London-based design studio McLean Quinlan Architects has designed the Andalucian Villa project. This two-storey, luxury contemporary property can be found in Andalucia, Spain.
According to the architects: “The design strategy for this new contemporary Spanish villa was to create a building that would exploit the spectacular landscape, while creating an exemplary building for the 21st century.
“The site occupies a panoramic south west facing sweep of embankment, with impressive views to the Mediterranean, Rock of Gibraltar and Serranía de Ronda.
“The luxury Spanish villa has seven bedroom suites for the family and their guests in three linked pavilions separated by pools of water, gardens and stone terraces.
“Landscaping was key to the concept for this dramatic site and the combination of visual, solar and centrifugal influences inherent in the landscape created a natural orientation for the building – as a series of parallel surfaces on a NE/SW axis. These layers defined both shade and space from which to enjoy the Andalucian sunlight, providing tantalising glimpses of the view beyond and shaping tranquil spaces for the inhabitants.
“The effect of shadow and water in an Islamic garden was both a practical and metaphoric influence on the design of the whole building – helping to temper the immediate microclimate while quietly referencing the historical context.”
The Marble House has to be one of the sexiest properties seen by the team at Adelto. The luxury residence has been designed by Stuart Parr. The 9,000 square foot townhouse with a 44-ft lap pool set in a quarried room wrapped entirely in Carrara marble can be found in New York’s Tribeca neighbourhood.
According to Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate: “The luxury New York apartment is quite simply the finest residence available in Manhattan. Thoughtfully conceived and precisely executed down to the last painstaking detail by art and design connoisseur Stuart Parr, this 9,000-plus square foot, custom-crafted, bespoke residence offers the privacy and exclusivity of townhouse-style living with the luxury, ease, and convenience of a 24-hour doorman and private self-parking.
“The aptly-named Marble House is a delight to the senses with a range of rich, harmonious surfaces: decadent imported Carrara, Striato Olimpico, Grey Bardiglio, and Crema Valencia marbles from slabs hand-selected by Parr himself; grade-A, rift and quarter-sawn, wide-plank White Oak floors laid in a chic Chevron pattern-stunning in their simplicity; custom-designed plaster crown moldings; nickel-plated hardware; and blackened steel. This masterfully-composed palette in combination with soaring ceilings and massive wood-framed windows creates a dramatic backdrop for any style of décor or artwork.”
The contemporary New York apartment is on sale for a whopping $17,500,000 through Prudential Douglas Elliman Real Estate.
Osaka based design studio Shogo Iwata designed this contemporary property in 2010. The house is located in Suita, Osaka, Japan.
According to the architects: “Divided between eight levels, the house measures 901 square feet.
“The contemporary Osaka house was built for a couple with one child. This small house has eight levels between entrance in the basement to the roof terrace in order to constitute every space not in concentrated way by big void but reciprocal relation of each space. This arrangement makes the notion of the floor ambiguous and the continuity of space compatible with the hierarchy of space.
“In order to realise this spatial constitution with a small gap we adopted a steel structure. We used a visible steel frame in a 40mmx125mm flat bar that allow us to make each space flow without gravity.”
Amsterdam-based design studio Concrete Architectural Associates have designed citizenM Hotel’s first London property. The 192-room luxury hotel can be found in Bankside close to the Tate Modern Museum.
According to the architects: “Arriving in London, guests will be surprised when they see how much more refined the brand’s look and feel has become. Alongside architectural firm concrete, citizenM has infused the hotel’s aesthetics with new sophistication, and what used to be a playground for design enthusiasts has evolved into a stage for endless inspiration. The ground floor, with its open-plan lobby, is “styled to look like the living rooms of a very well-travelled person,” according to CMO Robin Chadha. Every detail is thought through in delineated spaces that now mix elegance with the old exuberance, all in cooperation with furniture design giant Vitra.
Also new is the group’s sharp focus on contemporary art (the hotel is, after all, just south of the Tate Modern), with a text piece rightfully claiming “Another World Is Possible” by Turner prize-nominated artist Mark Titchner mounted on the exterior facade, as well as interior works by Gavin Turk, Mario Testino, a video by Belgian artist Hans ob de Beeck and a jaw-dropping floor to ceiling mural by the hyper trendy artist collective Assume Vivid Astro Focus (AVAF). The Titchner and AVAF works are absolutely original, having been commissioned by citizenM specifically for this luxury London hotel and its guests. There’s even “art” to take away: citizenM has launched a new service in partnership with acclaimed Amsterdam bookstore MENDO, friends of citizenM since the very beginning: Guests literally walk into a big black book (the shape of the display) and buy their favourite photography, architecture, fashion, and travel books to take with them or have sent to their home addresses.
“Another highlight on the ground floor is the self-serve canteenM, which beckons to the hungry and thirsty. It was designed to feel like a home kitchen arranged around a red wooden coffee bar, along with an adjacent bakery-style open kitchen with fare that shifts from delicious baked goods in the morning to light lunch and simple dinners and cocktails later in the day. Guests can grab a variety of food and drinks, then work at one of the four Macs near the kitchen or hang out at a marble-topped table in the cafe. All of this is situated around a dramatic new interior space. The contemporary London hotel is built around an atrium whose tranquil atmosphere offers an urban oasis for guests and visitors; birch trees add a flash of green, hanging lanterns offer soft and magical light, and AVAF’s 35-meter mural, with its eye-popping shapes, frames the space. A wooden deck extends into this peaceful outdoor space from the first floor.”
Portuguese design studio Arqui+ has recently completed the Casa Vale Do Lobo project. This high-endproperty is located in Vale do Lobo, a golf resort in the Algarve, Portugal.
According to the architects: “The villa is situated in Vale do Lobo, a luxury golf and beach resort in southern Portugal.
“The plot is an end plot surrounded by golf, greenery and a small lake. Due to the location we have purposely opted not to create a clear boundary between plot and surroundings, rather using the actual building to create the distinction between public and private spaces.
The luxury Portuguese villa has been developed in a U shape around a central courtyard space helping to create a sense of scale and containment within the open surroundings. Within this courtyard we have created a suspended pool which becomes the main visual focal point of the villa. Being the main visual focus, we have opted for the creation of the pool as a sculptural element, while still serving the function as the main pool.
“The suspended aspect of the pool permits the flow of the courtyard beyond the pool, thereby not containing the space. This upper main pool cascades down into a lower reflecting pool that can also be used as a children’s splash pool. The sound of the running water creates a very calm and relaxing environment. This lower reflecting pool in turn “visually” cascades down into the indoor pool situated within the home spa area. The continuation of the use of the black mosaic through into the home spa helps to strengthen this concept.
“The outer perimeter of the main building volume has been demarcated with continuous repetitive vertical walls, almost like a fortress, establishing a clear barrier between public and private. The spaces facing into the courtyard on the other hand offer maximum transparency, minimising the barrier between indoor and outdoor spaces. In order to strengthen the indoor and outdoor interconnection we have continued the same floor level through to the exterior with sliding doors that slide back fully with no distinct threshold between indoor and outdoor, extending the living spaces to the outdoor.
The main living spaces of the luxury Portuguese property have been developed in an L shape plaster and painted white volume, with one wing dedicated to the 5 bedrooms and the other wing dedicated to the main living spaces. The single storey living space sits at an intermediate level between the 2 storey bedroom wing meaning easy access to the main living space from all bedrooms.
This main living volume projects out to the south in the form of a suspended glass cube in which we have placed a sitting area (snug) with fireplace opening onto the views of both the lake and the golf course. The roof of this volume serves as a roof terrace with mini-pool, outdoor living space and BBQ area for evening entertainment. The semi buried basement space houses the main indoor entertainment areas of the villa, such as games room, home cinema and home spa, as well as the double garage and service areas. The home spa faced in the black mosaics at the end of the volume create the sense of an infinite space.
The contemporary Portuguese villa is a continuous play of solids versus transparency, which ultimately create a very interesting play of light versus shadow. In terms of materials we have tried to accentuate this play of solid versus void, by accentuating planes with the use of wood paneling both internally and externally, in which the doors etc have been hidden in order not to break up the sense of volume or plane. For the flooring we have worked with a grey sandstone which is a very homogeneous stone which helps create the feeling of a block of stone that has been carved, minimizing the legibility of the joints etc.”