Energy efficiency has become an essential component of home design in the last decade with eco-conscious owners opting for smarter greener homes. There is definitely a good reason why you should also embrace the trend irrespective of whether you wish to get behind the ‘green cause’.
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.
As one enters the image of a metallic blue cladding draped around the wall gives you a glimpse of what hides within even as perforated metal sheets help shape a practical and inimitable shoe stand. The living room seems far more polished but elements like exposed brick cement and concrete surfaces colorful décor and beautifully lit artwork on the walls give it a more playful and eclectic vibe.
Is one such delightful beachside family escape that seems both inviting and refined thanks to the striking fusion of locally sourced timber hardwood with modernity by Ola Studio. Overlooking the beautiful coastline of Victoria this Aussie home seems to float effortlessly above the beach even as large windows connect it with the view on offer.
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.
Concrete wood glass and steel – there is plenty of contrast on offer at this beautiful escape even as each individual element effortlessly combines with the next to create a curated and refined contemporary structure. It is raw concrete that makes up the foundation and base of this modern cottage with white stained wood and glass assuming prominence while crafting the exterior. This gives the structure a refined contemporary appeal even while evoking images of classic chalets in the region that are clad in lime plaster.
On the inside an open-plan living area filled with a fabulous bookshelf featuring translucent glass doors and a relaxing daybed in Baltic birch steal the spotlight. Custom wooden shelves coupled with the concrete flooring provide textural variance even as one room flows into the next.