The idea of creating a home that borrows from the charm elegance and distinct style of apartments in New York City is something of a perennial favorite among homeowners across the globe. While some might prefer the artistic and exquisite SoHo style others go down the route of the chic Manhattan Loft look.
Japanese design and architecture have always found ways to combine natural goodness and tranquility with an innate sense of minimalism. It is only in the last few decades that the West has started to realize the many benefits of this approach and while this expansive might not exactly borrow from the design elements of the Far East it still seems to showcase the same core principles.
It is a contemporary home that is defined largely by the irregular lot that it sits in and the existing greenery that the homeowners and Tzannes Associates wished to preserve to the best possible extent. The result is a fascinating and exceptional home where the outdoors become a vital part of the interior!
By altering the internal layout the new kitchen and dining area is connected with the small garden outside even as skylights and bespoke window features bring in ample sunlight.
Using two intersecting volumes the architects aimed to overcome the challenge of creating a stylish spacious and organic family home with a light-filled and airy interior. It is the lower levels of the two volumes that house the large living area and an additional family room along with a sleek modern kitchen in white and a lovely dining space.
Enveloped in a series of water features that even find their way indoors this does feel like a modern-day castle with its cool entrance that features a sleek bridge above a koi pond. Step inside and you will be awestruck by a floating walkway and a staircase next to it that hover above an indoor pond. Designed by Greg Shand Architects this multi-generational home captivates at every turn!
A large swimming pool in the rear yard is complemented by four additional ponds that not only create a balance of elements and paint a pretty picture but also help the residence stay cool in the hot summer months. This natural cooling technique takes the load off of the artificial cooling system and surely would aid in cutting back on the power bill.