A series of features like the super insulated foundation and concrete flooring the smart triple-pane German windows a cutting-edge heat recovery system that functions at 88% efficiency and of course the solar panels that provide the home with sufficient power combine to deliver an effectively zero-energy home that still seems cozy modern and charming.
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.
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.
Smart extensions of Victorian homes are becoming all too common Down Under and many of the classic residences in cities like Sydney and Melbourne have already traveled down this path. It is often a smart choice that is dictated by the needs of a modern family changing lifestyles across the globe and of course the poor state of the original structures. But this fabulous home dubbed gives a stylish contemporary twist to this idea with a timber extension that is sculptural stylish and keeps away the excessive heat of harsh summer days.
While the concrete base of the stylish 5-bedroom ski cabin is less obvious from a distance what is more discernable is the exterior draped in dark tar-treated wood siding. This allows the dreamy getaway to blend into the dense forest in the backdrop after sunsets and gives it a more natural alpine vibe.
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 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!