In 12 days I will be headed to one of my favourite destinations on earth – Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. While I walk 40 minutes to and from work in -30 C weather I dream of the sun, sand, food and booze I will be experiencing very soon. I would be pretty content to chill in this villa located in Phuket too. This villa boasts panoramic views over the Andaman Sea, Phuket Bay, Koh Rang Yai and Koh Maprao with a 55m2 infinity pool, the expansive al fresco dining area and the 1,519m2 garden. It offers 930m2 of constructed space, with five bedrooms, gym, home office, home cinema…everything you could want in paradise. Those views!!! All this can be yours for 3.15 million USD. Via Modern Homes Worldwide.
They cling stubbornly to sand dunes and hillsides along the Australian coast. Simple beach shacks slapped together in the 50s and 60s. Collective histories of family summer holidays, fishing, sand in bathing suits left strewn on railings after the obligatory post beach outdoor shower. A man’s castle but definitely no mansion. Passed from generation to generation. Rare. Endangered. Swallowed up by McMansions. Lost forever. Unless they are saved, renewed and once again cherished. Like this Seal Rocks shack brought back by Bourne Blue Architecture. Nothing precious but such a treasure.
Sometimes it’s about respecting the site. That’s all. Sunset Rock House by Canadian MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects.
It’s neck and neck, side by side, elbow to elbow what I like more about this holiday home on the island of Menorca. The sleek, white contemporary lines or the organic, natural touches. Maybe how the two place off each other. The epitome of modern summer style. By Codo a Codo Arquitectura.
Ready for our second sneak peek inside the pages of the latest issue of Inside Out? How about this amazing home?!
“The second home – styled by Jason Grant and photographed by Prue Ruscoe – is nicknamed “Austinmer Opera House”. It’s perched on a cliff in the beach suburb of Austinmer (in Wollongong, an hour south of Sydney) and has a striking look that was inspired by the 10-year-period (!) where architect Alex Symes (in association with G+V Architecture) spent drawing the Sydney Opera House in his spare time to work out why he liked it so much. The home has won a Master Builders Australia award for energy efficiency and environment management, which makes it a perfect fit for our eco issue, ” writes Lee Tran.
Don’t forget the Jan/Feb Inside Out hits the news stands in Australia tomorrow and you can read along on Zinio, Google Play and the Apple Newsstand too. I’ve read and reread my Zinio issue so many times that if you could wear out a tablet screen then I have!