Costa Rica offers the most diverse experience in a small area, with mountains, beaches and rain forests all in one area, and the country appreciates and nurtures its natural beauty— one third of the country is national park. It is a very different experience from a small Caribbean island. The food is locally grown, the people are very friendly, laid back and know how to enjoy life. Villa Mayana seems to be very isolated and that’s the beauty of Villa […]

Costa Rica-based studio Datumzero Design has completed the K House project in 2008. This contemporary home is located in the mountains of Nosara, Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Is a house located in the mountains with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and built on a modest budget. The K House incorporates modern elements into a contemporary home that remains humble among the lush backdrop of the tropical forest in which is resides. The home’s terraces are lost within the branches of […]

The Shell House designed architect Kotaro Ide, president of Artechnic in Japan,  is one of the most amazing architectural designs I’ve seen. Deep in the woods of Karuizawa, in the Nagano prefecture of Japan, this amazing double-elliptical holiday retreat, features lots of space and is made of reinforced concrete and wood to preserve the Japanese “traditions”. The interior lines of the shell are glazed in floor to ceiling glass allowing for expansive views into the surrounding woods. The interior space is an open flowing floor plan with […]

Mondrian South Beach is located in South Beach, Miami, on the very fashionable Biscayne Bay. Designed by Marcel Wanders, the Mondrian is a perfect combination of antique elegance meets modern glam. Surrounded by the style of Marcel Wanders, you walk through a grand entryway appointed with custom-designed furniture, lighting and accent pieces, evoking Wanders’ design homage of “Sleeping Beauty’s Castle”. The main swimming pool is surrounded by lounge pillows, lush gardens hung with hammocks and landscaped into a labyrinthine trail with lounge areas, […]

Designed by Gus Wüstemann , Feldbalz House  is located in Gemeinde Am Zürichsee.  This family house is not a house, but a family sculpture looking for freedom and social interaction. The architects created the sculpture that contains the family life, where everybody meets and circulates on the first floor, where you have a great view over the lake of Zurich. This sculpture separates the parent’s area which is on top of the sculpture and the children’s area which lies underneath.  The children live in the garden, where everything […]

In wood we trust! Look what a cozy and relaxing atmosphere was created in the residence designed by a21Studio from Vietnam! The architects relied on raw materials such as wood and concrete, and used them in natural colors such as light brown and refreshing white. Their ambition to create an airy and illuminated home was a little bit frustrated by the fact that the house is situated at the end of a street,  bordered with tall neighboring structures. But, as the photos show […]

White on white? Why not! The house we found on helwig-architekten.de proves that this color can evoke different sensations: mixing  pure white  with either cold  or  warm  off-whites creates elegant, calm interiors. I love the interesting contrasts of light and shadow, shiny and matt interiors created in this family house located  at the foot of the Seeheim, a municipality in the Darmstadt-Dieburg district in Hesse, Germany. Choosing white as a dominant color, the architects let the building impress by its structure and geometry. The roof has a sculptural shape and its folding  extends […]

Would you like a water paradise at home? You’ve come to the right place. The mansion spotted on realestate.com is located in Boulder, a city in Clark County, Nevada, United States of America. As you can easily notice from the picture below, the mansion looks more like a water park than a home. There are a lot of attractions, including a private pool, a water fall, lounge & spa areas…elements that transform the house into a water paradise you’d like to live forever!And once the residents […]

Everything you need for an unforgettable time away! This seems to be the motto of Le Chalet Zannier hotel we found on ski-boutique.co. You’ll admire  the French Alps if you choose this hotel for your vacation and you’ll visit the famous alpine village of Mègeve – the place Le Chalet Zannier is nestled in. As you can easily notice from the gallery below, the architect wanted to transmit simplicity in a chalet that expresses warmth and coziness. The hotel only offers 12 living spaces – 4 […]

This is the place of my dreams! The villa we found on sothebysrealtyphuket.com extends over four levels and is located along a secluded stretch of coastline on the west coast in Phuket Island, Thailand. It offers a tropical island atmosphere together with an urban chic design. The architect used luxurious materials to fulfill this statement: black hardwood terracing, marble tiles and granite floors that contrast harmoniously with sophisticated elements – plate glass vanities and shower screens with pebble and bamboo inclusions, iridescent beaded bathtubs and glass […]