As cities become more and more crowded we seek to live in homes where we can relax and breathe maintaining a sense of personal space. Homes that fuel our imagination and creativity that influence how we think behave and feel are much sought-after. They are after all where we dwell hang out and repose and as such must possess elements of calm order tactility affability and poise!
Large windows bring in a certain sense of openness to the design of the contemporary structure while smart insulation keeps the winter chill away. The contrast between slate and cedar on the outside also helps shape a unique façade that lets the Watch Hill House stand out instantly with a personality of its own!
The much applauded and somewhat enigmatic Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre was designed by Dublin-based Heneghan Peng Architects. The centre’s sloping grass roof cleverly affords sweeping views of Ireland’s craggy north Antrim coastline. Blending with the surrounding topography the roof allows visitors to walk over the building and includes window panels that expose glimpses of the exhibition space below.
Slip House in Brixton South London was designed by Carl Turner Architects. A strikingly contemporary inner city residence the home comprises three ‘slipped’ orthogonal box forms that cantilever towards the street.
The decor inside the home seems to showcase a seamless blend of the vintage the midcentury and the contemporary as each room has a subtle touch of contrasting styles. A small entry leads into the living room that is filled with a couple of cozy sofas in off-white along with a smart blue rug that brings color and playfulness to the setting. The restrained use of color lets the few accent additions and the wall art shine through while the twin windows fill the space with plenty of natural light.
Don’t forget the appeal of mixed materials! Just as wood and stucco is a powerful combination with grey homes this blend is equally stunning when it comes to white stucco homes. This next abode is modern through and through from the clean-lined structure to the patio featuring slabs that were individually cast in place.
This million dollar home is nothing like the mundane contemporary residence that is defined by simple straight lines. Look beyond the obvious affluence and you will notice the lovely use of contrasting textures curved walls that drive away any sense of monotony and carefully curated decor that lets the captivating backdrop shine through. Glass wood and stone are used eloquently to shape a luxurious spacious and breezy interior that brings together urbane sophistication and a relaxed beachy vibe.