Polynesian islanders spent several centuries in almost total isolation with little to no connection with surrounding mainland countries. Because of this much of the interior and exterior décor of the South Pacific is composed of all natural materials such as sandalwood rosewood or mahogany – lumber which comes from trees native to these islands. Furniture or décor made with these exotic woods or woods finished in colors similar to these woods will help create a tropical feel.
Designed by Juma Architects the home has a wonderful first floor that is defined by its extensive and extravagant use of glass in the form of floor-to ceiling glass windows. The entire floor can be used either as a single flowing space or one can create several rooms using in-built partitions. While the use of the glass allows for lovely views of the sea not too far away the infinity pool simply takes the experience to a whole new level.
Work of Dettling Architekten the in Germany assumes the rectangular design and with ample use of glass in the form of floor-to-ceiling glass windows in both the lower and upper levels a lavishly inviting pool and abundantly spacious interiors the home is truly a nugget of delight.
It is amazing how modern designers and architects are integrating seamlessly different styles and design ideas to create contemporary homes that are not just sleek and stylish but also warm and inviting. That seems to be precisely what the travel aficionados Colin and Carolina Cormac wanted for their new home in Southern California and the pair approached Craig Schultz of Laidlaw Schultz Architects to turn their vision into reality. While one of them wanted a sleek modern and minimalistic look the other wanted a warm look that is captured by wooden surfaces and vibrant colors.
The kitchen steals the show thanks to the uber-sleek design the ergonomic shelves which disappear into the walls when not needed and a stainless steel kitchen countertop that seems to be gaining in popularity. Entire walls and parapets made only out of glass ambient lighting classy chandeliers and ergonomic décor complete this minimalist house.
But the in Sao Paulo Brazil offers a lot more than just great views. Located among thick vegetation and set in a region that is renowned for its amazing rainforests the home invites green into its structure quite literally! Designed by Studio MK27 it has been basically divided into two levels with the lower level being a social hub that is encapsulated completely in glass.
This beautiful 2-story residence in inner city Brisbane Australia is somewhat classic but still brings a dramatic modern twist. Shaun Lockyer Architects did a very good job designing this project as an addition to a mass-produced suburban type of house and developing it with originality.