This gorgeous contemporary home located in Portland was designed by Nathan Good Architects.
The 1.7 acre site is relatively level and within a mile of downtown Portland. The home was positioned at the far north side of the lot to reduce the impact of noise from the Skyline Boulevard, optimize the daylighting of the sun’s path, and facilitate views from the interior of the home to the yard.
a) A well-appointed contemporary home that is certified green (LEED Platinum)
b) The home is designed for an abundance of natural light in a climate dominated by overcast skies
c) The residence is on the path towards being net-zero-energy in that it is engineered to generate as much solar-electric energy on-site as the home consumes annually.
The clients are middle-aged with active lives that revolve about their three children. Both parents required a home office. A small home gym reduces travel time to the health club. An acoustically isolated game room accommodates their children and their friends on the lowest level to the home. They actively support the publication of their home yet ask to remain anonymous.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 21 August, 2014
A stunning house with a breathtaking view of the desert in Scottsdale, Arizona designed by Wendell Burnette Architects.
The building site, further down a long private drive, levels out toward the west into an edge condition dominated by an expansive vista – layers and layers of distant mountain ranges – that in the evening seem to epitomize the drama of the Arizona Sunset. Due to the elevation of the site beneath the community’s gaze and the entry gate at the road it became important to us – to recede the house as a deep shadow – into the depth and complexity of the desert floor below.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 18 August, 2014
Complete renovation and extension of a single family house situated in Hamble-Le-Rice, United Kingdom by LA Hally Architect.
The 1930′s Crowsport Estate, on the edge of the River Hamble, was commissioned by Sir Thomas Lipton, the creator of the Lipton Tea brand. The architect, Robert Cromie, designed a group of detached houses in the Bauhaus style with views over the marina. The estate is now a conservation and special policy area.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 14 August, 2014
This beautiful 5,000-square-foot modern house by San Francisco- based firm CCS Architecture in Mill Valley was designed as a home for an empty-nester couple. The site was the inspiration and the guiding element for the architecture: vast views of Mt. Tamalpais, intimate connections to groves of redwood trees, and a steep incline. Given its location, stepping up the hillside and squeezed between redwoods, the home is stratified into three levels.The lower floor is built into the hillside, while the upper two are open to daylight and views.
The first floor includes the garage, entry, painting studio, gallery, and guest quarters. The entry is a two-story space with a staircase leading up to the second floor—the main living level–which connects to the outside with views in many directions. This double-height space, the spatial core of the house, has a large bay of windows focused on a grove of redwood trees just 10 feet away. The top floor contains two bedrooms, a home office, and a ramped bridge that leads to anupper yard and pool.
Natural copper is the primary exterior material, wrapping the second floor of the house to emphasize the location of the main living spaces. Walls below the second level are exposed concrete; those above are cement plaster. The interior evokes the feeling of a gallery in the country, with white walls, expanses of glass, and wide-plank oak floors.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 11 August, 2014
Hamish Monk Architecture designed the Waiatarua House in Auckland, New Zealand.
The brief was for a new house on a challenging, steep site in a bush clad creek gully. One of the design challenges was to insert a bold intervention into a sensitive bush reserve whilst still maintaining a sense of modesty and poetic.
The house was designed for a couple in their mid-sixties who had always wanted a house surrounded by nature though not far removed from city life – a place or respite from the speed of city life.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 8 August, 2014
The clients had been visiting Skye with their dogs for many years. They love the landscape and positively enjoy the unpredictable weather and choose to eat outdoors in all seasons. They brought to us photographs of their main home in Lancashire which is simple and minimal, a CD of their favourite music and the encouragement to do something different.
The site is at the end of the road at Aird of Sleat. It has a sense of the end of the world, shore access and extraordinary views back to Knoydart, Morar, Ardnamurchan and down the coast to the island of Eigg. There are views on 3 sides and it was decided to tuck the bedrooms behind the main living spaces to enable us to create a terrace from the kitchen for the morning light, a terrace from the dining space for the afternoon light and a terrace off the main bedroom for the evening light.
The design developed into 2 distinct forms with a stepped foundation to give additional height to the main living space and to allow views across the dining space from the kitchen to Eigg beyond the fireplace. This step in the foundation corresponded precisely to the slope in the landscape. The link between the 2 forms houses a utility room and shower room.
The proportions, massing and siting of this house are derived from traditional forms; narrow in span and tight to the ground. It is clad in a skin of narrow larch cladding walls and roof. It fits in to the township settlement pattern and sits quietly in its place on the edge of its world. Despite its obvious abstraction from the local vernacular it remains a house rooted in its place and a direct response to both site and brief.
Architects : Dualchas Architects
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 7 August, 2014
Perimeter is the name of the interior design by the young team of architects ZOOCO for Casa Decor Madrid 2013. An interesting proposal of a housing space with just 36 m2 of floor area completely covered with HISBALIT products.
Posted by Michelle Lesser at 6 August, 2014