To be able to float through a space is surely a new way to experience architectural space.
This overhead pool offers the next best thing; water is suspended above the entrance to a home.
The dappled light cast by the water plays across the walls for a skylit entrance with a difference from Patkau Architects.
From the rooftop terrace, the utmost in serene views leads the spirit out across the north shore of the bay.
The Shaw house is located across English Bay from downtown Vancouver.
A skylight window below its incredible lap pool brings light deep into the central space.
The almost magical light is transmitted through a glass bottom to the pool. Read the rest of this entry »
Good things can come in small packages. In fact, sometimes, it’s the smallness of things that makes a place especially spectacular. Here’s one example of a practical, beautiful small apartment which outshines much larger digs simply with its elegant simplicity.
This apartment, designed by Alan Chu, belongs to a young businessman who is using it only temporarily. That means the owner did not need lots of furniture or storage. Instead, he required just a well-thought out kitchen, entertaining space, and of course, sleeping quarters. Each of those needs is stylishly accounted for.
The kitchen combines with the living room to create an open space appropriate for both cooking and entertaining: And since the refrigerator has such a prominent role in this apartment, it is allowed to become a design feature. The bright red is picked up in a patchwork overdyed persian carpet.
Storage around the entertainment center combines with storage in the kitchen for one seamless wall that feels integrated. Storage around the cool Smeg refrigerator is especially handy and the red interior of cabinets ties in brilliantly with the red theme.
Here you get a better sense of just how luxurious the couch is:
The metal spiral staircase leads to a second floor which includes another sleeping space and bathroom quarters. Although the space is relatively austere, it doesn’t feel that way, simply because of the use of bright pops of color in the rug, refrigerator, interior cabinet color and accessories. It just goes to show how little color is needed to cozy up a neutral interior. What a jewel of an apartment!
At Azuris, huge spaces are carved out of heroic concrete, to frame idyllic views in this stunner from Australia’s Renato D’Ettorre Architects.
An indoor-outdoor living room appears to float on a sliver of a slab on the surrounding pool.
At the other end of the same infinity pool, a curtain wall opens the master bedroom utterly to the enchanting view. Read the rest of this entry »
South Gloucestershire, overlooking the Severn Estuary is the surprising site for this very modern building from British architects Paul Archer Design.
The house is named Green Orchard – for its charming and romantic old English setting of a well established orchard garden.
But there is nothing old fashioned about this very contemporary solution to living lightly on the planet.
Heated only by this wooden stove, the roof of the single story building is the unseen key to its carbon neutrality: PV supplies 100% of the annual electricity, and solar thermal heats 80% of the hot water. Read the rest of this entry »
Sublime and soaring shapes in poured-in-place limestone concrete ennoble a stunning house in Zurich.
The house would be a little too spartan if it was grey concrete, but the warmth of this thick and creamy color makes the shapes sculptural.
Entered on the side from a hillside overlooking the panoramic view of Lake Zurich, it presents a noncommittal face to the street.
The open plan living and dining room overlooks the panoramic view (not shown) of the lake and the alps.
An interesting idea.
Next to the front door, a glass door to a private courtyard can be locked when privacy is needed.
Inside that private courtyard, two trees are as precious as priceless sculptures. Read the rest of this entry »