El Andaluz is a beautiful luxury condominium complex in Santa Barbara, California designed by architect Jeff Shelton. The mediterranean style architecture with Moroccan influence captures the essence of Santa Barbara living. The open-air courtyard bring light to the centre of the building and create a peaceful setting for its residents.
The Gundersen House is located in Haugesund, Norway on Scandinavia’s most western point. Designed by WRB Architects, the modern home sits on the shore of a fjord overlooking the water. The heart of the home is the outdoor fireplace under the roof covered patio and the heated swimming pool. The open plan house design and large patio take full advantage of the stunning waterfront setting.
Master Builder Markus Voglreiter who earlier designed the “Auto Residence” decided to build a bigger and sportier structure in the form of a restaurant and bar called “The Car. Das Auto”. Located north of Salzburg, Austria, the Volkswagen Beetle inspired restaurant cost approximately €1.6 million to build and was completed in 2007. The interior design is contemporary, and there is also an outdoor patio seating area for locals and tourists to soak up the atmosphere of this cool restaurant.
The “Auto Residence” house located in Gnigi near Salzburg, Austria is a Volkswagen Beetle inspired home designed by Master Builder Markus Voglreiter. The owners bought the original 70’s style house and wanted to renovate and update the structure. The result was this unique transformation into a VW Beetle house which was completed in 2003. Voglreiter would later build a restaurant and bar “The Car. Das Auto” nearby. The “Auto Residence” is an eco-friendly house with energy efficient heating and insulation technology that reduces energy consumption.
This eye-catching building is the home office of The Longaberger Company in Newark, Ohio. Longaberger — a basket manufacturer — commissioned NBBJ Architects and Korda Nemeth Engineering to construct the seven-storey building which was completed in 1997. The Longaberger gold leaf painted tags are attached to the sides of the building along with two basket handles on the top.
The Schnabel House in Brentwood, California — built in 1989 and designed by world renowned architect Frank Gehry, whose works include the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao — recently had a major renovation to bring it forward to the 21st century. The new owner wanted to preserve the integrity of Gehry’s original structure and clean lines, but replace old technology with more environmentally friendly and advanced system controlled by iPad. The mission was to take a beautiful piece of art and make it function as a modern home in 2010. The property is actually composed of four buildings which form a “village”, including a domed structure that looks like an observatory tower.
The Krzywy Domek “Crooked House” is an unusual piece of architecture located on Monte Cassino Street in Sopot, Poland. Completed in 2004, the building was designed by Szotyńscy & Zaleski who were inspired by the fairytale illustrations and drawings of Jan Marcin Szancer and Per Dahlberg as well as designs by Antoni Gaudí. The magical effect draws many visitors to the property which houses restaurants, cafés and shops.
The Linked Hybrid apartment complex in Beijing, China is an innovative residential development designed by Steven Holl Architects. Eight 22-storey buildings are connected by pedestrian skybridges at their upper floors, encouraging residents to walk around the “neighbourhood”. The ground level is a public urban space with a hotel, restaurants, shops, a school, a cinema and an elaborate courtyard garden with a reflecting pool that becomes an ice-skating rink in the winter. This 21st-century residential architecture design offers a groundbreaking model for mixed use urban space that creates an open city within a city.