The architect designed this modern sustainable home so that it fits into the landscape, integrated into the iconic large trees on the site, this home uses traditional house proportions to blend with the near neighborhood. The balcony and roof reach into the trees making them integral tightly to the house, while The horizontal lines tie the house to the land.
Architecture: Tom Reisenbichler
Photography: Bret Janek
The client desired a beautiful weekend house in Colorado mountains, both elegant and functional, with minimally furnished interior, for his family’s weekend retreat. Detailing is distinctive and sophisticated. The exterior blends wood, stone, stucco, glass and steel, enhancing the contemporary design while still appearing at mountain home. Neutral, warm colors echo the environment and lend softness to balance the modern, clean lines. The lighting design is contemporary and bold, featuring fixtures by designers Jeremy Cole and Ingo Maurer, and others created by New Mood Design especially for the weekend house, such as the two-tiered foyer chandelier.
Architecture: New Mood Design
Photography: Darren Edwards
The WhitePod Ski Resort is located in the Swiss Alps, 1700 meters above sea level in the small village of Les Cerniers and includes 15 original units in the shape of small geodesic domes or igloos. The unusual ski resort overlooks a beautiful Swiss valley and combines highly modern way of living with a traditional ideas. The cabins may look like typical ice homes, but in fact the units all feature a king-sized bed, a fireplace, a wide window for unobstructed views and plenty of comfort.
This eight-bedroom beautiful house in New Hampshire is a good example of how surrounding nature can influence architecture and interior and moreover, can add value to design. The front facade is adorned with natural handcrafted stone, borrowing some of landscape’s natural hues. The small tower and the irregular roof embedded in the house remind us of the days when we imagined that the bedtime stories main characters lived in gorgeous, spacious castles with curvacious shapes and lovely towers.
The house, being sold by Prudential for $13.6 million, includes 11 bathrooms, a three-slip boat house, a 15-seat home theatre and a billiards room.
Design TMS Architects
Area 17,000 square foot
Location Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire
In this luxury house with stunning view in Hollywood Hills there are three contamporary bedrooms and four lavish bathrooms all following the elegant theme of using the highest quality stone, glass and steel, but the real charmer is the relaxing and amazing living room looking across Los Angeles. Also, the house has a spa and spectacular infinity pool offering mind-blowing views of the LA, floating stairs, disappearing walls of glass, state of the art lighting and cantilevered terraces.
Google data centers buildings are the excellent examples of contemporary industrial architecture, combining functionality, ergonomics and aesthetics. These buildings designed to minimize the environmental impact and have 50% less energy consumption than typical data centers. The main purpose of these modern data centers is to ensure secure functioning of such popular services like web search, Gmail, Youtube, Blogger, Google Drive and other Google products.
Photography: Connie Zhou
This 6,650 square foot contemporary house near vineyard offers beautiful views over the stepped terraces of a hillside vineyard in Stuttgart, Germany. Inside and out, this contemporary house is characterized by interesting turns and curves, and so is the functional structure, organization of the views and indoor circulation of the house. Set of diagonal movements determines the direction of each curve.
A glazed double-height corner is the dining area, which opens up to picturesque views and frames the stepped vineyard hill which composes the backdrop to the home.
In 2008 UNESCO recognized the old houses ethnic Hakka in China as an official World Heritage, noting the historical, cultural and architectural value of these amazing structures. Built in the period from the 12th to the 20th century, each of these buildings can accommodate up to 800 people, forming a city within a city. In Fujian, a large part of the coast of China, is located about 20,000 of these buildings. Also called Fujian Tulou, old houses are an important part of the history of this land, these structures protected local people against attacks of robbers. Typical Fujian Tulou ancient house has three to five storeys, surrounded by thick earthen wall - thickness of up to 1.8 meters in most buildings. The only entrance was protected by a wooden door and 10 cm thick iron gates. At the roof level were arranged loopholes to repel enemy attacks. Aesthetically these old houses capture the spirit and beauty of the rural areas of China.
This beautiful luxury home in Malibu spells out pleasant atmosphere and comfort. Integrated in a picturesque landscape, several steps away from Malibu beach, the home has 4 bedrooms and 6.000 square feet living area. The exterior of this beautiful home is particularly interesting with its natural stone finish, balconies and terraces. Most of the windows face a large pool with comfortable patio furniture. Owners and guests can enjoy magnificence views of the ocean while taking a swim or resting by the pool.
In this beautiful modern home in San Francisco Bay Area, California there are 4 bedrooms and 5 and a half bathrooms. Inside, the luxury home shelters a collection of rooms: kitchen, dining and living, fitness room, steam room, sun room, guest suite and library. Decks and terraces, as well as perfectly designed interior spaces capture beautiful bay views at day and lights of Sausalito at night time, impressing guests and owners with a breathtaking scene composed of city’s skyline, stretches of water and green hills.
A 2-storey modern home in Ontario, Canada, is composed of a monochromatic palate of concrete, stucco, anodized siding, brick and a mix of transparent and opaque glass. The street face limits views into the home, providing privacy through the use of an interior large concrete wall and a frosted glass. In contrast, the rear exterior allows light to flood the inner space and provides expansive views.
Design: Guido Costantino
Project: 44 Belvedere
Area: 10,000 square foot
Location: South West Oakville, Halton Region, Lake Ontario, Southern Ontario, Canada
Photography: Peter Sellar
This tropical house design was inspired by Indian architecture in Brazil, perfectly suited for the humid and hot climate of Rio de Janeiro. One of the most important element, the roof protects from the sun all the enclosed areas of the house as the open areas, acts as a big leaf. These in-between open areas represent the point of the design. These areas are the social spaces, where the owner and his guests spend most part of the time.
The generous heights of the roof, up to nine meters, allow the trade winds to pass perfectly through the house, providing passive cooling and natural ventilation both to the open and enclosed spaces. The architects see it as an eco-efficient low-tech design, where it has the most impact, the idea of the architectural design.
Architecture: Mareines + Patalano
An elegant and pure Platonic cube here matches the harmony of the structure's purpose and form, in both metaphorical and programmatic terms. The second floor is entirely open and is a working private study library. The sliding windows open on all four sides to create an atmosphere of an aerie in the woods. The first floor, which is completely closed, is contains book stacks for library.
Architecture: Peter Gluck and Partners
Photography: Paul Warchol
Situated atop a rocky headland on a natural plateau, the villa enjoys beautiful panoramic views across the Baltic Sea bay and the setting sun.
The creative idea behind the project was to create a concentrated and clear form in marked contrast to the Stockholm archipelago natural landscape. The presence of a limestone and concrete building, abstract for this location, also increases the experience of the local rich shades of nature.
Behind the villa's clean lines hides an advanced technological systems. Air-conditioning or district cooling is pumped into the in-house units through the rock shaft, so air-conditioning is generally free of charge. Heating for the hot water, outdoor pool and floors is produced by a heat pump. Tap water is taked from the bay and treated in a desalination system. All engineering units are operated by a smart monitoring and control solution, controlled by owners via a mobile handset or the internet.
Architecture: John Robert Nilsson Arkitektkontor
Amazing views towards the Singapore city from Siglap Hill inspired this beautiful home design. Family and master spaces are placed on the third level which has the most magnificent views. Dining and living rooms are situated on the second level, connected with terraces and verandahs that flow upwards and fold into the home's roof form with deep roof overhangs for efficient sun shade and channeling the fresh breeze through the whole space in the house.
Architecture: Aamer Architects
Photography: Patrick Bingham-Hall
Two volumes of the coastal home design crown the top of a hill at beach community Playa Misterio in Peru. The “concrete block” accommodates the master bedroom at the top and the social space in its lower levels. The “glass block” includes the children’s space in two levels. The volume between the spaces is occupied by a staircase block that connect the hard appear of exposed concrete to the soft look glass surface provoking light and shadow effects.
Architecture: Longhi Architects
“Being inside feeling like one is outside. I believe that to be a key issue in understanding the interior design being produced today. In times when environmental awareness is growing, and, of course, also the desire to be close to nature”, explains the designer, who places her modern home interior (Brazil) somewhere in between a modernist home and a country villa.
Architecture: Fernanda Marques Arquitetos Associados
Situated in residential area of Buenos Aires, this building is not an office, and it is not exactly a house either, nor a study. But the Ellipse home/office has something of all that. A wooden and net concrete wall separates the private residence world from the city on the sidewalk. But above the wall, the second floor in the house from the side of the ellipse's more acute edge may be seen, showing an interesting counterpoint between the brilliant and transparent curve of the ellipse and the opaque and smooth plate of the wall.
Architecture: VS Arquitectos
The Waiheke island is the location for some of New Zealand's finest holiday houses and this summer residence is located on a steep coastal escarpment above a white sand beach on the island's northern coast. The architects used local pyrite stone as a building material to create a design that belongs to sense of this place. The stone mass of the house was been arranged as a viaduct, open both sides to exploit both the afternoon sun and the beach frontage.
Located at the edge of a cliff, 60 meters (200 ft.) above the Arabian Sea coast, the holiday home's features are a sloping asymmetrical roof, meditation areas, several decks, large outdoor pool and the beautiful sea views. Accessories and furniture are kept to a minimal, so the focus doesn't stray from the beautiful natural environment.
Architecture: Khosla Associates
Modern and fresh in its design, this five bedrooms vacation villa (Lombok, Indonesia) features crisp clean lines with grey and white exteriors to create an airy and light ambiance, while colourful fabrics and vibrant artwork contrast elegantly against the soft colors furnishings evoking a beautiful sense of style.
Part recreational getaway, part studio/office, this beautiful modern treehouse is situated at the base of a pine tree in a canyon residence backyard. The client is a lover of nature and an artist so the treehouse serves as a creative retreat from the everyday lifestyle. Though not large in size, the design is efficient and allows for a living space and a toilet room.
Architecture: Rockefeller Partners Architects
Project Banyan Drive Treehouse
Area 170 s.f.
Location Los Angeles, California
Photography: Eric Staudenmaier
Split in section and plan, the design of this nice house allows for a flood of sunlight to the centre space. The house is designed as area for spectacle – the client is a host of a large number of friends, and wanted a home that could feel grand. This made the task to design a home that could also feel enough intimate for everyday living. This house design received a 2012 Design Excellence award by the Ontario Association of Architects.
Architecture: Superkül Inc Architect
Photography: Shai Gil
This traditional Greek house on Mykonos island has close ties with the ancient architecture of the Mykonos, curving domes, whitewashed chimney and rounded surfaces stacks together with massive stone walls to create shelter against the heat and the north winds, ‘meltemi’, common to Mykonos in summer.
Architecture: BC Estudio Architects
Photography: Costas Picadas/ DLux Images
This luxury custom villa (Brentwood, Los Angeles, California) is inspired as much by the client’s lifestyle as by its unique setting. Due to the complicated irregular topography, which includes a small grove of pine trees and eucalyptus, only one of the 3.5 acres is suitable for building on. To maximize the surrounding views, the house was designed into two wings – south and north – which face the surrounding canyon views and an expansive lawn and turn away from the motor court.
Architecture: Rockefeller Partners Architects
Photography: Eric Staudenmaier
This modern villa (Greece) has views to the sea as well as the mountains and is situated not far from Athens. The features are 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a garden 500 sqm, a waterfall in the dining room, heated pool, under floor heating, central vacuum system, central air conditioning, self-cleared glass panels, elevator and home cinema.
Oikia Panorama Voulas Villa by Dimitris Interiors Economou:
“Minimal design luxurious single family home located at the top of Panorama, Voula in the southern suburbs of Athens, Greece with exceptional sea and mountain view is for sale. This house was custom designed, constructed using only top of the line materials and decorated with branded Italian furniture.
Finished in 2006, this house has all the “State of the art” features a luxury house should have: High tech phone center, alarm system and computer network, in-floor heating controlled on each floor, central A/C temperature control in every room, Dolby surround home cinema in living room, playroom and master bedroom, hi quality built in ceiling speakers in living room, sitting room, dining room, kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms, central satellite system, central vacuum system, self cleaning Pilkington windows, heated swimming pool with natural pebble finish, outdoor Jacuzzi, extras featured in the kitchen such as garbage disposal and instant near-boiling water faucet, pantry etc.
The house also features an in house waterfall, custom lighting as well as indirect lighting scheme in all the main areas including the bedrooms and the 2 master bathrooms which feature an under the furniture lighting effect.”
Design Dimitris Economou Interiors
Project Oikia Panorama Voulas
Location Athens, Greece
The ocean view home (California) occupies a 20-acre lot in the coast of the Palos Verdes. The design is a 15,500 square foot several structures complex with a main house, guesthouse, study and garage. The project was inspired by the owner’s interest in geology and the topography of the area.
Architecture: Marmol Radziner
Photography: Benny Chan, Steve Guntner, Joe Fletcher
The black house was designed for an active young couple without children. The social areas in the house is divided in two. In one side is the living room with beautiful view to nearby lake. On the other side located the common areas, such as the dinning and the kitchen room. The shallow pool that makes division the Black house in two allows the indirect sunlight to bathe the interior spaces, as the sun reflects it's light on the pool water surface, and so, sunlight is present in every part of the house, but never in a direct way.
Architecture: Andres Remy Arquitecto
This 2 storey completely white home design strikes the perfect balance between classic design elements and contemporary style, offering modern home design that is sure to meet the highest of standards. High ceilings and sparkling white interiors are a breath of fresh air in the interior space while abundant use of glass creates an airy and light floor plan. The house features four bedrooms, a swimming pool, an outdoor entertainment area and a three-car garage.
This modern luxury tropical house encapsulates the essence of living in the humid and hot climate of Singapore by creating open spaces which offer views to the sea and encourage natural ventilation. The main concept is to create a tropical house which has close connection with surrounding nature and this is achieved by having a visual connections with the ocean and swimming pool water linking with the landscape. The luxury tropical house is a modern bungalow design which gives opportunities to live comfortably and in harmony with nature.
Architecture: Guz Architects
Photography: Patrick Bingham Hall
These two weekend houses with outdoor stone and water features (Long Island, New York) have stone exterior walls, linked by water pond features. Stone walls distinguish the northern-facing curtain walls from the southern-oriented arrival side and provide unifying texture.
Architecture: Leroy Street Studio
Photography: Paul Warchol, Charles Mayer
Lying on the shores of mountain lake, on the slope of a hill, the glass pavilion house (Lake Lugano, Switzerland) consists of upper and lower volumes organized due to topography of the site. The dining and living room, the storage spaces and kitchen are located in the glass pavilion, while garage, bathrooms and bedrooms are in the lower level.
Architects: JM Architecture
Photography: Jacopo Mascheroni
This modern minimalist Swiss chalet built in an area with zoning ordinances, diverts the vernacular design of the typical chalet into contemporary and playful architecture. The topographical insertion inverts the superposition of the functions and the interior walk in a «plug-in» way. The living spaces, reachable from the upper side of the plot, evolves underneath the roof, facing the beautiful landscape of the Lake Geneva and Alps.
Architecture: LRS Architects
The idea was to make this three storey house as transparent as possible, in a way that would establish a visual relationship between external and internal areas. To make this viable, the openings were designed at the rear and front of the structure to be three metres wide and to be on the same axis. When open, large glazing elements slide along the walls uniting the external and internal spaces.
Architecture: Apiacas Arquitetos
Photography: Pregnolato and Kusuki
Main idea of the timber house is the “indoor environment quality” reached by the inner courtyard in the middle which is hidden from outside on this small site. The house with courtyard is organized on two floors. On the ground floor there are living and dining room, kitchen, garage and secondary rooms. Indoor and outdoor space are merging when the large floor-to-ceilling glazing in the courtyard is opened in summer.
Architecture and photography: DI Bernardo Bader
This nice house design (Philippines) is Archipelago’s first built home. The brief was to create a serene, luxury and modern oasis to escape from the city. Streetfront does not stand out among the others, expands and unfolds into contemporary cavernous interior. Living spaces are designed as one big room, leads out to a pool, deck and veranda, all with beautiful views of the South China Sea and Nasugbu Bay.
Photography: Tom Epperson
This innovative and creative custom home design stands the highest level of design quality and reflects integrity and taste of its owners. This custom home exemplifies contemporary design; the composition, style and flow of outdoor and indoor spaces make this the ideal home for entertaining and living.
Architecture: KB Design
The overall design of this luxury golf course home consists of several separate structures, all flawlessly connected by ‘streets’, breezeways and bridges. Complete with an outdoor kitchen, pool, seating areas and fireplaces, the outdoor living space creates a warm and modern appearance blending naturally with the environment.
Architecture: James D. LaRue
A refined exterior palette of the mountain view home of cement stucco, smooth concrete, red cedar and aluminum windows is paired with an interior of white slate flooring and gypsum-board with maple; the theme of a two-tone facade is repeated inside by interlocking maple and cherry millwork.
Architecture: D’Arcy Jones
Tucked right on the water’s edge and against the cliff in Gig Harbor (Washington, USA) this seaside home answered the unique natural challenges of its site. The roof of the seaside home is an extension of the upland lawn and access to the two levels is provided through glass-enclosed elevator.
Architecture: Scott Allen
Photography: Tim Bies
The ocean front home situated in California on the Pacific coast. At the upper level are four en-suite bedrooms, open plan kitchen, living and dining rooms, powder room and three-car garage. Lower Level has en-suite bedroom, offices, gym, screening room, bar & lounge and game room.
Architecture: Sagan Piechota
Photography: Joe Fletcher
Like a bird’s nest, the small Japanese house design is open to the view of the Hiroshima and Inland Sea and is relief from disturbance. The house is protected from the environment and creates a feeling of safety.
Architecture: Kimihiko Okada
Photography: Toshiyuki Yano
The contemporary home design evolved from the client’s desire for a house that is a tranquil place for retreat, art and living. This house is seamlessly open to the ridge-top coastal site via operable glazed walls. The client asked for a master suite, a study for two, one guest room and an informal open living space.
Architecture: Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis
Photography: Ciro Coelho
Timber ventilated facade house (Casablanca, Chile) is a project of renovation of a wooden house organized according to a new helical staircase which, through the overhang of the new room and the extension of an existing deck, allows a visitor to go up to new panoramic terraces on the roof. The function of timber ventilated facade is to avoid accumulations of moisture and water in the structure walls.
Architecture: Renewal (2008) Delphine Ding, Jose Ulloa Davet
Photography: Jose Ulloa Davet