The central courtyard with a glass roof not only complements the industrial style of the warehouse residence with its large windows encased in dark steel frames but it also brings in a flood of natural light that filters through into every room of the elegant house.
Located on the Greek island of Tinos and sited on a sharp sloping rocky plot that overlooks the Aegean Sea ‘Mirage’ is a single-story structure (under construction) whose living space is covered by a rimless infinity pool rooftop. Designed by Kois Associated Architects from a distance on higher ground the pool acts to produce a stunning visual impact reflecting the surroundings and appearing at one with the sea.
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.
Do not be fooled by the name though as this secondary dwelling can be used by other members of the family as well and is often turned into a guest house or a home studio/office space. Located in the beautiful suburb of The Gap this lovely one-bedroom granny flat was designed by Baahouse + Baastudio.
Formal workspaces and dining areas are interlaced with features such as the opulent outdoor Jacuzzi pool table in the family room and lovely lounge areas to create a balance between vacation and business styles that the home intends to evoke.
Contrast is a wonderful thing when it comes to white stucco! In the next image we see how dark trim beautifully complements a creamy stucco home highlighting the large number of windows. Last but not least we see a Mediterranean-style stucco home in the image below.
In designing this hexagonal home in Toyota Japan Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates separated the roof from the exterior wall using clerestory windows. In doing so the architects afforded the homeowner views of the sky from the entire circumference of the house.