Modern architecture and design is not just about minimalism and bling. Contemporary homes go a lot beyond stylish interiors and sleek lines and this ambient house in San Mateo County California is an example of how one can expand the interiors a lot beyond the four walls and ensure that the serene surroundings seem like a natural extension.
The natural lighting is provided from this central yard another lateral landscape scoop with a swimming pool and round openings cut into the landscape. Thus an effect of light and shadowed isles is created throughout the house. The Round Tower contains further accommodation areas and a terrace with a panoramic view on top.
Nothing is more appealing that a beautiful beach house and while those on the Malibu coastline are indeed a huge catch the located in the southwestern part of Los Angeles County in Manhattan Beach is equally appealing.
Different textures and elements were added to this with a koi pond on the north side along with some green around it. A small waterfall at the entrance welcomes you with elegance while a flowing sheet of water at the back separates the private pool area from the rest of the home.
Of course in the quest for finding that bold new look one cannot go too far and needs to find the absolute right balance. The Penthouse at the in Toronto Canada does exactly that with its combination of the classic with the modern.
This spectacular reconversion of a Grade II listed monument into a family home is one example in a very applauded growing tendency : the recycling of historical or industrial monuments under a new functionality. It is ecological resource-friendly practical from a structural point of view and most of all an ingenious endeavor of architecture that proves the motto “form follows function” wrong asserting the flexibility of constructed space.
This indeed looks like a ‘Glass House’ surrounded by green as the vast floor-to-ceiling glass windows and the translucent glass frames that demarcate space on the interior ensure that you have unobstructed views and plenty of natural ventilation.