The ground floor houses a large study along with a family room and a bedroom which open up towards the elegant courtyard. An open plan living area with a kitchen and dining space occupies the first floor while the top level contains the master suite and an additional bedroom.
Designed by OOPEAA this modern 21st century church in northern Finland has a log-built interior core and an exterior ‘cloak’ made with aspen shingles dipped in tar. The structure was handmade using traditional building techniques. It has a simple box-like form and a gabled roof topped with a lantern skylight that filters natural light into the building.
The immense concrete roof of the single-story Quinta de Lemos guesthouse restaurant and wine showroom snakes across a sprawling Portuguese landscape. Designed by studio Carvalho Araújo the structure is nestled amid rocky formations that helped determine its shape. Covered with paving slabs the roof acts as an extensive viewing platform.
The ranch-style design of Caterpillar House emphasizes its relatedness to the rolling countryside. By incorporating integrated photovoltaic panels award-winning residential design practice Feldman Architecture ensured the house was able to supply all of its own energy needs without any compromise to the elegant curve of its low roof. The roof also acts to provide shade from the hot California sun.
While the exterior of the house was largely left untouched in terms of style it is the interior that got a major facelift with a breezy open living area and a chic neutral color scheme. Rough industrial surfaces of the old home were largely done away with while a few features such as the concrete block fireplace in the living room were retained.
Wooden framed glass doors stand in contrast to the white contemporary walls even as brilliant pendants and oversized floor lamps bring both color and sculptural pattern into the dining room and bedrooms. The kitchen with a wine storage facility and a full pantry also serves as a cozy social zone for the entire family while a private courtyard with a sunken lounge easily doubles as a Zen-inspired meditative nook.
Located amidst the hills and beaches of South Bali is the gorgeous which combines the charm and ergonomics of contemporary design with unique local Balinese architecture and cultural aesthetics to craft a remarkable and relaxing home.