This modern home located in Sausalito, California in the San Francisco Bay Area is situated on a steep slope with panoramic views of Richardson Bay. The house has a simple and unassuming front façade, but once inside the house, light and expansive windows open the interior to the grand environment outside. The home also features a rainwater harvesting system, and along with its use of a combination of light and dark woods, the zen-like simplicity makes for responsible living in a neighbourhood with history and sensitivity to its environment.
Drawing influence from Frank Sinatra to the surf culture, this modern beach house in Manhattan Beach, California has a retro interior decor that connects the interior design with the exterior architecture. The casual sophistication of the interior space has a vibrant colour palette that blends with the exterior environment.
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.
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.
This modern home located in the fishing village of Chowara near Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, India sits on a cliff with panoramic view of the Arabian Sea. Designed by Khosla Associates, the house has a large infinity-edge swimming pool which draws the focus to its natural environment. The open plan allows the sea breeze to ventilate the house, and the bathrooms have open courts to provide a complete tropical experience.
The renovation and restoration project for this art deco style shop house in Singapore on 55 Blair Road was an opportunity for architecture and interior design firm Ong & Ong to promote open plan living. The courtyard with swimming pool serves as a large light well with aluminum walls to reflect sunlight, brightening the house and its enclosed spaces. The minimalist approach to the interior design with white walls and minimalist kitchen and bathroom creates a relax environment for its occupants. This modern home strikes a balance between nature and open plan contemporary living.
The Northland House is a modern home designed by Parsonson Architects which sits on a high ridgeline overlooking Wellington Harbour in Wellington, New Zealand. Looking east, there is a spectacular view of the harbour and hills beyond. A protective courtyard wall gives the house a lot of privacy from the roadside, while the interior spaces feel very open and connected to the harbour side of the outdoor landscape.
This modern home located in Cerro Lo Curro, Santiago, Chile, and designed by Schmidt Arquitectos Asociados, sits on a gentle slope with a forest of eucalyptus trees. Materials such as stone walls and wood floors are used for the house. The big windows bring the interior and exterior together, creating an open environment for the enjoyment of the natural landscape. The tiered lakes made of stone provide sound and moisture to the air.