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Australian House with a Latticed Roof Cutout over a Pool

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Echoing the deep black shadows of its lush tropical garden setting, this black and white pavilion home with a latticed central skylight makes a dazzling sight in rural Australia.
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Designed for sustainable contemporary living in tropical latitudes, only the essentials – like a library of books – are protected from the moist climate in conditioned space.
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Australia’s Charles Wright Architects say the iconic Philip Johnson 1949 Glass House was the inspiration for the Glass House – without the glass, for most part.

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Open to the sky, the pool becomes a rain curtain during tropical downpours.
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Kitchen utensils and food storage are all located in this one central island.
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Only essential space – like the family room with the TV – is enclosed, because the humid climate would erode its functioning outdoors.
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But the central cooking/eating/swimming space is open air.
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Bedrooms and bathrooms behind the wall down one side of the pool are also enclosed.
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The delicious swimming pool reflects a cool blue light, by day through its latticed roof opening, and by night, reflecting lighting off the white ceiling.

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All of its electricity is supplied by solar panels on the roof and all of its water is supplied by a 45,000 litre rainwater harvesting tank.
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The gorgeous house is the recipient of a Carbon Neutral National Commendation for Sustainable Architecture from the AIA Awards.

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A Happy Holidays Beach House for a Young Family

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This holiday home at St Helena’s Bay in South Africa is the very picture of relaxation.

But actually the site presented a challenge: view to the front, but sun from the back.
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Because of the prevailing winds, architectural firm SAOTA placed the pool on the sheltered side.

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You enter the casual family vacation home on the second floor beside the pool.

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The generous al fresco kitchen alongside the pool is roofed in traditional South African thatching that extends in an L shape to the living room.

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Stairs next to the ample kitchen – love the way black disappears the business end! – lead down to the bedrooms below.

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Downstairs there is another cosy family hangout for rainy days.

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Then leading off the downstairs are everyone’s bedrooms, all with views of the enticing ocean.

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A friendly holiday home for a young family to be shared by an extended circle of friends.

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The Sea Facing Penthouse in Mumbai

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Indian studio Abraham John Architects designed the Sea Facing Penthouse in the busy city of Mumbai.

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Old timber decking gives it a maritime feeling.

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The bedroom looks straight out to sea, bypassing the bright lights of the city to the right.

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The decking, the trellis and the tree impart a casual beach-y ambience that belies its big city location.

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The palette is muscular and consistent throughout.

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The severe residence relies on a stark decor of dark tropical woods and white walls.

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This stark dark brown and white is very effective in the bathroom palette as well.

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A bachelor’s pad, I’m guessing…