Blue Forest’s Thatched Cliffside Lodge Wraps Itself Around a Tree
by Ana Lisa Alperovich, 04/09/12
Sleeping in a space surrounded by gorgeous woodland is a truly magical experience, and its no wonder that treehouse design has inspired so many everyday living spaces. Handmade using local wood and topped off with a traditional thatched roof, Blue Forest's Cliffside Lodge is a luxurious home that wraps around a beautiful tree and can only accessed through a suspended rope bridge.
Granite Intrusion: Hilltop Home Rests on Rocky Outcrop
As wind and water weather the surface of a site, rocky outcrops are often left behind, pushing upward to form rigid peaks. Instead of blasting away this natural feature, one home embraces the existing stone in stunning ways.
southeast of the city of puebla, mexico , the 'casa dauz' residence by mexican practice volta arquitectos addresses its main boulevard location by turning it views inward upon itself. three volumes form the exterior, one facing the street, another containing private spaces and the last to connect these opposing wings with common areas. concrete facades showing the horizontal bands unify the composition while select elevations of wooden planks and green glass panes doubling as internal partitions, permeating color into the interior.
Ski Lodge Meets Lift Station in this Slope-Straddling Home
In the rural Andes Mountains there is but a six-month window in which the weather can accommodate a construction process, a well-known concern to architects Nicolás del Río & Max Núñez (images by Felipe Camus).
portuguese practice oficina d'arquitectura has recently completed 'casa da ladeira', a residence overlooking the mountain scenery of serra da freita, portugal. zig-zagged into the steep granite terrain, this dwelling is formed with horizontal bands of concrete and planks of wood. using material of the earth, the form blends into the landscape. rectangular windows along the front facade are screens with planks of wood, matching the dimensions of the striated exterior.
japanese firm edward suzuki architecture has just completed 'house on the bluff', a residence with an attached studio office in the yamate district of yokohama, japan. the dwelling's name derives from its positioning upon a bluff to present commanding views of the seaport city to inhabitants. the off-white exterior is an aesthetic taken from the existing, surrounding homes while intermittent bands of wooden louvers add visual warmth and privacy for the japanese room.
positioned upon a bluff on the coast of waiheke island, new zealand, the 'owhanake bay house' by new zealand-based practice strachan group architects offers vistas to the adjacent hauraki gulf. the single-storey structure accommodates the needs of inhabitants while navigating a site with significantly changing slopes. a cluster of three narrow pavilions, the dwelling follows the topography, requiring minimal excavation and alteration to the landscape. flap windows oriented towards the eastern views engage the dwellers with their surroundings and sub-tropical climate.
Mallorca’s Villa Chameleon is Embedded with LEDs to Create a Color Changing Facade
by Helen Morgan, 05/15/12
Dubbed the Chameleon Villa, this elaborate property in Mallorca is coated in a glimmering surface of embedded crystals and LEDs that can be programmed to change color. Located in Son Vida, the unusual light effect stands out in the surrounding rolling hills of the island and look stunning against the backdrop of the ocean. The dazzling color-changing facade makes the villa, which is currently on the market, an uniquely adorned architectural work.