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.
With a simple change in height of the level the living area stands out from the foyer on one side and the dining area and kitchen on the other. Small staircases connect these various levels and a neutral color scheme ensures that there is a sense of continuity despite the clear demarcation of individual spaces.
A series of comfy seats next to the windows allow those inside to relax in style even as a modest design approach defines the tranquil space. The house feels like an empty canvas that is being slowly filled with the colors of life… A work in progress.
Crafted with care and creativity by mode:lina studio the smart apartment occupies just 37 square meters and manages to squeeze in a multifunctional studio apartment and even a secret storage unit for the homeowner’s kid.
A metallic stairway leads you to the top floor that houses the exquisite master bedroom with its chevron headboard wall and imaginative lighting. A spa-style bathroom and additional bedrooms complete a loft that is both welcoming and a touch ‘edgy’ at the same time.
A green roof though is neither revolutionary nor is it anything incredibly complicated to work with. The idea has been around for more than half a century and for some reason or the other it has simply not caught on as much as it should have. But the last decade has seen a surge in green sustainable home design and with it interest in green roof designs has peaked.
The interior of the home is clad in neutral hues with wood providing a change in scenery and ushering in textural contrast. A custom wall mural in the living area adds to the ‘natural’ appeal of the home even as the kitchen and the dining area act as a visual extension of this space. A smart kitchen with wooden cabinets and shelves and an ergonomic central island is illuminated by a sparkling pendant even as the dining table on wheels offers an eclectic and cool contrast.