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!
A series of skylights courtyards and gardens along with the photovoltaic panels ensure that the home has a minimal carbon footprint by cutting down its dependence on artificial energy. Built to last the test of time a tight budget and time constraint forced the architects to come up with innovative solutions that cut back both on construction time and cost. The structure of the house itself acts as a pergola for the outdoor dining and barbeque area even as the garden and the small pool become an extension of the interior.
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.
Villa Rijpwetering is all about relaxed Dutch living at its elegant best with the lavish house opening up towards the water views outside thanks to the large glass façade. An expansive wooden deck and series of terraces connect the home with the boat docks and the dwelling seems to gently float above the water when viewed from a distance.
Features such as the stone walls in the kitchen and the bathroom and the striking ‘sabina beams’ have been carefully preserved while the newly added gorgeous window frames along with the concrete and white chalk-plastered stone walls aim to recreate the magic of the past. It is this fusion that gives the modest retreat its exceptional character and transports you back in time to a simpler period.
A cool and ingenious ‘glass joint’ connects the old timber structure with the new extension and both buildings seem to retain their individual style and aura even while interacting with one another in a seamless manner.
The dashing home is essentially a window into two different natural ecosystems and its designers Benjamin Garcia Saxe did their best in trying to create a breezy residence that invites in both of these lovely backdrops.