Both the bedrooms and the bathrooms have been designed to take complete advantage of the lovely views that the house offers. Each of the bedrooms is clad in diverse hues that range from a minimalist black and white to vibrant reds and bold greens. The accompanying bathrooms also embrace a similar color scheme. With a refreshing pool an expansive deck and comfy furnishings completing the home functionalism precedes form at the Serengeti House.
An entrance hall that leads to the main living areas is placed in between two large double garages that give the home a distinct street façade. A lovely koi pond and a beautiful entryway leading to this main hall set the tone for the colors and the design style used to shape the interior.
But the one aspect of this house that truly sets it apart from the rest is the array of green features that have been incorporated by the architects. Passive solar heating and cooling design naturally keeps the temperature inside moderate even during change of seasons. A high-efficiency boiler with a rooftop solar-thermal preheat a heat recovery system a rainwater harvesting system and energy-efficient lighting fixtures combine to save up on energy consumption.
Renovating an ’80s home into a contemporary residence that fits the specific needs of a homeowner is a task that is challenging enough. But the founder of Marco Costanzi Architetti was faced with a challenge that is far more unconventional and demanded greater sensitivity.
With the orientation of the home also allowing ample ventilation to flood through there is never really a dull moment inside this sizzling beach retreat. Large sliding glass doors and glass walls further enhance the openness of each space.
The house welcomes you with a walkway that is clad in Balau wood and meanders its way past a serene koi pond as it leads you from the street to the front of the house. The lower level features an open living area with a plush living space an ergonomic dining area and a kitchen clad in Ceasarstone. Tom Dixon pendants and lighting fixtures from Foscarini enliven the space with their bold metallic accents while a sleek staircase in the corner leads to the private quarters tucked away on the top floor.
One of the key elements defining the design is the presence of spaces that encourage family activity and constant interaction with nature. A separate television room with movable timber screens in the living area ensures that the kids’ focus is largely kept away from television.