Lucas Abelen. exterior. December 01st , 2017.
Sometimes the hardest part about building a house is finding the right spot for it. It can take years to find the ideal location but when you do everything falls into place. For this residence designed by Hassell, it was the site and views that shaped the building. What better way to enjoy a spot in the mountains with views over the tree tops than from inside a cozy home that has a floor-to-ceiling window positioned just right…This seems to also be the idea that Fearon Hay Architects had when they designed this retreat in Queenstown, New Zealand.
It’s hard to pick a single great element about a house that’s as beautiful as the one that Bohlin Cywinski Jackson designed in Los Altos, California. The feature that we like the most about it would have to be the sunken tub and the floor-to-ceiling windows that connect the bathroom to the garden. There are numerous great examples of floor-to-ceiling window integration into outstanding designs and outstanding architecture meant to complement the location and the views.
A tight budget can definitely limit a project. But even so, there are ways to focus on what really matters. In the case of this residence in Barcelona, Spain, the most important element was the landscape and thus the views. The house was built by Isern Associats on a very steep site which allowed it to frame magnificent views of the valley. A limited budget was also one of the challenges that the architects at JRKVC had to overcome when designing this house in Slovenia. The client wanted the house to be small and to have a design inspired by traditional rural architecture but with an ultimately modern character. The glazed facade with two tiers of windows is a defining element of the design.
This is view from one of the cantilevered cabins that architect Snorre Stinessen built for an island resort in Norway. Several such structures were built on the shore, with areas that extend outwards over the water. Also located in Norway, this summer house designed by Marianne Borge and Kjetil Saeterdal manages to somehow make its inhabitants feel like they’re outdoors when they’re actually inside. It’s all about the openness of the spaces and the fact that the house has huge panorama windows.
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