Friday Fun: Passion for an Architects’ Studio

Earlier this month I came across a dream villa in a dream location on the shores of Lake Geneva, designed by Olson Kundig Architects. I was so intrigued by it that I stalked them on their website and systematically worked my way through their portfolio. Alongside public buildings all over the world, they also have a knack for very modern private houses, with huge windows, in stunning locations, really allowing nature to mingle with the indoors. When I win the lottery (or a whole dozen of them, I think), you know whom I will employ to build me the dream home. All the photos are from their website

It all started with this view from the Chemin Byron villa on Lake Geneva.
Seamlessly going from the outside to the inside in this Californian home.
The sea can be heard and seen from this terrace/living room in Hawaii.
The forest is peeking into the house in this Canadian home.
This house in Rio has the jungle as a backdrop for the living room.
These wide open spaces are fine in summer – but what might they look like in the rain and snow of Washington State?
This is from another architecture firm, Villa Aquamarine by Mykarch in Mykonos, but I couldn’t resist adding it here as the perfect blend of indoors and landscape, and combining my favourite colours.

Friday Fun: Venturing Out into the World

We’ve spent a lot of time in home libraries, cosy reading nooks, even under the stairs over the past few weeks. So it’s high time we looked at inspiring contemporary architectures (hopefully well insulated and far away from peeking eyes) set in amazing landscapes. Welcome to spring, Easter, and nature’s rebirth!

Mountain home designed by Kelly Stone Architects, from OneKindesign.
Canadian lakeside home, photo credit: Maciek Linowski, from Contemporist.
Semi-underground ecological home from the Netherlands, from architectureideas2live4.com
Marataba Trails Lodge in South Africa is more of a hotel but I wouldn’t mind living here all year round, from extraordinaryjourneys.com
‘Cottage’ may be an understatement for this house set on its own island on New Zealand’s Bay of Islands, designed by Bossley Architects.

Friday Fun: More Houses with Views

Only three more years before I can start thinking about moving, although I doubt that I’ll be able to afford a house with such heavenly views as the ones below…

Bedroom view in Colorado, from 9gag.com
Brazilian house, from casadevalentina.com.br
What about watching the sunset from this balcony in Kenya, from CN Traveler.
You too can have this Swiss view on AirBnB, in the Bernese Oberland.
If you’re already looking forward to ski season, this Colorado cabin looks perfect, from wedluxe.com
Just in case you think I am biased about mountain views, here is a sea view, from skyryedesign.com

Friday Fun: Just Sitting and Watching the World Go By

I admitted in my Inside and Out book tag that I don’t actually read all that much outdoors. However, if I had a beautiful porch, deck, terrace, balcony or whatever you choose to call it, that would be my favourite indoor/outdoor compromise for reading. (In fact, that’s exactly what I did back in the days when I visited family in Greece. Saved me having to listen to hours of gossip about people I didn’t know!) If you also add in a fabulous view… well, my inspiration might know no bounds.

A little read, a little chat, drinks at sunset. American mountain cabin, from weheartit.com

Modest balcony overlooking the St Croix river, Keller Architecture, George Heinrich photo.

Mountain lakes are my favourites to look at, not necessarily to swim in. From Georgiana Design on Tumblr.

A less basic seating experience, from Annahepfer.com

Coming back to Greece and my favourite island, Santorini. I really need to go back there soon, although probably not in such luxury, from Insider.com

Friday Fun: Romantic Bedrooms

I’ll be honest: what is being flogged as romantic in most magazines or travel brochures makes my skin crawl: tacky decorations, lots of pink and red, a bathtub at the foot of your bed (all the better to hear the gurgle of water draining, see a spider crawling out of the plughole and have to choose between romance of scum residue or scrubbing the bathtub immediately after use). So I’ve had to create my own definitions of romance.

It might get too hot in summer, but a bed in a greenhouse is the perfect place for reading. From soyvirgo.com

A treehouse is also a great option, although you might have to fight the bugs for bed occupancy. From Airbnb.com

Great views and lots of soothing greenery with this day bed. Plus, who can resist a feline friend? From merchantdesign.blogspot.fr

OK, mood lighting can enhance romance, they’re right about one thing, but I think the view and the sound of waves might also be helpful. From bocadolobo.com

It’s all about the view in this one as well. From bocadolobo.com

However, the most romantic bedrooms, to my mind, are the ones where you also have a comfortable reading chair and plenty of books to hand. From homedesignlover.com

Friday Fun: And Breathe… in New Zealand

This Friday Fun post is pure escapism, nothing political about it at all… but for some reason all of today’s houses seem to be located in New Zealand. A country I very much hope to visit some day. Most if not all of these pictures are taken from the wonderful website ArchitectureNow.co.nz

Villa in Wairarapa, photo: Simon Devitt.

House designed by Strachan Architects, photo Patrick Reynolds.

House on Lake Wakatipu, photo Paul McCredie.

Kawau Island bach, photo Alex Wallace.

This house is not about the view, but about the rather lovely inner courtyard. Photo: Samuel Hartnett

The perfect beach house? Sorry, not sure of photo credit, but I couldn’t resist sharing it.

 

Friday Fun: Windows and Doors

I’ve always believed in keeping windows curtainless (so you can admire the view) and doors open (so that friends can come in at any time). Some of the incarnations of doors and windows below take this to a whole new level, but I have to admit I dream about owning something like this…

Art nouveau door in Paris, from doorsandwindow2.com

Stained glass beauty, from Explorers Club on Pinterest.

Terrace in an island house in Greece, from Architectural Digest.

Laucala Island, Fiji, from passion4luxury.com

Pool house desinged by Luigi Rosselli, from Designmilk.com

Six Senses resort in Vietnam, from SixSenses.com

Anne Hepfer Lake House in Canada, from House Beautiful.

All-white restful bedroom, from Daily Dream Decor.

Japanese Tea House window, picture credit Andy Serrano, from Deviant Art.

Friday Fun: Out on the Patio

Who wants to spend time inside, when there are such pools, patios and views beckoning? In this hot weather, however, don’t forget your sunscreen, floppy hats and books to cover your faces (tablets are just not the same thing…).

Zinc House, from Decoist.com
Zinc House, from Decoist.com

Spanish villa, from Architectural Digest.
Spanish villa, from Architectural Digest.

Greek villa, photographer credit Prue Roscoe.
Greek villa, photographer credit Prue Roscoe.

Oriental theme, from jetsetter.com
Oriental theme, from jetsetter.com

Roof garden, from Domaine Home.
Roof garden, from Domaine Home.

Armani's house, Architectural Digest.
Armani’s house, Architectural Digest.