Showing posts with label modern home. Show all posts
Showing posts with label modern home. Show all posts

The Self-Sufficient Energy Neutral Villa Kogelhof by Paul de Ruiter

Taking six years to create and construct, the design of Villa Kogelhof is based on complete autarky: the house is energy neutral. By utilizing several techniques, the villa maintains a comfortable climate all year long, while being extremely energy efficient. The goal for the villa was to be self-sufficient; to generate its own energy, to heat its own water and to recycle its own garbage.

Water-Cooled House in Singapore by Wallflower Architects

Located in Bukit Timah, Singapore amongst the verdant landscape lies a two-story modern home of wood, concrete stucco, flagstone, limestone, granite, marble and lots of shallow ponds.

To unconsciously guide visitors to the living pavilion above, a minimal spiral staircase touches down within the entrance foyer.

An oculus within the pond highlights the main entrance, the circle of sunlight cooled and animated by the constantly changing sinusoidal patterns of refracted rays through the water above.

The koi pond’s thirty meter length and two meter width exposes a sixty square meter surface area within the house to capture the breezes for evaporative cooling. Hints of the tree-lined views are seen through the large circular void connecting the entrance foyer to the pavilion above.

The long koi pond runs the length of the home alongside a path that leads to the bedrooms on the ground floor.

The second story has reflecting ponds that surround the upstairs pavilion. The purpose of the second story pond is also designed to thermally insulate the dining, bedrooms and family spaces underneath from solar heat gain. In the same way, the water body above also helps to regulate temperature swings within the house. Both bodies of water were designed to facilitate in micro-cooling the rooms and spaces as well as provide an experience of serenity and isolation.

Plans and architectural drawings:

photos by and © Albert Lim
images and information courtesy of ArchDaily

Wallflower Architects
Design Team: Cecil Chee, Robin Tan & Sean Zheng

Modern, Minimalist Picornell House With Dramatic Swimming Pool by John Pawson.

The Picornell House in Mallorca, Spain by architect John Pawson, which began design in 2006, was just recently completed. The house appears as a modern and minimalist looking single storey structure from the street view, but has a second floor on the sea-facing side and a stunning pool that projects out into the garden.

A Private Villa is a Mix of Modern and Traditional Thai Design: The Samsara House 5.

Samsara was the first development by Original Vision architects on Phuket with House 5 being one of the first to be completed. The Samsara House 5 displays a distinctly contemporary architecture with influences of the traditional southern Thai vernacular.

The entrance is a processional experience that dramatically uses the view to shape the transition from the road through unfolding external and internal spaces and levels down to the private entertainment and living level.

Interconnecting cathedral roofs float above living and dining spaces that open fully onto terraces and the main pool deck creating a combination of interlinked volumes that blurs the line between inner and outer space resulting in a fantastic resort home that takes full advantage of the slope and the stunning Andaman Sea view.

Bedrooms and Baths:

The home fuses the outdoors and the indoors, providing lots of outdoor seating and the home also has an outdoor shower:

About Original Vision Ltd:
Over the past 20 years, Original Vision has been pioneering new concepts in leisure architecture and design in South East Asia. Based in Hong Kong and Thailand and with projects throughout the region, they are dedicated to innovation, creativity and quality in design and in their finished projects.

The manipulation of space, light, texture and color is the core of their philosophy. They bring these elements together to harmonise with function and desire. Their goal is to create places that are wonderful; spaces that are breathtaking and inspirational and above all, environments where people just love to be.

Original Vision Architects

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