The breathtaking panoramic views from this Desert Mountain property in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA inspired the owners and architect Tor Barstad to take full advantage of indoor-outdoor living. A rustic mix of stone and organic materials seamlessly blend inside and out, inspiring a welcoming feel. Mirrored by the infinity edge pool, the impressive desert mountain retreat comes with a generously-sized outdoor entertainment area, perfectly suited for large gatherings.
Hamersley Road Residence is the result of converting an early 1900′s Australian workers cottage into a contemporary and practical family home. Despite being untouched for over 90 years, the existing building was rescued and rejuvenated by the creative team at Studio 53. The most striking element regarding this house design is a yellow ‘box’-shaped volume, gently placed on top of the ground floor behind the gable of the existing home. This distinctive element was wrapped in a perforated screen to shade and protect living spaces from the sun.
Here is more from the architects describing the unconventional addition: “The conception of the box is integral to the design of this house. Internally, the box is its own zone; bedrooms, bathroom and play room for the children. Externally the box defines the character of the extension, highlighting the change from existing house to contemporary home in a sympathetic but contrasting manner”. The intricately patterned screen enveloping the box on all sides offers a high level of privacy, but also opportunities for passive surveillance of the street. A perfect indoor-outdoor connection can be observed throughout the residence and each interior has its own vivid personality. How do you appreciate the outcome of this modern restoration project? [Photography by Christian Sprogoe and Chris Maher]
Reminiscing about childhood brought an interesting project to our attention. During the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, Canadian design collective Daily Tous Les Jours created this impressive swing installation which consists of a series of illuminated seats that create music as participants of the festival decide to try them out. According to Colossal, the entire installation will soon be on tour and you can bring The Swings into your own city, with a little help from the project developers.
Result of a fruitful collaboration between Piotr Kluj and Paweł Litwinowicz , the original looking Perforated House draws much attention upon itself in the city of Poznan, Poland. A contemporary approach led to a completely simplified shape, as the architects turned the building into a simple cube with no balconies and oriels whatsoever. A long and wide ramp was added to the overall design, leading to the garage, while another leads directly towards the living room entrance, thus avoiding the need for stairs.
According to the architects, the only thing that clashed with the idea of a highly modern home were the old, Art Nouveau furniture pieces collected by the owner in his previous apartment, which had to be adapted to the overall scheme. The openwork ornaments, visible only in two places on the house elevation, are at the same time the one and only decoration and also the only link between the contemporary cube and the Art Nouveau furniture. As you can see in the photos below, the shapes of the cut-outs correspond with the plant patterns on the old furniture. The veneered panels in natural wood contrast the glazing, resulting in a visually appealing facade. [Photography: Jeremi Buczkowski, Anna B. Gregorczyk]
This time-lapse video, entitled “Above LA,” is Chris Pritchard’s love letter to Los Angeles. Filmed over the course of two years, Pritchard sought out locations to showcase the city in a way people rarely get to see – from above. Some of the views were easy to seek out, while others involved some exploratory hiking and trespassing. He encourages “everyone – lifelong Angelenos, transplants, visitors – to hit the trails, drive the mountain roads, find a reason to get on top of a high-rise. From the basin to the valley, this city offers so many opportunities to rise above and look down. Never stop exploring.”