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.
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.
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.
The desire for a home that creates spaces that encourage interaction between family members can be seen in homeowners across the globe. While the 90s saw a trend in which people turned towards more individualized and private ‘cubicles’ that has definitely shifted toward a love for more ‘social spaces’ in the last decade.
Designed by paints a striking picture with its stone and glass lower level and a top level that is draped in wood. Clean straight lines and minimal aesthetics create a sense of refinement throughout the family residence with glass walls blurring the line between the interior and the garden.
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.