When we talk about contemporary homes the mind automatically conjures up images of sleek interiors clean straight lines cubic forms and a sense of textural monotony. But in Texas moves away from this beaten path as this relaxing and lavish family home tries to combine a healthy dose of rustic elegance with modern comfort and aesthetics.
The beautiful little village of nestled in the Spanish Pyrenees offers the perfect backdrop for this gorgeous and unique modern rammed earth house that aims to revive traditional architecture at its eco-friendly best! Crafted by Edra arquitectura the idyllic home was constructed with entirely local materials and it is stone earth and straw that define this award-winning structure.
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.
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.
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 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.
It is the top level though that is the real activity hub here as it contains everything from the master bedroom and kids’ bedrooms to the kitchen dining room and an open living space that offers wonderful views of the city landscape.