venturi effect – eleiminating heat gain from roof penetration. The house has indoor and outdoor dining places with open plan kitchen and gas BBQ relatively. The living room has an LCD widescreen TV/DVD/CD, Cable TV, WiFi and surround sound entertainment system. The house is a great retreat near the beach to spent holidays.
This house was designed by Tony Owen NDM to capture the spirit of Sydney’s Bondi Beach in a home which both beach house and urban style dwelling. The line of the wave is the underlying element which runs through the house. It forms an entry wing over the garage at the south and rises to give greater height to the living room at the north end. Kitchen, dining and living areas are combined and lead out to the garden. The centrepiece of the area is a built-in, cantilevered polished concrete workbench in the shape of a moulded seven. High windows run the length of one wall, while a low, glassed wall on the other side looks out on an elegant pool. Despite plenty of glass, the neighbouring houses are not visible. Because glass is everywhere in the house it isn’t surprise that the owner also owns glass supply business.