Surrounded by lush trees on a beach in the colonial city of Paraty, Brazil, this modern house finds balance in the topography of the land. The property consists on two concrete blocks projecting outward from the mountain in a cantilever, leaving nature practically untouched.
The Waterford Estate is a stunning 160 arce Shangri-La on Lake Erie in Vermilion, Ohio with 2,300 of waterfront, its own private beach and a marina. Built in 1991, the immaculately landscaped property was owned by the late Donald Brown, the inventor of the drop ceiling.
Designed by architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen, the home is a series of concrete “pods” connected by glass corridors. Some of the unique features of the property include a heliport, a airplane hangar, and a garage with rotating floor so that there is no need to back up your car.
Inside the 2-storey residence, the atmosphere is intimate even with its 100 rooms, which include 5 bedrooms, 16 baths, 3 kitchens, 2 kitchenettes, a wine grotto, a sauna, 2 elevators, a 40′ lap pool and a 20′ round indoor pool.
Casa Sol De Oriente, located in Costa Careyes, Mexico, is a luxury retreat built in a pool. Founded in 1968 by Italian artist Gian Franco Brignone, the 26,400 sq-ft exotic villa surrounded by a 11,000 sq-ft infinity pool has an exotic minimalist design. It offers six bedrooms, three of which have direct access to the pool with breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.
Jewel of Maui is a stunning beachfront estate situated on a white sand beach in Kapalua on the island of Maui, Hawaii. This opulent property has been featured on the TV show Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Interior designer Steven Cordrey created a contemporary tropical paradise with art treasures and handcrafted furnishing around the world.
Victoria 73 is a contemporary seaside villa in Cape Town, South Africa designed by SAOTA (Stefan Antoni Olmesdahl Truen Architects). Set on a spur of land between Bantry Bay and Clifton, the house epitomizes elegance, luxury and great outdoor living. The pool terrace offers covered and uncovered areas to relax, with a gazebo structure perched at the western edge of the pool.
This Lands End contemporary home situated on a cliff above Pacific Ocean in British Columbia, Canada is a blend of sophistication and natural flair. Interior designer Ines Hanl of The Sky Is The Limit created an environment that uses natural materials and clean lines to complement the natural surroundings. The ThinkGlass kitchen countertop was fashioned to reflect the infinity pool outside.
This sustainable modern home located on Emu Bay on the north coast of Kangaroo Island, South Australia has a relaxed design by Max Pritchard Architect that maximizes the views. Timber decks on either side of the living area provide sheltered outdoor living. High performance glass with double glazing and high efficient combustion heating minimizes energy use.
This spectacular beach house on the Costa Brava in Spain was in need of a major renovation. Architect Lázaro Rosa Viola of Contemporain Studio successfully respected the basic structure of the house while creating a rustic and refreshing environment that connects with its surroundings. Blue and white interior decoration throughout the house celebrates the blue Mediterranean Sea.