Posts Tagged ‘ Property ’

Berkeley California’s Hilgard Garden Terrace.


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Nestled between neighboring townhouses, the ‘Hilgard Garden’ by San Francisco-based Barensfeld Architecture takes advantage of its sloping topography with a series of angular terraces.  Located in Berkeley, California, the brief called for an outdoor living and entertaining area, as well as an accessible seating spot at the top of the site.  Based on a Japanese maple sculpture park, a layered platform structure gently cascades down the steep landscape, referencing outstretched deciduous trees and navigating the change in elevation.

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Aqua Dome Thermal Resort In Austria


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Providing rest and relaxation for nearly 350,000 visitors each year, this beautiful resort is nestled within the snow covered mountains of Austria. The focal point of the resort is the three bowl-shaped swimming pools that are elevated above the more traditional 25 meter lap pool below. These aren’t just ordinary pools either. Aside from the unique architectural aspects, each pool is filled with thermal water sourced from a reservoir located over 1,800 meters below the ground, and features underwater music and lighting effects for a club-like experience. The hotel itself is home to 200 rooms, and a rooftop observation deck to really take in the mountainous views surrounding the property.

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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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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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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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Contemporary Port Ludlow Residence, Washington


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Seattle-based architectural practice, Finne Architects, have designed the Port Ludlow Residenceproject. The luxury property can be found on the Hood Canal, Washington, US. According to the architects, The Port Ludlow Residence is a compact and  modern house located on a wooded waterfront property at the north end of the Hood Canal, a long, fjord-like arm of western Puget Sound. The house creates a simple glazed living space that opens up to become a front porch to the beautiful Hood Canal.

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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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