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.
Outdoor living is increasingly becoming a more and more important part of modern home design and there are instances when it is the outdoor living and dining space that defines the overall silhouette of the residence. This ingenious contemporary home in Cuenca definitely makes the interaction between the interior and the green outdoors its absolute priority with a unique design that utilizes multiples materials and contrasting finishes.
Turning a 1980s country house into a that stands out from the crowd and welcomes you in a serene and sensational fashion this fabulous renovated residence in Los Angeles was transformed by Rios Clementi Hale Studios. The elegant conversion takes into account both the heritage of the structure its current needs and tomorrow’s design trends as it aims to become a bridge between a lovely past and the ergonomic future. It is slate roof tiles and tongue-and-groove siding of gray-painted cedar that shape the distinct exterior of the home along with a gabled roof and two-story brise soleil.
Much of the original silhouette of the house was retained and given a modern upgrade with the reflecting pond a fabulous bridge and the brise soleil creating a stunning entrance. This image of tranquility is further enhanced as artificial lighting takes over after sunset with the illumination fashioning an atmosphere of inviting warmth.
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.
A home that becomes one with the surrounding landscape is increasingly becoming a popular demand with homeowners across the globe. Gone are the days when the suburban residence was an entity in itself that was disconnected from the scenery outside and boasted a polished urbane interior.
The idea of the simple and uncomplicated cube is the image that most contemporary homes exude. With clean lines and rigid geometry there is not much to write home about as you look at many of these mundane structures.