The trend in contemporary interior design is to keep the backdrop of the room as neutral as possible in order to achieve the most striking visual impact. This creates a perfect opportunity for the accent colors to shine through. As a rule the more neutral the room the greater the prominence of the accent hues.
With an unabated view of the majestic valley below this cool home was once a simple cottage that needed an extension and revamp thanks to the growing needs of the family. In came architect Matt Elkan who transformed the space while keeping the cozy cottage style firmly intact.
The living room on the second level is connected with every other room and the lovely terrace spaces around it become a natural extension of living area. A refreshing pool and a large deck allow you to enjoy the cool evenings and beautiful nights under the star-studded sky.
Large frameless folding doors ensure that the transition from the public areas to the porch is both seamless and unabated. The private quarters are housed on the top level with four en suite bedrooms located on one side and the three children’s bedrooms on the other. A suspended walkway links both of these wings while plush decor accentuates the opulence of the home.
Trying to build a traditional and tranquil home in a modern city can be a challenging task. A classic Japanese home is often the best way to get around this problem. Bringing together the tried and tested design essentials of Japanese architecture and an elegant modern style the gorgeous in Nagano is a perfect example of the best of both worlds. Crafted with care by Studio Aula every element in the home reflects serenity simplicity and inherent care for the globally loved Japanese way of life.
The original structure of the windmill dates back to the fourteenth century and it was located in a complex of buildings that carry equal historic significance. This made it imperative for the architect to reinvent the interiors of the windmill while keeping many of the original elements of the older construction intact.
The idea was to design a home whose aura was as close as possible to the homeowners’ previous farm house clad in wood paper and concrete. Criss-crossing wooden beams make up the most prominent feature of the home and allow natural ventilation to make its way through to the top level.