How do you make a beautiful and inviting alpine-style chalet nestled in the heart of the Donner Pass even more amazing? Mork-Ulnes Architects have the solution for you with their design of the exquisite as it feels like an amalgamation of the classic ski cabin and a concrete base that is more common in dashing urban homes.
Designed by Colle-Croce the beautiful family residence is mainly clad in metal and concrete with both materials bringing plenty of textural variance and shaping a unique façade. It is the lower half of the structure that is made up of concrete and a steel structure covered in metallic sheets sits on top of this sturdy base.
Much of this is achieved using a beautiful blend of stone and glass on the outside that marries two contrasting elements in a pleasing fashion. Designed by Vanguard Studio this Spanish Oaks home is as much about the outdoors as it is about the interior!
When it comes to the design of modern homes and retreats maximizing the view is increasingly becoming the primary concern of both homeowners and architects. Even urban apartments packed into contemporary skyscrapers are becoming all about the glittering view of the city skyline outside the window.
The orientation of the house brings in plenty of natural light even while keeping it cool during the hot summer months while the al fresco dining and poolside hangout extend the living area outdoors with ease. It is the lower level of the house that holds the living area kitchen dining space gallery-style entry and a rejuvenating sauna with the top level housing the bedroom and other private spaces.
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’.
Simple and practical design that does away with the unnecessary and focuses firmly on ergonomics is much harder to conjure up and create than it sounds. Nestled in the idyllic town of Pilar in Argentina ventures down this path as it places emphasis on minimal design and an uncomplicated form where functionality precedes form. The small footprint of the house was a conscious choice made by the architects to reduce both construction cost and time even while leaving ample space for a wonderful garden and outdoor living area.