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.
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!
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.
Despite its contemporary appeal great care was taken during the construction of the house to ensure that it fit in with the landscape and its natural beauty. Elements such as natural stone and cement blocks only help in accentuating this connection between the modern and the traditional local architectural elements to offer the best of both worlds.
It is the lower level that contains the new kitchen and dining space that are flooded with natural light thanks to the smart use of skylights and light tubes. The space under the staircase is also utilized to the hilt with a series of closed cabinets and a wine storage and display area that is both simple and elegant.
While the outline of the house borrows inspiration from the plot it sits on and aims to make the most of the limited space on offer on the inside it is the dramatic spiral staircase structure that demands your attention instantly.
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.