A renovation of the Moss Oaklands Residence by Nico van der Meulen Architects in South Africa has a sophisticated urban vibe.
Water features prominently in the sleek redesign creating a glamorous presence to meet the client’s brief.
A new water feature at the entrance to the house creates a bridge that must be crossed to enter public spaces to one side, and private spaces to the other.
The house is an update of a charming old 1950s era house set in a wonderful tropical garden.
But not very well built.
In the rebuild, stronger construction of the new double volume spaces and sturdy flat roofs makes it possible to add a second story if desired in the future.
The small original building was enlarged to include for bedrooms and large entertaining areas in a larger footprint.
The result is a timeless modern space with an easy flow between its spaces.
The raised ceilings create a sense of unlimited possibilities.
Sliding stacking doors open up one whole facade.
The renovation increased the size of the bedrooms as well as their number.
Sleek built-in fireplaces appear throughout, even in the newly spacious bedrooms.
The confident renovation is impeccably contemporary and welcoming.
Space is delineated outside as well as inside the house.
It’s timeless grandeur comes from a harmonious balance between warm textured finishes and vast neutral colour planes.
A house for an Australian family with two young children is given an air of intrigue with an Oriental inspired screened porch.
Designed by Wolveridge Architects the design moderates some of the brilliant Australian sunshine of Victoria.
The architects were briefed to provide a family home with plenty of outdoor space and play area for the kids and their friends.
At the same time, the parents wanted a grownups home that reflected their tastes.
Black provides a sophisticated accent throughout.
Black is used effectively to provide a stunning contrast to this sunlit bathtub.
The plan is simple and sweet.
The house is kid friendly but it also has an adult sensibility.
Five minutes’ walk up from Blairgowrie’s back beach, the young couple had found the land of their dreams, but it was sloped.
They wanted flat land for the kids to run around on.
So the architect built up a flat area off the living room with earthworks.
But the most important requirement was that the house make a clean break from their lives in the city.
Under a soaring wooden ceiling, an extraordinary hardwood staircase is the big feature in a new house from Guz Architects in Singapore.
Like many houses in the sultry tropical climate, the Rattan House is designed to maximize natural ventilation.
A highly polished tropical hardwood ceiling and wooden shutter doors gives a colonial feel to the shaded and water-cooled entry.
Stepping stones in cool black stone skim across a koi pond courtyard.
An angled wall of rattan allows for knickknack displays while allowing the free flow of air along a walkway to a private office.
This upstairs walkway offers an incredible grandstand seating view overlooking a magnificent, spacious garden.
A filmy rattan screen is slung between the rhythmic march of white pillars
Private bedrooms and bathrooms are arrayed along the upper level, up the astounding staircase.
What a truly stunning atrium space.
In the steamy days of summer, there’s nothing better than taking a dip in the pool. So annually, with thoughts of cooling off thanks to a refreshing swim, we pay homage to the fantastically creative, arresting or unusual pools out there. Shall we get started?
First, we have to give a nod of approval to the violin-shaped swimming pool above. Designed by the New Jersey firm Cipriano Landscape Design, the pool uses glass tile and special lights for the snazzy lighting effects.
Here’s another daytime view:
Below is another glass tile pool from the same firm. Part of the pool is in ground, but there’s a stylish glass mosaic tile lip that protrudes from one end.
Some of us crave a lake, or at least a pond, rather than a pool. For those, check out the natural swimming pool below, which boasts no chemicals. Instead, it relies on a constructed wetland of plants and gravel to filter the water. This “regeneration” zone is like a water garden; a variety of plants selected by a natural pool specialist or a landscape architect create an ecosystem that cleans the pool water.
Some natural pools are a little bit more constructed than the one you see above. Below are two more, that still feature a regeneration zone, but have more of the traditional look of a pool:
Some people want anything but natural. For those folks, we offer a couple of really sleek “city” pools from the Melbourne area landscape design company C.O.S. Design.
Not all of us have the space for a fancy, large pool, however. For those of us with limited space, but a love of swimming, we offer these cool pools:
If all you need is some space to do laps, the petite pool above, could be just the ticket. The pool is surrounded by inexpensive pea gravel and an extra-long wooden deck which can serve as a spacious entertaining space, even though the pool itself is small.
Also small but cute is this half-moon shaped pool below:
This pool measures only 16 by 32 feet but is still large enough for the kids to splash around in. Plus, it’s cute.
And what about the in-deck pool:
Although this pool is mostly above ground and measures only 10- by 25-feet, it manages to feel impressively solid, thanks to the sleek deck surround.
So as you can see, pools come in all shapes, sizes and price ranges. Ready to take the plunge?
Entering Studio 80‘s Mountain Side Farr Residence is like walking into the inside of a wine barrel.
The circular entryway is lined with rough wood boards held together with metal strapping. The crazy paving flooring suggests the great outdoors.
In every room – even a bathroom, boasting an elegant Fin-de-Siecle copper tub – there is exquisite Arts & Crafts detailing in rich dark hardwoods and quirky industrial lighting.
Sheets of blackened steel are nailed to the fireplace in a brick-like pattern.
In another reference to the great outdoors, a swing is suspended from the rafters on a rope in front of the fire.
A second huge rustic wagon wheel light fixture repeats the larger one in the entry “turret” entryway.
Exposed posts, beams and window framing, and stylish vintage factory stools create a look that has a Fin de Siecle industrial quality.
Yet another old world industrial light fixture, and a stylized metal and hardwood table are played off the Arts & Crafts woodwork.
The children’s bedroom continues the country rustic mood with a serious patchwork quilt and an upcycled bed frame of worn timbers.
Exposed ceiling beams draw the eye upward to yet another quirky yet dead serious light fixture.
An outrageously elegant statement sofa is contrasted against rough stained timber board and batten siding.
The care and thought that goes into every detail; even the lighting in the bathroom, makes a very powerful impact.
Altogether, this is a very unique and individual house, with a very well articulated design vocabulary, one that veers between the whimsically droll and the stylishly vintage, with every detail played out against rough hewn timbers and well loved materials.