The Cor-ten steel pergola structure that sits just outside the living room also shapes the balcony for the top floor while the revamped swimming pool and large deck provide ample space to rest and rejuvenate on those lazy summer evenings.
Nothing seems out of place here with the entry leading to the spacious living area that is filled with a gray sectional matching chairs and décor that is understated. An entertainment zone and open bookshelf flank the living area on one side even as the stairs leading to the bedroom sit on the opposite side. Large windows blinds and curtains combine to usher in filtered sunlight as shadows and light alter the dynamics of the room with the changing time and seasons.
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.
A fun collection of toys on display framed artwork from UK street artist Eelus and a street lamppost in the corner of the ‘casual café’-style dining space ensure that this living area is like nothing else you have ever seen before. The bedrooms inside the home also have an aura of their own with blocks of color used to mimic the De Stijl art movement and the works of legendary Dutch painter Piet Mondrian.
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.
Apart from doing plenty of good for the planet these zero-energy structures also cut down on your power bill and put your home budget in green over the long term. Epitomizing this trend is the in Freeport Maine with its 4.6 KW photovoltaic panels and highly insulated structure.
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.