It is this simplicity of design that gives the its uniqueness and leaves ample space for the garden the series of outdoor living spaces and the ponds all around it. Creating a natural oasis amidst the urban chaos the home seems to disconnect with the city landscape and gives its retired homeowners a delightful escape.
Designed by Oleg Drozdov the house is broadly divided into three individual units with each one having its own series of balconies and private terraces that melt into the common social zone at the heart of it all. The central living zone flows into the semi-open terrace and pool area that overlooks the generous garden outside. This ingeniously crafted terrace allows the homeowners to enjoy ‘outdoor living’ throughout the year and allows the adults in the house to keep an eye on the kids as they spend time in the garden.
But the distinct façade of in California instantly sets it apart from the crowd and this sense of splendor and uniqueness continues indoors thanks to a mesmerizing staircase that leaves you speechless. Designed by Belzberg Architects it is the location of the house the special demands of the lot on which it sits and the leafy landscape that surrounds it that dictate its overall form.
Floor-to-ceiling glass windows open the living and dining area to the outdoors while the central room separates the wing with dining space kitchen kids’ bedrooms and breakfast zone from the zone that contains the master suite home gym and office.
There comes a time in everyone’s life when one craves to move away from the constant rush of urban life and the perpetual race with the clock. It is this desire for a simpler and more relaxed lifestyle that has inspired a retired couple in to turn to Suyama Peterson Deguchi in an attempt to downsize their contemporary home and turn it into a tranquil retreat surrounded by ample greenery. Inspiration behind this new structure was drawn from the silhouette of a picnic shelter in a forest and it was translated to the modern setting using a simple roof and wall structure.
The distribution of the apartments across the four levels was done by placing one on the first floor while two duplex apartments occupy the second and third floors. A fourth apartment is accommodated on the top level with each individual apartment having its own outdoor lounge and porch that extends the living area outside.
Giving a traditional home a contemporary extension is definitely a popular trend that is catching on across the globe. It is an architectural trend that saves money and resources and allows homeowners to feel far more comfortable living in their existing homes without having to splurge on a complete overhaul.