Caressing the crystal-clear waters of the Samana Peninsula, Sublime Samana Hotel & Residence, is the newest addition to Small Luxury Hotels of the World’s exclusive portfolio of boutique hotels in the Caribbean. The exquisitely designed property opened in early March 2012 and offers guests access to a collection of 20 private suites and casitas nestled on the Dominican Republic’s most dazzling and remote beaches.
The Samana province of the island’s northeastern coast remains one of the most undiscovered, unspoiled natural habitats of the Dominican Republic, and notably the Caribbean as a whole. In a setting surrounded by a backdrop of lush, tropical mountains, guests can enjoy unparalleled seclusion, while swimming through sparkling turquoise waters and relaxing in luxurious shaded sunbeds that virtually hover above the property’s serene pools.
The stunning casitas and main residential building seamlessly mesh a brilliantly modern architectural scheme with the natural landscape, serving as the perfect frame for the spectacular interconnected pools that flow only steps from villa doors. The spacious architect-designed private suites and casitas offer unwavering luxury with open floor plans that allow for a peaceful immersion with the wondrous sights and sounds of the magically exotic, mountainous ocean setting.
The luxury Caribbean hotel is an isolated property that allows guests to revel in the warm Caribbean breeze with access to six-miles of pristine, sandy palm-fringed beach.
For parents and couples seeking an afternoon of romance and relaxation, the rustic, Robinson Crusoe inspired, natural beach Spa will offer an array of indigenous treatments right on the fine sand of the luxury Caribbean hotel’s magnificent shore. After treatments, guests can feel the sand sift between their toes as they sip chilled coconut milk directly from the coconut itself.
OFFICE [AT] a Bangkok-based design studio has designed the L71 house. This two-storey single family contemporary property can be found in Bangkok, Thailand.
According to the architects: “The site the property sits on is long and narrow. All of the interior rooms of the contemporary Bangkok properties such as four bedrooms, dining room, and family room are north facing. As the owners like to have the occasional party, the public areas, such as living room and parking, are in the front of the house, and the private areas are at the back along with a swimming pool.
“The living room mass was extended to create private space for the swimming pool and the second floor mass was extended to create shading for the swimming pool and terrace. If the contemporary Bangkok house was designed as one big mass it would have blocked ventilation and natural light, so in this house each room is split to maximise ventilation and natural light.
“The roof of the main house is a double-roof to protect the property from the elements. The lower roof is reinforced concrete slab, and the upper roof is metal sheet roof. A space between the two layers of roof acts as an air buffer, natural ventilation and allow for easy maintenance. Main materials used in the contemporary Bangkok property are painted plastered brick walls and tinted glass. Where the masses are splitted, the material of the splitted masses is wood.”
Buenos Aires-based studio RDR Arquitectos, part of Richter Dahl Rocha & Associés, has designed the Villa La Hilaria. The stunning contemporary two-storey holiday home is located in Punta del Este, Uruguay.
According to the architects: “Villa Hilaria is a simple but contemporary holiday home. Apart from the master bedroom on the first floor, all spaces are on the ground floor. The contemporary Uruguayan property has a wing that houses two bedrooms, a bathroom and a full suite and another space that becomes a unique living-dining-kitchen that extends into a terrace covered by a large overhang.
“The L-shape property allowed to retain two existing pine trees and gives the garden some privacy by protecting it from the street. The construction is as simple as the program. The contemporary Uruguayan house was built in five months with brick bearing walls and concrete mattresses lime render.
“The architectural expression is based on the purity of the volumes (articulated by a marked contrast between full and empty), the simplicity of materials and the ubiquity of pine.”
Former IT technician and carpenter, Joel Allen, built the HemLoft, a pod sized treehouse. The contemporary structure can be found in British Columbia, Canada.
The contemporary Canadian treehouse is a secret self-funded creation. It hangs on a precipitous slope, in a towering stand of hemlocks, about a five minute walk from the nearest road.
Joel Allen said: ” I tried to retire at the age of 26 and failed. What does this have to do with the treehouse? Well, my attempt at retirement seems to be the critical link between my former career as a software developer, and my new career as a carpenter. Let me explain, in objective terms, what happened…”
Metropolis a Lima-based design studio has designed the House in Palabritas Beach. Completed in 2009, the contemporary property is located in the Palabritas Beach, Lima, Peru.
According to the architects: “The contemporary Peruvian property is located on the first row of lots and was designed so that the architecture acted like a frame to the view of the beach and the islands that are found in front of the house. The esthetic of the house celebrates the summer with modern curves that remind us of the Brazilian architecture of the sixties.
“The contemporary Peruvian house has a white finish with colour accents in red, in both main elements such as the swimming pool as well as furnishings. The house reminds us of competitive elements used in Stanley Kubrick films, with the white curved elements contrasted with details in red.
“The exterior was designed as a white elevated box, exposed from its front side. One of the sides has a concrete lattice based on a contemporary composition with perforations that allow the interior to have a transparency without losing its intimacy.
“Sliding the glass doors were used so the dining and living rooms could be integrated as one.
“An interior patio was developed on a lower level where the bedrooms and family room conjoin so that an intimate zone for these rooms are created. The main bedroom is located on the first level and was designed so that it had a view towards the ocean.
“As a whole the house created a contrast with red colour over white surfaces, in a way that the spaces give an appearance of amplitude.
“From the inside of the living room, the architecture offers a frame that shows the landscape of the beach, the island and the sunset.”