The courtyard sits at the heart of the house and a ventilation duct on the second floor brings in light and natural breeze. While hitting the house is gently drawn into the courtyard it is the slightly curved outward roof of the south side that directs the air outside. This also helps in cooling the house naturally on less boisterous days!
This is Northern Norway and it is in this secluded backdrop that the fabulous designed by Vladimir Konovalov sits. A monochromatic masterpiece that keeps the focus on the mountainous landscape and endless tranquility outside the glass-walled home ensures you are never miss out on the sights and sounds outside.
Wind is a big part of this with everything from gigantic bridges to tall skyscrapers needing to accommodate its many vagaries. While this contemporary home in New York designed by Bates Masi Architects might not be as grand in its magnitude it still taps into the flow of wind in an extensive fashion. Designed for a couple who love outdoor adventure sports like wind surfing and kite boarding the stylish house aims to become with the elements around it!
A sensible transformation of an old structure into modern dwelling saves time and resources. It is this adaptive reuse of buildings that has seen the spurt of modern industrial style across the globe.
The house is divided into two zones with the lower level containing the living area kitchen and dining and the top level holding the private spaces. A space-savvy floating wood and steel staircase connects both the levels even as a large central courtyard becomes the heart of the social zone.
The entrance to the living area is through the fabulous roof garden and the central courtyard that sits 6 feet below ground. As you descend into this secure space street noises and the sound of trains hurrying in the distance slowly starts to disappear.
Yet elements like décor color scheme and style create more subtle demarcations and the in a suburb of Perth Australia embraces this contemporary trend gleefully. Divided into the formal informal and outdoor living zones the house borrows from charismatic Californian homes and a hint of Mid-century magic.