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At the entry looking upward towards a Velux skylight, a vertical "sleeve" is made of stacked end grain plywood. The theme of vertical and horizontal architectural elements providing different environmental perspectives carries through to the rest of the home. Horizontal forms look out to the lake, while the vertical columns look up the sky.
The architects used blackbutt wood for the flooring and Whisper White paint by Dulux throughout the interior. An A110 Hand Grenade Pendant Lamp, by Alvar Aalto for Artek, hangs above the white Carrara marble-topped island.
"The interior design is restrained, sometimes minimalist, but very expressive," Zhidkov says. The space is outfitted with modern pieces like the Eames Eiffel chairs, lucite bar stools, and geometric pendant lights.
The house was designed to be a permanent residence, though the area is popular for vacationers. Blue created open common areas—like the kitchen he dubbs the "nucleus" of the house—to accommodate extra visitors. To give the owners, a couple in the healthcare industry, privacy, Bourne placed their room on the upper level.
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“The client wanted an interior space where you could read the materiality of the building elements like understanding the ingredients in a recipe,” principal architect Elizabeth Webster explains. The extension features distinctly textured materials: an exposed timber ceiling, painted brick walls, and polished concrete floors. Warm lighting by Brinklicht unifies the space.
The architect placed the windows at Sabrina’s eye level so that she’d be able to see her son, Rocco, playing in the yard outside. "You can feel the seasons changing here," says Chiavelli. "I grew up three miles from here, outside in nature. This is a house for experiencing life."
The abstract geometry of the exterior allows for unique openings and this sklylight, which provides natural light to the staff throughout the day. "One of my ambitions is to place openings, windows, and roof lights strategically, so you get a sense of the time of day and the weather," says Brooks.
Black and white kitchen cabinets painted with a triangular pattern add a whimsical touch to this funky kitchen.
In the bedroom, an IKEA bed frame and CADO wall unit are drenched with natural light during the day from the skylights overhead. “The effect of daylight through skylights is very different than from a window,” Hart says. “You feel every minute of the day as light in the space ebbs and flows with the passing clouds.”
The acclaimed Italian designers Ludovica+Roberto Palomba carved a serene retreat out of a 17th-century oil mill in Salento, Italy, filling it with custom creations and their greatest hits. In their minimalist kitchen: sleek steel cabinet systems and the Kono range hood from Elmar. The multi-functional stainless steel island measures 20" deep and was designed by the couple for Elmar.
The clients and design team chose to forego an open floor plan in favor of defined, separated spaces. In this scheme, the vertically oriented spaces act as a cinematic "hard-cut" to their horizontal counterparts. The custom hot rolled steel kitchen, one of these vertical transition spaces, receives light from above through a Velux skylight. A GE Profile Induction cooktop and oven and Miele refrigerator complete the space.
The clients insisted that none of the trees on the property be disturbed, so Kevin Alter and his team at Alterstudio Architecture built a deck and an overhang around two of them.
Alterstudio Architecture of Austin designed this house in the Texas capital for a young family of four.
Another view of the deck.
“The house is a piece of origami made out of triangular shapes, which we then draped over the landscape,” says Arbel.
In consultation with the clients, Alterstudio opted to clad the house in local cypress rather than imported, FSC-certified ipe.
The skylight over the living area and kitchen keeps things quite bright.
"We wanted to build an intimate space which also has a more modern look than the traditional houses in the neighborhood," Vu says.
The floors are prefinished tongue-and-groove oak, a common species in the area. The cherry casework is Kaffe by KraftMaid.