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.
Designed by DENOLDERVLEUGELS Architects & Associates the modern residence combines traditional aesthetics and the native architectural style of the region with contemporary comfort and ease in an effortless manner. The result is a stunning getaway that leaves you spellbound.
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!
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.
Going green involves much more than just embracing the latest smart technology that cuts back on power consumption or fancy new appliances that save energy. It is a principle that is embedded into the very fabric of a home and the exquisite in Melbourne most definitely fits this billing.
The steel and wooden structure of the house itself seems to float above the ground in an effortless fashion and adds to the relaxing atmosphere at the Ocean Eye. A large pool and serene garden complete life at this stunning Costa Rican home where nature comfort and ocean-side goodness come together with panache.
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.