Contemporary homes not only seem to rely heavily on the interiors for their look and appeal but seem to be borrowing extensively from the surroundings. Stunning terrace views are becoming more and more often and that is all the more true in case of structures that are taking shape close to the shore.
The living and dining spaces were remodeled with the modern approach of blending the experience of indoor and outdoor space. Views of the outside accompany pretty much every step throughout the house. The second floor contains a “Park Room” which takes advantage of the wonderful location by the central park a permeable airy glazed space joining indoor and outdoor under a slightly cantilevered wooden-clad inclined roof an addition with a subtropical holiday feel.
And if all of this is not enough then a refreshing infinity pool an indoor waterfall and even a home theater with stadium seating should be wonderful added incentives. Beautiful chandeliers and pendant lamps help accentuate this California home and for those interested it will set you back some $13 million; not much for all that is on offer really.
This beautiful lower level uses nothing but glass walls and that pretty much brings the outdoors inside the home. The top level is surrounded by retractable wooden panels that ensure those inside can get all the privacy they need and still tap into the wonderful and fresh views of the outside world whenever they feel like.
But the most distinctive aspect of the home is the openings that are specifically created to ensure that vegetation pretty grows ‘through’ it unabated. While the cube-like shape of the houses confirms with the current design trend it is the completely transparent and visually appealing ‘glassy’ lower level that steals the show.
Contemporary homes and modern architecture are indeed all about smooth designs with well defined edges and a touch of minimalism. But the growing pattern among architects and designers seems to be the integration of the exterior with the interior and offering the residents the best possible views that each location can provide.
While she happily admits that most of her work is intuition her designs seem both warm and exuberant and away from the modern trend of minimalism. Of course if needed Melissa Collison can work with that style as well … as some of the pictures showcase.