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.
On first glimpse you might well assume that the snapshot of the amazing is one of those picture-perfect screensavers or HD images that is too good to be true. But this spellbinding residence in Newberg Oregon is indeed as astounding as its image suggests with a man-made pond and a relaxing modern home in glass wood and steel becoming one!
It is barely a surprise then that the spectacular in area of the Terrasses Cap à l’Aigle in Quebec Canada turns to a stunning overhang with glass walls to make the most of the scenic view on offer. Designed by ACDF Architecture this is a family retreat that combines traditional and modern architectural elements in sensational style.
The top level of the retreat is the real showstopper with its floating overhang that is composed of wood steel and glass. With floor-to-ceiling glass windows the living space contained within this exquisite ‘box’ promises breathtaking views of the landscape and the beautiful sunsets that light up the St. Lawrence estuary. Allowing for 360-degree views the glass windows constantly connect the rugged and green countryside with the modern interior even as the four centrally located bedrooms offer more privacy.
The private top floor holds two bedrooms and bathrooms that provide spectacular views of the Pyrenees and the countryside. An unassuming wooden staircase with glass railing divides the home into two identical halves and ushers in a sense of symmetry and curated elegance.
Wood and stone were used in crafting the exterior of the home with the upper levels embracing the warmth of the former in an eloquent fashion. It is the ground floor that contains the main entrance along with the garage and a small social zone while the first floor houses the living room dining space kitchen guest bathroom and the family zone.
Designed by Ola Studio a series of timber beams act as a pergola of sorts while a simple deck extends the living space further into the rear yard. The new extension contains the new living space connected with the garden a smart modern kitchen and an open dining area.