Architecture that acts as a bridge between the landscape and those who inhabit it is often the one that produces the best result. Nestled on a lush green lot in Puntarenas Province Costa Rica is a gorgeous contemporary residence that offers panoramic views of both the ocean in the distance and the dense forest scenery that surrounds it.
Draped in wood and stone the street façade of the house offers complete privacy even as the beautifully-lit ponds create an inviting and enchanting setting in the garden. The open plan living area with kitchen and dining plays second fiddle to the view outside as one is drawn in by the magnetism and ingenuity of this urban cabin!
Another fabulous feature of the Ark is its smart and modest rooftop pavilion that offers panoramic views of the city and the church in the distance. Unassuming décor that focuses on functionality a neutral color palette and a sense of sophistication complete this exceptional family home in Ukraine!
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.
The 200-year-old Spanish country house is nestled on a small mountain on the scenic northern shore of the island and the revamped structure makes the most of its location by offering unabated views of the landscape distant coastline and beyond. On the outside it is fruit trees and a lush green garden that drape you in a cloak of natural goodness and offer complete privacy while the interior brings together contrasting textures and finishes that create a unique relaxing setting.
Glazed corner windows influence both the visual appeal of the exterior and the functionality indoors by allowing the homeowners to easily utilize even the tiniest of corner nooks while dark cedar ushers in textural contrast.
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.