Bringing together two contrasting worlds and a window into both majestic mountains and the bustling cityscape the relaxing on the outskirts of is truly exceptional. Nestled on a sloped site the design of the home by I/O Architects ensures that most of its open outdoor space is hidden from the street view even as the hidden second level beneath the ground level offers additional privacy. Much of the house has been designed to honor this delicate balance between smart views and sufficient privacy as wood glass and dark metal shape the residence’s inimitable exterior.
Coming to the green credentials of the house it is passive heating and cooling technology coupled with top-notch insulation that ensure the temperature inside the home remains more or less constant during both the summer and winter months. With 35kW of solar panels providing more power than consumed by the household this Aussie home ends up keeping its carbon footprint down to an absolute minimum!
The new addition contains within it a kitchen that becomes the ‘social zone’ of the house along with the dining room and the living area. A series of sliding glass doors connect the home with the central courtyard and the rear pool retreat that also contains a spacious wooden deck barbecue zone and outdoor dining space.
The roof of the house is a structure that does not often garner enough attention from the casual design and décor aficionado. But ask the semi-serious architecture lover and he will instantly tell you that it plays a big role in shaping the overall silhouette of a structure its visual appeal and overall functionality.
Transforming a forgotten 1920’s manor house in the heart of Luxembourg EPAD managed to turn a dark and poorly planned interior into a light-filled modern home that meets the demands of an urban family. Spread across two different levels the traditional manor house was completely altered using a new floor plan that turned two levels of the home into a living area.
With an L-shaped structure there is plenty of room here for a fabulous rear garden and poolscape that was shaped by Arterra Landscape Architects. The pool becomes a part of the interior thanks to the series of large sliding glass doors and walls that make up a continuous and transparent ‘wall’ delineating the interior from the outdoors.
Using a neutral color palette for your home is much harder than it looks. Getting it right is all about finding the right combination of colors and just enough excitement to ensure that the interior does not feel bland and boring.