Amsterdam-based design studio Framework Architects and Studio Prototype have designed the Water Villa project. Completed in 2012, the contemporary waterfront property is located in Gabriël Metsustraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
According to the architects: “The relationship between water and the house is central to the design. There is a subtle playfulness between open and closed. The vertically designed pattern, an abstract allusion to the water, provides not only optimal privacy but also a subtle play of light inside the residence itself. The inhabitants are able to regulate their privacy by, for example, an integrated folding window that can be opened and closed by remote control. The contemporary Dutch property is spacious with three levels, one of which is below the water, while living and work areas are located above the water.
“The three levels are spaciously connected by an inner patio, which not only centrally organises the plan of the contemporary Amsterdam housebut creates sufficient light in the lower level as well. Also, the steel staircase that has such distinctive significance for the character of the house, is located in the patio. Here again, the vertical pattern of the staircase, consisting of a steel stripe pattern, provides a dynamic display of light and direction.”
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California-based design studio Carver + Schicketanz has designed the Dani Ridge House project. The stunning property can be found in Big Sur California.
According to the architects: “In order to conceal this contemporary Californian home from its uphill neighbours a shelf was cut into the narrow slice of grassland located between an access road on one side and the steep slopes of the West Coast on the other. The uphill land extends as a green roof over the underground portions of the home-terminating on the gently curved roof of the living room.
“All utilities, including the 5000 gallon water storage tank, were placed underground in order to preserve the surrounding landscape.”
The contemporary Californian property comes with fabulous views of the Pacific Ocean – imagine waking up with that view every morning.
Victoria-based design studio Steve Domoney Architecture have designed the Robinson Road House project. in Melbourne, Australia.
According to the architects: “Two defining notions drove the design for this new home in Hawthorn.
“Firstly, the recognition that the street is currently in transition with the post war brick bungalow style dwelling giving way to more recent contemporary dwellings.
“Secondly, with the establishment of a larger family home on the site than currently exists, the need to balance the perception of openness from within against a heightened need for privacy with the greater intensity of development now surrounding the site.
“In addressing the transitional quality of the streetscape, attention is given to how a new building will fit into a likely new streetscape rather than the existing one. This rationale is evident in the resulting and somewhat ‘self confident’ presence of the new home, awaiting the tide of new developments each of its flanks.
“Issues of perceived visual bulk have been addressed through the upper level by way of its fragmentation along its length into three distinct sections running front to back.
“Smooth white rendered cube like forms; fore and aft; are separated midway by a lower linking section, punctuated by contrasting dark band sawn timbers.
“Issues of privacy to and from the street are addressed with the upper level introduction of a deep terrace fronting the contemporary Australian home office. Distant views are gained from within this space across the terrace whilst the terrace acts as a visual foil blocking sight lines from the street to this private space.
“Deeper into the site and the internal spaces of the contemporary Australian house, views are channeled from within to private outdoor living areas, whilst screening along its flanks prevents viewing opportunities to and from neighbouring dwellings. A balance thus struck between the need for openness and requirement for privacy.
“The central core of the contemporary Australian property invites casual family living, rising through two levels; the space is defined by the proximity of the external pool which extends to its wall face. With an overhead bridge link traversing this internal space, strong visual interconnection is achieved throughout the living zones.
According to the architects: “The site enjoys un-obscured views across the Chilterns Area of outstanding natural beauty. The clients’ brief was to build a very sustainable and contemporary English family home that will have the flexibility to successfully cope with changing family conditions as their children grow up.
“The ground floor is slightly sunken into the ground to reduce the height of the building towards the AONB and comprises the entrance, bedrooms – which open up onto a private south/ east facing enclosed garden – utility areas and carport. A lightweight steel and timber volume at the first floor contains living, kitchen and dining spaces, as well as the master bedroom suite, maximising the opportunities of the site and the views west.”
“A linear balcony along the length of the building allows the facade to open up, and the recessed floor to ceiling glazed sliding panels to be shaded in the summer. At the southern end of the first floor volume the glazing is pulled back to create an outdoor living area which is open to both the east and the west allowing the sun to reach it at different times of day. Full height sliding screens provide additional solar shading and privacy. The environmental impact of the contemporary English house was considered from the outset, and along with a sustainability consultant, we are developing a renewable energy strategy.
“Our aim was that the building should have a 100 per cent better energy performance than the current building regulations or that it will become a Zero Carbon Building.