duminică, 30 noiembrie 2008


Contemporary House in Seattle Merges Chic Style with Cool Quirks

The juxtaposition of sleek, contemporary house architecture beside odd and quirky elements is what calls attention to this one-of-a-kind house in Queen Anne neighborhood in Seattle. Architect Jim Burton of Blip Design came at this two-storey home remodel with a two-pronged approach, and an affinity for two very different genres. Chic and funky come together to play off each other, highlighting the other’s best features. Meticulous stone bricks meet a vibrant wood facade that almost glows in comparison. A flat roof is met by a pair of wild, upturned wings that top the funky side of this modern home. A lushly landscaped garden flanks each side of a stairway that leads up to the window-clad house. Judging by the bold exterior design, this 4,322-sq.-ft. design delivers on its unspoken promise of modern interiors, which are clean and contemporary by design. The four-bedroom, 3.5 bathroom design is currently listed on the market at a price of $2.4 million. Visit Queen Anne Modern for details. Blip Design.



Modern Twist on Simple Box House in Spain - Thinking Outside the Box

Life in a box is pretty sweet if your box is anything like this ultra modern house designed by the architects at Murado & Elvira. Espejo House located in Badajoz, Spain, puts a contemporary twist on a basic rectangular residence, incorporating rounded corners and a sleek, metal-clad envelope that lends the structure a look of clean simplicity. Butting up against the cool metal, sliding doors of rustic pine act as shutters, and can be completely opened or closed, depending on your mood or the weather on any given day. On further exploration of this cool design, white is a major player in its interior design. Vivid punches of color come in unexpected places – the turquoise bathroom, and the stop-dead-in-your-tracks red kitchen. Murado & Elvira
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photo credit: Miguel de Guzmán




Contemporary Sea-Side House - the Salt House

The Salt House by the architects at Alison Brooks Associates Ltd. is a modern sea-side residential retreat boasting a tradition of “beach house” construction with a uniquely modern twist. The two-storey home, located at Maldon in England, is clad in a weathered-looking wood, lending it an authentic “salty” appeal. The 3,500-sq.-ft. house is a three-bedroom, three-bathroom design that enjoys a contemporary open-concept interior layout. The main floor features floor-to-ceiling windows and a spacious, column-free layout that opens onto a central atrium. At the heart of the design, a modern twisting staircase leads upstairs to the second living area, where walls of windows flood the home with natural light. Alison Brooks Associates Ltd.
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Modern Mountain Chalet in Colorado - Winter Wonderland by architect Michael P. Johnson

If you’re not a skier, you will be after checking out this modern mountain chalet by Arizona-based architect Michael P. Johnson. The cozy yet contemporary Hiller Residence in Winter Park, Colorado, truly is a wonderland of awesome architectural ability with and a sleek, sophisticated style. This two-storey 1,948-sq.-ft. house sits perched on a steep slope, overhanging the ravine below. The ground level houses the grand entry, a den and the master bedrooms, while the upper level is devoted to showcasing the surrounding views. Upstairs you’ll find the living room, dining room and kitchen, encircled in floor-to-ceiling windows. Interiors boast rich, dramatic finishes. Warm lacquered woods, large-format porcelain tile, and urbane appointments finish this rustic space in modern style. Michael P. Johnson
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Cutting-Edge Modernist Style House in Brisbane, Australia

Up on the auction block is this stunning, modernist style house in Highgate Hill, a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. This beautiful 4,617-sq.-ft., four-bedroom, two-bathroom house is a rare find indeed, boasting a modern blend of art and architecture, glass, steel and stone. The visually stunning exterior sets the stage for the imaginative, light-filled interiors. All bedrooms are located on the main level, accessed by a floating wooden staircase. The master bedroom overlooks the stunning deck and outdoor pool. Upstairs, a large den and dining room are enclosed in large windows that allow for panoramic views of the breathtaking city skyline. Interiors are simple and sophisticated, featuring a largely while palette. A spacious kitchen connects the living and dining areas and features an oversized island, stainless-steel cabinetry and coordinating built-in appliances. This contemporary house will be on auction on October 30. Visit Judy Goodger for details.



Art and Architecture Come Home to Contemporary ArtScreen Box House in Ghent, New York

It’s the art and the architecture that characterize the contemporary ArtScreen Box house in New York’s Hudson Valley. Designed by FT Architecture + Interiors, this modern, innovative home showcases a striking photograph by artist Joni Sternbach, transforming the home’s facade into a collection of waves, peacefully trapped in time. This architecturally scaled photo, which is printed on woven vinyl mesh, drapes the home’s second-floor studio space – windows and all – transforming any harsh light into a soothing glow. From the inside, it’s as though sunlight is streaming in through the water’s surface. Interiors are exactly what you’d expect from a house with waves lapping at its exterior. A clean and minimalist style enhances the modernity of the home. The base of this 1,500-fq.-ft. home’s lower level sits softly embedded in the eight-ft. slope of the hill. FT Architecture + Interiors.



Repurposed Water Tower, Now a Modern House in Belgium

This converted water tower house is recycling at its best. Designed by architect Jo Crepain of Crepain Binst Architecture, Moereels House represents a wonderful use of the existing to create something new, unique and totally modern. Located in Brasschaat, Belgium, the original concrete tower lends this conversion an authentic, industrial look. Surrounding the tower are U-shaped glass panels on three sides, and shallow balconies on the fourth. Around the tower’s base is a 20-ft.-high entrance level, which welcomes residents and visitors into the contemporary interiors housed within the tower itself. A series of steel staircases connect the various levels within the tower, which is lit up by out-of-this-world fluorescent lamps visible through the forest at dark. Crepain Binst Architecture
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This modern house in Belgium used to be a water tower

Ultra-Modern Concrete House in Yokohama, Japan

Designed by Japan’s Torafu Architects, this massive modern structure of concrete boasts a hard exterior edge, which is accentuated by sharp angles and little detail. But on the inside, this home tells quite a different tale. Located in Yokohama, Japan, this modern single-family, single-storey house has become a local landmark among its more traditional neighbors. It’s characterized by its unusual shape, which features three projections, pointing upward and topped by skylights. Interiors are unexpectedly sleek and contemporary, taking the same odd shape as dictated by the home’s overall form. The result is interior rooms with folded walls and ceilings. Furniture largely consists of build-ins to maximize on every inch of interior living space. Torafu Architects.

Concrete House in Yokohama, Japan

Modern “Little White House” in Albert Park, Australia ... with traditional Victorian look

Looks can be deceiving, and they certainly are in the case of this contemporary house in Albert Park, Australia. What resembles a traditional Victorian cottage from the outside (white picket fence and all!) invites guests into its cool and clean minimalist interiors, and an ultra-modern addition at the rear. George Residence, designed by architect Matt Gibson, sits on a narrow plot. This is what gives the house its unique character. The home is built surrounding two central courtyards with three building components. A wooden deck offers an uninterrupted runway leading through the home’s elongated layout, creating continuity between the indoor and outdoor living spaces. Matt Gibson.



Futuristic Vision of Sustainable Living – Easy Domes Becoming an Easy Choice

The brainchild of Danish Architect Kari Thomsen and Engineer Ole Vanggaard, Easy Domes are a contemporary prefab home design with two ambitions – easy assembly and low energy. One short day can yield this totally functional and ultimately unique house. Originally built in 1992 for the Greenland Society of The Faroah Islands, Easy Domes are now available in a variety of configurations that include the 160-ft. Nature Dome, the 250-ft. Tuft Dome (pictured), the Duo Dome and Family Houses ranging from 500 to 2,200 ft., and the Cultural Dome at 1,000 ft. Composed of a single dome or a series, Easy Domes are all founded on the “icosahedron” shape, a collection hexagonal panels arranged to offer a layout maximizing interior living space. This futuristic design offers does not compromise the comforts of home, offering a two-storey layout complete with a living room, kitchen, bathroom and two bedrooms. Another modern twist on the traditional is that these homes are built using eco-friendly materials and methods. The design is vented on the exterior, and insulated with wood and flax. A green roof tops off these homes, complemented by solar roof panels, a wind turbine and other methods to harvest alternative forms of energy. Easy Domes



Prefab House Design in Maryland - Stunning, Stilted, Sustainable Loblolly by Kieran Timberlake Architects

As far as prefabs go, this design has a heightened sense of space. Set on stilts, Loblolly House by Kieran Timberlake Architects has a minimal footprint, and in turn, maximum impact. Located on Taylors Island, a barrier island off the coast of Maryland, this modern house blends nature and architecture in what could well be the future of prefabricated homes. The 2,200-sq.-ft. house is based on a more efficient building method. Thousands of “building blocks” that make up the house were fabricated off-site, and pieced together on location in less than six weeks. The unique home boasts a facade that “flips” open to reveal the outdoors, allowing passive cooling. Alternately, the home can be closed up to channel the sun’s energy for off-the-grid heat. Another sustainable feature of the house is in its simple construction – and deconstruction. The home’s many parts are designed to disassemble with ease, allowing for repairs, alterations, reclaiming and recycling without harsh environmental impacts. Kieran Timberlake Architects
via World Architecture News



Futuristic Spaceship-Inspired House Combines Technology and Nature in Frankfurt, Germany

It looks like a vision from a sci-fi flick, not something you'd expect to find in Frankfurt’s countryside. But Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten has brought its futuristic vision to fruition in this quaint German location. This modern, residential design blends technology and nature with stunning results. For these innovative architects, House F was all about creating a contemporary home that would ease itself into its hilly landscape. Set among the rolling slopes, the home’s modern, steeply pitched roof is clad in sheet metal, and resembles a machine in its form and finish. The roof seems to hover, set atop a glass-enclosed main floor. The ground floor of this unique house is quite literally a “ground” floor, submerged beneath the grassy lay of the land. Meixner Schlüter Wendt Architekten.



Modern Residential House Design in Australia, by Chenchow Little Architects - Szirtes has a tree within

This small but sweet residential design in Australia is inspired by practicality, with a twist. Sitting atop a small footprint, the modern Szirtes House, created by Chenchow Little Architects, is enclosed in an aesthetic armor that provides privacy from the outside. But at its heart lies a haven – a tree within an enclosed outdoor courtyard – which is the centerpiece of this contemporary home’s ultra-innovative layout. Floor-to-ceilings sliding-glass doors open onto this inner sanctum. Inside, each room offers a piece of this curious light-filled box, which beams through the center of this house with natural light and an unexpected taste of the outdoors. Chenchow Little
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Passive Cooling and Local Building Materials for the Palmyra Palm House in India

With more than 800 uses for the Palmyra Palm tree, Indian-born architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai has come up with number 801, making it the centerpiece of his contemporary, eco-friendly and fashionably functional modern house design. The Palmyra House rests on a coconut plantation in eastern India’s coastal town of Alibaug, on the outskirts of Mumbai. A short drive to the city puts this resort-inspired beach house within easy reach of urban amenities, but just far enough to enjoy peace and privacy. This waterfront home’s exotic location lends a distinct flavor to its luxurious look and authentic feel. Built of locally sourced Palmyra wood, the innovative louvered design is naturally ventilated and shaded, making it a sound sustainable choice for this tropical climate. The house encompasses 3,000 sq. ft. within a pair of structures that are separated by a 25-ft. wide courtyard. Studio Mumbai
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Thoughtful T House Design Overlooking San Francisco

This modern house on the hill suits its surroundings to a T. The innovative architects at Ogrydziak/Prillinger had a few considerations in their plans for T House in San Francisco, California. The thoughtful T shape design maximizes on the breathtaking view and the available usable land, without obstructing the view enjoyed by neighboring homes. T House sits embedded in the steep hillside, offering a low profile when viewed from the top. But as the slope drops deeper and deeper, the house rises out from the hillside and overhangs the magnificent valley. The T shape allows for plenty of private yard space, flanking the home with two courtyards at its sides, and a large open space at the rear. Inside, the home boasts contemporary finishes and a sleek style that’s warmly offset by wood floors and ceilings, exposed beams and columns, and large windows to frame the endless views where city meets sky. Ogrydziak/Prillinger
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Desert House in Albuquerque by Modern Architect Antoine Predock

Bringing a bit of the Wild, Wild West to Albuquerque’s West Mesa, the Mesa House by architect Antoine Predock embraces its surroundings – the sand, the sun, the dusty orange horizon – and brings elements of the environment into its architecture and interior style. A grand stairway leads visitors up to the sheltered courtyard, providing a warm welcome to this contemporary desert house. This modern design boasts a three-tiered vertical floor plan, which leads you from the ground-level garage, through to the raised living area, and up to the master suite topping this stylish abode. Interiors echo with a warm, rustic aesthetic, where comfort is king. An oddly urban fireplace – simple, geometric and very minimalist – becomes a natural focal point for lounging and storytelling. Bi-level terraces extent living space to the outdoors, perfect for entertaining or stealing a moment along with the sunset. Antoine Predock Architect.


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Sustainable House Design of the Future - Canada Contemporary Canuhome

Shaped like a canoe and indicative of what "u can do" for the environment, the Canuhome prefabricated house design offers peek into the future of sustainable home building. The 850-sq.-ft. traveling exhibit includes a kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom and bedroom, all designed and built with eco-friendly features for urban living. The futuristic design is brought to you by a partnership between Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), George Brown College's Institute Without Boundaries (IwB) and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), among others. Architecture by IwB incorporates eco initiatives like CMHC’s Equilibrium, HealthyHousing and Flexhousing initiatives; Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood products; and adheres to stringent LEED standards. The result is a feasible housing option that’s adaptable and cost-efficient, with improved indoor air and environment quality, and reduced consumption of energy, water and resources. The model aims to illustrate that sustainable living doesn’t have to compromise on fashion or function. Canuhome.


Modern Residential Architecture in Germany - Dupli.Casa futuristic design

For a taste of modern residential architecture with a twist, Dupli.Casa in Ludwigsburg, Germany, is the contemporary design for you. Originally built in 1984, modern architect Jurgen Mayer H revised and renewed the “twisted” footprint for this gorgeous futuristic villa. Unique about this contemporary architecture is its unlikely, yet completely logical source of inspiration. According to the architect, “The new building echoes the ‘family archeology’ by duplication and rotation.” The layering of levels and living spaces results is a semi-public interior space sandwiched between upper and lower private areas. The imaginative floor plan also allows for easy integration of outdoor living into interior living areas via a series of terraces and patios. Jurgen Mayer H
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Modern Hillside Home Design by Johnston Marklee Architects Overlooking Santa Monica Canyon

The contemporary Hill House rises as a shard among the rocks of this Los Angeles, California hillside. Enjoying picture-perfect views of Santa Monica Canyon, this modern home designed by Johnston Marklee Architects boasts a bold shape that cooperates with the complex landscape, with stunning results. Set on an irregular, uneven and steeply sloped plot of land, the architect developed an equally irregular house with an obscure roofline and oblique walls, all in white except for the deep-set windows stretching across the facade. The wide windows frame the breathtaking views, while flooding interiors with natural light, revealing a modern, minimalist style. Living areas are predominantly white, with cool stone playing against warm woods in rich finishes. A cool upper loft area, enclosed in a barely-there glass balcony, overlooks the open-concept living area below, and beyond that, the lush valley is visible from virtually any angle in the home. Johnston Marklee Architects
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Contemporary House in Amsterdam with Modern Vertical Garden

Beautifully blending architecture with nature, this contemporary house by Marc Koehler Architects was designed as a vertical garden in a concrete jungle. The house in IJburg, Amsterdam, features various spaces seemingly “carved out” from a “monolithic sculptural mass” in a series of open and private spaces, as described by the architect, which unifies all elements of this contemporary design – the exterior, interior, and of course, the unique vertical garden and large rooftop terrace. The facade incorporates brick work for visual interest as well as to accommodate growing greenery. Interiors are bright with natural light. The contemporary layout features a main floor housing three bedrooms, a bathroom, a powder room and a large multi-purpose space. Upstairs, a kitchen, dining area and large living area offer views of the surrounding city and garden just outside the expansive windows. Marc Koehler Architects.




Modern Industrial Design House in Japan Blends Contemporary Fashion and Function

Japanese Architect Koji Tsutsui has designed this modern house in Tokyo, Japan, for an industrial designer, with a distinctly industrial edge. At the outset, it was required that the house work with the client’s own sentiments towards the fashion and function of design. In addition, the list of must-haves included a studio that opens to the outdoors; a study with a view of the car; a separate guest wing; and a living area that would also act as a showroom for the would-be homeowner’s industrial art. And thus aptly named Industrial Design House was planned with a living/dining area and gallery at its core, featuring a bare white backdrop and tall ceilings that invite the flood of natural light. The remainder of the house is much of the same, with bright, spacious rooms with a modern, minimalist appeal. Each room provides its own individual feel and function, but they are all interwoven via the basic elements of architecture – “floor, wall, ceiling, stairs, void and openings,” according to Best House Design. Koji Tsutsui Architect & Associates
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Modern Sustainable Home in UK - Repurposing and Revitalizing the 1890s Railway Carriage

Like an animal adapts to its environment, so too does this modern repurposed rail carriage on Dungeness Beach in Kent, UK. Designed by architect Simon Conder, El Ray is a modern home designed to both blend into its sandy surroundings and weather their storms. The two-bedroom house is a restoration and reformation of a railway carriage circa 1890 sits at the heart of the home, now transformed into the home’s main hub – the kitchen. A sloping roof invites visitors to revel in the breathtaking view that is the sea. One elevation takes on a semi-circular form, while facing south is a fully-glazed facade overlooks the Channel. The architect used FSC-certified wood where possible, making it a sustainable choice. Adding to the eco-friendly appeal, this modern house design also incorporates passive solar power, cross ventilation and wind turbines as a source of natural heating, cooling and off-the-grid power. Simon Conder.
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Modern House in Brazil - Earth, Air and Water Come Together in Osler House

Osler modern house, located in Brasilia, Brazil, is a 2,906-sq.-ft. balancing act of earth, wind and water. Architect Marcio Kogan precariously perched an airy, glass-enclosed volume perpendicularly atop a natural wood-clad base, and stretching across a luxurious lap pool below. The deck surrounding the pool echoes the richly finished wood panels that cover the main level and slide apart to reveal some strategically placed windows and doorways. A warm glow invites visitors into cozy yet clean and contemporary interiors – simple and down to the detail. A modern floating wooden staircase climbs up the wall and leads to the upper glass level, where the panoramic views of the rooftop patio, the sprawling 8,578-sq.-ft. grounds and the horizon beyond, are the center of attention. Marcio Kogan
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Cool Contemporary Cubes Take Shape in Japan, by Endoh Design

When it comes to artistic impressions, this is one case where it’s really hip to be square. The Natural Cube House by Japanese architects Endoh Design boasts a unique facade of reinforced concrete on a 2,900-sq.-ft. site. The basic cube shape is enhanced with modern steel panels and uniquely uneven walls that create windows in a most nontraditional and unexpected way. As expected from the exterior design, the home’s interior continues on a path of modern minimalism, almost clinical with its white-on-white palette that’s colored only by bold blasts of orange on the ceiling and walls. A barely-there exterior accent, the irregular walls create a contemporary focal point of the interiors, casting an artistic light treatment that flows in through the slits in the walls. Endoh Design.



Luxury Thai Beach House

One look at this Thai Beach House, the Samujana Villas, and you’ll know you’re home. This collection of 26 exotic, private island homes on Thailand Koh Samui is inspired by the luxurious resort lifestyle most only dream about. Overlooking the beach about 300 ft. below, Gfab Architects has designed these contemporary cliff-top villas with each approximately 4,843 sq. ft. of living space that blends the indoor and outdoors seamlessly. The elevations boast a tiered plan integrating sliding glass walls than open onto sun-soaked decks off of each floor. A “top down” entrance opens the home’s foyer to the outdoors, while transforming the rooftop reflecting pool into an infinity pool. Inside, four bedrooms, indulgent ensuites and an overall laid-back island attitude are key. Interiors are designed as contemporary, cool lounging areas that, like the infinity pools above, seem to hang over the edge endlessly. Gfab Architects
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Costa Rica Beachfront Home Inspires a Writer and Modern Architecture Lovers

Built using traditional techniques with a modern slant on architecture, Gianni Botsford of GB Architects built this spectacular beachfront home for his father, a writer with an eclectic taste for fine details and finishes. The contemporary house in Cahuita, Costa Rica, boasts no vertical walls to uphold its prominent roof, creating a unique silhouette among the trees. Beneath the roof, the main living space is a large library housing one floor-to-ceiling wall of built-in bookshelves and another of glass. Books, a writing desk and a grand piano fill this inspiring space. An outdoor walkway leads into another pavilion that houses the sleeping and bathing quarters. GB Architects
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The Sweetest Suite in Lower Manhattan, Where Nature Meets Modern Architecture

An experiment in the integration of nature and architecture, this ultra-modern penthouse yields some stylish results. In the hands of a couple of innovative Yale professors – architect Joel Sanders and landscape architect Diana Balmori – the 3,100-sq.-ft. suite in Lower Manhattan boasts a spectacular rooftop garden (complete with an outdoor shower) that blankets a set of stairs leading inside. But nature doesn’t stop at the front door – interiors are brimming with lush plantings and an impressive irrigation system. The master bathroom showcases 50 sq. ft. of vertical plantings that conceal drip irrigation tubes, transforming the design into a living, breathing environment. Warm, natural woods finish the modern interiors – a naturally perfect complement to the lush plants both inside and out.
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Sustainable Tree House Actually Hugs Trees

From the pages of building and architecture website BD, London, this modern residential design is a tree house by all accounts – built from trees, built among trees. With an £800,000 grant to construct in a conservation area of west Beaminster, Dorset UK, Western Design Architects have planned this sustainable home with recycled timber, a Green roof and a ground-source heat pump. The contemporary 3,875-sq.-ft. house is comprised of three pods, each approximately five ft. off the ground. And while these pods are not actually secured to the trees that dot the surrounding landscape, the magnificent oaks will pierce through the terraces of the home. "While not physically bolted to the surrounding oak trees which are protected by a tree preservation order, the oaks will penetrate each terrace so 'you can hug a tree if you want to,'" according to the architect, reports BD. Inside, the main pod houses the kitchen, dining and living areas, and is connected to the neighboring two pods which accommodate the bedrooms. The start for construction is slated for spring 2009. Western Design Architects
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Contemporary Dialogue House in Arizona Desert Speaks Volumes

The Arizona desert is a hotspot for modern architecture. Dialogue House, designed by Wendell Burnette Architects, offers a unique balance of light, materials, styles and volumes facing opposite directions. The lower level of the home features the main living areas, and faces towards downtown Phoenix. Perched atop the main level, the upper volume of this contemporary home boasts a work studio and occupies the north-west corner of the property. After sunset, this upper level of the home appears as a floating box of light. This modern oasis in the desert includes a luxurious pool and an enclosed outdoor living area. On the other side of the floor-to-ceiling windows, the grand living spaces include all the usual suspects plus a den, three bedrooms and a loft-like master suite. Wendell Burnette Architects
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Swedish Sauna House - Spa-Inspired

The luxurious Mill House by architect Gert Wingardh is a gleaming gem of glass and wood, hidden quietly in its rural setting of Southern Sweden. In true Swedish tradition, this rustic yet refined design is “a manifestation of the ritual of sauna and sunbathing,” according to the architect – an age-old practice so loved, that the designer was compelled to incorporate living space into the spa-inspired structure. Enclosed in floor-to-ceiling glass with extensive woodwork both inside and out, the home boasts a warm appeal when regarded from the inside and out, and is surrounded by a cool pool for dipping after a good, hot steam. Gert Wingardh
via Best House Design
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