Situated a mere 263 feet from the beach in the resort town of Algaborro, Valparaíso Region, Chile, M House was designed by Juan Pablo Merino as a summer retreat for a gathering family. This modern dream home is modest in size, yet exuberantly displays a peaceful coziness and livability.
The oceanview home features a wood-planked walkway and high-walled corridor leading to a large outdoor terrace replete with wood-burning fireplace, Corten-steel planters and a carefree wicker swing suspended from the cantilevered roof. The home’s entrance is reached via a pivoting glass door which lies directly opposite the rear door, creating a sense of easygoing flow.
Posted by Suzanne at 18 November, 2013
With not even 700 square feet, Lake Cottage by Toronto-based design studio UUfie manages to feel airy with plentiful spaces which morph beautifully with its forestal surroundings near the Kawartha Lakes. Situated in Bolsover, Ontario, Canada, this small modern dream home is a retreat in the woods, a place to ponder and appreciate a definitive connection with nature.
Envisioned as an organic structure, the A-frame cottage is a new extension connected to an existing home, and is clad in matte black steel and charred cedar wood with other locally-sourced sustainable features. An entrance terrace of glass-and-mirrors with tree-stump flooring tiles allows for a perpetual interplay between the outdoors and inside spaces, reflecting the trees and rural landscape magnificently. The shiny elements paired with the white birch bark, green spruce trees and white powdery snow is sensational.
Posted by Suzanne at 14 November, 2013
Having undergone an all-encompassing renovation, the Herne Bay Villa in Auckland, New Zealand by Jessop Architects portrays modern dream home design harmonized with traditional character.
From the street view, the white picket fence and classic facade are somewhat deceiving as once inside, the open plan captivates with several fully retractable glass walls allowing for boundariless indoor-outdoor living. Spectacular glass roof cut-outs allow plentiful light to penetrate even the covered deck areas. The main living area seems to float between a duet of terraces, such a graceful, breezy structure with its pitched ceiling. Minimalist furnishings are found here, as well as throughout the home, and include a set of plum-hued sofas embracing a contemporary aqua-infused rug which delightfully ties into the adjacent swimming pool–love it! Built-in shelving shares a fireplace wall, while playful glass globe pendants preside over this entertaining and gathering space.
Posted by Suzanne at 11 November, 2013
One look at the Laurel Way home in Beverly Hills and you feel as if you’ve died and gone to modern dream home heaven. Designed by the innovative Los-Angeles firm Whipple Russell Architects, this sprawling estate incorporates breathtaking design focused on water, greenery and fire elements combined with leading smart-home technology.
So stunning is the winding, multi-level moat sweeping around the property and connecting to the zero-edge pool which “spills” into one of two fire-pits in the compound. This unique water feature follows the pattern of the serpentine landscaping which is artfully arranged as a series of tiers descending upon the surrounding rear hillside. This verdant aesthetic paired with a Zen garden and putting green contributes an immediate fresh energy into the home.
Posted by Suzanne at 5 November, 2013
Rooftop bars seem to be sprouting up in top cities across the globe with chic settings, stellar views, gourmet cocktails and small plates. The Press Lounge is no exception, with its sleek modern design and breezy setting atop the 16th floor of the Ink48, a Kimpton Hotel set in Manhattan’s vibrant Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.
Conceptualized by Adam Block, The Press Lounge is a luxe rooftop bar and lounge, partially enclosed by full-volume glass walls including one huge retractable steel-framed glass garage door. Tall glass railings embrace the terraces, allowing views of the city lights and nearby Hudson River to come into play from virtually every angle of this hip retreat in the sky.
Posted by Suzanne at 4 November, 2013
Wilson Architects has completed the task of renovating the Sunshine Beach House, a modern dream home situated on a sloped site in the seaside region of Noosa, Queensland, Australia.
Retaining the existing character of the home was important to the owners, so the main extension of the new outdoor room was designed to transition seamlessly from the original structure. This under-air great room is now the core of the home, connecting the main living spaces to the sleeping areas. A series of white roofs and geometric-patterned screens comprise this new zone, which is protected from both harsh sunlight and winds drifting off the coastline. Dark wood decking adds an earthy appeal mirroring the nature on the other side of these walls. Most amazing, though, is the lush green wall, almost reaching the full volume of this soaring space, which adds softness as well as a verdant visual.
Posted by Suzanne at 25 October, 2013
Perched upon the top two floors of a residential building in central Bucharest, Romania, F Duplex is a modern dream apartment which experienced a complete and beautiful renovation by Studio 1408.
With just over 3,000 square feet, two penthouse apartments were opened up and joined to form one spacious duplex for a young family. The floor plan of this chic dwelling begins on the second level where the entranceway to the main living spaces is situated. A home office, bathroom and laundry are also situated here. Wide-planked wood floors in a satin finish contribute warmth throughout.
Posted by Suzanne at 23 October, 2013