Kim Gordon has just completed a new project in Laurel Canyon, an enclave in the Hollywood Hills that came to fame in the 1960s as home to Carole King, Jim Morrison, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, Joni Mitchell and many others.
This project designed by Asquith Architecture began as a simple addition to the rear of a small two storey detached house in the Bedford Park area of North Toronto for an empty-nest couple (and their adorable poodle, Louis). Through the design and construction process the renovation expanded to include a full renovation weaving a new and modern aesthetic into the existing house. The result was a series of rejuvenated spaces large enough for them to entertain their extended family, yet small enough to maintain more intimate spaces for two. Photography by Nanne Springer.
Nims Bezaitis Residence is a project designed by Paul McKean Architecture. This 3,200 square foot home was originally designed by Portland Mid-Century master John Storrs in 1959 for the Holtz family. Our goal for the renovation was simple – to carefully restore existing natural finishes while simultaneously upgrading all functional aspects of the home, including a modernized kitchen, bathrooms, family art studio and media room. Only 80 square feet was added to the home, slightly increasing the size of the kitchen. Photography by Chuck Spin.
Villa Black is a project designed by NAPUR Architects. The villa was built on one of the most beautiful locations of Budaliget. The flat site is located on a former airport field, in the exact center of the area, which previously functioned as the airport runway. The lot was completely empty – looking at it in its natural state one gets to see picturesque views with beautiful large trees all over the location. The area is ideally lit by the sun and it’s completely protected from the wind. Photography by Tamás Bujnovszky.
This family summer house in Saint Tropez, France designed by SAOTA, is a contemporary interpretation of traditional Mediterranean Riviera architecture. Free from the constraints of the historical vernacular, the project became an opportunity to advance the expression of form, space, and lifestyle associated with the location. Photography by Adam Letch
Sea Front Villa designed by by ARQ TAILOR’S gets its name by being a unique front line luxury property overlooking the sea. It’s located in Quinta da Marinha, a well-known selected resort in the Estoril – Cascais area, considered the Portuguese Riviera for its lovely dune extended beaches, ancient enchanting palaces and refined lifestyle. Photography by Ricardo Oliveira Alves
Laying in a plot of land of 3.050 m2 and built area of 1.068 m2, this twelve room family house was intended to be a showcase for elegant, contemporary architecture and design.
In order to fullfill this expectation, the project would respect the amazing beauty of the sea view and nature surroundings, by using pure, well framed lines, big volume of fenestration and glass, as special feature.
To serve this indoor- outdoor dialectic purpose, we have specifically elaborated extra slim window frames, of almost non-existent expression, to allow huge spans of glass instead of walls but with a dilution in the space that usually frames don’t have.
Also, materials and finishes were sourced from around the world and selected for their quality as for beauty, rarity and sustainability. Warm woods cover the floor, ceilings and wardrobes, unifying and enlarging the rooms while adding a peaceful, natural quality to living spaces.
All sanitary facilities were covered with marble coming from chosen stone blocks (including a Thasssos block) of which all sections were previously defined, then cut and executed to measure, customizing each bathroom.
Some other options and extras reinforce the projects differential aspect, like extended ceiling height or floor-to-ceiling door. Other example is the bathroom equipment with high performance shower and extra-large tubs, stunning range of chrome and nickel bathroom fittings.
Furthermore, the villa contains simple life enhancing technology for people who are not technically aware, yet want to enjoy the benefits of modern live. For instance, light and temperature are balanced by detectors that help ensure the property is constantly comfortable. Light levels, inside and outside the property, are controlled and all the window blinds are automatically corrected, to prevent sunlight damage to decoration and furniture. Also, certain windows are opened or closed, to maintain ventilation and keep the villa cool with minimal environment impact.
The ground floor features the dining room, living room, one toilet, three bedroom, one suite, an office, a fantastic inner garden and a large and modern kitchen with an island. All oriented towards the sea and outdoor deck to provide a true sense of seamless indoor-outdoor living.
A further two bedroom, two bedroom suites, including the fantastic master suite with a generous sized dressing room, are found on the second floor, along with a private terrace over the Atlantic ocean.
Last but not least, there’s the basement, a natural light area that houses an indoor pool & spa, home cinema, guest apartment with two service bedroom, garage and storage facilities.
Arq Tailor’s is glad to have helped create a singular contemporary design house, refined materials based and attentive to environmental issues.
MG House is a renovation of a single-family house in Hod Hasharon designed by Maya Sheinberger Interior Design. Before the renovation, the house was country-style, dark and old-fashioned. The entrance floor was re-designed along with the outdooor developing of the plot, while opening a new windows and creating full inside-outside connection. Changing the layout of the first floor according to the needs of the family, and Adding a second floor attic as a bedroom for the eldest daughter. Photography by Itay Benit
The outdoor project of this existing house designed by Zupelli Design Architettura focuses on the new swimming pool, consisting of a sunbathing pool grafted onto the main one, both rectangular in shape but of different sizes. The staircase leading to the pool is located inside the sunbathing area, thus allowing you to take full advantage of the size of the main pool. The pools are framed by an overflow edge of the “slit” type, made externally of raw light Travertino. This material has been used for all the external paving, giving continuity and coherence to the whole intervention.
Rancho San Lucas, a luxury private resort community in Cabo Sal Lucas, is one of Mexico’s premiere destinations for high-end tourism and a big draw for travelers and second home buyers. The property features the luxurious Norman Estates, developed by hall-of-fame golfer and entrepreneur Greg Norman.