Posted: 24 Oct 2016 07:00 AM PDT
Designed by ALPES Green Design & Build and built in 2016, this state of the art luxury townhouse is like having your very own resort at home. Located in Đà Nẵng, Vietnam, a city with a sunny and hot climate, preserving energy and cool air became essential. The designers wanted to create something different from the cramped and heated interiors that are springing up in the rapidly growing urban centers of Vietnam.
Clever uses of skylights, vents, and open spaces create a bright environment throughout the rest of the home. The split level house is linked together by a central green space, complete with living plants. This provides additional airflow and light.
The first floor is occupied by a private pool, which has two uses: the family has a place to swim and relax in their own home, and the space cools the rest of the home.
The concrete louver curtains on the roof of the building create a checkerboard of sun and shade, allowing natural light without heating the rest of the home. Heat absorption is further reduced by the rooftop garden, which also provides a luxury entertaining space.
Posted: 24 Oct 2016 06:00 AM PDT
Laman Residence in Texas was recently updated by A Gruppo Architects for a retired couple. After 40 years of teaching Fibre-Arts and Interior Design at Texas State University, the Lamans desired a gallery and studio to compliment their modest 1970's era modern home.
The owners sited the initial house within a dense canopy of live oak and cedar elm trees on a hill country lot in San Marcos, Texas. Over the past 30 years, they have carved out a series of outdoor rooms, a secret garden and sculpture courts around their home leaving only one logical area for an addition – the front yard.
The new addition is located in a bowl-like depression at the head of a dry creek bed and so must be accessed via a series of bridges. This allows water to flow around and between the existing and new structures.
The atmosphere in the towers is animated through two distinct lighting strategies. Ambient light is filtered by the North facing translucent walls while skylights project light through a series of ceiling baffles throughout the day.
The owners' appreciation for outdoor living is realized with the addition of a new sculpture garden and a sports field for fun family gatherings. While in a more intimate setting, the master bedroom and bathroom open directly into a private Zen garden. [Information provided by A Gruppo Architects; photography; Dror Baldinger, Mark Menjivar]
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