Contemporary HP Tree House, Australia

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Queensland-based design studio mmpP Architects has designed the HP Tree House project. The single-storey contemporary property can be found suspended above the forest floor of Mount Whitfield in Cairns, Australia.

According to the architects: “The contemporary Cairns property is set on a secluded and private lot on the flanks of Mount Whitfield in Cairns, the principle aims of this low budget home included simple, elegant and unpretentious form, easy access, minimum impact on site, sustainability and low maintenance. Sustainability is enhanced with long term low maintenance materials, sustainably harvested or plantation grown timber, locally sourced natural stone retaining walls.

“Suspended above the forest floor, living in this contemporary Australian home is akin to life on a roofed platform within the rainforest canopy. A relaxed and easy ambience contributes to a harmonious relationship between the house and its occupants.

“Of the HP Tree House project the jury noted ‘a house which cleverly engages its rainforest shroud from every room and interstitial space. Its unassuming exterior belies a sequence of varied scaled interior spaces that embody a relaxed tropical lifestyle in all possible weather conditions.”

 

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Contemporary Camarines House, Madrid

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Madrid-based design studio A-cero has completed the Camarines House project. The luxury property can be found in exclusive neighbourhood of Aravaca near Madrid, Spain.

According to the architects: “Two parallel plans with vertical lines cross the construction like a double architectonic skin which becomes the leitmotiv of the contemporary Spanish property. The rest of the building is developed around this central axis with many twin cubes creating a harmonic volume game. Next to this architectonic path appears the most public area with the kitchen and living-dining room. Meanwhile on the other side of the plan remain four complete en suite bedrooms, with one for guests.

“A sculptural staircase leads us to the first floor, where you can find the private spaces and the bedrooms of the owners. On one side a big bedroom and bathroom, on the other an office with library that connects with the living room through a double height.

“White mortar monolayer that remarks the pure essence and the architectonic unity lines covers this luxury Spanish property.

“The ground floor is finished on white Macael marble, while the first floor is finished in wood. The white colour covers all the house allowing reflexions of light. A warm decoration between the tradition and modern make the perfect fusion between the container and content.”

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Reflections at Keppel Bay, Singapore

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New York-based architectural practice Studio Daniel Libeskind received a ‘Special Award’ for Reflections at Keppel Bay during the 9th annual Emirates Glass LEAF Awards in London.

According to the architects: “Prominently situated at the entrance to Sin­gapore’s historic Keppel Harbor, Reflections at Keppel Bay is a two-million-square-foot residential development comprised of 6 high-rise towers ranging from 24 and 41 stories and 11 low-rise villa apart­ment blocks of 6–8 floors– a total of 1,129 units.

“The series of high-rise undulating towers is the focal point of this project. These sleek curving forms of alternating heights create graceful openings and gaps between the structures allowing all to have commanding views of the waterfront, Sentosa, the golf course and Mount Faber.

“The design is composed of two distinct typologies of housing; the lower Villa blocks along the water front and the high-rise towers which over look them set just behind.  The artful composition of ever shifting building orientations, along with the differing building typologies, creates an airy, light-filled grouping of short and tall structures. These ever shifting forms create an experience where each level feels unique as it is not in alignment with either the floor above or below. No two alike residences are experienced next to one another or seen from the same perspective; the result of this design is a fundamental shift in living in a high-rise where individuality and difference is not sacrificed.

“The project was completed in December 2011 and is the recipient of Singapore’s Building and Construction Authority BCA Green Mark Gold Award and Universal Design Award (Silver). Additionally Reflections has achieved top scores for the internationally-acclaimed CONQUAS® (Construction Quality Assessment System) by the Building and Construction Authority of Singapore.”

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Luxurious Vivanta by Taj Coral Reef, Maldives

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Vivanta by Taj – Coral Reef offers an exceptional luxury holiday experience for families and couples alike.  One of the best spots for diving in the Maldives, amateurs and professionals can explore the resort’s very own house reef and shipwreck.  The less intrepid can take stock and relax in the property’s Jiva Spa, inspired by the Indian philosophy of wellness and appetites of all ages will be whetted by the variety of fresh and enticing culinary options.

The accommodation is spacious, comprising 62 luxury villas, of which two are Beach Villa Suites with private outdoor living areas.  At the luxury Maldives resort guests can choose from thatched Beach Villas with large beachside porticos or the Water Villas, with private decks looking out to the lagoon.  All offer unrivalled views of the sea and outdoor shower areas for private relaxation.

Each Villa is equipped with mod cons such as LCD TVs, iPod connectivity and WiFi. The two Beach Villa Suites are the pièce de la resistance for families, each featuring two bedrooms, a large outdoor wooden deck with plunge pool and shaded sun loungers looking out to the sea.  Guests here can experience personalised butler service.

Foodies won’t be disappointed with the luxury Maldives Island. Guests can choose from three gastronomic delights. The All-Day Dining restaurant, Latitude, offers Pan-Asian flavours from the Indian Ocean including Thai, Indonesian, Maldivian and Coastal Indian cuisine. The Hembadhu Grill – an alfresco dining experience. Water lovers can opt for the secret ‘Sandbank’ picnic location, surrounded by water only accessible at low tide. The open air Reef Bar offers welcome respite from the day’s activities and an ideal spot to contemplate the tranquil island setting.

In addition, the luxury Eco-friendly resort has installed an in house water bottling plant, which provides complimentary still and sparkling water to guests.

Located on Hembadhu Island, the luxury Maldivian resort is less than 32 kilometers from Male airport. Once you arrive you won’t want to leave.

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Contemporary House by the Pond, New York

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Bridgehampton-based design studio Stelle Architects has designed the House by the Pond project.  The luxury two-storey property can be found in Water Mill, New York, USA.

According to the architects: “The overall design of the contemporary New York house was a direct response to an array of environmental regulations, site constraints, solar orientation and specific programmatic requirements.

“The strategy was to locate a two-storey volume that contained all of the bedrooms and baths, running north/south, along the western side of the site. An open, lofty, single storey pavilion, separated by an interstitial space comprised of two large glass pivot doors, was located parallel to the street. This lower scale street front pavilion was conceived as a breezeway. It connects the light and activity of the yard and pool area to the south with the view and wildlife of the pond to the north.

“The exterior materials used in the contemporary New York property consist of anodized aluminum doors, windows and trim, cedar and cement board siding. They were selected for their low maintenance, modest cost, long-term durability, and sustainable nature. Overhangs and sunshades limit the need for summer air conditioning while allowing solar heat gain in the winter.

“Specific zoning, an efficient geothermal heating and cooling system, highly energy efficient glazing and an advanced building insulation system resulted in a structure that exceeded the requirements of the energy star rating system.”

 

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