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.
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.
Modern beach homes have come a long way from their humble background when they were just shabbily made holiday retreats that promised little in terms of luxury. Today a beach house combines contemporary comfort and aesthetics with the alluring charm of waves and sand outside the window in a seamless and mesmerizing fashion.
The transformation combines the aesthetics of the Victorian home with contemporary style without compromising on practicality comfort and ergonomics. A transition between the old and the new is still distinct and yet feels seamless with an air of relaxing calm.
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.
Using a series of pergolas balconies and nifty little niches an array of delightful outdoor spaces was created and they are constantly connected with the lower-level living area. Large glass windows and sliding glass doors play their part as well in this fabulous narrative where the lush green backyard becomes a dynamic backdrop for the neutral living area kitchen and dining room.
Not only does the use of natural construction materials and locally sourced elements give the home a green sheen the use of passive solar heating and cooling techniques smart insulation and rainwater harvesting systems ensures that it is as planet-friendly as possible.