Category: Luxe Homes
A project by Rocha Tombal Architecten , this house seems to be the product of â€œsculptingâ€ aside from being of an architectural value. The exterior design looks almost surreal with its windows â€œcoming outâ€ of the actual building. The unexpected architecture is also reflected in the original interior design. Rooms are given an unusual touch, walls donâ€™t end where you would expect them to, which is why furniture had to be â€œadaptedâ€. Due to the fact that the house is surrounded by a vast green space, almost every room has a beautiful view of the so called â€œgardenâ€.
‘ Matchbox building is a 40 unit commercial building with 4.500m2 leasable space. The building will connect to and share facilities with an existing building in Amsterdam North. Conceived of as pre-fabricated units that are stacked one on top of the other. A central atrium garden carves open a space for natural light to filter in, thus allowing maximum use of the site, whereby units can also face inward. ‘
‘ The Norwegian Wild Reindeer Centre Pavilion is located at Hjerkinn on the outskirts of Dovrefjell National Park, overlooking the Snøhetta mountain massif. The 90m2 building is open to the public and serves as an observation pavilion for the Wild Reindeer Foundation educational programmes. A 1,5km nature path brings visitors to this spectacular site, 1200 meters above sea level.’ (via Archdaily)
This super skinny house by Polish architects Centrala proves that practically any space can be transformed into a habitable residence. Set along a narrow alleyway, Keret House will be the narrowest residence in Warsaw, if not the world. The triangle-shaped house will span three levels, suspended between two existing buildings above the alley below. (via Inhabitat)
Andreas Angelidakis is an architect who likes mountains and clouds and websites as much as buildings and trees and people. He maintains an experimental practice in Athens, Greece, a studio involved in building, designing and speculating the contemporary ecosystem of screens and landscapes. He usually operates at the intersection of systems: Art and Architecture, Virtual and Real, Building and Nature, Ruin and Construction. The medium Angelidakis uses is habitation, of buildings, clouds, spaces, furniture, videos, online communities or exhibition spaces (Athens Biennial, MUSAC, Fargfabriken), while writing, blogging and teaching.
24H Architects have designed some houses in Nieuw Leyden, which is in the north of the city of Leiden, in The Netherlands. ‘ Within the urban plan of Nieuw Leyden, 24H Architecture design two ecological houses. The building block consists of 18 houses, designed by different architects. There are no regulations of the beauty commission, so the future owners are free to design their house, as long as it fits within the provided building envelope. The density of the area is high and the width of the street is minimal. To provide its inhabitants with maximal daylight during the day, a so-called ‘canyon’ is introduced. The canyon flows through the house and encloses the stairs. It’s orientated in a way that light falls to the lower floors. The walls of the canyon are used to divide the house into the necessary spaces. No other walls are placed thus the canyon is present in every room. Where desired, the canyon becomes transparent and filters the daylight. Where needed, it’s closed and allows toilets and bathrooms to be placed behind its walls. The facade is an echo of the canyon. Where the canyon is projected, Corten steel is used instead of the certified wood that is applied to the rest of the facade. ‘ (via Contemporist)
John Maniscalco Architecture have designed the Russian Hill residence in San Francisco, California. ‘This new four-story home establishes an understated but dignified urban presence on an atypically wide San Francisco site. A transitional two-story glass-walled entry hall draws users to an airy and open living level. An increasingly light stair element transitions from floor to floor ultimately arriving at a roof deck enjoying panoramic views.’ Link here.
Utriai Residence – Designed by Architectural Bureau G.Natkevicius & Partners in Utriai, Lithuania. Click here for the link.
‘ On a unique field that makes up a steep ravine is projects a set of four houses. The project is solved from two towers containing two houses each to be accessed from zero, ascending or down to the houses. As you go through the whole begin to see integration with the landscape and the houses appear floating or below the access road. ‘ 4 Houses LLC by Gaeta Springall Arquitectos
If you are known to be clumsy, then a glass house is definitely not the ideal home for you. But for the rest of you folks who love this fragile material so much that you would be willing to live in a house made just from glass, the concept house designed by Santambrogiomilao group is definitely the perfect residence for you. Besides a love for glass you must also be willing to give up all your privacy as the unique concept home is made from ‘extraclear’ glass. Once you are used to having no privacy at all, you can enjoy the view of the world on a 360 degree axis. The glass home is a collaboration between founder Carlo Santambrogio and designer Ennio Arosio featuring a series of iconic furniture pieces, beds, sofas and bookcases, along with architectural elements such as staircases and kitchens.
There are two sides of a coin and same is the case for every idea or plan. What else can I say about the $500 million Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s new headquarters. The 900,000-square-foot headquarters comprised initially of two six-story, boomerang-shaped buildings on 12 acres. The new building is Green, not only in color, but also in terms of being earth-friendly. Aiming for a Gold rating in LEED Certification, the structure boasts of a living roof on the parking garage and a million-gallon rainwater storage tank to conserve water. However this building has come under the spotlight for reasons more than just being eco-friendly. Since the foundation is all about social issues like enhancing healthcare and reducing extreme poverty, is it justified to invest this huge amount on building a charity headquarter? Social workers worldwide will come up with a list of welfare issues that are striving for funds. Though the philanthropist couple has set a noble example in the world of rich and famous, such a project will raise many eyebrows as well as vindictive questions.
Does your luxurious mansion boast of an uber-luxe kiddie playroom? Florida’s Jade Ocean building lures families, who are hunting for a deluxe pad, with the most luxurious playroom for children. Mini versions of Philippe Starck ghost chairs and a mini Alfa Romeo are just a few of the features that will make your kids go down on their knees to reside at such a unit. This extravagant amenity is put up by Florida’s high-design children’s store Genius Jones. To the please the adults too, the 50-story condo tower boasts of an infinity-edge pool, an ultra chic fitness center/health club with Technogym fitness technology; a resident only beach club with cabanas, and media and community rooms. The designers have teamed up with Fendi Casa for well-designed public spaces. A six story waterfall greets the residents and guests at the building’s entrance only.
Behold! The King of bling casts his spell to stun the world by transforming a house in Switzerland into the world’s most expensive house. Costing a whopping £ 7.5 billion ($12.2 billion), it comes loaded with solid gold and platinum fixtures and fittings. More than 200,000 kilograms of precious metal is used to bring in the bling element. Stuart Hughes has teamed up with Kevin Huber of exklusivHAUS of Zug Switzerland for a client who could afford to shell out an astounding amount to dwell in the most unique and most expensive house. The exclusivity bar is further raised by using meteoric stone with shavings of original Dinosaur bone from the 65 million year of Raptor, the T-REX right throughout the flooring. Coming back to the basic features that define a house, this uber-opulent den spreads well to accommodate eight rooms with special wine stone cellar and a garage with four parking places (to park your most expensive cars).
The site lists the details as – Land off: 2442m2, Living space: 725m2, Terrace: 388m2, Cellar: 245m2. The team took about five and half years to erect such an abode. The exact location is not revealed for obvious reasons!
Well, this latest pompous address certainly makes the $1 billion house (which was touted to the most expensive house till date) appear humble. At this cost, we can add twelve Antilia to our planet’s skyline.