Madrid-based design tudio ÁBATON has completed the Mar de Encinas project. This two-storey contemporary home can be found in Las Marías, Torrelodones, Madrid, Spain.
According to the architects: “Due to the characteristics of the land and the vegetation, the contemporary Spanish house was envisaged in two parts linked by a transparent passage. One of the units was built on pillars on top of highly resistant granite rock. In order to support the structure, special drilling machines with diamond disks were used to perforate in the exact place.
“The contemporary Spanish house is not just part of its surroundings but overlooks them because they can be seen from all angles. Our client was very interested in separating the public areas from the private ones. So the sitting room, the kitchen and the swimming pool were located on the upper floor and the bedrooms and bathrooms on the ground floor.”
Propeller Z a Vienna-based design studio has completed the Plak Residence project in 2011. This four-storey contemporary home is located in Vienna, Austria.
The contemporary Austrian property reminds us of the Star Wars character Darth Vader but in white.
The interior design of the property is minimalistic—all white with some brown in the form of wooden stairs and flooring. The luxury Austrian property also benefits from a wonderful large balcony, terrace and spacious wet room, which we love.
The property benefits from unobstructed views of Vienna city and another advantage to the configuration is the minimal disturbance to the land below maintains garden spaces.
The property would suit a young couple or a modern young family who appreciate design-led interior design and contemporary architecture.
Eva Samuel Architects and Associates a Paris-based design studio has designed this preschool in Paris, France.
According to the architects: “The building’s envelope is a response for several environmental aims: visual protection, increased natural light to counteract the surrounding solar screens, no thermal bridges, natural ventilation and double flux in winter. This contemporary Paris school is the first to comply with the City of Paris’s climate plan. The result is a thick façade with varied reliefs – bay, alcove, and concave windows – which are used horizontally on the roof as skylights and to house air treatment machinery and ventilation chimneys. These multi-form strawberry-coloured elements enliven and dematerialise the façades. Their anodised aluminium cladding changes from pink to golden grey to green depending on one’s movements, point de view, the colour of the sky and reflections of nearby buildings.
“The atmosphere inside the contemporary French school is gentle and serene. The only colours are those of the materials themselves, such as the wood of the false ceilings and the bay windows. The façade’s thickness creates a strong sense of protection and minimises outlook from neighbouring towers. The children enjoy taking over the micro-spaces generated by the façade’s thickness, using them as mini-living rooms, for reading, tea parties, hiding, etc.”
Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects (SAOTA) and Antoni Associates both Cape Town-based design studios have designed the La Lucia house. The luxury family home can be found in Durban, South Africa.
According to the architects: “The brief called for a relaxed family holiday beach house on the North Coast of KwaZulu Natal.
“The luxury South African building has been sensitively designed to gently nestle between protected milkwood trees, in an area that has strict environmental controls. A sense of arrival is enhanced by an austere entrance flanked by two of the milkwood trees. The cinematic panorama is only revealed as one enters the double-volume hallway. The ceilings are clad with aligned timber slats which draw the eye to the seascape ahead.
“The ground level can be enjoyed as one continuous space or arranged into more individual and private spaces. All the spaces open up either onto the sea facing pool deck or to the afternoon sun lit garden on the west. The four sea-facing bedrooms are located on the upper level and open onto private individual terraces.
“The interior design by Antoni Associates express simplicity and restraint while making the contemporary South African home comfortable and cosy.”
Sarasota-based deisgn studio TOTeMS Architecture has designed the Caspersen Beach project. Completed in 2012, the contemporary beachside park pavilion can be found in the Sarasota County, Florida, USA.
This contemporary beachside park pavilion is an initiative by the Parks and Recreation Department to provide an iconic beach park restroom pavilion for the county that visiting beach-goers can easily identify. The beach pavilion is nestled within a nature preserve in a county-owned park along the Gulf of Mexico.
According to the architects: “Design inspiration was found in the coastal vegetation in this gulf-front park. An abstract version of sea-oats was used as a continuous design theme throughout the park structure.
“The structure is nestled between two protected natural preserves. As one ascends the ramp the natural preserve encloses the building volumes which are oriented to provide enhanced views of the natural preserve and the Gulf of Mexico. Turtle lighting provides an ambient glow of amber light
“The contemporary beachside pavilion has sustainable design features that include clerestory louvers for passive ventilation and skylights for daylight harvesting. Cement-fiber siding, cast-in-place concrete and aluminum tube ‘sea-oats’ are the exterior materials selected for their ability to withstand the waterfront environment and seasonal weather.
“The design challenge was how to provide aesthetic vertical accessibility via ramp which was 120’-0” in length. The abstract use of ‘sea-oats’ as a screen element was used to unite the ramp with the building.”