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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
Barcelona-based design studio OAB has completed the AA House project. Completed in 2010, this contemporary property can be found in Barcelona, Spain.
According to the architects: “The design scheme for the contemporary Spanish property responds to simple geometric rules.
“The footprint of the building uses a superimposed 7×7 meter skewed grid to support the property in a composition similar to a musical score. The diagonals serve as a roof system that ungulates like an artificial topography, creating skylights in some cases, while in others situations, rising up double the height of other rooftop peaks.
“At the base floor, the project develops a direct relationship between the interior and exterior through the abundant use of glasswork, trellises, and sliding panels. This allows a visual connection to the garden for the following spaces: the rooms, halls, library, dining rooms, kitchen, main bedroom and guest suites.
“Vertically consistent relationships exist between the main floor and adjacent floors, always responding to the programmatic demands, and therefore completing the three dimensional continuity of the contemporary Spanish house.
“The areas on the lower floor are service areas of the main program, such as a cellar communicating directly with the dining room, a video library communicating with the library; an inside swimming pool and Turkish bath, an extension of the main bedroom, and a service flat leading directly to the kitchen areas.
“The upper level serves as the Piano Nobile, or private level, from which a direct relationship to the surrounding landscape is still maintained through the use of glazing.
“The layout is completed with private access to the patio. The secluded position contrasts the luminous presentation of the property. Ceramic tiles are used as cladding on the rooftops as well as the perimeter walls. Light enters at specific points of the house where large sections of glazing complete the building.”