Concrete wood glass and steel – there is plenty of contrast on offer at this beautiful escape even as each individual element effortlessly combines with the next to create a curated and refined contemporary structure. It is raw concrete that makes up the foundation and base of this modern cottage with white stained wood and glass assuming prominence while crafting the exterior. This gives the structure a refined contemporary appeal even while evoking images of classic chalets in the region that are clad in lime plaster.
The outdoor living experience in the past decade has become far more luxurious and fun in the last few years with outdoor furniture and design matching the beauty and comfort of living room décor. It is barely a surprise then that homeowners are increasingly demanding dwellings that blur the traditional boundary between the interior and the landscape that surrounds the house creating a seamless indoor-outdoor interplay. Nestled in a lovely green neighborhood of Brazil the is no different as Lab Arquitetos transformed this 50s home into a modern masterpiece that encourages you to spend more time outside than indoors!
The house uses a color palette where bright and bold hues are shunned in favor of more serene tones and beautiful neutrals that paint a picture of tranquility. Step inside and one notices the wonderful use of contrasting materials and finishes as wooden slats bright metallic pendants and textured walls come together in a seemingly effortless fashion.
It is the spacious rear yard with barbecue area outdoor living and dining spaces an infinity edge pool and a view of the valley below that steals the show at this wonderful Texas home. Modernity is complemented by a sense of inviting warmth at every turn and it’s stone that plays the major role in shaping much of this ‘personal retreat’.
Sustainability was one of the key components of the design and over its life period this cozy Spanish house is projected to cut out carbon emissions by as much as 50% when compared to regular residences of similar size. On the inside beautiful wooden surfaces clay plastered walls and exposed brick surfaces bring in ample textural contrast as one clearly notices a modern-rustic style.
The home was built around an already present man-made pond and the effort was to ensure that the wild landscape was as undisturbed as possible both during and after the construction. The main 1650-square-foot residence has a secluded entrance and contains the living area kitchen dining area and the master bedroom.
The Cor-ten steel pergola structure that sits just outside the living room also shapes the balcony for the top floor while the revamped swimming pool and large deck provide ample space to rest and rejuvenate on those lazy summer evenings.