Of course the reason it has become the standard practice is because it makes plenty of sense and works more often than not. But when faced with the challenges of a unique lot on a narrow limestone ridge next to Specht Harpman Architects decided to flip things around and design a rooftop entry.
It’s a normal part of the human condition to want to get away from it all. As these cabins from around the world prove that longing is a universal need. But just as home design has evolved over time so has that of cabins. While log versions of the buildings are still built there’s plenty of modern—and even future-thinking design happening too.
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.
That roof over your head can offer much more than mere cover or shade. With a myriad of contemporary designs roofs are organic sculptural pitched flat and curved. They are walkways viewing platforms places to relax to swim and garden. And increasingly the roof can provide a building’s energy needs. These fifteen contemporary roofs showcase the array of designs utilized by architects in order to raise the roof.
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!
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.
Or perhaps you’re building a new dwelling and you’re searching for ideas. Below you will find 20 gorgeous images that show the wide range and versatility of stucco whether you prefer modern style or your heart is set on the traditional. Enjoy…