Overlooking Okanagan Lake in British Columbia, this dream home is nestled among vineyards and wineries of a young wine region. Its closeness to summer and winter sports destinations make it ideal for vacations, while its design anchors your lifestyle into a peaceful set of surroundings. With its private dock and impressive landscape to enjoy, the dream home rests under the clear blue skies during the summer months, becoming a powder snow covered dreamland in the winter.
The Cubes House” in Ramot Hashavim, Israel, comprises various independent cubes standing alongside each other and joined by a transparent corridor. Functioning as the family’s childrens rooms, the cubes are joined to the main house while still allowing privacy. A central double-height living area opens out to the pool and outdoor terrace, while the house’s L-shape wraps around the backyard. Large steel boulder sculptures decorate the backyard, while the crisp white and glass facade completes the futuristic design
Archi-Union Architects designed the Tea House in the backyard of their office in Shanghai, China.
Design: Archi-Union Architects
Photography by Zhonghai Shen
Posted: 01 Apr 2014 01:51 AM PDT
Raëd Abillama Architects designed Villa Yarze, located in Lebanon.
Design: Raëd Abillama Architects
Posted: 16 Mar 2014 06:19 AM PDT
Matt Gibson Architecture designed the Kooyong House in Melbourne, Australia.
Architect: Matt Gibson Architecture
Swaback Partners have designed the Copper Sky Residence in Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Sensitive site placement and the integration of regionally appropriate colors and materials applied with integrity and craftsmanship to establish a modest statement for a home that is anything but modest.
Rather than creating a dominant mountaintop statement, emphasize conformity to the steep grades and celebrate living in the desert environment with a focus toward conservation, sustainability and efficiency.
The site was acquired with significant prior disturbance and non-natural shaping resulting from demolition of a dilapidated home that had been removed from the site. Considerable grading was necessary to re-create historic native shaping and boulder outcroppings. A balance of boulder placement and masonry retaining walls facilitated a modest development footprint for the meandering driveway and home. The uphill side of the home required site shaping, which was then restored to a natural appearance with large boulders – some as large as 18’ in length, to create intimate courtyards surrounded by hillside and home.
CEI Architecture designed the Elenko Residence in Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada.
Located on the shores of Osoyoos Lake in British Columbia, Canada, this single-family residence was designed to suit the owner’s recreational lifestyle amid the natural setting of the Okanagan region. The house is set on a narrow lot limited by setbacks to a 30’ by 50’ area. The building incorporates minimal openings on the west side and is mostly transparent on the east, taking full advantage of the light bouncing off the lake. A flat roof provides opportunities to sit outside on an upper deck, which opens off a recreation room, with a full view of the water.
The building form is reminiscent of the early modernists. The building aesthetic is intended to be a simple and functional solution that responds to the semi-desert climate, the project’s budget and the waterfront context.
Due to the constraints of the site, spaces were stacked on one another to create a two-storey home, with a roof garden for relaxing or entertaining. Living spaces such as the living room, dining room and kitchen are located on the main floor, offering easy access to the lake. A guest bedroom and washroom are also located on the main floor. The living spaces benefit from the east exposure, which allows the morning sun to penetrate the spaces. In the evening the harsh summer sun is blocked by the solid south wall. The second floor includes all bedrooms, including the laundry and a recreation room off the roof garden.
The building incorporates passive strategies to control heat gain and minimize energy consumption. Natural ventilation relieves the house of heat gain by allowing a breeze to form between the lower and upper windows. The high water table makes it ideal to incorporate a ground-source heat pump and radiant floor heating. Shading is necessary to counter the hot summer sun of the Okanagan Valley.
Architect: CEI Architecture
Photography © Ed White Photographics
Murdoch is buying the top four floors of new Manhattan luxury condo One Madison for $57.25 million. The 60-story glass tower on E. 23rd St. offers amazing New York city views, including clear views of the new World Trade Center. Murdoch’s new “quadruplex” penthouse includes more than 10,000 square feet, features five bedrooms, 5½ bathrooms, a spiral staircase and wide-open living areas, all wrapped by floor-to-ceiling glass. The condo also has an internal private elevator.