It is the series of stepped wooden shelves that transform the interior of this home and every level of the house is altered by their presence. On the lower level the series of shelves acts as a display unit for the living room and also doubles as a staircase railing that seems to flow into the second floor.
Epitomizing this unique aura of homes on the California coastline even while embracing modern aesthetics and a beachy zest in provides a tranquil escape for an urban couple based in San Francisco. Designed by Malcolm Davis Architecture the house is split into two distinctive parts to delineate public and private areas.
For most of us it is the ground floor of our home that holds the entrance and the living area with the top level holding the bedrooms and other private spaces. But the Cliff Dwelling nestled on a steep cliff next to Lake Austin flips this floor plan to suit the specific needs of the site and it is the rooftop garden retreat and entrance that steal the show here.
A series frames clad from wooden slats shape the new exterior of the house and large glass windows open it up towards the southern view on offer. An open living area with a kitchen that acts as the new social zone shapes the interior even as a large bookshelf in the backdrop adds color and character to the setting.
Paris surprises us often with apartments and homes that bring forth new and space-savvy design that sets the benchmark for houses across the planet. Eco-Sustainable House project by Djuric Tardio Architectes is one such work of genius that turns to a terrace garden play area and hangout to combine the multiple needs of the homeowners. Built on a tight budget the unique fruit and vegetable garden on the roof is much more than just eye candy!
The idea of a seems revolutionary to most of us. A covering of greenery on the roof is not something you come across often and anytime we suggest a ‘living roof’ the idea is met with wariness and doubts rather than glee.
Taking the idea of a green rooftop garden a step further is the spectacular Penthouse Ecopark in Hung Yen Province . This modern home designed by iHouse combines a distinct industrial-style living area with a terrace garden that also holds a Jacuzzi a glass pergola and an outdoor lounge. The terrace garden is visually connected with the master bedroom and allows the homeowners to escape the rigors of a long and hard day at work each evening.