Posts Tagged ‘ exterior design ’

Chongwe River House


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Chongwe River House is a stunning holiday home located in Lower Zambezi National Park, in Zambia, and overlooking the Chongwe and Zambezi rivers. The villa has 4 bedrooms, and a stay can include guides, canoes, a boat, and armed scout and private vehicles for exploring its wild surroundings. Sitting on the deck, under a huge winterthorn tree and next to the large pool, your view across the Zambezi escarpment is magnificent. In the foreground the Chongwe River, a magnet to wildlife, passes by.

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Gallery House In Pereira, Colombia


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This 500-sq.-meter (about 5,382 square feet) head-turner was built on a hill, so there’s plenty of natural ventilation, and with the dining room cascading into the pool area.  This region of Colombia is known for its warm weather and abundant bamboo. The French windows are designed to generate a nice mix of indoor/outdoor air flow, and the white-on-white color scheme is meant to showcase the natural green and artworks on the property.

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The Warehaus In Perth By Residential Attitudes


 

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Modern Seaside Estate Residence In Malibu


 

Southern California is home to some of the most valuable and beautiful real estate on the planet, and Malibu is among the most sought after destinations along the Pacific coastline. Based out of California, the Burdge & Associates Architects have recently completed their newest project in the Seaside Estate residence during 2011. The massive home is constructed from neutral earth-toned stucco mixed with sections of concrete for a sleek, contemporary finish. To fully capitalize on the ocean views, the home has been equipped with plenty of floor to ceiling windows, and pocket doors that open up to outdoor living spaces. The residence also features a beautiful guest home along with an outdoor kitchen and 50 foot swimming pool.

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X-House in Barcelona


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The Spanish design team at Cadaval & Sola-Morales designed the amazing X-House in Barcelona. The name describes it all with this particular residence. Crowned the ‘X-House,’ this remarkable contemporary dwelling is shaped like a massive letter X. The home features four separate triangular recesses, with one of them offering breathtaking views from where the cliff top home resides. The two story home features a parking area, access to the home, as well as the master suite and studio. The social living spaces are all located on the bottom floor of the property. A roof top patio for entertaining provides the perfect finishing touch.

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Sustainable Floating House Concept


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Designed by Singapore-based architect Dymitr Malcew, the sustainable floating house is the perfect way to get away from all the daily stresses one experiences living in an urban environment. This house literally floats on the water, and thanks to the floor to ceiling windows adorning the dwelling, residents get to fully enjoy these 360-degree ocean views from sun up to sunset. The home was created for French firm H2ORIZON, and was constructed from sustainable materials. The residence is quite spacious with 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, living room kitchen, and terrace. The home also features luxury finishes throughout, and with the ability to gently float through the water, you’ll be able to enjoy everything nature has to offer without causing any disruption.

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Beverly Hills Bachelor Pad By Michael Palumbo


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If there was an award for the greatest bachelor pad on Earth, this Beverly Hills masterpiece would certainly be a contender for the title. 1201 Laurel Way is a modern mansion designed by Michael Palumbo and his team of architects. There are few places more desirable than Los Angeles when it comes to living destinations. Sure there’s the smog problem everyone promotes so much, but the place really is beautiful. This 6 bedroom, 10 bathroom residence takes advantage of the stunning coastline views LA has to offer with floor to ceiling windows used heavily throughout the home along with a rooftop terrace and infinity pool to really take it all in. The open floor plan creates a nice social setting, and the spacious garage has plenty of room for your McLaren, Rolls-Royce, and Aston Martin.

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Lake Lugano House, Brusino Arsizio, Switzerland


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Lake Lugano House, is one fascinating oval glass house, and it is located in Brusino Arsizio, Switzerland. This amazing project is made by jm architecture. The main concept of the project is architecture with an oval shape and highly stylish interior design.

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Manta Resorts Underwater Hotel Room


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Situated off the eastern coast of Africa by Pemba Island, a private floating island at the Manta Resort provides guests with an all-inclusive hotel room submerged four meters below the surface of the ocean. Designed by swedish company Genberg Underwater Hotels, each of the three levels that make up the buoyant building has its own unique view: A rooftop terrace for sun bathing in the day and star gazing at night, a landing deck at sea level equipped with a lounge and restroom, and an underwater hotel room below surrounded by panes of glass for a 360 degree marine panorama. Throughout the day, guests of the resort can remain encapsulated in the submerged hotel room, floating amongst the turquoise blue water swimming with tropical life and coral reef. By night, sleep beside the fish – the bottom platform is illuminated with underwater spotlights beneath each window, attracting a variety rare marine creatures.

“Pyramid House” by Juan Carlos Ramos


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The simple geometric shape of this conceptual pyramid-shaped home creates a clean aesthetic, while remaining extremely eye-catching due to its iconic though rarely applied form. Some highlights of this design are the multiple windows cut out of the four large triangular facades that allow natural light into the home. An enormous window covers one entire side of the structure that visually exposes and lightens the design. Viewers also get to see inside the modern multi-level interior which features a library, balcony, two bedrooms, and even a recording studio that have all been cleverly sectioned to fit inside this unconventional concept.

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The Serpentine Sackler Gallery


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Check out the Serpantine Gallery’s new extension designed by architect Zaha Hadid. Located just across the Serpantine river from the main building, the 900 square meter Serpentine Sackler Gallery occupies a 200-year-old former gunpowder store which was renovated into gallery spaces. A swooshing cafe and events space has also been added to one side of the structure, constructed in a way that makes it look like an organic growth on the side of the original brickwork. The extension has been designed to to complement the calm and solid classical building with a light, transparent, dynamic and distinctly contemporary space of the twenty-first century. The synthesis of old and new is thus a synthesis of contrasts. The new Gallery is named after Dr Mortimer and Dame Theresa Sackler, whose Foundation has made the project possible through the largest single gift received by the Serpentine Gallery in its 43-year history. Major funding has also been awarded by Bloomberg, long term supporters of the Serpentine as well as sponsors of the opening exhibition. The first exhibition at the gallery will also be the first UK exhibition by Argentinian artist Adrián Villar Rojas, who creates bold and striking installations from concrete, clay and stone. At the same time, in the Serpentine Gallery, there will be a major retrospective by Italian sculptor Marisa Merz, who received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2013 Venice Biennale.

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AIBS House in Ibiza


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Located at an altitude of 159 meters on the rocky island cliffs of Ibiza, Spain, the AIBS House has been designed by Atelier d’Architecture Bruno Erpicum & Partners to allow the inhabitants to fully appreciate the stunning sunsets and surrounding landscape. All the main living areas feature floor-to-ceiling single frame windows which look out upon the infinity pool and terrace, both of which mimic the cliffs and sea during calm weather and act as a direct contrast during stormy weather. Inside, the 400 sqm space has been sparsely and minimally decorated so as not to draw attention away from untouched countryside.

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L’Oasis D’Aboukir Green Wall in Paris


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A five-story block in Paris has become the latest building to have a vertical garden installed. Made with over 7,500 plants, the “green wall” is 25-meters high and was designed by living wall inventor Patrick Blanc. The plant installation is called L’Oasis D’Aboukir (the Oasis of Aboukir) and includes plants from 237 different species, planted in diagonal waves. Planted in the sprint, the plants cover a previously raw concrete facade and add a much-needed splash of life to the surrounding area.

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Lakehouse Residence Winter Haven, Florida, US


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Florida-based architectural practice, Max Strang Architecture have designed the Lakehouse Residence project.  This eco-friendly contemporary home is located in Winter Haven, Florida, US. Registered with the USGBC, this modern property is anticipated to be Winter Haven’s first LEED-certified residence. The interior design has been conceived as wooden volumes nestled within an outer stucco “shell”. The shell provides generous eight-foot overhangs, which shelter the walls of glass from the Florida sun. A narrow courtyard amplifies the arrival experience and creates a privacy barrier for the private realm of the home.

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The luxury property incorporates important passive environmental design concepts that result in abundant day-lighting and cross-ventilation potential. Glazing on the south elevation is extremely limited and a mature oak tree filters afternoon solar heat gain. Active environmental design features include a solar photovoltaic system, solar hot-water heaters, geothermal HVAC and LED lighting. The luxury Miami home, located on a central Florida lake, contains four bedrooms and a kitchen, dining room, living room and office. A pool and covered terrace are positioned along the lake-side of the home.

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Saint-Tropez Private Estate


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Located amongst the lush shrubs and trees in Saint-Tropez, France, this contemporary private home stands in direct contrast to its natural surroundings, constructed from a combination of glass, raw concrete, and steel. Each level is reminiscent of an open pavilion, with the boundaries to the outdoors broken down by sliding floor-to-ceiling windows and doors. Inside, the layout has been kept as open plan as possible, with a large lounge and kitchen/dining area lending itself perfectly to simple Mediterranean meals. Direct access to the large roof terrance is also available from the lounge area, from which you can see an additional shipping container-style guesthouse in the grounds.

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The Fish House


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Guz Architects have created a tropical bungalow perfect for it’s location in Singapore called The Fish House. The modern home is designed to encourage natural ventilation, to do this the team of architects set out to create large open spaces, and glass walls that open up into functional outdoor activity areas. Guz explained that their main goal was to create a home with seamless integration of the surrounding nature. This was accomplished through the pond-like pool and by creating great views of the water and vegetation.

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China Completes The Largest Building In The World


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It’s one of the superlatives destined for a record book: ‘what is the world’s largest building?’ a year ago the answer would have been dubai’s international airport terminal 3, but as of july 1st the new century global center in the fiercely-growing mega-city of Chengdu undoubtedly takes the title.  With 1.2 million square feet spread out over 18 stories in a glass and steel structure, the program includes what one might expect for a building of this scale: a 14-screen imax theater, shops, restaurants, offices, hotels, the reconstruction of an entire mediterranean village, an artificial beach with realistic sunsets and sea breezes orchestrated by the help of an LED wall (in a contemporary ‘truman show’ fashion). Also there is a 500,000 ft2 art center next door designed by none other than Zaha Hadid. To make some spatial comparisons, the building could comfortably house three pentagons or 20 sydney opera houses. It’s important to add as well that the entire structure was constructed in just a year, and stands as a testament to the will and ability of the chinese.

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The Wall House


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Designed by Singapore-based architecture firm FARM, The Wall House is located on a large piece of sprawling land and is made up from two separate blocks which have been brought together into a coherent whole. The main block features two storeys with a main living area and master bedroom. The second is single storey and is essentially the entertainment area of the home. Linking them is a huge central courtyard with an austere granite floor and wall, as well as minimally planted willowy trees. This area, which has been described as similar to a “sparse yet artful Chinese landscape painting”, sets the tone for the rest of the home, which pulls inspiration from classical Chinese garden layouts.

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Optical Glass House by Hiroshi Nakamura And NAP


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Weekend Home – San Juan Cosala, Jalisco, Mexico


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Guadalajara-based architectural practice, Agraz Arquitectos, have designed the SJC House project.  The luxury family property can be found on the edge of Lake Chapala, San Juan Cosala, Jalisco, Mexico.

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Ritz-Carlton Residences in Bangkok


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When completed in early 2014, the Ritz-Carlton Residences in Bangkok will stand at over 1,000 ft tall, becoming Thailand’s tallest and most expensive building. Located near the Chongnonsi BTS station between Silom and Sathorn Roads, the building will include 200 residences as well as an outdoor landscaped public plaza, upscale retail center, 24-hour marketplace and a boutique hotel with 150 rooms and a multi-level roof-top bar and restaurant.

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Prahan Hotel by Techné Architects


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Take a look at renewed Prahan Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. Techné Architects made a design by adding an extension that uses oversized concrete pipes. The Prahan Hotel is set to commence on the second stage of its transformation. Succeeding the recent interior refurbishment, the planned new works include an extension to the rear of the venue. Featuring a facade constructed out of concrete culverts, linked together in a way that enables the patrons to sit within them to view and interact with the venue and its fellow patrons. A fully glazed courtyard cuts through the interior, connecting all levels and allowing natural light in. The design intends to add another unique and captivating venue to the ever evolving Melbourne pub scene.

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Kengo Kuma Bresancon Art Center Mimics Landscape Tectonics


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Villa F by Hornung and Jacobi


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Located in Rhodes, Greece overlooking the sea, Villa F is a modern holiday residence designed by German based hornung and jacobi Architecture. The house  has a form of a bent rectangular prism facing the sea with open-plan living,  lots of space and natural light. The construction of the building is planned to use prefabricated timber structure finished with white plaster. The lightweight construction was chosen because it will be mainly used as holiday house for short-term visits.

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Contemporary House, M Buenos Aires in Argentina


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Argentinian architectural practice Fritz + Fritz Arquitectos and Analia Messina have designed  project. The beautiful property can be found in Lujan, a province of Buenos Aires, Argentina.  It is a single-family house project which was designed from its orientation and environmental characteristics. The house relates with the environment by its transparency and also introducing three patios, that divide the different areas of the house, mostly solved on the ground floor. The ground floor is connected to the master bedroom by a contemporary stair. On the south face of the house, the main access and all the services were located in order to generate a total permeability to the north side and the environment. The use of materials such as concrete, glass and wood where used to achieve architectural synthesis.

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