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 large walk-in closet and an additional storeroom complete the home on the inside even as the fabulous wooden deck outside offers a tranquil retreat overlooking the ocean and the serene neighborhood. An idyllic blend of modern living and eco-conscious design at its uncomplicated best!
The upper level with its minimal bedroom contemporary bathroom and an exquisite terrace deck that offers unabated views of the town completes this ingenious and light-filled contemporary home where outdoor living becomes the main focus of design and architecture.
Being a mobile home at its heart the home can simply be erected on the site in minimal time and this prevents permanent damage to the forest lot. A series of large glass walls and doors connect the interior with the lush green landscape outside while a neutral color palette shapes the interior. Pops of purple yellow and green bring a hint of color to home that needs barely any thanks to the scenery that surrounds it!
Avalon is our personal favorite on the list both for its sheer simplicity and the way that it makes green homes an affordable concept. Timber from sustainable forests and metal sheets fashion its exterior even as the green roof above stands out visually during the daytime. Nestled on lovely Avalon Beach and promising wonderful ocean views this modular unit was crafted by ArchiBlox and provides a delightful living space of 106 square meters.
The new kitchen also seems equally appealing with a copper backsplash that adds glitter to an otherwise neutral space in white. Charred larch slats and a cool copper worktop add to its uniqueness even as the dining area next to it flows into the garden outside.
Masterfully designed by Specht Harpman Architects the rooftop garden and hangout is a perfect idea for those looking for something more than just a simple green roof. Both practical and planet-friendly the idea creates an urban oasis even in a concrete jungle!