Home Designs Published by Stela Lucija, Saturday, May 06th 2017, 12:05:50 PM.
This minimalist white home is located on the outskirts of Leiria in Portugal. Due to its location, the property is located at the street level, under the plot in an intimate environment, the façade does not accommodate windows, instead, a huge void was created on the roof as a lighting stretegy. The result is quite effective, the minimalist interior is quite bright and airy allthough all private areas are protected from other people’s sights. Just as its minimalist exterior counterpart, the interior is also finished in white with some color accents that come from the wood flooring and furnishing. Architect: Manuel Aires Mateus.
The incredible sights, where they are the most available yet the most precious were the main inspiration in building this modern beach house. Anchored above 70 meters high cliff in Dover Heights the design of this modern clifftop / beach house was inspired by Picasso art. Architect Durbach Block Architects used black metal beams that contrast beautifully with the natural rocks and the white walls. The unusual, expressive geometric form / design of this modern beach house gives the house its original uniqueness while at the same time, helps the cliff house to capture what’s the most precious there, the sight. Architect: Durbach Block Architects.
The famous modern house belonged to the Czech émigré architect Ladislav Rado that was built in 1956-1957 provided the original context for its renovation, including preserving the relationship of this modern forest house to its outside and its landscape. By careful design, the 1000-sq ft available built-up area due to the restrictions have been optimized and by utilizing an Architect Led Design Build process, Peter Gluck and Partners Architects reduced the costs by a third and the budget barrier was met. The original house had been renovated with 1980s postmodern style while the renovation adds a half-round stair tower and a bedroom inside the cantilevered volume over the ravine.
The original rabbeted window frame detail has been replaced by the new double insulated glass. The cantilevered second floor were wrapped by the high-tech wood cladding while the floor to ceiling glass sliders preserve the relationship of this modern renovated forest house with its outdoors, including from the master bedroom. Architect: Peter Gluck and Partners Architects. Photos by: Magda Biernat.
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