Copenhagen-based Norwegian architect ‘s aesthetic is minimalist and contained with a sense of luxury in her materials like the marble that features prominently in her work. This townhouse in the water-bound neighbourhood of Holmen in Copenhagen sits within the historic grounds of the Royal Naval Base and Dockyards. The home is elegant in its restraint with a limited colour palette and a play between rough and smooth, old and new, pure and sensual.
I’m not sure which I prefer – this structure, the pool, or the fact that this is in Mexico. Architecture by . Tepoztlán is a small town nestled between rocky cliffs located to the South of Mexico City. Located in this incredible context and surrounded by an astonishing landscape, the Tepoztlán Lounge is the first building completed of a larger project that includes a series of bungalows of different sizes and designs, which can be rented by years, months or days. The lounge is set to be a central communal space for leisure in nature, and is located in the perimeter of a stunning lawn. The project is a balance between interior and exterior, a construction of an in-between condition, an inhabitable threshold, which becomes the main space of the project; the limits between the open and the contained space merge to produce a single architectural entity.
The design establishes three separate living quarters designed in accordance to the three intended uses of the space. The first holds an open bar with a kitchenette, together with restrooms and dressing rooms; the second is a play area for children that can also be used as a reading room when temperatures drop at night; and finally the largest container is the living area – an enclosed, tempered and comfortable space for conversation, TV, etc.
While the three built containers give continuity to the central space by means of their use and space, the adjacent patios qualify it, while providing diversity and idiosyncrasy to open space. The design of the swimming pool is part of this same intervention, and responds to the desire to characterize the spaces. Its formalization resonates with the layout of the lounge, while incorporating by its nature the possibility of a multiplicity of ways of using water.
Architect on Site: Eugenio Eraña. Collaborators: Tomas Clara, Manuel Tojal. Structural Engineer: Ricardo Camacho Photos: Diego Berruecos, Sandra Pereznieto
I don’t know about your part of the world but here in Australia “Hamptons” can be a dirty word. There is a group of people who will paint any piece of old furniture white, toss in a mix of coastal influences and load the look down with disparate blue and white china and throw cushions. Rugs will be striped, pineapples and parrots may or may not appear (an Australian touch perhaps?) and the only deviation from the universal blue and white palette is the occasional soft grey (usually painted over old kitchen cupboards). Then there are those who despise this faux Hamptonization of the local vernacular architecture. They believe the Hamptons look looks best in, well, the Hamptons … where meanwhile there is a change afoot. This modern barn home (yes actually on Long Island) by breaks the stereotypes. No clichéd blue and white, no beachy-keen tchotchkes or striped cotton rugs. Instead there is a wonderfully airy and bright home, richly textured, approachable and sophisticated, simple yet beautiful and as for the outside space … the perfect spot to spend your summer. A new Hamptons look I wouldn’t mind being adopted in other parts.
This industrial loft-y home in Montreal’s Mount Royal neighbourhood is the home and workspace of architect and her family. It’s brilliant U-shaped design allows the urban environment to be blocked off and for the outdoors to be enjoyed in peace. I love courtyards!! And with lots of sliding and garage-style doors, it brings the outside right in. In this climate, this is a unique feature that makes this a really special home.
Light reacting with the surfaces of this house just like light bouncing onto clouds, that was the concept behind this house in Sydney’s Bondi Beach. Openings facing east allow sunshine to pour in, while a courtyard at the centre of the two sections of the building increases the flow even more. With the downstairs dedicated to public spaces, including a double height living area, the upper level’s bedrooms, timber batterned for privacy, are accessed by a staircase and walkway beneath a glass skylight. There’s that word again … “light”. It’s what this fabulous contemporary home is all about. Cloud House, again by .