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