When architecture and its surrounding landscape combine magic happens. When a building addresses its site the experience of the space is heightened, enriched. A limited palette of materials, concrete flooring, blocks and timber accents are a counterfoil to that view, stunning glimpses through native trees to Bass Strait. The House at Big Hill by Melbourne based Kerstin Thompson Architects (KTA) draws the occupant through its dark, triangular space towards the vista while light and shadow cocoon and envelop the interiors.
It’s been forever since I blogged the exquisite interiors of Chicago designer Jessica Lagrange (back in the day when we shrunk photos down way too much – now we like them big and juicy). Jessica is still knocking modern and traditional spaces out of the park. Here are some of her latest projects. (The photo above – to die for!!!)
Kim may be on a roll with the rustic and the bucolic this week. Me? I seem to be playing the retro riff. Modernist homes with a distinct midcentury vibe. Glass and steel, stone or timber boxes with sleek interiors. Hard surfaces and luxury. Like this Bray’s Island, South Carolina home by Atlanta based SBCH Architects. Sharp sophistication.
Ohlhausen DuBois Architects have taken a 1950’s ranch house and integrated a new glass pavilion and landscaping to create a home that delights and welcomes. Indoor living spaces now transition easily to the outdoors through a series of terraces, gardens and pool. The house is about mass and volume, light and transparency, solidity and retreat while reaching out to its location. Simple. Elegant. Satisfying and inspiring. Milillo Residence, Sands Point, NY.
Another project by Auckland architects Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects. I couldn’t help myself. I love their work. New Zealand is such a beautiful country with architecture that celebrates the land of the long white cloud. This alteration and addition to a Queenstown house sits comfortably within its stunning surrounds. Stone and glass and metal. Areas for communing and others for cocooning. Luxury and practicality and all with that view. God’s own country I believe.