Dream Homes

Skidmore Passivhaus – Energy Efficiency Home by In Situ Architecture

This eco friendly house located in Portland, Oregon design by In Situ Architecture firm.

“Located in an existing neighborhood of post-war houses, Skidmore Passivhaus merges contemporary design with the highest level of energy efficiency. Providing a true live / work condition, two separate buildings address the program requirements while creating a unique indoor / outdoor space between. High levels of insulation, extremely airtight construction (tested at .32ach50), high performing triple glazed european windows, and a super-efficient heat recovery ventilator allow the structure to meet the stringent requirements of the German Passivhaus standard. Generous amounts of south facing glazing (.5 shgc) maximize the solar gains for most of the year, while motorized exterior aluminum shades can be lowered to block unwanted summer heat gain resulting in extremely comfortable temperatures year round. An extensive green roof helps manage all stormwater on site, while a roof mounted 4.32 kW PV array provides enough electricity to result in a near net zero and truly sustainable building”.

Photography by Jeremy Bittermann.

Posted by Michelle Lesser at 3 July, 2014


Modern House by Coop 15

Situated in the Sand Point Country Club neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, this contemporary residence was designed for a family of five by Coop 15.

Construction is winding down on our new design on NE Sunrise Vista, in the Sand Point Country Club neighborhood. Though we did manage to salvage a few critical elements of the original 1950′s home on this property, it is, fundamentally, a new house.

Our collaborators include interior design consultant Kathleen Glossa, landscape architect Martha Shapiro, and contractor Stuart Feldt of W. S. Feldt Contruction–and our terrific clients.

Designed for a family of five, the main floor has a large living room for entertaining, a great room with kitchen, dining, and family area, three childrens’ bedrooms and baths, and a laundry room. The master suite is on the second floor, with views of Mount Rainier and a glimpse of Lake Washington. There are his and hers home offices (his upstairs, hers on the main), and a basement with media/playroom, guest suite, exercise room, and storage spaces.

The carport tucked under the main level is an idea preserved from the original home, eliminating the look of a big garage door that often dominates the front of homes where there is no alley access. The basement foundation walls were also retained, as were two indoor fireplaces, and a unique outdoor fireplace/barbeque.

The kitchen and family areas are the star of this house, with large sliding glass doors disappearing into pockets, allowing these spaces to flow to the south terrace. (via)

Photography by Benjamin Benschneider

Posted by Michelle Lesser at 1 July, 2014


Stunning Villa in Belgium

Ideally located in the district of Prince Orange, at the edge of the Sonian Forest, magnificent contemporary style property of about 1,100 m² (11,836 ft²), built by the Durce office on a plot of 25 acres.
Cubism is honoured with its windows opening onto terraces, patios and water features. The sleek architectural style of the house makes sense in the choice of materials with elegant lines.
The reception area is composed of several lounges, open fireplace, a dining room connected to a functional “open bar” kitchen itself opening onto a large terrace on the waterfront.

Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 30 June, 2014


Dream Home : Troxell by Montalba Architects

This beautiful addition for a home located in Pacific Palisades, CA of a master suite, master bath, along with new mill-work and refinished surfaces throughout, serve to reinforce the original ideas present in this 1950s Richard Neutra house. A new hillside pool also serves to strengthen the aesthetic of this already spectacular house and complete the original design as intended by Neutra.

Architects : Montalba Architects, Inc

Posted by Keren Fathi-Poor at 26 June, 2014


Maison D1 in Saint-Tropez, France by Vincent Coste

Saint-Tropez-based architect Vincent Coste has completed a residential property positioned on a steep incline in the south of France. Composed as a series of offset volumes, the house cascades down the cliff face offering panoramic sea views.

Two floors of living accommodation are oriented around a large terrace that features a generously proportioned infinity edge pool. a large wooden louvered structure serves as a sunscreen, creating a sequence of outdoor areas adjacent to the home. At ground level, the division between internal and external space is blurred through floor-to-ceiling glazing, designed to encourage outdoor living. One bedroom is positioned at ground floor level, while the remaining four bedrooms are located at the upper storey.

photos by ©Christophe Rouffio


Posted by Michelle Lesser at 25 June, 2014


Casa Spodsbjerg in Denmark by Arkitema Architects

Casa Spodsbjerg is a family summer home on a rocky beach in Denmark designed by Arkitema Architects. Completed in 2010 by Arkitema Architects, this house is designed to take advantage of the views and characteristics of its site. The structure is composed of two staggered volumes on a concrete foundation. One volume houses the living rooms while the other holds the bedrooms and bathrooms. The living room utilizes floor to ceiling windows to achieve an unbroken view of the sea and beach. The bedrooms are on the second story and are more shielded, allowing for a quiet and peaceful place to rest. Casa Spodsbjerg uses a limited number of materials in its design. Concrete is used for the base and internal forms, the floors are a light hardwood, and the ceilings covered with a warm, slatted wood.

Posted by Michelle Lesser at 24 June, 2014


Antokolsky Penthouse by Pitsou Kedem Architects

Israeli architect Pitsou Kedem renovated the top floor of an apartment building in Tel Aviv, creating an open-plan living space that makes the most of the view.

This unconventional design by Pitsou Kedem blurs the borders between private space and outdoor space. In a new building, in the old north of Tel Aviv, a unique penthouse covering an entire floor of some 600 square meters, is open and transparent in four directions.

Posted by Michelle Lesser at 23 June, 2014



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